Portlaoise news

Cancer survivors

Cancer survivors

The Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise is launching a physical activity programme for cancer survivors this September in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society. Called ‘Strides for Life’ the programme runs for the 15 weeks. Anyone who would like to join contact the Cuisle Centre at 057 8681492 (only 15 places). The programme starts on Monday September 9 at 9.30am.

Active age portlaoise

Active Age Group Portlaoise events September. Wednesday 4 Paddy Moran will present a Film Show of our Group Activities over the past 12 months. Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 Club Bowlers travel to Tullow. Wednesday 11 Live video show where some members of Portlaoise Active Age Group participated in the May 7 Bealtanna Festival in The Dunamaise Theatre. Friday 13- Monday 23 Cruise. Wednesday 18 Dancing Day with Maureen Culliton. Friday 20 National Cultural Night sponsored by Laois County Council in the Parish Centre. Wednesday 25 Activities Day. Sunday 29 Dinner Dance in The Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow

Portlaoise Rocks

Portlaoise Rocks is a new internet radio station looking to support local artists to have their music and talent heard. Our contact details are portlaoiserocks@gmail.com phone 0863255417.


Why not join the Kellyville Park Adult Chamber Choir? Choir practise starts on Tuesday, September 3, at 7pm, after the summer break. It’s a great time for new people to join as we’ll be learning new pieces in the run up to Christmas. We’re a friendly group, and always glad to welcome more singers. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Expert voice coaching provided. Call Patricia Finnigan on 089 467 9243, or find us on Facebook (Kellyville Park School of Music).


To coincide with The Gathering the Laois Offaly MHS Social and Benefit Clube are holding a re reunion event in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, September 13. Current and former staff of St Fintan’s Hospital and community services are welcome. So far there has been a great response, some former staff travelling from overseas. Tickets 087 2206903.


Portlaoise Men’s Shed is now open on Tuesday nights 7.30pm at Portlaoise Equestrian Centre. Day opening times to follow shortly.

If you have experience or a skill you want to share or just help out, pop into us for a chat and cup of tea.


Artwork that helps us feel connected provides the background to an exciting exhibition which will be launched by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People on the September 5 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portaloise at 5pm. The exhibition is curated by HSE Clinical Nurse Specialist Angela Delaney of the Laois Mental Health Services titled ‘Let’s Connect’ is part of the Laois Connects week.


Bookings are now open for the Inaugural James Fintan Lalor School at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on September 20&21. www.jamesfintanlalor.ie.


The Laois Heritage Society is hosting a talk by Laois author Mr John Feehan at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Thursday September 5 at 8pm when author will give a talk on his latest findings. All are welcome.

Laois 10 km

Run, jog or walk in the Laois 10k for the Carers Association supported by the Leinster Express. Everybody is invited to sign up to the event which takes place on Sunday, September 15. The race starts at the Maldron Hotel at 12 noon. All funds go to delivering support services carers in Laois & Offaly.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on August 29. Numbers: 5,19,20,24. The match 3 winners won €91 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Portlaoise ICA.

The guild’s first meeting after the summer break takes place at 8pm on Wednesday, September 4 at the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy. New members welcome.

Music classes

Naoimh Bríd Ceoltoiri Na nOg Music Classes commenced on Friday, August 30 at 8pm & Saturday, August 31 at 10am. Beginners very welcome. Pupils who sat their SCT Music Grade exam will be presented with certificates at an afternoon concert in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm. Adms €5 tickets for family members & friends available at class or from the theatre box office. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The All-Ireland Ratheniska Marching Band together with all Ireland musicians, singers & dancers will perform.

Culture night September 20

Culture na Maidine - Music, song, dance stories for over 50s at the Portlaoise Parish Centre 11am-12.30pm. Hosted by Maureen Culleton.

Music Generation Laois School of Music roadshow at Laois Shopping Centre. 3-5pm.

Art workshop in Dunamaise Theatre 4-6pm with Conor Brennan - materials provided.

Drum workshop at County Hall 4.30-6.30pm with Eddie O’Neill. To book - 057 8664033/13

Literary & music evening at The Mile Bus, Fairgreen with the Laois Writers Group. Contact Margaret 087 671 8452

Portlaoise Bridge

Results from the last Summer Bridge Sessions held on Thursday, August 22 N/S 1st Paddy Conroy and Eileen Fingleton, 2nd Sally Collins, 3rd Mary Claffey and Ann Hogan, 4th Bridie Hourigan and Brona Shiels. E/W 1st Heather Ridgeway and Anne Crombie, 2nd Margaret Nee and Ette Kennedy, 3rd Meera saxena and Suzanne Downes, 4th Colm and Gordon Walsh. A huge thank you to Noreen Kilkenny and Sally Collins, for a magnificent summer season. Everything ran smoothly with great competition and wonderful friendliness.

The AGM takes place in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy on September 19. Amendments to the Constitution, motions and items for the agenda, should be sent to: Brenda Scully [Hon.Sec], Ballyfin Rd, Portlaoise. To Arrive No Later then Tuesday, Sept 10.

Retired nures

The Laois-Offaly Branch of the retired nurses association will hold a meeting on Monday, September 9 in the SIPTU offices Tullamore at 3pm,

Divine mercy mass

Divine Mercy monthly Mass Wednesday, Sepetember 4. Cermony begins with Rosary at 7pm. Mass 7.30pm Celebrant Fr Thady Doyle All welcome


A Harvest Thanksgiving Mass takes place at SS Peter & Paul’s Church on Saturday, September 14 at 6.30pm.

Mother Teresa

On Friday September 6 the 10am Mass will be offered to honour the life of the Blessed Mother Teresa. A blessing with a relic will take place after Mass.

Evening of Prayer

Takes place at SS Peter and Paul’s Parish Church led by Eddie Stones, Catholic Lay evangelist, on Friday, September 6 at 7pm. All welcome.


Condolences to the family of the late Jim Flanagan of Dunamaise House, Portlaoise who died peacefully, at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, August 29. Husband of the late Pauline and dearly loved dad to Joe, Regina, Ned, Caroline, Lorraine and Seamus the deceased is also deeply regretted by bothers Joe and Tom, sisters Minnie, Rita and Cathy, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home with removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass with burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.


Parish support 087 987 8300.