County talent in the Arts Centre on Saturday April 12 with registration for all qualifiers at 10.30am. Any u14 group of 2 to 6 interested in competing in the disco dance call 085 713 8940.


Community care monthly social is on Thursday April 10 at 8.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. More people are welcome to attend and enjoy light refreshments and music by Reuben James. For transport (Mountmellick area only) call 087 9812525.


Mountmellick United FC is holding a race night in Moloney’s Gaelic Bar on Friday April 11 at 9.30pm. Featuring the best of English, American and South African 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, come to place bets and enjoy the experience.


In aid of Sarsfield’s representative in the Strictly Come Dancing competition (April 20 in The Heritage Hotel) Amy Grehan. Table quiz in The Druid on Saturday April 12. All support appreciated.


Wednesday April 9 8pm Dr Zhivago. Saturday April 12 8.15pm Captain Philips. Sunday April 13 3pm The Little Mermaid.


St Joseph’s Cemetery committee seeks volunteers to cut grass for the coming year, call 087 2101257 or contact a committee member. We ask people who are throwing their rubbish into the trees, behind the Altar and onto the adjoining property to stop. Please help to keep our cemetery tidy


O’Moore’s Camogie Club table quiz will is on Good Friday April 18 at 9.30pm in Rosenallis community centre. Table: €20. The raffle prizes include a weekend away and meal vouchers. Support appreciated.  


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.


Training times U10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays 6.45pm & Fridays 6pm. U14 Tuesdays 6.30pm & Fridays 6pm. Adult Tuesdays 8pm & Fridays 8pm.


U8, u10, u12, and u14 football training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.  New players welcome.


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30 pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday April 8: trade fair in Radisson Blu, Galway and aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday April 9: national AGM in Galway Bay Hotel. Thursday: ‘healthy cooking’ last lesson 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.


Laois Friends of Midlands Simon thank customers and staff of McConville’s Supervalu for their generosity in raising over €300 on Saturday March 29. All monies raised stay local and go towards homeless services in Laois. In 2013 Midlands Simon supported over 80 people in Laois who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


Ladies: meet at MDA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm for runs from 5k to 8k. Find Mountmellick Panthers on facebook. Men’s: The Road Runners meet at MDA on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am. Both free to join.

Slieve Bloom Assoc

The Slieve Bloom Association wll hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the new constitution on Wednesday, April 9 at 8:30pm in the Community Centre, Kinnity. Members are kindly requested to attend.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Professional gym. Call 087 2768843


Classes in the sports complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays, incl Juniors, Seniors, Ladies bootcamp and core & kettlebells. Call 086 8496205.


Meeting on local government reform & citizen engagement is on Monday April 14 from 7pm to 9pm in Treo Nua, Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise. New local government structures begin in May and each local authority will consist of a Public Participation Network to enable the public to take an active formal role in the policy making and oversight activities of the local authority’s areas of responsibility. A Working Group Report on Citizen Engagement has set out in detail how local people and organisations can take an active role in policy making by engaging with the new structure. Members of organisations and the general public are invited to learn more at this meeting.


March 26. Community Care. Top score C Casey. Lady 1 Mulhare. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 T Delaney. Half Lady 1 V Kearns. 2 B Thompson. Half Gent 1 B Srahan. 2 P Dowling. Lowest score A Walsh & T Gowing. Hatcher Sr Rosarii. Raffle J Harrison, C Conroy, M Barrett, L Pierce, B O’Brien.

March 27. Old School. Top score Mrs Gorman. 2 D Kelly, A Walsh & J Delaney. Half 1 S Wilkinson. 2 R Cole. Hatcher B Hogan & V Kearns. Raffle Mrs Gorman, B Coffey & R Cole.


March 26. Numbers: 5, 9, 19, 32. Match 3 (€56) G Dunne.


€50 T Mino. €20 J Duffy, Lucky Girls, J Dunne, N Delaney.


NS 1 B Hourigan, H Meade. 2 B Conlon, M Watchorne. 3 A Flynn, A Bergin. EW 1 B Egan, M McCabe. 2 C Walsh, L Tynan. 3 M Fennelly, K Horan.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral and no booking required. Call 01 6617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.  


Knitting circle meets every Tuesday from 10.30 to noon in the library. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


Condolences to the family of Colette Dowling (née Coonan), Kilmainham whose death occurred on Friday March 28. Colette is mourned by her husband Conleth, daughters Keelin and Leona, son Aaron, family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Sunday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Rest in peace.


Condolences to the family of Tom Lalor, Harbour St whose death occurred on Saturday March 29. 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. Rest in peace.


Condolences to the family of Christina McGee, Davin Park whose death occurred on Tuesday April 1. Reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home from Wednesday evening. Removal to St Joseph’s Church took place on Thursday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon on Thursday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Rest in peace.




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