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Out and About in Portarlington

Safe Talk

What is Safe Talk? Safe Talk is a 3.5hr “suicide alertness” programme that prepares participants to identify and engage with persons who may be having thoughts of suicide. If you wish to attend on Thursday March 10 from 9.30am – 1pm in the Portarlington Community Centre. Please PM Love Port Facebook page or contact Elaine Hughes @ 085- 7089727 for more information.

All the latest news from Portarllington

All the latest news from Portarlington!

Portarlington Library

On next Friday March 11 @ 7pm Maurice O’Keeffe will deliver a presentation on the valuable historical and personal information which has been compiled in this oral history collection from the renowned Irish Life and Lore series. Not alone are personal experiences during Easter Week 1916 described in detail, explanations of the reasons why people participated in the Rising are also provided. Also heard are personal views on the sacrifice involved, the pain endured and the post-traumatic stress suffered in some cases. The sense of responsibility to their historical legacy felt by their descendants is explored. Admission to this special event commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising is FREE but prior booking is advised by leaving your name at the Information desk  in Portarlington Library or by calling the library on 057 86 43751.

Friends Together Portarlington

The launch took place on Tuesday March 1. A great turnout on the day. We will be officially open this Tuesday March 8 from 2-6pm and the following Friday 2-5pm. Hope to see you all there. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.

Friends Together Portarlington

Friends Together Portarlington

We’ve been getting great feedback from the community so far and this is only the beginning.

 

Portarlington Speakers

What an evening! Noreen Driver delivered fun table topics for members to quickly organise their thoughts and give short one to two minute speeches on a wide range of unrehearsed questions. Topics ranged from Oscar acceptance speeches for unlikely films through a novel pictorial section to literature and advice. It was a very entertaining start to the evening.

Club President Carmel Moore illustrated her effective six simple step method to declutter a house.  Called the “Dejunking” system it has two great merits – it is easy to understand and it works. Mark Bastow took us back to the muddy road to Novgorod with his Russian folktale.

An interesting and enjoyable evening with plenty of variety and of course the popular networking session with coffee and cookies.

The next meeting will be a special open night on March 15 details of which will appear on the FaceBook page in the coming week. Portarlington Speakers (one of the Toastmaster International Clubs) welcomes visitors to see where they can practise speaking before an audience in a friendly supportive club, learn communication and leadership skills, and make new friends. All are welcome at the next meeting on Tuesday  March 15 at the Killenard Community Centre from 7.45pm to 9.30pm.

Thank You

Coláiste Íosagáin Parents Council wish to thank all who generously supported their recent flag day.

Dancing

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. March 14-Derek Veale. March 21-The Ranchers.  Come along for a great night out.  Admission €7.  All welcome.

Get your dancing shoes on!

Get your dancing shoes on!

 

 

Portarlington St V de Paul Charity shop are holding a Sale which started last Thursday March 3 on all items in stock. All good quality ladies, gents & children’s wear. Also furniture, shoes & a large selection of books. A raffle will also take place in the coming weeks from Thursday March 3. A large selection of Easter Hampers for raffle. Tickets can be bought in the shop at €1 each. Please support. All money raised goes back in to the Community. If you have any items to donate please call to our shop at Main St. We are always grateful for your support.

Walking Club

Port Trail Walking Group weekly walks continue as usual every Tuesday night at 7pm and Thursday nights at 7.30pm. Meeting up both nights at Park Lane car park. All levels of fitness catered for. Contact 086 3288858 for further information.

Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy to the Cullen family on the death of Patrick (Paddy) Cullen, 33, St Michaels Park who passed away on Saturday February 27. Paddy was a former worker with Bord na Mona. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 63 years Frances, sons John, Paddy & Michael, daughters Rose, Margaret, Mary & Bernadette, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday February 29 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Paddy rest in Peace.

God rest their souls.

God rest their souls.

Sympathy

It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the death of Noel Kenny, Station road on Sunday February 28. Noel was predeceased by his loving mother Mary a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his loving & devoted father Jack, his stepmother Eithne, brothers Tony, Sean, Seamus & Pat, sisters Jackie, Ann, Tina, Terri & Fiona, stepsisters Fiona & Aisling, his extended family & a large circle of friends. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday March 1 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Noel rest in Peace.

 Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Catherine (Kate) Mulvey (nee Hennessy) Canal Road & formerly Dublin & Kerry who passed away on Monday February 29. Catherine will be sadly missed by her loving husband Vincent, daughter Fedelma, grandchildren, son in law, sister, brothers, her extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Wednesday March 2, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Catherine rest in Peace.

Port Star 

Portarlington Star Seodhna Hoey

Portarlington Star Seodhna Hoey

Congratulations to a young inspiring Portarlington athlete Seodhna Hoey from Droughill, who on Saturday February 28 was selected by Athletics Ireland for a National Juvenile Star award. This is Seodhna’s 2nd year to receive this award. This also follows her recent selection for the Leinster juvenile female star award in January. These Star awards are a just deserve for all the hard work, time and dedication this young lady puts in to her training.
Seodhna had an excellent 2015 where she won 5 Leinster titles including U18 indoor shot, Leinster Junior discus and shot, outdoor U18 discus (new PB) and U18 hammer, where she set a new championship record. She also claimed 6 Leinster silver and 7 All Ireland medals. Both her parents Ashling and Oísín Hoey and her extended family are extremely proud of Seodhna, as are the people of Portarlington.

 

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Not long to go now folks to Portarlington’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016. Plans are well and truly under way. The committee have been working very hard to bring the Parade together. If any club organisations, community groups or local business want to walk, march or put a float into this year’s parade please send us a private message on our FB page here or e-mail portparade@gmail.com. Without the involvement of our wonderful community it would be impossible to put on a great show. So let’s all get together and make 2016 parade one to remember.

Portarlington Parade almost here!

Portarlington Parade almost here!

Just a little taste of the fun filled actives taking place on the day-Bumble Bee Bus, Face Painters, Raven Haven, Magic Show, Clowns, Bouncing Castle & Live Music.