Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Do you want to help to keep the Scout group open in Portarlington? No matter how much time you can provide, it would be greatly appreciated. We are holding an open meeting on Thursday May 26 at 8pm in the Scouts Den, Main St to discuss the future of the 4th Laois Scouts in Portarlington. There will be representatives from Scouting Ireland to answer any questions you may have. It would be very sad to see the group close after been in Portarlington for over 30 years.


Summer is just around the corner and MakePort will be running lots of different camps. 

Greenscreen, Podcast, Multimedia, Comic workshops, Sewing workshops, Kids crafts workshops, Music video and editing, Graphics and video editing. 

Spaces are limited, so don’t delay in booking your place. Contact Makerspace on 

WhatsApp/Text/Phone 089-4947612. Email

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.
All the news from Portarlington


Do you want safe cycling for all ages and abilities in Portarlington? We held our first cycle on April 30 and judging by the turnout then it seems that many people in Port certainly do.

Join us for our next monthly 7km fun, safe and family friendly cycle around Portarlington town centre Saturday next May 28 at 2pm. Start & finish at the rear of Solas Garden centre, at entrance to Lough Gate. For any queries, please contact or call John on 0857556240.

This event is organised by Portarlington Sustainable Energy Community group and is kindly being hosted by Solas Eco Garden Centre.


Garda Síochána Laois Offaly are pleased to welcome the great work from Love Portarlington 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 Love Port office at 0578608395. No personal information is provided to An Garda Síochána.

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

The Love Portarlington office opening hours are as followers: Mon – Thurs, 9am -.1pm.

Fri 9am – 12:30pm. You can contact them 0578608395, or email on

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


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Margaret Whelan (nee Dowling), Morette, Emo who passed away on Sunday May 15 surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Joe. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Margaret, Helen, Siobhan & Pauline, sons Bart & John, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday May 18 at the Church of the Assumption, the Heath, with Cremation after in Newlands Cross Crematorium. May Margaret’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Denis Mahon, Portarlington & formerly Kingswood, Dublin who passed away on Wednesday May 18. Denis will be greatly missed by his loving wife Yvette, son Denis, daughter Naomi, grandchildren, brother Dermot, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Friday May 20 at St Agnes Church Crumlin, with burial after in Newlands Cross Cemetery. May Denis rest in Peace.

The Pride of Portarlington
The Pride of Portarlington


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.


A few weeks ago 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, to what will be a very enjoyable meeting with lots of activities to enjoy. 

Portarlington GAA News
All your Portarlington GAA News here.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €8,200. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

BINGO-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…


 Lotto results for May 16. Numbers drawn were 29-15-26-14. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to The Flanos, Gillian Rice, Helena Murphy, Matt Murphy & Carmel Wilcox. Promoter’s prize-Ann O’Brien. 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.