Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

The latest news and events from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Portarlington Meals on Wheels Church gate collection takes place on Saturday & Sunday October 21st & 22nd at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, St John’s Church Killenard, St Paul’s Church Emo & Sacred Heart Church Rath. Please give generously.


Grow Mental Health Support meeting takes place every Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm until 4.30pm in the Social Services Centre, Link Road, Portarlington.

At Grow Mental Health Organisation we understand what you are going through. Reach out to us now & start getting the support you need.

Any person over 18 years of age are welcome to attend. We are confidential, & asking for help is the best thing you could ever do.  If you require any further information in relation to this meeting.

Please contact:  Assumpta on 086 8114135 or e-mail

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Upcoming Children’s Sewing Workshop at Solas Eco Garden centre, takes place on Saturday October 21 from 3pm to 5pm. Your child will acquire a valuable lifelong skill! Suitability: Children Ages 7 to 16. A spooktacular time creating Halloween Bean Bags together. Children are encouraged to bring old clothes to transform into something new. They’ll learn-Basic sewing techniques. How to use a sewing machine (age-appropriate). Creative fabric design. They will then take home their very own Halloween-themed bean bags!

Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment. E-mail


Portarlington Women’s Shed is going from strength to strength. Why not pop down to the Portarlington Community Centre for a cuppa, a chat & lots of activities & outings, every Thursday at 10.30am.

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Portarlington Active Retirement group meet every Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm at the Portarlington Community Centre. Plenty of activities & outings. 


Any enquires for the Love Port office contact 0578608395, e-mail Opening hours-Monday – Thursday, 9am -.1pm. Friday- 9am – 12:30pm. 


Teddy Bear Storytime-Saturday  October 14 at 11am.

Bring your teddy to the library for this fun family storytime. 

Portarlington Library Book Club-Next meeting is on Tuesday October 21 at 11am. We will be discussing Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.

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In Portarlington the Free Public WIFI is available in the Peoples Park and Link Road between the Fire Station and the Swimming Pool, Main Street and at The Library , there is also free internal access in the Library .

Portarlington Junior Book Club-The junior book club is back after the summer break. Meeting on the last Wednesday of the month, this club is suitable for 9-12year olds. Booking is essential call 057 8643751 or email

Baby Book Club-Baby Book Club returned on Oct 11that 10.30am Booking is essential call 057 8643751 or email

Knitting Club-Meets every Friday morning 10.30am-12.30. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. More details can be found on our website or ask at the library desk.

Laois Libraries Online Book Club reads one book a month chosen from the BorrowBox collection. Join us on the last Wednesday of each month when questions are posed for discussion on our Book Club Facebook page. This month we are reading House of Ashes by Stuart Neville New members are always welcome.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mary Shinners (nee Downey), Portarlington & formerly  Drimnagh, Dublin who passed away on  Died peacefully on Thursday October 5. Mary will be sadly missed by her son Eamonn, daughter Elizabeth, grandchildren Oran, Ethan, Jamie, Sarah and Conor, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Funeral took place at Newlands Cross Crematorium. May Mary’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


O’Dempsey’s GFC Lotto results for October 9. Numbers drawn: 12-13-23-25. No Jackpot Winner. Match 3 Winners-Sheila Dunne. Promoter-Richie Slevin. Next week’s Jackpot is €18,000. Tickets available from our usual sellers and in Dowling’s Gala, Richie Slevins and Ballybrittas Service Station. Thanks for your support.


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €10,400. 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


Lotto results for Sept Oct 9. Numbers drawn were 25-27-18-2. No winner of Jackpot.  €50 each to John Murray, Joe Whelan, Margaret Walsh, Marie Fallon & Bridie Keegan. Promoter’s prize-Graham Delaney. Next week’s Jackpot-€8,000.