All are welcome to Easter Sunday Dawn Mass at 6.30am in the Festival Field Rosenallis with principal celebrant Bishop Nulty.


Wednesday March 23 8pm: Meet Me in St Louis, admission €5. No film on Easter Sunday.


The Mountmellick commemoration of 1916 to 2016 is on Sunday April 3 at 3pm at Derrycloney Bridge. Meet at Apple Green petrol station at 2pm to parade to Derrycloney, leaving at 2.30pm. The parade will be led by UN Veteran Post 27and Mountmellick Pipe Band. At Derrycloney seven oak trees will be planted, a commemorative stone unveiled, wreaths laid and the Irish flag raised. Refreshments at 4pm in Moloney’s with Trad music at 7pm in the bar. Call 086 6836144.


The names of the Laois members of Cumann na mBan will be displayed in Mountmellick on Easter Monday. As there are no public records available please contact 087 1764686 or email Ircc1916@gmail. com to have your family member included and honoured on the day.


Mountmellick Community School’s transition year students are holding a ladies fashion and beauty extravaganza in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on Sunday April 10 from 11am to 4pm. Hosted by TV3 Xpose’s Aisling O’Loughlin, the day includes a tutorial by celebrity make-up artist Aimee Connolly, a mother and daughter fashion show, hair tutorial by A & A Hair Studio and afternoon tea. Each guest receives a goody bag with many spot prizes during the day. Limited tickets remain (€30) from the school or any TY student, call 057 8624220.


Well done to all who competed in the area finals. The county table quiz was postponed until the Easter break.


Next meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday March 23 in MDA with a raffle for Easter eggs. New members always welcome (086 0618955). Activities: Mondays Boccia at 7.30pm in Macra Hall. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am). Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital.


The ‘Conradh na Gaeilge 1916’ exhibit continues for the month of March in the library gallery. This mobile exhibition is based on the documents in Conradh na Gaeilge’s collection. It details the role the Irish Language movement played in Irish history and in the lives of the leaders of the Easter Rising. 

Our adult colouring group is proving very popular. It meets each Thursday morning at 10.30am. Colours and pages are provided.


St Joseph's Cemetery Committee is looking for volunteers to cut grass for the season.

If interested call Seamus Sexton, Christy Dempsey or Paddy Bracken or any committee member.


Juvenile football coaching resumes at the Rock GAA on Tuesday March 29 at 6.30pm and will continue each Tuesday & Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Girls & boys’ u6, u8, u10 & u12, boys’ u14 & u16 welcome. Registration at the clubhouse on training evenings. 


Ballad group and pipe band practice continue weekly, new members welcome to both groups. Call Joe 086 760853 (ballad) or Seamus 086 2392600 (pipe).


Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Mountmellick area to help with our charity collection day on Friday April 22. Anyone with time to give call Louise Duffy 01 8691626.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126. 


Gentle zumba continues in St Mary’s Hall until the final class on Tuesday April 5 from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Call 089 2525344 or Caroline 086 8852503.


An Easter celebration session will be held at An Sean Chistin, Ballyfin at 7.30pm on Easter Sunday. Call Maureen 0876482038.


All are welcome to a céilí on Easter Sunday in Ballyfin Community Centre from 4pm to 7pm with the Glenside Céilí Band.


O Moore’s Camogie Club is holding a table quiz on Good Friday Night March 25 at 9pm in Rosenallis Community Centre. Table of 4 €20, all welcome to attend.


On Thursday March 24 at 8pm in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Dr Regina Uí Collatáin, PhD, will speak about ‘The Laois Links to 1916’, an interesting, well-informed and topical theme for this centenary year. Regina is head of the Department of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore in UCD and has contributed to many TV and Radio programmes. 


Thanks to all who generously supported the recent Mission Alive church gate collection.  The total amount collected was €1,400 which will be sent to the Orphan Project in Lusaka, Zambia. Thanks also to committee members and friends who collected.


The death occurred on Sunday March 13 of Joe (The Spow) Bergin of Emmet Terrace and formerly of Walsh Island. Joe was predeceased by his wife Moll. Remains reposed at his residence until removal on Wednesday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery.

Joe is mourned by his sons Patrick, Noel and Damien, stepsons John, Ignatius, Eugene, Jim, Bilco and Dominic, family, relatives and friends.


March 9 Community Care. Top score S Duff. Lady 1& 2 R Cole & D Byrne. Gent 1 J Harrison. 2 P Dowling. Half lady 1 A Walsh, C Drought, B Cooley. 2 V Kearns, C Martin. Half gent 1 P Stephenson, 2 T Kearns. Lowest score L O’Brien. Hatcher B O’Brien. Raffle H Kelly, P Dowling, S Wilkinson, M Barrett, J Harrison.

March 10 Old School. Top score K Kavanagh. 2 J Harrison. 3 T Kearns. Half 1 B Thompson. 2 N Thompson. Best of three A Walsh. Hatcher T Gowing. Raffle L Kavanagh, P Dowling, J Codd, F Keenan.