Portlaoise News

Laois Hospice AGM

Laois Hospice AGM

The Laois Hospice Foundation Annual Public Meeting takes place on Friday, January 17 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Special Guests are Mr Sean O’Rourke and Ms Eileen Dunne of RTÉ. Why not come along and hear about hospice services in Laois and where the monies collected are spent. This should be a very enjoyable and stimulating night. Everybody is welcome to this meeting and your support would be very much appreciated. Refreshments will be served on the night. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice.

Couch to 5km

Portlaoise Athletic Club’s 10 week Couch to 5k programme returns again to Portlaoise on Thursday, January 9 at 6pm. It will end with the Streets Of Portlaoise 5k road race on St Patrick’s day. Registration Saturday January 4 at 3pm at the Portlaoise Athletic Track beside the Portlaoise College or on January 9. Check Portlaoise AC on Facebook.

Great Heath 10km

Annual 10km run takes place on Sunday, January 19 with race starting at 11am. Entry online at www.runireland.ie. Late entries on the day.

Mens Sheds

Now open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm & 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm.


Do you have a wedding speech to deliver, a presentation to make, or need skills to build confidence? If so Toastmasters can help. The Portlaoise branch meets each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee for further details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722. €100 if paid by February 3.

65 Kitchen Choir

The choir sincerely thanks fans and friends for support over the three night run at the Dunamaise Theatre.

Active Retired

Indoor Bowls continue every Monday at St Mary’s Sports Hall from 3pm - 5pm (Note new times). Next Active Age Group meeting follows our festive break takes on Wednesday, January 8. New Active Age applicants welcome. Details phone 057-8621571. Wishing you a happy Christmas!

Guide Dogs

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Laois church gate collection on the weekend of January 11 & 12. Please give generously.

CBS Reunion

CBS Portlaosie School Reunion is taking place on Saturday, February 8, upstairs in Kavanaghs Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise at 8pm. Email: damian.donohue@gmail.com or 086 8731960.

Panto Time

Portlaoise Pantomime’s Treasure Island runs from Saturday January 18 to Saturday January 25 next with matinees on January 18, 19 & 25 at 2.30pm (sharp). Nightly shows at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets from the Dunamaise.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results of the Christmas prizes Dec 12. 13.5 table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Brenda Scully & Nora Aldritt, 2nd Triona Kavanagh & Anne Mulligan Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Mary J Ryan & Phil Devaney, 4th Suzanne Downes & Meera Saxena, 5th Anne Doolan & Sally Collins,6th Angela Hughes & Tom Handy. E/W 1st Sandie Flynn & Gretta Gavin, 2nd Carmel Doorley & Ita Kennedy gross Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast, 3rd Anne Crombie & Heather Ridgeway,

4th Catherine Keane & Eileen O’Hora, 5th Celia & Dave Downes, 6th Liz Scully & Lena Kelly. Results Dec 16. ten and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Dave Downes & Meera Saxena, 2nd Phil Devaney & Mary J Ryan, gross, Sally Collins & Anne Doolan , 3rd Carmel Hughes & Maureen Fitzpatrick. Bridge returns on Thursday, January 9.

Scoil Chriost Rí

A cake sale held by the girls of Scoil Chríost Rí and a cash donation by HSE Alvernia Service has helped raise funds to provide aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Kolbe Raffle

1st €300 Stephen Cole; 2nd €150 Keith Lalor; 3rd €100 Brendan Dunne; 4th €50 Annie O’Neill; 5th wine ABC, Clonminan; 6th bubble bath Sean Somers; 7th wine Jimmy Brophy; 8th sweets Michael Delaney; 9th sweets Brian Phelan; 10th bubble bath Seamus Farrelly.

Lourdes Raffle

Results from Portlaoise Parish Lourdes raffle: 1st Alex Cassidy; 2nd Puddin Flynn; 3rd Michael Lynch; 4th June Downey; 5th Kathy Mulligan; 6th Jack Dooley; 7th Jane Reddin; 8th Mary Butler. The Committee thanks all who contributed to the raffle.

Parish Lotto

Congrats to Pat Kinsella who won the €20,000 jackpot in the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on Thursday January 2. Numbers drawn: 9,11,13,14. The 26 match 3s won €39 each. This week’s jackpot is €11,000.


Mountmellick embroidery resumes in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Monday, January 13. Time 7:30pm to 9:30pm. If you would like to learn this old craft just come along.


Divine Mercy Mass in SS Peter & Paul’s parish church on Wednesday, January 8. Rosary 7pm. Mass 7.30pm. Celebrant Fr. Thady Doyle. All welcome

Late Lily RONAN

Condolences to the family of the late Lily Rohan (née Harding) of The Green, Kilminchy, Portlaoise who passed away peacefully on December 28 at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by her loving family, son Tim, daughters Katie and Dani, brothers Jimmy, Paddy and John, sisters Ann, Kathleen, Theresa, Christy, Dolly and Margaret, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Reposed her residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s church for requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise.

Late Elizabeth Hogan

Condolences to the family of the late Elizabeth (Betty) HOGAN (née Paisley) of 42 St John’s Sq, Portlaoise, who died on December 28, in the loving care of her husband Pat and his family, and the Laoise Palliative Care Team. Deeply regretted by her loving family niece, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Breda Mac Sullivan (née Noonan) of Kilminchy, Portlaoise, formerly of Kilross, Tipperary and Douglas Cork who died on January 1. Predeceased by her husband Tony. Deeply regretted by extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing in Galbally removal to Galbally Church for Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St Michaels Cemetery Tipperary.

Bereaved support

To contact Portlaoise Parish bereavement support team call 087 987 8300