Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annex (opposite St Michael’s Church) Portarlington. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126.

Local Composer

The Brittas Mass composed by Portarlington native Tom Conroy from Patrick St, who now lives in Clonaslee was televised last Sunday July 21 live on RTE 1. A number of instrumentalists from Portarlington Folk Choir joined in this celebration.

This year is the bi-centenary anniversary year of St Manman’s church in Clonaslee, which was built in 1813. To celebrate, there have been events going on throughout the year, including a concert on May 24 last in which Tom was heavily involved. The RTÉ Mass was broadcast live from the Church and everyone came along to join in the celebration.

The local Clonaslee Church Choir performed the music on the day under the direction of Tom, along with special guest soloists and instrumentalists from Tipperary, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Killenard, and Kilkenny.

Brittas is the name of the area in Clonaslee which is well known for its beautiful walks in Brittas Woods, the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Brittas Lake, and the historical Brittas Castle.

In addition to composing religious music, Tom has recorded and released four albums featuring all of his own original compositions and has received national Radio airplay on RTÉ Radio, and numerous radio stations around Ireland.

Pride of Place

Portarlington was honoured to be chosen by Laois County Council to participate in this year’s Pride of Place. Judges arrived in town on Friday July 12. Thanks to everyone who took part in any way that day.

The town looked great, and everyone was impressed by all that has been achieved in our town. The results will be announced next November. Please keep on helping to keep Port a clean and a wonderful town to live in.

If you would like to help in any way contact Portarlington Tidy Towns on their Facebook page, and also call to the PCDA/Love Port office in Oriel House Main Street. Contact no 085 8568801 or email info@portarlington.ie

Head Shave

Martina Broughan would like to thank everyone who supported her at her head shave for Beaumont Hospital. Those who donated money, to those who donated prizes for the raffle and helped on the night, and also to the people who shaved their heads to support Martina.

All your kindness and help was much appreciated. Martina raised €1,300 and she recently received her Certificate of Achievement from Beaumont.

In Martina’s words: “Beaumont saved my life, and I want to repay them in any way I can“. Well done Martina.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Andrezy Gajewski Killnacourt Woods, who passed away suddenly. Funeral mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Monday July 15, and was celebrated by Polish chaplin. May Andrezy rest in peace.

Arlington Afc

Arlington AFC Lotto results for July 16. Letters Q-O-F-L. No jackpot winner.

€25 to the following: Michael Lawlor, Niall Lawlor, Bernie Flanaghan, John Joe O’Connell and Niamh Bracken. Seller’s prize to Ter Lawlor.

Next jackpot €9,300. Thanks for your continued support.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for July 15. Jackpot €3400. No winner. Numbers 4-19-2–8.

€50 went to following: Mary Slattery c/o M Slattery, Aidan Brady c/o J Brady, James O’ Reilly c/o P Mulligan, Sheila Bannon c/o D Doyle and Moira Murphy c/o J Kelly. Promoter’s prize went to Seamus Gorman. Jackpot next week €3,600.

Portarlington GAA

Lotto results for week 30. Numbers 14, 15, 20, 22. No winner of jackpot.

€50 winners Paddy Holbrook Ballymorris Manor c/o Jason Ward and David Smith c/o D Smith. €25 Winners Mary Oakley c/o Noreen Mooney and Breda Mooney c/o Jason Ward. Promoter’s prize to J lawlor. Next week’s jackpot €4,000.

Port Duathlon

Stump Jumpers Adventure Racing club (ARC) are hosting a duathlon on Sunday July 28. Check our facebook page or e-mail stumpjumpersarc@gmail.com. Register via Runireland website or on the morning of the event.

Tennis Club

Keep active this summer. Play tennis at a time that suits you. On joining our tennis club you receive an access fob for the club entrance gate.

Junior summer activities programme takes place every weekday afternoon during July and August. Free to all junior club members. Rackets and balls provided for our activities program.

Check out our website or ring 087 1231135/086 3937154 for further information. 

Adult beginners social tennis every Thursday morning at 10.30am. Followed by tea and coffee at 11.45am. Rackets and balls provided. Suitable footwear (runners or trainers) must be worn. No admission fee. Small children welcome.

Blueberry Festival

Volunteers are needed for the Portarlington Blueberry Festival, which takes place September 2013. Please contact the Love Port office, Oriel House Main Street, at 085 8568801.

Gathering of O’Dempseys

An American Dempsey has organised the first gathering of the worldwide clan of O’Dempsey from July 26 to 28 at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard. These dates, to include lectures, tours, music and stories and a ‘Dempsey round of golf.’

Special Needs

Every Sunday at 5.30pm there is a free swim for people with special needs at Portarlington Leisure Centre. 

This swim is sponsored by Portarlington Swimming Pool Association who continue to fundraise through their bingo night every Tuesday at 8pm at Portarlington GAA Centre.


A newly formed Portarlington Christian Fellowship will be launched in Port’s community centre this coming Sunday, July 28, from 6 to 7pm. The group will meet to share gospel music, testimonies, and hold healing prayers for the sick. Refreshments will be served, and families and friends are all welcomed. For more see www.mypccfs.com or call Jim on 087 0680362

Laois Walks festival

The festival is running until July 31. Details of the walks and trails workshops are on facebook laoisWalksFestival also on www.laoistourism.ie or contact Ann at 057 8661900 for a brochure.

Rounders Club

Mixed adult training takes place every Friday evening at 7.30pm in the Portarlington GAA Club. All welcome.