Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Once again Pat Burbage will climb Croagh Patrick on next Monday July 8 with a group. If you would like to climb, then call in to Pat at his shop on Main St, or contact him on 0877716244. Proceeds once again goes to Port Meals on Wheels. If you can take a sponsor card, they are now available.


A big congratulations to Ann O’Brien who waved off her last group of Playschool children on Friday June 21, after 24 years in Business in Ar nOige Playschool on Patrick Street. Many children have passed through her doors, and started their school and learning journey within Ar nOige. Wishing Ann all the best in her retirement.


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.

RIP Credit: Con Murphy Photography


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Thelma Hart (nee Grehan), Geashill & formerly Shandra Portarlington who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday June 19th. Thelma was predeceased by her husband Eamon & her father Jim.

Thelma will be sadly missed by her sons Andrew & Ronan, her heartbroken mother Betty, sisters Judith (Donnelly), Naoimh (Hutchinson), her twin sister Sharon (Weir), brother James, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Saturday June 22. May Thelma rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Margaret (Mag) Coughlan (nee O’Reilly), Beechwood, Bracknagh who passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore on Sunday June 23. Mag will be sadly missed by her loving husband Billy, family Sharon, Mary, Joe and Willie, sister Carmel, brothers Christy and Joe, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday June 26. May Margaret rest in Peace.


Go along to Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club every Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Come along & play with fellow members. Intermediate & Advanced players.

Bring €2 cash or you@can Revolut to @sean_martin_fitness, which goes towards lights & balls.

Portarlington Library News


 Summer Stars-Our annual summer reading challenge is up and running for primary school children. Read 8 books throughout the summer and receive a medal and a certificate.

Family Games Night : Board game sessions for all the family July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 6-7pm.

Lego Call Out-Looking to increase our stock of Lego & would appreciate donations from your home.

Pop into the library and enjoy some lego free play. Children must be supervised by a parent /guardian

Craft Tables-Popular Parent & Child craft tables  will be back for the summer-July 11, 18, 25 from 10:30am -1:30pm or while stocks last. Children must be supervised by a parent /guardian.

Port Hole Craft –Create a view into the sea by crafting your own porthole Thursday July at 11.30am. 

Childrens Butterfly Buns Cookery Demo-Make and transform your buns into butterflies. Sat July 13 at 11am  Suitable for 7-12 yrs. 

Origami Doll Craft-Learn how to make Origami Dolls Suitable for 8-12 years Friday July 19 at 3pm. Treasure Hunt –There will be a treasure hunt in the library for the month of July . Pop in and win a small prize.

Stay and Play Sessions-Wednesday in July 3:30pm-4:30pm Suitable for 8+ Booking essential , to book call  Darina 0851703772. 

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

Junior Book Club-On the last Wednesday of the month. Suitable for 9-12year olds.  

Baby Book Club-Meets on Wednesday mornings 10:30am.  

Adult Book Club-Meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at 11am.  

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. 

Laois Libraries Online Book Club-Join us on the last Wednesday of each month when questions are posed for discussion. This month we are reading Another Life by Kristen Hannah

It is available to download in audio and ebook format on Borrowbox. 

Booking essential for a lot of the above. For more information on all activities contact 0578643751 or e-mail

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

Local sports news from in and around Portarlington

GRACEFIELD GAA-Lotto results for June 24. Numbers drawn were -2-12-32-15. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Patricia McNamara, Robert Moore, Cam & Chris, Jacintha Byrne & Michelle Kavanagh.  Promoter’s prize-Jamie Hanlon. Next Jackpot-€15,200. 

O’DEMPSEY’S GFC NEWS-Lotto Results-Results for June 24. Numbers drawn 8-10-13-27. No Jackpot Winner. Match 3 winners-Phyllis Meade, Rita Finlay, Martina Kelly, Ellen McCormack & Michael McEvoy.  Promoter-Catherine Cahill. Next Draw- Monday July 1, with a Jackpot of €8,600. Thanks for all your supportwith this club fundraiser. 

Cúl Camps

Cúl Camp, for boys & girls, is back at O’Dempsey’s, from July 15 to July 19. Places are still available and must be booked online at this link –