Mountmellick

MYDC INFO SESSION

MYDC INFO SESSION

All the community is invited to an information session on Wednesday September 16 from 9.30am to 10.30am. Bernadette from Barnardos will talk about a new system of working with children and families called Meithal, aimed at helping families easily get the support they need. Information leaflets in the MDA.

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.

GYMNASTICS

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

BRIDGE

Bridge starts for the new season this Thursday September 10 and the AGM is on Thursday September 17.

FAMINE WALK DVD

Thursday September 10 is the 20th anniversary of the Mountmellick Famine walk. A coffee morning in aid of Mission Alive will be held in the Arts Centre on Saturday September 12 from 10am to mark this occasion. The Famine Walk DVD will be screened in the Balcony Theatre at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. Free admission to the screening but support for the coffee morning welcomed.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Meetings resume on Wednesday September 9 at 10.30am in MDA when there will be a general discussion including a discussion on recent holiday. 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 & song in St Vincent’s Hospital.

ART EXHIBITION

Kilbride Art Group is exhibiting paintings in the library gallery during September. .

CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB

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

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.

READING CHALLENGE

Record Breakers summer reading challenge is finishing soon. Please complete your reading chart as soon as possible. An award ceremony for all children who completes the challenge of reading 6 books will take place in October.

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.

GARRYHINCH BRIDGE

The new season resumes on Monday September 21 at 7.45pm in Garryhinch Golf Club. New members welcome.

KNOCK pilgrimages

St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage; Saturday September 12 leaving MDA carpark at 8.30am sharp. Cost €10 to include refreshments enroute. Call 086 4003469.

Legion of Mary pilgrimage; Sunday September 27 via Mountmellick at 9.30am. Bus fare €10, stopping for meal on return journey. Call 087-9611331.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS

This parish fundraiser will be on Friday September 18 in Newbridge. Tickets €10 and €5 for the bus on sale in the parish office after all weekend Masses. Anyone who can assist with selling tickets, please contact the parish office. Thanks extended to local businesses for their support, please support them in turn.

CULTURE NIGHT

On Friday September 18 as part of Culture Night acclaimed singer songwriter John Spillane will perform in the Mountmellick Arts Centre at 7pm. Free admission. It is the finale of a project “Songwriting in Laois”, featuring Laois students. Book at 8663355 or www.dunamaise.ie Tickets also available on the door.

WB YEATS EVENING

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

WALKING GROUP

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

BADMINTON

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

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.

THE ROCK LOTTO

€20: Phillip & Maeve, l Lowry, P Dalton, Michael & Alicia, N McGuire.

GAA LOTTO

€50 C Bishop. €20 H Rochford, F Lawlor, T O’Shea, M Reddin.

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 find us on Facebook.

PORTARLINGTON BRIDGE

The new season starts on Wednesday September 16 at 7.45pm in Garryhinch Golf Club.

WHIST

Community Care. August 26. Top score C Fitzpatrick. Lady 1 B Cooley. 2 S Duff. Gent 1 T Dunne. 2 T Gowing, D Carter. Half lady 1 N Thompson. 2 J O’Shea. Half gent 1 S Langton, D Kelly. 2 V Kearns, M Barrett. Lowest score P Horan. Hatcher C Drought. Juvenile N Harrison. Raffle J Delaney (x2), C Drought, P Horan. L Pierce, S Duff.

Old School Whist. August 27. Top score T Dunne. 2 A Walsh. 3 D Kelly, B O’Brien. Half 1 S Wilkinson. 2 Mrs Gorman. Best of three M Gowing. Hatcher R Cole. Raffle N Thompson (x2), T Jacob, K Kavanagh.

ARTHRITIS IRELAND LAOIS BRANCH

A new friendly strolling group meets each Wednesday at Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 7pm to 8 pm. It’s a social weekly meet up for a gentle stroll and a chat for any persons of any age, with arthritis, fibromyalgia or any such conditions. Come along and give it a try.

SING FOR JOY CHOIR

Rehearsals begin on Wednesday Sepember 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 join us for one hour each Wednesday.to sing in a relaxed inclusive and fun filled atmosphere. Information call Maureen 087 6482038.

LATE CARMEL HIBBITTS

The death occurred on Sunday August 30 at Dromnin Nursing Home Stradbally of Carmel Hibbitts (née Dunne) of New Road, Graigue. Carmel was predeceased by her husband Liam. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Monday evening. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Tuesday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.