Portlaoise News

Communion & Confirmation

Communion & Confirmation

Confirmations: March 29 12 noon – Scoil Bhride, Gaelscoil, Heath and Ratheniska; 2.30pm – St. Paul’s, Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart & St Francis

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

Gamblers anonymous

An open meeting will take place in the parish centre Portlaoise on Tuesday 11th March. This is a meeting for people who think they may have an issue with gambling or for those affected by someone’s gambling. Speakers from both Gamblers anonymous and Gam anon (a support group for concerned people).

Retired Nurses Assoc

The Laois-Offaly Branch of the retired nurses association will hold a meeting on Monday, Marcy 10 at 3 PM in the SIPTU offices Portlaoise. National conference in Sligo on May 20/21. Anyone wishing to travel to the conference, contact 057 8622996.


Portlaoise Library to visit Portlaoise Shopping Centre for World Book Day, Thursday, March 6. There will be free books, bookmarks and other special offers too. If in the spirit of the day you wish to join or rejoin the library please come along! If you cannot make it we want to wish you a very happy, booky World Book Day with lots of time for reading! Creative Writing Class continues Friday, March 3 7-4pm for those 13-16 yrs.

Portlaoise Library celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge with an evening of Irish poetry, music, song and dance. On Wednesday, March 12 at 4.45pm all are welcome.

School of Music

The Inaugural Music Festival on Saturday, March 15 open to all School of Music pupils and pupils receiving tuition at Portlaoise College through Music Generation.

Fashion for cuisle

Francis Rogers, family & friends are organising a charity fashion show in the Heritage Hotel, on April 3 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Call 057 868 1492

St Patrick’s parade

Committee meetings every Monday at 6.15pm in Egans, Main St, to prepare for this year’s parade. Call Ger Whelan 0872530124.

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs each Wednesday at 7.30pm to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter and Paul’s Church continues on Wednesday, March 5 Guest Speaker: Brother Kevin, Capuchin Day Centre- Feed the Hungry.

Wheelchair AGM

The AGM of the Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association on Sunday, March 9 at 3pm in the IWA Slieve Bloom Resource Centre, Mountmellick Rd, Portlaoise. All welcome, please support.

Active Age

Singing rehearsals with Nuala Kelly for our forthcoming 10th Anniversary Concert which takes place on April 23 is open to each member. So come along each Wed. from 2 - 3pm sharp and ‘Air your vocals’! Our usual meeting will follow every Wednesday between 3-5 pm at the Parish Centre and will include a wide variety of activities and events to suit everbody. (The more you join in the fun the more you get out of it). Don’t forget the Indoor Bowls continue every Monday at St Mary’s Hall from 3 to 5 pm.

Gospel Choir

New members welcome for the Portlaoise Gospe Choir no matter what age or faith. www.gospeclchoir.com e-mail: portlaoisegospel@gmail.com tel 089 486 2126


Results for Wednesday,February 12t. N/S 1st Mary Downey & Brenda Scully 2nd Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny E/W 1st Tom Handy & Kathleen Hargroves 2nd Eileen & Jim Fingleton

Bank of Ireland Cup,February 19: 1st Lena Kelly & Phil Devaney 2nd Michael O’Brien & Anne Doolan Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Celia Handy & Olive Power 4th Maura & Barry O’Callaghan 5th Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner when numbers were drawn on February 27. Nos: 12,17,26,31. The 8 match 3s won €125 each. This week’s jackpot is €18,000.

Ash Wednesday/Lent

Ashes will be distributed at 7.30am &10am and from 7pm before Novena on Wednesday, March 5. Simple lenten lunch 1-2pm each Friday during lent at the Parish Centre. Payment for the lunch is a voluntary contribution to the Cuisle Centre.

Heart Foundation

Sincere thanks to all who generously gave at the recent church gate collection at The Heath church. €265.21 was raised.

Sacred Heart thanks

The parents council of the Sacred Heart NS would thank all who gave at the annual church gate collection last weekend.


The Aware Support Group for people with depression, anxiety, stress and other conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Free service, no referral or booking. Call 01 6617211 or www.aware.ie or helplinene 1890303302.

Portlaoise run

The Portlaoise Athletics Club’s Streets of Portlaoise 5K Road Race on March 17 at 11.30am. Entry is €15 with cash prizes in all race categories. Enter online with Run-Ireland. Early Registration day on March 1 at St Mary’s Hall at 2pm, or on Race day in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 9am. LOFFA (Laois Offaly Families for Autism) is the chosen charity.

daffodil day

The Irish Cancer Society are calling on the public to help support Daffodil Day on Friday March 28, by volunteering as a collector, organising a Daffodil Day event, or buying the merchandise on the day or online. Callsave 1850 60 60 60 or visitwww.cancer.ie/daffodilday.


Walks take place at Rockview Walkways in Cashel, Portlaoise, every Tuesday at 11am. Suitable for retirement groups, special needs groups, and others. Contact Michael on 05786 27062.


GROW meets at 7pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St. Call John on 086 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline 1890 474 474.


Portlaoise Toastmasters meet on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.

Lourdes 2014

Portlaoise Small Group Annual Pilgrimage from July 1-6. Five nights Full Board in the Jeanne D’Arc Hotel. Deposit needed to secure a place. Limited numbers. Contact 057 8622458.

Portlaoise Bridge

Silver Salver results over the two sessions: 1st Ette Kennedy, 2nd Mary Conroy,3rd Brenda Scully.

Results Thursday 20: 8.5 table Mitchell movement; N/S st Brenda Scully & Sally Collins, 2nd Mary J Ryan & Meera Saxena, Gross Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy. E/W 1st John Cushen & Mark Bastow, 2nd Eileen & Jim Fingleton, Gross Mary Conroy & Damien Nee.

Results for Monday 24. 10.5 table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Angela Hughes & Tom Handy, 2nd Carmel Hughes & Maureen Fitzpatrick, Gross Brenda Scully & Nora Aldritt,3rd Phil Devaney & Mary J Ryan. E/W 1st Mary Downey& Helen Williams, 2nd Sally Collins & Anne Doolan, Gross Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton, 3rd Celia Downes & Catherine Keane.

Team of 4 competition will take place on Monday, March 10,in the Sue Ryder Centre from 7.30pm.

Late Teresa SEALE

Condolences to the family of the late Teresa (Tess) Seale (nee Butler) of Oldtown, Portlaoise who died on February 26, peacefully at the Regional Hosp. Portlaoise, in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late William, and dearly loved mam to Michael and John. Deeply regretted by her loving family, brother Joe extended family relatives and friends. Removal from hospital to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for Requiem Mass followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.

Late Thomas SAUNDERS

Condolences to the family of the late Thomas Saunders of Bluebell Way, Esker Hills, Portlaoise and late of Swords, Co. Dublin, who die on February 24. Beloved husband of Mary and dearly loved son to Anne, loving brother to Derek, James and Aileen. Deeply regretted by extended family and friends at Whitehall College. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest, Portlaoise Hospital. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Joseph MALONE

Condolences to the family of the late Joseph Malone, “Cumbria” Green Rd, Portaoise who died on February 24 peacefully in the care of St Vincent’s Hospital, MountMellick. Beloved husband of the late Lilian, and father to Mary Pattwell, Margaret Cotter, Betty Ryan, Tricia Doyle, sons Joe, Seamus, and Dennis, he is deeply regretted by extended family, relatives and friends. Repose at his residence. Removal for Requiem Mass to SS Peter and Paul’s Church. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to St Vincents Hospital, Mountmellick.