Portarlington news

Port Comhaltas Concert

Port Comhaltas Concert

Traditional music, song and dance concert in Emo Court on Culture night September 19 (6.30pm – 8.30pm) with Portarlington Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and invited guests, will present a lively music, song and dance concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Drawing Room.

Come along a hear our newest 2014 All Ireland champions and qualifiers performing, enjoy the talent of our harpists and uilleann pipers, the Roscarrig Ceili Band, three time medal winners at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and the talented Faherty Family. A great evening’s entertainment guaranteed, admission free.

St Vincent de Paul

The Portarlington St Vincent de Paul shop would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who helped them celebrate their second anniversary on Friday August 29. Helen Mullins and her volunteers are so grateful to all who helped to make the night a huge success.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the wonderful catering in any way, to the businesses and the public who sponsored spot prizes for the night.

To the public for supporting us on the night, and especially during the past two years. The volunteers remembered on the night their fellow worker, the late Pauline Hooks who passed away earlier this year. Pauline’s husband Jim and her sister Mai Scully attended on the night, and they were deeply moved by the tribute to Pauline.

Fashion Show

A fashion show will take place in the newly refurbished Orchard Hotel on Friday September 19.

All proceeds will go to the Laois Hospice. Champagne punch on arrival, prizes for best dressed and lots of other surprises on the night.

Tickets are available from Laois Hospice Charity shop FrenchChurch St. Tickets cost €25. Please come along and enjoy a wonderful time and help this wonderful charity.

Coffee Morning

If anyone would like to host a coffee morning in their home, business or workplace on next Thursday September 18 in aid of Laois Hospice, please contact Ann O’Brien at 087 6270988 for more details.

Beginners Bridge

Classes will commence on Monday September 15 at 8pm in the Anvil Inn. Improver’s classes, followed by supervised bridge game on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm.

Contact Blathnaid Trayer at 087 6268519, midlandsbridge@gmail.com.


Wednesday night bingo has returned in Portarlington Social Services on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm. Please come along and enjoy a few games of bingo and a cuppa. 

Film Screening

‘Comparisons’ performed by Portarlington Drama Society takes place next Friday September 19 from 9pm to 11pm in The Anvil Inn, Main St, Portarlington.

In May the Portarlington Drama Society had a successful production of the play in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

To celebrate culture in Portarlington and the surrounding areas the PDS will show film excerpts from this performance, free for all to enjoy.

Public Meeting

Public meeting of Portarlington Combined Residents Association will take place on Monday September 22 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

All residents groups are invited to attend. The Portarlington Combined Residents Association was set up a number of years ago to bring all town residents together to deal as one voice, with Laois and Offaly County Councils, to discuss and resolve problems which arise in our areas.  

For more information contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne, secretary at 087 4116101 or Aidan Mullins, chairman at 086 8501476. You can also email to pcra@live.ie, and also check us out on Facebook.

Gracefield GAA

Results for September 8. Jackpot €12,400. No winner. Numbers 28-19–6-2.

€50 went to the following: PJ Corcoran c/o S Slattery, Mary Curtayne c/o M Curtayne, 

K Finlay c/o M Bryan, James and Stephen Flanagan c/o B Flanagan and John Moore c/o M Colgan. Promoter’s prize went to John Kennedy.

Next jackpot €12,600.  

Portarlington GAA

Lotto week 36. No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn 4-17-24-31.

€50 winners Noel Kelly c/o D Smith and Eileen Moore c/o Joe Sweeney. €25 winners Thomas Dunne c/o Bingo and Jim Colgan c/o Joe Whelan. Jackpot next week €6,700.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter @PortGAA or our new website clgportarlington.com 


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo till midnight in aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul.

Music in the coming weeks: September 22, Unity. September 29, Tony Bird. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.

Can you Help

Portarlington Youth Club would normally have reopened by now, but unfortunately we’ve had to postpone registration until September 24 to see if we can get more leaders involved.

This is a great club which has been around since 2005. Every year we get a great group of young adults (12 - 18 yrs) who are looking for somewhere to learn new things, meet new people and generally hang out.

If you are interested in getting involved (even one Wednesday per month) please contact us on portarlingtonyouthclub@yahoo.co.uk.

Mount St Anne’s

Please check out our wonderful events taking place in the coming months in the beautiful refurbished Centre. For more information contact Catherine at 057 8626153.

St Conleth’s

St Conleth’s are holding their annual cake sale on Sunday September 21 after 10.30 mass in Killenard Community Centre.

Congratulations to our U16 team who took part in the All Ireland 7s in Clare recently. The girls had a great result, well done girls & keep up the good work.

Check out our training times and upcoming events on our Facebook page.

Emigrants Newsletter

All clubs, societies etc who wish to have their annual report published in this year’s Emigrants Newsletter should have them in by September 30. Contact the parish office at 057 8643004.


St Michael’s Badminton Club have resumed in the community centre on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm.

Further information from Mick Knight at 057 8643395.

Button Accordions

Donations of button accordions wanted for pupils in the Presentation Primary School, Station Road.

If you can help please call to the school.