Around Portarlington Way
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. May 2-Kelly Family. May 9-Brian McDermott. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.
The Social Services would like to let you know that the Friday Cuppa finished on April 15. We would like to thank everyone who attended and also would like to thank everyone who helped out in any way.
Social Services Bingo
Continues every Wednesday night at 8.30 in the Centre.
Centenary Events in Portarlington
The Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee would like to announce the following dates for events we have organized to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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.
Your Local Trainer
ALERT Forklift & Safety Training has the following upcoming courses: Monday 25th Counter Balance Training course novice 5 day
1 place remaining .
Saturday 30th sunday 31st counter balance training 2 day . 2 places remaining
To Book Remaining Places phone 057 8652801 .
The Parents Council of Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington wish to invite all Parents/ Guardians of 5th year, 6th year and Transition Year to an information night on the Leaving Cert and going to College, a practical information evening. Hear from a range of guest speakers in
Career Guidance, Psychology, Student Finance and Student Welfare. It will be held on Thursday May 5 at 8pm in Coláiste Íosagáin. We would like to thank Portarlington Credit Union for helping with costs.
There were great expectations as President Carmel Moore opened the meeting in the Club’s new venue The Heritage Hotel in Killenard and those expectations were met in the bucket load starting with Joanne Molloy’s beautiful recitation of the poem A Daisy. Noreen Diver’s impromptu speaking session had members driving around in Rolls Royce cars, acting as art critics, enjoying the childhood years and generally having some great fun. We then went down to earth with an excellent speech by Geraldine Kennedy on Growing Your Own Veg giving the many benefits and very practical advice on how to do it. Do you know how to intertwine your carrots? Well Portarlington Speakers do! Donal Cahill gave a very entertaining speech detailing the progress of the Club that had everyone killing themselves with laughter. If self-development is such fun why isn’t everyone doing it? Well they can at any of Portarlington Speakers meetings at The Heritage in Killenard at 7.45pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Next meetings May 3 & 17. All are welcome. In addition there will be a Portarlington Speakers information table in Portarlington Library on the evening of Wednesday April 27 and of course all are welcome at the Heritage Killenard at 7.45pm on Tuesday May 3.
Congratulations to the children from Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard, St. Patrick’s Boys N.S., Cloneyhurke N.S. and Presentation Primary School, Station Road who received the Sacrament of Confirmation recently.
Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sunday August 21 until August 28 (7 nights). Hotel Solitude. €799 per person sharing. Deposit now due to secure a seat. Further details and booking contact Marie on 087- 7589896 or contact Vera on 087- 9311813.
Portarlington Friends Together meet every Tuesday & Friday in Portarlington Community Centre from 2.30-5pm. 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.
Laois MABS Drop in Service on Friday April 29 from 9am – 1pm in Portarlington Community Centre – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. For further information please ring 0761 072620.
Portarlington Christmas Tree Committee A.G.M. will take place on the April 29 in the Anvil Inn commencing at 9.30am. New members urgently needed.
Kieran Donagher & family thank everyone for their support and well-wishes following Kieran’s recent accident. Your good wishes and generosity was really appreciated.
PORTARLINGTON & THE GREAT WAR
A Directory of local men killed in action 1914 – 1918. Limited numbers printed. Books on sale in Whelehan’s, Main St, Slevin’s, Bracklone St, AllBooks & Easons, Portlaoise.
Port Trail Walking Group
Come along and join us on our weekly walks on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Enjoy the lovely walks and meeting new people. Meeting up at Park Lane car park on both evenings. Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday at 7.30pm. Click here for Port Trail Walking Group Facebook page.
Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club. Social Tennis has now resumed on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm. The newly cleaned courts are a pleasure to play on. Adult Beginner lessons with Tony Lok: We hope to start an adult beginner class on Tuesdays at 7pm. If interested contact Nuala at 087 1231135. Club membership is not required for your first set of lessons. 6 beginners in the class. Junior Tennis Coaching. Tony’s junior classes are in great demand with most classes now fully booked. There are a few places left for Beginners 5 to 7yrs and beginners 8 to 12yrs. Ring 087 1231135 for further information.
Charity Dinner Dance
Friends of Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) and Laois Alzheimer Society are holding a Charity Dinner Dance in the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix on Saturday April 30. Dinner served at 8pm. Tickets €40 per person. For Further details Contact- Anne Munnelly at 057-863398 (Laois Alzheimer Society) Arthur Harvey at 087-7872055 , Harry Nicholls at 087-6179990 (TLC).
Deepest Sympathy to Bernie Murphy & family Crowe Lane on the death of her brother Tom Davis St, Joseph’s Tce, Mountmellick who passed away on April 13. Requiem Mass took place on Friday April 15 in St Joseph’s Church with burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery. May Tom rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Peter (Pini) Dunne, Patrick St who passed away on April 19. Peter will be sadly missed by his loving wife Eve, sons Ronan, Peter & Tommy, daughter Julie, grandson Adam, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Thursday April 21, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Peter rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to Carmel Dunne of Adrian Dunne’s Pharmacy on the death of her nephew Dillon Creagh, Rosenallis who passed away on April 18. Requiem Mass took place in St Brigid’s Church Rosenallis, with burial after in St Brigid’s Cemetery. May Dillon rest in Peace.
Port GAA Club Lotto
Results for week 16. Numbers Drawn 10-12-13-17. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners Ailish Leavy c/o K Leavy and Alan Bracken c/o J Sweeney. €25 Winners Emma Brennan c/o Club and Betty Milne c/o Ter Lawlor. Jackpot Next Week €1600.
Our Lá na gCLub will be held on May 8 in McCann Park with plenty of fun and games for all the family. We will publish further details on our Facebook page.
Fixtures-Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Div1 1A Rd 7- Portlaoise Vs Portarlington on May 1 at 7pm.
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Div3 3A Rd 5- Portarlington V Barrowhouse on May 4 at 7.30pm.
Laois Shopping Centre Minor Fotball League Group B Rd 5-Portarlington Vs Ballyroan Abbey Gaels on May 9 at 7.15pm. U12 Go Games Hurling Rd 2 on June 4- Portarlington Vs The Harps 2.
U8 and U10 Football Blitz Rd 2 on May 6-Portarlington Vs Park Ratheniska (Mini League). U12 Go Games Div 1 Rd 2-Portarlington CVss Ballyroan Abbey (1) on May 5.
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