Korean war Veteran
An interesting talk will be given in Mountmellick Museum, on Thursday, September 20 from 8pm on the experiences of John Shaw in the Korean War. John, son of former Garda Sergeant Shaw, who was stationed in Mountmellick for many years will be familiar with Mountmellick folk of the post WWII period. The talk will be given by James Durney and is being organised by Laois Heritage Society. Admission is free and all are welcome.
UN Vets Remembrance Mass
On Sunday September 30 at 11.15am, a remembrance mass will be held in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise for all deceased members of Post 27, the Laois branch of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association. IUNVA Post 27 invite all members and families to attend.
Gatekeeper Mental Health Education Programmes. As part of this programme, GROW, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive and Laois Partnership is running a 4 week course in Mountmellick aimed at both the under 35s. Young Adult Gatekeeper in MDA, Irishtown, Mountmellick. Tuesdays, October 2,9,16,23. Time: 11am to 1pm. Free of charge. For further details or to book a place, contact Storm Powell, Laois Partnership Co., 087 1775729.
Jackie Curham RIP
There was great sadness in Mountmellick GAA circles last week with the passing of Jackie Curham. Jackie served the club for well over sixty years as a player, mentor and club officer. One of nature’s true gentlemen, he will be fondly remembered by both young and old. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. The club would like to send its condolences to his family.
A number of workshops and talks are being held during the week September 15 to 22 to promote health including mental health and wellbeing. This workshop will be a day filled with practical and easy to use tips and strategies that will help you to take responsibility for your own mental health. It will be in the ICA hall Davitt Road on Monday September 17 from 10am to 4pm. Booking is required, contact 1890 577 577 for details. Coffee and tea with light refreshments will be served.
MIND & BODY BOOK THERAPY
Bernie Foran will give a talk on healthy reading for teens at your local library on Wednesday September 19 in Mountmellick library from 11am to noon. Booking is not needed for this free talk. Bernie will give details of the self help books stocked in Laois libraries that cover a range of everyday issues experienced by teenagers such as stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression and more.
HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY BODY
This motivational talk by clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy (as seen on RTE’s Operation Transformation) will explore the links between healthy minds and healthy bodies. It will be held in the community arts centre Mountmellick on Wednesday September 19 from 8pm to 9.30pm. Booking is not required for this free talk. Further information is available from 057 8671248.
FITNESS MEET & GREET
The athletic club are launching a meet and greet and train evening on Monday September 17 in Smiths Field. The purpose of the event is to organise a non competitive environment whereby people who wish to become fit can ‘meet and greet’. This is not an athletics event. People can walk, jog, run, skip or whatever they choose. All are welcome. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Bridge resumes for the coming season on Thursday September 13.
O’ Moore’s Camogie Club table quiz will take place on Friday September 21 in The Deadman’s Pub Ballyfin at 9pm. Tables of 4 adults €10, U18s €5. All welcome to attend.
Music classes will return on Tuesday September 25. To register for classes please attend a registration night on Tuesday September 18 at Conor Davis Park at 7.30pm. Registration (which also covers insurance) is for both adults and children (7 years and up). Discuss on the night which level is most suitable for you. Classes will now start at 6.30pm each Tuesday night. Cost for classes is €4 per person to €10 per family. AGM will be on Friday September 21 at 8pm at Conor Davis Park. All welcome.
PARENT & TODDLER
A parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the Methodist church hall from 10am to noon. This will start on Tuesday September 11. Children up to and including 4 years of age with their parent or guardian are most welcome. Follow us on Facebook at Mountmellick Parent & Toddler.
CLONAGHADOO PARENT & TODDLER
The above will meet every Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s hall. All are welcome.
ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL ACTION COMMITTEE
The above will hold its AGM on Wednesday September 12 at 8pm sharp in MDA. All welcome.
The board game club for ages 10 to 12 will meet on Thursday September 13 from 4pm to 5pm. New members welcome. The library hope to run two junior books clubs (ages 7 to 9 and 10 to 12) starting in September. Please give your name to a member of staff.
‘Titanic’ an exhibition of work by St Patrick’s NS opened in the gallery on Tuesday September 4.
Bookings are now being taken for an art demonstration by Antoinette Breen on Saturday September 22 from 11am to 1pm. Please phone the library to book a place.
The Storylab summer reading challenge will finish on Friday September 14. Anyone who completes the challenge will receive a gold medal at an award ceremony at the end of September. So if you haven’t finished, you’ve still got time.
The annual Padre Pio pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday September 16 with the bus leaving the square in Mountmellick at 8am with pickups in Rosenallis and Killeigh. Those interested in travelling should contact Michael Lawlor at 057 8644197. The fare is €20 to be paid on booking a seat.
Ladies basketball team starting in September (all ages). If interested please contact Joan at 087 2221355.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
The regular fortnightly club meetings will resume in MDA on Wednesday September 19 at 10.30am and new members are always welcome. This week many of the members are away on the club’s annual holiday which is in White’s Hotel Wexford.
Boccia will be in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm every Monday in August. Aqua aerobics continues in Portlaoise Leisure Centre every Tuesday at noon with the free bus leaving the MDA at 11.15am.
Please note that the weekly music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital has been changed to Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.
Macra held their first general meeting of the new Macra year on Friday September 7. A bowling fun night has been organised for Saturday September 22. All welcome. Badminton continues on Wednesdays and now also on Sundays. There will be darts, pool and table tennis on in the hall at the same time. An enjoyable evening for all. If interested in finding out more or becoming a member please contact Eoghan on 086 3976216.
LAOIS MARTIAL ART
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.
A public meeting of Mountmellick Town Council Joint Policing committee will be held in the MDA museum on Thursday September 13 at 8pm. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Questions should be submitted in writing to Elaine Moore, town clerk, Mountmellick Civic Offices, O’Moore St or phone 057 8644565.
The guild will resume meeting following the summer break on Wednesday September 12 in ICA house at 8pm. New members always welcome.
A cake sale is being held in the Methodist church hall on Saturday September 15. All support welcomed.
LATE JACK CURHAM
There was much regret at the death of Jack Curham of Lord Edward Street on Thursday September 6. A most popular man in the community, Jack was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Jack was sacristan at St Joseph’s Church until recent years. Mountmellick GAA Club provided a guard of honour in recognition of Jack’s lifelong support of the Club.
Remains reposed at his residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday morning. Requiem mass was concelebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.
The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Jack’s sisters and brothers, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.
September 5. Numbers drawn were 10, 14, 25 and 32. No jackpot winner so the jackpot remains at €20,000. Match 3s (€112) D Bennett (R McEvoy).
COMMUNITY CARE WHIST
September 5. Top score M Barrett. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 D Byrne. Gents 1 P Dowling. 2 V Kearns. Halves ladies 1 M Coyne. 2 B O’Brien. Halves gents 1 T Jacob. 2 S Langton. Hatcher J O’Shea. Lowest score B Srahan. Raffle S Duff, J Delaney, Sr Rosario, A Walsh, T Jacob.
SPLASH OF CASH
September 5. €300 R Keenan. €50 J Byrne, J Meehan, M Hyland and S Kearney.
OLD SCHOOL WHIST
September 6. Top score B O’Brien. 2 R Cole. 3 T Kearns. Halves 1 C Thompson. 2 V Kearns. Best of three P Dowling. Hatcher A Walsh.
Tom Conroy, organist, music teacher and composer from Brittas Clonaslee has composed Brittas Mass. This will be celebrated at 10.30am on Sunday September 16 in St Mary’s Church Clonaghadoo. Tom will play the music and singers trained by Tom will sing.
September 21. Talk on the works of Samuel Beckett by Dr Arthur Broomfield in Mountmellick Library from 3pm - 4.30pm. To book 057 8674343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.