Portlaoise News In Brief

Laois Heritage Society present a double presentation in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, 22 March at 8pm.

Laois Heritage Society present a double presentation in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, 22 March at 8pm.

The double programme will feature Dr Crawford Gribben, Trinity College, Dublin, and John Stocks Powell, archivist at Yorkminster Library.

Among the subjects they will cover are the struggle between the native Irish and English Crown Forces, the Rebellion of 1641 and the later Plantation of the Irish midlands. There will also be a mention of the records from the Hugueot period in Portarlington.

Dr Gribben and Mr Stocks Powell will also give some advice on how and where to research historic material both on the internet and from various archives. The talk is part of the Laois Heritage Society’s Spring programme and all interested are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Run against abuse

Laois Domestic Abuse Service are looking for women to run in the Flora Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon and raise much needed funds for them.

The service gives advice and support to women who are being abused in the home, and is a registered charity.

The 10k marathon is on Monday June 4, Sponsorship cards, t-shirts and further information are available at their office, at 3 Kellyville Court, Portlaoise,

Contact 057 86 71100 or find Laois Domestic Abuse Service on Facebook.

Port Drop-in Centre

There is a public meeting tomorrow evening (Thursday March 22) in The Anvil to discuss a Drop-in Centre for the whole community of Portarlington.

Anyone who is interested in joining in, becoming a volunteer or making suggestions is welcome to attend. The meeting is in the wine bar upstairs, at 8pm.

Rubbish at bus stop

Residents of Laurel Court on the Dublin road in Portlaoise are fed up with bus users littering the front of their estate.

Councillors asked that Laois County Council put a bin beside the stop, but were told one is already in place across the road.

“we also recently installed two new bins in this area in conjunction with new bus shelters,” said senior engineer Tom O’Carroll.

The nearby Applegreen service station were complimented for voluntarily emptying the bin beside their premises, which the council placed there but can’t afford to empty.