Free Child Safety presentation for parents – A presentation for parents of primary school children on the topic of “Child Safety”, hosted by the Laois Branch of the National Parents Council (NPC) Primary will take plase on Thursday, October 4 from 8:15pm-10pm at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Guest Speaker: Garda Sgt Justine O’Reilly, Community Liaison Officer from Portlaoise Garda Station.
Portlaoise Pantomime Group will commence rehearsals for their 29th annual production “Jack and the Beanstalk “ at St Paul’s Primary School, Borris Rd on Tuesday, October 9 at 8pm. All members are requested to attend and new members are most welcome. A number of children (from 4th class in schools in Portlaoise Parish only) will be required and auditions will be on Tuesday 16. October also in St Paul’s at 6.30pm. Children need not attend until then. Full details of all aspects of the show will be given at first rehearsal. We look forward to seeing you there.
Laois will host a community meeting in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013 in The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Monday, October 8 at 7.30 p.m.
All are welcome to attend the meeting. Contact: Domnic Redding. Tel: 057 86 74324/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish Multiples Association
Meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month commencing Saturday, October 13 in Portlaoise Parish Centre for twins and multiples and their parents, 11am-12.30 pm. Contact 086 0406251.
Free Child Safety presentation for parents – A presentation for parents of primary school children on the topic of “Child Safety”, hosted by the Laois Branch of the National Parents Council (NPC) Primary will take plase on Thursday, October 4 from 8:15pm-10pm at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Guest Speaker: Garda Sgt Justine O’Reilly, Community Liaison Officer from Portlaoise Garda Station. Coffee/tea and refreshments served. Primary school parents from all over Laois are welcome. Please confirm attendance via text with your name and school name to 086 205 0258 or email to LaoisNPC@gmail.com. Further information about the event or NPC, contact Sarah Foyle on 087 094 6868.
Brain tumor meeting for those caring for a person with a brain tumor. At Cuisle Centre, Cancer Support (057 8681492) at 7pm Wednesday, October 3.
CBS PAST PUPILS
CBS Portlaoise Past Pupils Golf Outing to Mountrath Golf Club on Saturday, October 6 for the Brophy Cup. For timesheets contact Noel Larkin on 086-3919041. Tee reserved 10am to 12 noon.
Storytelling for toddlers, Tue. 11am. Knitting Group, Wed. 11am-1pm. Ciorcal Comhrá, Wed. 5.15pm- 6.30pm, Come along for a chat and use your ‘cúpla focal’, all levels
welcome. Contact: 057-8622333.
Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club are holding a Cabaret Night in the Deadman’s Inn on Saturday, October at 9pm. Tickets €5 each
Irish Girl Guides Dunamaise Brownie Pack - Limited places are available on first come basis. Meet Mondays from 5-6pm. Contact Marian 086-0865441.
Laois Macra Na Feirme are holding a Novelty Table Quiz and New Members Night on Friday October 5 at 9pm in Kavanaghs Pub Portaloise. The quiz is aimed to encourage new members to join Laois Macra and teams will be mixed to help to integrate members from different clubs. We would encourage all members of Laois Macra to attend, and also ask them to bring along people that they feel would like to join Macra within the county as new members are the lifeblood of the organisation. For more details please check us out at https://www.facebook.com/laoismacra or www.macra.ie
The next meeting of Toastmasters takes place on Monday, October 8th in the Killeshin Hotel at 8 O’clock and guests attend their first two meetings free of charge.
LAOIS DOMESTIC ABUSE
Laois Domestic Abuse Service are holding a sponsored 5km walk, on Sunday, October 21, leaving from The Square in Durrow at 1.30pm. To take part contact Laois Domestic Abuse Service on 05786 71100 for a sponsorship card, or come along on the day and give a voluntary donation instead. For more information, check out www.laoisdomesticabuseservice.com.
The Portlaoise tidy estates competition is now taking place, with five categories. There will be a first place and runner up prize in each division. Overall winner will receive a perpetual trophy and €150. Judging will take place until October 15.
The Midlands support group for adults who stammer meets Tuesday October 2, at 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise. All welcome. More information Irish Stammering Association www.stammeringireland.ie, 01 872 4405.
Annual PTAA collection at Portlaoise Parish Masses October 6/7. To help call (087) 2909210. Mid Leinster dinner dance on Friday, November 16 in the Gandon Inn. Details to follow.
Portlaoise Comhaltas AGM takes place at the Gaelscoil, Mountrath Rd on Thursday, October 4 at 8pm. All member families are asked to send a representative, new members are welcome. Meeting will discuss plans for the coming year. Should take 90 mins.
Jackpot not won in the Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto. Numbers drawn on Thursday, September 27 were 9,14,16,26. The 8 match 3s won €125 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000
CHAMBER BUSINESS WEEK
Annual Chamber Week takes place from October 1- 5. Tuesday 2 - seminar “Let’s Talk Numbers” in the O’Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise at 2pm. Wednesday 3 - Business Briefing organised by ISME. “Trading Out of the Recession” talk will take place in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 5 pm - 8pm. Thursday 4 - “Understanding App’s and the Mobile Arena” in the Killeshin Hotel at 4pm For more visit www.chamberweek.ie.
The Arts Office will host Creative Writing Workshop in Poetry with Seamus Cashman. Seamus Cashman will hold poetry workshops with Transition Year students in The CBS Secondary school and Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise on Thursday, October 4. contact the Arts Office of Laois County Council Phone: (057) 8674344 or visit www.laois.ie Email: email@example.com
DRUG SERVICES DAY
Public information day on services available in Laois. Organised by Laois Local Drug Network at the Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise on Friday, October 5 2pm- 6pm. Info: Sylvia Rouget 057 8662732. Part of Drug & Alcohol Awarness Week. Part of Drug & Alcohol Awarness Week.
COMMUNicatING WTIH young people
This talk will look at a simple way of communication that will explain the roles we play, recognising how and what we communicate and ways of improving communication. Organised by Laois Local Drug Network. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Café, Portlaoise on Wednesday, October 3 at 8pm. Parents Councils and parents. Further Info: Sylvia Rouget 057 8662732
Laois Local Drug Network, Service Providers Networking Event. Information morning on the network’s services organised by Laois Local Drug Network. Venue: Laois County Council, Portlaoise 10am -12.30pm on Friday, October 5. For members of the Laois Local Drugs Network Further Info: Sylvia Rouget 057 8662732. Part of Drug & Alcohol Awarness Week.
Sexual Awareness and Substance Misuse Workshop to create awareness among participants of the importance of responsible sexual behaviour. Organised by Mary O’ Neill, HSE Sexual Health. Venue: Birchgrove Community Centre, Portlaoise on Thursday, October 4 10am -12pm. Further Info: Antoinette Kinsella 086 3800517 Part of Drug & Alcohol Awarness Week.
Portlaoise Parish Communion and Penance enrolment forms to be returned to Kevin Coleman at the Parish Centre by Friday, October 5 2013.
The programme for primary school children commences in October. If interested contact Kevin at the Parish Centre.
PLAY & PRAY
Resumes in October each Sunday at 11.15am mass. Contact Kevin in parish centre.
Portlaoise Bridge Club
The members thanked outgoing President Brenda Scully, officers and committee for a wonderful season. The club welcomed New President Rita Arrigan with the committee comprising Hon.Sec. Brenda Scully, Hon. Tres. Sally Collins, Assist. Hon sec Meera Saxena, Assist. Hon. Tres. Celia Downes. Tournament Directors; Eileen Fingleton and Jim Delaney with Committee members, Damian Nee, Marie Fennin, Tom Handy, Margaret Nee, Celia Downes and Blathnaid Trayer. The new season starts on Monday, October 1 with sessions every Monday and Thursday in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy. Commencing at 7.30pm sharp Blathnaid Trayer is our CBAI registered teacher. To learn contact her on Phone; 0876268519 or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
LATE ELIZABETH PALMER
Condolences to the family of the late Elizabeth Palmer of Beechfield, Portlaoise who passed away on September 22. Wife of the late Abe Palmer, the deceased is deeply regretted by her loving family, son Patrick, daughter Emily, sister Eileen, extended family, relatives and friends. Removal from Chapel of Repose at Portlaoise hospital to SS Peter and Pauls Church last Thursday for Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in SS. Peter and Pauls Cemetery.
Anam Cara is a national voluntary organisation that provides free bereavement support to parents after the death of their son or daughter. To fund these services, Anam Cara is holding a national bag pack on Saturday, November 3. To help ontact Clodagh on 01 4045378 or email email@example.com.
Poems Beget Poems with Niamh Boyce on Friday, November 9 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre from 10am to 4pm. Existing poems can contain seeds for new poems. Bring along a poem you have written and explore the possibilities of generating a sequence from the piece.
To Book Tel: 057 8663355 www.dunamaise.ie