The Annual Treascon Mass will be celebrated at Treascon Mass site on Friday next August 24 @ 7.30pm. All are welcome.


Laois Hospice thanks everyone who supported their recent collection. Special thanks to all who helped with the collection.


A Social evening for past members will be held in Portarlington G.A.A Centre on Friday September 7 @ 8.30pm. Light refreshments served. Everyone welcome.


In aid of St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen patients comfort fund on Friday August 31 from 9.30pm-12.30am in Portarlington Community centre. Music by Nando & Shandy. Adm: €10. All very welcome.


Registrations for Showstoppers Stage School will be held in the Wilton Main St on Friday August 31 from 3-6pm. Classes include Hip Hop, Drama, Singing, London Academy Drama Exam Classes. For further information phone 057-8645359 or 086-8911366. Visit www.showstoppersstageschool.com or join us on Facebook.


Results from August 8. Jackpot €7,000.  No Winner of Jackpot. Numbers 9, 27, 7, 24. €50 each to the following, Michael Slattery c/o m Slattery, Tom Kavanagh c/o M Gallagher, Geraldine Moore c/o S Slattery, Eugene Nolan c/o P Mulligan & Mag & Mary Knight c/o G Murphy. Promoters Prize of €50 went to Michael Knight. Next Week Jackpot €7,200.


Results from August 14. Letters M-N-O-A. No winner of Jackpot. Next Jackpot €6,800. Draw will be held on August 28.


Portarlington GAA Lotto-Week 33. Jackpot €3,900. Numbers 12, 13, 14, 17. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Dina Murphy c/o J Ward & Bridie Shortall c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Tony Coleman c/o P Sweeney & Ray Coss c/o P Sweeney. Promoter’s prize went to T.A Coss. Next Jackpot €4,000.

Killenard Community Games. Well done to Sheena Murphy on her fine performance in last weekend’s National Community Games finals. This weekend sees the final weekend of the All Ireland Community Games finals. The best of luck to our six competitors: Anna Wilkes, Ella Molloy, Fionn Barry, Sophie Fortune, Jack Fortune, and Louise Stack. 


Portarlington drama society casting for the play the Aquinas Moth continues. Male and female roles still available. Rehearsals held upstairs in the Anvil Inn pub on Mondays at 8pm. New comers needed and welcome. Check out our Facebook page for updates.


Portarlington Active retirement Association/Happy Hearts Club, re-opens after the Summer break on Friday August 24 @ 1.30pm in the Community Centre. New members are very welcome. Please contact Ann @ 057-8643727 or Mary @ 057-8623881 for further details.


While all eyes were on Katie Taylor, Portarlington’s own boxing queen - Anne McMahon from Shandra Portarlington was quietly boxing away in Mick Dowling’s Evolve Studio in Kimmage. After two months of boxercise training under the guidance of Mick he recognised Anne’s natural ability and prevailed on her to partake in a massive “White Collar Boxing” experience in aid of Down Syndrome Dublin. The D4 hotel (formerly Jurys) was the stage for this Las Vegas extravaganza. The event was compared by RTE’s own Jimmy McGee and raised almost €25,000 for the charity. Anne’s opponent was Orla Doyle from Dublin, but Anne was champ on the night. Watch out folks - you’ll be hearing a lot more from the champ from Shandra. Anne is daughter of Noel and Noreen McMahon from Shandra Portarlington. Well done Ann from all in Port, we hope to hear more from you in the future.


The wedding took place on August 17 of Mark Knight, son of Marty & Margaret Knight, St. Mary’s Tce & Rosemary O’Reilly, daughter of Patrick & Martina O’Reilly, Avondale who were married in Portlaoise, with reception after in the Hawthorn Lounge. Best wishes to Darren Whelan, son of John & Lizzie Whelan, Marion Hill & Phil Colgan, daughter of Jim & Anne Colgan Bishopswood who were married in St. Michael’s Church, with reception in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Congratulations to Tom Landy & Margaret (Mags) Hughes Whitefields Portarlington who were married in the Killeshin Hotel, with reception after the Ceremony in the Killeshin. Wishing all the couples every happiness in their future lives together.


The St Vincent de Paul conference is opening a new charity shop on the main street of Portarlington in September. The society is seeking volunteers who may be interested in helping out with this new shop on an ongoing basis. Volunteers might like to give a few hours of their time per week in order to help the less fortunate in our local community. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with this venture you can contact the parish office at 057 86 43004 to let us know of your interest and how many hours you might like to volunteer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


St. Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke are holding their Annual Vintage Day on Sunday September 2. Those taking part in the Vintage display will convene at Cloneyhurke N.S. from where they will start the parade @ 1.30pm down to the Community hall.

Activities planned for the day include wheel change, turf footing, Duck races & guess the weight of the pig. There are races for children of all ages, an egg & spoon race & face painting. Come and enjoy a cup of tea after browsing through the Bric a Brac stall and cake sale. The Committee would be grateful to receive donations of saleable items for the Bric a Brac stall (no furniture please). The hall will open from 3-6pm on Saturday September 1 for donations, or contact any Committee member.


Sympathy is extended to the Manley family, St. Michael’s Park on the death of Nora (nee Kinsella, formerly of Dorray, Ballyroan) who died on Friday August 17 at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home. Nora was predeceased by her husband Michael & her beloved son Patsy many years ago. She is survived by her sons Tom & Michael, her daughter Maureen, daughters in law, son in law, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday August 19 at St. Michael’s Church with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Nora Rest in Peace.


Portarlington Scout Group will celebrate its 21st Anniversary on Saturday 22nd September, 2012 with an Open Day at the Den from 3 to 6 pm and Evening Festivities at Gogarty’s from 9pm. Everyone welcome! Please note that all Scout groups (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) will return on their respective nights during the week beginning 3rd September, 2012. Also, if anyone has Scout uniforms (for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts) which they no longer need, we would be grateful if you could donate them to the Group and we will redistribute them accordingly.


There will be a traditional Irish music session in Emo Court on Sunday August 19 at 2pm with music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Portarlington. Contact Margaret Delaney, OPW Emo Court at 057 86 26573 for more.


Come and learn how to build a pre-Christian hut. See what the built heritage was like a long time ago! Aimed at children aged 8+. The workshop will take place outside, please dress appropriately! Bring packed lunch. This takes place in Derryounce Woods, Spa Bridge, Portarlington on Friday August 24 from 9am to 5pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more.


The premier of film from Film Workshop, with talks by Ross Mc Namara, David Orford and John S Powell takes place in St Paul’s Church, French Church Street, Portarlington on Sunday August 26 at 7.30pm. Contact Celia Deverell, PCDA at 085 856 8801 for more information.