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 10-Solitaire. October 17-John & Terry.   Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

Port Credit Union Cash Draw

Our 23rd Cash Prize Draw took place on Saturday September 17. Massive congratulations to all our winners. 1st Prize €10,000- Sinead Treacy, €3,000- Rhoda Patterson, €2,000- Fintan O’Neill, €1,000- Karen Jackson, €1,000- Leah Buchanan, €500- Kathryn Leavy, €500- Charlie Kavanagh. Well done to all our winners. Next Draw will take place on December 17 2016.

David Connolly, Finance Officer of Portarlington Credit Union Ltd. presenting a cheque for €10,000 to Sinead Treacy and family

David Connolly, Finance Officer of Portarlington Credit Union Ltd. presenting a cheque for €10,000 to Sinead Treacy and family

Portarlington Credit Union

International Credit Union Day will be celebrated on Thursday October 20. Our Annual Mass for the deceased members of Portarlington Credit Union will be at 10am followed by refreshments and entertainment from 11 am in Portarlington Credit Union. Great prizes to be won. Everyone welcome to call in and enjoy the celebrations.


The Benefit night for Tom “Chubby” Dempsey’s Treatment Fund” takes place in the Pint O Port on Saturday October 15.  There will be further Facebook posts regarding Benefit night over the next few weeks.

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.

Tom ' Chubby' Dempsey needs your help

Tom ‘ Chubby’ Dempsey needs your help



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.

St Padre Pio

Mass including a blessing with a relic of Saint Pio takes place on Friday October 7 at 7.30pm

in St Peter & Pauls Church Portlaoise. Preceded 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 Paddy Byrne, Portlaoise.


Dates for Confirmation & Communion 2017

Bishop Denis Nulty will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parishes of Portarlington & Emo as follows: Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard on Thursday March 9 at 11.30am. Presentation Primary School & Cloneyhurke NS Friday 10th March 10 at 2pm. St. Patrick’s Boys NS Friday March 10 at 11am. St. Paul’s NS, Emo & Sacred Heart NS, Rath Thursday May 4 at 11.30am.

Communion Dates for Portarlington Parish

First Holy Communion in Portarlington

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2017– Presentation Primary School & Cloneyhurke NS Saturday May 6 at 11.30am. Sacred Heart NS Rath- Saturday May 13 at 11.30am.  St. Paul’s NS, Emo- Sunday May 14 at 11am. Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard- Saturday May 20 at 11.30am. St. Patrick’s Boys NS- Saturday May 27 at 11.30am.


Community Notice – Public Consultation Day – Draft Flood Risk Management Plans for the Laois Area.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the Office of Public Works. These Plans set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within each geographic area known as a Unit of Management. A Public Consultation Day will be held on Wednesday October 12 as follows-Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois between 2pm and 7pm.

This event will cover the following areas within Units of Management 14 and 15: Athy, Ballyroan, Carlow, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Portlaoise and Rathdowney.

The OPW wants to give local people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans before they are finalised. Please come along on the day, view the draft plan for your area and provide any comments you may have.

 Flooding Plan

Flooding Plan

Laois Hospice Charity Fashion Show

Fashion show takes place on Friday October 14 in Portarlington Golf Club. Tickets €10. All proceeds to Laois Hospice. Check with Chrissie & staff at the Laois Hospice Charity shop French Church St for more information.


Deepest Sympathy to Ann O’Meara & family Annamoe on the recent death of her brother Michael P Barry, Glasheen Cork & formerly Patrick St. Michael will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, daughter Deirdre & son Michael, grandchild, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday September 22 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Lough, with Cremation at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. May Michael rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patrick (Paddy) Horrigan, Avondale Estate & formerly Borrisokane Tipperary who passed away on September 25. Paddy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Kathleen, daughter Geraldine & her partner Martin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday September 29 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Paddy rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace


Deepest Sympathy to Sheila Luttrell & family Kilbride & Tom Scully & family Coolaghy on the recent death of Sheila’s brother James (Jim) Sherlock Killimy Emo & formerly New Mills Mountmellick who passed away on Wednesday September 28. Jim was predeceased by his sister Phil Scully Coolaghy. He will be sadly missed by his wife Mona, daughter Leonie, son Michael, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick on Friday September 30, with burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery. May Jim rest in Peace.

Simon Sleep Out

Midlands Simon Community invites people from across Laois to get involved or support in its Sleep Out for Simon in Laois GAA’s HQ, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Friday October 21. The event will support services for the homeless. Contact Michael at 0861223421. Register on the night at 9pm Music 11pm-12.30am.

Midlands Simon Community in Co Laois.

Midlands Simon Community in Co Laois.

Charity Dance

In aid of East Midlands Parkinson’s and Laois Alzheimer’s will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Friday October 14 with music by Eamon Jackson and his band.  Admission €15 and dancing from 9.30 to 12.30.  There will also be a monster raffle on the night with the first prize of a meal for 2 in Ballyfin Demense, plus many more fabulous prizes.  Please support!


Parkinson’s Patient Conference

East Midlands Parkinson’s are hosting a patient conference day in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Sunday October 16 from 10.30am to 4 pm.  Guest speakers include Dr. Richard Walsh, Neurologist Talllaght Hospital, Ms. Marion Slattery,  Occupational Therapsit,  Brian Magennis, Parkinson’s Nurse specialist, Mater Hospital and Ms. Dee Daly Psychotherapist.  This is a free day which includes lunch.  All welcome as it promises to be a very informative day. To register please phone 1800 359 359 before October 7.


Valuing Volunteers

As part of Laois Connects week, a “Valuing Volunteers” presentation will take place in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Monday October 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Speakers include Stuart Garland from Volunteer Ireland and Finola Colgan from Mental Health Ireland. The above event will be of interest to all volunteers or people who wish to become volunteers and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Storm Powell, Laois Partnership Co. on 087 1775729.


Results for week 39. Numbers Drawn 2-8-18-19. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners Murph c/o Rose McCann and Marcie Finlay c/o T A Coss. €25 Winners  Avril Dunne c/o C Ryan and Martina Healy c/o Joe Whelan. Jackpot next week €3,900.

Does championship glory beckon for League winners Portarlington GAA?

League winners Portarlington GAA! Photo courtesy of Portarlington GAA.


Results-U13 Super Touch Rd 1-Portarlington 0-06, Portlaoise 2-10.

U12 Shield Final-Portarlington 3-10, Graiguecullen 2-05.

Hard luck to our U12 Hurlers who were narrowly beaten by Camross in the U12 Shield final and a big well done to our footballers who won their Shield final against Graiguecullen.


Fixtures-U21 Football Championship Rd 1-Portarlington Vs Graiguecullen on October 10 at time TBC. U15 Floodlit Football Super Touch Cup Group C RD 1-Portarlington Vs St Pauls on October 12 at 7.45pm in McCann Park.

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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