public Policing meeting
The next meeting of the Mountmellick Joint Policing meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 8pm in the Library, Mountmellick Civic Offices, O’Moore St, Mountmellick. Please note that this is a public meeting and any member of the public affected by policing of the area is entitled to attend. Members of the public are also invited to submit written questions to the Town Clerk. Questions from the public are required to be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 28. Any reply will be verbal and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
Mountmellick United FC is holding their monthly disco on Friday August 30 from 7pm to 9.30pm in Conor David Park. All children up to and including the age of 14 are welcome along. Admission €5 to include snacks and minerals.
These will begin in September at MDA and funding may be available if you are unemployed. Contact Imelda at 057 8624525 for enquiries. Courses will include FETAC level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses and also ECDL.
Classes for adults and children at Kilbride art group will resume in the first week of September and continue until December. Contact Una for times, details and bookings at 086 2392997.
Well done to Fiachra C-Fennell who represented Mountmellick at the Fleadh in Derry in the comhrá competition recently. Also remember if senior and junior musicians wish to get involved with the musical activities at the Heritage in Abbeyleix on Sundays get your name on the emailing list to find out when the events are on. The contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Musicians are coming together to learn tunes and later there will be a show.
Our athletes did themselves proud at the recent National Community Games finals. Well done to Kiahara Dempsey (100m), Ava Lalor (200m), Fiachra and Liadan C-Fennell (1500m) and our u10 mixed relay team Hannah Dunne, Gráinne Lalor, Jamie Sales, Seán O’Rourke, Layla Mulvaney, and Odhrán Davis. Our Supervalu bucket collection is coming up on Saturday September 14. If anyone wishes to help out with an hour or two please contact 085 7138940.
Jane W. Shackleton’s photographic exhibition titled ‘Ireland’ continues until Saturday August 31 in the library gallery. This includes photographs of Mountmellick and Rosenallis.
ADULT BOOK CLUB
Interested in joining a book club? The library book club will resume in September. The club will meet in the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Please call in or phone the library if you wish to join.
KILCAVAN 5K RUN/WALK
Clonaghadoo hall committee are having their annual Kilcavan 5K run/walk on Friday September 6 at 7pm. Registration at Clonaghadoo Church from 6pm. Adults €10, juveniles €5. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female and also many more prizes on the night. Refreshments served afterwards.
The group meetings will resume on Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.
THE ROCK GATHERING
This community based social event will take place on Saturday October 26 with all welcome to attend. Further details to follow.
Classes for juniors, seniors and adults, contact 087 2768843.
August 14. Community care whist. Top score S Duff. Ladies 1 C Fitzpatrick. 2 A Walsh & C Martin. Gents 1 T Kearns. 2 T Jacob & N Kelly. Halves ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 Sr Madeline. Halves gents 1 M Barrett. 2 F Keenan. Lowest score P Dowling. Hatcher P Kelly. Raffle D Byrne, C Conroy, B O’Brien, M Barrett & U Curran.
August 15. Old school whist: top score E Moran. Ladies 1 B Keegan. 2 B O’Brien. Gents 1 V Kearns. 2 T Jacob. Halves 1 L Kavanagh. 2 J Delaney. Best of three C Thompson.
The ‘Brewing up a Storm’ concert due to be held August 29 has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Anyone who bought tickets can get refunds at the place of purchase. Draw for sporting memorabilia will take place in the Druid Lounge on Thursday, August 29, with Jimmy Magee. Music by Strength in Numbers.
Slieve Bloom Association trip
The Slieve Bloom Association will hold their annual excursion on Saturday, August 31 and will venture to Clare this year. Everyone is welcome and those interested are asked to contact Matt at 087 77 26270.
The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will travel on Saturday September 14 with the bus leaving Mountmellick at 8.30am.
Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on the church notice board.
The local pride in the history and heritage of Mountmellick was evident as Mountmellick Heritage Society organised a full programme of events for Heritage Week. Talks at the Arts Centre ranged from a presentation on the Mountmellick Canal by Bill Lawlor, to Charlie Flanagan’s memories of growing up with his father Oliver J, interviewed by Claire O’Brien. Walks and tours during the week included a wildlife walk in the Slieve Blooms and a tour of the Workhouses of the region, both of which were very well attended. Mountmellick Heritage Society also organised a series of fascinating exhibitions in the Owenass hall. The exhibitions featured a range of modern and historic Mountmellick Work. a history of Bord na Móna and the bogs of Laois and Offaly, and an exhibition of photoS, maps and memorabilia chronicling the history of Mountmellick.