Portlaoise News

Portlaoise Tidy towns

Portlaoise Tidy towns

The Portlaoise Tidy Towns Committee is holding a church gate collection on Saturday and Sunday July 12-13. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

James fintan lalor

This year’s James Fintan Lalor School takes place on October 17/18 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise. Just some of the speakers confirmed so far include John Lonergan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Sean O’Rourke of RTÉ.

Youth Cafe

Portlaoise Youth Cafe is opened as normal over the summer months. If your child is between the ages of 10-18 years, why not drop them down to the Youth Cafe, only €1 entry fee on Fridays for 13-18 year olds 2-6pm. On Saturdays 3-5pm for 10-18 year olds. They can meet new friends, play pool, computer games, air hockey and attend fun activities like music events. Light refreshments served. The volunteers are fully trained in child protection and all are garda vetted.

Anyone for Tennis

Laois County Council will hold parks tennis in Portlaoise from July 28- August 1. Lessons from Monday to Friday: 10am-11.30am (5-9 years); 12pm-2pm 10-14 years. Racquets and balls provided. Enquiries to sports secion of County Hall 057 867 4363 email sports@laoiscoco.ie The council welcomes participation of children with special needs.

Gymnastics camps

Portlaoise Gymnastics Club summer camps are for boys and girls, members and non members run for four weeks in July. Monday to Wednesday starting on the July 7. Times are 10am -12.30pm. Email any names for the camp to nfdexter2@gmail.com. Include the following: child’s name, date of birth, address, the week you wish to attend and a contact phone number. Children must be born in 2009 or older to participate.

Active Retired

ARA Portlaoise autumn holiday to Quality Hotel, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Dates from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3. Bus leaves parish centre on Monday at 10 am. All inclusive price is €275 per person. Single supplement €10 extra per night. Trudy will be available each Friday from 10.30-11.00 am at the parish centre to take names and deposits.

Summer outings: Wednesday July 16 bus to visit Gardens in Freshford Kilkenny leaving Portlaoise Parish Centre; Wednesday July 23 Visit to Limerick ‘City of Culture’ travelling by train. Included in visit will be a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city. Full details of these events to follow at a later date.

Due to summer holiday break there will be no indoor bowling at St Mary’s Hall until the beginning of September.


Laois Friends of Midlands Simon has a collection day in Portlaoise on Saturday, July 12 from 10am-8pm. We need volunteers to help out for 1-2 hour slots in Portlaoise from 10am-6pm. If you are free and would like to help raise funds for homeless services, please call Cormac on 086 2416322, Michael on 086 1223421 or Alice on 087 0572792.


Portlaoise Shotokan Karate Academy is delighted to announce that we have now added a further class to our schedule. We will now train Saturday mornings from 11.30am to 1pm and every Monday and Thursday at the times below. All welcome. Juniors 7pm – 8pm; seniors 8pm – 9pm. Classes at the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. For further details contact: Richard O’Brien 2nd Dan (WKSA) 086 8728809.

Library News

Registration for summer reading challenge in library from July 1. Read six books to earn stickers and a gold medal this summer. Summer craft at Portlaoise Library at 4pm Wednesdays in July. Booking essential. Places left for some weeks. Phone 8622333 to book a place. Puppet workshop, July 3, 2-4pm now fully booked, cancellation places only. Knitting group meet on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm in Portlaoise Library. There is no charge and all levels are welcome to come along to knit and chat. Ciorcal Comhrá meet to chat as gaeilge each Wednesday from 5.15pm-6.30pm. All levels welcome.

Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive Service needs volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from chemoptherapy in Dublin. Volunteers needed to pick up patients at their homes, drive them to hospital and pick them up later to bring them home. Free to patients and driver expenses covered. Call 01 231 0566 email transport@irishcancer.ie

Parish LoTTo

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on June 26. No 16,22,23,28. The nine match 3s won €112 each. Next week’s jackpot is €14,000.

Drive-in bingo

Portlaoise GAA Club have launched the first drive-in bingo sessions in Laois. Buses and cars are invited to park up at the grounds in Rathleague and play from the comfort of their vehicle, announcing they have won by beeping their horn and flashing lights.

The fun family bingo is on the last Sunday of July, August and September, starting on July 27 at 3pm.

Overall payout on each day will be €7,500 which includes an accumulative jackpot starting at €1,000.

In support of the club, Portlaoise Musical Society and Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

Pioneers to Knock

Mid-Leinster Region PTAA annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday July 20. Bus leaving Portlaoise at 8am, Mountrath at 8.30am, Ballyfin 8.45am and Mountmellick at 9am. Fare €20. For booking contact Betty at 057 8732531 or 087 2636767 or Pat at 057 8732308 before July 15.

Summer Arts Workshops

Laois County Council Summer Arts workshops are filling up fast but there are a few places still available for Art workshops with artist Conor Brennan running in St Francis School, Portlaoise from Tuesday July 22 to Thursday July 24 for children aged 7 to 12 from 2pm to 4pm. Over the three days the two hour workshops will include painting, drawing and clay sculpture.

Also in Portlaoise in St Francis School from Tuesday July 22 to Thursday July 24 from 11am to 1pm, budding young writers aged 12 to 15 will get the opportunity to explore creative writing with writer Ann O’Brien.

Ann will give tips and will guide participants into writing their own stories and poems in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.

All workshops run for 2hr and over three days and cost €20. To request an application form contact The Arts Office, Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or download programme and application form from the website: www.laois.ie

Trad music workshops

Traditional Irish music students from around the county are eagerly looking forward to a week long workshop at Heritage House, Abbeyleix which begins on Monday July 14.

The five day event is a follow on from the widely acclaimed ‘Careers in Music’ summer school held under the auspices of CCÉ Portlaoise in 2012.

On this occasion the tutors, Áine McGeeney, Yvonne Bolton and Colm Phelan will concentrate on orchestration for ensembles.

All instruments including singing will be catered for at intermediate and advanced level.

All traditional music students are welcome to come along for the workshops.

Registration on Monday July 14 at 10am; classes will run from 11 to 4 each day.

Advance booking/enquiries by email to careersinmusic2014@gmail.com or contact any of the tutors.


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 Paul’s 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.