Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way

Bingo will continue in Portarlington GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Over €2,200 in prize money.

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. August 28-TBC. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

Get your dancing shoes on!

Portarlington St V de Paul Dance at the Gandon Inn

The Portarlington Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank John Nicholls & Stephen Mulhall & their members from the POWERHOUSE Gym on Botley Lane for their very kind donation of €1,458.50 . This donation was raised following a sponsorship event called TOUGH MUDDER which the members of the Gym engaged in on July 8 at Loughcrew Adventure Centre.

It was a marvellous donation and the Society is very appreciative of this donation to help the less well off in Portarlington and surrounding districts.

Once again the PCDA are holding their annual Little Black Dress night in O’ Dea’s Pub Main St on Friday September 29. A great night assured as usual. Tickets €10 each. Available from the Love Port/PCDA office in the Portarlignton Community Centre.

National Heritage Week. Teddy Fennelly of Laois Heritage Society officially opened the Ron-nie Mathews Post Card Exhibition on Monday August 21.

Portarlington Library News. pic courtesy of

The exhibition will run from August 22- 26 from 2:30pm to 5pm- all through the National Heritage Week 2017. On January 8 2017, Ronnie Mathews died, aged 83. He was Portarlington’s own historian and had published two books on local history.

Portarlington Arts and Heritage in conjunction with the Mathews Family are proud to invite everyone from Portarlington and Laois to join them in viewing the collection that Ronnie spent years collecting.

Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cul-tural event and this year over 450,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 her-itage events around the country. Each year, thousands of people plan National Heritage Week events in their towns or villages.


The Lea Castle Conservation Committee are inviting everyone from Laois to join them for an update of the Lea Castle Project during National Heritage Week. This update will take place on Thursday August 24 from 8pm – 9pm in the newly re-furbished Portarlington Library on Main Street Portarlington. There is no admission charge and booking is not necessary. There is access for wheelchairs.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

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Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography

We are planning: An introduction to the project by our chairperson – Stephen Kealy.
Images of Lea Castle – PJ Goode. A taste of food from the medieval times from David Orford.

Deepest Sympathy to Kathleen Murphy & family Congress Tce on the death of Kathleen’s brother James Desmond Maher on July 18. Fondly known as Dessie. Dessie was son of the late Patrick & Margaret Maher 1, Marian Hill. He moved to England in 1964 with his wife Anne where he settled in Bolton. He played GAA as a young boy & was instrumental in setting up the local Gaelic Club in Bolton. He was also a member of his local Irish centre for the past 30 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Anne, daughter Tina, sons Craig, Jonathan, Dennis, Jimmy & Matt, grandchildren Ellen, James, Teagan, Blaize, Caitlin & Molly, sister Kathleen (Portarlington) & brother John (Scotland), his extended family & friends. Funeral took place in England. May Dessie rest in Peace.

Deepest Sympathy to Kathleen Bambrick & family Ballymorris on the death of her brother Brian O’Reilly Beechfield Portlaoise who passed away on August 16. Brian will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, daughters Niamh, Siobhan & Grainne, grandson Thomas, brother Paddy, sisters Sally & Kathleen, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place in SS Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise on Saturday August 19, with burial after in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. May Brian rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Michael Dempsey Barrowbank & formerly Cloneyhurke who passed away on August 17. Michael will be sadly missed by his loving wife Patti, daughters Caroline, Fiona, Cora & Niamh, his 6 grandchildren, sisters Kathleen & Sr Breda, brothers PJ, Billy, John Joe & Kieran, his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday August 19 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Michael rest in Peace.

This year’s awards are being held on October 17.
Closing date for Nominations has been extended to Friday August 25.
Categories as follows: Arts, Culture & Heritage, Healthy & Active Community, Children & Youth, Environment, Social Inclusion, Age Friendly & Unsung Hero Award.
Nomination Forms and details available from the Community & Enterprise Section or email

Combined draw on August 10-Numbers Drawn 8-12-21-25. No Jackpot Winner. Jackpot next week €7,600.
Portarlington GAA Jackpot Clearance Draw on August 8-for €6,300. Numbers Drawn 11-16-22-34.
No Jackpot winner. Results sheets available locally. Tickets available from Burbages, Tynans Butchers, The Railway Bar, Pint O Port, Luttrell Oil, Spar Station Rd or from any committee member.
We welcome all loyal patrons and new patrons of Portarlington Bingo to McCann Park every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Over €2k in prizes every week.

Fixtures-Junior Football Championship Portarlington vs Graiguecullen on July 23 at 7.15pm in McCann Park.
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