Around Portarlington Way
PRESENTATION PRIMARY SCHOOL
It was the end of an era for boys in the Presentation Primary school recently. The last full class of boys left the school for the last time since the Presentation school in Portarlington opened in 1854. They collected their belongings and their mementos from their teachers and said goodbye. These boys and those before them have brought so much to the school over the years. They are wished the very best in their new school, St Patrick’s BNS.
A big day took place recently at the Presentation Primary school when three fantastic 6th class groups graduated. We wish all the girls the very best in the next journey of their education.
The Council have commissioned a Consultant to prepare a Plan for the upgrade of the Peoples Park in Portarlington. The Plan has a number of proposals including.New improved footpaths throughout. A Central Plaza with feature paving, feature sculpture and picnic area
Riverside Meadow with pollinator friendly wildflowers. Oak Tree Meadow, Central Lawn Area, an enclosed Edible Garden with brick paths and park benches, new seating, refurbish the Robert Hartpole effigy, new Information Boards, new tree planting and native hedging,
new sculpture features, a GIY garden. Funding needs to be sourced such as from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and will take a few years to complete.
The Parish Pilgrimage scheduled for August is cancelled for this year. The committee look forward to seeing you all on the next Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2021.
MENTAL HEALTH IRELAND
A free 24/7 Text support number has been launched.
50808 is a first of its kind for Ireland: a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small. To get in touch, text TALK to 50808
From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, our Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations.
There to provide immediate support in the short term and to connect people to resources that will help them in the future. The service is funded by the HSE.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Carol Hargrove (nee Horgan), Shandra Portarlington who passed away on Monday June 15 surrounded by her beloved family. Carol will be sadly missed by her devoted husband Joe, daughter Ruth, sons Simon & Patrick, sister Rena, brother Liam, grandchildren Adah, Charlie & Tom, her extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday June 17. May Carol’s gentle soul rest in Peace.
For Mass at St Michael’s Church Portarlington check out their webcam on the link here.
SENIOR ALERT ALARMS
Have you heard of Senior Alert Alarms? Available to anyone over 65 yrs. If you require further information or think you may be eligible and wish to apply please contact the Love Port office on 085-8568801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT LINE FOR THE ELDERLY
ALONE has launched a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns, or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm. Phone 0818 222 024.
Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club welcomes new members. We encourage our members to stay fit and healthy, and we hope you all continue to be healthy and well. Tennis is a great sport to continue playing at this difficult time. We are now open on a strictly pre-booking system to protect our Vulnerable members. For more information ring or text 087- 1231135.
Derryounce Walks and Lakes are a valuable asset for the town & hinterland of Portarlington.
A gofundme page has been set up to help purchase some badly needed equipment for the volunteers who look after Derryounce. The upkeep of Derryounce is carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers who often use their own equipment.
It is used by a wide variety of people, including walkers, anglers, naturalists, photographers and people who want to experience its peace and tranquillity. Your donation would be much appreciated.