Coffee day

Fifty Seven Boutique proprietor Mary Miller will once again hold her annual Coffee Day for the Irish Cancer Society, on Daffodil Day, this Friday March 11. All are welcome to call in to the shop on Main Street, between 10am and 8pm for tea, coffee and maybe a baked treat, with donations accepted for the Irish Cancer Society.

Safe Talk

Safe Talk is a 3.5hr suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify and engage with persons who may be having thoughts of suicide. If you wish to attend on Thursday March 10 from 9.30am - 1pm in the Portarlington Community Centre. Please PM Love Port Facebook page or contact Elaine Hughes @ 085- 7089727 for more information.


On next Friday March 11 at 7pm Maurice O’Keeffe will deliver a presentation on the valuable historical and personal information which has been compiled in this oral history collection from the renowned Irish Life and Lore series. Not alone are personal experiences during Easter Week 1916 described in detail, explanations of the reasons why people participated in the Rising are also provided. Admission to this special event commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising is free but prior booking is advised by leaving your name at the Information desk in Portarlington Library or by calling the library on 057 86 43751.

Friends Together

The launch took place on Tuesday March 1. A great turnout on the day. We will be officially open this Tuesday March 8 from 2-6pm and the following Friday 2-5pm. Hope to see you all there. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.

We've been getting great feedback from the community so far and this is only the beginning.

Port Speakers

Noreen Driver delivered fun table topics for members to quickly organise their thoughts and give short one to two minute speeches on a wide range of unrehearsed questions.

Topics ranged from Oscar acceptance speeches for unlikely films through a novel pictorial section to literature and advice. It was a very entertaining start to the evening. Club president Carmel Moore illustrated her effective six simple step method to declutter a house. Called the dejunking system it has two great merits – it is easy to understand and it works. Mark Bastow took us back to the muddy road to Novgorod with his Russian folktale. An interesting and enjoyable evening with plenty of variety and of course the popular networking session with coffee and cookies. The next meeting will be a special open night on March 15 details of which will appear on the FaceBook page in the coming week.

Thank You

Coláiste Íosagáin Parents Council wish to thank all who generously supported their recent flag day.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. March 14 Derek Veale.

St V de Paul

Portarlington St V de Paul Charity shop are holding a sale which started last Thursday March 3 on all items in stock. All good quality ladies, gents and children’s wear. Also furniture, shoes & a large selection of books. A raffle will also take place in the coming weeks from Thursday March 3. A large selection of Easter hampers for raffle. Tickets can be bought in the shop at €1 each.

Walking Club

Port Trail Walking Group weekly walks continue as usual every Tuesday night at 7pm and Thursday nights at 7.30pm. Meeting up both nights at Park Lane car park. All levels of fitness catered for. Contact 086 3288858 for further information.


Deepest sympathy to the Cullen family on the death of Patrick (Paddy) Cullen, 33, St Michaels Park who passed away on Saturday February 27. Paddy was a former worker with Bord na Mona.

He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 63 years Frances, sons John, Paddy and Michael, daughters Rose, Margaret, Mary and Bernadette, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Monday February 29 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Paddy rest in peace.


It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the death of Noel Kenny, Station road on Sunday February 28.

Noel was predeceased by his loving mother Mary a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted father Jack, his stepmother Eithne, brothers Tony, Sean, Seamus and Pat, sisters Jackie, Ann, Tina, Terri and Fiona, stepsisters Fiona and Aisling, his extended family and a large circle of friends. Requiem mass took place on Tuesday March 1 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Noel rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Catherine (Kate) Mulvey (nee Hennessy) Canal Road and formerly Dublin & Kerry who passed away on Monday February 29. Catherine will be sadly missed by her loving husband Vincent, daughter Fedelma, grandchildren, son in law, sister, brothers, her extended family and friends.

Requiem mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Wednesday March 2, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Catherine rest in peace.

Port Star

Congratulations to a young inspiring Portarlington athlete Seodhna Hoey from Droughill, who on Saturday February 28 was selected by Athletics Ireland for a National Juvenile Star award. This is Seodhna's second year to receive this award. This also follows her recent selection for the Leinster juvenile female star award in January.

These Star awards are a just deserve for all the hard work, time and dedication this young lady puts into her training.

Seodhna had an excellent 2015 where she won 5 Leinster titles including U18 indoor shot, Leinster Junior discus and shot, outdoor U18 discus (new pb) and U18 hammer, where she set a new championship record.

She also claimed 6 Leinster silver and 7 All Ireland medals.

St Patrick’s Day

Not long to go now folks to Portarlington’s St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016.

If any club organisations, community groups or local business want to walk, march or put a float into this year’s parade please send us a private message on our FB page or e-mail portparade@gmail.com.

Port GAA

Lotto results for week 9. Numbers drawn 7-19-24-27. No jackpot winner.

€50 winners Billy Murphy c/o Rose McCann & Tom Murphy c/o Rose McCann. €25 winners Niall O Reilly c/o C Ryan & Aaron Dunne c/o C Ryan. Jackpot Next Week €8,000.

We wish to thank all those that supported our Laois All County Ticket Fundraiser by buying a ticket.

This is a major fundraiser for the club and we wish you the best of luck in the prize draws.

Our annual poker classic will take place on Good Friday March 25 in the GAA Centre Portarlington at 8pm sharp.

Entry fee €25 which includes light refreshments, with buy ins €5 and one top up €10. Tickets available from John Lawlor at 087 2934939 or by ringing 086 2712121.