Portlaoise news

Cuisle centre

Cuisle centre

Nutrition Course for anyone affected with a cancer diagnosis commences Monday, April 28 at 11am for 4 weeks; Prosthesis and Bra Fittings by appointment only on Thursday, April 3. Francis Rogers, family & friends are organising a charity fashion show in the Heritage Hotel, on Monday, April 3 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Call 057 868 1492.

Coffee for fatima

In the Parish Centre in Aid of the Fatima Invalid Fund on Tuesday, April 15 after 10 am Mass. Please come along for a cuppa, a cake and a chat. Your support would be greatly appreciated. All Donations of home cooking to aid the event gratefully received. Contact Maura O Brien 086 3344722, Bernard Fitzpatrick 085 8374451


First Communion: May 10 – 11am Heath, Ratheniska & Gael Scoil; May 17 11am – St Paul’s, 1pm – Scoil Bhride; May 24 - 12noon Scoil Mhuire & Sacred Heart.

Brigidine Reunion

Brigidine past pupils’ Lunch on Sunday April 6 at 1pm in the Kaedeen Hotel, Newbridge. Call Maeve at 087 6569975.

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs each Wednesday at 7.30pm to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter & Paul’s Church continues on Wednesday, April 2 when Sr Consillio, founder of the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centre, speaks on the topic We are all in Recovery. Portlaoise Parish Youth group will be providing tea and scones after the novena on April 9 to raise money for the Camino Youth Pilgrimage. Donations welcome.


Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) Reaching Out Together community information sessions for those involved and interested in genealogy on April 9 in Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm supported by Laois Partnership Company. roadshow@irelandxo.com

LOURDES Pilgrimage

A box will be placed in the Parish Centre from April 1-30 for names for sponsorship on the 2014 Portlaoise Lourdes Pilgrimage July 14-18. Applicants to include name address contact details and reason for application. If for medical reasons include doctors letter. Seats still available for other pilgrims €725 pp all in. For more see www.justsplit.com

Active Age

Singing rehearsals with Nuala Kelly for 10th Anniversary concert on April 23 open to each member. Come along each Wednesday 2-3pm sharp and ‘Air your vocals’! Usual meeting follows every Wednesday between 3-5 pm at the Parish Centre and will include a wide variety of activities and events. (The more you join in the fun the more you get out of it). Indoor Bowls every Monday at St Mary’s Hall 3-5 pm.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner when numbers were drawn on March 27. Nos: . The 6 match 3s won € 167 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.


Results March 20. Ten table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Margaret & Damien Nee,2nd Frances& Jim Delaney, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy.E/W 1st Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast, 2nd Mary Conroy & Josephine Hogan, Gross Ette Kennedy & Mary Conroy.

Results for March 24 . 11table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Hannagh Meade & Bridie Hourigan 2nd Jim Fingleton & Margaret Nee, Gross Molly & Michael O, Brien,3rd Ita Kennedy & Norma Ludden, 4th Troina Kavanagh & Anne Mulligan.E/W 1st Anne Phelan & Denis O’Leary, 2nd Rita Arrigan & Carmel Doorley,=Gross Anglea Hughes & Tom Handy, with Peter Conroy & Kathleen Rmsbottom,4th Mary Downey & Helen Williams.

The President’s Prize will be played for on Thursday, April 3 & Monday, April 7 with Dinner ad Presentation on Thursday, April 10.

The Heath Bridge

President’s Prize Results. Congrats to the president, Mrs Anne Mulligan,f or a very enjoyable season’s bridge including her president’s prize nights, dinner and prize presentations which were a great success. Results: 1st Phil Devaney & Lena Kelly, 2nd Norma Ludden & Mary Butler. Gross: Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary 3rd Tom Handy & Kathleen Hargroves 2nd Session:Caroline Delaney & Angela Hughes 1st Session: Nora Aldritt & Maureen O’Leary 4th Rita Arrigan & John Cushen 5th Kay Conroy & Ita Kennedy 6th Anne Doolan & Michael O’Brien 7th Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny 8th Celia Handy & Olive Power.


Organ Donor Awareness Week from Saturday March 29 to Saturday April 5. Volunteers from the Laois Kidney Association will distribute donor cards and selling small items to help raise funds for our local patients. Thank you in advance for your support. Further details contact Martin at 087-2535087.

Mens Sheds

Open at the Equestrian Centre on the Timahoe Road Tuesdays 11am-4pm & 7.30pm-10pm Thursdays 11am-4pm.

Wedding Bells

Congrats to Breda Ann Fitzpatrick and Johnathan Bennett who married in The Heath Church on Friday, March 14.

Heath Community Alert

Community Alert AGM on Thursday, April 4 at 8pm in the Church Hall.


Former staff of Grellan Delaney’s pub are invited to a 30th anniversary re-union party on Friday, May 2 at 8.30pm entertainment and refreshments. Contact Grellan/ Sinead for more details 087 2989446.

Kolbe School

Church gate collection in aid of the Kolbe School Portlaoise on Sat/Sun April 5-6.

The Heath Clean up

From April 7-11. Collection outside GAA grounds. Call 086 257 5996 or 087 237 2858.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Pauls Parish Centre. Call 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Mass in SSPeter and Pauls church on Tuesday 1st AprilMass at 7.30pm Celebrant Fr Aidan Carroll


Condolences to the family of the late Craig Kelly Gorman Cherrygrove, of Knockmay, Portlaoise who died on March 26. Deeply regretted by his loving parents, Michael Gorman and Fiona Kelly, siblings Aaron and Brandon, Cloe grandparents, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at Cherrygrove with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Suzanne MCALEER

Condolences to the family of the late Suzanne McAleer late of Oak Leaf, Knockmay, Portlaoise who died on March 20 last. Beloved mother of Devon and Sineád and much loved daughter of Julie and PJ. Deeply regretted by her loving sisters Philomena, Tracey and Chloe, brothers Trevor and PJ, extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest Portlaoise hospital. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for 12.30pm requiem mass. Interment afterwards.

Late Sr Breda WALL

Condolences to the family of the late Sr Breda Wall of Ashbrook Gardens, Mountrath Rd, Portlaoise, who died peacefully in the care of Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock. Daughter of the late William, sister of the late Justin, and loving daughter to Kathleen. Deeply regretted by her loving community, the Presentation Sisters. brothers Billy, Andrew, John, Pascal, and sister Majella, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at Shalom Nursing Home Chapel. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise. Requiem mass followed by burial in Baltinglass Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late James O’Sullivan, Beladd, Portlaoise, formerly of 45 Beladd and Athy. Former taxi driver and School of motoring instructor. Much loved brother of Gerry. Reposed at the Chapel of Rest at the Portlaoise Hospital. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.