Around Portarlington Way

Around Portarlington Way


Bingo will continue in Portarlington GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Over €2,000 in prize money.

Nuala McMahon & Chris O’Sullivan from McGreals Pharmacy presenting a cheque to Ann Dunne from Port Meals on Wheels. Also in the photo Donie Molloy from Port Trail Walking Group


Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank Nuala McMahon & McGreals Pharmacy Portarlington for their donation of €1,900 proceeds of the 5k walk in Emo recently. We in the Meals on Wheels appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of everyone who walked on the day and to all who donated. Your generosity is much appreciated. A big thanks also to Donie Molloy from Port Trail Walking group for organising the walk on the day.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer

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Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography


Lessons for Beginners and Intermediate commenced last Thursday September 28 from 5-6pm & 6-7pm & will continue every Thursday in the former girls school Patrick St (now used by the boys NS).  Boys & Girls 9+ & enthusiastic adults welcome. Musical instruments provided. If interested contact: Joan Hennessy @ 087-6229172 or Pat Donegan @ 083-8510423.


Community Text Alerts is now up and running in Portarlington. Forms to sign up to the scheme are available via the link below, in the Loveport office or by emailing

We will be holding two drop in events on October 11 from 5pm to 8pm in the Community Centre and on October 14 from 2pm to 3.30pm in the coffee shop in Centra on the Main Street where you can come to meet us, find out more information and sign up here to receive Alerts via text message.




Cooking Classes for Primary School Parents will take place in the Portarlington Community Centre from 09.15am to 11.15am for four Fridays commencing on Friday October 6. Funded by safefood. Only 15 places available. Contact Laois Partnership on 087 204 1966 to book your place. Healthy Food on a Budget; Healthy Recipes that Your Kids will Eat; Reading Food Labels.



Sincere thanks to everyone who supported our recent Fashion Show. Thanks to all the businesses for their spot prizes. Also a big thanks to all the Charity shops who took part on the night. We continue to meet every Tuesday & Wednesday from 2.30 – 5pm in the Scouts Den, Main Street. Lots of activities planned for the months ahead. Call in for a chat and a cuppa. All very welcome. For more information contact 087-2788472.

Friends Together News

A Local Portarlington scout leader and her group are organising a charity drive for the charity PATH to help the Homeless. They are running short of the following items:

Teabags, Coffee, Biscuits, Chocolate, Crisps, male and female toiletries and are looking for donations of these items. If you wish to leave donations you can leave them into the Scouts Den on Main St and they will be collected. The Den is open on Tuesday 7pm -8.15pm. Wednesday 6.30pm to 9pm & Thursday 7pm to 8.30pm. They want to thank you all in advance.



Monthly Bingo in Clonaslee Community Centre on Sunday October 8 at 3pm. Doors open at 2.15. €1,800 in prizes.



National Women’s Enterprise Day will be held in the Heritage Hotel, Killenard on October 12. Registration at 9.30am. Please share this with any female entrepreneurs / women in business who may be interested in attending. A great networking opportunity!  Contact Portlaoise Enterprise Centre, Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois | (057 866 1800.)  |




Laois Connects Mental Health Week runs from Saturday to Saturday October 7-14. Portarlington area events as follows:  Tuesday Oct 10 – Portarlington 5K walk 6.45pm, assemble at Oriel House Main St. 7.30pm- “Substance Misuse and Mental Health” at Portarlington Social Services for parents, young people and families. Provided by Midland Youth Drug & Alcohol Service. Contact Brian O’Sullivan at 086 4682745.  Thursday October 12- Connect and Reflect through Creativity, Mount Henry Arts Studio, Killenard -7.30pm-9pm. Saturday Oct 14- Mount Henry Arts Studio, Killenard, 10.30am to 12noon.

Further details on Laois CONNECTS 2017. See brochures locally or the Lifestyle Section of the Leinster Express.

The brochure has more details of the many activities that will take place during the week. There are events for all ages which are also free to attend. Further more details contact Laois County Council’s Community Development Section Tel – 057 8664107. email:



Emo Village Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 11am to 4pm. This is a Craft and Food Market and new stallholders are always welcome. Contact David on 086-2395614 or call into Emo Garden Centre.

Best of fresh produce and crafts here!

Best of fresh produce and crafts here!


GROW Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Jobs Club, Oriel House, Main St. Come along & learn more about positive mental health, wellbeing, recovery & how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge. Contact Michelle @ 086 418 3805 –



Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul.  October 9-Cupla. 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



CONFIRMATION 2018-Sacred Heart NS, RATH-Wednesday April 25 @ 11am.
St. Paul’s NS, Emo-Wednesday April 25 @ 2pm. Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard-Wednesday May 2 @ 11.30am. St. Patrick’s Boys NS Portarlington-Friday May 4 @ 11am. Presentation Primary School Portarlington & Cloneyhurke NS on Friday May 4 at 2pm.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018-Sacred Heart NS, Rath-Saturday May 5 at 11.30am.
St. Paul’s NS, Emo-Sunday May 6 at 11am. Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard-Saturday May 12 at 11.30am. St. Patrick’s Boys NS,Portarlington-Saturday May 19 at 11.30am. Presentation Primary School Portarlington & Cloneyhurke NS on Saturday May 26 at 11.30am.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Madeline Orange (nee Delaney) St Michael’s Park, who passed away on September 23. Madeline was predeceased by her husband Bobby. She will be sadly missed by her loving daughters Mary & Madeline, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday September 25 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Madeline rest in Peace.

Rest in Peace


Deepest Sympathy to the Fallon family St Michael’s Park on the death of Sue Fallon (wife of George Fallon). Sue passed away in England & burial took place there, with a Mass in St Michael’s Church on Wednesday September 27 to remember Sue by the family. She will be sadly missed by her loving family & friends. May Sue rest in Peace.


Social dance classes have commenced & will take place every Wednesday night from 8pm to 10.30pm in St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Cloneyhurke. No partner needed. Jive, waltz, quick step, foxtrot & more. Phone Heather @ 087-9322783.


Business Clinic

Laois and Offaly Local Enterprise Offices business clinic in Portarlington on Wednesday, October 4. Opportunity business people and start-ups, to meet Local Enterprise Office staff on a confidential one to one basis, to discuss their business and to see what supports may be available from the LEO. Laois LEO office on 057-8661800 for details and appointments.

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We are now taking names for our book clubs both junior and senior. Please visit the library to sign up and collect the current book or call 057 8643751 for more information.

Results for September 28. Numbers Drawn 10-14-20-36. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot next week €9,000. 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.
Potarlington GAA Race night has been scheduled for Friday October 13 in the Anvil Inn.

Does championship glory beckon for League winners Portarlington GAA?

League winners Portarlington GAA! Photo courtesy of Portarlington GAA.

Results-Congrats to our U14s who won the U14 Shield when they defeated St Josephs in Kellyville by 2 pts.
Fixtures– U13 Football A Group B St Pauls vs Portarlington on October 8 at 11am at venue TBC. U21 Football Championship Sarsfields vs Portarlington on October 21 at 4pm.

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