Pictured are Mary, Clare and Margaret O'Brien on Tuesday night last.Picture Denis Byrne.


A registration and information night for beavers, cubs and scouts will be held on Thursday September 5 in the Owenass Hall from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Beavers must be 6 years of age, cubs 9 years and scouts 12 years, boys and girls in all sections. Leaders from each section will be present on the night.


A weekend of music, walking, sightseeing and other activities organised on Inis Cléire (Cape Clear) from September 27 to 29. It is part of Bliain na Gaeilge. To book lodgings phone 028 48968 and for the ferry 028 41923. For information from Tracy on 087 6400 184.


Clonaghadoo hall committee are having their annual Kilcavan 5K run/walk on Friday September 6 at 7pm. Registration at Clonaghadoo Church from 6pm. Adults €10, juveniles €5. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female and also many more prizes on the night. Refreshments served afterwards.


These will begin in September at MDA and funding may be available if you are unemployed. Contact Imelda at 057 8624525 for enquiries. Courses will include FETAC level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses and also ECDL.


Classes for adults and children at Kilbride art group will resume in the first week of September and continue until December. Contact Una for times, details and bookings at 086 2392997.


Our Supervalu bucket collection is coming up on Saturday September 14. If anyone wishes to help out with an hour or two please contact Margaret at 085 7138940.


Interested in joining a book club? The library book club will resume in September. The club will meet in the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Please call in or phone the library if you wish to join.


Paul Weerasekera, a Limerick based artist, will exhibit his work in the library gallery from September 3 to 28. Titled ‘Paintings of Laois & Offaly’, it features acrylic on canvas scenes from both counties including Rosenallis, Shannon Harbour, Tullamore and Stradbally. Born in Sri Lanka, Paul trained as an architect in the UK and also studied art and design. He has lived in Ireland for 25 years and had numerous solo exhibitions. All are welcome along.


The group meetings will resume on Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.


This community based social event will take place on Saturday October 26 with all welcome to attend. Further details to follow.


Gymnastics classes will recommence on Saturday September 7 in the Owenass Hall.  Please call 086 7914933 with any queries.


August 21. Community care: top score N Fitzpatrick. Ladies 1 C Martin. 2 R Cole. Gents 1 B Cooley. 2 C Thompson. Halves ladies 1 T Lalor. 2 J O’Shea. Halves gents 1 H Kelly. 2 B O’Brien & J Harrison. Lowest score Sr Madeline. Hatcher B Hogan. Raffle M Gowing, D Byrne, A Blanche, B O’Brien & H Kelly. August 22. Old school: D Byrne. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 C Martin. Gents 1 S Duff. 2 J Harrison. Halves 1 B O’Brien. 2 T Kearns. Best of three B Keegan. Hatcher J O’Shea.

knock pilgrimage

The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will travel on Saturday September 14 with the bus leaving Mountmellick at 8.30am Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on the church notice board.


August 21. Numbers 4, 7, 15 & 28. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€48) Robert & Brian (parish office), J O’Mara (F Hibbitts), S Dempsey (R McEvoy), J Quigley (R McEvoy), I Brophy (E Duff), G Comerford (B Murray) & S Delaney (M Lawlor).


August 28. €300 P Turner. €50 N Storey, Y Dunne, F Dunne & S Kearney.

Culture night

There are two events in the town to mark National Culture Night on Friday September 20.

Mountmellick Comhaltas will perform a free concert in the library from 4.30 to 5.30pm. Visitors can tour the current exhibition while enjoying light refreshments. Mountmellick Drama Group are holding an Open Evening from 8pm to 9.30pm in The Arts Centre. All drama fans invited on a tour backstage, new members welcome to join as performers or backstage.

running for men

A couch to 5km running group for men has been set up and new members are welcome to join at any time. The group meets for training Tuesday & Thursday 7pm, Saturday 6pm at the MDA. For information contact Adam at 0861094417.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults, contact 087 2768843.

REaching out

Laois Partnership Company is holding an Ireland Reaching Out training to build contacts with the Irish daspora. Training every Tuesday night for 9 nights. Fieldtrips after completion of each module. Start Date: Tuesday, September 10. Time: 7.30-9.30pm at Mountmellick Development Association IT Training Room, Mountmellick. Contact Liz Kennedy-Burke, The Gathering/Ireland Reaching Out Animator, Laois Partnership Company, email:; Phone 087 638 1675


There was much sadness at the sudden death of Carlo Westman of Irishtown at his home on Friday August 23. A well respected member of the community, Carlo was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. Carlo was predeceased by his son Stephen. Remains reposed at his residence until removal on Saturday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon on Sunday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Carlo’s wife Crissie, his daughters Breda and Ann, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.


It was with regret that the community heard of the death of Peter Healion of Bridge Street on Saturday August 24 at his home. Peter was one of the older members of our business community, a quiet man held in good esteem, his passing is sadly regretted. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Monday evening. Requiem mass was celebrated on Tuesday at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Peter’s wife Elizabeth, his sons and daughters, family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.