Portarlington Notes

Portarlington Notes
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The Lea Castle Conservation Group have organised an exhibition of posters telling the history of Lea Castle and the plans for its conservation. The exhibition will be held in Portarlington Library from Monday 22 August to Saturday 28 as part of Heritage Week 2016.

There will also be a talk on ‘Lea Castle – The Story So Far’ which will take place on Thursday August 25 in Kilnacourt House (HSE Primary Health Care Centre) at 8pm. Guest speakers will explain what work has been taking place at the castle and plans for the future.

All are welcome, admission is free, and light refreshments will be served afterwards courtesy of the Heritage Officer in Laois County Council.


Fancy a cup of tea and a slice of trench cake? Trench cake was the name given to the type of cake made by families at home and sent to relatives serving at the front during the First World War. It was considered a great treat by the soldiers receiving it.

Those attending the Somme Commemoration on August 26 in the French Church to commemorate all Irish men who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme will have the opportunity to try a slice of trench cake with their cup of tea after the talk. The event starts at 8pm, admission is free and all are welcome. This event has kindly been sponsored by the Heritage Officer, Laois County Council as part of Heritage Week 2016.

Fundraising Walk

A 5K and 10K Walk in aid of PCDA/Derryounce Project is taking place on Saturday August 27 at 2.30pm. The 5K walk will take approx one hour and the 10K walk will take approx two hours. The cost of the walk is €5 and registration is at 2pm on the day at the Hawthorn Bar Patrick St. All proceeds will go to the PCDA/Derryounce Project. The Derryounce Project is an ongoing development for the benefit of Portarlington and the community. Contact Donie Molloy on 086 3288858 or Loveport Office on 085 8568801 for further information.


The return of the Little Black Dress night takes place on Friday September 16 in O’ Deas Pub, Portarlington. For a great girls’ night out with the best music, canapés and craic come along and bring your friends. Tickets are €10 and are available from the Portarlington Community Development Association office (Love Port) in the Community Centre.

All proceeds for the night in support of local community projects by the Portarlington Community Development Association.

Tickets are limited so to avoid disappointment please contact the Love Port office on 085 8568801.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. August 29, J & S Sound. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7. All welcome.

Friends Together

Portarlington Friends Together meets every Tuesday and Friday in the Scouts Den Main St from 2.30-5pm. 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 and 085 2148505.

Happy Hearts

The Happy Hearts club will reopen on Thursday September 1 from 2-4pm in the Community Centre with lots of variety on offer. Looking forward to seeing all former members and inviting new members to join us also.


Deepest sympathy to Chris O’Reilly and family Patrick St on the recent death of her brother Patrick Culleton Limetree. Patrick will be sadly missed by his 7 sisters, brother, his extended family, neighbours and friends. Requiem mass took place in St Paul’s Church Emo, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. May Patrick rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Charlie Greene St Mary’s Tce who passed away on Sunday August 14 in Oakdale Nursing Home. Charlie will be sadly missed by his sister Laura, his devoted nieces & nephews, his extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Tuesday August 16, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Charlie rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the Lyons family French Church St and late of St Patrick’s Tce on the death of Dermot (Dermie) who passed away in Sydney Australia. Son of the late Dinny and Polly Lyons. Dermie will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. A remembrance mass was held in St Michael’s Church on Wednesday August 17. Dermot will be interred in Australia where he has lived for many years. May Dermie rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the Kelly family Doolagh on the death of John who passed away in Birmingham. May John rest in peace.


Genealogy for beginners Workshop on Wednesday August 24 at 4.30pm.

An illustrated talk on the Heritage Trees of Ireland on Wednesday August 24 at 6.30pm Both events are free to attend but prior booking is advised. 057 8643751.

During September the library will host a four week beginner’s course in chess for adults. This course is free but prior booking is advised. Phone the library on 057 8643751 for further details.


Registration for season 2016/2017 will take place in Colaiste Iosagain on Friday September 9 from 6-9pm. Also Saturday 10 from 11am – 1pm. All players that intend to play must register on either of these dates. €60 per child. New members welcome.

Lotto Results

Arlington Soccer Club Lotto results for August 9. Letters Y- R- N- S. No jackpot winner. €25 to S. Kenny and Ryan McCarthy. Sellers prize Jack Kenny. Next draw on August 23 in the Barrow Lodge. Jackpot €4,600.


Results for week 33. Numbers drawn 14-22-26-32. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Ann Terrett c/o Joe Whelan and Agnes Maher c/o Eddie Flood. €25 winners Bibi c/o Joe Whelan and Eugene Murphy c/o Joe Whelan. Jackpot next week €3,300.

Thanks to all those that supported our club by giving generously on our recent flag day and a special thanks to those that gave up their time to collect on behalf of the club.

Congratulations to Fiona Lawlor who won the two Electric Picnic weekend tickets along with tent, sleeping bags and all the camping essentials. We hope she enjoys herself.