Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest news from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington


Culture night takes place on September 22 in Portarlington.
Print Making with Artist Mary Slevin at her studio at Mount Henry, Killenard. R322XH93. Adults-11am to 12.30pm. Children-4pm to 5pm.

Join Port Art Collective for an art crawl for all-ages. The Port Art Crawl will start at 6.30pm sharp in Portarlington Library, with crafts demonstrations from the Brat Bhrídes and Made with Knots. Presentation by local illustrator David Butler on the illustrated life of Michael Collins, at 7pm at Portarlington Museum, Catholic Club, Main Street. A talk by local historian David Orford will bring some of the artefacts in this fascinating collection to life.7:30 Iwona’s Studio (over Lyles Shoes) Main Street.

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An exhibition of recent work from artists Iwona K Tiernan, Catherine Terrett and Leonie Connellan to an eclectic backdrop of instrumental music from Kim Melia. From 8.30pm at the Parochial Hall, Market Square. We will have music from the Port Concert Band, Ukrainian Choir and Georgian Folk Group to bring the swing and the hall will be lined with paintings and sculpture from local artists. Award winning Laois poet Pat Boran will read from his work.

The French Quarter will deliver the cool from 8:30 with DJ Filip Kral dropping ambient beats alongside an exhibition of prints by local photographer Frank Smith, and some great food and drink. Port Sounds takes place at The Anvil Inn from 9pm with local performers Dopamine, Rocz, Thank’s Mom, That’s Alright, Insomniacs and more…The night will be compèred by Adam Cullen who’s will also perform spoken word pieces between acts.


Check out events at the Portarlington Library. 

Get the best out of your camera phone.

Easy tips and tricks for better smartphone photos. 6.30-7.30pm Wednesday September 13.

Professional photographer Veronica Nicholson from Rhode, Co Offaly, will give a free talk on getting to know your smartphone and tips and tricks on how to take better photos. Bring your smartphone with you for the talk. To book call 057 8643751 or email

Rainbow Reflexology for Babies

Join Joanne Loftus from Rainbow Reflexology and learn how to sooth your baby using reflexology. This workshop is suitable for babies from birth to pre crawling.

 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.

Knitting Group

Meets every Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. New members always welcome. 


Hundreds of Walsh Island people from near & far recently packed in to the hub at Mountlucas wind farm for the launch of a “History of Walsh Island through its people”. Master of ceremonies on the day was Aidan Mahon. The book was inspired by the late Mikey Fox & was a labour of love by the Historical Society, who spent the last number of years researching & compiling the publication. One of the highlights of the book are the memories & life stories of ordinary members of the community, including Maureen Comerford, Tommy Mooney, Bridget & Tim O’Rourke, Willie Fingleton, Liam McGrath & many more. The book is available in shops in Daingean, Rhode, Portarlington, Geashill & Tullamore. Also from The proceeds of the book will go to headstones on unmarked graves in the new Cemetery in Walsh Island. 

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Bridge resumes on Monday September 18th at 7.45pm in the Garryhinch Golf Club. 

New members welcome. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family Patrick (Darby) Hyland, Garyvacum, Ballybrittas who passed away suddenly on Wednesday August 30. Darby was predeceased by his father Joseph & sisters Noreen & Bernie. He will be sadly missed by his partner Mary, sons Danny, Aidan & Patrick, daughter Siobhan, mother Ita, grandson Noah, brothers Jim, Joe & Dec, sisters Phil & Martha, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Tuesday September 5. May Darby rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Jess Bracken, Arlington Est & formerly Mountmellick who passed away suddenly on Thursday August 31st. Jess was predeceased by her darling daughter Lisa. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Patrick, sons Patrick, Stephen & Kevin, daughters Tanya & Emma, her beloved grandchildren Katelyn, Danielle, Christopher, Tyler, Kaiden & Mason, brothers, sisters, extended family & friends. 

Funeral Mass took place on Sunday September 3 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Jess gentle soul rest in Peace. 

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary Knight, formerly Garde (nee Comerford), St Joseph’s Tce Portarlington, who passed away on Monday September 4. Mary was predeceased by her sister Bridie & granddaughter Megan. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Michael, sons Jonathan & Aidan, daughters Janice & Tracey, brother Seamus, sisters Carmel (Oakley), Teresa (Shiels), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place at St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Wednesday September 6. May Mary’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the Nolan & Bracken families on the death of Christy Nolan, Walsh Island, who passed away on Wednesday September 6th. Christy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Brigid, sons Michael & Joseph, daughters Claire, Breda, Carmel & Brenda, brother P.J, sisters Rose & Maggie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Saturday September 9. May Christy rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of John Keogh, Florida & formerly Patrick St Portarlington who passed away on Monday September 4. 

John was the 3rd eldest of 7 children of Garrett & Dora Keogh. His journey through life was marked by adventure, dedication, and an enduring sense of humor. During his time in secondary school at the Christian brothers in Portarlington, he excelled in football, playing for both the Christian Brothers and the County Offaly Minor team. John is survived by his loving wife Marie, his children, Gearóid and Gráinne, his brothers Paddy and Brian, and his three sisters, Peg Whealan, Anne Byrne, and Doreen Folan. He will be dearly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and friends. John is preceded in death by his brother, Gary. A further notice to be announced of a Funeral Mass for John, to be held at St. Michaels Church in Portarlington.  May John rest in Peace.


Bridge resumes on Wednesday September 20th at 7.45pm in Garryhinch Golf Club. 

New members welcome.

File Photo Emma McEvoy, Juvenile Chairperson at Portarlington GAA, left, is presented with the new underage kit (sponsored by Connected Health) by former Antrim captain and All-Ireland winner Jane Adams, Lorraine Weldon, Area Manager Connected Health, and Helen Weldon Administrator Connected Health.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €9,200. 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


Lotto results for Sept 4. Numbers drawn were 22-4-8-30. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Mary & Marian, Judy Murphy, Ray Murphy, Jim Evans & Siobhan Egan. Promoter’s prize-Marian Bryan. Next week’s Jackpot-€7,000.