Portarlington Notes

Jigs & Reels

Jigs & Reels

The Portarlington Community Development Assoc (PCDA) would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all who took part in this year’s Jigs & Reels. Thanks firstly to the dancers for their commitment and their sponsor and all who gave Spot Prizes. To the Heritage Hotel Killenard, the judges on the night Larry Fullam, Joyce Dempsey & Maeve Dunne. To our MC for the night Matt Dunne. A big thank you to our wonderful teacher Kara Burbage who trained with the dancers for over 2 months several nights a week. Thanks to Portarlington Comhaltas for performing. To Kara & Sean Burbage & Rebecca McCormack for dancing on the night. To Sean & Claire Faherty for the sound & lights. To Tony Bambrick Jnr for doing the video of the show & John O’Reilly for the disco. A total of €3,400 was given to the dancers towards their Charity/Club. Proceeds of €500 from the raffle was donated to the Ben & Jake Connolly Fund. The PCDA supports many different community projects in Portarlington. These include-Portarlington After schools Project. Portarlington Jobs Club, Community Employment Scheme in association with FAS, Arts & Heritage Committee, Portarlington Enterprise Centre, Community Creche, Portarlington First responders. And many more…

Thank You

The Committee of Port Social Services/Meals on Wheels sincerely thank all who gave generously to our recent flag days. To those who collected on Friday at our supermarkets & also to those who collected at Church gates and also in our local pubs. Thanks to supermarkets for allowing us to collect. Thanks to Killenard Social Services Council for their kind donation.


Dancing every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo for Port St. VdeP. Nov 17 Brian McDermott. Dance night on November 21 will be an extra fundraiser for St. Vincent de Paul with Tickets on Sale for raffle, and dancing to Done & Dusted. Adm €5. All welcome.

Port Speakers

Crisis Management, Inspiration and fun were the order of the day for Portarlington Speakers on Tuesday November 4. Donal Cahill very humorously took the meeting through the stages of crisis management using Garda Bobsey and his ever patient station sergeant as models. Careful observation and listening, using the appropriate expert, calm reflection and of course making sure the crisis was real all in the first place were all required. Carmel Moore O’Leary’s speech “mé féin” took us on a fascinating journey from the green fields of her home place through to the ESB Chimneys at Poolbeg, the night spots of Dublin and the vibrant city night life, to her marriage and family and the move to Killenard. No Speakers’ meeting would be complete without a chance to network and to just chat to friends over tea and coffee and this meeting was no exception. Ann Duncan gave a very informative talk on the inspirational Mark Pollock who Ann had met at the recent screening of the film about his life. Carmel Moore O’Leary suggested Christy Brown’s autobiography “My Left Foot” as recommended reading for all students. Noreen Diver on her first visit to the Speakers gave a topical impromptu speech which was very well received. The next meeting will be at 7.45pm on Tuesday November 18 at the Anvil Inn, Portarlington. Admission is free and all are welcome.

World War I VISIT

If interested in the history of the First World War or who lost relatives in the conflict , a trip to the Western Front war graves takes place in April next year. Dates to be finalised. Contact Rev. Leslie Stevenson,lesliestevenson53@gmail.com or David Orford, orford@eircom.net.


To join Port’s Christmas Carol Singing Group contact Anne Dunne on 087- 4146600. All are welcome. Practice starts soon.

Cloneyhurke ns

Cloneyhurke NS annual church gate collection on the weekend of Sat/Sun November 15 & 16. Support greatly appreciated.

Courtwood GAA

See GAA digest.


It was with deep sadness that people heard of the sudden passing of Joan Bourke (nee Walsh) St, Brigid’s Sq & formerly of Nenagh on Monday October 27 at her residence. Joan was predeceased by her loving husband Michael 9 years ago. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Ann (Dunne), son Christopher, son in law Jay Dunne, daughter in law Phil Bourke, grandsons Alan, Graham, Jonathan, Adrian, Enda, Kevin & Michael, Granddaughters Niamh, Eleanor & Sharon. Her 17 Great-Grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, her wonderful neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday October 29 in St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Joan rest in Peace now with her beloved Michael.


Deepest Sympathy to Patsy Butler Church View on the death of her sister Maura O’Doherty (nee Nolan) Kilcavan, Geashill & formerly Carlow. Maura was predeceased by her loving husband Jim. She will be sadly missed by daughters Rosalie, Lucy, Deirdre & sons Joseph & Declan, her Grandchildren, sister Patsy (Portarlington) & brother Liam (Carlow), extended family & many friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Mary’s Church Clonaghadoo on Wednesday Oct 29, with burial after in St Mary’s Cemetery. Maura was a retired Nurse in St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. May Maura rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Harry Ridgeway Newcastle Dublin & formerly Garryhinch who passed away on October 28. Harry will be sadly missed by his loving wife Rena, his brothers Ronnie & Ivor, sisters Lillian Bently & Ann Tinkler (Canal Rd Port) his extended family & friends. May Ivor rest in Peace. Funeral Mass took place on Oct 31 in St. Finian’s Church Newcastle, with burial after in Newcastle cemetery. May Ivor rest in Peace.

Christmas Tree

Port Christmas Tree committee door to door collection unerway. Thank you for your generous support, without which there would be no Christmas Tree in the Square.

Gracefield GAA

Lotto November 6 Jackpot €14,000. No winner. Numbers 14 - 10 –25-20. €50 went to the following-Anne Marie Colgan c/o A Slattery, Ellen Mulligan c/o P Mulligan, Liam Mulligan c/o M Gallagher, Sheila Brereton c/o A Brereton & PJ Duffy c/o L Corcoran. Promoters Prize went to Peter Hynes. Next jackpot €14,200.

Portarlington GAA

Lotto -Week 43. Jackpot €1,200. No winner. Numbers Drawn 16-19-24-28. €50 winners Mary & Marian c/o C Ryan & Mary & Bernie c/o C Ryan. €25 winners Freya & Finn O’Shea c/o Tom O’Shea and Paddy McDermott c/o Joey Sweeney. Jackpot next week €1,300.