Portlaoise news

Soccer league

Soccer league

Portlaoise Street Soccer Leagues starts next Wednesday, June 25 2-4pm Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Sign up now to be in with a chance to win the street league title and mid-tournament. Runs for nine weeks. Open to 7-aside teams. All male aged 16-40. Contact Nichole Dunphy FAI at 086 048 5820 or nicole.dunphy@fai.ie ID needed for U18s and proof of date of birth.

Laois Marlins AGM

Laois Marlins Swimming Club AGM on Tuesday, June 24 at 7.30pm in Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

Active Retired

Portlaoise Active Retired Association has been invited to a tea dance in Abbeyleix Sunday, June 22 2.30-5.30pm. Also we have an invite on Thursday, June 26. from Portarlington ARA to participate in their 10th anniversary celebrations 2.30-5.30pm. Transport (car pooling) to each event from Portlaoise Parish Centre.

Summer outings: Wednesday July 16 bus to visit Gardens in Freshford Kilkenny leaving Portlaoise Parish Centre; Wednesday July 23 Visit to Limerick ‘City of Culture’ travelling by train. Included in visit will be a ’Hop-on Hop-off ‘ bus tour of the city.

Full details of these events to follow at a later date.

Flower Baskets

Ahead of the Voices across Culture Street Market Festival Downtown Portlaoise hung about 80 hanging baskets on the Main Street. They contacted retailers and asked for a €50 contribution and Jack Nolan would install and maintain two baskets outside any retailer that takes part. Downtown wants all traders taking part. Downtown want the Main Street in bloom for the summer.

Library News

Knitting group meet on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm in Portlaoise Library. There is no charge and all levels are welcome to come along to knit and chat. Ciorcal Comhrá meet each Wednesday from 5.15pm-6.30pm.

Mens Sheds

Portlaoise Men’s Sheds at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesday 11am-4pm and 7.30pm-10pm. Also Thursday 11am-4pm. The annual general meeting takes place at the equestrian centre on Wednesday, June 25 at 7.30pm.

Parish Youth Group

Sale of wish bags and a flag day take place on Saturday/Sunday June 28-29). Any support would be more than welcome, and greatly received by the Portlaoise Parish Youth Group has gone from strength to strength as an active force within the local community.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on June 19. Winning no 07,13,15,23.

Hospice Coffee morning

Coffee morning in aid of Laois Hospice takes place on Friday, June 27 at their Portlaoise charity shop, Meehan Court. All donations toward palliative care services locally. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Portlaoise Pioneers

Presentation of medals takes place on Friday, June 27 during 7.30pm mass in the Parish Centre. Pioneers in Portlaoise and beyond welcome.

Summer arts

The Arts Office, Laois County Council arts programme for children and young people in Portlaoise in St Francis NS from July 22-24. Artist Conor Brennan will run fun art workshop for children aged 7-12. During the same week young writers aged 12-15 can explore creative writing with writer Jean O’Brien. Workshops cost €20. Places are limited booking is advised. Call 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive Service is seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from chemoptherapy in Dublin. Volunteers needed to pick up patients at their homes, drive them to hospital and pick them up later to bring them home. Free to patients and driver expenses covered. Call 01 231 0566 email transport@irishcancer.ie

Teenage disco

Portlaoise Ladies GAA host a teenage disco in O’Loughln’s Hotel on Friday, June 27 from 8-11pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd years. Admission €10.

Carers meeting

Support group meeting for carers takes place on Tuesday, June 24 11am-12.30pm at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Support meetings are a great opportunity to meet other carers, share experiences while taking a break from caring.

Beladd lower mass

Change of date for annual mass at Beladd Lower. Weather permitting, the mass on the Lower Green will not be celebrated on Wednesday, June 25 next at 7pm not on Tuesday. All are welcome.

Walks Festival

The Laois Walks Festival takes place from July 1-31 next. 9km walk at the Rock of Dunamaise at 7.30pm on Saturday 9km.


Thursday June 26, at 8pm in Kavanagh’s Pub, Portlaoise, in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Cost €40 for a table of four. Raffle on the night.

Portlaoise bridge

Results for Thursday the June 12. Ten and A half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Damien & Margaret Nee 2nd Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny, Gross Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy,3rd Mary Ryan & Phil Devaney. E/W 1st Eileen O’Horo & Catherine Keane, 2nd Veronie Naughton & Pauline Carbury, Gross David & Celia Downes, 3rd Cella Lewlor & Sr. Rosario. Bridge sessions are held every Thursday evening in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy starting at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Late Margaret Ryan

Condolences to the family of the late Margaret Ryan (née Shanahan) of Newpark, Portlaoise and Roscrea who died suddenly at home on June 18. Sadly missed by her loving family, Mairead, Deco, Declan, Ray, brothers Pat, Liam, Michael, sisters Maura, Sheila, Ann and Eileen, extended family relatives and friends. Reposing at her family home. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Michael GLYNN

Condolences to the family of the late Michael Glynn, Glynside, Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise, late of Fohenagh, Co. Galway who died on June 18 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Phil, and father of Martina, Michael, Kenneth and Roy. Deeply regretted brothers Martin and Frank, sisters Kathleen, Aggie, Theresa, and Gretta, extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s church. Requiem mass followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late John Sweeney

Portlaoise CBS past pupils of the late 1950s will learn with regret of the death, on March 10, of John Sweeney of Oakwell, Richardstown, Kildangan, Co Kildare. A Donegal man, he began teaching in Portlaoise at the early age of 19. As he often mused, he wasn’t much older than his students. Kindly and dedicated to his profession, he treated all boys equally, regardless of social class, and he was before his time in his concern for the welfare of the more vulnerable. John’s funeral took place to St Brigid’s cemetery, Ballinakill, on March 12. Predeceased by his wife Helena (a native of Ballinakill), he is survived by sons Brian, Conor and Barry, family and friends. Belated condolences to the family.

Late Esther COLLINS

Condolences to the family and order of the late Esther Collins (RGN) of Portlaoise, Beechfield, Portlaoise who died on June 16. Deeply regretted by her loving family relatives and friends. Reposing at Grey’s Funeral Home Templemore. Removal to St Mary’s Church Drom for requiem mass. Burial in Drom Old Cemetery afterwards.

Parish Bereavment

Confidential help for those who have lost loved ones. Call 087 987 300