Portlaoise News

Triogue Ladybirds

Triogue Ladybirds

Portlaoise Triogue Ladybirds youngest members of the Irish Girl Guides ages (5-7) have a limited number of places available for this year. Girls have to be aged 5 on or before September 2014 (born in 2009). Call Valerie on 0872111908 for further details.

Active age

Portlaoise ARA October 1 Members not going on holiday: Workshop for Seniors at Parish Centre. Details to follow. For more info Call Andy at: 0578621571.

Fatima Pilgrimage

Bookings being taken for Pilgrimage to Fatima June 18-25 with Pilgrimage Travel. Seven nights full board €749 pps (insurace extra €25 single room extra €175). Departing Dublin to Lisbon stay at the Hotel Avenida. Spiritual director Mons John Byrne PP with Fr Jimmy O’Reilly & Fr Thomas O’Reilly. Contact Maura O’Brien 057 866 1601 or 086 334 4722.

Muscular Dystrophy

Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in Kavanagh’s Portlaoise on Friday, October 3 at 9pm. Music by James O’Connor. Tickets €5.


Church gate collection at all masses on Saturday & Sunday October 11-12. Collectors to be contacted by committee but contact 085 1354959 if you want to help. Please give generously to promote temperance. Young Pioneers who are due to make their Confirmation but who haven’t received their pin can collected them from Parish Centre on Thursday October 2 between 8-8.30pm. Cost €5.

Fire Station

Laois Fire Service is having an open night at Portlaoise Fire Station on Friday, October 3 6-9pm.


Grow mental healht support group meetings recommence on Wednesday, October 8 at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Contact John: 086 8033126

Golden Jubliee

Portlaoise Parish invites the public to submit photos and other memorabilia as part of the celebration of the Golden Jubliee of SS Peter and Paul’s Church in2015. Please contact the Parish Centre.

Parish Lotto

Results Thursday, September 25. Nos drawn: 4,9,17,28. No jackpot won. The match 3s won €91 each. Next jackpot €19,000.


Portlaoise Shotokan Karate Academy extra class on Saturday mornings from 11.30am to 1pm and every Monday and Thursday juniors 7pm – 8pm and seniors 8pm – 9pm. All welcome to the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue . Call: Richard O’Brien - 086 8728809

Youth Cafe

Do you have a couple of hours to spare a month? The Portlaoise Youth Cafe is a drop in centre for young adults, that is opened Friday and Saturday afternoons, To remain open we urgently need new volunteers for our Youth Cafe, for enquires and a application form please ring Miriam on 086-1577773 after 6pm.

Table quiz

Laois Offaly Irish Wildlife Trust will have a stand in the Laois Shopping Centre on Saturday, October 4 as part of Wildwatch Week September 28 – October 5. Contact: iwtlaoisoffaly@gmail.com. Experts will be on hand to offer advice and answer your questions..

Library Events

Children’s Bookclub in Portlaoise Library Friday afternoons at 3.30-4.15pm club meet every fortnight, 8-10yr olds and 11-12 yr olds group. Free storytelling workshop with children’s author Liz Weir in Portlaoise Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am-4pm. Application form in library. Booking is essential. Includes a children’s story time from 3pm-4pm for 3-9yr olds. Adult book club now taking names. Contact the library for more details on all the above events on 057 8622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie

James Fintan Lalor School

This year’s James Fintan Lalor School takes place in Portlaoise on Friday & Saturday October 17-18. Line up includes: Sean O’Rourke, Áine Lawlor, Diarmaid Ferriter, John Lonergan, Pat Moylan, Fr Peter McVerry, Noeline Blackwell, Michael Martin TD, Eoghan Harris. Tickets €10 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre. A specially commissioned artwork by artist Brendon Deacy will be launched in the Dunamaise Art Gallery on October 3 by Robert Ballagh.

Bridge Lesssons

Bridge Lessons commencing in September contact Catherine 087 4121913


Condolences to the family of the late Ian McLeod of 2 Elmlawn, Portlaoise who died on September 19. Former Member of The Defence Forces. Beloved husband of Aileen and also deeply regretted by daughters Arran and Sam, siblings Mag (Scally), Aidan, Florrie, and Violet (Perry), extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Remains arriving at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for Requiem Mass. Funeral to Newlands Cross Crematorium.

Late Denis CONROY

Condolences to the family of the late Denis Conroy of Mullingar and formerly of Rathleague, Portlaoise who died peacefully on September 20. Dearly loved husband of Nancy, and father of Patricia, Ann, Susan and Denis. Funeral Mass in St Paul’s Church, Mullingar. Burial afterwards in Ballyglass Cemetery.

Late Elsie DUGGAN

Condolences to the family of the late Elsie Duggan (née Persse) of 29 Borris Little, Portlaoise formerly Whitehall, Dublin. Much loved mother of Barry and Jenny. Sadly missed brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest at Portlaoise hospital. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Laois Connects Events Portlaoise

Monday, October 6

Free Walk with Walk of Life 10am from Leisure Centre. Maura 086 861 3833

Supports for children & parents. HSE information session at Parish Centre 11am-12. Free.

Trudi Lalor launches Sole Survivors at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on stories of recovery 7.30pm

Tuesday, October 7

Taking Control Workshop with Shine at the Further Education Centre, Block Rd, 10am-3.30pm. Book 086 852 5281

Mental Illness & Recovery Workshop at St Fintan’s Hospital for families supporting mental illness. 10.30am-12.30pm

Healthy Food Talk and demonstration at the Laois Travellers Action Group Offices, Peppers Lane, 10am-12.30pm Safetalk suicide alerntess HSE programme at the family Resource Center, Harpurs Lane, 10am-1pm. Book 086 815 7850

Equine assisted learning Talk by Festina Lente 4pm 5.30pm at the Laois Education Centre, Block Rd, All Welcome.

Mindfulness & meditation free workshop with Suaimhnea at the Respond Community Centre, off Green Mill Lane. Must book 057 8626541

Walk of Life Walk Free Walk with Walk of Life Walking Group 10am from Leisure Centre. Noel 085 7887419

Wednesday, Oct 8

Involuntary admission HSE information session at the Parish Centre 11am-1pm must book 086 380 2605

Mental Health and Relationships talk by Dr Trish Murphy at 7pm in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel . Must book 016690259 or


Cookery with Imelda Tynan Devitt and talk by Dr Henry O’Connell at Telfords Shop, Portlaoise from 7.30pm. Cost €10 must book 057 8696932

Relaunch of Grow Support Group at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm Call John 086 803 3126

Thursday, October 9

Stess coping free talk by HSE psychologist on how to deal with stress in Portlaoise Parish Centre 10.30am-12pm

Mindfulness Free Workshop s by the Anna Liffey Drug Project in the Midlands. 1-2pm at the Youth Cafe, Portlaoise. 7-8pm Treo Nua, Portlaoise Must book 085 740 4788

Internet& Cyberbullying free workshop for parents, teachers & students by Barndardos in the Portlaoise Library at 6.30pm

Song for Craig CD & video launch at the Porlaoise Family Resource Centre 8pm

Stepping out Walking Club walk 7.45pm from the Leisure Centre. Noel 087 2749536 Elizabeth 085 788 7419

Friday, October 10

Healthy Reading at Portlaoise Library 11am

Coping to stay well Free workshop to help cope with stress at Parish Centre 11am

Sunday, October 12

Coffee Morning at 10.30am hosted by Midlaands Living Links in the Portlaoise Parish Centre after 10am mass