An Sean Chistin

An Sean Chistin

Rambling House Session at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin on Friday May 16 at 8.30pm.It will consist of an evening of music, dance, songs, stories, cupán tae and chat. All are welcome to come along and take part or just relax and enjoy. Further details from Maureen 0876482038


Wednesday May 7 8pm Shirley Valentine. Saturday May 10 8.15pm American Hustle. Sunday May 11 3pm Tangled.


The charity shop supporting Laois Hospice has a half price clothing and shoe sale all this week.


The above is now enrolling for September 2014 for all classes. Phone 057 8644020 or email for enrolment form. Enrolment day Tuesday June 10.


For all competitors who are in the chess and swimming county finals those competitions will be coming up soon so watch out for further details. As soon as MCG has the information we will pass it on. We will hope to run at area finals for the Track and Field in the coming weeks. 


Well done to the musicians who played for the Bealtaine tree planting at Kinnitty Castle. This was recorded by the new Irish based tv station, to be shown on the launch night later this month. There was a good response from members for entry to the Laois Fleadh on the June bank holiday weekend. Extra group and ceilí band practices will be organised so please attend. Best of luck to all taking part in the Fleadh.  There is a traditional Irish music concert as a fundraiser for the Fleadh on May 10 in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. Tickets are €10 or €25 for a family up to 2 adults and 3 children u15. Earlier in the day there is a workshop for intermediate/advanced musicians in a variety of instruments. The cost is €10 and includes entry to the concert. Participants at the workshop are invited to perform at the concert. Tickets at the class or 085 713 8940. A note will be sent out from class regarding the branch instrument bank. Please respond as we need to document our instruments.


The parish joins with the Kildare & Leighlin pilgrimage to Knock in on Sunday June 1 with bus leaving St Joseph’s Church at 8.15am. Cost €10 per seat. Book in parish office.


Rosary will be recited in Castlebrack cemetery each Sunday evening at 7pm. The cemetery mass will be celebrated at 7pm on Sunday May 25. All welcome.


Mountmellick Camera Club launch their exhibition in the library on Tuesday May 6 at 6.30pm, all welcome along. Celebrating their 25th year, members invite all to view their work and look forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. The exhibition continues for the month of May.


Wednesday May 7 at 2.30pm: Delia Murphy Show. Delia’s niece, Carmen Cullen will sing some of Delia’s favourites accompanied by musician Gerry Anderson. Carmen will give a dramatised reading from her novel ‘Two Sisters Singing’ based loosely on Delia’s life. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday May 14 at 11am. ‘Musical Sensations’ by the Butterfly Theatre Group.  A music and drama performance for Mountmellick Active Retirement. Magical backdrops, professional artists and many dazzling costumes.


On Tuesday May 14 the residents and day care attendees at St Vincent’s Hospital will be treated to a concert of musical memories by Laois ICA Choir. This is invitation only.


Wednesday evenings at 8pm during May films aimed at an older audience will be shown. The cinema has free parking and a lift, making it wheelchair accessible. Admission €5. May 7: Shirley Valentine. May 14: The Music Man. May 21: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. May 28: The Searchers.


Some seats available for parish Lourdes pilgrimage. Full payments requested by May 30.


12 seats remain on parish pilgrimage, anyone wishing to go call Eleanor 087 7670915.


Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group)  meets 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.


U8, u10, u12, and u14 football training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.  New players welcome.


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


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral and no booking required. Call 01 6617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.  


Weekly activities. Monday: 7.30pm bank holiday Boccia in Macra Hall. Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves the MDA at 11.15am)

Wednesday: training for executive members MDA 10am to 1pm. Walking group meet at MDA 10.30am and a special invitation to Delia Murphy Show in the Library 2.30pm. Thursdays: Healthy heart course 2/3 in Wolfe Tone Court 10.30am to 12.30pm. Music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm. Friday: ‘Go for Life Games Blitz’ in Macra Hall 7.30pm.

Congratulations to our team who qualified for the Laois all Ireland ‘Go for Life’ in Dublin in June. Last Wednesday the ARA group met to plan a Campaign of Action for elections issues. Those raised were of great significance to older citizens who take their civic duty of voting seriously. We hope to raise the profile of older people in the community with candidates. Last week the group joined the Portlaoise ARA for their celebration of 10 years, and congratulate them for their fine performance of acting, song and dance to the Country and Western Show, and the delicious food afterwards. They thoroughly enjoyed every minute and thank them for their invitation.

Lots more activities for May in the Laois Bealtaine brochure, available in MDA and Library. New members always welcome. For membership information please phone 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.


NS 1 A Bergin & A Flynn. 2 T Lalor & B Sheils. 3 B Egan & M McCabe. EW 1 Sr Rosarii & I Power. 2 M Fennelly & K Horan. 3 C Walshe & L Tynan.


April 23. Numbers 1, 5, 11, 32. Match 3s (€84) E & C Dunne, Mary & Fiona, E Daly, A Smith.


April 23 Community Care. Top score M Barrett. Lady 1 C Casey. 2 V Kearns. Gent 1 D Kelly. 2 J Harrison. Half lady 1 C Martin. 2 D Byrne. Half gent 1 P Dowling. 2 J Delaney. Lowest score S Duff. Hatcher T Conroy. Juvenile C Fox. Raffle B Hogan, J Harrison, P Dowling, B Cooley & S Wilkinson.

April 24 Old School. Top score D Kelly. 2 (joint) A Walsh & T Kearns. Half 1 C Martin. 2 J Harrison. Best of three J Delaney. Raffle B Hogan, P Stephenson, B Thompson.


Week 21: €50 R Dowling. €20 J Conroy, B Halley, D Furlong, the 3 Boys. Week 20: €50 Rochford family. €20 D Connolly, G Gorman, M Gormley, P Keegan.