Portlaoise Notes

Portlaoise Notes

BAke sale

Bake Sale being held for Concern International Women's Day 2016, on Friday, March 11 11am to 2pm at Portlaoise Parish Centre. Help us support women all over the world who are not getting the rights and opportunities that they deserve. Everyone is welcome to attend and all donations will be greatly appreciated. This event is being organised by CHRE and Tax Assist.


March events: Tues 8/

Wed March 9, 2pm, Portlaoise Active Retired in conjunction with students of CBS Transition Year and Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, will perform in the 1916 : A Terrible Beauty is Born – a re-enactment of the life and times of that era and Laois specifically. It will be performed the Dunamaise Theatre. Artists include Vocalese, MGL Harp Ensemble and other well known personalities. Tickets €5 (Family of 4 €15) Tickets can be pre-booked from the Dunamaise Theatre 057 8663355 or on afternoon of the performance. Bring a friend. It promises to be a good afternoon.

Wed 16 Dancing with Maureen Culleton 3pm – 5pm; Seactaine na Gaeilge 1916 dancers and singers will perform in the Library at 5.30pm

Wed 23 Fashion Show 3pm – 5pm. Wed March 30 Celebration Luncheon in the Heritage Hotel for Portlaoise Active Retired participants in the 1916 commemoration

Indoor Bowling as usual every Monday at St. Mary’s Hall from 3pm – 5pm. Bring a friend. Enjoy a game of Whist every Thursday at Sue Ryders with Sheila 2.30pm – 4pm

Community Games

The Heath Community Games AGM will be held next Wednesday, 9 March 2016, at 8pm in the hall beside the Church. If you have a child aged 6 to 16 who is interested in competing in any of the many varied activities which The Heath children have so successfully competed in previous years, with many going away with County, Leinster and All Ireland medals, it is vital that you attend this AGM. The activities which The Heath participated in the past include rounders, spikeball, draughts, art, athletics, cross country, Irish and modern dance, music, table quiz, etc, but there are many other activities if your chosen one is not there. In order for these events to continue it is necessary to get input from the parents involved as the committee won't know what activities are to be included this year. Please come along as you won't be compelled to work on the committee but the only way the committee can work on your behalf is if you come along and put your ideas forward.

No limits

Special Needs Afterschool (No Limits), to run Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Portlaoise. Information evening Wednesday, March 10 March at 7pm in Portlaoise Youth Cafe. Call us on 076602 5502 / 087 7497826 or email info@nolimits.com for further details.


Coffee morning & cake sale takes place on Tuesday, March 22, after 10am mass in the Parish Centre in aid of the Fatima Invalid Fund. Donations of baked goods are gratefully accepted. Contact Maura O'Brien at 086 3344722. Come along for a cuppa & chat.

Library Events

Seachtain na Gaeilge March 1-17 events. Portlaoise Library presents an evening of Irish Traditional Music, Poetry and Dance on Wed March 9 5-7pm. All are welcome to attend. Bilingual storytelling by Jack Lynch Thur, March 10 at 12pm.

1916 Commemorations

1916 Rising, speaker Rory Rapple Notre Dame University. Time/date tbc.

Maurice O’Keefe tells rarer stories of 1916. Oral History Collection Thurs, March 10 7pm, Booking essential.

Cór an earraigh, Songs from 1916, a presentation by Portlaoise Active Retirement Group Wed, March 16 at 5.30pm. All welcome.

1916 Rising in Laois, speaker Jim Fleming and Michael Rafter on Thurs, April 7 at 6pm,. Must book.

1916 Rising: Interactive History Show for children 8-12years with Michael Moylan on Sat, May 28 2pm.

To make a booking you can contact library on 057 8622333 or email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Action Week against Racism 15-19 March

Participatory Exhibition Wall, March 15-19.

Popup Cinema, 3-5 mins. animations detailing the migrant experience from the eye of a child Tuesday March 15 11.30-4.30pm

1916 Exhibition on local man Harry Phelan by Paddock N.S. from 1-31st March.

Grandpa the Snipper, Speaker Frank Shouldice Thurs April 28, Frank’s grandfather & granduncle fought with Ned Daly at the Four Courts. All welcome.

Conradh na Gaeilge 1916 Exfhibition, This mobile exhibition is based on the documents in Conradh na Gaeilge’s Collection. It details the role the Irish Language movement played in Irish history and in the lives of the leaders of the Easter Rising. This Exhibition will be available for viewing in April.

Now taking names for Computer classes for Beginners and Advanced classes

Knitting group all levels welcome, group meet on Wednesdays at 11am

Ciorcal Comhrá chat in Irish all levels welcome, group meet on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm

Childrens storytelling Saturdays at 11am.

St Patrick's Parade

The Portlaoise parade will go ahead this year as more volunteers have got involved to help with the organisation. The committee will continue to meet on Monday nights in The Welcome Inn at 8pm for anyone who wishes to get involved.

The Heath Hall

The Heath Hall & Cemetery Committee is holding a social to celebrate the Centenary of the Church Hall on March 17. Looking for old photographs and paper cuttings relating to the hall. They will be photocopied and returned. Contact Oliver Hyland 089 4903093 or Paddy Lalor 087 2868092

Tidy the town

Portlaoise Tidy Towns is organising a spring litter clean up of Portlaoise town and environs on Easter Saturday March 26. This new campaign will be called “Lets Tidy up The Town” and will involve getting everybody in Portlaoise out on Saturday morning 10am – 1pm to clean up their estates, approach roads to “ The Town” and all roads within the town. Get involved by contacting Portlaoise Tidy Towns at 085 1582328.

Science event

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Experience takes place on Monday, March 14 from 6pm to 8.30pm in Portlaoise College. Booking essential. For more info or to book contact Claire in the Laois Education Centre on 057 8672400 or claire@laoisedcentre.ie

Tourism Grants

Laois County Council wish to advise that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Laois County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland. Applications to be submitted by Friday, March 11. Interested parties are advised to contact Mr. Dominic Reddin, Tourism Officer, Laois County Council,Áras an Chontae, dreddin@laoiscoco.ie , telephone 05786 64218 to apply.


The People First Credit Union sponsored Streets of Portlaoise 5k Road Race takes place on Thursday, March 17 at 11.30am. Register online at www.popupraces.ie or on the day from 9am in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Race numbers can be collected on race day from 9.30am. Changing facilities, refreshments & prize giving in the hotel after. The 5K route begins and ends on Main St. Donation made by the Club to their chosen local charity ‘Laois Domestic Abuse Centre’.

Credit Union HElp

People First Credit Union Community Support Fund 2016 is now open, to which local community, cultural, charity and sports groups may apply for funding to assist with worthwhile projects. Groups applying for sponsorship must complete the official entry form at www.portlaoisecu.ie stating why they should qualify for sponsorship. Applicants must be from within People First Credit Union’s common bond, and requests must be for projects that benefit the local area.


Parish lotto March 3. Nos:12,13,17,23 No jackpot winner. The 9 match 3s won €112 each.

Heath Bridge Club

Feb 24 NS 1st Carmel Doorley & Mary Claffey

2nd Molly & Michael O Brien. Gross Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny. EW 1st Eileen & Jim Fingleton. 2nd Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O Leary. Gross Margaret Nee & Helen Williams. You are asked to be seated at 7. 20pm next Wed so that 1st session of President's Prize can get underway promptly.


Result Feb 29: 12 table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Jim Fingleton & Margaret Nee, 2nd Phil Devaney & Mary Ryan, Gross Brenda Scully & Nora Aldrett, 3rd Meera Saxena & Anne Mulcahy.E/W 1st Tom Tyrrell & Mary Claffey, 2nd Carmel Doorley & Rita Arrigan, Gross Damien Nee & guest, 3rd Celia & Dave Downes.

Result for Thursday March 3.Ten table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Josephine Hogan & Mary Claffey7, 2nd Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, Gross Brenda Scully & Sally Collins. E/W 1st Anne Mulcahy & Maureen Fitzpatrick, 2nd Triona Kavanagh & Anne Mulligan, Gross Ette Kennedy & Margaret Nee.

The team of Four competition on Thursday, March 10. Bridge sessions take place every Monday and Thursday in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy. Starting at 7.30pm sharp.


On 12th March Portlaoise ICAGuild is holding an Easter Sale of crafts and baking in The Laois Shopping Centre so come along and bring a friend too It promises to be a good day.