Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington


Portarlington Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022 will take place from August 5 to 12, at a cost of €895 per person sharing (single room supplement €265, subject to availability). This includes transfers to and from both airports, and 7 nights full board at the Solitude Hotel. 20kg baggage allowance applies.

A special thank you to Portarlington Credit Union who have kindly set up a savings scheme for anyone intending travelling on this year’s trip. If anyone wishes to save for the Lourdes trip, they can either set up a direct debit, or use the online app to save. Simply contact a member of staff in PCU to have either option set up. A deposit of €250 to be paid before March 25 in order to secure your place on this year’s trip.

Also, for those intending travelling, it’s advisable to check your passports, to ensure the expiry date covers this year’s trip. Plus, check that your E11 cards are in date too.

For more information, and to book a seat, please contact either Marie at 087 7589896, or Vera at 087 9311813, or any Committee member.

The Pride of Portarlington swimmer Nicole Turner
The Pride of Portarlington Nicole Turner


St. Patrick’s BNS Portarlington are now taking Enrolment Application forms. Available now from the school office (Email / Phone 0578623394). Also available to download from the school website. 


Do you know anyone over the age of 65, that maybe a Senior Alert Alarm could enable them to have some peace of mind. The first year monitoring is free, no installation charge for Landline phone. If anyone is interested in any of the above, the Love Port office can do all the necessary paper work. Over the phone, you can contact 057- 8608395. E-mail The Love Portarlington office opening hours are as follows-Monday – Thursday 9am -2pm. Fri 9am – 12:30pm.


New Grow Mental Health Peer Support meeting taking place every Thursday afternoon starting at 2.30pm until 4.30pm in the Social Services Centre Portarlington. Any person over 18 years of age is welcome to attend. If you require any further information in relation to this meeting, please contact:  Assumpta on 086 8114135 or e-mail


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


Sandylane National School Portarlington are now accepting enrollment forms for this year’s Junior Infants. 

Call to the school if you want a form, or print from their Website. Phone 0578643281.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Maureen Hoey (nee Brophy), Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny & formerly Gracefield, Portarlington, who passed away on Wednesday January 12. Maureen will be sadly missed by her loving husband Binnie, sons Daniel, William, Gerry & Pascal, daughters Maureen, Breda & Patricia, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Sunday January 23 at St Patrick’s Church, Clogh, with burial in the adjoining Cemetery. May Maureen’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Denis (Dinny) Lyons, Derrymore, Ballymorris & late of St Patrick’s Tce who passed away on Thursday January 20. Dinny was predeceased by his parents Denis & Polly, brothers Dermot & Robbie. He will be sadly missed by his brothers Jimmy, Raymond, Martin & Kevin, sisters Tanya, Eileen & Ann-Marie, his nieces & nephews, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place at St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Sunday January 23, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Dinny’s gentle soul rest in Peace.  


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Peter Casey, Waterfront Apts, French Church St & formerly Tallaght, Dublin who passed away suddenly on Monday January 24. Peter will be sadly missed by his loving family, neighbours & friends. Cremation took place on Thursday January 27 at Mount Jerome Crematorium. May Peter’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to Rita Forsyth & family, Patrick St on the death of Rita’s son Niall Forsyth, Trim Co. Meath who passed away on Tuesday January 25. Niall was predeceased by his loving son Gareth. He will be sadly missed by his wife Angela, mam Rita, daughter Jodie, sons Michael, Graham & Lee, grandchildren, brothers, sister, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Saturday January 29 at St Patrick’s Church Trim. May Niall rest in Peace. 


The Portarlington Community Centre welcome back Badminton at 8pm every Monday night. New members always welcome. Call Mick on 087- 7609232 for more information.


Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €5,200. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

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


Well done to everyone who have participated in the group walking from McCann Park. Don’t forget, you can still log your steps every day you are out for your daily walk to help us get up the leaderboard! App can be downloaded here…/61a7505e97922e68342d3…


All Bingo players will be happy to hear that our weekly bingo returned last Tuesday January 25. It will continue every Tuesday night at 8pm in the Port GAA centre. Over €3,000 in prize money. 

MONSTER DRAW-The Laois GAA clubs monster draw is coming up. 4 draws with over €125,000 in prize money and 50 individual prizes per draw are up for grabs.

A ticket for the 4 draws is €130, or a handy installment plan of €32.50 per month for 4 months is also available. Maybe buy one as a family either.

Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, or contact the Portarlington GAA Club directly here and they will personally arrange a ticket for you. 

Good luck!!

Portarlington GAA jersey presentation
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Membership-Just a reminder to all our loyal members at the Port GAA, that your membership for 2022 is now due. Without your continued support we would not be able to keep our club running. 

Paying your membership, purchasing your Laois Draw ticket and supporting our weekly lotto now will help to cover the present shortfall. Membership options can be accessed directly through the Clubforce App or through our website, We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year.



 Lotto results for January 24. Numbers drawn were 20-8-24-4. No winner of the €4,200 Jackpot. €50 each to Pat Finn, Deirdre Doyle, John Kelly, Lisa/Cathal O’Neill & Colin Delaney. Promoters prize-Anthony Earley. Next Jackpot-€4,400. 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.

Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
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Do you want to learn how to get the most from your smartphone or tablet? The LOETB will be running a Stay Connected @ your Library course in Portarlington Library. The course is free but places are limited. To sign up or for further information call 057 8643751, e-mail portarlingtonlibrary@laoiscoco.iem or ask at the library desk.