Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way local news March 5

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way local news March 5

All the news from in and around Portarlington


Laois County Council has announced a further 4-week closure until March 24 on the Ballymorris Road, L-3157-22, from the Railway Bridge to Canal Road/ Ballymorris Road Crossroads.

The closure is necessary to facilitate the installation of a traffic light, footpath and public lighting.

Diversions will be clearly signposted. A map indicating the routes to be closed and the alternative routes will be available for inspection at and Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise.

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Ballymorris Road, L-3157-22, from the Railway Bridge to Canal Road/ Ballymorris Road Crossroads closed until March 24


Timely reminder to us all. We are all probably letting the younger ones spend more time online in order to play games virtually with friends, and to communicate with school friends. But we should also be clear as to what apps and social media platforms our young kids are using.

Unfortunately, we see too many incidents where children may be sent unsuitable content by unscrupulous individuals, so it is important to take control of what our children have access to and what content they can receive. Learn about what platforms are suitable to use and what are more appropriate for adults.


Now that we have some better weather and brighter evenings why not get involved and do a litter pick in the area where you live. Every little bit helps in keeping where we live looking good. It’s amazing what can be achieved if we all help out.  Remember many hands make light work.

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Portarlington Credit Union News


Portarlington Credit Union ask that where possible that all members use 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.

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.


It was with deep sadness that we heard on Friday February 19 of the death of Brendan Thompson, Portlaoise road & formerly Monasterevin, only 2 weeks after his beloved wife Eileen passed away. Brendan was predeceased by his loving wife Eileen & brother Cyril. He will be sadly missed by his beloved sons Brian, David, Paul & Kevin, daughters in law Grainne & Aisling, son in law Ben, his adored grandchildren Brendan, Cora & Alex, brothers Kieran & Kevin, sister Mary (Wheeler), extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place at St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Sunday February 21, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Brendan rest in Peace.


Widespead sadness on the news of the passing of Nurse Cobbe at the age of 98.

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Olive C Cobbe (nee Boyd), Clonsast who passed away on Monday February 22 at her residence. This lady who was in her 99th year was known by all who knew her over the years as Nurse Cobbe. A true lady & a dedicated nurse. Olive was predeceased by her husband Willie. She will be sadly missed by her devoted family, daughters Irene, Elizabeth & Eva, son Harry, her 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Service took place at St Kevin’s Church, Clonbullogue, with burial after in the adjoining Churchyard. May Nurse Cobbe’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patrick (Pat) Kirwan, Dublin & late of Station Road Portarlington, who passed away on Friday February 19. Pat was predeceased by his parents Jack & Maureen Kirwan, Station Road, his brothers Eugene & Gerry. Pat will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ursula, brothers Peter, Michael & John, sisters Lucy, Roisin, Margaret & Josephine, aunt Carmel (Foster), extended family, neighbours & friends. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday February 24 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patrick rest in Peace.


The Parish office will remain closed until further notice due to the present restrictions. All notices/Anniversaries for the Parish newsletter must be in by Wednesday each week. You can e-mail to or drop in the letter box. You can also contact Eileen at 086-1508048 & Rosemary at 087-9423658.

Masses-No public Masses allowed. All Masses will be online. Weekdays-10am. Saturday-6.15pm. Sunday 9am & 12.15pm. Churches will remain open for private prayer.

Link for St Michael’s Church webcam here

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Arlington AFC News


Results for Tuesday February 16. Letters drawn-C-U-H-K. No Jackpot winner. Lucky dip winners were Lorraine Thompson & Eithne Kenny. Sellers prize was Michelle Carey. All three received €25 each. Thank you all for your continued support of our Club, Arlington AFC and best of luck in our next draw on Tuesday March 2. Jackpot-€10,000.