Portarlington Notes

Portarlington Notes
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Well done Nicole

Very well done to our brilliant local athlet Nicole Turner who did so well at the recent IPC European Open Swim Championships in Portugal. Nicole three medals at the competition recording nine personal bests in the process. The Coláiste Íosagáin student was welcomed home by her parents Jason & Bernie. She was also honoured by her school last week and a there was a party for her in Killenard last Friday night. Nicole is now dreaming of representing Ireland at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro later this year. Very best of luck to Nicole in her quest for selection for the games - Portarlington will be right behind you Nicole!

Olympic Swimmer

It's official! Shane Ryan, who has strong Portarlington roots, is eligible to represent Ireland. Swim Ireland announced last week that the US born swimmer, who has already set a time Rio Olympics qualification time, qualifies through his family roots in Ireland. Congrats Shane.

Dancing for St vdP

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. May 23-Peter Burke. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

Portarlington Library

Children’s Storytime-Children’s Story time with Fiona takes place in the library on every Wednesday from May 11at 12.15pm. All ages welcome. . For further details please phone the library on 057- 8643751.


Shape Your Words & Future - Build your confidence, improve presentation skills, meet new friends & have a fun evening with the Portarlington Speakers Club. Next meeting on this Tuesday May 17 at 7.45pm in the Heritage Hotel, Killenard. All are welcome. We meet the first & third Tuesday of each month at 7.45pm (finishing at 9.30pm). Check us out on FaceBook, MeetUp. www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meet every Tuesday & Friday in Portarlington Community Centre from 2.30-5pm. This is a free club where people can meet for a chat & a cuppa, play a game of cards or some board games. Meet new people & make friends. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.


Donations taken this Tuesday May 17 from 4.30pm – 8pm in Port Community Centre. Giveblood.ie – You get more than you give. LoCall 1850 731 137.

Limetree Airfield

Limetree Airfield will host their annual fly in on May 21 & 22. Plenty of activities for all the family incl. a BBQ on the Saturday evening & food served Sunday. Parachute display, Irish coast guard helicopter, model aircraft display & bouncing castles for the children. All welcome.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Tom Whelehan Closelands who passed away on Saturday May 7. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife Nancy. He will be sadly missed by his sons Paddy, Bernie, Jim, Dick, Tom, Frank, Martin & William, daughters Rose (Byrne) & Mary (Lawlor), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his extended family, neighbours & many friends. Requiem Mass took place in St John’s Church Killenard on Tuesday May 10, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Tom rest in Peace.


Portarlington Community Responder Group thank all who came along to the AGM last night. A few new committee members now with jobs to do and one or two familiar faces now in different roles. We will be looking to recruit some new members and do some fundraising over the coming months so please keep an eye on this page for info.

Schemes like this cannot work without community support so if you know of anyone you think might be interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from them. No experience necessary, all training provided and if there is anyone who would like to help but feels they couldn't be a responder, there's always other jobs that need doing- any help would be greatly appreciated.

Port GAA Lotto

Results for week 18. Numbers Drawn 5-8-17-30. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners Sylvia Condron c/o T A Coss and Mary Quinn c/o K Leavy. €25 Winners Cathal Bennett c/o Julia and Jane McHugh c/o T A Coss. Jackpot next week €1,900.

Thanks to all our club members who gave their time to set up and run our La na gClub on Sunday May 8. The day was a great success with everybody enjoying the many activities that had been organised and also a big thanks to St Patricks BNS who gave us their fabulous 1916 display for the day. Keep up to date with what's going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page (Portarlington GAA Club) or following us on Twitter @PortGAA or our website clgportarlington.com


Recent results: Letters J- K- I- S – No winner of Jackpot. €25 to Siobhan c/o Eurozone & George Donagher. Sellers prize-Ter Lawlor. Next jackpot on May 17 - €3,900.

O'Dempsey's Lotto

O’Dempsey’s GAA

Lotto Results for May 3. Numbers drawn- 01-04-09-28. No Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot- €10,000. Thank you for your continued support of our weekly lotto.

Horse and Pony Race on Sunday June 19 at the Hermitage Crossroads, Killenard. All welcome to come along and enjoy the day.

Junior Tennis

Portarlington Junior Lawn Tennis Club coaching-Tuesday 7pm. Beginner's 9 to 12 years. 3 places

remaining. Friday 3.15pm- 5 to 7years. (4 places remaining) 4pm-7 to 9 years (4 places remaining) 8pm- Teenagers (2 places remaining). All other classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday fully booked. If

interested in Tennis coaching with Tony Lok Ring 087- 1231135.

Our Summer Activities Program will run for July and August for 8 weeks of Tennis fun. Check us out on Facebook or our website

www.portarlingtontennisclub.ie Book your child now and get Free Junior

membership for 2016.

Adult Social Tennis has resumed on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm. The

newly cleaned courts are a pleasure to play on. The courts can be booked

at other times. Ring 087- 1231135 if you want to try out our courts.

Adult beginners are welcome to try out our courts on Thursday mornings

at 11am. Rackets and balls provided. Babies and toddlers welcome to the

courts at this time. Please wear suitable footwear. There is no charge

for this session.

Golf Club

Portarlington Golf Club open week runs from June 10-19 next.

Rugby Club Funfest

KICK Music Funfest takes place on on Saturday, May 28 at Portarlington Rugby Club. Over 18's. Tickets being sold at Centra, Main Street, Portarlington.

Port Library

Children’s Storytime-Children’s Story time with Fiona takes place in the library on every Wednesday 12.15pm. All ages welcome.

Drawing Classes for Kids-Drawing classes for children aged 5-12 will take place in the library on Saturday 14th May. The classes are free but prior booking is essential due to limited places. For further details please phone the library on 057- 8643751.

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, a free interactive healthy-eating information session will take place in the library on Tuesday, May 24 at 10am. The one hour talk includes a take-home summary of the session and nutrition tips. Contact the library for further details 05786 43751.


Huge thanks from the Laois Offaly Irish Wildlife Trust Branch to all who donated materials, skills & time to help to build an outdoor classroom at Marian Hills Nature Reserve in Portarlington. The branch has some great plans for the site (thanks to Brian Gaynor – Branch Sec) that need help with and look forward to achieving them with the local community and groups.


St Michael's Athletic Club 2016 registration is still open. The friendly and hardworking club caters for all standards of runners. Whether you want to start running for the first time or if your are training for a specific event in 2016, why not come along to our next registration training session or enquire via our St Michael's AC facebook page. It's never to late to join.

Volunteer week

National Volunteer Week takes place this week. Organisations and individuals to this week go to www.volunteer.ie and explore the national volunteering database or get in touch with Laois Volunteer Centre c/of Laois Partnership at County hall in Portlaoise.

Indoor Soccer

Players needed for indoor soccer every Friday at 7pm in Portarlington Community Centre. Contact 0894186125.