Portarlington Notes


Grow Community Mental Health meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annexe, Portarlington (located beside school, opposite St. Michael’s Church). Ph: John 086 8033126 for more information.

St Patrick's Day

This years St Patricks Day Parade will go ahead on Thursday 17th March. Lots & lots of planning happening at the minute, so keep an eye out on the facebook page for updates over the next few weeks.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. January 25, Solitaire. February 1, Brian McDermott. February 8, The Kelly Family. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.


Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels are having their 45th AGM on Friday January 29 at 7.30pm in the Social Services Centre, Link Road.

We invite new members to join us. Last year we cooked and delivered over 5,000 meals for people in the town and surrounding rural areas. We have wonderful staff, over 60 people who volunteer to deliver the meals. Without all this help we could not function. Also to everyone who has donated to our flag days, held fundraisers and personal donation, the committee would like to say a big thank you.

Without your generosity we would not t be able to maintain the high standard that has been ongoing for over 40 years. For more information please contact Ann Bourke Dunne (secretary) at 087 4116101.

Meet A Friend

Local group are setting up a venture, possibly two afternoons a week. Join us for a cuppa, a chat or play cards etc. If you would like to help out we are having a meeting next Wednesday January 20 at 7.30pm in the Social Services Centre, opposite the Astro Turf & Park. If anyone has biscuits etc that they have left over after Christmas that they would like to donate we would be very grateful. For more information contact 087 2788472.

Angling Club

Thanks to all who supported Portarlington Angling Clubs Christmas draw. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the members who sold tickets throughout the year. Derryounce lakes are now open for the winter season. Membership is available from Portarlington Auto Parts, Main Street.

Banríon Gaels

Our AGM will take place on Thursday next January 21 at 8pm in the music room of Portarlington Community Centre. We invite all parents, mentors and helpers to attend. We look forward to a busy year ahead and encourage anyone interested in helping out in any capacity to come along.

Busy year ahead and encourage anyone interested in helping out in any capacity to come along.


Congratulations to the following couples who were married over the past few months in the Portarlington parish.

Paul Thompson, Portlaoise Road and Grainne O’Kane, Kilmullen. Andrew Mulhare, Rath and Lydia Maher, St Brigid’s Square. Long life and happiness to the couples.

Mass For Healing

Teach Mhuire mass for healing will take place in St. Paul’s Church, Emo on Tuesday February 3 commencing with rosary at 7.45pm and followed by mass at 8pm. Celebrant Fr Jim Bermingham. Weekly prayer meetings take place each Tuesday in St Patrick’s Boys NS, Patrick St, Portarlington at 8pm. All very welcome.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Paddy Ryan Lea Road and formerly Arlington Estate who passed away on Saturday January 9.

Paddy was predeceased by his loving wife Dominica and daughter in law Anne a number of years ago. Paddy will be sadly missed by his sons Michael, Peter, Thomas, Paul and John, his daughters Colette (Murphy), Bernadette (McLoughlin, Ann (Condron), Dominica (Scully) and Lisa (Bryan).

Requiem mass took place in St Michael’ Church on Tuesday January 12, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Paddy rest in peace.

Parish Newsletter

Please note that all notices for the parish newsletter must be in the parish office by Wednesday morning of each week.


Presentation Primary School, Station Road, Scoil Náisiuntá Naomh Eoin, Killenard, Scoil Náisiuntá an Chroí Ró-Naofa, Rath. St Paul’s NS Emo.

Application forms are now available from January 6 between 9.30am and 1.30pm from the school offices. Closing date for applications is January 29.

Port GAA Lotto

Results for for week 2. Numbers drawn 1-9-21-26. No jackpot winner.

€50 winners John Connell c/o Rose McCann and Ann Costello c/o Rose McCann.

€25 winners Dolores O’ Shea c/o Tom O’ Shea and Shane Kelly c/o Ter Lawlor.

Jackpot next week €7,300.

Following on from the AGM held on Friday January 8 the officers for Portarlington GAA for 2016 are as follows:

Chairman Canice McCarthy, vice chairman Kieran Leavy, secretary Adrainne McCarthy, assistant secretary Mairead Murphy, treasurer John Lawlor, assistant treasurer Sinead Harrington, PRO Canice McCarthy, assistant PRO Sarah McCann and registrar Grainne McCann. County board delegate Seamus Hunt. Player representative Cathal Ryan.

Congratulations to all our juvenile medals winners for the 2015 season who were presented with their medals on Saturday January 9 in the GAA centre.

Our U14s won the shield, the U15s won the Flootlit competition and our U16s and minors won the league. Our U12s were presented with medals as they were awarded club team of the year due to their hard work and acquitting themselves so well at the McConville and Newry tournaments and doing well in the league.

Fionn Connaughton was our club supporter of the year narrowly beating club veteran Billy Murphy for the title.

Keep up to date with what's going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page (Portarlington GAA Club) or following us on Twitter @PortGAA.

Gracefield GAA

Lotto results for January 11. Jackpot €6,000. No winner. Numbers drawn were 16-25-24-10.

€50 went to following: Mairin and Josephine c/o C Bryan, Rita Kelly c/o J Kelly, Catherine Flood c/o P Mulligan, Nicky Dunne c/o T Bryan and Francis Mason c/o J Lawlor. Promoters prize went to Mick Gallagher. Jackpot next week €6,200.