Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington


Calendars & Christmas Cards in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, 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.

 If you require any further information in relation to this meeting. Please contact Assumpta on 086 8114135 or e-mail

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The 2023 Lions club Christmas collection will be taking part in both Centra Main street, and Supervalu on the weekend of December 15 and 16. 

Monies collected will be used to buy food vouchers, and to assist those who might need help over the Christmas period. 

Appeals can be put in writing anytime, BUT NO LATER THAN DEC 18 to give us time to deliver etc. They must contain a phone number or we cant help. Appeals can be put into the confidential box under the notice board in the Credit Union, or left into Lions club member Brian Whelans electrical shop in the Main street. All requests are dealt wirh in utmost confidence and letters destroyed after.

Please remember the dates. December 15th to 16th for our collection,and no later than the 18th for the appeals. Thank you as always for your support, your kindness is never lacking. 100% of all money raised goes back into our community.

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The Portarlington Women’s Shed are holding a Christmas Market in the Community Centre on next Saturday December 9 @11am. Phone 0874748068 for ore information.


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


Deepest Sympathy to the heartbroken family of Brian (the Rall) Keogh, Castlegate who passed away suddenly on Wednesday November 22nd at his home. Brian was predeceased by his parents Garrett and Dora, brothers Gary and John. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, family Nicola, Jean and her husband Guido, Debbie and her partner Clifford, Simon and his partner Hannah, sisters Peg Whelan, Anne Byrne and Doreen Folan, grandchildren Samuel, Ayla, Emmy and Esme, brothers-in-law Oliver and Dick, sisters-in-law Marie, Ann, Lily and Breda,, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May Brian rest In Peace. 

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
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Reposing at Maher’s Chapel of Rest Portarlington on Friday evening from 5:30pm with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Saturday morning at 10:20am arriving St Michael’s Church Portarlington for Requiem Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington. 


Deepest Sympathy to Joan Kenna, Derrymore Portarlington on the sudden death of her daughter Regina (Gina) Smith, Esker Gate Mountmellick, who passed away on Saturday November 25. Regina will be sadly missed by her loving partner Noel, daughter Ciara, mother Joan, aunt Theresa Sweeney (Mullingar), uncle Tom (Mullingar), extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Thursday November 30 at St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick. 

May Regina rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Kathleen Malone (nee Kearney) Rosecourt Portarlington & formerly Ballybrittas who passed away suddenly on Tuesday November 28. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Jim & Kathleen (Kit) Kearney. She will be sadly missed by her heartbroken & loving husband Michael, sisters Anne, Mary & Deirdre, brothers Tim, Noel & James, aunts, uncles, extended family, neighbours & friends. May Kathleen’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Library Ireland Week Dec 3rd -9th-Family Time at the Library 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

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Library Storytime-What better way to finish Library Ireland Week than coming along to family storytime. Saturday 9th Dec at 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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Lotto Results for November 27-Numbers drawn:  12-18-26-29. Jackpot Winner: Cathal O’Neill, Ballyfin. (Seller Richie Slevin). No Match 3 Winners. Lucky Dips: Christine Dunne & Alice Maher.. Promoter: Next week’s Jackpot is €3,000. Tickets available from our usual sellers. Thank you for your support and congrats to our winner!.

Juvenile’s Monster Hamper Raffle-Our Monster Hamper Raffle is back for 2023! There is 1 x €500 hamper, 3 x €150 hampers to be won. All monies raised will be going back into our Juveniles. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tickets available now from Juveniles, online at 


LOTTO-Laois Clubs combined Lotto draw takes place as usual, every Tuesday night. Next week’s Jackpot is €11,600. 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. 


Lotto results for November 27. Numbers drawn were 31-28-13-29. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Darren Kelly, Ella Foster, Christine Dunne, Madeline Brady & Martina Gallagher. Promoter’s prize-Tom Garry. Next Jackpot-€9,400.