Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

All the latest news from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington


Laois County Council has launched Free Public WIFI in Portarlington. Free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces in the town centre.

In Portarlington the Free Public WIFI is available in the Peoples Park and Link Road between the Fire Station and the Leisure Centre. Also at Main Street & at the Library. Also free internal access in the Library. 


For the past few weeks this fundraiser has been running very successfully. As well as lots of fundraising by individuals & clubs, the go fund me page is still open. Please keep sharing & donate what you can on Most of you will know Jonathan (Johnny) McCowen formerly from Station Road Portarlington. His friends have gotten together to raise funds for his little family. Johnny was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Motor Neurons late last year. 

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 are back in Derryounce for the next 3 weeks. Every Thursday from July 28 to August 11 at 11am. For more information or to register contact Eimear by phone at 0860111722 or by email:


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. For your tickets contact Marie Corcoran.


 Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary Bergin (née Flynn) Rathmore, Portarlington, 

who passed away on Thursday July 14. Beloved wife of the late James. Mary will be sadly missed by her loving family James, Colette, Michael, Gerard, Francis, Marie, Kevin and Donal,  grandchildren,  extended family, neighbours and friends. Mary was a wonderful Community lady, who did so much voluntary work for many years. Funeral Mass took place on Monday July 18 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Mary’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of James (Jimmy) O’Leary, Ballintogher, Ballybrittas who passed away on Saturday July 16. Jimmy was predeceased by his loving wife Eileen. He will be sadly missed by his sons Hubert & John, daughters Annette & Caroline, brother Hugh, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. 

Funeral Mass took place on Thursday July 21 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Jimmy’s gentle rest in Peace. 

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


It was with deep sadness that we heard of the death of David (Dave) Smith, Church View Portarlington who passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday July 20. Dave was predeceased by his loving wife Mary & his father Christy (Brophy) Smith. He will be sadly missed by his loving daughter Carol & son David, partner Elaine, his beloved mother Chrissy, brothers, Tom, Chris & Brian, sister Liz, granddaughters Muireann, Saoirse & Caoimhe, sons in law Garrett & Stephen, Elaine’s family, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took on Friday July 22 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Dave rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of John Keane, Mulberry House, Kildare & formerly Station Road Portarlington who passed away on Thursday July 21. John was predeceased by his loving parents Con & Betty Keane & his brother in law Brian. He will be sadly missed by his sisters Murial, Angela, Carmel & Barbara, brother’s Richard & David, extended family & the devoted staff at Mulberry House. Funeral Mass took place on Monday July 25 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington. May John’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


 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.

Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
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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 €10,000. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

The Pride of Portarlington swimmer Nicole Turner
The Pride of Portarlington Nicole Turner


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 July 19. Numbers drawn were 30-13-19-28. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Antoinette Comerford, Marian Coogan, John & Rita Kelly, Miko Murphy & Seamus Murphy. Promoter prize-David Walsh. Next week’s Jackpot-€3,200.

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.