Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


The 4th Annual Christmas Extravaganza takes place on Sunday December 17 at 8pm in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Mulled wine reception from 7pm.

Tickets now available at €10 from the Love Port office in the Community Centre. Also from Julia Leavy, Margaret Guijt Lawlor, Lillian Shiels & Ann Bourke Dunne. Proceeds this year to the Amber Wellbeing Committee in Colaiste Iosagain. A great night’s entertainment assured as always.



It was in November 1967 that 20 families received the keys to their new homes in St Brigid’s Sq. Numbers 53 to 72 was a buzz of excitement for these young families. Over the years the residents have become friends, great neighbours & have looked out for one another through the good & the hard times. They celebrated births & marriages & mourned the many neighbours who passed away over the years. Some houses have changed residents & some of the former residents attended the Pint O Port on Saturday November 18. Music was provided by Aidan Doyle & many stories were told of memories & good times. A large cake was cut by residents Eamon Doyle & Patsy Murphy. Also, people who could not attend were remembered & an audio message was played from Fergal O’Mahoney who now lives in Germany & was disappointed he could not be there to celebrate with the people he grew up with. Wishing all the residents continued good health & happiness.

Celebrating 50 years of 20 houses in St Brigid’s Sq. Mary Lawlor jnr, Mary Lawlor snr & Rose McCann.



The Port Text Alert AGM will be held on Monday December 4 at 8pm in the East End Hotel.  Over the past 12 months the committee have been working on establishing a Text Alert Service to cover the town of Portarlington, Killenard and the surrounding areas which are currently not covered by a community text alert service. At the AGM there will be an opportunity to sign up to the service which costs €10 a year. For additional information contact or the Love Port Office in the Community Centre.




The Portarlington Emigrant Newsletter is now on sale in the following shops- Centra Kilmalogue, Spar Express Station Road, Burbage’s Main Street, Fletcher’s Newsagents Main Street, The Post Office, Slevin’s Bracklone Street, Central Stores Main Street & the Parish Office. Price €4.


The Portarlington Community Centre Christmas raffle. Take a look at some of the great prizes we have this year. 1st Prize – Tea & Treats Gift Voucher for Heritage Hotel Killenard.
2nd Prize – His & Hers Cosmetic Hampers from Portarlington Pharmacy (each valued at €100). 3rd Prize – Portarlington Community Centre Children’s Birthday Party Package (includes Hall Rental & Bouncing Castle). Along with many other spot prizes donated from local businesses. Tickets on sale in the Community Centre. €2 per Ticket or €5 for a Book of 3.


The Portarlington Community Centre committee would like to invite you to their AGM on Wednesday November 29 in Studio 2 at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.


Bingo will continue in Portarlington GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Over €2,000 in prize money.

Incredible panorama of River Barrow & Lea Castle captured by Con Murphy Photography

Lea Castle. Photo courtesy of Con Murphy Photography

The AGM of the Lea Castle Committee is on Monday December 11 in Portarlington Library at 8pm. All are welcome.


The Concert Band for boys & girls aged 9 years and upwards has been running for the past 2 months. Instruments offered are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Euphonium & Percussion. Students and parents who would like further details contact Pat Donegan on 083-8510428.

Eamon & Rose Doyle enjoying the St Brigid’s Sq celebrations.


Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant. Fundraising night on Friday December 1. Music by Done & Dusted. Admission €8. Usual Monday night dancing on December 4- music by the Kelly family. Admission €7. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. A great night assured.


Christmas Concert on Sunday December 17 in St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington commencing at 4pm. Come along with your family & friends to enjoy traditional carols along with some festive cheer. Treats for all the children & for the grown-ups who join in! No admission charges.

Cissie O’Connor, Angela Conroy & Michelle Shortall enjoying the St Brigid’s Sq celebrations.


Come along to Portarlington G.A.A. Centre, McCann Park every week. Special offer of €35 payable on the first day. For every week you are down weight you receive €5 back at the end of the challenge. Fee also includes complimentary Herbalife 6-day ideal breakfast pack, meal plans, weekly nutritional talk, fun, support & advice. Facebook Healthy Hub Port Text WLC with your name & time to Bernie/ John on 086-2596618. Booking essential as places are limited.


Results for draw on November 16. Numbers Drawn 9-13-23-28. No winner of Jackpot. Results for November 23. Numbers Drawn 8-9-10-31. Jackpot next week  €10,600.
Results sheets available locally. Tickets available from Burbages, Tynans Butchers, The Railway Bar, Pint O Port, Luttrell Oil, Spar Station Rd or from any committee member.
We welcome all loyal patrons and new patrons of Portarlington Bingo to McCann Park every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Over €2k in prizes every week. Jackpot €1,500.

Results-Laois Shopping Centre U21 Football A Championship Final, Portarlington 2-15
Graiguecullen 0-08. Well done to the U21 team on this wonderful win.

Santa arrives in Portarlington Gaa on Sunday December 10 at 2pm with the prizegiving ceremony for our Juvenile teams who won competitions this year. Prizegiving starts at 5pm.

Our Dinner Dance is booked for January 26 2018 in The Heritage Hotel. Our Championship winning Minor and U21 Teams will receive their medals on the night. Details of ticket cost will follow shortly – a Christmas Stocking filler perhaps?
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