Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. June 1 (Bank Holiday) Done & Dusted.

Cuisle Centre

The Cuisle cancer Support Centre will hold their church gate collection at Vicarstown, Emo, Rath, Portarlington and Killenard churches on May 30/21. Your continued support would be much appreciated.

Portarlington Speakers

There were two outstanding icebreakers or first speeches by Aisling Cullen and Evelyn Boland at Portarlington Speakers’ on May 19. Aisling Cullen was off to a fighting start as she gave a captivating talk on Ladies Gaelic Football including the Fight Night promotion in Portarlington on May 2. Under new management this year the Laois Ladies are heading places – hopefully back to repeat their stunning success in 2001 winning the All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship. Evelyn Boland gave a superb talk on her farming background and how her vocation in education and child development is progressing at Athlone IT. Skilful evaluations of the speeches from Mary Heaney and Mark Bastow followed.

Under the expert direction of Laois Toastmaster Mary White chairing the meeting it was a relaxed, entertaining evening with plenty of craic. Owen Sweeney provided a fun but challenging topics session. Donal Cahill provided the ultimate test to the speakers’ listening skills and concluding the meeting Carmel Moore skilfully summarised the meeting and gave some useful pointers. Another enjoyable, entertaining and educational meeting that showed that self-development in a friendly environment is time well spent.

Portarlington Speakers will soon be breaking for their summer recess so the next meeting on June 2 at 7.45pm at the Anvil Inn is the last chance before September to see what the club is all about.

Laois Mabs

Laois MABS Drop in Service on Friday May 29 from 9.30am – 1pm in Portarlington Community Centre. This service will run on the last Friday of each month. For further information please ring 0761 072620.

Laois Language Camps

Laois Language Camps are looking for host families to accommodate Spanish Students for two weeks in July. The dates of the camp are from the July 3 to 17. Interested people can contact Michael on 087 9235496 or on laoislanguagecamps@gmail.com.

Arlington AFC

Arlington AFC Juveniles AGM takes place on Monday June 8 at 8pm in Portarlington Community Centre. Arlington Summer Soccer School takes place from Jul 27-31 from 10.30am-3pm daily. Ages 6-14. Cost €65 includes training, kit bag & ball. €10 discount for siblings. Book by phoning 1890 653 653 (Places are limited, book early).


Golf Classic in aid of St Vincent De Paul in Portarlington Golf Club on Thursday May 28. 4 person team classic. Phone 057-8623115 Ext. 2.


Located in French Church Street. We would be grateful for all types of clothes, footwear, accessories, furniture, toys and household goods in good condition. You are welcome to call in and visit us or phone us at 085- 2801276. Open 10am–6pm Monday–Saturday.

Holy Communion

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard and St Patrick’s Boys NS who received their First Holy Communion recently.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Portarlington Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from July 31 for 7 nights. 4 Star Hotel Solitude. Full board. Free bus to and from Dublin airport. €799 per person sharing. Deposits due. Instalments welcome. Last few seats available. Contact Marie Corcoran 087 7589896 or Vera Treacy 087 9311813.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Maria Rusu Railway Mews who passed away recently. Maria will be sadly missed by her loving parents, sister, her extended family in Ireland and Moldova, her many friends and the staff and pupils of St Patrick’s Boys NS. Maria was laid to rest in St Michael’s Cemetery on Saturday May 16. May Maria rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Martin Dunne Cloneyhurke who passed away on May 15. Martin was predeceased by his loving wife Olive a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his sons Martin (Patrick St) and Ger (Orchard Drive) and his daughter Elizabeth, his sister Sheila, grand-children, his extended family, neighbours and friends. Requiem mass took place on Monday May 18 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Martin rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Attracta Jaffray Foxcroft Ave who passed away on Wednesday May 20 in Oghill Nursing Home Monasterevin. Attracta was predeceased by her loving husband James. She will be sadly missed by her sons Seamus and Anthony and her daughters Marion and Olga, grand-children, great-grandchildren, her extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Friday May 22 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Attracta rest in peace.

Gracefield GAA Lotto

Lotto results for May 5. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 22-28-17-19. €50 went to Mary Gallagher c/o M Gallagher, Fran O’Reilly c/o C Bryan, Carmel Kelly c/o M Bryan, Sheila Brereton c/o S Brereton & Mick Keogh Derryvilla c/o Patsy Murphy. Promoters Prize-Breda Flanagan. Jackpot next week €2,200. 

Portarlington GAA Lotto

Week 20. No jackpot winner. Numbers 22-23-29-30. €50 winners Jack Fitzpatrick c/o Burbages & T Mullins c/o Burbages. €25 winners Dave Smith c/o D Smith, Phillip Fagan c/o bingo. Jackpot next week €4,000.

Tickets for Stars in Your Eyes are now available and it promises to be a great show with a wide range of acts and guest appearances by last year’s winners, Elvis aka Johnny Dunne and ABBA aka The 2 Louises. Contact any of the contestants or Adrainne 086 8267808 or Mairead 087 2982883 or contact the club on 086 2712121 or at portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com or by private message to the Portarlington GAA Facebook page.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Lotto results for May 18. Numbers were 3-9-14-15. 

No jackpot winner. Match 3 winner Rose Byrne. Promoter Amanda Keogh.

Next week’s jackpot €1,200.

Pony Racing

Killenard pony racing on June 21 supporting O’Dempsey’s GFC. First race at 2pm. Great family day out.