The club would like to wish all their members and supporters a happy and peaceful New Year. The AGM takes place on Friday January 10 at 8pm in the GAA centre. All are welcome to attend.


Forms available from school, closing date January 31.

Music Extravaganza

Big thanks to all who supported this wonderful night on Sunday December 15 in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. We are pleased to tell all who bought tickets and sponsored our raffle for the night, that after expenses Port Lion’s Club and Port St Vincent de Paul were presented with €1,100 each. This money was welcomed by both committees, and you can be assured that it will be used to benefit people locally who need support. Thanks also to all the artists who took part on the night, The Irish Midlands Concert Orchestra, the Portarlington Parish Choir, Allison Sweeney and the Melody Band from Colaiste Iosagain. Also we were very grateful for the assistance and support from the management and staff in the Hotel. Thanks also to the organisers of the event.

Training Course

Love Port/PCDA are hosting a comprehensive webpage and facebook training course. The dates are on a Tuesday as follows: January 14, 21 and 28. February 4, 11, 18 and 25. This is an opportunity for businesses to look more closely at how we can work together. The course is sponsored by Laois Partnership. An outline of the course is available by emailing. Please book through education@portarlington.ie as places are filling up fast.

Active Retirement

Portarlington Active Retirement Association (Happy Heart’s Club) re-opens on Thursday January 9 at 2pm. New members very welcome. Please contact Ann 057 8643727 or Mary 057 8623881 for details of membership.

Social Services

Thanks to all our volunteers who deliver approx 5,000 meals a year, three days a week. Also thanks to our hostesses who help at our weekly bingo. Thanks to the ladies who cook the meals for our recipients. A big thanks to all the people of our town for their support during our yearly flag days, and to clubs etc who organise events for the centre, and to people who give personal donations. The centre would not continue without all your support.


Once again the annual St Stephen’s Day charity game in Courtwood GAA Club was a great success. Many thanks to all who turned up to play and also thanks to the spectators. Although it’s rumoured that the older heads again won on the day, referee Arthur O’Connor has yet to submit his official match report. Of course the real winners on the day once again were the local charities who will benefit from the generosity of the community.

Courtwood GAA

Courtwood GAA club membership for the year 2014 is now open. The rates are: adult (player) €30, adult (non-player) €20, family €35, student/under 18 €5, OAP €10. Please contact registrar Damien Behan on 085 7881916 to renew your membership or join the club. 


Gracefield GAA club are holding their AGM on Friday January 10 at 8pm in the clubhouse. New and old members welcome.

Portarlington GAA

The AGM takes place on Friday January 10 at 8pm in the GAA Centre. All are welcome to attend. After a successful launch of the 125 years history of Portarlington GAA book there are a limited number of these books available in local shops, or by contacting 086 2712121 or any club member. Ideal present for the family both here and abroad. Thanks to all who supported the recent Christmas draw.

GAA Lotto

Results for week 50. Numbers 12-14-19-21. No winner of €3,000 Jackpot. €50 each to Liam Costello c/o Rose McCann and Angela Padgan c/o Marie Fallon. €25 each to Betty Corcoran c/o Marie Fallon and Jordan, Chloe and Adrianne c/o Marie Fallon. Promoters Prize to Marie Fallon. Next jackpot €3,100.


Condolences to the family of William (Sonny) Blanc who passed away in Camberwell England on December. Sonny will be sadly missed by his loving wife Bridie, his sons Billy and Kevin, daughter Susan, his four grandchildren, brothers Edward and Leo, his sisters Ceceila, Patricia and Dolores, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Sonny was predeceased by his parents William and Mary Blanc who lived in Spa Lane when Sonny was born. The family moved to St Brigid’s Sq when Sonny was 14. He moved to England at the age of 18. Members of Sonny’s family from Portarlington travelled to England for his funeral on Monday December 30. His ashes will return to Portarlington to be buried with his parents in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Sonny rest in peace.


It was with great sadness that the town of Portarlington heard of the death on Christmas Day of Emmet McConville Blackberry Lane Newbridge and late of Cullyhana South Armagh. Emmet came to Portarlington in 1988 and opened his large supermarket Supervalu. He gave much employment to many people in the town, and was known to be an excellent employer to his staff. Emmet will be sadly missed by his loving wife Sandra, his daughter Niamh, sons Darragh and Caolan, Caolan’s partner Lisa and Emmet’s beloved grandson Fionn, his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Saturday December 28 at Cill Mhuire Church Ballymany, with burial after to St Conleth’s Cemetery Newbridge. May Emmet rest in peace.


Sympathy to the family of Michael Hanlon, Assumpta Tce who passed away peacefully at the Regional Hospital Tullamore on Thursday December 12. Michael will be sadly missed by his wife Mary, son John, grandsons Colin, Jamie and Daniel, brothers, sisters and his extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place on Saturday December 14 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. May Michael rest in peace.


Condolences to the family and friends of Lillie Dalton (nee McDermott) Ballymorris Road and formerly Garryhinch. Lillie passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday December 28. Lillie was predeceased by her loving husband Martin a number of years ago. Lillie will be sadly missed by her sons Declan, John and Martin, her daughter Deirdre, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, her brother Noel (America) her extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Tuesday December 31, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. May Lillie rest in peace.