Kilbride Art Group will launch their exhibition on Tuesday April 1 at 6pm in the library. All are welcome.


Business Mountmellick will meet on Wednesday April 2 at 7.3 0pm in the Town Hall. New and existing businesses and community groups welcome


The annual concert is on Friday April 4 at 8pm in the Macra Hall. Tickets: adults €5, children €2, available from Tuesday’s classes from 6.15pm or call 085 713 8940.


St Paul’s parish sale is on Saturday April 5 from 10.30am to 1pm in the Old School, Pearse Street with a raffle, teas and stalls including home baking, clothes, books and children’s’ stall. All welcome.


County talent in the Arts Centre on Saturday April 12 with registration for all qualifiers at 10.30am. Any u14 group of 2 to 6 interested in competing in the disco dance call 085 713 8940.


Wednesday April 2 8pm Philomena. Saturday April 5 8.15pm Kick Ass 2. Sunday April 6 3pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.


Community care monthly social is on Thursday April 10 at 8.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. More people are welcome to attend and enjoy light refreshments and music by Reuben James. For transport (Mountmellick area only) call 087 9812525.


Mountmellick United FC is holding a race night in Moloney’s Gaelic Bar on Friday April 11 at 9.30pm. Featuring the best of English, American and South African races with musical interludes and fun. Horses €20 or sponsorship €100/€50 or any amount appreciated, contact Michael Davis 087 6178821. All support appreciated for club development, come to place bets and enjoy the experience.


In aid of Sarsfield’s representative in the Strictly Come Dancing competition (April 20 in The Heritage Hotel) Amy Grehan. Table quiz in The Druid on Saturday April 12. All support appreciated.


Mission Alive Committee thanks all in Mountmellick and Clonaghadoo for their generous support of the church gate collection. €1343 raised which is being sent to Sr Paula who runs the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia. The project assists children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.  The money is used to buy school books, provide uniforms etc. for the children who are being cared for by older siblings or grandparents.


Congratulations to our question time team Sharon, Shane, Gemma and Norman who are all Ireland champions of Kerrygold Club Question Time Quiz.

Well done to our men’s basketball team who represented Laois Macra na Feirme in the national basketball finals.  Badminton continues in the Macra Hall each Monday and Wednesday, call 087 9143226.

To join Macra call 087 696262.


Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group) continues to meet in the library on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1am. All ages and levels welcome for a friendly chat ‘as Gaeilge’ in a relaxed atmosphere.


Training times U10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays 6.45pm & Fridays 6pm. U14 Tuesdays 6.30pm & Fridays 6pm. Adult Tuesdays 8pm & Fridays 8pm.


U8, u10, u12, and u14 football training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.  New players welcome and can register before training. U8 & u10 blitz on Saturday April 5 in Portlaoise. More details on blitzes at training during the week.


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30 pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.

Tuesday: Go For Life workshop Macra, Portlaoise 10am to 3pm and aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am).

Thursday: ‘healthy cooking’ course of 6 Thursdays in Wolfe Tone Court 10.30am to 1pm and music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm.

Friday: Go for Life games blitz in Macra Hall 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Knitting circle meets every Tuesday from 10.30 to noon in the library. Bring along your

needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


Ladies: meet in MDA car park Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm for a 5k

circuit of the town (runners and walkers)/

Men’s: meet at MDA on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am.

laois martial arts

Laois Martial Arts hold classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes now available. Full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes taught by a 4th degree National Champion. Contact 087 2768843


Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14 +) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.


€300 S Conroy. €50 B Wall (x2), E Dunne, J Fennelly.


March 19. Numbers: 1, 4, 26, 28. Match 3s (€112) K Lennon, J Dowling, E Daly.


March 19. Community care. Top score V Kearns. Lady 1 L Pierce. 2 C Casey. Gent 1 M Barrett. 2 S Coffey. Half Lady 1 C Martin. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Half Gent 1 S Langton. 2 S Wilkinson. Lowest score B Coffey. Hatcher Sr Rosarii. Raffle S Langton, T Casey, P Dowling. B O’Brien, A Blanche.

March 20. Old school. Top score A Walsh. Lady 1 M Gowing. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gent 1 P Dowling. 2 J Harrison. Half 1 P Stephenson. 2 R Cole. Best of three J O’Shea. Hatcher B Thompson. Raffle B Thompson, B Hogan, H Kelly, K Kavanagh.


President’s Prize Results: winners B Egan, M McCabe. 2 B Conlon, M Watchorne. 3 T Lalor, B Sheils. 4 A Colgan, T Joyce. 5 L Tynan, B Hourigan. 6 A Flynn, K Walsh.

Scór na Paistí

The above competition takes place in the Arts Centre, Mountmellick on April 5 with registration at 2.30pm. Come along and take part in music, singing, dancing, (in groups or solo), recitation or the table quiz. It is for primary school children who are members of GAA. Free to take part. For further information please contact -85 713 8940.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress etc meets Tuesdays at 7.30pm in St Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Free of charge, no referral or booking required. Call 016617211 or LoCall Helpline 1890303302.


A free bereavement support service available. Contact Eileen 087 6380994.


Condolences to the family of Patrick Conroy, 2 Twoomey Park whose death occurred on Tuesday March 25. Patrick was predeceased by his wife Mary and his parents Michael and Mary of Derrycloney. Reposed at St Vincent’s Hospital Chapel of Rest until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Wednesday evening. Requiem mass celebrated at 11.30am on Thursday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Rest in peace.