Latest Laois News: All Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: All Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


 The Santa truck is coming to the Square in Portarlington on Saturday December 3 between 6-8pm. The Santa truck is raising money for the Laura Lynn cause, so please donate on the night. The Christmas Tree lights will also be switched on. 

photo of an icy Market Square in Portlaoise at night by Rafal Krzyzelewski
Christmas is coming 📷 Rafal Krzyzelewski


This is a local cause for people in towns and villages in County Laois.  Many in low paid incomes or where a life circumstance has radically changed income. Last year it was such a joy to see that assistance left the Committee and reached those who needed it.  

Yes, the children receive joy and happy memories. The family receive relief from another expense, or are able to concentrate on paying for something else to keep their home and their family moving forward. This is about mental health, community, coming together at a time which is joyful and helping each other. 

We work with people with their finger on the pulse, people who know who might be receiving this or that and those who don’t. We look for those who don’t. Santa’s Helpers has got off to a good start with some larger off line donations which we are so grateful for. It takes a lot of money to get the job done. 

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

Every year donations of €5, €10, €20, €50 by multiple people has gotten the job done. 500 × €20 donations would give €10,000 to Santa to distribute assistance via toys at Christmas. Also if you can help with fundraising let us know. 


Electrical items are accepted free of charge all year round at the Recycling Centres at Kyletalesha and at the Lea road Portarlington. Further details can be found on


Portarlington Lions Club are currently organizing their Christmas Voucher Appeal. Anyone needing a voucher can put their written request into the Lions box in the Portarlington Credit Union or Whelan’s Electrical main street, on or before Tuesday December 13. Please note all requests received after that date cannot be guaranteed. Please ensure also that you include your name, address and phone number. Strictest confidentiality assured.

Pictured at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois David Maher on the left and John Carey on the right.
Your local news brought to you courtesy of Solas Eco Garden Centre. Pictured at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois David Maher on the left and John Carey on the right.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ann Downey (nee Comerford), Droughill Portarlington & formerly Mountmellick, who passed away on Sunday November 20 at her home, surrounded by her loving & devoted family. Ann was predeceased by her beloved son Bernard, 3 months ago. Ann will be sadly missed by her loving husband Barney, daughter Brigid, sons Paddy, John & Eddie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, carers, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday November 23 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s cemetery. May Ann’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ethel Shaw (nee Walker), Dublin & Portarlington, who passed away on Monday November 21. Ethel was predeceased by her loving husband Jim. She will be sadly missed by her sons Tony, Jimmy & Graham, daughters Helena & Brenda, grandchildren Luke, Joe, Rebecca & Finnen, extended family, carers, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Friday November 25 at the Church of Our Lady of Dolours Glasnevin, with cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. May Ethel’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Harry Harmon, Kilnacourt Portarlington & late of Kinsealy Dublin, who passed away on Monday November 21. Harry was predeceased by his loving wife Sadie & sister Angela. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Sharon & Fiona, son Harry (Jnr), sisters Margaret, Dolores, Bernadette & Rita, brother Noel, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place this morning November 24th to Newlands Cross Crematorium. May Harry rest in Peace.

Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
Yours news from in and around Portarlington


The Parish Office is located at the Parochial House, Patrick Street, Portarlington & and serves parishes of Portarlington, Killenaed, Rath and Emo. Opening Hours– Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Parish Staff, Eileen Ryan & Rosemary Whelan. Tel: 057- 864 3004.


Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. 

Portarlington GAA News
All your Portarlington GAA News here.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €5,200. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via


Lotto results for November 21. Numbers drawn were 30-19-2-13. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Lil Geoghegan, Claire Keegan, Jacki Tobin, Caroline Whelan & Cam McGettrick. Promoter prize-Helen Hanlon. Next week’s Jackpot-€3,400.


Portarlington Active Retirement Club takes place every Thursday from 1.45pm to 3.45pm at the Portarlington Community Centre. New members welcome.