Melissa and Elizabeth Power  , pictured at the Charity Gala Ball , in The Heritage Hotel , Killenard .                  Photo: Michael Scully .
Daffodil Day Coffee

Daffodil Day Coffee

Fundraiser in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Mary Miller will host her tenth annual Daffodil Day coffee morning on Friday, March 22 from 10am to 8pm at the 57 Boutique, Main Street, Port. Drop in any time on Friday to have a coffee, meet up with friends, and make a small donation to the Irish Cancer Society.

Port’s Parade

A big well done to the small committee who have once again organised our parade. The committee would like to thank all the business people who gave so generously. Also many thanks to everyone who gave generously to their flag days on Friday and Saturday, March 1/2. Big thanks to everyone who helped with collecting. Also thanks to local businesses for the use of their premises.

Well done to all the groups who went to great efforts on the day. Unfortunately this could be the last parade for Port if we don’t get enough committee members at the next AGM, which will take place in the coming weeks.

Easter Extravaganza

Love Port in association with the TY students of Coláiste Iosagáin announces a day of fun for all. The event will be held on the grounds of Coláiste Iosagáin Secondary School on Saturday march 23. The day will feature a wide range of fun activities, such as stalls, games, face painting, bouncing castles, Easter egg hunt and a world record attempt to achieve the highest number of participants to simultaneously taking part in the Cup Song. Entry charge at the gate is €2 per family. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Coláiste Iosagáin

The parents council would like to thank everyone who supported their recent flag day collection. Thanks also to those who helped out with the collections.

Easter Bonanza

Monster poker night in Portarlington GAA centre on Good Friday March 29. Texas Holdem entry fee €40. Registration fee €10 at 7pm. Commences at 8pm. Poker classic, 5 card game. Entry fee €20. Buy in €5. Top up €10. Commencing at 8.30pm sharp.

Car Boot Sale

Portarlington GAA are holding a car boot sale in the GAA grounds on Saturday March 30 from 10am to 3pm. Cars/€10. Vans €15. Admission is free.


We are pleased to announce another year of CU FACTOR. If you can sing, dance, juggle, are in a group or band all acts welcome enter today. Closing date for the first heat is March 22. Call in for an application form today. No age restrictions and great prizes to be won. Spread the word we all know someone with a talent. Heats take place in Mountmellick on Friday April 12. 

Strictly Come Dancing

Portarlington RFC will hold their Strictly Come Dancing night on Sunday March 31 at the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Tickets €20 from any committee member. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you order yours now.


Condolences to the family of Tadhg Dawson, Station Grove and formerly of Glasnevin Dublin who passed away on Wednesday March 6.

Tadhg was a former staff member of the Irish Prison Service. Tadhg will be sadly missed by his partner Mary, his sons Alan, Colm, Niall and David, his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place in Our Mother of Divine Grace Church, Ballygall Road East, with burial after to Fingal Cemetery. May Tadhg rest in peace.


It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the death of Josie Finlay (nee Hughes) Station Road who passed away on Friday March 8 in the loving care of St Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis.

Josie was predeceased by her loving husband Paddy a number of years ago. Josie will be sadly missed by her daughters Mary and Anne, her sons Paul and Paudge, her extended family and friends. Josie was a founder member of Portarlington Social Services where she dedicated many years doing trojan work and also a member of the local ICA. The Social Services committee send their deepest sympathy to Josie’s family. Requiem mass took place on Sunday March 10 at St Michael’s Church with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. May Josie rest in peace.

Portarlington Town FC

Portarlington Town FC would like to thank all who supported our table quiz in the Barrow Lodge. With 18 teams it turned out to be a great success. Congratulations to the winning team of Christopher, Cathal Ryan, Damien O Reilly and Murt who came out the winners at the end and are crowned PTFC quiz champions 2013. The club would like to thank all who donated prizes.

Swimming Champ

Once again big congratulations to Nicole Turner who competed in the National Halliwick Swimming Gala on Saturday March 9. Nicole came home with one gold medal and three bronze medals to add to her vast collection of medals and trophies. Tiernan Wearen, who is also from Portarlington won two silver medals. Well done Nicole and Tiernan.

GAA Lotto

Week 11. Lotto numbers 11, 13, 15, 22. No winner of €2,100 jackpot. 
€50 winners: Tracy Cooper Ballymorris Manor and Bill Bolton c/o Mary Lawlor.
€25 winners: Julia Leavy c/o K Leavy and Joseph O’Shea c/o T O’Shea.
Promoter prize to Chrissie Ryan. Next week’s jackpot €2,200.

Gracefield Lotto Results

Results for March 11. Jackpot €12,800. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 6-28-23-7. €50 went to following: Lily Duffy c/o S Slattery, Siobhain Egan c/o H Hanlon, Pippa O’ Sullivan c/o C Bryan, Paddy Maher c/o P Maher and John Hyland c/o M Colgan. Promoter’s prize John Mulligan. Jackpot next week €13,000.

Scrap Saturday

Donate your unwanted scrap metal in aid of Gracefield GAA Club, on Saturday March 23 from 9am to 4pm. If you cannot get to us, call Deirdre on 087 9693739 before Thursday March 21 to arrange collection.


The Social Services bingo will stop for the next few weeks, and will resume again when the centre is complete and we have moved back to our premises. Thanks to everyone for your cooperation, and many thanks to the Hostesses who help out every Wednesday night.

St Conleth’s Ladies FC

Under 8 and 10 training on Saturday morning at 10am in O‘Dempsey’s. Under 12 training Saturday 4pm in O Dempsey’s. Under 14 training on Tuesday evening at 6pm in O’ Dempsey’s. Saturday morning at 10am in Mc Cann Park. All new members welcome. 

Tennis Club

The Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club AGM will be held on Tuesday March 26 at 8pm, in the club house. All senior members, student members and parents/guardians of junior members are invited to attend. Tennis coaching with Tony Lok will resume on April 16. If interested ring 087 1231135 for further details.

St Michael’s AC

St Michaels AC will host a 5k fun run on Good Friday March 29 at 6.30pm at the Heritage Hotel and Spa Resort Killenard. Proceeds in aid of Autism Ireland and Irish Cancer Society. Up and over project. Entry €10 with spot prizes for some competitors. All welcome.

Port Awards 2013

Please take time to check this occasion out. Many categories here. Any groups out there interested, contact the Love Port office Main Street 087 2343240 or www.portarlington.ie/awards. The following are the categories you can enter.

1. Outstanding community group.

2. Charity of the year award.

3. Port’s person of the year award.

4. Port’s den-business start up award.

5. Business of the year award.

6. Green initiative award.

7. Scholarship award.

The Portarlington Awards night will take place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Friday March 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €30 for 4 course meal.


St Paul’s Girls Football Club membership now open to those in Emo/Rath/Portarlington. Registration will take place on March 20/21 in Emo Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8pm. All age groups catered for up to U16 level and new members are very welcome to join. Enquiries to Dominica Scully at 086 163 7828.

Youth Club

The youth club are always looking for volunteers so give us a call on 087 9852680.