Mountmellick

MYDC INFORMATION SESSION

MYDC INFORMATION SESSION

Members of the community are invited to an information session on Wednesday September 16 from 9.30am to10.30am. Bernadette from Barnardos will talk about a new system of working with children and families called Meithal. Meithal’s aim is to help you and your child (ren) get the support you need, easily, locally and when you need it.

Information leaflets are available from MDA.  Community members not already attached with the MYDC are welcome.

FREE PARENTING PROGRAMME

There will be a Free Triple P Parenting Programme for parents of children aged from birth to 7 years in the Treo Nua Family Resource Centre Portlaoise on Thursday September 17.

Dealing with Disobedience, Managing Fighting & Aggression from 10am to noon. Developing Good Bedtime Routines from 7pm to 9pm. Booking: 090 643 4070 or call Helen 087 9875107.

TODDLER GROUP

Meetings have resumed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to noon in the Methodist Hall. New members welcome. Cost €2.

BLOOD DONORS

The mobile clinic will attend at St Patrick’s BNS on Thursday September 17 from 5pm to 8.30pm. All donors encouraged to attend.

GYMNASTICS

Classes have resumed. See Facebook Mountmellick Gymnastics Club or contact 086 7914933 or mary.e.obrien2@gmail.com.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Activities: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am). Thursdays: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital.

ART EXHIBITION

Kilbride Art Group is exhibiting their paintings in the library gallery during September. There was a good attendance at the official opening last Tuesday.

CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB

Children’s book clubs resume in October. Please give your name to a member of staff if you are interested in joining. 

BRIDGE

AGM is on Thursday September 17.

ADULT CRIME BOOK CLUB

The Adult Crime book club will meet on Wednesday September 30 at 11am. The book chosen for this month is ‘Missing without trace in Ireland’ by Barry Cummins.

WILDLIFE TALK

Wildlife expert Ricky Whelan from the Laois/Offaly branch of Irish Wildlife Trust will give a talk on Irish Wildlife animals on Saturday September 19 at 11am in the library.  A display of knitted animals courtesy of Mountmellick Yarnbombers will accompany this event. Not to be missed.

KNITTING GROUP

Meetings resume in the library on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm from September 22. All welcome.

JOBS CLUB AT LIBRARY

The workshop will be on Tuesday September 29 to Friday October 2 and Tuesday October 6 to Friday October 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm each day. Includes CV preparation, interview techniques and mock interviews. Contact 057 8644572. Participants must be in receipt of social welfare.

POETRY READING

Ann Egan and Tom Philips will read on Tuesday September 22 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the library. All welcome along, tea and coffee will be served.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS

This parish fundraiser is next Friday September 18 in Newbridge Greyhound Track. Tickets €10 and €5 for the bus on sale in the parish office. Anyone who can assist with selling tickets at home or your workplace etc, please contact the parish office. Thanks to all the local businesses for their support, please give them your support in turn.

CULTURE NIGHT

On Friday September 18 as part of Culture Night, famed singer songwriter John Spillane will perform in the Mountmellick Arts Centre at 7pm. Free admission to all.

W B YEATS EVENING

On Saturday September 26 there will be a W B Yeats evening featuring Eimear Dunne & the Curlew Theatre Company in the Arts Centre. Admission €10, early booking advised

WALKING GROUP

Walking group meets each Tuesday at 10am at MDA. Routes suitable for all levels. All welcome along.

BADMINTON

Wednesdays at 8.30pm in Macra Hall. New members welcome, call 087 9143226.

LAOIS MARTIAL ARTS

Ladies and Gents Kickboxing and Self Defence classes for all ages, Ladies and Gents TRX Suspension Training and Ladies Keep fit Classes. Call 086 3399287

KNITTING GROUP

The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

MEN’S SHED

All men welcome, call Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.

MACRA

New members welcome. Find us on Facebook @Mountmellick Macra or call 086 0310111.

THE ROCK GAA

Training for u6, u8, u10, u12 & u14 Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New players welcome, call juvenile secretary John Allen 086 3264102. Adult training on Fridays at 8pm.

BRIDGE

Garryhinch Bridge’s new season starts on Monday September 21 at 7.45pm, New members welcome. Portarlington Bridge’s season starts on Wednesday September 16 at 7.45pm. Both are in Garryhinch Golf Club.

ARTHRITIS LAOIs

A friendly walking group meets each Wednesday at Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 7pm to 8pm. A social weekly meet up for a gentle stroll and a chat for any persons of any age, with arthritis, fibromyalgia etc.

SING FOR JOY CHOIR

Rehearsals begin on Wednesday September 16 in the Parish Centre Portlaoise from 11am to noon. All persons attending residential or day care facilities or who may feel lonely in their own home are invited, to sing in a relaxed inclusive and fun atmosphere. Call Maureen 087 6482038.

LATE PASCHAL CONROY

There was much sadness at the death of Paschal Conroy of 2 Davin Park on Friday September 4 at St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Paschal was predeceased by his wife Sheila and daughter Anne. Remains reposed at his daughter Rona’s home in Wolfe Tone Street from Saturday until removal on Sunday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Monday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Paschal son, daughters, family, relatives and friends on their bereavement.

GAA LOTTO

€50 E Moloney. €20 A Tormey, L Meredith, G Riordan, C Horan.

GROW

Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126. 

coffee for hospice

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning is this Thursday September 17, in aid of Laois Hospice. To host a coffee morning, call Seamus Donoghue, Laois Hospice Foundation, at 086 8709311 for your supply of Bewley’s coffee.