PORTARLINGTON

Table Quiz

Table Quiz

Portarlington Lions Club are holding a table quiz on next Friday March 8 at 8pm in Portarlington Golf Club. Table of four will be €40. Quizmaster on the night is RTE’s Ciaran Mullooly. Please support the Lions Club who do wonderful work for our community.

Folk Choir

New members are always welcome. We sing at 12.15 mass every fortnight and  practice every Wednesday evening for one hour. If you are interested in joining our choir contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600. 

PROPERTY/HOME TAX

A public meeting on the Property/Home Tax will be held in the Community Centre, Portarlington on Tuesday March 5 at 8pm. This is an information meeting on the implications for homeowners/householders of the Property/Home Tax. Also discussed will be the alternatives to this unjust tax on the family home. The meeting is being hosted by Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley. All are welcome to attend.

Computer Classes

Computer class starting in St Brigid’s social club hall next Wednesday March 6. If anyone is interested in learning computer skills in the future please contact 087 2580428. Great to see any activity taking place in our local hall.

Good Friday 5k

The St Michaels AC Good Friday run will be held at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard on March 29. The fun run starts at 6.30pm and is AAI approved. Entry only €10. Great spot prizes and cash for first man and woman.

St Conleths GAA

St Conleths GAA would like to thank everyone who supported their table quiz on Friday February 22 in the Thatch Killenard. For information on all age group please go to our website www.conlethslgfc.com where you will find mentors details.

Laois Cycling Club

Laois Cycling and Touring Club are inviting you to come and join us for our weekly beginner’s cycle. Starts at the Maldron Hotel on the Abbeyleix Rd on Sundays at 8.50 for a 9am start. Easy pace, distance 20-30km. All levels catered for. For more information contact Mick 085 1522945 or mickmcd1388@gmail.com

Sympathy

Deepest sympathy to the family of Willie (Sonny) Flanagan, Cloneyhurke Portarlington, who passed away on Thursday February 21 at Carthage’s Nursing Home Mucklagh. Willie will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife Maureen, his son Seamus, daughters Majella and Teresa, his brother Joe, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place at St Michael’s Church on Saturday February 23, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Willie rest in peace.

Condolences

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Murphy and Cahill families on the sudden death of Maura Murphy (nee Cahill) St Mary’s Tce who passed away on Saturday February 22. Maura will be sadly missed by her sons Con and Gerry, her daughter Tracey, grandchildren and all her extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Tuesday February 26 in St Michael’s Church, with burial in the new cemetery Portarlington. May Maura rest in peace.

Sympathy

Condolences to the McMahon family on the death of Dolores McMahon, Station Road and formerly of French Church Street who died suddenly on Saturday February 23. Dolores was predeceased by her parents Brendan and Mabel and sister Anne a number of years ago. Dolores will be sadly missed by her brothers Noel, Michael and Liam, her sisters Nuala and Joan, her extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Wednesday February 27 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Dolores rest in peace.

Sympathy

Condolences to the Joyce and Carty families on the death of Ellen Joyce (nee Carty) Kilcooney Geashill who passed away at Oakdale Nursing Home on Monday February 25. Requiem mass took place on Wednesday February 27 at St Mary’s Church Raheen, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. May Ellen rest in peace.

Youth Club

Portarlington Youth Club has been established for over 7 years now and is run from the Catholic Club, Main Street, Portarlington. This is an all inclusive club for 12 – 18 year olds which runs from September to May each year. The club is on every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. The club is run by its members and has organised activities such as cookery, DVD nights, sports nights, arts and crafts, self defence, first aid, guitar lessons. If you know a young person who would be interested in meeting new friends, learning new skills or simply just enjoy hanging out then this club may be for them. Simply drop down any Wednesday night for a look around or contact us on portarlingtonyouthclub@yahoo.co.uk.

The youth club are always looking for volunteers so if you are over the age of 18, interested in meeting new friends and would like to give something back to the community then please give us a call on 087 9852680.

Portarlington Town FC

Portarlington Town FC are holding a table quiz on Friday, March 8 in the Barrow Lodge at 9pm. All support welcome and great prizes for winners and spot prizes for all. Mobile phones banned and a great night and quiz promised. €40 for table of 4.

Thanks

The St Patrick’s Day committee would like to thank everyone who gave generously to their flag days on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Big thanks to everyone who helped with collecting.

Parade

This year’s theme for the parade will be ‘The Gathering of The Clans’. The idea is to get as many people as possible to draw and decorate their family name on a banner and display it in the parade or as a spectator. If the family name is famous or renowned for something, we want to know that too. We will have prizes for the best decorated, the funniest, the best story (or yarn) and the most foreign name we can see in the Square. 
Another spectacular part of our parade will be the promotion of horses for what they are really meant for, to draw carriages, sulkies and riders through the town. Lets hope there are a few left.
Of course we will have all the usual clubs and associations taking part again this year along with our two school bands. The parade will start at 3.30 on Station Road. It will march through the Main Street by the viewing platform which will be situated in the Square where the judging will take place. The parade will continue around to Supervalu where it will finish. We will have entertainment for the kids and live music in the square and at the anvil Inn until 6pm. This is a work in progress and we’ll be adding to it as the days go on. All are welcome in the parade. Contact Margaret at 087 6715668 for further information.

Strictly Come Dancing

Portarlington RFC will hold their Strictly Come Dancing night on Sunday March 31 at the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Tickets €20 from any committee member.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for February 25. Jackpot €12,400. No winner. Numbers drawn were 14-4-22-15. €50 went to following: Ellen Mulligan c/o P Mulligan, Fiona O’ Connor c/o A O’ Brien, Sean Flanagan c/o O’ Deas, Amy and Breda Flanagan c/o B Flanagan & Mary Slevin c/o M Slevin. Promoters prize to Cathal Bryan. Jackpot next week €12,600.
Sympathy

The club would like to offer their deepest sympathy to Tracey Hanlon and family on the death of her mother Maura Murphy. May she rest in peace.

GAA Lotto

Week 9. Lotto numbers 7, 8, 14, 15. No winner of jackpot. €50 winners: Jane Costello c/o Tom Carey and Ann Dunne, Pine Villa c/o David Smith. €25 winners: Sylvia Condron c/o C Ryan and Kathleen McNally c/o J Whelan. Promoter prize to Rose McCann. Next week’s jackpot €2,000.

ST PAUL’S

St Paul’s Girls Football Club membership now open to those in Emo/Rath/Portarlington. Registration will take place on March 13/14 and March 20/21 in Emo Community Centre from 630pm to 8pm each night. All age groups catered for up to U16 level and new members are very welcome to join. Any enquiries should be made with Dominica Scully at 086 163 7828.