Bike Week Event

Bike Week Event

Mountmellick Youth Development Centre bike safety event June 16 3.30-8.30pm, Free Event at Lough Boora Parklands. Contact Majella 0578674364


Mountmellick WW1 Commemoration Group is holding a fund raising table quiz in the Hollow Bar at 9.30pm on Friday June 12. Your support is appreciated.


The Town Hall has been entered in the Dulux Lets Colour competition. There are three grand prizes of paint and painters and county winners also receive paint prizes. Please vote for our Town Hall and encourage your friends to do likewise, vote on or via the Facebook page. You can vote everyday.


There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of The Rock GAA Club on Saturday June 22. Please drop off all items during training (6.30pm to 7.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays) All clean clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys gladly accepted. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled for other uses such as industrial wipes or soundproofing. Laptops (must be intact with lead) and mobile phones also acceptable but please keep separate. No household bric-a-brac will be taken. Those who cannot attend but would like to donate contact John 086 3264102 before June 20 to make arrangements for collection. Thanks to all for your support.


Mountmellick Arts Centre will host a Neven Maguire cookery demonstration on Wednesday 22 July at 8pm. Tickets at €20 each are available at O’Horain’s and O’Gorman’s shops and Mulhall’s Supervalu Portlaoise.  There will be a food fair from 4pm to 8pm.  Enquiries to Mary, Mountmellick Heritage Society, 083 8435921.


Artist Andrew Kenny’s exhibition entitled ‘Felt’ is on view in the library gallery during June. See for further details.


The library has a selection of adult and children’s magazines.


‘The Lost Village’ a book of the story of The Cones (The Lost Village) in the Barony of Tinnahinch and the Slieve Blooms. Sean Flanagan from Tinnahinch has recorded some very interesting history and stories of the area, the life and times of the people and how they lived. The Clear’s were the last family to leave their house in The Cones in 1962 and as a result The Cones was deserted. On the other hand the Battle of Tinnahinch in 1691 wiped out Tinnahinch village. The book is now available in O’Gorman’s, cost €5.


The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


Training: U8 & u10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays & Fridays 6.30pm. U14 Tuesdays & Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. U16 Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm. New members welcome, call 087 9700505.


Knitters and crochetiers of all abilities welcome along to meetings on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Enjoy a chat and a cuppa.


Projects including a computer course, a garden project, woodwork, music and song continue each week. For further information call Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


The next meeting is at 10.30am on Wednesday June 17 in the MDA. The group is going on a tour to visit Arigna Mines and Strokestown on Thursday June 11.

Our games for Boccia are continuing on a Monday night in the Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm and on a Friday night 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Activities: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 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. Other games - skittles, flisk, lobbers on Friday nights in the Macra Hall from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Training for u6, u8, u10, u12 & u14 Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New players welcome, call juvenile secretary John Allen 086 3264102. Adult training on Fridays at 8pm. Lotto: €20 J Conroy, C Ging, T McDonald, D Conlon, Michael & Alicia.


Classes available:  Ladies and Gents Kickboxing and Self Defence classes for all ages, Ladies and Gents TRX Suspension Training and Ladies Keep fit Classes. Call 086 3399287 or find us on Facebook.


Community Care May 27 results. Top score L Pierce. Lady 1 B O’Brien. 2 A Walsh. Gent 1 T Jacob. 2 B Cooley. Half lady 1 Fr Joe. 2 Mary Gowing, N Thompson. Half gent 1 D Kelly. 2 2 H Kelly, S Duff.

Lowest score J Feeney. Hatcher T Kearns, V Kearns, M Barrett. Raffle B Hogan, B Fitzpatrick, B Fitzpatrick, A Walsh, T Jacob, J Feeney, B O’Brien.


€20 M Duggan, K Deegan, M McGee, E Delaney, J Hunt.


Bookings are being taken for the Fetac Level 5 Pesticides Application Course (Handheld).

This 3 day course will be run in Clonaslee. Call Caitriona in Clonaslee Community Centre 057 8648277.

older persons forum invite

Following the response to the recent forum for older people in Abbeyleix, Laois County Council intends to establish its own Older Persons Forum. Any older people who would like to be involved are invited to call Geraldine Delaney in Laois County Council to put your name forward.

For further details call (057) 8664107 or email

1916 grants

Applications will be taken by Laois County Council for grants to commemorate 1916 in 2015, up to this Friday June 12. Maximum grants are €1,500 and there is no lower limit. The scheme is for projects taking place this year (2015) but applications are welcome for the planning/research phase of events or projects to take place next year (eg research for publications, writing of dramas, composing of musical pieces etc). There is no restriction on the type of events to be supported.

Another grant scheme is expected to be offered in 2016. The details are also on line at

quaker festival

The William Edmundson Homecoming festival takes place in Mountmellick from July 20 to 26. The homecoming is to celebrate the founder of Irish Quakerism who lived in Rosenallis, with visitors coming to Mountmellick from all over the world.

Events include a cookery demonstration by Nevan Maguire, Lambert Puppet Theatre shows, storytelling by seanchai Eddie Lenihan, guided tours, lectures, a food fair and exhibitions. See for more details.

Summerfest thanks

Congratulations to the winner of two Electric Picnic tickets, Sean Turner. Other raffle winners are Emma Lith who won two Brendan Bowyer concert tickets and Sean Ryan who won two tickets for the cookery demonstration by chef Nevan Maguire.

The committee thank everybody who supported this year’s festival, including local businesses, the public who braved the inclement weather and bought tickets, the stall holders and Laois Tourism. Next up is the Brendan Bowyer concert on August 1 in Mountmellick Arts Centre, to raise funds to hold the Christmas Fair. Tickets €20 from committee and local shops, suppport much appreciated.