cemetery MASS

St Joseph’s cemetery mass will be celebrated on Sunday July 27 at 3pm. We would appreciate if everyone could have their graves tidied for this day.


Members of Mountmellick Men’s Shed recently enjoyed a trip to Portlaoise and Rathdowney Men’s Sheds. The next meeting is on Tuesday July15 at 7.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. New members welcome along anytime. We are investigating obtaining a premises or shed or disused building that can house the tools of the trade. If anyone knows of one please call 087 6578736.

Yarn bombing

Mountmellick’s new yarn bombing club ‘YaMo’ will meet every Tuesday and Friday evenings in the Methodist Church Hall from 7.30pm on. The club plan to bedeck a section of the town overnight in colourful yarns and weaves, with the first ‘bombing’ timed in late August, to create a positive image for passing Electric Picnickers, and coincide with Heritage Week. Anyone with an interest in stitching, knitting, crocheting or learning simple new techniques is welcome, no skills necessary. Donations of bright coloured wool, t-shirts, knits, needles, stuffing etc welcome.


Social dancing in St Mary’s Hall, Clonaghadoo on Thursday July 17 at 9pm.  A free bus leaves O’Connell Square at 8.45pm. Admission €6.  Refreshments served. 


Wednesday July 16 8pm The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Sunday July 20 3pm Pocahontas.


The Mission Alive group will hold a coffee morning/cake sale in Fr Noel Dunphy’s house on Friday August 1 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Donations of cakes on morning of sale welcome. All proceeds go to the Orphanage Project in Lusaka in Zambia.


Artist Caroline Conway who specialises in print making will feature in the library gallery throughout July, all welcome.


The library summer reading challenge ‘Mythical Maze’ has begun. To take part, sign up, read 6 books of your own choosing and you will receive your Mythical Maze chart with a wristband and stickers throughout the summer.


Now booking for our summer events which will take place during July and August.  Check out our comprehensive line up on the library webpage at All events are free but booking is essential as places are limited. Contact 057 8644572 for further details. 057/8644572 for further details. Next up on Thursday July 17 is a Mythical Maze story-time to tie in with the reading challenge.


On Thursday July 24 author Alan Nolan, will hold a comic drawing workshop at 11am. This is suitable for ages 9 to 12, booking is essential.


Looming in the Library in on Tuesdays in July and August from 3pm to 4pm. Just bring along your loom bands and share your designs.


Careers in Music summer school will provide a fun and exciting 5 day workshop for intermediate and advanced musicians and singers. Book on


Well done to all our members who took part in the Leinster Fleadh in Moate at the weekend.


Preparations are underway for the registration of our 26 athletes going to the All Ireland Community Games finals in Athlone in August. The first weekend we have swimmers and cross-country participation and the second weekend we have both individual track and field and relay teams taking part. If there are any businesses out there who would like to sponsor Mountmellick Community Games please contact 085 713 8940.


A limited number of places remains for September in Clonaghadoo NS Mountmellick parish.  Email


Monday: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre noon (free bus MDA at 11.15am Thursday: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


The PTAA Matt Talbot pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday July 20. Bus leaves Mountrath at 8am and arrived in O’Connell Square Mountmellick at 9am. Contact any Council member.


July 2 Community Care. Top score V Kearns. Lady 1 A Walsh. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 J Harrison. Half lady 1 B Hogan, C Martin. 2 Mary Gowing, R Cole. Half gent 1 S duff. 2 T Kearns. Lowest score C Casey. Hatcher T Dunne, J O’Shea. Raffle F Keenan, M Barrett (x2), T Dunne, B Srahan, T Kearns.

July 3 Old School. Top score L Kavanagh. Lady 1 N Thompson. 2 A Walsh. Gent 1 D Kelly. 2 T Kearns. Quarter 1 T Dunne. 2 S Wilkinson, M Gowing, T Jacob. 3 C Martin. 4 J Harrison. Best of three Mrs Gorman. Hatcher K Kavanagh. Lowest score P Stephenson. Raffle A Walsh, B O’Brien, B Kennedy, T Jacob.


July 2. Numbers: 1, 15, 16, 23. Match 3s (€84) S Smithers, K Bennett, K & E Conroy, @M Quinn.


€50 J Cleary. €20 C Gormley, C O’Mara, E Comerford, J Challoner.


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


New players welcome, register on training nights Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm to 8pm.  A weeklong football camp will be at The Rock from August 18 to 22. More details soon. Weekly results of the Rock GAA & Rock NS lotto draw are on the club’s Facebook page.


The Rock GAA club’s family fun day takes place on Sunday August 3. More details in the weeks ahead.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults every morning and evening. Ladies classes on Monday and Thursday morning and Wednesday night. Matted professional studio. Fully qualified coach. Call 086 3399287 or see facebook.


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


Aware Support Group for people with depression, anxiety, stress etc meets Tuesdays at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking required. Call 01 6617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.  


There was sincere regret at the death of Mary (Chrissie) Lalor of 12 Harbour Court and formerly of 20 Lord Edward St on Sunday July 6. Held in great affection by all who knew her, Chrissie will be sadly missed. Reposal took place at her daughter Helen’s home in Grove Park until removal on Monday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon on Tuesday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Chrissie is mourned by her daughters Colette, Barbara, Helen and Patricia, hers sons Ron and Paul, brother Ned, family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.




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