Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Centenary 1916-2016.
Do we want to be the only town in Laois to do nothing to celebrate this Historic event?
The PCDA/Love Port are currently trying to facilitate the setting up of a Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee. We are inviting individuals and groups to help form a committee or help out in any way on proposals as to how the town can commemorate the 1916 Centenary.
Most towns and some villages in Laois already have committees in place.
Has your family any family History with the Rising? If so why not commemorate the event in some way in their honour.

1916 Commemoration Workshops

Laois 1916 Commemoration

If you have any ideas please contact the PCDA/Love Port office on 085-8568801 between 9.30am and 5pm or email You can also call into our office which is located in the Portarlington Community Centre, Link Road.

WW1 Book

Portarlington and the Great War – A directory of local men killed in action 1914-18 is on Sale in Whelehan’s, Richard Slevin’s and All Books & Eason’s Portlaoise. Limited numbers printed.

Lest we forget

Lest we forget


Portarlington Speakers

How to Write a Speech-How do you write a speech? A question answered in depth by the panel in the ever popular round robin session backed up by extracts from the Competent Communication Manual (aka the Toastmasters Bible). A very entertaining evening was then enjoyed with Carmel Moore leading a lively table topics session. This was the last meeting before the Christmas Break and members will next meet on Tuesday January 5 at the Killenard Community Centre from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. So why not make an early resolution to join the Speakers in 2016 and twice a month come along to friendly meetings and enhance your communication and leadership skills? See the Club on Facebook, MeetUp, and

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming our newest member Geraldine Kennedy

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming newest member Geraldine Kennedy



Emo Market

Join us on Sunday December 13 at Christmas Market Emo Village where Celebrity Chef Aymar from Annamars Restaurant will give a free cooking demonstration on how to prepare the perfect Christmas Dinner and also a great opportunity to sample Le Skinny chef creative cuisine. There will also be a talk from the Wine Buff.   Starts at 2.30 Contact 087-2638140 for further information.

Season's Greetings from Emo Christmas Market & Fair

Season’s Greetings from Emo Christmas Market & Fair


Portarlington Social Services Friday Cuppa is finished now until the beginning of February 2016. Thanks to everyone who attended over the year. Big thanks to our ladies in the kitchen who helped the Hostesses prepare lunch. Also thanks to those who provided entertainment, to people who provided transport & to the people who attended and enjoyed their few hours with us. Have a Happy Christmas & a Peaceful & Healthy New Year.

Bingo- Will finish on Wednesday December 16 in the Centre. Again thanks to all who attended over the Year and a big thanks to the Hostesses who helped out every Wednesday night. See you all in February 2016. . Have a Happy Christmas & a Peaceful & Healthy New Year.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. December 14-Done & Dusted. December 21-John & Terry. December 28-Dermot Lyons.  Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

Dancing at the Gandon Inn

Dancing at the Gandon Inn


The Emigrants Newsletter is now on sale. Price €3. The Newsletter is available in the following shops: Centra Kilmalogue, Spar Station Rd, Burbage’s Main St, Fletcher’s Newsagents Main St, The Post Office, Slevin’s Bracklone St, “Spar Express” Topaz Garage Main St & Central Stores Main St.