Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


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. Also from Whelehans newsagents Main St Portarlington, or book at 

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

All your Portarlington news
Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography


Social Club on Tour on Thursday June 14 from 2.30pm – 4.30pm in Droimnín Nursing Home, Brockley Park Droimnín, Co Laois R32 C558. Pop in for a cuppa and a chat. Support Group on Wednesday 20., 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. Email



Laois Age Friendly in association with Laois PPN are hosting a Tea Dance in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix on this Wednesday May 30, from 2pm to 5pm.  Special Guest is Mary O’Rourke and music by Paddy Bracken, Clara.  RSVP to Geraldine Delaney – 057 86 64107 or before May 25.



Portarlington Tidy Towns will meet for one hour every Tuesday night to clean up different areas of the town. Please check out the Portarlington Tidy Towns facebook page.


A big congratulations to Portarlington Leisure Centre who won best Leisure Centre at the Midland Radio 3 hospitality awards 2018. Also to Eddie’s Hot Pot who won best value restaurant. Well done to everyone.

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

Lea Castle. Photo courtesy of Con Murphy Photography

Sale takes place on Friday & Saturday June 1 & 2 in the St Vincent de Paul shop Main St. 20% off all items in the shop. Coffee morning on the Friday morning. Raffle for many prizes. Tickets €1 a strip.


Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul continues every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant. Dancing on June 4 with Unity. 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.




Meet every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at the old girl’s 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.

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


Happy Hearts Retirement Club are inviting new members over 55s to join their Happy Club.
They meet every Thursday 2-4pm in the Community Centre. Activities include: Bingo, Bowls, Cards, Painting, Table Tennis, Darts, Rings, Table Quiz, Talks, Sing Along, Crafts, Dancing & Outings. Contact Barbara @ 0861999405 for more information.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary (Mollie) McMahon (nee Whyte) St Michael’s Park who passed away on Sunday May 20 at the Oakdale Nursing Home. Mollie was predeceased by her loving husband Jim. She will be sadly missed by her loving family Tony, Colette, Patricia, Eithne, Ursula & Paul, brother Joe Whyte, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & friends. Mollie was a long-time member of Portarlington Social Services, where she gave many years of her time. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday May 22 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Mollie rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to Joan Kenna & family Derrymore on the recent death of her brother Patrick (Paddy) Sweeney, Mullingar. Paddy will be sadly missed by his wife, daughters, son, brother, sisters, grandchildren, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place in the Cathedral of Christ the King, with burial in Kilronan Cemetery. May Paddy rest in Peace.



Lotto results for May 15. Letters drawn, E- G- P- J.  No Jackpot winner. Next draw will take place on May 29. Jackpot €9,200.

Some Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club Juvenile Members with coach Tony Lok

Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club News


Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club welcomes new members. Junior membership entitles the child to free participation in our Summer activities program. Every weekday afternoon Monday to Friday for 8 weeks in July and August. Rackets and balls provided. Very few places available in Tony’s Child Coaching classes. If interested contact 087-1231135.