The mobile blood clinic will be in St Patrick’s BNS on Thursday May 22 from 5pm to 8.30pm. All donors encouraged to attend.


Wednesday May 21 8pm The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Sunday May 25 3pm How To Train Your Dragon.


The parish joins with the Kildare & Leighlin pilgrimage to Knock in on Sunday June 1 with bus leaving St Joseph’s Church at 8.15am. Cost €10 per seat. Book in parish office now, 057 8624390.


Rosary will be recited in Castlebrack cemetery each Sunday evening at 7pm during May. The cemetery mass will be celebrated at 7pm on Sunday May 25. All welcome.


Mountmellick Camera Club’s exhibition continues in the library gallery this month. The group are celebrating 25 years and all are welcome along to view.


A table quiz in aid of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries summer schools in Ethiopia will be in The Druid Inn on Friday May 22 at 9.30pm. Two local volunteers will work there during the summer. All support appreciated


Jean Farrell presents her one woman play ‘The Six Marys’ in Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise on Thursday May 23 at 8pm. This play takes a light hearted view of growing up the 50s and 60s in Ireland. Jean is a sister of Sheelagh Coyle (Mountmellick). This is her fourth visit to Laois having presented her play in Portarlington and Mountrath Golf Clubs and Ballacolla Sports Centre. 


On Wednesday May 28 from 2pm to 5pm the Retirement Association will host a dance, facilitated by Maureen Culleton, in the Macra Hall. Admission €5, tea will be served.


Wednesday evenings at 8pm during May films aimed at an older audience will be shown. The cinema has free parking and a lift, making it wheelchair accessible. Admission €5. May 21: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. May 28: The Searchers.


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.


The above is now enrolling for September 2014 for all classes. Phone 057 8644020 or email for enrolment form. Enrolment day Tuesday June 10.


The season is well underway with all teams training. The annual sponsored walk takes place in Glenbarrow on Sunday May 25 at noon, all welcome.


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


Over the last number of weeks we welcomed many new girls and boys to the club. New players are always welcome and can register on our training nights Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm.  A weeklong camp for football will be held at The Rock from August 18 to 22. More details in the weeks ahead. Weekly results of the Rock GAA & Rock NS lotto draw is available on the club’s Facebook page..


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults available daily mornings and evenings. Ladies classes and bootcamp kickboxing also available. Professional studio. Classes taught by 4th degree black belt coach and qualified fitness instructor. Call 086 3399287


Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14 +) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout Thursdays 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, call 086 8496205.


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.  


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30pm to 4pm and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday: May 21 walking group meet at MDA 10.30am to noon and Balcony Cinema showing ‘The Best Marigold Hotel’ 8pm. Wednesday May 28 Mountmellick will host the Bealtaine dance in Macra Hall 2pm to 5pm admission €5. Friday: ‘Go for Life Games Blitz’ Macra Hall 7.30pm. The team are preparing to go forward to the Laois all Ireland ‘Go for Life’ Games in DCU, Dublin on June 7. You can sign up to support them in Dublin. Names will be taken for the trip to Dublin members contact number below.

Lots more free activities for the month of May in the Laois Bealtaine brochures in MDA and Library. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Meets Tuesdays 10.30 to noon in the library. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


May 7. Community care. Top score M Gowing. Lady 1 D Byrne. 2 A Rochford. Gent 1 T Gowing. 2 S Duff. Half lady 1 Sr Rosarii. 2 B Hogan, B O’Brien, C Casey, C Martin. Half gent 1 J Harrison. 2 J Delaney. Lowest score B Srahan. Hatcher C Fitzpatrick. Raffle S Duff (x2), T Jacob, H Kelly, Sr Rosarii, U Curran.

May 8. Old school. Top score A Walsh. Lady 1 B Keegan. 2 B O’Brien & J O’Shea. Gent 1 B Coffey. 2 L Kavanagh. Half 1 E Moran. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Best of three J Harrison. Hatcher T Jacob & C Fitzpatrick. Lowest score P Dowling. Raffle T Jacob, Mrs Gorman, J Harrison, P Stephenson.


May 7. Numbers 10, 15, 18, 27. Match 3 (€84) F Rochford, M Morris.


€50 G Leech. €20 J Halley, A Mulvaney, R McLoughlin, J Davis.


Condolences are extended to the family of Lionel George Collins of Manor Road and formerly of New Forest UK whose death occurred on Saturday April 26. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home with removal to St Paul’s Church on Thursday May 1 for Funeral Service at 2pm. Private cremation followed. Lionel is mourned by his wife Olive, daughter Marie, son Derrick, sisters Grace and Eileen, relatives and friends.


Condolences are extended to the family of Jenny McGlynn of Twoomey Terrace whose death occurred on Thursday May 1 at Oakdale Nursing Home. Remains reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Hone until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Jenny was predeceased by her husband Thomas. Jenny is mourned by her daughters Catherine and Breda, son James, brothers Joe and Eddie, relatives and friends.


Condolences are extended to the family of Frances Davis of Harbour Street whose sudden death occurred on Sunday May 11 at St James’ Hospital. Remains reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Tuesday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Frances is mourned by her brother Michael, sisters Marie and Phil, family, relatives and friends.




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