Portlaoise news



A wreath laying and prayer service cermony takes place on Sunday November 9 at 12 noon at the Millview Memorial Park Portlaoise to commemorate the war dead. The town’s St Joseph’s Accordian Band will parade on the day. Also present will be Post 27 United Nations Veterans’ Association. A plaque will be unveiled also. All are welcome.

Safe Cycling

Childrens Safe Cycling Academy underway at the Sacred Heart Primary School from 10am-12noon aon Saturdays. Contact John 087 2453403 e cyclesafe@wheelsense.ie

Leaves Festival

Workshops for young people on Saturday, November 8 aged 15-20 with Colm Keegan - 11-2pm – 2.30 to 4pm - in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise editing and preparing work for reading on stage-cost €10. Followed by free open mic event at 4.30pm. Bookings Tel: 057 8663355. www.dunamaise.ie and more info contact The Arts Office, Laois County Council T: 057 8664033/13 E: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie Website: www.laois.ie

Active Retired

November Events: Wed 5 quiz day by Mastermind Josie; Wed 12 special walk day proceeds go to The Heart Foundation; Wed 19 dancing with Maureen; Wed 26 Christmas crafts workshop.

There are now three indoor bowling mats for our weekly bowls at St Mary’s Hall every Monday from 3 to 4.30 pm. New members welcome to our weekly get together every Wednesday from 3 to 5pm. at Parish Centre. For further details contact Andy at 057 8621571

Library Events

Talk on Dyslexia. Harriet Doig, Information Officer with Dyslexia Association of Ireland , in Portlaoise Library on encouraging children with dyslexia to read on Thursday, November 20 at 6.30pm. Topics include understanding dyslexia , the benefits of reading for pleasure, good fiction for primary school children with dyslexia, Booking essential contact Portlaoise Library on 057 8622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie

Children’s Bookclub in Library Friday afternoons at 3.30-4.15pm every fortnight, 8-10 year olds and 11-12 yr olds group. Free storytelling workshop with children’s author Liz Weir in Portlaoise Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am-4pm. Application form in library. Booking is essential. Includes a children’s story time from 3pm-4pm for 3-9yr olds. Adult book club now taking names.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto for Thursday, October 30. Numbers: 06,13,20,28. The 13 Match 3s won €77 each

Next week’s jackpot is €20,000

Well Done

Well done to all the Portlaoise primary school teams who competed in the Cuman na mBunscol finals in O’Moore Park.

Concern fast

A meeting to organise the Concern Christmas Fast on November 27-29 takes place in the Portlaoise Parish Centre on Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm. Jonathon Power the fundraising manager with concern will attend. All are welcome.

Craft Fair

The annual Laois Craft Group Christmas Craft Fair takes place in the Laois Shopping between 10am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday. November 7-8.

Trad for Trocaire

Remembering those in need, the Portlaoise branch will hold a Trad for Trocaire session at Laois Shopping Centre on November 21.

Heritage Society

Laois Heritage Society Lecture Series Autumn/Winter meetings take place at The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Free Admission to all lectures and all are welcome. November 20, 8.30pm: ‘How Laois Won the All-Ireland Hurling Championship of 1915’ by Paul Rouse. December 11 8.30pm: Music in Maryborough 1900 – 1950’ by John Dunne.

Science Week

Award-winning science writer and broadcaster, Mary Mulvihill of ‘Ingenious Ireland’ will speak in Portlaoise Library on November 12. Mary runs popular science walking tours of Dublin, writes a science columnist for The Irish Times.


The next meeting of Toastmasters takes place on Monday, November 10 at 8pm takes place in the Killeshin. Guests are welcome.

Grow support

GROW Community Mental Health Movement will hold support group meeting on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Triogue Centre, Bridge Street, Portlaoise. All welcome. Call John 086 8033126.


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

Parish REtreat

Portlaoise Parish annual retreat takes place in Mount St Anne’s on Sunday, November 23 10am-4pm. Cost includes lunch. Transport €10 extra if needed. Call Kathleen 057 8621602

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Monday, Oct 20: 9.5 table Mitchell movement. [Free- Subs] N/S 1st Mary Downey & Helen Williams, 2nd Molly & Michael O’ Brien, Gross Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton. E/W 1st Mary& Paddy Conroy, 2nd Anne Mulligan & Triona Kavanagh, Gross Maire Fennin & Ette Kennedy.

Results for Thursday, Oct 23. Ten table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Mary J Ryan & Phil Devaney 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, Gross Damien Nee & Jim Fingleton. E/W 1st. Celia & Dave Downes, 2nd Anne O’Donoghue & Betty Wilson, Gross Anne Doolan & Sally Collins.

Fatima Pilgrimage

Bookings being taken for Pilgrimage to Fatima June 18-25. Seven nights full board €749 pps (insurace extra €25 single room extra €175).

Departing Dublin to Lisbon stay at the Hotel Avenida. €150 discount if paid in full by December 12. €100 discount if paid in full by February 2. Spiritual director Msgr John Byrne PP with Fr Jimmy O’Reilly & Fr Thomas O’Reilly. Contact Maura O’Brien 057 866 1601 or 086 334 4722.

Late Anne CONROY

Condolences to the family of the late Anne (Bab) Conroy (nee Rafter) ‘Rockview Bungalow’, Mountrath Rd, Portlaoise who died on October 23 peacefully, after a long illness bravely borne in the loving care of her family and the staff of St Brigid’s Hospital Shaen. Relict of Paddy. Deeply regretted by her loving daughters, Doreen, Mary, Anne, and son PJ, sisters Mary (Hyland) and Carmel (Stenson), brothers Vincent and Joe extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.


Condolences to the family of the late Anna Heffernan of Borris Great, Portlaoise and late of Shamrock Stores, Borris Road who passed away on October 25 peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Drominin Nursing Home, Stradbally. Beloved wife of the late Michael and dearly loved mother to Jimmy, Bridie, Ann, Eileen and the late Marie. Deeply regretted by extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise.

Late Patrick GING

Condolences to the family of the late Patrick Ging, Raheen, The Heath who died on October 28. Deeply regretted by family, relatives and friends. Reposed at Joe and Jane Whelan’s home in Ballydavis. Removal to the Church of the Asumption, The Heath for Requiem Mass, interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.