Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the news from Emo, Killenard, Mountmellick and Portarlington


On Saturday December 16, a Christmas-themed charity Light Up Truck & Tractor Run will depart Mountmellick at 6 pm sharp, and will pass through Emo village at approx 6.20pm, Ballybrittas at 6.30pm & Portarlington at 6.45pm. Spectators are welcome along the route. For those wishing to take part, registration will take place in the MDA Mountmellick R32 A0PK from 3pm on the day. Prizes for best truck and tractor will be awarded on the night. We are hoping that vehicles taking part will be decorated in a Christmas theme; however, it is important to note that decoration is not essential to participate in the run. All support greatly appreciated.

On Saturday December 16, a Christmas themed charity Mountmellick Macra Light Up Truck & Tractor Run will depart Mountmellick at 6 pm sharp, and will pass through Emo village at approx 6.20pm, Ballybrittas at 6.30pm & Portarlington at 6.45pm


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. Please remember the dates. December 15 to 16 for our collection, and no later than the 18 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.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Brigid Emerson (nee Lee), Bishopswood Portarlington & formerly Co, Meath who passed away on Sunday December 3 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Brigid was predeceased by her husband Hugh & her beloved daughter Grainne. She will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, brother Jimmy, sister Eilish, extended family, neighbours & her many many friends. May Brigid’s gentle soul rest in Peace. Funeral took place on Wednesday December 6.

Portarlington Parish Newsletter Week ending July 18th 📷 Con Murphy Photography
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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Andrew McBride Avondale Est & late of London UK and Carrickshock, County Kilkenny. who passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 5. Andrew will be sadly missed by his loving wife Teresa, sons Terry, Philip and Simon, his son’s partners Catherine and Mollie, grandchildren, brothers Tony and Edward, sisters Teresa and Eileen, extended family and all his friends. Funeral took place on Thursday December 7.

May Andrew rest in Peace.


Family Christmas Bedtime Stories-Join us for some Family Time in the Library with our Christmas Bedtime Storytime . Wednesday Dec 13 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 16. Drop in and enjoy some family time with some Christmas Crafts. 10:30am -12:30 (or while stocks last)

Book Club-Next meeting is on Tuesday December 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! 

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Huge congratulations to Cillín Hoey on winning a Silver medal with the Irish junior boy’s team at the International schools combined events in Cardiff. Cillín and the team, which consisted of a second Laois athlete and two from Cork had to compete in 5 events 60m hurdles, long jump, shot put, 200m and 800m to gain points. 

The team performed extremely well to claim the Silver medal. This is a huge achievement and has topped off an amazing year for this very talented young athlete and the future definitely looks bright. Cillín is a 2nd year student in Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington and a member of Emo/Rath AC.

Congratulations to Cillín


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 €11,800. 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 December 4. Numbers drawn were 15-32-17-6. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Melanie Broderick, Ray McEvoy, Sinead Bradley, McCann & Greg O’Meara. Promoter’s prize-Paddy Mulligan. Next Jackpot-€9,600.

Christmas Bonus Prize of €30-Alan McAteer, Niall Smith, Pat Keogh & Sarah Hickey.


EARLY BIRD SALE of Season Tickets (only) for the 2024 BOSTIK ALL-IRELAND CONFINED DRAMA FINALS in Mountmellick Community Arts Centre (18 – 26 April 2024 and Awards Night 27 April, 2024)  on Saturday 16 December, 2023 by contacting our on-line booking on

Or you can visit our booking office in the Community Arts Centre on Saturday 16 December, 2023 (11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.)

photo of Market House in Portarlington
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If you have any questions or queries you can contact us on our email –

Season Tickets           €100.00


Nightly tickets will be available March, 2024 – keep watching our page

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year