Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


The very enjoyable Women’s Shed takes place at the Portarlington Community Centre every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Plenty of activities & outings. New members always welcome. Well done to the ladies who celebrated their 1st anniversary on Thursday last May 4 at a party in the Club.


Bealtaine Events at Portarlington Library-

Flower Arranging Demonstration . Join Hazel Duffy from LOETB for a demonstration of the art of flower arranging followed by a Q & A session on Tuesday May 9 from 12pm – 1pm. Free event but booking advised. Give your name at the library desk, email or call 057 8643751.

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Willow Weaving– Beth Murphy from Willow Wonder will instruct participants in this workshop in the ancient craft of willow weaving on Thursday May 11 from 11am – 1pm All materials will be supplied. Free event but booking is essential. Give your name at the library desk, email or call 057 8643751.

Chess Class for Adults- An introduction to chess for adult beginners on Wednesday May 17 from 3.30pm -5pm. Free event, but booking is essential. Give your name at the library desk, email or call 057 8643751.


The Presentation Primary School Portarlington would like to let you know about their new weekly Fundraiser Lotto. Money raised goes directly to support the children’s education & to purchase resources for the school, including Sports equipment, IT equipment, Classroom & teaching resources. Weekly option of €2.50 for 1 line, €4 for 2 lines & €5 for 3 lines. Match 4 wins Jackpot. For more information check out the School facebook page or contact the school at 0578623007 for more information.


Portarlington RFC U14 & U16 youths are holding a Metal collection fundraiser  on Saturday  May 20, from 11am- 3pm at Solas Eco Garden Centre Portarlington. Drop off, or if you want collectionof large items contact 0863475357.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary Langford (nee Travers), Emo village & late of Dromahair, Co. Leitrim who passed away on Thursday April 27. Mary was predeceased by her husband Frank, son Francis, grandson Darren & daughter in law Betty. She will be sadly missed by her sons Michael, John & Brian, daughters Margaret, Bernie & Colette, grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great grandchild, extended family, neighbours & friends. May Mary’s gentle soul rest in Peace. Funeral took place on Monday May 1.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Helen Hanlon (nee Egan) Gracefield, Portarlington who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday April 29. Helen was predeceased by her loving husband Jimmy. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Eleanor, sons Derek & Aidan, brothers Sean & Dermot, sisters Bridie & Hillary, son in law Ginger (Shortall), daughters in law Katrina & Marina, grandchildren Ciara, Conor, Eoin, Mark, Sarah, Jack, & Sophie, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Tuesday May 2. May Helens gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Sean Fallon Lea Road, Portarlington & formerly Athlone, Co. Roscommon who passed away on Friday April 28 surrounded by his loving family. Sean was predeceased by his parents John & Mary, brother Pat & nephew Damian. He will be sadly missed by by his loving wife Mary, daughter Éilis, sons Ciaran & Cathal, daughter-in-law Kayleigh, adoring grandchildren Teagan, Senach and Liadán, brother Tommy, sisters Sr.Joseph, Josephine, Rose, Brigid & Teresa, extended family, neighbours & a large circle of friends. Funeral took place on Monday May 1. May Sean rest in Peace.

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The following are the dates for Cemetery Masses for the Parish. Killenard-Friday July 7 at 7.30pm. St Michael’s Cemetery-Friday July 14 at 7.30pm. Emo New Cemetery-Friday July 28 at 7.30pm. Emo old Cemetery-Saturday August 12 at 7.30pm. 


CÚL CAMPS-Cúl Camps are back at O’Dempsey’s from July 31 to August 4. Places must be booked online at – 


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €5,400. 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. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. 

Club Gear-Have you gear your children have outgrown? If so we would like to distribute it to others that might need it in the Club. You can drop it off in our dropbox at the Centre, or text 0863292177 & 0851102416 for more details.


Portarlington Dinner Dance 2023 takes place at the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Sunday June 4. Doors open at 6.30pm for dinner. Music from 6pm to 7.30pm with Aidan Doyle. Medal presentation & guest speaker. Live band performance by the Seducers, with DJ till late. Tickets €45 and can be purchased from any Committee member. MC on the night Jack Nolan.

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Get the glad rags on and show your support for the SENIOR CHAMPIONS on what promises to be a great night of music and entertainment. 

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for May 2. Numbers drawn were 22-3-17-23. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Colette Coss, Erin Duffy, Karen Dunne, Graham Delaney & Dee & sisters. Promoter’s prize-Breda Flanagan. Next week’s Jackpot-€3,400.