Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


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. 

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The latest Emo, Killenard and Portarlington News


Closed meetings of the AA are held on Tuesdays & Friday’s at 8.30pm & Sunday at 12 noon in the Girl’s Club, 9 Foxcroft St Portarlington.  

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th đź“· Con Murphy Photography
Portarlington News đź“· Con Murphy Photography


Join the local Portarlington Concert Band. Children & Adults welcome. Fabulous selection of instruments to choose from, Flute, Trumpet, Sax, Clarinet and Drums. Adults and Children are always welcome to give it a go. Call up to the Old Girls School at Kilmalogue Cross or contact Pat on 083 – 8510428 if you have any queries. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of David Knight, St Mary’s Tce who passed away on Friday July 9. David was predeceased by his parents John & Maggie Knight, his brother John, sisters Elizabeth & Mary. David will be sadly missed by his brothers Micheal & Gerry, sister Pauline, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Sunday July 11 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial in St Michael’s Cemetery. May John rest in Peace.  

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Sheila Ennis, Cloneygowan who passed away suddenly on Sunday July 11. Sheila was predeceased by her loving sister Lily. She will be sadly missed by her husband Seamus, sister Dolly, her close cousin Rita (Kelly), family Fergus, Fiona & Darren, nieces Majella & Suzanne, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place at St Mary’s Church Raheen on Wednesday July 14, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Sheila rest in Peace.  


Deepest Sympathy to Kathleen Murphy (nĂ©e Maher), Congress Tce, and all the extended Murphy & Maher family on the recent death of Kathleen’s beloved brother John Maher who passed away in Scotland. John was formerly from Marian Hill Portarlington, but lived for many years in Scotland. May John 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 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 by August 1.  

Love Port spreading the good news from Portarlington


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 


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-

Gracefield GAA Fun Day
Gracefield GAA News


 Lotto results for July 12. Numbers drawn were 3-13-29-5. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Liam Corcoran, Sean Whelan, Anne O’Reilly, Odhran Brereton & Eamon Paul Winter.  Promoter-Tiggy Murphy.  Next Jackpot-€15,600. 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. 


GardaĂ­ are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention. 

On receipt of these communications, the advice of An Garda SĂ­ochána 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 GardaĂ­. 

Always keep your personal information safe and be fraud aware. 

Portarlington sees opening of Ireland's first Eco Garden Centre
Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois