Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Check out events at the Portarlington Library.

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. 

Performance anxiety in Sport talk for Teens-This interesting session will be really relevant for parents and sports people alike, and will explain how to deal with performance anxiety and nervousness in sport and life, while it will also look at and explain the ‘Mayo Phenomenon’ in GAA. It will include Q&A opportunities afterwards. Keith Begley is a Sport Ireland Accredited sport psychologist, who has worked with numerous successful inter-county GAA teams and high performance athletes. Wednesday October 11 at 7pm. FREE EVENT but booking necessary – call 057 8643751 or email to book a place. 

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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.


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

New members welcome. 


Portarlington Community Centre are delighted to announce a new group starting in the Community Centre. Happy Interactions Baby Playgroup is suitable for ages 0 – 15 months. Play opportunities, Sensory experiences, Interactions and much more. For more information or to book your place call Siobhan on 086 1504669.

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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, starting at 6.30pm sharp in Portarlington Library. 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. 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.

Port Concert Band, Ukrainian Choir and Georgian Folk Group from 8.30pm at the Parochial Hall. 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, 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.

Banríon Gaels Camogie Club’s members receiving commemorative jerseys to mark club’s 10th Anniversary


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

New members welcome.


Deepest Sympathy to Tom & Nellie Garry & family, Patrick St, on the death of Tom’s sister, Sr Elizabeth Garry, Kilcock & Cloneyquin Portarlington who passed away on Friday September 1. Sr Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents Timothy & Anna Maria, brothers Tim, Jim & Peter. She will be sadly missed by her brothers Tom & Br Brendan, sister in law Nellie, nieces, nephews, extended family, the Presentation Community & her friends. Funeral took place on Monday September 4 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Sr Elizabeth’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Bridie Hyland (nee Minnock), the Sawmills, Ballybrittas & formerly Durrow, Co. Offaly, who passed away on Saturday September 9 at Oakdale Nursing home. Bridie was predeceased by her husband Jim & daughter Attracta. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Deirdre, Finnuala, Anita & Thelma, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Monday September 11. May Bridies 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 Michael (Mike) Kirkpatrick, Corrig Lodge & formerly Liverpool who passed away on Tuesday September 5. Mike will be sadly missed by his loving son Greg, partner Sharon, brother Austin & his wife Joyce, sisters Liz & her husband Arnie & Marion, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place in Dublin on Tuesday September 13. May Mike rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Jack Kenny, Station road & formerly Cloghan, Co. Offaly who passed away on Tuesday September 12 surrounded by his loving family. Ex ESB employee. Jack was predeceased by his loving wife Mary (Cissie), son Noel, grandchildren Aoife, Emer & Joshua. 

He will be sadly missed by his wife Ethna, sons Tony, Sean, Seamus & Pat, daughters Jacqueline, Anne, Tina, Terri & Fiona, stepdaughters Fiona & Aisling, brother Peter (Cloghan), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & many friends. Funeral Mass took place on Thursday September 14 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington. Burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Jack rest in Peace. 


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €9,600. 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

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Lotto results for Sept 11. Numbers drawn were 12-15-25-17. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to Tamara Murphy Sheerin, Fionn Whelan, Melanie Broderick, Peter O’Connell & Margaret Walsh. Promoter’s prize-Damian Finlay. Next week’s Jackpot-€7,200.

A big well done to the Gracefield U12 footballers and their coaches on winning their Shane Lowry League Final in O’Connor Park recently.

A brilliant initiative by Official Offaly GAA and a great week of games for all clubs in O’Connor Park. Wonderful to see these young men climbing the steps and lifting the cup, the future is in safe hands.