Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way


Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Laois Alzheimer’s Society is closed, but if you need to meet Ann please ring in advance on 086 8372168 as she is working from home.

We have 3 vacancies for Home Care workers. This is through a Community Employment Scheme.

Applicants need to have a full driving licence and use of a car. Please contact Ann Munnelly on 086 8372168. For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057 866 3398/086 8372168. Home-care Coordinator Email

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To keep the Public and the Staff safe. Portarlington Credit Union ask that their customers check out how they can pay by phone or direct debit.

Please contact the office at 0578623336 or e-mail for information on how you can make things easier and safer for yourselves.

The Credit Union issued loans of €916, 571 to the local community during January.

You can apply via email or via telephone. If you have any queries in relation to applying for a loan you can contact our loans team who are happy to help. Email:  or call 0578623336.

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Well done to local walking group ” We Walk Together”


A big well done to local walking group ” We Walk Together” who recently walked to raise funds for the “Cuisle Cancer Support Centre”. Funds like this help the Centre to provide all services free of charge. Well done to all.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Eileen Thompson (nee Behan), Portlaoise Road & formerly Monasterevin who passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday February 6. Eileen was predeceased by her loving sister Marian. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Brendan, sons Brian, David, Paul & Kevin, brothers Pat & John, adored grandchildren Brendan, Cora & Alex, extended family, neighbours & friends. Especially her friends in the Parish choir. Funeral Mass for Eileen took place on Monday February 8 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Eileen’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Brendan (Benny) McHale, Ashgrove, Ballybrittas who passed away on Tuesday February 9. Benny will be sadly missed by his parents Colm & Christina, brothers Brian, Colm (jnr), David & Thomas, sister Jennifer, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Saturday February 13 at St John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Benny rest in Peace.


Have you heard of the Senior Alert Alarms?

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

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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.


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.

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Link for St Michael’s Church webcam here