Portlaoise News

Cemetery collection

Cemetery collection

Portlaoise Cemetery Committee’s annual church gate collection will take place next Saturday and Sunday, February 21 & 22. Your support for the Committee’s ongoing work would be deeply appreciated.


Lenten collection boxes available at church poarches or in Parish centre. Cup of tea and hot cross buns in the Parish Centre each Friday after 10am mass during lent. Poceeds to Trócaire.

Railway talk

Local historian and former school principal, Niall McElwaine, will give a talk titled General History of Ireland’s Railways in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, March 19 at 8pm. It is the first talk in the spring series of lectures organised by Laois Heritage Society. It promises to be a very interesting evening and all are welcome.

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Community lotto draw results for Thursday, March 12. Nos: 01,12,19,22. No jackpot winner. The 9 Match 3s won €112 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Portlaoise Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of St Peter & St Pauls Parish Church from Friday, July 17 until Thursday, July 23 for 6 nights in the Hotel Astoria. Fare fully inclusive is €699 pps and a (single supplement is 180 euro extra). €100 deposit (non refundable) can be paid to justsplit.com formerly Airboran Travel. Spiritual director is Fr Paddy Byrne. See Justsplit.com -057-86-21226 or Mr Sean O’Leary at 086-3633785 or Mrs Frances Doheny at 085 8142666.

Library News

Knitting group, Wednesday morning, 11am-1pm. Bring your knitting along to the library to chat over a cuppa. All welcome.

Ciorcal Cómhrá, Wednesday 5.15pm-6.30pm. Informal conversation group, people with all levels of Irish welcome.

‘Cracking the College Code’ by Catherine O’Connor. Thursday, March 19 11.45am This talk is aimed to empower and prepare students by informing them about the many issues that influence success in the first year of study after the Leaving Certificate. May also be of interest to parents. All welcome.

Easter Craft, Thursday, April 2, 4pm, 6-9 years, Free of charge but booking essential.

Sing for joy

The Sing for Joy choir will present a repertoire of songs in the Parish Centre at 11am on Wednesday, March 18. All are welcome to the performance and sing-along. Contact Maureen Culleton 087-6482038.

Active Retired

Upcoming events: Wednesday March 18 - St Patrick’s Celebrations including Cabaret and Irish dancing with Maureen. Enjoy the craic dressed in your best green outfit; Wednesday, March 25 - Fashion Show for ladies & gents with Ann. Bowling as usual every Monday from 3 - 5 pm at St Mary’s Hall.

Fatima Fund

The Fatima invalid fund annual coffee morning and cake sale in the parish centre after the 10am mass on Tuesday, March 31. All baked donations to Maura O’Brien on 086 3344722 tea coffee and cakes served. Come along, bring a friend, sit, sup and socialise.


Camogie training on the astro turf at leisure centre from u8 to u14 on Saturday 1-2pm. All new members welcome.

Table quiz fundraiser for the Camoige club on Thursday, March 26 at 9pm in Ryan’s Pub, table of four €40. Can all parents bring a team on the night as this is an essential fundraiser.

Ladies GAA

Registration Days for 2015 will be held on Sunday March 22 and Sunday March 29 in Rathleague at 11am to 12pm for all players. Easy Pay facility available on both days. New members welcome all ages. Any queries contact any committee member.

Training for U8s & U10s on Sunday mornings in St Mary’s Hall 11-12. Bring gum shields and €2. Queries to Amanda 086 401 4538.


Our next meeting is on Monday, March 23 at 8pm in the Killeshin hotel. Guests are most welcome free gratis.

Dunamaise Community alert

Dunamaise Community Alert AGM in the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity under the Rock of Dunamaise on next Monday night March 23rd commencing at eight o’clock. Community alert has been in this area for much longer that most but is very important part of rural life today and the Community request that each house send at least one representative to the meeting.

James Fintan Lalor

This year’s James Fintan Lalor Autumn School will take place in the Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise on the October 9 & 10. Save the date. More details soon –check out www.jamesfintanlalor.ie

Dawn Mass

Easter Sunday, April 5 at 6am, Church of the Assumption, The Heath. Refreshments after in the adjoining hall in aid of the Cuisle Centre.

1916 Commemoration

Plans are underway for the commemoration next year of the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Laois. Laois County Council is asking the public around the county to submit ideas and plans for how the anniversary should be commemorated. Submissions or any other queries or comments on plans for ”Laois 2016” can be directed to: Catherine Casey, Ireland 2016 Co-Ordinator, Laois County Council, Portlaoise. Email ccasey@laoiscoco.ie, Phone 057-866 4129 www.laois.ie/heritage. The closing date for submissions is March 20.

Heath Bridge Club

Results March 4: 1st NS Eileen & Jim Fingleton EW Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley, 2nd NS Celia Handy & Olive Power, EW Rita Arrigan & Anne Mulligan. Gross NS Meera Saxena & Mary J Ryan, EW Breeda Keating & Mary Mahon, Presidents Prize (Mary Killeen) on March 18 & 25.

Late John Coughlan

Condolences to the family of the late John Coughlan, ‘Curragha’, Mountrath Rd, Portlaoise late of Lorrha, Co Tipperary formerly Coughlan Concrete and Portlaoise Credit Union founding member. John passed away on March 7 peacefully, surrounded by his family in the care of Drominin Nursing Home, Stradbally. Beloved husband of Phil and father to David, Stephanie (Lewis), Pauline (Mahoney), Bernadette (Rigney) he is also deeply regretted by brother Jim, sister Bridie (Darcy) extended family, relatives, many friends. Reposed at his residence with removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise for Requiem Mass followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.

Late Anna Clarke

Condolences to the family of the late Anna Clarke (née O’Mahony) Monkstown, Dublin & Portlaoise who died peacefully, at Blackrock Hospice on March 7. Deeply regretted by her husband Patrick, sister Noreen Savage, extended family, neighbours, relatives and friends. Reposed at Carnegie’s Funeral Home, Monkstown. Removal to St Patrick’s Church Monkstown for Funeral Mass. Cremation at Mount Jerome. Donations to Blackrock Hoispice.

Late Sheila HORAN

Condolences to the family of the late Sheila Horan, Grattan St, Portlaoise who died peacefully in the care of the staff of Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home. Deeply regretted by her loving, sister Margaret, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at The Chapel of Rest at Portlaoise hospital. Removal to St Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin for Requiem Mass. Burial in Ballyfin Cemetery.

Late Elizabeth Fleet

Condolences to the family of the late Elizabeth Fleet (nee Holohon) late of Limetree Ave. Kilminchy who died on March 7 peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Lily beloved wife of Frank and dearly loved mam to Ciara and Janet sister Mai, brothers John, Matt, and Thomas, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass followed by interment in the Heath Cemetery.