Portarlington Local Notes

Laois Connects

Laois Connects

Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin will deliver a free public talk as part of Laois Connects Mental Health week in the Orchard Hotel, Portarlington in partnership with Portarlington MHA and Laois Sports Partnership on Monday, October 6 at 7.30pm.

This talk will provide information and advice that enable parents, teachers, and childcare providers to interact with children in emotionally healthy ways.

Port Project Suicide Awareness Prevention Campaign launch of Help is there DVD takes place on Thursday, October 9 at 7pm. Contact David Molloy on 0860423547. All welcome to this free event.


Presentation Primary School Parents Council will hold their AGM on Monday October 6 at 8pm. All parents are very welcome to attend.

Who Cares for the Carer?

A seminar promoting self-care for family carers will take place on Wednesday Oct 1 from 10am to 4pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre. Guest speakers will talk on topics including entitlements and services for carers, personal journeys of carers and mindfulness. Admission is free and all are welcome. To book a place contact Alison Hackett, Carers Association, on 086 7957086 or Finola Colgan, Mental Health Ireland, on 086 8353387.


Grow Community Mental Health movement meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annexe Patrick St opposite St Michael’s Church. Phone 086 8033126 for more details.

Jigs & Reels

This year’s event takes place once again in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on bank holiday weekend Sunday October 26 at 8pm. Tickets €20 on sale from this Thursday October 2. You can get them from the dancers or call into our new PCDA office in the Community Centre and the girls will have them on sale.

This year all proceeds go to the Portarlington Community Development Assoc (PCDA). All the dancers will receive €200 per couple for their favorite charity or club. The winning group will receive €1,000 for their charity/club.

Speech & Drama

Classes in Portarlington Community Centre every Wednesday at 4pm. Classes are one hour long. For more details contact 086 2478052, email ceiltissd@hotmail.com.

Golf Classic

Golf Classic takes place in Portarlington Golf Club on Friday October 3 for the Kaelem Hainsworth Memorial trophy in aid of the Mater Heart House fighting SADA by screening. Team of four any combination €200. BBQ on the 10th hole, prize giving, food, entertainment and auction later in the evening. Further details from Alan on 087 7409675, email alanhainsworth@hotmail.com or David at 086 2395614, email dave.hainsworth@cappakeel.com.

Who wants to be a Thousandaire

O’Dempsey’s GFC is bringing the thrilling nationwide game show, ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ to The Heritage Hotel on Saturday October 4. Contestants are drawn from ticket sales and each contestant will play for a chance to win a €1,000.

Tickets for the show priced at €15 (family of 4 €50), are available from committee members. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed with a disco afterwards. Not to be missed. 

Gracefield GAA

Results for September 22. Jackpot €12,800. No winner. Numbers 10-27–25-19.

€50 went to the following: Shay Flannery c/o A O’Brien, Eddie Fitzpatrick c/o D Doyle, 

Ann Murphy c/o G Murphy, Cam McGettrick c/o D Doyle and Ramona Wisley c/o P Dunne. Promoters Prize went to Mattie Colgan.

Next jackpot €13,000.  

Portarlington GAA

Lotto week 38. No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn 15-18-29-31. €50 winners B Emerson c/o M Tynan and T Walsh c/o M Tynan. €25 winners B Molloy c/o P Sweeney and Liz Whelan c/o J Whelan. Jackpot next week €6,900.

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O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Lotto Results for September 22. Numbers 07,16,17,23. No jackpot winner. Match 3 winners were Niall McCormack, Martina Whelehan. Promoter Liam Finlay.

Next week’s jackpot €7,600.


Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club, presentation of junior awards 2014.

Congratulations to all our award winners. John Ikpotokin, Colm Byrne, Victoria Rajska,  Tara Byrne, Oisín Carroll, Rachel McGettrick, Ryan O’Leary, Matt Geoghegan, Aoife Geoghegan, Siobhán O’Hora, Ben Deverell, Seán Martin, Fiona Dempsey, Raphael Adelugba,  Aine O’Byrne, Neala Byrne, Cormac Finnegan, Derek Dunne, Helen Ikpotokin, Josh McCarthy, Fionn Mathews, Mujessem Unuvar, Orla Fitzpatrick, James Byrne, Paul Byrne,  Adam O’Reilly, Isabelle Roberts, Aoife Fallon, Brandon Carey-Cole, David Lanigan,  Madison McGettrick, Aeryn Carey-Cole, Aaliyah Onalimi, Siobhán Kelly, Niall Briody,

Raphael  Jibona, Josh Nicholl and  Ebony Onalimi.      

Adult social tennis continues every Monday at 8pm. Adult beginners’ free session every Thursday at 11am. Small children and babies welcome to the courts at this time.       


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: September 29, Tony Bird. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.


Another of our older and highly respected gentleman passed away on September 19 at his residence in Bracklone St. Tom Downey who was a retired former long time worker in Odlums Mill was predeceased by his loving wife Annie a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Annette and Marie, his brothers Paddy and Billy, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends. Requiem mass took place on Wednesday September 25 in St Michael’s Church with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Tom’s gentle soul rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Patrick Wyse Orchard Drive and formerly Bandon Co. Cork who passed away on September 16 at the Regional Hospital Tullamore.

Patrick was predeceased by his loving wife Martha Frances only six months ago. He will be sadly missed by his loving family, Madeline, Frank, Colette, Dorothy, Michael, Dermot, Angela and Mark, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters in law, relatives and friends.

Requiem mass took place on Sunday September 21 in St Michael’s Church with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Patrick rest in peace.