Con Dowling and Dan Allen.


Summerfest festival in O’Connell Square this Saturday August 17, 1pm to 6pm, art, craft and food fair, fun for kids, live music and buskers.


Contrary to popular belief, Mountmellick was not founded by the Quakers. It was officially created on February 12 1631, almost 30 years before William Edmundson, the Father of Quakerism in Ireland, arrived in Mountmellick. If you’d like to know more, reserve a seat at ‘Foundation of Mountmellick & Rosenallis and their Quaker Heritage’ talk on Friday August 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets €5 with proceeds going to cover cost of Heritage week events. Contact the Arts Centre on 057 8697600.


Mountmellick Heritage Society is organising a trip to Lullymore Heritage Park open day as part of Heritage week. The bus will leave O’Connell square at 1pm on Sunday August 18 and return at 6pm. Cost: €5 per person. Entry to Lullymore is free. The Heritage Society is subsidising the bus cost. Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Mountmellick Heritage Society has organised a ‘Famine Tour’ on Thursday August 22.  The bus will leave O’Connell Square at 9am and return mid-afternoon, visiting heritage and famine sites including a tour of the site of the former workhouse in Mountmellick.  Cost: €7 per person includes entry to Donaghmore Workhouse and Famine Museum.  The cost is subsidised by Mountmellick Heritage Society.  Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


Courses will begin in September at MDA, funding may be available to unemployed students. Contact Imelda at 057 8624525 for enquiries. Courses will include FETAC level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses and also ECDL.


Classes for adults and children at Kilbride art group will resume in the first week of September and continue until December. Contact Una for details at 086 2392997.


Jane W. Shackleton’s exhibition titled ‘Ireland’ continues until Saturday August 31 in the library gallery. This includes historic photographs of Mountmellick and Rosenallis.


The children’s Summer Reading Challenge will run until the end of August. Drop into the library to sign up and collect your Creepy House card.


Julie-Rose McCormick’s Touring Puppet Theatre will make a stop in Mountmellick Library on Saturday August 17 from noon until 1pm. The show ‘European Puppets Telling European Tales’, is a family friendly event for children aged from 5 to 12 years. Admission free but prior booking advised. Contact library on 057 8644572 for further information or to make a booking.


A free talk by author Neil Richardson on researching your relatives who served in the British Army during World War 1 will be given in the library on Tuesday August 20 at 6.15pm. Booking essential, contact 057 8644572.


A free interactive marine workshop that introduces all age groups to the wonders of Ireland’s marine world takes place in the library on Wednesday August 21 at 11am. This will feature a touchpool containing live sea creatures and an interactive display with sea shells and underwater images. Booking essential, contact 057 8644572.


The library book club will resume in September. The club meet in the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12 noon. Please call in or phone the library if you wish to join.


Best of luck to the athletes representing Mountmellick and Laois on August 17 & 18 at the Community Games national finals in Athlone. We hope your training is going well.


The group meetings will resume on Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm.


The St Vincent de Paul Knock pilgrimage is on Saturday September 14. Bus leaves Mountmellick at 8.30am. Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on church notice board.


St. Joseph’s Cemetery committee thank Mountmellick GAA, Mountmellick Civil Defence, Martin Lawlor, Donie Williams, P J Kearns and all those who helped out at our annual cemetery mass. We also thank all who supported our collection your generosity is very much appreciated.


The recent fun day was a tremendous success with a large crowd enjoying the activities and attractions. The club thanks Mountmellick Baton Twirlers, Laois Martial Arts, Limetree Flying Club (Gerry Deegan), The Pet Store (Hugh Mullen) and all club supporters and members. Duck race results: 1 P Delaney. 2 R Delaney. 3 P Walsh.


This community based social event will take place on Saturday October 26, all welcome to attend. Details to follow.


Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp takes place at the Rock from Monday August 19 to Friday August 23 from 10am to 2.30pm daily. Contact Laois GAA supervisor James Kelly at 085 7744397 or club juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102. Coaching of Gaelic football on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.


Rounders training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5pm - 6.15pm for boys & girls, 10 to 14.


July 31. Numbers: 1, 3, 9, 28. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€35): K Phelan (R McEvoy), D Monaghan (D Monaghan), M Corcoran (C McAuley), E Conroy (M Lawlor), L Fitzpatrick (Emmet Stores) & Essie & Paddy (J Furlong).


Community Care July 31. Top score F Keenan. Ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick. 2 V Kearns. Gents 1& 2 T Kearns & M Barrett. Halves ladies 1 F Keenan. 2 C Martin. Halves gents 1 Sr Michael. 2 J Delaney & D Kelly. Lowest score S Wilkinson. Hatcher B Cooley & T Gowing. Raffle T Kearns, A Blanche (x2), V Kearns, B Cooley.

Old school whist August 1. Top score C Martin. Ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 Mrs Gorman. Gents 1 & 2 B Fitzpatrick & J Delaney. Halves 1 R Cole. 2 T Jacob. Best of three P Dowling & J Harrison. Hatchers B Kennedy, E Moran & C Thompson.


There was much regret at the death of Moyra Parke (nee Pierce) of Wolfe Tone Court and formerly of Ballinamore Leitrim at Moate Nursing Home on Tuesday August 6. Moyra lived at Wolfe Tone Court until she recently moved to stay with her daughter Ellie Bagnell and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral service was held on Thursday at 11am at St Paul’s Church with interment afterwards to St Peter’s Churchyard Kiltegan, Wicklow. Moyra is mourned by her son Thomas, daughter Eleanor, family, relatives and friends.


The festival of dance in Ballyfin, held in conjunction with the Gathering, was a resounding success. Dancers from Ireland, Europe and Japan enjoyed the music, food and fun. Plans are already in place for 2014 and classes will resume in September for anyone wishing to learn set dancing.

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The association met on August 1 in Cadamstown, where the success of the recent The Ard Eireann Festival was noted, and a complimentary e-mail was read out, sent by a UK lady who attended the walk and mountain-top ceili. The annual excursion is on Saturday, August 31 to Clare. All welcome, contact Matt at 087 772 6270.