Portlaoise news

Laois Marlins AGM

Laois Marlins AGM

Laois Marlins swimming club will hold its AGM on Tuesday, June 24 at 7.30pm in Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Nomination forms to be returned to any committee member no later than one week prior to AGM.

Heath vintage run

Vintage Tractor Run in aid of the Heath National School. Peter Dunne is driving his vintage tractor from the Heath GAA Grounds to Killorglin, Co. Kerry to raise funds for the Heath NS. Peter is leaving from the GAA Grounds on Friday, June 20 at 12.30pm. Parents, staff, pupils & everyone associated with the Heath NS would like to wish Peter a safe trip & good luck.


Cake sale in aid of Family Forum adult services Rehab, Main Street Portlaoise takes place in the Parish Centre on Sunday, June 22 12.30am-2pm.

Flower Baskets

Ahead of the Voices across Culture Street Market Festival Downtown Portlaoise hung about 80 hanging baskets on the Main Street. They contacted retailers and asked for a €50 contribution and Jack Nolan would install and maintain two baskets outside any retailer that takes part. Downtown wants all traders taking part. Downtown want the Main Street in bloom for the summer.

ARA Portlaoise

Wednesday, June 18 Dancing with Maureen Culliton. Wednesday, June 25 Summer Walk and Special Picnic Day at Emo Estate. This will be our last meeting before Summer Break. Also do not forget our usual Monday bowling at St Mary’s Hall from 3 - 4.30pm. More details phone Andy 057 8621571

Retired Nurses

The Laois-Offaly Branch of the retired nurses association will hold a meeting on Monday June 23 in the SIPTU offices Tullamore at 3pm. New members are welcome.

Lions Club Book Sale

Portlaoise Lions Club book sale will take place on Friday & Saturday, June 20-21 in Tesco Shopping Centre from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day. Proceeds in aid of local charities. Book donations gratefully received each day.

Library News

Knitting group meet on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm in Portlaoise Library. There is no charge and all levels are welcome to come along to knit and chat.

Ciorcal Comhrá meet each Wednesday from 5.15pm-6.30pm. FreeTrade Ireland provide a free public service to allow you to pass-on or pick-up items through their website to help your pocket and the environment. They will provide a demonstration of the service in Portlaoise Library 18th June, 12pm-1pm

World War I

Well known Mountmellick man, Ger Lynch, will present a talk on Mountmellick and the Great War in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, 19 June at 8.30pm. Ger is a popular community activist in his home town and was last year selected as Laois Person of the Year. His insight into Mountmellick’s deep involvement in WW1 should be very interesting and all are welcome.

Mens Sheds

Portlaoise Men’s Sheds at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesday 11am-4pm and 7.30pm-10pm. Also Thursday 11am-4pm. The annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 7.30pm.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on June 12. Winning no 16,19,23,29. The 10 match 3s won €100 each. This week’s jackpot is €12,000.


Takes place at the centre on the New Rd, Portlaoise on Thursday, June 19 from 6.30pm

Hospice Coffee morning

Coffee morning in aid of Laois Hospice takes place on Friday, June 27 at Portlaoise charity shop, Meehan Court. All donations toward palliative care services locally. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Portlaoise Pioneers

Presentation of medals takes place on Friday, June 27 during 7.30pm mass in the Parish Centre.ioneers in Portlaoise and beyond welcome.

Summer arts

The Arts Office, Laois County Council announce a fun packed arts programme for children and young people running in the county this year. In Portlaoise in St Francis School from July 22-24 July artist Conor Brennan will run fun art workshop for children aged 7 to 12. During the same week in St Francis budding young writers aged 12 to 15 will get the opportunity to explore creative writing with writer Jean O’Brien. All workshops cost €20. Places are limited booking is advised. Call 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday, May 29. Seven and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Paddy & Mary Conroy, 2nd Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny Gross Ette Kennedy & Shem Mullhall. E/W 1st Pat McEvoy & Kay Walsh, 2nd Maire Fennin & Kennedy Gross Liz Scully & Anne Doolan. Results for Thursday June 5. Eight and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Molly Michael O’ Brien, 2nd Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy, Gross equal Paddy & Mary Conroy with Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny. E/W 1st Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, 2nd Lena Kelly & Liz Scully, Gross Phil Devaney & Mary J Ryan Sessions are held every Thursday until further notice throughout the summer in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy. All are welcome


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Shaen raffle

Draw will take place in Portarlington on Friday August 29 in aid Shaen Hospital. Contact Seamus Meaney 089 443 3818 or Breda Cooley 086 881 2228


Bus to Clonfert leaves Portlaoise at 8.45pm. Contact Eileen 059 8625215 or 059 8625902

Annual Night Vigil

The annual vigil celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi commences after 7.30pm evening mass on Saturday, June 21 finishing before 8.30am mass on Sunday June 22.

Late Danny WHELAN

Condolences to the family of the late Danny Whelan of 10 Bruach Ná Habhann, Portlaoise, who died on Sunday, June 8. Beloved son of Christine (Chris) and Brendan, and much loved brother of Lucy, Shane, Michael, Timmy, Katie and Danielle. Deeply regretted by his stepfather Michael Ronan, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Owen Deegan

Condolences to the family of the late Owen Deegan Kylebrook, Portlaoise, who passed away peacefully on June 13 surrounded by his loving family at St James Hospital. Dublin. Loving father to Eugene and Jerry and husband to the late Olive, also deeply regretted by sister Cottie extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise.


Condolences to the family of the late Dan Conroy of Glenfield, Portlaoise who died on June 8. Deeply regretted by his loving sister Rita Duff, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for requiem mass followed by burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Parish Bereavment

Confidential help for those who have lost loved ones. Call 087 987 300