Portlaoise News

Laois Guide Dogs

Laois Guide Dogs

The Laois Guide Dogs Association thank all who contributed to its recent church gate collection. A total of €6,230 was collected in Laois. Thanks to all the collectors. The money raised will be used to assist visually impaired people to benefit form guide dog training.

Friends of Portlaoise Hospital

Christmas Draw results: 1st A Fitzpatrick, Mountrath, €500; 2nd M Guest, Kildare; 3rd K Haughney Carlow, €200; 4th William Bergin, Roscrea, €200; 5th Sharon O’Loughlin, Ballyfin €100.

Bishop’s visit

The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty will celebrate 12.30pm Mass in SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Church next Sunday, February 2.


GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets at 7.00pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St, Portlaoise. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Call John on 086 – 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline: 1890 474 474


Support Group meetings for carers meeting today, Tuesday, January 28 11am-12.30pm in the Portlaoise Parish Centre. All welcome.


A meeting in connection with the Concern Christmas Fast takes place in the Parish Centre, on Thursday, January 30. All sponsorship cards and money collected should be brought to the meeting.


The LSPCA urges local people to have their cat’s neutered especially as this is mating season. Reduced rates for the service are being offered in conjunction with two local vets. Contact the LSPCA on 087 688 3333. The scheme runs from February 3-18. The LSPCA is not in a position to take unwanted litters.


Daredevil’s Foroige Club is hosting a cake sale on Sunday, February 2 after 12.30pm Mass at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Fresh cakes and buns for sale for this local club for young people.


Meet current members and leaders and find out all about Laois Youth Theatre on Saturday, February 1, in the Dunamaise Arts Centre - 11am-1pm. Ages 12-18. Workshops in Portlaoise throughout the school term October-December and February-June for just €60 per term. The Laois Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Arts Office at Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie

ICA Portlaoise

Next meeting Wednesday February 5 in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy. All new members welcome.

IFA meting

The February Meeting of Laois IFA takes place on Monday, February 3 in the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. Guest Speaker on the night is Irish Farmers Journal Editor Justin McCarthy.All Farmers welcome.

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise

Limited places for junior infants in Gaelscoil Phortlaoise for 2014/2015. Enrolment forms from the new school in Summerhill or from www.gaelscoilphortlaoise.net (Polasaí/Policy link).

Áiteanna ar fáil go fóill do Rang na Naíonáin Bheaga 2014/2015. Foirmeacha clárúcháin ar fáil ón bhfoirgneamh úrnua i gCnoc an tSamhraidh nó ó www.gaelscoilphortlaoise.net. Dá mba mhian libh cuairt a thabhairt ar ár bhfoirgneamh iontach nua, dean teagmháil linn ar na sonraí thíos faoi.

To visit the school email gaelscoilphortlaoise@hotmail.com or call 057 8688293 for an appointment.


Tweet up for twitter users takes place in Kavanagh’s Pub, Main St on Wednesday, January 29 8-9pm. Organised by Laois Business Network.

Jobs meeting

A Action Plan for Jobs and Business forum takes place in Portlaoise chaired by Deputy Charlie Flanagan on Tuesday, January 28 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 5.30pm. The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton will be there.

Creative writing

Portlaoise Library creative writing classes for teenagers aged 13-16 yrs on Fridays from 3-4pm, starting on February 7 continuing every Friday fortnight. Booking essential as places are limited. Contact library 057 8622333 for info.

Laois Heritage AGM

Laois Heritage Society AGM in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, on Monday, January 27 at 8pm. If you have an in interest in heritage, especially the heritage of Laois, why not come along and show your support for the work of the Society.

50+Active age

50+ Active Age Group Portlaoise will hold their AGM on Wednesday, January 29 in the Parish Centre at 3pm. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the proceedings. Remember indoor bowls continue every Monday at 3pm at St Marys Hall and is also open to non-members. So come along and join in the fun.

Names being taken for the 10th Anniversary spring holiday at Ballymascanlon House Hotel from Monday, April 28. Rate €280 pp. Single room supplement: €10 per night. Final rooming list due date: April 1.


Results for Wednesday January 15: N/S 1st Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny 2nd Ita Kennedy & Kay Conroy Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Anne Mulligan & Mai White 4th Phil Devaney & Lena Kelly. E/W 1st Mary Downey & Brenda Scully 2nd Molly O’Brien & Eileen O’Hora Gross Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley 3rd Breeda Keating & Mary Mahon 4th Meera Saxena & Ette Kennedy.


Dunamaise Arts Centre exhibition of Recent Work by artist Gavin Hogg from January 17-28 with a reception to celebrate the work on Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm.

Men’s Shed

Now open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm.


The Portlaoise branch of Toastmasters meets on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee. Details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722. €100 if paid by February 3.

Lourdes 2014

Portlaoise Small Group Annual Pilgrimage takes place this year from July 1-6. Five nights Full Board in the Jeanne D’Arc Hotel. Deposit needed to secure a place. Limited numbers.

CBS Reunion 1993

CBS Portlaoise 1993 school reunion is taking place on Saturday, February 8, upstairs in Kavanaghs Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise at 8pm. Email damian.donohue@gmail.com or 086 8731960.

LAOIS BirdWatch

The Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland meet on Tuesday, January 28 at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm. Dr Tina Aughney of Bat Conservation Ireland will talk about the nine species of bats resident in Ireland. Meeting open to all interested in wildlife. Free but contributions welcome.

On Sunday, February 2, outing to Stradbally Lake and Estate. Meet in the Court Square, Stradbally at 8.30am.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on January 21. Nos: 02,17,20,27 The 15 match 3s won €67 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results January 16. Eight table Mitchell movement: N/S 1st Margaret & Damien Nee, 2nd Anne Phelan & Eileen O’Hora, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Brenda Scully & Sally Collins. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Josephine Hogan, 2nd Anne Doolan & Jim Fingleton, Gross Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast, 3rd Ette Kennedy & Meera Saxena. Results for January 20: Club Championship Pairs; 33 pairs taking part in a switch Mitchell movement. 1st Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton, 2nd Anne Phelan & Denis O’Leary, 3rd Meera Saxena & Dave Downes, 4th Mary Conroy & Ette Kennedy, 5th Mary Claffey & Tom Tyrell, 6th Maureen O’Leary & Noreen Kilkenny.

The CBAI “Simultaneous Pairs” will take place on Thursday, February 6 in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy from 7.30pm. Arrive early to help the organisers get the competition started on time.

The Jessop will be held in the Heath Golf Club on Sunday, February 9. Entries with Tom Handy before 1.30pm on Friday, February 7.


WEEE Ireland, the Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling, is holding a free recycling day in Portlaoise on Saturday, February 1. The collection events, in association with Laois County Council, will take place in Laois County Council Motor Tax Car Park, 10am – 4pm


Condolences to the family of the late Pat Drennan of Cool-na-Carrig, Ratheniska, Portlaoise who died peacefully at home on Wednesday January 15. Beloved husband of Peggy and much loved father of Caroline. Deeply regretted sisters Eileen, Pauline (recently deceased) and Chris, extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to the Church of the Holy Cross, Ratheniska for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Liz O’Loughlin (née Coyne) of The Old Rectory, Ballickmoyler, and O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Main St, Portlaoise who passed away on January 18. Dearly loved wife of Declan and much loved mother of Ivor, Billy, Kate and Niamh Coyne she is sadly missed by her loving family, brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home with removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption Carlow followed by private cremation.


To contact Portlaoise Parish bereavement support team contact 087 987 8300.