Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way

Latest Laois News: Around Portarlington Way


If you wish to apply for your child to enrol at St John’s School, Killenard, then you can download the application form from their website. Contact the school office at or call 0578626717. The school will cease accepting applications on February 5. People will be notified by February 26, and you must accept offers by March 12.

St Patrick’s BNS-Application forms available from the school office. Contact office at 0578623394 or Also available to download from school website. Applications accepted up to February 8. Applicants will be notified by March 1 & must confirm acceptance by March 15.

Primary schools in and around Portarlington are taking admissions now


 This 211-pupil school is located close to Ballybrittas village. 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

Birth certificates do not have to be sent in with the application form, we will request to see original certificate if your child is offered a

In many cases you can apply for a school place for your child online

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.


Laois County Council has announced that the Ballymorris road will be closed until February 16. It will be closed from the Ballymorris Road Railway Bridge to Canal Road/ Ballymorris Road Crossroads. The closure is necessary to facilitate the installation of traffic lights, footpath and public lighting.

Click on the Laois People for latest info on road works


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.

Portarlington Credit Union News


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Theresa Quinn (nee McGuinness), Skerries, Dublin & formerly Droughill, Portarlington who passed away on January 14. Theresa was predeceased by her loving husband Tom, sons Patrick & Tommy. She will be sadly missed by her loving son Michael, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & a large circle of friends, especially her Bingo friends. A family funeral took place on Monday January 18. May Theresa’s gentle soul rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Andrew O’Neill, Station Court & formerly St Brigid’s Square who passed away suddenly on Thursday January 14. Andrew was predeceased by his brother James. He will be sadly missed by his wife Bunta, daughter Andrea, his heartbroken parents Jimmy & Mary, brothers Declan & Rory, sisters Josephine & Sandra, aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews, extended family & many friends. Funeral for family took place on Sunday January 17 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s cemetery Portarlington. May Andrew rest in Peace.



Deepest Sympathy to the family of Patsy McGuinness (nee Dunne), Avondale Estate who passed away on Thursday January 21 at Oakdale nursing home. Patsy was predeceased by her loving husband Paddy & adored daughter Kay. She will be sadly missed by her son Sean, brother Peter & sister Teresa, daughter in law Catherine & son in law Michael, her adored grandchildren Niall, Stephanie, Enya & James, extended family, neighbours & friends. Patsy was a life time member of Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels, where she was held in high esteem by her fellow Committee members down the years. Family funeral took place on Saturday January 23 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patsy’s gentle soul rest in Peace.

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Deepest Sympathy to the family of Andrew Hyland, Morette, Emo who passed away on Monday January 18. Predeceased by his loving wife Nuala. Andrew will be sadly missed by his sons Matt & Paul, daughter Noelle, brothers Jackie, Matt & Michael, sister Anne, grandsons, extended family & friends. Funeral took place on Wednesday January 20 at SS Peter’s Church Emo, with burial after in the new Cemetery. May Edward rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Nora Barsley (nee Dowling) Kent, England & formerly Morette, Emo who passed away on January 4 in England. Daughter of the late Jack & Ellen Dowling. Nora will be laid to rest on February 12 in London. May Nora rest in Peace.


All the news from around Portarlington


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.

If you wish to make a donation, the Parish Account details are as follows and you can do so on-line or through your Bank: 

Bank  Bank of Ireland, Portarlington  –  Name of A/c Portarlington Parish  No. 1 A/c
BIC – BOFIIE2D     –     IBAN – IE28 BOFI 9018 6154 5717 14  (Please put your name/address in ref. box)

Bank  –  Bank of Ireland, Mountmellick  –  Name of Account  –  Emo Church No. 1 A/c
BIC –   BOFIIE2D     –     IBAN –  IE16 BOFI 9018 1051 4302 54 (Please put your name/address in ref. box)

There is a donation facility now on the Kandle website & people can donate both to parishes (option for parish & clergy collection) & the diocese as they wish.  On the diocesan button there is an option to donate to Trocaire, Retired Priests or other areas.  The Diocese will forward any donations received for parishes.

PARISH DONATION ENVELOPE  –  Available at the Church Porch. 

Link for St Michael’s Church webcam here.