Mountmellick notes



Introduction to gymnastics classes will take place in the main hall of the Owenass Hall on Saturday January 26. Ages and times: 3 to 4yrs at 10am, 5 to 6 years at 11am and 7years plus at noon. For information or book a place please contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Patrick O’Sullivan is playing at the next monthly social on Saturday January 26 in the Owenass Hall. Patrick is a previous winner of the Glór Tíre talent competition currently running on Wednesday nights on T na G and all are delighted that he found time in his busy schedule to be able to travel to Mountmellick. There will be dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am.


The next fortnightly group meeting will be in the MDA at 10.30am on Wednesday January 23. New members are always welcome. At the moment the weekly activities for members are as follows. Mondays: Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays: dancing with Maureen Culleton starts again on January 23 from 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm.


The Community Care will hold their annual dinner party in the Gandon Inn on Sunday January 20. The cost is €25 per person. All bookings and money to be paid before Friday January 18. The bus will leave the square at 2.45pm. Please contact 057 8624232, 087 9904109 or 057 8624853.


The Mountmellick and Clonaghadoo Conference of the above would like to thank all who contributed to their annual Christmas church gate collection, also thanks to the many who gave private donations, hampers and individual items of food during the period before Christmas. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and welcomed. Have a peaceful and happy 2013.


The knitting circle meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to noon in the library. Drop in for cuppa and a chat. All donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.


In conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and the centenary of WW1 in 2014 Mountmellick Museum would like to form a small group of interested people to

research and ascertain information on local sailors and soldiers who fought in WW1. We hope to obtain enough information to hold an exhibition in remembrance of those who died and detail what life was like for those who returned to the Mountmellick area. If you would like to be part of this group, have a story to tell or have any artefacts from the Great War which you would like included in our project, contact Kathleen Comerford or Dolores Dempsey in the museum at 057 8624525.


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.


January 3. Top score T Kearns. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 B Thompson. Gents 1 N Thompson. 2 J Harrison. Halves 1 B Cooley. 2 E Moran. Best of three A Elliot. Hatcher Mrs Gorman. Juvenile C Meaney.


January 9. Top score V Kearns, D Kelly and M Gowing. Ladies 2 Sr Rosarii. Gents 1 Sr Michael. Halves ladies 1 A Carroll. 2 B O’Brien. Halves gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 T Gowing and J Delaney. Lowest score T Kearns. Hatcher P Horan. Raffle T Kearns, D Byrne, A Walsh and M Gowing.

School enrolment

St Josephs Girls NS and Scoil Phádraig Naofa. Mountmellick, will be enrolling for Junior Infants 2013 on Tuesday January 29, Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31 from 1pm – 3pm in the school. Please bring your child’s Birth Cert, Baptismal Cert (if applicable) and small photo.


The first meeting of Laois Community Games will take place at the Heath on Monday, January 21 at 8pm. Phase one as follows: badminton, chess/draughts, handball (one wall), indoor soccer and table tennis. Area results to be brought to February meeting to be held by St Mary’s, Portlaoise on February 11. Phase two as follows: art, cross country mixed, distance relay, duathon, model making, Rugby; Hybrid + Tag+mini and table quiz. Any further information can be had from all area secretary or from Chairman David Corri St Marys @ 0879718455, County Secretary, Jane Walsh Killeshin @086/8704737 and Claire O Neill Pro Stradbally @086/0519860.