Table Quiz

Table Quiz

Portarlington Tidy Towns are holding a Table Quiz in the Hawthorn Lounge on Friday February 15 to raise funds so they can enhance the town over the summer months with Hanging Baskets and containers full of flowers. They need your support so put the 15th in your diary and give them your support.


The AGM of “Na Paisti Community Creche” is being held on Thursday January 31 @ 8pm in the Community Creche.

Folk Choir

Portarlington Folk Choir welcomes new members. Anyone interested please contact Anne @ 087-4146600.


Festival Francais de Portarlington Fundraiser in The Barrow Lodge on Friday February 1 with “Not Enough Music” great night is guaranteed and a fantastic line-up on the night with very talented bands and musicians. HOGAN, CPNHGN, CUSTODIAN, BANG BANG, MAMMOTH PARTY. Tickets are just €5, please support. Tickets can be got from The Barrow Lodge or any committee member The Festival Dates for 2013 are July 12 to the 14. Please keep those dates free for a great weekend.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Shirley Hoey (nee Connolly) 6, Botley Court, and formerly of Marion Hill who passed away on January 17 after a long illness at the Regional Hospital Tullamore, with her loving family by her bedside. Shirley will be sadly missed by her devoted husband Michael who looked after her for a number of years. Also her loving family Regina, Michael, Kenneth, Lynda, Gillian, ShirleyAnne,Calvin & Melaine, her beloved grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Her sister Collette Cullen, extended family & many friends. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday, January 19 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rest in peace Shirley.


Sympathy is extended to Dolores Fullam & Family, Ballymorris on the recent death of her Mother Nora Guy of Blackrock Dublin. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday January 17 at Guardian Angels Church, Newtown Avenue, with Burial after in Glasnevin Cemetery. May Nora Rest in peace.


Condolences to the family and friends of Rose Maher (nee Walsh), Derrymore and late of Ballyfin & Monkstown Dublin who passed away on Monday January 21. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday January 26 at St. Patrick’s Church Monkstown, with burial after in Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankill. May Rose Rest in Peace.

Defibrillator Volunteers

Steps are currently being taken to make a defibrillator available to the people of Portarlington 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week. If you are interested in learning new potentially lifesaving skills (or putting existing skills to use) to be the first point of help to people suffering cardiac arrest/sudden death, please contact the Love Port Office , Oriel House , Main Street, Portarlington or phone 085 8568801 for a registration form and further information.


The Social Services Bingo will resume on Wednesday February 6 at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2013.

Gracefield Gaa

Gracefield Lotto Results for January 21. Jackpot €11,400 No Winner of Jackpot. Numbers 5, 18, 4, 10. €50 went to following-Pat Sweeney c/o M Gallagher, Barry and Caroline Murphy c/o D Dooley, Stephanie Murphy c/o P Dunne, Ray McGill c/o O’ Dea’s & Seamie Connolly c/o P Mulligan. Promoters Prize went to Ann O’ Brien.

Jackpot next week €11,600.

Awards Night

The Club held their Annual Awards Presentation on Saturday night last January 19 in Portarlington Golf Club. The Victorious Minor Team received their Medals , Presented by Padraig Dunne. Club Person of the year went to Padraig Dunne. Senior Footballer to Ciarain Kiely. Junior Hurler to Finty Maher. Young Footballer Shane Lawless. Young Hurler Keith Mullally. The night was well supported and a good night was had by all . A Special thanks to John and the Staff of Portarlington Golf Club.

Club Holiday

The Club would like to wish everyone who is travelling to Lanzarote on Sunday next January 27 a good holiday.

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA Lotto-Week 4. Jackpot €1,400. Numbers 5, 10, 16, 20. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Ceilum Coughlan Maher c/o John Lawlor & Brian Crossan c/o Jason Ward. €25 each to Bernie Flanagan c/o M Fallon & John Lawlor c/o J Lawlor. Promoter’s Prize went to Rose Mccann. Next Jackpot €1,500.


Portarlington GAA held its AGM on Friday January 11. In front of a large attendance, Michael Lawlor, outgoing secretary of the club for the past number of years resigned his post. Actively involved in the club for over 50 years Michael received a standing ovation for the time, dedication and work he gave to our club. Rose McCann, another great person with years of service and a dedicated committee member also called time. We would like to wish Rose and Michael a happy retirement but will no doubt see plenty of them around McCann Park for many years to come.

Seamus Hunt retains the Chairman. Janet Bennett takes up the role of Club Secretary and is assisted by Adrainne McCarthy. Canice McCarty moves into the treasurer position being ably supported by the outgoing treasurer John Lawlor. Joseph Sweeney takes on the position of Vice Chairman, with John Corcoran as new Club PRO. The club would like to sincerely thank its members, supporters, team sponsors, the people of the town and ticket sellers for the continuing financial support. We look forward to a successful year on and off the playing fields.

Arlington Lotto

Results for January 15. Letters –D-E-W-U. No winner of Jackpot. Next Jackpot of €8,000 takes place on January 29


Lotto Results

Results for January 21. Jackpot €7,800 Numbers 05- 09- 22- 28. No winner of the Jackpot. Match 3 to win / share €400. Winner 1- Moran Family- Promoter Kathleen McNally. Winner 2- Mary Bannon- Promoter Willie Bannon. Promoter’s Prize to Mick Aherne.

Next weeks Jackpot €8000.

Dinner Dance

A great night was had by all at our Annual Dinner Dance. Congratulations to Clubman of the Year Syl Mullins, a very worthy recipient. Congratulations also to Francis Finn & his team who were presented with their medals by Laois Chairman Gerry Kavanagh. Thanks to the Heritage Hotel for looking after us so well, to Damien Bowe for keeping everyone on the dance floor, and to John Joe O’Connell for doing a great job as MC for the night.

Winter Training

Monday night winter training continues from 14 years upwards.

Annual Gala Ball

The annual gala ball will take place on Friday Febuary 22 in the Heritage Golf and Spa resort Killenard. This year’s charity will be Laois/Offaly Autism Association. Tickets are €50 and can be purchased from Maria Molloy, Marie Corcoran and Collette Kennedy. As usual hoping for a full house on the night.


Enrolment for 2013/14. Forms for Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin, Killenard are available from school reception from Friday, February 1. Closing date for application is Thursday, February 28 at 5pm.

Courtwood GAA News

Anyone who wishes to take part in senior Scor competition or to help out in organisation of same is asked to contact any of the Courtwood GAA club committee. The competition will be held in early February.Club membership for the year 2013 is now open. Membership is €30 per family, or €20 per adult, or €5 student/youth. Please contact Damien Behan on 085- 7881916 or Niall Murphy on 087- 6171899 to renew your membership or join the club.


Fundraising table quiz in aid of Courtwood GAA club will take place on Friday 1st February at 9 p.m. in The Final Furlong, Ballybrittas. Table of four, €40. All very welcome.


The annual Courtwood GAA club weekend away takes place this year on the second weekend of May. This year’s destination is Westport, Co Mayo and accommodation will be in the 4* Castle Court Hotel. Tour coach will leave Ballybrittas at 10.30 am sharp on Friday May 10. The package includes two nights B&B, a four course evening meal from the a la carte menu in the hotel’s renowned Orchard Restaurant plus three days coach hire. Also included in the trip will be a “mystery tour”. The total cost of this package is €189.The club would like to strongly urge those intending travelling for the weekend to use the above arrangements. Anyone who sources alternative transport or accommodation will unfortunately not be able to avail of the Saturday tour, the free nightclub entry or the evening meal at the advertised price.

The trip is limited to 40 persons and names are now being taken. A non refundable deposit of €50 per person is payable by 28th February with a second instalment of €50 payable by 28th April. The balance can be paid on the weekend of the trip. Contact Enda O’Connor on 086 8190789 or Damien Behan on 085 7881916 for further details. Deposits payable to Niall Murphy, 087 6170899, Laura Behan, 086 7329127 or Mick Hogan, 087 6899104.

County Board Tickets

Tickets are currently on sale for the Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw. The Annual Fund Raising initiatives run by the Laois County Board. It is one of our Clubs primary revenue sources. Despite these difficult economic times, these tickets remain our single most important fund-raiser for the club and members are urged to support this in every way possible, be it buying a full ticket, or perhaps sharing a ticket with some friends or family members. There are 4 draws with over €100,000 in prizes including a first prize of €10,000 each month. Tickets are €130 and can be paid off monthly in instalments by direct debit. As always we are very grateful for your kind and continued support.