Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

All your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


The 51st AGM of the Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels took place on Monday May 9. Chairperson Paul Mooney welcomed everyone to the AGM. He thanked everyone who has made it possible to keep this wonderful Service running. 

The following were elected to the committee. With Paul stepping down as Chair, Rory Whelan was elected as this year’s Chairperson. Assistant chairperson-Marguerite Kirwan. 

Secretary-Ann Bourke Dunne. Assistant secretary-Sinead Dunne. Treasurer-Brendan Broderick. Assistant treasurer-Geraldine O’Reilly. 

Committee-Ken & Breda Dunne, Paul Mooney, Jenny Champ, Jen Barber, Mary Pierce, Ciaran Dunne & Patsy Whelan. Trustees-Dr Adrian Honan, Geraldine O’Reilly, Ken Dunne & Jenny Champ-Hendy. 


If you are over 55 and looking to make new friends? Then why not join Portarlington Active Retirement group. Men and women welcome to join. 

Meet every Thursday from 1.45pm to 3.45pm at the Portarlington Community Centre

For more information contact 0874460151.

The Tidy Town's 'Spring Clean' of Portarlington on Saturday 23 April was a big success. Over 120 volunteers took part at 34 different locations across the town and surrounding areas. 190 sacks of rubbish were collected.
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Last week a group of ladies came together to start the very 1st Women’s Shed in Portarlington. The group will continue to meet every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Further Education Centre, Bracklone St. If you are interested come along and join, what will be a very enjoyable meeting with lots of activities to enjoy. 


Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly are happy to welcome the great work from the Love Portarlington office to get the Portarlington Text Alert back up and running. Text Alert is a means for an Garda Síochána to get information out to communities. If you want to sign up contact them at 0578608395. No personal information is provided to an Garda Síochána.

We at Love Portarlington are working very hard in the background to get the Portarlington Text Alert back up and running. We are looking to see what Estates have Residents Committee. If possible, could they ring the office on 0578608395 as we plan to relaunch the service in August or possibly early September.

The Pride of Portarlington
The Pride of Portarlington


Deepest Sympathy to Beatrice & Johnny Wallace & family on the death on May 9 of Beatrice sister Eileen Murphy (nee McDermott) Dunderrow, Co. Cork. Eileen will be sadly missed by her loving husband Noel, son Brian & daughter Anita, sisters Maureen, Beatrice, Anna & Kathleen, brothers Tony & Owenie, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday May 11 at St John’s Church Kinsale, with burial after in Dunderrow Cemetery. May Eileen’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Get this event in the diaries – a brand new 1-day music festival in Portarlington with 8 amazing local bands, takes place on May 21 in the Anvil Inn Portarlington supporting Irish music. With the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Laois County Council.

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
Portarlington News Credit: Con Murphy Photography


Portarlington community responder group were stood down due to the escalating and ongoing Covid 19 situation. This also included the Portarlington First Responders. But the great news is that the National Ambulance Service have given them the thumbs up to start back up again. If you are interested in any way of volunteering, you can contact their facebook page, or call Jason on 0871449028.


Well done to the Health & Wellbeing committee at the Portarlington GAA Club for organising the 1st Darkness in to Light in Portarlington last week. A big well done to all who walked and supported the collection for Pieta House. Well done Port.


Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €8,000. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via


Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Port GAA Clubs brand new website is now live…

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 Lotto results for May 9. Numbers drawn were 17-8-23-18. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Mary Kelly, Clonaslee, Willie Crampton, Ger Costello, Patrick McEvoy & Amanda Murphy. Promoter’s prize-P Mulligan. Next Jackpot on May 16-€4,600. Tickets from your usual seller, also from Centra Shop, Gracefield, and Anthony Early’s Shop Gracefield, or alternatively you can now do it online if you follow the link below.


Arlington AFC Soccer Club have bookings now open for this year’s FAI Summer Soccer School at Arlington. Camp commences August 15.  Book ASAP to guarantee your child’s place. Boys & girls aged 6 years to 14 years. E-mail-