Congratulations to Michael Melia, Twomey Park, who has won €5760 in the four number jackpot in the Soccer Lotto. The draw took place in Moloney’s Gaelic Bar on Monday August 26. The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 14, 16 and bonus number drawn was 4. The bonus jackpot was not won and this still stands at €5000, whilst the four number jackpot reverts to €500. The club thanks everybody who supports the lotto. Tickets available from any committee member or by ringing 087 6178821.


Set dancing resumes on Monday September 16 at 8.30pm in Ballyfin community centre and continues each Monday night except bank holidays. Classes will be given. Contact Maureen on 087 6482038 for details.


The group held a very successful registration night on Thursday September 5 for beavers, cubs and scouts and will resume meetings after the summer break on Thursday September 12.  Any boys and girls who did not get a chance to register can still apply to have their name added to the list of the relevant section. For age 6 years they must contact Beaver Leader Yvonne Keady at the Methodist Hall from 7 pm to 8 pm.  For age 9 years please contact the new Cub Leader Edith Deffew (who takes over from Mary Lalor-Fitzpatrick) at the Owenass Hall from 7pm to 8.30 pm. For age 12 years contact Scout Leader Winnie O’Reilly in the YM Hall from 7pm to 8.30 pm. All groups meet on Thursday nights. The group are holding their next disco in the Owenass Hall on Friday September 20 from 8pm to 10 pm which is strictly for 9 to 12 year olds. Admission is €5 which includes a drink and bag of crisps.


Panto time is approaching soon, registration for children interested in taking part in the Macra Panto will be held shortly, €10 once off fee required. More details to follow with the date of registration. Impromptu debating is taking place on Friday September 20 if interested contact the Macra number below. Badminton is continuing in the Macra Hall each Monday and

Wednesday those interested may contact Trevor on 087 9143226. Rehearsals for Capers, a short variety show competition which involves singing, dancing, comedy and musicians will be taking place soon, an information night will be held on Friday September 27 for anybody interested in taking part. Affiliations for 2013/2014 can be also paid on Friday September 27

in the Macra hall. If you are interested in joining Macra or entering a competition contact the Macra phone on 0876962626.


Comhaltas will perform traditional Irish music from 5pm to 6pm on Friday September 20 in the library to celebrate culture night. Visitors can tour the current exhibition while enjoying light refreshments. All are welcome.

drama invite

Mountmellick Drama Group are holding an Open Evening from 8pm to 9.30pm in The Arts Centre, to mark National Culture Night on Friday September 20. All drama fans are invited on a tour backstage, new members welcome to join as performers or backstage.

running for men

A couch to 5km running group for men has been set up and new members are welcome to join at any time. The group meets for training Tuesday & Thursday 7pm, Saturday 6pm at the MDA. For information contact Adam at 0861094417.


The library summer reading challenge is drawing to a close. This is your last chance to drop in your completed Creepy House cards. An award ceremony will be held in October.


Paul Weerasekera, a Limerick based artist, is exhibiting his work in the library gallery until September 28. Titled ‘Paintings of Laois & Offaly’, it features acrylic on canvas scenes from both counties including Rosenallis, Shannon Harbour, Tullamore and Stradbally. Born in Sri Lanka, Paul trained as an architect in the UK and also studied art and design. He has lived in Ireland for 25 years and had numerous solo exhibitions. All are welcome along.


Interested in joining a book club? The club will meet in the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Please call in or phone the library if you wish to join.


Music in the House continues at the Heritage Centre in Abbeyleix on Sundays. This is open to all musicians (not just Comhaltas members).The sessions are led by professional musicians such as Áine McGeeney (lead tutor), Colm Phelan, Yvonne Bolton and others. The objective is to develop a repertoire of Laois tunes and songs suitable for a concert performance, aimed at raising the profile of heritage house as a focus for traditional music in county Laois. The sessions are open to anyone who can hold a tune and all age groups are welcome. Further information from Sinead on 87 31653 at Abbeyleix Heritage Centre.

CAPE CLEAR irish trip

A weekend of music, walking, sightseeing and other activities which are all optional is being organised on Inis Cléire (Cape Clear) from September 27 to 29. It is part of Bliain na Gaeilge and is an opportunity for a weekend away and at the same time to practice your Irish. To book lodgings phone 028 48968 and for the ferry 028 41923. Further information from Tracy on 087 6400 184.


These will begin in September at MDA and funding may be available if you are unemployed. Contact Imelda at 057 8624525 for enquiries. Courses will include FETAC level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses and also ECDL.


Our Supervalu bucket collection is coming up on Saturday September 14. If anyone wishes to help out with an hour or two please contact Margaret at 085 7138940.


Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.


This community based social event will take place on Saturday October 26 with all welcome to attend. Further details to follow.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults, contact 087 2768843.


August 28. Numbers drawn 11, 22, 25 & 29. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€84) The 3 Es (D Duff) & M Scott (E Duff).


August 27. Community care: top score B O’Brien. Ladies 1 M Gowing. 2 N Thompson. Gents 1 B Srahan. 2 P Dowling. Halves ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick & C Fitzpatrick. 2 V Kearns. Halves gents 1 J Harrison. 2 J Delaney. Lowest score H Kelly. Hatcher D Kelly. Raffle R Cole, F Keenan, A Blanche (x2), J Delaney.

August 28. Old School: top score S Wilkinson. Ladies 1 M Gowing. 2 V Kearns. Gents 1 P Dowling. 2 S Duff. Halves 1 B O’Brien. 2 J Delaney. Best of three Mrs Gorman, B Hogan, J Harrison, L Kavanagh. Hatcher C Thompson.


September 4. €300 M Collins. €50 M Gorman, V Moody, F Hibbitts & M Morrin.

REaching out

Laois Partnership Company is holding an Ireland Reaching Out training course to build contacts with the Irish daspora. Training every Tuesday night for 9 nights. Fieldtrips after completion of each module. Start Date: Tonight, Tuesday, September 10. Time: 7.30-9.30pm at Mountmellick Development Association IT Training Room, Mountmellick. Contact Liz Kennedy-Burke, The Gathering/Ireland Reaching Out Animator, Laois Partnership Company, email:; Phone 087 638 1675


To add your community item, call Aileen at 8624900 or email to mountmellick by Thursday night.