St Joseph’s Sunday Choir CD is on sale in local shops, the library and the parish office at €10. The choir thanks all who have bought the CD, the feedback is tremendous. There are 12 hymns on the CD in Latin and English with many popular ones such as Amazing Grace, How Great thou art and I Believe, recorded by the Bachelors.

All proceeds from sale of the CD go to the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre in Portlaoise.


This fundraiser will be held on Valentine’s night February 14 in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. This fund raiser is primarily for the development of the new plot of ground which we have bought and which will be of major benefit to our juvenile and senior members. Our club is growing and we now need to expand our facility to keep pace with our growing number of members. The proceeds of the fundraiser will also be used towards ensuring that all of our teams can be kitted out in our club colours. Tickets are on sale via our dancers and, as they are selling fast, we would ask all people interested in supporting this event to buy their tickets as soon as possible. Our dancers are also seeking sponsorship. Thanks to everybody for supporting our club ongoing and thanks for supporting this important fundraiser.  Get your ticket and come along to the show of the year.


Calendars by Mountmellick Scouts are on sale in Hanlon’s shop and O’Gorman’s newsagents at €10 each and are also available through leaders.

1916 COMMEMoration

The next meeting is on Wednesday January 7 at 8pm in the Town Hall. All interested in the commemoration are welcome along, contact 087 9700505.


Badminton practice is held on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesday nights at 8.30pm in the Macra hall.

New members contact Trevor 087 9143226.


The Active Retirement group hope all their members had a very happy Christmas and wish them a happy and peaceful New Year. The members look forward to meeting everybody again at their group meeting in the MDA on Wednesday January 7. The usual activities are: 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.

New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.


Junior Bookclubs continue in the library for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12. If you would like to join or to find out more details about the bookclubs please contact 057 8644572.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639 (Medjugorje special offer – pay in full by February 2 and save €100). Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Eleanor 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.


The Ciorcal meets on Thursdays in the Library from 10am to 11am. All welcome to this opportunity to use whatever Irish you have. Further information 085 713 8940.


Flanagan Cup: winners A Colgan, T Joyce. Runners up E Earley, K Booth. 3 P Sheils, A Higgins. Christmas prizes NS 1 T Mitchell, K Dowling. 2 T Lalor, B Sheils. 3 A Colgan, T Joyce. EW 1 A Conroy, K Walsh. 2 C Walsh, L Tynan. 3 H Meade, B Hourigan

Bridge resumes in New Year on Thursday January 8.

Mountmellick GAA LOTTO results

€50 Shannon Ward. €20x4 Eoghan O’’Neill, Mary Fallon, Ronan McCormack, Bosco Geoghegan. Martin Morris voucher Mrs Sutherland. Dowling’’s Butchers voucher Dave McCormack. Bottle of Whiskey (The Hollow) Christina Lawlor. The winner of the trailer of logs was Ann O’’Brien. A donation to Vincent de Paul won the 10 bags of turf and Derry Conlon won the five bags of turf. Thanks to everyone who helped with the log draw at the weekend, both door-to-door and Super Valu sellers. €50 Sarah Fitzpatrick, €20 Paddy Doody, Mark Lalor, Tom O’Connell, Noel Conroy. Martin Morris Christmas voucher Liz Whelan. Dowling’s Butchers Christmas voucher Agnes Lawlor. Bottle of whiskey (The Hollow Bar) Colm O’Meara. Please note that we have moved to 30 numbers in our lotto and any number between 1-30 could be the jackpot winners.


Mountmellick Community Games AGM takes place in the coming weeks If you are interested in getting involved please phone 085 7138940


Classes available: ladies and gents kickboxing and self defence classes for all ages, ladies and gents TRX suspension training and ladies keep fit classes Call for details on

086 3399287 or see Facebook


This fundraiser in aid of the Ben & Jake Connolly Trust Mountmellick will be held on Sunday January 11 leaving Clough at 1pm Entry €20 with all tractors and vintage cars welcome There will be free food in the Hawthorn Bar, Ballacolla afterwards Contact Helen 087 6962140

Mountmellick Comhaltas

The musicians played to a packed hall at the Forum Hostel for the Christmas Seisiún. It was a very cosy setting and everyone enjoyed the music and refreshments. The group had a very busy 2014, with regular seisiúns in various venues, a trip to Brú Ború, very good participation at Laois Fleadh and then onto Leinster and All-Ireland Fleadhanna. They were asked by Laois GAA County Board to play at the Annual Awards and their musicians impressed the crowd and also entertained at the Customer Day in the Kyle Centre. Classes will return on January 13 in the Sports Centre at the Community School.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15 pm every Wednesday. If anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 – 8033126. Infoline: 1890 474 474


The death occurred on Friday December 12 of Maureen Philips (neé Sinnott) of Patrick Street (Philips Bakery) and formerly of Dunlavin Wicklow. Maureen was predeceased by her husband Jim. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church Baltinglass where requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday. Burial took place in St Joseph’s cemetery Baltinglass. The sympathy of the community is extended to her sons and daughters Tom, Josephine, Maureen, Eddie, Margaret, Doreen and Ger, family, relatives and friends.


The death occurred on Thursday December 11 of Bernadette Coss (Maher) of Cullenbeg and formerly of Stradbally. Bernadette was predeceased by her husband Patrick. Remains reposed at her home in Cullenbeg until removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart Stradbally where requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday. Burial took place in Oakvale cemetery. The sympathy of the community is extended to her husband Michael (Coss), her family Thomas, James, Julia, Patrick, Edward and Har, relatives and friends.


The death occurred on Monday December 22 at her home of Frances Payne (neé Carly) of Station Road. Frances was predeceased by her husband Michael and her daughter Mary. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal on Wednesday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sympathy of the community is extended to her sons Tony and Brian, daughter Anne, family, relatives and friends.