Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. January 18-Adrian Ryan. January 25-Solitaire. February 1-Brian McDermott.  February 8-The Kelly Family.  Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.  St Vincent De Paul would like to extend a huge thank you to Maura Porter for her donation of 2 beautiful Christmas cakes. Winners were Ann & Joe Tinkler & Molly Fitzmaurice.  Congrats to both.

Dancing at the Gandon Inn

Dancing at the Gandon Inn

O’Dempsey’s Christmas Raffle Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Christmas draw.
Winners were- €500 Hamper -Norma O’Hanlon (Sponsored by SuperValu).
€150 Hamper- Paddy Walsh, Clondoolusk.  €150 Hamper-Kathleen Burke.
€150 Hamper- Billy Carroll.  €150 Hamper- Callum Ryan.  €150 Hamper- Bridget Donagher.  

O’Dempsey’s AGM takes place on January 9 at 8 pm.
Wishing all our members & supporters a very Healthy & Happy 2016.

Portarlington Speakers Step the Night Away

It gives enjoyment, exercise, the opportunity to make new friends and can reduce your chance of getting dementia by up to 81%. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well Donal Cahill’s talk Cupla steppieanna was on the older style of Sean-nós dance and not content with a demonstration. He had all of the Portarlington Speakers dancing away doing the Killenard Step. Will Portarlington Speakers become Portarlington Steppers? Perhaps but not yet but all agreed it was great fun. Portarlington’s own Life Coach Damian Oliver gave an inspiring speech on the Power of Questions showing that turning the negative question round into a positive one leads to happiness and achievement, Further to tips on how to succeed followed including a group meditation demonstration.Geraldine Kennedy gave some great advice on New Year’s Resolutions in a short poem and Noreen Diver gave the Club’s supportive mission statement.

Donal Cahill not content with exercising the Speakers’ dancing feet then chaired the table topics section encouraging speakers to give one or two minute impromptu speeches. The next meeting will be at 7.45pm on Tuesday January 19 at the Killenard Community Centre. There is already a full programme of speakers including an icebreaker and a workshop on how to conquer fear when speaking in public. All are welcome. See the Club on FaceBook, MeetUp and

Gracefield GAA Lotto

Lotto Results for January 4. Jackpot €5,800. No winner. Numbers drawn 14 – 15 – 27 – 24.
€50 went to following-Mick Smith c/o M Gallagher, Sean Doyle c/o J Mulligan, Josie Hanlon c/o J Mulligan, Louise McAteer c/o J McAteer & O’ Reilly Grandkids c/o C O Reilly. Promoters Prize went to Geraldine Murphy. Jackpot next week €6,000.

Gracefield GAA Fun Day

Gracefield GAA News

The club would like to wish all their Patrons a very happy and Healthy New Year and all the best for 2016.
Gracefield Gaa are holding their AGM on Friday January 15 @ 7.30pm in the Clubhouse.
All new Members welcome.

Men’s Shed

Laois County Council have agreed to lease the Old Fire Station at the top of Foxcroft Street for the Men’s Shed from January 1 2016. If you know someone who is interested in joining the group contact Aidan Mullins or contact the Love Port Facebook page or e-mail


The Ryan Family & Friends Carol Singers thank you for your generous contributions which will go to local charities. Thanks also to Supervalu for the use of their premises.


Grow community mental health meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annexe, Portarlington (located beside school, opposite St. Michael’s Church). Ph: John 086 8033126 for more information.


Used stamps wanted for the missions. Donate to Angela, in Portarlington Pharmacy or to No. 45 Bracklone Street, Portarlington.

All your Arlington AFC News here

All your Arlington AFC News here

 Arlington Lotto

Arlington Soccer Club Lotto results for December 29. Letters: W- G- S- F.  No winner.  €25 to Yasmin Devereux & Ben Mohan. Sellers prize- Donal Devereux. Next Jackpot €3,000. Draw will take place in the Barrow Lodge on January 12 2016.