Port Ball

Port Ball

The red carpet is ready for the glitziest night of Portarlington’s Social calendar. Over 300 tickets have been sold. The Laois Hospice Gala Ball will be held on Friday next February 27 in the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Killenard. Tickets available from Marie Corcoran 087 7589896, Collette Kennedy 086 2654277 or Maria Molloy on 086 3058181.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. March 2 Brian McDermott. March 9 Unity. March 16 John & Terry. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

Port Drama

The Portarlington Drama Society will hold a night of one act plays in the Dunamaise Theatre on March 26 and 27 at 8pm. Tickets available from The Dunamaise. Check out www.dunamaise.ie or phone 057 866 3355.

Portarlington Speakers

Portarlington Speakers got off to an energetic start on February 17 as Carmel O’Leary took them in her speech for the weekly one hour of PE in the hall at school. While they were still puffing she explained that this was not enough. Our children needed at least half an hours exercise every day if we are to keep them fit and overcome the weight problem that has become an epidemic. With 20% of our 9 year olds classed as overweight and another 7% classed as obese the need for action was clear and Carmel explained the role of the schools with their designated PE teachers. Parents also had a role and pro-active as ever Carmel promotes a Walk to School Club on a Friday which is great fun and of course great exercise. Members learnt that the man who gave us the Teddy Bear Theodore ‘Teddy’ Rosevelt was not only a President of the United States and a great writer but also a war hero and a rancher as we listened to one of his great speeches.

Noreen Diver took the podium as topicsmaster and soon had members discussing whether Ireland was becoming a police state with the Water Protest arrests, what we would say to our 13 year old selves, and a wide range of other subjects.

Jon McCowen explained the importance of listening and very carefully tested the listening skills of members. Mark Bastow and Damian Oliver gave very encouraging supportive evaluations of the speeches given.

Paul McCowen as general evaluator for the evening gave a very useful description of the purpose of the roles and proceedings and as always gave some very useful suggestions for improvement.

Mark Bastow as president and toastmaster for the evening thanked everyone who attended with a special mention to the guests. The next meeting will be on Tuesday March 3 at 7.45pm at the Anvil Inn. Portarlington Speakers. Look for us Facebook, MeetUp or on www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org/.

Easter Camp

Multi activity Easter camp takes place in the sports hall in Colaiste Iosagain from Monday March 30 until Thursday April 2. Boys and girls aged between 5 and 10 years are welcome. Cost is €40 per child. Great way to entertain the kids during the Easter break. Phone 087 2907762 for more info.

Portarlington GAA Lotto

Week 7. No jackpot winner. Numbers 8-12-14-24. €50 winners E McElwaine c/o Rose McCann & T Whelan c/o J Whelan & €25 winners E Brophy c/o Ter Lawlor & Joe Boland c/o Rose McCann. Jackpot next week €2,700.

Portarlington GAA membership for 2015 is now due. A family will receive club membership, a Laois County Draw ticket (worth €130) and entry into the club Lotto for the year.

John Lawlor is the Portarlington GAA Club treasurer for 2015 with Sinead Harrington as assistant treasurer.

Portarlington GAA will be having its usual Poker tournament in the hall on Good Friday. Details on the Port Facebook page.

U6 Football training every Sunday morning at 10am in the GAA Centre. Hurling training is on Sunday morning at 11am. Portarlington U14s train on Monday at 7pm and Friday at 6pm. Port U16s train at 7pm on a Monday and train/play matches at the weekend at various times.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page (Portarlington GAA Club) or following us on Twitter @PortGAA or our website clgportarlington.com​​

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Results for February 2. Numbers were-04-05-06-25. No jackpot winner. Match three winner was Joe Murphy. Promoter Brian Noone.

Results for February 9. Numbers-5-7-14-22. No jackpot or match three winners this week

Promoter Tom Coleman.

Membership now due. Adult player membership €50. Adult membership €25. Juvenile €20 and associate membership €10. Contact club registrar Barry Finlay.

County Board draw 2015 tickets are now on sale. Also various standing order options available. For example County Board ticket, membership and weekly Lotto ticket only €5 per week.


The Portarlington St Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place on Tuesday March 17. For further information, if you are interested in taking part or wish to help out in any way, please contact Neil Coffey on 087 1302688. Also check out our Facebook page ‘Portarlington St Patrick’s day parade 2015’.

Charity Shop

The Laois Hospice charity shop at 1, Barrow Villa, French Church St would be grateful for all types of clothes, footwear, accessories, furniture, toys, books and household goods in good condition. Please feel free to call in and visit us or phone us at 085-2801276. Open 10am -6pm Monday - Saturday. Thank you all for your kind support.

Volunteers Needed

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Laois area to help with our charity collection day on Friday April 24. Collection day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area. Special OIympics Ireland is looking for volunteers across the day, so if you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Jill Groome on 01 629 6999 or email jill.groome@specialolympics.ie

Drive to Care

The Irish Cancer Society Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all Dublin hospitals. We are looking for volunteers to pick people up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home.

The service is free to the patients and all drivers expenses are paid. Telephone Gail on 01-2310566 or e-mail transport@irishcancer.ie.