portlaoise News

Parish Novena

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs from each Wednesday at 7.30pm from February 19 to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter and Paul’s Church features gets underway with Fr Brian D’Arcy. Other speakers include Mickey Harte and Anne Doyle.

St Patrick’s parade

The organising committee are holding a meeting every Monday at 6.15pm in Egans, Main St, in preparation for this year’s parade. Calling all schools, businesses, community groups, sports clubs, residents associations etc to get involved. For further information contact Ger Whelan 0872530124.


Daredevil’s Foróige fundraising cake sale on Sunday, February 9 in Parish Centre after 12.30pm mass.

Parenting talk

Parenting challenges & rewards is the name of a free talk by John Lonergan in Gaelscoil Phortlaoise on Tuesday, February 4.

Streets of Portlaoise

The Portlaoise Athletics Club’s Streets of Portlaoise 5K Road Race takes place on March 17 at 11.30am. Entry is €15 with cash prizes in all race categories. Enter online with Run-Ireland, Early Registration day on March 1 at St Mary’s Hall at 2pm, or on Race day in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 9am. LOFFA (Laois Offaly Families for Autism) is the chosen charity.This year’s event features “The Fastest Pub in Portlaoise”. Check out the Portlaoise AC Website or Facebook.

Engineering week

On the February 10 Air-mazing: Engineering the Future with Pneumatics will touch down in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. This event with live science demonstrations will examine the physics, chemistry and engineering concepts of the air. Budding engineers will learn about pneumatics. See moreEngineersWeek.ie.


Results for Wednesday January 22 N/S 1st Anne Doolan & Michael O’Brien 2nd Norma Ludden & Mary Butler Gross Caroline Delaney & Angela Hughes 3rd Mary Killeen & Anne O’Shea E/W 1st Kathleen Hargroves & Tom Handy 2nd Helen Williams & Dan Cooke Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Breeda Keating & Mary Mahon.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking needed. Further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or helplinene 1890303302.


GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets at 7.00pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St, Portlaoise. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Call John on 086 – 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline: 1890 474 474

Wedding Music

Wedding music workshop in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Tuesday, February 11 8-10pm with Fr Liam Lawton. Just 20 places. Book by February 6 through fds@kandle.ie or 059916 4084.

Dealing with debt

New Beginning presents free seminars on how to deal with debt on Thursday, April 10 7.30pm in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Email seminar@newbeginning.ie.

ICA Portlaoise

Next meeting Wednesday February 5 in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy. All new members welcome.

Creative writing

Portlaoise Library creative writing classes for teenagers aged 13-16 yrs on Fridays from 3-4pm, starting on February 7 continuing every Friday fortnight. Booking essential as places are limited. Contact library 057 8622333 for info.

Social dancing

Social and ballroom dance lessons every Tuesday 8-10pm in the Parish Centre from Tuesday, February 4. €8 per person. Bring partner. Contact 087 417 8311


Names being taken for the 10th Anniversary spring holiday at Ballymascanlon House Hotel from Monday, April 28. Rate €280 pp. Single room supplement: €10 per night. Final rooming list due date: April 1.

Men’s Shed

Now open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm.


The Portlaoise branch of Toastmasters meets on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


The LSPCA urges local people to have their cat’s neutered especially as this is mating season. Reduced rates are being offered by two local vets. Contact the LSPCA on 087 688 3333 from February 3-18. The LSPCA cannot take unwanted litters.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee. Details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722.

Lourdes 2014

Portlaoise Small Group Annual Pilgrimage takes place this year from July 1-6. Five nights Full Board in the Jeanne D’Arc Hotel. Deposit needed to secure a place. Limited numbers.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results January 23: Eight and a half table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, 2nd Eileen Fingeton & Norma Ludden Gross Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Josephine Hogan 2nd Celia & Dave Downes, Gross Meera Saxena & Suzanne Downes.

Results Jan 27: 12 table Mitchell movement - N/S 1st Brenda Scully & Nora Aldritt, 2nd Mary J Ryan & Phil Devaney, Gross Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton 3rd Anne Doolan & Sally Collins. E/W 1st Josephine Hogan & Mai White, 2nd Sandy Flynn & Gretta Gavin, Gross Anne Phelan & Denis O’Leary, 3rd Rita Arrigan & Carmel Doorley.

The Simultaneous Pairs competition take places February 6. Players should arrive early to facilitate smooth running of the event. The Jessop Cup, a competition for all players playing in Laois, take places on Sunday, February 9 in the Heath Golf Club entries should with Tom Handy by 1.30pm on Friday, February 7. Phone 0861088284

CBS Reunion 1993

CBS Portlaoise 1993 school reunion is taking place on Saturday, February 8, upstairs in Kavanaghs Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise at 8pm. Email damian.donohue@gmail.com or 086 8731960.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on January 30. Nos: 11,14,24,28 The 12 match 3s won €84 each. This week’s jackpot is €15,000.

Late Stephen DWANE

Condolences to the family of the late Stephen Dwane, Mill Court, Portlaoise who died on January 30. Reposed at his residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery

Late Tomasz Halasa

Condolences to the family of the late Tomasz Halasa of Market Mews , Maryborough Village, Portlaoise, who died at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on January 25. Beloved husband of Ania, and dearly loved dad to Pola. Son of Ewa and brother of Robert. Prayer service at The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Funeral service in Poland.


To contact Portlaoise Parish bereavement support team contact 087 987 8300.