Members of the St Vincent de Paul make house visits only at the specific request of clients. If you are in any doubt as to the identity of the caller please ask for SVP membership identification.


Hosted by Clonaghadoo Community Care in St Mary’s Hall, Clonaghadoo on Thursday August 21 at 9pm. Free bus leaves O’Connell Square at 8.45pm.

Admission €6.  Refreshments served. 


To buy land for €6,500 next to Conor Davis Park for a training facility, the club seeks contributors to a Club Loan Scheme. They are looking for individual loans of €100 each to the club, with all monies returned in full, one per week over sixty-five weeks. Thanks to all who have contributed already. Please help the club in this risk-free initiative.  Contact Mick at 087 6178821.

world war 1

The Mountmellick WW1 Commemoration Group have two weeks of activities to commemorate the men from the greater Mountmellick area who fought and died in WW1.With 100 of the 600 men whom we believe fought in WW1 from this area having died, Mountmellick’s links with this war are very strong. With the changing political attitudes of 1918 and afterwards, it has taken until now for us to talk openly of the sacrifices and hardships they endured.


A concert on Friday August 22 in the Arts Centre features Emer Dunne & Drua who will salute the brave through song, dance, drama and music. Tickets €10 from the arts centre, MDA, Horan’s or committee.


Ecumenical Service in St Joseph’s Church on Sunday August 24 at 3pm with a parade afterwards to the MDA Museum where an exhibition of WW1 memorabilia including a 1916 Renault car used by the French army during the war. In the museum will be a Roll of Honour with information on all who died, including sets of brothers, and fathers and sons. Exhibition continues until September 6.

FILM ‘Gallipoli’

‘Gallipoli’ will be shown in the Balcony cinema on Wednesday August 27 at 8pm. Free admission but donations to cover costs will be accepted.


On Sunday August 31 at 3pm a WW1 Memorial will be unveiled at the library and wreath laid. At 2.30pm three bands will meet at St Joseph’s Church and march through the town behind the Army Colour Troop to the Library. Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD, Brigadier General Fitzgerald and family members of those who both fought and died will attend. The afternoon’s events end with a collection of stories, songs and poems from WW1 compiled by Sheila Coyle Dunne in the Macra Hall entitled ‘Stories from World War One’. Free event but donations to cover costs will be accepted.


A meeting to finalise Mountmellick Heritage Society festival guidelines is in the Arts centre on Wednesday August 20 at 8pm. All welcome.


Three exhibitions will be held on Saturday August 23 in the Owenass Hall from 11.30am to 5pm. Rediscover Your Heritage includes photographs, pictures, maps, histories, stories and books on our town.

A History of St Paul’s School, exhibited by students includes the student strike of 1944.

Mountmellick Work includes new, antique, modern and traditional pieces.


A series of panel discussions on Mountmellick and World War 1, the Great Hunger and the Memories of Mountmellick Town Council will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday August 25, 26 and 28, 8pm to 9.30pm in the Arts Centre. Contact 086 7914933


Library events on Heritage Week: Tuesday August 26 10am: interactive history show on World War 1 suitable for ages 8 to 12. Tuesday August 26 6.30pm: Carnation Theatre show, ‘Fuss on the Bus’, a family event. Friday August 29 11am: explore your family tree using online resources (adults). All free but booking required. Call 057 8644572.


Junior Bookclubs for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12 resumes in September. To join or find out more, contact 057 8644572.

looming in LIBRARY

Looming in the Library in on Tuesdays in August from 3pm to 4pm. Bring along your loom bands and share your designs. See other events at


Introduction to Mountmellick Work (white on white embroidery) on Friday August 29 11am to 1pm, Portlaoise Library.


The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock is on Saturday September 13 with bus leaving MDA carpark at 8.30am. Adult €10, child €5 which includes enroute refreshments. Contact 057 8679553 or 085 1091350.


€50 M Kenny. €20 T Dowling, C Bishop, J Payne, M Rochford.


Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. Fridays: ‘Go for Life Games’ Macra Hall 7.30pm.

Wednesday August 20 from 11am to 12pm there will be a meeting in MDA to finalise the trip to Sligo. Active retirement closed for August and meetings will resume on Wednesday September 10 from 10.3oam to 12.30pm. New members always welcome phone 086 0618955.


Men’s shed will meet on Monday August 25 at 7.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. They are looking for a premises, shed or disused building to house their tools. Please call 087 6578736. New members welcome.


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


Coaching of Gaelic football continues for u6, u8, u10 u12 & u14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm at the Rock. New players are welcome.

Kelloggs GAA week long Cúl Camp at the Rock will begin on Tuesday August, from 10am to 2.30pm daily. Contact John Allen at 086 3264102.


Mountmellick Development Association Training Services will hold an open evening on Wednesday August 27 from 5pm to 8 pm. Call in and speak to a tutor about options to help you achieve your educations goals for 2014/2015. 


August 6. Community Care. Top score F Keenan & B Cooley. Lady 1 M O’ Brien. 2 C Fitzpatrick. Gent 1 P Dowling, 2 S Wilkinson. Half lady 1 F Keenan. 2 A Walsh. Half gent 1 T Dowling. 2 P Stephenson. Lowest score L O’Brien & T Dunne. Hatcher B Coffey. Raffle J O’Shea, H Kelly (x2), C Conroy, A Walsh.


August 6. Numbers 4, 5, 15, 19. Match 3 (€77) D O’Riordan & C Malone.

sponsored walk

The Slieve Bloom Association annual Sponsored Walk takes place on Sunday, August 24th. Meet in Clonaslee at 2pm for a walk around Brittas Lake. All welcome. Refreshments in Swan Bar afterwards. Call Mick @ 0874106493.

Bus Tour

The Slieve Bloom Assoc Bus Tour is on September 6, visiting Portumna Castle, Athlone Castle, a Viking trip on the Shannon and a meal in the Hodson Bay Hotel. Bus starts from Portlaoise at 7:30am with pick-up in Mountmellick, Rosenallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown and Kinnity as required. Booking essential. Call Carole @ 0871350555 or Matt @ 0876726290.