Around Portarlington Way
The Laois Alzheimer’s Society would like to thank everyone who supported them so well on their recent Tea Day. A very good day was had by all, with people meeting up with so many people. Bishop Nulty called in after doing a closing ceremony while collecting the World Meeting of Family Icon. A special thanks to all the Priests and all the staff in the Parish Centre for all their help. It is great to be able to let more people know what Services are been provided. Great having the help of local notes in the local papers every week and in Parish Newsletters.
The PCDA and the Kildare Bat Group would like you to join them on a Bat Walk on Saturday May 19. Venue: The Entrance at the Marian Hill Wood, Bog road. Time- 9.20pm.
We hope to hear and see bats and dispel some of the myths about Ireland’s only flying Mammals. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, wrap up well and bring a torch. No Dogs please. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the PCDA via email email@example.com or PM the Love Port page to book your spot, so we can see how many volunteers we need for the night.
MONDAY NIGHT DANCING
Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul continues every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant. Dancing on May 21 with Brian McDermott. Admission €8. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. A great night assured.
Bingo continues every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in the Port GAA Centre. Prize money given out each week is over €2,300.
Congratulations to all the winners in the Port Credit Union Cash draw on Saturday April 14. The following were the lucky winners. €10,000- Sharon Storey. €2,000 each to Edward Murphy & Bartlomiez Migas. €1,000 each to Patrick Lee & Brigid McEvoy. €500 each to Chelsea O’Callaghan, Paul Wallace, Christine Byrne & Sharon Moore. €400- Natalia Sojka.
Well done to all the lucky winners.
SUPPORT GROUP-Wednesday May 16, from 7.30pm-9pm in Old Parochial House, Portlaoise. The support groups provide an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to access information and practical advice in supportive environment. Free to family members affected by dementia and memory issues. For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057 866 3398/086 8372168. Home-care Coordinator Old Parochial House, Dublin Road Portlaoise Co Laois. E-mail www.alzheimer.ie.
Portarlington R.F.C are holding a Live Music day with Food and Entertainment on next Friday May 18 from 3.30pm – 11pm. Tickets on Sale from Centra Main Street Portarlington. Early Bird Ticket Price €10. Tickets on the Gate €15. Under 18’s Only! Strictly NO Alcohol Event.
PORTARLINGTON CONCERT BAND
Meet every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at the old girls school on Patrick St.
Boys & girls aged 8 years & upwards. Instruments offered are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone & Percussion. Instruments are provided. If you would like your child to learn an instrument please call to the school on Thursday evenings or contact Pat Donegan on 083-8510428.
SPONSORED 5K RUN
Family Day out walk or run on Sunday May 20 in aid of Portarlington Lourdes invalid fund. Commencing at 11am at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard. Refreshments served in hotel. For more information & sponsorship cards contact Red @ 087 9850348 / Peter@ 087 9872417 / Niall @ 085 1542171 / PJ @ 087 0910489.
GARDA BAND IN PORTARLINGTON
Your last chance to buy your tickets for next Sundays Garda Band in St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington on Sunday May 20, from 2.30 p.m-4.30 p.m. A donation from this event will be given to Portarlington Meals on Wheels an& Portarlington Senior Citizens. Admission is by ticket only @ €10 each. Tickets can be purchased in Brian Whelan Electrical, Main Street, Marie Corcoran (Saoirse Care Charity Shop (beside Burbage’s) Main Street, and Willie Murphy Furniture Store, Patrick Street (all in Portarlington). If you have any questions regarding purchasing tickets you can contact Berni on 0876267694.
VINTAGE FILM NIGHT
Would you like to enjoy an evening of digitally restored film of Dublin and Portarlington from the 1920’s? Following the discovery and restoration of over 20 reels of film from the 1920’s, the Lea Castle Conservation Group are proud to present a unique opportunity to see this rare film of a bye gone era on June 6 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. The film, recorded by George Mathews, features life in Dublin and Portarlington in the early years of the last century and has never been shown in public before. On the night there will also be an opportunity to view the Ronnie Mathews vintage postcard collection. Tickets are strictly limited and cost €10 each from the Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise and locally, details to follow.
The Invalid Pilgrimage will travel to Knock Shrine on Sunday June 3. This will coincide with the Diocesan Pilgrimage. Full funding is available for invalids wishing to be placed in the care of St. John’s in Knock before and after the Ceremonies. Otherwise seats that may become available will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will cost €30 per person. (Includes food/beverages). Enquires to Teresa @ 087-1343174 or Mary @ 087 7870889.
Deepest Sympathy to the Hynan family Portlaoise road on the death of Paddy Hynan on Wednesday May 2. Paddy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen, sons John, Pat, Joe Peter & Chris, daughters Margaret & Martina, brother Fr Joe (Melbourne), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday May 8 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Paddy rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to Joan Mahon & family Walsh Island on the death of her daughter Catherine who passed away on Sunday May 6. Predeceased by her father Tommy, Catherine will be sadly missed by her son Daniel, daughter Molly, mother Joan, brothers Thomas, Matthew, Noel & Pauric, sisters Ann, Siobhan & Mag, uncle Frank, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday May 10 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Walsh Island, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Catherine rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Sr. Mary Laurance Culleton, formerly Limetree Portarlington who passed away on Wednesday May 2 in Glasgow. Sr Mary will be sadly missed by her community of the Little Sisters of the Poor Glasgow, her sisters Chris (O’Reilly) Patrick St, Mary, Phil Patricia, Anne & Bernadette, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took place at the Convent Chapel in Glasgow, with burial in the Convent Cemetery. May Sr. Mary rest in Peace.
PORT GAA NEWS
TABLE QUIZ-Portarlington GAA Club are holding a Table Quiz on Friday May 18 @9pm in the Railway Bar. €40 per table of 4. Contact Amy on 089- 2458621 to book. All support greatly appreciated.
BINGO-Bingo continues every Tuesday @8.30pm in the GAA Centre, with up to €2,500 in prize money to be won.
LOTTO-Lotto tickets are on sale weekly with the Jackpot up to €6,000. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member for €2 or 3 X €5.
ARLINGTON SOCCER CLUB
Lotto results for May 1. Letters drawn U- J-Z- P. No Jackpot winner. €25 to Emma Carey & Michael Hogan. Sellers Prize Lorcan Carey. Next draw will be held on May 15. Jackpot €9,100.