Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Rachel Lawless from Portarlington boxed in the Elite Eindhoven Box Cup. She boxed Denmark on Saturday May 27, winning bronze, then changed from bronze to silver on Sunday May 28, by beating Germany, and going on to beat Belguim to win the Gold. Proudly representing Portlaoise B.C, the Defence forces & Ireland.


The Portarlington Credit Union wish to announce the change of opening hours, are as of follows from Friday June 9, to try to facilitate more members.

Tuesday 9.45am – 5.15pm (Closed 1-2pm for lunch), Wednesday & Thursday 9.15am – 5.15pm (Closed 1-2pm for lunch), Friday 9.15am – 5.15pm (Closed 12.30-1.30pm for lunch), Saturday 9am – 1pm. 


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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The Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre, Bracklone St are now interviewing  for the QQI Level 5 Office Administration course. This course contains modules such as BOOKKEEPING, SPREADSHEET METHODS, PAYROLL and WORD PROCESSING, and is ideal for those seeking employment in an office environment. Learners who completed this course in the past have successfully progressed to employment in the local community and the public sector. 

Contact us today to arrange an interview or to find out more:…/ Call in and chat to our Teachers at Bracklone St, Portarlington, Co. Laois, R32 NW63. Phone 057 8623161 or e-mail


Forest Fest at Emo 2023 welcomes the Proclaimers on Friday July 21. Have you got your tickets sorted for this Summer’s best Festival. The Festival takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23.


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Join us every Thursdays at the Portarlington community centre 10.30am-12.30pm. Activities  include, Flower arranging, Horticulture, Developing Intergenerational friendships, Wreath making, Sewing, Meditation, Life coaching, Card making, Furniture upcycling, Decoupage, DIY birdhouses, Fitness classes, Quilling, Knitting & all kinds of Crafting. Day trips have also been enjoyed by the ladies. For more information, you can drop in or phone 087 911 1003 or


The Portarlington concert band would like to thank everyone for their support for their recent collection at Centra, Main street. The bands are looking for anyone who is interested in joining the band to contact Pat Donegan & committee members. For more information contact 0838510428.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Margaret (Peggy) Murphy (nee Kennedy), Annamoe Portarlington & formerly Gracefield, who passed away on Saturday May 27 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was predeceased by her loving husband Mick. She will be sadly missed by her sons Michael & Thomas, daughters Marion & Fiona, sister Rose (Nolan), brothers Paddy & Edward, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Tuesday May 30. May Peggy’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family and friends of Jerome Bourke, Patrick’s avenue & formerly Tralee, Co. Kerry, and late of the Kerry Diocese, who passed away on Sunday May 28. Jerome will be sadly missed by his heartbroken friend Kay (Dunne), his brothers Francis & Liam, Kays daughters Caroline & Margaret, granddaughters Shauna & Ciara, his goddaughter Hanna, extended family, neighbours & his many friends, especially his friends in the Offaly IKA branch. May Jerome’s gentle soul 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. 


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. 

HURLING-Congratulations to the Portarlington U17 hurlers who beat Clough Ballacolla in the Midlands Park Hotel U17 B Hurling League, winning 3 goals to 1 on penalties after finishing the game level AET 0-19 to 1-16. 

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for May 29. Numbers drawn were 1-12-22-16. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Bernie Flanagan, Harvey O’Sullivan, Tracey Hanlon, Sean Conroy & Willie Dempsey. Promoter’s prize-Marian Bryan. Next week’s Jackpot-€4,200.


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