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Portlaoise Macra

Portlaoise Macra

The AGM of Portlaoise Macra takes place on Friday the 30th of May at 9pm in the Portlaoise Macra Hall. All new and current members are more than welcome to attend. Portlaoise Macra would also like to thank everyone who supported our Easter Draw. The winners were Tom Delaney – 1 nights B and B in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise; Martin McDonald – Dinner for 2 in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise; Julie Allen – Tickets for Kavanaghs Comedy Club; Thomas Dunne – Tickets for The Dunamaise Arts Centre; Phyllis Ging – Easter Hamper.

Sunflower Day

Laois Hospice Foundation needs collection volunteers for National Sunflower Day on Friday June 6 to sell sunflowers at various outlets in Portlaoise. This is one of the main fundraisers organised by Laois Hospice Foundation and all monies collected locally are spent on hospice services in Laois. If you have an hour to spare on June 6 cal Mary Delaney at 086 8157280. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice Foundation.

Laois BirdWatch

The next meeting of the Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland will be held on Tuesday evening 27 May at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm, when photographer Nigel Beers Smith will talk about his experience during the summer of 2013 documenting the white tailed sea eagles of Mountshannon - the first pair to breed successfully in Ireland for over 100 years. The presentation will include a short video clip and selection of superb photographs, many of which appear in Nigel’s book on the Mountshannon eagles: “Ireland’s First”. The talk is open to everyone with an interest in wildlife. Entry is free but contributions are welcome.

Multicultural Street festival

Voices Across Cultures Street Market Festival takes place on Main St Portlaoise over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, May 31-June 1. Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. There will be a distinctly international flavour in the air as everyone will enjoy over 40 stalls, plenty of live entertainment, childrens workshops, film shows in the Dunamaise theatre, cultural demonstrations all taking place in downtown Portlaoise. For further information and to keep updated on the festival, visit www.facebook.com/voicesacsfest.

Diabetes meeting

The Diabetes Federation of Ireland Laois Branch invites parents, guardians and carers of diabetic children to a meeting in O’Louglin’s Hotel on Wednesday, May 28 at 7.30pm. For info call: Joe 087 675 8971, Una 087 754 6357, Bernadette 087 900 0807.

Table quiz

A table quiz in aid of the Laois Offaly Mental Health Recovery Services takes place on Wednesday, May 28 in Peig’s bar at 8.30pm. Four persons per table €40. Raffle on the night. Please support.

Learning through play

Aistear helps children to learn creatively through play. A free workshop on the programme takes place on in the Laois Education Centre on Wednesday, June 11 7pm-8.30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book contact 057 867 2400 or e-mail yvonne@laoisedcentre.ie

Carers Support

May meeting of the support group for carers takes place at the Portlaoise Parish Centre on Tuesday, May 27 at 11am. Opportunity to share experiences and take a break from caring.

50+ Atictive Retired

No meeting on May 28 Tea Dance instead in Mountmellick. Bus leaves from Parish Centre at 1.30 pm. Special Auction on June 4. Bring what you can. Proceeds to Simon.

Portlaoise Library

‘Wild Creatures’ Exhibition of research and artwork by students from Scoil Bhride featuring snakes spiders and all manner of creepy crawly creatures on display this month. Children’s bookclub, Friday May 30 in Portlaoise library 3.30pm. Ciorcal Comhra, Wednesdays@5.15. All welcome to come along for a chat ‘as Gaeilge’. Knitting Group, Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Just Knit and chat.

Youth Cafe

Is your child bored? if they are between the ages of 10 - 12 years, why not drop them down to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe only €1 entry on a Thursday evenings 4- 6pm or Saturday 3 - 5pm. Staff and volunteers are fully trained in child protection and are Garda vetted. Volunteer leaders needed. Child Protection training provided. All queries to Miriam 057 866 5050 or e-mail: laoisyouth@gmail.com

Run for Wheelchair

The Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association invites women to run for the charity in the upcoming mini-marathon. The branch will register you and provide a meal on the way home. Call Maura 086 3344722, Eugene 087 253 5924 or any committee member.

Cuisle Centre

Cuisle Cancer Support Centre notices. Women’s mini-marathon on June 2 - walk, jog or run for patient comfort at the centre. Sponsorship cards and bibs provided are available. The centre is closed on May 27 and June 3 for staff training. The Cuisle Centre is locate on the Block Road, Portlaoise. Phone 057 8681492

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on May 22. Winning nos: 2,7,18,19. The 17 match 3s won €59 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Bealtaine singing

The Sing for Joy Choir to be joined by members of the 10am church choir on Wednesday May 28 at the Parish Centre, at 10.45am. MC Maureen Culleton. Easy listening and familiar songs to sing along with or just sit and listen and enjoy a cuppa. Admission free.


Rosary at the grotto at SS Peter & Paul’s Church every evening in May at 8pm for intentions.


Laois federation ICA walk on Sunday June 15 at the Cuisle Centre at 2 pm. Three members are travelling to An Grianán for Laois week. The Portlaoise guild hosts the federation meeting in September.


Bus to Knock Shrine for Diocessan Pilgrimage on Sunday June 1 leaves Portlaoise at 8.45 am. Priest travelling with the Group. Book your seat call Maura at 086 3344722 or leave your name into the Parish Centre.

Fatima Thanks

People who donated to the Dominican nuns in Fatima have been thanked for their donations. A total of €480 was raised for the order which has a Portlaoise member, Sr Immaculate Heart. She has written to thank people for their generosity. This year people can donate to Maura O’Brien or Bernard Fitpatrick before June 11.

Late Liam DEEgan

Condolences to the family of the late Liam ‘Skipper’ Deegan of St John’s Sq., Portlaoise who died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Portlaoise Hospital on May 18. Deeply regretted by his wife Phillis, daughters Marita and Lisa and son Eugene, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at the Chapel of Repose, Portlaoise Hospital. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Donations if desired to the Cuisle Centre.

Late James doyle

Condolences to the family of the late James Doyle of 133 St Bridget’s Place, Portlaoise and formerly of Dr Murphy Place who died suddenly on May 17. Much loved partner of Bridget and loving father of Jennifer deeply regretted by brother Joe, sisters Kathleen Mary and Ellen,The Kelly Family, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at his in home. Removal to St Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards at St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Parish bereavement support service at 087 987 8300