Final preparations are being made for the French Festival which takes place this year on July 12,13,14. This year’s festival incorporates The Gathering and the theme will be Welcome Home. The organisers have invited home emigrants, relatives and friends. The entertainment provided over the weekend includes a carnival, arts & crafts, face painters, bouncing castles and much more. Apart from all the great family entertainment the festival features a Tour de Port, a 5km fun run, Buskurama - busking competition, bog wards and the annual snail eating competition. The weekend also feature a feast of music. For more details go to www.frenchfestivalportarlington.com
Portarlington Junior Tennis Club summer activities program starts on Monday July 1. Every weekday afternoon during July and August. Free to all club members. Check out our website or ring 0871231135 for further information. Adult beginners social tennis every Thursday morning at 10.30am. Followed by tea and coffee at 11.45am. Rackets and balls provided. Suitable footwear (runners or trainers) must be worn. No admission fee.
Mixed adult training takes place on Friday evenings at 7.30pm in Portarlington GAA Club. New members welcome.
National tennis open day, July 6. Try out our tennis courts any time between 10am and 4pm for free. Everyone welcome, children and adults. All levels catered for. Rackets and balls will be provided. Suitable footwear must be worn (runners or trainers). Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served during the open day. For further information ring 0871231135.
Pride of Place
Portarlington has been honoured to be chosen by Laois County Council to participate in this year’s Pride of Place. Judges will arrive in town on Friday July 12 at 10am. They will arrive by bus, so they will see a lot of the town before arriving at the community centre for a presentation about our town. Then they will speak to all groups present with their own stall showing what has been achieved by every group/club. Whether it contains photos, awards etc, they will like to see this and speak to whoever is there from your group/club.
So before this takes place, we need your help to get the town tidied up. So on Saturday July 6 from 10am to approx 1pm we need your help. If you can’t attend on July 6 the Portarlington Tidy Towns will have their next clean up on next Tuesday July 2 at 7pm, meeting in the Square. Maybe you can do an area where you live that you think needs some care, maybe organise some neighbours or friends. You can contact Tidy Towns about collection of bags of weeds and litter. This can be done at any time. For any clubs/groups that need information for July 12 please contact the Love Port office in Oriel House Main Street. Call in, or phone 085 8568801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is going to be a great occasion for Portarlington.
Certificates and USB Bracelets for Ninjas and Mentors of the Port Coder Dojo were awarded in Portarington on June 29 The Education Group of the Love Port project celebrated their first term of the newly launched Port Coder Dojo. Portarlington Pharmacy generously sponsored 100 new USB bracelets. All participants who have achieved their white belt grade of the Port Coder Dojo received their usb’s on Saturday. The party was held in Portarlington Scouts Den on Main Street, Portarlington. The group are breaking for the summer, and will re-commence in September. Meanwhile, there will be summer camps in July (French, Irish, Chinese, Cyber) as advertised on the portarlington.ie website.
The committee of Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank Portarlington Credit Union for their kind donation of €500. The money will be well spent on our fabulous new kitchen.
Killenard, Friday July 5 at 7.30pm. Portarlington, Friday July 12 at 7.30pm. Emo (new cemetery) Friday July 25 at 7.30pm.
Artist Anne Blanc of French Huguenot descent will be holding an exhibition of her work in line with the French Festival on July 12, 13, 14 at Nolan’s Gallery Killenard. The theme of the exhibition is French Connection. Opens on Friday July 12 at 7.30pm. For more information contact Nolan’s Gallery at 087 9424289.
10K Fun Run
St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke Portarlington will hold a 10K fun run on next Sunday July 7. Registration from 1pm. Start time 2pm. Registration fee €10. Please support this event as all proceeds fund the senior citizens’ annual Christmas party which is held in the local community hall. Refreshments will be served after the run. For further information contact Seamus at 087 2479693 or Eddie at 0872580428.
Lotto results for Monday June 24. Jackpot €2,800. No winner. Numbers 20-13-2-22. €50 went to following: Michael Rowan c/o M Colgan, Laura Murphy c/o T Murphy, Jean Costell c/o J Costello, Seanchaill O’ Reilly c/o C O Reilly and Amanda Murphy c/o D Dooley. Promoter’s prize went to Mick Slattery. Jackpot next week €3,000.
Week 26. Lotto numbers 6, 8, 11, 14. No winner of €3,600 jackpot. €50 winners: Joan Bourke c/o Rose McCann and Brian Crossan c/o Jason Ward. €25 winners: Eoin Purcell c/o Niall Slevin and Betty Milner c/o Julia Leavy. Promoter’s prize to Rose McCann. Next week’s jackpot €3,700.
Arlington AFC Lotto results for June 18. Letters X-R–B-P. No jackpot winner. €25 to the following: Damien Hynes, Paul McMahon, Dylan Fitzpatrick, Colin Slevin and Evelyn Latimor. Seller’s prize to Terry Lawlor. Next jackpot €9,100. Thanks for your continued support.
Lotto results for June 24. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers 8-12-21-22. No winner of jackpot. Match 3 €200 winner Lucy Whelehan, Tom Walsh. Promoter prize Martin Whelehan. Next week’s jackpot €3,000. Get your ticket now.
Meet and Train
Due to popular demand we have decided to continue our Saturday morning training sessions from 10-11am. It is a fantastic workout with great fun and we have different qualified fitness instructors each week that adds great variety. All levels of fitness catered for. Cost for 7 weeks is only €25, or if you like you can pay as you go for €5.
Volunteers needed for Portarlington Blueberry Festival, which takes place next September 2013. Please contact Love Port office, Oriel House Main St at 085 8568801.