Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Registration for traditional music classes takes place on Friday night, September 7, 7pm – 9pm and on Saturday morning, September 8, 10am – 11.30am. The Friday night classes are mainly for intermediate and senior musicians and the Saturday morning class for beginner, junior and intermediate pupils. Adults (especially beginners) who wish to join the adult class and join in the fun of learning how to play an instrument are very welcome on Friday nights at 9.15pm.


September 21. Creative writing workshop with Jean O’Brien and exhibition of artwork in Portarlington Library from 3pm - 4.30pm. To book contact 057 8674343/42.


Reopens after the summer break on Tuesday September 11. Meeting in the community centre Killenard at 2.30pm. All welcome.


Information night for people studying part time university course through Laois Third Level in Bracklone St, Portarlington. Monday, September 10 7pm - 9pm. Info and registration. www.thirdlevel.ie


Beginner bridge Classes on Thursday, September 27 at 8pm In Killenard. Places limited for maximum tuition in a friendly environment. Contact Bridge Association of Ireland registered teacher. Blathnaid Trayer, 0876268519 midlandsbridge@gmail.com.


Talk to help tune into teenage wellbeing with Dr Niall Muldoon, national clinical director CARI (Children at Risk Ireland) on Wednesday, September 19 at Colaiste Iosagain at 8pm.

FUN WALk (4.5kM) EMO

Dr Eddie Murphy from RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ will lead the walk in the grounds of Emo Court. Commence from Emo village entrance gate on Saturday, September 22 at 11am. Park at Emo NS. Pre book free of charge. Registration from 10.30am at Emo village entrance gate. Contact Laois Sports Partnership for more details on 057 8671248. Part of Laois Connects Mental Health Week.


Adrian Dunne Pharmacy is delighted to organize a sponsored indoor cycle event in their Portarlington pharmacy in aid of ‘Fighting Blindness’ and local girl Roslyn Allman is taking part in a tandem cycle in Lake Garda, Italy in September, 2012. The event will take place in the pharmacy all day Friday September 7and your support would be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in the pharmacy or if you wish, you can make a donation in store and help support Roslyn in this worthy endeavour.


Portarlington ICA will recommence their meetings on Thursday September 6 at 8pm in their new venue, The Annexe Patrick St. New members are very welcome. For more details contact 057 8623458.

Creative Writing Workshop

Award winning writer Jean O’Brien will host a creative writing workshop in Portarlington Library on Friday September 21 from 3-4.30pm. The workshop will cover poetry, short story and memoir. Admission is free but places are limited. To book a place call the Laois County Council Arts Office on 057 86 74343. A collection of artwork by Daniel Lipstein will also be on display in the library.

St Vincent de Paul Shop

As the new St Vincent de Paul shop will be opening shortly in Portarlington, the society would be very grateful for any donations of good quality clothing, furniture etc. Phone 087 7640557 and we will arrange collection if necessary. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Portarlington and surrounding districts for your continued generous support.

Flag Days

St Vincent De Paul annual flag days take place this weekend August 7 & 8. Please support this worthy cause.


Seats still available for Pilgrimage to Medjugorje on October 10 for seven nights’ half board. Cost of trip €649. Contact Mary Murphy at 086 1627564.

Slimming World

Slimming World Portarlington continues on Monday evenings. 1st class at 5.30pm & 2nd at 7.30pm in Portarlington RFC. For more details call Laura on 085 7514015.


St Michael’s Badminton Club resumed on Monday September 3 in the community centre, and will continue from 8-10pm each week. All are welcome. Further info Mick Knight 057 8643395.

Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Festival is taking place on Sunday September 16. It is promised to be a fun filled day, with stalls promoting local food, craft, art and community groups. There will also be plenty of entertainment on the day, face painting, Little Miss Blueberry, Music, Across the Barrow wellie throwing, soccer penalties and lots lots more. 
If you want to promote your business on the day please contact the Love Port office on 085 8568801 or email portsvision2020@gmail.com for further information.

Scouts Return

All Scout groups will return to their respective nights during the week beginning September 3. If anyone has Scout uniforms for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts which they no longer need, we would be grateful if you could donate them to the group, and they will be distributed accordingly.

Tidy Towns

Our next clean up will be on Thursday September 6 from 7.30pm for one hour. Meet at The Square and work on weeding areas around the town centre. All volunteers welcome.


Spink Comhaltas registration night on Friday September 7. New and returning past members alike are always welcome. Registration starts at 7pm until 8pm in Knock Hall Spink. All are welcome. Starting back to tuition on Friday 14 following the school cycle.

Gracefield Lotto

Results from August 27. Jackpot €7,400. No winner. Numbers 27, 2, 21, 15. €50 each to Tom Mitchell c/o L Corcoran, Frances Maher c/o P Maher, Elaine Corcoran c/o L Corcoran, Kelly & Edel O’Reilly c/o C O’Reilly & Sean Murphy c/o T Garry. Promoters prize of €50 went to John Mulligan. Next jackpot €7,600.   
Gracefield would like to express their deepest sympathy with the McBride and Bracken family on the death of Pascal. May he rest in peace. 

GAA Lotto

Jackpot €4,100. Numbers 15, 17, 21, 25. No winner. €50 to Shauna O’Leary c/o Rose McCann & Mark Hand c/o Delaneys. €25 each to M & D Costello c/o C Ryan & Val McGettrick c/o P Sweeney. Promoter’s prize M Tynan. Next jackpot €4,200.

Social Evening

Portarlington GAA are holding a social evening for past members in GAA centre on Friday August 7 at 8.30pm. Light refreshments served.

Arlington Lotto

Results from August 28. Letters F, Y, X, B. No winner. Next jackpot €7,000.


Deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Paschal McBride of 5, Na Cluainte, Portarlington and formerly Allenview Heights, Newbridge and Curragh Camp who passed away on Sunday August 26. Condolences to his wife Bernie (nee Bracken, St Brigid’s Sq) his daughter Christina, sons Conor, Pakie and Brian. grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Wednesday August 29 in St Brigid’s Church, Curragh Camp, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington. Paschal was retired from the Defence Force which he served on for many years.

Condolences to the family of Margaret Hughes (nee O’Sullivan) Kilnacourt Portarlington and late of Castle Close Clondalkin, Dublin and Kerry, who passed away on Saturday August 25. Requiem mass took place in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Margaret rest in peace.

Sympathy to the family of Mary Tanner (nee Farrell) Wheatfield, Ardclough, Kildare and formerly of Patrick’s Street, Portarlington who passed away on August 27. Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank a number of years ago. She is survived by her dear daughters Lily and Rena, her brother Johnny, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law May, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends. 
Service took place in Christ Church, Celbridge followed by burial in St Paul’s Churchyard, Portarlington. May Mary rest in Peace.


The people of Portarlington and Emo parishes would like to welcome Fr Pat Hughes as curate. Fr Pat is a native of Baltinglass, Wicklow, and has been curate in Newbridge for the past seven years since his ordination. Wishing him many years of happiness in our parish.

Coffee Morning

If anyone would like to host a coffee morning on September 20 with proceeds going to the Laois Hospice please contact Ann at 087 6270988.

Irish Dancing Academy

Kara Burbage presents the Burbage Irish Dance Academy. Classes for everyone start on Thursday September 6, in GAA centre from 7 to 8pm. In Gracefield GAA hall on Fridays from 7 to 8pm. Contact Kara on 087 7681477.

School Resumes

Best of luck to all the children in the parish who returned to school. Also to all who started school for the first time. Congratulations to the Presentation Primary School on the opening of their new school.