Judging is ongoing in the Tidy Towns Competition and the Inter Community Litter Challenge begins this week. We don’t know when the adjudicators will be in town so we are asking you to take the time to make sure Portarlington looks its best for them and indeed for everyone who lives, works or visits here.  Remember every little bit done will make the difference. Volunteers always needed for our weekly clean ups. Further information, please contact 087 4146600, emal porttidytowns@gmail.com or www.porttidytowns.com or on Facebook.


Just to let you all know that the DOT committee are still here, and we will be organising more projects in the coming weeks.  


Portarlington Folk Choir will be taking a short break for the summer and will be back singing at 12.15 mass on Sunday August 19. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.


Our second cash prize draw took place on Saturday June 23. Congratulations to the following on their win: 1st €10,000 Sarah Kinsella, 2nd €3,000 Ann Murphy, 3rd €2,000 Gavin Donoher, 4th €1,000 Christina Doyle and two prizes of €500 to Ann Guinan and Paul Maher. Well done to all.


Summer camp running from July 23 to 27 in the Scouts Den Main St Portarlington. For booking and more info contact Orla at 086 3223590.


Portarlington Tennis Club have organised tennis activities starting on Monday July 2. Club members only. Mondays to Fridays during July and August 2.30pm to 5pm. Teenage tournament every Wednesday 5pm to 7.30pm.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Hayden Brereton, Castle Gate who passed away suddenly aged 4 years old. Condolences to his parents Wesley Brereton and Nikita Broughan, his grandparents, extended family and friends. Mass of the Angels took place in St Broughan’s Church Bracknagh on Saturday June 23, with burial after in St Broughan’s Cemetery.


Sincere sympathy to the family of Jim Byrne of Cloneygowan, Co. Offaly who passed away at his home on Friday June 22. He is survived by his wife Christina, his sons Mark and Stephen and his daughter Grainne, his brothers Steve, Pat and Noel, sisters Mary and Carmel, his five grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Jim was a former employee of the ESB. Requiem mass took place on Sunday June 24 at St Mary’s Church, Raheen. Co. Offaly. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery. 

Sympathy is extended to Patsy Butler, Church View on the death of her sister Aine Teresa Nolan from Carlow.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of Una Maloney, Crann Nua who was interred in St Michael’s Cemetery on Sunday June 24.


Killenard, Friday July 6. Portarlington, Friday July 13. Emo (new cemetery), Friday August 3.


Gracefield FC AGM will be held on Monday July 2 at 8pm in the After Dark. All are welcome.


Gracefield GAA are holding a golf classic on June 28/29 in aid of the Kieran McEvoy Fund, also an auction and BBQ will be held in the After Dark on Friday June 29. For further information contact Colette O’ Reilly at 087 1603181.


June 19. Jackpot €3,100. No winner. Numbers 6- 9-12-14. €50 each to Paddy Rowan c/o Correagh Kilbeggan and Peter Luttrell c/o John Whelan. €25 each to Nora Purcell c/o P. Sweeney & Chrissie Smith c/o D Smith. Promoter’s prize went to J Leavy. Next jackpot €3,200.


Arlington soccer club Lotto which took place on June 19. Letters were L-Y-X-H. No winner of the jackpot. Next jackpot will be €6,000. Draw will take place on July 3 in the Barrow Lodge.


St Michael’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul are hosting a golf charity day on Thursday July 17 at Portarlington Golf Club. To book your tee time contact the Golf Shop on 057 8642916 at extension 2.


In preparation for this year’s King and Queens County 10k, everyone is welcome to a registration evening on June 28 at 8pm in the GAA Centre, McCann Park Portarlington. The registration evening is organised to provide a 10 week meet and train programme that will help people to increase their level of fitness over the ten weeks and prepare them to complete this year’s King and Queens County 10k on September16.  Cost of the 10 week programme is €50. For further information go to Facebook Michaels AC. All levels of fitness welcome to join. 


Senior training every Tuesday evening at 7pm in Emo Court and every Thursday evening at 7pm in McCann Park Portarlington. Long run on Sunday Mornings at 9am in Emo Court. €2 per session (Tuesday and Thursday). New members always welcome. Follow us on Facebook.


Portarlington Lourdes fundraising results: 1st, trip to Lourdes, Liam Costello, St Brigid’s Sq. 2nd €100, Celia Duffy, Emo. Three prizes of €50 to the following: Julia Leavy, Maureen Flanagan and Rev. Fr Dooley. The committee thank everyone for their support.


Care to Drive is a volunteer driving programme where the Irish Cancer Society recruits volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. They have recently partnered with Tullamore Hospital to start this service, and are now looking for volunteers to participate. The service is free to the patient, with the Irish Cancer Society paying for the volunteer driver’s fuel and offering €8 towards food on the day. To get more information, please contact Gail at 01-2310566.


Port GIY will be talking polytunnels and growing under cover this Thursday June 28. Tanguy DeToulget from Dunmore Country School in Durrow will be coming to advise and share his insight. We meet at 7.30pm in the French Quarter Cafe on French Church Street. Check us out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/PortGiy.


The Men’s Shed in Portarlington are up and running. If you are interested, please come along to the ALERT Unit, Botley Lane Business Park. Your input of ideas, suggestions etc, will be most valued.


Congratulations to all the couples married in Portarlington parish recently. John Maher, Shandra and Margaret Lynch, Killenard. Damian Huban and Ciara Fleet, The Glen, Killnacourt Woods. Triona Costello, Killenard and Ivan Lawlor, Portlaoise. Married in Bracknagh Church on Saturday June 23 were Elizabeth Ryan, St Brigid’s Sq, and Ollie Heavey, Monasterevin. Long life and happiness to everyone.


Congratulations to all involved with the Féile competition which proved to be a wonderful weekend for the club. he division 1 group stages in O’Dempseys turned out to be a very close affair and St Conleths went through to the semi-finals on scoring difference. They were defeated in the semi-final by St Ciaran’s of Ferbane who went on to win the final. The club is very proud of the efforts of Rachel Downey who won through to the semi-final stage of the Féile skills and represented the club very well before bowing out at that stage. Congratulations to all the girls involved and to the management team of Claire o’Connell, Caroline Havell and Tommy Hoey who put in so much hard work over the past few months. St Conleths would like to express our thanks to all who helped with the Féile through fundraising and advertising and we would particularly like to thank the O’Dempseys club for the magnificent work they did in providing a venue and hospitality that was first-class and in accommodating St Conleths in every way that they could.