Late Late Toy Show

Late Late Toy Show

Sean Burbage, pupil of the Lynam School of Irish Dance is one of eight Irish dancers known as Damhsa Juniors who have been hand selected to perform on the Late Late Toy Show on Friday November 30. Sean has had an incredible year with him being crowned An Comhdhail World Irish Dance Champion under 13 boys, and now has an amazing opportunity to perform on Ireland’s much loved Toy Show.
Sean has been lucky enough in joining the group and has already had the opportunity to perform in the RDS in September for the International Bar Association Conference which had over 5,000 attendees. Sean is very much looking forward to the night as his group join forces with a hip hop act, it promises to be a performance not to be missed. He will be supported by his proud parents Pat and Catherine, his sisters and brother, family and friends. Also all the residents of Portarlington are very proud of Sean, and wish him the best for a very promising future.

MX Sport

Congratulations to Sean O’Callaghan Hoey who on November 18 won the Carlow Open Moto X grass track event, adding further crucial points to his championship tally. Standing on the victory podium Sean was also crowned the Leinster open grass track 125CC champion for the 2012 season. Sean won the title following a very consistent season where he won trophies in all races. Well done Sean.


Donie and Susan would like to thank all who supported their recent sale of work. Big thanks to local businesses for their support. Wishing all the Ventures and Scouts the best of luck in their ventures in the coming year.

Cloneyhurke Winners

A huge congratulations to the boys and girls from Cloneyhurke National School Portarlington who won their inter schools football final on Saturday November 17. A big thank you to Padraig O’Dea, Timmy Byrne and Caroline Havill for all their work and support they give to the boys and girls throughout the year. They would not have won the final without your help.


Congratulations to Nicole Turner for winning three trophies for athletics in the Grand Prix Athletic Awards 2012 in Kilkenny on Saturday November 17. Nicole achieved third place in the u13 Class C in three disciplines.

Piranha Swim Club

The swimming coaches and committee of the Piranha Swim Club would like to wish the best of luck to all the members of Piranha Swim Club, who will be competing in The Kilkenny Swimming Gala on Saturday December 1. 2012. They are Rachel Byrne, Maria Coffey, Annouska Dunne, Amelie Hegarty, Bronagh Wearen, Amy Byrne, Ciara Byrne, Niamh Gahan, Sean Gahan, Aoife Byrne, Jennifer Gillen, Fiona Hyland, Joshua Dunne, Fionn Mathews, Tiernan Wearen and Ciaran Turner.

Suicide Awareness

The parents Council in Colaiste Iosagain are holding an information evening on suicide awareness for parents and teenagers on Wednesday December 5 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Colaiste Iosagain. Josephine Rigney Resource officer with the HSE will be in attendance. All are welcome.


Nancy Nicholls retired from the board of directors of Portarlington Credit Union after 40 years dedicated service. The board, supervisory committee, management and staff made a presentation to Nancy to mark the occasion and to thank her for her friendship and dedication over the years. Nancy will continue to work in the Credit Union in a voluntary capacity. We look forward to having her in the office for many years to come.


Our carol singing practices take place on Monday’s at 6.30pm in The Annex of Fr Noonan’s House. Young and old are welcome. Contact Anne Dunne on 087 4146600.

Night Vigil

Night vigil to Knock Shrine on December 7 2012, Leaving From Monasterevin 5.45pm. All seats to be booked. Contact 045 525432.

Christmas Bazaar
The Ballyfin Christmas bazaar (in aid of Ballyfin NS) will take place in the community centre on Sunday December 2 between 10.30am - 4pm. There will be a variety of stalls displaying handmade crafts/gifts,food,lots of games, wheel of fortune, monster raffle. (1st prize, dinner for two in the exclusive Ballyfin House). A fun day out for all the family. Entrance fee adults €2, kids are free.

Christmas Show

The Lisa Lawlor School of Dance will be holding their Christmas show at Portarlington Community Centre on Sunday December 9. Doors open at 5.30pm. Show starts at 6pm. 
Admission €8 for adults and €5 for children. For further information please contact Lisa on 085 1248200.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Willie Maher, St Brigid’s Square who passed away on Saturday November 17 at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

Willie was predeceased by his wife Dolores, and his son Brian. He will be sadly missed by his sons Peader, Denis, Patrick and Stephen, his daughters Philomena, Sharon and Siobhan, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his extended family and friends.

Willie started working in Odlums Mill as a young man and continued working there for many years until he retired as a lorry driver. Willie enjoyed a good sing song, and often sang a song or two himself. His late wife Dolores and himself were known for their wonderful dancing. Requiem mass took place on Tuesday November 20 at St Michael’s Church with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Willie rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Elizabeth (Betty) Keane, (nee Walsh) of Station Rd, Portarlington and formerly Killowen, Blarney, Co. Cork who passed away peacefully at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Tuesday November 20. Betty was predeceased by her husband Con a number of years ago. She will be sadly missed by her sons, daughters and extended family and many friends. Betty was a long life member of the Parents and Friends of Moore Abbey, where she did trojan voluntary work. Requiem mass took place at St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Friday November 23 with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery. May Betty rest in peace.

Deepest Sympathy

Sincere condolences to the Hainsworth family on the sudden death of Kaelem from Blackrock, Dublin on Sunday November 18. Kaelem will be sadly missed by his parents Alan and Denise, their partners Alan and Maura, his brother Jamie and sister Megan, grandparents, uncles, aunts, extended family and a wide circle of friends.

Requiem mass took place at the Guardian Angels Church, Newtownpark Avenue on Thursday November 22, with cremation after in Mount Jerome Crematorium. May Kaelem rest in peace. 

Guide Dogs

Anyone wishing to purchase calendars and Christmas cards in aid of the guide dogs for the blind please contact Anne Allman at 087 9177324. Calendars are €8 and packets of 8 Christmas cards are €6.

Miss Teen Ireland

Bracknagh may be a small community, but it has hit the headlines in recent weeks with its very own celebrity. Courtney Sheridan is only 15 years old, but she won Miss Teen Ireland last July, and then went on to represent Ireland in Jamaica for the UN world title which she won on November 4. Courtney had a great week in Jamaica, full of interviews, photo shots, catwalk and style and some press conferences. Courtney has chosen to do some charity work with Suicide Aware, where she wants all teens to be heard. As a small problem to an adult, may be a major problem to a teenager. She goes to Ard Scoil Rath Iomain in Rathangan and is now in 3rd year, and is the youngest of 3 children. Her parents Tracy and Tony Sheridan are very proud of her, as are her grandparents John and Gaye Broderick Bracknagh, and all the Sheridan and Broderick family. She is wished well by her family and friends for the future.

Christmas Fair

Portarlington Lions Club are holding their Christmas fair and toy sale on Saturday December 1 in the community centre between 2pm-5pm. Anyone wishing to add their own stall are welcome to do so at a cost of €10. Everyone welcome. Used working toys can be donated to any committee member. We expect a large volume of people on the day and best of all, all money raised goes directly back into the community in which it came from. Santa Claus will be attending our Christmas fair too.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for November 19. Jackpot €9,800. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 10-16-21-8.
€50 went to the following: Bernie Carroll c/o J Keegan, John Maher c/o P Maher, Denis O’Meara c/o P Lee, Aidan Murphy c/o M Colgan & Marcus Sweeney c/o P Dunne.
Promoters Prize of €50 went to Pauric Maher. Jackpot next week €10,000.


Gracefield senior GAA are holding their AGM on Friday November 30 at 8pm in the club House. New and old members welcome. Please support.

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA Lotto week 47. Jackpot €5,300. Numbers 10, 14, 22, 25. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Maria Byrne c/o C Ryan & Niamh O’Toole c/o T Lawlor. €25 each to Shat Flannery c/o D Smith & Rose Maher c/o J Lawlor. Promoter’s prize went to Chrissie Ryan.

Next jackpot €5,400.