Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


SOLAS Eco Garden Shop will host another Car Boot Sale on Sunday July 30 from 9am to 3pm. Sellers must book here in advance. Small vans only- Transits/ Hiace vans are not allowed. Toilets and refreshments available in the food court. Contact 083 0452810 for more details.

Portarlington sees opening of Ireland's first Eco Garden Centre
Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co.Laois


On behalf of the committee of Port Meals on Wheels we would like to give a big thank you to the Burbage family and all who took part in the annual climb to Croagh Patrick. This brilliant fundraiser is happening this past 12 years with all donations going to different charities. The Port Meals on Wheels were so grateful to be picked this year. Thanks to all who donated & were involved in any way. 

As you know the meals on wheels are running in Portarlington over 50 years. Last year we cooked & delivered over 10,000 meals. Thank you again to the Public for your continued support to the Service. A total sum of €5,515 raised.


Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA) have commenced the consultation process for a 10 year plan for Derryounce Lakes and Trails. Link to Survey below. Members of the community are welcome to get involved in the process by providing ideas and suggestions on the future development of Derryounce. E-mail with your suggestions.


On Tuesday July 18 the sad news came through to Portarlington, as we heard of the sad death of Jonathan McCowen who had passed away in Brisbane. Jonathan was predeceased by his parents John & Marie, Station road. He will be so sadly missed by his beloved wife Sherie, his darling daughters Darcey & Riley, sister Louise (Galway), brothers Paul (Naas) & Mark (Poland), his extended family & many many friends at home & abroad. Jonathan’s funeral will take place at Our Lady of Graces Catholic Church, Carina on Tuesday August 1, commencing at 11am followed by burial at Mt Gravatt Cemetery. The funeral service will be live streamed. Link to follow. May Jonathan’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family & friends of Eoin Fitzpatrick & his son Dylan, Portlaoise who were killed in an accident in Turkey. Eoin worked here locally at Portarlington Autoparts. May Eoin & Dylan rest in Peace.

RIP Credit: Con Murphy Photography


The following are the dates for Cemetery Masses for the Parish. Emo New Cemetery-Friday July 28 at 7.30pm. Emo old Cemetery-Saturday August 12 at 7.30pm. 

Club Bingo Online

Bingo books are available at Dowling’s Gala Killenard, or at Whelehans Newsagents, Main St Portarlington. Eyes down at 8pm every Friday. If you’re not in you can’t win!


 Arlington soccer club are now recruiting. Calling all born in 2009 interested in playing football next season. Parents/Guardians can pop a text to Coach Alan on 086 060 9253 with name & year of birth & Alan will be in contact with training details.

Portarlington GAA News
All your Portarlington GAA News here.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €7,800. 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. 

Bus runs every week to the Centre from around the town. If you are interested in being picked up and collected please ring Johnny Mooney at 0857761253 for more information. 

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.

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for July 17. Numbers drawn were 1-9-19-18. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Pat Hyland, Pat Finn, Anthony Slevin, David Dunne & Ciaran Byrne. Promoter’s prize-Direen’s. Next week’s Jackpot-€5,600.

Couch to 5K run or walk starts on July 19 for 6 weeks. Registration at Gracefield GAA club at 7pm on the night. For more information contact 0879656983.