The Tidy Towns committee thank all who have contributed to the effort so far.  As the adjudication on Laois Federation Tidy Town’s is yet to take place we all to continue their efforts. The local competition adjudication began on Monday July 22. The exhibition of Quaker Tapestries will bring a lot of visitors to the town and it is important that it is seen at its best. We would ask everyone to please assist in cleaning up your local area or take part in the general clean-up of the town in the coming week. 


An exhibition of Quaker Tapestry continues until Saturday August 10 from 10am to 5pm daily at MDA. Admission: €5. This is a major exhibition of 20 captivating and colourful panels of embroidery. It is a masterpiece of storytelling and celebration of life, people and events across the centuries, set against a backdrop of Mountmellick Embroidery. An event not to be missed.


During the visit of the Quaker Tapestries to Mountmellick, St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church will be open every afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Both locals and visitors are welcome to have call in and discover the building’s history. 


On Sunday August 4 at 10.45am a family service will be held in St Paul’s with guest speaker Ken Gibson of The Leprosy Mission. Ken will speak about the Quakers of Mountmellick and the worldwide battle against leprosy. All are welcome to this informal service of worship and to hear the work of The Leprosy Mission.


On Thursday August 8 at 7.30pm James Edmundson will give a talk on ‘my journey to find William Edmundson’. James, from Texas, is a direct descendant of William Edmundson. He has spent decades researching William’s travels in the US, confirming that William held the first Friend’s meetings in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Admission free but booking is essential. Contact the Arts Centre at 057 8697600.


Mountmellick Heritage Society is organising a trip to Lullymore Heritage Park open day as part of the Heritage week celebrations. The bus will leave O’Connell square at 1pm on Sunday August 18 and return at 6pm. Cost: €5 per person. Entry to Lullymore is free. The Heritage Society is subsidising the bus cost. Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Mountmellick Heritage Society has organised a ‘Famine Tour’ on Thursday August 22.  The bus will leave O’Connell Square at 9am and return mid-afternoon, visiting heritage and famine sites including a tour of the site of the former workhouse in Mountmellick.  Cost: €7 per person includes entry to Donaghmore Workhouse and Famine Museum.  The cost is subsidised by Mountmellick Heritage Society.  Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Contrary to popular belief, Mountmellick was not founded by the Quakers. Mountmellick was officially created on February 12 1631, almost 30 years before William Edmundson, the Father of Quakerism in Ireland, arrived in Mountmellick. To know more, reserve a seat at ‘Foundation of Mountmellick & Rosenallis and their Quaker Heritage’ talk during Heritage Week.  Tickets €5 with proceeds going to cover cost of Heritage week events. Contact the Arts Centre on 057 8697600.


All our athletes taking part in the national finals in Athlone on the weekend of August 17 and 18 are working hard on their preparations and we wish them the best of luck. 


On Sunday August 4 The Rock GAA will hold a summer fun day (free admission) from 2pm to 6pm. The highlight is the ‘duck race’ (4pm). Buy a duck for €5 or a ‘quack pack’ which is 5 ducks for €20, name your duck and enter into our race to win one of 3 great prizes including nights away in the Hudson Bay, Athlone. There will be social dancing in the clubhouse in the evening from 9.30pm to 11.30pm.


The best of luck to Gemma Goulding who is representing Laois Macra in Miss Macra in Dundrum Tipperary at the August bank holiday weekend. Good luck also to the new committee voted in at the recent AGM. Badminton continues during the week with darts, pool and table tennis. Why not call into the hall for fun and a chat. We are hosting Laois county awards night on Saturday August 10 with a BBQ and music. €5 entry in aid of the Cuisle Centre. If interested in finding out more or becoming a member, call 087 6962626.


The children’s summer reading challenge continues until the end of August. Call into the library to sign up and collect your Creepy House card.


Jane W Shackleton’s historic photographic exhibition titled ‘Ireland’ continues until Saturday August 31 in the library gallery.


Visitors from France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan will attend a Gathering Festival in the Community Centre Ballyfin from Wednesday July 31 to Monday August 5. Planned by Maureen Culleton this will include music, song, dance, sightseeing tours, mountain walks and rambling house sessions. Further details on or contact or 0876482038.


The group meetings will resume on Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am.

Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.


Pilgrimage on Saturday September 6 with 4 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Assisi, costing €899 per person. Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915. 


The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will travel on Saturday September 14 with the bus leaving Mountmellick at 8.30am. Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on the church notice board.


The annual mass in Graigue cemetery is on Friday August 2 at 7pm.


Training today, Tuesday July 30 from 5pm to 6.15pm. Rounders continues then on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6.15pm. Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 welcome.


Kellogg’s GAA week long Cúl Camp takes place at the Rock from Monday August 19 to Friday August 23 from 10am to 2.30pm daily. For details contact Laois GAA supervisor James Kelly at 085 7744397 or club juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102.

Football coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm at the Rock.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults, contact 087 2768843.


July 24. €300 M O’Shea. €50 M McCann, M Haverty, C Bennett & M Finn.


There was widespread sadness at the death of Paddy Feery of Ashgrove on Thursday July 18 peacefully at his residence following an illness very bravely borne. Paddy was a popular member of the community, held in high esteem by all who knew him and his passing is sadly regretted.

Remains reposed at his residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Paddy is mourned by his wife Jean, daughter Rachel, son Ryan, family, relatives, friends and neighbours to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.


As next weekend is a bank holiday, please submit your notes by Wednesday July 31.