Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Christmas Fair

Portarlington Community Centre are holding their Christmas Fair on Sunday November 29, from 12 until 5 pm. €30 for table and we are currently taking bookings directly in the Centres Office, with a €15 booking deposit required to secure table. Variety of crafts on sale. Visit Santas grotto, have a coffee in Mrs Claus cafe, facepainter and entertainment. Free admission. Check out our Facebook page or call 057-8645728 for further information.

Christmas Extravaganza

The 3rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza takes place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Sunday December 13th @ 8pm. Mulled wine reception takes place from 7pm. Artists who will perform on the night are St Michael’s Parish Choir under the direction of Dr Larry Fullam, Pianist Edward Newell, Patricia Finnegan, Owen Lynch, Tom Cooper, Brendan Lawlor, Phillip Orford, Catriona Cooper,  Tickets can be bought in the Love Port office in the Community Centre or you can contact Ann Dunne @ 087-4116101 or Lillian Shiels @ 087-2213591. Proceeds to Portarlington Meals on Wheels & the Portarlington Community Development Association. A wonderful night is assured.

Heritage Challenge Pro-Am launched

The Heritage, Killenard


Charity Shop Sale

Large stock of new clothes with labels will be on Sale from next Tuesday November 24th in the St Vincent de Paul shop Main St. Also check out the vast range of goods in the shop. Ladies, gents & children’s wear, shoes, books, furniture & all assortments of bric a brac. Come in and check them out.

St. Vincent de Paul Durrow news

St. Vincent de Paul news

Raffle tickets available now at €1 a strip for a vast amount of Hampers. Raffle will take place for Christmas. If you have any items that you would like to donate please drop in to the shop. We are always grateful for your donations.

Portarlington Speakers

Severe weather warnings and a gale to blow your house away didn’t stop members from around Laois travelling to Killenard Community Centre to enjoy a very entertaining evening with Portarlington Speakers.

Club President Carmel Moore welcomed the welcomed the Club’s newest member Geraldine Kennedy. Carmel continued giving an inspirational speech on a mother’s role in the rise of Bill Cullen. Mark Bastow amused everyone with his tale of Henry VIII and Robert Frost’s short poem on the Hardship of Accounting. An unusual table topics session recalled childhood days getting the haycocks in, that most important domestic utensil the waiter’s friend (corkscrew), and how to organise your life using post-it notes (Oh! Emma).

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming our newest member Geraldine Kennedy

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming our newest member Geraldine Kennedy

A very interesting round table discussion on Friday Fiver and radio interviews followed. Your last chance in 2015 to visit Portarlington Speakers will be on Tuesday December 1 from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Killenard Community Centre. Meetings will then resume in January 2016.  Remember there is always a warm friendly welcome and an interesting evening ahead at the meetings. See the Club on Facebook, MeetUp, and


Portarlington Angling Club

Derryounce lakes now open for the Winter Season. Permits are available from Portarlington Auto Parts. Christmas draw will be taking place on December 19 in Finlays Bracklone St. Tickets are available from all club members and all support is greatly appreciated.


Portarlington Outreach takes place on Friday November 27 from 9.30am-1pm in the Community Centre

Table Quiz

Portarlington Rugby Club are holding a Table Quiz fundraiser on Friday November 27 at 9pm. Table of 4 people €40. Please support.

Portarlington RFC. Photo courtesy of

Portarlington RFC Table Quiz. Photo courtesy of

Soccer Sisters

Arlington AFC in conjunction with the FAI are hoping to run a Soccer Sisters programme, which is a girl’s only programme (aged between 7-12 years). The programme will run for 4/5 weeks starting late November if numbers are sufficient. The programme is made up of 1 hour sessions per week which will be an introduction to football using fun drills and games. No experience or knowledge of football required. Come along & bring a friend.
If interested text 086-0485820 with: Arlington & your child’s name and age. When enough girls are registered the programme will start.



Thank you to all who attended our Local Branch Formal Launch on November 13. Our walking group are still meeting weekly at Portlaoise Pool & Leisure Centre each Wednesday evening at 6pm & we go for a coffee and a chat afterwards. At a recent committee meeting, we decided to pause the walking group for the month of December as the weather conditions are not ideal & the darkness is also a hindrance.




The last weekly walk of this year will be November 25. Our group will still meet socially each Wednesday evening at 7 pm for the cuppa & a chat commencing  Wednesday December 2 at O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Main Street. Portlaoise. All welcome! We will be recommencing our walking group in the New Year. We are also planning some other activities for 2016 to include a 6 week course of “Gentle Zumba Classes” commencing January 26 2016.

Please watch out for updates about further activities & details of group meetings in local newspaper, or on our Facebook page here or on Arthritis Ireland Website. Local Branch contact phone no: 089- 2525344.


Carol Singers

If you are interested in joining our Carol Singing Group this Christmas contact Anne Dunne on 087- 4146600. All are welcome.


Killenard Tidy Towns AGM will take place on  Friday November 27 at 8pm in the Community Centre, Killenard. If Killenard is to enter the competition in 2016, new volunteers are needed to take a leadership role on the committee. We need people with the time to organise clean up/planting events in the spring/summer and on-going project development.

laois tidy towns

Shouldn’t all of Laois be spotlessly clean?

On the night, we will also discuss setting up a Killenard Text Alert System and will be seeking volunteers to take this project forward as part of the Tidy Towns effort. If you cannot make the AGM but wish to volunteer, contact Sandie O’Leary on 087-7651396.