Congratulations to Seodhna Hoey on her recent achievements. The past few weeks have been very busy for Seodhna who despite having the flu took the bronze medal in the all Ireland schools discus competition. The following weekend Seodhna picked up two Leinster titles in the discus and hammer and placed third in the shot put. Seodhna had personal best performances in all three events. Finally Seodhna won the Laois community games title for the discus and qualified for the national championships in August. Well done Seodhna.
The 1st Oyster Festival in Portarlington was a great success. The organisers Alan Mitchell, Hayley Fox and Gerry Dunbar would like to thank everyone who sponsored and helped out on the day. Thanks to Margaret and the St Patrick’s Day committee for the use of their barriers. Thanks to David McEvoy for contributing his vocals for the afternoon. Big thanks to all who helped in any way, Kevin Higgins, Simon Brooke and Cathal Donegan.
The total amount raised for the local Meals on Wheels was €600. Thanks to all the public for supporting the event. It was much appreciated.
Pride of Place
Portarlington has been honoured to be chosen by Laois Co Co to participate in this year’s Pride of Place. Judges will arrive in town on next Friday July 12 at 10am. They will arrive in town by bus, so they will see a lot of the town before arriving at the community centre for a presentation about our town. Then they will speak to all groups present with their own stall showing what has been achieved by every group/club. Whether it contains photos, awards, trophys etc, they will like to see this and speak to whoever is there from your group/club. If you still need information please contact Love Port/PCDA office in Oriel House Main Street. Call in, or phone 085 8568801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portarlington junior tennis club summer activities takes place every weekday afternoon during July and August. Free to all club members. Check out our website or ring 087 1231135/086 3937154 for further information.
Adult beginners social tennis every Thursday morning at 10.30am. Followed by tea and coffee at 11.45am. Rackets and balls provided. Suitable footwear (runners or trainers) must be worn. No admission fee.
Portarlington Friday July 12 at 7.30pm. Emo (new cemetery) Friday July 25 at 7.30pm.
Artist Anne Blanc of French Huguenot Descent will be holding an exhibition of her work in line with the French Festival on July 12, 13, 14 at Nolan’s Gallery Killenard. The theme of the exhibition is French Connection. Opens on Friday July 12 at 7.30pm. For more information contact Nolan’s Gallery at 087 9424289.
The Education Group of the Love Port project celebrated their first term of the newly launched Port Coder Dojo in the Scouts Den Main Street on Saturday June 29. All participants who have received their white belt grade of Port Coder Dojo received their USBs on the day. The class will break for the summer and will recommence in September. Meanwhile, there will be summer camps in July (French, Irish, Chinese and Cyber) as advertised on portarlington.ie website.
A big welcome once again to all the children who arrived recently from Chernobyl to stay with host families in our town. A big thanks to all who contributed to the recent church gate collections throughout County Laois.
Mixed adult training takes place every Friday evening at 7.30pm in Portarlington GAA Club. New members welcome.
Lotto results for July 2. Letters I-Q-L-T. No jackpot winner. €25 to the following: Angela McEvoy, Ellen Murphy, Tom Burbage, John Brereton and Jack Fitzpatrick. Sellers prize to Liz Waldron. Next jackpot €9,200. Thanks for your continued support.
Results for July 1. Jackpot €3,000. No winner. Numbers 21-20-1-6.
€50 went to the following: Dylan Murphy c/o P Murphy, Kevin Keegan c/o J Keegan, Liam O’ Connor c/o A O’ Brien, Joe and Ger Murphy c/o G Murphy and Yvonne Pearson c/o M Flanagan. Promoters prize went to Padraig Dunne. Jackpot next week €3,200.
Lotto results for July 1. Jackpot €3,200. Numbers 1-4-11-27. No winner. Match 3 €200. Winner/promoter Aoife Whelehan and Helen Whelehan. Promoter prize to Mick Aherne. Next week’s jackpot €3,400. Get your ticket now.
Gracefield soccer club will commence training for the forthcoming season 2013/2014 on Tuesday July 16 at 7pm, and will continue every Tuesday/Thursday at 7pm at the pitch. All members old and new welcome.
Final preparations are being made for the French Festival which takes place this year on July 12,13,14. This year’s festival incorporates The Gathering and the theme will be Welcome Home. The organisers have invited home emigrants, relatives and friends. The entertainment provided over the weekend includes a carnival, arts & crafts, face painters, bouncing castles and much more. Apart from all the great family entertainment the festival features a Tour de Port, a 5km fun run, Buskurama - busking competition, bog wards and the annual snail eating competition. The weekend also feature a feast of music. For more details go to www.frenchfestivalportarlington.com.
Meet and Train
Due to popular demand we have decided to continue our Saturday morning training sessions from 10-11am. It is a fantastic workout with great fun and we have different qualified fitness instructors each week that adds great variety. All levels of fitness catered for. Cost for 7 weeks is only €25, or if you like you can pay as you go for €5.
Volunteers needed for Portarlington Blueberry Festival, which takes place next September 2013. Please contact Love Port office, Oriel House Main St at 085 8568801.
The Ossory Agricultural Show will take place on Sunday July 28 at the Showgrounds, Coolfin Cross, Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. There will be classes in cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, eggs, jam, home baking, arts, crafts, vegetables, produce, flowers and photography, and also junior classes.
For Laois Hospice and Cuisle Centre takes place on Sunday July 14 commencing at the Cuisle Centre at 2pm.
Laois Walks festival
The festival is running until July 31. This is the year of The Gathering and organisers are delighted to invite all to walk with visiting French walkers from July 18 to July 21. Details of walks and trails workshops are on facebook laoisWalksFestival also on www.laoistourism.ie or contact Ann at 057 8661900 for a brochure.