Goal Mile

Goal Mile

Create a family memory, attend a GOAL mile event. GOAL mile starts at 11am on Christmas Day Portarlington GAA club – run, walk or jog while the turkey cooks. No registration required. Donate at gate. Just turn up. Contact 087 130 2899.


Senior Citizens Party on Wednesday, December 5 7-9pm. Supervalu with music and refreshments.

Laois Community & voluntary awards

The Dirty old Towns Committee took second prize in the category “Community Services & Support” in this year’s Laois Community & Voluntary Awards in the Killeshin Hotel on Wednesday November 21. The Committee received a framed Certificate, and received €200. This money will go towards the group’s current project, landscaping roundabouts in the town.

Other groups nominated and receiving certificates were The 4th Laois Portarlington Scout Group, Ports Tidy Town’s Committee, the Port Project and the Port 2020 Vision Project. Four local people were nominated for the Unsung hero award. They were Terence Lawlor, Donie Molloy, Edel Shaw (LOFFA) and Michael Cobbe, Killenard. These people give their time tirelessly to their different groups.

Well done to all the nominees for all their hard work, and to everyone in Portarlington for giving the town so much recognition. Voluntary work is a rewarding job, and people are urged to try and give a few hours of their time to the numerous groups in Port.

Emigrants Newsletter

The Emigrants newsletter is now on sale in many local shops and at the Parish Office. Price €3.

Christmas Market

A Christmas Market will be held in the grounds of The French Church on Saturday December 8 from 11-2pm. Home baking, vegetables, fuel, Christmas logs, good as new gifts and a chance to shake hands with Santa are all on offer. If weather conditions are poor it will be held in the Parochial Hall, Market Square. Proceeds in aid of new Church heating system.

Social Services Thanks

The Social Services / Meals on Wheels committee would like to thank the Anvil Inn for a recently present €250 cheque, raised through their ‘€1 a coffee donation’ held two weeks ago.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Michael Quigley, Killenard and formerly Emmett Tce, Mountmellick who passed away on Tuesday November 27. To his wife Bernie, his son Stephen and daughters Sandra and Alma, his grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Requiem Mass took place on Friday November 30 at St. John’s Church Killenard, with burial after in the adjoining Cemetery. Michael worked for many years at St. John’s School Killenard, and he was always noted for his kindness to all the pupils and staff. May Michael rest in Peace.

Deepest Sympathy

Condolences to the family of Esther Murphy (nee Doyle) formerly of Station Road and Treascon, who passed away in St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick on Sunday November 25. Esther was predeceased by her husband Patsy a number of years ago. She will be sadly missed by her sons Peter & Liam and daughter Anne-Marie (Bannon), grandchildren, great-grandchild, her sister Ann (London), extended family and friends. Requiem Mass took place in St Michael’s Church on Tuesday November 27, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Esther rest in Peace.

Ross meets President

Anam Cara’s annual ‘A Balloon to Remember’ day took place at the Hodson Bay Hotel recently. Anam Cara is an organisation that supports families who have suffered the loss of a beloved son or daughter/brother or sister.

Local boy Ross Houlihan, Pine Villa had the honour of meeting President of Ireland Michael D Higgins on the day, where Ross remembered his beloved uncles, Darren & Barry O’Neill, St. Brigid’s Square.

Basketball Champion

Congratulations to Holli Dunne Cloneyhurke Portarlington who has made the U-18 Irish Basketball panel. Holli plays U-18 and Senior women’s for the Kestrels Basketball Club, and National League Division 1 with the Midlands team, Portlaoise Panters. Holli is a daughter of Jackie and Damien Dunne. Wishing Holli the very best of luck for the future.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for November 26. Jackpot €10,000. No Winner of Jackpot. Numbers  2 - 12 - 17 - 3. €50 went to the following: Ginger Shortall c/o H Hanlon, Adam Kavanagh c/o M Colgan, Carmel Wilcox c/o G Murphy, Patrick Oakley c/o P Mulligan and Loretta Binions c/o M Colgan. Promoters Prize went to Deirdre Doyle. Jackpot next week €10,200.

Juvenile AGM

The Juvenile AGM was held on Friday November 23 in the Clubhouse. There was a good attendance on the night. Chairman and Secretary stepped down from their positions. A very special thanks to both Martin and Olga for their work throughout the year. Officers for the incoming year to be ratified at the Senior AGM on Fri Night. Congratulations to Edel and Eddie Flynn on the Birth of their baby girl, born in Australia. Another granddaughter for Colette and John O Reilly Patrick Street. Best of Luck to the Management panel of the Senior Team, Martin Murphy, Eugene Hyland and Brian Smith.

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA Lotto-Week 48. Jackpot €5,400. Numbers 1, 13, 15, 23. No winner of Jackpot. €50 each to Sean Foster c/o Rose Mccann and Tom Colohan c/o Chrissie Ryan. €25 each to Joe O’Shea c/o Tom O’Shea and Johnny Wallace c/o Nancy Shortall. Promoter’s Prize went to Terence Lawlor. Next Jackpot €5,500.

Suicide Awareness

The parents Council in Colaiste Iosagain are holding an information evening on Suicide Awareness for parents and teenagers on Wednesday December 5 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Colaiste Iosagain. Josephine Rigney Resource officer with the HSE will be in attendance. All are welcome.


Our Carol Singing Practices take place on Monday’s at 6.30pm in The Annex of Fr Noonan’s House. Young and old are welcome. Contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600.

Night Vigil

Night Vigil to Knock Shrine on December 7 2012, Leaving From Monasterevin @ 5.45pm. All seats to be booked. Contact:045-525432.

Christmas Show

The Lisa Lawlor School of Dance will be holding their Christmas Show at Portarlington Community Centre on Sunday December 9. Doors open @ 5.30pm. Show Starts@ 6pm. Admission- €8.00 for Adults and €5.00 for Children. For further information please contact Lisa on 085-1248200.

Guide Dogs

Anyone wishing to purchase Calendars and Christmas cards in aid of the Guide dogs for the blind please contact Anne Allman at 087-9177324. Calendars are €8 and packets of 8 Christmas cards are €6.

Well done sean

Congratulations to young Sean Burbage, pupil of the Lynan School of Irish Dance, who danced wonderfully with his group Damhsa Juniors on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show. Sean’s parents Pat and Catherine, his sisters and brother, family and friends are all very proud of him. His performance rounded off a great year for the An Cohhdhail World Irish Dance Champion. Well done from all the people of Portarlington.


Students from Coláiste Iosagain are auctioning 15 free range turkeys on Thursday, December 6 next in the school at 4pm as part of a min-company project. Noel Dunne from the Farmer’s Journal will be coming to be the auctioneer. Local businesses in Portarlington are generously donating prizes for a raffle on the day of auction, which will help raise money for the mini-company’s expenses. Any money left over at the end of the project will be donated to a local charity. The turkeys were bought from Mr Colin McDowell, manager of the Grove Turkey Farm in Treascon.