Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


If you are over 55 and looking to make new friends? Then why not join Portarlington Active Retirement group. Men and women welcome to join. 

Meet every Thursday from 1.45pm to 3.45pm at the Portarlington Community Centre

For more information contact 0874460151.


This is a lovely message from a gentleman who wanted to share his time living in Portarlington. 

“So, today marks my end of a 3 year stay in wonderful Portarlington” I have to say the three years flew. I absolutely loved the town. It has been a privilege to both work and stay in this great town. I always felt welcome by the people of the town & I have gotten to know a lot of people & have made lifetime friends”. Thank you Portarlington for making me feel like one of your own. “Strangers are friends you have never Met”.

Deficiencies in Portarlington Cycling Infrastructure highlighted in recent audit
Yours news from Portarlington and its environs


Bealtaine Events at Portarlington Library. Friday May 13 at 11am- Spinning Demonstration by Trish Kerr of Irish Alpaca Yarns. Thursday May 19 at 11am –Flower Arranging Demonstration by Florist Hazel Duffy. Thursday May 26 at 11am –Fire Safety in the Home talk. For more information and to book call 057 8643751 or email


Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA) committee welcomed Heather Humphreys TD, Department of Rural and Community Development, and officials from Offaly County Council to officially launch the Trail enhancements at Derryounce under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). Derryounce Lakes and Trails Portarlington is on 355 Acres of woodland in Portarlington (Laois & Offaly) and is fast becoming a “go to” destination for nature lovers, outdoor recreation, and family days out. The Derryounce project and PCDA is supported by Offaly and Laois County Councils.

Minister Pippa Hackett with volunteer Donie Molloy at Derryounce, which is being funded to develop a walking trail under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
Minister Pippa Hackett with volunteer Donie Molloy at Derryounce, which is being funded to develop a walking trail under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

In tandem with the Launch of the Derryounce Trail enhancements by Minister Humphrey’s at Derryounce was the Official launch by the first ever activator pole trail in Ireland, for people using the hugely popular Nordic pole walkers ‘fit sticks’. The Fit Sticks Trail was launched by sport writer, former Irish running champion and walking guide writer Frank Greally. Laois Sports Partnership funded the Fit sticks trail.


Coderdojo is back in Coláiste Íoságain every Saturday at 11am. If your child is interested in joining, please contact- WhatsApp/Text/Phone @ 089-4947612. Email

photo of a boy and girl enjoying something on a laptop
Local Coderdojo news


Deepest Sympathy to the family of John Doonan, Bellgrove, Ballybrittas who passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday April 20. John was predeceased by his loving wife Betty & sister Anna. He will be sadly missed by his daughter Lorna, sons John, David, Trevor & Adrian, sisters Phyllis, Yvonne, Helen & Violet, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & a large circle of friends. Funeral Mass took place on Sunday April 24 at the Church of the Ascension Rathadair, Ballybrittas, with burial after in the new Cemetery Emo. May John rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ann Ward, Crann Nua & formerly St Brochan’s Park Bracknagh who passed away on Monday April 25. Ann was a daughter of the late Frank & Mary Ward. She will be sadly missed by her brother Frank, sisters Esther, Tina & Marie, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place at St Brochan’s Church Bracknagh, with funeral after to Mount Jerome Crematorium. 

May Ann’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Noel Mulhall, Mountmellick & formerly Woodbrook Portarlington & Lucan, Dublin, who passed away on Tuesday April 26. Noel will be sadly missed by his loving wife Betty, sons Nicholas & Barry, granddaughter Erin, brothers Mick & Dermot, sisters Mary & Jane, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Thursday April 28 at St Mary’s Church Lucan, followed by Cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium. May Noel rest in Peace. 

Portarlington GAA News
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Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Thursday night. This week’s jackpot is €7,400. 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…


Portarlington GAA are proud to be taking part in this year’s Darkness Into Light on Saturday May 7. All are welcome to come and take part to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause. Members & non-members are very welcome. All funds collected will be donated to Pieta House.

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


 Lotto results for April 25. Numbers drawn were 10-13-22-28. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Martin Harte, Bridget Kavanagh, Elisha Lawlor, Rose & Vinny Byrne & Dearbhladh Walsh. Promoter’s prize-Mick Gallagher. Next Jackpot on April 11-€4,200. 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.


Get this event in the diaries – a brand new 1-day music festival in Portarlington with 8 amazing local bands, takes place on May 21 in the Anvil Inn Portarlington supporting Irish music. With the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Laois County Council.