Raymond Carroll and Clare Brooks are holding a meeting on Tuesday, October 9 from 8pm at St Fintan’s Hall Mountrath on their plans to develop a Rural Activity Centre for children. The Centre will incldued indoor activity rooms and a large outdoor activity area. Off-site outdoor pursuits such as Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Trekking and Bouldering will be facilitated using the rural setting of the Slieve Blooms which is in close proximity to the Centre. The Centre opening hours will be 8am to 6pm. It will provide employment for 8 to 10 people. It is good to see the above development coming into our community. The Brooks say the Old Tennis Court beside, their property on the Castletown Rd, could be used in some way to facilitate the development of the centre and, as such, have expressed an interest in purchasing that area. This is a matter for the people of Mountrath.


Adult Book Club Next meeting will take place on Thursday October 8 6:30-7:30pm. We will be discussing “Tom Crean - An Unsung Hero “ by Michael Smith copies are available at the library and new members are always welcome.

Knitting Club

The knitting club continues to meet every Friday morning 10:30-12:30pm all welcome

Ms Readathon

Application forms for the national MS Readathon, which gets underway in October, are now available in the Library.


Tom Hussey will give an introduction to the fascinating world of the honey bee and the work of bee keeper in St Fintan’s Hall on Wednesday August 22 at 7pm. Contact Derek Banim, Dunamise Beekeepers Association at for more info.


Mountrath Christmas Lights Committee would gladly welcome new members. If you are interested contact one of the committee: Colette Phelan, Catherine Burke, Lynda Deegan, Celine Cripps, Carol Boyhan or John Joe Fennelly.


Under 11years Mon, Wed and Friday 5.30 to 6.30pm Over 11s beginners Mon, Wed and Fri 6.30 to 7.30pm Over 11years advanced Mon,Wed and Fri 7.30 to 9pm Girls over 11years Tues and Thurs 7 to 8 and Sat 1 to 2pm Adults Fitness classes Tues and Thurs at 8pm and Sat 10.30am Ladies Fitness classes Mon to Fri mornings 9.30am and 11.30am Any enquiries contact Noel on 0851981551


The sale of homemade jam continues in Costcutters and in Phelan’s shop in Castletown. The proceeds of this goes to the Laois Hospice. Your support is greatly needed. Thanks to all who have supported.


Every Sunday night in Portlaoise GAA Centre from 9:30pm to11:30pm for only €7. Music will be supplied by Unity this coming Sunday night, October 7.


Adults Interested in cycling for a bit of fun during the long hot summer evenings, dust-down your old bike (it doesn’t have to be a High Nelly) & come along. Short cycles at your own pace around the locality with a bit of fun. All welcome. Ring or text P. J @ 087 2859651 or DONAL @ 087 0567918.


Members and volunteers of Mountrath Tidy Towns committee, which is a sub-committee of Mountrath Development Association, will meet every Thursday evening at the Car Park on Main St at 7pm - weather permitting, for a quick tidy up of the town. This usually involves picking up litter and keeping an eye on areas which might need a more thorough cleanup by our local Fás scheme participants. All are welcome to come along for the odd half hour or so from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.


The outdoor gym in the local amenity park can be used by all ages. We would encourage all local clubs and groups to use this facility.


Dog fouling is a growing litter problem Local awareness to identify the dog owners is required Please contact the Council’s free litter hotline @ 1800 323 230 with specific details if witnessed.


Mountrath Country Markets is open every Friday from 9am to noon in The Macra Hall on Main Street. Phone 87 32510 or 8735368.