Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Lar (Sonny) Hyland of Station Road who died in Oakdale Nursing Home on Thursday May 24. Lar leaves behind his loving wife Mary, his son Ger and Daughter Joan. His extended family and many friends. Requiem Mass took place at St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, May 27, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery.


May 23. Jackpot €4,600 No Winner. Numbers 25--17--5--14. €50 went to following, Shirley and Paul c/o J Murphy, Ann Molloy c/o J Kennedy, Stephen Carroll c/o M Gallagher, Noel McEvoy c/o G Murphy, Michael Burke c/o P Lee. Promoters prize to   Sheila Brereton. Jackpot Next Week €4,800.  Gracefield Juvenile GAA are holding a table quiz in O’ Dea’s on Fri June 1 @9pm Table of 4 is €40.Please Support.  Gracefield GAA Club are in deep shock at the sudden death of Kierain McEvoy, who was an outstanding Player of Football and Hurling in both County and Club.

The Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy with his Wife Emma and Children and the McEvoy and Finlay Family. May he rest in Peace.


Portarlington GAA lotto. Week no 21. Numbers 7, 10, 12, 13. Jackpot €2,800. No winner . €50 each to Vincent Condron & Seamus c/o T. Lawlor & Margaret Behan c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Ber White c/o Marie Fallon & Eamon Gallagher c/o Rose McCann. Promoter’s prize to Rose McCann. Next week’s Jackpot €2,800.


Arlington Soccer Club Lotto for May 22. Letters H-D-S-N. No winner of Jackpot. Next Jackpot on June 5, €5,600.


Congratulations to all the beautiful little girls who made their 1st Holy communion last Saturday in St. Michael’s Church. They all looked like little Princesses.

Well done to their parents, their teachers from Presentation School, and their Headmistress Margaret Walsh for bringing them to this day.

To Fr Byrne and Fr Dooley for the wonderful Ceremony. Also big thanks to the parents Council who put on such great Refreshments in the school after the Church.


Now that the dust has settled after the Dirty Old Towns Programme it is up to us all to make sure that Portarlington looks its very best for the summer months. Judging in the National Tidy Towns Competition starts from 1st June. The Tidy Towns started their weekly work nights on Monday last May 28 at 7.30pm, they will be planting, weeding, litter picking etc.

They will meet every week at the library and move to a variety of areas around the town. All Volunteers are Welcome. Contact the Port Tidy Towns Facebook page for more information. Or e-mail porttidytowns@gmail.com


  What a spectacular sight in Portarlington to see the boys & girls from Colaiste Iosagain doing 5k fun run on Friday last May 25.  Proceeds are going towards the Lisa Bracken Fund, who was a former student in the school. Hoping Lisa is doing well after her operation last Tuesday 22. Sending best wishes from the town to Lisa.


Grow Community Mental Health movement meet every Tuesday night @ 8pm in the Primary Health Care Centre, Kilnacourt House. Phone John @ 086-8033126.


The Love Port (Ports Vision 2020) Business Group are compiling a Business/Local Community Groups Directory to include contact details for all local business’s and community groups.

If you would like to ensure that you are included in this directory please contact the Love Port Office in any of the following ways. Email : portsvision2020@gmail.com

Phone : 085-8568801 or Call in to the Office: Oriel House, Main Street, Portarlington. We would like to have all this information gathered by May 31st 2012 so please get your details to us as soon as possible.


Portarlington Community Development Association are running a “SCRAP SATURDAY” on Saturday June 9 from 12pm-6pm in the Square Portarlington.

Clean up your home or farmyard. Bring your unwanted scrap metal, farm machinery, batteries, electrical goods etc. Dispose of it for free!!!

Doing so will help LOVE PORT raise funds.  Household items include: biscuit tins, oil tanks, coal buckets, saucepans, steel windows frames, kettles, boilers, cookers, steel gutters, gas heaters, bicycles, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, copper, food mixers, brass, electrical cable, go karts, trampolines, fencing wire, swing frames, goal posts, clothes irons, radiators, old cars, engine parts, gates, wheel barrows, trailers, tractors, diggers, water pumps, batteries, barrels. Contact: Celia Deverell @ 085-8568801.


Planning continues on the setting up of the Men’s Shed in Portarlington. If you are interested, please come along to the next meeting on Thursday, May 31 at the ALERT Unit, Botley Lane Business Park at 4pm. Your input of ideas, suggestions etc. will be most valued. Some online resources for Men’s Shed:

Irish Men’s Sheds Association. www.menssheds.ie; Australian Men’s Shed Assoc. www.mensshed.org; Port Community Men’s Shed on Facebook. Athy Community Men’s Shed on Facebook.


Portarlington Parents & Friends of Moore Abbey are holding a Coffee morning on Friday June 15 at 10.30am in the Community Centre. Raffle on the morning. Outing to Limerick on Wednesday, July 11. Further details later.


A meeting of the local residents interested in the upkeep of the Blackhall Bridge amenity area will be held in the Portarlington Community Centre on Wednesday May 30 at 8pm.


The monthly meeting of the GIY will take place in the French Quarter Cafe, French Church Street on Thursday May 31 from 19.30pm to 21.00pm. We will be discussing best practice for Garden planning, with some great tips and advice.

We will also work on plans for the plot of land at the allotments site. Some of us may even take a site visit on the night to get a good picture of what we have to play with.


Well done to the boys from St. Patrick’s Boys N.S who presented the Wizard of Oz in Portarlington GAA Centre on Thursday and Friday May 24 and 25. The boys gave a wonderful performance both nights.


Portarlington Parents and friends of Moore Abbey will be holding a coffee morning on Friday, June 15 at 10.30 am in the community centre. All are welcome and your support is grately appreciated.

Our annual summer outing will take place on Wednesday, July 11 to Limerick Hunt Museum. Full details to follow. Any queries please contact Peggy Harris 057 86 23404.


Cake Sale

Many thanks to all those who supported our recent Cake Sale in aid of the upcoming Féile competition and to all those who supplied cakes etc. on the day.


St. Conleths wil be hosting the girls from the Kilmurry-Ilbricken club in Clare for the weekend of the Féile competition.

We would like to welcome all the girls, club officials and parents from the club and look forward to having a very enjoyable weekend together.


The club wishes the best of luck to all our girls who will be starting their exams next week.


The Laois Ladies Football Board is holding a Golf Classic on Saturday, June 16 at The Heath Golf Club to raise much needed funds.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Niall McCormack 086-8281508 or Derek Egan 086-4021459.