Portlaoise News & Notes

Motor neurone Table Quiz

Motor neurone Table Quiz

A table quiz in aid of Irish Motor Neuron Disease will be held in Peig’s Bar, Portlaoise on Wednesday Novenber 20 starting at 8pm. Table of four costs €20.


The annual Concern Christmas Fast collection takes place on November 28,29,30.

Ploughing club Table quiz

Portlaoise and District ploughing table quiz takes place on Friday, November 15. Rock Inn, 8.30pm. Please bring a team of four. Good night promised. Your support greatly appreciated.

Grease the musical

Portlaoise Musical Society will be presenting ‘Grease’ in the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise from Saturday November 16 to Saturday November 23. As well as evening shows there will also be matinees at the weekend.


The 65 Kitchen Choir present their unique brand of music and song show at the centre on Thurs/Fri/Sat, November 28, 29 & 30 at 8pm. €15.

Charity cooking

TV chef Kevin Dundon will be in Mulhalls supermarket Lyster Sq from 3pm on Sunday, Nov 24. All proceeds to Laois Hospice.

Laois Birdwatch

The Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland meet on Tuesday, November 26 at Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm. This month photographer Brian Bastick will show a selection of his wildlife shots taken around Emo. On Sunday 1 December, we will travel to Pollardstown Fen, outside Newbridge. Meet at County Hall Portlaoise at 8am.

Macra Table quiz

Portlaoise Macra table quiz on Friday, November 22 at 9pm in The Rock Inn, Portlaoise.

Christmas lights and Market

Santa will be in town on Friday, November 22 for the the Downtown Portlaoise Christmas light switch on. The annual Downtown Portlaoise Christmas Market is on Sunday, December 1 from 10am-6pm. See Downtown Portlaoise facebook page or email grainname@hotmail.com or Michael Delaney contact 083 381 7980.

Anam Cara

This voluntary organisation that supports bereaved parents is hosting a bag pack fundraiser in Dunnes Stores Portlaoise on Saturday, November 30. Volunteers needed. Contact Clodagh 01 404 5378 or c.curley@anamcara.ie

Laois Carers

November meeting in the Portlaoise Parish Centre on Tuesday, November 26 at 11am-12.30pm.


Junior infant enrolment for 2014/15 is underway for Portlaoise Parish national schools (Scoil Mhuire, Church Ave, Sacred Heart, Church Ave, Scoil Bride, Knockmay). Enrolment forms available from schools. Bring birth & baptisimal cert if applicable.

Parish Retreat

Annual Portlaoise Parish to Mt St Annes, Killenard on November 24. Bus leaves Lyster Sq at 9.30am sharp. Cost €10. Contact Kathleen 8621602

Pass Party

Takes place at the Centre, New Rd, Portlaoise on Thursday, Nov 21 from 6.30pm

Portlaoise GAA

Portlaoise GAA One Moment in Time A Pictorial Collection 1887-2013 compiled by Peter O’Neill in shops around Portlaoise. The book is a celebration and recognition of members form the past 126 years.

The heath ns

The Heath NS is accepting applications for junior infants for the school year 2014-15 during November. Application forms are available from the office. Closing date for receipt of completed forms is Friday, Nov 29. For info contact the school principal Mr David O’Brien on 057 864 6658.

18-25 year old Club

Unemployed, job seeking or a student out of college and want somewhere to hang out on Wednesday 2.30-5pm and on a Friday morning 10am-1 pm? Come to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe to meet people and get CV held and career guidance.


Meeting held November 3. We had the pleasure of having Margaret Ryan at our meeting to show us her amazing knitting and she gave us great advice. Reminder to all members that the federation meeting November 24 at 2pm at Castletown Hall. The next guild meeting is on the December 4. The guild’s Christmas raffle and sale of work December 18 at 7pm at the Sue Ryder Centre.

Wildlife Trust

The first meeting of The Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly Branch at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 20 at The Mill Center, Mill Court, Greenmill Lane, Portlaoise. Fintan Kelly will talk about TB and the badger culls. Free event contact iwtlaoisoffaly@gmail.com

Tidy towns

The Tidy Estates Awards take place in Laois County Council on Thursday, November 21 at 8pm. All residents associations to be notified.


November events at the Parish Centre each day from 3-5pm. Festive choir practice each Wednesday from 4.45pm to 5.45pm. Proceeds to charity; Wed 20 - Maureen Culliton leads dancing & choir practice follows. Wed 27 - ladies fashion show & choir practice follows. Indoor bowls every Monday from 2.30-4.40pm at St Mary’s Hall. New members welcome. Tel 057 8621571.

Youth work quiz

Table quiz in aid of Youth Work Ireland Laois Wednesday, Nov 13 at 9pm in the Outback, Portlaoise.


Foroige District Council meeting held on November 12 in Birchgrove Portlaoise. Club officers received training. The night was a great success

Portlaoise Bridge

Nov 11 results: Nine table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Molly & Michael O’Brien, 2nd Dinah Campion & Denis O’Leary, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Ita Kennedy & Norma Ludden. E/W 1st Ette Kennedy & Mary Claffey, 2nd Maureen Fitzpatrick & Carmel Hughes, Gross Maureen O’Leary & Tom Handy, 3rd Kathleen Ramsbottom & Peter Conroy

Nov 8 results: “ Friday Charity Night” played in two sections. Section “A” Nine table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Ette Kennedy & Meera Saxena, 2nd Anne Phelan & Blathnaid Trayer, 3rd Rhoda Patterson & Sandra Melia. E/W 1st Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary, 2nd Catherine Brennan & Paddy Purcell, 3rd Sandy Flynn & Gretta Gavin. Section “B” Eight & a half Table Mitchell Movement. N/S 1sr Jim Fingleton & Damien Nee, 2nd Paddt Prendergast & Tom Reilly, 3rd Maureen O’Leary & Noreen Kilkenny. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Josephine Hogan, 2nd Sally Collins & Anne Doolan, 3rd Ita Ryder & Larry Ryder.

The Heath Bridge

Results for November 13: N/S 1st Michael O’Brien & Anne Doolan 2nd Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary Gross Ette Kennedy & Margaret Nee 3rd Kathleen Hargroves & Tom Handy. E/W 1st Anne Phelan & Therese Stokes 2nd Eileen & Jim Fingleton Gross Mary Downey & Brenda Scully 3rd Mary Ryan & Mai White.

Cuisle Sale

Christmas sale of work on Friday, December 13 at 11.30am Please donate unwanted gifts or cakes.

Literature Group

Meets Wednesdays 10-45am-12.45pm in the Parish Centre. Tutor-led informal discussion. Contact Nancy 086 604 8671 or Hilary 087 635 6715.

Heritage socieity

Laois Heritage Society talk by well-known local historian, Dr. Andy Cole, in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, 21 November at 8pm. The Abbeyleix man will speak on ‘How we have built our Nation’, with a particular interest on Laois. It should be a very interesting insight into the making of the modern Ireland, All are welcome to the free event.

Baton twirling

The Happy Hearts Club Portlaoise & Laois Sports Partnership host a baton twirling show on Saturday November 30 at 12noon in Portlaoise College. Features world champion twirlers. Marian, 086 8857116.

St Mary’s CBS

1st year enrolment for 2014/15 by Friday, November 22 by 11am. Forms from school 057 86 35041.

Divine Mercy Youth

Youth groupmeet each Friday at 2pm in the old sacristy of Portlaoise Parish Church. Call 087 9444328.

Ladies badminton

Wednesday & Thursday mornings, Portlaoise GAA Hall. Call 057 8660631.

Retired Nurses

The Laois-Offaly Branch of the retired nurses association meeting on Monday, Nov 25 at 3pm in the SIPTU offices Portlaoise.

open door Theatre

Laois Open Door Theatre variety show on Sunday, December 15 Portlaoise Parochial Hall at 8pm. Call 087 9614235.


Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine for night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Portlaoise at 7pm. Maura, 086 3344722


Portlaoise Parish Lotto draw results for Thursday, November 14. Numbers: 6,11,21,25. Jackpot not won. The 23 match 3s won €44 each. Next week’s jackpot is €20,000.


Condolences to the family of the late Timothy ‘Timmy’ Muldowney of 36 Lower Beladd, Portlaoise, who died on Friday, November 8 at Portlaoise Hospital. Predeceased by his wife Mary he is deeply regretted by his daughter Niamh, son Tadhg, sisters Sr. Marjorie, Sr. Mary, Margaret, Teresa and the late Phil, brothers John and Robert, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for funeral mass with burial afterwards in St. Peter & Paul’s cemetery, Stradbally Road.

Late Shane FINAN

Condolences to the family of the late Shane Finan of 10 New Row, Green Road, Portlaoise & formerly of St. Canice’s Terrace, Borris in Ossory who died on November 10 (unexpectedly). Deeply regretted by his heartbroken parents, brothers Stephen and Jake, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his grandparent’s home, 10 New Row, Green Road, with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for Funeral Mass. Burial after in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Laois hospice

Laois Hospice charity shop now open in Meehan Court. Items welcome. To volunteer please contact Anne on 087 6436708.