daffodil day

daffodil day

The Irish Cancer Society are asking the public to support Daffodil Day on Friday March 28, by volunteering as a collector, organising an event, or buying the merchandise on the day or online. Download the ‘Daff Day’ smartphone app or Callsave 1850 60 60 60.

library charge

A new membership charge of €3 has been introduced in Laois Libraries for Third Level and PLC Students.


Community Care social this Thursday February 20 at 8.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. More people are invited to attend and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment. For transport in Mountmellick area only call 087 9812525.


In aid of Graigue cemetery on Friday February 21 at 9.30pm in The Hollow Bar with quizmaster Michael Linehan. Table of 4: €20. Support would be very welcomed.


A table quiz is being held in Portarlington Golf Club on Saturday February 22 at 8pm. All welcome.


Social dancing to Colm Aungier and Twice Shy on Saturday February 22 from 9.30pm to 12.30am in Owenass Hall.


Wednesday Feb 19, 8pm: The King’s Speech. Saturday Feb 22, 8.15pm: About Time. Sunday Feb 23, 3pm: Up.


This year’s production ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ will be staged from Thursday February 20 to Sunday February 23 in the Macra Hall. Tickets from O’Gorman’s and at the door. Enjoy a great family night out.


Badminton in the Macra hall Monday & Wednesday nights. Contact Trevor 0879143226.

MACRA basketball

Upcoming basketball competition, contact Gemma 087 7933905 if interested. To join Macra call 087 696262.


Lourdes: July 17 (7 nights), €790, single room + €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor 087 7670915.


The children’s junior non-fiction reading challenge for ages 7 to 12 is underway. Call to the library for details.


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


Knitting circle meets Tuesday, 10.30 to noon in the library. Bring along your needles & wool for a cuppa and chat.


An exhibition by artist Joe Ryan is on in the library gallery for the month of February.


AGM on Wednesday February 26 at 7.30pm sharp in the town hall. New and existing businesses and community groups welcome. New memberships facilitated on the night. We look forward to seeing you. 


AGM Wednesday February 19 at 10.30am in MDA chaired by ARI Outreach Worker. All members are invited to put their names forward for election as it is important to have some new committee members each year. All members urged to attend to elect a committee and suggest activities for the coming year.

Weekly activities: Mondays 2.30pm to 4.30pm: dancing with Maureen Culleton in Wolfe Tone Court. 7.30pm: Boccia in the Macra Hall. Tuesdays Go for Life Workshop in Portlaoise Parish Centre 10am to 3pm (free bus leaves MDA at 9.30am), noon: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday February 12 & 26 10.30am walking group meets at MDA. Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm computer course in Library. 2pm to 4pm: art classes in MDA. 2pm to 4pm: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955. 


Register now at Naíonra pre-school Garoon for the free pre-school year September 2014. Contact Mary Culleton 086 3534852, 057 8624963, email mary@naomhá


Ladies: meet in MDA car park Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm (runners and walkers)

Men’s: meet at MDA on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am.


AGM is on Friday February 21, a review of the year gone by and plan the year ahead. Everyone encouraged to attend.


Courses beginning soon in MDA leading to Fetac Levels 3, 4, 5, or 6 or ECDL. Funding may be available if you are unemployed. For details call Imelda Burke at 057 8624525 or email


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


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


Elected were: president Tom Storey, chairperson James Murphy, vice chair Fergus Dunne, secretary John Flynn, asst sec  Donal Mooney, juvenile sec & child officer John Allen, treasurer Derek Conlon, asst treasurer & registrar Ann Storey, PRO & ASAP officer Jonathan Allen, County Board delegate Pat Murphy.

Thanks to all buyers in the annual County Board draw. Tickets €130 from committee. Can be direct debit over four months, €32.50 per month. First of four draws on March 7 , top prize of €10,000 in each draw. Registration night Friday February 21 in the clubhouse 7pm - 9pm. New & existing members please attend.


February 5. Numbers: 5, 11, 19, 31. Match 3 (€72): J O’Rourke & S Kelly


February 5. Community care. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 C Casey. 2 L Pierce. Gents 1 B O’Brien. 2 T Casey. Halves ladies 1 J O’Shea. 2 E Moran. Halves gents 1 T Kearns & T Gowing. 2 D Kelly & B Coffey. Lowest score J Harrison & C Fitzpatrick. Hatcher J Delaney. Raffle: B O’Brien, B Fitzpatrick. M Barrett, A Walsh & M Gowing.

February 6. Old school. Top score R Cole. Ladies 1 J O’Shea. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 D Kelly. 2 L Kavanagh. Halves 1 J Harrison. 2 M Gowing. Best of three J Delaney. Hatcher E Moran. Raffle: D Byrne, T Gowing, H Kelly & B Coffey.


January 29. €300 L Deffew. €50 S Conroy, O Dunphy, G O’Neill & A Dunphy.


February 11. €50 N Quigley. €20 S Connolly, G Byrne, T O’Shea & T Kirwan.


NS 1 T Lalor, B Sheils. 2 H Meade, B Hourigan. 3 K Walsh, A Conroy. EW 1 C Walshe, L Tynan. 2 A Bergin, K Dowling. 3 A Colgan, T Joyce.


The death occurred on Saturday February 8 at Oakdale Nursing Home Portarlington of Margaret (Peg) Moran of St Joseph’s Terrace and formerly of Patrick Street. Remains reposed at Oakdale until removal on Tuesday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 11am with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Peg was a very active person in the parish community and a founder member of Our Lady’s Sewing Guild and a member of the Legion of Mary. In recognition of her parish work, Peg was awarded a Bene Merenti Papal Medal in 2006, which was presented to her by Bishop James Moriarity.

Peg was predeceased by her parents Patrick and Margaret, her brothers Sean and Michael. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Peg’s brothers Paddy and Tom, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.