Mountmellick News



Well done to Erika Lewis, Debbicott Mountmellick & Claire Ging, Irishtown Mountmellick who graduated on December 2 from University College Dublin with a Masters Degree in Irish Studies. Claire and Erika are both past pupils of Mountmellick Community School.


Wednesday Feb 12: 8pm Intermission. Sunday Feb 16: 3pm Turbo.


Mountmellick Drama Group presents ‘The Factory Girls’ by Frank McGuinness in the Arts Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 13, 14 & 15 at 8pm nightly. Admission (payable at door) €10/€5.


This year Macra’s production ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ runsfrom Thursday February 20 to Sunday February 23 in the Macra Hall. With a talented junior and senior cast this will be a great night’s entertainment for all the family.


Lourdes: July 17 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760. Call Eleanor at 087 7670915.


Mountmellick Fianna Fáil Cumann AGM is on Thursday February 13 at 9pm in the Town Hall.


The children’s junior non-fiction reading challenge suitable for ages 7 to12 is now up and running. Call into the library for more details and to sign up.


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.


An exhibition by artist Joe Ryan will feature in the gallery for the month of February. All are welcome.


AGM  Wednesday February 19 at 10.30am in the MDA chaired by an ARI Outreach Worker. Our constitution states that all committee members will step down and those who are willing to be on the committee again put their names forward for nomination and possible re-election. All other members are also invited to put their names forward for the election as it is important to have some new committee members each year. It is hoped that all members will attend to elect a committee and discuss activities, speakers and outings they hope the club might provide in the coming year.

Weekly activities: Mondays 2.30pm to 4.30pm: dancing with Maureen Culleton in Wolfe Tone Court. 7.30pm: Boccia in the Macra Hall. Tuesdays Go For Life Workshop in Portlaoise Parish Centre 10am to 3pm (free bus leaves MDA at 9.30am), noon: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday February 12 & 26 10.30am walking group meets at MDA. Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm computer course in Library. 2pm to 4pm: art classes in MDA. 2pm to 4pm: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955. 


Registration is taking place at Naíonra pre-school Garoon for the free pre-school year September 2014. Contact Mary Culleton 086 3534852, 057 8624963, email mary@naomhá


Ladies: Mountmellick Panthers meet in MDA car park Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm for a 5k circuit of the town (runners and walkers). Men’s: Mountmellick Road Runners meet at MDA on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am. Both clubs are free to join. New members always welcome. See facebook

Castlebrack Cemetery

Castlebrack Cemetery Committee meets on Monday, February 17 at St Mary’s Hall Clonaghadoo at 8pm.


10th anniversary celebration & presentation on Saturday February 15 in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise at 8pm. Tickets €30 each call Mary 087 9724393. To celebrate the first 10 years the club has published ‘O’ Moore’s Our Club Our History’ and will be issued at the dinner dance.


AGM is on Friday February 21,. Everyone encouraged to attend.


Courses beginning soon in MDA leading to Fetac Levels 3, 4, 5, or 6 or ECDL. Details call Imelda Burke at 057 8624525 or email


Business Mountmellick invites all new and existing business people to their meeting on Wednesday February 12 at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

martial arts

Laois Martial Arts forjuniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick & Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Ladies classes now available. Full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes taught by a 4th degree National Champion. Contact 087 2768843


Combat Kickboxing Laois, classes in Mountmellick Sports complex. Juniors 5-14 yrs Tue & Thurs 6pm - 7pm. Seniors 14+ Tue & Thurs 8pm - 9:30pm Ladies boot-camp Tue 7:15 - 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebellsThurs 7:15 - 8pm


Thanks to the 144 donors who attended the recent blood clinic. Gold award (20 donations) W Wilkinson, Emo. Silver awards (10 donations) L Carter, Chapel Lane. P Kearns, Brock Lodge. R O’ Connell, Ballymacrossan. R Gillen, 20 Silverwood.


Community Care Association thanks all who donated spot prizes for their recent annual party.


€50 F Scully. €20 J Challoner, N Scully, J Payne & R Reddin.


NS 1 T Lalor, B Sheils.2 I Power, Sr Rosario. 3 A Flynn, K Booth. EW 1 C Lawlor, M Hourigan. 2 B Hourigan, H Meade. 3 (joint) A Bergin, K Dowling, A Conroy, K Walsh.


January 29. Numbers: 1, 3, 8 & 23. Match 3s (€56) K Bennett & B Casey.


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


Upcoming events include seisiún and our annual concert. All welcome to the ciorcal comhrá in the library every Thursday morning at 10am. The first few minutes will give a chance to learn a new sentence in Irish each week.

ICA laois week

Laois week in An Grianán takes place from 16 to 20 June. Courses available include cookery, dancing, fabric boxes, Assissi Embroidery, photography . Open to members and non members. Call Anne Sinnott at 057 86 22176.


The tragic death occurred following a road traffic accident of Eoin Dooley of Garoon and Brittas Mountmellick on Friday January 31. Remains reposed at his parents’ residence in Brittas until removal on Wednesday morning February 5 to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was concelebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Peter’s and Paul’s cemetery Portlaoise. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to Eoin’s parents John and Ann, daughter Molly, brother Diarmaid, sisters Grainne, Sarah and Eileen, Molly’s mother Arlene, sister-in-law Corina, family, relatives and friends.

Mcconville family

The Family of the late Emmett McConville (Supervalu) wish to say thanks to all the community for their prayers during Emmetts illness, those who attended his funeral and who passed on their condolances. Mass will be offered for all.