Ceolchoirm John Spillane in aid of Gaelscoil Phortlaoise: John Spillane, Cork’s finest singer/songwriter and charismatic performer, plays Portlaoise College, Mountrath road Wednesday, May 23 from 6-8pm.

The parents’ council is promoting this event to help raise funds for Gaelscoil Phortlaoise. Tickets are €15. If interested please call Aoife on 087-7706693 or Linda on 086-0732111.


GAA president, Liam O’Neill, will give a talk on ‘The GAA and its relevance in Irish society today’ at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, May 17, at 8.30pm. The talk is part of Laois Heritage Society’s spring series.

The new GAA president has strong connections with Laois Heritage Society. His father, also Liam, was a founding member and a former vice-chairman.

Liam will speak on the important role the GAA plays in Irish life and he will outline his main objectives during his three year term at the helm of the biggest sporting organisation in Ireland. All are welcome and admission is free.


Our monthly meeting took place on Wednesday May 2 at The Sue Ryder Centre presided over by president Stella Harding. Congratulations to our secretary Ann Payne on her appointment to federation secretary. Stella Moran from the Cuisle Centre Portlaoise gave a very informative talk on the different types of cancer and the great work and support given by the Cuisle Centre.

Competition winners 1st Maureen Delaney 2nd Caroline Shiel 3rd Frances Carroll. Competition for June painted scene on a stone. Line dancing organised for September. Our week end to Drogheda to see the 3 tennors takes place on Friday May 11.


Laois Marlins Swimming Club AGM will take place on Tuesday June 5, 7.30pm, Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

Committee nominations should be made in writting and given to a member of the committee no later than Monday May 21.


The very entertaining, uplifting and unique Toastmaster Meree O’Sullivan brought an air of positivity to proceedings on Monday night last.

In order to spread happiness, she entreated the audience to think less of themselves and focus more on others in our everyday dealings in life. Meree introduced the first speaker of the evening,

Cora Cahill, whose speech ‘Mammy, I’m bored’ advised us that solitude should not be seen as something negative and that we could all benefit from some quiet time out in the hectic lives we lead.

Ger Rowney followed with his speech ‘They too can teach’. This was a timely reminder that we adults can often learn valuable lessons from young people, as he discovered while training junior football teams.

Brian Holland followed with his speech on ‘The ups and downs of life’ when he discussed how negativity experienced at school can have such a lasting effect.

Thankfully his self esteem has been constantly boosted by the regular positive feedback he receives in Toastmasters for the wonderful, entertaining and touching speeches he delivers with great aplomb.

The final speaker was Mark Bastow who delivered a power point presentation on ‘A guide to success in Toastmasters.

He emphasised how valuable it is to be able to continue learning and developing within the club in such a positive and encouraging environment.

He also pointed out that, considering the population of Laois, there must be many more people out there who would benefit from what Toastmasters has to offer, when the club resumes its meetings next September.

Evaluators on the night were Mary White, Donal Cahill, Carmel Kelly and Ann Duncan.

Topics were supplied by the effervescent Mary Killeen, who challenged the audience to compete against each other with the intriguing statement ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just a bad attitude’. Naturally there ensured a wide varied and hilarious response, much to the delight of all present.

The general evaluator, Kevin Langan rounded off the night by praising the high standard and presenting the Geraldine O Loughlin Award to Dympna McWey, a new member, for her valuable contribution to the evening.

The next meeting is on Monday, May 14, at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel. Since guests attend for free, why not come along and see if this is just what you need to enrich your life when meetings resume in September.


Thanks to everyone who supported the charity gig in Sallys on Sunday, April 29, for baby Ellen. €1700 was raised.


New Krav Maga class starts on Monday May 14, 8pm - 9.30pm at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. These classes will enable you to practice in a safe, respectful and controlled environment, build your confidence and ability levels week by week. Contact Krav Maga Midlands Ireland by phone/text 086 8570008, midlandskravmaga@eircom.net or friend us on Facebook.


Public meetings. Prof. Fergus Heffernan at 8pm on Thursday, May 10. Talk by the famous author Prof. Jane Plant of the Plant Programme. Fight cancer and many other chronic health conditions on May 23 at 8pm. Contact Stella, Ann or Linda on 057 8681492.


Saturday, May 12 at 11am, 1pm. Saturday, May 19 at 11am, 1pm. Saturday, May 26 at 11am (this mass is predominantly as Gaelige) and 1pm.


Storytelling for toddlers, Tuesday 11am. Knitting group, Wednesday 11am - 1pm. Ciorcal Comhrá, Wednesday 5.15pm - 6.30pm. Also as part of the Bealtaine Festival, feltmaking workshop, Thursday May 10, 11am. The workshop is free of charge but booking is essential. The Carnation Theatre Company Company will perform ‘Circus’ on May 17, 11am. Free of charge but booking essential.


Free demonstration on use of outdoor gym equipment and ‘Fittlesticks’ (Nordic walking programme). Wednesday, May 9, Portlaoise Leisure Centre, 11–1pm


The organisers of the Heartlands Rally around Portlaoise are holding a sponsored head shave in conjunction with the Irish Kidney Association on Saturday, May 19 at 8pm in O’Loughlin’s Hotel Portlaoise


Teen disco, Friday May 11, 9am - 12pm. Cost €7, pay at the door.


In aid of Laois Sports Partnership’s work providing sport and physical activities for people with disabilities at Portlaoise Golf Club on Saturday May 12. Team of 4 €100.


The vocations team in Kildare & Leighlin are holding and information evening on the priesthood at the Parish Centre on Sunday, May 20, 2.30- 5pm. All are welcome. Contact Fr Ruairi O’Domhnaill, 045 434069, email ruairiodomhnaill@gmail.com


Portlaoise PTAA is inviting the confirmation candidates of 2012 to join the association. If you/your child would like to become a young pioneer (up to age of 18 years) please contact any of the committee members for an application form before Thursday, May 31.

Young pioneer enrolment during mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday, June 15 in the parish centre at 8pm. Adults please contact one of the committee.

Annual presentation of jubilee pins take place during our mass. Paddy Lalor 087 2868092, Lena Connolly 087 2176127, Pauline O Sullivan 087 7549726, Jimmy Shields 087 6872633, Jennifer McEvoy 087 2909210.


Portlaoise Community Games swimming, St Mary’s & St Paul’s on Monday, May 28 in Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 5 - 7.30pm.


French trip, all will require passport or copy to be given to Trudy or Andy, cancellation one seat available. Rehearsals for Bealtaine Dancing Wednesdays 2pm. May 9, sports. May 16, dancing. New members always welcome. Contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621913.


There was no jackpot winner in the Portlaoise parish Lotto drawn on May 3. Numbers 03, 11, 16, 30. Match 3s receive €50 each. This week’s jackpot is €17,000.


Laois County Childcare in association with Barnardos are holding a free workshop for parents of primary school children on communication and negotiating limits and boundaries on Thursday May 10, 7 - 9pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre. Contact Patrick 05786 66663, or email p.travers@laoischildcare.ie.


Portlaoise Country Market, every Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise. High quality fresh local produce and crafts.