Plans for this year’s parade are progressing well. This year’s theme is Springtime in Mountmellick. The committee are organising a series of events for O’Connell square, details of events will be published next week.

We need as many floats and participants as possible to take part in order to make the parade memorable. Weekly meetings will be held in The Druid at 8pm every Tuesday until St Patrick’s Day. New members always welcome.


The current art exhibition in the gallery features Laois artists, Rebecca Deegan and Donna Kearns. The knitting circle meets each Tuesday morning from 10.30am to noon. All are welcome. The adult book club meets the first Tuesday of each month. New members welcome. Internet, printing, scanning and photocopying services are available in the library.


The library hopes to start an adult crossword club. If you are interested, please phone 057 8644572 or give your name to a member of staff.


Mountmellick Angling Association is holding its AGM on Tuesday February 19 at 8pm in the Town Hall.


Mountmellick Drama Group will stage Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s hilarious farce ‘Move Over Mrs Markham’ on Thursday February 28 and Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2 at 8pm nightly in the community arts centre. Admission €10 with concessions €5.

This play exposes the intricacies and complications which ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markham’s supposedly empty flat. The complications and deceptions which follow assure a hectic and hilarious evening.


This year’s drama festival runs from Friday March 8 to Friday March 15 inclusive at

8pm nightly. It will feature groups from around the country competing in the open and confined amateur drama competitions. Full details of all plays next week.


Barnashrone NS Mountmellick is now enrolling for September 2013. An enrolment afternoon will take place on Friday February 22 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact Noel or Dympna at 057 8644020.


Sarsfields LFC are running a course on how to use a defibrillator on Wednesday February 27 at 6.30pm at the GAA clubhouse Acragar. A limited number of spaces are available for non-members. Contact Emma McEvoy at 087 9836629.


Coming up to St Patrick’s day Sarsfields LFC will be selling green ribbons for the Carer’s Association. Ribbons are €2 each and your support would be appreciated.

Funds raised in Laois will be used for the Carer’s Association in the county. Why not join in wearing the green and support a good cause


A public meeting will be held in the Town Hall on Tuesday February 26 at 8pm. This is an information and campaign meeting on the implications for homeowners and householders of the property/home tax. Alternatives to this unjust tax on the family home will be discussed. Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley will host the meeting. All are welcome to attend.


Mountmellick and District Game Preservation Association and Gun Club AGM will take place in the Owenass Hall on Friday February 22 at 8.30pm. All members are asked to attend. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the club’s affiliation to Laois Regional Game Council.


Do you have an ancestor from Mountmellick that served in World War 1? Do you have any WW1 memorabilia or documents?

The ‘First World War – Mountmellick Research Group’ is a local group set up to research and commemorate Mountmellick’s involvement in World War 1. The group seek information from the public to help them do this. Contact Dolores or Kathleen at the museum on 057 8624525 or email Alternatively contact Enda or Fiona at the library on 057 8644572.

The next meeting is on Monday February 25 at 8pm in MDA and all are welcome.


The next meeting is on Wednesday February 20 at 10.30am in the MDA when the AGM will be held and a new committee elected. We hope that all members will attend this important meeting. Any members who would like to be on the committee should put their names forward for election.

New members are welcome to join the club at any time throughout the year.

Weekly activities for members are: Mondays: Boccia in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays:

aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays: dancing with Maureen Culleton from 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm to 4pm.


The Relatives and Friends of St Vincent’s Hospital Support Group held a minute’s silence at

their board meeting on Thursday February 7 as a mark respect on the sudden passing of their chairperson Councillor Pat Bowe who worked tirelessly on behalf of the group. Ar bheis Dé go raibh sé.


This year’s pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Wednesday July 17 to Wednesday July 24 at a cost of €770 per person sharing. We will stay at The Solitude Hotel. The spiritual leaders will be Fr Mícheál Murphy PP and Fr Pat Hennessy PP. Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915.


Juvenile hurling training takes place each Monday evening in the sports complex at the following times: 6.30pm to 7.30pm for u8 and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for u10 and u12. U8 football training takes place in the sports complex every Friday at 6pm. All new players are welcome to attend.


Mountmellick GAA Club is holding its dinner dance on Saturday February 23 in the Killeshin hotel. Tickets are on sale for €30 each. For tickets please contact Suzanne Payne 087 2551189 or Tom Minihan 086 8947844.


A table quiz in aid of Sarsfields is being held in The Druid on Friday February 22 at 9pm. Cost €10 per adult and €5 per student taking part. Come along for an enjoyable night out and pit your wits against quizmaster Paddy Buggy.


The centre are delighted to announce their new website w at They have also opened a Facebook page called Mountmellick Arts Centre. They have an event’s questionnaire in a number of locations in the town and all who complete the questionnaire will be entered in a free draw for 2 season tickets to the drama festival. The festival runs this year from Friday March 8 to Friday March 15 inclusive. The draw takes place on Friday March 1. To contact the centre please phone 057 8697600.


You are invited to meet up with other LEAF (Laois Environment Action Forum) supporters

on Monday February 25 in Portlaoise Golf Club at 8pm. Come and explore with us some exciting ideas for LEAF in 2013 which are aimed at promoting our ultimate goal, a more sustainable future for Laois. Check out, ring 086 1590529 or find us on Facebook and twitter at laoisleaf.


Classes are back at their usual times. For those attending cupla focal remember to bring your sentence sheets as we continue to build vocabulary. The annual concert will be held on Friday March 22 in the Arts Centre.


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


These classes take place in the Owenass hall on Saturdays at the following times. 10am, 11am and noon for girls. 1.15pm for 3 and 4 year olds. 2pm for boys only. Classes will also be held midweek. Please contact Mary at 086 7914933 or for further details.


Community Care Association thanks all who contributed so generously with spot prizes for their annual party held recently in The Gandon Inn.


There was much regret at the death of Evelyn Dillon (nee Murphy) of Emmet Street on Thursday February 7 at St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. A kindly person and a good neighbour and friend, Evelyn will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal on Saturday 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 Evelyn’s family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.


February 6. Numbers 4, 20, 25, 30. Match 3s (€100): P Maher (A hickey), B Dunne (parish office), B Fogarty (J Culliton). AN Other (M Lawlor). Jackpot: €11,000.


February 13. Top score C Thompson. Ladies 1 B Fitzpatrick. 2 V Kearns. Gents 1 P Dowling & T Kearns. Halves ladies 1 Sr Rosarii. 2 C Martin. Halves gents 1 T Delaney. 2 M Barrett & T Mulhare. Lowest score D Byrne. Hatcher J Delaney.


February 13. €300 C Coss. €50 K Dempsey, M Lawlor, R Coss, S Tynan.


February 14. NS 1 B Hourigan, H Meade. 2 C Lawlor, M Hourigan. 3 Srs Rosarii & Madeleine. EW 1 C Walsh, L Tynan. 2 T Joyce, A Colgan. 3 V Turley, A Rochford.


Mountmellick Scout Group held their investiture on Thursday February 7 and welcomed 38 new members; 13 Beavers, 14 Cubs and 11 scouts along with 5 new leaders took the promise to be true to the scout law. All groups meet on Thursday nights, Beavers in the Methodist hall, Cubs in the Owenass hall and Scouts in the YM hall. See page 16.

rock ns thanks

The Parent’s Council of The Rock NS thank all who donated so generously to last weekend’s Church Gate collection.

A total of €614.17 was raised for the school.

Thanks also to the parents who volunteered for the collection.