Mountmellick Angling Club member Liam Lalor landed the catch of his life when he caught a wild brown trout weighing two pound two ounces on the river Owenass this week. This would be a very big fish for this size river which is seen as feeder stream for the River Barrow. Talk among local anglers was this was the largest trout caught there in recent times.


Mountmellick United FC would like to thank everybody who was involved in the success of our recent 7 a-side soccer tournament. It was an excellent event and attracted hundreds from our local community and county. The winners this year were an excellent team from Portlaoise FC.

For this year’s event Mountmellick United decided to incorporate a fundraising association and the chosen charity was The Oncology Unit, Tullamore Hospital. This charity having been primarily and fittingly selected due to its connection with and support for two young people, the young person from Mountmellick who is honoured on the trophys and cup for this tournament as well as a young person from The Heath who supported our previous tournaments and who brought great support from the Heath with him. This year’s most successful tournament is in honour of Conor Davis and Cathal Sheeran. Mountmellick United FC are very happy to be able to donate €1600 to our chosen charity. Thanks again to everybody who contributed to the great success of this year’s tournament and the club will work towards an expectation that next year’s will be even bigger and better.


Due to the bad summer weather the committee have postponed the adjudication of the local Tidy Towns competition until the end of July. They are pleased that in spite of inclement weather a lot of good work has been done by individuals and organisations to make Mountmellick presentable for the national competition. The committee compliment and congratulate all who have taken part in this competition so far and encourage more people to partake.

Adjudication will start on the week beginning Monday July 30 and will be carried out by two independent people. A prize giving ceremony will be held in late September or early October. The committee wish everyone every success in their endeavours.


Mountmellick ladies will join the Laois Federation on Tuesday August 7for their trip to Belfast to visit the replica of the Titanic. They will stay overnight at An Grianan.


Tony Davitt makes a return visit to Mountmellick after many years. He was a member of the famous Davitt Brothers band that hailed from Wexford and played regularly in the Owenass Hall Mountmellick in the 60s and 70s. They were seven fine and popular musicians. Tony now plays solo and works mostly in the south and south east of the country. This is his first visit to Mountmellick and he plays at the monthly social in the Owenass Hall on Saturday July 28. All are welcome. Dancing is from 9.30pm to 12.30am.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday July 25 in the MDA at which payments for the annual September holiday will be collected. This year’s destination is White’s Hotel in Wexford from Sunday September 9 to Friday September 14. A special bus will bring us to Wexford on the Sunday and back to Mountmellick on Friday. The balance of the money for our outing on Tuesday July 31 to Rathwood will also be collected. The bus leaves from the MDA at 9.30 am. There are a few places still available for both the outing on July 31 and for the holiday in September.

The activities continue with Boccia in the Macra Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm, aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre on Tuesdays at noon (the free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am) and music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesdays from 6.15 to 7.45pm.

There will be no meetings during the month of August, but the Boccia on Mondays, aqua aerobics on Tuesdays and the music and song on Wednesdays will continue throughout August.


Internet access, printing, photocopying and scanning facilities are available at the library.

The library is setting up a board game club for 10 to 12 year olds. If you would like to put your name down for this contact the library at 057 8644572.

Our Storylab reading challenge for 6 to 12 year olds is up and running. All you have to do is read six books over the summer months. Free stickers, a wristband and a gold medal will be awarded on completion.

A family Lego morning will take place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday July 28 for ages 5 to 12. All are welcome.


The Rock GAA Club will hold its annual family fun day on Sunday August 5 from 2pm to 6pm. Come along and join us for some fun by taking part in our juvenile Olympic races and football tournament along with our novelty races. Try your hand at our novelty stalls while the kids enjoy the pets in the animal corner and take a go on the bouncing castles. The highlight this year will be the inaugural duck derby. Buy your duck for €5, name it and enter into the race in the Triogue river where the first 3 ducks past the finish line will win prizes including 2 nights B&B plus evening meal for 2 people in The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Killaloe in Clare. All are welcome to join us on the day and admission is free.


Mountmellick Macra AGM will take place on Friday August 10. If you wish to find out more about Macra or would like to join please contact Gemma on 087 7933905 or Eoghan on 086 3976216


The mid region participated in the outing to Knock shrine on Sunday July 15. This was a great success. Two full buses were in attendance. Great credit goes to Audrey Whelan and her choir for the beautiful music during the mass which started at 3pm and through the rosary procession. Credit goes also to Noreen Brady (nee Hayden of Bay Road) who organised the whole ceremony.


The camp takes place at The Rock from Monday August 20 to Friday August 24.For more details contact John Allen the club’s juvenile secretary at 086 3264102.

Coaching for u8, u10, u12 and u14 continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. New players are welcome.


Kickboxing and taekwondo classes for all ages from 4yrs upwards are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Facilities include punch bags and a boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and national champion. For details contact 085 1371842.


St Joseph’s cemetery Sunday July 29 at 3pm. Graigue cemetery Friday August 3 at 7.30pm. Ivy Chapel cemetery Wednesday August 8 at 7.30pm.


Mountmellick Utd FC juveniles is holding a registration day on Saturday July 28 in Conor Davis Park clubhouse from 12pm to 2pm. All juvenile players not yet registered for the upcoming season can register on the day or register with their manager ASAP. Player registration is €25 per player plus discounts for additional family members.

The club runs underage football teams which cater for the following age groups. Boys under 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Also starting this season we are running an academy for the boys and girls for ages 5 and 6 years old.

The 2012/2013 Midlands Schoolboy/girls League will be kicking off on Saturday September 8 this year.

New players and coaches/managers are most welcome.


Mountmellick Comhaltas was represented on both days at the Leinster Fleadh in Enniscorthy recently. Our u12 and u15 grupaí cheoil were on stage on Saturday and though the u15s played very well and were commended by the adjudicators they narrowly missed out on a medal place. The u12s continued their run of successes by getting through to their third All-Ireland in a row. Well done to all who played and to Brian and Fiona on their hard work. We had a number of individual participants also and from those Fiachra and Ruaidhrí C-Fennell go through to the All Ireland in the comhrá competition. We wish all our competitors the best in Cavan in August.


July 18. Numbers drawn: 10, 21, 22, 28. No jackpot winner, this week’s jackpot is €20,000. Match 3s (€143): D & J Lawlor (C O’Connell) and D Murray (B Murray).


July 18. Top score J Coyne. Ladies 1 D Byrne. 2 M Coyne. Gents 1 F Keenan. 2 Sr Michael and J Harrison. Halves ladies 1 B O’Brien. 2 R Cole. Halves gents 1 J Delaney. 2 P Dowling. Hatcher L O’Brien. Lowest score B Stratton. Raffle: P Dowling, B O’Brien, J Delaney and C Conroy.


July 19. Top score R Cole. Ladies 1 K Kavanagh. 2 B Keegan and A Walsh. Gents joint B Kennedy and E Moran. Halves 1 J Harrison. 2 K Kelly. Best of three T Kearns. Hatcher B O’Brien.