French Church Open Day

French Church Open Day

As part of the Blueberry Festival in Portarlington on September 16, the French Church (St Paul’s in The Square) will host an open day with talks, teas and children’s treasure trails all afternoon. Photo exhibition, homemade goodies and local experts on hand to add to your afternoon’s enjoyment. All in support of the church refurbishment appeal.


Beginner bridge classes on Thursday, September 27 at 8pm In Killenard. Places limited for maximum tuition in a friendly environment. Contact Bridge Association of Ireland registered teacher. Blathnaid Trayer 0876268519 midlandsbridge@gmail.com.

Portarlington Scout Group

Portarlington Scout Group will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday September 22 with an open day at the Den from 3 to 6pm and evening festivities at Gogarty’s from 9pm. Everyone welcome.

Psoriasis Information

Psoriasis sufferers can attend a free psoriasis information clinic in Portarlington on Thursday, September 20 from 2pm to 5pm. The event takes place in Portarlington Pharmacy, Park Lane. People can book an appointment by calling 057 8684532 or just turn up on the day.

National Culture Night

National Culture Night will be celebrated in St Pauls Church, Portarlington (by kind permission of Ven. Lesley Stephenson,) on Friday September 21. Performances on the night by musicians from the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and there will be contributions of music, poetry, readings and singing from young people from the town and surrounding locality. The event commences at 8pm and admission is free.


September 21. Creative writing workshop with Jean O’Brien and exhibition of artwork in Portarlington Library from 3pm - 4.30pm. To book contact 057 8674343/42.


Talk to help tune into teenage wellbeing with Dr Niall Muldoon, national clinical director CARI (Children at Risk Ireland) on Wednesday, September 19 at Colaiste Iosagain at 8pm.

FUN WALk (4.5kM) EMO

Dr Eddie Murphy from RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ will lead the walk in the grounds of Emo Court. Commence from Emo village entrance gate on Saturday, September 22 at 11am. Park at Emo NS. Pre book free of charge. Registration from 10.30am at Emo village entrance gate. Contact Laois Sports Partnership for more details on 057 8671248. Part of Laois Connects Mental Health Week.

Dirty old Towns

The DOT committee are delighted to have finally finished the River Walk. Weather took its toll this past couple of months, but the fine weather of the last week has allowed us to finish the pathway and build the lovely Pergola. More plants are been put in to give some more colour to the area, which is used every day by so many walkers. We are also so lucky to have the men from the Community employment scheme looking after the cutting of the grass and weeding etc. The committee are still meeting on a regular basis to discuss the maintenance of the projects that were done during the programme. Also to get started on the landscaping of the 3 main roundabouts in town.

Youth Club

Portarlington Youth club will be holding its registration night on Wednesday September 12 from 7.30pm until 8.30pm for all existing and new members to come down and register. We will reopen on Wednesday September 19 at 7.30pm and will run every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the Catholic Club, Main Street, Portarlington for 12 – 18 year olds. Registration is €10 which is payable on the night and members pay €5 each week thereafter. Please call 087 9034682 or contact us on portarlingtonyouthclub@yahoo.co.uk if you need further information or if you are over 18 years of age and are interested in volunteering.

Slimming World

Slimming World Portarlington continues on Monday evenings. First class at 5.30pm and second at 7.30pm in Portarlington RFC. Details call Laura on 085 7514015.


St Michael’s Badminton Club will continue from 8-10pm each week. All are welcome. Further info from Mick Knight 057 8643395.

Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Festival is taking place on Sunday September 16. It is promised to be a fun filled day, with stalls promoting local food, craft, art and community groups. There will also be plenty of entertainment on the day. If you want to promote your business on the day please contact the Love Port office on 085 8568801 or email portsvision2020@gmail.com for further information.

10K Fun Run

The Daniel’s Centra King and Queens County 10K will take place on Sunday September 16, 11am from McCann Park. Entry fee €15. The inaugural Midlands juvenile 1K run will also take place on the same morning 10.30am. All welcome.


Portarlington ICA will recommence on Thursday September 20 in their new premises The Annexe Patrick St. New members welcome. For further details contact Pauline 057 8623458.

St Vincent de Paul Shop

As the new St Vincent de Paul shop will be opening shortly in Portarlington, the society would be very grateful for any donations of good quality clothing, furniture etc. All donations will be used for the less fortunate in our local community and if you have any suitable donation could you please contact the St Vincent de Paul, phone on 087 7640557 and we will arrange collection if necessary. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Portarlington and surrounding districts for your continued generous support.

Ballet Classes

The O’Rourke school of ballet are enrolling for new term in Portarlington and Monasterevin. For more info contact Aibhe 0863025524.


New season of bridge classes starting in Portarlington Golf Club at 8pm sharp on Monday 17 and Wednesday September 19. All are welcome.

Gracefield Lotto

Results from September 3. Jackpot €7,600. No Winner of jackpot. Numbers 6, 13, 16, 15. €50 each to the following, Steven Slattery c/o G Slattery, Claire Keegan c/o P Keegan, Gerry & Liam c/o J Keegan, Kelly & Eddie Finlay c/o T Bryan & Gavin Murphy c/o J Murphy. Promoters Prize of €50 went to Paddy Mulligan. Next jackpot €7,800.   

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA Lotto week 36. Jackpot €4,200. Numbers 8, 17, 20, 23. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Shauna O’Leary c/o Rose McCann & Mark Hand c/o Delaneys. €25 each to M & D Costello c/o C Ryan & Val McGettrick c/o P Sweeney. Promoter’s prize went to M Tynan. Next jackpot €4,200.

Senior Citizens Annual Party

Portarlington senior citizens committee are currently up-dating their list for their annual party. The committee always tries to include all who are eligible to attend this event and every effort is made to include all. The committee wish people to contact them if they are eligible to attend this party that may not have being invited previously as they were unknown to us. Please contact one of the committee members,

Marie Corcoran, Corrig, Portarlington, Berni Hurley, Avondale, Portarlington, Teresa O’Neill, Patrick St, Portarlington and Marie Knight, Annamoe, Garryhinch, Portarlington.

Speech & Drama

Develope your child’s confidence and communication skills through speech and drama classes with Ceiltis School of Speech and Drama. Small classes and individual attention assured. Community Centre Portarlington, Wednesdays from 4pm on September 19. Enrolment and info on Wednesday September 12 from 7pm. Enquires and information contact Anita at 086 2478052. Email ceiltissd@hotmail.com.


Burbage Irish Dance Academy. Portarlington GAA 7-8pm on Thursdays. Gracefield GAA 6.30-7.30pm on Fridays. For more information contact Kara at 087 7681477. All new members welcome. 

Lourdes Re-union

After a successful trip once again to Lourdes, a reunion will take place on next Friday September 14 at 9pm in the Pint O Port. Refreshments and music on the night. All are welcome, and looking forward to seeing all your photos.

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning takes place on September 20 with proceeds going to Laois Hospice. If anyone would like to host one on the day please contact Ann 087 6270988.

September ‘82

‘September 82’ by Mike O Halloran is a play which deals with the most famous football final of them all - the 1982 final between Kerry and Offaly.

September ‘82 has played to over 3000 people during its runs in Kerry and Offaly. The play has been enjoyed by Kerry greats Eoin Liston, Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, Jimmy Deenihan and Seamus Darby, Richie Connor, Pat Fitzgerald and Sean Lowry of Offaly.

September ‘82 will play in Portarlington GAA club hall this Saturday, September 15 at 8pm almost thirty years after the fateful day. This is a fundraiser for Portarlington and Walsh Island GAA clubs.

Tickets are available from club members and at the door on the night. For more information on the play please go to www.september82theplay.com