Gymnastics club starting up in the Owenass Hall with gymnastic classes that will range from recreational classes for beginners to elite training for gymnasts who compete nationally and internationally. If you are interested in joining or taking part in gymnastics please contact Mary on 086 7914933/


The monthly social dance takes place on Saturday May 26 in the Owenass Hall, Mountmellick. Music by Brian McDermott, dancing from 9.30 to 12.30. Refreshments served. All are welcome.


A mass will be held on Friday May 18 at 7.30pm in St Manman’s Church, Clonaslee to celebrate the life of the late ‘Sir’ Sean O’Sullivan, Mountmellick and former principal of Castlecuffe National School who died last week. Neighbours, friends, past pupils and their parents are welcome to come.


All parents, guardians, grandparents and child minders are invited to join Mountmellick parent/guardian toddler group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to noon in the Methodist church hall. Why not come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa while your child plays with children of a similar age. Children up to age 5 years welcome. All information about us can be found on our Facebook page, Mountmellick Parent/Guardian Toddler Group.


A meeting for new members of the above will be held in the town hall on Thursday May 24 at 8.30pm. New members must attend. Please contact any member of the committee or come along on the night.


The annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday May 26 with the bus leaving the square at 9am. The bus will travel through Clonaghadoo. All head sponsors and sponsors are expected to attend. Adult €15, child €10. Please contact Michael Lawlor at 057 8644197.


Mountmellick area community area track and field competition will take place in Smith’s field on Wednesday May 23 at 7pm. Competition age groups go from U8 to U16 and you must be under a given age on July 31, 2012. For further details contact 086 3932756.


The rosary will be recited in the cemetery at 7pm every Sunday evening during May. The cemetery mass will be celebrated on Sunday May 27 at 7pm.


The rosary will be recited in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament at 7pm each Sunday during May. All welcome


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 club’s juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102 for more details.


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.


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.


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


A few seats remain on both parish pilgrimages, Lourdes (July 17 to 24) and Medjugorje (August 15 to 22). For Lourdes contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216. For Medjugorje contact Eleanor (as before) or Rena at 087 6130224 or 057 8624379.


Story time and colouring for 4 to 7 year olds with Sharon McEvoy is on Thursday May 24 from 4pm to 5pm.

An exhibition by local photographer, Aisling Weir titled ‘Be Your own Art’ will feature in the library gallery for the month of May. All are welcome.

Our knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your knitting needles and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

The next meeting of the adult book club takes place on Tuesday June5 at 11am. The book for discussion is ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by JD Salinger.


There was widespread shock at the news of the sudden death of Joseph Michael (Mick) Byrne of Derryguile on Sunday May 6 at his residence. Remains reposed at his residence with rosary at 9pm on Tuesday evening. Removal to St Joseph’s Church took place on Wednesday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at 11am with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.

Mick was a most respected member of the community and was held in high esteem by all who knew him, his passing is most sadly regretted.

Mick is mourned by his wife Maureen, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brother-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom the deepest sympathy of the community is extended on their bereavement.


Classes continue each Monday in the community centre in Ballyfin.


As the festival of Bealtaine and Active Ageing is celebrated in the month of May, we have some very interesting days planned this month.

We sincerely thank the staff of Mountmellick Library who gave us a coffee morning on Thursday May 10 and showed us a fascinating documentary which was made in 1901.

On Wednesday May 16 we have a choice of venues. Our next group meeting will be in the Museum at 10.30am where a very interesting morning has been planned or an activity day from 10am to 2pm in St Mary’s sports hall, Portlaoise has been organised by Laois Sports Partnership. Please notify a member of the committee if you want a place on the bus which will leave the MDA at 9.30am and return at 2.30pm.

On Wednesday May 23 from 11am to 4pm we are going to the Bloomfield Hotel in Mullingar to the ARI Midland Region Celebration of EYAASBG. This is an open day so non-members and friends are welcome to come along. There will be Boccia, activities, demonstrations and exhibition of art and crafts in the morning. Lunch is at 1pm and dancing and a big raffle from 2pm to 4pm. Please pay the €10 for the day (including lunch) and the €10 for the bus (total €20) as soon as possible. The bus to this will leave the MDA at 9.45am and will be back in Mountmellick at 5pm approx.

On Monday May 28 our own Bealtaine tea dance will be held in the Macra hall from 2pm to 4.30pm with free admission. All are welcome.

Our weekly activities continue. Monday 3pm to 4.30pm dancing in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesday aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Wednesday music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 6.15pm to 7.45pm. The art classes have now finished. Please note that there are only a few places left on the free computer course for our ARA being run on Friday June 1, 8 and 15 in the MDA.


Mountmellick youth club is now taking new members. The club night is on Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the sports complex games room. The club caters for youths age 10 to 16. Registration fee €5. Membership €2 per week. Parent/guardian please attend with youth to complete membership form. There is a variety of weekly activities. For more information phone 089 4670255 or 085 8137803.


Remember all the Laois fleadh is upon us and the grupai cheoil and céilí bands will be performing on Saturday coming. There will be a dress rehearsal in the Macra hall on Friday night at 6.30pm. For anyone who would like a copy of the DVD from the St Patrick’s weekend concert you can order it from the committee at the classes. Cost €5 each.


The Laois fleadh in Clonaslee will be starting on Wednesday May 16 with a céilí in the parish hall at 8.30pm and followed by a traditional singing session in the heritage centre at 9.30pm. On Thursday there will be a talk on place names of Laois in the heritage centre at 8.30pm.The official opening will also in the heritage centre on Friday at 8.30pm followed by a session of music, song and dance. All the above are free of charge. The competitions are on Saturday and Sunday with the fleadh mass on Sunday morning at 10am.


Mountmellick scouts took part in the county camp in Srahan recently. They did themselves proud with their ability to set up camp, build a gate, kitchen area, table etc. using scout pioneering methods, cooking their own food and did very well in all areas of marking. They also enjoyed the camp fire and on Sunday morning went into the forest to cook food in the backwoods way. It was an enjoyable camp and everyone went home tired though some of that was from being up at 5.30am cooking sausages. Congratulations also to Roisín Keady who won our St Patrick’s day scarf competiton.


The people of Derryguile, Mountmellick and surrounding areas were saddened by the death of Margaret Conlon (nee Finn) of Derryguile on Saturday May 5 at Ballard Nursing Home Portlaoise. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Michael and grandson John Harnett. Remains reposed at her residence in Derryguile until removal on Sunday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass on Monday May 7 was celebrated by Fr Dunphy assisted by Rev Fr MacNamara PP with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.

A huge crowd attended Margaret’s home and funeral to pay tribute to her. The mass was a celebration of Margaret’s long life. Fr Dunphy, in his homily, paid many tributes to Margaret and told stories about her life and interests including farming, baking special treats for her family, gardening and walking with her dear friend the late Dympna Storey. Margaret had a great love for family occasions, when her family would come to visit and bring her grandchildren, and in later years her great-grandchildren.

A guard of honour was formed by The Rock GAA Club in which she had a great interest.

Margaret is deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her loving sons Mick, Dick and Tony, daughters Kathleen, Mary, Rita and Breda, daughters-in-law Annette, Stasia and Marie, sons-in-law Michael, Mattie, Liam and John, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her brother Jim, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.


May 9. Jackpot numbers: 9, 16, 17, 31. No winner. Match 3 (€125): F Murphy (C Lindley).


May 9. Top score P Dowling. Ladies 1 L Pierce. 2 A Walsh. Gents 1 M Barrett. 2 T Gowing. Halves ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 A Mahon. Halves gents 1 F Keenan. 2 J Coyne. Hatcher: Sr Rosario. Low score: J O’Shea. Raffle: T Mulhare, Sr Rosario, A Carroll, A Walsh and M Coyne.


May 10. Top score Mrs Gorman. Ladies 1 B Thompson. 2 B Keegan. Gents 1 V Kearns. 2 M Gowing. Halves 1 B O’Brien. 2 L Kavanagh. Best of three: C Thompson and D Byrne.


May 2. €300: J Doyle (M Lawlor). €50: P Holohan (M Lawlor), J Davis (M Lawlor), R Dooley ( M Lawlor) and T Duggan (M Lawlor).