Portarlington notes

Nicole Turner pictured with her mum Bernie Turner and grandparents Jenny and Peter Turner meeting President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina before she headed off to Michigan USA for Nicole to compete in the World Dwarf Games.
Photo exhibition

Photo exhibition

A photographic exhibition documenting 20 years of change in Portarlington from 1993 to 2013, a period of unparalleled development and population growth in the town will take place in the Community Centre from Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23 .

Admission is free and the exhibition will be open from 9am to 6pm each day.

The event is being organised by Portarlington Arts & Heritage Group and looks at the impact of development on the local environment and character of the town.

Irish History Live

Free Heritage weeek event: America Friday 23rd August 3.30-4:30pm (FREE). An interactive history show for children. Learn about American history from the conquistadores through to the emergence of the Wild West. Dress up as cowboys or indians and listen to interesting stories about life at that time. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Venue : Portarlington Library, Main St., Portarlington. Organiser : Laois Libraries, Adrian Dunne, scarroll@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8643751

blueberry festival

Volunteers are needed for the Portarlington Blueberry Festival, which takes place in September. Please contact the Love Port office, Oriel House, Main Street at 085 8568801.

New Jobs

A big well done to local man Kieran Leavy for his great work in bringing a new company to Portarlington, who promise to bring 50 jobs to the town.

Kieran who runs the P&J Security firm met with a company executive in Dublin a couple of years ago.


Portarlington First Responders exists because we have people in our community who step forward to help others in that moment of need. Drawn from all walks of life, without them, this unit would not exist. They are those volunteers who are willing to walk through the door into that chaotic event. This is the soul of compassion and what makes a community whole.

If you would like to become a Responder, contact us (details below), do the course, and give us a day or two a month, so that you – and we – can help others in that moment of need.

If you would like to get involved with the programme or would like further information please call us on 085- 8568801 or drop in to the PCDA/LovePort Office, Oriel House, Main Street Portarlington. Or email Tomás at:pfr@portarlington.ie

New Bishop

The people of Portarlington wish our new Bishop Denis Nulty very best wishes on his Ordination on Sunday last August 4 at the Cathedral of the Assumption Carlow. May he have many years of happiness in the diocese.


National Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine for all Grandparents will take place on Sunday September 8. For more information contact Catholic Grandparents Assoc, Westport, County Mayo. Phone 09824877 or www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org

People with Special Needs

Every Sunday at 5.30pm there is a Free swim for People with special needs at Portarlington Leisure Centre. This swim is sponsored by Portarlington Swimming Pool Association who continues to fundraise through their BINGO night every Tuesday at 8pm at Portarlington GAA Centre.

Basketball Champ

The people of Portarlington send best wishes to Eoin McCann who plays with the U16 Boys Irish Basketball Team. Eoin and the team who are made up of 12 lads from Cork, Sligo, Belfast, Dublin and of course Laois, are off to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday August 7. Eoin is son of Brendan & Grainne McCann Coolaghy Portarlington. Come on you boys in green.

Tennis Club

Beginner Lessons for Adults every Tuesday at 8pm with Tony Lok. Only 1 place left. If interested ring 087- 1231135. A small number of places still available in Tony Lok’s junior coaching classes. Join our Tennis Club now and receive an access fob for the gate, which allows you to play tennis at a time that suits you.

Our Free summer programme for Junior members continues every weekday from 3.30pm to 5 pm for beginners and 2.30pm to 5.30pm for Tennis Players. Any new junior member who joins in August 2013 will also be entitled to participate in our 2014 Summer programme.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for July 29. Jackpot €3,800. No Winner. Numbers 1 - 23 - 12 – 3.

€50 went to following- Mary Slattery c/o M Slattery, George Donagher c/o P Mulligan,

Tommy Weldon c/o T Murphy, Liam Bollard c/o J Keegan & Joe Murphy c/o J Murphy.

Promoters Prize went to Matt Colgan. Jackpot next week €4,000.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to the following who were married recently: Sarah Flanagan Gracefield and John Paul McCormack Garryhinch; Aidan Kehoe Rathmiles & Patricia Lavelle USA; Simon Honan Portarlington & Jenny Ryan Ennis; Jack Cunningham & Niamh O’Neill Ballymorris. Wishing all the couples many years of happiness.

Portarlington GAA Club

Lotto results for week 31. Numbers 1,23,24,25. No winner of €1,000 jackpot.

€50 Winners Rose Maher c/o Rose McCann & John Dunne c/o P Sweeney. €25 Winners Jimmy Murphy c/o J ward & Sheila Daly c/o Marie Fallon. Promoter Prize to Rose McCann. Next week’s jackpot €1,100.

O’Dempseys Gfc

Lotto results for July 29. Jackpot €4,000. Numbers 5- 11- 25- 28. No winner of Jackpot.

Match 3 €200. Winner / Promoter- Maureen Molloy / Conal Barry-Claire Tynan / Vincent Hogan-Anne Blanche / The Bridge Club.

Promoter Prize to Conal Barry. Next week jackpot €4,200.


Deepest Sympathy to Kevin Slattery Spa St and his family on the recent Death of his sister Theresa Slattery who died in Australia. May Theresa rest in Peace.

Condolences to Ann Behan (Dentist) and her family on the recent death of her mother Sheila Behan Patrick St. May Sheila rest in Peace.

Port Drama

Portarlington Drama Society is a local group of amateur actors who were formed last year. For our second Production we are seeking a Director from the Portarlington environs who wishes to direct a play (on a voluntary basis) to be produced in Portarlington in 2014. Please contact Sinead at 087 7615884 or Deirdre at 087 6311275 for further information.


Grow-Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annex, Patrick St Portarlington, opposite St. Michael’s Church. For more information contact John @ 086-8033126.