All smiles at the story telling session at Mountmellick Library were Niamh Cotter with Sam and Conor Menedez.Picture Denis Byrne.


The Tidy Towns committee thank all and encourage them to continue their efforts. The exhibition of Quaker Tapestries will bring a lot of visitors to the town and it is important that the town is seen at its best for this and for the judges from the national competition.


An exhibition of Quaker Tapestry continues until Saturday August 10 from 10am to 5pm daily at MDA. Admission: €5. This is a major exhibition of 20 captivating and colourful panels of embroidery. It is a masterpiece of storytelling and celebration of life, people and events across the centuries, set against a backdrop of Mountmellick Embroidery. An event not to be missed.


During the visit of the Quaker Tapestries to Mountmellick, St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church will be open every afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Both locals and visitors are welcome to call in and discover the building’s history. 


On Thursday August 8 at 7.30pm James Edmundson will give a talk on ‘my journey to find William Edmundson’. James, from Texas, is a direct descendant of William Edmundson. He has spent decades researching William’s travels in the US, confirming that William held the first Friend’s meetings in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Admission free but booking is essential. Contact the Arts Centre at 057 8697600.

HERITAGE day out

Mountmellick Heritage Society is organising a trip to Lullymore Heritage Park open day as part of the Heritage week celebrations. The bus will leave O’Connell Square at 1pm on Sunday August 18 and return at 6pm. Cost: €5 per person. Entry to Lullymore is free. The Heritage Society is subsidising the bus cost. Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Mountmellick Heritage Society has organised a ‘Famine Tour’ on Thursday August 22.  The bus will leave O’Connell Square at 9am and return mid-afternoon, visiting heritage and famine sites including a tour of the site of the former workhouse.  Cost: €7 per person includes entry to Donaghmore Workhouse and Famine Museum.  The cost is subsidised by Mountmellick Heritage Society.  Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Contrary to popular belief, Mountmellick was not founded by the Quakers. Mountmellick was officially created on February 12 1631, almost 30 years before William Edmundson, the Father of Quakerism in Ireland, arrived in Mountmellick. If you’d like to know more, reserve a seat at ‘Foundation of Mountmellick & Rosenallis and their Quaker Heritage’ talk during Heritage Week.  Tickets €5 with proceeds going to cover cost of Heritage week events. Contact the Arts Centre on 057 8697600.


These will begin in September at MDA and funding may be available if you are unemployed. Contact Imelda at 057 8624525 for enquiries. Courses will include FETAC level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses and also ECDL.


Best of luck to the athletes representing Mountmellick and Laois on August 17 & 18 at the Community Games national finals in Athlone. We hope your training is going well.


Mountmellick Macra are hosting the Laois Macra county awards night on Saturday August 10 at 8.30pm, BBQ and music on the night, €5 entry in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Well done to our very own Gemma Goulding who represented Laois Macra in Miss Macra in Dundrum Tipperary over the August bank holiday weekend. Badminton continues as usual during the week, along with darts, pool and table tennis. If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a member, contact us on 0876962626.

shackleton photos

Jane W Shackleton’s photographic exhibition titled ‘Ireland’ continues until August 31 in the library gallery.


The children’s Summer Reading Challenge will run until the end of August. Drop into the library to sign up and collect your Creepy House card.


Julie-Rose McCormick’s Touring Puppet Theatre will make a stop in Mountmellick Library on Saturday August 17 from noon until 1pm. Julie-Rose will present her show ‘European Puppets Telling European Tales’, for children aged 5 to 12 years. Admission free but prior booking advised. Call library, 057 8644572 for queries / bookings.


Library activities for heritage week: Tuesday August 20 at 6.15pm: Researching Your Ancestors in the British Army. Author Neil Richardson will give a talk on researching your relatives who served during World War 1 . Wednesday August 21 at 11am: an interactive marine workshop to introduce the wonders of Ireland’s marine world. This features a touchpool containing live sea creatures and an interactive display with sea shells and underwater images. Events are free, booking essential. Contact the library at 057 8644572.


Group meetings will resume on September 4. Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.


The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will travel on Saturday September 14 with the bus leaving Mountmellick at 8.30am. Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on the church notice board.


Well done to the Comhaltas members who provided music during the weekend of the Ard Eireann Midsummer Festival. At the top of Ard Eireann they delighted passing hikers (from Ireland and America) with some jigs, reels and polkas while the hikers took a break. The Sliabh Bloom Association organised a ceilí on the mountain and this was the reason for the music on high. Their group had Irish and English hikers. It was lots of fun and enjoyed by all. Afterwards there were refreshments in Srahan, Camross followed by more music, singing, storytelling and dance.


Rounders training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6.15pm. Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 welcome.


Kellogg’s GAA week long Cúl Camp takes place at the Rock from Monday August 19 to Friday August 23 from 10am to 2.30pm daily. For details contact Laois GAA supervisor James Kelly at 085 7744397 or club juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102.

Coaching of Gaelic football on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm at the Rock.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults, contact 087 2768843.


July 24. No jackpot winner. €50 each: D Carling (A O’Riordan), M Gibson (K Hunt), M Lee (E Duff) & J Coffey (M Burke).


July 24. Top score B Keegan. Ladies 1 C Fitzpatrick. 2 V Kearns & A Walsh. Gents 1 J Harrison. 2 M Barrett. Halves ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick. 2 B Hogan. Halves gents 1 P Dowling. 2 S Langton. Lowest score Sr Madeline. Hatcher T Delaney. Raffle S Wilkinson, C Thompson (x2), T Kearns, Sr Rosarii & B Cooley.


July 25. Top score V Kearns & J Delaney. Ladies 1 J O’Shea. 2 B O’Brien. Gents 1 C Thompson. 2 D Kelly. Halves T Gowing. 2 J Harrison. Best of 3 D Byrne. Hatcher R Cole.

virtual bog walk

For Peat’s Sake, a virtual walk-through of the bogs of the midlands with slide show, display, memorabilia, maps and a hands-on exhibition of peatland activities, takes place in the Owenass Hall, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August, 11am – 5pm, free entry.