Portlaoise news

Shave or Dye

Shave or Dye

Manlee Utd Charity Shave or Dye takes place in Bar Habana Portlaoise on Friday, February 21 at 8.30pm. Sponsors welcome for: Colm O’Hara, Paul Walla Brown, Clive Szwaglis & Gerry Deegan. The four lads will shaver or dye in their rival soccer team’s colours to raise €1,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs each Wednesday at 7.30pm from February 19 to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter and Paul’s Church gets underway with Fr Brian D’Arcy.

Fashion for cuisle

Francis Rogers, family & friends are organising a charity fashion show in the Heritage Hotel, on April 3 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. To model or take part calll 057 868 1492.

Retired Nurses

Laois-Offaly Branch of the retired nurses association meeting on Monday, Feb 24 at 3 pm in the SIPTU offices Portlaoise. New members welcome.

REmembrance service

The Laois Offaly palliative care team remembrance service on Friday, February 28 at 7.30pm in SS Peter & Paul’s Parish church.

Table Quiz

Table quiz of a local student teacher who is volunteering to teach in Uganda this summer takes place on Thursday, February 27 at Kavanagh’s Bar.

Wheelchair AGM

The AGM of the Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association on Sunday, March 9 at 3pm in the IWA Slieve Bloom Resource Centre, Mountmellick Rd, Portlaoise. All welcome, please support.


Portlaoise Youth Cafe live selection event on March 1 for the Irish Youth Music Awards 2014 to compete in Dublin for a professional recording album. Starts at 6pm for ages 13-19 yrs. Entrance €5, bands free. Application forms from the Portlaoise Youth Cafe. Tel 86 65010, email ollyheik@gmail.com. Closing date February 24.

St Patrick’s parade

Committee meetings every Monday at 6.15pm in Egans, Main St, to prepare for this year’s parade. Schools, businesses, community groups, sports clubs, residents associations etc get involved. Call Ger Whelan 0872530124.

Portlaoise run

The Portlaoise Athletics Club’s Streets of Portlaoise 5K Road Race on March 17 at 11.30am. Entry is €15 with cash prizes in all race categories. Enter online with Run-Ireland. Early Registration day on March 1 at St Mary’s Hall at 2pm, or on Race day in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 9am. LOFFA (Laois Offaly Families for Autism) is the chosen charity.


The Aware Support Group for people with depression, anxiety, stress and other conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Free service, no referral or booking. Call 01 6617211 or www.aware.ie or helplinene 1890303302.


GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets at 7pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St. Call John on 086 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline: 1890 474 474

Heath Fun walk

Heath Hall & Cemetery Committee Fun Walk on Sunday, February 23. Assemble at the Old Heath Hall at 2pm. Refreshments afterwards.

Men’s Shed

Open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday, February 6. Simultaneous Pairs. Switch Mitchell movement. 1st Margaret & Damien Nee, 2nd Anne Phelan & Barry O’ Callaghan, Gross Marie Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, 3rd Sally Collins & Brenda Scully.

Jessop Cup results Sunday, Feb 9: 1st Margaret Flanagan & Monica Bishop, 2nd Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, 3rd Mary Conroy & Damien Nee, 1st Session Paddy Prendergast & Tom Reilly, 2nd Session Ita & Larry Ryder, 4th Anne Doolan & Brenda Scully, 5th Catherine Brennan & Paddy Purcell, 6th Jim & Frances Delaney with Lily Slevin & Roisin Walsh, 8th Catherine & Maura Burke, 9th Nuala Molumby & Shem Mulhall, 10th Tom Handy & Jim Fingleton, with Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy.


Portlaoise Toastmasters meet on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, Call Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722.

Lourdes 2014

Portlaoise Small Group Annual Pilgrimage from July 1-6. Five nights Full Board in the Jeanne D’Arc Hotel. Deposit needed to secure a place. Limited numbers. Contact 057 8622458.

Parish Lotto

No winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on February 13. Nos: .The 11 match 3s won € each. This week’s jackpot is €,.

Library charges

New Membership Charges, have now been introduced in Laois Libraries for Third Level and PLC Students from Friday 7th February 2014 The new fee is now €3 annually.

daffodil day

The Irish Cancer Society are calling on the public to help support Daffodil Day on Friday March 28, by volunteering as a collector, organising a Daffodil Day event, or buying the merchandise on the day or online. Callsave 1850 60 60 60 or visitwww.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Late Mary Dooley

Condolences to the family of the late Mary Dooley (nee Dunne) of 29 Dr Murphy Place, Portlaoise who died peacefully in the care of Droimnín nursing home Stradbally. Beloved wife of Larry and much loved mother of Mary. Predecased by her son John. Deeply regretted by extended family, neighbours, relatives, friends and the Lynch family. Reposing at the Chapel of Rest in The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Removal to SS peter & Paul’s church for requiem mass. Burial afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Patrick David BRUTON

Condolences to the family of the late Patrick David Bruton of Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise. Beloved son of the late Smidthy and Sean and brother of Sharon. Sadly missed by his stepfather Paddy, extended family and friends. Removal from Murphy Brothers Funeral Home, Naas at 4.45pm on Sunday to arrive at the Church of Our Lady and St David, Naas . Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in St Corban’s Cemetery, Naas. Donations, if desired, to Shine Ireland.

Late Cathleen Bracken

Condolences to the family of the late Cathleen (Doodle) Bracken (née Dunne), Ballyfin Rd, Portlaoise, who died on February 8, peacefully in St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Beloved wife of Paddy and mother of Ger. Deeply regretted by her loving family, brothers John and Larry, sister Maura, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her residence. Requiem mass at in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, followed by burial in Portlaoise Cemetery.

Late Robert FENNELLY

Condolences to the family of the late Robert (Bobby) Fennelly of Kilminchy, Portlaoise, who peacefully at Tallaght Hospital on February 10. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Liam, sisters, Annette, Carmel, Enda, Bernadette and Mari, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to arrive at SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.