Portlaoise News

Monster sale

Monster sale

Monster Christmas car boot sale in Portlaoise GAA Centre, Fr Browne Ave, on December 14, 9am - 2pm. Stalls €15. Call Peter 086 2586742 to book. Plenty of bargains. Free admission.

Cuisle Centre sale

Cuisle Cancer Support Centre Sale of Work/Craft Fair is on Friday, December 13 at 11am. Various stalls including home baking, hand made candles, toys, knitted and crochet garments plus many other wonderful items, a great place to get a bargain. To take a table for the day to display and sell your own produce call on 057 8681492. Looking forward to seeing everybody.

kilminchy agm

Kilminchy Management Company t/a Kilminchy Homeowners are holding their 2013 AGM in the Killeshin Hotel on Monday December 16 at 8pm. All members are welcome, but please note that only those who are up to date with payments will be eligible to vote. The agenda is set out in letters sent to each house. For queries call John Cowhig at 086 0238062 or Murt Moriarty 086 0238109.

Active retired

December: Wed 11 Activities Day with new fun games followed by Final carols rehearsal; Fri 13 first members public carols performance from 3 - 4 pm at location near Dunnes Stores; Sat 14: POPA members carols singing from 11 am - 12 Noon at area near Tesco Stores; Wed 18 Members only Annual Christmas Dinner Party from 1.30 pm onwards at Parish Centre. Mulled Wine at reception. Sat 21; Final members Carols performance from 3pm - 4 pm at Tesco. This year during these difficult times we do ask for your generous support as all proceeds from our carol singing will be divided between three local charities. Indoor Bowls continue every Monday at St Mary’s Sports Hall from 3pm - 5pm (Note new times). Next Active Age Group meeting follows our festive break takes on Wednesday, January 8. New Active Age applicants welcome. Details phone 057-8621571. Wishing you a happy Christmas!


A very enjoyable evening was held on Nov 27 to celebrate the existence and success of the club over the past 21 years.

Results of the competition are: /S 1st Anne Phelan & Therese Stokes 2nd Lena Kelly & Phil Devaney Gross Nora Aldritt & Maureen O’Leary 3rd Helen Williams & Dan Cooke. E/W Eileen & Jim Fingleton 2nd Marian Mills & Catherine Reilly Gross Tom Handy & Kathleen Hargroves 3rd Olive Power & Celia Handy. The Christmas competition and members charity night takes place on Wednesday, December 11.

Portlaoise Bridge

Result for Thursday, Nov 28. Nine and a half table Howell movement. 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy. 2nd Liz Scully & Tom Handy, Gross Dinah Campion and Denis O’Leary, 3rd Molly and Michael O’Brien. Results for Monday, Dec 2. Eleven table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 2nd Celia & Suzanne Downes, Gross Mary Claffey & Ette Kennedy,3rd Molly & Michael O’ Brien, 4th Sally Collins & Anne Doolan. E/W 1st Meera Saxena & Dave Downes, 2nd Mary Conroy & Celeste Sweetman, 3rd Liz Scully & Lena Kelly, 4th Anne Phelan & Denis O’Leary.

Christmas prizes competition on Thursday, Dec 12c. in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy from 7.30pm sharp. All members invited.

Whist Drive

In aid of Concern in St Fintan’s on Tuesday, Dec 10. Support appreciated

Panto Time

Portlaoise Pantomime’s Treasure Island runs from Saturday January 18 to Saturday January 25 next with matinees on January 18, 19 & 25 at 2.30pm (sharp). Nightly shows at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets from the Dunamaise.


Interested in starting a CoderDojo computer programming group for children in Portlaoise? Meeting in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm

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, please call Michael Martin on 086 1223421.

Christmas Trees

The annual sale of Christmas Trees in aid of Laois Hospice and the Portlaoise Lions Club commences on Friday, December 6 at Centrepoint Portlaoise. Support appreciated.

open door Theatre

Laois Open Door Theatre variety show on Sunday, December 15 Portlaoise Parochial Hall at 8pm. Call 087 9614235.

Portlaoise singers

Songs of Love concert with the Portlaoise Singers on Sunday December 15 at 8pm at The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Tickets from the Dunamaise.

Vocalese christmas

Candlelight Christmas Concert at St Peter’s Church, Market Sq on Thursday, December 12 at 8pm.

Brain Injury Help

People who have suffered an acquired brain injury but want to return to work can get some help in Portlaoise library this month. Work4You are holding information stand in Portlaoise Library on Thursday, December 12 between 1-3pm. All are welcome. For info call 044-933-8773.

Parish Lotto

No winner of Portlaoise Parish Lotto when numbers were drawn on December 5. No.s: 3,6,22,27. The 14 match 3s won €72 each. Next week’s jacpot €19,000.

Advent prayer

Night prayers for 15 minutes every evening during advent at 7.30pm at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Church. Sunday evening prayer and benediction every Sunday from 6pm.

Seniors Blessing

Blessing for senior citizens at 10am Mass on Saturday, Dec 14. Cake sale & coffee at the Parish Centre afterwards. Donations for sale welcome to the centre on the new road. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri or bring to Parish Centre on day of sale.

Late Kathleeen Molloy

Condolences to the family of the late Kathleen (Katie) Molloy (née Moffitt) of 2 Upper Grattan St, Portlaoise, who died on November 27 last peacefully in her 98th year. Wife of the late Peter, she is deeply regretted by her loving sons PJ and Pat, daughter Mary, brother, sister, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at her daughter Mary Hooban’s residence, Castletown. Removal to St Edmund’s Church, Castletown for Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.

Late Alice Hilliard

Condolences to the family of the late Alice Hilliard (née O’Reilly) of Marian Avenue, Portlaoise, who passed away on November 27 peacefully at her residence. Beloved wife of Jimmy and loving mother of Noel and Elizabeth she is also deeply regretted by her sisters, brothers, extended family and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Eileen HOROHAN

Condolences to the late Eileen Horohan of Clonsaughey, Portlaoise who died peacefully on Tuesday, December 3 in the loving care of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Reposed at the home of her daughter Elizabeth McEvoy, Rosenallis. Removal to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick. Funeral afterwards to St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.


Condolences to the family of the late Séan O’Mahoney of Ballycarnan, Portlaois and Kilkenny city who died on December 4 peacefully at St. James’ Hospital Dublin, Séan (ex ESB) husband of Mary, and father to Siobhan, Kieran, Pat, Johnny, and Brian. Deeply regretted by extended family relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.