Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Laois MABS Drop in Service on next Friday May 27 from 9am – 1pm in Portarlington Community Centre – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. For further information please ring 0761 072620.

St Vincent de Paul (Dancing)

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. May 30- The Ranchers. June 2-The Kelly Family. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul Durrow news

St. Vincent de Paul news

Portarlington Library

Children’s Storytime-Children’s Story time with Fiona takes place in the library on every Wednesday from May 11at 12.15pm. All ages welcome. . For further details please phone the library on 057- 8643751.

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meets 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.

Friends Together News

Friends Together News



Deepest Sympathy to Pat Carroll Main St on the recent death of her sister Mary Kearns who passed away in California. May Mary rest in Peace.

Deepest Sympathy to Michael & Gerald Dooley Portarlington & their families on the Death of their brother Kieran Dooley Emo who passed away on May 10. Kieran will be sadly missed by his sister Celine, brothers Michael & Gerald, his extended family & many friends. Requiem Mass took place on May 12 in St Paul’s Church Emo, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Kieran rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

Deepest Sympathy to Catherine Prior & family Crowe Lane on the recent death of her mother Imelda Behan O’ Rourke (nee Dolan) New Ross & formerly Rathangan. Catherine’s Requiem Mass took place on May 12 in the Church of the Assumption Rathangan, with burial after in St Patrick’s Cemetery. May Imelda rest in Peace.

Port Trail Walking Group

Walk takes place every Tuesday & Thursday nights. It’s a great way to chill out after a busy day. Meeting up at the Park Lane car park on Tuesday night at 7pm & Thursday night at 7.30pm. Everybody welcome. If you need any information about the walks, you can contact 086-3288858. Also check out Facebook page.


In aid of St. Vincent de Paul at Portarlington Golf Club on Thursday May 26. Four person scramble. Time-sheets available.

All our Portarlington Golf News here.

All our Portarlington Golf News here.


The fashion extravaganza in aid of Mountmellick Parish 10-year debt campaign is on Friday May 27 in the sports complex. The evening begins from 6pm with over 30 craft and business stands for you to browse while enjoying the cheese and wine reception. At 8pm the models will take to the catwalk, displaying fashion from No 1 Boutique, Breda’s Gift Shop, Bridal Hall Ballybrittas, Colgan Sports Portarlington, Eamonn Bracken Menswear Portarlington, Fashion Boutique and Shaw’s, something to suit everyone. Also featuring inspirational hairstyles from local salons.


Shaws sponsoring this extravaganza

A fantastic door prize of a load of turf (sponsored) could be yours on the night. There will also be an auction and raffle with donated prizes including another load of turf, a voucher from Flynn’s Menswear, a handcrafted Nativity set, coffee maker, crochet throw and cushion and a Newbridge candle holder. So doors open at 6pm, all welcome along, tickets €10 from local shops & participating businesses.


St. Brigid’s Community Alert Group are hosting an information evening in St. Brigid’s Hall Garryhinch on Thursday May 26 at 7.30pm. Representatives from An Garda Siochana, Portarlington Fire Brigade, Community Groups, Homecare Security, First Responders, Love Port, Meals on Wheels shall be in attendance to offer advice and help deal with issues that affect our daily lives in our local community. Information on the various help services that can be obtained through Offaly County Council will be available.

St. Brigid's Community Alert Group

St. Brigid’s Community Alert Group News



Results for May 11. Numbers were: 7-19-25-26. No Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot €10,000. Thank you for your continued support of our weekly lotto.
Horse and Pony Race on Sunday June 19 at the Hermitage Crossroads, Killenard. We would like everyone to come along and enjoy the day’s racing which is for all the family, young and old.


Ladies, interested in an opportunity to be physically active and meet new people in a non-competitive environment? Gaelic4Mothers & Others is aimed at all ladies (you don’t have to be a mother!) over 18 years that are not presently playing with a club and the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment! Ex-players and those who are new to the sport are all welcome to come along. For further information contact Catriona at 086-3502888.

Latest Laois Jersey. Rocks or rotten?

O’Dempseys GAA hosts Gaelic4Mothers and Others

Portarlington Speakers

Island Hopping in the Aegean & More-Gaynor Deacy enthralled everyone as she island-hopped around the Aegean before getting a great job in London and then disappearing into a Kibbutz to find her real self. Mark Bastow finished his story telling series with a moving tale of denial and deceit.
There was much discussion about the stress school students are put under not just from exams but also from a regime that demands regular homework. After all most adults do not take their work home so why should students? Young people needed time to be themselves and it was questioned whether students should have to regularly do homework.

Noreen Diver showed herself as that great master of innovation in asking some very different questions for members to practise their impromptu speaking skills. We learnt that lime green is this year’s colour (please wear your shades), that Burnley not Blackburn is where Bono will be holidaying, and that the humble office stapler needs to be treated with respect. The next meeting of Portarlington Speakers your local Toastmaster Club is at 7.45pm on Tuesday June 7 at the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Why not come along and see for yourself? All are welcome.