Mountmellick Notes



There was much regret at the death of Bernard Rochford of Emmet St on Friday December 14. Bernard, formerly of Durrow in Offaly, was a long term member of the community in Mountmellick and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. A member of the farming community, Bernard had served on the board of Glanbia. A keen GAA player and supporter, Bernard was president of Mountmellick GAA.

Remains reposed at his residence until removal on Saturday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 1.30pm on Sunday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Guards of honour were provided by Glanbia and Mountmellick GAA Club.

The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Bernard’s wife Maureen, his children Ray, Helen, Gerard, Catherine, Feargal, Mary and Bernardine, family, relatives, friends and neighbours on their bereavement.


Mountmellick Youth Development Centre is holding its annual Christmas concert on Tuesday December 18 at 7.30pm in the Community Arts Centre. All welcome.


Mountmellick Soccer Club is holding a children’s disco (up to and including 14 years of age) on Friday December 21 from 7pm to 9.30pm in Conor Davis Park. This will be fully supervised. Admission: €5, minerals, snacks and spot prizes included. Why not come along and enjoy a great evening of music, dancing and Christmas fun.


If you would like to give an alternative gift to a friend or family member this Christmas you might consider donating to Mission Alive. Your gift will benefit the HIV/ AIDS Orphan Project in Lusaka, Zambia providing the children there with food, medicines, educational materials and uniforms.

A gift certificate will be issued to you to give to friends to show that you have donated to Mission Alive. Donations can be made and gift certificates to donors will be given in the Parish Office.

We thank the people of Mountmellick who have so generously donated to this project in recent years. All money is sent directly to Zambia.


The Advent prayer hour continues this Wednesday December 19 from 7pm to 8pm in St Joseph’s Church. This hour of prayer and reflection includes prayers, music, hymns, readings and time for quiet reflection. There will be a guest speaker. This is an opportunity to take a step back from

the busy commercial aspect of Christmas and reconnect with the true meaning of the season. The final prayer hour will be on Wednesday December 19 also from 7pm to 8pm.


Everyone is welcome to come along, sing carols and listen to the story of the first Christmas on Sunday December 23 at 7pm in Mountmellick Methodist Church.


Confessions: St Joseph’s Church on Christmas Eve from 11am to 1pm.

Christmas Eve Mass: 9pm in both St Joseph’s Church and St Mary’s Church Clonaghadoo.

Christmas Day Mass: St Joseph’s Church at 9am, 10.30am and noon, St Mary’s Church Clonaghadoo at 10.30am.


On Sunday December 23 at 10.45am there will be a service in St Paul’s Mountmellick and at noon in St John’s Coolbanagher.

Also on Sunday December 23 at 6pm there will be an inter-church carol service in Clonaslee Heritage Centre (the former Church of Ireland Church).

Christmas Eve 11.30pm: Holy Communion St Paul’s Mountmellick.

Christmas Day 9.30am: Holy Communion St Brigid’s Rosenallis.

Christmas Day 11am: Holy Communion, St John’s Coolbanagher


Tom Joyce’s exhibition of oil paintings will feature in the library gallery for the month of December. All are welcome.

A special Christmas pyjamas story time takes place on Tuesday December 18 from 6.15pm to 7pm. This is suitable for ages 3 to 8. The library will close for Christmas from Friday December 21 at 5pm. We will reopen Thursday and Friday December 27 and 28 (normal opening hours). Services resume on Wednesday January 3. We wish all our borrowers a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


The Mountmellick Macra members Christmas party is on this Friday December 21 at 8.30pm in the hall. All members and other Macra clubs welcome.

Capers practise and panto practise are in full swing, best wishes to all involved. Some panto parts still available, contact Rosie or Caitriona if interested. The next adult’s practice is on Wednesday December 19 at 8pm. If you would like to find out more about Macra or become a member please contact Eoghan on 086 3976216.


Following a very enjoyable social last month, the next monthly social in the Owenass hall will be held on Saturday December 29. Music provided by Catherine and Images. We wish all out dancing friends from far and near good health and a very happy Christmas.


The knitting circle meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to noon in the library. Drop in for cuppa and a chat. All donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.


Classes and cupla focal will continue after Christmas.


On St Stephen’s day at noon a charity football match in aid of cancer will be played on The Heath between The Heath and ‘The Conlon’s (including all cousins on the Conlon side).


The annual Slieve Bloom walk in aid of Laois Hospice on St Stephen’s day is celebrating its 20th year and all support would be welcomed.

There is a long walk (10 miles) and a short walk (3 miles approx.) in the Sliabh Blooms. The walk will leave the Community Centre Clonaslee at noon.

Sponsorship cards are available from Sheila Bourke on 057 86 48084.


The Active Retirement Association committee wish all their members and friends a very happy Christmas and an exciting new year with lots to do.

After Christmas the fortnightly group meetings in the MDA will begin again at 10.30am on Wednesday January 9 and the Boccia sessions in the Macra Hall will start again on Monday January 7 at 7.30pm.


In conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and the centenary of WW1 in 2014 Mountmellick Museum would like to form a small group of interested people to

research and ascertain information on local sailors and soldiers who fought in WW1. We hope to obtain enough information to hold an exhibition in remembrance of those who died and detail what life was like for those who returned to the Mountmellick area. If you would like to be part of this group, have a story to tell or have any artefacts from the Great War which you would like included in our project, contact Kathleen Comerford or Dolores Dempsey in the museum at 057 8624525.


Capers rehearsals are in full swing at the moment with the semi-finals due to take place in January. Mountmellick Macra Christmas party will be held on Friday December 21, details to follow. If you would like to join Macra or find out more please contact Eoghan on 086 3976216


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


The Photographic Society has 2013 calendars for sale featuring scenes from around the county. These calendars would be a special gift, particularly for those living away from their home place. Contact Paul Lalor at 087 6264791.


December 5. Numbers drawn: 1, 9, 22 and 26. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€91): A Delaney (McElwee’s) and Me and My Shadow (F Hibbitts).


December 6. Top score V Kearns. Ladies 1 E Moran. 2 D Byrne. Gents 1 M Ryan. 2 L Kavanagh. Halves 1 A Carroll. 2 R Cole. Best of three P Dowling.


December 12. Top score T Kearns. Ladies 1 V Kearns. 2 J O’Shea. Gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 D Kelly. Halves ladies 1 B Langton. 2 T Mulhare. Halves gents 1 J Harrison. 2 J Walker. Lowest score B Fitzpatrick and J Ryan. Hatcher D Whelan, R Payne, P Kavanagh and R Cole. Best of three M Gowing. Raffle T Mulhare, J Harrison, S Duff, B Keegan, L Pierce, M Harte, S Langton, A Blanche, T Gowing, A Walsh, H Kelly, B Coolan, L Pierce, J Harrison, T Gowing, P Dowling, M Coyne, N Kelly, P Dowling, B Keegan, T Lawlor, E Breen and M Quigley.