Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

1916 Commemorations

Apologies to the people of the town who had not heard that the event in Spa St for Peader Macken had been cancelled and who contacted Committee members about it. A family member travelled from England and the Committee were invited by the family to honour Peader with them at his resting place in Glasnevin. This was a very special time where his grave and that of his late parents George & Anne Macken who lived in Spa St were handed over to the National Graves Association.

1916 Commemoration Workshops

Laois 1916 Commemoration

The planting of a Tree at Lea Cemetery to commemorate the men from the area who died in the 1798 Rebellion & to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising will now take place in mid September instead of August. More details in the coming weeks.



The return of the Little Black Dress night takes place on Friday September 16 in O’ Deas Pub, Portarlington. For a great girl’s night out with the best music, canapés and craic come along and bring your friends. Tickets are €10 and are available from the Portarlington Community Development Association office (Love Port) in the Community Centre.

Tickets available at the Love Port office

Tickets available at the Love Port office

All proceeds for the night in support of local community projects by the Portarlington Community Development Association.
Tickets are limited so to avoid disappointment please contact the Love Port office on 085-8568801.

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.  August 8-Checkers.   Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

All your Social Dancing News

All your Social Dancing News

Fundraising for Tom

Tom ‘ Chubby’ Dempsey is 39 years old and lives in Portarlington, Co. Laois with his wife Rosemary 7 family. After an accident in work in 2005, he had a discectomy in 2007 and again in 2009 on his back at L4/L5/S1. Both procedures were unsuccessful. Chubby now has 6 degenerated discs in his lower back and is in chronic pain.

The consultant in Dublin basically sent him home a few months ago and told him he has to live with it, as nothing they can do so after months of research his wonderful wife Rosemarie found a place in Barcelona, Spain (Dr Gilete) that performs stem cell treatment for Chubby’s problem. This involves travelling to Barcelona and having stem cells removed from his pelvis which they then process for 21 days after which they travel back to Barcelona and the cells are injected into the discs. The idea behind this treatment is that the stem cells regenerate and restore the discs, nerves and muscles.

Tom ' Chubby' Dempsey

Tom ‘ Chubby’ Dempsey

The total cost of the treatment runs into the 10’s or thousands and his family needs your help in getting his chronic and disabling condition sorted once and for all.

There will be a number of fundraising events over the next few months and your support will be very much appreciated. On September 24 a benefit night will be held, more details to follow.



Fun day in aid of Crumlin Children’s hospital takes place in the Portarlington Community Centre on Saturday August 20 from 10am-4pm. Food, Fun, Dance, Prizes & much more.
Contact Anya on 086- 1599438.

Portarlington Community Centre

Portarlington Community Centre hosts this event . Photo courtesy of

Indoor Car Boot Sale

Portarlington Community Centre are holding an indoor Car Boot Sale on Sunday August 7 12-3pm. €10 per stall. Contact the Centre on 057- 8645728 or email


Tea Dance taking place in the Portarlington Community Centre on Friday August 26 from 9.30pm -12.30am. In aid of Shaen Hospital & Multiple Sclerosis Laois Branch. Music by Nando & Shandy. Admission €10. Contact the Centre on 057- 8645728 or email

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meets every Tuesday & Friday from 2.30-5pm.

Please Note- the group have now moved to their new premises in the Scouts Den Main St. 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. Parents & children are welcome. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.

Friends Together News

Friends Together News Photo courtesy of Con Murphy


Mass Choir

Members of the 12.15pm Church Choir will sing in St. Michael’s Church on the following dates in August. Sunday August  14/ Sunday August 28.

Golf Classic

P.J. BYRNE MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC takes place at Knockanally Golf Club on Friday September 9. Four ball scramble. To book tee-time contact: Frank Spellman 087-2564085 / Austin Grogan 086-8032873 / Pat Barrett 087-8506269 / John Brickley 087-6313430. €200 per team (Golf & Meal) Raffle on the night.

All your local Golf news here

All your local Golf news here


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Marcella Bolger (SRN) Belin Ballybrittas who passed away on Thursday July 21. Marcella will be sadly missed by her beloved sister Patricia, her nieces, nephews, her extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart Rath on Sunday July 24, with burial after in St Paul’s old Cemetery Emo. May Marcella rest in Peace.

Portarlington GAA Club

Lotto results for week 30. Numbers Drawn 2-8-13-17. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners  Carmel Dempsey c/o T A Coss and Liam Costello c/o P.S. €25 Winners  Andy Strachan c/o Delaneys and Sinead Harrington c/o J.L. Jackpot next week  €3,000.

We have 2 Electric Picnic weekend passes to be won in our latest ticket draw. Tickets are €5 each and the draw will take place on August 13th at 9pm in the Anvil. Tickets can be bought from committee members or from Burbages shop Main St.

Thanks to our Tee Box sponsors and the businesses, clubs and individuals who put out teams in our Golf Classic in Portarlington Golf Club on Friday July 22 last. Thanks also to the organising committee , our  club helpers on the day and to the staff of Portarlington Golf Club who all helped to make the day a great success.

Fixtures-Junior Football Championship Rd 1. Rark Ratheniska Vs Portarlington on August 8 at 19.45pm. U21 Football Championship Rd 1. Portarlington Vs Graiguecullen on August 15 at time TBC. U17 Football Championship Rd 1. Portarlington Vs St Josephs Barrowhouse on August 3 at 19.00pm. U8 and U10 Football Blitz Rd 8 on August 12 at 18.30pm Portarlington Vs Killeshin. U12 Go Games Div 1 Rd 5 on August 10 at 18.30pm. Portarlington Vs Portlaoise (1).

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