Latest Laois News:All around Portarlington way

Latest Laois News:All around Portarlington way


Portarlington Credit Union new opening Hours-Tuesday-9.45am – 5.15pm. Closed for lunch between 1-2pm.

Wednesday-9.15am – 5.15pm. Closed for lunch between 1-2pm.

Thursday-9.15am – 5.15pm. Closed for lunch between 1-2pm.

Friday-9.15am – 5.15pm. Closed for lunch between 1-2pm.

Saturday-9am – 1pm.

Easter opening hours are as follows-Good Friday, April 2- closed at 1pm.

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Portarlington Credit Union News

Saturday April 3- Closed.

We wish to thank all our members who kindly sent in thank you cards and lovely letters for sending out our age friendly activity booklet, to help to get you all through these testing times. We are so happy to bring some happiness to your homes and that you all enjoyed them.


Due to (COVID-19) the Laois Alzheimer’s Society is closed. If you need to meet Ann, please ring in advance on 086 8372168 as she is working from home. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is 1800 341 341. For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057- 866 3398/086- 8372168. Home-care Coordinator. Email


Laois County Council has announced a possible further 6 months closure on the Ballymorris Road, L-3157-22, from the Railway Bridge to Canal Road/ Ballymorris Road Crossroads.This is to allow for major flood relief measures to be implemented. The road was closed about two months ago, following heavy flooding beneath the Railway Bridge, caused by the recent construction of 22 new social houses by the Council at the location.

The need for these additional works was unforeseen and only came to light following completion of the new housing scheme. Diversions will be clearly signposted. A map indicating the routes to be closed and the alternative routes will be available for inspection at and Áras an Chontae,

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Possible further 6 months’ closure of Ballymorris Road, L-3157-22, from the Railway Bridge to Canal Road/ Ballymorris Road Crossroads.


Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the graveyard Committee are unable to carry out their normal fundraising efforts.  We have therefore set up a Go Fund me page to raise vital funds for the maintenance and upkeep of St. Michael’s Cemetary, Portarlington.  The cemetery maintenance is kept on a voluntary basis by a number of dedicated members. Money is needed for to purchase a new mower, also for plants & to maintain the skips placed in the cemetery which have to be emptied 3 times a year at least.  Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated to keep our beautiful Cemetery maintained.   Thank you. You can also drop your donation in an envelope to Tommy Earley or Anthony Earley.

Wishing Tina all the best in the future. RIP Danny.


Following up on a conversation with a son of Tina & Danny who ran the Goodyear Chinese takeaway & restaurant here in Portarlington for many years before the tragic accident in 2015 that took the life of Danny, and changed the life of Tina & her children forever.

 I went on to ask Kaho about his Mam, who survived the accident, and how the last 6 years have been.

Tina spent 12 months in a broken bones ward in Tallaght hospital, despite having no broken bones but a head injury.  Kaho & his sister Ting Ting took it in turns every other day to go in and look after Tina before she was airlifted to England, where she was assessed for 8 months. After this she was flown to Shanhai, China with a doctor & nurse on board where she has been cared for in an apartment since. The reason she was flown to Shanhai was because she needs to be transferred to Hong Kong for specialist treatment, where they have specialists who deal in these extreme conditions. Tina still needs Citizenship to be   transferred & treated in Hong Kong. Waiting on this now 4 years.

Her daughter Ting Ting is in Shanhai with Tina while she is doing her masters, as well as dealing with the courts. Kaho lives in Portarlington where he is dealing with courts here on his Mam’s behalf. During all this it took 12 months for the family to have Danny their Dad buried in Hong Kong.

The business on Main St, Portarlington is under new ownership, having been built up over the years by the hardworking Tina & Danny. Like myself, I am sure all of you who knew Tina will wish her well for the future.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Lelia Carroll (nee Cogan), Station road Portarlington & formerly Carrigaline, Co. Cork, who passed away on Sunday March 21 at her residence. Lelia was predeceased by her sister Dor & brother Eddie. She will be sadly missed by her loving & devoted family. Her loving husband Noel, beloved daughters Lorraine & Mary, sons-in- law Mick & Pat, adored grandchildren Darren, Leanne, Dylan, Barry, Jessica & Scott, sisters Angela, Rose & Patsy, extended family, neighbours & many friends. Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday March 23 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Lelia’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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Now that we have some better weather and brighter evenings why not get involved and do a litter pick in the area where you live. Every little bit helps in keeping where we live looking good. It’s amazing what can be achieved if we all help out.  Remember many hands make light work.

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The latest Portarlington News


The Parish office will remain closed until further notice due to the present restrictions. All notices/Anniversaries for the Parish newsletter must be in by Wednesday each week. You can e-mail to or drop in the letter box. You can also contact Eileen at 086-1508048 & Rosemary at 087-9423658.

Masses-No public Masses allowed. All Masses will be online. Weekdays-10am. Saturday-6.15pm. Sunday 9am & 12.15pm. Churches will remain open for private prayer.

Link for St Michael’s Church webcam here