ICA Guild members were saddened at the sudden death on Wednesday November 20 of valued friend and member Kathleen Westman. A long time member, Kathleen was always a pleasant and willing participant in ICA events. She was a member of the dancing team which achieved 2nd in the Laois Federation competition some years past. Also a staunch PTAA member, Kathleen attended most events including pilgrimages, Gradam awards and quizzes. Kathleen also regularly attended the Mountmellick Community Care Association’s monthly socials in Wolfe Tone Court.

Guild members were privileged to partake in the guard of honour with their friends from PTAA and Community Care. Federation President Betty Gorman was among the many mourners at Kathleen’s funeral. Kathleen will be most sadly missed by us all, may she rest in peace.


A large crowd attended the switch on of the Christmas tree & lights on Friday November 29. All enjoyed the music from Portlaoise Accordion Band, Mountmellick Pipe Band and St Joseph’s Sunday Choir. A roar of excitement resounded when the lights were switched on, bathing the square with colour. Thanks are extended to the street light committee.

The committee thank all who supported the church gate collection & flag day. These assist in Santa’s visit to Mountmellick on Sunday December 22 when he will give 600 toys to schoolchildren of the parish. The committee will give fuel to senior citizens who request it. Contact Brian Lynch, Chapel St or any committee member before Sunday December 15.


Wed Dec 11, 8pm Titanic. Fri Dec 13, 8pm Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. Sat Dec 14, 3pm Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Sat Dec 14, 8.15pm The World’s End. Sun Dec 15, 1pm The Muppets Christmas Carol.


The four schools in the parish who are entering the art competition (5th & 6th classes) should submit their entries by December 12.


The Advent Holy Hours continue on Wednesdays December 11 & 18 from 7pm to 8pm in St Joseph’s Church with prayer, readings, reflections and a guest speaker. All welcome.


The monthly community care social is on Thursday December 19 in Wolfe Tone Court at 8.30pm. More people are invited along for light refreshments and entertainment. Those requiring transport, Mountmellick area only, contact 087 9812525.


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.


Geashill Art Group will exhibit their paintings in the library gallery until the end of January. All are welcome.


Simone Schümmelfeder will pay a return visit to Mountmellick Library for a special Christmas story-time on Saturday December 14 from 12.15pm to 1.15pm. Booking (essential) 057 8644572.


Carnation Theatre visit the library with their show ‘Turkey, the Musical’ on Thursday December 19 from 6pm to 7pm. Suitable for all ages. Booking 057 8644572 (limited places).


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


Upholstery classes in St Mary’s Hall, Clonaghadoo after Christmas, call Cath 087 9860265 or JJ 087 6755214.


Music & mince pies party in MDA on Wednesday December 11 at 10.30am. Christmas dinner dance is on Friday December 13 in Garryhinch Golf Club, bus provided. Any queries phone 086 0618955. Weekly activities: Mondays: the ‘Ageing with Confidence’ course 10.30am to 12.30, and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure centre at noon with free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm ‘Go for Life’ dancing in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.


The Mission Alive Group this year has gift certs available in the Parish Office. If you wish to donate to the Orphan Project in Zambia a gift cert for the amount donated will be issued to you. You can then give the cert as a Christmas gift. Thanks to all who came to our annual table quiz in the Druid and donated raffle prizes. Thanks to Michael Linehan and his assistants.


Free parking in the town centre on Saturday December 14 & 21 and Monday and Tuesday December 23 & 24.


There was much regret at the death of Mary Santry (neé Hyland) of Pattison’s Estate on Friday November 29 at Kilminchy Nursing Home. Mary was predeceased by her husband Joe and her son Jerome. A kindly and friendly person, a good neighbour and friend, Mary is sadly regretted by all who knew her. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Mary’s sons Brian and Joe, family, relatives and friends.


The news of the death of Derek (Richard) Miller of Irishtown on Friday November 29 at St Vincent’s Hospital occasioned much regret. Derek was held in high esteem by all who knew him and will be sadly missed. Funeral service was held at 2.30pm on Monday in St Paul’s Church with a cremation service later. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Derek’s wife Hilda, daughters Helen and Linda, son John, family, relatives and friends.


There was much regret at the death of Eileen Horohan of Clonsaughey on Tuesday December 3 at St Vincent’s Hospital. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Terence and her son Donie. A well respected member of the farming community, Eileen will be most sadly missed by all who knew her. Remains reposed at her daughter Elizabeth McEvoy’s residence at Clonaheen. Removal to St Joseph’s Church took place on Thursday morning with requiem mass celebrated at noon and burial afterwards to St Peter’s and Paul’s cemetery Portlaoise. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Eileen’s daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law John, grandchildren Aibhilím and Éoin, relatives and friends.


Laois Martial Arts classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes available. Call 087 2768843


Mountmellick GAA will fundraise at Supervalu on Friday December 20. Help appreciated, contact the committee.


November 27. Community care. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 C Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 D Kelly. Halves ladies 1 L Pierce. 2 D Byrne. Halves gents 1 T Kearns & G Keenan. 2 S Langton. Lowest score B Keegan. Hatcher B Srahan. Raffle J Harrison. C Thompson, B Keegan, S Langton & D Kelly.

November 28. Old school. Top score N Thompson. 2 C Martin. 3 S Wilkinson. Halves 1 A Walsh. 2 J O’Shea. Best of three C Thompson. Hatcher D Kelly.


November 27. Numbers drawn: 1, 9, 14 & 20. Match 3s (€59) S Carroll & P Bolton.


€50 A Dunne. €20 J Deering, R McLoughlin, R Rochford & M Gormley.