Mountmellick Notes

HOSPICE FUNDRAISER A fundraiser in aid of Laois Hospice will be held in St Paul’s hall, Parnell St, today Tuesday December 4 from 10am to 1pm. There will be new and used goods for sale. Raffle tickets will be sold with many great prizes to win. Tea and cake will be available while you browse.

HOSPICE FUNDRAISER

A fundraiser in aid of Laois Hospice will be held in St Paul’s hall, Parnell St, today Tuesday December 4 from 10am to 1pm. There will be new and used goods for sale. Raffle tickets will be sold with many great prizes to win. Tea and cake will be available while you browse.

A fundraiser in aid of Laois Hospice will be held in St Paul’s hall, Parnell St, today Tuesday December 4 from 10am to 1pm. There will be new and used goods for sale. Raffle tickets will be sold with many great prizes to win. Tea and cake will be available while you browse.

MISSION ALIVE QUIZ

The annual Mission Alive table quiz will take place in the Mellick Inn on Wednesday December 5 at 9.30pm. The quizmaster is Michael Linehan. The proceeds of the quiz will go to the Orphan Project in Lusaka, Zambia. The proceeds of last year’s quiz and the summer coffee morning have been mainly spent on school fees, uniforms and requisites and also food and medical care for the children. All the money is sent directly to the orphan project. If you are unable to attend the quiz donations can be given to Fr Noel Dunphy. We thank the people who donated raffle prizes last year and hope many will be able to donate prizes again this year.

MISSION ALIVE GIFT CERIFICATES

If you would like to give an alternative gift to a friend or family member this Christmas you might consider donating to Mission Alive. Your gift will benefit the HIV/ AIDS Orphan Project in Lusaka, Zambia providing the children there with food, medicines, educational materials and uniforms.

A gift certificate will be issued to you to give to friends to show that you have donated to Mission Alive. Donations can be made and gift certificates to donors will be given in the Parish Office.

We thank the people of Mountmellick who have so generously donated to this project in recent years. All money is sent directly to Zambia.

ADVENT PRAYER HOURS

Beginning the Year of Faith all are invited to partake in Advent prayer hours in St Joseph’s Church from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesdays December 5, 12 and 19. This hour of prayer and reflection will include prayers, music, hymns, readings and time for quiet reflection. There will be a guest speaker each Wednesday. This is an opportunity to take a step back from the busy commercial aspect of Christmas and reconnect with the true meaning of the season.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

All are invited to join in a carol service in St Joseph’s Church at 7pm on Sunday December 16. There will be carol singing, seasonal readings and Christmas reflections.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE

The Advent/Christmas penitential service will be held in St Joseph’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday December 17. Visiting priests will attend.

THE ROCK GAA

The AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday December 8 at 7pm sharp. All are welcome to attend. A charity football match in aid of cancer will be held on St Stephen’s day at noon on The Heath. The two teams playing are The Heath v ‘The Conlon’s’ (including cousins on the Conlon side).

LIBRARY NEWS

There is a busy schedule in the library for December. From Tuesday December 4 Tom Joyce will exhibit a new series of paintings in the Gallery.

The adult book club will meet from 11am to noon on Tuesday December 4. ‘The Children’s Book’ by AS Byatt will be discussed. On the same morning the knitting circle will gather from 10.30am to noon, all are welcome to come along for a chat and a cuppa. It is the children’s turn in the afternoon with the junior book club (ages 7 to 9) meeting from 5.30pm to 6pm. They will discuss ‘Hundred Mile an Hour Dog’ and ‘Spy Dogs 2’.

The games club will meet on Thursday December 6 from 4pm to 5pm. On Thursday December 13 all can enjoy story time with Sharon from 4pm to 5pm.

FREE WORKSHOP

Artist Tom Joyce will give a free workshop on techniques for painting in oils in the library gallery on Saturday December 8. This is in conjunction with his exhibition which is currently on view. Selected works will be examined and deconstructed and the techniques used in their creation will be explained. This event will be of great interest to anyone who paints but of particular interest to beginners in oils. Admission is free. Phone the library at 8644572 to book a place.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

A Christmas craft workshop will be held in the library on Friday December 14 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This workshop is for ages 7 to 10 and they will be making marzipan fruits. Booking is essential; please contact the library at 8644572.

KNITTING CIRCLE

The knitting circle meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to noon in the library. Drop in for cuppa and a chat. All donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.

COMHALTAS

The Christmas party is on Tuesday December 11 in the YM Hall across from the square, starting at 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS TREE COMMITTEE

The above committee will again this year finance the erection and lighting of the Christmas tree in O’Connell Square. We will also bring Santa to town on Sunday December 16 and will be supplying fuel to all needy old aged pensioners.

To carry out all this work your support would be needed and appreciated.

DANCING

All ladies and gentlemen of 50 years plus are invited to the Gandon Inn on Thursday December 13 from 2pm to 4.30pm for an evening of dancing with Maureen Culleton. Come along and enjoy the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot etc. with refreshments served at 4pm. Admission €5. This is a get together for an evening of fun, exercise, friendship and dance.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

The club members congratulate Joe Conroy and Yvonne McNamara on being awarded their Licentiateship with the Irish Photographic Federation at the most recent judging of panels in Thurles on November 24. Both Joe and Yvonne presented two very impressive panels of 10 images each that got the approval of the judges.

The Licentiateship is the basic distinction and is awarded to photographers that show skills that include good technical ability, composition, use of light and image quality. They join a growing list of club members who now have the title LIPF after their names and we are sure they will go on to attain higher awards in the future.

Fellow members of Mountmellick Photographic Society travelled to Athlone to offer moral support to Joe and Yvonne and congratulate them when they were awarded their certificates and pins by John Cuddihy LIPF President of the Irish Photographic Federation.

The club’s annual awards will take place on Friday December 7 in The Hollow Bar.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

The next meeting will be in the MDA at 10.30am on Wednesday December 12 when we will have a music and mince pies party. Please note that new members are always welcome.

The outing to the Titanic exhibition last Friday was enjoyed by all.

Today Tuesday December 4 a dried wild flower craft workshop is being held from 11am to 1pm in the MDA. This Friday December 7 all will enjoy the annual Christmas dinner dance in The Gandon Inn. The meal is to be served at 7.30pm. The bus for this will leave the square at 7pm.

Our weekly activities are Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves MDA at 11.15am. The dancing class on Wednesday December 5 from 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court will be the last one before Christmas.

Thursdays: art classes in Wolfe Tone Court from 2pm to 4pm and music and song in St Vincent’s hospital from 2pm to 4pm.

WW1 SAILORS AND SOLDIERS

In conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and the centenary of WW1 in 2014 Mountmellick Museum would like to form a small group of interested people to research and ascertain information on local sailors and soldiers who fought in WW1. We hope to obtain enough information to hold an exhibition in remembrance of those who died and detail what life was like for those who returned to the Mountmellick area. If you would like to be part of this group, have a story to tell or have any artefacts from the Great War which you would like included in our project, contact Kathleen Comerford or Dolores Dempsey in the museum at 057 8624525.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

The annual church gate collection will be held on Saturday and Sunday December 8 and 9. Your help would be much appreciated.

LAOIS MARTIAL ART

Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.

HERITAGE BOOK LAUNCH

All are invited to the launch of Laois Heritage Society’s newest journal on Thursday December 6 at 5.45pm in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Minister of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan will officially perform the launch.

This journal contains facets of the history and heritage of our county with little known facts and stories now published. It would make an ideal Christmas present for all from Laois.

PARISH LOTTO

November 21. Numbers drawn 21, 24, 28 and 30. Match 3s (€250): Peter the auld fella (Hanlon’s) and A Delaney (C Conroy).

OLD SCHOOL WHIST

November 22. Top score T Kearns. 2 M Ryan. 3 R Cole. Halves 1 A Walsh. 2 C Thompson. Best of three J Harrison.

SPLASH OF CASH

November 28. €300: A Bergin. €50: P Lindley, M Bergin, M Coss and D Challoner.