Scoil Criost Ri , Portlaoise  Students -  Rebecca Roe , Niamh Tarleton and Akvile Krungleviciute   ,with their Project "Illumielle Lanterns  " at  the  Student Enterprise Awards in the Killeshin Hotel , Portlaoise .  Photo: Michael Scully - no reproduction fee.
Portlaoise Bridge Club

Portlaoise Bridge Club

Result for Thursday March 14. Eight table Mitchell movement

N/S 1st Triona Kavanagh and Anne Mulligan. 2nd Maureen O’ Leary and Noreen Kilkenny. Gross Margaret Nee and Ette Kennedy. 3rd Molly and Michael O’Brien.

E/W 1st Eileen Fingleton and Paddy Conroy. 2nd Mary Downey and Helen Williams. Gross Dinah Campion and Jim Fingleton. 3rd Maire Fennin and Kevin Kennedy.

There will not be any bridge over the Easter period from and including Holy Thursday and restarting on Monday April 8.

The president’s prizes for member only, will be played for on Thursday April 11 and Monday April 15, with the presentation of prizes and dinner on Thursday April 18. Anyone wishing to take part should contact either Rita Arrigan, 8621681, or Sally Collins, 8621554.


President’s prize (Ms Carmel Doorley). Congratulations to the president, Carmel, on a very enjoyable season’s bridge

including her president’s prize, dinner and presentation which were a great success.The results are:

Winners Margaret Nee and Ette Kennedy. 2nd Ethel Culliton and Eileen O’Hora. Gross Eileen and Jim Fingleton. 3rd Teresa Fitzgerald and Denis O’Leary. 1st session Mary Mahon and Breeda Keating. 2nd session Anne Doolan and Michael O’Brien. 4th Mai White and Kay Carpendale. 5th Kay Conroy and Ita Kennedy. 6th Mary Ryan and Nora Delaney. 7th Marian Mills and Catherine Reilly. 8th Brenda Scully and Mary Downey.

Portlaoise Men’s Shed

are appealing to anyone that can donate any of the following, which will help with the development of the project.

Tools, timber, bicycles, go-karts, benches, etc. We can collect. Contact 086 2624092.


A reminder that rehearsals for the Kellyville Adult Chamber Choir (Portlaoise) resume after Easter on Tuesday, April 9, 7pm to 9pm. New members very welcome. Uplifting music and first class vocal coaching. No experience necessary. For info, contact Patricia Finnegan, 0894679243.

Explore the Meaning of Life

Find the answer by attending the very first official Alpha Course in Portlaoise, at Treo Nua Resource Centre, Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise, Saturdays, 3pm – 4.30pm. For further details or to reserve a place, please contact Myriam Bergin 057 8605691, 086 128 3432, alphacourseportlaoise@gmail.com.

youth cafe appeal

The young people of Portlaoise’s new Youth Cafe have some equipment but we could do with a lot more and it doesn’t have to be brand spanking new. Maybe you have something at home that you don’t use any more? We would love some CDs, DVDs and computer games for PS3, Xbox, Wii for under 18s. Any working music equipment or anything else that you think we might like and use. We know the people of Laois are very generous so thank you in advance. Also, a huge thank you to those of you who have already generously donated to us. Contact us on 057 8665010, info@ywilaois.ie or drop in any morning.

Bus to Knock

Pilgrimmage to Knock Shrine on Saturday, April 20. Leaving from Abbeyleix at 7am, Ballyroan at 7.10am, Portlaoise Midway approximately 7.20pm. Also stopping in Mountmellick. Seats must be booked in advance. Contact Elizabeth on 057 8742011.

Shotokan Karate

Classes in traditional shotokan karate, every Monday and Thursday. Juniors 7pm – 8pm, seniors 8pm – 9pm in the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. For further details contact Richard O’Brien 2nd Dan (WKSA) 086 8728809

The Gathering

Launch of Ireland Reaching Out in County Laois, Thursday, April 4 at 8pm, Parish Centre, Portlaoise. In the year of The Gathering 2013, Ireland Reaching Out is an initiative to trace and encourage the descendants of those who left your parishes to return from around the world. Anyone with an interest in their community, local history, heritage, tourism or genealogy is invited to get involved and learn more about the programme which will be launched by Henry Healy, Ireland XO. John Liston, genealogist will be on hand to answer your queries. Enquires to lizkenn@gmail.com, 087 6381675.

Mini Marathon

The Carers Association are now seeking volunteers, that will represent family carers in the Flora’s Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday June 3 Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. To receive sponsorship packs or information please contact Alison Hackett The Carers Association Laois/Offaly 086 7957086 or email ahackett@carersireland.com.

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Sunday April 7(first sunday after Easter). Cermony will commence at 2.30pm with confessions, procession and chaplet at 3pm. Mass and prayers and blessing with St Faustina’s Relic. Celebrant Fr Paddy Byrne. All welcome.

Camera Club

Portlaoise Camera Club will host renowned Irish Photographer, Mike Brown, on Wednesday April 3 at the Killeshin Hotel at 7.30pm. It is €5 for a member of any Camera Club and for members of the Portlaoise Birdwatch group. It is €10 for non members. People can have a look at Mike’s work at mikebrownphotography.com. Updates will appear on the Portlaoise Camera Club Facebook page. See also portlaoisecameraclub.com.

Musical fundraiser

Portlaoise Musical Society will host a fundraising table quiz on April 11 in Grellan Delaney’s Main St, Portlaoise. Tables of 4 cost €40. The recent AGM saw a new committee elected and plans are already underway for 2013. Incoming chair, Annette McCaul, thanked the previous committee for their trojan work and dedication and welcomed the incoming committee and officers for the coming year. For further information, please contact David on 085 1392931 or email info@portlaoisemusical society.com.

50+ Active Age Group

Aprils events. 3, interesting talk ‘Key to Life’. 10, gardening advice plus questions and answers at homebase. 17, meeting cancelled (Donegal trip, April 15 -19). 24, activities day. Rehearsals for Bealtanna Festival at the Parish Centre. Every Tuesday, choir practice 3 - 4pm. Every Wednesday, dancing 1.30pm - 2.30pm. New members always welcome. Just come along any Wednesday 3pm. For more info contact Andy 057 8621571.


The death has occurred of Sr Brigid Mary O’Dwyer of Presentation Sisters, Ashbrook Gardens, Portlaoise, Laois. Died March 21, peacefully, in her 101st year, in the loving care of the staff of Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock, Co. Kildare.

Deeply regretted by her loving community, Presentation Sisters, nephew Melvyn, niece-in-law Ruth, grandnephews, grandniece, great-grandnephew, extended family and friends.

Reposing in Shalom Nursing Home Chapel. Removal on Saturday at 3.45pm to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s, Portlaoise, for 5pm. Funeral mass on Sunday at 12.30pm, followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.

Parish Bereavement Support

If you have lost a loved one, a confidential one-to-one support service is available by making an appointment with a member of the bereavement support team, call 087 9878300.

Ciorcal Cainte

Irish Conversation every Wednesday from 5.15pm to 6.30pm in Portlaoise Library. Má tá suim agat, bí linn. Fálite Romhat.


Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Midlands ‘Living Links’ provides trained volunteers to offer confidential, practical support and information on the following areas: the funeral, inquest, entitlements, what to say to the children, your grief. We connect you to the other support services in your area and are there as a friend for you. Please contact the Midlands ‘Living Links’ support co-ordinator on 086 1600641.

Local AL-ANON Meeting

Do you enjoy reading and talking about good books? Join our group for stimulating discussions on chosen text, from classics to modern fiction. We meet every Wednesday morning in the parish centre from 10.45am - 12.45pm. New members always welcome. There is a fee to cover the cost of the tutor and room. Call Hilary 087 6356714 or Nancy 086 6048671 for further info.