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Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Wednesday August 27, The Heath NS Thursday, August 28, Scoil Bhride, Knockmay, Friday, August 29, Ratheniska NS, Scoil Mhuire NS, Sacred Heart NS, St Paul’s NS, St Francis NS, Educate Together NS - all Monday 1st September.

Portlaoise ICA

Portlaoise ICA meet in Sue Ryder on Wednesday, September 3 at 8 pm. The guild have an entry in the Clonslee Show on Sunday, September 7. Guild will host federation meeting on Wednesday, September 17 at 8 pm. Congratulations to Sharon and Mick on the birth of their baby girl. Craft classes will take place in October. New members always welcome., Gymnastics Enrolment for the new term, for new and existing members, will be held in Portlaoise Gymnastics Club, Lismard Business Park, Timahoe road, Portlaoise, on Saturday August 30, from 9am to 2pm. Enquiries call 086 0717699.

Fatima fund

Fatima fund dance takes place on Wednesday, September 17 in the Castle Arms Durrow. Features Solitaire and Twice Shy features guests Checkers. Raffle prize two nights at the Great Northern Hotel and Leisure Centre, Bundoran. Free bus from Lyster Square, Portlaoise at 8.30pm to and from Durrow. Dancing 9am-midnight. Tea served and door prize. Subscription €10.

Run for Cuisle

Cuisle run in Ratheniska on Saturday, September 6 at 6.30pm.

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Community lotto draw results for Thursday, August 21. Numbers: 01,07,12,23. Jackpot not won the 22 Match 3s won €46 each. This week’s jackpot is €14,000.

Cuisle Centre

The Irish Cancer Society will hold a free conference for cancer survivors on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of September in Dublin which representatives from The Cuisle Centre will attend.


Portlaoise Macra’s hall on the Timahoe Rd is available for use for community groups and classes. Large hall complete with stage and also small meeting room. Central location with ample parking. For more enquires please phone Ann Maire 086 3253100.

Drive-in bingo

Portlaoise GAA Club have launched the drive-in bingo sessions at the grounds in Rathleague. The fun family bingo is on the last Sunday of August and September at 3pm. Overall payout on each day will be €7,500 which includes an accumulative jackpot starting at €1,000. In support of the club, Portlaoise Musical Society and Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

Suicide Prvention

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training teaches the skill to be more alert to the signs and risk of suicide. Two day training workshop provided by the HSE takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10-11 9am-5pm. Training is free. To book contact the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource services 057 9357807 or 086 8157320.

Holy Land

Portlaoise Parish has announced that its Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place on September 1- 26 2015 led by spiritual director Msgr John Byrne PP. Cost €1,395 pps, €355 single room supplement.

historical Architecture

Portlaoise Library host a series lectures on the historical architecture in the library in Lyster Square Wednesday evenings 7pm From July 30 to September 3.

Active Retired

Would you avail of a pick up drop-off transport service at a nominal cost to attend the Active Retirement Club on Wednesday afternoons in the Parish Centre. If so please put your name address and a contact number in the special transport survey box at reception in parish centre or contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621971. ARA Portlaoise resumes on Wednesday September 3, after summer break. September 15-18 trip to the ARA National Bowls at Gleneagles Hotel Killarney. Further details from Bernie Downey 0877602148 or Paddy McEvoy 0868581203. Autumn holiday to Quality Hotel, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Dates from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3. Bus leaves parish centre on Monday at 10am. All inclusive price is €275 per person. Single supplement €10 extra per night. Further details from Trudy Tel. 0578621297 or Andy 0578621571. Note Trudy will be in the parish centre Fridays in July from 10.30am to 11am to take names and deposits.


Laois Youth Dance Ensemble. If you’re passionate about dancing and want to be part of this exciting dance group come along to free auditions on the first day! Info and registration: LYDE artistic director Erica Borges 087-132 8852. Meeting at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Saturdays from 20 September 2014 to June 2015 2-3pm Juniors (9-12); 3-5pm Seniors (13-19). Fees apply.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday August 14. Table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny, 2nd D Webster & J Murphy, Gross Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin, 3rd Pat. McEvoy & Kay Walsh. E/W 1st Celia & Dave Downes, 2nd Tom Joyce & Angela Colgan, Gross Carmel Hughes & Maureen Fitzpatrick, 3rd Cella Lalor & Sr.Rosario.

Heritage Week

Raven Haven

August 27 11am - 12pm Shay Cullen talks about the Barn Owl and other Birds of Prey and then allows you to meet them in person. Booking required. Portlaoise library, library@laoiscoco.ie T 057 862 2333 www.laoislibraries.ie www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries

Camera Club

On August 27, 7pm - 9pm exhibition builds a significant cultural archive of inspiring portraits documenting Laois people and their special relationship with our country. Dunamaise Arts Centre, info@dunamaise.ie T 057 866 3355 www.dunamaise.ie www.facebook.com/dunamaise

Famine Talk

By Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald Commemoration and Communities: Remembering the Great Famine on August 27 8.30pm - 10pm. Contact Laois Heritage Society E teddyfennelly@hotmail.com T 087 241 6512 F www.facebook.com/laoisheritageforum

Geology For Kids

August 28, 10.30am - 11.30am. A workshop aimed at children (aged 8-12) covering rocks, minerals and fossils including hands-on experience and arts & crafts. Booking required. Venue Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square, Portlaoise

Contact Irish Geological Association. michelecastiaux@gmail.com 057 862 2333 www.geologyandenvironment.com

Sean Nós & Dancing

Class for Children on August 28, 11am - 12.30pm. A fun workshop with Maureen Culleton for children aged 8 - 12 years on traditional Irish sean nós and brush dancing. Beginners welcome Booking required. Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The Wildlife of Laois

Introduction to the Wild Animals and Places of Laois August 28, 7pm - 8pm by Ricky Whelan (zoologist and chair of Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly Branch). Booking required, Portlaoise Library.

Rambling House

Thursday August 28 at 8.30pm, An Sean Chistin in Irey in Ballyfin stages the Rambling House Session, to celebrate Heritage Week. All welcome to the evening of music, dance, song, story, cuppa and chat. Details from Maureen at 087 6482038.

Late Paul DELANY

Condolences to the family of the late Paul Delany of Brosna, 66 Dun Masc & formerly of 20/21 Main Street, Portlaoise. Beloved husband of the late Theresa and much loved father of Maryrose, Monica, Gerard, Carol, Paul and Dominic. Also deeply regretted by his extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at his home on Monday. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.