Portlaoise news

ARA Portlaoise

ARA Portlaoise

For the past 10 years our group have been known as 50+Active Age. As we are affiliated to HQ Active Retirement Ireland our future Header will now be known as Active Retired Association. Portlaoise. Thank you for your support. (Peter O’Shea PRO)

Wednesday, June 11 Fun Activities Day with Shiela Duff. Wednesday, June 18 Dancing with Maureen Culliton. Wednesday, June 25 Summer Walk and Special Picnic Day at Emo Estate. This will be our last meeting before Summer Break. Also do not forget our usual Monday bowling at St. Mary’s Hall from 3 - 4.30pm. More details. Phone Andy 057-8621571.

Lions Club Book Sale

Portlaoise Lions Club book sale will take place on Friday & Saturday, June 20-21 in Tesco Shopping Centre from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm each day. Proceeds in aid of local charities. Book donations gratefully received each day.


Will all those travelling from with the Portlaoise small group to Lourdes from July 1-6 ensure that they have a valid passport and E1.11 form which can be obtained from the HSE free of charge. Info 057 8622458

Library News

Author Alan Nolan visited Portlaoise Library to Launch the Summer Reading Challenge this week. He was terribly impressed with the fancy dress costumes of students from Maryborough National School and Scoil Mhuire Primary School who dressed up as mythical creatures to represent the theme of this year’ s challenge ‘Mythical Maze’. All were determined to complete the challenge by reading six books this summer. Alan will return later in the summer to do comic drawing workshops in Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Rathdowney Libraries.

Knitting Group meet on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm in Portlaoise Library. There is no charge and all levels are welcome to come along to knit and chat.

Ciorcal Comhrá meet each Wednesday from 5.15pm-6.30pm.

FreeTrade Ireland provide a free public service to allow you to pass-on or pick-up items through their website to help your pocket and the environment. They will provide a demonstration of the service in Portlaoise Library 18th June, 12pm-1pm


We had our last meeting before the summer and we will be back the first Wednesday in September. The walk for the cuisle centre is on the 15th June and all members are urged to attend as a guild! We had a speaker from the Lancôme counter in boots and she was a huge hit! Thank you Debbie! Thank you to all the ladies for the last 10 months! It has been great and hope to see you all in September along with some new members. Lastly we would like to express our deepest regret and sorrow at the passing of a wonderful woman, Kathleen Gorman. She helped set up our guild many years ago and was a huge encouragement in everything we did. We are shocked and devastated by her passing and would like to sympathise with her family and friends. She will never be forgotten and we will miss her dearly.

Learning through play

Aistear helps children to learn creatively through play. A free workshop on the programme takes place on in the Laois Education Centre on Wednesday, June 11 7pm-8.30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book contact 057 867 2400 or e-mail yvonne@laoisedcentre.ie

Youth Cafe

Is your child bored? If they are between the ages of 10 - 12 years, drop them down to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe only €1 entry on Thursday evenings 4- 6pm or Saturday 3 - 5pm. Staff & volunteers are fully trained in child protection and are Garda vetted. Volunteer leaders needed. Child Protection training provided. Queries to Miriam 057 866 5050 or e-mail laoisyouth@gmail.com

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on June 5. Winning nos:17,19,23,29. The 14 match 3s won €72 each. This week’s jackpot is €11,000.

Mens Sheds

Portlaoise Men’s Sheds at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesday 11am-4pm and 7.30pm-10pm. Also Thursday 11am-4pm.

Summer arts for Kids

The Arts Office, Laois County Council announce a fun packed arts programme for children and young people running in the county this year. In Portlaoise in St Francis School from July 22-24 July artist Conor Brennan will run fun art workshop for children aged 7 to 12. During the same week in St Francis budding young writers aged 12 to 15 will get the opportunity to explore creative writing with writer Jean O’Brien. All workshops cost €20. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Call 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

Portlaoise Pioneers

Presentation of medals takes place on Friday, June 27 during 7.30pm mass in the Parish Centre.ioneers in Portlaoise and beyond welcome.


The Portlaoise Toastmasters public speaking club meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members always welcome.

Charity Concert

Featuring Francis Black and the Roscommon Solstice Choir takes place on June 15 at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise. Tickets €10 in aid of Portlaoise St Vincent De Paul and the Rise Foundation.

Shaen raffle

Draw will take place in Portarlington on Friday August 29 in aid Shaen Hospital. Contact Seamus Meaney 089 443 3818 or Breda Cooley 086 881 2228

LATE William Conroy

Condolences to the family of the late William (Billy) Conroy of Lamberton, Portlaoise, formerly Beechfield Hse. Mountmellick Rd., Portlaoise who died peacefully in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise on June 4 after a short illness. Predeceased by his loving wife Eithne, nee O’ Byrne, his sisters Connie and Molly, and brothers Jim, Paddy and Ted. Deeply regretted by his sister Chris, his brothers Sean and Dan, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his brother Sean’s residence in Lamberton. Removal to the Church of the Holy Cross Ratheniska at 11.50am on Friday morning for Requiem mass as 12 noon. Burial following Mass in the adjoining cemetery.

Late Alfie LEWIS

Condolences to the family of the late Alfie Lewis of Forest Lodge, Shaen, Portlaoise who died peacefully after a long illness on May 31 in the devoted care of the staff of The Hermitage Clinic, surrounded by his loving family. Devoted husband of Kathleen, and much loved father to Anne, Jimmy, Alison, Gillian, and Emma. Also regretted by extended family, relatives and many friends. Reposed at his residence. Funeral service in St Peter’s Church followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise. Donations if desired to the Cuisle Centre.

Late John KELLY

Condolences to the family of the late John Kelly of 22 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, who died on Saturdy, May 31. Reposed at 69 Hillview Drive, Knockmay. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Gertrude Quirke

Condolences to the family of the late Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Quirke (nee Dunne) of Inchicore, Dublin, and formerly of Clonad, Portlaoise who died on June 1. Beloved wife of William and much loved mother of Anne, Mary, Kevin and Noel; she will be sadly missed by her sister Nora, brothers Mick, Leo and Christy extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at Massey Bros Funeral Home, Inchicore. Removal for funeral mass to St. Michael’s Church, Inchicore. Burial in Palmerstown Cemetery.

Parish Bereavment

Confidential help for those who have lost loved ones. Call 087 987 300