The results of the local tidy town competition are as follows. Best overall location: 1 Twomey Park. 2 Grove Park. 3 Bay View.

Best amenity area: 1 the new play park at Irishtown. 2 O’Connell Square. 3 Derrycloney. Best front garden: 1 Anne and John Hennessy, Davitt Rd. 2 Ray and Sandra Dunne, Kirwan Park. 3 Christy and Eileen Maher Emmet St. Best floral display: 1 Damian and Sharon Costello, Silverbrook. 2 Tony Guilfoyle, Kirwan Park. 3 Margaret and Eugene Kearney, Irishtown. Best window box: 1 Rosemary Whelan, Manor Court. 2 Anne and James Gormley, Lord St and 3 Joe Strong, Connolly St. Best hanging basket: 1 Breda Barry, Manor Grove. 2 Paddy and Meta Styles, Pearse St. 3 Mark Hickey, Pattison’s Est. Best roadside garden: 1 Paddy and Theresa Clear, Acragar. 2 PH and Monica Kearns, Acragar. 3 Nora Grant, Chapel St/Bay Rd. Best small garden: 1 Peter and Helen Smith, Irishtown. 2 Tom Lalor, Harbour St. 3 Dolores and Paul Dempsey, Davin Pk. Best public house: Turley’s. Best public building: Civic Offices/Library. Best business premises: Supervalu shopping complex. Most improved areas: Ballincollig and Brock View. Best shop front: Ivor and Brigid Cox. Best project by a community organisation: St. Joseph’s cemetery. Merit awards: Manor Court, Manor Grove, Railway House, Methodist Church, Graigue Cemetery, Kirwan Park, Wolfe Tone Court, Christmas Tree Committee, Nan Kelly Emmet St/Tce, Rose Thompson Cullenbeg, Acragar amenity area and Portlaoise road entrance. Congratulations to all winners and to all who put in such a great effort to improve our town. The prize giving ceremony will take place in the autumn.


The annual mass and get together takes place on Tuesday August 28 at 8.15pm in the Macra Hall. All head sponsors, members and friends are invited to attend.


Thanks to all in Mountmellick and the surrounding areas who supported the collection for Dr Bolger and his team from Tullamore who will travel to Vietnam in early September. To date we have collected €11,700 for which they are very grateful and look forward to setting up a cancer day ward there. Please return any remaining donation cards to Mary Egan at 087 6725440.


Our next outing is to the races. Members of Active Retirement Ireland have been invited to The Kilbeggan race course on Friday August 24. The entrance fee has been reduced to €5 for members who show their ARI membership card at the gate. The races will be from 4.50pm to 8pm approximately and there will be music and dancing. Food will be available.

There will be prizes for the best dressed woman and the best dressed man, so pull out those glad rags now and get ready for some fun. The committee of our Mountmellick Active Retirement Association wants to hire a bus to bring us to this event, (leaving the MDA at 3pm and collecting us at the race course at 9pm to bring us home) but we are still not sure how many will travel. Please tell a committee member as soon as possible if you want a seat on the bus or phone Orla 057 8697256 or 087 6950402. On Wednesday September 5 there will be a get together in the MDA (in the room over the museum) for those going on the holiday in Wexford to collect final payments and medical forms etc. There are a few places still available for this holiday in White’s Hotel Wexford from Sunday September 9 to Friday September 14. Boccia will be in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm every Monday in August. Aqua aerobics continues in Portlaoise Leisure Centre every Tuesday at noon with the free bus leaving the MDA at 11.15am. Please note that the weekly music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital has been changed to Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.


There are two vacant houses at present at Wolfe Tone Court. The criteria for consideration: aged 65 or over and in need of housing, living in the Mountmellick area or in adjoining parishes, or people living abroad aged 65 or over and who were formerly from the Mountmellick area. If you are interested please apply in writing to the secretary, Frances O’Loughlin, Wolfe Tone Court, Mountmellick, Co Laois or phone 086 8562240.


The AGM was held on Friday August 10. New committee: chairperson Sharon Fitzpatrick, secretary Eoghan O’Neill, treasurer Diarmaid Campbell, PRO Caitriona Mulhall. Well done to last year’s committee and best wishes to the incoming group.


‘White on White’ an exhibition of paintings by Antoinette Breen will run until the end of the month. All welcome to view during opening hours. Mountmellick Library will host a number of events for Heritage Week. All events are free. Please check for details. Bookings are to be made directly with the library.


The Rock GAA held a very successful family fun day for the third successive year on the bank holiday Sunday. Thankfully the weather held out well for the afternoon and a big crowd attended. Great fun and craic was had by both adults and kids alike with an array of novelty races, competitions and stalls. The highlight of the day’s proceedings was the club’s inaugural duck derby. Results 1 Eamon Delaney Derryguile. 2 Marina Dunne Brock View. 3 Tracy Cashera. Thanks to all who supported the club on the day, your attendance is very much appreciated. A special word of thanks to all club members, supporters and committee members who contributed to the success of the day, your commitment is much appreciated for without you, your hard work and dedication, occasions like this would not be possible. Thank you all most sincerely and we look forward to your continued support.


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


August 1. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 B O’Brien. 2 M Coyne and B Cooley. Gents 1 F Keenan. 2 C Thompson. Halves ladies 1 J O’Shea. 2 N Thompson. Halves gents 1 H Kelly. 2 J Coyne and T Kearns. Hatcher L O’Brien. Lowest score A Maron.

August 8. Top score D Byrne. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 L O’Brien. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 C Thompson. Halves ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick and M Gowing. 2 C Martin. Halves gents 1 T Kearns. 2 J Harrison. Hatcher B Strathan. Lowest score J O’Shea.


August 2. Top score D Byrne. Ladies 1 M Coyne. 2 A Walsh. Gents 1 J Harrison. 2 J Coyne. Halves 1 S Duff. 2 T Jacob and B Thompson. Best of three N Thompson and C Thompson. Hatcher T Kearns. Lowest score M Ryan.

August 9. Top score Mrs B O’Brien. Ladies 1 K Kavanagh. 2 C Martin. Gents 1 T Jacob. 2 N Thompson. Halves 1 M Gowing. 2 T Kearns. Best of three B Keegan and A Walsh. Hatcher J O’Shea. Lowest score D Byrne.


August 8. 24, 26, 28 and 31. No jackpot winner so jackpot remains at €20,000. Match 3 (€1,000) M Walsh (C Malone).


The above would like to hear from anybody interested in managing their U16 team in the Midlands Schoolboys League. All interested parties should contact club chairperson Alan Comerford at 087 6802371 or any committee member.


€300: B Fitzpatrick. €50 each: J Porter, A Goodwin, A Grumley and E Walsh.


There will be an Irish archaeology workshop on Tuesday August 21 at 3pm in Mountmellick Library. Hands on workshop to learn how archaeologists uncover the past, see their tools and some of the artefacts they might find. Aimed at children age 10 -14 years. Booking required. Contact 057 86 44572 for more.


The Reptile Zoo will visit Mountmellick Library on Wednesday August 22 at 11am. Learn about and hold reptiles that you would normally only see in books or on television. For children aged six years and over. Booking essential. Contact breda Connell at 057 86 44572 for more information.

An embroidery display showcasing old and new Mountmellick work takes place in Mountmellick Museum and conference centre on Friday August 24 from 9am to 4pm. Contact Kathleen Comerford, Mountmellick Museum at 057 86 24525 for more.


Old time dancing to traditional accordion player Pat Conlon and Richie Burke on keyboards. Refreshments served. This takes place in Owenass Hall, Parnell Street, Mountmellick on Saturday August 25 from 9.30pm to 11.45pm. Contact Ann O`Brien, Mountmellick Social Dancing at 057 864 4299 for more.


Photographs, maps and histories chronicling the history of some of Mountmellick’s historic buildings and features. Refreshments provided. This takes place in Owenass Hall, Parnell Street, Mountmellick on Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26 from 11am to 5pm. Contact Mary O`Brien, Owenass Active Living Group at 086 791 4933 for more.


A virtual walk through the bogs of the Midlands involving a slide show, display and hands-on exhibition of peatland activities, tools, equipment and maps throughout the ages. This takes place in Owenass Hall in Mountmellick on Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26 from 11am to 5pm. Contact John O`Brien, Owenass Active Living Group at 086 809 8340 for more.