Clean up Laois

Clean up Laois

Clean Up Laois Week runs all this week, from 20 – 24 April. This year, groups are also invited to submit before and after pictures of their hard work for inclusion in Council’s new Litter Management Plan, due for publication later on this year. Photographs can be submitted to


There will be a clean up of Bog Lane, Bay Road, Lower Forest on Tuesday April 21, for the benefit of turf cutters and country walkers.  All help appreciated. We will meet at 11am at Dan Reddin’s farm.  Grateful thanks to Laois County Council for providing bags, etc. Contact Dick Fitzpatrick on 086 8803760 or Ann O’Brien 8644299. 


This sale is on Saturday April 25 from 10.30am to 1pm in the Old School, Pearse St. There will be the usual great stalls, tea, coffee and a raffle. Your support would be much appreciated.


Scor na Paistí will be in Mountmellick Arts Centre on Saturday April 25 at 3pm. If you can sing, dance, play music in traditional style or tell a story or poem in Irish or English please come along. This is a free event open to all primary school children who are members of the GAA. You represent your club.


Entries for the Laois Fleadh, which is on the weekend of the June Bank Holiday in Portlaoise will be taken at the desk at class this Tuesday April 21. It is fun to take part and maybe even an opportunity to represent Mountmellick and Laois at the Leinster Fleadh in July in Maynooth. It is €2 entry per person for each competition - individual, duet or trio. All Grupai Cheoil and Ceilí Bands are paid for by the Branch.


The monthly social dance is on Saturday April 25 in the Owenass Hall from 9.30pm to 12.30am with music by Dermot Lyons. Refreshments served. All welcome.


All are welcome to view the Camera Club’s exhibition in the library which continues for the month of April.


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.


Training: U8 & u10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays & Fridays 6.30pm. U14 Tuesdays & Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. U16 Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm. New members welcome, call 087 9700505.


Woodturning is being held on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm and training for the Mountmellick Pipe Band is on Thursday evenings from 8pm. Call Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


The Darkness into Light 5k walk for Pieta House takes place on Saturday May 9 at 4.15am starting from Mountmellick GAA Club.


Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 22 in the MDA at 10.30 am when we will host an interesting guest speaker. Two of our members will be attending the AGM in Slieve Russell Hotel,  Ballyconnell, Cavan on April 22.

Activities: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 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. Other games - skittles, flisk, lobbers on Friday nights in the Macra Hall from 7.30pm to8.30 pm and we look forward to a good attendance to prepare for our annual sports day in DCU in June. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.

PARISH PILGRIMAGES Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


Clonaghadoo NS: Sunday May 10 at 10.30am. The Rock NS: Sunday May 10 at noon. Scoil Iosaif: Sunday May 17 at noon. Scoil Phádraig: Sunday May 24 at noon.

volunteers needed

Special Olympics Ireland needs volunteers in the Laois area to help with collection day on Friday April 24, contact Jill Groome on 01 629 6999.


County finals dates: Thursday April 23 7pm, music (group/solo) & singing (group/solo), all in Mountmellick Arts Centre.


Training for u6, u8, u10, u12 & u14 Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New players welcome, call juvenile secretary John Allen 086 3264102. Adult training on Fridays at 8pm.


Rehearsals for Cór an tSamhraidh in Portlaoise Library each Wednesday at 6.30pm. All who are interested in singing familiar songs in our native Irish Language are welcome. There will be a performance during Bealtaine Festival. Enquiries to Maureen 087 6482038.


Class continues on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin. Waltz, quickstep, jive, foxtrot, tango and slosh will be taught. Call Maureen 0876482038.


April 8 Community Care. Top score T Kearns. Lady 1 L O’Brien. 2 Sr Rosarii. Gent 1 J Harrison. 2 T Dunne, P Stephenson. Half lady 1 V Kearns. 2 C Martin. Half gent 1 M Barrett. 2 T Delaney. Lowest score S Duff. Hatcher P Horan. Raffle J Harrison, Sr Rosarii, P Dowling, C Fitzpatrick, J O’Shea.

April 9 Old School. Top score T Kearns. 2 T Dunne. 3 Mrs Gorman. Half 1 S Wilkinson. 2 J Delaney. Best of three J O’Shea. Hatcher V Kearns. Raffle S Wilkinson, P Dowling, N Thompson, V Kearns.

Vocalese in concert

As part of Laois Bealtaine festival, Mountmellick Library will host Singing group Vocalese on Wednesday morning May 13, 11am to 12noon, as they present their exquisite vocal harmony for all to enjoy, singing a selection from Carol King to Sting. All Welcome. Admission Free In association with Laois Arts Office.


As part of Laois Bealtaine festival , the library will host the second of a series of evenings with Storyteller and Folklore collector Nuala Hayes, on Tuesday May 19 at 7pm.

In association with the Laois Arts Office, “Sharing local stories”, will exchange local folklore and stories. All Welcome. Admission Free