Huge congratulations to our very own Eoghan O’Neill who won the Mr Personality title last weekend. The festival was hosted by Kilkenny city Macra in the Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny. Eoghan represented Laois in the competition and did his club and county proud. Well done, Eoghan, from all in Mountmellick Macra.

The volleyball competition also took place at the weekend, well done to our team that took part in the Watershed, Kilkenny. Best of luck to Norman Thompson who will take part in the question time competition in Cashel this Friday.


Congratulations to the Mountmellick junior PTAA quiz team who won the All-Ireland in Pallas Green Limerick at the weekend. The winning panel were Sabrina Dempsey, Claire Ging, Andrew Conroy, Alan Conroy and John Ryan.

Congratulations also to the senior team who achieved fourth place in the All-Ireland.


A parish sale and coffee morning will be held in Coolbanagher church Emo on Saturday May 5 from 11am to 1pm. Everyone welcome. The church will be open for anyone who would like to come and have a look round. The church was designed by James Gandon (who designed the Four Courts and Custom House in Dublin as well as Emo Court). Follow the brown tourist sign for the church from Emo village.


The rosary will be recited in the cemetery at 7pm every Sunday evening during May.


The rosary will be recited in the presence of the blessed sacrament at 7pm each Sunday during May. All welcome


Applications will be taken in the convent extensions on Sunday May 12 following noon mass.


This will be held in aid of Focus Ireland in The Druid on Saturday May 5 at 9pm. Table of 4, €20. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. Please support.


The next meeting will be in the MDA on Wednesday May 2 at 10.30am. The May outing will be on Wednesday May 23, so keep that day free. There will be details to follow. The weekly activities continue with dancing in Wolfe Tone Court on Mondays from 3pm until 4.30pm and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. On Tuesdays there is aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Music and song are on Wednesdays in St Vincent’s Hospital from 6.15pm until 7.45pm. Art classes continue until Thursday May 10.


Mountmellick youth club will be holding a registration night on Friday May 3 from 8pm until 9pm in the sports complex games room. New members are welcome. The club caters for youths aged 10 to 16. There is a €5 registration fee and membership is €2 per week. Parent/guardian please attend the registration night with youth. There is a variety of weekly activities. For more information phone 0894670255 or 0858137803.


Cubs enjoyed a lecture with James from Astronomy Ireland last week when he brought astronomy to life through his visual presentation and inter-action in the MDA Heritage Centre. All were watching the night sky on Saturday to view a meteor shower which was to be seen through the night. Beavers enjoyed their Easter egg hike in Garryhinch Woods recently and also enjoyed the county beaver day out on Sunday April 29 which was themed Celtic warriors. Scouts are busy preparing for the county shield.


Rosenallis athletics training continues every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm in Johnsgrove Rosenallis.


The Rock GAA Club would like to thank most sincerely everyone who participated in their inaugural 5 mile road race. It was a tremendous success due in no small way to the reliable committee members who gave freely and generously of their time. A special word of thanks goes to Dan Allen whose brainchild it was that initially got this project up and running. Thanks to all the club’s sponsors on the day. All details of the race will be posted on the club’s official website and our Facebook page, The Rock GAA.


Coaching for Gaelic Football for girls and boys U8, U10, U12 and U14 continues at the Rock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. All teams are up and running at this stage but new players are welcome and can register on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or alternatively contact the club’s juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102 for more details.


U6 and U8 hurling training continues in Acragar every Monday at 6.30pm. U10 and U12 follows at 7pm, new players welcome. U6 and U8 football training is at 6pm on Thursdays.U14 football training continues at 5pm on Saturdays in Acragar.


President of the GAA Liam O’Neill will officially open the new club house on Friday May 11 at 7pm. This will be followed by an intercounty senior football game between Laois and Offaly at 7.30pm.

A family fun day will be held on Saturday May 12 in Acragar with competitions for all juveniles in both hurling and football. The GAA road show will also be present. It promises to be a great fun day for all.


The above are holding a fundraising family fun day and barbeque on Sunday May 6 starting at 1pm. All are welcome.


Training for all U10 and U12 continues on Mondays at 6pm in Acragar. New members are very welcome. Further up the age groups club training continues from 16 upwards on Tuesday and Fridays.


Kickboxing and taekwondo classes for all ages from 4yrs upwards are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Facilities include punch bags and a boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach. For details contact 087 2768843.


The parish pilgrimage to Lourdes is from July 17 to 24 staying at the Solitude Hotel costing €770 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216.

The parish pilgrimage to Medjugorje is from August 15 to 22 staying at Dubrovnik House across from St. James’s Church, costing €639 per person sharing. Names and deposits required now, contact Eleanor at 087 7670915 or 057 8624216 or Rena at 087 6130224 or 057 8624379. Some seats still remain on both pilgrimages.


Story time and colouring for 4 to 7 year olds with Sharon McEvoy is on Thursday May 10 from 4pm to 5pm.

An exhibition by local photographer Aisling Weir ‘Be Your own Art’ is on display in the gallery during the month of May. All are welcome along to view.

Our knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your knitting needles and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

Our ‘Eat a Book Contest’ takes place on Friday May 4. Create a cake or another edible food item based on a book title, a book scene, character or even a pun on a title. For further details contact the library at 057 8644572.

As part of the Bealtaine festival, a coffee morning and a documentary screening of ‘Mitchell and Kenyon in Ireland’ will be held on Thursday May 10 at 10.30am.


Classes continue each Monday in the community centre in Ballyfin. They move to Tuesday on bank holidays.


April 25. Numbers 6, 9, 15, 27. No jackpot winner. This week’s jackpot is €11,000. Match 3s (€84): A Dempsey (parish office), N Farrell (Hanlon’s) and B Fox (C Malone).


April 25. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 M Coyne. Gents 1 B Srahan. 2 D Kelly. Halves ladies 1 M Gowing. 2 R Cole. Halves gents 1 J Coyne. 2 M Barrett. Lowest score J O’Shea. Hatcher J Harrison. Raffle: R Cole, M Coyne, J Delaney, C Thompson and A Walsh.