Portarlington News

Spring Clean

Spring Clean

As part of this year’s spring clean, Portarlington Tidy Town’s are organising the cleaning of several areas in the town on Saturday April 5 from 10am which will be completed in two hours. The Tidy Town’s are asking people on the day to give an hour or two to help in this voluntary effort. Gloves, rubbish bags and a truck to transport the rubbish will be available on the day. If you wish to have your road or housing estate included in the clean up, please contact David Maher on 086 3475357.

Table Quiz

Kestrel’s Basketball Club are holding a table quiz next Friday April 4 at 8pm in the Thatch Bar in Killenard. All are welcome. Please come and support our club.


Sean Hyland will be ordained to the priesthood (Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin) on Sunday July 13 at 2pm in St. Michael’s Church. First mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated on Wednesday July 16 at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church.


LEAF will meet on Monday April 7 at 8pm in the Respond Mill Centre, behind Dunne’s Stores, Portlaoise on the Mountmellick Road. We are currently convening the People’s Energy Charter and will be reporting back on the meeting with officials at the Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources scheduled for April 2. Laois has also been selected as a pilot local authority for establishment of citizen participation measures in local government reform. We have a local government reform seminar on April 14 at 7pm in Treo Nua. As part of the reform process we must compile a list of environmental groups in the county. Please email details to infolaoisleaf@gmail.com or ring Theresa at 086 1590529. More details twww.laoisleaf.com or Laoisleaf on facebook, twitter and google+.

Fishing Season

The season is now well underway, with some excellent trout landed. PJ Lalor, Bracklone St, landed a superb trout of three and three quarter pounds. Some great bags of trout have been recorded over the opening two weeks. Tom Carey had six fish to one pound, which were all returned safely and Adrian Ward had ten trout on opening day, and repeated the feat the following day. Permits are now available from PJ Hyland, Main St Portalington, and Finlays Pub Bracklone St Portarlington. 

Table Quiz

Portarlington Lions Club annual table quiz takes place next Friday April 4 in Portarlington Golf Club at 8.30pm. All proceeds to local charities. Looking forward to your support.

Monster Draw for Meals on Wheels

Monster raffle for the Social Services/Meals on Wheels will take place on Wednesday April 16 at the senior citizens bingo in the Social Services Centre. A book of six tickets will only cost you €5. If you would like to buy some please contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne 087 4116101 or Jenny Champ Hendy 057 8623522, or contact Ronnie Ridgeway.

Bingo has returned every Wednesday night at 8.30pm in the Social Services Centre.


Meditation started last Monday March 24 from 7.30pm to 9pm in Portarlington Social Services Centre Link Rd, and each Monday after. For more information please contact Maureen 086 3620576 or email Carlow@ie.brahmakumaris.org. Also you can contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne 087 4116101.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Martha Frances Wyse (nee Grattan) who passed away on Thursday March 20 at her residence 1, Orchard Drive. Martha will be sadly missed by her loving husband Patrick, her sons, daughters, grandchildren and her extended family and friends. Martha was originally from Clonmel, Clonbullogue. Requiem mass took place in St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Martha rest in peace.


Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank St Michael’s AC and the Heritage Health Club Killenard for the cheque for €500 which was raised at the recent 5K run. A big thanks to all the runners and the sponsors.

Gracefield GAA

Lotto results for March 24. Jackpot €7,600. No winner. Numbers 27-22-1-26. €50 went to the following: Seamus Gorman c/o S Gorman, Noel Byrne c/o G Murphy, Donal Fingleton c/o T Bryan, Joe Flynn c/o M Colgan and Christy Bryan c/o C Bryan. Promoters prize went to Paddy Mulligan. Jackpot next week €7,800. Training, U16 Monday and Friday from  7 - 8pm. U14 Monday and Thursday from 7 - 8pm. U12 Monday and Thursday from 7 - 8pm. U10 Monday and Thursday from 7 - 8pm. U8/U6 Monday and Thursday  from 7 - 8pm. All underage hurling in the field on Wednesday from 7 - 8pm. All teams started back training on Monday March 31. New members welcome. If you need more information on registration please contact Breda 087 6391202.

Port GAA Club Lotto

Week 12. Numbers 11- 24-18-25. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Grace Llyod c/o P Dwyer and Jack Cunningham c/o footballers. €25 winners Aine Murphy c/o D Murphy Jnr and Kathleen/ Susan and Kathleen c/o bingo. Next week’s jackpot €4,300.

Port GAA Training

Training times for teams U6 Sundays 10.30am commencing April 6. U8 Sunday 10.30am (1 week only) reverting to weekday, notified by trainers and FB. U10 Sunday 10.30am (1 week only) reverting to weekday, notified by trainers and FB. U12 Wednesday 7- 8.30pm Sunday 11-12.30am. U14 Monday and Wednesday at 7.45pm to 8.45pm. U16 Monday and Friday at 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Minors Friday 6.30-8pm. Seniors Tuesday and Thursday 8pm to 9.30pm.

Stars in Their Eyes

Port GAA are looking for talented singers and those not so talented to contact the club if you are interested in this event. For more information contact 086 2712121 or portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com. Any Rihannas or James Arthurs out there?


Membership for 2014 for all members is now due. Family €60, adult €40 or child €25. Contact Janet Bennett (registrar), Niall Slevin (treasurer) or Adrainne McCarthy (secretary). For any queries contact the club at 086 2712121. Or email porportarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com.

Poker Classic

Portarlington GAA Good Friday 5 card draw poker classic. Entry fee €25, buy in €5, top up €10. Information and tickets from Joe Whelan or Cam McGettrick.

Easter Draw

St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke Easter draw takes place in Murphy’s Pub Cloneygowan on Saturday April 12. 1st prize two tickets to the Gareth Brooks concert, and numerous more prizes. Tickets €2 each or book of three €5. Contact Eddie Fitzpatrick.