Portlaoise Notes

Portlaoise Notes

Tidy up the town

Portlaoise Tidy Towns Let's Tidy up the Town - Part 2 takes place this June Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday June 4. Part one took place on a wintery Easter Saturday but a decent crowd of local people still turned out to spruce up the streets and estates of Portlaoise. Portlaoise Tidy Towns is hoping for a big turn out this weekend for the tidy up. Contact 086 2430670.

Old Fort Festival

An new street festival takes place on Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26 in Portlaoise. The Old Fort Quarter Festival draws its title and theme from the original ‘Fort of Maryborough’ and offers a weekend of free family fun and live music. Events will run from noon to midnight each day. Features street theatre including: stilt walkers, jugglers, puppet shows, giant games, family art workshops and more fun daily. On Sunday, a range of medieval heritage displays offer a taste of life in Maryborough Fort. Inclues blacksmith, armoury and more from Irish arms re-enactment group. Live music on Main Street includes top acts; Interskalactic, Big Generator, Poguetry in Motion, Transmitter, Strength in Numbers, The Valves and more each evening.

The Organisers are working closely with the Gardai and Laois County Council to make sure all necessary advance arrangements, The Old Fort Quarter Committee is: Michael Parsons, Laois Heritage Society (Heritage Officer); Teddy Fennelly, Laois Heritage Society; Ivor O’Loughlin, O’Loughlins Hotel/The Blue Door (Festival Chairperson);

PJ Kavanagh, Kavanaghs Bar & Venue (Festival Secretary); Michelle de Forge, Dunamaise Arts Centre (Festival Arts Officer); Catherine Fitzgerald, Chairperson Laois County Council, Andy Bergin, Bergins Pub; Liam Browne, De Bruins Bar.


Best of luck to all Portlaoise pupils who are sitting junior & leaving certificate exams this year.

A mass will be celebrated to pray for all on Tuesday, June 7 in SS Peter & Paul's Parish Church at 7.30pm.


Doras Luimní is holding and Intercultural Community Party to recognise volunteers and service providers on Tuesday, May 31 at 4.30pm in the Macra Hall Portlaoise. Contact Hannah h.culkin@dorasluimni.org


Enjoy a game of Whist every Thursday at Sue Ryders with your host Sheila from 2.30pm-4pm. New members welcome. ARA meeting time Weds. 3 -5pm in the Parish Centre.

Girls Soccer

Portlaoise AFC are now recruiting players for their new Under 16s Girls team for the upcoming 2016/2017 season. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact: 087 1806184.

Tag Rugby

Social Tag Rugby stats at Portlaoise Rugby Club on June 31. No experience needed. Six week league. Thursday nights. Must be 16 or older. Team registration closes on June 17. Spaces limited. Contact 0873894272 email tagrugbylaois@gmail.com www.portlaoiserfc.com


Annual Pin & certificate presentation takes place on Friday, June 3 during 7.30pm Mass in the Parish Centre. Pioneers to contact Paddy Lalor 087 2868092, Lena Connolly 087 2176127, Jennifer McEvoy 085 1354959 or any committee.

Knock Pilgrimage

Dioscesan pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, June 5. Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin Denis Nulty will be main celebrant on that day. Spiritual director Fr Paddy Byrne will be travelling on bus leaving Parish centre 9am. Tickets must be purchased at Parish Centre contact Maura O'Brien 0863344722.

Parish Lotto

Jackpot not won in Parish Lotto draw of May 26. Nos: 6,9,26,29. The 6 match 3s won €167 each. Next jackpot €20,000.

Alzheimers Thanks

Tje Laois Alzheimers Society thank all who contributed to the Alzheimers Tea Day and also the Bag Pack in Dunnes Stores. Your donations are greatly appreciated and all money raised in Laois stays in Laois. Thanks also to the Volunteers who gave up their time to make both events possible.

Cemetery Mass

SS Peter & Paul's Cemetery Mass, Sunday June 5 at 1pm. Replaces the 12.30pm Mass in Parish church.

Parish Retreat

Retreat in Parish Centre on Saturday, June 11 11-30am-1pm for all Ministers of Holy Communion.


Charity Black Tie Ball in aid of Laois Offaly Families for Autism will be held in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Saturday, June 4. Drinks reception 6.30pm folllowed by meal and music. Tickets €50 from Sinead 0877779856 or online at www.eventbrite.ie

Youth Group

Portlaoise Youth Group is looking for volunteers to help run the Youth Club. If you like working with children and can spare two hours a week or month please get in touch. Child protection and garda vetting is available free of charge. If interested call the secretary on 086 1577773 for more details.


The Triogue Communty Mental Health Centre, Bridge St, Portlaoise provides help and support in the area of mental health. Call Geraldine or Avril 057 8622295.

Grow Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Room 1 Parish Centre. All welcome. Call John 086 8033126

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

Age Strategy

The Laois Age Friendly Strategy will be launched on Tuesday, June 14 at 2pm in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Former TD & Minister Mary O'Rourke and Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald launch the Strategy. Followed by a tea dance and music by Paddy Bracken, Clara. Notification will be sent out to all Active Retirement Groups and ICA Groups etc but for anyone not affiliated to a group - all over 55's will be very welcome. Please contact Geraldine Delaney at Laois County Council if you are interested in attending or for more information on 057 866 4107 or gdelaney@laoiscoco.ie

Active Retired

Activites: Wed, June 1 Mastermind Quiz on the 1916 leaders & general knowledge.

Wed, June 8 25 card drive and board games.

Thurs, June 9 Marigold festival Mullingar - the club will not be going but members are free to attend.

Indoor bowling every Monday at St Mary's Hall 3-5pm. Bring a friend. Enjoy a game a game of whist every Thursday at the Sue Ryder Centre 2.30pm-4.30pm. New members welcome. ARA meets every Wednesday, 3-5pm in Parish Centre.

Late Marie WHELAN

Codolences to the family of the late Marie Whelan (nee Redmond) O'Moore Place Portlaoise and late of Arklow who died peacefully at St James Hospital on May 21. Beloved wife of Peter, Deeply regretted by her loving husband, relatives and friends. Reposed at Keegans Funeral Home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Ellen (Nellie) O'Sullivan (née McDonald)

Newpark, Portlaoise, Rosscarbery, Cork who died on May 24 peacefully at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Beloved wife of Jerry and dearly loved mother to Joan, Eileen, Pat, Breda, John, and Martha. Deeply regretted by sisters Bridie, Kitty, brother Jermiah, extended family, relatives, neighbours, friends. Reposed at Keegan's Funeral Home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for 10am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.


Condolences to the family of the late Joan Forrest Newpark, Portlaoise / Kanturk, Cork who died on May 26. Deeply regretted by relatives, friends, neighbours. Requiem Mass St Mary's Church, Clonmel. Burial Kanturk.