Gracefield Gaa AGM
Gracefield GAA are holding their AGM on Friday January 16 at 8pm in the clubhouse.
We look forward to seeing our present members there and would encourage all parents and guardians of underage to get involved in the club , as we need to develop the future of the club.
If you are unable to attend and would like to get involved contact Breda at 087 6391202
No lotto jackpot winner.
Numbers drawn 4-9-13-26.
€50 winners Mick Gallagher c/o Pat Sweeney and Brenda Lawlor c/o MIchael Lawlor
€25 wiinners Sinead Leavy c/o Julia Leavy and Christy Smith c/o David Smith
Jackpot next week €2100.
Portarlington GAA dinner dance will be on January 31 at 7.30pm in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Music is by Epic with disco until late. Tickets are €35 and can be paid in full or by the week in the small meeting room in the GAA Centre between 8-9pm every Tuesday.
Tickets can also be got by contacting 086 2712121 or by private message on the club’s Facebook page.
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 website clgportarlington.com.
The Glen says Thanks
The residents of the Glen Kilnacourt would like once again to thank Fran and his team from Portarlington Fire Service for bringing Santa to the Glen. Once again they have helped share a little Christmas magic to the children.
Laois Service to the Elderly
In conjunction with Laois Partnership we are offering help to those over 65 who are struggling to do minor repairs in their homes. For example painting, window cleaning, minor DIY and repairs, smoke alarms and much more. For further information contact 057-8682779.
Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul.
Presentation Primary School
Enrolment application forms for incoming Junior Infants in September 2015 are currently available from the Junior School Office. Closing date for applications is Friday January 30.
Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Annex (opp St Michael’s Church) Portarlington. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 - 8033126. Website: www.grow.ie Infoline: 1890 474 474
The first meeting of what promises to be a very vibrant year for the club started with an inspiring talk from Donal Deeny on how the Fritz Schumacher ‘small is beautiful’ model could put hundreds of thousands back to work in Ireland. It was an inspiring yet practical solution. After an introduction to T.S. Elliot’s The Journey of the Magic the poem was read by Mark Bastow providing a very topical piece for what was the club’s NollaIg Bheag meeting. Very good evaluations followed by Paul McCowen and Mary White.
In a wide ranging topic session New Year resolutions were suggested for several public figures and unusual events in the last year were discussed. Noreen Diver was vibrant as wordmaster, Mary Heaney excelled as listener, Carmel Moore O’Leary kept us all on time as timekeeper and Ann Duncan cast her expert eye over proceedings as general evaluator.
Portarlington Speakers started their new year with a new management team with the following appointments: vice-president of education Carmel Moore O’Leary, treasurer Owen Sweeney, vice-president membership Paul McCowen, and sergeant-at-arms Noreen Diver.
The next meeting is at 7.45pm on Tuesday January 20 at the Anvil Inn in Portarlington. It is open to all over 18 and admittance is free for the first three meetings. It is a good way to spend an enjoyable evening, meet new friends and enhance your communication skills.
Portarlington Social Services would like to announce the start in early February of a social event for the elderly in their Centre, Link Rd. This will take place each Friday from 12pm to 3pm where you can come and meet other people to chat and have a cuppa, maybe a game of cards or a sing song. Volunteers needed to help anyone who may need transport from their homes. For more information contact any members of Portarlington Social Services. You can contact the Centre any morning from 9am to 12pm at 057-8623461.
Charity Ball 2015
Diamonds and Tiara charity ball will take place in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Friday February 27. Why not give a gift of a ticket for Christmas, and support Laois Hospice. Tickets available from Marie Corcoran 087 7589896. Colette Kennedy 086 2654277. Maria Molloy 086 3058181.
Protest on Saturday, January 31 commencing at 2pm at Laois County Hall.
Laois Hospice charity shop, French Church St need all types of clothing, footwear, furniture, toys etc in good condition. Contact 085 2801276.
Port Youth Club is open every Wednesday from 7.30pm - 9.30pm for all young people between the ages of 12 - 18 years. The good news is that we are now reduced to €2 on entrance. To join simply call down to the club on Main Street across from the Roma. Lots of activities.
Children’s performing arts network Starcamp is to host summer camps at the Portarlington GAA Club from August 17 – 21. Starcamp brings what its creator Aileen O’Grady says is ‘a fresh and contemporary approach’ to the process of teaching performance and building confidence. See starcamp.ie.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Tree recycling is free for the month of January at Kyletalesha Landfill Site. Please remove all lights and decorations. The Landfill is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3.30pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1 pm Closed Sundays / Bank Holidays.
Late Michael MOONEY
Condolences to the family of the late Michael Mooney of Portarlington, formerly of Howth, Dublin who died January 5 peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Midland regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Beloved husband of the late Mary; sadly missed by his loving daughters Aisling and Levinia, son Andrew, brothers, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to St Michaels Church, Portarlington for Requiem Mass. Funeral afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium. Donations if desired to Cancer research Ireland.