A table quiz in aid of St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise will take place on Friday, June 8 at 8.30pm in Grellan Delaney’s, Main Street. €40/table or €10/person. Raffle on the night. All are welcome.


If you are looking to have fun with your family and your dogs, then look no further than the upcoming Fun Dog Show to be held on the afternoon of Sunday, 3 June at Chestnut Grove, Borris Road, Portlaoise (directly opposite Forestpark). All categories of dog will be catered for, as well as children of all ages (4-94!), as long as they have a dog. Registration of dogs is from 12 noon until 2pm at a cost of €3 per dog per category. For details call Heather 057-8625550 or 085-7377164


Portlaoise branch members had an enjoyable week-end at the county Fleadh in Clonaslee. The recently formed branch had particular success in the group competitions. The Triogue Senior Ceili Band was joined by an adult groupa ceoil which also won first place to qualify for the Leinster fleadh to be held in Enniscorthy on July 15th. The committee is especially proud of the younger members who qualified in various events and the Grupa Ceoil u-15 which included up to 20 members some of whom were unable to participate due to family commitments.


Stammering Support Midlands support group for adults who stammer meets Tuesday, June 5, Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise at 8pm. More information from Irish Stammering Association, www.stammeringireland.ie.


K&Diocesan Pilgrimage to IEC 2012: Tuesday, June is the diocesan day at the Congress. Parishioners are invited to make the pilgrimage to the RDS. Book via the parish centre and also get information about transport. The adult ticket is €30. For those attending the Youth Space (c.17-25 yrs old) the ticket is €10. (The trip is separate from the concluding Celebration in Croke Park on June 17).


An important meeting of the Heath Community Alert will be held in the Church Hall on Tuesday, June 5 at 8pm. The operation of the alert system will be discussed and handouts will be available. Your attendance is requested.


If you wish to join with Portlaoise Parish from June 24-26 on pilgrimage to Lough Derg please contact Margaret in the Parish Centre on 057-8621142 before June 13.


Thank you from the Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Association. The Laois branch of the Irish Kidney Association wish to express sincere thanks to all those who contributed to our recent Organ Donor Awareness & Church Gate Collections. Many thanks to our volunteer collectors. The Church Gate collection in Portlaoise raised €2,254, the Heath raised €304.50 and €166 in Ratheniska. The Donor Awareness collection was €4,000.


Mental Health Awareness Training for Community Leaders: Mental Health Ireland, in conjunction with Laois Partnership, is running a one day work shop for community leaders and community workers in Respond Community Centre, Mill Court, Green Lane, Portlaoise on Monday June 11, 10am-4pm. The aim of this workshop is to train community activists to impart knowledge to community groups on mental health related issues. The training is free contact Storm Powell, Laois Partnership by e-mailing stormpowell@laoispartnership.ie or telephone 087-1775729.


As part of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Portlaoise Active Age Group and Children from Emo Primary school will perform together a series of Viennese dances including the Quadrille and Blue Danube Waltz at the Parish Centre this Wednesday, May 30 at 11am.

All travelling to France on September 12, please attend the information meeting in the Parish Centre on Monday, June 4 at 5pm. June 14 - Garden Party Mount Wolsey. Bus departs at 11.30am. €25 including lunch and dancing. Bowling every Monday in St Marys from 2-4pm. Cards continue at 10.30am in the Parish Centre Tuesday is Bridge and Thursday is Whist.

New members always welcome. Contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621913.


In Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Mountrath Rd. Portlaoise from Monday 25 to Friday 29 June 10am-1pm, for all students in secondary school, emphasis on oral Irish. Registration Thursday, June 7 from 7-8:30pm at the Gaelscoil. Call Siobhán on 087-7961191 after 3pm.


Portlaoise Library News: Storytelling for toddlers Tuesday 11am. Knitting Group, Wednesday 11am-1pm. Ciorcal Comhrá, Wed. 5:15pm-6:30pm, come along for a chat and use your ‘cúpla focal’, all levels welcome.


Community Mental Health Support Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Mental Health Centre, Bridge St. Portlaoise for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety etc.


Laois Hospice Sunflower Day takes place on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 June. Laois Hospice Foundation are seeking volunteers who would have an hour to spare to collect at the various locations. All monies collected in Laois will be spent on hospice services in Laois. Please support Laois Hospice on that day and buy a

Sunflower and thank you for your continued support. Contact Mary Delaney, Secretary Laois Hospice Foundation 086-8157280.


Portlaoise Country Market takes place every Friday from 10-30am to 12-30pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise

High quality fresh local produce and crafts. Great choice and value. Tea and coffee served.


Portlaoise Parish Lotto Draw on May 24. No Jackpot Winner 7 Match 3s receive €143 each. Numbers: 8,9,21,23. This week’s jackpot €20,000


All those travelling to Lourdes with the Portlaoise small group, from July 1-6 please ensure you have a valid Passport and E1-11 which can be obtained from the HSE.

For further information, contact: 057-8622458


Cemetery Sunday is June 3 next. Masses: SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery, Sunday, June 3, 2.30pm. Ratheniska Cemetery Mass: First Friday, June 1 at 7.30pm.


Results for Thursday, May 17: 20129.5 table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Bridie Hourigan and Brona Shiels, 2nd Maureen Fitzpatrick and Ann Mulcahy, Gross, Ita Kennedy and Betty Corcran, 3rd Frances Conroy and Ethel Culliton.

E/W 1st Ette Kennedy and Margaret Nee, 2nd Angela Colgan and Tom Joyce, Gross Hanna Meade and Kathleen Horan, 3rd Kay Dunne and Liam Tynan.

Sessions take place every Thursday evening starting at 7.30pm sharp, In the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy. All are welcome.


Condolences to the family of the late Sean Delaney, Grattan Court, Portlaoise and retired publican, Market Sq, who passed away on May 25 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Colm (Dromineer), sisters Phil Kingston (Abberyleix), Geraldine Doyle (Athy), and Brede O’Brien, (Clonmel), extended family and a large circle of friends. Reposed at his sister Phil’s residence at Ballyroan Rd, Abbeyleix and the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise last Sunday with removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass on Monday followed by Interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Elizabeth Dunican (nee Maginnis) of The Green, Kilminchy, formerly Dublin and Armagh) who passed away on May 19, (peacefully), at home, with her loving family. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Christopher, sons Paul and Christopher, daughters Katherine and Juanita, daughter-in-law Saskia, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, family and friends. Removal from her residence SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Funeral Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Donations if desired to the Irish Cancer Society.