Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way


Portarlington Credit Union next Cash Draw is taking place on Friday June 18 with up to €20,000 in cash prizes to be won. If you have not entered for this month, don’t worry you still have time click the link below to join in.

photo of front of Portarlington Credit Union
Portarlington Credit Union news


If you are looking to enhance your online presence for your business or become more digitally savvy in the workplace, register your interest now for an upcoming Information Session on a part time Digital Marketing course.

The course is delivered by Shane McDonald & Caroline Walsh. Both tutors are subject matter experts and have plenty to offer with their valuable experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain a QQI Level 5 Digital Marketing qualification while benefiting from additional one on one sessions with two subject matter experts.

photo of lady celebrating win behind laptop
Digital Marketing course

To register for an information session on this Tuesday June 15 at 6.30pm, please follow the link below: 


Portarlington Tidy Towns are sad to report that a lot of the flowers that were planted in the boxes and tubs around the town are being stolen. They are not being vandalised but robbed. This is so unfair on the rest of the people in the town that want to be proud of their town and to see colour on our streets and enjoy the summer flowers. The council have planted these for us to enjoy as a town and not for individuals to be selfish and care about no one but themselves. Please whoever it is stop and leave the flowers alone and let us enjoy them. Don’t rob our summer.

photo of Market House in Portarlington
Latest Portarlington News


Please check out this beautiful book called “Autism, The Three Musketeers” written by Niamh McCormack from Cloneygowan, who a lot of you will know, especially from working many years in Supervalu. Niamh’s wonderful Mam Liz passed away suddenly 4 years ago, which left Niamh & her brother Stephen devastated at the loss of their beloved Mam.

With the help of Ann Joyce, Niamh decided to write this beautiful book in memory of her Mam. For sale in the Parish office. Contact them at 0578643004. Also at Whelehan’s Newsagent Portarlington.

Derryounce Lake & Bog Trail
Latest Portarlington News Photo by Con Murphy Photography


The resumption of Public Wordship, with ongoing restrictions are as follows-Parish Church’s are open to the Public. Masses with 50 people allowed. Baptisms with individual baptism-6 people allowed. Funerals-Maximum of 50 people may attend. Weddings with a maximum of 50 people may attend the Church. You are asked to conform with Government guidelines in relation to hand sanitiser, social distancing & the wearing of masks. 


The Parish office is back open, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Notices for Parish Newsletter should be sent by e-mail to by Wednesday of each week. You can also phone 0578643004. 

The Emigrants Newsletter 2021-Those intending to submit Articles/Stories/Old Photos for inclusion in this year’s Newsletter should e-mail to by August 1.

Portarlington Rugby News


Portarlington R.F.C are now taking bookings for this year’s professionally run Summer Camp, which takes place from August 16 to August 20, (10am – 2pm each day).

The camp is for girls and boys aged 4 to 12, and no rugby experience is required as the camp consists of general movement games that focus on building hand-eye coordination, agility, team work, communication skills and most importantly FUN! 

Places are limited so please book soon to guarantee your place. 

Just visit our website – It’s going to be fantastic!

Gracefield GAA Fun Day
Gracefield GAA News


 Lotto results for June 8. Numbers drawn were 21-19-10-06. No Jackpot winner. €50 each to Oisin Maher, Mollie Rose Keegan, Mairin O’Sullivan, Odhran Brereton & Graham Delaney.  Promoter-Kerry Kinahan.  Next Jackpot-€14,600. 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.


One to one lesson’s every Monday from 3pm to 7.30pm with Gerry & Pat. Senior Band Rehearsals are on from 5pm to 6.30pm. If you’re interested in trying out for the band, please contact Pat on 083-8510428.

Stunning shot of Lea Castle. Thanks to Con Murphy Photographer
Your Portarlington News here Photo thanks to Con Murphy Photography


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.