Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Events 

Sunday July 24 @ 3pm—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 named after him. Family members related to Peader Macken will be invited to the event.

Sunday August 21 @ 3pm— In 1966 for the 50th Anniversary of the Rising a tree was planted  & now 50 years later it is proposed to plant another tree and to erect a Plaque at the site at the entrance to the old Lea Cemetery & opposite Lea Castle. There are a few of the people who were there 50 years ago still alive & it would be nice to bring them all together again. Invitations will also be sent to the families of those who are no longer with us who also attended.

50th Anniversary of the Rising celebrated in Portarlington

50th Anniversary of the Rising celebrated in Portarlington

Lea Castle Conservation Project

Tell us your Stories—Come along to Portarlington Library on next Saturday July 9 from 11am & tell us your stories about the Castle. We will record people during the day to produce a Podcast about the Castle, which will be aired during Heritage week 2016, among many other exciting events. For more information visit or e-mail

Social Services Bingo

Portarlington Social Services Wednesday night Bingo will finish for the Summer on this Wednesday June 29. The Committee would like to thank everyone who attended & enjoyed their few games of Bingo & a chat & cuppa. Also thanks to all our Hostesses who help out every week. Thanks to Mary Maher, Val McGettrick & Eithne Hynan for their help in calling the numbers. We hope you all have a nice Summer & we will see you all again in September.

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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. July 11-Glen Flynn. July 18-Derek Veale.   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

Port Credit Union

Well done to our following members who won in our cash draw recently.
€10,000 Darren Kelly & Maria Colsh-€3,000 Audrey Nolan-€2,000 Peter Hynes-€1,000 Jacqualine McCormack-€1,000 James Mooney-€500 David Connolly-€500 Grainne McCann.


Portarlington Speakers Solstice Meeting

Edel’s beautiful reading of Jill Finch’s poem I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody captured everyone. We all sat quietly, attentively, enthralled at the experience. If you haven’t read it you need to.

Gaynor’s speech “things that make me smile” had everyone smiling. A refreshing delightful entertaining speech with such descriptions of May when the Emo woods turn into a carpet of blue.
Joanne as topic master had everyone giving their views on where to holiday, Euro 2016, Brexit, the Solstice and more while Carmel’s cunning listener questions showed how well we listened. It was a fun night. A great end to our 2015/16 season.

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming our newest member Geraldine Kennedy

Club President Carmel Moore welcoming newest member Geraldine Kennedy

Portarlington Speakers are now heading for the beach parties, the camper vans, and bringing in the turf for the next two months. But don’t worry we’ll be back suitably tanned, refreshed and irrepressible at the Heritage Hotel Killenard at 7.45pm on Tuesday September 6. So why not make a note in your phone or your diary for September 6 and come along.


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.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary Dunne (nee Moore) Woodbrook & formerly Rhode, Co. Offaly who passed away on Monday June 20. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Peter, daughter Ann (Keane) & son in law Moss. Mary will be sadly missed by her sons Gerry & Matt, daughters Carmel, Michelle, Maree & Paula, brother Michael, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, extended family & friends. Mary will be well known for her years in her shop Arlington Antiques, Main St. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday June 23 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Mary rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Edward (Ned) Whelan Bishopswood who passed away at Clonmullen Retreat Home Athy on Monday June 20. Ned will be missed by his sisters Kathleen & Phyllis, nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday June 22 in St Michael’s Church, with burial in St John’s Cemetery Killenard. May Ned rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace


Deepest Sympathy to Sheila Clarke & family St Joseph’s Tce on the death of her Mother Kathleen Keeley (nee O’Brien) Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow. Requiem Mass took place in St Joseph’s Church Newtownmountkennedy on Tuesday June 21, with burial after in Kilmurray Cemetery. May Kathleen rest in Peace.


Port GAA Club Lotto

Results for week 25. Numbers Drawn 4-18-19-25. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners P Coffey Jnr c/o M Confrey & Mick O’ Brien c/o Hawthorn. €25 Winners  Adrainne McCarthy c/o Adrainne McCarthy & Tom Murphy c/o Club. Jackpot next week €2,500

Does championship glory beckon for League winners Portarlington GAA?

League winners Portarlington GAA! Photo courtesy of Portarlington GAA.

Portarlington GAA 5k Road Race will take place on July 10. The race starts at 11.30am. Prizes are being awarded in the main categories. Entry via or on the morning before 11am.

Portarlington GAA Golf Classic will take place on July 22 in Portarlington Golf Club. Further details to follow.


Fixtures- Portlaoise Heritage Hotel U16 Football A Championship Rd 1 Portarlington Vs Graiguecullen on June 28 at 18.30pm. Portlaoise Heritage Hotel U14 Football  A Championship Rd 1, Stradbally Parish Gaels Vs Portarlington on July 8 at 18.30pm. U12 Go Games Hurling Rd 7 on July 7-The Harps (2) Vs Portarlington. U8 and U10 Football Blitz Rd 7 on July 1 at 18.30pm. Rosenallis Vs Portarlington Vs Stradbally,

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U12 Go Games Div 1 Rd 5 on June 29 at 18.30pm, Portarlington Vs St Pauls. Laois S.C Minor Football Championship, Portarlington vs Killeshin Crettyard on July 11 at 19.45pm at a venue TBC.

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