Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


On behalf of Laois Alzheimer’s Society, we would like to thank Nuala, Christopher and all at McGreals Pharmacy, Portarlington & everyone who supported the coffee morning in any way. We were delighted to get so much support and everyone was very happy chatting in such a lovely friendly place, and sure we nearly took over the chemist. So thanks to Killian McGreal for allowing us to use his chemist. Thanks to John Davis from Chef’s Corner, Theresa Colgan and Theresa O’Reilly for their beautiful home cooking. Such a spread & really appreciated. Total raised was €746. So a big thanks to everyone.

Oakdale Nursing Home hosted our last social club meeting on Thursday July 26 last.  A lovely time and great music. A big thanks to all the staff in Oakdale.

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

Lea Castle. Photo courtesy of Con Murphy Photography

Laois Alzheimer’s Society Resource Centre at 47 Main Street Portlaoise is open from Monday July 30. Laois Alzheimer Society is a Homecare Service for Laois people who are living with Dementia. We look after the day to day needs of people and assist in making life more enjoyable for their families. Social Clubs are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 2.30-4.30pm for people with Dementia and their carers. This is a very relaxed informal event where activities, fun and chat can be shared over a cup of tea. We have started going On Tour with our Social Club so check local press notes for updates.

Laois Alzheimer Society

Our Family Support Club in on the 3rd Wednesday of every month between 7.30 and 9pm in the Resource Centre, 47 Main Street, Portlaoise. The support groups for family carers to get together. Share their stories, get advice and give support to others in a similar situation. During the month of August due to a lot of people on holidays -Support Group and Social Clubs will not be held. Resumes in September. Details to follow. Any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057 866 3398/086 8372168. Home-care Coordinator 47 Main Street Portlaoise. Co Laois. R32 VRX8T.



A bus will travel from Portarlington to the Papal Mass in the Pheonix Park on Sunday August 26. The organisers of the event are very anxious to point out to people attending that there may be a two to three kilometre walk from the bus park to the Mass site. Some tickets may become available – Contact the Parish Office to leave your name. Everyone needs a ticket to gain entry / Children U.18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you intend to travel on the bus from Portarlington please phone the Parish Office to leave your name. Adults €10 / Under 18 €5.

JECA the Clown celebrates with pupils from Shanahoe NS on winning 1st prize in primary section of Living Heritage in Schools Competition



The Lea Castle Conservation Group will host an evening celebrating the heritage of Irish whiskey as part of Heritage Week 2018. The event takes place on Friday August 24 in the fabulous setting of Glanmalire House, Ballybrittas. Renowned whiskey expert Gerard Garland will give a talk on the history of Irish whiskey and the huge growth of its popularity in recent years and his talk will be supported by suitable samples for guests to try. The talk will be followed by a light supper and traditional music provided by Portarlington Comhaltas. Tickets are €25 available from Martin Whelehan, Central Stores or from the website THE HERITAGE OF IRISH WHISKEY – Lea Castle and all proceeds to the Lea Castle Conservation Project.


“Be a Tourist in your own Town”.  Portarlington Tidy Towns in conjunction with Portarlington Photography Club, Derryounce Lakes and Trails and The Lea Castle Conservation Project would love you to come along and support our pop up Photographic Exhibition showcasing the Natural and Built Heritage of Portarlington. Drop in and have a cuppa with us on Saturday August 25 and Sunday 26 from 10am – 6pm at the Parochial Hall, Market Square, Portarlington. Admission Free. “Love where you Live”.

Laois Heritage Society Events




Colaiste  Iosagain  Parents  Council  are holding a used  uniform sale  on  Tuesday the 14 and Thursday August 16 from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm in the school hall. All are welcome.




Portarlington Lions Club are delighted to announce that their Free Family Fun Day takes place on August 12 in the People’s Park Portarlington from  2pm to  5pm with lots of attractions for every age group, including live music, free swimming session thanks to Portarlington Leisure Centre, Irish Dancing exhibitions, pet farm, pidgeon release, tug of war and last year’s winners welcome all challengers, bouncing castles, giant games, face painting, children’s athletics, football shoot-out, kiddies disco to name but a few.

A raffle will be held and first prize is the ever-popular trailer of groceries and second prize is a trailer of turf. This year we appeal for people’s support for the raffle as surplus funds will be donated to the family of a local little boy who is bravely fighting a serious illness.

Lions International Peace Poster

We hope that you will join us on the 12 for a fun filled day for all the family.



A Tractor run will take place in Portarlington on Sunday August 26 at 11am. All proceeds will go to the Portarlington Community Development Association ongoing Projects. The biggest of these projects being the Derryounce Walks & Trails. To book a place contact Eddie Fitzpatrick @ 0872580428, also the PCDA/LOVE PORT office @ 0858568801.


Dancing in Aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul continues every Monday night in the Gandon Inn Hotel & Restaurant.  August 13-dancing to Declan Aungier. 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.

It's Bingo time!

It’s Bingo time in Portarlington!



Deepest Sympathy to Pat Lyne & family Bracklone St on the death of his sister Breeda McCarthy (nee Lyne) Milltown, Co. Kerry who passed away on Saturday July 28. Requiem Mass took place on Monday July 30 in the Sacred Heart Church, Milltown, with burial after in Milltown Cemetery. May Breeda rest in Peace.




The Cloneygowan Gooseberry Fair is taking place on Sunday August 19. A fun-filled day out for all the family. All proceeds from this event go towards the Christmas party for our Senior Citizens. Parade from the Village green at 2pm. All very welcome.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

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Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography


Laois Offaly gathering of retired HSE staff takes place on Wednesday, August 29. Commences with Mass at St Fintan’s Hospital Chapel, Portlaoise, at 2pm followed by refreshments at the Portlaoise Parish Centre, Stradbally Road. Enquiries to Breda Cooley 086 8812228, Mary Dunne 086 1570016, Bessie Bonham 086 8651653. Numbers required by Wednesday, August 15. Cost €20.