Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


The Concert Band for boys & girls aged 9 years and upwards is back up and  running for the New Year. Instruments offered are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Euphonium & Percussion. If you would like your child to learn an instrument in the New Year please contact Pat Donegan on 083-8510428.


Enrolment forms for Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin, Killenard for School year 2018/2019 are available from the school reception from Monday January 8, 2018. Closing date for application is Friday January 26, 2018 at 5pm.



The Club has moved. Now upstairs at Lyles Shoes, Main St. We are there Monday to Friday from 9am each day, or you can ring for an appointment at a time that suits you. There is still time to tone up for Christmas. All of December our professional body scan is free. Get a head start on your 2018 New Year resolutions. Book now or call in any morning. Contact Bernie /John on 086-2596618.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

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Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography



Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul continues every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant. Monday night dancing on January 15- music by Solitaire, January 22-Unity. Admission €7. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. A great night assured. We would like to wish all our dancers a Happy & Healthy New Year.



GROW Community Mental Health Movement support group meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Jobs Club, Oriel House, Upper Main Street, Portarlington. If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact Michelle at 086 418 3805. Visit GROW Promoting Positive Mental Health.


Adult Chess Club-We are now taking names of adults who may be interested in a weekly meet up to play chess in the library. Those who are interested can give their name at the library desk or call 057 8643751.

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Junior Chess Club- The library would be interested to hear from any adult chess players who would be interested in overseeing a junior chess club in the library. Drop into the library or call 0578643751 for more information.



Laois Public Participation Network warmly invites you to attend a public meeting and discussion about the following Laois County Council Social and Cultural Strategies. The Creative Ireland Laois Plan 2018-2022, the Arts Strategy 2018-2022, the Recreation, Play and Sports Strategy 2018-2022, the Library Development Strategy 2018-2022. Meeting takes place in the Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise on Wednesday January 17 at 7pm.  Please arrive at 6.45pm for registration. Refreshments will be served.



Congratulations to the winners of the 30th cash draw. The 16 lucky winners were-
1st prize €10,000 Colm Powell. 2nd prize €3,000 Elizabeth Mc Namara. 3rd prize €2,000 Mary Evans.  8 prizes of €1,000 each were-Emer Ward, Joan Murphy, David Keating,
Desmond Heavey, Dolores O’ Shea, Christine Doyle, William and Catherine Curtis.
5 prizes of €500 went to-Brendan Lawless, Kim Mc Stay, Mark Higgins, Mark Ryan & Catherine Broadery.

Fiona Dunne of Portarlington Credit Union Ltd presenting cheque for €10,000 to Colm Powell, winner of our December cash draw.

AGM Free Cash Draw Winners- A total of €23,500 was given in prizes with a total of 22 winners as follows-€5,000 Noel Foy. €1,000 each to Aidan Finlay, Sean Geoghegan, Mary Tynan, Bernadette Corcoran, Niamh Desmond, Patrick Glynn, David Coleman, Dianne Wheeler,
Lena Fitzpatrick, Catherine Byrne, David Gorman, Sarah Murphy, Damien Tallon, Teresa O’Connor, Millie Mannion & Bernie Roycroft. €500 each to  Avril Patton, Graham Gallagher,
Noel Meredith, Anna Williams & Margaret Guijt Lawlor.
Well done to all our members on their win from everyone in Portarlington Credit Union.


Deepest Sympathy to the Costello family Killenard on the recent death of David Costello who passed away where he lived in Portugal. David was son of the late Sean Costello & Kathleen. He was born on January 2nd 1952 & was the eldest of 9 children.
He trained as a draughtsman & worked in Butler’s in Portarlington.  After that he worked for the World Bank in South Africa. He loved it there. He came home around 1980’s for a few years, then got itchy feet. He went to America & that is where he met his soul mate & future wife Lisa. They lived in San Diego until September, when they retired to Portugal where he passed away. He is survived by his wife Lisa, son James, mother Kathleen, brother’s & sister’s: PJ, Elizabeth, Arthur, John, Brian, Mary, Cait & Matt also his sister’s in-laws, brother in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces/ grandnephews. A celebration of David’s life was held in Killenard recently and was attended by friends and family. May David rest in Peace.

David Costello Killenard who passed away in Portugal.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of John Lynch, Kilbride who passed away suddenly on Monday December 18. John was predeceased by his loving son Kevin & he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Susan, daughter Linda, brothers William & Philip, sisters Mary, Dolores, Catherine & Eileen, son in law Gary, grandchildren Ashley, Adam, Aaron, Thomas & Katie, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took pace on Wednesday December 20   in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May John rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Phyllis Ridgeway (nee Broomfield), Sandy Lane who passed away on Tuesday December 19. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Staney, and she will be sadly missed by her sons Neville & Frank, daughter Olwyn, grandchildren Emma, Laura, Gavin, Ben, John, Andrew, David & Elisha, brothers, sisters, extended family & friends. Service took place on Thursday December 21 in St Paul’s Church, with burial after in the adjoining Churchyard. May Phyllis rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Eileen Nolan (nee McDonald), Congress Tce & late of Mountmellick who passed away on Wednesday December 20. Eileen was predeceased by her loving husband Dessie & she will be sadly missed by her devoted family, Caroline, Oonagh, Niall & Lorraine, grandchildren Siobhan, Katie, Saoirse, Orlaith, Colm, Gerry & Molly, sisters Alice & Ann, her extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday December 23 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Eileen’s gentle soul rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Kathleen Keegan (nee Whelan), Lough who passed away on Saturday December 30. Kathleen will be sadly missed by her loving husband Joe, daughters Catherine, Mary & Elizabeth, sister Phyllis Colgan (Treascon), grandchildren Sandra, Edel, Darragh, Anna, Eoin & Cian, her extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Paul’s Church Emo on Tuesday January 2, with burial after in the new Cemetery Emo. May Kathleen rest in Peace.

Results for December 21. Numbers drawn 5-15-25-27. No Jackpot winner. Next Jackpot €11,400. Results sheets available locally.
Tickets available from Burbages, The Railway Bar, Pint O Port, Luttrell Oil, Spar Station Rd or from any committee member.
Portarlington GAA wishes all its members and their families a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
May we also thank all our sponsors for their support and offer a huge thanks to all those who work hard for the good of our club all through the year.

David Connolly Finance Officer of Portarlington Credit Union Ltd presenting €5,000 to Noel Foy, winner of our AGM Cash Draw

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. Bingo running as usual on Tuesday January 9.
Our Dinner Dance is booked for January 26 in The Heritage Hotel Killenard.  Our Championship winning Minor and U21 Teams will receive their medals on the nighy. Tickets cost €40 pp.
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