Darkness into Light

Darkness into Light

Pre-registration for the Pieta House Darkness into Light walk 2015 takes place at Supervalu Mountmellick from 5pm - 8.30pm Thursday May 7. The 5k walk/run fundraiser for the suicide counselling service takes place at 4.15am this Saturday, May 9 from Mountmellick GAA Club in Acragar.


Waterford based artist Shona Shirley MacDonald will exhibit her art works entitled ‘Juniper’ in the library gallery during May. All are welcome along to view.


Mountmellick Library hopes to host job hunting workshops, including CV preparation, job applications, interview techniques and mock interviews. To be eligible to take part, participants must be in receipt of social welfare. If you are interested, please contact the library at 057 8644572 for further details.


Wednesday May 13 at 11am: ‘Vocalese’ will sing a selection from Carol King to Sting.

Tuesday May 19 at 7pm: Storyteller and folklore collector Nuala Hayes hosts an evening entitled ‘sharing local stories to exchange local folklore and stories’. Booking essential.

Thursday May 21 from 10.30am to 12.30pm: Irish Rural Link will run workshops on ‘How to use a smartphone or tablet’. This workshop will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays, May 21 & 28 and June 4 & 11. Booking essential, call 057 8644572.


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


Rosary will be recited at 7pm each Sunday in the cemetery for the month of May. The annual cemetery mass will be celebrated on Sunday May 31 at 7pm. All welcome.


Meetings continue each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. People of all levels of ability in knitting and crochet welcome along.


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.


Congratulations to Macra members Sadhbh O’Neill and Helen Dempsey. Sadhbh has been chosen to represent Laois in the Blue Jeans Country Queen competition on the June bank holiday weekend in Athboy. Helen has been selected as Laois representative in the Queen of the Land festival in November in Tullamore. The Club wishes them both all the best and hopes to see crowns being brought back to Laois.


Woodturning is on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm and training for the Mountmellick Pipe Band is on Thursday evenings from 8pm. Call Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


Activities: 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. Other games - skittles, flisk, lobbers on Friday nights in the Macra Hall from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm and we look forward to a good attendance to prepare for our annual sports day in DCU in June. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid for either pilgrimage to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


Clonaghadoo NS: Sunday May 10 at 10.30am. The Rock NS: Sunday May 10 at noon. Scoil Iosaif: Sunday May 17 at noon. Scoil Phádraig: Sunday May 24 at noon.


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.


Rehearsals for Cór an tSamhraidh in Portlaoise Library each Wednesday at 6.30pm. All who are interested in singing familiar songs in our native Irish Language are welcome, with a performance during Bealtaine Festival. Enquiries to Maureen 087 6482038.


April 22 Community Care. Top score J Bracken. Lady 1 C Drought. 2 P Horan. Gent 1 F Keenan. 2 J Delaney. Half lady 1 M Gowing. 2 J O’Shea, C Fitzpatrick. Half gent 1 T Jacob. 2 T Dunne. Lowest score T Dunne. Hatcher S Wilkinson. Raffle B Srahan, T Jacob, V Kearns, M Barrett, J Harrison.


No jackpot winner. €20 B Doyle, B Dalton, J Conroy, C McGuirk, L Furlong.


Numbers drawn 3, 8, 16, 20. Two jackpot winners (€10,000 each) P Conroy (M Lynch) & B Weldon (S Wyer). Mountmellick match 3s J & P Gorman (C Lindley), K McEvoy (M Donoher), D Newsome (J Turner).


No jackpot winner. €50 P Lalor. €20 E Casey, S Conroy, Two Gents, P Dunne.

GAA fundraiser

Work continues apace for the big fundraiser this year in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise in May. Sponsors are still needed. Tickets soon on sale. Check training schedules for teams and general pitch/facilities availability on facebook page, or contact Sean Connolly or Eoin Culliton.


Class continues on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin. Waltz, quickstep, jive, foxtrot, tango and slosh will be taught. Call Maureen 0876482038.


The next guild meeting is in ICA House on Wednesday May 13 at 8pm.

25th Anniversary of Mountmellick CS

Celebrations will take place in the coming months for the Silver Jubilee of the Community School, starting with a flag raising ceremony for the 5th Green Flag on May 29. All welcome. To assist in the commemoration, any photos/articles can be given to the office, or email


There was much regret at the death of John O’Brien of Esker Gate and formerly of Clondalkin on Sunday April 19. Remains reposed at his residence until removal on Thursday morning to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Clondalkin. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 12.30pm with burial afterwards to Esker Cemetery Lucan. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to John’s wife Jane, sons Philip and Robert, family, relative and friends.


There was much sadness at the death of Tom Foyle of Clonterry on Saturday April 25. Remains reposed at his residence until removal on Sunday evening to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Monday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Tom’s wife Margaret, sons James, Patrick and Thomas, family, relatives and friends.


There was much regret at the death of Margaret Chambers of Emmet Road on Tuesday April 28. Remains reposed at her home until removal on Thursday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Margaret’s family, Marian, Angela, Margo, Derek, Martina and Annette, brother George, sister Marie, family, relatives and friends.