The award winning Broadway comedy play “Da” by Hugh Leonard, directed by Tom Madden will be performed by the cast of Mountmellick Drama Group at Mountmellick Community Arts Centre Thursday, Friday, Saturday January 22-24 at 8pm nightly. Tickets on sale at the door, a good laugh in store.

Junior Infants Enrolment

St Joseph’s Girls National School and Scoil Padraig Naofa, Mountmellick, enrolment for September 2015 will take place from Monday, January 12 to Thursday, January 15.

Contact the girls school on 057 86 24540 or the boys school on 057 86 24760 for any queries or more information.


New members are urgently required for Mountmellick Pipe Band. Full tuition in pipes and drums will be given. Contact Seamus on 086 2392600.


Men’s Shed Mountmellick is now in full swing. The club will soon hold a beginners’ computer course and woodturning and guitar lessons. Other activities include pool, darts and music. New members most welcome. Meetings are held on Mondays at 8pm in the house beside St Paul’s Church of Ireland.


The Active Retirement group is exhibiting their art work in the library during January. All welcome along to view during library opening hours. Paintings are also for sale.


The Rock GAA AGM is being held on Saturday January 24 at 7pm in the clubhouse. All members and intending members are encouraged to attend as plans are made for 2015.


O’Moore’s Camogie Club AGM is being held on Friday January 23 at 8pm in The Deadman’s Ballyfin. All welcome along.


Badminton practice is held on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesday nights at 8.30pm in the Macra hall. New members welcome. Call travor 087 9143226.


A night to Holy Cross Abbey for devotion to Saint Pio will be held on Thursday February 5. The bus leaves Clonaslee at 5.45pm and will collect in Rosenallis and Mountmellick costing €15 return. Tea and sandwiches €5 extra if required. Contact 087 2122766.


The choir CD, now on sale in local shops, features photos by Noel Coss jnr. of the choir and the St Joseph’s Church rose window on the CD cover. The 12 hymns on the CD were recorded in the church. When you buy a CD your €10 goes towards providing services for cancer patients and their family members in the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre in Portlaoise.


The library staff hope to start an adult crime book club shortly. So if you enjoy reading crime thrillers and mysteries and would like to join, please contact 057 8644572 or give your name to a member of staff.


This fundraiser will be held on Valentine’s night February 14 in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. This fund raiser is primarily for the development of the new plot of ground which we have bought and which will be of major benefit to our juvenile and senior members. Our club is growing and we now need to expand our facility to keep pace with our growing number of members. The proceeds of the fundraiser will also be used towards ensuring that all of our teams can be kitted out in our club colours.

Tickets for the event are on sale via our dancers and, as they are selling fast, we would ask all people interested in supporting this event to buy their tickets as soon as possible. Our dancers are also seeking sponsorship. Thanks to everybody for supporting our club ongoing and thanks for supporting this important fundraiser.  Get your ticket and come along to the show of the year.


Calendars are on sale in Hanlon’s shop and O’Gorman’s newsagents at €10 each and are also available through leaders.


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. New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.


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.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639 (Medjugorje special offer – pay in full by February 2 and save €100). Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


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


Classes available: ladies and gents kickboxing and self defence classes for all ages, ladies and gents TRX suspension training and ladies keep fit classes Call for full details on 086 3399287 or find us on Facebook


A reminder about the importance of recycling after the Christmas period, the bottle bank is located beside SuperValu. Recycling centre is open in Kyletalesha Landfill, €3 admission.

Christmas Tree recycling is free for the month of January. Please remove all lights and decorations. Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 3.30 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm.

set dancing

An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin, set dancing Mondays 8.30-10pm, Line Dancing Tuesdays 11am-12noon, Wednesdays 8-9pm (new class), sequence dancing commencing soon. All abilities welcome. €5 per class. Maureen 0876482038


Grow community mental health movement meets in the Primary Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday. Learn practical steps for good mental health, call John 086 8033126.


The death occurred on Wednesday January 7 of Michelle Oxley (neé Deegan) of Lord Edward Street at her residence following an illness. Remains reposed at her home until removal on Friday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Michelle is mourned by her husband Michael, daughters Aoife and Saoirse, parents Michael and Mary, sister Sylvia, brothers Paul, Alan, Mark and Brian, family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.


The death occurred on Wednesday January 7 of William Ward of The Grange, Mountmellick at Droimnin Nursing Home Stradbally. Funeral service was held on Saturday at noon in St Paul’s Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery. William is mourned by his son Peter, daughter-in-law Catherine, family, relatives and friends to whom the deepest sympathy of the community is extended.


The death occurred on Thursday January 8 of Helena Feeney of 2 Harbour Court, formerly of Cloneygowan, at St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Friday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated on Saturday at 11am in St Mary’s Church Raheen with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. Helena is mourned by her partner Tommy Dowling, daughter Christine, family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.