Portlaoise Notes

Wheelchair AGM

Wheelchair AGM

The AGM of the Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association takes place on Sunday, March 8 at 3pm in the Day Care Centre, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise. All Welcome.

Water protest

Laois says no to water charges protest at 2pm on Saturday, February 28 from County Hall Portlaoise. All welcome.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB

Laois Laochra Special Olympics Club meets every Monday in St Mary’s Hall from 7 to 8 pm. Training for all ages involves a warm up, games and a match - generally football or shinty. There is also the opportunity to attend different sporting events, participate in the Athlete Leadership Programme and enjoy a Summer Outing, Christmas Party and Roll and Bowl Trips. New members are always welcome.

The heath quiz

The Annual Table Quiz in aid of Scoil an Fhraoich Mhoir, The Heath will be held on Friday February 27 at 9pm in Treacy’s Pub and Restaurant. €40 per table of 4. Tickets are available from the Parents Council by contacting Louise on 087-9177472 or pay at door on the night. All are welcome for a fun filled night, with raffle and finger food.

Heath Community Games

General meeting on February 24 in the Heath Hall beside the church for parents to discuss upcoming activities.

Novena

This year’s Portlaoise Parish Annual Novena will follow a more intense experience over nine days beginning on Saturday, February 28 concluding on Sunday March 8. The Novena will be celebrated at following Masses every day. Guest Celebrants and Speakers will lead each day of Novena. The guest speaker at masses on Saturday, Feb 28 is Robert Parker. Fr John Dunphy, Graiguecullen will celebrate the 10am Novena Mass.

Guide Dog Thanks

The Laois branch of Guide Dogs would like to thank the people of Portlaoise and Laois for helping to raise €20,919 last year. The funds have enabled guide dogs to train 231 clients across all of the services. To help raise funds for the charity thsi year contact Richard 087 2776450 or richcon53@gmail.com

Portlaoise Macra

The Macra Hall on the Timahoe Rd is available for use for community groups and classes. Includes stage and small meeting room. Ample parking. Call Ann Maire 086 3253100.

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Community lotto draw results for Thursday, February 19. Nos: 01,10,16,27 No jackpot winner. The 24 Match 3s won €42 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

St Patrick’s Day

Volunteers and committee members urgently needed for the 2015 St Patrick’s Day parade. Committee meetings will be every Wednesday at 6:15pm in DeBruns pub - subject to change depending on availability of committee members. Hoping to have the parade same time as last year at 12:30pm right after the Streets of Portlaoise 5K. New committee as follows: Chairperson - Monica Delaney, Secretary - Dom Dunne, Treasurer - Theresa Whelan, PRO - Ger Whelan.

LIBRARY Events

Óiche Gaelach – Le Ceol, Damhsa & Filíocht by Gabrielle Lynham School of Dance, Ciorcal Cainte, Cór an Earraigh, Gael Scoil, Portlaoise Comhltas and others Portlaoise Library, Wednesday, March 4 at 5pm. All welcome

World Book Day Storytelling. The library visits Laois Shopping Centre for World Book Day bringing free books, a great competition and storytelling for 3-9 year olds at Laois Shopping Centre Thursday, March 5 12 noon. All welcome

Spraoi le Cupcakes. For children 6-9 years, Portlaoise Library on Friday, March 6 1-2pm. Places limited so booking essential.

Scéalaíocht by Jack Lynch at Portlaoise Library, on Wednesday, March 11 1-2pm. All welcome.

Laois Birdwatch

The next meeting of the Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland will be held on Tuesday, February 24, when Ciara Flynn of the National Parks and Wildlife Service will talk about Wildlife and the NPWS in Kildare, Laois and Offaly at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm. Open to all with wildlife interest. Entry is free, contributions welcome.

On Sunday 8 March there will be a training day for volunteers who have time to devote to the Countryside Bird and Irish Wetland Bird Surveys.

Leeds Table Quiz

Laois Leeds Utd Supporters Club Sidney Kinsella Memorial night table quiz in aid of the Cuisle Centre on Wednesday, February 25 at 8.30pm in Peig’s Bar. Table of 4 €40

Camogie Training

On Saturdays 1-2pm for all girls born between 2001-07. All welcome. If anyone has any unwanted hurleys or helments we would be very grateful for any equipment donated to the club. Contact Amanda - 086 4014538 and we can collect. Also drop to training on Saturday.

Citizen Volunteers

Volunteers sought for the Laois Citizens Information Service. Contact Oliver Phelan on 087 8308163.

Cycling & Touring

Laois Cycling & Touring Club is looking for new members. The club meets each Sunday in the car park of the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise at 8:45 am. There are routes to suit all levels of cyclists. Beginners will be accompanied by one or more of our experienced club members. All cyclists should have a road worthy bike and a helmet We also encourage cyclists to have a drink them. For more details see our Facebook page or contact us at ctc@laoiscycling.com

Active Retired

Wed, March 4. Racing Frogs Fun Day. Thurs, March 5. and every Thurs. Learn how to play Whist with Sheila. Venue: Sue Ryders Kilminchy, 2.30 PM. Wed, March 11 Special Quiz with Quiz Master Josie. Don’t forget Short Mat Indoor Bowls every Monday in St. Mary’s Hall from 3pm-5pm. ( Beginners welcome ) We have added another mat to accommodate more players so give it a try. 38 members are booked for our planned Spanish 7 day holiday. Takeoff date 11th. June. Details from Trudy 086 3136182.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Portlaoise Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of St Peter & St Pauls Parish Church will take place from Friday, July 17 until Thursday, July 23 for 6 nights in the Hotel Astoria. Fare Fully inclusive is €699 per person sharing and a (single supplement is 180 euro extra). €100 euro deposit (non refundable) can be paid to justsplit.com formerly Airboran Travel. The spiritual director is Fr Paddy Byrne. Further Information from Justsplit.com -057-86-21226 or Mr Sean O’Leary at 086-3633785 or Mrs Frances Doheny at 085 8142666.

Late Pat kelly

Condolences to the family of late Pat Kelly, Clontarf Dublin and The Heath who died suddenly on Monday, February 16. Beloved husband and best friend of Eileen and loving father of Caroline and the late Rachel and Jackie. Sadly missed by his wife extended family, relatives and many friends. Reposed was at Staffords funeral home, Maypark, Malahide Rd. Funeral Mass at St Gabriel’s Church, Dollymount followed by burial in Fingal Cemetery.

Late Christina O’Connell

Condolences to the family of the late Christina O’Connell (née Morris) of Alcantra, Kilminchy, who died peacefully at Portlaoise hospital on Monday, February 16 . Predeceased by her daughter Edel (Duignan) brothers Pat and Willie, sisters Mary Joe and Sr Anne CP. Beloved wife of Jerry and much loved mother of daughters, Jacinta (Quinn), Anne (Cooney), Linda (Rigney), sons Ronan, Niall and Diarmuid. Deeply regretted by her family relatives and friends.

Reposing was at the Chapel of Rest at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church. Requiem Mass burial afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

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