Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Recently the Fight for Johnny’s Girls came to a conclusion & with the help of everyone out there this was an amazing fundraiser. From all the people who organised the campaign to all who donated so generously.  Johnny’s beautiful wife Sherie read a beautiful message from Johnny to thank everyone who made all his wishes come true for his little family. They are now in their new home with their beautiful little girls. We wish this amazing family all the best for the future.


Check out Social Dancing each month at St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke. April 15-dancing to Glen Flynn. Dancing Classes every Monday night in the hall from 7.45pm to 9.15pm.


This year’s Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from August 2 to 9. Seven nights in Hotel Solitude. Please give your name, if interested to Marie Corcoran at the Care Charity Shop on Main St or phone Marie at 08777589896 or Vera at 08672221799. 

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Gerry Cahill, Geashill & formerly Portarlington who passed away on March 10. Gerry was predeceased by his parents Aggie & Ted. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Martina, daughter Catriona, sons Trevor, Graham, Keith & Dean. May Gerry rest in Peace. Funeral took place on Monday March 13.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary McConn (nee Hanley), 71, St Brigid’s square Portarlington & late of Rathangan passed away on Saturday March 11. Beloved wife of the late James. Sadly missed by her loving children James, Brian, Cora, Daniel, Eamon & Niall, brothers Sonny and Michael, sister Theresa, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday 15. May Mary’s gentle soul rest In Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Gus Duffy, Cushina who passed away on Monday March 13 surrounded by his loving family. Gus was predeceased by his loving mother May & brother Blaise. He will be sadly missed by his loving father Seamus, brothers P.J & Paul, sisters Patricia & Lisa, extended family, neighbours & friends. May Gus rest in Peace. Funeral took place on Wednesday March 16.


Kids Ballroom & Latin Dance classes are held every Tuesday at 6pm at the Portarlington Community Centre. Learn how to waltz, cha cha, jive and much more!! To book your place call Lisa on 085 7416886.

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Meet every Thursday from 2.15pm-4pm at the Portarlington Social Services, Link Road. 

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 All welcome to call for a chat & a cuppa. 


Congratulations to Cillín Hoey Droughill, Portarlington, and Emo/Rath Ac who was presented with his 2022 national Juvenile star award by Athletics Ireland on Saturday March 4 in Athlone. Cillín was selected as the Juvenile Athlete of the year for Laois for his exceptional achievements in 2022. Where he won 4 National titles, a bronze national medal and numerous Leinster titles. These achievements would not be possible without his coach Daithi Keenan and the support from his family. Cillìn is a 1st year student at Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington. 

On Sunday March 5, 13 year old Cillin got his indoor season off to a great start with a Gold medal win in the U15 boys 60m sprint hurdles. Wishing Cillín all the best for 2023.


 Social tennis has started & will continue every Thursday from 7.30pm at the Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club . Dust off the rackets & get fit again. New members & all levels welcome. €2 per player. Ample parking at Dr Whites.


Golf Classic 2023-After the enjoyment of last year’s outing, we’re happy to announce our Golf ‘Classic’ is happening once again at the Heritage Golf Resort on Good Friday, April 7. It will be a Scramble format. Team Registration and Sponsorship Details are available at this link –

FUEL YOUR BODY FOR SPORT TALK/DEMO-A 2-hour talk and practical demo on fueling your body for sport, with a focus on Protein, Macros and knowledge on reading labels among the topics covered takes place at the O’Dempsey’s Clubhouse on Friday March 24 at 7.30pm. This is a free event and open to the community. U18s to be accompanied by a guardian. Register now at  

Portarlington GAA jersey presentation
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LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €6,600. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

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Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. 


Lotto results for March 6th. Numbers drawn were 15-5-11-2. Jackpot winner was Michael Slattery. €50 each to Breda Flanagan, Deirdre Doyle, Mary Dempsey, Michael Dunne & Patrick Maree. Promoters prize-Breda Flanagan. Next week’s Jackpot-€2,000.