Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way
All the latest news from Emo, Portarlington and Killenard
Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the Killenard Graveyard committee have been unable to carry out their usual Church gate collections at Mass and at the blessing of the graves. They have therefore set up a Go Fund me page to raise vital funds for the maintenance and upkeep of St. John’s Cemetery, Killenard.
Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated to keep the Cemetery maintained. If you wish to make a donation in person please contact Pat Cooper or Eddie Slevin.
Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis, after receiving calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Government and State Agencies, such as An Garda Síochána and the Department of Social Protection.
On receipt of these communications, the advice of An Garda Síochána is as follows:
• Do not engage with the caller.
• Do not return the call.
• Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc.
• Never disclose personal or financial information.
• Hang up and block the number if possible.
Whilst the scammers may change their stories and methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money.
If you believe you may have fallen victim to a scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to local Gardaí.
Always keep your personal information safe and be fraud aware.
PORT TIDY TOWNS
It is that time again. The Tidy Towns competition is due to be judged in the next couple of weeks. As a voluntary committee we would not be able to continue our endeavors if it was not for the strong partnerships we have with Laois and Offaly County Councils, our local councillors, politicians, TD, the CES and TUS schemes and all members of the Local Community and Businesses. We appreciate everyone’s ongoing support. Remember” Love Where You Live”
The Love Port office has moved from the Community Centre to the old Boys School in Patrick St. Their new phone no is 057 8608395. Call in to see them. Office hours are- Mon – Thurs 9am-2pm. Fri 9am-12:30pm, or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you qualify for the Seniors Alert Scheme?
1… Are you over 65?
2… Of limited means or resources
3… Living alone
4… Living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria
5… Living alone for significant periods of time during the daysehold?
Then you may be entitled to the Seniors Alert Scheme.
Contact the Love Portarlington Office at 057 8608395. E-Mail-
Deepest Sympathy to the family of John (Johnny) Dillon Derryvilla, who passed away on Thursday July 1. Johnny will be missed by his nephews, nieces, sister in law, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Sunday July 4, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Johnny rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patrick (Patsy) Murphy, St Brigid’s Sq who passed away surrounded by his devoted family on Friday July 2. Patsy was predeceased by his loving wife Ann. He will be sadly missed by his devoted sons PJ & Thomas, daughters in law Patricia & Cathy, grandchildren Dylan, Jacob & Heather, sisters in law Joan & Ann, brother in law Fran, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday July 5 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patsy’s gentle soul rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Seamus (Jim) Downey former member of An Garda Siochana, Closelands, Ballybrittas & formerly Monasterevan Co. Kildare, who passed away on Sunday July 4. Seamus was predeceased by his father Paddy. He will be sadly missed by his wife Margaret, daughters Emma & Hannah, grandson Paddy, mother Kathleen, sisters Eileen & Grainne, brothers Declan, Padraig & Joseph, uncle Fr Joe & Aunt Nellie, extended family, neighbours, friends & colleagues. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday July 6 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Seamus rest in Peace.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Teresa (Terri) Quinn, Bishopswood who passed away on Wednesday July 7 at her home. Terri was predeceased by her parents George & Bridie Quinn. She will be sadly missed by her sisters Rose, Maureen, Anne & Vera, brothers Pat, George & Seamus, her extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Friday July 9 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Terri gentle soul rest in Peace.
The Parish office is open, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Notices for Parish Newsletter should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com by Wednesday of each week. You can also phone 0578643004.
The Emigrants Newsletter 2021-Those intending to submit Articles/Stories/Old Photos for inclusion in this year’s Newsletter should e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1.
Lotto results for July 5. Numbers drawn were 3-7-25-19. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Bridie Keegan, Michelle & Denis, James Lawrence, Dawn Thompson & Eamon T Conway. Promoter-Breda Flanagan. Next Jackpot-€15,400. 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. https://smartlotto.ie/gracefield-gaa/
Join the local Portarlington Concert Band. Children & Adults welcome. Fabulous selection of instruments to choose from, Flute, Trumpet, Sax, Clarinet and Drums. Contact Pat Donegan on 083 – 8510428 for more information.