Judging in the Tidy Towns Competition is ongoing. We are asking everyone to take the time to make sure Portarlington looks its very best for them and indeed for everyone who lives, works or visits here.


Maryellen Brennan and Pauline Stapleton from Killnacourt did a parachute jump for MS Ireland and the Port Dirty Old Towns. Maryellen who comes from New York but has lived in Port for a number of years suffers from MS, but has always wanted to do a parachute jump, and with clearance from her doctor her wish has come through. She raised €730 for MS Ireland and also €730 for DOT projects. Maryellen is an Italian/American lady and because she was not able to help physically, to help out with the DOT, herself and her husband Jim decided they would like to do something else. Jim was originally to do the jump, but he developed a heart problem, and was not allowed. So the lovely Pauline, their next door neighbour said she would do it with Maryellen. We had a wonderful day in Clonbullogue on the day.
Thanks again ladies, and we are still working on work that needs doing, and the maintenance of the work that has been done.


Grow it Yourself. Every Saturday 10.30 - 12noon at Portarlington allotments. Following on from our very successful first work day last Saturday we have decided to open every week. Come along and learn all about growing your own food through working our community plot - everyone welcome. Port Community Mens Sheds will continue building our planters this week. Thank you to them for everything they’re doing for our plot. We will have planting projects for the kiddies. Come along and bring gloves, spade and barrow if you can. A mini digger would be great to fill the beds, we need more cardboard to cover the plot and planted fruit trees or herbs to put in the ground if you have them to spare. Look us up on facebook or ring Theresa on 086 1590529 for more information.


Ports Community Men’s Sheds open to all men, employed, unemployed, retired, Unit 2 Enterprise Centre on Canal Road, 4pm. We will continue working on the GIY vegetable planters and assemble them at the allotment plot on Saturday 10.30am. Look us up on facebook or ring Darren on 085 7434884 for more information.


Summer camp (August 13-17) for boys and girls age 5 – 12. Cost only €50 for boys and €25 for girls. No rugby experience required. Registration in Adrian Dunne’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Portarlington or call Paidí on 087 9488181

Family fun day on Saturday August 4. Only €5 per car. Tickets only €12 (includes free entry to family fun day) available in Adrian Dunne’s Pharmacy.


Congratulations once again to Nicole Turner who won four gold medals in the IWA Annual Swimming Championships. Nicole competed in the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle. Well done again Nicole.


Lotto esults from July 23. Jackpot €6,400. No winner. Numbers 26-27-7-4. €50 went to following: Joe Murphy c/o P Mulligan, Peter Clifford c/o M Colgan, Dinny Meredith c/o M Colgan, Lorainne Murphy c/o M Slattery & Martin Malone co A O’ Brien. Promoters prize went to Seamus Gorman. Next week’s jackpot €6,600.  

Gracefield juvenile club are holding their annual summer draw on Monday August 13 in the clubhouse. Tickets available from any committee member. Your support would be appreciated.

We will hold the annual John Knight Shield, 7 aside soccer tournament on Sunday August 5 at 10am. Contact 086 1600309 for more details or look us up on Facebook.


Portarlington GAA Lotto. Week no 30. Jackpot €3,600. Numbers 5, 10, 12, 28. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to B & P c/o Joe Whelan & Brian & Stephanie c/o NCBI. €25 each to Tom Quigley c/o Tom’s Bar& Jordan Fallon c/o M Fallon. Promoter’s prize of €50 went to J Ward.

Next jackpot €3,700.


Coaching with Tony Lok on Tuesdays and Fridays. All ages and levels catered for. There are a small number of places available in Tony’s coaching classes. If interested ring 087 1231135.


Portarlington Lions Club are holding their very popular family fun day on Sunday August 19 in the People’s Park. Everyone welcome. Further details nearer the day.


Many thanks to all the sponsors and teams who took part in the recent charity golf day. Proceeds went to St Michael’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul. Your support was much appreciated.


There will be a traditional Irish music session in Emo Court on Sunday August 19 at 2pm with music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Portarlington. Contact Margaret Delaney, OPW Emo Court at 057 86 26573 for more.


Come and learn how to build a pre-Christian hut. See what the built heritage was like a long time ago. Aimed at children aged 8+. The workshop will take place outside, please dress appropriately. Bring packed lunch. This takes place in Derryounce Woods, Spa Bridge, Portarlington on Friday August 24 from 9am to 5pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more.


The launch of Ronnie Mathews’ second book on Portarlington, telling of the great many changes that have taken place in the town during the 20th Century, will take place on Tuesday August 21 at 8pm. The launch takes place in The Candied Walnut, Kilnacourt, Portarlington. Ronnie Mathews, Laois Heritage Society at 057 86 23217 for more.


The premier of film from Film Workshop, with talks by Ross Mc Namara, David Orford and John S Powell takes place in St Paul’s Church, French Church Street, Portarlington on Sunday August 26 at 7.30pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more information.