Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meet every Tuesday & Friday in Portarlington Community Centre from 2-5pm. This is a free club where people can meet for a chat & a cuppa, play a game of cards or some board games. Meet new people & make friends. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.

Friday Cuppa

The next Friday Cuppa will take place on next Friday April 15th from 12 to 3pm in the Portarlington Social Services Centre. Come along & meet your friends & also some new friends. For more information contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne @ 087-4116101.

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St Vincent de Paul

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. April 18-Done & Dusted. April 25-Solitaire. Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

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Centenary Events in Portarlington

The Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee would like to announce the following dates for events we have organized to celebrate the 100thAnniversary of the 1916 Rising. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Saturday April 23—- This is the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Rising & we will be unveiling the Proclamation etched in granite and mounted on a plinth outside Portarlington Library along with the raising of the Tricolor. The Proclamation will be read by local school children. This event will take place at 3.00 pm.

1916 Commemoration Workshops

Laois 1916 Commemoration

 Sunday May 15—-We have commissioned a sculpture of the ‘Starry Plough’ from the original flag which will be placed on the Kilnacourt roundabout at the bottom of Station Road. This sculpture was created using a 100 yr old plough kindly donated to us by Jim Hyland from Lea. The unveiling will be done by Cathal McSwiney Brugha, a grandson of Cathal Brugha who took part in the Rising and was shot in 1922. The unveiling will be followed by a Parade to the Peoples Park where 7 native Irish trees (white beam) have been planted, one for each of the seven signatories of the Proclamation along with an inscribed granite Memorial marking the tribute. A separate single tree will also be planted by Cathal McSwiney Brugha in memory of all the men, women & children who died in 1916. This will be followed by music from the local choir, local band TURAS and local singer Aidan Doyle who has written 2 songs around the events of the Rising.

Event to take place in June (date to be confirmed)-The re-naming of Spa St. Bridge to the Peadar Macken Bridge. The son of George Macken and Anne Shanahan who lived in Spa Street, Portarlington, Peadar Macken was elected in 1912 to the Dublin Labour Party as an Alderman. He was also on the O’Donovan Rossa funeral committee and he took part in the Rising. He fought at Boland’s Mills and was shot dead on April 27 1916 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Macken Street in Dublin is also named after him. Family members related to Peader Macken will be invited to the event.

Tree at Lea Graveyard—In 1966 during the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Rising a number of people from the Lea/Killenard area planted a tree near Lea Cemetery opposite the site of Lea Castle. Some of these people who were children at the time are still around & will be organizing another meeting at the site to mount a plaque to celebrate the 100th Anniversary. This event will take place in June/July.

Incredible panorama of River Barrow & Lea Castle captured by Con Murphy Photography

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making these events happen and we encourage everyone to attend the opening of these events. Thanks also to Laois County Council who gave us a grant of €1,600 towards the cost of the events.
Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee: Aidan Mullins, Meabhdh O’ Carroll, David Orford, Jude Stynes, Fiona Lawlor, Kieran Leavy, Melissa Donagher, Anne Bourke Dunne, John O’Reilly, Wayne Brereton, Niall Donagher & Stephen Murphy.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Frank Kelly Cushina who passed away at his residence on April 3. Frank will be sadly missed by his devoted & loving wife Kathleen, sons Jim, Lar, Charlie, Noel & Stephen, daughters Louise, Susan & Karen, brothers, sister, grandchildren, his extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday April 6 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Frank rest in Peace.

St Patrick’s Day

Under glorious sunshine Portarlington St Patrick’s Day Parade took place. Sincere thanks to all who entered the Parade, to all who came out in such large numbers, to the Businesses who contributed so generously thus allowing the Parade to be organised, to our Judges, our MC’s for the day, our Music our Stewards and Marshalls, and all who decorated the town & their premises to add to the festive atmosphere and a special thanks to the committee for their hard work.

Port parade in danger!

Making sure this year’s Portlarlington parade was the best ever!

Confirmation 2016

Bishop Denis Nulty will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parishes of Portarlington & Emo as follows: Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard on Thursday April 14 at 11.30am St. Patrick’s Boys NS & Cloneyhurke NS on Friday April 15 at 11am. The Presentation Primary School on Friday April 15 at 2pm.  St. Paul’s NS, Emo on Wednesday May 11 at 11am. Sacred Heart NS, Rath on Wednesday  May 11 at 2pm

Laois/Offaly Carers

The Laois/Offaly Palliative Care Team would like to invite families, friends & carers of those who have died in the past two years and have been known to the Palliative Care Team to a Remembrance Service on Friday April 15 @ 7pm in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.

Portarlington Speakers

 Footing on the Bog & How men avoid working in the garden-After a short but inspiring poem by Carmel Moore it was into fun impromptu speeches with a dynamic start as we learnt that travelling to France or England by ferry is the way to go with the kids, that men can always talk themselves out of doing the garden work, and that Enda and Micheál had finally said hello to each other in the corridor of Leinster House.

We then learnt that the Bog was the bane of Noreen Driver’s life as a child as she and her sisters worked furiously in the hot sun turning and footing the turf as they watched their friends go to the beach.

An interesting and enjoyable evening with plenty of variety and of course the popular networking session with coffee and cookies. The next meeting will be a open night at 7.45pm on   April 19 in the Killenard Community Centre details of which will appear on the FaceBook page in the coming week.

Disabled Riders

The 6th running of the car/tractor/motorbike road run in aid of Laois riding for the disabled takes place on Sunday April 17 starting and finishing at the Fishermans Inn in Fisherstown Ballybrittas. Sign in at 11.30am until 12.30am. Starts at 1pm sharp. Everyone welcome. Refreshments afterwards. For more information phone 0872654001.

Awards Night

Laois County Council in conjunction with Laois Public Participation Network are proud to announce that the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards, 2016 are being held on May 11 in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard.  Nomination Forms and details available from Geraldine Delaney, Community & Enterprise Section or email . Closing date for Nominations is Friday April 15.

Laois Public Participation Network

Laois Public Participation Network

Port GAA Lotto

Results for week 14. Numbers Drawn 10-24-27-31. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners  Betty Milner c/o Ter Lawlor and Kay Whelan c/o Joe Whelan. €25 Winners  Cathal Ryan c/o HImself and Arron Dunne c/o Cathal Ryan. Jackpot Next Week €1,400.

Results-Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Div 1 1A Rd 3-Arles Kilcruise 1-07-Portarlington 0-06.

U16 League Rd 3-Portarlington 1-12-Stradbally Parish Gaels 0-00.

Fixtures-Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Div 1A Rd 5-Arles Killeen Vs Portarlington on April 13 at 18.45pm. Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Div3 3A Rd 4-Stradbally Vs Portarlington on April 22 at 19.15pm.Laois Shopping Centre Minor Fotball League Group B Rd 4-Sarsfields Vs Portarlington on April 25 at 19.15pm. U16 League Quarter Finals on April 15 at time TBC. U12 Go Games Hurling Rd 2- on June 4– Portarlington Vs The Harps 2. U8 and U10 Football Blitz Rd 2 on April 24 the Heath VS Portarlington Vs Ballyroan Abbey. U12 Go Games Div 1 Rd 1-St Pauls Vs Portarlington on April 20.

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RESULTS– Letters drawn B,H,K,W – No Jackpot winner. €25 to Mary McCormack Snr. & Pat Kiely. Sellers prize Richard Confrey. Next Jackpot draw on April 8 in the Barrow Lodge. Jackpot €3,600.

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