St Patrick’s Day parade
It’s time to kick off the festivities for the parade this year. Theme this year is ‘The Gathering of the Clans’. What we hope to achieve with this is to get each schools, playschools, clubs and associations to get the kids and/or adults to write their family name on a placard and decorate it. If you know where the name originated from then write that down too. There will be a prize for the best one so whether you’re marching in the parade or just a spectator hold them up for all to see.
More committee members are also urgently needed. For further information please contact Margaret Guijt Lawlor at 087 6715668.
The people of Portarlington wish Venerable Leslie Stevenson the very best, as he has been elected as new Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath & Kildare. The Venerable Leslie has been rector of Portarlington since 1999. Wishing him many happy years as Bishop of Meath & Kildare.
Portarlington Tidy Towns are holding a table quiz in the Hawthorn Lounge on Friday February 15 to raise funds so they can enhance the town over the summer months with hanging baskets and containers full of flowers.
Portarlington Credit Union would like to say a big well done to the winners of our school quiz that took place on Friday February 2 in Colaiste Iosagain. The winner of U11s was St Patricks Boys National School and U13s were Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard. Congrats to all. We would also like to thank all who took part in the quiz, it was very close so well done to all.
Scoil Náisiunta Naomh Eoin, Killenard. Enrolment School year 2013/2014. Enrolment forms for Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin, Killenard are available from School reception from Friday February 1 2013. Closing date for applications is Thursday February 28 at 5pm.
Portarlington ICA guild will hold their monthly meeting on next Thursday February 14 at 8pm in the Annexe Patrick Street.
Mountmellick Camera Club are running a beginners photography course from Monday February 25 at the MDA Irishtown Mountmellick, for anyone who’d like to brush up on their photography skills. For further information contact Dominic Reddin at 086 8900562 or Paul Lalor at 087 6264791.
Steps are currently being taken to make a defibrillator available to the people of Portarlington 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week.
If you are interested in learning new potentially lifesaving skills (or putting existing skills to use) to be the first point of help to people suffering cardiac arrest/sudden death, please contact the Love Port Office, Oriel House, Main Street, Portarlington, or phone 085 8568801 for a registration form and further information.
The Social Services bingo resumed last Wednesday February 6 and 8.30pm in the community centre. Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2013.
It was with deep sadness that Killenard and Portarlington heard of the death of Michael (Mick) Doyle of Ballycarroll Tierhoghar, who died on Saturday February 3. Mick was predeceased by his loving wife Mabel. He will be sadly missed by his loving sons Colin, Alan and Declan, his extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place at St John’s Church Killenard on Tuesday February 5, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. May Mick rest in peace.
Portarlington GAA Lotto week 6. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers 7, 13, 16, 21. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to John Whelan c/o J Whelan & Ailish Leavy c/o Julia Leavy. €25 each to Anne McNally c/o J Whelan & P&B c/o Joe Whelan. Promoter’s prize went to P J Ward. Next jackpot €1,700.
Results for February 4 2013. Jackpot €11,800 No winner of jackpot. Numbers 23-18-26–4. €50 went to the following: Finbar Rosney c/o M Bryan, Margaret Garry c/o T Garry, Oliver Evans c/o G Slattery, Mary Flanagan c/o M Flanagan & Cillian, Calum and Noah Brereton c/o M Colgan. Promoter’s prize went to John Kelly. Next jackpot €12,000.
Results for February 5. Jackpot €8,200. Numbers 1-5-11-12. No winner of jackpot. Match 3 to win/share €200. Winner 1 Eabha & Seanan Fitzpatrick. Promoter Eddie Fitzpatrick. Winner 2 Bryan Meredith. Promoter Noel Meredith. Promoter’s prize Willie Bannon. Next jackpot €8,400.
O’Dempseys County Board Tickets
2013 membership now open. The club are offering everyone the chance to pay for weekly Lotto tickets, County Board tickets and membership for as little as €3 - €5 a week, by various standing order options. Tickets are currently on sale for the Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw. Your support is greatly appreciated.
O’Dempseys juvenile registration day takes place on Sunday February 24 from 11.30 to 12.30 in the club house. All welcome. Monday night winter training continues from 14 upwards at 7.30pm. Mouth guards are compulsory. Find us at www.odempseysgfc.ie Facebook http://www.facebook.com/odempseys.gfc Twitter: https://twitter.com/ODempseysgfc.
Mount St Anne’s
Events taking place in Mount St Anne’s Killenard are meditation day on Saturday February 23. Art and craft group continues every Thursday 8-10pm. Basic gardening (budget) on Saturday April 20. Introduction to aromatherapy Saturday May 25. Further information from Catherine at 057 8626153.
Church Gate Collection
Killenard Cemetery Committee Church gate collection at all Masses in Portarlington & Killenard on Saturday & Sunday February 16 & 17. Your support for the upkeep of the Cemetery would be much appreciated.
Fundraising table quiz in aid of Courtwood GAA club was deferred last week due to a bereavement in the parish, and will now take place on Friday February15 at 9p.m. in The Final Furlong, Ballybrittas. Table of four, €40. All very welcome.
Anyone who wishes to take part in senior Scor competition or to help out in organisation of same is asked to contact any of the Courtwood GAA club committee. The competition will be held on Friday February 22 in Timahoe. Membership now open please contact Damien Behan on 085 7881916 or Niall Murphy on 087 6171899 to renew your membership or join the club.
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