Portarlington News

Library Photo Exhibition

Library Photo Exhibition

Portarlington Library is hosting an exhibition by the Portarlington Arts and Heritage Group titled ‘Portarlington 1993-2013: 20 Years of Change.’ The exhibition consists of a selection of photographs of landmarks and sites in the town taken both in 1993 and 2013 in order to give a then and now perspective on the developments that have taken place over the past 20 years.

The exhibition will run in the library until December 21.


The PCDA/Love Port office has recently moved premises to The Catholic Club on Main St, Portarlington. Our Phone number, email remains the same, telephone 085 8568801, email info@portarlington.ie, website www.portarlington.ie and PCDA/ Love Port on Facebook of course. Please bear with us, while we settle in, business as usual opening hours Monday - Thursday 9.30am to 1pm, and 2pm - 4pam. Friday 9am to 1pm. Contact us with any queries.

Christmas Extravaganza

A fundraising night takes place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Sunday December 15 at 8pm. Mulled wine reception at 7pm. The night features the Irish Midland Concert Orchestra and local musicians and singers. All proceeds go to Portarlington Lions Club and St Vincent de Paul. Tickets on sale for €10. Contact Kim 086 3751604, Lillian 0872213591.

Pride of Place

A big well done to the community of Portarlington on their award at the annual Pride of Place awards which took place in Derry on Saturday November 16. The town took a runner up award in category 5, which is for populations of over 2,000 people. The people of the town worked extremely hard to present their town in all its glory last July when the judges came to town. All the hard work paid off for all the voluntary groups in the town.

Christmas Bonanza

The Portarlington Lions Club annual Christmas bonanza will take place on Sunday December 15 from 2-5pm in the Community Centre.

There will be lots of stalls to browse around and plenty of gift ideas too. There are even rumours that a certain man in a red suit will make an appearance on the day, and a choir or two to get you in the mood for Christmas shopping! Should you wish to book a table, you can do so by calling Shane O’Neill on 087 2721594 or Willie Murphy on 087 2984949. Tables cost €20 along the wall and €15 Centre. Come along and support. Check outwww.portarlington.ie. 

Members of PCDA

Portarlington Community Development Association are holding a meeting this Tuesday November 26 at 8pm in the Community Centre to allow people to become members of the association for the coming year.

Car Boot Sale

Portarlington GAA monthly car boot sale on the first Saturday of every month at McCann Park. To book a pitch contact 086 2712121 or email portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com.

Christmas Sale

Port Gaa Christmas sale on December 7 from 10am until 2pm. €10 per stall. Contact portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com or call 086 2712121 for details.

Ladies Soccer

Ladies soccer training takes place in the Community Centre on Friday nights from 9pm to 10pm. New members welcome. For more information contact Peter 087 2520052.


Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann proudly presents the Bridge Ceili Band in concert in St Paul’s Church, French Church St on Saturday December 7 at 8pm.

Irish Guide Dogs

On sale now, Christmas cards, calendars for 2014. Please contact Anne Allman 087 9177324.

4th Laois Scouts

The AGM of the 4th Laois Scouts Portarlington will take place on tonight Tuesday November 26 at 8.30pm in the Scout Den. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Many Thanks

A big thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to the recent collections for Brother Noel Bradshaw. Also thanks to all the collectors for their help.

Carol Singing

Practices takes place on Monday night’s at 7pm in the Annex opposite St Michael’s Church

All are welcome to join us in spreading some Christmas Cheer this year. Contact Anne Dunne, 087 4146600.

Parents Council

Cloneyhurke Parents Council would like to thank all who supported their recent church gate collection. Your generosity was greatly appreciated. 

Arch Club Dancing

Dancing takes place every Monday night in The Gandon Inn. Music on Monday December 2 by Tony and Gerry, December 9 dancing to D O’Sullivan, December 16, party night, music by John and Terry. Admission only €5.

Fundraising Dance

A fundraising dance will be held in The Gandon Inn, Emo on next Friday November 29 for the St Vincent de Paul. Music by Unity. Dancing from 9 to 12. Local auctioneer Matt Dunne will conduct an auction on the night.  

School Flag

Well Done to St Patrick’s Boys National School on achieving their Active Schools Flag. They raised their flag on Friday November 15 in the school yard. The school band provided the music. Well done to all the boys who took part. The school now has two Green Flags and an Active Schools Flag.

Dinner Dance

The Mid-Leinster PTAA annual dinner dance takes place on Friday November 29 in the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix. Music by Solitaire. Subscription €25. Tickets available from Lil Ryan, Marian Hill.

Men’s Shed

Portarlington Community Men’s Shed meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm, at ALERT Forklift and Safety Training Unit at Botley Lane Business Park. Contact Darren at 085 7434884, email portmensshed@gmail.com.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for November 18. No winner of the €4,200 jackpot. Numbers 8-13-16-21. €50 went to following: Jack Behan c/o O’Dea’s, Con Evans c/o P Mulligan, P J Gallagher c/o M Gallagher, Paddy & Eileen Mulligan c/o E Mulligan & Sheila Bannon c/o D Doyle. Promoters prize went to Helen Hanlon. Jackpot next week €4,400.

Port GAA Lotto

Results for November 19. Jackpot €2,600. No winner. Numbers 4-13-19-27. €50 went to Liz Royale c/o Rose McCann & Geraldine Percival c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Pat Burbage c/o P Burbage & Maith O’Connor c/o J Leavy. Promoters prize to Rose McCann. Jackpot next week €2,700.