Oysters for revamped meals-on-wheels

Before the move  Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels, Philip Markey and Jeff Samways on Deliveries, Maura Jacob, Rita Kelly, Rita Behan and Joan Kenna who prepare and cook the meals and Chairperson Ann Dunne who is also on deliveries.   Photo Tim Keane.
Not content with their popular annual snail eating championships, Portarlington will next week hold its first Oyster Festival.

Not content with their popular annual snail eating championships, Portarlington will next week hold its first Oyster Festival.

This one day festival takes place next Saturday June 22, to raise money for Portarlington’s Meals on Wheels, which recently returned to their newly expanded kitchens in the Social Services buliding.

The first meals were cooked in the fabulous new kitchen on Tuesday June 11. The committee thanked Laois Partnership for providing the money towards the cost of the extension and praised Tommy Dunne building contractor and his staff for the major work.

The committee is also grateful to Alan Mitchell for accommodating us since last October. Also thanked are all the ladies who cook the meals for coping with the move.

The committes is also grateful to the “wonderful” voluntary delivery people who give their time to deliver meals.

Nothing would happen without the committee who give so much of their time to keep the centre running for the last 40 years.

Port Meals on Wheels deliver over a hundred hot meals weekly to the elderly and housebound of the community, with the help of volunteers.

Some 40 meals are cooked three times a week, and then delivered around the community by volunteers. Each year Port Meals on Wheels delivers 6,000 meals in the community.

The Oyster afternoon festival takes place at the rear of Alan Mitchell’s premises on Crowe Lane, from 2pm to 5pm.

For €7 customers will get a delicious serving of fresh cooked oysters accompanied by a glass of wine.

Port’s traditional music band “Footstick” will be provide entertainment for the afternoon. All are asked to support a worthy cause.