Mountmellick St Patricks Day 10 Pictured at the Mountmellick Saint Patrick's Day Parade were Sinead O'Brien, Grainne Lalor, Rory Lalor, Siobhan McEvoy, Oisn Lalor and Emma Griffin.                                                                          Photo Kevin Byrne


The Owenass Active Living Group is taking part in The Gathering Ireland 2013. We are organising a number of events and hope to attract a number of people to Mountmellick during Heritage Week (August 17 - 25). These events will be promoted by us, the Heritage Council, Laois County Council, The Gathering Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The Gathering Ireland website suggests very few accommodation options in Mountmellick. We would like to make this as much of a community event as possible. If you have a B&B etc. in Mountmellick and would like us to include it in our promotion or would like assistance setting up a Facebook page so that we can link it to our website please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or


Mountmellick GAA Club is introducing rounders. Anyone interested in playing this new game should look up the Mountmellick GAA Facebook page for details of training.


Ashbourne Players Drama Group presents ‘Awake in the West’ on Saturday April 6 at 8pm in St Mary’s Hall Clonaghadoo. Tickets €12.50 with all proceeds in aid of Clonaghadoo Hall. Contact 086 3940451 for tickets.


New to the gallery in April is an exhibition titled ‘Abundance’ by artist Mary Wallace, based in Wexford. Her work of mixed media is primarily inspired by Mediterranean fruit trees and other exotic delights. She boldly experiments with a wide range of media, creating a visual feast of colour and texture.

The knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your needles and join in for a cuppa and a chat. The adult crossword club will meet on Thursday April 4 at 11am. All are welcome.


Plans for the next few Wednesdays are: April 3 at 10.30am meeting in MDA. April 10 at 10.30am walking group, assemble at MDA at 10.30am. Please wear high visibility jackets. April 17 at 10.30am meeting in MDA. April 24 at 10.30am walking group.

Weekly activities for members are: Mondays Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone. Dancing with Maureen Culleton is from 3pm to 4.30pm on Wednesday April 3 and April 10 in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm and also art classes in MDA from 2pm to 4pm.

Please note that the annual membership fee is now being collected. New members are always welcome.


The group participated in the St Patrick’s Day parade keeping in mind the theme ‘Springtime in Mountmellick’ and despite the day being wet and windy the Beavers proudly carried their banner which they made with colourful spring flowers and handprints. Cubs made Easter baskets which they filled with chocolate eggs and gave them out to onlookers on the street while the Scouts gave out packets of spring bulbs. The group are holding a disco for 9 to 12 year olds in the Owenass hall on Friday April 19 from 8pm to 10pm, all welcome, strict supervision. Admission is €5 which includes a drink and packet of crisps.


There was a great buzz around the Arts Centre on a recent Saturday when the county finals for the Community Games Talent competition were held. Mountmellick was well represented with dancers, musicians and singers. Emma Hunt and Éille Lalor took part in the solo singing and performed so well in what was a huge competition. We had wonderful dancing from Emer Comerford in the modern dance and Hannah Dunne and Orlaith Whelan danced traditional to a Michael Jackson song and looked the part too. Mountmellick also took honours with Aoife Oxley and Éille Lalor dancing to ‘I’ll tell me ma’ taking silver. Noel Stapleton played in the solo instrument and our group ‘An Reel’ played in the group section and both took gold and will go to the National Finals. Best of luck to them. Also well done to our swimmers who took part in the county final in Portlaoise recently.


What a wonderful sight on a recent Friday where Mountmellick Comhaltas put on the annual concert. Children of all ages and some adults went on stage to perform and entertain a good crowd. There was wonderful music, singing and dancing and all taking part did the branch proud. At the end there was a packed stage where the children finished out the night all playing a couple of tunes together. Well done too to those who won great prizes in our raffle.

Thank you to all who took part and all who helped to make it such a great night.


Well done to all the Mountmellick Macra participants who took part in the national talent competition on Friday. Our monster raffle draw was drawn on Monday April 1 at 4pm. Well done to all our winners, a list of which will be published shortly. We held a very successful ‘Gathering’ entertainment night in the hall on Saturday March 9. Well done to all involved in the organisation and a big welcome to all our new members who attended on the night. Badminton continues as usual during the week, along with darts, pool and table tennis. So why not drop in for fun and a chat. If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a member, contact Eoghan on 0863976216.


Keep fit and have some fun line dancing in Conor Davis Park Clubhouse, Bay Road beginning on Wednesday April 3 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The cost is €6. Why not come along and have some fun.


Membership for 2013 is now due. We would encourage everyone associated with the club to register as members in 2013. Please contact membership officer Darren Conroy at 086 8675060 to register before March 31.

Adult Training: Senior and Junior football continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. Hurling training is held on Saturday evenings.

Juvenile GAA: hurling training takes place in Acragar next Monday evening April 8 at the following times: 6.30pm to 7.30 pm for u8 and u10; 7.30pm to 8.30 p.m. for u12. All new players are welcome to attend. Training for u14 footballers takes place on Monday nights.


Coaching for u8, u10, u12 & u14 on Sunday March 24 at 11am. New players are welcome. For more details on the juvenile section of the club contact John Allen at 086 3264102.


Spring term begins Saturday April 6 in the Owenass Hall. Any queries, please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or


Deposits are now required for this year’s pilgrimage (July 17 to 24 at Solitude Hotel, €770 per person sharing). Contact Eleanor 087 7670915 for booking.


MAM, Mission Alive Mountmellick, thanks all those who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection in Mountmellick and Clonaghadoo. The total amount raised at St Patrick’s weekend, together with donations, was €1836.95. Many thanks to all the collectors and to the two girls from the Community School who also helped.


The Carers’ Association thanks all who gave so generously to their St Patrick’s Day emblem collection. The amount raised in Mountmellick was €1768.31. They also thank Sarsfields who organised the collection.


There was much sadness at the death of Nancy Keogh of The Bornass at St Vincent’s Hospital on Friday March 22. Nancy was held in high esteem by all who knew her and she will be fondly remembered.

Remains reposed at her residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Nancy’s husband Eddie, sons and daughters, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.


There was much regret at the death of Mai Healion of O’Moore St at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise on Monday March 25. Mai had always been a very active person in the community being a founder member of Mountmellick Community Care Association and a long time member of the ICA. Mai was predeceased by her husband George Oliver.

Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Tuesday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated at 11am on Wednesday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.

The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Mai’s daughters Cecilia, Clare, Iris, Loyola and Dymphna, her sons Liam and Dermot, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.


March 20. Numbers: 3, 6, 11 & 25. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€63): C & M (Hanlon’s), M Dunne (A Weston), TCD (T Donoher), M Weston (A Weston).


March 20. Top score A Walsh. Ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 Sr Madeline. Gents 1 & 2 S Langton & J Delaney. Halves ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Halves gents 1 J Harrison & T Delaney. 2 B Srahan. Lowest score B O’Brien. Hatcher D Kelly. Raffle B O’Brien, M Gowing, D Kelly & B Srahan.


March 21. Top score C Martin. Ladies 1 K Kavanagh. 2 E Moran. Gents 1 C Thompson. 2 J Walker & L O’Brien. Halves 1 C Fitzpatrick 2 D Byrne. Best of three T Gowing. Hatcher H Kelly.


March 21. NS 1 C Walsh & L Tynan. 2 H Meade & B Hourigan. 3 M McCabe & B Egan. EW 1 C Lawlor & K Booth. 2 A Bergin & K Dowling. 3 Sr Madeline & M Hourigan.


March 27. €300 G Lawlor. €50 D Cotter, O Hayden, S Aherne & C Meehan.