Portlaoise News

Portlaoise parish school enrolment Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart, and Scoil Bhride parish national schools are now accepting junior infant enrolments for next year. Enrolment forms are available from the schools. Please bring copy of birth cert and baptisimal cert. We wish to apologise for any confusion caused by last week’s note.

Portlaoise parish school enrolment

Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart, and Scoil Bhride parish national schools are now accepting junior infant enrolments for next year. Enrolment forms are available from the schools. Please bring copy of birth cert and baptisimal cert. We wish to apologise for any confusion caused by last week’s note.

Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart, and Scoil Bhride parish national schools are now accepting junior infant enrolments for next year. Enrolment forms are available from the schools. Please bring copy of birth cert and baptisimal cert. We wish to apologise for any confusion caused by last week’s note.


The school is now accepting applications for junior infants enrolment for 2013/14. Forms availailable at the school office. Closing date for applications is 3pm Friday, November 30. Further information contact the principal Mr David O’Brien on 057 864 6658.


A night pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Friday December 7. The bus will stop at Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Tullamore. Please phone Maura O’Brien on 086 3344722 to book your seat.

Eucharistic Ministers

Training for new Eucharistic Ministers in Portlaoise Parish commences for both liturgical and hospital Minister on Tuesday’s November 20/27 and December 4 in the Prayer Room SS Peter & Paul’s Church. New minister’s will be contacted.


The Portlaoise Gospel Choir will sing at 12.30 pm mass in St Peter and Pauls ChurcH on Sunday, December 16 and will also sing at a concert in St Peters Church of

Ireland at 6.30 pm the same evening. On Sunday, December 23 they will sing in Shaen Hospital from 1.30-2.30 pm and in in the Kyle shopping centre from 3-6pm. At 8pm the choir will participate in a carol service along with other choirs at St Peter and Pauls parish Church Portlaoise.

Thanks to all who contributed to the church gate collection and to the choir members who contributed to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease fundraiser.Jack and the Beanstalk

Portlaoise Pantomime Group will present their 29th annual production “Jack and the Beanstalk” in the Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise. The panto runs in January from 19-26. Matinees on Saturday 19, Sunday, 20, and Saturday 26 at 2.30pm. Shows nightly at 8pm. in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets are now available from the Dunamaise Box Office. Visit www.dunamaise.ie or phone 057 86 63355 . Special rate for group bookings of 10 or more from Sat 21 Tue 24th only. Early booking is advised


The Carers Association Laois is holding a Christmas fare on Saturday, December 8 in the Portlaoise Parish Centre from 10am until 4pm. To take a table please contact Bernie Healy 086 3688583 or Alison Hackett at 086 7957086.

Portlaoise Macra 60th

Portlaoise Macra will celebrate 60 years since its foundation in the newly refurbished hall on Saturday, December 8 with a blessing of the hall at 8.30pm, followed by music and dance with “Top Note”. Catch up with Macra members old and new. Tickets are €10 and are available from any current Macra member or by contacting 087-4179327 or 085-7424147.Laois Macra Christmas Ball takes place in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, December 1


At the recent AGM of the Foroige Club the following were elected to the committee: Chairperson, Emma Brennan; Secretary, Meave Phelan; Treasurer, Abigail Dempsey; PRO, Craig Reddin. Committee members: Alan Heafy and Hayley Dunne. Best of luck to the new committee. The next meeting will be held on November 30 in the Macra Hall at 7.30pm sharp. All members to attend.

Bullying talk

Aine Lynch, the CEO of the National Parents Council Primary (NPC), will be speaking on the topic of “Bullying” at the Parish Centre, Portlaoise from 7:30pm-10:00pm (coffee/tea from 7:00pm) on Monday, December 3. The event is free and all parents of primary school children are welcome to attend. If attending, please contact email to LaoisNPC@gmail.com or text 086 205 0258 or call the Sarah Foyle (Chairperson of the Laois Branch) on 087 094 6868.

50+ Active Age

Activities: Nov 28 - Dancing/elect appliances demo; Dec 4 -Bake Taste & Share (bolunteers needed to bake their favourite recipe and share with the group); Dec 11 -Sports inch boccia; Dec 14 - Christmas Crooners Dunamaise (names being taken €20); Dec 19 - Christmas Party 2-6pm €5per member. New members always welcome come along or Contact Andy 057 8621571

Laois ARCH Club

Laois ARCH Club Christmas Party takes place at the Portllaoise Heritage Hotel on Thursday, November 29 from 8pm-11pm. Music by The Jury and the theme is ‘Red & Sparkling! The Club is a social club for adults with an intellectual disability and all are welcome to come along and join in the fun. Cost is €10 which includes supper. Santa is expected to make an appearance so root out something red to wear, add a bit of sparkle and put on your dancing shoes for a great night out!


Retired Nurses and Carers Club Mass for the deceased members in the Day Care Centre on Tuesday, November 27 at 8pm. Annual dinner will be held on Monday, December 10 at 3pm in the Killeshin Hotel, all welcome, please contact Kathleen 087 6523619 or Charlotte 087 2068974 before Saturday, December 8.


The Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland meets on Wednesday, November 28 at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm. Local botanist and bird expert Hugh Shepherd will talk to the meeting on “Feeding Birds in the Garden in Winter”. Hugh’s talk will includes bird feeders and the management of the countryside and garden to provide natural foods.


Congrats to all the groups based in Portlaoise area who were rewarded at the annual Laois Community and Voluntary Awards. These were: Portlaoise Parish Centre, 50+Active Age Group, Portlaoise Laois Talking Newspaper, Laois Arch Club, Knockmay Youth Group, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Laois Cricket Club, Youth Work Ireland Laois. Well done to the unsung hero nominees McCrory, President of the Arch Club, John Hartford of Portlaoise Active Retired.

Goose Club

Ratheniska Goose Club takes place this year on December 9, commencing at 7:30.

Table Quiz

In aid of Scoil Chríost Rí, Thursday November 29 at 9pm in Grellan Delanys, Main St. €40 per team of 4, raffle and prizes on the night. Contact Liam Dollard 087-9203266 or Alice McCabe 086-3793374 before November 28 to confirm table.

Clothes Bag Collection

The parents council at St Francis school are holding a fundraiser clothes bag collection on November 28 in support of student classes. All support greatly appreciated. Will take anything except pillows and duvets. Old phones should be sent in separate bag.

Christmas Tree Sale

Laois Hospice & Portlaoise Lions Club Christmas tree sale, Commences December 7 at Centrepoint.

Advent Meetings

Weekly meetings commencing November 27 in the residence of Frank and Pat Conway, Colliers Lane at 8pm.

Christmas Comedy Night

Portlaoise GAA Christmas comedy night December 20 in Portlaoise GAA centre at 8:30. Tickets €10 available from committee members.


There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish lotto jackpot when the numbers were drawn on Thursday, November 22. The numbers drawn were 01 02 10 28 . The match 3s received €91 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Neigbourhood Watch

The launch of the Rossvale and Rossvale Court Neighbourhood Watch takes place on Monday, December 3 at 4pm in Treo Nua Centre, on Harpur’s Lane. All are welcome.


Men talking about cancer is the name of a support meeting for men only at the Cuisle Centre on Thursday, November 29 at 7pm. Sale of work takes place on Friday, December 7 from 12-5pm and the Patient Christmas Party takes place on Thursday, December 13. Volunteers needed to sell Christmas cards at the Shopping Centre. Contact 868 1492.


Congrats to the Nurse of the Year award winner Elaine O’Brien Doyle who was presented with her award at the SMA know-how Maternity and Infant Awards recently. Elaine was nominated by her patient Sophie and her mother Ann Marie for the outstanding care and help which she has provided to their family.

Christmas Market

Downtown Portlaoise are holding a Christmas Market on the December 2, Sunday from 11 to 5 pm. Music, Christmas Stalls, Santa Grotto, on the Main St. Don’t miss a great family day out. See the local press and radio for further details. Anyone wishing to sell their wares please contact Downtown Portlaoise.

Tidy towns quiz

Portlaoise Tidy Towns is holding their table quiz in Grellan Delaneys on Wednesday November 28. All monies raised will be used to further enhance the image of Portlaoise on 2013. It is the Committee’s wish that 2013 will be an even better year for the town than 2012 when they won their second silver medal.

Adventist service

Seventh-day Adventist Church Portlaoise would like to invite you to their weekly Sabbath (Saturday) Services at the Church of Ireland Parocial Hall, Railway Street, Portlaoise,From 2.30-4pm. Call Evelyn on 087-2462838.


Award-winning celebrity chef, Neven Maguire, comes to Portlaoise for a cookery demonstration of Christmas Fare on Saturday, 1 December at 2pm at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. A small market of local producers and artisans starts at 12 noon and throughout the event on the day. Tickets cost €20 and are available from: The Fruit & Nut Place, Flynn’s Menswear and Smaointe in Portlaoise; Fletcher’s newsagents (Portarlington); Shaw’s and Ena’s at the Mill in Mountmellick; by calling 087 636 8148 or 086 262 5999; or on the day. Proceeds to St. Peter’s Church.

Bridge Charity Night

The Portlaoise club’s President Rita Arrigan wishes to announce that the clubs Charity Night the Family Resource Centre and the St Vincent De Paul. will take place on the evening of Friday, November 30 from 7.30pm. Be at their table by 7.15pm for prompt start, All are welcome.


Result for November 19. Eleven and a half table Mitchell movement: N/S 1st Mary Downey & Ettw Kennedy, 2nd Blathnaid Trayer & Damian Nee, Gross Maureen O’Leary & Jim Delaney, 3rd Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton. E/W 1stMary Conroy & Celeste Sweetman, 2nd Bridie Hourigan & Hannah Meade, Gross Nora Aldritt & Brenda Scully, 3rd Maura & Barry O’Callaghan.

Result November 22. Eight and a Half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Norma Ludden, 2nd Jim Fingleton & Tom Handy, Gross Molly & Michael O’Brien, 3rd Anne Mulligan & Triona Kavanagh. E/W 1sr Anne Hogan & Josephine Hogan, 2nd Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast, Gross Paddy Conroy & Damian Nee, 3rd Sally Collins & Brenda Scully.


Results for Wednesday November 14. /S 1st Frances Conroy & Ethel Culliton 2nd Nora Delaney & Mary Ryan. Gross Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy 3rd Meera Saxena & M.J Ryan

4th Caroline Delaney & Angela Hughes. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley 2nd Carmel Hughes & John Cushen Gross Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary 3rd Maura & Barry O’Callaghan 4th Eileen O’Hora & Therese Stokes.


Condolences to the family of the late Rose Keightley (nee Quigley), of Hillview, Portlaoise who passed away peacefully on November 17 at her son Tom’s residence in Naas, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Tom and dearly loved mother to Breda, Tom, Timmy and Rose, she is also deeply regretted by brother Tom, sisters Sheila, Gertie, Louise and Alice, extended family relatives and friends at home and abroad. Reposed at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise with removal to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for. Requiem Mass last Monday followed by Interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Patrick Keegan of Rathleague, who passed away peacefully on November 19 at the Regiional Hospital, Portlaoise. Beloved husband of the late Anna-Mary and loving father to Margo, Eilish, Mary, Pat, James, and Charles, Patrick is also deeply regretted by sister Annie (Delaney) extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence, with Removal to arrive SS Peter and Pauls Church for Requiem Mass last Wednesday followed by Interment in SS Peter and Pauls Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Jim Murphy of Glenfield, Portlaoise who passed away on Thursday, November 22. Removal from Portlaoise Midlands Regional to Ratheniska Church for Requiem Mass on Sunday with funeral afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late George Buggy of 4 The Green, Kilminchy Portlaoise,and formerly Greenroad who passed away on Monday, November 19. Reposed at his residence with removal last Wednesday to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, for Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.


Fr Paddy and the staff in the Maternity Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise invite bereaved parents, families and friends of babies buried in the Holy Angels’ Plot in Portlaoise Cemetery to a Service of Remembrance on Sunday, November, 25 at 3 pm at the Holy Angels’ Plot, Portlaoise Cemetery.

Bereavement Support

A talk on Bereavement for those who have lost a loved one will take place in the Parish Centre on Thursday, November 29 at 8pm. All are welcome.