Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Ballymorris Road in Portarlington will be closed until August 21 from the Railway Bridge to the Ballymorris Road / Canal Road Crossroads to facilitate roadworks at the new social housing development. Local access only will be permitted. Please follow the diversion signs.


People can now register with the Jobs Club via their website. You can stay at home if you are still worried about this virus and they can assist you once you have registered. If you wish to get membership with our Job Club please go to:



We are running desperately low on essential items. Particularly pasta sauces, tea bags and cereals. We appeal to the public if you can please donate just one item, every single thing donated helps. Drop off points locally are –

Gala store, coffee shop and Inver fuel station, Patrick Street.

Daniels Centra, Main St Portarlington.

Thank you for your donations so far customers and staff.


Although we are restricted by “the virus” our members are still attending the shed albeit with caution.

Recently saw the completion and delivery of protective screens specially made for the Portarlington Concert Band, whom we are proud to help keep them safe. For more information contact 086 736 0911.



Another wonderful Portarlington lady passed away on Saturday August 1 at her residence. Deepest Sympathy to the family of Peggy Whelan (nee O’Keefe, Bishopswood. Peggy was predeceased by her loving husband Johnny, sister Sadie & grandson Eibhan. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Marie, sons Eamonn, Sean, Seamus & Patrick, brothers Sean & Michael, her 10 beloved grandchildren, her extended family, neighbours & many friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday August 3 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Peggy’s gentle Soul rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of James (Jim) Farrell, Portarlington & late of Inchicore who passed away suddenly on August 4. Jim was predeceased by his late father James snr & his brother Joe (recently deceased). Jim will be sadly missed by his partner Adele, mother Kathleen, sisters Patricia, Caroline, Catherine & Annemarie, brothers Eddie & David, his extended family & friends. May Jim rest in Peace.


Masses have resumed, and will continue with all the Covid19 guidelines. Times of Masses are as follows- St Michael’s Church Portarlington-Monday to Friday, 10am. Saturday 6.15pm. Sunday 9am. 11am Mass on Webcam. St John’s Church Killenard-Sunday’s 10.30am. Emo-Saturday 7.30pm & Sunday 11am. Rath-Saturday 7.30pm.

The link for the Church webcam is here.


The Sacrament of Baptism has recommenced. The limit is 4 Baptisms at a time. If you wish to book a baptism please contact the Parish office Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Phone 057-8643004.


The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre would like to say thanks to all of you who took part in our recent virtual raffle in aid of Cuisle. Many thanks also to Sean Doyle and Pat Devoy  for popping in with their fantastic efforts in securing so many wonderful prizes from the local businesses in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Stradbally.

They very much appreciate all of your support and will be in touch with the lucky winners in the coming days.


Well done to Thomas Weight Gracefield, who fulfilled his ambition to do a Skydive as soon as he was old enough to qualify. He chose Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, because he believes that there is not enough support for young people with mental illness in his own community.

The condition for the jump was that Thomas had to raise at least €500 for the charity, which visits schools to give free workshops on mental health. Great support came through and he well exceeded the target, raising €1,710 so far for Youth Suicide prevention Ireland.

His fundraiser remains open to sponsorship here until February 2021 or text YSPI SFL5480 to 50300  to make a €4 donation.

“All donations will be greatly appreciated,” said Thomas.


Lotto results for Monday August 3. Jackpot €9,000-no winner. Numbers drawn, 5-20-17-27. €50 each to Elaine Slevin c/o Mary Slevin, Siobhan Egan c/o Helen Hanlon, Derek Hanlon c/o Helen Hanlon, Dolores Kelly c/o Colette O’Reilly & Pat Hyland c/o Jamie Hanlon. Promoter- Colette O’Reilly. Next Jackpot-€9,200.


Another young girl from our Community needs your help. Annemarie Gallagher from Treascon has been living in Australia this past 3 years. Unfortunately, Annemarie has been diagnosed with MS. Her health bills are quite enormous and at the moment because of her health and the restrictions on travel she is unable to travel home to her family. Please if you can donate and share to help Annemarie.


Portarlington RFC are still raising funds for Andrea. The build is making great progress. Contact link here.


Fame for the Families is an event that will take place on October 9 & 10 at Portarlington Rugby Club to raise funds for local families who have suffered the stress and upset caused by medical trauma.

The first task is to find talented singers who want to do their bit to bring some happiness to families who really deserve it. So, if you know someone who has what it takes to participate in a live singing competition and join the other contestants in recording a track that will be released for download to raise funds and promote the event then send them our way! Contact Barry Lambkin & Clive Doody or any committee member for more information.