Kestrels Basketball Club awards night Friday May 18 in O Dempsey’s Club House From 7pm - 10pm. All members, families and friends welcome. Free admission.


Portarlington Lions Club are hosting their annual charity show on May 19 in the community centre. The show is called, The Truth and the lies of an Old Reprobate and is presented by Shay Flannery. The one man show is a selection of writings by the late Joe O’Neill and tells the story of Joe’s fair town of Mountmellick, his family and his own life, warts and all. There are stories from his childhood, anecdotes and reflections of life in a small town, and the brutal truth of living through alcoholism and its effects on himself, and his family. Tickets now available from Lions Club members price €5. Contact Lions Club secretary Aidan Mullally 087 6968844 or call into Brian Whelan Electrical on Main street. As always your support would be greatly appreciated. Tickers €5.


The Love Port (Ports Vision 2020) business group are compiling a business/local community groups directory to include contact details for all local businesses and community groups. Email portsvision2020@gmail.com, 085 8568801 or call in to the office at Oriel House, Main Street, Portarlington. We would like to have all this information gathered by May 31 so please get your details to us as soon as possible.

The Love Port Project in conjunction with Offaly Local Development Company are running a powerdown course through Cultivate Ireland. The aim of the course is to help educate communities on how to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and to help conserve energy. The course will run one night per week for 6 weeks commencing Thursday May 17 in Cloneygowan Community Centre. For further details and registration please contact Celia or Fidelma on 085 8568801 or emailportsvision2020@gmail.com.


The Port Community Men’s Shed kicks off on Thursday afternoon, May 17 from 4pm at the ALERT warehouse in Botley Lane Industrial Estate. All the men of Portarlington are welcome to come along and get involved in planning their Community Men’s Shed.


A meeting will be held on Thursday May 31 to work on garden planning. Port allotments have donated a bit of land for GIY to work with and our first task is to plan what to do. We will be working on garden design as well as focusing on the GIY space. The Family GIY is due to be the following Saturday which is a bank holiday so we will have the family GIY on Saturday June 9. We also hope to be working at the allotments on that day bringing our designs to life.


Well done to Portarlington and all the work that was done for the programme. It was a busy 5 months, but brought all the community together. Last Wednesday May 9 was the last night of the programme. Praises have come in from near and far. The DOT committee would like to say that work will continue, and they will be working along with Ports Tidy towns committee.

This week is National Volunteering week. Why not give even half an hour to making your community and area a nicer place to live in. All you have to do is a tidy outside where you live.


St Kieran’s sewing guild will close down in June after many years. If anybody would like to continue with the Missionary work, please contact Frances at 057 8623510 or Maureen 057 8623700.


Congratulations to the children from Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard who received their 1st Holy Communion last Saturday May 12.


St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke will hold a 30km cycle on June 17. All those interested in taking part or taking a sponsorship card please attend a meeting in Cloneyhurke hall on Thursday May 17. Please contact Eddie 087 2580428 or Seamus 087 2749693.


A race night will take part in Tom’s Bar on Friday May 18 to raise funds for Lisa Bracken benefit fund. Contact Harry at 087 6185309 for more details.


The St Conleth’s ladies football club will be holding a table quiz on Friday May 18 at 8pm in the Anvil Inn to raise funds for the upcoming national Feile competion. The Feile competition will be held in Laois/Offaly for the first time on weekend of June 22 to 24. For further information contact www.conlethslgfc.com.


A meeting will take place on Wednesday May 22 for anyone interested in forming a drama group in Portarlington.

The meeting will take place in Oriel House, Main Street, Portarlington at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.


New Krav Maga classes have started on Monday nights 8pm - 9.30pm at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. The class caters for complete adult beginners and those with some experience, or other styles. We also have a class on Thursday nights at Portarlington Community Centre. These classes will enable you to practise in a safe, respectful and controlled environment, build your confidence and ability levels week by week.  Contact Krav Maga Midlands Ireland by phone/text 086 8570008, email midlandskravmaga@eircom.net or friend us on Facebook.


St Michaels AC seniors recorded three wins in one week recently starting with a win for Elaine Mullally who was 1st master woman in the Dochas 4 mile road race in Tullamore on Sunday May 6. John White won the senior men’s 400m event at the St Abbans open sports on Monday May 7, and John Fenlon won the Durrow 6k on Wednesday night May 9. Last in an impressive time of 20mins. Great running by all. Training continues at 7pm every Tuesday in Emo Court and 7pm every Thursday in McCann Park. New members always welcome.


Well done to all the junior and senior swimmers who took part in the Community Games swimming on Saturday May 12 in Portarlington Leisure Centre. It was a great success and enjoyed by all. Some great swimming was witnessed in the races.


May 8. Jackpot €4,200. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 8-15-27-13. €50 went to following: Jim and Patsy c/o P Murphy, Mag Corcoran c/o S Brereton, Christy Smith c/o O’ Deas, Ann Burbage c/o T Murphy & Mart Hynes c/o M Knight. Promoters Prize went to Christy Bryan. Next week’s jackpot €4,400.

Gracefield juvenile club are holding a cake sale in the hall beside the church on Saturday and Sunday May 26 & 27 after mass, and also a table quiz will be held on June 1 in O Dea’s, table of 4 will be €40. Your support would be greatly appreciated for these events. 


Week no 19. Jackpot €2,500. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 3-6-16-17. €50 each to Mag Knight c/o D Smith & O & T Murphy c/o J Ward. €25 each to Derek Byrne c/o P Sweeney & Ber Sherlock c/o Terence Lawlor. Promoter’s prize went to D Smith. Next jackpot €2,600.


Port’s junior GAA league match against Ballyroan was called off on Saturday May 12 as a mark of respect for Alex Ennis who plays on the junior team. Sadly Alexs Mam passed away last week. The club would like to pass on their deepest sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family at this tough time.


Arlington soccer club lotto for May 8. Letters N, Q, M, R. No winner of jackpot. Next jackpot €5,400 on May 22.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mary Phelan Patrick St who was interred in St Michael’s Cemetery on Friday May 4. May Mary rest in peace.


Much sympathy is extended to the family of Mal Keogh, St Michael’s Park and formerly of St Patrick’s Tce Portarlington who passed away last week after a long illness. To her partner Pat, her sons Trevor and Alex, her daughter Avril, her brothers and sister, and her extended family and friends we send deepest sympathy from the people of Port. Mal managed the Hospice charity shop for many years in the town, and was known for her thoughtfulness and generosity to everyone she came in contact with. Mal was laid to rest in St Michael’s Cemetery after requiem mass on Sunday May 13. May she rest in peace.


It was with sadness that the town heard of the death of Dolores (Loney) Shortall, (née Doyle) of 30 Arlington Estate, Portarlington on Thursday May 10. Loney is survived by her husband Seamie, her brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and her extended family, neighbours and many friends.

Removal took place from Maher’s Chapel of Rest to St Michael’s Church on Saturday May 12. Requiem mass took place on Sunday 13 with burial afterwards in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Loney rest in peace.


Please give generously to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) flag days which takes place on Friday and Saturday May 18 and 19.


A parish sale will be held in the Parochial Hall, The Square, Portarlington at 11am on Saturday. Homemade cakes, books, plants and ‘anything goes’ stalls. As well as teas and children’s games. Come along and grab a bargain. Raffle to be drawn at 2pm.


Portarlington Active Retirement Association/Happy Hearts Club are holding an Exhibition of Arts & Crafts on Thursday May 24 from 2pm – 4pm in the Community Centre. Free Admission. Tea/Coffee/Soft drinks & Biscuits for €1. Cake sale and raffle on the day. Please call and admire or buy the beautiful hand crafts and paintings of these creative people.


Congrats to Oisin Hoey on his recent athletics titles. Oisin won the Leinster Masters Championships for the 56LB for distance and the Shot Putt as well as the Irish Masters Championship for the 56lb for distance event. Seodhna Hoey also won the Leinster Indoor Championship for the U/15 Shot Putt, the Carlow open sports U/15 Shot Putt competition. She has also won the Laois Secondary Schools and Laois Championship titles in this event as well as placing second in the South Leinster schools championships in both Shot Putt and Discus. On May 7 Seodhna won both Shot and Discus at St.Abbans open sports with personal best performances in each discipline.  Sean O’Callaghan Hoey won the Irish Open Takwando title for full contact sparring and placed 3rd in the Takwando patterns event. Sean also lifted the title of the southern centre Leinster off the road motor cycle championship with two championship wins and three 2nd place finishes. Well done once again to the very talented Hoey family, from all in Portarlington.