Wednesday Feb 5: 8pm Michael Collins. Saturday Feb 8: 8.15pm White House Down. Sunday Feb 9: 3pm Justin and the Knights of Valour.


Mountmellick Drama Group present ‘The Factory Girls’ by Frank McGuinness on Thursday, Friday & Saturday Feb 13, 14 & 15 at 8pm in the Arts centre. See Stage Left for details of the upcoming drama festival.


This year Macra’s production ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ runs from Thursday February 20 to Sunday February 23 in the Macra Hall. With a talented junior and senior cast it will be great family entertainment. Press launch on Friday February 7 at 8.30pm in Macra Hall.


Badminton continues in the Macra Hall on Monday and Wednesday, contact Trevor 087 9143226. ‘Operation Transformation’ is in Portlaoise Macra Hall on Wednesday nights, optional weigh in at 7.15pm followed by exercise. Interested in joining Macra or entering a competition contact 087 696262.


July 17 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Contact Eleanor 087 7670915.


August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor at 087 7670915.


The children’s junior non-fiction reading challenge suitable for ages 7 to12 is up and running. Call into the library for more details and to sign up.


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.


An exhibition by artist Joe Ryan will feature in the gallery for the month of February. All are welcome.


A Ciorcal Comhrá starts in the library on Thursday February 6 from 10am to 11am.  All are welcome to join in our conversational Irish session.


Wednesday February 5 10.30am: group meeting in MDA where we will hear details about elder abuse. Wednesday February 12 10.30am: walking group at MDA. Wednesday February 19 10.30am: AGM in the MDA when the 2014 committee will be elected. All members are invited to attend the AGM and to state which activities, speakers and outings they hope the club might provide in the coming year. Weekly activities: Mondays 2.30pm - 4.30pm: dancing with Maureen Culleton in Wolfe Tone Court. 7.30pm: Boccia in the Macra Hall. Tuesdays noon:  aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am).

Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30pm computer course in Library. 2pm - 4pm: art classes in MDA. 2pm - 4pm: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, 086 0618955. 


The group hosted the Slieve Bloom County Cub Talent Show on Friday January 24 in Mountmellick Arts Centre. Rathdowney, Mountrath, Portlaoise and Mountmellick cubs entertained with song, dance and jokes with Rathdowney stealing the show with a solo singer performing Nathan Carter’s Wagon Wheel. Well done to Mountmellick’s Eimear Comerford, Chloe Dwyer, Lily Gordon and Zoe Whiteley who danced to Trumpets. Thanks to Malcolm Smyth for sound and Ron Lawlor for lights.  Thanks to PJ Dempsey from Portlaoise for disco afterwards.  Congrats to Lyndsey Brennan, Portlaoise who won the Christmas hamper, thanks to all who supported the draw. The group had no winners in the 12 days of Christmas draw, the nearest winner was with Portarlington Scouts where the prize of a golf weekend was won by Gerry Dooley. Thanks to all who purchased tickets.


Clonaghadoo NS (Mountmellick parish) enrolment is on Friday February 7 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Enquiries to 057 8628757.


Registration is taking place at Naíonra pre-school Garoon for the free pre-school year September 2014. Contact Mary Culleton 086 3534852, 057 8624963, email mary@naomhá


A meeting is in Dempsey’s Bar on Friday February 7 at 8pm to organise a reunion of the St Mary’s College Leaving Cert class of ’89. Call 086 0266879.


Ladies: meet in MDA car park Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm for a 5k circuit of the town (runners and walkers)

Men’s: meet at MDA on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am


The 10th anniversary celebration & presentation night is on Saturday February 15 in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise at 8pm. Tickets €30 contact Mary 087 9724393. To celebrate the first 10 years the club has published ‘O’ Moore’s Our Club Our History’, issued at the dinner dance.


AGM is on Friday February 21, a review of the year gone by and plan the year ahead. Everyone encouraged to attend.


Laois Martial Arts: classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Contact 087 2768843.

Combat Kickboxing Laois:

Sports complex. Juniors Tue & Thurs 6pm. Seniors Tue & Thurs 8. Ladies bootcamp Tue 7:15 - 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebells Thurs 7:15 - 8pm.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre at 2.15pm Wednesdays. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed, come and learn a practical psychology of mental health.  Call John 086 8033126. Info: 1890 474 474.


January 29. €300 T Ivie. €50 H Duffy, M Brophy, M O’Rourke, C Donohue.


January 22. Numbers: 2, 17, 20, 27. Match 3s (€67): C Walsh, L Moore (x2), P & M Ging.


Lotto: €50 L Rochford. €20 C Hartnett, J Griffin, E Mulvaney, Mrs Griffin.

Membership now due, all players from minor upwards is €130. If paying instalments, the first €40 is due by February 7. Membership officer Darren Conroy will be in the clubhouse on Saturday at 6pm to collect membership via the sale of a county board ticket. Contact Darren 086 8675060.

The club thanks Michael Lenihan for the table quiz, thanks also to all supporters.


NS 1 C Walsh, L Tynan. 2 (Joint) B Hourigan, H Meade, C Lawlor, M Hourigan. 3 A Colgan, T Joyce. EW 1 V Turley, A Rochford. 2 B Egan, M McCabe. 3 M Fennelly, K Horan.


January 23. Old school. Top score T Kearns. 2 E Moran. 3 J O’Shea. Halves 1 J Harrison. 2 D Kelly. Best of three H Kelly. Hatcher B O’Brien. Raffle B O’Brien, J Delaney, T Kearns.

January 29. Community care. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 A Rochford. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 T Dunne. Halves ladies 1 B O’Brien. 2 B Coffey. Halves gents 1 P Dowling. 2 T Delaney. Lowest score S Langton. Hatcher A Walsh. Raffle P Dowling, R Cole, S Wilkinson, C Casey. B Fitzpatrick.


The death occurred on Friday January 24 of Kathleen Houlihan (neé Foran) at her residence in St Joseph’s Terrace. Kathleen was predeceased by her husband Peter and her daughter Mary. Remains reposed at her daughter Anne’s residence at St Joseph’s Terrace until removal on Sunday 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 Kathleen’s daughter Anne, sons Paddy, Mick, Mario and Petes, family, relatives and friends.