Culture Night

Culture Night

Two free events on in Portarlington. Historical talk and poetry reading, at The Huguenot French Church, 7pm - 8pm. Local historian David Orford will give a talk on interesting and little know facts about the ancient French town of Portarlington. Writer Jean O’Brien will give a short poetry reading, including her international award winning poem, Merman.

Drama Society open evening, at The Anvil Inn, Main Street, at 8pm. Drama enthusiasts are invited to join the Portarlington Drama Society to meet the group and discuss plans for their next production.

Garryhinch Bridge Club

New season of the bridge club begins on Monday September 16, at 8pm in Garryhinch Golf Club Portarlington. New members welcome.

Portarlington Bridge Club

New season begins on Wednesday September 18 at 8pm in Garryhinch Golf Club.

Mussel Festival

On Saturday September 14 there will be a Mussel Festival in Portarlington in aid of Portarlington First Responders. The event takes place in Crowe lane at the rear of Alan Mitchel’s.

There will be a serving of mussels and complimentary drink. Great ambiance as you enjoy your bowl of mussels, with family and friends around a table in the marquee. Portarlington First responders are also looking for your presence on the day, to support them in their fundraising for this vital service.

Active Retirement

Portarlington Happy Heart’s Club will now meet on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm in the community centre instead of Friday.

Social Services Bingo

Bingo will continue every Wednesday night at 8.30pm. Bus will collect for those who need transport. Looking forward to seeing all our regulars, and also new bingo players very welcome.

St Vincent de Paul

The first anniversary sale of the St Vincent de Paul shop Main Street is now on. The committee and staff would like to thank the public for your support in the last year. All donations are always welcome.

Men’s Shed

Portarlington Community Men’s Shed is up and running after the summer break. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm in Botley Lane Business Park. Everyone is welcome to have a cup of tea or to get involved in a project. Contact Darren at 085 743 4884, email portmensshed@gmail.com, Twitter@PortMensShed and find us on Facebook.


The Portarlington Drama Society are looking for a director to direct two projects in the coming year anyone interested can contact Dee at 0876311275. 

Folk Choir

Portarlington Folk choir will be back singing at 12.15pm mass from Sunday September 15. New members always welcome. Contact Anne Dunne at 087 4146600.

Tennis Club

Congratulations to the following players who were winners at our club championship finals 2013. Ruairi Bourke, Evan Holden, Naomi Ikpotokin, Isabelle Roberts, Brandon Carey-Cole, Luke O’Reilly, Madison McGettrick, Victoria Rajska, Ryan O’Leary, Colm Byrne, Oisin Carroll, Rachel McGettrick, Ben Norton, Mujessum Unuvar, Iarlaith Galvin, Ryan O’Leary, Sammy Roberts, Helen Ikpotokin, Orla Hartigan, John Ikpotokin, Raphael Adelugba, Darragh Galvin, Orla Fitzpatrick, Jordan Fallon, Fiona Dempsey, Eva Galvin, Matt Geoghegan, Siobhan O’Hora and Sean Martin. 

Junior tennis Saturdays 11am to 12 noon. Fun tennis for under 7s. All welcome. Tuesdays and Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Tennis practice Under 12, 10 and 8. Fridays 8pm to 9pm. Teenage tennis. Adult beginner social tennis continues every Thursday at 10.30am followed by tea/coffee at 11.45am. Rackets and balls provided.

Portarlington Arch CluB

Dancing every Monday night in the Gandon Inn from 9.30. September 16. Music is by The Ranchers. September 23 music by Adrian Ryan, Come along for a great night out. All welcome. Admission only €5.

Gracefield GAA Lotto

Results for August 2. Jackpot €2,000. No winner. Numbers 11-14-23-27. €50 went to following: Jimmy Murphy c/o T Garry, Philomena Hynes c/o P Hynes, Anthony Slevin c/o M Slevin, Johnny Lawrence c/o J Lawrence and Liz Cunningham c/o O’ Dea’s. Promoter’s prize went to Ann O Brien. Jackpot next week €2,200. 

Port GAA Lotto

Results from September 3. Week 36. Numbers 6-8-17-28. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Peter Hynes c/o J Sweeney and Moira Shortall c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Mary and Marion c/o Marie Fallon and Teresa and Ann Geoghan. Promoters prize to P Sweeney. Next week’s jackpot €1,600.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Lotto results for September 2. Jackpot €5,000. No winner. Numbers 2-4-7-24. Match 3 €200 winner/promoter Pat Flanagan The Thatch, Eoin and Niall Cunningham, Jude McCormack, Tom Fitzgerald, Mick Aherne, Mary Fallon, Sean Fallon, Barry McGill, Mick Whelehan. Promoter prize to Mick Aherne. Next week’s jackpot €5,200.

Meet and Train

Outdoor group fitness training for men and women of all fitness levels using a selection of the best local fitness instructors. Beginners are welcome. Classes are varied, effective and fun.

Every Saturday at 10am in O’Dempsey’s. Contact Louise at 087 7854640, Michelle at 087 7659609. Email runkillenard@gmail.com 


Condolences to the family of Sr Aine O’Neill Presentation Sisters Portlaoise, and formerly of Bracknagh who passed away on Monday September 2. Sr Aine will be sadly missed by her brother Nicky, sisters Eilish, Colette Frances, Mary, Patricia and Claire, her extended family, friends and her loving community of the Presentation Sisters Portlaoise. Requiem mass took place in St Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise on Wednesday September 4, with burial after in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. May Sr Aine rest in peace.

After School Club

Portarlington after school club welcomes children between the ages of 5 and 12 years to participate in our exciting and varied programme. Newcomers welcome, limited places available. For further information contact 057 8636732 or 087 6832781.

Coffee Morning

Laois Hospice annual coffee morning takes place on Thursday September 19. If anyone would like to host a coffee morning in their home, at work or school please contact Ann 087 6270988 for details.