PORTARLINGTON

Pauline Burr (seated - centre) celebrated her 93rd Birthday with residents of Kilnacourt, Portarlington , at the Charity Gala Ball, in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard. Photo: Michael Scully.
Folk Choir 
New members are always welcome. We sing at 12.15 mass every fortnight and practice every Wednesday evening for one hour. If you are interested in joining our choir contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600. 

Folk Choir 
New members are always welcome. We sing at 12.15 mass every fortnight and practice every Wednesday evening for one hour. If you are interested in joining our choir contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600. 

Port Awards 2013

Please take time to check this occasion out. Many categories here. Any groups out there interested, contact the Love Port office Main Street 087 2343240 or www.portarlington.ie/awards. The following are the categories you can enter.
1. Outstanding community group.
2. Charity of the year award.
3. Port’s person of the year award.
4. Port’s den-business start up award.
5. Business of the year award.
6. Green initiative award.
7. Scholarship award.

The Portarlington Awards night will take place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Friday March 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €30 for 4 course meal.

Good Friday 5k

The St Michaels AC Good Friday run will be held at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard on March 29. The fun run starts at 6.30pm and is AAI approved. Entry only €10. Great spot prizes and cash for first man and woman.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Lotto results for March 4. No Winner of jackpot. Nos 7-8-9-25. Match 3 no winner. Promoters prize to Liam Finlay. Next week’s jackpot €9,200. Play online now at www.odempseysgfc.ie
Thank you to everyone who supported us in the recent Laois Monster Draw. Your support is greatly appreciated. We had two €500 winners. Congratulations to Jody, AJ and Paddy Mullaney and to Eddie and Ger Slevin. Next draw in Laois GAA offices on Friday April 5 at 9pm. Best of luck everyone.

St Conleths

St Conleths ladies GFC would like to remind players that all age groups are back training. U8s and U10s on March 16 in at 10am. U12s on March 9 at 4pm. U14s on Tuesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 10am. All in O’Dempseys GFC. All new players welcome. 

Parade

This year’s theme for the parade will be ‘The Gathering of The Clans’. The idea is to get as many people as possible to draw and decorate their family name on a banner and display it in the parade or as a spectator. If the family name is famous or renowned for something, we want to know that too. We will have prizes for the best decorated, the funniest, the best story (or yarn) and the most foreign name we can see in the Square. 
Another spectacular part of our parade will be the promotion of horses for what they are really meant for-- to draw carriages, sulkies and riders through the town. Lets hope there are a few left.
Of course we will have all the usual clubs and associations taking part again this year along with our two school bands. The parade will start at 3.30pm on Station Road. It will march through the Main Street by the viewing platform which will be situated in the Square where the judging will take place. The parade will continue around to Supervalu where it will finish. We will have entertainment for the kids and live music in the square and at the Anvil Inn until 6pm.
This is a work in progress and we’ll be adding to it as the days go on. All are welcome in the parade. Contact Margaret at 087 6715668 for further information.

Laois Leaf

‘From Forest to Furnace – An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges for Locally Sourced Wood Energy’ will take place in Portlaoise Golf Club on March 14 from 7.30 to 9pm.

The event schedules three main speakers from Laois Forestry Group, the Irish Bio-Energy Association and LEAF who will discuss various topics relating to the management of wood in Laois. Mr Thomas Cosby will also speak about his experience with wood energy at Cosby Hall where this year’s Irish Forestry Woodland and Bio Energy Show takes place in May. After the speakers, there will be a brief world café style group discussion where participants can express their views and contribute to a proposed Laois LEAF strategy on the subject. Please come along and get involved in creating a local economy.

Strictly Come Dancing

Portarlington RFC will hold their Strictly Come Dancing night on Sunday March 31 at the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Tickets €20 from any committee member. Also at select businesses. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you order yours now.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for March 4. Jackpot €12,600. No winner. Numbers drawn were 24-22-18-26. €50 went to following: Jeff Roche c/o M Colgan, Liam Corcoran c/o L Corcoran, 
Charlie Barron c/o J Mulligan, Russell Dawson c/o S Gorman and Paddy Gallagher c/o P Mulligan. Promoter’s prize to Mary Flanagan. Jackpot next week €12,800.
Hurling

Under age hurling commences on March 13 at 6.50pm in Gracefield. All players need to attend as league and county games commence shortly. All new players welcome. 
Membership for Gracefield GAA is as follows: adult €30, family €40, juvenile, OAP, students €10. This can be paid to Breda or any mentors.

GAA Lotto

Week 10. Lotto numbers 2, 10, 18, 23. No winner of €2,100 jackpot. €50 winners: Charleen Leavy c/o K Leavy and Leonard Wright c/o J Whelan. €25 winners: Fia Shaw c/o P Sweeney & B Emerson c/o M Tynan.
Promoter prize to J Whelan. Next week’s jackpot €2,100.

Bingo

The Social Services bingo will stop for the next few weeks, and will resume again when the centre is complete and we have moved back to our premises. Thanks to everyone for your cooperation, and many thanks to the Hostesses who help out every Wednesday night.

Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is sent to the Mathews family on the death of Brigitte (née Donath) Station Road, Portarlington who passed away at Tallaght Hospital on Wednesday March 6.

Brigitte will be sadly missed by her loving husband Ronnie, sons Paul, Tim and Stephan and her daughter Julie. Her grandchildren, her sister Ursula and her extended family and many friends. Funeral service took place at St Paul’s Church Portarlington on Friday March 8, with burial after in the Friends Burial Ground, Rosenallis. May Brigitte rest in peace.

COURTWOOD GAA NEWS

Training for all adult players has recommenced under manager John Joe O’Connell. Check out our Facebook page for training times/dates and all other club news.

Courtwood GAA club membership for the year 2013 is now open. Membership is €30 per family or €20 per adult or €5 student/youth. Please contact Damien Behan on 085 7881916 or Niall Murphy on 087 6171899 to renew your membership or join the club.

SCRAP SATURDAY
After the success of last year’s event, Scrap Saturday is back. On Saturday March 16, Courtwood GAA club are giving you the opportunity to get rid of all your household or farm/ business unwanted scrap metal or appliances by donating it to a recycling collection as a fundraiser for the club. Your scrap metal can be brought to the club car park between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm on the day. If you need the club to collect items you can arrange by calling PJ Kelly on 087 6686267 to arrange same. Your help and co-operation in this fundraising event are greatly appreciated. We ask all club players, members and supporters to collect any bits of old scrap metal, iron, etc. around the house, garden, shed or farmyard and bring to the collection point. We will accept all of the following items; old cars, vans, engines, machinery, washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers, microwaves, bikes, wheels, steel, copper, brass, aluminium, tin, lead, scaffolding, electric cables, car, vans and tractor batteries, electric motors, radiators, metal barrels, gates, corrugated sheeting, swings, etc. We cannot accept fridges, gas bottles, televisions, wood, rubber, ceramics or household rubbish.

Laois Cycling Club

Laois Cycling and Touring Club are inviting you to come and join us for our weekly beginner’s cycle. Starts at the Maldron Hotel on the Abbeyleix Rd on Sundays at 8.50 for a 9am start. Easy pace, distance 20-30km. All levels catered for. For more information contact Mick 085 1522945 or mickmcd1388@gmail.com

Youth Club

Portarlington Youth Club has been established for over 7 years now and is run from the Catholic Club, Main Street, Portarlington. This is an all inclusive club for 12 – 18 year olds which runs from September to May each year. The club is on every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. The club is run by its members and has organised activities such as cookery, DVD nights, sports nights, arts and crafts, self defence, first aid, guitar lessons. If you know a young person who would be interested in meeting new friends, learning new skills or simply just enjoy hanging out then this club may be for them. Simply drop down any Wednesday night for a look around or contact us on portarlingtonyouthclub@yahoo.co.uk.

The youth club are always looking for volunteers so if you are over the age of 18, interested in meeting new friends and would like to give something back to the community then please give us a call on 087 9852680.

ST PAUL’S

St Paul’s Girls Football Club membership now open to those in Emo/Rath/Portarlington. Registration will take place on March 13/14 and March 20/21 in Emo Community Centre from 630pm to 8pm each night. All age groups catered for up to U16 level and new members are very welcome to join. Enquiries to Dominica Scully at 086 163 7828.