Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

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. October 3-The Ranchers. October 12-Solitaire. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

Get your dancing shoes on!

Get your dancing shoes on!

Saint Padre Pio Mass including blessing with a relic of Saint Pio takes place on Friday October 7 at 7.30 in St Peter & Pauls Church Portlaoise. Preceeded at 7pm with the showing in the Church of “The Seraphic Life” – a video on a day in the life of Saint Pio. Mass Celebrant – Fr. P Byrne Portlaoise

PCDA Fundraising Walk
The PCDA committee would like to thank everyone who took part in last Saturday’s walks from the Hawthorn Bar to the Derryounce Lakes. Thanks to all who helped out with thr organising, to Anne O’Brien from the Hawthorn for refreshments after, to the ladies from Port Trail walking group for their delicious baking. Watch out for dates for the next walk by checking the LOVE PORT facebook page or for more information please contact PCDA/ Love Port office on 085 -8568801.

Derryounce Lake Walk

Derryounce Lake Walk

The AGM of the Portarlington Community Development Association will take place on Thursday September 29 at 7.30pm in the Social Services Centre, Link Rd. Come along, get involved & see the great work taking place. All welcome.
Meetings are held on Tuesday & Friday in the Scouts Den on Main Street from 2.30-5pm. Parents & children welcome. Volunteer drivers needed to transport people. Phone: 057-8623666.

Friends Together News

Friends Together News

Information For Over 50s
Laois Public Participation are holding an Information Session for the Over 50s on September 29 from 2 – 5pm in Emo Community Centre (GAA grounds). This event is free and open to all. We will have stands providing information about the Fair Deal Scheme, Nursing Homes, Legal advice, Financial services, Personal security, fire prevention, health/fitness and wellbeing and many more. Refreshments will be available on the day. For further information please call Pamela Tynan, Laois PPN on 057- 8665661 or email

The Benefit night for Tom “Chubby” Dempsey’s Treatment Fund” in the Pint O Port has been changed to Saturday October 15. There will be further Facebook posts regarding Benefit night over the next few weeks.
Ann O’Reilly is doing a parachute jump on October 1, so look out for her sponsorship cards or sponsor her by clicking here.

Tom ' Chubby' Dempsey needs your help

Tom ‘ Chubby’ Dempsey needs your help

You can also donate here. Call into Portarlington Credit Union and quote account number 15154. Every little helps. Thank you to all who donated so far.

Portarlington Speakers Mastering the Art of Impromptu Speaking
Club President Carmel Moore gave an inspiring introduction on the importance of setting goals and then gave a moving recital of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas elegy for his father “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”.
Donal Cahill gave a concise but comprehensive oversight of the Business Intelligence initiative which is giving Ireland a lead in the provision of high volume high value data in the public sector.
The art of impromptu speaking was mastered well as Topics Master Mark Bastow served a great variety of questions which had Carmel Moore giving Angela Merkel a make-over, Damian Oliver transforming Donald Trump into a leaner fitter man, Donal Cahill giving career advice to Barak Obama for when he leaves the White House, and James Mooney giving a very complete defence of the GAA’s policy of replaying finals rather than going into extra time.



It was a great meeting. It is now a great time to improve your career enhancing skills of public speaking and leadership by joining your local Toastmasters Club “Portarlington Speakers”. Why not come along to one of our meetings on Tuesday October 4 or October 18 at 7.45pm at the Heritage Hotel Killenard. See us on FaceBook and MeetUp.
St. Michael’s folk choir will sing in St. Michael’s Church on October 9. October 23 at 12.1pm Mass. . The choir will also help to celebrate Mass live on RTE one on Sunday October 30.
Mount St Anne’s, Killenard will once again hold their Pilgrimage Walk on October 2 at 3pm. You are invited to walk with us from St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington to the grounds of Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard. This year’s theme is ‘Mission’. Those who would prefer not to join the walking pilgrimage are invited to come & pray in the chapel before the blessing. Tea/Coffee served. All ages welcome.



Patricia Finnegan Newell & Edward Newell invite applications for membership of a new Adult Choir in Portarlington which commenced last Thursday September 22 in the Social Services Centre Link Road. More than simply choral, training, members will receive instruction in breath control, vocal technique & voice projection from a specialist Teacher with professional performance experience.

Sessions will run from 7.30-9pm. It is hoped to
cover material of a challenge nature, so a certain level of commitment is desirable. Some
slight reading ability is an advantage, but not essential. Public performances in local
Concerts will be encouraged. For more details contact Patricia on 057-8623152.

Sandy Lane National School Parents Council are holding an Auction, Cake Sale and Raffle
on Sunday October 2 in The Parochial Hall, Portarlington (in the Square). Viewing of Items from 1pm. Auction at 3pm. Refreshments available. Anyone wishing to donate furniture, old bicycles or antiques in good condition it would be greatly appreciated. Contact 087-4551380 regarding donations.

All your Portarlington news here.

All your Portarlington news here.

Fundraising Concert
A Fundraising Concert in Aid of Pieta House and Lourdes Invalid Fund with Mr. Johnny Carroll and Guests in St. Canice’s Church, Clough, on Friday September 30. Doors Open at 7.30pm and Concert starts at 8pm. Tickets €15. For further information please contact Helen on 087 – 6962140. Please support.

Results for week 38. Numbers Drawn 3-7-16-29. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners Kevin Keogh c/o Burbages and Michael L c/o J Whelan. €25 Winners P&B c/o J Whelan and Mick & Ann c/o The Hawthorn. Jackpot next week €3,800.

Congratulations and well done to Dean Coss and Paula Guinan who represented Portarlington GAA when they won the Club Vs Club 10k Relay race which was part of the Keep Your Head Up Charity night held in O’ Dempseys GAA. The night was a great success and great craic was had by all who attended.

Portarlington's U-14's rounded off the year by beating Killeshin in the Shield Final

Portarlington’s U-14’s rounded off the year by beating Killeshin in the Shield Final

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