Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way


Just a reminder to all the tourism and hospitality businesses in Laois, that there is a grant available from Laois County Council for outdoor seating and accessories including tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, plant stands, and wooden platforms. To apply click here.


Hello everyone, it’s after been a hard few months, but we are delighted to let you all know that we will be reopening our shop on Main St Portarlington on Monday May 17. From this week we will be starting back with click and collect. We are accepting donations Monday to Friday between 11am and 2-30 pm. At the moment we can only accept 3 bags per person due to space. A big thank you to you all for your support and we hope to see you all again from the 17. Thank you.

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Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre are now accepting online applications here.

We offer a wide variety of exciting QQI accredited courses through our Further Education and Training Programme including Business, Accounting, IT, Healthcare, Childcare and Social Care to name but a few. New for September 2021 PLC Courses commencing.

Get in quick before all our spaces are filled to begin your journey with us. For more information visit our new website Call -(057) 862 3161.

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Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre are now accepting online applications


Lessons are continuing on a one-to-one basis, and new musicians are always welcome. Contact Pat @0838510428. The Concert Band need your help. Due to Covid the Band were not able to hold any fundraising concerts or do their annual collections in the Community. They still have significant overheads with insurance, instruments and heating to pay for. Any donation is greatly appreciated on the following link-


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Maureen Downey (nee Whelan), Droughill, Portarlington who passed away on Monday May 3. Maureen will be sadly missed by her loving & devoted husband Gay, daughters Theresa & Rosaleen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Thursday May 6 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Maureen’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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 Port GAA bingo is now online via Zoom. A guarantee of €3,000 in prizes each week. Single books are priced at €8, and are available for purchase through clubforce at the link below, where you can also find further details on how to play here.

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For anyone local who wishes to purchase a book for the Online Bingo but who do not have email access, you can order from the club by texting 085 8264994 via text or WhatsApp giving your name and address. A reply will be sent back when books are ready. Books can then be collected in Brian Whelan’s Electrical shop on Main Street. Full payment upon collection. PLEASE NOTE: Cut off for Online book purchases is 12pm on Tuesdays and cut off for phone purchases is 6pm on Monday evenings.


 Lotto results for May 4. Numbers drawn were 9-1-7-12. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Mary Evans, Dickie Weldon, Robbie Keogh, Geraldine Murphy & Alison Tobin.  Promoter-Mick Gallagher.  Next Jackpot-€13,600. You can now purchase your tickets from your usual seller, also from Centra Shop, Gracefield, and Anthony Early’s Shop Gracefield, or alternatively you can now do it online if you follow the link.  Wishing you all the best of luck, guaranteed winners every week and you’re helping your local club in the process.

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Gracefield GAA News


Our club is now back training & we are made up of players from Portarlington , Gracefield , Courtwood , O’Dempeys, Emo & Rath, which is our catchment area. New players from these areas are more than welcome to join our thriving Club. Any further info can be sought from our club secretary Catherine Burbage at 087-6842028 or club chairman Michael Luttrell at 087-2626008. We cannot wait to see all those happy smiling faces again.


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Derryounce Lake & Bog Trail Photo by Con Murphy Photography

Banrion Gaels Camogie club have announced their training times for 2021.

All training will take place on the back pitch at McCann Park, unless otherwise informed. Please park at GAA centre and walk your child to the back pitch. No parking allowed at back pitch for Health & Safety reasons. Mondays- U16/U18 – coach will advise. Tuesdays – 6 to 7pm – U8/10/12/14. Thursdays – U16/U18 – coach will advise. Saturdays – 12 to 1pm-U8/10/12. Saturdays – 12 to 1.30pm- U14/U16/U18.

Please register your player at the following link as all players need to be registered and insured before they return. Bring your own water and €2 subs.

Looking forward to seeing all the #hardestworkingladiesingtheparish #proudtobeBRG



 Arlington AFC are now back training. Arlington AFC seniors 2021 pre-season will begin on this Tuesday May 11 at 19:30pm in Castle Park, Lea Road. We welcome back all our players and of course we would love to see new players join up too. Contact: Dave Thorpe at 087 6982264 or Phil Kane at 086 8100657 for further details.