Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Portarlington and its environs


Scoil Phadraig BNS have started on the garden project for the new school on Canal Road. The central piece of the garden is the Trinity Loop, which has been commissioned as part of the “Percent for Art Project”. They will also have a sensory garden, outdoor classroom, vegetable garden and wild willow woodland. If you are a parent, grandparent, past pupil or a member of the wider Portarlington Community and you would like to contribute to this new, exciting garden project, you can donate through their Go Fund Me Page. All donations gratefully accepted.


 Preparations are underway to return to training. You can register on Further details on training will be advised later.

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Portarlington Tidy Towns wish to thank Portarlington Credit Union for their generosity


Portarlington Tidy Towns offer a sincere ‘Thank You’ to Portarlington Credit Union for their donation of €1,100. This money will be used for plants and shrubs to brighten up our town. The Tidy Towns committee are always looking for volunteers to help with their efforts to keep Portarlington tidy.


Deepest Sympathy to Pat & Mary O’Mahony and family St Joseph’s Tce, Portarlington on the death of Pat’s sister Frances Feely (née O’Mahony), Ashgrove Mountmellick who passed away on Friday April 16. Frances will be sadly missed by her loving husband Michael, son David, daughter in law Evelyn, granddaughter Malia, siblings John, Ciss, Teresa, Mary, Ger, Pat & Annie, extended family and friends. Funeral took place on Monday April 19 at St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick. Burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery. May Frances gentle soul rest in Peace.


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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Frances Mary Lodge (nee Lyons), Derbyshire England, who passed away on April 21 at her brother Brendan Lyons residence Spa St Portarlington. Frances was predeceased by her loving husband Jim & daughter Claire. She will be sadly missed by her sons Tony, Michael & Alan, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday April 24 at St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, with Cremation after at Mount Jerome Crematorium. May Frances rest in Peace.


The Parish office will remain closed until further notice due to the present restrictions. All notices/Anniversaries for the Parish newsletter must be in by Wednesday each week. You can e-mail to or drop in the letter box. You can also contact Eileen at 086-1508048 & Rosemary at 087-9423658.

Masses-No public Masses allowed. All Masses will be online. Weekdays-10am. Saturday-6.15pm. Sunday 9am & 12.15pm. Churches will remain open for private prayer.

Link for St Michael’s Church webcam is here.

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Lessons are continuing on a one-to-one basis, and new musicians are always welcome. Contact Pat @0838510428. The Concert Band need your help. Due to Covid the Band were not able to hold any fundraising concerts or do their annual collections in the Community. They still have significant overheads with insurance, instruments and heating to pay for. Any donation is greatly appreciated on the following link-


 The Club are delighted to announce the return of their Tuesday night Bingo. Now online via Zoom with all the usual callers & a guarantee of €3000 in prizes each night. Single books are priced at €8 and are available for purchase through clubforce at the link below, where you can also find further details on how to play.

For anyone local who wishes to purchase a book for the Online Bingo but who do not have email access, you can order from the club by texting 085 8264994 via text or WhatsApp giving your name and address.

A reply will be sent back when books are ready. Books can then be collected in Brian Whelan’s Electrical shop on Main Street. Full payment upon collection. PLEASE NOTE: Cut off for Online book purchases is 12pm on Tuesdays and cut off for phone purchases is 6pm on Monday evenings.

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A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the new sensory garden currently being built at our near neighbours Scoil Phadraig Portarlington.

With Covid19 restrictions finally beginning to ease, the Club are looking forward to welcoming all juvenile players back up to the pitch from Monday April 26 next, and hopefully the Adult teams in the very near future. Please note that for insurance reasons Portarlington GAA operate a No Pay, No Play policy, so please ensure that all players have been registered with the club before returning. Notifications will be issued through the Clubforce App this year, so please ensure you have downloaded the app and marked Portarlington GAA on your favourites list. Just click on the link here to pay your membership/ register online.


The Club are looking for your help. Next Saturday is the final day you can drop off your unwanted clothing and other clothing accessories. If you are having a spring clean and want to help raise funds for Gracefield GAA this is an ideal opportunity to do so. Alternatively, if you can’t make it to the club to drop off your items, we can arrange a collection whilst adhering to the covid guidelines & restrictions. If you wish to avail of this option, please contact Deidre at 087-9693739 or Clare at 089-6000597. Thank you for your continued support.

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 The Club Lotto is also back. It will pick up from where it left off. The first draw took place on Monday April 26, and the Jackpot Currently stands at €13,200. You can now purchase your 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.  Wish you all the best of luck, guaranteed winners every week and you’re helping your local club in the process. Link is here


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Lotto Results for April 13. Letters drawn: B- Z- C- N. No jackpot winner. €25 to Rachel Confrey & Derek Anderson. Seller’s prize-Ted Lawlor. Next draw will take place on April 27l with a Jackpot of €10,000.