All smiles at the Mountmellick Devlopment Association I.T Awards Ceremony were Fionnaula Dunne, Laura Molloy and Karen Smith.Photo Denis Byrne.
Art workshop

Art workshop

Artist Siobhan Keogh will hold creative art workshops in the MDA from Monday to Friday, July 15 to 19 from 2pm to 4pm for ages 7 to 12 . Booking is essential, forms available from the MDA, the library and the Arts Office, Laois County Council. Tel: 8664033 or see

Slieve Bloom Assoc

A well attended meeting of the Slieve Bloom Association was held in the Poet’s Cottage, Camross on June 6. A minutes silence was held in honour of the Chairman, Johnny Rigney’s mother RIP and there was a lively discussion before refreshments were served. The next meeting will be held in The Community Centre, Kinnitty on Thursday July 11 at 8:30pm. The organisation aims to promote the natural amenity that is the Slieve Bloom area, while preserving its unique beauty and appeal. New members welcome.

Foundation of Mountmellick

Contrary to popular belief, Mountmellick was not founded by the Quakers. Mountmellick was officially created on February 12, 1631 - almost 30 years before William Edmundson, the Father of Quakerism in Ireland, arrived in Mountmellick. If you’d like to know more, reserve a seat at ‘Foundation of Mountmellick & Rosenallis and their Quaker Heritage Talk’ during Heritage Week. Tickets €5, proceeds towards cost of Heritage Week events, which run from August 17 to 25. Contact Mountmellick Arts Centre on 8697600. A programme of events in the town is available from Mary on 086 7914933 or see facebook: Mountmellick, A Tapestry of History. 


Dr John Feehan will give a talk on the ‘Heritage of the Slieve Bloom, its natural & human heritage’ on Monday July 29 in the Arts Centre. Tickets €5, all funds raised will go towards recording the presentation and Heritage Week. To pre-book contact Mary on 086 7914933 / or the Mountmellick Arts Centre on 057 86 97600 from 9am to 1pm.

Shackleton exhibition

A landmark exhibition by prominent Quaker photographer Jane W. Shackleton, takes place in Mountmellick Museum from July 26 through the month of August.

The exhibition will feature photographs taken in Mountmellick and Rosenallis from the late 1800s to the 1900s. Considered the biggest collection by a female Irish photographer of the time, shown publically for the first time.

Hospice thanks

Anne Geoghegan from the charity shop supporting Laois Hospice wishes to thank everyone who supported the recent coffee morning, especially those who donated baked goods, and the shop volunteers and helpers on the day. A cheque for €277 was presented to Mary Delaney of Laois Hospice.

TIDY TOWNS judging

Judging of the local TT competition takes place on the week beginning Monday July 22. Categories and rules as last year. For queries call 086 1533614 or 087 9717192.

Mainsponsor is The Tidy Town’s committee, with extra sponsorship welcomed. Entry fee €10 per area, covering that area and individual entries within. This may be paid by an organisation or individual to Maura Reddin, 16 Emmet St or Kitty Creighton c/o O’Horain’s shop. The committee congratulate all who won prizes and competed last year. They thank all previous sponsors and all who contributed to funding. They appreciate all the work by residents associations and individuals and wish all the best of luck.


L Ní Ghormain is proud to present the Irish Dance Extravaganza in the Community Arts Centre on Saturday July 13 at 8pm featuring local dancers, singers and musicians with a few surprise guest artists. Admission: adults € 10, children € 5. To reserve tickets call Niamh on 087 7725270. Limited tickets available at the door so booking advised.


Mountmellick Gymnastics Club will hold a multi activity summer camp in the Owenass hall from Monday July 15 to Friday July 19.  Call Mary on 086 7914933 or


The children’s summer reading challenge continues until the end of August. Call the library at 8644572 for details.


An exhibition titled ‘More Than This’ comprising of Portuguese and Irish contemporary art is in the library gallery until July 24. All are welcome.


Simone Schümmelfeder, a German storyteller will visit Mountmellick Library on Tuesday July 16 at 11.15am.  Simone intends to tell a number of European stories and give information about the countries the stories are from.  This event is suitable for ages 5 to 12. Booking is essential, call the library at 057 8644572 to reserve a place.


Wednesday July 10 at 10.30am: group meeting. Wednesday July 17 at 10.30am: walking group. Wednesday July 24 at 10.30am: the last group meeting until Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities in June: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. The annual club holiday this year will be in the Westport Woods Hotel, Co. Mayo.  The group will leave by bus on Sunday September 8 and will come back on September 13.  Early booking advised.  Still a few places left.


Pilgrimage on Saturday September 6 with 4 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Assisi, costing €899 per person. Call Eleanor 087 7670915 to book. 


St Joseph’s Mountmellick Sunday July 28 at 3pm. Graigue Friday August 2 at 7pm.


The bus to Knock for Matt Talbot day on Sunday July 21 leaves Mountmellick at 9am (not 9.30am as stated previously). Please contact 8624610 or 8624337 to book.


Senior and Junior football is on Wednesday and Friday nights. Hurling training is on Saturday evenings.

Juveniles: u8 & u10 hurling Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. U12 hurling Mondays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. U6, u8 & u10 football on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Rounders for 4th, 5th & 6th class children is on Saturdays from 11am to 12.30pm.


We welcome all the new players who have joined the club over the last few weeks and hope they are enjoying the coaching and games that are provided for them with lots more to come over the summer months. New players are always welcome. Coaching continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. For more details on the juvenile section of the club contact John Allen the club’s juvenile secretary at 086 3264102. 


Training for u8, u10 & u12 Saturdays at 10am in Mountmellick.


Clonaghadoo women’s group is holding a social dance on Thursday July 11 in St Mary’s hall at 8.30pm with music by Reuben James. Refreshments will be served. Admission €5.


Laois community games athletics finals were held in St Abban’s on June 22. Mountmellick club members achieved the following results. U10  girls 100m 1 Ava Lalor.  U10 boys 200m 1 Sean O’Rourke. U10 girls 200m 2 Grainne Lalor.  U14 girls 100m 1 Kiahara Dempsey. U14 100m boys 3 Lee Mullen. U14 boys 800m 3 Adam Holden. U16 boys100m 2 Adam Coss. U16 boys 1500m 1 Fiachra C. Fennell. U16 girls 1500m 1 Líadan C Fennell.  U14 girls long jump 3 Éille Lalor. U10 mixes 4 x 100m 1 Mountmellick Grainne Lalor, Hannah Dunne, Layla Mulvaney, Jamie Sales, Sean O’Rourke & Odhrán Davis. U12 girls 4 x 100m 3 Mountmellick Emma McCann, Ava Lawlor, Éille Lalor, & Layla Mulvaney. U12 boys 4 x 100m 2 Mountmellick John Hughes, Tadgh Mooney-Culliton, Lorcan Kelly, Gearoid Dempsey & Cian Ryle. U13 mixed 4 x 100m 3 Mountmellick Ben Holden, Siobhan Kelly, Niamh Ryan & Dean Mullen. U14 boys 4 x 100m 2 Mountmellick

Adam Holden, Sean O’Neill, Luke Coss & Lee Mullen. Well done to all who achieved so well and best of luck to those in first place who will represent Mountmellick and Laois at the National Finals in Athlone in August.


Best of luck to all participating in the Leinster Fleadh in Edenderry on Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14.


Mountmellick United FC thanks everybody who participated in the success of their recent race night. Thanks to all who bought horses and those who came along to Moloney’s and betted on the night. Special thanks also to those local businesses that sponsored races: My Fair Lady Wedding Boutique, Tullamore, Pat Conroy Auctioneers, Christle Dairy Products, McConville’s Supervalu, Rosderra Meats, James Graham Construction, Noel Cleary Transport, Moloney’s Gaelic Bar, Mochua Print and Design, Smithsfield Development Committee, McElwee’s Pharmacy and Ivor Cox.  Thanks to everybody who supports our club ongoing.


June 26. Community Care: top score T Kearns. Ladies 1 B Cooley. 2 T Lawlor. Gents 1 J Hennessy. 2 V Kearns. Halves ladies 1 H Kelly. 2 C Fitzpatrick & A Walsh. Halves gents 1 J Harrison & J Delaney. 2 F Keenan. Lowest score B Srahan. Hatcher D Byrne. Raffle D Byrne, C Martin, U Curran & J Hennessy (x2).

June 27. Old School: top score Mrs Gorman & B Kennedy. Ladies 1 J O’Shea. 2 A Walsh. Gents 1 N Thompson. 2 J Delaney. Halves 1 S Wilkinson. 2 C Martin. Best of three B O’Brien. Hatcher C Fitzpatrick & J Harrison. Lowest score K Kavanagh.


July 3. €300 P Hardy. €50 R Comerford, A Murphy, A Conlon & P Turner.


There was much sadness at the death of Michael Reddin of 16 Emmet St on Tuesday June 25. Held in high esteem in the community, Michael’s passing is sadly regretted by all who knew him. Remains reposed at his residence from Thursday until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Friday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at 11am with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Michael’s wife Maura, his son Brian, his daughters Karen and Anne, family, relatives, neighbours and friends.