Latest Laois News: All Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All Around Portarlington Way

Your News from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington

On Wednesday August 24, a group of Johnny’s friends will do a relay run of the perimeter of Manhattan for the campaign. The 60km run will be split into 5 or 6 legs. Members of this group of Laois and Offaly men will lead each leg, accompanied by friends. The fundraising continues that night in The Five Lamps. Help spread the word by sharing with your contacts in New York! 

Best of luck to Simon Powell, John Crombie, Brian Connor, Sean Michael Manley and Michael Carroll. The link to this fundraiser is

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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The Golf Classic held on August 11 & 12 at Portarlington Golf Club was a huge success.

The organizers would like to say a huge thank you to Portarlington Golf Club, for the complimentary use of the course for the two days. The 72 teams who participated. The generous sponsors.  The hardworking committee and all who helped behind the scenes to ensure the event ran smoothly. Thanks to you all, €42,400 was raised for Fight for Johnny’s Girls. Congratulations to all the winners.


Wishing the very best to Tara Ryan who is representing Philadelphia in this year’s Rose of Tralee. Tara is daughter of Tom & Mary Beth Ryan and granddaughter of the late Paddy & Dominica Ryan. Please join us in wishing Tara well!

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


Adult Book Club-This month we are reading The Island of Lost Trees by Elif Shafak, next meeting is on Tuesday August 30 at 11am. New members always welcome.

Knitting Group- Every Friday 10:30m-12:30pm. Pop in for a chat and some crafting. New members always welcome. Call 057 8643751 or email for more information.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patrick Dunne, Landsdowne Court & formerly St Michael’s Park who passed away on Tuesday August 16. Patrick was predeceased by his loving mother Esther. He will be sadly missed by his father Martin, aunts, uncles, Martins partner Mary, extended family, neighbours and friends. Funeral Mass took place on Friday August 19 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patrick rest in Peace.

Young 13 year old Cillín Hoey from Droughill and Emo/Rath AC finished off what was already an incredible year by adding a 4th National Title to his collection.


Young 13 year old Cillín Hoey from Droughill and Emo/Rath AC finished off what was already an incredible year by adding a 4th National Title to his collection. Cillín competed in the Community games national finals in Carlow, and he blitzed the field in the U14 80m sprint hurdles. This ends a fantastic season for Cillín having previously won the U14 All Ireland indoor and outdoor sprint hurdles and the U14 All Ireland Pentathlon a few weeks ago. Cillín’s parents Oisin & Ashling, his extended family, friends and his Coach Daithi Keenan are extremely proud of his achievements. Continued success to you Cillin.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. This week’s jackpot is €10,800. 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 August 15. Numbers drawn were 1-30-21-23. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Patricia McNamara , Sarah Murphy, Marie Fallon, Fiona Cooper & the Moore family. Promoter prize-Paddy Mulligan. Next week’s Jackpot-€4,000.

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.