Portlaoise News

Portlaoise Singers

Portlaoise Singers

The Portlaoise singers are resuming rehersals on Monday September 16. This 60 strong choir where new members male and female are now welcome. No musical knowledge is required. Both Cds and music will be supllied. For this year’s Christmas concert the choir will focus on love songs of the past 60 years and beyond. This is the 39th year of the Portlaoise Singers. For details Contact 8621841.

musical Society

Portlaoise Musical Society fundraising Cabaret at the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday & Saturday September 13-14.

Under the baton of Niall Mulpeter, you’ll be guaranteed favourites and classics.

Culture night September 20

Culture na Maidine - Music, song, dance stories for over 50s at the Portlaoise Parish Centre 11am-12.30pm. Hosted by Maureen Culleton.

Music Generation Laois School of Music roadshow at Laois Shopping Centre. 3-5pm.

Art workshop in Dunamaise Theatre 4-6pm with Conor Brennan - materials provided.

Drum workshop at County Hall 4.30-6.30pm with Eddie O’Neill. To book - 057 8664033/13

Literary & music evening at The Mile Bus, Fairgreen with the Laois Writers Group. Contact Margaret 087 671 8452

Portlaoise Comhaltas.

Enrolement for Portlaoise Comhaltas classes will take place on Tuesday Sept 17 7-9pm at new Gaelscoil. Fiddle player and singer Áine McGeeney of the band Goitse will join the teaching panel. The committee plan to offer tuition in the full range of trad instruments with classes from beginner to advanced level for all age groups.


Naoimh Bríd Ceoltoiri Na nOg Music. Pupils who sat their SCT Music Grade exam will be presented with certificates at an afternoon concert in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm. Adms €5 tickets for family members & friends available at class or from the theatre box office. The public are welcome to attend. The Ratheniska Marching Band and other all Ireland musicians, singers & dancers will perform

Laois School of Music

Have you an 8 to 10 year old mad keen to play Drums or Guitar but not quite ready for one-to-one tuition yet? Why not try them out in our beginner group drums and group guitar. Also enrolling for Kindermusic (age 4 to 6). Limited places in piano, violin, flute.

Other courses available: Junior & Leaving Cert Music. Contact 057 8664127.

Cycle from France

Three intrepid Laois people are on course to participate in an exciting cycle challenge from La Rochelle in France all the way back to Portlaoise starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11. Mary Callanan, Andrew Cremin and Brian Bonham will spend seven days making their way up the coast of France, in an effort to raise much needed funds for sports and physical activities for people with disabilities in Laois through the Laois Sports Partnership Sports programme ‘SID’ (Sports Inclusion Disability).


A Harvest Thanksgiving Mass takes place at SS Peter & Paul’s Church on Saturday, September 14 at 6.30pm.


Community Mediation Service will be launched in County Hall Portlaoise on Wednesday September 18. The service is supported by Laois Partnership and Laois County Council.


To coincide with The Gathering the Laois Offaly MHS Social and Benefit Clube are holding a re reunion event in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, September 13. Current and former staff of St Fintan’s Hospital and community services are welcome. Tickets 087 2206903.


Portlaoise Men’s Shed is now open on Tuesday nights 7.30pm at Portlaoise Equestrian Centre. Day opening times to follow shortly. If you have experience or a skill you want to share or just help out, pop into us for a chat and cup of tea.

Active age

September activities: Tuesday 10 Club Bowlers travel to Tullow. Wednesday 11 Live video show of the group who participated in the Bealtanna Festival. Friday 13- Monday 23 Cruise. Wednesday 18 Dancing Day with Maureen Culliton. Friday 20 Culture Night in the Parish Centre. Wednesday 25 Activities Day. Sunday 29 dinner dance in The Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow.


Bookings are open for the Inaugural James Fintan Lalor School at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on September 20&21. www.jamesfintanlalor.ie.

Laois 10 km

Run, jog or walk in the Laois 10k for the Carers Association supported by the Leinster Express. Everybody is invited to sign up to the event which takes place on Sunday, September 15. The race starts at the Maldron Hotel at 12 noon. All funds go to delivering support services carers in Laois & Offaly.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on September 5. Numbers: 9,10,15,22. The match 3 winners won €72 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Portlaoise Bridge

The AGM takes place in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy on September 19. Amendments to the Constitution, motions and items for the agenda, should be sent to: Brenda Scully [Hon.Sec], Ballyfin Rd, Portlaoise. To Arrive No Later then Tuesday, Sept 10.

Late Sr áine o’Neill

Condolences to the family and fellow Sisters, of Sr Áine O’Neill of Presentation Sisters, Ashbrook Gardens, Mountrath Rd, Portlaoise who passed away on September 2 peacefully at the Mater Private Hospital. Deeply regretted by her loving community, Presentation Sisters, brother Nicky, sisters Eilish, Colette, Frances, Mary, Patricia and Claire, relatives and friends. Reposed at Portlaoise Parish Centre with Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass followed by Interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Donations if desired to a charity of your choice.

Late Ber Doyle

Conodolences to the family of the late Ber Doyle (née MacCabe) of Annebrook, Portlaoise who died on September 4. Beloved wife of the late Liam, and much loved mother of Miriam. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sister Sr Anthony extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s church for Requiem Mass. Burial in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Michael Keane

Condolences to the family of the late Michael Keane of Fieldbrook, Portlaoise who died on September 3 peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Beloved husband of Mary & dearly loved dad to Ann, Linda, Marian, Mark, Helen & Jane. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brothers Leo & Aidan, sisters Jenny, Chris & May, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Kathleen (Kitty) KERRY

Condolences to the family of the late Kathleen Kitty Kerry (née Hyland) of th eNew Rd. and late Harpurs Lane, Portlaoise, who died on September 4. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Maurice, sons Michael, Maurice, Anthony, Ger, daughters Margaret, Trisha, Rose, and Ann-Marie, Grandchildren, great grandchildren relatives and friends. Reposing at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise with removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem mass followed by burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.


Portlaoise Parish support 087 987 8300.