Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Parents can now register their Children aged 12–15 on the HSE vaccination Portal.  Official word has to come from the HSE to confirm that vaccination for this age group will also be available in Pharmacies. 

Parental or guardian consent will be required and children aged 12-15 will need to be accompanied by an adult to any vaccination appointment. 


Wishing Nicole Turner all the very best in Tokyo. Nicole left Portarlington on Sunday August 1 & will be away from her family in Garryhinch until September 8. Nicole will swim in her first event on August 25. Wishing Nicole all the success in the world at her second Paralympic games, and hoping she has the best time ever. Her swims are S6 women 50m freestyle, August 25, S6 women 100m breaststroke, August 28 & S6 women 50m butterfly, August 30.

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


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Harrington (Roy) Fossitt, Walsh Island who passed away on Friday August 6. Roy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lila, daughters Sally & Julie, son Andrew, sister Shirley, grandchildren, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Monday August 9 at St Mary’s Church Geashill, with burial in Walsh Island Cemetery. May Roy rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Bridget Canton (nee Hanlon), Walsh Island who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday August 9. Bridget was predeceased by her husband Tommy, son John, grandchildren Bridget & Ian. Bridget will be sadly missed by her daughters Tess, Lily (Duffy), Bridget (Kavanagh), Catherine & Ann, sons Paddy & Thomas, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great Grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Walsh Island on Thursday August 12, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Bridget’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 

photo of Killenard and Portarlington
The latest Emo, Killenard and Portarlington News


The Committee of St John’s Cemetery Killenard would like to thank all who have donated to their Go fund me page. If you would like to donate, please click on the link here. You can also donate to Committee members Pat Cooper and Eddie Slevin. 


Many tunes were played in St. Brigid’s Square with the Portarlington Concert Band recently.  

The Committee of Portarlington Concert Band, Gerry their Tutor and the Senior Members of the band would like to say a huge thanks to the Residents Committee, and the Residents of St. Brigid’s Square for looking after them on the day. They look forward to seeing you all again soon at other venues. The band are hoping to continue playing for the public at different estates. Meanwhile, lessons continue at the old Girls School, Patrick St. Both Adults and children are welcome to come along and try out an instrument. For more information contact Pat Donegan at 0838510428.


Social Tennis is back for Adult Players at Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club every Wednesday from 7.15pm, starting August 18. For who- 3 Set match (Tretorn

 Plus) players & Adult Social Players. A separate date and time to resume Beginner Social Tennis will be decided shortly. How it will work- Players will be matched with others of similar ability.   Match will be first to win 5 games.  Singles vs doubles will be decided upon numbers on the night. See you next week for some long-awaited game time!

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


 Lotto results for August 9th. Numbers drawn were 17-19-21-9.  No winner of €2,200 /

2Jackpot. €50 each to Molly Kavanagh, Susan Dunne, Elaine Corcoran. Bosco Brennan, Tom Coleman & Liz Hopkins.  Promoter-Breda Flanagan.  Next Jackpot-€2,400. 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 here.  . 

The gang under the eye of the Odlums Owl
The gang under the eye of the Odlums Owl. Valeo Foods sponsored a lovely set of jerseys for Banríon Gaels Camogie Club. Click below for the story.

Banríon Gaels Camogie Club jersey sponsorship story here.


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?

 Are you over 65? Then you may be entitled to the Seniors Alert Scheme.

Contact the Love Portarlington Office at 057 8608395. E-Mail-