Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Denise Geoghegan is a young Portarlington woman who has found herself in bad health and is now active on the heart transplant list. Denise has been in hospital the past number of weeks, and will remain in hospital until she gets the transplant. The following fundraisers will be held in the coming weeks to support the Geoghegan family.

Saturday March 14 @ 5pm there will be a Charity Senior GAA Match in McCann Park between Bracknagh & Portarlington. Admission €10. Please show your support. A Go fund me page has also been set up on line if you wish to donate.

Please support if you can. Thanks.


Our town was once again shocked & saddened to learn of another young mother been critically ill in Beaumont hospital. Andrea Broughan was struck down for the 2nd time in 4 months from Meningitis. After coming through the last one last November she once again was struck down by the same illness, but this time with more complications. Andy as she is lovingly known by her family and friends had major brain surgery at Beaumont hospital. She remains critical and her parents Paul & Jan, sister Caitriona, brother Paul & fiancée Adam are keeping a vigil at her bedside.

Andy is an active member of Portarlington Rugby Club, where she is very popular with all her team mates. The Club organised a vigil at the clubhouse on Monday March 2. Once again, the town of Portarlington have come up trumps with fundraisers for Andy’s family to support & ease practical worries for her family at this difficult time. You can also donate to a Gofund me page for Andrea which was set up by her rugby friends.

Please support if you can. Thanks.

Prayers and thoughts are with both the Geoghegan & Broughan families at this time.


Cloneyhurke development Fund Monster Draw of €3,000 in prizes. Draw takes place on June 20. Tickets will shortly be on sale at €20 each. Your support is much appreciated.



Information Evening on Tuesday March 24 at 8pm at Portarlington Golf Club. Programme Starts on Tuesday March 31 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, and 7.30 to 8.30, 8-week programme. 4 lessons with PGA Pro, and 4 weeks on course scramble with Lady Members. Equipment provided if required. Fun and friendly environment. Cost €80. Only 24 places available. For more information contact: Mary Foy Phone at 083 1846539, or email

It's Bingo time!

It’s Bingo time in Portarlington!


Senior Citizens bingo every Wednesday night @ 8.30pm at the Portarlington Social Services, Link Rd. Lovely social night for all.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Henry (Harry) Fowler, Landsdowne Portarlington & formerly Glasnevin Dublin who passed away on Thursday February 27. Harry will be sadly missed by his loving wife Julie, family Andrea, Shaun, Tara, Kerrie & Liz, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & friends. Cremation Service took place on Monday March 2 at Newlands Cross Crematorium. May Harry rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Sarah Chambers (nee Dempsey), Congress Tce & formerly Ballymorris who passed away on Monday March 2 at Oakdale Nursing Home. Sarah was predeceased by her husband Michael. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Bridget (Crowe) & Sarah (Ryan), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons in law Dessie & Christy, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday March 4 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in Ballyadden Cemetery Ballybrittas. May Sarah rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Jimmy Hanlon, Gracefield who passed away on Wednesday March 4. Jimmy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Helen, daughter Eleanor, sons Derek & Aidan, brother Donal, sister Ina, his 7 grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday March 7 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Jimmy rest in Peace.


Adult Social Tennis has now resumed every Thursday at 8pm, weather permitting.

Our newly elected committee are hoping you will come and join them. All levels welcome. Spring is in the air and now is the time to once again pick up your rackets and enjoy some Tennis.



Laois All Counties Draw-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 on March 13 and last one in June. Tickets are €130, on sale   from any committee member, and can be paid by instalments of 4 x €32.50.

Bingo-Bingo continues every Tuesday night in the GAA Centre in McCann Pk at 8.30pm. Up to €4,000 in prizemoney to be won. Please NOTE that Bingo on St Patrick’s night March 17 will commence at 7pm.

All your Portarlington GAA News here.

Lotto-Laois Clubs Combined Lotto Results for February 27. Jackpot: €14,400. No winner. Numbers drawn- 10-17-28-36.  €20each to   Faolán Ryan, Pat Burbage & David Murphy. Next week’s jackpot- €14,600.
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.



Laois Alzheimer’s Society Resource Centre at 47 Main Street Portlaoise is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Our next Social Club is Thursday March 12 at 2.30-3.30pm in Ballard Lodge, 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.

Postponed until further notice

Our next Support Group is on Wednesday March 18 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. It is a great place to talk to others that are affected. Also in a private setting and a break from caring for the hour or so.

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


Fuel Your Roots-As part of Healthy Ireland, Mary Fitzpatrick will deliver a talk on healthy eating and living at Portarlington Library on tomorrow Wednesday March 11 at 6pm. Free event, all are welcome.

Caifé & Comhrá-Portarlington library would love you to join them for coffee and chat as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge on Tuesday March 10 from 11am – 12 noon. Free event, all are welcome.

All Laois Libraries are closed

Yoga for Kids-Portarlington Library on March 18 at 3:30pm. Suitable for 8 -12yr olds. Free event, but booking is essential. Call 057 8643751 to secure a place.



Grow Community Mental Health movement support group meets every Thursday from 2.30pm in the Social Services Centre, Link Road. If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, why not come learn a practical psychology of Mental health. Contact Assumpta at 086-811 4135. Visit Info. line 1890 474 474.