Cuisle Gala ball

Cuisle Gala ball

The launch of a charity gala ball for The Cuisle Centre takes place this Sunday in The Druid. Music by Honest Can, with free admission and a door prize. Organised by Janet Stewart, the ball is on Saturday November 16 in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise, with special guest Jo Jordan (Dublin Housewives). Music by the Keith McDonald Showband. Tickets €50, available from the Cuisle Centre, and from Janet at 086 2737146 or Sinead Ryan (057) 8684696.

Choir cd collection

St Joseph’s Sunday Choir are busy recording their first CD, with all profits to go to The Cuisle Centre. To pay for production costs, they are holding a collection in SuperValu this Friday and Saturday October 25 & 26, please support. New choir members always welcome, practice is on Tuesday evenings in the Presentation Convent extension at 8pm.


Application forms for the 2013 Laois Community Forum Awards must be in before 5pm on October 31. There are five categories in the group/clubs section while there is also an Unsung Hero Award. Application forms can be downloaded from

Slieve bloom assoc

The Slieve Bloom Association met on September 19 in the Heritage Centre, Clonaslee. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Brian Healion’s brother Peter. Matt Barrett was congratulated on organising the successful tour to Clare. Discussions included the problem of people getting lost on the mountains- lately members have come to the rescue in the Cadamstown area. Ray Redmond and Gerry Gorman spoke about the proposed 184 metre wind-turbines in the area and the negative impact they are likely to have on views from Slieve Bloom Amenity Area. The night ended with refreshments, welcomed by all. The next meeting is on October 24 at 8.30pm in the Green School, Rosenallis. If you are interested in preserving and promoting Slieve Bloom amenities, do come, new members welcome.

Balcony cinema

The launch of the Balcony Cinema will take place on Wednesday October 23 at 8pm, with a showing of ‘The Quiet Man’. As seating is limited it is confined to invited guests. However due to the many requests to see this film a further showing open to all will take place on Wednesday November 6 at 8pm. The Schedule for films will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a matinee for families on Saturday or Sunday at 3pm depending on demand. On the first weekend Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October there will be a matinee on both days.


The community care association’s monthly social is on Thursday October 24 with music starting at 8.30pm. They would like more people to attend to enjoy light refreshments and entertainment. Those requiring transport (Mountmellick area only) should contact 087 9812525.


There will be a Halloween fancy dress disco on Thursday October 31 in the Owenass hall from 7pm to 9pm for children up to 12 years, under 6’s must be accompanied by a parent. Admission €3 per child, shop will be available. Prizes for best fancy dress and dancers. All welcome, strict supervision.


The Rock is holding a reunion on Saturday October 26 in the clubhouse at 9pm. There will be a photographic exhibition, old video footage, a guest speaker, a buffet and music. Tickets €10. See Facebook, therockgathering2013.


The annual sale is on Saturday November 13 from 10.30am to 1pm in the old school Pearse St. All the usual stalls present, teas served and a raffle will be held. All support appreciated.


The annual Mission Alive table quiz is on Thursday December 5 in the Druid Bar (note change of venue and day). All proceeds to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia.


Mountmellick Soccer Club is holding a children’s fancy dress this Friday October 25 from 7pm to 9.30pm in Conor Davis Park for children up to and including 14 years of age. Price €5 including minerals and snacks. There will be prizes for best dressed and best dancers. Please come along for a great evening of fun and dance.


Line dancing classes are held in ICA House every Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm. All welcome


St Joseph’s Sunday Choir is holding a collection at Supervalu on Friday and Saturday October 25 and 26 to fund the production of their forthcoming CD which they hope to launch in late spring 2014. All profits will be donated to the Cuisle Centre.


The rosary will be recited each Sunday night at 7pm during the month of October in Castlebrack cemetery. All welcome.


Wednesday October 23: walking group at MDA at 10.30am. Wednesday October 30: group meeting in MDA at 10.30am. Weekly activities: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. Free bus leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.


The knitting circle meets every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12 noon. Bring your needles & wool and join in the cuppa and chat. Robert Stack’s exhibition ‘Laois Scapes’ continues in the gallery until November 2.


Author Niamh Boyce will read from her novel ‘The Herbalist’ in the library on Tuesday November 5 at 11am. Niamh was named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2012. All welcome.


October 9. Community care. Top score V Kearns. Ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Gents 1 D Kelly. 2 H Kelly & J Harrison. Halves ladies 1 C Martin. 2 A Walsh. Halves gents 1 P Dowling. 2 S Langton & T Delaney. Lowest score Sr Rosarii. Hatcher C Fitzpatrick. Juvenile R Thompson. Raffle B O’Brien, P Horan (x3), D Kelly.

October 10. Old school. Top score D Kelly. Ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 B Thompson. Gents 1 C Thompson. 2 T Gowing. Halves 1 R Cole. 2 Mrs Gorman & V Kearns. Best of three E Moran & B O’Brien. Lowest score D Byrne.


October 9. Numbers: 4, 8, 14, 15. Match 3s (€67) A Maher (M Lynch), D O’Riordan (A O’Riordan), B Conroy (F Hibbitts).


October 16. €300 L O’Keefe. €50 P Holohan, D Challoner, T Smith & P Brazil.


October 10. NS 1 P McEvoy & A Rochford. 2 B Hourigan & H Meade. 3 A Higgins & P Sheils. EW 1 C Walsh & L Tynan. 2 C Lawlor & Sr Rosarii. 3 K Booth & E Earley.


The Mission Alive Group thanks all who bought tickets, attended the fundraising dance or made a contribution to funds. Thanks to Tom McDonald and his band and to the Rock GAA Club. All proceeds to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia.


The death occurred of Eamon (Ski) Payne, formerly of Mountmellick, on Saturday September 21 in Birmingham England. A remembrance mass will be held in St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick on Saturday October 26 at 11am. Eamon is mourned by his sons Eamon and John and three grandchildren, his sister Mena, his brother John, family and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.


Due to the bank holiday, notes for this page must be with the correspondent by Wednesday October 23.