NCBI shop

NCBI shop

The new NCBI shop has had a thorough re-vamp and looks really well, thanks to the efforts of Paddy Byrne, Area Manager, Stephanie McEvoy, manager and her six volunteers. On Friday August 14, we will celebrate these improvements. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. A feature of this event will be the draw for a signed pair of Katie Taylor’s boxing gloves. Raffle tickets are available in the shop and elsewhere in the town – a chance not to be missed! We urge you to give your donations of clothing, household linen, bric a brac and unwanted gifts to registered charity shops, such as NCBI. Our charity has been helping blind and vision impaired people for about eighty-five years and is highly respected.


Deepest Sympathy to the Murphy family on the death of Edward (Ned) Murphy Shandra who passed away on Friday July 24. Ned will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lil, his sons Martin, Eddie, Anthony, Kieran, Kenneth & Ronan, daughters Maureen (Grumbley) & Louise (McEvoy), sisters Nellie & Ann, grand-children, his extended family, neighbours & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday July 26 in St. Michaels Church with burial after in St. Michaels Cemetery. May Ned rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy to the Glover & McCann families on the recent death in England of Peter Glover. Peter will be sadly missed by his loving wife Teresa (nee McCann, formerly Bracklone St), sons David & Stephen & daughter Ann-Marie, his grandchildren, extended family & friends. May Peter rest in Peace.

Class of 1995

To mark 20 years since leaving school, a reunion of the class of 1995 from both Scoil Mhuire and St Joseph’s CBS Portarlington is being held in The Anvil Inn on Friday September 11 from 9pm until late. We hope to see you all there for what’s sure to be a great night.


Portarlington Arts & Heritage Group are delighted to announce that the Lea Castle Interim Conservation Report will be officially launched in the Heritage Hotel Killenard on Tuesday August 25 at 8pm as part of Heritage Week 2015. The launch will be performed by Dr Kieran O’Connor of NUI Galway and will be followed by a talk and slide show on Lea castle by Dr Karen Dempsey. Copies of the report will be available to purchase on the night. All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be provided. The group gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of this event by the Heritage Hotel, Killenard.


To mark Heritage Week 2015 Portarlington Arts & Heritage Group have organised production of ‘Saluting the Brave’ , an evening of music, drama, song and dance depicting the story of two young soldiers from Portarlington going to war in 1914. The show is produced and directed by local musician Emer Dunne and features traditional music group Emer Dunne & Drua and the Portarlington Drama Group. The story is told through the medium of familiar songs such as “It’s a Long way to Tipperary” and with actors, narration, dance and audio visual effects.

The show takes place on Saturday August 29 commencing at 8pm sharp in the old Convent , Patrick Street, by kind permission of Fr. Dooley. A directory of men from Portarlington killed in the Great War will also be launched on the night. Admission is €10 and tickets are available from committee members or at the door on the night. This event is kindly supported by Laois Co. Council.

Port Speakers

Portarlington Speakers will be launching a new Speech Craft Programme to appeal to a very wide audience including third level students wanting to prepare for their first college presentations. Anyone wishing to return to the workplace, and those wishing to enhance their career skills. See Facebook, MeetUp or www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org/


There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of The Lisa Bracken Foundation on Saturday August 15. Please drop all items between 10am—1pm at the green in Arlington Estate, Portarlington, Co. Laois. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts, soft toys. Wearable clothes will be recycled & reused & other items will be recycled for items such as industrial wipes or soundproofing. Laptops must be intact with lead, also mobile phones are accepted, but please keep them separate. No household Bric a Brac. If you cannot make it on the day please contact Patrick at 085-1095423 before August 8.


Laois MABS Drop in Service on Friday July 31 from 9.30am – 1pm in Portarlington Community Centre – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. This service will run on the last Friday of each month. For further information please ring 0761 072620.


A fun day will be held in the Community Centre Portarlington on Saturday August 22 from 10am to 2pm in aid of Our Ladies Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Anya is looking for some spot prizes for the raffle and there are some stall places still available at a cost of €10. If you can help her out please contact 086-1599438.

Emo Market

Emo House Farmers Market and Craft Fair every Sunday From 10.30am to 4.30pm. For further information please contact 087 2638140.

Family Day

The Portarlington Lion’s Club family fun day which was due to take place on July 26 was cancelled due to the bad weather.

Portarlington GAA

No jackpot winner. Numbers Drawn 06,26,31,32 €50 winners Linda Mooney c/o Ter Lawlor and M Higgins c/o Rose McCann €25 winners Sophie Costello c/o M Fallon and Mary Ryan c/o Cathal Ryan. Jackpot next week €5,000. The Port GAA Golf Classic will take place in Portarlington Golf Club on August21. Entry fee is €100 per team of 4 . There will be prizes for non GUI and GUI handicaps. Contact Kieran Leavy at 087 202 7124 or Adrainne at 086 826 7808. SFC Rd 1 August 7 Portarlington Vs Mountmellick O’Moore Park at 19.45 more fixtures in Express Sport

Facebook page (Portarlington GAA Club) Twitter @PortGAA or www.clgportarlington.com


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annex (opposite St Michael’s Church) Portarlington. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126, www.grow.ie, infoline 1890 474 474.

Raffle for Shaen

Tickets for draw on August 28 in Portarlington in aid of Shaen Hospital, the Cuisle Centre and the Mental Health Asociation on August 28 in Portarlington. Tickets €2 from Seamus Meaney, Breda Cooley or at the Cuisle Centre.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. July 27, The Kelly Family. Come along for a great night out. Admission €7.All welcome.

Emo Court free tour

A talk on the life and times of CD Cholmely Harrison, by Ray Murphy, takes place on August 22 and 30 in Emo Court, with free admission on Sunday August 23 & 30, for National Heritage Week.

Arthritis Ireland

We wish to introduce ourselves as a new group in the Laois Area. We are trying to create awareness of our group within the county so as to benefit all those with Arthritis / Fibromyalgia and other Arthritic conditions, their families and/or carers.

We have a new friendly strolling group that meet each Wednesday at Portlaoise Leisure Centre / Swimming Pool from 7-8 pm. It’s a social weekly meet-up for a gentle stroll and a chat for any persons, any age, with Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or any such conditions.

Come along & give it a try? We look forward to meeting you. Laois Branch Committee.

Contact Persons: Caroline Cahill or Anne Delaney @ Phone: 089- 2525344.