Portarlington Notes

Portarlington Notes
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Laois County Council in conjunction with Laois Public Participation Network are proud to announce that the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards, 2016 are being held on May, 11 in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard. Nomination Forms and details available from Geraldine Delaney, Community & Enterprise Section or email gdelaney@laoiscoco.ie Also www.laois.ie Closing date for Nominations is Friday 15th April, 2016.

Categories are community, environment, social inclusion, arts, culture and heritage and special category Unsung Hero.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Portarlington area to help with our charity Collection Day on Friday April 22. Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics. If you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Louise Duffy on 01 869 1626 email: duffy.louise@specialolympics.ie or check out our website www.specialolympics.ie.

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meet every Tuesday and Friday in Portarlington Community Centre from 2-5pm. This is a free club where people can meet for a chat and a cuppa, play a game of cards or some board games. Meet new people and make friends. Two phones up and running on 085-2148322 & 085-2148505.

Friday Cuppa

The next Friday Cuppa will take place on next Friday, April 15 from 12 to 3pm in the Portarlington Social Services Centre. Come along and meet your friends and also some new friends. For more information contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne at 087-4116101.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. April 18-Done and Dusted. April 25-Solitaire. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7.  All welcome.

Centenary Events

The Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee would like to announce the following dates for events they have organised to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Saturday April 23 - This is the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Rising and we will be unveiling the Proclamation etched in granite and mounted on a plinth outside Portarlington Library along with the raising of the Tricolor. The Proclamation will be read by local school

children. This event will take place at 3pm.

Sunday May 15 - We have commissioned a sculpture of the 'Starry Plough' from the original flag which will be placed on the Kilnacourt roundabout at the bottom of Station Road. This sculpture was created using a 100 yr old plough kindly donated to us by Jim Hyland from Lea. The unveiling will be done by Cathal McSwiney Brugha, a grandson of Cathal Brugha who took part in the Rising and was shot in 1922. The unveiling will be followed by a Parade to the Peoples Park where 7 native Irish trees (white beam) have been planted, one for each of the seven signatories of the Proclamation along with an inscribed granite Memorial marking the tribute. A separate single tree will also be planted by Cathal McSwiney Brugha in memory of all the men, women & children who died in 1916.

This will be followed by music from the local choir, local band TURAS and local singer Aidan Doyle who has written 2 songs around the events of the Rising.

More events will take place in June. Details to follow.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Frank Kelly Cushina who passed away at his residence on April 3. Frank will be sadly missed by his devoted and loving wife Kathleen, sons Jim, Lar, Charlie, Noel and Stephen, daughters Louise, Susan and Karen, brothers, sister, grandchildren, his extended family, neighbours and friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday April 6 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery.

St Patrick’s Day

Sincere thanks to all who entered the Parade, to all who came out in such large numbers, to the Businesses

who contributed so generously thus allowing the Parade to be organised, to our Judges, our MCs for the day, our Music our Stewards and Marshalls, and all who decorated the town and their premises to add to the festive atmosphere and a special thanks to the committee for their hard work.


Bishop Denis Nulty will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parishes of Portarlington and Emo as follows: Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard on Thursday April 14 at 11.30am St. Patrick’s Boys NS and Cloneyhurke NS on Friday April 15 at 11am. The

Presentation Primary School on Friday April 15 at 2pm. St. Paul’s NS, Emo on Wednesday May 11 at 11am. Sacred Heart NS, Rath on Wednesday May 11 at 2pm


The Laois/Offaly Palliative Care Team would like to invite families, friends & carers of those who have died in the past two years and have been known to the Palliative Care Team to a Remembrance Service on Friday April 15 at 7pm in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.

Port Speakers

After a short but inspiring

poem by Carmel Moore it was into fun impromptu speeches with a dynamic start as we learnt that travelling to France or England by ferry is the way to go with the kids, that men

can always talk themselves out of doing the garden work, and that Enda and Micheál had finally said hello to each other in the corridor of Leinster House. We then learnt that the Bog was the bane of Noreen Driver's life as a child as she and her sisters worked furiously in the hot sun turning and footing the turf as they watched their friends go to the beach. 

An interesting and enjoyable evening with plenty of variety and of course the popular networking session with coffee and cookies. The next meeting will be a open night at 7.45pm on   April 19 in the Killenard Community Centre.

Port GAA Lotto

Results for week 14. Numbers Drawn 10-24-27-31. No Jackpot Winner. €50 Winners  Betty Milner c/o Ter Lawlor and Kay Whelan c/o Joe Whelan.

€25 Winners  Cathal Ryan c/o hmself and Arron Dunne c/o Cathal Ryan. Jackpot Next Week €1,400. 


Letters drawn B,H,K,W – No Jackpot winner. €25 to Mary McCormack Snr. and Pat Kiely. Sellers prize Richard Confrey.

Next Jackpot draw on April 8 in the Barrow Lodge.

Jackpot €3,600.