Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Gavin’s 30ft Rock Climb 

Gavin Allman originally from Avondale Estate is now living in Kilkenny with his partner Natalie. Gavin is blind for the past 15 years, but that has never stopped him achieving his goals & this climb is another challenge for him. Gavin is also a keen tandem cyclist.

Gavin is aiming to raise €1,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs

Gavin is aiming to raise €1,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs

An Awesome Challenge of a 30ft Rock Climb for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind because of their 40 year anniversary. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is an established and trusted charity that supports more than 350 working Guide and Assistance Dog partnerships nationally. They provide unique life-changing services to people who are vision impaired and to families of children with Autism.

Gavin is aiming to raise €1,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs. If you can’t attend the Table Quiz you can donate online to JustGiving. Donating through JustGiving is simple and totally secure. Your details are safe. Once you donate your money goes directly to the Charity.

Table Quiz

Table Quiz on Friday September 16 in the Barrow Lodge to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs. Table of 4 will be €20. Raffle on the night.

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. Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

All your Social Dancing News

All your Social Dancing News

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meets every Tuesday & Friday in the Scouts Den Main St 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

Happy Hearts

The Happy Hearts club will re-open on next Thursday September 1 from 2-4pm in the Community Centre with lots of variety on offer. Looking forward to seeing all former members & inviting new members to join us also.



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.
All proceeds for the night in support of local community projects by the Portarlington Community Development Association.

Love Port spreading the good news from Portarlington

Love Port spreading the good news from Portarlington

Tickets are limited so to avoid disappointment please contact the Love Port office on 085-8568801.

Credit Union Bursary

Portarlington Credit Union are delighted to launch the Maureen McEvoy Portarlington Credit Union Perpetual Student Bursary. Maureen was a great servant to Portarlington Credit Union for almost 30 years as Director, Treasurer and Manager.

To be in with a chance of winning the Bursary worth €1,000 you must- 1-Be a member of Portarlington Credit Union. 2- Starting 3rd level college in 2016. Application forms are available from any member of staff.

Portarlington Credit Union Bursary

Portarlington Credit Union Bursary

Book Club

Interested in joining a Book Club? Now is your chance. Classics Book Club at Portarlington Library. Portarlington Library are now taking names for their new Classic Book Club. Sign up at the library desk or call 057- 8643751.


Arthritis Laois

The Laois Branch of Arthritis Ireland are pleased to invite you to a “Free Information Evening” at The Killeshin Hotel on Mon September 12 at 6.30pm. Speakers will include Ms Ellen Roche, Reg. Dietitian who will speak about “Food & Nutrition to help tame the flame of Arthritis” and Ms Majella Fennelly, Laois Sports Partnership who will speak about the benefits of Keeping Active. All welcome. Further enquiries to 089 2525344.




5K RUN TO REMEMBER/Port Community Centre

This year at our Run to Remember Fundraising Event on  September 11  we will again be creating our “Remembrance Slideshow”, which will be played while everyone enjoys some well deserved refreshments after their walk/run in remembrance of their loved ones who are no longer with us.
If you would like to have a photo of a loved one included this year, please send the following to our email address –
– Photo in Jpeg format.
– Name of loved one.
Alternatively, you can call to The Portarlington Community Centre Reception office during office hours with you photograph and we will be more than happy to scan your photo for you so it can be included in the Remembrance Slideshow. Any queries, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday September 11.



In 1966 at the entrance to the old Cemetery opposite Lea Castle a tree was planted to honour the men from the area who lost their lives in the 1798 rising & to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1916 rising. Now 50 years later the Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee will plant another tree and erect a Plaque at the site on Sunday September 18 at 3pm. Some of the people who were there in 1966 are still around & we would be delighted to have them at this event. Also relatives of those who have passed away will be invited to attend.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

So many Laois Heritage events to enjoy in Portarlington Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Terry Higgins, The Deanery Main St who passed away at his residence on Saturday August 20. Terry was predeceased by his sons William & Brian. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Anne, daughter Elizabeth (McNamara), sons David, Kevin & Terry, sister Greta, brothers Frank, Brian & Dermot, his beloved grandchildren & great-grandchildren, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Monday August 22, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Terry rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to Christy Smith & family Ballymorris on the death of his brother Tommy Smith Lord Edward St Mountmellick & formerly Annamoe. Tommy was predeceased by his wife Maureen. He will be sadly missed by his son James, daughters Marian, Margaret, Phyllis, & Paschalina, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Christy, his extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday August 22 in St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick, with burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery. May Tommy rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patsy Dempsey, Garryhinch who passed away on Friday August 19. Patsy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Patty, daughter Mary, sons Joe & Aidan, grandchildren, sisters Sadie, Marie, Breda & Goretti, his extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday August 22 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patsy rest in Peace.



Grow Community Mental Health Movement meet every Thursday at 7pm in the Jobs Club,
Oriel House, Upper Main St., Portarlington. All welcome. Contact John 086-8033126.

Tom ' Chubby' Dempsey needs your help

Tom ‘ Chubby’ Dempsey needs your help



Upcoming fundraising events for “Tom CHUBBY Dempsey” treatment fund.
1- Table Quiz on September 3 in Finlay’s Pub Bracklone St from 9pm. Table of 4 is €20.

2- Benefit Night on September 24 in the Pint O’ Port, Portarlington at 9pm. Tickets are being sold on the door at €5 each.

3-Ann O’Reilly is doing a parachute jump on October 1, so look out for her sponsorship cards or sponsor her by clicking on

  1. You can also donate through

5 Call into Portarlington Credit Union and quote account number 15154. Every little helps. Thank you to all who donated so far.



Results for week 34. Numbers Drawn 2-18-23-25. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners John Joe Quinn c/o Rose McCann & Margaret Behan c/o Rose McCann. €25 Winners  Finn o Shea c/o T O’ Shea & Marie, Emma & James c/o Julia Leavy. Jackpot next week €3,400.

Does championship glory beckon for League winners Portarlington GAA?

League winners Portarlington GAA! Photo courtesy of Portarlington GAA.

Results-Portlaoise Heritage Hotel U17 Championship Rd 2, Portarlington 6-19-Stradbally Parish Gaels 1-08. Portlaoise Heritage Hotel

U14 Shield Semi Final, Portarlington 2-12 Sarsfields 0-03.

Fixtures-U21 Football Championship Rd 1, Portarlington Vs Graiguecullen on September 15 at TBC. U16 Football Championship Semi Final, Porarlington Vs St Pauls The Rock on August  31 at 18.30pm at a venue to be confirmed.

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