Portarlington News

Bubbles for Ciarán

Bubbles for Ciarán

The Committee have now completed its 5 core fundraisers- Coffee Mornings, Table Quiz, Raffle, Golf Classic & Auction. Each of us were affected in some way by this tragedy and it was palpable the willingness of so many people to do something....to lessen our sense of helplessness for the Treacy family. We as a Committee express our sincere gratitude to the people of Portarlington, Stradbally, Tullamore and further afield for your generosity. Community spirit is alive and well, and in challenging economic times, people are still most generous and caring. Ronan, Gillian, Sean & Caoimhe and their extended families have found comfort and consolation from the huge public expression of Sympathy. They have repeatedly requested the Committee to say thank you to all from the bottom of their broken hearts. We will now commence shutting down our Facebook page and close the fundraising account. However we hope we have created a lasting and an iconic image of little Ciarán chasing bubbles, and that it may occasionally prompt you to utter a small prayer for the repose of his soul and remember his grieving parents & family.

Lea Castle Project

Since the announcement earlier this year of the awarding of a grant of €8,000 from the Heritage Council towards the cost of preparing a conservation report on Lea Castle, Portarlington, work on the project has progressed according to plan and a interim report has now been submitted to the Heritage Council. Local historians Ronnie Mathews and P.J. Goode have been researching the history of the Castle and will discuss their findings which reveal the importance of Lea Castle, not only in terms of local but also national history. The talk will take place on Tuesday August 26 commencing at 8pm in Portarlington Community Centre. All are welcome and admission is free.

Active Retirement

Port Active Retirement/Happy Heart’s Club will reopen after the Summer break on Thursday September 4 @ 2.30pm in the Community Centre. New members very welcome. Contact Anne @ 057-8643099 or Cyril @ 087-9395131 for details of membership.

Community Alert

St Brigid’s Garryhinch/Cloneyhurke/Cloneyquin Community text alert is up and running, with signs erected throughout the area. Should you notice someone anything suspicious call 057-8674100. Crime prevention Tips-Lock your doors and windows. Three quarters of burglaries involving older people involved unlocked doors & windows. Less than half of these robberies are reported. Also keep your garage doors closed.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo till midnight in aid of Portarlington St. Vincent de Paul. Music in the coming weeks- September 1- J & S Sound. Sept 8-Done & Dusted. Sept 15-Checkers. Sept 22-Unity. Sept 29-Tony Bird. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.

St Vincent de Paul

Portarlington St. Vincent de Paul shop will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary on Friday August 29 with a Cheese & Wine reception from 6pm to 9pm approx. Admission free. Raffle on the night with hamper & plenty of other prizes. Tea & Coffee also served. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of another of our older residents Bridget (Bridie) Lawlor (nee Keenan) who passed away on Friday August 15 at her home in Marian Hill surrounded by her Loving family. Bridie was 93 years of age, and she will be sadly missed by her family Michael, Derry, Willie, Ronnie, Christy, PJ & Frances. Also her brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her neighbours & extended family & friends. Bridie was predeceased by her loving husband Patsy a number of years ago. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday August 17 in St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Bridie rest in Peace.


Sympathy to the family of Josephine Reilly (nee Costello) Drumree, Co. Meath & formerly Portarlington . Wife of the late Willie Reilly. Josephine will be sadly missed by her sisters Breda & Dolores, her extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on August 18 in St John’s Church Killenard, with burial in the adjoining Cemetery. May Josephine rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Thomas Geoffrey Bradley, Gracefield & formerly England who passed away on August 16. Reposed his daughter Linda’s residence in Gracefield before Requiem Mass in St Michael’s Church on Thursday August 21, with Cremation after in Mount Jerome Crematorium. RIP.

Padre Pio

St Padre Pio glove will be in the home of Betty Malone, Shindella Rathangan on Sunday August 31. Items of St. Padre Pio will be available on the day. Call 045-525094.

Tea Dance

A Tea dance will be held on Friday August 29 from 9.30pm to 12.30am in Portarlington Community Centre. This event is in aid of St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen Patients Comfort Fund. Music by Nando & Shandy. Adms €10. All welcome.

Boxing Club

Port Boxing club re-opens after the summer on Wednesday August 27 from 7 to 9pm in Portarlington GAA Centre. New members welcome, from 9 years and up. Call 087-1153098.

Gracefield GAA

Results for August 18. Jackpot €11,800. No winner. Numbers 6, 5, 10, 17. €50 went to the following- Tom Sheeran c/o J Keegan, Greta Danavan c/o M Colgan, Michael Slattery c/o M Slattery, Mark, David & Louise Brereton c/o M Colgan & Kathleen Hickey c/o M Gallagher. Promoters Prize went to M Gallagher. Next Jackpot €12,000.

Port GAA Lotto

Week 33-Numbers 8-12-16-29. No Jackpot winner. €50 winners Sally Lawlor c/o Bingo & Mary Keller c/o Rose. €25 winners Pauline McEvoy c/o Juveniles & Bell McCormack Davitt Rd Mountmellick. Jackpot next week €6,400. Keep up to date with what’s going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter @PortGAA or our new website clgportarlington.com.

General News

Our €5 tickets to win 2 all Ireland Hurling and 2 All Ireland Football Tickets are on sale. Tickets are available from any committee member or by contacting Club Sec Adrainne McCarthy on 086- 8267808 or Club Treasurer Sinead Harrington on 086- 7728531. Fixtures-Port Minors play their championship semi final on August 28 in Mountmellick at 7pm against Portlaoise. Port U14’s play their Championship Semi Finals against Stradbally Parish Gaels on September 1 at 6.30pm with venue to be confirmed. Results-Port Minors played the 1/4 final of the Championship against St Pauls/The Rock in Mountmellick and were convincing winners with a score of 4-15 to 2-08. Port U16’s played St Pauls /The Rock in Round 2 of the Championship in McCann Park and were dominant on the day with a score of 5-14 to 0-5. Training times-U6 Sundays 10.30am, U8 Wednesday 6.30pm and Saturday 10.30am, U10 Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday at 10.30am, U12-Wednesday 6.30-8pm and Saturday 10.30am, U14-Monday and Wednesday at 7.45pm to 8.45pm, U16-Monday and Thursday at 7.30pm to 9pm, Minors- Friday 6.30-8pm, Seniors-Tuesday and Thursday 8pm to 9.30pm.

Arlington Lotto

Arlington soccer club Lotto for August 12. Letters M-P-B-F. No winner of Jackpot. Next Jackpot €2,300. Takes place in the Barrow Lodge on August 26.

Bridge Club

New Season of Bridge in Portarlington Golf Club, starting on Monday & Wednesday September 15 & 17 @ 7.45pm. New members welcome. AGM Kestrel’s Basketball Club AGM will be held on Wednesday September 3 at 7.30pm in The Thatch Bar Function room in Killenard. All welcome. Registration days for the 2014/2015 season will be on Sunday August 31 from 11am-1pm and Wednesday September 3 from 5pm-7pm in Killenard Community centre.

CONCERN collection

Port Concern annual church gate collection at all masses on Saturday August 30 & Sunday August 31. Proceeds to Concern’s emergency response in Gaza and other projects across the world.

St Conleth’s

St Conleth’s U8 U10 U12 U14 training on Saturdays in O’ Dempsey’s at 10am. U16 training on Tuesday at 7pm & Friday at 7pm. Senior training on Friday night’s at 8pm, also Sundays at 8.30am. Congrats to our eight girls who represented Laois U16 who won the All Ireland semi final. Well done to all the girls. Marie Byrne, Kimberly Webster, Olivia Deverell, Eva Galvin, Naomi Luttrell, Alanna and Nicole Havill & Shauna Quirke. Well done to the girls.