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Slieve Bloom Assoc

Slieve Bloom Assoc

The Slieve Bloom Association annual Bus Tour will be on Saturday, September 6 and includes a visit to Portumna Castle & Gardens, Athlone Castle, a Viking trip on the Shannon and a three course meal in the Hodson Bay Hotel. The bus will start from Portlaoise at 7:30am and pick people up in Mountmellick, Rosenallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown and Kinnity as required. Booking is essential For booking and further information, please call Carole Keegan 0871350555 or Matt Barrett 0876726290.


Members of the St Vincent de Paul make house visits only at the specific request of clients. If you are in any doubt as to the identity of the caller please ask for SVP membership identification.


The Rock GAA club are organising a fundraiser in aid of Ben and Jake Connolly on Saturday September 6 in the clubhouse. There will be three bands Silent Wave, Mimic and Fallen Femmes supplying the music from 9pm until late. Food served. Tickets €10 are available from local shops or committee members or can be bought at the door on the night.


The following events take place during Heritage Week in the library. Tuesday August 26 10am: interactive history show on World War 1 suitable for ages 8 to 12. Tuesday August 26 6.30pm: Carnation Theatre show, ‘Fuss on the Bus’, which is a family event. Friday August 29 11am: explore your family tree using online resources (adult event). All events are free but booking required. Call 057 8644572.


An exhibition titled ‘Traversing the littoral’ by artist Karen Hendy will run in the gallery until Friday August 29.


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


The Mountmellick WW1 Commemoration Group announces two weeks of activities to commemorate the men from the greater Mountmellick area who fought and died in WW1. With 100 of the 600 men whom we believe fought in WW1 from this area having died, Mountmellick’s links with this war are very strong. Unfortunately with the changing political attitudes of 1918 and the early years of the State it has taken until now for us to talk openly and honestly of the sacrifices and hardships endured by these men.


WW1 memorabilia is on exhibit in the MDA Museum until Saturday September 6. Items include a 1916 Renault car (of which only 3 survive today) used by the French army during the war. There is also a Roll of Honour with information on all in the Mountmellick area who died, including the sets of brothers, along with the fathers and sons who perished during the war. 


The film ‘Gallipoli’ will be shown in the Balcony cinema on Wednesday August 27 at 8pm. Free admission but donations to cover the costs will be accepted.


On Sunday August 31 at 3pm a WW! Memorial will be unveiled at the library and a wreath laid. At 2.30pm three bands will meet at St Joseph’s Church and march through the town behind the Army Colour Troop to the Library. Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD, Brigadier General Fitzgerald and family members of those who both fought and died will attend. The afternoon’s events end with a collection of stories, songs and poems from WW1 compiled by Sheila Coyle Dunne in the Macra Hall entitled ‘Stories from World War One’. Free event but donations to cover the costs will be accepted.


An introduction to Mountmellick Work (white on white embroidery) will be held on Friday August 29 from 11am to 1pm in Portlaoise Library. Contact 057 8622333.


A series of talks and panel discussions on Mountmellick and World War 1, the Great Hunger and the Memories of Mountmellick Town Council will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday August 25, 26 and 28 from 8pm to 9.30pm each evening in the Arts Centre. Contact 086 7914933


The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock is on Saturday September 13 with bus leaving MDA car park at 8.30am. Adult €10, child €5 which includes enroute refreshments. Contact 057 8679553 or 085 1091350.


Kilcavan 5k fun run/walk is on Friday September 12 at 7 pm, registration from 6 pm. Race entry €10, juveniles €5. Funds in aid of St Mary’s hall, Clonaghadoo. Prizes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male & female.


Well done to Fiachra and Muireann who took part in the All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and to Fiachra on winning silver in the Comhrá competition. 


Well done to Taylor, Cian and Eimear on their participation in swimming and cycling in the recent first weekend of the All Ireland Community Games finals. Also well done to all those who took part in the second weekend in the track and field finals. We hope you enjoyed the weekends and the experience.


All new members welcome, call secretary Emma 087 6962626.


Looming in the Library in on Tuesdays in August from 3pm to 4pm. Just bring along your loom bands and share your designs.


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. Active retirement closed for August and meetings will resume on Wednesday September 10 from 10.3oam to 12.30pm. New members always welcome phone 086 0618955.


The death of Sr Imelda Carew (Presentation Order) occasioned widespread shock throughout the community. Sr Imelda and her friend Sr Paula died on Thursday August 14 in a swimming accident in Kerry. A native of Tipperary and latterly residing in Terenure, Sr Imelda lived in Kirwan Park while working in the Presentation Order’s Justice Office. Sr Imelda was held in great regard and affection by all who knew her in Mountmellick and the surrounding area. Among the many ways in which she had a lasting effect on our community was the founding of Mountmellick Environment Group and Mission Alive Mountmellick, she was also involved in MDA Social Inclusion, the Homework Club and Kirwan Park’s Resident’s Association. At the time of her death, Sr Imelda was Provincial of South East Presentation Province. Remains reposed at Presentation Convent Clonmel on Saturday August 16. Reposal at Presentation Convent Mountmellick was on Sunday August 17 until removal that afternoon to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was concelebrated at 3pm with main celebrant Bishop Denis Nulty and burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. President Michael D Higgins was represented by his aide de camp Commandant Louise Conlon. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to Sr Imelda’s family, her Sisters in Community, relatives and friends.


The death occurred on Tuesday August 19 of Tom Hughes of Ashgrove and formerly of Mountbellew, Galway. Tom will be most sadly missed by all who knew him. Remains reposed at his home in Ashgrove until removal on Thursday morning to St Joseph’s cemetery. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Tom is mourned by his wife Margaret, son John, daughters Catherine and Breda, brothers Willie and Paddy, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.


The death occurred on Tuesday August 19 of Stephen Byrne of Emmet Street at St James’ Hospital following an illness. Held in high esteem by all who knew him, Stephen will be fondly remembered. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Thursday afternoon. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 2m with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Stephen is mourned by his wife Peggy, son Stephen, relatives and friends to whom the deepest sympathy of the community is extended.


Scouts have taken a break for August. In January they enjoyed a weekend in Srahan centre and tested their skills in backwoods cooking and pioneering and used their compass skills to hike across Ard Erin. In May they competed with troops from around the Slieve Bloom area at the county camp in Tullamore and were highly commended for their skills. Also in May they participated in water activities in Birr.   A trip to Tayto Park with the cub scouts was enjoyed in June. In July they joined the Laois Walking festival with a 9.5k walk in Ballybrittas, a 10k in Clonaslee and 8.5k in Emo. They enjoyed other activities and badge work. A section of the scout troop with Scout Leader Winnie O’Reilly and Cub Leader Annette Dwyer will attend the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015. Winnie and Annette have been the driving force behind a fund raising drive to subsidise the trip for the scouts as it is an expensive but will be worthwhile and enjoyable. All leaders, members, parents and friends are very supportive and helping with the fundraising. So far they have held raffles, bucket collections, a dance in the Mellick Inn and car boot sales. Next car boot sale is on Sunday September 7, €10 per car, call Annette 087 9438430. Also will be a table quiz and race night. We thank all who supported the events. Registration night is Thursday September 4 at 7.30pm in the Owenass hall for new beavers (6 years), cubs and scouts and for existing members who are returning in September to each section. A new Venture Unit for 15 year olds will start in September, register on same night.  


August 13. Numbers: 1, 8, 14, 32. Match 3 (€63) A Hickey.


August 7. Community Care. Top score J Delaney. Lady 1 B Fitzpatrick 2 D Byrne. Gent 1 P Stephenson. 2 M Barrett. Half lady 1 A Rochford. 2 A Walsh. Half gent 1 F Keenan. 2 P Dowling. Lowest score T Dunne. Hatcher B Cooley.

August 8. Old School. Top score B Thompson. Lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gent 1 J Delaney. 2 T Dunne. Half 1 T Kearns. 2 L Kavanagh, M Gowing, S Duff. Best of three S Wilkinson. Hatcher N Thompson. Lowest score B Coffey. Raffle 1 A Walsh (x2), T Kearns, B Thompson.


€50 B Payne. €20 S Kearney, J Strong, L Rochford, A Dunne.