Daffodil day, the Irish Cancer Society’s main fundraiser, will be on Friday March 28. Volunteers are urgently needed and donations of fresh daffodils required. Call Mary Donoher 057 824758 or Bridie Parkinson 057 8644122.


Monday March 17 St Patrick’s Day is the opening of the fishing season, eagerly awaited by all trout fishermen. Permits available from Ivor Cox at Victor Cox’s shop in the Square Mountmellick or from the water keepers Tommy Quigley or Paul Lalor. Please respect all land owners’ property and keep an eye out for pollution and illegal dumping and report it to any member or to Laois County Council.   


St Joseph’s Church. Mondays 10am & 7.30pm. Tuesdays 7.30am & 7.30pm. Wednesdays 10am & 7.30pm. Thursdays 7.30pm. Fridays 10am & 7.30pm. Trocaire boxes available in the church.


Community care monthly social is on Thursday March 20 at 8.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. More people are encouraged to attend and enjoy light refreshments and music by Reuben James. Those in Mountmellick area needing transport call 087 9812525.


Our annual concert will be a variety show on Saturday April 5, tickets available at class.


John Drumm, a local artist is exhibiting ‘Influences’ a series of portraits featuring pen and ink drawings from diary entries in the library for the month of March.


The club thanks all who bought tickets for the Laois GAA draw. The club had two winners in the first draw on March 7, Donal Hickey (€1500) and Paul Allen (€500). Next draw on Friday April 4. U8s and U10s resume training on Tuesday April 1 at 7pm. New players welcome, call John Allen 086 3264102.


Mountmellick United FC is holding a race night in Moloney’s Gaelic Bar on Friday April 11 at 9.30pm. Featuring the best of English, American and South African races with musical interludes and fun. Horses €20 or sponsorship €100/€50 or any amount appreciated, contact Michael Davis 087 6178821. All support appreciated for club development, come to place bets and enjoy the experience.


Lourdes: July 18 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor at 087 7670915.


A conversational Irish session in the library Thursdays from 10am to 11am. All levels, esp cially beginners welcome.


Knitting circle meets every Tuesday from 10.30 to noon in the library. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30 pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: Go For Life workshop Macra, Portlaoise 10am to 3pm and aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday: March 19 ARA meeting at MDA 10.30am to 12.30pm. Thursday: ‘healthy cooking’ course of 6 Thursdays in Wolfe Tone Court 10.30am to 1pm and music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm. Friday: Go for Life games blitz in Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Saturday March 22: dancing in the Gandon with Maureen Culleton 2.30pm to 4.30pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Piece of land wanted, close to town, to build a den for local scout group. Please call 087 274930.

PTAA prizes

At the Council meeting on Monday March 10 prizes were distributed to pupils of St Patrick’s BNS, St Joseph’s GNS and The Rock NS who entered the art competition based on the PTAA movement. Results: St Patrick’s BNS 1 David Aderogba, 2 Billy Rankin. St Joseph’s GNS 1 Holly Burke. 2 Sabrina Quinn. The Rock NS 1 Áine Dempsey. 2 Ciara McEvoy. Many thanks to adjudicator Gemma Guihan to whom the Council presented flowers.

The mid Leinster quiz is in The Gandon Inn on Sunday April 6 with entries in u13, u18 & senior competitions. Persons dealing with children are vetted under the national vetting policy,


March 5. Community care. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 Sr Rosarii 2 R Cole, B O’Brien, C Martin. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 T Kearns. Halves ladies 1 A Walsh, T Mulhare. 2 A Rochford. Halves gents 1 B Coffey. 2 P Dowling. Lowest score T Gowing. Hatcher B Fitzpatrick. Raffle P Dowling, B Fitzpatrick, A Rochford, D Kelly, J Harrison. March 6. Old school. Top score D Kelly, B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 C Martin. Gents 1 H Kelly. 2 J Harrison. Halves K Kavanagh. 2 R Cole, D Byrne. Best of three M Gowing, L Kavanagh. Hatcher J O’Shea. Raffle V Kearns, B O’Brien, H Kelly, D Byrne.


March 5. Nos: 1, 24, 28, 29. Match 3 (€1000) M Fennelly.


A free bereavement support service available. Contact Eileen 087 6380994.


Laois Martial Arts hold classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes now available. Full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes taught by a 4th degree National Champion. Contact 087 2768843


Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14+) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.


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.  Call John 086 8033126.  Website: 

Infoline: 1890 474 474.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depressionand other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking required. Call 01 6617211 or

Local helpline 1890303302.  

Slieve Blooms

The Slieve Bloom Association will meet in the Community Centre, Kinnity on Thursday March 27 at 8:30pm. We invite everyone interested in promoting the Slieve Blooms,

while preserving its unique amenities.

late tom donoher

Condolences to the family of the late Tom Donoher, The Rock, Mountmellick, who passed away on March 11. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Bentley). Deeply regretted by his wife, son Francis , daughter Siobhan and daughter-in-law Vina, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home last Wednesday and Thursday. Removal to St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick for Requiem Mass at 2pm, with funeral afterwards to St Josephs Cemetery. Rest in peace.

late Siobhan O’Neill

Condolences to the family of Hannah Theresa (better known as Siobhan) O’Neill (née O’Shea) Enniscorthy, Wexford / Mountmellick, who passed away on March 11. Beloved wife of Fintan O’Neill. Formerly of Emmett Tce, Mountmellick. Dear mother of Catherine, Fintan and Sean. Reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home on Wednesday with removal on Thursday morning to St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick for Requiem mass at 12 and funeral afterwards to St Joseph’s Cemetery. Rest in peace.