Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

All the latest news from Portarlington, Killenard and Emo


Next year it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1st AGM. We ask any of you out there who could give their time to join our committee, to contact or contact the Meals on Wheels Centre any morning from 9am to 11am at 0578623461. 


A new Charity has recently been set up in Laois. They will provide birthday cakes to people who cannot afford them, such as people in direct provision centres, emergency accommodation & anyone else who is struggling.

 They also provide baked goods for food runs, and work with a number of organisations. Looking to bring this initiative to Laois, but are struggling to find volunteers as they don’t know many people in the area. If you would like to help by baking or delivering please contact Jamie for more information by e-mailing

Portarlington GAA jersey presentation
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Make Port are looking into hosting adult Graphics Design Courses during the Summer, as they have had several requests for it. If anyone is interested can you please drop a WhatsApp on 089-4947612. Email: or DM their Facebook page.


Derryounce are  carrying out some upgrade work on the walkway. In order to facilitate this

it will be necessary to close one of the entrances. Town end entrance to Derryounce at the Bog road will be closed  until further notice due to ground levelling works. Machinery will be in operation. Edenderry road entrance will remain open. We will keep you updated.

Derryounce Lake & Bog Trail
Derryounce are  carrying out some upgrade work on the walkway. Edenderry road entrance will remain open.đź“· Con Murphy Photography


Congratulations to Aly Dyer Portarlington who has been crowned Miss Laois 2021. Aly is daughter of Murt & Phil Dyer, and is a 23 year old Nurse & is also studying for her Masters in biotechnology. Wishing Aly the very best as she goes forward to the Miss Ireland 2021 competition & also in her Career.

Miss Laois 2021. Congrats Aly! đź“· Miss Ireland


The St Vincent de Paul shop Main St Portarlington is now open to the public.  At the moment we can only accept 3 bags per person due to space. A big thank you to you all for your support and we hope to see you all again.


Can you help Portarlington Concert Band? This committee have been helping children in our Community to play an instrument. All at affordable fees for their family. Contact Pat McCann @0838510428. You can donate on the link here.

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Deepest Sympathy to Jenny & Eugene Murphy, Rose Court Portarlington on the death of Jenny’s brother Paddy Lynch, Emmet St Mountmellick who passed away on Sunday May 16. Beloved son of the late Stephen and Annie, and dear brother of the late Tony. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers and sisters, Chris Navarre (USA), Ann O’Neill (UK), Noel (UK), Mary Grehan (Mountmellick), Jenny Murphy (Portarlington) & Frances Hibbitts (Mountmellick), nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, neighbours, relatives and a large circle of friends. Funeral Mass took place on Thursday May 20 at St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick. May Paddy rest in Peace.


A big well done to Sinead, Hannah & Aoibhe from BanrĂ­on Gaels Camogie Club Portarlington who have been chosen to play with the Laois U21 Camogie team.

News from Portarlington RFC
Portarlington RFC News

Portarlington RFC are now offering FREE parents’ fitness classes during Minis training on Wednesday evenings!! The classes are being run by Karol from KJ Fitness from 6.35pm to 7.15pm, and are suitable for everyone regardless of your fitness levels.

There is no charge but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the club if you like. If you have any queries then you can contact Karol on 086 377 1154. Don’t miss this opportunity to get active.


 Port GAA bingo continues online via Zoom. €3,000 in prizes each week. Single books- €8, available for purchase through clubforce at the link below, where you can also find further details on how to play.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer
Your Portarlington News here, đź“· Con Murphy Photography

For anyone local who wishes to purchase a book for the Online Bingo but who do not have email access, you can order from the club by texting 085 8264994 via text or WhatsApp giving your name and address. A reply will be sent back when books are ready. Books can then be collected in Brian Whelan’s Electrical shop on Main Street. Full payment upon collection. Cut off for Online book purchases is 12pm on Tuesdays and for phone purchases is 6pm on Monday evenings.


 Lotto results for May 18. Numbers drawn were 26-3-14-25. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Tommy Brennan, Donie Molloy, Stephen Quigley, George Doody & Madeline Murphy.  Promoter-Michael Gallagher.  Next Jackpot-€14,000. Tickets from your usual seller, also from Centra Shop, Gracefield, and Anthony Early’s Shop Gracefield, or alternatively you can now do it online if you follow the link below.

Gracefield GAA Fun Day
Gracefield GAA News


Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre are now accepting online applications.

They offer a wide variety of exciting QQI accredited courses through their Further Education and Training Programme.  New for September- 2021 PLC Courses commencing.

Get in quick before all spaces are filled. For more information visit their new website Call -(057) 862 3161.