Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Conquer Cancer with Kay
The Mangan family would like to say thank everyone who was involved in this Venture with them. The fund is now closed. The total raised was €9,800. Tullamore Oncology received €6,800 on Wednesday December 9 & €3,000 was sent to the Irish Cancer Society. A special word of thanks to the people in Canada, the USA & Spain who did not forget us. Thanks to everyone who turned up to the Anvil on the Fundraising night & all those who sold tickets.
Centenary 1916-2016.
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.

1916 Commemoration Workshops

Laois 1916 Commemoration

Has your family any family History with the Rising? If so why not commemorate the event in some way in their honour. 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.


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

Goal Mile

The Goal Mile takes place on Christmas day at Port GAA Club at 11am. Run, Jog or Walk. No registration required, just turn up. Donate at gate. Sponsored by St Michael’s Athletic Club. For more information contact 087-1302899.

St. Michaels AC competed exceptionally well at the weekend in the Laois Masters and Junior Road Race

St. Michaels AC
sponsoring the Goal Mile

Active Retirement Trip

St Brigid’s Active Retirement Club Garryhinch/Cloneyhurke had a wonderful 5-day break in Sligo last September. They stayed at the Sligo Park Hotel and were so well looked after.   Bingo is a big part of the Club and the Hotel gave them a special room every night to play their Bingo.   A big thank you to Cloneygowan ARC who every year give the Club extra bingo boards.   It’s great fun to see avid Bridge players playing bingo for the first time and loving it.

Everyone was collected by Coach which the Hotel supplied and the journey broke in Carrick on Shannon for lunch.

On day two a big  treat was a visit to Yeats grave in Drumcliffe, we had all done his poetry in school so to see where he was buried made his life very real.   Eilish O’Neill gave us a rendering of ” The lake Isle of Innisfree”   and all quitly  joined in.  His grave is so simple  and unassuming.

Then we went to Mullaghmore which we were all familar with after all the publicity there over the summer with the visiting royals.   Sligo has so many sights, Creevykeel court Cairn,    Gleniffe Horseshoe drive taking us around Benbulben and amazing landscape and we finished with a visit to Glencar Valley and waterfall.

We leave a day free for shopping and getting to know Sligo, it has a wonderful selection of old shops especially drapery shops.

The group visited Yeats' resting place in Drumcliffe on their trip to Sligo.

The group visited Yeats’ resting place in Drumcliffe on their trip to Sligo.

On day four we went to Cairns Hill and all around Lough Gill.  Then to Tobernault Holy Well, we were told people have been going there for centuries.   Sligo Folk Park in Rivertown was amazing and again we went back in time, but I think we all agreed we are glad to be living now.   Nex to Strandhill Peninsula and the village of Strandhill.   Knocknarea the site of Queen Maeve’s Grave.   The tour of Carrowmore was amazing we got to see the oldest Megalithic Tomb site in Ireland, we had a wonderful guide and to stand beside the big boulders and realise their age.  .

We would like to thank Mrs Peg Storey to put the tour together, and the committee who helped in every way to make a wonderful experience such as this possible.

Happy Christmas to all our members.