This takes place in the sports centre on Saturday April 26. Doors open at 7pm. First bout at 7.30pm. The main event is the Wako PRO Irish title fight between Tommy Delaney (Combat Kickboxing Mountmellick) and Gary McDonnell (Wolfpack Martial Arts Athlone). Tickets from O’Gorman’s, Supervalu, committee and at the door. Adults €15. Students €10. Children €7. Family €35.


Free ladies beauty day in MDA on Saturday April 26 from 12pm to 4pm. Free luxury facials and foot massages using Forever Living Aloe Vera products. All profits from products ordered go directly to the Cuisle Centre. To pre-book mini sessions call Helen Moloney 087 1247723. Products also available to optimise sports performance. Free raffle for a hamper of personal care products. All welcome along to support the Cuisle Centre.


Social in the Owenass Hall on Saturday April 26 with dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am to music by Dermot Lyons.


Wednesday April 23 8pm Dirty Dancing. Saturday April 26 8.15pm Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Sunday April 27 3pm The Lego Movie.


The local organisers, on behalf on the Irish Cancer Society, thank all helpers and contributors for their support. Special thanks to Pat and Mary Culleton for the use of their premises for the day. The total amount raised was €7883.27. Well done everyone.


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.


Four members will represent the Council in the all-Ireland quiz in Dainley Lodge Hotel Athboy on Saturday April 26. The Gradam award is in St Zavier’s Church Gardiner St on Saturday May 10 when Mountmellick Council will receive their 14th award. The annual mass is on Sunday June 22 (venue to be decided).

Pioneers entitled to gold and silver medals should contact any Council member. Votes of sympathy were passed with the Dowling, McGee, Carroll and Lalor families and with Annie Kelly.


Guild will host the Laois Federation AGM on Wednesday April 23. There was a well-attended meeting on Wednesday April 16. New secretary Mary B Culliton, treasurer Rena McEvoy and president Dolores White. There were nine flower arrangements in the competition with Annie Kelly winning. Next meeting on Wednesday May 14 at 8.30pm.


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.


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


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


Weekly activities. Monday: dancing with Maureen Culleton 2.30 pm to 4pm in Wolfe Tone Court and Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus leaves MDA at 11.15am).

Wednesday: a social morning was enjoyed with song and dance from the members. The Easter hats of the men and women were creative and competitive. Prizes were awarded to the lucky winners. The artists displayed their beautiful pieces of art and they were congratulated for their skill and eye catching beauty, lending encouragement to prospective painters. Walking group meet at MDA 10.30am. A representation of Mountmellick ARA will join the Portlaoise ARA in their celebration of 10 years. Thursday: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.

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This year’s Mountmellick walk in aid of Pieta House suicide counselling service, is on Saturday May 10 at 4,15am from the GAA pitch. Register at See page 6.


Classes for juniors, seniors and adults available daily mornings and evenings. Ladies classes and bootcamp kickboxing available. Fully matted professional studio. Classes taught by a 4th degree black belt coach and qualified fitness instructor. Call 086 3399287 or Facebook at Laois Martial Arts.


Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14 +) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.


Aware support group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress etc meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking required. Call 01 6617211 or or the locall Helpline 1890303302.  


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.


April 9. Numbers 1, 5, 29, 32. Match 3 (€125) A Smith & C Conroy.


April 9. Community care. Top score B O’Brien. Lady 1 B Cooley. 2 H Kelly. Gent 1 S Wilkinson. 2 M O’Brien. Half lady 1 A Walsh. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Half gent 1 F Keenan. 2 J Harrison. Lowest score T Kearns. Hatcher M O’Brien & P Stephenson. Raffle B Coffey (x2), H Kelly, J Delaney & B Fitzpatrick.

April 10. Old School. Top score S duff. Lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 R Cole. Gents 1 S Wilkinson. 2 B Fitzpatrick Half 1 Mrs Gorman.2 J Harrison. Best of three B Keegan & D Kelly. Hatcher T Kearns. Lowest score J Delaney. Raffle S Wilkinson, D Kelly & P Dowling (x2).


€50 A & B Byrne. €20 C Horan, F Baker, L Costello & T Lawlor.


Connect Ireland is a government initiative to secure jobs for people in Ireland. Connect Ireland with Laois Community Forum is holding a meeting for key community personnel on Tuesday April 29 at 7pm in Council Chambers Portlaoise. For information call Theresa Bergin. 057 8664227 or email


Work4You set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury, are on social welfare and would like help to return to work, training or education. Pop-up information stand in Laois Shopping centre on Thursday April 24 from 11am to 2pm or call 044 933 8773.


Condolences to the family of Jim Carroll, St Joseph’s Terrace whose death occurred on Saturday April 12 at his home. Reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal on Sunday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem mass was concelebrated at noon on Monday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Jim was predeceased by his daughter Nuala. Jim is mourned by his wife Annie, his sons Aidan, Barry, Seamus and Gabriel, daughters Dolores, Ina, Louise and Ann Marie, family, relatives and friends.


Mary Forde would like to thank all who sympathised with her on the recent loss of her brother John Donoghue, also a special thanks to all who travelled to the funeral and sent mass cards.