Portlaoise News

Midlands Simon

Midlands Simon

Midlands Simon Community opens its Simon Shop on Main Street, Portlaoise this week, straight across from O’Loughlin’s Hotel. The shop will be accepting donations of ladies, gents and children’s quality clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, unwanted presents and gift sets. The store will stock primarily high quality womenswear. All money raised in the Portlaoise shop will go towards providing homeless services in Laois. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm. Any queries, just pop in to the shop or call 090 6444641.

Laois Heritage AGM

Laois Heritage Society AGM in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Monday, January 27 at 8pm. Among the highlights of a busy year were the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School and the Schools Heritage Projects for Primary and second level schools.

There was a full schedule of events throughout the year with a special emphasis on National Heritage Week in August in which members were deeply involved. If you have an in interest in heritage, especially the heritage of Laois, why not come along and show your support for the work of the Society.

Post Troika Talk

Former Minister Mary O’Rourke discusses “Post Troika: Where now for Ireland in 2014?”. Monday, January 27, 7pm in The Killeshin, Portlaoise. All welcome.


Meet current members and leaders and find out all about Laois Youth Theatre on Saturday, February 1, in the Dunamaise Arts Centre - 11am-1pm. Ages 12-18. Workshops in Portlaoise throughout the school term October-December and February-June for just €60 per term. The Laois Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Arts Office at Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie


Results for Wednesday January 8. N/S 1st Marian Mills & Catherine Reilly 2nd Eileen & Jim Fingleton Gross Michael O’Brien & Anne Doolan 3rd Brenda Scully & Mary Downey E/W 1st John Cushen & Carmel Hughes 2nd Kathleen Hargroves & Tom Handy Gross Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary 3rd Anne Mulligan & Mai White.

ICA Portlaoise

Laois week takes place June 16-20 payment by April 23. Table quiz €30 a table February 26 in Spink. Irish night March 11 in the Gandon Inn €5 a ticket opening 8pm. ICA dinner takes place on Friday March 24 in the Gandon Inn. Competition for next month make a valentines card. Winners of prettiest watch: Ursula & Maureen. Guild raffle winner was Caroline. Wednesday, February 19 trip to cookery demonstration with Neville Maguire at the Clonard Court Hotel €20 per ticket dinner optional at €19. Next meeting Wednesday February 5 in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy. All new members welcome.

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise

Limited places for Junior Infants in Gaelscoil Phortlaoise for 2014/2015. Enrolment forms from the new school building in Summerhill Campus or from www.gaelscoilphortlaoise.net (Polasaí/Policy link).

Áiteanna ar fáil go fóill do Rang na Naíonáin Bheaga 2014/2015. Foirmeacha clárúcháin ar fáil ón bhfoirgneamh úrnua i gCnoc an tSamhraidh nó ó www.gaelscoilphortlaoise.net. Dá mba mhian libh cuairt a thabhairt ar ár bhfoirgneamh iontach nua, dean teagmháil linn ar na sonraí thíos faoi.

To visit the new school email gaelscoilphortlaoise@hotmail.com or call 057 8688293 for an appointment.


Tweet up for twitter users takes place in Kavanagh’s Pub Portlaoise on Wednesday, January 29 8-9pm. Organised by Laois Business Network.


Dunamaise Arts Centre exhibition of Recent Work by artist Gavin Hogg from January 17-28 with a reception to celebrate the work on Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results, Thursday, January 9: Ten table Mitchell movement - N/S 1st Molly & Michael O’Brien, 2nd Maire Fennin & Kevin O’Brien, Gross Anne Doolan & Jim Fingleton. E/W 1st Sally Collins & Ita Kennedy, 2nd Maureen O’Leary & Noreen Kilkenny, GrossEileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy.

Results Monday, January 13: Eleven table Mitchell movement - N/S 1st Mary Conroy & Ette Kennedy, 2nd Ethel Culliton & Helen Williams, Gross Anne Doolan & Sally Collins, 3rd Hannah Meade & Bridie Hourigan. E/W 1st Maura & Barry O’Callaghan, 2nd Liz Scully & Lena Kelly, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Anne Phelan & Denis O’ Leary.

Bridge sessions every Monday and Thursday in the Sue Ryder Centre ,Kilminchy commencing at 7.30pm sharp

Panto Time

Portlaoise Pantomime’s Treasure Island runs from Saturday January 18 to Saturday January 25 next. Final matinee on 25 at 2.30pm (sharp). Nightly shows at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets from the Dunamaise. This is a special year for the panto as it is now 30 years young. This year’s tale has a little turn and twist here and there and a trip or two to exotic faraway place combined with a few surprises along the way.


Bus to Clonfert for a day of prayer and healing on Saturday, January 25. Bus leaves Portlaoise at 8.45am. To book contact Eileen 059 8625215 or 059 8625902.

Men’s Shed

Now open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm. Bee Hive building workshop 25 January 25 10am.


Do you have a wedding speech to deliver, a presentation to make, or need skills to build confidence? If so Toastmasters can help. The Portlaoise branch meets each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee for further details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722. €100 if paid by February 3.

Lourdes 2014

Portlaoise Small Group Annual Pilgrimage takes place this year from July 1-6. Five nights Full Board in the Jeanne D’Arc Hotel. Deposit needed to secure a place. Limited numbers.

CBS Reunion 1993

CBS Portlaoise 1993 school reunion is taking place on Saturday, February 8, upstairs in Kavanaghs Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise at 8pm. Email damian.donohue@gmail.com or 086 8731960.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on January 16. Nos: 5,15,21,25. The eight match 3s won €125 each. This week’s jackpot is €13,000.

Late Julia O’SHEA

Late Julia O’Shea (née Coney), St Bridgets Place, Portlaoise who died peacefully at home on January 10. Beloved wife of the late Edward and predeceased by her sons Edward and Frank, her daughters, Angela and Gearldine. Deeply regretted by her loving family, daughters Mary, Dina, Mag, Sheila, Betty, Ann, Lucy, Brenie and Cindy, sons, Oliver, Bill, Paul and Michael wide extended family, relatives and a large circle of friends. Reposed at her home. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Martin BRENNAN

Condolences to the family of the late Martin Brennan, Borris Little, Portlaoise, who died on January 14 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Martin (ex An Post) beloved husband of Anne, and dearly loved father to Mark and Helen. Deeply regretted by his loving family, mother Ellen, sisters Eileen and Claire, brothers Tommy, Seamus, Paddy, and Paul extended family relatives and friends. Reposing at his residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Bereaved support

To contact Portlaoise Parish bereavement support team call 087 987 8300