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Simon Collection

Simon Collection

There is a collection day all around the town in aid of Midlands Simon Community on Saturday, December 14. Please support those who are less fortunate in your community. To help out on the day, call Michael Martin on 086 1223421.

Craft/Trade Fair

Portarlington Lions Clu’sannual Christmas Craft/Trade Fair will take place in the Community Centre on Sunday December 15 from 2pm. Lots of family entertainment, unique handmade gifts, and Santa too. Up to 50 stalls, free entry, with proceeds going to local charities.

St Vincent de Paul Appeal

We are looking for any items you may have for our Main Street shop. At this time of year we appeal for toys in good condition that your children may be finished with. These toys will go to needy families or can also be sold in our shop. Also looking for clothing, shoes, furniture etc. Thanks to everyone who continue to support us in any way. It is much appreciated.


St Vincent De Paul wish to thanks all who supported them in their recent fundraiser which was a great success. Thanks to our sponsors who contributed prizes for raffle. Special thanks to Rose Doyle, St Brigids Square who was the first to respond to our appeal for raffle prizes. Huge thanks to Ann & Timmy Murphy, French Church St for donation of a magnificent Christmas Cake which was won by Seamus & May Duffy, Cushina. Winners of our ticket draw were - Alice Meredith, Cloneygowan, €150, Catherine Boland, Clanmalire, €100, Sean O Neill, Gandon Inn, €50. Our shop is open from 10am till 5pm Tues through Sat. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Christmas Extravaganza

A fundraising night takes place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on next Sunday December 15 @ 8pm. Mulled wine reception at 7pm. The night features the Irish Midland Concert Orchestra & local musicians & singers. All proceeds go to Portarlington Lions Club & St. Vincent de Paul. Tickets on sale for €10. Contact Kim @ 086-3751604, Lillian @ 0872213591 and Ann Dunne @ 087-4116101. A great night is assured.


A Carol Service / Nativity Play will take place in St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington on Friday December 20 commencing at 7.30pm. This event will be a wonderful opportunity to take time out from the flurry of Christmas preparations, to reflect on the real message of Christmas. Any children, who would like to take part in this service, contact Sinead Dunne on 087-9062942.

Credit Union Christmas Club

Portarlington Credit Union would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful group of Penny Bank volunteers who provided such a valuable service to the people of Portarlington for almost 50 years. We realise the importance of saving for Christmas and, with this in mind, we are launching our new CU Christmas Savings Club starting January 7. For more information contact any member of staff.

Arch Club Dancing

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo from 9.30 till 12. Music next Monday 16 by John & Terry, which is also our Xmas party. December 23, Kildare’s Twice Shy. December 30 music by Blacklace. Adm only €5.

Decoration Workshop

Christmas Decoration making workshop for children on Saturday December 14 at Sinéad’s Main Street, Portarlington. Early bird class at 9am-10.30am and sleepyhead class at 11am-12.30pm. Contact Sinéads at 057-86-84696 for more information.

Christmas Storytelling

There will be a special Christmas Storytelling Sessions for children in the Library on Saturday December 14 at 10:30am. This 45 minute session is presented by Simone Schummelfeder from Storygate and combines heart-warming tales with information about Christmas traditions from various countries. It is suitable for children of all ages.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Bernie Maloney (nee Murphy) 37, St Brigid’s Square who passed away on Monday December 2. Bernie was predeceased by her husband Liam 11 months ago. She will be sadly missed by her Sons Peter, Ger & James, daughters Christine, Ellen, Mary & Brigid, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, her extended family and friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday December 4 at St. Michael’s Church, with Burial after in St. Michaels Cemetery. May Bernie Rest in Peace.


Condolences to the family of Liam O’Connor formerly of Walsh Island who passed away on Monday December 2 at his home in Cappoquin Co Waterford. Liam was a former Offaly footballer. Burial took place after requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption Aglish, with burial in the adjoining Cemetery. May Liam rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Elizabeth Flanagan (nee Carroll) Glasshouse Portarlington who passed away on December 3 at Oghill Nursing home Monasterevin. Requiem Mass took place on Friday December 6 @ 10am in St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Elizabeth rest in Peace.

Port GAA Lotto Results

Results for December 2. Jackpot €2,800. No Winner. Numbers: 8, 11, 14, 26. €50 went to Tom Coleman c/o P Burbage & Laura Fallon c/o M fallon. €25 each to Helen & Heather c/o C Ryan & Ann Gorman c/o M Fallon. Promoters prize to Chrissie Ryan. Jackpot next week €2,900.

Gracefield Lotto

Results for December 2. Jackpot €4,600. No Winner. Number 10, 1, 26, 20. €50 went to the following- Sean Hunt c/o T Bryan, The Gorry family Walsh Island c/o P Keegan, Moira Nolan c/o R Walsh, Gabriel Wilkinson c/o P Mulligan & John Moran c/o P Mulligan. Promoters Prize went to Mick Slattery. Jackpot next week €4,800.


Results for November 25. Jackpot €7,400. Numbers 13, 18, 20, 22. No winner. Match 3- €200 winner Louise Foster. Next week’s Jackpot €7,400. Juvenile monster draw Friday December 20. AGM takes place on Thursday December 12 at 7.30pm in the Club House.

Men’s Shed

Portarlington Community Men’s Shed meet every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm, at Alert Forklift & Safety Training Unit at Botley Lane Business Park. Contact: Darren (Co-ordinator) 085- 743 4884, e-mail- portmensshed@gmail.com. PortMensShed on “Facebook” and “Twitter”.