The Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraiser is this Friday March 27. Volunteers are needed. Please call Bridie 086 2065720 or Mary 8624758/ 087 7814754. Donations of daffodils also greatly appreciated.


Owenass Hall on Saturday March 28, 9.30pm to 12.30am with music by Declan Aungier.


Mountmellick Scouts Fashion Show Fundraiser is on April 9 in the Sports Complex. At the recent launch tickets were won by A Delaney, J Bracken, A Maher and Angela from Zona’s Hairdressers. The show features local boutiques, with MC Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick. Craft sale starts at 7pm, fashion show at 8pm. Tickets €10, in O’Gorman’s, Zona’s, No.1 Boutique and O’Horain’s.   


Special Olympics Ireland needs Laois volunteers for their annual collection day on Friday April 24. To help for the day or even an hour, call Jill on 01 629 6999 or email


Adult training on Fridays at 8pm sharp.


AGM of Business Mountmellick takes place on Wednesday March 25 at 7.30pm in the town hall. All existing members are asked to attend and new members are welcome.


Annual variety concert in the Arts Centre on Friday March 27 at 7pm. Tickets at the door. €5 adults and €3 children, ask on door for family price. Enjoy a night of traditional and popular music and dance.


Quiz on April 3, Good Friday night at 9pm in Rosenallis Community Hall. Table of 4 €20, all welcome.

Community Games

County finals Quiz takes place on Thursday March 26 in O’Dempseys club house Killenard at 7pm.

LIBRARY gallery

Laois artist Rebecca Deegan’s exhibition on display, all welcome, all pieces are for sale.


Bookings for Easter crafts in the library, call 057/8644572.


U6/8 indoor hurling training on Mondays at 6.30pm in the Sports Complex. Coaching help is welcome. All membership to be paid by March 31. Lotto: €50 J McGuire. €20 Ben & Jake, P Lee Jr, M Forde, E Casey. Thanks to all who helped out with the parade and to the children who took part.


Training: U12 training begins on Tuesday at 6.30pm and continues every Tuesday. U8 & u10 at 11am Sundays in Acragar. U14 Tuesdays and Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Acragar. New members always welcome, contact 087 9700505.


Meaghan Dunne and Laura Peake will represent Sarsfields in the Laois ladies football fight night in Portarlington GAA Club on the May bank holiday weekend.


The group will meet in the Town Hall on Tuesday April 7 at 8.30pm. All welcome.


The 1916 Commemoration group will hold a table quiz on Friday April 10 at 9pm in The Hollow Bar with quizmaster Michael Linehan. Table of 4, €20. All support welcomed.


Meetings on Mondays at 8pm in the house beside St Paul’s Church of Ireland. All welcome. Woodturning on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm, and training for the Mountmellick Pipe Band is on Thursday evenings from 8pm. Gardening project on the way. Contact Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


Men’s Shed table quiz on Friday March 27 at 9pm in The Druid. Support appreciated.


Embroidery classes Tuesday nights, 8pm to 10pm in Museum, MDA. Beginners and improvers welcome. No booking necessary. For more call Dolores 086 0886664 or Margaret 087 6928978.


Yarnbomb meetings on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. All who can knit and crochet or who would like to learn are welcome.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


March 12. NS 1 P Storey, A Flynn. 2 B Hourigan, H Meade. 3 (Joint) A Rochford, V Turley, Sr Rosario, I Foyle. EW 1 M Fennelly, K Horan. 2 P Sheils, A Higgins. 3 B Egan, M McCabe.

March 5. NS 1 M Hourigan, C Lawlor. 2 B Conlon, K Booth. 3 T Lalor, B Sheils. EW 1 T Mitchell, K Dowling. 2 A Rochford, V Turley. 3 A Colgan, T Joyce


Meeting on Wednesday March 25 in the MDA at 10.30 am.  It is important that members attend, to form a committee for 2015.

Activities: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am). Thursdays: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955.


Old School. March 12. Top score A Walsh. Lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 B Thompson. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 F Keenan. Half 1 Tom Gowing & C Martin. 2 T Dunne. Best of three R Cole, J Harrison, M Gowing. Hatcher L Kavanagh. Raffle A Walsh, P Dowling, J Harrison.


TheAGM was on March 11 with all Guild members present. Maureen Cusack of Clonaslee Guild attended to oversee the election of officers for 2015. The meeting opened with prayers and My Land. Secretary gave her yearly report and minutes from 2014 AGM. Treasurer gave a detailed financial report. Three members attended the Federation table quiz in Castletown. Ann Devine won the 2014 Competition Cup and Plaque. The night’s competition, a handcrafted St Patrick’s Day card, was won by Breda Culleton.

The Federation AGM is in Abbeyleix on April 22 and the Federation dinner dance in The Gandon Inn on April 10. Breda Culleton and Julie Stapleton will attend Laois week in An Grianan in June.

The two subs drawn were Mary B Culleton and Dolores White.

2015 president S Kearney, vice president D White, secretary M B Culleton, ass Secretary J Stapleton, treasurer R McEvoy, ass treasurer O Kelly. Timire M B Culleton, PRO S Kearney.

Votes of sympathy were passed to the families of Sean McEvoy, D Augley, Donal O’Meara, Bill Kirwan, Michael Dunne, Tom O’Loughlin, Ita Culleton, Mrs Bloomer & Kitty Foyle (founder member, Borris-in-Ossory Guild). Thanks to the Guild for their co-operation during the past year.


Open: 1, Shoestring Theatre Group ‘Trad’. 2 Palace Players ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’. 3 Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group ‘Stolen Child’.

Confined: 1 Skibbereen Theatre Society ‘Family Plot’. 2 Kilrush Drama Group ‘Poor Beast in the Rain’. 3 Amphitheatre Company ‘The Desert Lullaby’.


There was much regret at the death of Denis Delaney of Manor Cottages and formerly of The Knocks, Ballyfin on Monday March 16. Dinny will be most fondly remembered by all who knew him. He was predeceased by his wife Maureen.

Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s church on Wednesday evening. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Thursday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Dinny’s son Pat, daughter Martina (Farrell), family, relatives and friends on their bereavement.