Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


The Portarlington Community Development Association in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and Muinter Na tire are currently working on setting up a TEXT ALERT SERVICE for the parts of the town of Portarlington and surrounding areas that don’t have this system in place.
The COMMUNITY TEXT ALERT SERVICE has proven a great asset in addressing the issues of community care, community safety and community crime prevention.

St. Brigid's Community Alert Group

An example of a Laois Community Alert Group

In order for us to achieve this we need members of our community to get involved. If your area or estate has a residence association or a community alert committee, we need your help. If you don’t have this but you think the Text Alert Service is something for your area, we need your help too.
If you would like to help make our town a safer place to live in please get in contact with us. We are situated in the PCDA/LovePort office, The Community Centre, Link Road. You can call us on 085 8568801 between 9.30am and 5.00pm or email us on or just message us on our Facebook page Loveport.


Directory of local men killed in action 1914–1918. Book on sale – Available from Central Stores, Slevin’s, Bracklone St., Eason’s Portlaoise. Limited numbers printed.

Lest we forget

Lest we forget



The Committee are carrying out their annual door-to-door collections during the month of October & November. Sincere thanks to everyone for their generosity in previous years. We look forward to your continued support.

Portarlington Christmas Lights

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Some Wonderful Reading

Copies of ‘The Lea Castle Report’ and ‘Portarlington & the Great War’ are now available from Central Stores, Main Street, Portarlington.


Portarlington Social Services Friday Cuppa takes place on Friday October 23rd from 12 Noon – 3pm & every fortnight thereafter. Come along & have lunch & a chat, a sing song or a game of Bingo & get to meet up with friends & meet new people. Further info. contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne @ 087-4116101.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. Oct 26-The Ranchers. Nov 2-Checkers. Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

Dancing at the Gandon Inn

Dancing at the Gandon Inn



Portarlington Community Centre will hold their AGM on Thursday November 19 in the Community Centre. All groups who use the  Centre are encouraged to send at least two representatives to the meeting, & all members of the public are welcome to attend. Anybody interested in joining our Voluntary Committee for the Community Centre can put forward their nomination on the night.


Marian Hill Wood

The Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly Branch will host a Conservation Work Group outing at the Marian Hill site (next to Spa Bridge) on Saturday October 31 between 10am and 2pm. On the day we hope to do some work developing a path network, remove rubbish, clear vegetation and other related tasks on site. The site is earmarked to become a local nature reserve for the people of the town and all voluntary help is encouraged and welcome.  For more info call/text Ricky 0857832545 or email



The Lea Castle Conservation Group have engaged Earth Sound Ltd to carry out a geophysical survey of Lea Castle, and work on the survey has now commenced. This is a very exciting development as the survey will use the most up to date technology to survey the castle site and reveal what lies buried beneath the surface without the need for an excavation.

Incredible panorama of River Barrow & Lea Castle captured by Con Murphy Photography

All your Portarlington News here. Photo courtesy of Con Murphy Photography

The survey is being funded by the Heritage Council and the results will be available before the end of the year. The Lea Castle Conservation Group will hold their AGM on Wednesday October 28 at 8pm in Oriel House, Main Street, Portarlington and all are welcome to attend.


The Lea Castle committee are holding a Fundraiser in the Community Centre. The event is a Homemade Xmas Floral Arrangement. The event will take place on Tuesday November 10, 17, 24. Also Thursday November 12, 19, 26. Times 8-10pm nightly. Cost is €50 for 3 nights & you will get to bring home 3 arrangements. Greenery & oasis supplied. Bring your own flowers. Call Celia at 087-6951410.



Children’s Halloween Pumpkin carving & craft afternoon in Portarlington Community Centre on Wednesday October 28, 2-4pm. €10 per child. For more details contact 057- 8645728.