Summerfest starts this Thursday evening with a visit by the Roses to a ‘Beat on the Street’ in the MDA, followed by a farmers market on Friday and lots of fun races, music and entertainment over the weekend. Come along and enjoy.

memorial walk

The Colette Dowling Memorial Walk For Cancer Research takes place next Sunday June 1 at 11am. The 5k walk goes from The Rock Gaa Club, around Mountmellick and back.


The second meeting of the Men’s Shed is in Wolfe Tone Court on Tuesday June 3 at 11am .It will be a social and planning meeting. Bring a friend. The first meeting was very worthwhile. Members of the Abbeyleix and Portlaoise Men’s Sheds came to share how their sheds are working. 


Coaching for 10 to 14 year old boys and girls is on Saturdays at 11am in GAA field Acragar. Call 086 8651339. Adults interested in playing Rounders call 086 8651339 or contact Hollow Bar.


Mountmellick Soccer Club holds a children’s disco on Friday May 30 for ages 14 and under, in Conor Davis Park from 7pm to 9.30pm. Admission €5 includes minerals and snacks. The Club appreciates all support.


Monthly social dance on Saturday May 31 from 9.30pm to 12.30am in the Owenass Hall, music by Checkers. Refreshments served. All welcome.


The next general meeting is on Wednesday May 28 at 7pm in the Arts Centre. Next subcommittee meeting to discuss the 2015 Gathering is at 7pm on Friday June 6 in the Arts Centre.


The Rock GAA Club holds a collection of unwanted metal on Saturday June 7. Items may be delivered to the clubhouse from 9am. Items may be collected, call James 087 9800498. All donations gratefully received. Thanks for your support.


The local scout troop holds a clothes collection fundraiser on Saturday June 7 from 10am to 1pm at MDA car park. All wearable clothes, shoes, belts and handbags accepted.


Work 4 You – Acquired Brain Injury Ireland will have an info stand in the library on Tuesday June 3, 2pm to 4pm.


Work by Portlaoise artist Gemma Lalor is in the gallery in June. All welcome to the opening on June 3 at 6pm.


Children’s non-fiction reading challenge ends on Tuesday June 10. This is the last chance to get 15 books read and enter the prize draw. Presentation of certificates is on Thursday June 12 at 3.30pm.


Michael Phelan, a Dublin based storyteller, visits the library on Tuesday June 10 at 4pm. All are welcome. 


The parish joins with the Kildare & Leighlin pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday June 1 . Bus leaving St Joseph’s Church at 8.15am. €10 per seat. Book in parish office now, 8624390.


On Wednesday May 28 from 2pm to 5pm the Retirement Association will host a dance, facilitated by Maureen Culleton, in the Macra Hall. Admission €5, tea served.


Wednesday May 28 8pm: The Searchers.

LOURDES & fatima

Final Lourdes payments needed by May 30. A few seat remain on the pilgrimage to Fatima August 2, call Eleanor 087 7670915.


Tricia Kelley, Doris Flannery and Nina Horan thank all who supported their recent Tea Day in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Almost 100 people attended at Old Bank House where they generously donated a final total of €2,000. Thanks to all who sponsored prizes, baked cakes & goodies & helped out in any way.

Lynda Kiernan who held a Tea Day in her home in Brock View also wishes to thank everyone who kindly supported it, raising another €578 for Laois Alzheimer’s services.


Cubs participated in the county camp in Srahan with 10 groups from around the Slieve Bloom county. Though a wet weekend it didn’t dampen the spirits and they enjoyed backwoods cooking, pioneering, orienteering and field games. On Saturday evening the cubs were split up with cubs from each group to prepare and serve a shared meal with Leaders’ supervision.  They then attended an intercultural trade fair event where each group was allocated a country. Mountmellick represented Japan and attended in the costume of the country, performed a game and supplied items to trade at their stall of the country. All had a great week-end.


Mountmellick Angling Club permits and membership cards are available from Victor Cox’s Shop, O’Connell Square and water keepers Tommy Quigley and Paul Lalor. You must hold a current permit to fish club waters. The club are holding a collection on Saturday May 31 at Supervalu to raise funds for river bank maintenance work. This work will help us to maintain the fishery and make it a safe environment for all members, all support greatly appreciated.


Well done to all who took part in the area track and field finals on Monday. Best of luck in St Abban’s on Sunday June 15 in the county finals to all those going forward. For most competitions be there for 11.30am, for long puck etc. competitions start at 11am. Further information from 085 713 8940.


Comhaltas is organising a trip to Brú Ború in Cashel on July 1 departing Mountmellick at 6.30pm. Show starts at 9pm with Seisiun at 10pm so bring your instrument or dancing shoes. Adults: €10. Child: €5. (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Free bus but limited places so book early. Closing date for payment is June 10. The annual junior Feis is in ICA Hall on Tuesday June 10 from 6.30pm. Seisiun follows at 8pm with refreshments. All welcome. Best of luck to all our participants in Fleadh Laoise next weekend. Senior competitions on the Saturday evening. Call 085 713 8940 for details of all events.


Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group)  meets in the library on Thursdays from 10am to 1am. All ages and levels welcome for a friendly chat ‘as Gaeilge’.

slieve bloom assoc

Meeting in the Green School, Rosenallis at 8:30pm on Thursday June 5. All welcome who are interested in protecting the Slieve Bloom Amenity Area, while promoting it to visitors. See


The above is now enrolling for September 2014 for all classes. Phone 057 8644020 or email for enrolment form. Enrolment day Tuesday June 10.


Mountmellick United Football Club’s AGM is on Saturday June 7 at 7pm at Conor Davis Park. The previous season will be reviewed and officers and committee elected for next season. All welcome.


Congratulations to the girls who competed in Sunday’s competition. It was a great day and well done to all.


Training times U10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays 6.45pm & Fridays 6pm. U14 Tuesdays 6.30pm & Fridays 6pm. Adult Tuesdays 8pm & Fridays 8pm.


New players welcome and can register on our training nights Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm.  A weeklong camp for football will be held at The Rock from August 18 to 22. More details in the weeks ahead. Weekly results of the Rock GAA & Rock NS lotto draw is available on the club’s Facebook page..


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30pm to 4pm. Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre noon (free bus MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday: May 28 Mountmellick hosts the Bealtaine Dance in Macra Hall 22pm to 5pm admission €5.This replaces the usual meeting. Members please support. June 4 10.30am walking group at MDA. Thursday: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. June 5

Midlands Regional Committee ARI Health Day in Tullamore Court Hotel 10am to 4pm, call 086 0618955 if you wish to go. Friday: ‘Go for Life Games Blitz’ in Macra Hall 7.30pm. The team are preparing to go to the Laois all Ireland ‘Go for Life’ games in DCU on June 7. You can sign up to support them in Dublin. Names will be taken for the trip to Dublin, call 086 0618955. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


May 14. Community care. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Lady 1 S Duff. 2 C Casey. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 T Gowing. Half lady 1 B O’Brien. 2 V Kearns. Half gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 H Kelly. Lowest score J O’Shea. Hatcher R Cole, T Dunne. Raffle H Kelly, T Jacob, C Conroy, Sr Rosarii, T Gowing.

May 15. Old school. Top score N Thompson, C Fitzpatrick. Lady 1 R Cole. 2 E Moran. Gent 1 T Kearns. 2 S Duff. Half 1 M Gowing. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Best of 3 J Harrison. Hatcher V Kearns. Lowest score A Walsh. Raffle J Harrison (x2), J Delaney & D Kelly.


NS 1 K Booth, E Earley. 2 A Higgins, P Sheils. 3 C Walshe, L Tynan. EW 1 K Dowling, T Mitchell. 2 V Turley, A Rochford. 3 Sr Rosarii, I Power. Bridge resumes for the new season on Thursday September 11.


The death occurred of Thomas Murphy, formerly of Knightstown Mountmellick on April 24 at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, Illinois.  Tom was born on September 11 1930 in Knightstown and lived in Mountmellick until April 25 1954, when he left Cobh on the vessel Georgic for America. He became a US citizen in 1958 after serving in the US army and lived in Chicago where he was a union bricklayer. Tom is mourned by his sons Tom (Chicago) and Michael (Wisconsin), daughter Maureen (Illinois), brother Willie, sisters Pauline, Margaret, May and Breda (all in Ireland and England), relatives and friends.. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary, brothers Mick, Sean and PJ, sister Eileen and nephew Brian. Services were held at Gibbons Funeral Home in Chicago and interment was at Maryhill Cemetery, Chicago. 


Deadline for notes for this section is Wednesday May 28 due to the bank holiday.