Young irish dancers on Sunday.Pic Denis Byrne.


St Brigids Social Club Cloneyhurke are holding a car/tractor run on Sunday September 15 at 1.30pm from the community centre, entry fee is €10, all proceeds in aid of the senior citizens party, all classic/ vintage cars and tractors, bicycles are welcome. Refreshments served. Phone Eddie or Seamus for information 0872749693/0872580428.

Club returns on this Tuesday September 3 at 7.30pm in Cloneyhurke hall with bingo on the night. Bowling will resume on Tuesday September 17 at 8pm.

Blueberry Harvest Festival

The Portarlington Blueberry Harvest Festival takes place over the weekend of September 20 to 22. Friday 20, events will kick off with a Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service at St Michael’s Church Patrick Street at 7.30pm. Children from local schools will take part.

Saturday 21, ‘The Big Push’ at the rugby club takes place (making the biggest scrum to try and get into the Guinness Book of Records) The number to beat is 800. 

Family fun day with bouncing castles. Sports day, other world record attempts, two rugby matches, tots demo to promote girls rugby. Cooking demo, bush tucker trials, world bowley championships, start a Port book of records, fair day games, magician show, Port Drama Society will perform a comedy sketch.

Sunday 22, the Vintage Threshing Fair will take place from 2pm - 6pm at the Barrow Bridge. An old fashioned mobile kitchen serving traditional dishes of the time, bacon and cabbage, potato cakes etc. Vintage cars and vintage farm machinery along the bridge, Food and fair stalls along the River Walk.

Jigs and Reels

Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA)/Love Port and Port Meals on Wheels are currently looking for candidates male and female to take part in the jigs and reels events competition on Sunday October 27 at the Heritage Killenard. Winning couples will receive prize money for the charity of their choice. Rehearsal starting now, contact us on 087 6715668. All proceeds to PCDA/Love Port and Port Meals on Wheels.

Social Services Bingo

The committee of the Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to inform you all that our very popular weekly bingo returns on Wednesday September 4 at 8.30pm. Bus will collect for those who need transport. Looking forward to seeing all our regulars, and also new bingo players very welcome. A cuppa and some nice cakes always go down a treat.


Upcoming 5k road race/walk. St Michaels AC are hosting a 5k road race in September on a fast flat course. Registration on Sunday September 15 at Portarlington GAA centre from 9.30am. Race start at 11.30am sharp. Contact Noel Coss for more details at 087 6968844 or Mark Higgins 087 2431154.

Leaders Needed

Portarlington Youth Club has been on the go since March 2005, and we do not have enough leaders this year to reopen our doors in September. The club caters for young people between 12 – 18 years of age and we provide a range of activities which members have a lot of input into each week. The club has organised activities including photography, arts and crafts, First Aid, self defence, movie nights, games nights and our graffiti project (wall at the Credit Union) to name just a few. If you are over 18 years of age and are interested in volunteering one evening a month then please contact us on 085 7060800 or portarlingtonyouthclub@yahoo.co.uk.

Port Boxing

Portarlington Boxing Club has reopened in Port GAA Centre Canal Road on Wednesday nights from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Friday nights from 7pm to 9pm. New members welcome.

Happy Hearts

Portarlington Active Retirement Association (Happy Hearts Club) re-opened on Friday August 23. New members very welcome. Please contact Ann 057 8643727 or Mary 057 8623881 for details of membership.


It was with sadness that the town heard of the passing of Seamus McCusker Shanderry in the Beacon Hospital Dublin. Deepest sympathy to his family. Seamus will be sadly missed by his loving wife Geraldine, his daughters Sinead and Lorna, his sons John and Conor, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Saturday 24 in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. Seamus who was originally from Rhode moved to Port many years ago. May Seamus rest in peace.

Lions Club

Portarlington Lion’s Club president and members wish to thank all those who gave their time on their recent fun day in the People’s Park, and for making the day a success. Thank you to all who came down with their children and enjoyed themselves and participated in good spirit in the events. It was a good day had by all and we look forward to seeing you at other family days.

Gracefield Gaa Lotto

Results for August 26. Jackpot of €2,000 won by Susan and Ross Dunne Patrick St c/o C Bryan. Numbers 7-13-3-19. €50 went to the following: Tommy Byrne c/o D Doyle, Margaret Foster c/o P Murphy, Lucy Gratten c/o P Mulligan, Deirdre Kearney c/o M Colgan and Eddie Finlay c/o T Bryan. Promoter’s prize went to Mick Knight. Jackpot next week €2,000. Congratulations to Susan and Ross on their great win.

Juvenile annual draw €300 Amy Byrne Cloneyhurke. €100 Sean, Grace, and Daire Moore Cloneyhurke. €100 Tristen Hunt Sweeps Rd. €50 Noah Hibbits, Riverside Portarlington. Promoters Prize went to Ailish Ridgeway Garryhinch. The club would like to thank everyone who bought and sold tickets, and to Marcus and staff of Supervalu for letting us sell tickets on the premises.

Port GAA Lotto

Lotto results for week 36. Tuesday August 27. Numbers 1, 4, 6, 8. No winner of €1,400 jackpot. €50 winners J Cummins c/o J Sweeney and P and B c/o Joe Whelan. €25 winners Ann Slevin c/o N Slevin and Teresa Walsh c/o M Tynan. Promoter’s prize to C Ryan. Next week’s jackpot €1,500.

Arlington Afc Lotto

Results for August 27. Letters O-X-N–L. No jackpot winner. €25 to the following: Liam Murphy, Jason Halpin, Colin Doyle, Barry Kenny and Mary Mitchell. Sellers prize to Liam Murphy. Next jackpot €9,600. Thanks for your continued support.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to the following couples who were married recently. Shane Whelan Portlaoise and Bridget Harty Derrymore. Richard Mullen Tierhogar and Linda Kehoe Old Pound. Peter Maher Ballymorris Manor and Theresa Moore Ballymorris Manor. David Ryan Crann Nua and Mary-Ellen Quigley Crann Nua. Wishing all the couples all the best in their future lives together.