Lourdes: July 17 (7 nights), €790 and single room plus €210. Fatima: August 21 (7 nights), €760 (€100 discount if pay in full by February 3, €50 discount if pay deposit by February 3). Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915.


Wed Jan 15 8pm: The Snapper. Sat Jan 18 8.15pm: The Hangover Part 3. Sun Jan 19 3pm: Madagascar 3, Europe’s Most Wanted.

folk concert

Tickets are on sale now for a folk concert by the great singer songwriter Andy Irvine.

The concert takes place on March 28 in the Balcony Theatre Mountmellick. Support from folk group Cua and singer Elaine Lambe.

Tickets €17.50, available online from or ticket agents. See for more.


Next meeting is on Wednesday January 15 at 7pm in the town hall. New and existing business people welcome to attend.


Disco in the Owenass Hall on Friday January 17 for 6 to 12 year olds, from 7pm to 9pm. Admission €5 includes a drink and crisps. All welcome. 

Strict supervision by scout leaders.


Classes continue every Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm in the ICA House. All welcome.


Social/ballroom dance lessons for adult beginners and improvers every Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm in Mountmellick GAA Clubhouse beginning on Tuesday January 21. €8 per person.

Please being a partner. Contact 087 4178311 for details.


The Angling Association is holding fly-tying classes for all levels from Tuesday January 14 in the Arts Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm for approx. five weeks. All welcome.


Mountmellick Camera Club is holding a new members night on Wednesday January 22 at 8pm in MDA.

All welcome along to see what is planned for this 25th anniversary year.


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.


Geashill Art Group will exhibit their paintings in the library gallery until the end of January 2014. All are welcome.


Wednesday January 15 at 10.30am: walking group at MDA wearing hi-vis jackets. (Weather permitting). Wednesday January 22 at 10.30am:  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).

Wednesdays 3pm to 4.30pm: dancing in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays 2pm to 4pm: music & song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955. 


Following the very successful launch of ‘Sparks from the Embers’ by John Joe Dunne the book is now for sale in O’Gorman’s, MJ Dunne’s, Horan’s and MDA in Mountmellick and in Eason’s, Portlaoise.


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


Laois Martial Arts hold classes for juniors, seniors and adults in Mountmellick and 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


For all those who would like to take part in chess (u12 and u16) competition or draughts (u10, 12, 14) competition please text 085 713 8940 expressing interest.


A play ‘The Six Marys’ written and performed by Jean Farrell taking a comical look at life growing up in Ireland in the 50s & 60s will be performed in Mountrath Golf Club on Friday January 17 at 8pm. 

Local entertainers will also perform. Tickets €10 available from Jean’s sister, Sheelagh Coyle contact 057 8624421.


Promoters would be appreciated, contact parish office at 057 8624390.


Old school. January 2. Top score V Kearns & R Cole. 2 T Kearns & D Kelly. Halves 1 C Fitzpatrick. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Best of three D Byrne & J Harrison. Hatcher C Thompson.


€50 D Dunne. €20 R Rochford, J Davis, T Young & N Westman.

Tidy Towns

Do you know that there are 32 Tidy Towns Groups in Laois. If you are looking to do something different for the new year why not help out with your local group.

Tidy Towns groups work tirelessly to improve the areas in which we live and a few hours a week can make a huge difference.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in your local community you should contact a member or check the Leinster Express to find out what is happening in your area. If you do not have contact details for your local group please contact Siobhan Donoher in Laois County Council who will assist you in this regard. Email: or Tel: 057 86 74330.

Laois Hospice AGM

The Laois Hospice Foundation annual public meeting takes place on Friday, January 17 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Special guests are Mr Sean O’Rourke and Ms Eileen Dunne of RTÉ.

Why not come along and hear about hospice services in Laois and where the monies collected are spent.

This should be a very enjoyable and stimulating night. Everybody is welcome to this meeting and your support would be very much appreciated. Refreshments will be served on the night. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice.

slieve bloom meeting

The Slieve Bloom Association will hold its next meeting on Thursday January 16, ICA Hall Mountmellick at 8.30pm. The group aim to promote the Slieve Bloom Amenity Area, while protecting its unique landscape.

Anyone like-minded and interested in joining, is welcomed to the meeting.

The group wish a happy New Year to all their members and those who have supported trips, festivals and walks (sponsored and otherwise) over the past year. May 2014 be a great year for everyone. Athbhlian faoi mhaise daoibh go leir do 2014.

Mountmellick Comhaltas

Comhaltas returned to classes on January 7. Classes are busy preparing to play at Mass on January 19 in Mountmellick. Also continued success to Darragh Ward whose ballad group is still in the Scór competitions.

Sarsfields Lfc

Sarsfields annual presentation night is on Friday January 17 in O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Portlaoise. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of medals to the 2013 winning teams; Leinster Senior Club Championship, Laois Senior Championship, Laois League Div 1, Laois Intermediate Championship and Laois Minor Championship. The presentation to the winning U12 team will take place at the end of January. Tickets are available from club officers; Chairman Jim Halley (086 8175394), Secretary Michael O’Loughlin (086 8203379) and treasurer Michael Dowling Jnr (087 3962064).

The AGM will be held on Friday January 24. The meeting will hear reviews of 2013 and elect officers and committees for the coming year. All are welcome to attend.