The Dirty Old Town committee do it again, this time their efforts were to erect a magnificent clock on the roundabout close to the train station. After the tremendous success of the RTE series the DOT committee wanted to show the public that it wasn’t all about the cameras but about genuinely restoring pride in our town. Project leader was Matt Dunne, who worked tirelessly for the past six months negotiating with Laois County Council, the clock manufacturers, the various workers and the main sponsor of the clock. Matt at the recent unveiling of the clock thanked all the parties involved for all their Trojan work. The clock will be serviced on an annual basis and the roundabout will be maintained by Port Tidy Towns. Matt also gave a special thanks to both Orla Barrett, area engineer, and Kiernan Kehoe, director of public services, for making it all happen. The public response to the clock has been tremendously positive and we all hope it will be admired as we continue our journey in the years ahead. The DOT committee now turn their attention to the other roundabouts and work will begin shortly.

Spring Clean

This year’s ‘Spring Clean’ of Portarlington will take place at 10am next Saturday, April 13. Over 30 separate clean ups are happening around the town and surrounding areas. The Tidy Towns are asking people on the day to give an hour or two to help in this voluntary effort to clean up your local area. Gloves, rubbish bags and a truck to transport away the rubbish will be available on the day. David Maher (086) 3475357.

SVP Coffee Day

A coffee day will take place in aid of St Vincent de Paul on Friday April 19 from 10am to 5.30pm at our SVP shop on Main Street. A new section will open on the day with a selection of brand new labelled clothes (never worn). Raffle on the day. We would greatly appreciate your support for this great cause.

Kestrels Basketball Club

The chairperson and committee would like to thank everyone who attended the table quiz, and everyone who contributed to the success of the night. We would like to thank committee members, parents and players. The Bannon family, Willie, Mary, Sheila and Cathal, and sponsors. Best wishes to our under 16 girls, under 16 boys, under 14 girls and coaches who will take part in the All-Ireland this weekend.


Killenard Tidy Town’s AGM will take place on this Tuesday April 9 at 8pm in the Community Centre Killenard. Big plans for the coming year, so we ask people to come along to provide feedback. We would appreciate your attendance on the night.

Church Gate Collection

The Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Association will hold Church gate collections on Saturday April 13 &Sunday 14. You support is greatly appreciated, and benefits Laois patients with kidney disease.

BNS Band

Portarlington B.N.S. have recently made the top six finalists in Ireland in the Waltons Music for Schools Competition. The boys have had the opportunity to play in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The annual Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a national competition and a celebration of music in Irish schools. Our school band is made up of over 50 boys from 3rd to 6th classes. They have been working hard all year. The boys showed great dedication practicing every Tuesday after school with Ms. Garry and attending accordion and drum lessons every Friday night. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the boys of Portarlington to play in our National Concert Hall. A big well done to all.

Alarms for the Elderly

Portarlington Lions Club in conjunction with Portarlington Community Development Association are hosting an information evening on Emergency Panic Buttons/ Bogus Caller Buttons/ Fall Detectors etc. These buttons are for personal use when someone needs assistance and are monitored 24 hours a day. Grants are automatically available for anyone over 65 within the defined catchment area of Portarlington.The evening will have a presentation on—1. How the panic buttons operate-2. What they are used for-3. The grants that are available-4. How to apply for the Grants. This open event will take place on this Tuesday April 9 @ 7.30pm in the Candied Walnut, Killnacourt. All are welcome.


An excellent opportunity to learn the secrets of Sheltermaking from the man who dreamed it all up in the first place – Peter Cowman. LEAF event at Portlaoise Golf Club, Tuesday April 9th at 7pm. €5 donation. More information on www.laoisleaf.com. Twitter, facebook or contact Theresa on 086 1590529.

Festival Francais de Portarlington

The Festival will take place on July 12, 13 & 14. This year we are incorporating “THE GATHERING” and the theme will be “Welcome Home.” We are inviting back to Portarlington all emigrants, relatives, and friends. We are asking for the help of the people of Portarlington and surrounding areas to extend this invitation and bring home your loved ones to make this a very special weekend. When you have your acceptance back please let me know as we can get them to register in our special “Welcome Home” book. Contact number 087-2250678 or e-mail maryfoy@live.ie .


It was with great sadness that we learned of the Death on Friday March 29 of Jack Kehoe, Ballycarroll Killenard. Jack was predeceased by his loving wife Una and his son Patrick. Jack will be sadly missed by his Daughter Bernadette, his sons Seamus, Sean, Charlie, Willie, Peter, Paul & Kieran. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his extended family, and many friends. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday March 31 at St. John’s Church, Killenard, followed by interment in the adjoining Cemetery. May Jack rest in Peace.


Local girl Rachel Slevin has been chosen to represent Ireland in an International Open Karate Competition in Scotland this April. Rachel is (almost) 9yrs of age and from Portarlington. She along with 19 other students from around Ireland will be competing in this event.

Please come along to the Community Centre on April 12 from 11am to 1pm to support this fundraising event to get our little local champion there.

It is hoped to have a huge range of goodies, and of course tea and coffee for all who attend, but then there will be an option of buying some extras to bring home afterwards. We will also be supporting the National Learning Network, with contributions from the event supporting this wonderful charity too.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto Results for April 2. Jackpot €13,400 No winner. Numbers 20 - 8 - 5 – 28. €50 went to following: Alice Dunne c/o P Dunne, John Mulligan c/o J Mulligan, Tommy Byrne c/o D Doyle, Catherine Walsh c/o P Mulligan& Pol Pender c/o M Curtayne. Promoters’ prize went to Ann O’ Brien. Jackpot next week €13,600.


Week 14. Lotto numbers 11, 12, 15, 19. No winner of €2,400 jackpot. €50 winners: Jordan, Chloe and Adrianne c/o M Fallon and Deirdre Doyle c/o Rose McCann. €25 winners: Kathleen Bambrick, Shiphouse and Lil Murphy Snr c/o Jason Ward. Promoter prize to J Ward. Next week’s jackpot €2,500.

Portarlington GAA would like to thank all who supported their recent poker classic. Well done to Fergus Donagher on winning the night’s jackpot. A special thanks to JJ Doyle and Cam McGettrick for organizing the event. The club would also like to thank the people who supported the recent car boot sale.

Training is now back up and running for all age groups. Contact us on 086 2712121 or like Portarlington GAA club on Facebook.

Soccer Lotto

Arlington Soccer lotto results for March 26. Letters V-Q-B-W. No winner of jackpot. Next jackpot on April 9, €8,500.

Tennis Coaching

A limited number of places are still available for beginners, in Tony’s tennis coaching classes, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Starting Tuesday April 16 and Friday 19. 087 1231135 or check out our website, www.tennis.portarlington-online.com. New members welcome. At our recent AGM it was decided to hold our annual court clean up on Saturday April 13 from 2pm to 6pm. Members are asked, if available to give 1 hour to clean up the courts, weather permitting. We will resume adult social tennis on Monday April 15. 2012 reduced fees and special offers will run for another year.

Kitchen Gardening

Former Minister for Horticulture, Trevor Sargent will give a talk, PowerPoint presentation and question time on ‘Kitchen Gardening- Growing More and Importing Less’ on Wednesday April 17 in St Paul’s Church, The Square, Portarlington at 8pm. Admission €5 at the door. Please support this interesting event in aid of Church renovation funds. Raffle and light refreshments afterwards.

Port ICA

Portarlington ICA guild will hold their Monthly meeting on Thursday, April 11, at 8pm in the Annexe Patrick Street.