St Brigid’s Active Retirement Club Garryhinch/Cloneyhurke have just returned from a wonderful four day break and tour of Kerry and Cork. 40 members and guests travelled by coach to and from the Castlerosse Hotel & Golf Resort in Killarney. We had dinner every night at 7.30pm which was a five course meal and we followed that with bingo, also there was music every night in the ballroom with dancing and on our last night they had Irish traditional music. We had two bus tours of Kerry, the first one took Kinsale and we lots of time to explore the town and then to Cork City and the famous Englis Market.

The second tour took us to The Gap of Dunloe, Aghadoe Ruins, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Torc waterfall. We had two stops in the beautiful town of Adare. On the way back in Adare some of our party did a guided tour of Desmond’s Castle and the history attached to it is fascinating. The hotel staff were so helpful and made sure we had everything we wanted. We would like to thank all our committee for making the tour so enjoyable and our wonderful members and guests.

Shaen fundraiser

Recent fundraiser and social dance held in Portarlington in aid of St Brigid’s Hospital, Shaen. Total raised €4,150. 1st prize €500 Donal Ramsbottom, Tullamoy, Stradbally; 2nd €100 Billy Lynch, Killeen, Mountmellick; €75 Michael Walsh, Ballinakill; 4th €50 Frances Lalor Deegan, 3 Glebe, Stradbally; 5th €25 Chris Miller, The Fields, Vicarstown. Sincere thanks to all who supported this worthy cause, selling and buying tickets, who donated spot prizes, who attended the social and to all who helped make the night a great success.

Gospel concert

An open air gospel music concert will take place in Portarlington’s Market Square next Saturday, October 12. The concert has been organised by Portarlington Christian Fellowship. Free event, from 1pm to 4pm.

Jigs & Reels

Tickets now out for Jigs & Reels in aid of Portarlington Community Development Assoc/Love Port and Port Meals on Wheels in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Sunday, October 27. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Tickets available from the PCDA/Love Port office Oriel House Main Street, or any committee members from both groups, and from the dancers taking part.

Parents & Friends

Portarlington Parents and Friends of Moore Abbey are holding a meeting on Friday October 4 at 8pm in Portarlington Community Centre. All are welcome.


The Portarlington Community Development Association’s AGM will be held on Wednesday October 9 at 8pm in Oriel House Main Street. Your attendance would be appreciated as we aim to elect new officers and discuss the yearly report. New members welcome.

Brittas Mass

Portarlington Folk Choir will be joined by the Clonaslee Community Choir and our own Tom Conroy who has composed ‘The Brittas Mass’ to sing at 12.15 mass on Sunday October 6.

Emigrants Newsletter

All notices, reports etc for this year’s newsletter to be handed in to the parish office or any committee member by October 5. Please keep reports concise and short. For information contact 057 8643004.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Mollie Kavanagh Lough who died on Friday September 13 in her 98th year at Oghill Nursing home Monasterevin. Mollie will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Requiem mass took place at St John’s Church Killenard on Monday September 16, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. May Mollie rest in peace.

Knitting Club

People required to start a new knitting club in Portarlington. We will be knitting all sorts of items to sell. Proceeds will go to the Cuisle Centre. If interested please contact Rita 057 8684932 or 087 7403464.

Champions of 1963

50 years ago this year O’Dempsey’s won their first senior football championship title (1963).

In celebration of this and being the year of ‘The Gathering’ we invite everyone to our ‘Harvest Moon Dance’ on October 12 in The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard. Tickets on sale now from committee members at €25. Contact Louise McCormack, Enda Behan or Michelle Fitzpatrick.

Port Tennis Club

Congratulations to all our junior championship winners 2013 and midi/mini tournament winners 2013 who were presented with their awards on Friday September 27. If interested in joining our club please ring 087 1231135.  

Men’s Shed

Portarlington Community Men’s Shed takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm at Botley Lane Business Park. Contact Darren at 085 7434884.

4th Laois Scouts

Portarlington 4th Laois Scouts will be holding a clothes and mobile phone fundraiser on Saturday October 5 in the den, Main Street, from 10am-4pm.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for September 23. Jackpot €2,600. No winner. Numbers 10-15-7-6.€50 went to following: Nellie Dunne c/o T Murphy, Philomena Hynes c/o P Hynes, Mgt and Mary Knight c/o G Murphy, Tom Sheils c/o P Mulligan and Stephen Nash c/o M Colgan. Promoter’s prize went to Joe Keegan. Jackpot next week €2,800.

Port GAA Lotto Results

Results for September 23. Jackpot €1,800. No winner. Numbers 1-2-4-17. €50 went to following: Lil Ryan c/o J Leavy and Hannah Luttrell c/o M Lawlor. Mgt and Mary Knight co G Murphy. €25 each to Jack Fitzpatrick c/o J Whelan and Clare O’Shea c/o Tom Shea. Promoters prize to Joey Sweeney. Jackpot next week €1,900.  

Arlington Afc Lotto

Results for September 24. Letters I-D-Q-P. No jackpot winner. €25 to the following:

Fred Rennick, Séamus Kenny, Ritthirong Singkleebabpha, Liam Moloney (Birr Town FC) and

Kevin Moore. Sellers Prize to Liz Waldron. Next jackpot €9,800.

Port ICA

Guild meets on second Thursday of each month in Portarlington Social Services at 8pm. All are welcome.

Naomh Eoin AGM

Parents council AGM on Monday October 14 at 8pm in the school hall.

Arch Club Dancing

Dancing takes place every Monday night in The Gandon Inn from 9.30pm. Admission only €5.