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World War I

World War I

Well known Mountmellick man, Ger Lynch, will present a talk on ‘Mountmellick and the Great War’ in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, 19 June at 8.30pm. Ger is a popular community activist in his home town and was last year selected as Laois Person of the Year. His insight into Mountmellick’s deep involvement in WW1 should be very interesting and all are welcome. The talk is part of the annual programme of talks organised by Laois Heritage Society. Admission is free. Further details from Teddy Fennelly,


A mega bake sale, sale of work and raffles will be held in the Owenass Hall on Sunday June 22 from 11am to 4pm to raise funds for Ben & Jake Connolly who suffer from a very rare illness ‘Allan Herndon Dudley Syndrome’. Raffle items include trailer loads of turf and blocks. Tickets €2 per strip or €5 for 3.


Wednesday June 18 8pm Noah. Sunday June 22 3pm Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters.


Mountmellick & District Game Preservation Association & Gun Club will hold a new members meeting on Friday June 20 from 8.30pm to 9pm in the Town Hall.


In St Mary’s Hall Clonaghadoo on Thursday June 19 at 9pm. Free bus leaving O’Connell Square at 8.45pm. Admission €6. Refreshments served. 


Scrap Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday June 21. The Rock GAA Club is looking for your unwanted metal. Club members can call to collect your scrap or you can ring James on 087 9800498. Metal items can also be dropped to the clubhouse on Saturday 21 from 9am. All donations gratefully received. Many thanks in advance for your support.


The last draw took place on Friday June 6. Congratulations to Michael Walsh Derryguile winner of the 2nd prize of €5000. The club thanks all who supported this draw.


Well done to all the children who completed the library’s non-fiction reading challenge. Presentation of certificates followed by a story-time took place on Wednesday June 12. Next up is the summer reading challenge called ‘Mythical Maze’ which starts on July 1. All you have to do is sign up, read 6 books of you own choosing and you will receive your Mythical Maze chart with a wristband and stickers throughout the summer.


Freetrade Ireland website promotion is on Wednesday June 18 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. This is a unique public service allowing you to pass on and pickup items free of charge. If you would like to find out more about this initiative call into the library on the June 18.


Well done to all our young musicians who took part in the recent Junior Feis in the ICA Hall. There was great entertainment for all present. Thank you to the musicians who played during the part of the evening when medals were presented to Mary T Culleton, Agnes Conroy and Mary B Culliton in honour of their work in promoting the Irish language in the community. Be alert also for texts calling all the grupaí cheoil musicians (u12, u15 and u18) to practice as they are all playing in the Leinster Fleadh in Moate next month. Also going to Moate are Niamh O’Connor (concertina), Maeve Áine Ní Dhúfaigh (harp), Fiachra Ó C-Fionnghaill (mandolin and comhrá), Alanah Ní Chonaire (harp), Derbhla Ní Ghiolla Phádraig (duet with Niamh), Deirbhile and Líadan Ní C-Fhionnghaill (comhrá). We wish them all the best. Remember all those going to Brú Ború on July 1, we are meeting at the MDA at 6.30pm for the bus. For all those who would like to join in in the seisiún there please bring your instrument, voice, dancing shoes or whatever for the part you would like to play. Further information 085 713 8940.


June 4. Community Care. Top score N Thompson. Lady 1 A Rochford & J O’Shea. 2 B O’Brien. Gent 1 F Keenan. 2 J Harrison. Half lady 1 B Hogan & M Gowing. 2 C Martin. Half gent 1 D Kelly. 2 T Dunne. Lowest score C Casey. Hatcher Sr Michael, Fr J Dunne. Juvenile L Thompson. Raffle J Harrison (x2), D Byrne, B Coffey, F Keenan & D Kelly. June 5. Old School. Top score B Thompson. Lady 1 D Byrne. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gent 1 T Gowing. 2 B Coffey. Quarter 1 D Kelly. 2 E Moran & J O’Shea. 3 V Kearns. 4 C Martin. Best of three Mrs Gorman. Hatcher T Kearns. Lowest score J Harrison. Juvenile L Thompson. Raffle Mrs Gorman, B Fitzpatrick, D Byrne, V Kearns.


June 4. Numbers 3. 10. 11, 30. Match 3s B Buggy, Cora & Marie, M Coss.


€50 B Fitzpatrick. €20 S Kearney, G Meskel, Yustina M, M Lawlor.


Carol & James O’Loughlin thank all who supported their recent table quiz in the Druid Inn. The €1600 raised will be used to further the education of children in Atse Tekle Ghiogis School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  


The work of Portlaoise based artist, Gemma Lalor features in the gallery during June.


A few seat remain on the pilgrimage to Fatima August 2, call Eleanor 087 7670915.


Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group) meets in the library on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1am. All ages and levels welcome for a friendly chat ‘as Gaeilge’ in a relaxed atmosphere.


In Mountmellick GAA Club, Acragar on Sunday June 29 (note change of date) from noon to 6pm with free admission.


Training times U10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays 6.45pm & Fridays 6pm. U14 Tuesdays 6.30pm & Fridays 6pm. Adult Tuesdays 8pm & Fridays 8pm.


Coaching for 10 to 14 year old boys and girls is on Saturdays at 11am in GAA field Acragar. Call 086 8651339. Adults interested in playing Rounders call 086 8651339 or contact Hollow Bar.


New players welcome, register on our training nights Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm. A weeklong camp for football will be held at The Rock from August 18 to 22. Weekly results of the Rock GAA & Rock NS lotto draw are available on the club’s Facebook page.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults available daily mornings and evenings. Ladies classes and bootcamp kickboxing also available. Fully matted professional studio. Classes taught by a 4th degree black belt coach and qualified fitness instructor. Call 086 3399287 or Facebook at Laois Martial Arts.


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.


The Aware Support Group meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service. Call 01 6617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.  


Weekly activities for June. Monday: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre noon (free bus MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday: June 18 10.30am walking group. June 25 10.30am group meeting. Thursday: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.