Portlaoise news

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Downtown Portlaoise are holding a Pub Quiz on the November 27 in The Lethean, followed by a Comedy Night on the November 28 in Kavanagh’s, in order to raise some much-needed funds for this year’s Christmas lights. They would be grateful if business could donate any prize for our 2 raffles. The prizes donated will be divided between the 2 nights. Please contact Mary (086 8116784) or portlaoiseretail@gmail.com


A wreath laying and prayer service cermony takes place on Sunday November 9 at 12 noon at the Millview Memorial Park Portlaoise to commemorate the war dead. The town’s St Joseph’s Accordian Band will parade on the day. Also present will be Post 27 United Nations Veterans’ Association. A plaque will be unveiled also. All are welcome.

Safe Cycling

Childrens Safe Cycling Academy underway at the Sacred Heart Primary School from 10am-12noon aon Saturdays. Contact John 087 2453403 e cyclesafe@wheelsense.ie

Fatima Pilgrimage

Bookings being taken for Pilgrimage to Fatima June 18-25. Seven nights full board €749 pps (insurace extra €25 single room extra €175).

Departing Dublin to Lisbon stay at the Hotel Avenida. €150 discount if paid in full by December 12. €100 discount if paid in full by February 2. Spiritual director Msgr John Byrne PP with Fr Jimmy O’Reilly & Fr Thomas O’Reilly. Contact Maura O’Brien 057 866 1601 or 086 334 4722.

Mens Sheds

As part of the Irish Times / Pfizer Healthy Towns project the Portlaoise Men’s shed will be hosting free men’s health checks in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation on Tuesday 28 from 9am to 5pm at Portlaoise Equestrian centre. Limited availability contact 086-2624092. Portlaoise Mens Shed in conjunction with Laois County Council host an art workshop every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Sketching and painting by local artist Conor Brennan.


Once a month during the winter, a group of Laois volunteers spend Sunday morning at the Durrow Curragh in the south of the county recording bird numbers as part of the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (IWeBS). At the next meeting of the Laois branch of BirdWatchIreland at the Portlaoise Parish Centre on Tuesday 28 October at 8pm, wetland bird expert Helen Boland will speak about IWeBS, and also about the International Swan Census this year. Talk is open to all with an interest in wildlife. Entry free but contributions welcome.

On Sunday 2 November we will have an outing to the East Coast Nature Reserve at Blackditch, Co Wicklow. Again, all are welcome. Meet at County Hall, Portlaoise, at 9am.

Library Events

Halloween children’s storytelling in Portlaoise Library with Simone Schuemmelfeder on Thursday, October 30 @ 11.30am-12.30pm All are welcome contact library on 057 8622333.

Talk on Dyslexia. Harriet Doig, Information Officer with Dyslexia Association of Ireland , will be holding a talk in Portlaoise Library on encouraging children with dyslexia to read. The talk will take place on Thursday, November 20 at 6.30pm. Topics include understanding dyslexia , the benefits of reading for pleasure, good fiction for primary school children with dyslexia, Children’s books about dyslexia, paired reading and use of technology including screen readers, audio books and ebooks. Booking essential, to book your place, you can contact Portlaoise Library on 057 8622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie

Children’s Bookclub in Portlaoise Library Friday afternoons at 3.30-4.15pm club meet every fortnight, 8-10 year olds and 11-12 yr olds group. Free storytelling workshop with children’s author Liz Weir in Portlaoise Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am-4pm. Application form in library. Booking is essential. Includes a children’s story time from 3pm-4pm for 3-9yr olds. Adult book club now taking names. Contact the library for more details on all the above events on 057 8622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie

REtired civil & public servant

A meeting will be held from 11am-1pm on Tuesday, October 28 in the Portlaoise Parish Centre with a view to setting up a Laois Branch of the Retired Civil & Public Servants Association. All retirees invited including Eircom, An Post, Coillte etc. Support needed to prevent further cuts to pensions and to have pensions restored to former level.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Monday, October 13: 8.5 table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton, 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, gross Maureen O’Leary & Noreen Kilkenny. E/W Angela Hughes & Tom Handy, 2nd Maura & Barry O Callaghan, gross Celeste Sweetman & Damien Nee. Rsults for Thursday, October 16 Nine table Mitchell movement: N/S 1st Margaret & Damien Nee, 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, gross Denis O’Leary & Jim Delaney. E/W 1st Anne Doolan & Jim Fingleton, 2nd Ita Ryder & Paddy Prenderast, gross Frances Delaney & Kathleen Ramsbottom.

Bridge sessions are played every Monday and Thursday evening, in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy from at 7.30pm.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto Draw Results for Thursday, October 23 . Numbers : 14,15,19,23. The 12 match 3s won €84 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Heritage Society

Laois Heritage Society Lecture Series Autumn/Winter meetings take place at The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Free Admission to all lectures and all are welcome. November 20, 8.30pm: ‘How Laois Won the All-Ireland Hurling Championship of 1915’ by Paul Rouse. December 11 8.30pm: Music in Maryborough 1900 – 1950’ by John Dunne.

Table Quiz

Portlaoise Youth Cafe are holding their annual table quiz in Grellan Delaney’s, Main St, Portlaoise at 8pm on Wednesday, October 29. A table of 4 is €20. Excellent spot prizes to be won on the night.

Science Week

Award-winning science writer and broadcaster, Mary Mulvihill of ‘Ingenious Ireland’ will speak in Portlaoise Library on November 12. Mary runs popular science walking tours of Dublin, writes a science columnist for The Irish Times.

Birdwatch talk

Birdwatch Ireland (BWI) Laois Branch Talk - I-WeBS and the Swan Census, by Helen Boland (BWI).Tuesday October 28, Parish Centre, Portlaoise, 8pm.


The next meeting of Toastmasters takes place on Monday, November 10 at 8pm takes place in the Killeshin. Guests are welcome.

Grow support

GROW Community Mental Health Movement will hold support group meeting on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Triogue Centre, Bridge Street, Portlaoise. All welcome. Call John 086 8033126.


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, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. For info contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Parish REtreat

Portlaoise Parish annual retreat takes place in Mount St Anne’s on Sunday, November 23 10am-4pm. Cost includes lunch. Transport €10 extra if needed. Call Kathleen 057 8621602

Late Kevin Graham

Condolences to the family of the late Kevin Graham of Ballydavis North, Portlaoise, who died on October 18 peacefully at home. Much loved father of Caroline (Dunphy), Enda, Kevin, Anthony, Brian, Diarmuid, Sinead and his good friend Julie. Deeply extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in Ss Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Holy souls

Feast of the Holy Souls all night vigil starts after evening mass on Sat, Nov 1 to before 8.30am Mass on Sun, Nov 2.