Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Congratulations to all the boys & girls from Colaiste Iosagain who had their Graduation evening last week. Wishing them all the best in their exams. 


This group are proud to once again to be bringing you the Laois Africa Day 2023. Only thing is this year is going to be way better than the other year’s, as we are expecting more countries. That means more food, more culture, more music and more happy faces. See you on Saturday June 3 at the Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 12pm to 5pm.

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 ‘Speaking with Confidence’ is an 8 week practical confidence building course in Portarlington Enterprise Centre. Starting June 12. Some of the benefits include: “Become a better communicator”. Build self esteem and confidence. Have fun overcoming fears and nervousness.

Learn the techniques of public speaking. Grow in a safe, open and progressive environment.

Get in touch to book your place today! Offer ends Friday June 2

Starting June 12 in the Portarlington Enterprise Centre. The group will be 6-8 max.

If you have any questions you can call Sarah on 083-1822124.

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Cookery Demonstration-Join Yvonne Carty from Hey Pesto for a cookery demonstration and talk for National Food Waste Recycling Week. Wednesday June 7 at 6pm. FREE EVENT but booking necessary – call 057 8643751 or email to book a place. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Talk-Carol Scot from Breast Cancer Ireland will give a talk on cancer awareness. Thursday June 22 at 11am. FREE EVENT but booking necessary – call 057 8643751 or email to book a place. 

Adult Book Club-Meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 11am.

Baby Book Club-Rhymes and stories for 0-3yrs of age. Booking essential – call 057 8643751 or email 

Knitting Group-Meet every Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. New members always welcome.

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Summer camp is back at Scoil Phádraig Portarlington! Open to both boys and girls of Primary school age. E-mail for more information or for an application form. Please note this camp is not affiliated with Scoil Phádraig, but is ran by teachers at the school.


The Fisherstown Tractor and Truck Run will take place on Sunday July 2. All proceeds will go to the Laois Hospice.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Rita McMahon (nee Fogarty), Portarlington & late of Ballyfermot Dublin who passed away on Wednesday May 17. Rita was predeceased by her husband Frederick. She will be sadly missed by her sons Martin, Frederick & John, daughters Rita, Susan, Eileen & Bernadette, sister Eileen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place in Dublin on Friday May 19. May Rita’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Caleb Powell, Ballybrittas & formerly Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, who passed away on Monday May 22. Caleb was predeceased by his beloved son Stephen. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Storm, sons Bobby, Andrew & Simon, daughters Barbara & Anna, his grandchildren Ellie, Polly, Jemima, Willa, Stevie & Holly, brothers Robert & David, sisters Mary & Carol, extended family & friends. Funeral Mass on Thursday May 25 at 12pm at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Caleb rest in Peace. 


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. 

Jackie Mc Elhinney and Geraldine Mac Cann Donegal , at the Dance Musical – Mam , at Portarlington Community Centre, Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .


The AGM of the Portarlington R.F.C will take place in the Clubhouse, Lea road on Tuesday

 May 30 @ 8pm.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €5,800. 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. 

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Portarlington Dinner Dance 2023 takes place at the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Sunday June 4. Doors open at 6.30pm for dinner. Tickets €45 and can be purchased from any Committee member. 

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for May 22. Numbers drawn were 1-12-22-16. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Margaret Maria Walsh, Patrick Oakley, Eamonn Whelan, Charlie Evans & Carmel Weldon. Promoter’s prize-The Hawthorn. Next week’s Jackpot-€4,000.


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