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Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way
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Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Your latest news from Emo, Killenard and Portarlington

FASHION SHOW

Vintage Variety Show takes place on Friday February 2 in the Portarlington Golf Club. A Night of Entertainment and Fashion. Tickets are on sale in Christina’s Creations Shop on Main Street Portarlington. All proceeds to the Laois Hospice.

ST BRIGID’S CROSS

To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day Solas  are running a St. Brigid’s Cross workshop at 12pm on Sunday  February 4. Learn how to make your own cross from rushes and reeds. This workshop is for beginners & no prior knowledge is required. Suitable for Adults & Children 10+. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before our expert staff will be on hand to give support & answer questions. Contact Georgina for more details or group bookings at 0830452810. Book online here.

Happy St. Brigid’s Day. Credit: www.ireland.ie

PREGNANCY YOGA

Nurturing You and Baby-Delighted to have another new class starting in the Community Centre with Laois Sports Partnership. Pregnancy Yoga. For details to book in check out @laoislsp link to book. 

RONNIE MATHEW’S BOOK

‘Portarlington, The Old Town’ by the late Ronnie Mathews is now available from Tim Mathews. Ronnie’s son Tim has managed to secure a small reprint of his Dad’s bestselling book, launched in 2012. It has extra pages and photos. You can purchase a copy by sending Tim an email to  tims-offroad@hotmail.com

With items from the Ronnie Mathews Collection at Bloom HQ Mountrath, from left: Orla Connaughton, Archivist; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; Bernie Foran, Laois County Librarian; Tim Mathews, son of Ronnie Mathews; Dom Reddin, LCC Tourism Officer and Sinead Holland, LCC Librarian Local Studies. The project is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council. Picture: Alf Harvey.
With items from the Ronnie Mathews Collection at Bloom HQ Mountrath, from left: Orla Connaughton, Archivist; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; Bernie Foran, Laois County Librarian; Tim Mathews, son of Ronnie Mathews; Dom Reddin, LCC Tourism Officer and Sinead Holland, LCC Librarian Local Studies. The project is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council. Picture: Alf Harvey.

SYMPATHY

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ann Hennessy (nee Warburton) Na Cluainte Portarlington who passed away on Friday January 19. Ann will be sadly missed by her husband Joe, daughters Joanne, Lorraine, Orla & Jess, her adored grandchildren, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Monday January 22. May Ann rest in Peace.

SYMPATHY

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ann Holohan (nee Kane), Springfield Ballyfin & formerly St Mary’s Tce Portarlington who passed away on Friday January 19 surrounded by her loving family. Ann will be sadly missed by her loving husband P.J, sons Patrick, Damien, Paul & Martin, daughter Sharon, adored grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday January 24. May Ann’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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

SYMPATHY

Such sad news to hear of the death of Ann Earley (nee Ferriter) Cushina road Portarlington on Monday January 22, only 3 weeks after the death of her beloved son Paddy. 

Heartfelt Sympathy to her loving husband P.J, daughter Karen, son in law Paul, daughter in law Carina, grandsons Stephen, Noah, Tadhg, Oisín and Fionnán, brother Luke, sisters Helen, Siobhan and Cáit, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Thursday January 25. May Ann’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

SYMPATHY

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Eddie (Stan) Kennedy, Clanmalire & formerly Gracefield Portarlington who passed away on Tuesday January 23. Stan was predeceased by his parents Thomas & Margaret, his brothers & sisters. He will be sadly missed by his brother Paddy, sister Rose(Nolan), nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral took place on Friday January 26. May Stan rest in Peace.

ARLINGTON AFC

Arlington Soccer Club are holding 35’s training every Wednesday from 9-10pm on the Astro in St Patricks Boys School. All players are welcome, new and old. If interested please contact 

Maurizio Riozzi on 0852203441 or Mark Walsh on 0852132752. We hope to see you there.

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O’DEMPSEY’S GFC LOTTO 

Results for January 22. Numbers drawn-12-17-18-22. No Jackpot Winner. No Match 3 Winners. Lucky Dips- Fr Tom Dooley (Sheila Dunne). Larry Keogh (Tom Coleman). Promoter- Bernie Whelehan Next draw: January 29 with a Jackpot  of €4,200. Thanks for your continued support. Tickets are available online at https://form.jotform.com/ODem…/o-dempseys-gfc-weekly-lotto and from our usual sellers. You can also pick up tickets at the following local businesses- 

• Dowling’s Gala, Killenard. • Richie Slevins, Portarlington. • Ballybrittas Service Station. 

BINGO

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

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GRACEFIELD LOTTO

Lotto results for January 22. Numbers drawn were 7-6-16-5. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Alan McAteer, Ann Dunne, Brian Guinan, James Costello & Steph McEvoy. Promoter’s prize-Noeleen Murphy. Next Jackpot-€10,800.

DINNER DANCE-We are delighted to announce we will be holding a Commemoration Dinner Dance in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore on Saturday February 17.

On the night, the Senior Football Championship winning team of 1984, Junior Football winning team of 2005, Junior Hurling winning teams of 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1992, and U21 Football winning teams of 1982 and 2000 will be honoured. Tickets are €40 and will be available soon.

No tickets will be given out without payment in full. Any queries please contact Colin on 0851177009.

SUMMER FESTIVAL-Announcing the Start of Summer 2024 with THE BLACKTHORN FESTIVAL, on the Grounds of Gracefield GAA on Saturday May 11. Never mind the weather; we got you covered with our festival Marquee & Tents, Entertainment food and drinks. Acts include Smash Hits, the Dooley Brothers, the Cardinal Sins & more. For more information contact any Committee member & you can also check out our Facebook page.