Congrats to Irish Defence Force recruit from Mountmellick, Gearoid Hanrahan, who was among the soldiers in the passing out parade at the Curragh Camp on April 12.


Kickboxing and Taekwondo classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Facilities include punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach. For details contact 087 2768843.


Our monthly social is on Thursday April 19 in Wolfe Tone Court. We would like to see more join us for light refreshments and entertainment. Music starts at 8.30pm. If you require transport (for the Mountmellick area only) please contact 087 9812525.


The next meeting will be in the MDA on Wednesday April 18 at 10.30am when we will have a table quiz. We hope that you all enjoyed the outing to Newbridge and the ARI Trade and Fashion Show in the Citywest Hotel. Our Boccia teams had a most enjoyable evening recently playing their away matches in Clonbullogue ARA. The weekly activities continue on Mondays 3pm until 4.30pm. There will be dancing in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. There is aqua aerobics on Tuesdays in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. On art classes continue every Thursday in Wolfe Tone Court from 2pm until 4pm.


The Willie Brock Sinn Féin Cumann, Mountmellick wishes to express our sincere thanks to the people of Rosenallis, Clonaslee and Mountmellick who generously supported our recent successful sale of Easter lilies. It was very inspiring to see so many people wearing the Easter lily with pride and understanding.


A clean-up of the Derryguile/Kyleteleisha area for Laois clean up week will take place on Thursday April 19 at 7.30pm. Bags, litter pickers and gloves will be available at the picnic site on the night given by Laois County Council. Thank you to the residents cutting the grass on the roadside outside their houses and to those who removed roadside weeds.


The Drama Festival would like to take this opportunity of thanking our main sponsor Mountmellick Credit Union and all of our other loyal sponsors and patrons of our 2012 festival, which was a great success.

The good news is that 5 out of the 8 groups which took part in the Mountmellick Festival have qualified for the All-Ireland Finals. The committee would also like to thank the teachers and pupils of the local national schools who took part in the art competition. There were hundreds of entries which were displayed in the centre during the festival week. The winners were: Up to 8 years - 1 J Norton, St Pauls NS 2 E Adlem, Maryboro NS, Portlaoise3 V Knight-Conroy, Rosenallis NS. 9-10 years - 1 I Shaju, St Josephs GNS 2 A Mulvaney, Rock NS 3 A Byrne, St Josephs GNS. 10 and over - 1 T McRedmond, Barnashrone NS 2 S Kelly, Rock NS 3 D Dollard, St Josephs NS, Borris-in-Ossory

Highly commended (all categories) J Drennan, St Kavan’s NS, Camross.

The 2013 Festival will run from Friday March 8 until Friday March 15.


If you are interested in joining Macra or finding out more on our club please contact Gemma on 087 7933905.


Rosenallis athletics training continues every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm in Johnsgrove Rosenallis.


Coaching for Gaelic football for girls and boys U8, U10, U12 and U14 continues at the Rock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. All teams are up and running at this stage but new players are welcome and can register on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or alternatively contact the clubs juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102 for more details.

Well done to the players from the club who are part of the Laois Development squads who took part in the Leinster blitzes held at Easter. U14 Fionn Kirwan U15 Anavil Storey, Aaron Dowling U16 Conor Flynn, Brendan Murphy.


On Wednesday April 18 an information meeting on drugs and diversion activities will take place in The Rock GAA clubhouse at 8pm. This LLDN (Laois Local Drugs Network) initiative is a joint project in association with Laois GAA, Laois Sports Partnership and Laois Partnership Company. It targets in particular parents, sports coaches and youth workers but all are welcome. Various speakers from the different groups will address the crowd on the night. Complimentary refreshments are available. Admission is free.


The Rock GAA Club 5 mile road race will take place on Sunday April 29. Start time is 11am. Registration is from 10am at the Rock GAA clubhouse. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for men and women. The entry fee is €15 for adults and €10 for under 18s. For further information contact James Murphy at Details will be available on and Further details can be found on and on our Facebook page, The Rock GAA. Thanks to Ballyfin AC for the permit application to Athletics Ireland.


U6 and U8 hurling training continues in Acragar every Monday at 6.30pm. U10 and U12 follows at 7pm, new players welcome. U6 and U8 football training is at 6pm on Thursdays.U14 football training continues at 5pm on Saturdays in Acragar. There is a table quiz this Friday night in the Hollow Bar at 9.30pm in aid of the club. All support greatly appreciated.


Mr Liam O’Neill, president of the GAA, will officially open the new club house on Friday May 11 at 7pm, which will be followed by an inter-county senior football game between Laois and Offaly at 7.30pm.

A family fun day will be held on Saturday May 12 in Acragar with competitions for all juveniles in both hurling and football. The GAA roads how will also be present. It promises to be a great fun day for all.

There will be a table quiz in the Hollow Bar this Friday night, April 20 at 9.30pm. Quizmaster on the night will be Michael Lenihan. All support would be very much appreciated.


Training for all U10 and U12 continues on Mondays at 6pm in Acragar. New members are very welcome. Further up the age groups club training continues from 16 upwards on Tuesday and Fridays.


April 22. Paul Dunne will guide a grade B (10km 4hrs) walk on Arderin and Glenamoon. Walkers should meet Paul at 1pm at the Cattle Mart in Mountrath.


The parish pilgrimage to Lourdes is from July 17 to 24 staying at the Solitude Hotel costing €770 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216.

The parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje is from August 15 to 22 staying at Dubrovnik House across from St James’s Church, costing €639 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216 or Rena at 087 6130224 or 057 8624379. Some seats still remain on both pilgrimages.


Story time and colouring for 4 to7 year olds with Sharon McEvoy is on Thursday April 26 from 4pm to 5pm.

Currently on show in the library gallery is an exhibition by artist Aidan Butler. His art works titled ‘Excursion’ is broadly based on places in the midlands. All are welcome.

The next meeting of the adult book club is on Tuesday May 1 at 11am. The book for discussion is ‘The Audacity of Hope’ by Barrack Obama.

On Friday May 4, between 9am and 10am, Mountmellick Library will host an ‘Eat a Book Contest’. Blend your love of food and books by creating an edible masterpiece. Entry is free and one person can enter more than once. The judges this year are the manager of Supervalu, Eunice Burns from The Rose Room Bistro, Nora O’ Reilly from Nora’s Cake Shop and Maggie from Maggie’s Sandwich Bar. Prizes will include lunch vouchers for all of the above cafes and sumptuous edible goodies from Supervalu. For inspiration check out the following web pages or search for edible book festival on, Contact 057 8644572 for further details.


Classes continue each Monday in the community centre in Ballyfin. They move to Tuesday on bank holidays.


Anyone interested in learning the concertina on Tuesday evenings please contact 086 3932756 for more details.


April 11. Numbers 9, 21, 22, 23. No jackpot winners. Next week’s jackpot is €20,000. Match 3s (€77) 3 boys (J Curham), Off to Oz (F Hibbitts).


April 11. Top score: S Wilkinson. Ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 Sr. Madeline. Gents 1 S Duffy. 2 D Thompson. Halves ladies 1 Angela Walsh. 2 Sr. Rosario. Halves gents 1 J Harrison. 2 C Thompson. Hatcher: S Langlon. Lowest score: J Delaney. Juvenile: R Thompson.


April 12. Top score: J Delaney. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gents 1 D Kelly. 2 S Wilkinson. Halves 1 E Moran. 2 B Keegan. Best of three: J O’Shea. Juvenile: R Thompson.