Simon Collection

Laois Friends of Midlands Simon will hold a collection in SuperValu , 10am-6pm on Saturday, March 29. All monies raised will go to helping homeless services in Laois. In 2013, Midlands Simon supported over 80 Laois people. Please support. If you can help out for an hour or two, contact Jennifer on 087 2996653.

Mountmellick Heritage Society

The next meeting of the Mountmellick Heritage Society will take place on Friday March 28 at 7pm downstairs in Mountmellick Arts Centre.


Daffodil day, the Irish Cancer Society’s main fundraiser, is on Friday March 28. Volunteers are urgently needed and donations of fresh daffodils appreciated. Call Mary Donoher 057 824758 or Bridie Parkinson 057 8644122.


The Soccer Club is holding a children’s disco (up to 14 years old) on Friday March 28 from 7pm to 9.30pm in Conor Davis Park. Entry €5 includes minerals and snacks. All support needed and appreciated. The Club thanks all sponsors.


Wednesday March 26 8pm Rear Window. Saturday March 29 8.15pm Thor: The Dark World. Sunday March 30 3pm Free Birds


In aid of MS Ireland in The Hollow Bar at 9.30pm on Friday March 28 with questions by Michael Linehan. Support appreciated.


Annual variety concert is on Friday April 4 in the Macra Hall with doors opening at 7.30pm. Show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets available from the committee at the classes. Please come and support. 


Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group) meets in the library on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1am. All ages and levels welcome for a friendly chat ‘as Gaeilge’ in a relaxed atmosphere.


Well done to all who competed in the county chess final. The county talent final will be in the Arts Centre on Saturday April 12 from 10am. Competing for Mountmellick: Siobhan McEvoy, Grainne Lalor, Leah Tarpey and Caoimhe Guinan, Emma Dunne and Emer Comerford in the group dance, Eille Lalor in solo singing, Keeva Gallagher doing recitation, Declan White and Tiernan Morris in solo music, Noel Stapleton, Declan White and Conor White in group music.  Best of luck to all. Come and be entertained.


Thanks to Ann and staff of the Coffee Pot for accommodating the Caife le Comhrá during Seachtain na Gaeilge.


Held on Wednesday March 12 after a busy year. Officers elected: president Dolores White, vice president Breda Culleton, secretary Mary B Culliton, treasurer Rena McEvoy, asst. treasurer Olive Kelly, PRO Sheila Kearney, contests secretary Anne Divine, arts & crafts promoter Vera Kearney. Competition winners for the year: 1 A Divine, 2 R McEvoy, 3 V Kearney. Congratulations to all who competed. Next meeting is Wednesday April 9 at 8.30pm. New members welcome, call Dolores 086 2664716.


St Joseph’s Church. Mondays 10am & 7.30pm. Tuesdays 7.30am & 7.30pm. Wednesdays 10am & 7.30pm. Thursdays 7.30pm. Fridays 10am & 7.30pm. Trocaire boxes available in the church.


John Drumm, a local artist is exhibiting ‘Influences’ a series of portraits, for the month of March in the library gallery.


U8s and U10s resume training on Tuesday April 1 at 7pm. New players welcome, call John Allen 086 3264102.


Mountmellick UFC is holding a race night in Moloney’s on Friday April 11 at 9.30pm. The best of races with musical interludes and fun. Horses €20 or sponsorship €100/€50 or any amount appreciated, contact Michael Davis 087 6178821. All support appreciated for club development.


On Saturday March 29 in the Owenass Hall, dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am with music by the popular father and son duo Teddy and Cathal Barry


New to the library is a selection of exam guides (Revise Wise and Less Stress, More Success series) for Leaving and Junior Certificate subjects. Available for lending.


Kilbride Art Group will launch their exhibition on Tuesday April 1 at 6pm in the library. All are welcome.


An entertaining week of drama concluded with competition results announced on Friday March 14. Open section: best play Thurles Drama Group. Best actor David McElgunn of Thurles DG. Best actress Aoife Walsh of Ballyduff DG. Best director Margaret McCormack of Thurles DG. Confined section: best play Kilmuckridge DG. Best actor Johnny Quinlan of Moyne DG. Best actress Maire Barry of Conna DG. Best director Susan Troy of Moyne DG. Adjudicator’s award: Lizzie Breen and Roísin Barry (Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG) for their roles as April and Rosie Bright in April Bright. Best set design: Ballyduff DG.


Lourdes: July 18 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor at 087 7670915.


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30 pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: Go For Life workshop Macra, Portlaoise 10am to 3pm and aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday March 26 10.30am to 11.30am: walking group meets at MDA. Thursday: ‘healthy cooking’ course of 6 Thursdays in Wolfe Tone Court 10.30am to 1pm and music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm. Friday: Go for Life games blitz in Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


March 19. €300 S Hibbitts. €50 M O’ Mara, R O’ Hearn, E Marum, J O’ Mara.


NS 1 C Lawlor, M Hourigan. 2 V Turley, A Rochford. 3 B Egan, M McCabe. EW 1 C Walsh, L Tynan. 2 M Malone, F Dunne. 3 H Meade, B Hourigan.


March 11. €50 D O’Mahony. €20 O Dunne, B Mason, L Conroy, A McKane.


March 12. Community care. Top score T Casey. Ladies 1 B O’Brien. 2 J O’Shea & B Cooley. Gents 1 F Keenan. 2 T Dunne. Halves ladies 1 V Kearns. 2 A Walsh. Halves gents 1 T Delaney. 2 T Gowing. Lowest score J Harrison. Hatcher H Kelly. Raffle S Wilkinson, U Curran, B Srahan, Sr Rosarii, J Delaney. March 13. Old school. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 Mrs Gorman. 2 B O’Brien. Gents 1 S Duff. 2 S Wilkinson & D Kelly. Halves 1 B Coffey & C Martin. 2 T Kearns. Best of three R Cole. Hatcher D Byrne. Raffle B O’Brien, C Fitzpatrick, P Dowling, Mrs Gorman.


March 12. Numbers: 2, 3, 13, 27. Match 3s (€67) S Coffey, S Gorman, Maureen, C Banaghen, E Burke.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday.   Contact John 086 8033126. Infoline: 1890 474 474.


Mental health support group, meets Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking required. Call 01 6617211 or LoCall Helpline 1890303302.  




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