Portlaoise Notes

Portlaoise Notes

Benefit night

The Doyle Family Support Fund is holding a benefit night on Friday, July 15 in Kavanagh's pub Portlaoise. The event aims to raise funds for the wife and family of the late Christopher Doyle of Portlaoise. Michelle is left with seven children under the age of 8. She now needs a 9 seater car. In order to help, some local parents have organised the fundraiser.

Tickets on sale from the Portlaoise Parish Centre or from PJ Kavanagh costing €5 per person. The aim is to sell 5,000 tickets. Donations through online banking or Bank of Ireland IBANIE17BOF1901888822


Music by Soulset and Blessed.

Library News

Children can now register at their local library for this year’s Summer Stars Reading Challenge.

Children’s Summer Activities/ Events, Brochure is now available, Pick up a brochure today at your local library. Library is now taking bookings for these events. Some activities in July, ‘Children’s Craft Camp’ Wednesdays in July at 4pm, ‘Dahlicious’ Movie in Pyjamas Thursdays in July at 5pm. Storytelling 3-9yr olds Saturdays in July at 11am, Children’s Book stars Dress up and Photobooth Tuesday 19th July at 11am 6-10yr olds. Harry Potter Table Quiz on Tuesday 26th July 9-14yr olds at 3pm, Summer Camp 26-28th July 10am-12pm. Talk for Parents on Shared reading by Helen Conroy on Wednesday 13th July at 6.30pm.

These are just some of the events happening in Portlaoise Library check out our brochure for full details. Please note: Booking is essential as places are limited, you can contact library on 057 8622333 or email laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie for further details.

Tidy Towns

Portlaoise Tidy Towns welcomes any person who is willing to give an hour a week enhancing the town. Meet at Market Square at 7pm each Monday evening for itter picking, painting and other jobs. Come along and give it a go.

Reading challenge

Children up to 12 years are now invited to take up Laois County Library Service’ annual Summer Stars Reading Challenge, of reading six or more library books over summer, with fun rewards and a certificate presented by children’s author Patricia Forde if they succeed.

This year also features chances to win tickets to Tayto park. For other summer activities, see the Summer Stars webpages at www.librariesireland.ie

It include games, talking ebooks, stories, reading tips, book suggestions by age group and humorous interviews with children’s authors and other celebrities. See www.laoislibraries.ie or register at your library.

Laois Walks

Laois Walks Festival 10 km Rock of Dunamase/Dysart Wood walk on July 28 7:30 pm – 9:30pm.

Meet at Dysart Wood Carpark. Cost: €2 per walk (or €20 Festival Ticket for full programme of 22 Walks). Contact Laois Partnership.


The Mid – Leinster PTAA are running a bus to Knock Shrine on Sunday, July 17. The bus leaves Portlaoise 8.30am. Fare €20 adults, children under 16 years €10.

Contact Betty O’ Rourke 057 8732531/087 2636767 or Pat McMahon 057 8732308.

Volunteer Mentors

Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister programme is looking for adult volunteers (18+) to be a mentor to a young person aged between 10 and 18 in the Portlaoise area, to support and befriend them and help them reach their potential. Volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours a week on fun activities, and would need to commit to a year's work. Training provided.

For more, email Cathy at cathy.breen @foroige.ie or call 086 0471 063

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto Draw Results for Thursday, July 7. Numbers : 9,10,14,23. No jackpot winner. The 12 match 3s won €84 each. Next jackpot is €12,000

Alzhemiers Club

New Alzheimer Social Club meets in Portlaoise meets at Portlaoise Parish Centre on Thursday, July 14 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The organisers say the club is a safe and relaxed place where people living with Dementia and their Carer can chat , learn and share with other people whilst enjoying a cup of tea. The Social Club is free and anyone interested is welcome to join us. For more information contact Ann Munnelly 086 8372168/ asilaois@alzheimer.ie

Pen Pal project

If you miss the traditional exchange of information of if you want to make a new friend take part in a new social and artistic project. Call David on 0879423741 or write to FAO David, The Pen Pal Project, c/o Laois Arts Office, Laois County Council, Portlaoise.

Grow collection

Church gate collection for the registered Mental Health Charity GROW takes place on July 16/17. Volunteers needed for the collection contact John on 0868033126. The group holds support meetings in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.


Comhaltas Seisiún is a concert style presentation of traditional music available at three venues in Laois on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during July and August. The Seisiún programme runs for seven weeks and features singers, musicians and dancers of all ages. Portlaoise Seisiún 8.30pm on Tuesdays at Kavanagh's, Main St, where the Courtyard setting combines an outdoor feel with the comfort of a covered, heated concertvenue.

The shows also provide a cultural experience for visitors. There are also seisún in Camross and Spink.

Garden Fete

Garden Fete on Sunday, July 17 at Clegg's Chesnut Grove, Borris Road, Portlaoise. Fun and games for all the family. Adults €2. Children U12 free. Free parking. Proceeds to St Peter's Church.

Charity Raffle

Raffle in aid of Shaen Hospital & Multiple Sclerosis, Laois Branch on Friday August 26 in Port. Tickets €2.

Macra Awards

Laois Macra's Annual Awards Night takes place Saturday, July 23 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel with drinks reception at 7:30pm followed by a four course meal, awards ceremony and raffle. Followed by DJ Noel Brennan till late. Tickets are €30.

Knock Pilgrimage

Legion of Mary pilgrimage on Sunday, August 14. Bus leaves Lyster Sq at 9am. Adults €15, children €5. Bookings: 08619113013 or Parish Centre Portlaoise.

Summer Bridge

Result for Thursday, June 30. Eight table Miotchell movement N/S 1st Kevin Kennedy & Máire Fennin, 2nd Liz Scully & Tom Handy, gross Damien & Margaret Nee. E/W 1st Tom Joyce & Angela Colgen, 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, gross Kathleen Ramsbottom & Anne Doolan. Bridge sessions every Thursday in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy from 7.30pm. All welcome.

916 Exhibition

As part of the 1916 Commemoration, Laois Libraries will be hosting an exhibition on the 1916 Rising. The exhibition has been researched and developed by library staff and provides an excellent resource and reference for anyone who is interested in 1916 and what happened locally in the county . The exhibition is currently on display in Portlaoise Library and will travel to all library branches in Laois over the coming months. Laois Libraries is collecting information on Laois people who participated in the 1916 Rising. If you have any info contact Sinead at Laois Local Studies, County Hall.


Condolences to the family of the late Noreen Byrnes Brennan The Green, Kilminchy, Portlaoise and Bruree County Limerick. who died on July 3 unexpectedly. Deeply regretted by daughter Jayne, her brothers Dana, Michael, Tommy & sisters Ann, Marion, Terri, Ella, extended family, relatives, friends. Reposed at her home, 31 The Green, Kilminchy. Resposal, funeral Mass. burial inBruree.


Condolences to the family of the late Mitchel Laverty 74 Buttercup Ave, Eskerhills, Portlaoise, who died suddenly on July 3. Beloved husband of Anita. Father of Roisin. Deeply regretted mother Catherine,brother Eugene extended family, relatives, friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul's Church for Requiem Mass. Burial after in SS Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to ISPCA.