Mountmellick Utd FC’s annual 7-a-side tournament is on from Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7 at Conor Davis Park. This year it is being held in association with the Paddy Feery Fund. Entry fee: €110 per team (squads of 11 players). To enter a team or for more information contact Rob Milne 087 7553058 or Jody Davis 086 3074867. Trophies will be presented afterwards in Moloney’s Gaelic Bar. All support appreciated.


The Willie Brock Sinn Féin Cumann Mountmellick is holding the first annual Old Bog Road walk (4.5 miles) and talk on Sunday July 7 at 11am. Dick Fitzpatrick will give a talk on the history of the bog. Participants should wear appropriate clothing. Dogs allowed but must be kept on a leash. Assemble outside Lifestyle Mobility (Bay Road Business Park) at 10.45am. Those wanting a sponsorship card please contact Cllr Stephen Lynch 087 9769595, Adrian Connolly 087 7092864 or Pat Geoghegan 087 3109184.  All welcome.


Mountmellick Gymnastics Club will hold a multi activity summer camp in the Owenass hall from Monday July 15 to Friday July 19 inclusive.  For details please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or


Mountmellick will celebrate Heritage week this year from Saturday August 17 to Sunday August 25. Activities will include tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions with many local people, groups and organisations participating.  A Heritage week programme of events in the town is available.  Please contact Mary on 086 7914933 or for a copy or check out Facebook: Mountmellick, A Tapestry of History. 


Dr John Feehan will give a talk on the ‘Heritage of the Slieve Bloom, its natural & human heritage’ on Monday July 29 in the Arts Centre.  Tickets are €5 and all funds raised will go towards recording the presentation and Heritage week 2013.  To pre-book contact Mary on 086 7914933 / or the Mountmellick Arts Centre on 057 86 97600 from 9am to 1pm. 


The summer reading challenge will get underway in July and continue until the end of August. Contact the library at 057 8644572 for details.

An exhibition titled “More Than This” comprising of Portuguese and Irish contemporary art will run in the gallery from July 2 to 24.

german stories

Simone Schümmelfeder, a German storyteller will visit Mountmellick Library on Tuesday July 16 at 11.15am.  Simone intends to tell a number of European stories and give a bit of information about the countries the stories are from as well.  Suitable for ages 5-12. Booking is essential, call the library at 057/8644572


Wednesday July 3 at 10.30am: group meeting. Wednesday July 10 at 10.30am: group meeting. Wednesday July 17 at 10.30am: walking group. Wednesday July 24 at 10.30am: the last group meeting until Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities in June: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. The annual club holiday this year will be in the Westport Woods Hotel, Mayo.  The group will leave by bus on Sunday September 8, back on Friday September 13.  Early booking is advised.  Still a few places left.


Names and deposits now being taken. Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915.


There was much regret at the death of Liam Hibbits of New Road on Thursday June 20 at St Vincent’s Hospital. Liam will be most fondly remembered by all who knew him. Remains reposed at his residence on Friday until removal that evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated on Saturday at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere condolences of the community are extended to Liam’s wife Carmel, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their sad loss.


St Mary’s Clonaghadoo: Sunday July 7 at 10.30am. St Joseph’s Mountmellick Sunday July 28 at 3pm. Graigue Friday August 2 at 7pm.


The regional draw is on Wednesday July 10, please return counterfoils before the end of June. Matt Talbot Day is being celebrated at Knock Shrine on Sunday July 21, those wishing to travel should contact 8624610 or 8624337. Bus leaves Mountrath at 9am and Mountmellick at 9.30am.


The Guild hosted a group meeting on Wednesday June 19 in ICA house, with members from Clonaslee, Rosenallis, Portarlington and Emo. Secretary Maureen Cusack read the minutes of the last group gathering in Clonaslee. Federation president Betty Gorman stressed the importance of groups meeting at least once a year. All enjoyed games, music and a beautiful tea served by our guild, along with lots of raffle prizes. The next group meeting will be in Portarlington in 2014.


Senior and Junior football is on Wednesday and Friday nights. Hurling training is on Saturday evenings.

Juveniles: u8 & u10 hurling Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. U12 hurling Mondays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. U6, u8 & u10 football on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Rounders for 4th, 5th & 6th class children is on Saturdays from 11am to 12.30pm.


Training for u8, u10 & u12 Saturdays at 10am.


Juvenile: u8, u10, u12 & u14 football Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm.


Clonaghadoo women’s group is holding a social dance on Thursday July 11 in St Mary’s hall at 8.30pm with music by Reuben James. Refreshments will be served. Admission €5.


June 19. Community care. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 C Martin. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 H Kelly. 2 T Kearns. Halves ladies 1 B Srahan. 2 D Byrne. Halves gents 1 F Keenan. 2 J Harrison. Lowest score S Langton. Hatcher L O’Brien. Raffle H Kelly, C Conroy, P Dowling, M Barrett & J Harrison.

June 20. Old School. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 Mrs Gorman. 2 V Kearns. Gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 T Jacob. Halves 1 R Cole. 2 J Delaney. Best of three B O’Brien. Hatchers D Byrne & T Kearns.


June 19. Numbers: 3, 19, 22 & 27. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€46): A Kelly (A Kelly), B Mahon (B Murray), B Dunne (J Culliton), D White (F Hibbitts).

Songs of Praise

Sunday, July 7, 3.30pm at St John’s Church, Coolbanagher, near Emo. Come along and join with a band, soloists and choirs to sing some favourite hymns. There will be a collection for Church funds and a cup of tea afterwards. Everyone welcome.


Well done to all the Branch members who came to the library for the Live Music celebration recently. It was lovely weather and the music was played outside, reportedly heard in the gardens of the houses on the street. Practice continues for the Leinster Fleadh Grupaí Cheoil on Tuesdays and Sundays unless otherwise notified.

Community Games

Well done to all who participated in the recent Community Games County Finals in St Abbans. Mountmellick came home with plenty of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Full table of results will be in notes shortly. Athletes going to the National Finals in August please remember to send your permission forms and fees onto the county asap.For queries please call the number below. Also at the area finals a small girl’s black Clarke’s shoe was found. To claim it please phone 085 713 8940.