community care social

community care social

The monthly social is being held on Thursday April 18 with music starting at 8.30pm. They would like to see more people join them for light refreshments and entertainment. If you require transport please contact 087 9812525 (Mountmellick area only).


The group are holding a disco for 9 to 12 year olds in the Owenass hall on Friday April 19 from 8pm to 10pm, all welcome, strict supervision. Admission is €5 which includes a drink and packet of crisps.


The Relatives and Friends of St Vincent’s Support Group are holding a committee meeting on Wednesday April 17 in Mountmellick town hall at 8.30pm. They would appreciate if all members could attend.


Well done to the two swimmers who represented Mountmellick at the recent county finals in Portlaoise. Órlaith Whelan took 4th place in the u12 backstroke and Caoimhe Guinan took silver in the u10 freestyle. A brilliant achievement by both the swimmers.


Mountmellick Community Games will hold Spikeball (a junior version of volleyball) trials/training in Mountmellick Smith’s Field on Friday April 26 and Friday May 3 at 5pm. This is open to boys and girls who are still u14 on July 31 2013 (If you turn 14 years on August 1, that is fine). All are welcome. There will be a registration fee of €3.50 per child.


Barnashrone NS is enrolling for September 2013. Contact Noel or Dympna at 057 8644020.


A fundraiser will take place on Sunday May 5 from 3pm to 6pm in the Heritage Hotel Killenard in aid of the Cuisle Centre Cancer Support group. Country music by Guess Who. Free transport is being provided by Silver Dawn & Foster Coaches with the bus departing the Square Mountmellick at 2pm. Coaches will leave the Heritage Hotel Killenard at 7pm. To book your seat contact Pat at 087 1129624

Tickets: €10 with prizes galore to be won including a fuel voucher. €5 tickets also with prizes galore including a Meteor Mobile Phone. Please come and support us on this special day.


Brian Brady Youth Theatre presents the musical The Wizard of Oz from April 17 to 20 at 8pm in the Macra Hall. Many local children are taking part and it’s sure to be a fun filled family evening of entertainment. Tickets are available in O’Gorman’s shop or on the door.


Well done to our novelty act group and our disco dancing group that are through to the next round in the National Talent Competition. Well done to Taira Lewis and Meaghan Dunne for performing so well in the solo singing part of the competition. Details on semi-final to follow. Badminton, pool and darts continue in the hall this week so why not drop in for fun and a chat. If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a member, contact Eoghan on 086 3976216.


A fun filled painting craft session for children aged 6 to 12 will take place on Saturday April 20 at 11am. Please note that booking is essential as places are limited. Contact the library at 057 8644573 to book a place.

The knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your knitting needles and join us for a cuppa and a chat. Our adult crossword club will meet on Thursday April 18 at 11am. All are welcome.


In Mountmellick Library on Friday May 3 at 2.15pm there will be a special talk by Wexford based artist Mary Wallace, whose exhibition ‘Abundance’ is currently on show in the art gallery. Mary will introduce her work which comprises a selection of mixed media paintings and weaving. She uses an array of media including beeswax, wax encaustic and egg tempera. Her inspiration comes from nature, strongly centred on fruit trees, in particular Mediterranean fruit trees and their natural exotic beauty. This is an opportunity for all those who are interested in art to meet Mary, talk to her and gain some insight into her unique style and approach to art. Contact 057 8644572 if you wish to book a place for this free talk.


Plans for the next few Wednesdays are: April 17 at 10.30am meeting in MDA. April 24 at 10.30am walking group, please wear high visibility jackets. Weekly activities for members are: Mondays Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Please come to practice on your team because there will be a Boccia Blitz in Portlaoise on Thursday April 18. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone. Dancing with Maureen Culleton is from 3pm to 4.30pm on Wednesday April 10 and 17 in Wolfe Tone Court. There will be no dancing on Wednesday April 24 and May 1. Thursdays music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm and also art classes in MDA from 2pm to 4pm. Please note that the annual membership fee is now being collected. New members are always welcome.


The above are holding a monster charity car boot sale in the lower ground car park in Laois shopping centre on Sunday April 21 from 11am to 4pm. Cars €10 and vans €15.


Keep fit and have some fun line dancing in Conor Davis Park Clubhouse, Bay Road on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9pm. The cost is €6.


Adult training: Senior and Junior football is on Wednesday and Friday nights. Hurling training is on Saturday evenings.


Hurling training takes place in Acragar on Monday evenings at the following times: 6.30pm to 7.30 pm for u8 and u10; 7.30pm to 8.30 pm for u12. All new players are welcome to attend. Training for u14 footballers is on Monday nights.


Mountmellick GAA Club is introducing rounders. Anyone interested in playing this new game should look up the Mountmellick GAA Facebook page for details of training.


Coaching for u8s and u10s on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. New players are always welcome and can register at training. For fixtures and matches please see sports section.


Gymnastics in the Owenass Hall on Saturdays. Any queries, please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or


Kickboxing and Taekwondo classes for juniors, seniors and adults are held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes are now also available. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree National Champion. Contact 087 2768843.


Deposits are now required for this year’s pilgrimage (July 17 to 24 at Solitude Hotel, €770 per person sharing). Contact Eleanor 087 7670915 for booking.


A pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi will take place in September at a cost of €899 for 7 nights. Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 for details.


April 3. Numbers drawn: 3, 4, 13 & 15. No jackpot winner so this week’s jackpot is €19,000. Match 3s (€59): B Gee (F Hibbitts), C McEvoy (E Comerford) & B Dunne (M Lawlor).


April 4. Top score J Harrison. 2 R Cole. 3 J Delaney. Halves 1 A Walsh. 2 C Martin. Best of three N Thompson.


April 10. €300 M Kelly. €50 V Barry, H Bishop, D O’Hearne & A Kelly.


April 11. NS 1 B & M Conlon. 2 B Hourigan, H Meade. 3 Sr Madeleine, B Egan. EW 1 L Tynan, C Walsh. 2 A Conroy, K Walsh. 3 K Booth E Early.


A fundraising dance in memory of the late Tony Harris will be held in The Gandon Inn on Friday April 19. Music is by Pat & Ritchie with dancing from 9.30pm till 12. All proceeds to Stradbally branch of Moore Abbey. Admission is by donation on the night.

B&Bs for the GATHERING

The Owenass Active Living Group is taking part in The Gathering Ireland 2013. They are organising a number of events and hope to attract people to Mountmellick during Heritage Week (August 17 - 25). These events will also be promoted by the Heritage Council, Laois County Council, The Gathering Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. As the Gathering Ireland website suggests very few accommodation options in Mountmellick, The group are hoping to make the week as much of a community event as possible. B&B owners in Mountmellick who would like to be included in the promotion or would like assistance setting up a Facebook page to link it to their website please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or