Mountmellick

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slieve bloom assoc

A Memorial Plaque for Paddy Lowry, founder member of the Slieve Bloom Association is to be erected in Kinnitty, in a ceremony in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary celebrations, on Sunday, April 12. To attend and enjoy a reasonably priced meal and entertainment, contact Mary at 057 862 8650. Next meeting is on Thursday, March 19 in the Poet’s Cottage, Camross at 8:30pm, details of the 40th Celebration will be finalised.

Balcony Cinema

Showing this Friday March 20 at 8pm; Horrible Bosses 2. Support your cinema and enjoy a great value night out.

DAFFODIL DAY

The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day is on Friday March 27. Proceeds are used for research and care of cancer sufferers. Volunteers are needed to assist on the day. Could those interested in helping please contact Bridie Parkinson 8644122/0862065720 or Mary Donoher 8624758/087 7814754. Donations of fresh daffodils also required. All help greatly appreciated.

FASHION SHOW

Mountmellick Scout Group are holding a fashion show in the Sports Centre on Thursday April 9, tickets €10, clothes from local boutiques. Tables available for anyone wishing to display crafts, €20 per table, call Annette at 087 9438430. Doors open at 7 pm for craft exhibition, tea & coffee. Fashion show begins at 8pm. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in Laois to help with their charity collection day on Friday April 24. Collection day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland, which offers people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area. If you can commit to the full day or even an hour, contact Jill Groome on 01 629 6999 or email jill.groome@specialolympics.ie

THE ROCK GAA

The Irish Wildlife Trust Laois Offaly Branch with support from Coillte are delighted to team up with The Rock GAA to create nearly 1.5 acres of new woodland throughout the club’s grounds as part of National Tree Week this March. The event will take place on Sunday March 22 from 11am to 12.30pm. There are a number of benefits to planting trees in sports grounds. They provide much needed shelter for the pitches on wet and windy days, make the grounds more visually attractive and provide a home for native wildlife.

The works will be led by the Irish Wildlife Trust, as part of their kid’s club programme called the Badger Club, with the help of volunteers from The Rock GAA club. There will be a short talk to the kids about the value of trees and then everybody there will get a chance to plant some trees. Bird boxes will also be put up. Refreshments in the club house afterwards. It promises to be a fun day outdoors for the whole family so do join in.  

Thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying the County Board monster draw tickets. A great success and thanks to all the sellers. Unfortunately the club had no winners on the night but the next draw is on Friday April 3. Lotto: €20 M Fitzpatrick, D Conlon, Marie, Mick & Michael. D O’Mahoney, A Connolly.

Adult training on Fridays at 8pm sharp.

BUSINESS group

AGM of Business Mountmellick is on Wednesday March 25 at 7.30pm in the town hall. All members are asked to attend and all new members are welcome to join on the night.

COMHALTAS

All are welcome to the annual Comhaltas concert on Friday March 27 in the Arts Centre. Come along and enjoy lots of lovely traditional (and other) music played by local young people. Adults €5 and children €3. Thanks to all who contributed to the recent Church gate collection and to those who collected. Also congratulations to the group’s young musicians who played on Midlands Radio 3, on the Coppers and Brass Programme recently and to those who have played during the Drama Festival on several nights. Well done , the club is proud of you.

LIBRARY EXHIBITION

Laois artist Rebecca Deegan is exhibiting her work in the library gallery during March. All are welcome along to view and all pieces are for sale.

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.

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES

View ‘Irish Newspaper Archive’ including past editions of Leinster Express for free throughout Laois Libraries branch network. If you would like a demonstration in how to use the website please contact Triona at 057 8644572.

MOUNTMELLICK GAA

U6/8 indoor hurling training continues on Mondays at 6.30pm in the Sports Complex. Response has been good this year with new coaches coming in to take the U6 group. Help is always welcome. Membership for the year is due by March 31.

SARSFIELDS

Training: u8 & u10 at 11am Sundays in Acragar. U14 Tuesdays and Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Acragar. New members always welcome, contact 087 9700505.

MOUNTMELLICK WORK (EMBROIDERY)

Classes continue every Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm. in Museum, MDA. Beginners and improvers welcome. No booking necessary. For further information call Dolores 086 0886664 or Margaret 087 6928978.

YARNBOMB MEETINGS

Yarnbomb meetings held on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. All who can knit and crochet or who would like to learn are welcome along. Why not come along and join the fun.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

The group look forward to as many members as possible to partake in today’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.  Their next get together is on Wednesday March 18 at 10.30am in the MDA.

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. New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.

MEN’S SHED

Meetings on Mondays at 8pm in the house beside St. Paul’s Church of Ireland. All are welcome along. Contact Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.

pARISH PILGRIMAGES

Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639 (only six seats left). Call Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid to them or in the parish office.

WHIST

Old School. March 5. Top score D Kelly. Lady 1 A Walsh. 2 B O’Brien. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 J Harrison. Half 1 l O’Brien. 2 C Drought. Best of 3 R Cole, B Cooley. Hatcher M Gowing. Raffle B Thompson, C Drought, S Wilkinson, P Dowling.

Feb 26. Top score A Walsh. 2 B Thompson. 3 J O’Shea, R Cole. Half 1 S Wilkinson. 2 V Kearns. Best of 3 D Kelly, P Stephenson, C Martin. Raffle N Thompson, A Walsh, T Kearns.

Community Care. March 4. Top score The Boss, T Kearns. Lady 1 A Walsh. 2 J O’Shea. Gent 1 S Langton. 2 T Delaney. Half lady 1 B O’Brien. 2 R Cole. Half gent 1 M Barrett, S Coffey. 2 T Gowing. Lowest score M Gowing. Hatcher T Dunne. Raffle J O’Shea, J Harrison (x2), J Bracken, M Gowing, A Rochford.

Feb 25. Top score C Martin. Lady 1 D Byrne. 2 L Pierce. Gent 1 P Dowling. 2 S Langton, H Kelly. Half lady 1 B Srahan. 2 T Mulhare. Half gent 1 S Duff. 2 T Kearns. Lowest score J O’Shea. Hatcher V Kearns. Raffle J Harrison. B Srahan, A Walsh, J Bracken, T Mulhare, J Bracken.

LAOIS MARTIAL ARTS

Classes available: 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 or see Facebook

Combat Kickboxing

Jnr Kickboxing (5yrs -11yrs)- Tues & Thurs 5:30 - 6:30pm

Juvenile Kickboxing (12yrs-16yrs)Tue & Thurs 6:30-7:3pm

Snr Kickboxing (17yrs +) Tue & Thurs 8pm - 9:15+pm

Ladies Fitcamp Thurs @7:15

Contact Tommy 086 8496205