Portlaoise Notes

Portlaoise Notes

Tidy the town

Portlaoise Tidy Towns spring litter clean up of Portlaoise town and environs on Easter Saturday March 26. This new campaign is 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. The object of this campaign is twofold, firstly it will be great to see The Town spotlessly clean and secondly it will encourage a greater community spirit among all the citizens of Portlaoise. We want to put The Town” back on the map for all the right reasons. Our aim is to make Portlaoise the No. 1 Tidiest Town in Ireland. This is our mission, this can be done and it will be done with everyone’s help and co-operation. Everyone is welcome to get involved, young and old. Get involved by contacting Portlaoise Tidy Towns at 085 1582328.

Just remember, for all those children who are going to pick up a piece of paper that day, they might get to put that paper in the Easter Bunnies rubbish bag!

If you have an idea or a plan for your area, please come to us for our support.

See you all on Easter Saturday Morning.

Portlaoise Singers

Sunday night April 3 The Portlaoise Singers take to the stage to help two local charities –The Cuisle Centre and charities supported by the Local Lions Cub. The choir will be joined, on the night, by well-known sopranos, Patricia Finnegan, Niamh Griffin and Heather Fogarty. There will be music to suit all tastes from musicicals to Irish. The singers look forward to seeing their old and new friends, at the Heritage Hotel at 8pm. All the performers are giving freely of their services, and their talents for these deserving causes. Tickets at €15 are available from: Shaws, Cuisle Fayre, Graham’s Newsgent, Breslins Phramacy, and, At the Door, on the night.

Portlaoise Library

1916 Commemorations

1916 Rising, Speaker Rory Rapple Notre Dame University, Time and Date to be confirmed.

1916 Exhibition on local man Harry Phelan by Paddock NS from March 1-31.

Cór an earraigh, Songs from 1916, by Portlaoise Active Retirement Group Wednesday, March 16 at 5.30pm.

Conradh na Gaeilge 1916 Exhibition during April. This mobile exhibition is based on Conradh na Gaeilge’s collection. It tells the role the Irish Language movement played in Irish history and in the lives of the Rising's leaders.

1916 Rising Laois: speaker Jim Fleming and Michael Rafter on Thursday, April 7 at 6pm, Booking essential.

Grandpa the Sniper -speaker Frank Shouldice Thursday, April 28. Frank’s grandfather and granduncle fought at the Four Courts.

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

Ongoing Library events: Names being taken for Beginners Computer classes contact 057 8622333

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.

Portlaoise Library Easter craft for children 7-9 yrs on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 4pm. Booking essential, to make a booking you can contact library on 057 8622333.


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.

Wheelchair AGM

Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association AGM takes place on Sunday, April 3 at 3pm in the Day Care Centre, Timahoe Rd, Portlaoise. Please support. All are welcome.

Dawn Mass

To be celebrated on Easter Monday, March 27 at 6am on the The Heath.

Active Retired

March activities: Wed 16 Dancing with Maureen Culleton 3pm – 5pm. Wed 16 Seachtaine na Gaeilge 1916 dancers and singers will perform in the Library at 5.30pm. Wed 23 Fashion Show 3pm – 5pm. Wed 30 1916 Easter Rising Celebration Luncheon at 1.30 (formal dress) in the Heritage Hotel for Portlaoise Active Retired members. 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

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. Official entry form at www.portlaoisecu.ie . Applicants must be from within People First Credit Union’s common bond and be of benefit the local area.


Parish lotto March 18. Nos: 4,6,8,29. No jackpot winner. The 14 match 3s won €72 each

Heath Bridge Club

Results 2nd March NS 1st Molly O Brien & Eileen O Hora, 2nd Meera Saxena & Mary J Ryan. Gross Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O Leary

EW 1st Therese Stokes & Dan Cooke, 2nd Carmel Hughes & John Cushen. Gross Rita Arrigan & Anne Mulligan.

Portlaoise Bridge

Result for Monday, March March 14. 14 table Mitchell movement. N/S1st Mary Downey & Helen Williams, 2nd Tom Tyrrell & Mary CLaffey Gross Margaret nee & Jim Fingleton, 3rd Phil Devaney & Mary Ryan. E/W 1st Meera Saxena & Anne Mulcahy, 2nd Sally Collins & Anne Doolan, Gross Denis O'Leary & Anne Phelan. 3rd Anne Mulligan & Triona Kavanagh.

The Presidents prize will take place over two sessions on Thursday, March 31 and Monday, April 4. The presentation of prizes and Presidents dinner will follow on Thursday, Apri 7.

Laois 1916

The Laois 1916 Commemoration Committee is holding a Centenary Commemoration Event at the 1916 Memorial Monument at Clonad, Portlaoise on Easter Sunday, March 27 at 12 noon.

The committee is calling all people with an interest in the events of 1916 and subsequent events that lead to independence to attend at Clonad on Easter Sunday on the road between Portlaoise and Abbeyleix.

This will be a short dignified event and everyone is welcome to attend. Contact the secretary Jim Fleming on 087-2663573

Heritage Soc 1916

On Thursday March 24th at 8pm in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise the Laois Heritage Society hosts a talk by, Dr Regina Uí Collatáin, PhD will speak about ‘The Laois Links to 1916’ – a very topical theme for this centenary year. Dr Uí Chollatáin is Director of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics

Comhaltas 1916 call

As the Commemoration programme for 1916 gets into full swing, Portlaoise Comhaltas wishes to make contact with local relatives of the volunteers who took part in the action at Colt wood or were active elsewhere in the country during the Easter Rising.

The branch plans a number of commemorative events. Portlaoise Parish hosts it’s 1916 Commemoration at St Peter & St Paul’s Church on April 24 at 7.30 pm featuring the Comhaltas Laois Folk Orchestra under the direction of Áine McGeeney.

Present will be a direct descendant of one of the Proclamation signatories and a special invitation is extended to all relatives of active volunteers to be present.

To contact the organisers should email cceportlaoise@gmail.com or speak to any committee member

SF Easter Parade

Sinn Féin will hold their 1916 centenary celebration this Easter Sunday. People are asked to assemble at the Heath School at 2pm and parade from there to the Republican Monument.

This will be to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of Easter week and the role that Laois people played in it and the subsequent struggle for independence. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in celebrating the centenary of the rising. Ar aghaidh linn le chéile.

Coffee Morning

Easter Sunday morning March 27 after 6am Dawn Mass in the hall beside The Heath Church in aid of The Cuisle Centre. Bring a friend.

Arthritis Ireland

Due to popular public demand we have decided to run an additional 4 weeks of classes as follows: "Gentle Zumba" will continue in St Mary's Hall, Portlaoise each Tuesday up to & including Tuesday, April 5 from 6.15-7.15pm. Our instructor is Ms Susanne Toumi. Cost €5 per night. Branch phone; 089 2525344,or Caroline 086 8852503 email:arthritislaois@gmail.com or on facebook at Arthritis Ireland Laois Branch. Look forward to seeing you & enjoying more fun & fitness together.

Holy Week

Mass times: Monday & Tuesday 7.30am, 10am, 7.30pm; Wednesday 7.30am, 10am; Penetential Service in Parish Church 7.30pm

Confessions: Holy Thursday after 7.30pm Ceremony; Good Friday 10am-12noon and after 7.30.pm-8.30pm

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper in Parish Church 4pm & 7.30pm, Scoil Bhríde 6.15pm, The Heath 8pm, Ratheniska 8pm. Prayer before Blessed Sacrament concludes with Night Prayer at midnight.

Good Friday: Commemoration of the Lord's Passion in Parish Church 4pm & 7.30pm, The Heath 8pm, Ratheniska 8pm, prayer around cross 9-10pm.

Stations of the Cross outdoor on Good Friday commences at 2pm at the Top of O'Moore Plc and ends in the Parish Church. St Fintan's Stations at 3pm.

Holy Saturday: Traditional Blessing of Food by Fr Tadeusz Durajczyk (Diocesan Polish Chaplin) on Holy Saturday at 12.30pm. all are welcome. Easter Vigil Parish Chruch 9pm.

Easter Sunday: Dawn Mass outdoors in The Heath 6am Masses in all other churches at usual times.


Bring Trócaire boxes to Mass on Holy Thursday. Place in basket in Chruch. Do not leave around the church at any time.


Entry forms for the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards, are now available in the Heritage Centre. Closing date is April 15 at 5 pm. Contact Geraldine Delaney at Laois County Council on 057-866-4107 for information. Categories are community, environment, social inclusion, arts, culture and heritage and the special category is the Unsung Hero.