Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Portarlington TD for first time in almost a century!
The Portarlington-based former Army Ranger and Military Medical Officer gained 5,742 first preference votes in the South Kildare constituency. He went on to ultimately take a seat with a final tally of 10,940.

Portarlington has its own TD after a gap of almost 100 years!


Our Senior Citizens bingo returned last Wednesday February 5 @ 8.30pm at the Portarlington Social Services, Link Rd. It will continue every Tuesday night until the end of June. Great to see all our regulars & hoping to see new people in the coming weeks. Lovely social night for all.


A big well done to the wonderful Portarlington 16-year-old Rachel Lawless who recently won the U18’s All-Ireland finals in the National Stadium in Dublin beating the current European Gold medalist. Rachel now qualifies for the Irish team who compete in Montenegro in April. You are a true inspiration Rachel. All your hard work and commitment has paid off. Rachel is daughter of Ray & Eimear Lawless.

Congrats and well done Rachel Lawless!


Congratulations to champion swimmer Shane Ryan who was honoured at a Civic reception on Wednesday February 5 at the County Hall Portlaoise. This event was in recognition of Shane’s achievements in European & World championship swimming. Shanes proud mam Mary Beth travelled from the USA. All of Shane’s very proud extended family were also there to see this wonderful event. Well-deserved Shane. Portarlington will be watching you in your future achievements.


Hat Sale in aid of St Colman’s School Stradbally pitch development fund on Sunday February 16 from 1pm to 4pm in the Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise.   Also, on the day Ladies style event. Stylish headpieces available to purchase. Perfect for lady’s day, weddings and special occasions. Two stylish events, one exclusive venue!

Killeshin Hotel hosting this event Photo courtesy of



Laois Alzheimer’s Society Resource Centre at 47 Main Street Portlaoise is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Our next Social Club is Thursday February 13 at 2.30-4.30pm in the Portlaoise Parish Centre, for people with Dementia and their carers. This is a very relaxed informal event where we can chat over a cup of tea. If you are in the area please join us. All welcome. Our next Support Group is on Wednesday February 19 at 7.30- 9pm in the Resource Centre, 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.

Laois Alzheimer’s are offering a week’s respite care to people who have a dementia diagnosis in Waterman’s Lodge Care Centre, Ballina/Killaloe, Co Tipperary. Their specialist overnight respite centre offers stimulation and activity to the person with dementia in a safe, friendly environment and respite from caring for the caregiver. You do not have to be availing of homecare services to apply. To access respite care please contact Ann on 057- 866 3398/086- 8372168. Places are limited so get in touch with us. For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057- 866 3398/086 8372168. Home-care Coordinator 47 Main Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois R32 VRX8. Email




The Port variety show takes place in the Heritage Killenard on Sunday February 16 @ 8pm sharp. Featuring choirs, solo singers, Bands & musicians.

Tickets €15/OAP €10. Available from Margaret @ 0876715668, Lillian @ 0872213591. Also, at the Love Port office in the Community Centre. Phone 0858568801. Proceeds to Portarlington Tidy Towns.



Portarlington Friends together meet every Tuesday & Friday in the Scouts Den Main St from 2.30-5pm. Everyone welcome. Come on down and have a cuppa and meet new people, and have a chat & a laugh.



Lotto results for January 21. Letters drawn D- X- N- J. No Jackpot winner. €25 to Noel Foy &  Mary Foy. Sellers prize-The Barrow Lodge. Next Jackpot €10,000.

Agony for Arlington!: Arlington AFC's 'B' side prior to their six-three loss away to Division 4A leaders Dynamo Town during the sides' midweek league clash

Your Arlington AFC news here.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Angelique (Angie) Haw (nee Gleeson), Terryglass Nenagh who passed away on Tuesday January 28. Angie was predeceased by her parents Eamon & Jean & brother Edward. Angie will be sadly missed by her husband Paul, son Jake, her aunt, cousins, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday February 1 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Terryglass, with cremation after in Shannon Crematorium. May Angie rest in Peace.



Positive Ageing Talk-Billy O’Keeffe from Age Action Ireland will speak about Positive Ageing and the theme of “Ageing in Place” on Wednesday February 12 at 4pm. Free event. Call 057- 8643751 for more information and to book a place. 

Children’s Art Therapy Workshop-Aisling Brennan will lead the children through this lovely workshop on Wednesday February 19 at 4:30pm. Suitable for Ages 8-12. Free event, but booking is essential. Call 057- 8643751 for more information and to book a place.

Laois Library News. pic courtesy of

Midterm Events-Thursday February 20 from 11am-11.30am.   Story cuddle (6mths – 3 years). 12pm-12.45pm.   Stories on Your Fingertips (3-6 yrs). 2.30pm-4.00pm- Revolting Villains – Roald Dahl. Writing Workshop (7-12 yrs).Free event but booking is essential. Call 057 8643751 for more information and to book a place.



It’s that time of year again where we look for a big response with our main fundraiser of the year. The Laois Clubs Monster Draw with over €125,000 in prizemoney to be won with 4 monthly draws starting in March, and the last one in June. Tickets are €130, on sale from any committee member, and can be paid by in instalments of 4 x €32.50.
Bingo-Bingo continues every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in the Portarlington GAA Centre in McCann Park, with up to €4,000 in prizemoney to be won.

Does championship glory beckon for League winners Portarlington GAA?

Your Portarlington GAA News here! Photo courtesy of Portarlington GAA.

Lotto-Laois Clubs Combined Lotto Results for January 31. Jackpot- €13,600. No winner. Numbers drawn-8-13-18-29. €20 winners- Eugene Geoghan, Brenda Gallagher, Padraig Kavanagh, D Smith & Breda Gallagher. Next Jackpot- €13,800.

Lotto & Membership Online-we have gone live with our Lotto and is now available to buy online on our Clubforce app, or follow the links from our Club website, Facebook or Twitter A/Cs. Just follow the steps to be in the draw every week, and also membership of the Club for 2020 is available to purchase online. You can also purchase our all County Draw tickets for 2020, with a special offer for both Membership & an all-County Draw ticket.
You can follow Portarlington GAA Club and be kept up to date on our social media pages on both our Facebook & Twitter pages & also our Club website.