Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Masses returned for the public on Monday June 29, and will continue with all the Covid19 guidelines. People who are vulnerable & unwell are advised to stay home & listen to Mass on their Church radio or via the Church webcam.

The link for the webcam is here.



A 250km run/walk organised by Bracknagh GAA club took place recently for Denise Geoghegan & her family.   Denise has found herself in bad health, and has been in hospital for the last 7 months and will remain there until she receives the medical treatment required.

The money raised will go towards support for her and her family during and after this difficult time. We are asking people to make a donation. Please contact the Bracknagh GAA facebook page or members of the Committee.


After the phenomenal success of Clive Doody’s Slog on the Bog for Andy Broughan the Portarlington RFC are now planning to move to Phase 2 of the project as they look to generate the funds, labour and materials needed to build a home for Andy’s partner Adam & their young children. If you, or your business are in a position to help us with donation of your skills, materials or a money donation then it would be greatly appreciated.


In February of 2020 Andy was hospitalised for the second time with Meningitis. Since then she has suffered two cerebral strokes that led to complete damage to her spinal nerve from C1 to C6. There is almost no hope of recovery for Andy who requires full time ventilation and is unable to move or talk. Andrea will never be able to leave hospital because of the care that she requires, and so the Club are fundraising so that a home can be built for her partner Adam and their two young children Evan (5) and Elena (4).

Let’s build it for Andy.


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.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Anne Goodwin (nee O’Sullivan), Kilbride Portarlington who passed away on Friday June 19 at her home. Anne will be sadly missed by her loving husband Rodney, daughters Alice & Martha, her mother Nora, sister Grainne, brother Eamonn, mother in law Shirley Goodwin & the extended Goodwin family, her work colleagues & many friends. Anne will be remembered for all her wonderful work in Laois. Funeral took place on Monday June 22. May Anne’s gentle soul rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Declan Noone St Mary’s Drumcar, Co. Louth & Portarlington who passed away on Saturday June 20. Declan was predeceased by his loving parents Frank & Una. He will be sadly missed by his loving brother Brian & sister Denise (Sharpe), brother in law Seamus, nephews Conor & Ross, aunts, uncle, cousins & the extended Noone & Carroll families. Also, Declan’s carers & friends at St Mary’s where he spent his adult life. Funeral took place at St John’s Church Killenard on Wednesday June 24 with many people paying their respect by standing around the Church & Cemetery to show their support for Declan’s family. May Declan’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

Hope your liked our ‘Live in Laois’ programmes so far. Full autumn schedule to look forward to.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Lil Murphy (nee Gibson), St Michael’s Park who passed away on Monday June 22. Lil was predeceased by her loving husband Michael. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Michael. She will be sadly missed by her sons Michael, Jimmy, Tommy & Eddie, daughters Elizabeth & Cathy, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday June 24 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Lil rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Thomas Grattan, the Heath & formerly Rathleash Portarlington who passed away on Monday June 22. Thomas will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lucy, sons Martin & Thomas, daughter Lorna, grandchildren, brother, sisters, his extended family & friends. Funeral & burial took place on Thursday June 26 at the Church of the Assumption, the Heath. May Thomas rest in Peace.


Portarlington Credit Union’s Cash Draw took place on Friday June 19.

The draw took place in their boardroom and all HSE guidelines were followed.

The draw was supervised by a peace commissioner, member of the board oversight committee, assistant manager and finance officer. Well done to all the lucky winners.


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.


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.