Parents & Friends OF Moore Abbey

Parents & Friends OF Moore Abbey

The Parents and Friends annual church gate collection is due to take place on Saturday and Sunday November 24 and 25. Your support will be much appreciated. 


A big congratulations to Gavin Shortall from Congress Tce who graduated from UCD recently with a bachelor of arts degree with joint honours in English and history. Gavin is son of Peter and Michelle Shortall. Gavin celebrated his success with his parents, his sister Emma and grandmother Angela Conroy, his family and many friends. The best of luck in the future to Gavin.

Suicide Awareness

The parents Council in Colaiste Iosagain are holding an information evening on suicide awareness for parents and teenagers on Wednesday December 5 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Colaiste Iosagain. Josephine Rigney resource officer with the HSE will be in attendance. All are welcome.


If you are interested in joining our carol singing group in Portarlington this Christmas, please contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600. Young and old are welcome. Practice will commence very soon.

Christmas Show

The Lisa Lawlor School of Dance will be holding their Christmas show at Portarlington Community Centre on Sunday December 9. Doors open at 5.30pm. Show starts at 6pm. Admission €8 for adults and €5 for children. For further information please contact Lisa on 085 1248200.

NCBI Charity Shop

Donations of items urgently needed. Items can be collected. Phone 087 1394326 from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Thank you for your continued support.

St Vincent de Paul

Shop now opened on Main St Portarlington. Tuesday - Saturday, 10am- 5pm.

Guide Dogs

Anyone wishing to purchase calendars and Christmas cards in aid of the guide dogs for the blind please contact Anne Allman at 087 9177324. Calendars are €8 and packets of 8 Christmas cards are €6.

Honours Degree

Congratulations to Lyndsey Kiernan (nee Allman) Portarlington who received an honours degree in humanities from St Patricks College Carlow.

Linsey’s husband Tommy, daughter Ava and her sisters, Eileen and Mary celebrated with her. Her extended family and many friends are so proud of her, and wish her the very best in the future.

Men’s Shed

Ports Community Men’s Shed is open to all men, employed, unemployed, retired, semi-retired. Come along have a cuppa and a chat. Tuesday morning at 10.30am and Thursday at 4pm in Unit 2 Enterprise Centre on Canal Road, behind Klean Jean. Look us up on Facebook or ring Darren on 085 7434884 for more information.

Christmas Fair

Portarlington Lions club have set a date for their Christmas fair and toy Sale. It will take place on December 1 in the community centre between 2pm - 5pm. Anyone wishing to add their own stall are welcome to do so at a cost of €10. Everyone is very welcome, we expect a large volume of people on the day and best of all. All money raised goes directly back into the community in which it came from. Santa Claus will be attending our Christmas fair too.

The Gathering

Port’s Vision 2020 plan presents a vision for the town’s future, a foundation of the Town’s regeneration and growth up to the year 2020. It focuses on five sectors to stimulate job growth: business, education, community resilience, tourism and agriculture. Five action groups have been formed as a result of consultations, each having objectives and tasks identified for their sector to stimulate growth. Two meetings have been scheduled and we would appreciate your contribution. Meeting for The Gathering takes place on Wednesday November 21 at the Oriel House, Main Street.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for November 12. Jackpot €9,600. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 25-10-3-9. €50 went to the following: John Mulligan c/o J Mulligan, Dunne Family Wexford c/o T Murphy, Noel Hickey c/o L Corcoran, Mary and Ann c/o G Murphy and Helen Brereton c/o J Mulligan.
Promoters prize of €50 went to Liam Corcoran. Jackpot next week €9,800.  

Gracefield juvenile AGM is on Friday November 23 at 8pm in the clubhouse. Gracefield senior GAA are holding their AGM on Friday November 30 at 8pm in the clubhouse. New and old members welcome. Please support.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Ciarain Kiely and Deirdre Byrne on their recent wedding. A great day was had by all in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. The club wish them all the best in the future.

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA Lotto. Week 46. Jackpot €5,200. Numbers 11, 15, 20, 24. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Jacko Murphy c/o Rose Mccann and Rose Nolan c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Denis Conroy c/o P Burbage and Liz Royal c/o Rose mcCann. Promoter’s prize went to Rose Mccann. Next jackpot €5,300.

Arlington Lotto

Arlington Soccer Club lotto for November 6. Letters K-E-C-I. No winner of jackpot. Next jackpot €7,500 will take place in the Barrow Lodge on November 20.


Social Services senior citizens bingo continues every Wednesday night in the community centre, starting at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome. Cup of tea and buns after the games.


Condolences to the family of Tom Tynan, the Old Pound Ballybrittas on the death of Tom on Thursday November 8 at the Midlands Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by his wife Joan (Murphy) a number of years ago, he will be sadly missed by his son Tom and daughter Mary, his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place at St John’s Church Killenard on Saturday November 10, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. May Tom rest in peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family and friends of Bertie Dowling, Morette Emo, who passed away in the Loving care of the nurses and staff of Oakdale Nursing Home Portarlington, on Friday November 2. Requiem mass took place on Monday November 5 at St Paul’s Church Emo, with interment after in the adjoining cemetery. May Bertie rest in peace.

Port launch of award winning poet

Award winning Portarlington based poet Jean O’Brien will have a local launch of her latest collection Merman (Salmon Publishing). The launch is being held on Thursday December 6 at 7.30 and will be hosted by The French 1/4 restaurant in French Church Street, Portarlington from 7.30 onwards. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The new collection, O’Brien’s fourth, is named after the poem that won the prestigious Arvon International Award in 2010. O’Brien is a regular contributor to RTE’s Sunday Miscellany and its producer Cliodhna Ni Anluain said of Jean’s latest collection that it contains “appealing directness’. O’Brien has previously been the Writer-in-Residence for County Laois, and last year shared the stage with Booker prize-winning author John Banville during the Laois Leaves Festival held in Stradbally. The launch is free and everyone is welcome.


We are a small voluntary group trying to strengthen community spirit by providing a social space where people can meet and greet. The next Rambling Session will take place on Thursday December 15 at 8pm, in the French Cafe. Free admission. Call 087 7385965.


The parents council of Coláiste íosagáin are holding a talk for parents called ‘Suicide Awareness For Parents Of Teenagers’, this talk will be given by Josephine Rigney, suicide prevention resource officer, HSE. Admission is free and the talk will take place on Wednesday night December 5 in the school from 7.30 - 9.30pm