Portlaoise Notes

Portlaoise Notes

Tidy towns thanks

The chairman of Portlaoise Tidy Towns Jerry Lodge wishes to thank all who took part in last Saturday's clean-up. Over 100 people took part and the event was a great success with over 2.5 tons of litter being collected. He complimented all the members of the tidy towns committee young and old who turned out, the many staff members of Laois County Council who helped, the business representatives and residents associations. I would also like to express my thanks to Gerry Browne who co-ordinated the event and succeeded in attracting a lot of new support in helping to bring again a sense of pride to 'The Town'.Another clean-up day is planned for June and we will be asking for the same level of community support.

Portlaoise Book

A new book of short stories and historical articles about Portlaoise called Home written by John Dunne will be launched by the Portlaoise-born poet Pat Boran on Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. All are welcome to the celebration of our town.

Palliative Care

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, 7pm in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.

Lions Book Sale

Portlaoise Lions Club annual book sale will take place in Laois Shopping Centre on Friday & Saturday, April 22-23 from 9.30am t 5.30pm each day.

Donations of quality books will be gratefully received on each day of sale or alternatively books may be collected by phoning Richard at 0851743836

Proceeds in aid of local charities.

GAA nursery

Portlaoise GAA invites boys & girls aged 5 (born 2011) to its new ABC nursery programme for Gaelic games every Friday 6-7pm from April 8 at the sports hall in the new secondary schools on the Borris Road. Contact Colm Clear 087 9962548


Portlaoise Parish Lourdes Invalid Committee advises anyone wishing to put their names forward for sponsorship or part-sponsorship of its 2016 pilgrimage July 3-10 to place their names in box at Parish centre from April 1-29. Strict confidence. Response on final opening of the box.

Heath Clean up

Takes place as part of Clean up Laois week. Contact Seamus McGrath at 0872575996 or Marie Nestor 0879747323. Rubbish drop point beside GAA centre. Help very welcome.

The round House

The Round House Community Centre, Marion Avenue, presents a trad night on Tuesday, April 12 8pm. 25 card game every Wednesday, Coffe morning on the last Friday of every month. Bookings conta ct Claire 086 1718718.

 Library news

Portlaoise Library Upcoming Events

1916 Commemorations

Conradh na Gaeilge 1916 Exhibition, 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. Children’s Author Jay bea Evans, will be visiting Portlaoise Library on Thursday 14th April at 2pm for 3-6yr olds All Welcome.

Grandpa the Sniper, Speaker Frank Shouldice Thursday 28th April 6.30pm, Frank’s grandfather and granduncle fought at the Four Courts. All welcome.

1916 Rising: Interactive History Show, for children 8-12years with Michael Moylan on Saturday 28th May at 2pm. Booking essential. To book you contact library on 057 8622333 or email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Ongoing events : Names for Beginners Computer classes contact 057 8622333

Knitting Wednesdays at 11am. Ciorcal Comhrá chat in Irish Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm. Childrens storytelling Saturdays 11am.

Active Retired

Portlaoise Active Retirement Association – April Activities. Wed 13th: Dancing with Maureen Culleton

Wed 20th No ARA meeting. Members will be on a trip to the Slieve Russell, Co. Cavan from Mon. 18th at 10.30 to Fri. 22nd.

Wed 27th Guest speaker Finola Colgan de-stressing in a fun & entertaining way

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 your host Sheila from 2.30pm-4pm

There will be no bowling or whist April 18 - 22.

New members are always welcome. ARA meeting time Weds. 3 -5pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre.

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

Cemetery Comm

Portlaoise Cemetery Committee thanks all who contributed so generously to its recent church gate collection. With Cemetery Sunday just a few months away, all funds will be well spent on improvement work.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to John Coss from Portlaoise who is starring in Kilkenny Musical Society's production of The Full Monty at The Watergate Theatre which runs from April 10-16. John is a regular performer with the Portlaoise Pantomime Group and Portlaoise Musical Society, having played roles such as Will Parker in Oklahoma, George in The Wedding Singer, Dennis in All Shook up and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar.


A fun and thrilling night is promised along with a chance to win thousands of euro with the inaugural St. Mary’s CBS ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ event taking place at The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on Friday 22nd April. The event has been generously sponsored by local businesses. With ‘Thousandaire’ tickets priced at only €15 each, there are lots of reasons to phone a friend or a few, and invite them to join in the craic at The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on April 22nd.

All proceeds are in aid of the St. Mary’s CBS Zambian Immersion Project which will see sixteen students travel to the Maramba region of Zambia to work in schools, orphanages and clinics in February 2017. The students include Eoin Carey, Matthew Cotter, Cian Crossan, Shane Dalton, PJ Daly, Conor Donoghue, Sean Finlay, Neil keane, Bill O’Brien, Gareth O’Brien, Rian O’Connell, Oisin Scarry, Sean Sheridan, Andrew Swayne, Jim Tyrrell, Shae Walsh.

Community Awards

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 Closing date Friday, April 15. Categories community, environment, social inclusion, arts, culture and heritage and special category Unsung Hero.

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Lotto draw April 7. Jackpot not won. Nos: 5,20,22,24. 13 macth 3s won €77 each. Next jackpot €20,000.

Trócaire Thanks

Lenten campaign. total collected €17,127.09. Thans to all who donated.


The Craft group in Portlaise ICA Guild recently had a sale of crafts and cakes in the Laois Shopping Centre where they raised €270 for The Laois Domestic Abuse Service They would like to thank Kevin Doyle the Centre manager for his assistance. They presented the cheque at the LDAS Office and also gave them books for their fundraising outlets in Dunamaise Theatre and The Pantry which were received form Maynooth ICA Guild thanks to Facebook. The members of the Craft Group that were present on the day The President Annne Payne, Produce promoter Margaret Redmond Secretary Marion Lawless Margaret Duff ad the Crafts promoter Kristina Riauke


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St.Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Late Eamon FARRELL

Condolences to the family of the late Eamon Farrell Rossvale, Portlaoise and Dublin, who died on April 4, suddenly. Beloved husband of Kim, father to Roísin, Rachel, Amy, Reíltin. Deeply regretted by sisters, Dolores, Marie, Colette, brother Michael, extended family, relatives, neighbours & friends. Reposed at Keegan's Funeral Home, Portlaoise. Requiem Mass SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise Burial SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Michael Nugent, Ardan Glas, Portlaoise who died on April 4. Suddenly at Tullamore Regional Hosp. Michael. Deeply regretted by his wife Ailbhe, son Cian, daughter Ríona, sisters Deridre and Eileen extended family, relatives & friends.

Reposed at Keegan's Funeral Home. Removal to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Rath, for Requiem Mass. Burial the New Cemetery, Emo.