As part of our work towards attaining an Active School flag, we are compiling an information pack for parents on the many extra-curricular activities available for children in this area. If you are involved with a club or other organisation or are offering classes, training or other activities targeted at young people, we would love to include your information. Please email details of activity on offer together with days, times, cost and contact details to secretary@presprim.ie attn. ‘active schools’ on or before Friday May 11.


Portarlington Community Centre, Saturday May 5 from 8pm to 11pm. Admission €5, age 11- 14 year olds only. Prizes for best dancers. Strictly supervised, no alcohol served.


Lily Champ, local gardening correspondent for the Irish Farmers Journal, would like to thank all who supported her fundraising night in Portarlington Rugby Club. Thanks to all the many sponsors, and to the rugby club for the use of their premises.


Best wishes to the boys from St Patrick’s NS and Cloneyhurke NS who will make their First Holy Communion next Saturday May 5 in St Michael’s Church Portarlington.


The Pioneer total Abstinence Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection. Amount collected was €681.40. Many thanks also to all those who helped collect.


Social Services/Meals on Wheels supply meals on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. If you can help out we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ann 087 4116101 or Geraldine 087 9156694, or call to the centre any morning between 9am and 12pm.


St Bridgets Social Club Cloneyhurke recently held its AGM. People elected to the committee were as follows: chairman Seamus Flanagan, secretary Eddie Fitzpatrick, treasurer PJ Dunne. Committee members Teresa Dunne, Teresa Miller, Mary Dooley, Mary Hyland, Shayla Jordan, Emma Keogh and Liam Flanagan.


Car boot sale will be held on Sunday May 6 from 8am to 4pm in Kelly’s yard the Square Portarlington. €10 a car, no entrance fee. Contact Kieran on 087 1612278 for bookings.


Anyone interested in forming a drama group in Portarlington, could you please email portsgottalent@gmail.com or contact 085 8568801.


Monday April 23. Jackpot €3,800. No winner 15-3-13-28. €50 went to following: Fran O’ Reilly c/o T Bryan, Aidan Murphy c/o M Colgan, Joe Murphy c/o P Mulligan, Paddy Hynes c/o P Mulligan & Noel Foy c/o N Foy. Promoters prize €50 went to Pat Keegan. Next jackpot €4,000.


Gracefield GAA would like to express their deepest sympathy with Colin Smyth and his family on the death of his father, Peter who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


Week 17. Jackpot €2,300. No winner. Numbers 2-7-13-15. €50 each to S Dunne c/o T Ward & Jimmy O’ Neill c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Susan & Kathleen c/o C Ryan & Mary & Bernie c/o M Fallon. Promoters Prize went to M Tynan. Next jackpot €2,400.


Letters C, O, M, L. No winner. Next jackpot is €5,200 on Tuesday May 8.


Work is coming to an end in town shortly on all the projects for the RTE programme. The enthusiasm has been overwhelming and the committee would like to thank everyone for their support. The fourth night of the programme took place last Wednesday night, and will continue for another two episodes. For any questions or queries please contact us on our Facebook page ‘Port DOT Project’ or email dirtyoldtownsport@live.ie. One of the projects shown was our wonderful building called the ‘Athletic Club’ (boxing club to others). You will have seen that the outside got a great face lift, and it shows the potential that is there to open up this wonderful building again. The committee will follow up on this project, and see the costing, and what grants are available to restore this building, which is full of history. So many things could take place here for young and old.


Calling all our lovely ladies in Portarlington. The Fine Fillies Night on Friday May 11 in the Hawthorn Bar. Tickets will be €10, prizes for best dressed lady, best hair piece, raffle, punch reception, finger foods and fun. You can get your tickets from Hawthorn Bar or Sineads Gifts Main St. Proceeds in aid of Dirtyold Towns Project and Port Tidy Towns.


Do you have any information on the Belgian refugees who came to Portarlington for the duration of World War 1? They arrived in town in 1914 and were housed in Arlington House until they returned home in 1919. If you have any information, photos, newspaper articles etc about them, please contact David at 0861508046 or 0578623852.


Senior training every Tuesday in Emo Court at 7pm and every Thursday evening at McCann Park at 7pm. Training includes running for beginners training and Fit for Life group sessions. Training sessions €2. New members always welcome. Juvenile training every Monday and Thursday evening at 6pm in McCann park. 


Portarlington Lions Club are hosting their annual charity show on the May 19 in the community centre. The show is called ‘The truth and the lies of an old reprobate’ and is presented by Shay Flannery. The one man show is a selection of writings by the late Joe O’Neill and there are stories from his childhood, anecdotes and reflections of life in a small town, and the brutal truth of living through alcoholism and its effects on himself, and his family.  Tickets now available from Lions Club members price €5. Contact secretary Aidan Mullally 087 6968844. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.  


To Michael Dalton, Aine Haberlin, Ciaran Turner, Amy Byrne, Ciara Byrne, Tiernan Wearen, Fionn Mathews, Rioghan Murphy who all  took part in the Laois Tri Athlon on the April 22. Aine and Michael both finished first in the youth section. The juniors also did really well in their first ever junior Tri Athlon. Ciaran came first in the U13 boys, Amy came first in the U11 girls, Ciara came first in the U10 girls, Tiernan came first in the U11 boys, Fionn came first in the U10 boys and Rioghan came 3rd in the same race. Piranha swim club are so proud of all these members. Piranha swim club would also like to wish Nicole Turner good luck for the forthcoming weekend as she participates in both athletics and swimming in Birmingham UK, for the National Dwarf Games 2012.