Portarlington Drama Society are meeting every Monday night upstairs in the Anvil Inn at 8pm. New members welcome. Check out our facebook page.


The Business & Community Group Directory is almost complete, but we are still asking people to submit details if you want to be included. For further information contact the Love Port Office, Oriel House, Main St. Phone 085 8568801 or email portvision2020@gmail.com.


The No Room for The Groom fundraiser for the Love Port project took place last Friday night July 6 in the Rugby Club Portarlington. A great night was had by all, so much so that as everyone was leaving there was lots of talk about next year’s event. The Love Port education committee would like to thank everyone who attended on the night, everyone who supported the night in any way, those who helped transform the venue into a bridal paradise. A special thank you to Portarlington Rugby Club and all the wonderful staff there on the night. Our Dj for the night who had everyone up dancing. To Marion Rooney for her fabulous wedding cake. Photos of the night can be seen on the Love Port’s Facebook page. All funds raised are being used towards the creation of an open learning space for the people of Portarlington and surrounding areas.


Application forms now available for anyone wishing to apply for the Senior Alerts Scheme. Contact the Love Port Office 085 8568801.


For information on the many summer camps 2012 been held in the next few weeks, contact the Love Port Office Main St. Phone 085 8568801 or email portvision2020@gmail.com


Search for Ireland’s unsung hero 2012. Calor understands the work carried out each day by local volunteers in parishes across the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. They have launched the Calor Community Champion 2012, to give recognition and €10,000 reward to those who go above and beyond the call, who get things done and work tirelessly each day to improve the lives of people around them. The winner will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or organisation that nominated them. Closing date will take place the end of July. For information and to nominate your local champion, please visit and LIKE at www.facebook.com/calorireland or call 1850812450 for an application form to be sent by post.


The AGM of the Kestrels Basketball Club will take place on Tuesday July 10 at 8.30pm in the function room of the Thatch bar Killenard.


Walk takes place on Sunday July 15. Meet at the Hawthorn Patrick St at 2pm. Grade A 14km, 3 hours. The Derryounce Walkway situated on the Edenderry Rd, is a community owned walkway built around the 40 acre bog lake.


Portarlington Junior Tennis Club. Station Road. €50 annual junior membership entitles your child to participate in our summer activities programme, free of charge. Check out our website www.tennis.portarlington-online.com.


Committee meeting will be held on this Wednesday July 11 at 8pm in Fr Noonan’s House.


Condolences to the family of Edward (Ned) Maguire, Crowe Lane and formerly of Treascon. Requiem mass took place for Ned at St Michael’s Church, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery.


St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke would like to thank everyone who participated in their recent sponsored cycle. Thanks also to those who sponsored the participants. All monies raised went to funding the club’s activities and general up-keep of the hall.


Camp will take place in the community centre from July 23 to 27. Camp runs from 10am to 2pm each day. For further information contact 057 8664007 or email sports@laoiscoco.ie.


Portarlington GAA lotto. Week no 27. Jackpot €3,300. Numbers 12, 18, 23, 27. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to S Fahy c/o Joe Whelan and Chrissie Smith c/o David Smith. €25 each to Morgan, 12, Millbrook Manor c/o K Dyer & Rose Byrne c/o T Lawlor. Promoter’s prize of €50 went to P Sweeney. Next jackpot €3,400.

GRACEFIELD LOTTO Results from July 2. Jackpot €5,800. No winner. Numbers 8-24-28-1. €50 went to following: Bill Dunne c/o J Keegan, Lil Geoghagan c/o L Corcoran, Davie Walsh c/o P Mulligan, Rose McCann c/o M Tynan, P Geoghagan c/o T Bryan. Promoter’s prize of €50 went to Patsy Murphy. Jackpot next week €6,000.

One of Gracefield’s lady footballers got married this weekend. Michelle Doyle, daughter of Mick and Deirdre Doyle Churchview to Denis Boland, son of Owen and Olwyn Boland Ballybrittas. The ceremony took place in Bracknagh Church and reception afterwards in Kilashee House. Gracefield GAA would like to wish Michelle and Denis a long and happy life together.

Anyone with unwanted clothes, bags /Shoes etc please bring to Gracefield clubhouse on or before Saturday July 14 as a collection will take place from there. For further information contact Breda at 087 6391202.


Lotto results from July 3. Letters T-S-U-B. No winner of jackpot. Next draw on July 17 in the Barrow Lodge. Jackpot €6,200.


Congratulations to Seodhna Hoey from Droughill on her double silver medal win at the recent Leinster championships. Seodhna placed second in both the shot putt and discus competitions under 14. Good luck Seodhna as you prepare for the all Irelands.         


This weekend the Festival Francais de Portarlington takes place. The committee have been working hard for months to make this a huge success. Plenty to do for all the family. Festival office open at corner of Foxcroft St and you can get any information you want there. Also programme of events in most shops around town. Here’s hoping that the weather picks up, and that everyone enjoys the weekend. Congratulations to this year’s festival Queen, Darienne Colbert who was crowned in the Anvil Inn last Sunday night July 8.


Portarlington Tidy Towns will be working this week to make sure the town looks its best for the French Festival. Meeting at The Square at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening June 11. Let’s have Port looking well for this special weekend.


Come along to Portarlington Enterprise Centre on Thursday at 4pm. Get out of the house and work on our raised beds for Port’s GIY, plot or just have a cup of tea. Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PortsMensShed or ring Darren on 085 7434884 for more information.