100th Birthday

100th Birthday

Kitty Fingleton (nee Lowry) of Shandra, Portarlington celebrated her 100th birthday on July 14 last. A celebratory Mass of her life was held on Saturday July 12 in St. Michaels Church, Portarlington. Parish priest Fr. Dooley presented a letter from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins to Kitty.

A party was held afterwards at her home and attended by over 120 of her extended and immediate family and friends. They all shared a lovely Summer evening together retelling stories and singing songs, to which Kitty seemed to know more of the words than perhaps some of the more youthful guests. A great time was had by all, and Kitty was further delighted to be visited at her home the following day by the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, the Most Reverend Denis Nulty who even sang Happy Birthday to her prior to delivering a blessing.

Kitty was born in Mount Temple Moate on July 14, 1914. She worked in Goodwins Drapery Main Street when she came to town, and was married to Denis Fingleton, who passed away a number of years ago. Kitty still lives in her own home with the help of her extended family.


Congratulations to our newly ordained Fr. Sean Hyland who was ordained on Sunday July 13. Fr. Sean said his first Mass on Wednesday July 16 at 7.30pm in St. Michael’s Church, and 300 plus people from the Parish and beyond celebrated with Fr. Sean in Portarlington GAA Centre after. Wishing Fr. Sean the very best for his future.

Diamond Anniversary

Congratulations to Fr. Michael Noonan, former Parish Priest of Portarlington who recently celebrated 60 years in the Priesthood. Fr. Noonan has been in the town for over 33 years and still remains here since his retirement as Parish Priest, and still assists in the Parish Churches’ duties. Fr. Noonan still continues to be active, especially with his passion for the odd game of golf

St. Vincent de Paul

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- July 28-Tony Bird. August 4-Done & Dusted. August 11- Brian Mcdermott. August 18- Declan Aungier. August 25- Dermot Lyons. September 1- J & S Sound. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.

Bubbles for Ciarán

Many thanks to everyone who bought and sold raffle tickets for our Big Raffle. Raffle takes place next Thursday July 24 in O’Dea’s Main St at the Table Quiz, which will be hosted by RTE personality Marty Morrissey. The Committee are now calling for all tickets to be returned please, sold or unsold. Please contact Colette O’Reilly @ 087-1603181. We will have more news to follow next week about our Monster Auction on August 8 at 9.30pm in the Square. With music before and after by local group Turas. Fantastic array of items for Auction. Catalogue of all items to be issued in the coming week.

The Auction will then conclude all Fundraiser Activities for Bubbles for Ciarán. For any information please contact PRO Ann (Bourke) Dunne @ 087-4116101. Also you can e-mail annmdun@hotmail.com or check out our Facebook page.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Michael McGuinness St, Joseph’s Tce who passed away on July 14 at Tallaght Hospital. Michael was predeceased by his loving wife Carmel only 10 months ago. Michael will be sadly missed by his sons Michael & Declan, daughter Anne, his extended family & many friends. Requiem mass took place on Thursday July 17 at St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Michael rest in Peace.

Jigs & Reels

We are looking for dancers to take part in our JIGS & REELS competition which will take place again in the Heritage Hotel in October. Practice will begin in August. We have made it a little more exciting this year by offering €200 to every dancing couple who takes part and €1,000 for the winners! This money can be used for your club or favourite charity. To book your place please contact the PCDA/ LovePort office in the Catholic Club Main St, or call us on 057-8636348. Also check out Love Port facebook page or e-mail info@portarlington.ie.

Age Friendly Programme

Are you over 50? Would you like to contribute to the plans to make County Laois and its towns and villages more Age Friendly? If so you are invited to a Public consultation on Tuesday July 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m in The Community Centre, Portarlington. Have your voice heard and input in this important Strategy for the future! For more information Contact: Marie O’Hora, Planning Dept, Laois County Council, Aras an Chontae, Portlaoise. Phone- 057 -86 64000 or email at mariegohora@laoisoco.ie

Class Reunion

We are organising a School Reunion for the Class of ‘84 in the Anvil Inn, Portarlington on August 23 at 8pm. There will be a finger buffet and Peter McEvoy will be our resident DJ for the night. We would be grateful if you could pass this information to anyone who is not already aware of this Reunion. We have set up a facebook page - Class of ‘84- 30th Year Reunion 2014 which gives details of the event in more detail. We are aware that not everyone is on Social Media and we hope that their family and friends will pass the word around. For further details you can contact Oonagh (Nolan) @ 087- 782 2608 or Ann (Quinn) at 087- 949 4086.

St. Conleth’s

St Conleth’s U8 U10 U12 U14 training in O’ Dempsey’s at 10am on Saturday mornings. Also U8 & U10 training in Courtwood on Thursdays. U14 training in O’ Dempsey’s at 6 pm, U16 training at 7pm also Minor/ Senior training at 8 pm. All in O’ Dempsey’s. Senior training on Friday night at 8pm. Please contact Niall Mc Cormack on St Conleths club phone at 083-4551646. For all mentor information like us on Facebook for all up dates.

Gracefield GAA

Results for July 14. Jackpot €10,800, No winner. Numbers 12 - 21 - 6 - 20. €50 went to the following- Paul Nolan c/o J Mulligan, Sean Conroy c/o T Bryan, Darren Kelly c/o J Kelly, JJ Nolan c/o S Slattery & Bernadette McCabe c/o C O’Reilly. Promoters Prize went to John Kelly. Next Jackpot €11,000.

Port GAA Lotto

Week 28-Numbers 3-9-28-32. No Jackpot winner. €50 winners Fran Lawlor c/o Michael Lawlor & Tracey Cooper c/o Jason ward. €25 winners Dickie McGill c/o Joey Sweeney &

Martina & Trish c/o Bingo. Jackpot next week €5,900. Fixtures: Seniors play the League Semi Finals on Sunday July 27. Minors play Graiguecullen in the Championship 1st Rd in Ratheniska at 7.45 on Monday July 28. Juniors play their Championship 1st Rd against Courtwood in Emo on Wednesday July 23 at 7.45pm. U16’s play the 1st Rd of the Championship V Portlaoise in Rathleague on Friday July 25 at 7pm. U14s play Championship 2nd Rd on Monday July 28.