WW I Macra Event

WW I Macra Event

As part of the World War I Commemoration in Mountmellick the Macra members presented stories, poems and songs from WW1 in the Macra Hall on Sunday August 31.

Taking part were Caitriona Cashin, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Paraic Malone, Emma Scott, Shane Fitzpatrick, Rosemary Whelan, Kieran Mc Evoy, Robert Rowan, Larry Ryan and Ursula Coyle Dunne.

Thanks to special guest, Brendan Fitzpatrick and to Michelle Curran for the powerpoint presentation. The stories, poems and songs were compiled by Sheelagh Coyle, who was also the narrator.


‘It’s ok not to feel ok’ a talk by Cavan footballer Alan O’Mara, on the importance of good mental health for young people, takes place in Mountmellick GAA clubhouse on Monday October at 7pm. This will be followed by a ‘Sport your Mind’ workshop with information for young people, parents and coaches on the supports available within the community. Contact Laois Sports Partnership on 057 8671248 or John Nelson of Mountmellick GAA 087 3275527. All welcome to this free event.

student Matinee

The Balcony Cinema is holding a free showing of Zoolander for the students of Mountmellick Community School on Wednesday October 8 at 3,30pm, as part of Laois Connects mental health week.

Balcony theatre

A powerful one woman play starring Fiona Yorke comes to the Balcony Theatre on Friday October 17 for one night only. ‘Rose’ is based on the true story of a feisty young Jewish woman’s journey from a Russian village to a Warsaw ghetto, to the boardwalks of Atlantic City. Call 8697500, between 9am and 1pm, for bookings.


This sale in aid of the Scouts will be held on Sunday October 5 from 10am to 2pm in the field beside Garda Station. Cars €10, vans €20. Free teas and coffees for vendors. Call Annette 087 9438430.


Begins on Tuesday October 7 and continues each Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin. All abilities welcome. Further details from Maureen 0876482038


New juvenile coaching times: u12 & u14 Wednesdays 6.30pm. U6, u8 & u10 Thursdays 6.30pm. New players welcome.


A series of folklore cds covering all aspects of the social history of Laois are available to borrow from the library.


Due to demand loom banding sessions continue every Saturday at the library from 11am to 12.30pm. All are welcome.


A seminar promoting self-care for family carers will take place on Wednesday October 1 from 10am to 4pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre. Guest speakers will talk on topics including entitlements and services for carers, personal journeys of carers and mindfulness. Admission is free and all are welcome. To book a place contact Alison Hackett, Carers Association, on 086 7957086 or Finola Colgan, Mental Health Ireland, on 086 8353387.


Junior Bookclubs in the library for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12 resume in October. If you would like to join or to find out more details about the bookclubs please contact 057 8644572.


Comhaltas took part in Cultural Day by playing in St Vincent’s Hospital on Friday. A large number of musicians turned up to play music and in turn Comhaltas was entertained by singing from some of the residents. On Saturday Comhaltas took part in the Shaw’s 150 years celebrations by providing music. Well done also to our musicians who played with the Flash Mob at the Ploughing Championships on Wednesday. This was well appreciated by the large audience. Classes for children and adults have returned on Tuesday evenings in the Sports Complex. Committee members are available at the door to answer any queries you may have about our classes.


The Europe Direct Soapbox Competition will take place in the Dunamaise Theatre on Thursday October 9 at 7pm. The topic for this year is ‘The Internet does more harm than good’. There are two categories – u18 and over 18. Entry forms and full details are available from your local library. Make sure to enter and be in with a chance to win an ipad. Regional finalists will then compete in the all Ireland final in Dublin for the first prize of €1,000 and a trip to Brussels.


We are investigating obtaining premises, shed or disused building that can house the tools of the trade. If anyone knows of such a place please call 087 657 8736.


Congratulations to our members Gemma Goulding and Kieran McEvoy on winning Gold Leadership Distinction Awards. New members welcome, call secretary Emma 087 6962626.


Badminton training is on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesdays at 8.30pm in the Macra Hall. New members welcome. Enquiries call Trevor 087 9143226.


Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. Fridays: ‘Go for Life Games’ Macra Hall 7.30pm.

New members always welcome phone 086 0618955.


Old School. September 18. Top score J Delaney. Lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 B Hogan. Gent 1 T Kearns. 2 L Kavanagh. Half 1 C Fitzpatrick. 2 A Walsh. Hatching B Thompson. Best of three B Coffey. Worst of three T Dunne. Raffle J Harrison (x2), P Dowling, K Kavanagh.

Community Care. September 17. Top score V Kearns, B Hogan. Lady 1 A Rochford. 2 B Srahan. Gent 1 T Kearns. 2 Sr Michael, Fr Joe. Half lady 1 R Cole. 2 B Cooley. Half gent 1 T Dunne. 2 F Keenan. Lowest score P Dowling. Hatcher B Keegan. Raffle S Wilkinson, P Dowling, D Kelly, B Hogan, H Kelly, T Jacob.


Classes available:  ladies and gents kickboxing and self defence classes for all ages, Ladies and gents TRX suspension training and ladies keep fit classes. Call 086 3399287 or find us on Facebook.


Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14 +) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.


September 17. Numbers: 5, 7, 20, 21. Match 3s (€46) M Comerford, C Dunne, T Warren, S Keenan, Robert & Brian, Fr MacNamara.


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 of charge, no referral required and you do not need to book.  For more call 016617211 or or the locall Helpline 1890303302.  


There was much regret at the death of Ger (Thomas) Moss of Derrycloney on Tuesday September 23 at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

Ger will be most fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Ger was predeceased by his sister Moira (Conroy).

Remains reposed at his brother Jim’s home at Derrycloney. Removal to St Joseph’s Church took place on Thursday morning. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Ger’s brother Jim, sisters Eileen, Ann and Frances, relatives and friends.