St Joseph’s Cemetery Mountmellick annual mass on Sunday July 29 at 3pm.


Scouts are holding a family fun day on Sunday June 10 from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on the site adjacent to the Garda Barracks, Wolfe Tone St. There will be bouncing castles, face painting, nail decorations, bottle stall,  bric-a-brac, have a cup of tea or coffee with a cake, hot dog stand, shoot the balloon, ball through a tyre, pet corner, win a gold fish, raffle for hampers and much more. Also you can view the scout corner where you can see scout activities at the information area and sign up for next season with beavers from 6 year olds, cubs from 9 years and scouts from 11 years.  

The scouts spent a lovely day in the Sliabh Blooms recently which covering a 16km hike. It was on varied terrain and the scouts enjoyed it thoroughly. They stopped off half way through to have lunch and do some backwoods cooking. All in all a great day was had by everyone.


There was a good turnout at last week’s area finals for Mountmellick community games. We have athletes from u8 to u16 going through in sprinting, long jump, long puck, ball throw and relay. We wish them the best in St Abban’s on June 10. Be there by 11.30am or 11am for long puck.


Sunday July 15 is Matt Talbot day in Knock shrine. The mid region and our own council are very proud to have St Joseph’s church choir, with organist Audrey Whelan, singing on that day. Other members of the region will also take part in the celebration of mass.

Two buses will travel, one of which will take the choir. Departs Mountmellick 8am, Portlaoise 8.30am and Mountrath 9am. Those who wish to travel should contact their council’s secretary with Mountmellick secretary Sheila Kearney to be informed of final numbers travelling. The regional meeting takes place in ICA house on Wednesday June 6 at 8pm.


Well done to Grace Murphy from Mountmellick Macra who represented Laois so well in the Miss Blue Jean Festival in Athboy at the weekend. Brian Brady will be staging the musical ‘Annie’ this week from June 6 to June 9 in the Macra hall. The show is at 8pm each night and there is a matinee show on Saturday at 3pm. Tickets are €7 and can be purchased on the door. If you would like to become a member of Macra or to find out more information, please contact Gemma on 087 793 3905.


Rosenallis athletics training continues every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm in Johnsgrove Rosenallis.


Coaching for Gaelic football for girls and boys U8, U10, U12 and U14 continues at the Rock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. All teams are up and running at this stage but new players are welcome and can register on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or alternatively contact the club’s juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102 for more details.


The rock GAA’s scrap Saturday will take place on Saturday June 9. Club members will call to collect your scrap or you can ring James on 087 9800498. All donations gratefully received. Many thanks in advance for your support.


U6 and U8 hurling training continues in Acragar every Monday at 6.30pm. U10 and U12 follows at 7pm, new players welcome. U6 and U8 football training is at 6pm on Thursdays.U14 football training continues at 5pm on Saturdays in Acragar.


Training for all U10 and U12 continues on Mondays at 6pm in Acragar. New members are very welcome. Further up the age groups club training continues from 16 upwards on Tuesday and Fridays.


Kickboxing and taekwondo classes for all ages from 4yrs upwards are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Facilities include punch bags and a boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach. For details contact 087 2768843.


Our knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your knitting needles and join us for a cuppa and a chat. An exhibition by ‘Paint Pots’ children’s art group from Ballyfin will feature in the gallery for the month of June. Internet access, printing, photocopying and scanning facilities are available at the library.


All members are asked to attend the next group meeting in the MDA at 10.30am on Wednesday June 13 because our paramedic from the ambulance service is coming back to give us an in-depth demonstration of CPR and the correct use of the defibrillator.  He will also answer questions and concerns about first aid etc.  At the same meeting the destination of the club’s annual September holiday will be discussed. 

Please note that the computer courses being provided for us will now be held on the three Fridays June 8, 15 and 22 in the MDA.  

The dancing classes and art lessons have now finished but the following activities continue, on Mondays Boccia is held in the Macra hall at 7.30pm, on Tuesdays aqua aerobics continues in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon with the free bus leaving the MDA at 11.15am and on

Wednesdays there is music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 6.15pm to 7.45pm.


St Mary’s Cemetery Clonaghadoo, Sunday July 1 at 10.30am.


Congratulations to Niamh and Mairéad Furlong and Mary O’Reilly who are going to the Leinster fleadh in the trio competition.


The above are holding a fundraising family fun day and bbq on Sunday June 10 starting at 1pm. There will be fun, food and activities for all the family.


The above are holding a car boot sale on Saturday June 16 from 10 am to 3 pm. €10 per car and €15 per van. Enquiries to 086 2291413.


May 30. Winner of €300 Joyce Hickey. 4 x €50 winners Ciss Geoghegan, Martina Doody, Ciss Sutherland and Johnny Boyd.


May 30. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick. 2 B Kennedy. Gents 1 F Keenan. 2 S Wilkinson. Halves ladies 1 Sr Madeline. 2 B Hogan. Halves gents 1 T Gowing. 2 Sr Michael and C Thompson. Hatcher D Byrne. Lowest score R Cole and J Harrison. Raffle D Kelly, A Walsh, J O’Shea, M Barrett and S Langton.


May 31. Top score B Thompson. Ladies 1 M Ryan. 2 E Moran. Gents 1 V Kearns. 2 S Duff. Halves 1 S Wilkinson. 2 B O’Brien. Best of three C Martin.


Mountmellick United FC 2012 Annual 7-a-side Tournament To be run in association with: Oncology Unit, Tullamore Hospital will take place from Friday, July 13 to Sunday July 15 at Conor Davis Park, Mountmellick

Entry Fee: €100 per team

Playing for Conor Davis Memorial Trophy A Shield competition will also be played.

Squads can consist of up to 11 players Please get your teams in as soon as possible as there’s a limited number of places

To enter a team, or for more information, please contact Jody Davis (0863074867) or Rob Milne (0877553058), or contact any Mountmellick United Committee member