Midlands Simon Community is having a donation drive this week, ending Saturday May 23. Clear out your closet and donate to Midlands Simon shop, Main Street, Portlaoise (open 10am to 5.30pm, 057 8663917). All funds raised go to local homeless services.
The mobile blood clinic comes St Patrick’s BNS on Thursday May 28, 5pm to 8.30pm.
The Local Enterprise Office Outreach Service will attend MDA on Tuesday May 26 9am to 1pm to inform people of available business supports. Book (essential) at 8661800.
Shona Shirley MacDonald is exhibiting her art works entitled ‘Juniper’ in the library gallery during May. All welcome.
The library is to run job hunting workshops, including CV preparation and interview technique, for people on social welfare. Call 8644572.
Library: Tuesday May 19 at 7pm: Storyteller and folklore collector Nuala Hayes hosts ‘Sharing local folklore and stories’. Booking essential.
Irish Rural Link workshops ‘How to use a smartphone or tablet’ starts Thursday May 21, 10.30am to 12.30pm, every Thurs to June 11. Call 8644572.
The library celebrates its fifth birthday on Friday May 22, 2.30pm to 5pm, join in for an art workshop, photographic display of past events , birthday cake and refreshments.
O’Moore’s Camogie Club are holding a forum on Friday May 22 in Ballyfin hall at 7pm, on their 5 year plan to sustain club stability and ensure future success. Tom Jones will chair discussion. All welcome to attend and contribute.
Mountmellick Utd FC AGM is on Saturday June 6 at 6pm in the clubhouse in Conor Davis Park. All committee members, coaches and players required to attend. Public welcome.
Mountmellick Area Community Games ask those interested in Community Games u14 and u16 track and field events to register by 8pm on Wednesday May 20. Registration is €5. Please phone 0857138940.
Laois Fleadh competitions take place in Portlaoise in the old CBS and old tech near the Dunamaise Theatre from Friday 29 to Sunday May 31. More events will run that week in Portlaoise. See Laois County Fleadh on facebook.
Rosary recited at 7pm each Sunday in the cemetery for the month of May. The annual cemetery mass will be celebrated on Sunday May 31 at 7pm. All welcome.
The Rosary will be recited in St Joseph’s Church on Sundays at 7pm in May. All welcome.
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.
Meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. People of all levels of ability in knitting and crochet welcome.
Computer course continues in MDA on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm. The garden project is underway with plots in great demand. Woodwork on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and music and song on Mondays from 8pm. Call Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.
An open meeting about plans for the William Edmundson Homecoming festival in Mountmellick and Rosenallis this July will be held in the Arts Centre on Thursday May 21 at 8pm. All are welcome.
NO LIMITS CENTRE
The No Limits Ability Centre in Ballyfin holds an open day on Thursday May 21 from 11am to 4pm. This is a volunteer led centre for people with special needs. All welcome along.
THE ROCK GAA LOTTO
€20 E O’Sullivan, L James, Michael and Alicia, A Ennis, F Dunne.
LAOIS GAA DRAW
The Rock GAA had a winner in the May monster draw, congrats to Jean Feery on winning €500. Thanks to all who support the club by buying & selling tickets. Final draw June 5.
Meeting is on Wednesday May 20 at 10.30 in the MDA, all members invited to attend.
The club’s Bealtaine afternoon is on Wednesday May 27 in the Macra Hall, 2pm to 5pm with music, raffle, refreshments. Day trip to Arigna Mines and Strokestown in early June, members interested can contact a committee member.
Activities: Boccia is on Monday and Friday nights in the Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm. It is hoped to send a team to DCU on June 6 to the Go For Life Games. 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. Games - skittles, flisk, lobbers on Friday nights in the Macra Hall from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.
Scoil Phádraig: Sunday May 24 at noon.
THE ROCK GAA
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: €50 Francis, Brendan & Joseph. €20 P Lee, P Dunne, Mahon’s, J Lalor.
Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.
slieve bloom agm
The meeting of the Slieve Bloom Association on May 21 has been cancelled. The AGM has been further postponed and will now be held in the Community Hall, Kinnity at 8:30pm, June 25.
LATE EAMON MORAN
The death occurred on Wednesday May 6 in Dublin of Eamon Moran, brother of Kay Cullen of O’Moore St. Requiem Mass was celebrated in Kimmage Manor on Friday with burial afterwards in St Joseph’s cemetery Mountmellick. Eamon is mourned by his wife Eileen (née Moss of Derrycloney) family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.
LATE ted DEMPSEY
There was much regret at the death of Edward Dempsey of The Rock Kilmainham on Monday May 11. Ted will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Ted was predeceased by his son Tony.
Remains reposed at his residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Thursday morning May 14. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Ted is mourned by his wife Lucia, sons and daughters Marie, Yvonne, Eric, Philomena, Timothy and Noel, family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.s
May 6 Community Care. Top score S Duff. Lady 1 C Drought. 2 M Gowing & B Srahan. Gent 1 M Barrett. 2 T Gowing & J Harrison. Half lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 D Byrne. Half gent 1 J Feeney. 2 T Dunne. Lowest score B O’Brien. Hatcher N Thompson. Raffle A Walsh, T Delaney, S Wilkinson, T Gowing (x2), J Harrison.
May 7 Old School. Top score F Keenan. Lady 1 C Martin. 2 B Kennedy. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 T Jacob. Quarters 1 B O’Brien. 2 A Walsh. 3 R Cole. 4 C Drought. Best of three M Gowing. Hatcher T Gowing, C Fitzpatrick. Raffle J Harrison, J O’Shea, A Walsh, P Horan.