Portarlington local notes

The Social Services/Meals on Wheels are moving premises while renovation work takes place on the Centre. We we will still continue to supply meals.

The Social Services/Meals on Wheels are moving premises while renovation work takes place on the Centre. We we will still continue to supply meals.

Mary Miller, proprietor of Fifty Seven Boutique, Portarlington, will host her annual coffee day for Laois Hospice tomorrow (Thursday, September 20). The fundraiser is held as part of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Biggest Coffee Morning’, at Mary’s shop on Main Street. With refreshments on hand throughout the day, all are welcome to drop in and enjoy a cup of coffee, while making a small donation to support Laois’ hospice services.

National Culture Night

There will be a national cultural event taking place in Saint Pauls Church, Portarlington on Friday night September 21 commencing at 8pm, doors open at 7.45pm. Performing on the night are The Corrig Ceili Band, Balladeer Michael Ryan, Roscarrig traditional group, Kieran Dunne reading extracts from ‘My Jewel & Darling Dublin’ and ‘Sacrifice, the Faherty family, cellist Natalie Aremu, Culfadda, soprano Aideen Morrin and poetry monologues Mary O’Donnell and with contributions also from several young people from the town. This promises to be a very enjoyable and entertaining night with free admission.

Portarlington Scout Group

Portarlington Scout Group will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday September 22, with a family open day with refreshments and entertainment at the Den from 3 to 6pm and evening celebrations at O’Deas from 9pm. Everyone welcome. Please note the change of venue for the evening to O’Deas.


Talk to help tune into teenage well being with Dr Niall Muldoon, CARI (Children at Risk Ireland) on Wednesday, September 19 at Colaiste Iosagain at 8pm.


Dr Eddie Murphy from RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ will lead the walk in the grounds of Emo Court. Commence from Emo Village entrance gate on Saturday, September 22 at 11am. Park at Emo NS. Free of charge. Registration from 10.30am at Emo entrance gate. Contact Laois Sports Partnership for more details on 057 8671248. Part of Laois Connects Mental Health Week.

Tidy Towns

Portarlington Tidy Towns are delighted to report that our town has scored 244 points in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2012. This is an increase of 14 points (up 6%) on last year’s results. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way during the year, especially the committee, volunteers, County Council staff and the local CE scheme.

Social Services

The Social Services/Meals on Wheels are moving premises while renovation work takes place on the Centre. We will be moving to the rear of Alan Mitchels Main Street, where we will still continue to supply meals every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Deliverers will be notified in the coming week about collection and returning food containers. For further information contact Ann Dunne (chairperson) 087-4116101 or Geraldine O’Reilly (secretary) 057-8623618.


Portarlington Community Centre will be holding its AGM here at the centre on Monday September 24 at 8pm. All new members very welcome.


It was with sadness that the town heard of the Death of Ger Muldowney, Wesport and formerly of Bog Road Portarlington. Condolences go out to his wife and children, his mam Theresa, brother, sisters and extended family and friends. Ger was predeceased by his father Liam a number of years ago. Requiem mass took place in St Mary’s Church Wesport on Wednesday September 12, with burial after in Aughavale Cemetery. May Ger rest in peace.


It was with great sadness that word spread around town about the death of one of our older citizens. Kitty Lawlor who was in her 89th year was well known to everyone in the town, who remembers her from her lovely sweet shop on main Street, which she ran for many years. Kitty was the last of a family of 18 children born to William and Katie Lawlor. In the past few years Kitty was looked after by the staff of Oakdale Nursing Home. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, her sister in laws, and a very large extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Thursday September 13 in St Michael’s Church with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery.

Many Thanks

The Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank all those who supported their recent flag days. Thanks to all the collectors, especially non committee members for helping. Also thanks to Centra Main Street and Supervalu for the use of their premises.

Senior Citizens Annual Party

Portarlington senior citizens committee are currently up-dating their list for their annual party. The committee wish people to contact them if they are eligible to attend this party that may not have being invited previously as they were unknown to us. Please contact one of the committee members.

Talented Youth

Festival Francais de Portarlington were delighted with their fundraiser success on Friday September 14 in the Barrow Lodge. The committee would like to thank everyone who came out to support them, it was greatly appreciated. Playing on the night were, Hogan, Custodian, Babel, Almost Instant, Misadventure and Bang Bang, who rocked the Barrow Lodge. A big thank you to Darren Cahill for providing the sound, and Reece Wardrop who pulled it all together. Our Festival Queen Darienne Colbert made an appearance, looking her usual stunning self and had a great night with everyone. Thank you to Kevin Bracken who sponsored the BBQ on the night, and all the other committee members who got stuck in on what was a busy busy night. Roll on July for the festivities. 

Creative Writing Workshop

Award winning writer Jean O’Brien (2010 Arvon Poetry Award) will host a creative writing workshop in Portarlington Library on Friday September 21 from 3 - 4.30pm. The workshop will cover poetry, short story and memoir. The aim of the workshop is to give all aspiring or already practicing writers an insight into the writing process. Admission is free but places are limited. To book a place call the Laois County Council Arts Office on 057 86 74343. A collection of artwork by Daniel Lipstein will also be on display in the library during the workshop.


Portarlington ICA will recommence on Thursday September 20 in their new premises The Annexe Patrick St New members welcome. For further details contact Pauline at 057 8623458.

Slimming World

Slimming World Portarlington continues on Monday evenings. 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Portarlington RFC. For more details call Laura on 085 7514015.

Emigrant Newsletter

All clubs, societies or organisations etc who wish to have their annual report published in the 2012 edition of the Emigrant Newsletter, should send in their report before September 30.

Mount St Anne’s

Many events taking place at mount St Anne’s. Day of meditation on Saturday September 22 from 10am - 4pm. Meditation every Tuesday night from 8pm - 9pm. All are welcome. Art and craft classes will take place every Thursday night from 8pm - 10pm. Bring your knitting, crochet, stitching etc. Meet like minded people to share ideas and have a chat. For further information on all events contact Catherine on 057 8626153 or email msannes@eircom.net.

Annual Hunt

Portarlington Lions club will hold their annual hunt on Sunday October 21. Further details later.

Stop Smoking Service

If you wish to stop smoking, a trained advisor will help you. This is a free service by the HSE from the primary Care Centre in Killnacourt House. For further details contact Geraldine on 057 8645038.

St Brigid’s Active Retirement Club

We have just returned from a wonderful four day break and tour of Kerry.

40 members and guests travelled by coach to and from the Castlerosse Hotel and Golf Resort in Killarney. We had dinner every night at 7 30 which was a five course meal and we followed that with bingo in a room supplied by the hotel for any one who wanted to play, also there was music every night in the ballroom with dancing and on our last night they had Irish traditional music in Mulligans Pub which is part of the hotel. We had two bus tours of Kerry, the first one took in the Ring of Kerry and we went across the bridge to Valentia Island and had lunch there. The second tour took us to The Skellig Experience Centre and that was so interesting with all the history of the Blasket islands and the Skellig Islands. Our tour guide Donal pointed out all the interesting places of note, like Inch Strand where the Film Ryans Daughter was filmed, Killorglin where there is a huge festival every year and of course Dingle. We had two stops in the beautiful town of Adare. The hotel gave us the same tour guide for all the trips and he was a patient man. We would like to thank all our committee for making the tour so enjoyable and our wonderful members and guests.