Mountmellick news

Export workshops

Export workshops

Enterprise Ireland have free workshops for new export businesses in the MDA Business Park, on Tues and Weds, Nov 19/20. Register at Events/EnterpriseSTART-Programme

Internet safety for children

Laois Branch of the National Parents Council Primary hosts a free talk on Internet Safety by Sharon Hayden in The Rock NS, on Wednesday, November 13 from 7.30pm. (Teas/coffees will be served from 7pm beforehand). See


Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine for night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Mountmellick at 7.15pm. To book call Maura 086 3344722.


The parishes of Clonaslee, Killeigh, Mountmellick & Rosenallis (Barrow Rise Pastoral Area) welcome Fr Liam Lawton in concert on Friday November 15 at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) in the Community Arts Centre, to close the Year of Faith, the concert will include a choir from all four parishes. Tickets €20 from parish office 057 8624390.


ICA thanks all who supported their recent church gate collection. The next meeting is being held on Wednesday November 13 at 8.30pm in ICA hall. New members welcome. Call Dolores on 086 2664716 


Community Care Meals on Wheels will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday & Sunday November 16 & 17. Your continued support will be greatly appreciated.


Macra is holding a table quiz on Friday November 15 in Turley’s pub. Congrats to James Wilkinson, runner up in the national beef stock judging championship. Badminton continues in the Macra Hall each Monday & Wednesday contact Trevor on 087 9143226. Tickets for the national fundraiser, greyhound racing in Mullingar are on sale for €10.  To join Macra or enter a competition call 087 696262.


The Camera Club holds its annual exhibition on Friday November 15 at 8pm in the Community School and on Sunday from 2pm till 6pm. A wide variety of photos on display both from experienced and first time exhibitors. The 2014 calendar is on sale for €5 from O’Horain, O’Gorman’s, MJ Dunne’s or from members. 


Science week runs until Sunday. Today at 11am Deborah Saucier, a leading neuroscientist of the University of Ontario will give a talk in the library. ‘How your brain works’ It will be followed by a q&a session. All welcome to attend.


The Halloween fancy dress disco was a great success. Thanks to Colin O’Reilly (music) & Malcolm Smith (sound). Best costume winners: u6 Billie Hayden, 6 – 9 Ellie Boland and 9-12 Grainne Bambridge. Next disco on Friday November 15 in the Owenass hall for 6 to 12 year olds from 7pm to 9 pm. Admission €5, includes a drink and crisps. Strictly supervised.


The community care monthly social is on Thursday November 21, music starting at 8.30pm. The association would like more people to come along for light refreshments and entertainment. Those in the Mountmellick area who require transport may contact 087 9812525.


A table quiz in aid of MS Ireland will be held in The Hollow Bar on Friday November 22 at 9.30pm. Tables of 4 are €20. Questions by M Linehan. All support much appreciated.


The Rock GAA is holding a monster auction on Sunday November 24 at 1pm in the clubhouse. They need auction items such as household & farming items, furniture (good condition), working electrical goods, fuel, gift vouchers etc. All must be sold on the day so there’ll be bargains aplenty. Contact J Storey 087 9696220, D Mooney 087 9730470 or J Murphy 087 9800498.


This year’s regional dinner dance is being held in The Manor Hotel Abbeyleix on Friday November 29. Tickets are available from Sheila Kearney.


Line dancing continues this Thursday Nov 14, 8.30pm to 9.30pm in ICA hall.  All welcome. Call Dolores 086 2664716.


EU/Ireland @ 40 exhibition - displaying the history of Ireland’s forty years of EU membership will be on view in the gallery for November. Internet and free WI-FI for members are available at the library. Knitting Circle meets Tuesdays, 10.30am to noon, bring your knitting, enjoy a cuppa & chat.


The annual Mission Alive table quiz is on Thursday December 5 in the Druid Bar (note change of venue & day). All proceeds to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia.


Christmas dinner dance is on Friday December 13 in Garryhinch Golf Club with a bus provided. Any queries please phone 086 0618955. Weekly activities: Mondays: the ‘Ageing with Confidence’ course 10.30am to 12.30, art classes for advanced oil painters and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure centre at noon with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm ‘Go for Life’ dancing sessions in Wolfe Tone Court. Wednesday November 13: group meeting in MDA at 10.30am when a speaker from ‘GROW’ will talk about enjoying life. Wednesday November 20 at 10.30am at MDA: walking group. Wednesday November 27: group meeting in MDA at 10.30am. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. New members are always welcome.


The 25/21 celebration of Mountmellick Comhaltas is in the Gandon Inn on Saturday December 7 at 7pm. This free event celebrates traditional music in Mountmellick for the last 25 years and membership of CCÉ. Spaces limited so tickets required. All current and past members and committee are invited. Limit of 4 tickets per family. Book at class or contact Margaret 085 7138940. Any 12-17 year old GAA members who would like to play music, dance, sing or recite at the Scór competition, please tell Brian or Fiona.


The club thanks all who contributed to the church gate collection. Dinner dance and medal presentation in the Tullamore Court on Friday December 27. Contact a committee member for tickets.

BALCONY cinema

Wednesday November 13 8pm High Society. Thursday Nov 14 8pm Iron Man 3 (€6 & €5). Saturday Nov 16 3pm The Hunger Games (€5) and at 8pm The Great Gatsby (€6 & €5). Sunday Nov 17 3pm Monster’s University (€5). Children U- 10 mustbe accompanied.


October 30. Community care. Top score D Byrne. Ladies 1 C Martin. 2 B Thompson. Gents 1 B O’Brien. 2 T Kearns. Halves ladies 1 A Holland & B Keegan. 2 A Walsh. Halves gents 1 V Kearns. 2 F Keenan. Lowest score K Fox. Hatcher J O’Shea. Raffle M Barrett, Sr Madeline, D Byrne (x2), J Harrison & K Fox. October 31. Old school. Top score J Delaney. Ladies 1 Mrs Gorman. 2 B O’Brien. Gents 1 T Kearns. 2 P Dowling & J Harrison. Halves 1 C Thompson. 2 E Moran. Best of three M Gowing. Hatcher N Thompson.


October 30. Numbers: 3, 4, 5 & 9. Match 3s (€29) M Corcoran (C McAuley), C McAuley(C McAuley), B Dowling (M Lawlor), P Conroy (C Conroy) & J Shortall (M Lawlor).


November 6. €300 M Kennedy. €50 A Delaney, E Kane, R McGuirk & W Deffew.


October 31. NS 1 B & M Conlon. 2 A Flynn, P Storey. 3 E Earley, K Booth. EW 1 A Conroy, K Walsh. 2 C Walsh, L Tynan. 3 B Hourigan, B Sheils.