CHERNOBYL Portarlington - Stradbally Chernobyl international group are looking for donations for airplane tickets to bring children to Portarlington- Stradbally for the month of July each ticket costs approxiamately €500 per child.

CHERNOBYL Portarlington - Stradbally Chernobyl international group are looking for donations for airplane tickets to bring children to Portarlington- Stradbally for the month of July each ticket costs approxiamately €500 per child.

Any donations whether individuals or groups of people would be gratefully accepted.

Contact Aishling on 0871245291 or Orlagh on 0860892699. We are also holding are annual candle collection at Mcloughlins supervalu, Portarlington on Saturday April 7.


Portarlington Tidy Towns Easter Draw. There are Lily O’Brien Easter Egg Baskets in 10 outlets around town to raise money for the Hanging Baskets, and flowers for the containers for our town. They are €2 per line; we would appreciate your support.


Our brilliant Portarlington Folk Choir will be singing at the following ceremonies for Easter: Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm and Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday - 12.15pm Mass


The AGM of Crann Nua Residents Association will take place this Wednesday April 4 @ 8pm in the Community Centre. Looking forward to seeing all Residents there. Patrick J. Hopkins (Secretary of CNRA)


The AGM of Portarlington Christmas tree Committee took place in the Anvil Inn on Friday March 23. The following Committee were elected – Chairperson-Anthony Ryan. Secretary -Geraldine Hibbits. Treasurer – Brian Donagher. PRO- Johnny Dunne. Committee-Johnny Maher, Seamus Kavanagh, Tony Kavanagh, John Moran, Tony McCormack, Leona Kelly, Brenda Donagher & Amy O’Connor.

The Committee would like to thank the public for their continued support.


Nicole Turner had a fantastic weekend at the DSE National and UK Swimming Championships 2012. She won 5 gold medals in total and achieved 5 personal best times for each event. Nicole did the 50m freestyle in 48.09, 100m freestyle in 1min 50sec, 50m backstroke in 1 min, 100m backstroke in 2min 11sec and 50 breast stroke in 1min 6 sec.

A team of six went from the Republic of Ireland and they returned with 15 medals in total.  Nicole was the youngest member of the team. The next event for Nicole is the DSA National Championships at the beginning of May in Birmingham.


All roads lead to Emo Court Next Friday April 6 for the 2nd Good Friday 8k Forest Run organised by St Michaels AC, as a fundraiser for the club. Starts at 6pm, registration from 4pm. Entry €10, €20 for family. There will be a shorter 5k route for walkers. Contact Aidan (087) 6968844.


Work continues in the town as part of the Dirty old Towns programme. The TV programme will go out this Wednesday April 4 at 8pm on RTE1. Dulux are sponsoring paint for makeover of the Main Street and this work has started.

Many thanks to the businesses on Main Street who have already painted their premises.

Hoarding at St Michael’s Park/Sandy Lane has been removed, and we cannot thank enough the volunteers who came out to help. They are a credit to our Town.

Also the owner Pat Booth who has been so supportive to us. Coillte for giving us the plants for the boundary.

Fundraising still continues and the committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Poker Classic takes place on Good Friday April 6 in GAA centre. Texas Hold’em - Min prize money €2,000. Poker Classic – 5 Card draw - €1,000 in prize money. If interested contact any Committee member, Facebook Port DOT Project or e-mail dirtyoldtownsport@live.ie.


American Tea Party on Friday April 20 in the GAA Centre. Contact committee for more information.


Oak House Resource Centre, Ballymorris would like to thank everyone who supported their Coffee morning and Cake sale on Friday March 30. Your support was greatly appreciated.


A Pop up Gallery has opened over Lyle Goodwin’s shoe shop as part of Ports DOT Project. Some of the artists and students from the surrounding area of Port will be showing, in this hidden gem of a building. Please support the group, Una McCormack, Patricia Bennett, Ray Murphy, Karen Morgan, Jim Scully & Maureen Phelan. The gallery will open for a number of hours every day.


Bingo continues every Wednesday night @ 8.30pm for our Senior Citizens in the Social Services Centre.

New members welcome. Come along and play a few games of Bingo, and enjoy a nice Cuppa and have a chat with everyone. For further details contact Centre between 9am and 12 noon Monday to Saturday.


Monday March 26. Jackpot €3,000. No Winner of Jackpot.  No’s 21-1-20-6. €50 went to the following- James and Stephen Flanagan c/o B Flanagan, Mrs John Mulligan  c/o J Mulligan, Peggy Whelan c/o M Curtayne, Jim Garry c/o M Bryan & Lorainne Murphy c/o M Slattery. Promoters Prize - Seamus Gorman. Next Week’s Jackpot €3,200. Gracefield Juvenile Hurling will Commence on Wed night April 4 from 7--8pm.  All Welcome.


Week no 13. Jackpot €1,900. No winner of Jackpot. Numbers 12-16-17-25. €50 each to Mary O’Neill c/o Rose Mccann & Michael Murphy Snr c/o Jason Ward. €25 each to Sean & Sharon Mooney c/o Marie Fallon & Emma Brennan c/o Conor Brady. Promoters Prize went to Tom O’Shea. Next Jackpot €2,000.


Last Saturday week March 24 was the new Draw for Credit Union members. The Prizes were as follows: €10,000 – Helena Kavanagh. €3,000 –Michael Rogers. €2,000 –Caroline White. €1,000- Tom Quinn. €1,000 Liam & Kathleen McMahon. €500-Brigid Mooney. €500-Eugene O’Mahoney. Congratulations to all.


Congratulations to Eva Galvin, Naomi Luttrell and Kayleigh Woods who won the All Ireland Primary Schools 6th Class athletics competition in Athlone recently. 

The Presentation Primary students performed well in all of their events to secure first place among the schools who attended. Eva, Naomi and Kayleigh are members of St Michael’s AC.  Well done also to Olra Mullally, Colaiste Iosaghain who was first in her category in national schools fitness test carried out among participants from 80 other schools nationally.


Training for Senior Club members will move to Emo Court from Tuesday April 10 at the usual time of 7pm. 

All Tuesday and Thursday training sessions will be held in Emo for the Summer months.  

Running for beginners group “Fit for Life” training will also move to Emo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm for the Summer.  Training €2 per session.   Sunday morning run at Emo will take place at the earlier time of 9am from Sunday April 15.


Annual membership now due for 2012. Adults €100. Child €50. Family €150. Tony Lok resumes coaching on April 17. All ages and levels catered for. Coaching fees for children: 6 lessons for €30. If interested phone Nuala at 087- 1231135.


Next Saturday April 7 at 2.30pm @ Botley Lane Portarlington. Gracefield FC under 17`s will take on  Killavilla United  under 17`s in the final game of the Season, in which the winner will be crowned champions. Entry is free, please come and support the boys in what should be a great game of soccer.


Kestrels basketball club are holding their annual table quiz to raise funds for the teams who have qualified for the All Ireland Club Championship, this Thursday, April 5 at The Thatch, Killenard at 7.30pm. Tickets 10 Euro / table of 4: 40 euro.

Tickets available on the night or from any committee member. The club would like to thank everyone for their support.


Church Gate Collection: The club would like to give a big thanks all those who gave so generously to our recent Church Gate Collection and to all those who helped out with the collecting.

Féile Final

Congratulations to the St. Conleths U-14 Team who put on a great performance to win the Laois Féile competition on Saturday last. The girls are training hard at the moment and looking forward to representing Laois in the National Féile Competition in June.

Under 10 Football

Training has commenced for our Under 10 girls. New members very welcome. For further details contact Louise Kehoe at 087-6182244.

Portarlington Fight Night

Well done to Ash ‘The Bash’ Cullen and Darren ‘Hurricane’ Bracken who both put up great performances in the ‘Battle of the Barrow’ last Saturday night.

Speedy Recovery

The club wishes a speedy recovery to our senior captain Leanne Fallon after her recent injury. Hope to see you back in the team again soon, Leanne.