Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington


The first multicultural event Ukraine-Ireland took place on July 23 at St Patrick’s BNS Portarlington. It was a great mix of Ukrainian and Irish music and songs, taste of traditional Ukrainian dishes and Irish desserts. Performance of the Ukrainian anthem by Irish musicians, reading of Ukrainian poems to the accompaniment of Irish music.

A big well done to Pat Galvin Principal of St Patrick’s BNS for the opportunity to host in the school and for his support! Great support also from Brónagh Ní Mhurchú. Thanks to Laois Partnership, The Portarlington Concert Band, Sean Burbage – a four time world champion Irish dancer, John Lawlor and Jay Dunne for the great Irish music & Helen Dunne for helping with the decorating, help and support! Also to everyone who helped & took place in every way. 

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


Laois Sports Partnership are back in Derryounce for the next 2 weeks. Every Thursday from July 4 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.


Some great news for the Summer. The Portarlington Concert Band School of Music will remain open throughout July and August for lessons. Also for any parents who wish for their child to learn a musical instrument. All Instruments are free of charge. Instruments on offer are Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Drums and Percussion. For more information contact Pat Donegan on 0838510428.

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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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Fr James (Jim) Birmingham, Golden Lane, Woodbrook Portarlington & St Patrick’s Missionary Society, who passed away on Tuesday July 26. Fr Jim was predeceased by his parents Patrick & Maisie, & brother Myles. 

He will be sadly missed by his brother Patrick, sisters Lil, Bernie & Kathleen, his extended family & his Society family. Funeral Mass took place on Friday July 29 at St Paul’s Church Emo. With burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Fr Jim rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Margaret (Mags) Casey (nee Sweeney), Florida & formerly Shandra Portarlington who passed away on Sunday July 24. Mags was predeceased by her parents Sylvester & Catherine Sweeney. She will be sadly missed by her husband Paul, daughter Katie, sons Sean & Stephen, sister Johanna, brothers John & Danny, grandchildren, Sofia & Kian, extended family & friends. May Mags gentle soul rest in Peace. 


There is no stopping this young Athlete. Young Portarlington Teenager Cillin Hoey from Droughill claims his 3rd National Title of 2022.He competed in his first U14 Pentathlon, which consists of 5 different events on a point system. Cillín won the 75m hurdles, shot put and 800m. He was 4th in the high jump and 6th in the long jump. Cillín was in 2nd place overall after 4 events and ran a brilliant 800m to claim gold. All his hard work and training has definitely paid off.

Young Portarlington Teenager Cillin Hoey from Droughill claims his 3rd National Title of 2022


 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.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €10,200. 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 July 25. Numbers drawn were 18-8-15-5. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Marie Fallon, Stephen Maher, Michael Gallagher, Clodagh Norval & John Wallace. Promoter prize-C Bryan. Next week’s Jackpot-€3,400.

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.