Children’s disco (up to 14 yrs) on Friday September 5 from 7pm to 9pm in Conor Davis Park. Admission €5 includes minerals and snacks.
The Rock GAA club are organising a fundraiser in aid of Ben and Jake Connolly on Saturday September 6 in the clubhouse. Silent Wave, Mimic and Fallen Femmes will play from 9pm until late. Finger food served. Tickets €10 from local shops, committee members or can be bought on the door.
ROCK GAA FUNDRAISER
The club are holding a clothing collection on Saturday September 6. Items acceptable are blankets, curtains and bedlinen, soft toys, paired shoes, handbags, belts, ties, scarves and gloves, along with reusable/rewearable clothing, laptops and mobile phones. No dirty or wet clothes, mats, carpets, duvets or pillows. Items can be dropped to clubhouse on training evenings or from 9am to 11.30am on Saturday September 6. For details call John at 086 3264102.
‘Calvary’ starring Brendan Gleeson will be shown on Friday September 5 at 8pm.
An exhibition titled ‘Traversing the Littoral’ by artist Karen Hendy will run in the library gallery until the end of September.
Junior bookclubs in the library for ages 8 - 9 and 10 - 12 resumes in September. To join or find out more, please contact 057 8644572.
SEWING for children
A children’s sewing group will begin in the library for ages 10 to 12, meeting every fortnight. To join call 057 8644572.
LAOIS SOCIAL HISTORY
A series of folklore CDs covering all aspects of the social history of Laois are available to borrow from the library.
LOOMING AT LIBRARY
Due to the popularity of the summer loom banding sessions, they will continue every second Saturday starting on September 6 at 11.30am to 12.30pm. All are welcome.
WORLD WAR I
WWI memorabilia is on exhibit in the MDA Museum until Saturday September 6. Items include a 1916 Renault car (of which only three survive today) used by the French army during the war. There is also a roll of honour with information on all in the Mountmellick area who died, including the sets of brothers, along with the fathers and sons who perished during the war.
The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock is on Saturday September 13 with bus leaving MDA car park at 8.30am. Adult €10, child €5 which includes enroute refreshments. Contact 057 8679553 or 085 1091350.
Kilcavan 5k fun run/walk is on Friday September 12 at 7 pm, registration from 6 pm. Race entry €10, juveniles €5. Funds in aid of St Mary’s hall, Clonaghadoo. Prizes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male & female.
New members welcome, call secretary Emma 087 6962626.
Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital. Fridays: ‘Go for Life Games’ Macra Hall 7.30pm.
Active retirement resume on Wednesday September 10 from 10.3oam to 12.30pm. New members always welcome phone 086 0618955.
The Men’s Shed meeting is on Monday September 8 at 8pm in Wolfe Tone Court. The club are seeking a shed or disused building to house their tools. If anyone knows of such a place call 087 657 8736. New members welcome.
Registration night for the new season is on Tuesday September 9 at 7.30pm in the community sports centre. Instruments will be available to try out on the night. If anyone would like to donate an instrument to the group please bring on the night. Classes resume on Tuesday September 16. Sharon Shannon plays at the Arts Centre Mountmellick on Friday September 12.
Committee meeting is on Tuesday September 2 in the ICA Hall at 8pm.
Well done to all the club’s athletes who competed in the second week of the national finals in Athlone recently, many of whom went through to the semi-finals in their competitions. Congratulations to Tom O’Connell who got gold in the u8 80m B final. Thank you to all from Mountmellick who mentored the athletes or worked at the finals.
Registration night on Thursday September 4 at 7.30pm in the Owenass hall for new beavers (6 years), cubs and scouts and for existing members who are returning in September to each section. A new Venture Unit for 15 year olds is starting, register on the same night.
SCOUTS CAR BOOT SALE
Fundraising for the scouts trip to the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015 continues with a car boot sale on Sunday September 7 in the circus field, €10 per car, call Annette 087 9438430. Details of a table quiz and race night in the next few weeks. All support appreciated.
SYLVIA PLATH TALK
Dr Arthur Broomfield will give a talk on the works of poet Sylvia Plath at the library on Friday September 19 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The focus will be on Plath’s works in the leaving cert programme.
READINGS AND MUSIC
Poet Anne Egan and musicians Eddie Sheehan and Niamh Furlong will present an evening of readings and music at The Old Bank House on Friday September 19 at 6pm.
ADULT ART WORKSHOP
This will be held in The Forum Hostel on Friday September 19 from 7pm to 8pm with Collette Dunne. Limited places, book at 057 867557.
THE IRISH MIDLANDS CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Enjoy chamber, classical and concert music on Friday September 19 at 8pm in the Arts Centre. For information call 086 3751604.
The Tower Classic and Vintage Club is holding a car and tractor vintage run on Sunday September 7 to raise funds for the leukemia trust fund St James’ hospital and Laois Hospice. It begins at the community hall in Ballyfin at 2pm, all welcome. For details call Denis 087 9488015.
LAOIS MARTIAL ARTS
Classes for juniors, seniors and adults available daily mornings and evenings. Ladies classes also available on Monday and Thursday morning and Wednesday night. Fully matted professional studio. Classes taught by a fully qualified coach. 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 on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.
Slieve Bloom Association
The Slieve Bloom Association will meet in the Community Centre, Kinnity on Thursday September 4, 8:30pm. All welcome, especially if you are interested in preserving, yet promoting the heritage of the Slieve Bloom area. See slievebloomassociation.com
August 21. Top score J Harrison. Lady 1 B Keegan. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gent 1 T Jacob. 2 T Kearns. Quarter 1 T Gowing. 2 M Going & N Fitzpatrick. 3 D Kelly & D Byrne. 4 V Kearns. Best of three B Fitzpatrick. Hatcher J Delaney. Lowest score R Cole. Raffle L Kavanagh, J Harrison, B Coffey (x2).
€50 M Rochford. €20 J Challoner, E Casey, C O’Shea, P Goodwin.