Mountmellick notes

Mountmellick Orphan Emigrants

Mountmellick Orphan Emigrants

Portlaoise College are exhibiting their award-winning project about the orphans from Mountmellick Workhouse who were helped to emigrate during the famine. It will be displayed in the Portlaoise Library until Saturday, February 16.


Laois artists Rebecca Deegan and Donna Kearns will launch their art exhibition today Tuesday February 5 from 5.30pm to 7pm in the library gallery. All are welcome. ‘Book Buddies’ junior book club (7 to 9 age group) will meet today Tuesday February 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm. They will discuss a selection of books by author Michael Morpurgo.‘Rapid Readers’ (10 to 12 age group) will meet Wednesday February 6 from 4pm to 4.30pm.

The book for discussion is ‘Colm and the Lazarus Key’ by Kieran Mark Crowley. The knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. All are welcome. The library hopes to start an adult crossword club shortly. If you are interested, please phone 057 8644572 or give your name to a member of staff.

Bookings are now being taken for Valentine crafts. Contact the library at 057 8644572. On Saturday February 9 there will be Valentine paper crafts for ages 4 to 7 at 11am. Then on Wednesday February 13 there will be making cake pop flowers for ages 8 to 12 at 4pm.


The next meeting will be in MDA at 10.30am on Wednesday February 6 when a citizens information officer will explain all the details of last December’s budget and answer your questions.

The second February meeting will be on Wednesday February 20 at 10.30am in MDA when the AGM will be held and a new committee elected. Any members who would like to put their names forward are invited to do so.

There will be a tea dance in the Bridge House Hotel on Sunday February 10 from 2pm to 5pm. This is being held by the midland regional committee of Active Retirement Ireland. Admission is €10 which includes tea and scones. Please note that new members are welcome to join the club anytime during the year. At the moment the weekly activities for members are as follows. Mondays: Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays: dancing with Maureen Culleton from 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm.


Mountmellick Soccer Club is holding a teenage disco in the back lounge of The Mellick this Friday February 8 from 8.30pm to 11pm. Admission is €6. This will be fully supervised with strictly a mineral bar only.


The club is holding a presentation night for u12, u14, u16 and Minor players on Friday February 8 at 8.30pm in the Deadman’s. All families welcome along. Refreshments will be served and there will be a disco so it will be an enjoyable night for all.


Sarsfields Juvenile Club is holding the above night on Saturday February 9 at 7pm in the GAA club house Acragar.

During this celebratory evening the u14s will receive their medals and the u12s and u10s will receive their certificates. Refreshments will be served for all to enjoy and new players and their parents are most welcome to come along.


Macra’s pantomime rehearsals are in full swing at the moment. This year’s pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and guarantees to be a fantastic show. The show runs from the Wednesday February 13 to Sunday February 17 at 8.15pm and 3pm on the Sunday show. Our next general meeting is on Friday February 8. Badminton continues weekly in the hall and our teams are progressing well in competitions. If you are interested in joining Macra or would like to find out more, please contact Eoghan on 086 3976216.


This year’s pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Wednesday July 17 to Wednesday July 24 at a cost of €770 per person sharing. We will stay at The Solitude Hotel. The spiritual leaders will be Fr Mícheál Murphy PP and Fr Pat Hennessy PP.


St Paul’s National School Irishtown, welcomes any enquiries about school places for September next or the following years. An open day is being held on Wednesday February 13 from noon to 1.30pm or contact the principal on 057 862 4781. St Paul’s is a small, co-educational primary school under Church of Ireland patronage.


Juvenile hurling training takes place each Monday evening in the sports complex at the following times: 6.30pm to 7.30pm for u8 and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for u10 and u12. U8 football training takes place in the sports complex every Friday at 6pm. All new players are welcome to attend.


The above group are organising for the following events over the next couple of weeks: art (u8 to u16), table quiz, talent competition (involves singing, dancing, recitation and music, varies from u12 to u14), handwriting, basketball (u13 and u16), swimming (u8 to u16, u8 and u10 must be able to swim a full length without stopping, u12 to u16 must be able to swim two full lengths without stopping). Competitions for the above take place in the ICA Hall (across from Supervalu) on Monday February 11 at 4pm, registration takes place at 3.45pm. The cost is €2 per competition.

For basketball and swimming come along and register on that day and receive further details. Please note that children need to bring their own pencils and colouring tools with them for the competitions. For more information please contact 085 7138940.


A table quiz in aid of Sarsfields is being held in The Druid on Friday February 22 at 9pm. Cost €10 per adult and €5 per student taking part. Come along for an enjoyable night out and pit your wits against quizmaster Paddy Buggy.


Classes are back at their usual times. For those attending cupla focal remember to bring your sentence sheets as we continue to build vocabulary. The annual concert will be held on Friday March 22 in the Arts Centre.

This year Mountmellick Comhaltas marks 25 years of holding classes and 21 years affiliated to Comhaltas so it is hoped to mark these momentous achievements. Comhaltas hopes to run an event for the year of the Gathering so if any member has any suggestions please let the committee know.


Temperance Sunday falls on February 10. The AGM will take place on Monday February 11 in the ICA hall at 8pm.


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


These classes take place in the Owenass hall on Saturdays at the following times. 10am, 11am and noon for girls. 1.15pm for 3 and 4 year olds. 2pm for boys only. Classes will also be held midweek. Please contact Mary at 086 7914933 or for further details.


Mountmellick Drama Group will stage Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s hilarious farce ‘Move Over Mrs Markham’ on Thursday February 28 and Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2 at 8pm nightly in the community arts centre. Admission €10 with concessions €5.

This play exposes the intricacies and complications which ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markham’s supposedly empty flat. The complications and deceptions which follow assure a hectic and hilarious evening.


This will take place on Sunday February 17 at Gorman’s Bog Garrymore from 1pm to 4pm. For more information contact Ray Murphy at 087 1318752 or Stephen Lynch at 087 9769595.


Mountmellick Community Care that all who contributed so generously with spot prizes for the annual party held in the Gandon Inn on Sunday January 20.


January 31. Top score B O’Brien. Ladies 1 B Keegan. 2 J O’Shea. Gents 1 V Kearns. 2 P Stephenson. Halves 1 L Kavanagh & C Thompson. 2T Kearns. Best of three Padraig Dowling. Hatcher E Moran. January 24. Top score B Kennedy. 2 A Walsh. 3 J Harrison. Halves 1 Mrs Gorman. 2 B Thompson. Best of three S Duff.


January 30. Top score T Delaney. Ladies 1 & 2 B Fitzpatrick & P Horan. Gents 1 & 2 P Dowling & M Barrett. Halves ladies 1 M Gowing. 2 L Pierce. Halves gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 B Cooley. Lowest score Sr Rosarii. Hatcher T Gowing & Sr Madeline. Raffle T Gowing, A Blanche, J O’Shea, S Langton & A Walsh.