Portarlington News



Na Páistí Community crèche will be holding an AGM on Tuesday February 25 at 8pm.

Table Quiz

For all those who like a table quiz, Portarlington Tidy Towns have one coming up on Friday February 7 in the Hawthorn. Keep this date in your diary, as they will need your support.


Dancing every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo. February 3, music by Brian McDermot. February 10, music by Paddy Blanche. February 17, music by Cupla. February 24, music by Adrian. Admission €5. All are welcome.  

Irish Guide Dogs      

The Irish Guide Dogs association would like to thank everyone who supported them in their recent church gate collection. Thanks also to those who helped during the collection. The total amount raised was €913. Also many thanks to all who bought Christmas cards, calendars and baubles. Your support is very much appreciated.  


The Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels are holding their AGM in the Social Services Centre on Friday January 31 at 7.30pm. New members would be very welcome to keep this brilliant service going for another 40 years.


The Portarlington Social Services bingo will resume on Wednesday February 5 at 8.30pm. Looking forward to seeing all our usual players on the night, and also welcome new people to come along and play a few games, and have a cuppa.

Ladies Soccer

Arlington Ladies Soccer are up and running. They have currently played three games and done really well.  We train on Friday nights at 9pm in the Portarlington Community Centre and have a series of friendlies lined up in the coming weeks.

We are at present looking for more girls to get involved in this.

Laois Community Games 

There are still some areas in Laois not participating in Community Games and we would like to invite anyone interested in getting their area involved in Community Games to please contact Anita Allen at 086 1991376 (Laois development officer) and she will gladly help you to get your area involved. Community Games is a voluntary organisation which has over 50 different activities and sports to suit all children from age 6 to 16 and if it is not in your area it should be. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Gracefield Lotto

Results for January 20. Jackpot €5,800. No winner. Numbers 13-2-19-24. €50 went to following: Harry and Jane Bryan c/o C Bryan, Mag and Mary c/o G Murphy, Paddy and Jacinta Bryan c/o C Bryan, Noone Girls c/o M Colgan & Michael Knight c/o M Knight. Promoter’s prize went to T Bryan. Jackpot next week €6,000.

Registration Night

Gracefield GAA Club are holding their registration night on Friday January 31 from 7 - 9pm.

New members welcome. It is important to be a member of your club before the football/hurling season starts. This night is for senior and juvenile members. For more information contact Breda at 087 6391202. Looking forward to meeting you all there.

Port GAA Club Lotto

Week 3 numbers 1-9-14-16. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Stephanie McEvoy c/o Pat Sweeney at Frances Lawlor c/o M Lawlor. €25 winners Louise McDonnell c/o Rose McCann and Jas Dooley c/o N Slevin. Promoter’s prize Rose McCann. Next week’s jackpot €3,400.


2014 executive committee Chairman Seamus Hunt. Vice chairman Joe Sweeney. Secretary Adrainne McCarthy. Asst secretary Tony Bambrick Snr. Treasurer Niall Slevin.

Asst treasurer David Smith. PRO Canice McCarthy. Registrar Janet Bennett. Player rep Padraig O Dwyer.  

Juvenile AGM

The Portarlington GAA juvenile section AGM will take place on Friday January 31 at 8.30pm in McCann Park, all welcome. If you are interested in getting more involved in the club in 2014 this is your chance to come along and meet other members and see what is planned for the coming year.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Results for January 20. Jackpot €8,800. No winner. Numbers 3-5-17-21. Match 3 €200 winners/promoter Elizabeth Ryan/ Noel Behan and Gary Smith, The Thatch. Promoter prize Jane Costello. Next jackpot €9,000. 


It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the sudden death of Pauline Hooks (nee Hennessy) on Saturday January 18 at her home in Patrick Street. Pauline will be sadly missed by her devoted and loving husband Jim, her sisters Mai (Scully) and Jenny (Kennedy) Clara. Also her brothers-in law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends. Pauline was predeceased by her parents James and Kitty Hennessy, Bracklone Street, and her infant brother Seamus many years ago. Requiem mass took place on Monday January 20 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. The amount of people who turned out in large numbers to Pauline’s home and to her funeral showed the high esteem she was held in. Pauline was involved with many community and voluntary groups all her life, and in most recent times she was still very active with the local ICA, St Michael’s Pennybank, Cloneyhurke St Brigid’s active retirement group, Port meals on wheels and also at the St Vincent de Paul charity shop. It was a great honour for the family to see a guard of honour from the ladies of the ICA and her fellow workers in the charity shop outside the church at her removal. Pauline could turn her hands to anything she put her mind to, and she was especially known for her wonderful baking, and made hundreds of wedding cakes over the years as well as birthday cakes, and all sorts of confectionary for any occasion.


Condolences to the family and friends of Michael Mooney Main Street who passed away on Monday January 20. Michael was predeceased by his wife Kay a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his son Noel, daughters Rosaleen and Gillian, his grandchildren, extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Tuesday January 21 at St Michael’s Church. After mass Michael’s remains were removed to the College of Surgeons Dublin, where his body was donated for medical research. Michael ran the family drapery business on Main Street for many years until illness prevented him from continuing. His son Noel is running the family business since. Michael was also involved in many clubs in the town, including Port GAA, boxing club, athletics and many more. Michael was also a commissioner of oaths for many years. May Michael rest in peace.