Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard & Portarlington


Calendars & Christmas Cards now available at the Parish Office. 


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

Any person over 18 years of age are welcome to attend. If you require any further information in relation to this meeting. Please contact:  Assumpta on 086 8114135 or e-mail


Colaiste Iosagain – “All Shook Up” the musical on November 29 & 30, also December 1. Tickets available at the schoo. You can show your support by attending one of the fantastic shows. 

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The Portarlington Women’s Shed are holding a Christmas Market in the Community Centre on Saturday December 9 @ 11am. For all bookings and enquires contact the Women’s Shed direct on or phone 0874748068.


Christmas Vintage and Craft markets takes place on Thursday evenings, November 30, December 7 &14 from 5-9pm. Sundays December 3, 10 & 17, from 11am-4pm. Live music, Santa grotto, face painting, mulled wine and over 20 craft and vintage market stalls.


Library Ireland Week Dec 3rd -9th-Family Time at the Library Quiz Sheet : Spend some family time at Portarlington Library during Library Ireland week and pick up a family quiz sheet. There will be questions for both the adults and children. Finish it together and get entered into the draw for a prize.

Christmas Elf Craft:-Friday 8th Dec 3:30pm. Start getting into the Christmas spirit with this lovely beaded elf craft. Suitable for 8-12yr olds. Places are limited so booking is essential . Call 057 8643751 or email

Library Storytime-What better way to finish Library Ireland Week than coming along to family storytime.   Saturday 9th Dec 11am Suitable for 4-8yr olds. To book call 057 8643751 or email

Family Christmas Bedtime Stories-Join us for some Family Time in the Library with our Christmas Bedtime Storytime . Wednesday 13th Dec at 6:30 . Suitable for 3-8yr olds. Feel free to come in your PJs and don’t forget your teddybear.

Family Craft Table-Saturday Dec 16th. Drop in and enjoy some family time with some Christmas Crafts

10:30 -12:30 (or while stocks last)

Flood Relief Public Consultation-Drop in and have your say on planned Flood Relief Schemes

Wed 13th December 2:30 -7:30pm.                                          

Portarlington Library Book Club

Next meeting is on Tuesday Dec 20th at 11am . We will be discussing The Redhead at the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Portarlington Junior Book Club-Meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. This club is suitable for 9-12year olds. Booking is essential.

Baby Book Club-Baby Book Club meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am.  Booking is essential. 

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 and the catalogue can be found here :

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Pat Rogers, Ballymorris Portarlington & formerly Marian Place Portlaoise who passed away on Friday November 17. Pat was predeceased by his parents Mick & Alice, brother Tony & sister Martina. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Deirdre (nee Murphy), son Mark, brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place at St John’s Church Killenard on Tuesday November 21. May Pat rest in Peace. 


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Fr. Seán Murphy SDB Johannesburg South Africa, late of Clanmalire, Ballybrittas, and formerly of Bellgrove, Ballybrittas, who passed away on Tuesday November 21, peacefully surrounded by his loving family in his 90th year at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Teresa Murphy, brothers Connie, Dick, Billy, Tom and baby Patrick, sisters Breege and Tess. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers Mick and Jim, sisters Mary (McEvoy) and Rose (Dowler), his fellow Priests in the Salesian Community especially in Ennerdale, Johannesburg South Africa, his extended family & friends. May Fr Sean rest in Peace. Funeral arrangements attached. Condolences can be left on the link attached.

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
RIP Credit: Con Murphy Photography


O’Dempsey’s GFC Lotto results for November 20. Numbers drawn: 5-7-12-27. No Jackpot Winner. Match 3 Winners-Hubert O’Leary, Colm Purcell, Bryan Breen & John Doyle.  Promoter-Eddie Fitzpatrick. 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 €11,400. Tickets can be bought from club members or online via

Portarlington GAA jersey presentation
All the latest Portarlington sports news here


Bingo at Port GAA Centre every Tuesday night at 8pm. Over €3,000 in prize money to be won. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. 


Lotto results for November 20. Numbers drawn were 10-4-20-5. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Robert Keogh, Marie Fallon, Caroline Reid, Gillian Rice & Gabby Slattery. Promoter’s prize-Paddy Mulligan. Next week’s Jackpot-€9,200.