Mountmellick News



Wednesday March 5 8pm Casablanca. Sunday March 9 3pm Epic.


Annual drama festival runs from Friday March 7 to Friday March 14 at 8pm nightly in the Arts Centre. Programme: Mar 7: The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Moyne Drama Group. Mar 8: The Devil’s Ceilí, Corn Mill Theatre Group. Mar 9: Curse of the Starving Class (over 16s), Ballyduff Drama Group. Mar 10: April Bright, Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG. Mar 11: Dead Guilty, Holycross/Ballycahill DG. Mar 12: The Weir, Kilmuckridge DG. Mar 13: A View from the Bridge, Thurles DG. Mar 14: Moll, Garrymore DG. Tickets: nightly €10/€5, season €50/€25. Group bookings call 086 1604363 or email


Mountmellick Drama Group thanks all who attended their production of ‘The Factory Girls’. They were delighted with the response to their production and are looking forward to the drama festival, see above.


Well done to Sarsfields Ladies who won the All Ireland 7-a-side in Crossmaglen on Saturday February 22. Players: J McEvoy, M McEvoy, E McEvoy, C O’Loughlin, A O’Loughlin, G Weston, J Dunne, T Lawlor.


In aid of Mountmellick GAA Players’ Fund. To be held in Butch’s Bar on Saturday March 8 with music provided. All support appreciated.


The death occurred on Monday February 24 of Mary Deegan (neé Conroy) of Derryguile. Mary was predeceased by her husband Paddy and her son John. Remains reposed at her residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Wednesday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Ann, Michael, Patsy, and Kieran, family, relatives and friends.


The death occurred on Tuesday February 25 of Bryan Kiernan of St Joseph’s Terrace at St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Bryan was predeceased by his wife Noreen. Remains reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Thursday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Members of the UN Veterans provided a guard of honour as Bryan was a member of the Irish peacekeeping force which went to the Congo in 1960. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Bryan’s daughters Ann, Orla, Brenda, Helen and Lynda, family, relatives and friends.


Lourdes: July 18 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor at 087 7670915.


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


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.


Mondays: Dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court new members welcome Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm

Tuesdays: Go For Life Workshop Portlaoise Parish 10am to 3pm (free bus from MDA 9.30am). Aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre 12 (free bus from MDA 11.15am) Wednesday February 26 10.30am walking group meets at MDA.

Thursday February 27 computer course in Library 10.30am to 12.30 (course ends). Art classes in MDA 2.15pm to 4.15pm. Music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm. Thursday March 6 ‘Cooking on a budget for an elderly person’ in Wolfe Tone Court. Fridays: Go for Life Blitz in Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm. New members welcome call 086 0618955.


45 new members of the beaver, cub and scout sections and new Cub leaders Fintan Pierce and Louise Lynch were invested into the group in front of family members and friends on Thursday February 13. Paul Dunne and Laura Nerney represented sponsors Supermacs Portlaoise (who sponsored hoodies for the scout troop). On Sunday February 16 the group participated at noon Mass in St Joseph’s Church to celebrate the birthday of the founder of Scouting Lord Robert Baden Powell which fell on February 22. Josh Byrne introduced Emma Whiteley, Daniel Lynch and Liam McComish-Day who brought up scout symbols. First reading was by Aodhán Keady, second reading by Colin Pierce.

Prayers of the faithful by Niamh Conroy, Fionn Kelly, Aidan Conroy, Dillon Lynch, Kathleen Dwyer and Curtis Dent. Gifts were brought up by Aoife Shaw and Jack Bowe. Thanks to Fr M Murphy PP and Fr McNamara for facilitating the group on the day. A section of the scouts with leaders are preparing to travel to Japan for the Jamboree in 2015 and will be involved in fundraising. First fundraiser is a social night on Saturday March 8at 9pm in the Mellick Inn, €5 admission, everyone welcome, music by the Statesmen and Friends, support appreciated, tickets from Nora’s Cake shop, Mellick Inn or on the door.


Sarsfields Ladies Football Club will be selling St Patrick’s Day ribbons at €2 each in aid of The Carer’s Association, starting from Tuesday March 4. Support appreciated.


Thanks to all who bought tickets for the annual County Board draw, the club’s most important fundraiser. Your support appreciated. Tickets at €130 from committee members, can be bought in a lump sum or paid by direct debit over four months, at €32.50 per month. First of four draws on Friday March 7 with a top prize of €10,000.


Registration night on Friday March 7 from 7pm to 9pm in Ballyfin hall. All new members are welcome.


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


Bridge annual charity was held on Thursday February 13. Proceeds from the night were given to Fr Dunphy for his Mountmellick Mission Alive project. Bridge winners: C Walsh, L Tynan, B Hourigan & H Meade.


February 19. Numbers: 4, 5, 22, 29. Match 3s (€125) Edwina & Elaine (E Duff).


February 19. Community care. Top score Sr Rosarii. Ladies 1 B O’Brien. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 T Kearns. 2 S Langton, J Harrison. Halves ladies 1 B Thompson. 2 A Walshe. Halves gents 1 V Kearns. 2 D Kelly. Lowest score D Byrne. Hatcher C Casey, T Casey. Raffle B O’Brien, B Hogan, B Thompson, M Barrett, Mrs Langton.


February 26. €300 J Burke. €50 P Feery, M Farrell, E Walsh, M Mulpeter.


Jackpot winner €3,200 K Byrne. €50 M Conroy. €20 P Conlan, P Lawlor, Chloe C, G Kelly.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John 086 8033126. 

Website: Infoline: 1890 474 474.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral and no booking required. Call 01 6617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.