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Congrats to all the Mountmellick people and groups, recognised for their voluntary work at the Laois Community Forum Community and Voluntary Awards which are supported by the Leinster Express. Special congrats to Ger Lynch, chosen as Laois’ Unsung Hero.


The annual Mission Alive table quiz is on Thursday December 5 at 9.30pm in the Druid Bar with Michael Linehan. All proceeds to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia. Raffle prize donations welcome.


Line dancing classes on Weds December 4 from 8pm to 9pm in ICA hall. Classes break for Christmas on December 4 and resume in January. Contact Dolores 086 2664716.


S V de P annual collection at all masses on Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8.  Please give generously to help those in our parish who are in need during these difficult times.  


Annual regional mass on Wednesday December 4 at 7pm in Portlaoise parish office, followed by the monthly meeting. The four schools in the parish who are entering the art competition (5th & 6th classes) should submit their entries by December 12.


Three Holy Hours on Wednesdays December 4, 11 & 18 from 7pm to 8pm in St Joseph’s Church with prayer, readings, reflections and a guest speaker. All welcome.


Annual flag day for the Christmas tree, Santa’s visit and fuel for senior citizens on Saturday December 7. All support welcomed.


John Joe Dunne’s book ‘Sparks from the Embers’ (a journey through a changing Ireland) is launched in the Macra Hall on Friday December 6 at 8.30pm. All welcome.


Weds December 4 8pm: Goodfellas. Sat Dec 7 3pm: Smurfs 2. Sat Dec 7 8.15pm: The Hangover Part 3. Sunday Dec 8 5.30pm: The Grinch.


The Camera Club’s 2014 calendar is on sale for €5 from O’Horain’s, O’Gorman’s and MJ Dunne’s shop or from club members.  Featuring scenes from around Laois.


Pilgrimage to Knock for night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Mountmellick at 7.15pm. Call Maura 086 3344722 to book.


A free bereavement support service available. Contact Eileen 087 6380994.


Sunday December 8 from 1pm to 9pm. Enjoy Portlaoise Gospel Choir while browsing art, craft and food stalls with many Christmas present ideas.


Christmas themed (fancy dress or Santa hat) 5k on Sunday December 8, meeting at 9.15am at Supervalu car park. Walkers, joggers and runners welcome. Adult: €5. Children free.


The club are holding a sale of work and wheel of fortune in the YM hall during the Christmas fair to raise funds. All welcome. Donations welcome, call into YM on Saturday afternoon December 7 in the YM or contact Mary 086 7914933. 


Christmas dinner dance is on Friday December 13 in Garryhinch Golf Club with a bus provided. Any queries phone 086 0618955. Weekly activities: Mondays: the ‘Ageing with Confidence’ course 10.30am to 12.30, art classes now finished and Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure centre at noon with free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm ‘Go for Life’ dancing in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. Wednesday December 4 at 10.30am at MDA: walking group. Wednesday December 11 at 10.30am at MDA:  ‘music and mince pies’ Christmas party. New members welcome.


25 year celebration night in the Gandon Inn on Saturday December 7 at 7.30pm. All past and present members welcome to this free event. Tickets call 085 713 8940. Bring along instruments and photographs. Flash Mob in Laoise shopping centre is on Mountmellick Comhaltas Facebook page. Well done to Conor White, Declan White, Noel Stapleton, and Darragh Ward of our Branch who represented their respective GAA clubs at the recent Scór competition. Also to Noel Stapleton and Aodhán Keady who played at the drama fundraiser.


Dinner dance and medal presentation in the Tullamore Court hotel on Friday December 27. Contact a committee member for tickets.


Laois Martial Arts hold classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes available. Full matted professional boxing gym. Taught by a 4th degree National Champion. Contact 087 2768843


Nov 20. Numbers: 5, 22, 28, 29. Match 3s: L Culliton, Presentation Sisters & G Maher.


November 20. Community care. Top score R Cole. Ladies 1 C Martin. 2 C Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 J Delaney. 2 B Coffey. Halves ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 B Thompson. Halves gents 1 S Langton. 2 M Barrett. Lowest score M Byron. Hatcher T Kearns. Raffle J O’Shea, C Thompson, A Blanche, B O’Brien, A Walsh.

November 21. Old school. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 E Moran. Gents 1 B Fitzpatrick. 2 P Stevenson. Halves 1 L Kavanagh. 2 T Gowing, J Delaney, B Kennedy, K Kavanagh. Best of three T Kearns. Hatcher R Cole.


Flanagan Cup: 1 V Turley & A Rochford. 2 B Hourigan & H Meade. 3 B & M Conlon.


November 26. €50 J O’Neill. €20 P Fallon, A Dunne, N Westman, L Walsh.


Mountmellick GAA will be fundraising at Supervalu on Friday December 20. Help appreciated, contact committee.


November 27. €300 M Clear. €50 E Dunne, G Middleton, A Delaney, R Dooley.


The sudden death of Kathleen Westman (neé Carey) of Connolly St and formerly Clooneyquin Geashill at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise on Wednesday November 20 occasioned much grief. Kathleen was a popular and highly respected member of the community, active in many organisations, ICA, PTAA and Community Care. Her passing is sadly regretted by all who knew her. Remains reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Friday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to Kathleen’s husband Tom, sons Padraigh and Brian, daughters Eilish, Mairead and Claire, family, relatives and friends.

See next week’s notes for an appreciation of Mrs Westman from Mountmellick ICA.


There was much regret at the death of Ann (Nan) Reddin (neé Brophy) of Bridge St on Sunday November 24 at Droimnin Nursing Home. Nan was predeceased by her husband Michael. A well known and respected member of the community, Nan will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Remains reposed at her home until removal on Tuesday 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 Nan’s daughter Carmel, sons Michael, Danny and Paddy, family, relatives and friends.