school Musical

school Musical

Mountmellick Community School students present the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in the school from Wednesday November 27 to Friday 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets from school and O’Gorman’s, €8 adults, €5 students and oaps, €20 family (2 adults, 2 children). Children’s matinee on Wednesday.

Feighery Gathering

The Feighery gathering took place in Shinrone last month, with 80 members coming from 13 counties including Laois, and the UK and USA.

A mass was celebrated by Fr John Feighery, SVD Dublin assisted by Fr Michael Reddan, SVD Birr, followed by a gathering in the community centre, where there was a display of family history and lovely refreshments. A donation was made to the local St Vincent de Paul Christmas fund. Many thanks to all who helped out.


Next meeting is on Wednesday November 27 at 7pm in the town hall. All new and existing businesses welcome to attend.


Soccer Club is holding their monthly children’s disco (up to 14yrs) on Friday November 29, 7pm to 9.30pm at Conor Davis Park. Entry €5 includes minerals and snacks. Fully supervised and parents welcome


Line dancing classes on Wednesday November 27 and December 4 from 8pm to 9pm in ICA hall. Classes break for Christmas on December 4 and resume in January. Contact Dolores 086 2664716.


Monthly social on Saturday Nov 30, dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am in the Owenass hall, music by Patrick O’Sullivan.


St Vincent de Paul annual collection at all masses is on Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8.  Please give generously to help those in our parish in need in these difficult times.


The launch of John Joe Dunne’s book ‘Sparks from the Embers’ (a journey through a changing Ireland) is in the Macra Hall on Friday December 6 at 8.30pm. All welcome.

BALCONY cinema

Wednesday November 27 8pm: The Field. Friday Nov 29 8pm: Fast & Furious. Saturday Nov 30 3pm: Jack the Giant Slayer & 8.15pm: Lincoln. Sunday December 1 3: Home Alone.

Knock pilgrimage

Night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Mountmellick at 7.15 pm. Call Maura 086 3344722.


Badminton in the Macra Hall Monday and Wednesday contact Trevor on 087 9143226. National fundraiser, greyhound racing in Mullingar, tickets on sale for €10.  Anyone interested in joining Macra or entering a competition may contact 087 696262.


The Camera Club’s 2014 calendar is on sale €5 from O’Horain’s, O’Gorman’s and MJ Dunne’s shop or from club members.  Featuring scenes from around Laois, this would be an ideal Christmas present.


This year’s regional dinner dance is being held in The Manor Hotel Abbeyleix on Friday November 29. Tickets available from Sheila Kearney.


EU/Ireland @ 40 exhibition - displaying the history of Ireland’s forty years of EU membership continues in the gallery until the end of November. Internet and free WI-FI service for members. Knitting circle meets every Tuesday from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your knitting and enjoy a cuppa and chat.


A free bereavement support service available. Contact Eileen 087 6380994.


The annual table quiz is on Thursday December 5 at 9.30pm in the Druid Bar with Michael Linehan (note change of venue & day). All proceeds to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia. Raffle prizes donations welcomed.


Sunday December 8 from 1pm to 9pm. Enjoy Portlaoise Gospel Choir while browsing art, craft and food stalls with lots of Christmas present ideas. Christmas themed fancy dress fundraiser in The Druid this Saturday November 30 with prizes for best dressed. Music by Honest Can.


The local jogging groups are hosting a 5k Santa Dash on Sunday December 8, meeting at 9.15am at Supervalu car park. Walkers, joggers and runners welcome. Adult: €5. Children free. Wear fancy dress or a Santa hat.


Christmas dinner dance on Friday December 13 in Garryhinch Golf Club, bus provided. Call 086 0618955. Weekly activities: Mondays: ‘Ageing with Confidence’ 10.30am to 12.30, art classes for advanced oil painters and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure centre at noon, free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays 3pm to 4.30pm ‘Go for Life’ dancing in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital, 2pm to 4pm. Weds Nov 27: meeting in MDA at 10.30am. Weds Dec 4 at 10.30am at MDA: walking group. Weds Dec 11 at 10.30am at MDA:  Christmas party.


The organisers of the recent sale in aid of St Paul’s parish thank all who supported it so generously.


Tony Monaghan thanks all who contributed so generously to his street collection for the Irish Heart Foundation. Total collected: €893. Thanks also to the collectors.


Thank all who contributed so generously to the meals on wheels church gate collection. Thanks also to the collectors.


There was much grief at the death of Miriam Dunne (née O’Connell) of Cullenbeg on Thursday November 14 at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Miriam was a popular member of the community and her passing is sadly regretted. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Parlour until removal on Saturday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Miriam’s husband Tadgh, daughters Catherine, Paula, Theresa and Anita, family, relatives and friends.


The 25/21 celebration of Mountmellick Comhaltas in the Gandon Inn is on Saturday December 7 at 7pm. This free event celebrates traditional music in Mountmellick for the last 25 years and membership of CCÉ. Current and past members and committee are invited. Limit of 4 tickets per family with a waiting list. Book at class or contact Margaret 085 7138940. Also ring if you have a photograph to share.


Dinner dance and medal presentation in the Tullamore Court hotel on Friday December 27. Contact a committee member for tickets.


Community care November 13. Top score J O’Shea. Ladies 1 Sr Madeline. 2 M Gowing. Gents 1 B O’Brien. 2 S Duff. Halves ladies 1 R Cole. 2 B Srahan. Halves gents 1 T Kearns. 2 B Cooley. Lowest score N Thompson. Hatcher D Byrne. Raffle A Blanche, U Curran, J Harrison, D Byrne & T Gowing.


November 13. Numbers: 1, 7, 12, 20. Match 3s €36: C Geoghegan, S Byrne, B Payne, A & G Griffin, P Clear, Sr Rosarii.


NS 1 B & M Conlon. 2 M Watchorne, A Colgan. 3 H Meade, B Hourigan. EW 1 P Sheils, A Higgins. 2 B Egan, M McCabe. 3 C Lawlor, M Hourigan.


November 19. €50 F Sullivan. €20 C O’Shea, J Griffin, D Dunne & E Hyland.