Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way


Have you heard of the Senior Alert Alarms?

Another featured role of the Love Port office is to assist the elderly in our town and surrounding areas by applying for the Senior Alert Alarms on their behalf, which we have had a huge demand for in the past few years. The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and pendant. The equipment is funded by Pobal and made available through community, voluntary and not-for- profit organisations registered with Pobal under the SAS. This is all overseen in the PCDA/Love Port office where the local people of Portarlington are encouraged to call in and apply. All paper work and admin is done by the Love Port staff.

Please call 085 8568801 for more information or e-mail

Please note because of Covid 19 restrictions all correspondence is done over the phone at the moment.

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McGreals Pharmacy Portarlington are looking for you to do the 280.000 Steps Challenge.

Staff, customers and anyone who would like a challenge will be taking 280,000 steps over the month of February to raise money for LauraLynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. We are kicking off this Monday February 1. Please join us!

We have created a group for encouragement and support for all those taking part. Share your progress here with photos out walking or screenshots of your steps, daily or weekly.

This is the fundraising page here if anyone would like to make a donation or share it over the month –>


 St John’s School, Killenard–download the application form from their website. Contact the school office at or call 0578626717. The school will cease accepting applications on February 5.

Primary schools in and around Portarlington are taking admissions now

St Patrick’s BNS-Application forms available from the school office. Contact office at 0578623394 or e-mail: Also available to download from school website. Applications accepted up to February 8.

RATH NS- Now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications are open between January 14 and February 5, 2021.

Application forms are available to download from the school website or on request by emailing…


The Presentation Primary Girls School are now accepting applications for Junior Infants 2021/2022 & for our ASD preschool classes 2021/2022.

Parents can apply online on our website or download the application form. All details can be found on our website at

Sandylane School-School Enrolment for 2021/2022. Applications now been accepted for the above Primary school. Enrolment forms available at the school office Sandy Lane Portarlington. R32Y195, phone 0578643281. Also, from website, Return form with relevant documents by February 5.


Portarlington Credit Union ask that where possible that all members use they’re over the phone and email facility to conduct their business to protect both their staff and members, to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

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If you wish to pay via visa debit, PCU can accept laser card payments over the phone.

During these times lots of members prefer to use this option rather than coming into the office.

Phone line is 0578623336, or email for info. They will be happy to help.


Deepest Sympathy to James & Madeline Brady & family Patrick St on the sudden death of James brother Gerry Brady, Castleknock Dublin & formerly Arvagh Co. Cavan who passed away on January 20.  Gerry will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maureen, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sister, extended family & friends. May Gerry rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Bridget Galvin Ballybrack Dublin & formerly Cloneyhurke Portarlington who passed away in her 91st year at Annabeg Nursing Home on Wednesday January 27. Bridget was predeceased by her brothers JJ & Billy Galvin, sisters Olive (Cusack), Kathleen (Hayes), Margaret (Enright) & Val (Sr Jacinta). She will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. May Bridget rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Sean Carthy Ballymacrossan, Geashill who passed away on Thursday January 21. Sean will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Mary (nee Shortall), sons Damien & Niall, daughter Geraldine, daughters in law Wendy & Colette, son in law Noel Daly, grandchildren Amy, David, Mia, Adam, Liam & Grace, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday January 24 at St Mary’s Church Raheen, with burial in the adjoining Cemetery. May Sean rest in Peace.

Masses at St Mary’s can be streamed here.


Hi everyone, we hope you are all well during this difficult time. Our shop will remain closed until restrictions are lifted, but if anybody needs help or assistance from S. V. P they can contact the Helpline by phoning 087-7640557. Look after yourselves and each other, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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 St Michael’s Parish during this phase. Masses-No public Masses allowed. All Masses will be online. Weekdays-10am. Saturday-6.30pm. Sunday 9am & 12.15pm. Churches will remain open for private prayer.

 St Michael’s Church webcam here.