The monthly social takes place on Thursday December 18 in Wolfe Tone Court with the music starting at 8.30pm. The group would welcome more people for light refreshments and entertainment. Those in the Mountmellick area who require transport contact 087 9812525.


Mountmellick Soccer Club are holding a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser on Valentine’s night February 14 in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. The club sincerely thanks all the dancers whose support is greatly appreciated. The dancers are now rehearsing several nights a week, guaranteeing a spectacular event.

The fund raiser is primarily for the development of a new plot of ground the club bought, to be of major benefit to juvenile and senior members. The club is growing and needs to expand facilities to keep apace. The proceeds will also be used to buy club kits.

Tickets for the event are on sale through the dancers and are selling fast. All people interested in supporting this event are urged to buy their tickets as soon as possible. Dancers are also seeking sponsorship. Thanks to everybody for their ongoing support for the club and for supporting this important fundraiser.  Get your ticket and come along to the show of the year.


Friday December 19 8pm, The Book Thief. As it is a special Christmas night, refreshments will be served.

SCOUT calendar

The scouts have launched their 2015 calendar depicting scouting in Mountmellick through the years from the 1940s to present day.  Calendars are on sale in Hanlon’s shop and O’Gorman’s newsagents at €10 each, also available through leaders. Thanks to our generous sponsors as without them we would not have been able to produce the calendar and to everyone who attended the launch, to Gerry in the Druid for facilitating the group with the launch and to Jason from Ena’s at the Mill for providing the cheese platters.


At a recent meeting officers elected were chairperson Brian Furlong, vice chairperson Michael Dowling, secretary Pauline Geoghan, assistant secretary Lorna Garry, treasurer Jim Kelliher, PRO Michael Dowling, committee Donal Keenan, Dick Fitzpatrick, Andy Molloy, Roísín Dowling, Kathleen Culleton, Mary O’Brien, Seamus Drumm. The next meeting is on Wednesday January 7 at 8pm in the Town Hall. All interested in taking part in the commemoration are welcome along, contact 087 9700505.


Practice is held on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesday nights at 8.30pm in the Macra hall. New members contact Trevor 087 9143226.


The usual activities are: Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 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. New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.


Junior Bookclubs continue in the library for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12. If you would like to join or to find out more details about the bookclubs please contact 057 8644572.


The children’s sewing group for ages 10 to 12 will meet on Tuesday December 16 from 4pm to 5pm, to make Christmas stockings.


Artist Tom Joyce’s exhibition titled ‘Expressions’ will run in the gallery for the month of December. The exhibition includes oil paintings and sculptures of particular personal significance to the artist. He will give a talk on his latest exhibition today Tuesday December 16 at 6.30pm. This is a free event but booking is advisable. Contact 057 8644572 to book a place.


Wednesday December 17: how many sleeps until Christmas (snowman craft) from 4pm to 4.30pm for ages 4 to 8. Please note that booking is essential as places are limited, call 057 8644572.

Friday December 19: Christmas coffee morning from 10am to 11.30am. Join us for a cuppa and some mince pies. Saturday December 20: Christmas paper crafts (make an origami Santa bookmark, turkey place cards and some more paper surprises). Just drop into the library anytime between 10.30am to 1pm. No booking necessary.

Our Christmas opening times are available at


The Mission Alive Group thanks all who supported the annual quiz. Thanks to quizmaster Michael Linehan and his assistants Angela and Elaine Young. The total amount collected from quiz and donations is now €2,594. We thank all for their generosity and for raffle prizes donated by shops and individuals. The money raised will go to the Orphan Project in Lusaka in Zambia.


A bus leaves Clonaslee at 5.45pm on New Year’s night January 1 to visit Holy Cross Abbey in Tipperary for devotion night to St Padre Pio, stopping in Rosenallis and Mountmellick. €15 return. Contact 087 2122766.


The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join in the cuppa and a chat.


The Ciorcal continues on Thursdays in the Library from 10am to 11am. All welcome to use whatever Irish you have. Call 085 713 8940.


Our annual Christmas party will take place on Tuesday December 16 in the Forum Hostel, Mountmellick. This is a new venue for us and is not far from the Macra Hall. The night will be in Seisiun form, which like our monthly Seisiun will be a free event though we do ask parents to bring something for the refreshments on the night.


AGM to be held in the coming weeks. If interested in getting involved phone 085 7138940.


Ladies and gents kickboxing and self defence classes, TRX suspension training for all ages. Ladies keep fit classes. Call 086 3399287.


This fundraiser in aid of the Ben & Jake Connolly Trust Mountmellick will be held on Sunday January 11 leaving Clough at 1pm. Entry €20 with all tractors and vintage cars welcome. There will be free food in the Hawthorn Bar, Ballacolla afterwards. Contact Helen 087 6962140.


€50 Me & Mai. €20 Aileen & Faye, S Kearney, S Crombie, L O’Connor.


December 10. Top Score J Cunningham. Lady 1 A Rochford. 2 A Carroll. Gent 1 B Srahan. 2 D Kelly. Half lady 1 T Mulhare. 2 T byrne. Half gent 1 T Dunne. 2 M Rigney. Lowest score L Pierce. Hatcher S Langton. Juvenile R Thompson. Raffle T Casey (x2), U Curran, P Dowling, A Walsh (x2), C Conroy (x2), J Harrison (x2), J Cunningham (x3), B Coffey (x5), D Whelan, A Parnell (x3), B Fitzpatrick, B Thompson (x2), M Gowing, J O’Shea, A Blanche, M Bracken.

December 3. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Lady 1 V Kearns. 2 A Walsh. Gent 1 T Jacob, 2 D Whelan. Half lady 1 J O’Shea. 2 Sr Rosarii. Half gent 1 T Delaney. 2 T Kearns. Lowest score S Coffey. Hatcher M Barrett. Raffle T Gowing, J Harrison, M Barrett, U Curran, R O’Reilly, V Kearns.


December 3. Numbers 15, 16, 21, 26. Match 3 (€143) E Hyland.


Notes for next issue on Monday December 22 should be submitted by Tuesday December 16 please.