Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

St Vincent de Paul (Dancing)SVP (2)

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. June 2-The Kelly Family. June 9-Declan Aungier. Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

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

Table Quiz

Friends Together Portarlington–As part of our fundraising initiative we will be holding a Table Quiz on Friday  June 3 at 9.30pm in The Anvil Inn. Tables of 4 at €20 per table, lots of prizes!! We look forward to seeing you there!


Laois Age Friendly Strategy

The Laois Age Friendly Strategy will be launched on Tuesday June 14 at 2pm in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix.  The Retired TD Mary O’Rourke and Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald will launch the Strategy, and this will be followed by a Tea Dance. Music will be by Paddy Bracken, Clara.  Notification will be sent out to all Active Retirement Groups and ICA Groups etc but for anyone not affiliated to a group – all over 55s will be very welcome.   Please contact Geraldine Delaney at Laois County Council if you are interested in attending or for more information. Ph- 057- 86 64107 or


Killenard – Friday July 1@ 7.30pm. Portarlington – Friday July 8 @ 7.30pm. Emo New Cemetery – Friday July 15 @ 7.30pm. Emo Old Cemetery – Monday August 15 @ 7.30pm.


Library News

Dr Daire Keogh will deliver a presentation on “Our Boys Magazine and the New Ireland” in the library on Wednesday June 1 at 6pm. Our Boys was a Comic book specifically for Irish  boys which featured its own Irish heroes and stories and it played its role in forging the new sense of Irish identity which developed around the 1916  Rising. Admission to this very interesting talk is free and all are welcome.

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Colaiste Iosagain Parents Council of Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington organised a very successful event for Parents and Senior pupils.

On May 5 the Parents Council of Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington organised a very successful event for Parents and Senior pupils.  This was an information evening about the transition to 3rd Level Education. Annette Duggan – spoke about preparing for exams and study skills. Mary Quirke – spoke about organising oneself for College. Both of the above speakers spoke about SUZI grants. Also Michael McEvoy from Portarlington Credit Union spoke about their services to Parents and Students. The event was very well attended on the night. The Parents Council would like to thank all the parents & pupils who attended & also the Speakers on the night.

Many Thanks

Sinead Dempsey and Miriam Holland would like to thank everyone for their help with our annual Colaiste Iosagain 5K run. It was the biggest one to date. A special thanks to the parent’s council and St Michaels AC for helping to steward on the day. Thanks to Aisling Roycroft O’Connor and Port Pharmacy for once again hydrating our students and teachers with their water stations. Thanks to the Primary schools for sending the kids out to support, and also to all the people of Port who cheered the students on.

Portarlington Town FC Portarlington Town FC.

Portarlington Town Football Club finished off their long Season in Division 3 of the Combined Counties League by gaining promotion to Division 2. It was a long season for the lads who started back in August 2015 which was extended by some excellent cup runs within their own league and in Leinster, which saw them finish runners-up in their League. Port Town would like to thank The Anvil Inn for their kind Sponsorship this year which was invaluable along with Portarlington Credit Union for their continued support over the last few years. We would also like to thank The Roma ‘Gracefield’ and DB Cabs who also lent their support this season.


The Portarlington Town awards were held in the Anvil Inn  with Liam Boland picking up the ‘Player of the Year Award’. Both Pauric Duffy and Stephen O’Leary picked up the ‘Top Goal Scorer Awards’ after finishing joint top-scorers. Other notable performers over the season were Brendan Maher form Marian Hill, Evan Lyons from Arlington Estate, Chris Floody from Ballymorris and  Peter O’Leary and Conor Kavanagh from Killenard.


Portarlington Town are also holding a ‘Euro 2016 Prediction Competition’ with great Prizes on offer. 1st Prize €500, 2nd Prize €200, 3rd Prize Ireland World Cup Qualifier Tickets. Entry forms are available from any Club Member or from the Anvil Inn in Portarlington.



Compass Camps by Coillte are great for getting kids doing outdoor activities during the school holidays. Running for one week – Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day starting at 10am until 2pm.

A key feature of Compass Club Camps is everyone is involved all the time so there’s no hanging around giving you best value for money. The reason for this is, unlike many nearly all other camps, we keep our camps small in size so your child spends their time doing not queueing!

Fun at Compass Club

Fun at Compass Club

Everyone is involved at a level that they are comfortable with at that time. This is brilliant for kids – we don’t force them to do everything – some kids like to watch, see what it’s all about and then try while others just want to jump right into doing and we cater for that with our small groups.

And because kids love Compass Club Afterschool, we keep things fresh and exciting by having a range of different activities on our Camps. But don’t worry, favourites like fire lighting, treasure hunts, toasting marshmallows and energising games will always be part of the fun.

Dates & Locations:

Laois (Portarlington) Corrig/Carrick Wood Summer Camp 18/07/2016.
Laois (Portlaoise) Dysart Woods Summer Camp 15/08/16.


A talent competition will take place at O’ Dea’s Bar & Bistro on Friday June 24. Winner will perform on the Main Stage at the French Festival in July. Contact Kieran O’ Dea on 087- 2063224 for more information.