There will be a traditional Irish music session in Emo Court on Sunday August 19 at 2pm with music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Portarlington. Contact Margaret Delaney, OPW Emo Court at 057 86 26573 for more.


Come and learn how to build a pre-Christian hut. See what the built heritage was like a long time ago. Aimed at children aged 8+. The workshop will take place outside, please dress appropriately. Bring packed lunch. This takes place in Derryounce Woods, Spa Bridge, Portarlington on Friday August 24 from 9am to 5pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more.


The launch of Ronnie Mathews’ second book on Portarlington, telling of the great many changes that have taken place in the town during the 20th Century, will take place on Tuesday August 21 at 8pm. The launch takes place in The Candied Walnut, Kilnacourt, Portarlington. Ronnie Mathews, Laois Heritage Society at 057 86 23217 for more.


The premier of film from Film Workshop, with talks by Ross Mc Namara, David Orford and John S Powell takes place in St Paul’s Church, French Church Street, Portarlington on Sunday August 26 at 7.30pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more information.


Coaching for adult beginners will be held on Fridays at 7pm. Our resident professional coach, Tony Lok will coach the class. If interested please contact Nuala Dunphy 087 1231135, as places are limited.


The Blueberry Festival is taking place on September16, it is promised to be a fun filled day, with stalls promoting local food, craft, art and community groups. There will also be plenty of entertainment on the day, face painting, Little Miss Blueberry, music, wellie throwing, soccer penalties and lots lots more. If you want to promote your business on the day please contact the Love Port office on 085 8568801 or email portsvision2020@gmail.com for further information.


Application forms now available for anyone wishing to apply for the Senior Alerts Scheme. Contact the Love Port Office 085-8568801.


Portarlington Drama Society are having their next meeting on Monday August 13 upstairs in the Anvil Inn. We are currently casting for The Aquinas Moth a play written by local woman Sandra Hickey. Plenty of female and male parts available so do come along. Check out our facebook page for regular updates.


Results from July 30. Jackpot €6,600. No Winner of jackpot. Numbers 22, 3, 2, 15. €50 each to the following: John Mulligan c/o J Mulligan, Richard Geoghegan c/o M Colgan, Cam Mcgettrick c/o T Bryan, Carmel Wilcox c/o G Murphy & Willie Nichols c/o M Colgan. Promoters prize of €50 went to Tadhg Bryan. Next week’s jackpot €6,800. Gracefield juvenile GAA are holding their annual draw in the clubhouse on August 13. Tickets €2 each, tickets available from any committee member. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Portarlington GAA Lotto. Jackpot €3,700. Numbers 7, 12, 19, 24. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Kathleen Murphy c/o C Ryan & Bernie Kirwan c/o c Ryan. €25 each to Eileen Moore c/o J Sweeney & Eileen Preston c/o J Sweeney. Promoters prize went to J Leavy. Next jackpot €3,800.


Congratulations to Olivia Sheerin who won the Durrow Festival 5k recently with an impressive run, also well done to John Fenlon who won the Belvedere House and Gardens 5k in Mullingar.  


Congratulations to the clients and staff of Oak House Portarlington who were recently awarded with certificates for their success in FETAC Level 3. Nineteen clients were so proud to receive their awards from Willie Murphy president of Port Lions Club. Manager of Oak House Pauline Magee congratulated all for their great achievements. She also thanked the Lions Club for all their support over the years. A presentation was also made to Jack Kenny who has been a long time volunteer to Oak House, and who also celebrated his 80th birthday recently.


Fun day takes place in the People’s Park on Sunday August 19. Plenty of free activities for all the family.

Recently the club enhanced the park with a picnic table and bench. The local Lions Club have now 18 members and have gone from strength to strength.


Darts Cup Final. Winners The Barrow Lodge. Runner up The East End

Darts Shield Final. Winners The After Dark. Runner up The Barrow Lodge

Pool. Winners The Barrow Lodge. Runner up Gogartys

Mini Tour de Port. Yellow jersey Dave Murphy. Green jersey Kieran Hoey. Polka dot Angelo O’Connor(jnr)

Bonny baby. Kayleigh McCann 0 – 6mths. Jessica Dempsey 6 – 12mths. Fianna O’Kane 13mths

Busking. Claire Mulve Whitefields Port

Best stall DHD Hairdressers & Blush Beauty

Best window CARE Charity Shop & Laoise Hospice Charity Shop

Snail eating champion Sam Haubry 1min 20secs

Sweets in jar Callum Murphy

Balloons in car Frank Gouvier

Duck race. 1st Molly Slattery 2nd Ben McCann

High Nellie race Eamon Bracken

Pet show. Over all winner Duchess, St Bernard, Caroline Jeffrey. Best behaved Bell. Friendliest Freckles. Best family dog Bella. Cutest dog Charlie and Roxy 2nd Gigi. Most unusual twin rabbits. Best dressed Bijon.