Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Amount raised so far for the recent 5K run/walk is €1,637. All outstanding cards to be returned immediately. Many thanks for all your support. Sincere thanks also to the Heritage, Killenard, Supervalu, Portarlington, Port Credit Union & to Yvonne Thompson & Michael Cullen.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015. Pic courtesy of

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015. Pic courtesy of


The Laois Alzheimer’s Society would like to thank everyone who walked with us on Monday morning July 18. Thanks to the staff and students of the Further Education Centre, Portarlington & the staff at Derryounce Walkway, Colm and Martin who were a great help to us. Our health and safety men Enda and John and all the businesses who gave refreshments and vouchers for spot prizes, and of course our branch members. A special thanks to everybody who sponsored our walkers and gave donations. Thanks to all the local press for the coverage you have given us and thanks to The Laois Nationalist for sending Denis to take photos. At the moment we have collected over €2,000 so thanks to everybody who gave and also those who went out asking people to sponsor them. Still more to come and all proceeds stay in Laois.

We had 43 walkers who all finished the course and enjoyed the lovely scenery and quietness that Derryounce Walkway offers people whether in a group situation or just for a quiet bit of time for a walk and to observe the wildlife in their sanctuary section. We all would highly recommend the walk to anyone. We had some spot prizes on the day so we just raffled them off between the walkers, a big thank you to all for the prizes – Laura Jane Boutique, Jo Jo’s Boutique, Sue Ryder Shop and Pat Cooper’s Florist. Thanks to Supervalu and Marcus McLaughlin for sponsoring drinks on the day. Adam Somers – won a Laura Jane’s €20 voucher, presented by Katie Hogan. Debbie Scully won the second Laura Jane’s €20 voucher, presented by Samantha Beacon. John Hanlon -Jo Jo Boutique, presented by Helen Nolan. Christopher Murphy -Gift Set from Sue Ryder Shop, presented by Helen Nolan. Joan Cash – flowers from Pat Coopers Florist, presented by Helen Nolan.

Laois Alzheimer Society


Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul continues every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant. Dancing on July 9 with Glen Flynn. 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.



The Concert Band meet every Thursday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm 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.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

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Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography


Fierce performing Academy. Lots of activities including gymnastics, movies, drama, dance, games, singing, arts and crafts. 10am-2pm from Monday July 9 to Friday July 13. Children from age 5 to 18 years & all levels welcome. Daily drop in welcome. Call to Portarlington Health & Nutrition Centre, Main Street. Contact: Fierce performing Academy on their Facebook/Instagram pages or contact Tarik on 086-8723356.


The association would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection. The amount raised was €823.


Having been over a decade in existence bringing invalids to Knock Shrine, it is with regret that, as fewer invalids are travelling with the pilgrimage, the present Committee have decided that this year was to be their last to travel in that capacity to the Shrine. Remaining funds have been donated to both the Lourdes Committee and Meals on Wheels. The Committee thank all who have so generously supported and helped out in any way over the many years.

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

Lea Castle. Photo courtesy of Con Murphy Photography


Monthly Bingo in Clonaslee Community Centre on Sunday July 8th at 3pm.  Doors open at 2.15pm.


The following are dates for Cemetery Masses in the Parish. Killenard – Friday July 6 @ 7.30pm. St Michael’s Portarlington – Friday July 13 @ 7.30pm. Emo New Cemetery – Friday July 20 @ 7.30pm. Emo Old Cemetery – Wednesday August 15 @ 7.30pm.