Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Host families wanted for a group of Danish students coming to Portarlington from Saturday April 30 to Friday May 6. The students will be doing work experience on the Main street for three days so hosts needed within walking distance or who are prepared to drive them in and out. For more information, please phone Mandy at 057 8643195 or email her at


Well done to everyone in the Portarlington Credit Union who climbed the Ridge of Cappard in support of “Climb with Charlie” on Saturday April 9

The team spirit shown by PCU and the comradeship and friendship between all staff members shown throughout the climb was exceptional. In total PCU raised €1,007.22,

Well done to all staff and they thank everyone who donated

All the news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


MakePort have a great Easter midterm Comic Workshop coming up. 

Do you like designing comic characters? Or maybe designing monsters?

Well, we have a fantastic workshop happening over Easter in Makerspace, Portarlington on April 20 & 21 from 2pm to 4pm. 

Contact Makerspace -WhatsApp/Text/Phone 089-4947612. Email


The family of the late Dermot & Robert Lyons (known affectionately as Dermy & Dinny, late of St Patrick’s Tce, Portarlington would like to invite family & friends to celebrate their lives on Sunday April 24th at 12.15pm Mass at St Michael’s Church, with burial of their ashes with their parents Dinny & Polly & brother Dinny at St Michael’s Cemetery, with drinks & song at the Anvil Inn after. 

Dermot (as his sister Tanya called him, Mr Sociable), emigrated to Australia in 1985, where he went into the roofing business & became a successful businessman, until his death in 2016. He had 2 sons Kieran & Evan.  

Robert lived for some time in Australia, Holland & Germany before settling in England until his death in April 2021. Tanya said of Robert, “Rob was a funny guy, when he relaxed”. Rest in peace Dermy & Robbie.  


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ciaran O’Donnell, Lea road Portarlington who passed away on Tuesday April 12 surrounded by his loving family. Ciaran was a former teacher at St John’s Vocational School Portarlington. He was predeceased by his loving wife Mary (nee Duggan) & his brother Dermot. Ciaran will be sadly missed by his daughter Deirdre, sons Niall, Eoin, Ciaran & Fintan, brothers Rory, Hugh & Aidan, sister Deirdre, his beloved grandchildren, extended family & Friends. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday April 16 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Ciaran’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 

The Pride of Portarlington
The Pride of Portarlington


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


 Lotto results for April 11. Numbers drawn were 25-18-29-24. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Sharon & Isabella, Linda Downey, Madeline Murphy, Eilis & Sine Marie & Gavin Dunne. Promoter’s prize-Dave Walsh. Next Jackpot on April 11-€3,800. 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.

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


Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €7,200. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via


Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Port GAA Clubs brand new website is now live…

Pictured at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois David Maher on the left and John Carey on the right.
Pictured at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois David Maher on the left and John Carey on the right.