Thanks to all who supported the cake sale in the parish centre recently, your support is greatly appreciated by all in Portlaoise Macra na Feirme. Alwayss looking for new members between the ages of 17 and 35.

Retired Nurses

The Laois-Offaly branch of the retired nurses association will hold their meeting on Monday, September 10 in the SIPTU offices Portlaoise at 3pm. New members are welcome.


Training will resume on Friday September 7, C&D squad 6 - 6.45pm, A&B squad 6.45 - 7.30pm. Registration will take place on the night and also on Monday September 10.

rish Wheelchair rally

The Irish Wheelchair Association’s annual motoring rally for disabled drivers and passengers on September 15, commencing and finishing from the Maldron Hotel. The rally is open to both disabled drivers and disabled passengers to participate in. The entry fee for a team is €30 including an evening meal and prizes. Contact Tony Maher or Niall McDonnell at 045 893094 or maats@iwa.ie to register or www.iwa.ie/rally.

Culture night

Friday, September 21. Vocalese performance in Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square 4pm. Busking in Portlaoise Shopping Centre. Stampede drumming workshop with Eddie O’Neill in Dunamaise Arts Centre from 4-5pm. Open mic event in the Dunamaise Arts Centre from 6-7pm. Comhaltas concert in Dunamaise Arts Centre at 8.30pm. International cuisine evening in Portlaoise Educate Together NS at 7pm. Laois Writers Group literary and music evening in The Mile Bush Restaurant, Fairgreen Village, Portlaoise at 8pm. Multi-cultural performance in Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 6pm -7pm. Portlaoise heritage trail walk, Slí Oidhreachta, meeting at the James Fintan Lalor sculpture at Áras an Chontae, commencing at 6pm. Make a Ring exhibition at Helena Malone Studio, JFL Ave, Portlaoise from 3 - 8pm. See www.culturenight.ie.


Youth Work Ireland Laois are looking for volunteer leaders for the new Portlaoise Youth Café. All enquiriese to Joe Thompson, project leader, YWI Laois, 057 86 65010, jthompson@ywilaois.ie.

Summer Bridge

Results for Thursday August 23. Ten and a half table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Noreen Kilkenny and Sally Collins, 2nd Angela Colgan & Tom Joyce, Gross Paddy & Mary Conroy, 3rd Ethel Culliton & Frances Conroy, 4th Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy. E/W 1st Blathnaid Trayer & Damian Nee, 2nd Meera Saxena & Suzanne Downes, Gross Colm Walsh & Liam Hyland, 3rd Denis O’Leary & Ann Lynch, 4th Sr Rosario and Cella Lalor.

Results for the final night of summer bridge on August 30. Ten and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin 2nd Carmel Hughes & Frances Conroy 3rd Cella Lalor & Sr Rosario 4th Celia & Dave Downes 5th Rita Arrigan & Angela Hughes. E/W 1st Suzanne Downes & Meera Saxena 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy 3rd Brenda Scully & Gretta Gavin 4th Pat McEvoy & Kay Walsh 5th Sr Madaline & Kathleen Horan.

The summer bridge was excellent, extremely well run by Noreen Kilkenny assisted by Sally Collins. Thank you to them and all who attended. The AGM takes place on September 27.

The Heath GAA funday

The Heath GAA Club car boot sale and family fun day on September 9. Gates open to to sellers at 8am, and to the public at 10am, with the sale finishing at 2.30pm. Fees on the day are as follows: sellers €10 (cars) €15 (car + trailer) €15 (vans). No large vans. Public admission is €2 adults (kids go free). Space for 80 cars, and the hall can hold 20 stalls (not provided). Tea, coffee and refreshments on the day as well, and the event will be fully supervised. Spaces will be supplied on a first come, first served basis, so it is advised to get there early. Also on the day there will be fun and games for all the family. Email theheathcarboot@gmail.com

Portlaoise CBs reunion

Portlaoise CBS 50th anniversary of primary and secondary classes of 1962 will be held at the Rock Inn on Saturday, September 15 from 7pm. If you are in contact with any of our class mates please let them know of the gathering in case they are accidentally ommitted. For info contact Malachy Byrne 087 994 5838 or Pat Phelan 087 265 3339.


Patrician College Ballyfin class of ’87, 25 year reunion will be held in the Drury Court Hotel in Dublin 2 on Saturday October 6 at 8pm. There is no charge. For further info. email Michael Ryan, ballyfin87@gmail.com or facebook.


The Laois branch of guide dogs carers mini marathon is looking for volunteers to take part on Sunday, September 9. Sponsorship cards can be obtained from Richard Connell either by emailing richcon53@gmail.com or by phoning 087 277645.

Portlaoise Rugby Club Famiily day

Portlaoise Rugby Club are holding an open family day on Sunday, September 9. The day will host a ladies tag rugby festival. minutesi rugby festival, jumping castles, children’s fun events, all Ireland hurling final on big screen and other activities.


Condolences to the family of the late Dr Sean Boyle of Ballydavis, Portlaoise and formerly Arranmore Island, Donegal who passed away suddenly on Sunday August 27 at his residence, Dr Sean, predeceased by his wife Margaret, is sadly missed by his son Colin, brothers Brendan, Patrick, sister Lena Ward extended family and friends.

Funeral mass Wednesday, August 29 in The Church of The Sacred Heart, Stradbally. Burial afterwards to Oakvale Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Christ Ging, Irishtown, Mountmellick and formerly of 8 New Road Portlaoise, who passed away on August 28 at St James’s Hospital Dublin, Beloved husband of Laurenta and dear father of Claire, and Emer Christy is also deeply regretted by brothers and sisters large extended family neighbours relatives and many friends. Removal from Moloney’s Funeral Home Mountmellick last Thursday to St Joseph’s Church for requiem mass Friday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St Joseph’s Cemetery.


Storytelling for toddlers, Tuesday 11am. Knitting group, Wednesday 11am - 1pm. Ciorcal Comhrá, Wednesday 5.15pm - 6.30pm, Come along for a chat and use your ‘cúpla focal’, all levels welcome.

Main Street Down the Years exhibition continues until end of September. Healthy reading at your local library, talk by Bernie Foran, county librarian and Finola Colgan, Mental Health Ireland, Wednesday September 5. For further information phone 057 8622333.


The total amount collected at the recent church gate collection came to €4,248.29. This was comprised of Portlaoise 2517.84, Ballyfin 271.67, Stradbally 557.11, Timahoe 170.23, Vicarstown 197.57, Ratheniska 147.41, The Heath 386.46. Thanks to all the donors who contributed so generously to this collection.


Divine Mercy mass in St Peter and Pauls church Portlaoise on Wednesday September 5. Celebrant Fr Thady Doyle. The evening will include rosary mass and individual blessing with relic of St Faustina beginning at 7pm. All very welcome.


Portlaoise Toastmasters resumes once more after the summer break at 8pm on Monday, September 10 at the Killeshin Hotel.


If someone you know has a drinking problem, call 087-2760943 or 01-8732699.


Comhaltas music classes Portlaoise branch information/enrolment Thursday, September 6 7.30-8.30pm at Gaelscoil, Mountrath Rd.


Girls church choir resumes on Friday, September 7 at 2.45pm. New members welcome. Contact Catherine on 057 86 22326.


Club resumes Wednesday September 5. Storyboard of year activities by Paddy Moran. Cruise promotion personal visit by James McGinly, all local ARAs invited. September 12 quiz, quizmaster Josie Meehan. Bowls every Monday St Mary’s 2-4pm. New members welcome. Contact Andy 057 8621571.


Kevin Coleman, a native of Vicarstown, will take over Margaret ’s role in the parish. A nurse by profession he has worked in mental health, intellectual disability, addiction studies and nursing administ ration. Margaret Dooley returns to her teaching post in Scoil Mhuire, after five years in the parish.


Play and Pray resumes in the parish church in October each Sunday at 11.15am mass. Contact Kevin in the parish centre.


Volunteer eucharistic ministers short training course, if interested please give your name to the parish centre.


There was no winner on Thursday, August 30. Numbers 3,6,922. The 23 match 3s won €44 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.


Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, September 16. Contact Maura 086 3344722. The St Vincent de Paul annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday, September 8. Leaves the Church car park at 9am sharp.


Condolences to the family of the late Kitty Dunne (née Dollard) of Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise

who passed away on Sunday, September 2. Beloved wife of the late Andrew, Kitty is deeply regretted by her loving daughters, Mavis, Kathleen and Geraldine (Smyth), son-in-law Declan, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home with removal on to SS Peter and Paul’s Church. Requiem mass last Tuesday with burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery


Condolences to the family of the late Catherine (Carmel) Fitzpatrick (nee Fleming) of Ashbury, Portlaoise, formerly Broad Acres Togher, and Ferbane who passed away on August 31. Beloved wife of the late Stephen, and cherished mother of Elizabeth, Éamonn, Philip, Stephen and Richard. Also deeply regretted by extended family, elatives and friends. Reposed at the Midland Regional Hospital from followed by removal to SS Peter and Paul Church for requiem mass last Monday followed by burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Peg Bailey late of 5 Triogue Place, New Road who passed away last week. Requiem mass on Thursday, August 30 in Portlaoise parish church followed by burial in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Louis Cass, Grenville who passed away last week.