Portlaoise news

Primary School opening dates

Primary School opening dates

Thursday August 29: Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Educate Together, The Heath NS. Monday, September: 2 Scoil Mhuire, St Paul’s, Scoil Bhride, Sacred Heart, Ratheniska NS, Maryborough NS.

Portlaoise Rocks

Portlaoise Rocks is a new internet radio station looking to support local artists to have their music and talent heard. Our contact details are portlaoiserocks@gmail.com phone 0863255417.

Evening of Prayer

Takes place at SS Peter and Paul’s Parish Church led by Eddie Stones, Catholic Lay evangelist, on Friday, September 6 at 7pm. All welcome.


Bus to day of prayer & healing service at Emmanuel House, Clonfert led by Eddie Stones on Saturday, August 31. Bus leaves Portlaoise at 8.45am. To book call Eileen at 059 8625215 or 059 8625902

Business network

Laois Chamber would like to invite business people to a networking B2B meeting in the Portlaiose Heritage Hotel on Friday, August 30 from 7am till 8.30am. Contact 057 8621598 or email us to admin@laoischamber.ie and we will do the rest.


Why not join the Kellyville Park Adult Chamber Choir? Choir practise starts on Tuesday, September 3, at 7pm, after the summer break. It’s a great time for new people to join as we’ll be learning new pieces in the run up to Christmas. We’re a friendly group, and always glad to welcome more singers. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Expert voice coaching provided. Call Patricia Finnigan on 089 467 9243, or find us on Facebook (Kellyville Park School of Music).

Budding bowlers

The Portlaoise Active age Group is starting a New Bowling League. For further information contact Andy at 057 8621571.


To coincide with The Gathering the Laois Offaly MHS Social and Benefit Clube are holding a re reunion event in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, September 13. Current and former staff of St Fintan’s Hospital and community services are welcome. So far there has been a great response, some former staff travelling from overseas. Tickets 087 2206903.


Portlaoise Men’s Shed is now open on Tuesday nights 7.30pm at Portlaoise Equestrian Centre. Day opening times to follow shortly.

If you have experience or a skill you want to share or just help out, pop into us for a chat and cup of tea.

Holy angels

A website for the Holy Angel’s plot consultative forum has been established. www.hse.ie/holyangelsportlaoise. Details of upgrade on the site.

Music classes

Ceoltoiri Na nOg Music Classes commence on Friday, August 30 at 8pm & Saturday, August 31 at 10am. Beginners very welcome. Pupils who sat their SCT Music Grade exam will be presented with certificates at an afternoon concert in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm. Adms €5 tickets for family members & friends available at class or from the theatre box office. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The All-Ireland Ratheniska Marching Band together with all Ireland musicians, singers & dancers will perform.

John Lonergan talk

The former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan will give a talk on tackling problems in community at the Treo Nua Portlaoise Resource Centre, Knockmay on Tuesday, August 27 at 7pm


Bookings are now open for the Inaugural James Fintan Lalor School at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on September 20&21. www.jamesfintanlalor.ie.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday, August 15. Ten table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy, 2nd Suzanne Downes and Meera Saxena, Gross Celia & Dave Downes, 3rdAngela Hughes & Catherine Keane. E/W 1st Blathnaid Trayer 7 Damien Nee,2nd Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin, Gross Mary Claffey & Ann Hogan, 3rd Hannah Meade 7 Bridie Egan.


A Harvest Thanksgiving Mass takes place at SS Peter & Paul’s Church on Saturday, September 14 at 6.30pm.

Mother Teresa

On Friday September 6 the 10am Mass will be offered to honour the life of the Blessed Mother Teresa. A blessing with a relic will take place after Mass.

Laois 10 km

Run, jog or walk in the Laois 10k for the Carers Association supported by the Leinster Express. Everybody is invited to sign up to the event which takes place on Sunday, September 15. The race starts at the Maldron Hotel at 12 noon. All funds go to delivering support services carers in Laois & Offaly.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on August 22. Numbers: 16,20,28,31. The 8 match 3 winners won €125 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Credit Union Draw

The Portlaoise Credit Union car draw takes place on Friday, August 30 after 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

MARIAN AVE jubilee

The residents are to hold a diamond jubilee Gathering on Friday, August 30 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel at 8.30pm. Tickets 8.30pm. Details call Dick Connell 087 2776450; Sam O’Brien 087 127 9276; Brid Davis 086 106 9156; Geraldine Galvin 086 300 2496; Nora Walsh 087 220 6930; Maureen Culliton 087 939 5670.

Priest Changes

Farewell to Portlaoise Parish curate Fr Kevin Walsh who departs Portlaoise Parish on October 1. After an active few years in Portlaoise, the Kildare native leaves for the parish of Naas/Sallins/Two-mile-house. Fr Kevin is replaced by Abbeyleix native Rev Eddie Lalor of the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (the Kiltegan Fathers) who has served on the missions in Africa for many years.

music classes

Naomh Brid music classes commence on Saturday evening 31st August at 7.pm. Beginners very welcome to attend. Pupils who sat their SCT Music Grade exam will be presented with their certificates by Senator Labhras O’Murchu at an afternoon concert in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday 14th September at 2.00pm. Admission €5.00, tickets for family members & friends will be available at class or from the theatre box office. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The All Ireland Ratheniska Marching Band together with all Ireland musicians, singers & dancers will perform on the afternoon.

Divine Mercy mass

No mass in August. Next mass on September 4.

Late john Feeley

Condolences to the family of the late John Feeley of Rathdowney and Portlaoise who died on August 19 unexpectedly. John is deeply regretted by his family, relatives and friends. Reposed at O’ Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney. Removal to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney for funeral Mass followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery.

LATE Paul Doyle

Condolences to the family of the late Paul Doyle of Strad Brook, Portlaoise formerly of Shannon Road, Mountrath who passed away on August 17. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing family and friends. Reposed at Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath. Removal to St Fintan’s Church, Mountrath, for Funeral Mass followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.


Parish support for the bereaved 087 987 8300.