Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

All your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Did you know that GROW have had a meeting place in Portarlington for the last no of years. Meeting for a chat & a cuppa every Thursday at 2.15pm at the Social Services Centre on the Link road. For more information on Ports meeting contact Assumpta at 0868114135.


Portarlington will hold Darkness in to Light on Saturday May 11, starting & finishing at the Portarlington GAA Centre. Venue open from 3.30am. 5km walk leaving @ 4.15am. Refreshments before & after walk. You can register online for offical registration for Darkness into Light 2024. As always everyone is welcome & donation buckets will be available on the morning. Please follow the Darkness into Light Portarlington Facebook page and on Instagram @dil_portarlington. To sign up to join us for the most important sunrise of the year visit – 1-Select Laois. 2-Select Portarlington. Thank you for supporting Pieta.

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 Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre are holding lots of courses starting in September. Interviews starting in May. For more information contact 0578623161, e-mail


The Kestrels basketball club are looking for boys born in 2013, who are interested in playing basketball. Call down to training on Monday’s from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Colaiste Iosagain.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Norman Morton, St Patrick’s tce & formerly Glasgow who passed away on Thursday April 18. Norman will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, son Robert, daughter Caroline, grandchildren Sarah, Trevor, Regan & Steffi, great grandchildren Jack & Kayleigh, brother, sister, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Sunday April 21. May Norman rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Moll O’Reilly, (nee) Duffy) Avondale estate & formerly Walsh Island, who passed away on Friday April 19. Moll will be sadly missed by her loving husband John sons Patick, Raymond & John, daughter Valerie (Val), brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Monday April 22.  May Moll’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Claire Tuohy (nee Kelly), Portlaoise & formerly Marian Hill, Portarlington who passed away on Monday April 22. Claire was predeceased by her parents Joe & Una. sister Rosaline & brother Noel. She will be sadly missed by her husband Jim, sister Hillary, uncle, extended family & friends. May Claire rest in Peace. Funeral took place in Portlaoise on Wednesday April 24.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of John Geoghegan, Cushina, Portarlington who passed away on Sunday April 21 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. John was predeceased by his parents Patrick and Dinah, son Patrick and daughter Jacinta. He will be sadly missed by by his loving wife Kathleen, daughters Sheila &Jackie, sons-in-law Paul and Derek, grandchildren Chris, Marian, Megan, Ella and Keila, great-grandchildren Tadgh and Mason, brothers Tom and Michael, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Funeral took place on Tuesday April 23. May John rest in Peace. 


The Portarlington Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from July 3o-August 6. Seven (7) nights full board. Cost-€1,060 per person sharing. Further details & bookings, phone Marie at 0877589896 or Vera at 0879311813.

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Puzzle Club – Join us for a jigsaw morning and a cuppa, every Tuesday during the month of May 10:30am-12:30pm.

Cooking for One Demonstration – Join Imelda Tynan for this demonstration on cooking quick affordable meals for one. Courtesy of LOETB this demo will take place on Wednesday May 22 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. To book a place call 057 8643751 or email

Knitting Club

Meets every Friday morning 10:30am-12:30pm. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!

Face Painting Workshops – Wednesdays 5 and 12 June, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, 15-17 years. Local artist, Romena Roe will train young people (15-17yrs) the skill of facepainting.  They will learn a number of different templates over two evenings. They will then have the opportunity to practice their new skills at a live event on June 15. Booking essential, Ph 0578643751 or email


Meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. This club is suitable for 9-12year olds. Booking is essential. 

Baby Book Club-Baby Book Club meets on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am.  Booking is essential. 

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. More details and the catalogue can be found here :

For all the above contact, call 057 8643751 or email


Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. 

GRACEFIELD GAA-Lotto results for April 22. Numbers drawn were -9-27-20-24. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Dolores Kelly, Gillian Treacy, Aldo Duffy, Anne Pierce & Catherine Burbage. Promoter’s prize-Jamie Hanlon. Next Jackpot-€13,400. 


Lotto Results-Results for April 22. Numbers drawn 6-8-14-18. No Jackpot Winner. Match 3 winner-Ronnie Culliton. Promoter- Liam & Rita Finlay. Next Draw- Monday April 29, with a Jackpot of €6,800. Thanks for your support with this Club fundraiser.

Club Mass-We will be holding our Club Mass for present, past, sick and deceased members of the Club on next Friday May 3, at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse. Members past and present are welcome, and encouraged to attend.

Darkness Into Light-O’Dempsey’s GFC, in partnership with The Heritage, is proud to announce that we are organizing a Community Walk for Darkness into Light. The walk will take place at the Heritage Track at 4.15am, on Saturday May 11. Bígí Linn.