Portlaoise news

Communion & Confirmation

Communion & Confirmation

Confirmations: March 29 12 noon – Scoil Bhride, Gaelscoil, Heath and Ratheniska; 2.30pm – St. Paul’s, Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart & St Francis.

First Communion: May 10 – 11am Heath, Ratheniska & Gael Scoil; May 17 11am – St Paul’s, 1pm – Scoil Bhride; May 24 - 12noon Scoil Mhuire & Sacred Heart.

Brigidine Reunion

Brigidine past pupils’ Lunch on Sunday April 6 at 1pm in the Kaedeen Hotel, Newbridge. Contact Maeve at 087 6569975.

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs each Wednesday at 7.30pm to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter and Paul’s Church continues on Wednesday, March 19 when former RTÉ news reader speaks on the topic Life after the Newsroom.

Portlaoise Parish Youth group will be providing tea and scones after the novenas on March 19,26 and April 9 to raise money for the Camino Youth Pilgrimage. Donations welcome.


Well done to Portlaoise Boxing Club members Michael O’Reilly and Michael Nevin for their performances at the National Boxing Championships in Dublin. Micheal won gold while young Nevin showed all the signs of a champ.

YOUTH CAFE showcase

Portlaoise Youth Cafe are holding a fundraising event/open mic night in our cafe at 7pm on March 28 to showcase our Laois heat winners ‘Elephants in the Coldroom’, all young musicians are welcome, contact 085 2445102 to book. Youth Work Ireland Laois wish to congratulate ‘Elephants in the Coldroom’ and wish them the best of luck in the All-Ireland final of the IYMAs which will be held in the Aviva Stadium Dublin on April 12.


Results March 5: N/S 1st Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary 2nd Nora Aldritt & Maureen O’Leary Gross Michael O’Brien & Anne Doolan 3rd Meera Saxena & Mary J Ryan 4th Caroline Delaney & Angela Hughes E/W 1st Therese Stokes & Anne Phelan 2nd Eileen & Jim Fingleton Gross Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley 3rd Anne Mulligan & Phil Devaney 4th Mary Mahon & Breeda Keating.

Cuisle Centre

Cuisle Cancer Support Centre, Block Rd, Portlaoise 057 8681492. Upcoming events: Breast Care Talk – Genetic Family Risk the Cuisle Centre on Tuesday, March 25 at 8pm – Yvonne Hanhauser A.N.P. (St James Hospital) All Welcome; Nutrition Course for anyone affected with a cancer diagnosis commences Monday, April 28 at 11am for 4 weeks; Prosthesis and Bra Fittings by appointment only on Thursday, April 3.

Clothes collection

The Heath NS are collecting unwanted clothes etc for the school. Items must be clean and reusable. No duvets or pillows. Items can be dropped into the school office from March 18-22. School will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 22. Donations greatly appreciated.


Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) “Reaching Out Together” community information sessions for those involved and interested in genealogy on April 9 in Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm supported by Laois Partnership Company. roadshow@irelandxo.com

Fashion for cuisle

Francis Rogers, family & friends are organising a charity fashion show in the Heritage Hotel, on April 3 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Call 057 868 1492

Active Age

Singing rehearsals with Nuala Kelly for 10th Anniversary concert on April 23 open to each member. Come along each Wednesday 2-3pm sharp and ‘Air your vocals’! Usual meeting follows every Wednesday between 3-5 pm at the Parish Centre and will include a wide variety of activities and events. (The more you join in the fun the more you get out of it). Indoor Bowls every Monday at St Mary’s Hall 3-5 pm.

Gospel Choir

New members welcome for the Portlaoise Gospel Choir no matter what age or faith. www.gospeclchoir.com e-mail: portlaoisegospel@gmail.com tel 089 486 2126

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner when numbers were drawn on March 13. Nos: ,,,. The match 3s won € each. This week’s jackpot is €,.

Rise Foundation

Upcoming programme in Portlaoise Parish Centre run by the Rise Foundation for families who have lost a loved one to addiction. Call 01 7645131 or www.therisefoundation.ie/enquiry-form-0

daffodil day

The Irish Cancer Society need the public’s help to support Daffodil Day on Friday March 28. Callsave 1850 60 60 60 or visitwww.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Mens Sheds

Open at the Equestrian Centre on the Timahoe Road Tueadays 11am-4pm & 7.30pm-10pm Thursdays 11am-4pm.


Walks take place at Rockview Walkways in Cashel, Portlaoise, every Tuesday at 11am. Suitable for retirement groups, special needs groups, and others. Call Michael on 05786 27062.


GROW meets at 7pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St. Call John on 086 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline 1890 474 474.


Portlaoise Toastmasters meet on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


Results for Thursday March 6. 7.5 table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Anne Doolan & Jim Fingleton, 2nd Molly & Michael O’Brien, Gross Frances & Jim Delaney, 3rd Catherine Keane & Marion Ryan. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley, 2nd Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast. Results for Monday March 10. Teams of four competition. 1st Mary Claffey, Dinah Campion, Ette Kennedy & Mary Conroy. Joint 2nd Margaret Nee, Damien Nee, Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, with Rita Arrigan, Mary J Ryan, Gretta Gavin & Sandie Flynn, 4th Maureen O’Leary, Noreen Kilkenny, Anne Phelan & Denis Leary. 5th Anne Doolan, Sally Collins, Triona Kavanagh & Anne Mulligan.

Pass Party

Sponsored by Mental Heath Assoc at The Centre New Road, Portlaiose on Thursday, March 20 from 6pm


Seachtain na Gaeilge was a busy time for members of Portlaoise Comhaltas who began their celebrations at the PortlaoiseLibrary recently with a rousing performance from beginners and advanced players. They performed music at 11.15 mass and on the Comhaltas float at the Portlaoise parade on St Patrick’s Day.


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

Late William O’SULLIVAN

Condolences to the family of the late William O’Sullivan of 5 Harper’s Lane, Portlaoise who died on March 9. Beloved brother of Johnny, Jimmy, Steve, Michael, Thomas, Noel, Theresa and Anthony. Deeply regretted extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Removal to Ss Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Donations to Irish Cancer Society.