Mountmellick News



The Rock GAA is holding a monster auction on Sunday November 23 at 1pm in the clubhouse. The club needs items to auction such as household and farming items, furniture (good condition), working electrical goods, fuel, fuel vouchers, bric-a-brac, gift vouchers etc. All items must be sold on the day so there’ll be bargains aplenty. Contact J Storey 087 9696220, D Mooney 087 9730470, J Murphy 087 9800498 or J Allen 086 3264102.


St Paul’s Church of Ireland sale of work will be held on Saturday November 8 from 10am to 1pm in the Old School Hall beside the Church of Ireland. There will be all the usual stalls with home baking, toys, books, bric-a-brac and a Christmas gift stall with all new items to make lovely gifts. All donations can be left into the hall on Friday afternoon November 7 from 3pm to 5pm. There will be a raffle with €100 cash first prize and 2 bags of coal and 5 bales of briquettes 2nd prize and many more prizes on the day.


St Joseph’s Cemetery annual church gate collection is on Saturday and Sunday November 8 & 9. All support appreciated.


The next group meeting is on Wednesday November 5 in the MDA at 10.30 am with a guest speaker. The annual Christmas dinner and party is being held in O’Loughlin’s Hotel on Sunday December 14 with time and other details available at the meeting on November 5.

The usual activities are: 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, contact 086 0618955.

Scór na nÓg

Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts this year’s GAA annual Scór na nÓg competition on Friday, November 14 from 7pm. Registration from 6pm. Open to all GAA aged members 17 and under.


Line dancing continues each Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin. All abilities welcome. Further details from Maureen 0876482038


Yarn Bombing Mountmellick meets in the Methodist Hall (behind Methodist Church) on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. All interested in being part of this project are invited to come along and join us.


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

Well done

Congrats to the girls and boys of the Rock National School who competed in two finals at the recent Cuman na mBunscol schools gaelic football finals at O’Moore Park. Hard luck to the boys who lost out after making a great comeback in the Division 4 final but congrats to the girls who had a great win in the Division 6 final.


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


The children’s sewing group for ages 10 to 12 continues in the library from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesdays in the library. Learn how to do basic stitching, sew in buttons and much more. To join this group, call 057 8644572.


Loom banding sessions continue every Saturday at the library from 11am to 12.30pm and on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm. Call in and check out our folder of loom banding ideas for you to make. All welcome.


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.


Team Hope Christmas Appeal shoeboxes can be left into the library. Please leave them in by November 11.


Entries from the recent colouring and drawing competitions will feature in the gallery for the month of November. Call in and see all the entries hanging in the gallery.


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.


The Ciorcal will return on Thursday November 6 in the Library from 10am to 11am. All welcome to this opportunity to use whatever Irish you have. Ask in the Library for details of a Kiddie Comhrá which is hoped will also start after the mid-term break.


The following were elected at the AGM. Chair M Culliton, secretary B O’Toole, treasurer Y Keady, PRO Mrs Mary B Culliton, Irish officer Mrs Mary B Culliton, delegate J Culleton. In November the group hope to run a sean-nós dancing workshop. It will be on a Saturday, details later. It will be €10 per person child or adult and will be on a first come basis. Places are limited to a max of 15 people. There will be no more than this.


October 22. Community Care. Top score T Gowing, B Srahan. Lady 1 M Gowing. 2 J O’Shea. Gent 1 M Barrett. 2 J Delaney. Half lady 1 D Byrne. 2 C Casey. Half gent 1 S Wilkinson, C Martin. 2 P Stephenson. Lowest score S Langton. Hatcher T Kearns. Raffle Fr Joe, A Rochford, B Coffey, D Byrne, R Cole, Sr Rosarii.


October 16. NS 1 T Lalor, B Sheils. 2 M Watchorne, B Conlon. 3 P Sheils, A Higgins. EW 1 (joint) A Conroy, K Walshe, T Mitchell, K Dowling. 2 A Rochford, V Turley. 3 B Egan, M McCabe.


€50 C Minehan. €20 S Charles, J O’Sullivan, K Bennett, J Callaghan.


The group held their AGM on October 29. Officers elected: chairperson R O’Mara, vice chair B Delaney, secretary A McEvoy, assistant secretary R Whelan, treasurer S Lynch, vice treasurer A McEvoy, subcommittee G Smith, D O’Mara, W Prior. All future meetings will be advertised in the local press and we would encourage people to attend as they are a valuable source of information and they also provide a forum for discussion.

Science Week

This year’s Science Week takes place from November 9 to 16. The Silence of the Tenrecs, a unique opportunity to learn about the science of wildlife research & conservation takes place at noon on Wednesday, November 12 in Mountmellick Library. The Heritage Office of Laois County Council will deliver free science workshops to primary schools in Mountmellick.


The autumn series of lectures on ‘Benefactors of the National Gallery of Art’ by art historian Dr Ciaran Woods, continues in Mountmellick Arts Centre (Tuesdays at 7pm). November 4 Old Masters & New Money, November 11 The Miltowns & Russborough, November 18 The Grand Tour & Buying in Bulk, November 25 Gifts which transformed The National Gallery. €120 including refreshments. A film of Tennessee William’s book ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ will be shown at 5pm on Sunday November 23 ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. €10 including refreshments. Finally on Sunday December 14 at 5pm a Christmas concert from King’s College Choir, Cambridge. €20 includes wine & finger food. Booking essential 087 2735385 or email


Mountmellick United Soccer Club will host Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday February 14 in the Heritage Hotel. Sponsorship cards for dancers and tickets at €20 available soon.

Combat Kickboxing

Junior & senior kickboxing Tue & Thurs and Ladies TRX, ladies fitcamp. Contact Tommy 086 8496205