Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Best wishes & congratulations to the wonderful legend of a man, Jack Kenny, on his 90th birthday on Wednesday June 1. Happy big 90th Jack Kenny. Jack celebrated in style with his devoted family. Many wishes went out to Jack on Social Media, and beyond, with lots of memories shared of Jack. Good wishes & health to Jack. 

Happy 90th birthday to Jack Kenny.
Happy 90th birthday to Jack Kenny.


On behalf on the Portarlington Meals on Wheels committee a big thanks to Ray Meredith from Woodbrook who has set up a GoGund me page for the Service. 

Ray will do a Skydive this month. Can you please donate what you can and share with your family and friends. The link is


Emo Court & Parklands are delighted to announce the return of the Chapterhouse Theatre to Emo Court. Presenting “Pride & Prejudice” in the tranquil garden on June 17.

Tickets available at Such a perfect way to spend a Summer’s evening. OPW – Office of Public Works Laois.


Wellness walks will be taking place again in Emo Court and Parklands, starting on Friday June 24 & every Friday to July 15 at 11am. For more information or to register, contact Eimear @ 0860111722. E-mail

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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MakePort are starting a Book Club for adults in Makerspace. It will run over the Summer and will meet every fortnight. Read books from Irish Authors or maybe a bit of Dickons/Orwell. 

If you are interested, please contact MakePort on WhatsApp/Text/Phone 089-4947612. 



The Hed has really taken off. Well done to everyone involved. Portarlington Women’s Shed offers space that is friendly, safe and non-judgmental for women over 18, who want to reconnect with themselves. Come for a chat, learn a new skill, or share your talents and make long lasting friendship. Why not call in every Thursday from 10:30am to 12.30pm.

Located at Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre Bracklone St, Portarlington. Contact 087- 9111003 for more information. 

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


Deepest Sympathy to the heartbroken family of Sean Faherty, Bishopswood Portarlington who passed away suddenly on Monday May 30. Sean will be sadly missed by his parents Mick & Carmel, his twin sister Clare, sisters Ciara & Mary & brother Diarmuid, Grandmother Kate, extended family, many friends & work mates. Sean was well known for his wide range of musical talents. Funeral Mass took place on Monday June 6 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Sean’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Richard (Dick) Eacrett, Donegal & formerly Portarlington & Ballybrittas who passed away on Monday May 30. Dick will be sadly missed by his loving wife Wendy, sons Timothy & Michael, extended family & friends. Dick was predeceased by his sisters Henrietta, Maureen, Olive & Sheila, brothers George & John. Funeral Service took place in St Anne’s Church Ballyshannon on Thursday June 2, followed by cremation at Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan. May Dick’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family & friends of Mateusz Drozd, Castleview Ballymorris & formerly Poland who passed away suddenly on Tuesday May 31. Mateusz will be sadly missed by his loving wife Sylvia, father Antoni, mother Bernadetta, brother Rafal, sisters Agnieszka and Edyta, extended family, work colleagues and friends. 

Funeral Mass took place at St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Saturday June 3. 

May Mateusz gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Joe Keegan, Tereen House Cloneyquin Portarlington, who passed on Wednesday June 8. Joe was predeceased by his parents Thomas & Mollie and brother Tommy. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Connie (nee Buggy), son Kevin, brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday June 11 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. May Joe rest in Peace. 

Portarlington GAA jersey presentation
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Club Mass-The Club will hold a Mass for present, past, sick & deceased members of the Club on next Friday June 17 at 8pm in the Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All members past & present are welcome & encouraged to attend. 

Bingo Online-O’Dempsey’s online bingo continues every Friday night at 8pm. This will be online via Facebook or Zoom. Books are available in Dowling’s Gala, Killenard or online. See for further information. 


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €8,800. 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 Club’s brand new website is now live…


 Lotto results for May 30. Numbers drawn were 16-16-20-24. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Alannah Keegan, Mary Lalor, John O’Connell, Arradiusz Bichaski & Josie Hanlon. Promoter’s prize-John Kelly. 

Lotto results for June 7. Numbers drawn were 3-6-23-22. Jackpot of €5,200 was won by Mick & Danny, with promoter Breda Flanagan. €50 each to Tom Garry, Oisin Ryan, Padraig Maher, Vera McEvoy & Triona Burbage. Next weeks Jackpoy-€2,000.

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.