Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Summer camp takes place at the Portarlington Community Centre from August 8th-11th, from 10am-2pm. Children ages 4-12 years. For further information, or to book, contact: Lauren at 085-834-0436.


To vote you must be registered on the Register of Electors for the area in which you live. You can register at If you are already registered, there are 3 items that may require updating on the Register: your date of birth, PPSN and Eircode. You can also update these details at In addition, staff from Laois County Council will be available in Portarlington Library on Thursday  August 10, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm to assist you in doing this. (Please bring your details with you). Please feel free to call. Appointment not required. If you have any query in relation to the Register of Electors, you can contact Laois County Council on 057 8664105 or by email to

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Well done to 87 year old Michael Dempsey, along with his colleagues at Portarlington Men’s shed for building and donating squirrel feeders and bird nest boxes to the Derryounce project. Wonderful support. 


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.

Minister Pippa Hackett with volunteer Donie Molloy at Derryounce, which is being funded to develop a walking trail under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
Minister Pippa Hackett with volunteer Donie Molloy at Derryounce, which is being funded to develop a walking trail under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.


Summer Stars-It is Summer Stars time again make sure to pop into the Library to register the children and keep them reading throughout the summer!

Family Fun Craft Table-Our parent and child craft table will be up and running in Portarlington Library on Wednesday 2nd  August ,   10am -1pm (or while stocks last) Pop in and have some fun making some lovely flower crafts together. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Treasure Hunt-Pop in to Portarlington Library throughout the month of August and take part in our Summer Treasure Hunt. Solve the puzzle and win a small prize.

Talk on the Conservation of Portarlington Railway Station-Join David Orford for a talk on the conservation of the buildings of Portarlington railway station on Thursday 17th August at 8pm. To book call 057 864343751 or email

photo of Ballybrophy Train Station
Conservation of Portarlington Railway Station talk

Register to Vote-Need help getting on the register? Come along to Portarlington Library on August 10th 2pm-4.30pm and find out how to register online.

Little Library Bags-Have you a child starting school in September? Make sure to pop into the Portarlington Library and pick up their FREE Little Library Bag. Packed full of books and tips to help make the transition to primary school easier it is an invaluable resource.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Kathleen Fahy (nee Ray), Arlington Estate & formerly Bolton, England, who passed away on Thursday July 20. Kathleen was predeceased by her loving husband Jim. She will be sadly missed by her family Jan (Broughan), Marie & Sean, brother Michael, sister Anne, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Kathleen’s funeral Mass took place on Sunday July 23 at St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, with burial in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Kathleen’s gentle soul rest in Peace. 

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
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The following are the dates for Cemetery Masses for the Parish. Emo old Cemetery-Saturday August 12 at 7.30pm. 


The 𝗤𝗤𝗜 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝟲 𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 is an ideal course for anyone looking to develop their leadership skills and learn to encourage others to thrive in the workplace. Commencing in Mountmellick Further Education and Training Centre in September for 14 weeks – one evening per week from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Please register at

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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!

photo of Market House in Portarlington
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 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.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €8,200. 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. 

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. 

GRACEFIELD LOTTO–Lotto results for July 24. Numbers drawn were 9-28-7-8. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Rita Kelly, Ownie Connor, P Kavanagh, Danny & Sadie Crampton & Sheila Clarke. Promoter’s prize-Colette O’Reilly. Next week’s Jackpot-€5,800.

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.