Laois Connects- Cyberbullying

Laois Connects- Cyberbullying

‘Cyberbullying and young people’ is an information and advice meeting facilitated by Mary McGrath, School Health Promotion officer, for parents of secondary school students, at the Community School on Monday, September 30 7.30pm-9.30pm. Booking not necessary.

Laois Connects - Ageing Well

Workshop exploring the myths and challenges of ageing hosted by the Mountmellick active Retirment Association, on Wednesday, October 2 10.30am-1pm as part of Laois Connects week in the Macra Hall. Facilitated by Finola Colgan Mental Health Ireland, Contact Orla O’Byrne Mountmellick ARA 8697256 or 087 695 0402 Storm Powell 087 1775729. Booking not necessary.

Laois Connects - healthy reading

The Power of Words Health Reading at your library takes place as part of Laois Connects week on Tuesday October 3 in Mountmellick library from 11am-12noon. Facilitated by Bernie Foran and Breda Connell Laois Library. Contact Mountmellick Library 8644572. Booking not necessary.

Laois Connects - Dr Eddie Murphy talk

‘Developing your real self - top transformation tip’, a motivational talk by Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist with RTE and Leinster Express, takes place as part of Laois Connects at the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre on Thursday, October 3, 8pm-9.30pm. Call Laois Sports Partnership 057 8671248. Booking unnecessary.


On Wednesday September 25 at 10.30am the walking group will meet at MDA. On Wednesday October 2 members will host the ‘Aging Well’ workshop.  No meeting in the MDA, instead all members are asked to come to the Macra Hall before 10am to welcome the visitors. Wednesday October 9 at 10.30am: walking group at MDA. Wednesday October 16: group meeting in MDA.Weekly activities; Mondays 7.30pm: Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays noon: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre, free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays 2pm to 4pm: Music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome.


Mountmellick Utd FC holds their monthly children’s disco on Friday September 27 from 7pm to 9.30pm in Conor Davis Park. Admission €5 which includes snacks and minerals. The fully supervised disco is for children up to and including 14 years of age. The club wish to thank all parents and children for supporting the disco and therefore the club. All local children welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.


Panto registration for children will be held shortly, €10 once off fee. More details to follow.

Badminton continues in the Macra Hall Mondays and Wednesdays, contact Trevor on 087 9143226. Rehearsals for Capers, a short variety show competition will begin soon, information night on Friday September 27. Affiliations for 2013/2014 can be paid on Friday September 27 in the Macra hall. If you are interested in joining Macra or entering a competition contact 087 6962626.

library BOOK CLUB

The adult book club will meet to discuss ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak on Tuesday October 1 at 11am.


Medals for the summer reading challenge (Creepy House) will be awarded on Thursday October 3 at 4.15pm.


The launch of an art exhibition titled ‘Laois Scapes’ by artist Robert Stack will take place on Friday October 4 from 6pm to 7.30pm in the library gallery, featuring watercolour and acrylic paintings. 


Free art workshops for adults (12pm to 2pm) and children (10.30am to 11.30am) on Saturday October 12. Booking is essential. Call the library at 057 8644572 for more.


The Library will host a Europe Direct Soapbox regional final competition on Thursday October 17 at 7.30pm. Calling all debaters out there to argue for or against the topic ‘Citizens are at the heart of the EU’ and maybe win an ipad and a trip to Brussels. Regional finalists will compete in the All Ireland final for a prize of €1000. There are 2 categories, under 18 and over 18.  Details from


Registration for classes for the coming year or for new members is today Tuesday September 24 in the Community School (note the change of venue) at 7pm. Classes will start the following Tuesday. AGM is on Wednesday October 16. This year Mountmellick celebrate 25 years of music classes and will hold an event on October 19 for all members and past members. Further information to follow.


Community Games thank everybody who supported their recent bucket collection at Supervalu and who helped out. At a recent meeting of MCG it was decided to include chess, draughts, gymnastics, basketball, cycling and spikeball to our list of competitions in which our children take part over the year. Details of these competitions will be made available from December onwards as they begin early in the year. This year we had children compete in singing, dancing, music, art, table quiz, swimming and track & field at area, county and national level. It was a great year for MCG with many children involved and we hope to build on this for next year. 


Mountmellick & District Game Preservation Association & Gun Club grand draw: 1 (€100) A Furlong. 2 (€50) A Coakey. 3 (€25) P McGuirk. 4 (€25) D Furlong. The club thanks all who supported their draw.


September 11. Numbers drawn 2, 9, 11 & 30. Match 3s (€59) R Doyle (A Weston) & T Graham (C Conroy).


September 11. Community Care. Top score T Kearns & J Delaney. Ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 J O’Shea. Gents 1 D Kelly. 2 J Harrison. Halves ladies 1 R Cole. 2 H Kelly, B Hogan & B Keegan. Halves gents 1 T Gowing. 2 S Langton. Lowest score B Fitzpatrick & B Srahan. Hatcher F Keenan. Raffle H Kelly, C Thompson, M Barrett, B Keegan & M Gowing.

September 12. Old school. Top score B Keegan. Ladies 1 M Gowing. 2 E Moran. Gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 J Harrison. Halves 1 C Thompson. 2 T Gowing. Best of three J Delaney. Hatcher T Kearns.


September 18. €300 M Dalton. €50 M Hyland, K O’Mara, N Kelly & A Dunne.


Coaching of Gaelic football for girls and boys continues for u8, u10, u12 and u14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays now at the earlier time of 6.30pm. New players welcome.


There was much regret at the death of Margaret Hickey peacefully at her residence in Kirwan Park on Monday September 16. Margaret will be most fondly remembered by all who knew her. Remains reposed at her 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 sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Margaret’s family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their sad loss.


The death of Mary Wall of Derrycloney (formerly of Irishtown) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise on Tuesday September 17 occasioned much sadness. Mary was held in high esteem by all who knew her and she will be sadly missed. Remains reposed at Mary’s daughter’s residence, Margaret Murphy (Irishtown) until removal to St Joseph’s church on Thursday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to Mary’s husband Frank, family, relatives, neighbours and friends.