A fundraiser in aid of St Vincent’s Hospital is being held on Friday February 20 at 9pm in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise with music by Shawn Cuddy and his band. Tickets at €15 available from Jackie 087 2770625. A fun night out with music and raffles, all for a good cause. Support appreciated.


The Community Care monthly social is on Thursday February 19 at 8.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. The group would welcome more people to join them for music and light refreshments. Those in the Mountmellick area only who require transport call 087 9812525.


Friday February 20 at 8pm Gone Girl.


Our awards night for the U21A Footballers, Minor A hurlers and Division 3 hurlers will be held on Friday February 28 in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. We will be holding this in conjunction with Ballyfin GAA. Tickets cost €35.

Membership for the year is now due. All membership to be paid by March 31. County Board tickets are on sale and can be collected from the treasurer at any time, especially at the lotto draw. The County Board draw is hugely important in our annual fundraising and we ask you to support the club. Lotto. €50 E Dunne. €20 G Meskell, B Quigley, D Byrne, M Conroy.


Mountmellick hosted the Slieve Bloom County Cub Talent Show in the Arts Centre on Saturday January 31. Groups from Rathdowney, Portlaoise, Mountrath and Mountmellick showed their many talents with song, dance and drama and afterwards enjoyed a disco in the Quaker Hall with music supplied by Colin O’Reilly and Aodhán Keady.  Mountmellick cubs Chloe Dwyer, Eimear Comerford, Conor Byrne, Lily Gordon & Zoe Whiteley performed Riverdance, Jack Bowe, Colin Pierce, Alex O’Mahoney, Jake Colbert and Adam Fitzpatrick played a selection of tunes on accordion, violin, tin whistle and guitars.


There are a few calendars still on sale at €5 in O’Gorman’s and Hanlon’s or from leaders.


Mountmellick Scout group is holding a fashion show on Thursday April 9 at 8 pm in the Community School, tickets €10 each with proceeds towards the scout trip to Japan for the World Jamboree. Tables will be available for anyone who wishes to display their crafts in jewelry, handbags, knitting, cards, novelty/wedding cakes etc., at €20 per table, to book contact Annette 087 9438430.   Doors open on the night at 7 pm so that people can view the crafts and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.


The Community Care Association thanks all who contributed so generously with spot prizes for their annual party held n O’Loughlin’s Hotel Portlaoise on Sunday January 25.


The library has a new selection of children’s fiction and picture books. Why not pop in and borrow one!


An exhibition of paintings by local artist Sarah Williams titled ‘A Town Called Mountmellick’ is on display in the library gallery until Saturday February 28. These paintings explore the lost landscapes of Mountmellick and among them are streets and shop fronts based in the town. Paintings, prints and postcards featuring the paintings may be bought from the library and also from Breda’s Giftshop.


The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


Beginners Spanish Classes for adults start on Tuesday March 3. This is an eight week course and the fee is €50. Contact 057 8644572 for further details.

French conversation classes for adults begin on Friday March 6 at 11am. Classes will run for eight weeks and the course fee is €50. A native French speaker will facilitate the course. Contact the library to book a place.


‘Paint your Pet’ workshops with artist Lorraine Walsh begin on Friday March 6 in the library. The classes will run for 4 consecutive weeks from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Classes are free but you supply your own materials. Contact 057 8644572 if you are interested in taking part.


Meetings held on Mondays at 8pm in the house beside St Paul’s Church of Ireland. All are welcome. Contact Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


This year’s Macra production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ was greatly enjoyed with a full house every night. Macra thanks all who came and supported this annual event. Special thanks to all sponsors, particularly the main sponsor Mountmellick Credit Union and to all who sponsored spot prizes for the raffle.


Embroidery classes every Tuesday night, 8pm to 10pm. in Museum, MDA. Beginners and improvers welcome. No booking necessary. For more call Dolores 086 0886664 or Margaret 087 6928978.


Yarnbomb meetings on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. All who can knit and crochet or who would like to learn are welcome along. The 2015 yarnbomb will be bigger and better. Why not come along and join the fun.


The AGM will be held on Wednesday February 18 at 10.30 am in MDA and we trust all members will attend.

The usual activities are: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 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. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955.


Training schedules will be announced shortly by text, Facebook and in the local press.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


The St Joseph’s Sunday Choir CD is on sale, with proceeds to the Cuisle Centre. At only €10 it features many favourites.


A talk about battery hens is taking place at the MDA on Tuesday March 9 at 7.30pm. Phone Laois Hen Rescue on 087 9667828 or email


Thursday February 5. NS 1 Sr Rosario, I Foyle. 2 B Sheils, T Lalor. 3 A Colgan, T Joyce. EW 1 C Lawlor, M Hourigan. 2 K Horan, K Walsh. 3 V Turley, A Rochford.


Community Care. February 11. Top score Fr J Dunne. Lady 1 R Cole. 2 B Kennedy. Gent 1 J Feeney. 2 T Dunne. Half lady 1 B O’Brien & C Drought. 2 P Dowling. Half gent 1 T Kearns. 2 F Keenan. Lowest score L O’Brien. Hatcher J Delaney. Raffle F Keenan, B Fitzpatrick, V Kearns, A Blanche, B O’Brien. February 4. Top score F Martin. Lady 1 Sr Rosario. 2 A Walsh. Gents 1 T Gowing. 2 M Barrett. Half lady 1 P Dowling. 2 B O’Brien. Half gent 1 Sr Michael. 2 F Keenan. Raffle J Bracken, T Mulhare, F Keenan, A Blanche, J Harrison.


February 4. Jackpot winner €20,000 B Dowling, Abbeyleix. Match 3 €39. J & P Farrell (C Lindley), C Holohan (F Hibbitts), C Banaghan (C Malone), F Lawlor (F Lawlor).


The Irish Heart Foundation (Tony Monaghan) thank all who contributed to the church gate collection held recently, raising €792.50. Thanks also to the collectors.