Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Sponsored walk takes place on Sunday July 2, starting at 11am from the Heritage Hotel, in aid of the Portarlington Lourdes Pilgrimage . For further information contact Red at 0879850348, Peter at 0879872417 & Marie at 0877589896. Sponsored by the Heritage Hotel & McLoughlins Supervalu.


Bingo books for next Friday night & every Friday are available at Dowling’s GALA Killenard & Whelehan’s Newsagent , Main St Portarlington. Eyes down every Friday at 8pm. If you’re not in, you can’t win.

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Be part of something special. Join us at Relay for Life Laois 2023. Come together with Survivors in your Community at Relay for Life Laois and be part of something special.

Together we will Celebrate Cancer Survivors, remember those we have lost and Fight Back against cancer. Relay for Life Laois will be held on the grounds of Emo Court House on Saturday  July 29 from 1pm. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to get involved please contact Caroline on 087 4499903 or Alan on 086 1222227.


We are calling on the people of Portarlington to help us. We have spent a lot of money in planting perennials around the town. We would greatly appreciate if people living near the Kilnacourt entrance , top of station road, the Credit Union and anywhere you may see new plants, to help us with the watering of the plants so they don’t die. The weather is particularly warm. If anyone can help us to establish the plants we would be so grateful. It would be great to have the support of the community. We are a five strong committee who need the Towns help to keep it looking well. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

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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.

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.


Parents First are excited to bring a new programme, ParentChild+ to Tullamore, and are holding an Information Session for home visitors. Dates- June 28. Times: 10am-11.30 am. Venue: via Zoom. ParentChild+  is a ‘learning through play experience’ for children aged 15 – 24 months.

It is designed to strengthen the natural bond between parents and their children while encouraging a love of learning through reading and play.

To book your place for the information session and receive the session via Zoom link please e-mail

To find out more information about ParentChild+, please see the link 


Deepest Sympathy to Pat & Mary O’Mahony & family St Joseph’s Tce Portarlington on the death of Pat’s brother Gerard O’Mahony, Ashgrove Mountmellick, who passed away on Tuesday June 6. Gerard was predeceased by his sister Frances. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Brid, daughters Sinead, Geraldine & Finola, sons Donal, Ciaran & Donnachadh, his 17 grandchildren, brothers John & Patrick, daughters Ciss, Teresa, Mary & Anne, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral for Gerard took place on Thursday June 8. May Gerard rest in Peace.  

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Pauline Byrne (nee Myles) Lough Gate Portarlington & formerly Tallaght Dublin, who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday June 8. Pauline was predeceased by her husband Paddy & brother Paddy. She will be sadly missed by her sons Michael, Stephen & Anthony, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place for Pauline on Tuesday June 13. May Pauline rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Robert (Noggie) Higgins, Derrymore Portarlington & formerly St Patrick’s Tce, Naas, who passed away on Sunday June 11. Robert was predeceased by his parents William & Audrey & brother Raymond. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Brid, children James, Samantha, Christopher, Michael, Patrick, Mellnaa, Robert, Alanna, Bernard, Chloe, Philip & Katelyn, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday June 14. May Robert 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 €7,000. 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.

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for June 12. Numbers drawn were 5-12-27-11. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Brereton Grandsons, Margaret Walsh, Eimear Lawless, Ray Lawless & Robbie Keogh. Promoter’s prize-Breda  Flanagan. Next week’s Jackpot-€4,600.


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