Portarlington news

Protest March

Protest March

Public protest in Portarlington against Water Charges on Saturday November 1.

Assemble at 2pm at Gracefield Cross and march via the Link Road and down Main Street to the Square. If you are opposed to this unfair tax please come along and show your support.

Blessing of the Graves

Rosary & Blessing of the Graves takes place on Sunday November 2. Killenard after 10.30am Mass. St. Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington at 3pm.


Orlagh Mahon , Michelle Fitzpatrick and Frank Smith from the Chernobyl Children International (Portarlington/Stradbally) Group, will travel to Belarus on October 26 to work as part of the Medical Team at Vesnova Orphanage which is 120 miles from the Chernobyl Reactor and in the contaminated zone. A fund-raising Coffee morning was held in The Anvil Inn Portarlington on Thursday, October 16. Cakes and buns were baked by Transition Year students of Colaiste Iosagain with teacher Ceire Hogan. The event got great support and Michelle, Frank and Orlagh would like to thank all who helped, donated and pledged money.

Dinner Dance

The Annual dinner dance for the Mid-Leinster P.T.A.A takes place in the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix on Friday November 14. Music on the night by Solitaire. Subscription €25. Contact Lil Ryan Marian Hill @ 057-8623919.

Rainbow Programme

The Rainbow Programme for Primary School children of the Parish aged 7-12 years will commence in the Presentation Primary School Station Rd on Tuesday November 4 from 2.30pm to 3.20pm. The Programme consists of twelve sessions, one session weekly with two “Celebrate Me days”. Rainbows is a support programme for Children who have experienced a Death, a separation or are struggling through a painful experience. If you are interested in acquiring more information, having your child or children take part in this Programme, contact Muriel or Ursula on 057-8623007 (Mon-Fri) 9am-2.30pm/School Hours.

Portarlington Speakers

There was a lot of ice broken at Portarlington Speakers on Tuesday October 21 as Paul McCowen and Mark Bastow each presented their icebreaker speeches introducing themselves to the audience. Paul enthralled the audience with the various forks in the road of his life journey when he had to make decisions that would affect his future. There were some historic moments as his cycle journeys were cut short by the Berlin Wall and when he saw the tank tracks close to Tiananmen Square. Mark explained how his passion for horticulture began when he worked for the Queen as a gardener and how a chance meeting in Portugal led to a five month courtship and a very happy marriage for over twenty years. A discussion followed on how to give a first speech. It was best to give it among friends in a supportive environment such as Portarlington Speakers which is part of the Toastmaster International organization which celebrates its 80th birthday this month. During those 80 years Toastmasters has helped millions of people to become more confident and able speakers. Paul McCowen returned to centre stage as Topicmaster when guests and members were invited to give short impromptu speeches on a wide range of topics. The evening had been managed very professionally by Toastmaster Carmel Moore O’Leary who is an experienced ex-member of the prestigious Engineers Toastmasters in Dublin. Carmel also gave a very helpful evaluation of Mark’s speech pointing out the strengths and also suggesting some improvements. Ann Duncan a Past President of Portlaoise Toastmasters gave a very encouraging and comprehensive evaluation of Paul McCowen’s speech. Owen Sweeney acted as Wordmaster and also kept the meeting on track as timer. Mary White gave a very uplifting summary of the evening as general evaluator. It was a good meeting, in good company and was time well spent. The next meeting will be at the Anvil Inn at 7.45pm on Tuesday November 4. As always guests are very welcome and admission is free.

Christmas Tree

Portarlington Christmas Tree committee have commenced their door to door collection. They will continue for the coming weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous support, without which there would be no Christmas Tree in the Square over the festive season.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Rita Kenny (nee Moran) The Dales Kilmalogue, and formerly Shannonbridge Co. Offaly who passed away on October 21 at the Regional Hospital Tullamore. Rita was predeceased by her husband William. She will be sadly missed by her sons John, Francis & William, her daughter Mary, brother Alo, sister Loreto, grandchildren, her extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Friday October 24 in St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Rita rest in Peace.

Gracefield GAA

Results for October 20. Jackpot €13,600. No winner. Numbers 2 - 19 –5-3. €50 went to the following-Josie & Jim Lee c/o C Bryan, JJ Nolan c/o S Slattery, Josie Booth c/o D Dooley, Colin Delaney c/o G Delaney & Mary Maher c/o J Mulligan. Promoters Prize went to Anthony Earley. Next Jackpot €13,800.

Race Night-Gracefield GAA are holding a Race night in After Dark on Fri Oct 31 @ 9pm.

Horses can be bought from Committee Members. Cost of Horse €30 or a share in horse for €10. A great night assured so come along and support.

Portarlington GAA

Lotto -Week 42. Jackpot €1,000. No winner. Numbers Drawn 4-10-12-20. €50 winners Maura Leavy c/o Rose Mccann & Mgt Higgins c/o Rose McCann. €25 winners Elizabeth Murphy c/o Jason Ward and Mgt Byrne c/o Marie Fallon. Jackpot next week €1,100.

Fixtures-Port U15’s play the semi Final of the Laois/ Kildare U15 League on Tuesday November 4.

Port U21’s play the winners of Sarsfields/Ballylinan-Glenmore in the U21 Championship Semi Final on Nov 1 at 3pm.

Results-Portarlington U13’s played Spink in Round 3 of the U13 Development League and won 6-06 to 0-6. Portarlington U14’s played the League Final against Portlaoise and were beaten 4-05 to 1-06. Portarlington U15’s were awarded a walkover in their Round 3 match V

St Conleth’s

St Conleth’s are holding a fundraiser quiz night in the Thatch Pub Killenard on November 14. Please come along to support our club as this event always proves to be a great night of fun and laughter. Please keep liking our facebook page and follow all the updates.

Banrion Gaels

Irelands newest camogie club Banrion Gaels was officially launched on Friday October 17 at an event in The Orchard Hotel, Portarlington See report and pictures in Leinster Express Sports next year.