ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The next meeting will be in the MDA on Wednesday April 4 at 10.30am where we will have some Easter fun. The outing to Newbridge and the ARI Trade and Fashion Show in the Citywest Hotel will be on Tuesday April 17. The bus leaves the MDA at 9am. There are only a few places left.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The next meeting will be in the MDA on Wednesday April 4 at 10.30am where we will have some Easter fun. The outing to Newbridge and the ARI Trade and Fashion Show in the Citywest Hotel will be on Tuesday April 17. The bus leaves the MDA at 9am. There are only a few places left.

On Tuesday April 10 our Boccia teams will go to Clonbullogue ARA to play against their teams. The bus leaves the square at 6.45pm. After Easter the usual Boccia sessions in the Macra hall will start again on Monday April 16 at 7.30pm.

The dancing classes resume on Monday April 16 at 3pm.

On Tuesdays we go to aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon. The free bus to this activity leaves the MDA at 11.15am and returns at 1.30pm.

Music and song are held in St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesdays from 6.15pm to 7.45pm.

The art classes continue every Thursday in Wolfe Tone Court from 2pm to 4pm. We wish all our members a very happy Easter.


Football coaching for U8, U10 and U12 continues at 7pm each Tuesday and Thursday during the season. New players are welcome and can register on the night. For details on the club’s juvenile section contact Juvenile Secretary John Allen at 086 3264102.


U6 and U8 hurling continues in Acragar every Monday at 6.30pm. U10 and U12 follows at 7pm. New players welcome. U14 football training continues at 5pm on Saturdays in Acragar. Junior hurlers start their league campaign this Saturday v The Harps in Acragar at 5pm. All support appreciated.


Training for all U10 and U12 begins on Monday April 2 at 6pm in Acragar. New members are very welcome. Further up the age groups club training continues from 16 upwards on Tuesday and Fridays.


April 8. Joe Deering and John Scully will guide a grade B (7km 3hrs) walk in Bunreagh, Castleconner and Blackhill. Walkers should meet Joe and John at 11am at Clonaslee community centre.


Kickboxing and taekwondo classes for all ages from 4yrs upwards are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Facilities include punch bags and a boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach. For details contact 087 2768843.


Holy Thursday April 5. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm in St. Joseph’s Church and 8pm in Clonaghadoo.

Good Friday April 6. Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 4.30pm in St. Joseph’s Church. Stations of the Cross at 8pm in both St. Joseph’s noon to 1pm and from 7pm to 7.45pm.

Easter Saturday April 7. Vigil Mass at 9pm in St. Joseph’s Church and Clonaghadoo.

Easter Sunday April 8. Mass at 9am and noon in St. Joseph’s Church and 10.30am in Clonaghadoo.


The Novena begins on Good Friday April 6. Leaflets will be available in the church.


The parish pilgrimage to Lourdes is from July 17 to 24 staying at the Solitude Hotel costing €770 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216.

The parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje is from August 15 to 22 staying at Dubrovnik House across from St. James’s Church, costing €639 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216 or Rena at 087 6130224 or 057 8624379.

Some seats still remain on both pilgrimages.


The Church of Ireland parish is welcoming the former Bishop of Cork for holy week celebrations this year. Bishop Roy Warke, who grew up in Mountmellick and whose father worked in Pim’s shop, now lives in Naas with his wife Eileen and will be speaking at the services. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday April 4 at 8pm: evening prayer in St Brigid’s Rosenallis, The Fact of the Cross.

Maundy Thursday April 5 at 8pm: Holy Communion in St John’s Coolbanagher, Love so Amazing.

Good Friday April 6 at 8pm: Compline in St Paul’s Mountmellick, The Power of the Cross.

Easter Sunday services: 9.30am in St Brigid’s Rosenallis, 10.45am in St Paul’s Mountmellick and noon in St John’s Coolbanagher (Emo).


The committee of St. Mary’s Hall Clonaghadoo will hold its AGM on Monday April 2 in the hall. All are welcome.


The next meeting of Mountmellick Photographic Society will take place on Wednesday April 4 in the MDA, doors open at 7.45pm and meeting begins at 8pm sharp.

At this meeting, Enda Flynn will present his wildlife photography. Enda is a wildlife photographer who lives on the Cooley Peninsula in Louth and has a lifelong interest in natural history. He has built up an extensive knowledge of the habits and habitats of the local fauna and flora and runs guided photography field trips in his local area. This promises to be an enjoyable presentation by an experienced wildlife photographer. Some samples of Enda’s work can be viewed at members are always most welcome.


Mountmellick Macra took part in the amateur drama competition at the semi-final stage at the weekend in Athboy. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful on the night but gave an excellent performance. Well done to the team and their director John McEvoy. The club are partaking in a farm walk on Gary Peake’s farm on Sunday April 8 at 7pm. Please contact the secretary or Gary for more information. The club will be holding a fundraising meeting on the April 13 and the fundraising committee are asked to be in attendance. If you would like to join Macra or to find out more information please contact Gemma on 0877933905.


Easter crafts now booking: Thursday April 5 at 11.30am egg hunt for 2 - 4 year olds.

Wednesday April 11 at 3pm dinosaur craft for 4 - 8 year olds. Friday April 13 at 3pm Easter chicks and Easter bunnies for 4 - 8 year olds. Booking essential for all events.

‘Excursion’ an art exhibition by Aidan Butler will be in the gallery from Tuesday April 3 to Thursday April 26. Aidan will hold an art demonstration at the art gallery on Thursday April 5 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and he will hold a four hour art workshop on Thursday April 24. Both of these events are free of charge. Places are limited and booking is essential. Call the library for further information.

Get your aprons on and roll up your sleeves. We are asking people who are creative in the kitchen and love books to combine the two interests by creating an edible book for our competition on Friday May 4. Entries can be a cake or some kind of food which is book inspired. Check out for inspiration. Judges this year will be Maggie from Maggie’s Cafe, Nora from Nora’s, Eunice from The Rose Room Bistro and Supervalu Mountmellick. There will be great prizes.


Classes continue each Monday in the community centre in Ballyfin. They move to Tuesday on bank holidays.


March 28. Top score: T. Kearns. Ladies 1 M Coyne. 2 A Rochford. Gents 1 Sr Michael. 2 V Kearns. Halves ladies 1 L Pierce. 2 D Byrne. Halves gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 J Delaney. Hatchers: D Kelly. Lowest score: A Walsh.


March 29. Top score: Mrs Gorman. Ladies 1 Kavanagh. 2 D Byrne. Gents 1 N Thompson. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Halves 1 R Cole. 2 J O’ Shea. Best of three: V Kearns and J Delaney.


March 28. No jackpot winner, this week’s jackpot is €18,000. Match 3s (€67): S Dempsey (R McEvoy), C W Smith (C McAuley), Mrs Carroll (J Curham), I Finn (K Hunt) and D Maher (M Lynch)


March 29. NS 1 T Lalor and B Sheils. 2 P Storey and A Flynn. 3 H. Meade and B Hourigan. EW 1 P McEvoy and M Hourigan. 2 K Walsh and A Conroy. 3 C Lawlor and I Power.

There will be bridge on Holy Thursday April 5 but will continue as usual on Thursday April 12.


Well done to Emily Dowling and Fiachra C Fennell who came 2nd and 1st in their respective categories in the community games county arts final recently. Fiachra will go on to represent Mountmellick and Laois at the national finals in Athlone in May.


The scouts spent a great day at the Birr outdoor education centre on Sunday April1. The morning started with abseiling down a 30ft drop followed by a two hour gorge walk. There was lots of fun to be had sliding down rocks, jumping into deep pools, making human dams etc. They were suitably dressed with wetsuits provided by the centre. After lunch there was an archery competition and other games. It was a great day and a big thank you to Jani who was our wonderful leader on the day.

Next outing is a trip to the Curragh army camp on Wednesday April 11. Wear full uniform. Further details to follow or contact your leaders.


Anyone interested in learning the concertina on Tuesday evenings please contact 086 3932756 for more details.


Charity soccer match in aid of Friends of St Lukes for Cacner Research, cure and care. Mountmellick Over 35’s v Allenwood Over 35’s on Saturday, April 7 at 4pm in Conor Davis Park. Trophy awarding, finger food and entertainment at 6pm provided by The Mellick Inn.


The Slieve Bloom Association held a meeting in the Community Hall, Camross,

on March 29th. A minute’s silence was observed for Jimmy Mahon RIP, a former member who contributed much to the Association.

A vote was passed unanimously to wish Liam Dunne and his companions well for the 52km marathon that they will undertake in the Slieve Bloom Mountains on Good Friday. He is a native of Clonaslee, where it will start and end, and is in aid of the Laois Hospice. More information is available from his website:

The Ardeireann Festival, which was revived last year will take place on Frachan Sunday the 29th of July. More details will be available after our next meeting on Thursday, April 26th.

We are seeking old photographs, slides or negatives relating to customs, activities, people and buildings of the Slieve Bloom Mountains to use in a Photographic Exhibition to be held in October. The Association would be very grateful if the owners would loan to us and/or allow us to copy before they are lost to posterity, please contact Michael at 087 410 6493. Great care will be taken with all of the images while in our care and they will be returned to their owners as soon as possible after copying. Due accreditation will be given to the owners of all photographs.

Come along to our meetings, we are always looking for new members who care about maintaining the Slieve Bloom Mountains environment and who seek to promote it’s amenities.


On this Holy Thursday night at 9.30pm a special hour of prayer and reflection will be held in St Joseph’s Church, with music from the St Joseph’s Sunday choir.

All are encouraged to attend what will be a very special event, particularly as the Eucharistic Congress takes place in Ireland this year.