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Charity Ball

Charity Ball

The Portarlington and Killenard Charity Gala Ball takes place on February 28 in the Heritage Golf and Spa Killenard. Charities this year are Port Scouts Club and Port Special Olympics Club. Two very worthy causes.

The night includes a four course meal, free wine on your table, wonderful prizes and then dance away the night to the wonderful Keith McConald Showband, followed by a disco into the early hours. Tickets €50, available from Maria Molloy 086 305811, Eimear Lawless 087 1217399, Marie Corcoran 087 7589896 and Collette Kennedy 086 2654277.

Tickets are going fast, so contact any of the ladies so as not to be disappointed.

Table Quiz

For all those who like a table quiz, Portarlington Tidy Towns have one coming up on next Friday February 7 in the Hawthorn. Please support the Tidy Town’s committee who want to continue with the good work they do every year for our town.


Dancing every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo. February 10, music by Paddy Blanche. February 17, music by Cupla. February 24, music by Adrian. Admission €5. All are welcome.

Active Retirement

Portarlington Active Retirement Association (Happy Heart’s Club) has re-opened after the Christmas break and will continue every Thursday at 2pm in the Community Centre. New members very welcome. Please contact Ann 057 8643727 or Mary 057 8623881 for details of membership.

St Brigid’s Active Retirement

St Brigid’s Active retirement group will resume this Tuesday February 4, with bingo commencing at 7.30pm. Bowling on Tuesday 11 at 8pm. All are welcome.

Community Games

If you would be interested in helping out organizing and running Portarlington Community Games please contact Mary 087 6106885.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Michael (Mick) Dolan St Brigid’s Square and formerly Assumpta Tce, who passed away on Thursday January 23 at his residence. Michael will be sadly missed by his loving wife Breda (nee Kavanagh) his daughters Michelle, Catherine and Claire and his son Mikey, loving grandchildren, brother Sean, sisters Geraldine, Kathleen and Frances, his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Saturday January 25 at St Michael’s Church, with burial in St Michael’s Cemetery. Michael worked as a fireman with Portarlington Fire Brigade for 25 years. He was also known for his love of music, and would have been heard at many parties playing with his fellow band mates.

Lourdes 2014

Portarlington pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from August 7 to August 14. Seven nights full board in the Solitude Hotel. Fare €789 includes bus from Portarlington to Dublin airport, flights etc. Deposit secures your seat. Fare can be paid by instalments. Contact Marie 087 7589896 or Vera 087 9311813.

Folk Choir

Choir practice will recommence shortly. New members are always welcome. If you are interested please contact Anne Dunne 087 4146600.

Craft Classes

Thursday evenings 8-10pm in Mount St Anne’s. Come along and meet like minded people and learn new skills or improve existing ones, crochet, knitting etc. Call or phone Catherine on 057 8626153 for our full programme of events for 2014.


Grow meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Annex (opp St Michael’s Church) Portarlington. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126.


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a pop-up information stand in Portarlington Library on Wednesday February 5 between 1-3pm. All are welcome. For further information please call 044- 933 8773.

Men’s Shed

Contact Darren at 085 7434884.

St Conleth’s Gaa

Senior, minors and u16s training on Friday February 7 in O’Dempsey’s grounds. All new members welcomed. Please contact Sean Quirke at 086 3838329.

Water Meters

Gardai have issued a warning that now 2014 is here and the rollout of water meters will begin soon, to be aware that under no circumstances will anyone need to enter your house to install these meters. If they say they need to come inside to check taps, or look under the sink etc, just say no, as this does not happen. The most that might happen is that you could get a courtesy knock on the door to say someone from the water company is working outside on the footpath or something, but they will not need to come inside. Please pass this message onto any older or vulnerable people you might know.

Race Night

in aid of Portarlington Community First Aid Responders Group will take place in Jimmy’s Bar Main Street on Friday February 15 at 8pm.

Ladies Soccer

Arlington Ladies Soccer train on Friday nights at 9pm in the Portarlington Community Centre.

We are at present looking for more girls to get involved in this fast growing sport.

For more information contact Peter Lawlor on 087 2520052.

Port GAA Club Lotto

Numbers 4-10-19-20. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Liam Costello c/o Rose McCann and Teresa and Trish c/o Rose McCann. €25 winners Mick Grant c/o The Hawthorn and Molly and Eva Russell c/o D Maher. Promoters prize J Ward. Next week’s jackpot €3,500.

Arlington Lotto

Results for January 14. Letters V-K-U-X. No winner. Next jackpot in the Barrow Lodge on January 28. Jackpot €10,000.

Gracefield Lotto

Results for January 27.  Jackpot €6,000. No winner. Numbers 5-19-21–3.

€50 went to following: Ger Wyer c/o P Mulligan, Sean Egan c/o H Hanlon, Mick Gallagher c/o M Gallagher, Thomas Garry c/o T Garry and Sarah and JP McCormack c/o B Flanagan.

Promoters prize went to Matt Colgan.

Jackpot next week €6,200.