Portlaoise News



Potlaoise Parish First Communion: May 10 – 11am Heath, Ratheniska & Gael Scoil; May 17 11am – St Paul’s, 1pm – Scoil Bhride; May 24 - 12noon Scoil Mhuire & Sacred Heart.

Prof Hollywood challenge

The Prof Hollywood Memorial Cup will be played for in O’Moore Park in atid of St Luke’s Hospital Dublin on Sunday May 5 next featuring teams coached by Brian Cody and Mick O’Dwyer. Call 085 847 4167 charitymatchmay2014@gmail.com or www.charitygaamatch.com

Public meeting

A public meeting on to give an update on safety measures in estates takes place at St Paul’s Primary School at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 1. Queries to Stephen Greene 085 1555856 email steviegreene1980@hotmail.com

Laois Birdwatch

The next meeting of the Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland will be held on Tuesday evening 29 April, when Dr Alex Copland of BirdWatch Ireland will speak about the Irish Dipper. The meeting will be at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm. The talk is open to everyone with an interest in wildlife. Entry is free but all contributions are welcome. On Saturday 3 May we will have an outing to Monicknew in search of Dippers. Meet at the Monicknew Forest Car Park at 8.30am.#


The Laois Branch of the Diabetes Federation of Ireland is holding a parent support meeting on Wednesday, April 30 at 7.30pm in O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Portlaoise. All parents, guardians, cares of diabetic children are invited. For more information contact: Frances Fogarty - 087 683 2727, Angela Spencer – 087 655 0246

Bernadette Walsh – 087 900 0807.


Calling all former staff members of Grellan Delaney & Son’s for our 30 year anniversary celebrations we are having a re union party on Friday, May 2 at 8.30pm Entertainment and refreshments. Contact Grellan/Sinead for more details 087 2989446


Support group meeting for carters takes place on Tuesday, April 29 11am-12.30pm in the Portlaoise Parish Centre. The meeting is an excellant chance to share ideas and experiences.

50+ Active Age

Usual meetings every Wednesday, 3-5pm at the Parish Centre. Indoor bowls every Monday at St Mary’s Hall. 3-5pm Details 057 867 2506.

Ladies GAA

Congrats to Maeve and Donnacha O’Reilly who got top marks in the Laois Ladies Strictly Come Dancing in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. The club thanks them for their efforts and the sponsors.

Fatima Fund

Maura and the Fatima fund committee would like to thank all who contributed to the recent coffee moring which raised €1,116.59. They thank all who baked cakes. Thanks to all at Portlaoise Parish and those who ehled at the church gate collection and supported the event in the Castle Arms Durrow. Thanks to all the businesses for their generous donations.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in SS Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Run for Rise

Calling all walkers, runners and joggers to join us at the Annual Portlaoise Mini-Mini-Marathon on Friday, May 2 in aid of the RISE Foundation. Starting at Centerpoint Car Park at 6.30pm. All are welcome, make it a family occasion, bring the children in the buggy. For the ladies if you are taking part in the Flora Mini-Marathon in June this 5.5km route is an excellent opportunity to test your fitness level and help a great cause in the process. Participants are asked to make a donation of €10 to the RISE Foundation and a monster raffle will be held at the end of the walk. If you require further information phone Brenda on 085 8551107 or join us on Facebook: Portlaoise-Mini-Mini-Marathon.

LOURDES Pilgrimage

A box will be placed in the Parish Centre from April 1-30 for names for sponsorship on the 2014 Portlaoise Lourdes Pilgrimage July 11-18. Applicants to include name address contact details and reason for application. If for medical reasons include doctors letter. Seats still available for other pilgrims €725 pp all in. For more see www.justsplit.com.

Order of Malta

The Officers, cadet leaders and Senior members of the Order of Malta Portlaoise units, would like to congratulate all our cadets who participated in the Regional Competitions held recently in Emo. Lauren Adams Lynett came 2nd in U13 Girl Individual First Aid competition. John Keegan 1st place U16 Boy Individual First Aid Tirna Dunne, Aimee Chadwick & Amy Hennessy who came 1st in the Health and Home Nursing Competition. John,Tirna, Aimee & Amy will go on to represent the Midland region in the All Ireland Competition in June. Thanks to our other cadets who acted as casualties and to Gabriel Lawlor and Cyril Duggan for there help and allowing us the use of St Pauls NS. Thanks also to our senior members who helped on the day. Also the Cadets parents who made various cakes and buns on the day. All help was very much appreciated.

Youth Cafe

Is your child bored? if they are between the ages of 10 - 12 years, why not drop them down to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe (over Subway) only €1 entry on a Thursday evenings 4- 6pm or Saturday 3 - 5pm. They can make new friends, play pool, air hockey and many fun games. Staff and volunteers are fully trained in child protection and are Garda vetted.

Famine Film

Portlaoise College’s TY class present documentary The Forgotten Famine People of Queens County 1845-50 that tells the story of the famine in Laois. The film will be screened on May 7 at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre €5 entry.

Run for Wheelchair

The Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association invites women to run for the charity in the upcoming mini-marathon. The branch will register you and provide a meal on the way home. Call Maura 086 3344722, Eugene 087 253 5924 or any committee member.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on April 26. Winning nos: 6,7,19,22. The 13 match 3s won €77 each. Next week’s jackpot is €16,000.


The total collected in Portlaoise Parish to date for Trócaire’s lenten collection is €12,934.25. Please leave boxes to Mass next Sunday to parish centre.


Connect Ireland is a government initiative to secure jobs for people in Ireland. Connect Ireland with Laois Community Forum is holding a meeting for key community personnel on Tuesday April 29 at 7pm in Council Chambers Portlaoise. For information call Theresa Bergin. 057 8664227 or email tbergin@laoiscoco.ie

Bealtaine Festival

Friday 2 May at Dunamaise Theatre: Dance for older people with Alicia Christofi-Walshe. Come for some dancing and a cuppa! Classes combine elements of contemporary and social dance. Further info, Alicia - 087 666 6632. Adms €5 (incl. tea & coffee)

Friday, April 30 St Mary’s Sports Hall at 10am. Go for Life Games is set up to involve older people in recreational sport. Contact Laois Sports Partnership for more details (057) 8671248 or email info@laoissports.ie. All Welcome