Family fun in Portarlington

The Lions took over the People’s Park last Sunday for the fifth annual Family Fun day, and despite the showers it was once again a great success.

The Lions took over the People’s Park last Sunday for the fifth annual Family Fun day, and despite the showers it was once again a great success.

More a thousand people enjoyed the day, with everything laid on for free as a thank you to the people of Portarlington by the local Lions Club. Bouncing castles, puppet shows, mad science shows, swimming, face painting, and food stands were among the activities. Newly elected President of Port Lions, Gerry Dunne explained.

”This is our way of giving back to the people of Portarlington and surrounding areas for their fantastic support to the Lions club each year,” he said.

Unfortunately the inaugural Moss Keane Perpetual Cup for Tug O’War had to be postponed for another day when the rain came down. The former international rugby player who died during the year was a member of Portarlington Lions.

“Mossie was also a keen Tug O’War competitor. The members thought a fitting tribute in his memory to introduce this cup in his local community. Due to inclement weather conditions the Tug O’War competition had to be postponed and will be rescheduled in the near future,” said Mr Dunne.

The President has had a busy few weeks. On July 16 the Lions hosted a charity Liza Minelli tribute concert, with a full house enjoying a tremendous night of song and dance.

“Many thanks to Portarlington Community centre for their generosity and support. Proceeds from the night helped to purchase a rucksack for each of the 19 Chernobyl children that have recently returned home and will go towards the new Breakfast club for the local boys school,” he said.

He thanked Laois County Council for permission to use the peoples park, and their friends in the Community Centre, along with the many clubs, scouts and individuals who joined in making the fun day a success.

The next big day for the club is their charity hunt which will be held in October, more details in the coming weeks.