Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


The Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball takes place on Saturday September 24 at the Heritage Hotel Killenard, Co. Laois. This year’s event is in aid of the Midlands Hospice Build.


Congratulations to Cillín Hoey from Droughill, who recently claimed his second All Ireland title of 2022. Cillín won the National U14 indoor 60m hurdles back in March and on Sunday July 3 he backed up that title when he won the National U14 outdoor 75m hurdles with a new pb. Cillín qualified for All Ireland’s after a successful Leinster Championships two weeks ago when he was crowned Leinster U14 hurdle Champion. 

Congratulations to Cillín Hoey from Droughill,

Cillín trains and competes for Emo/Rath athletics club under the guidance of Daithi Keenan. 

His parents Oisin & Ashling Hoey, Droughill & the extended family  are very proud of Cillìns great achievements. 


Most of you will know by now about the Fundraiser that started over a week ago. Jonathan (Johnny) McCowen formerly from Station Road Portarlington, now living in Australia, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Motor Neurons late last year. His friends have gotten together to raise funds for his little family. His wife Sherie & young daughters Darcy & Riley. Please donate on the link attached & share with your friends. 


Dear Cyclists of Portarlington. Important update about our cycle event in July. 

Next Event – Tour De Port – Saturday July 16 @ 2pm from Solas Eco Garden Centre.

Our cycle will be very much in keeping with the French theme – we will be embarking on a ‘Tour De Port’ – but rest assured that this cycle will still be open to all, young and old, with a similar set-up in terms of Garda escort, distance, route, pace etc. 

Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
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If you have any queries about this event or would like to get involved in the campaign, please email or call John on 0857556240.


The committee of the Portarlington Lourdes Pilgrimage Group would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent 5K run and walk in the grounds of the Heritage Hotel Killenard. There was a great turn out again this year, and all money raised goes towards a very worthy cause. A big thanks to the members of St Michael’s AC, in particular Michael Cullen, who helped with the time keeping of all the runners who partook in the event.

Also, thanks to Supervalu Portarlington who again sponsored the event.

Finally, thanks to the Heritage Hotel for the use of their facilities, and for providing the refreshments afterwards. With a little over 4 weeks to go, 100 pilgrims will be travelling to Lourdes on August 5 this year. You can still make a donation to any Committee member.


Have you 24 hours free to help Laois fight back against cancer, and to celebrate the survivors while honouring and remembering those who have lost their battle?

Relay For Life Laois are looking for Teams from all over the County to come together and join them on July 23 & 24 from 1pm to 1pm in Emo Court.

To set up a team all you need are some committed family/friends/colleagues to join you.

For more information on how to get involved contact their teams chair Gemma @ 087 930 2779 or Caroline @ 087 449 9903, who are waiting to answer any questions you may have. 

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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Laois Sports Partnership have some Kayaking Taster Sessions starting August 9 – 11.

Kayak will be supplied. Times from 18.30pm -20.30pm. Limited spaces (only 8 on a session)

Price: €10. Location: Vicarstown. Over 18’s. To register, go to…/taster-sessions-for


 Portarlington Women’s Shed meet every Thursday from 10:30am to 12.30pm. PLEASE NOTE, CHANGE OF VENUE. Now located at the Portarlington Community Centre. Contact 087- 9111003 for more information.


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 €9,600. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

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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 July 4. Numbers drawn were 19-14-8-23. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Christine Dunne, Karen Dunne, Geraldine Horan, Colette Knight & Breda Flanagan. Promoter prize-Breda Flanagan. Next week’s Jackpot-€2,800.

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.