No Friday cuppa on Good Friday March 25. Next Friday cuppa will take place on Friday April 1 from 12 to 3pm. Come along and meet your friends and also some new friends. For more information contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne at 087 4116101.
Portarlington Tidy Towns are holding their AGM on Thursday April 7 at 8pm in Studio 1
of the Community Centre. New members are welcome to come along.
Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. March 28 Dermot Lyons.
St V de Paul
Portarlington St V de Paul Charity shop are running a raffle that will take place for Easter. A large selection of Easter hampers for raffle. Tickets can be bought in the shop at €1 each. Please support. All money raised goes back into the community. If you have any items to donate please call to our shop at Main St. We are always grateful for your support.
Big Money Draw
Congratulations to the following on winning in the Portarlington Credit Union cash draw.
€10,000 Michael Turner, €3,000 Jonathan Dunne, €2,000 Dinah Murphy, €1,000 Glen Deegan, €1,000 Sean Fenlon, € 500 Anthony Guidera, € 500 Rose McCann.
Junior Tennis Coaching with Tony Lok resumes on Tuesday April 5. Coaching classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and places will be allocated on a first registered basis. If you want to register your child please ring 087 1231135. Check out our club on facebook or our website www. portarlingtontennisclub.ie.
Due to popular public demand we have decided to run an additional 4 weeks of classes as follows: Gentle zumba will continue in St Mary's Hall, Old Dublin Road, Portlaoise each Tuesday up to and including Tuesday April 5 from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Contact 089 2525344, or Caroline 086 8852503.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Dora Madden (nee Byrne) Bracklone St and late of Kildangan, Co. Kildare who passed away on Sunday March 13. Dora was predeceased by her loving husband Jack 5 years ago. She will be sadly missed by her sons Sean, Kieran and Liam, daughters Vera, Evelyn and Angela, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Michael, sister Chrissie, her extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Tuesday March 15 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Dora rest in peace.
Deepest sympathy to Liam Costello (St Brigid’s Sq) and Dolores Hunt (St Joseph’s Tce) and their families on the recent death of their sister Carmel Fitzgerald (nee Costello) Palmerstown, Dublin and late of St Patrick’s Tce who passed away on March 2. Predeceased by her husband Pat, she will be sadly missed by her daughters Helen and Valerie, grandchildren, her extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place in St Philomena’s Church Palmerstown, with burial after in Palmerstown Cemetery. May Carmel rest in peace.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Moll Murphy, St Patrick’s Tce who died recently in England. May Moll rest in peace.
Club president Carmel Moore was in humorous form as she toured present day Port through the eyes of St Patrick.
The St Paddy’s Day theme continued in the short impromptu speech section (table topics) with recommendations for author Maeve Binchy, for book Around Ireland with a Fridge, for films The Commitments and Brooklyn, and for a seven day tour including Westport, Glendalough, Rossborough House, Guinness Store House, Duck Tour, and Emo Court (the house is open every day from Good Friday to the end of September).
Do you never have enough time for all the important things but manage to check your phone regularly, do the social media bit and of course watch Coronation Street? Then you are not alone as Joanne Molloy explained her expertise in putting things on the long finger. It was a fascinating talk with good recommendations that we can all do.
Geraldine Kennedy was in top form with her trip to a very special place in the community – your local library. How libraries have changed into welcoming, child friendly places of learning, expertise, free classes, and of course access to books without the expense and searching.
Geraldine Kennedy was awarded a ribbon for best table topics speaker, Noreen Diver received a special prize for her excellent mini speech in Irish, Carmel Moore was best dressed and highly commended for her freshly baked Paddy cakes and Donal Cahill for his many amusing answers and for chairing such an enjoyable meeting.
The next meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday April 5 at the Killenard Community Centre is an opportunity for anyone interested in joining.
Emo Court, the Georgian home of the Earls of Portarlington lovingly restored by the late Major Cholmeley Harrison will be open every day from 10am to 6pm (last admissions 5pm) from Good Friday to the end of September.
Ladies get into golf programme at Portarlington Golf Club. It is a six week programme for beginners which includes lessons with a PGA Professional. There is a taster night on Thursday April 7at 7.30pm. For queries contact lady captain Mary Kehoe on 087 6747348 or Anne Turley on 087 6992854
Port GAA Lotto
Results for week 11. Numbers drawn 16-18-19-20. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Amber Dunne c/o C Ryan and Sylvia Condon c/o T A Coss. €25 winners Breda Oakley c/o J Lawlor and Bridie Cummins c/o N Mooney. Jackpot next week €1,100.
Easter GAA camp. This camp will be running in McCann Park from Tuesday March 29 until Friday April 1 from 10am until 2pm every day. The cost is €20 per child. Registration is 9.30am on the 29.There will be male and female coaches provided for the boys and girls aged 7-12years old in this camp.
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 club treasurer John Lawlor at 087 2934939 or by ringing 0862712121.
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