Slieve Bloom AGM

Slieve Bloom AGM

The AGM of the Slieve Bloom Association is on Thursday June 24in Kinnity Community School at 8:30pm. The Ardeireann Festival in July will be discussed. All members please attend.


Mountmellick PTAA will distribute medals and certificates to children, young Pioneers and juveniles on Thursday June 18 at 7.30pm Mass in St Joseph’s Church. All parents are invited , refreshments in ICA Hall. PTAA president Jim Shevlin will attend.


The annual Mission Alive Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will take place in the convent extension on Friday June 26 from 10.30am to 1 pm. A raffle will also be held with a large selection of prizes. Donations of cakes, scones, tarts etc. and preserves will be appreciated. These can be handed in on morning of sale from 10am. Director of the orphan project Sr Paula will attend. All proceeds from the sale will go to the project in Lusaka, Zambia. Note change of venue this year.


Each Wednesday at 8.30pm in the Macra Hall. New members welcome, call 087 9143226.

RECYCLe for rock gaa

Clothing recycling drive in aid of The Rock GAA Club on Saturday June 22. Please drop off all items during training (6.30pm to 7.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays) clean clothes, linens, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. Laptops (intact with lead) and mobile phones accepted but keep separated. No bric-a-brac. To get donations collected call John 086 3264102 before June 20. Thanks to all for your support.


Mountmellick Arts Centre will host a Neven Maguire cookery demono on July 22 at 8pm.  Tickets €20 at O’Horain’s and O’Gorman’s shops  Food fair from 4pm to 8pm.  Enquiries to Mary, Mountmellick Heritage Society, 083 8435921.


Artist Andrew Kenny’s exhibition entitled ‘Felt’ is on view in the library gallery during June. See for further details.


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.


The club wishes Chris Grehan a quick recoveries. He received a blow to his neck and fractured a vertebra. He is now home, but will be in a neck brace for a fortnight before six months to full recovery.

The Thousandaire fundraiser was a very enjoyable night and all the contestants took home prizemoney. The highlight of the night was Conor O’Shea’s Phone-A-Friend being ‘100% certain’ that the Barrow flows through Calcutta! Thanks to all who helped organise it, to the sponsors and to everyone who bought a ticket.

Supervalu competition in McConville’s. A €40 receipt gives you a docket which can be put in the Mountmellick GAA ‘bucket’. The winning club gets a set of juvenile jerseys. Please support the club.


€50 C Shortall. €20 M Conroy, M Collins, J Payne, W Walsh.


Silver awards (10 donations) Michael Dowling, 46 O’ Moore Street, Emmet Healion, Cloonagh, Richard Whelan, Debicott. Gold awards (20) John Brennan, Cloonagh, Seamus O’ Riordan, Davitt Road.


Befriending Laois is seeking volunteers to visit elderly people in their community for an hour weekly. Training begins shortly. If interested contact Laois Partnership Company at 087 2720715, email:


Knitters and crochetiers of all abilities welcome along to meetings on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Enjoy a chat and a cuppa.


The next meeting is at 10.30am on Wednesday June 17 in MDA when the annual holiday will be discussed.

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. Boccia and other games on Friday nights in the Macra Hall from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Beavers, cubs and scouts have been helping the Tidy Towns committee with weeding and sweeping the town in preparation for the national judging while earning their Community Badge. Thanks to Maura Reddin for inviting the group to participate. Cubs working towards their Chief Scout Award have entertained residents of St Vincent’s Hospital over the past three weeks and enjoyed weekend camping at the Log Cabin in Kinnitty.


In the Owenass hall on Sunday June 28 from 2pm to 6 pm. Teas & coffee on sale. Tables available for craft sellers at €10 each. To book a table call Annette at 087 9438430.

GYMNASTICS club recycling drive

On Saturday June 20 to raise funds for insurance costs for the upcoming year.  Clean, bagged clothing and textiles, old mobile phones and laptops can be dropped into the Owenass Hall between 9am and 1pm. Support is appreciated. 


Mountmellick Heritage Society is holding a table quiz in The Druid Inn on Friday June 19 at 9pm, to fundraise for the Homecoming Festival in July. Over 30 events are organised for the festival, many of them free, from heritage, bog and Slieve Bloom walks, to exhibitions, drama, lectures, traditional crafts fair, and food fair, vintage cars, Summer School, storytelling, crafts, dance. Please support and join us for the table quiz.  Enquiries to Ann O’Brien at 057 8644299.


Projects including a computer course, a garden project, woodwork, music and song continue each week.Call Ray 087 6578736 for more.


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. Lotto: €20 J Conroy, C Ging, T McDonald, D Conlon, Michael & Alicia.


€20 I Lawlor, M Burke Snr, D Mooney, B Lee, G O’ Neill.


Enrolling taking place for September, limited places available, call 057 8628757. Congrats to Clonaghadoo NS on winning the Cumann na mBunscoil hurling final, their third cup this school year.


Midsummer rambling house session at An Sean Chistin Irey in Ballyfin on Sunday June 21 at 7.30pm. All welcome to take part or just come and enjoy the music, song & story. Call Maureen 0876482038.


Community Care. June 2. Top score D Kelly. Lady 1 M Gowing & B Fitzpatrick. Gent 1 J Delaney. 2 F Keenan. Half lady 1 A Walsh/ 2 R Cole. Half gent 1 S Wilkinson/ 2 T Dunne. Lowest score Fr J Dunne. Hatcher P Stephenson. Raffle B Fitzpatrick, J Bracken, U Curran, L Pierce, A Carroll. May 27. Top score T Delaney. Lady 1 R Cole & A Holland. Gent 1 J Harrison. 2 D Kelly. Half lady 1 C Martin. 2 P Horan. Half gent 1 T Jacob. 2 M Barrett, T Kearns & J Delaney. Lowest score Jo Bracken Hatcher B Fitzpatrick & A Carroll. Raffle R O’Reilly, B Srahan, T Gowing, J Harrison, P Horan, Fr J Dunne.

Old School. June 4. Top score D Byrne. Lady 1 R Cole. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gent 1 S Duff. 2 D Kelly. Quarters 1 F Keenan. 2 T Dunne. 3 N Thompson. 4 C Drought & B Thompson. Best of three P Dowling. Hatcher M Gowing. Raffle T Jacob, T Gowing, D Kelly, B O’Brien.

May 28. Top score B Hogan. Lady 1 B O’Brien. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gent 1 P Dowling. 2 T Kearns. Quarter 1 R Cole. 2 S Wilkinson. 3 P Stephenson. 4 F Keenan. Best of three Mary Gowing. Hatcher B Fitzpatrick. Raffle J Delaney. D Kelly, B Hogan, B Kennedy.