In Portlaoise Catholic Paris begin wiht Penitential Service - Wednesday, Parish Church at 7:30pm. No evening Mass. Confessions. Holy Thursday-after 7:30pm Ceremony; Good Friday - after 7:30pm Ceremony. Holy Saturday - 10:30am - noon and from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper - Parish Church; 4pm & 7:30pm St Fintan’s; 4pm. Scoil Bhríde; 6:15pm The Heath; 8pm Ratheniska; 8pm. Adoration of the Blessed

Sacrament in the Parish Church until midnight.

Good Friday: “Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion”- Parish Church- 4pm & 7:30pm; Scoil Bhride; Outdoor Stations commencing at 3pm in Scoil Bhride and ending in the Parish Church; The Heath & Ratheniska -8pm; St. Fintan’s: Stations of the Cross-3pm. Prayer around the Cross at 9pm led by Portlaoise Parish Youth Group. Parish Church open until midnight for time of quiet prayer at foot of Cross.

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil - Parish Church 9pm. Easter Sunday: Masses in Parish Church, The Heath & Ratheniska as usual.


An outdoor Good Friday Stations of the Cross takes place from 3pm from Scoil Bhride, Knockmay. The stations will continue in the following order. Treo Nua Centre, The Green Oakleaf Place, Roselawn, Top of Harpers lane, Lake Glen, Top of O’Moore Place, Dunnes Stories, Cois na hAbhainn, Triogue Manor, Esker Hills, St Bridgids/Dr Murphy’s/Leisure Centre, St John’s Square, Parish Church (Final Station and Veneration of the Cross). The stations will continue in Scoil Bhride Hall for those not walking.


Holy Week services begin with worship all Portlaoise Parish Church of Ireland churches on Palm Sunday, 1 April: 9:30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, The Rock; 10:45am Morning Prayer at St Peter’s, Portlaoise; 12pm Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Ballyfin; evening service at St. Peter’s at 7pm. Additional services in Holy Week include: an 8pm service on Monday, 2 April in Ballyfin; an 8pm service on Wednesday, 4 April in The Rock; 8pm Holy Communion service in St Peter’s on Maundy Thursday (5 April) includes washing of feet.

On Good Friday, April 6, St Peter’s Church opens from 11am-60pm (11am-2pm-Lenten music and Bible readings is open for meditation and prayer). From 2-3pm a family service followed by silence for meditation and prayer from 3-4pm. At 4pm, a Good Friday film will be screened. Good Friday liturgy at 8pm in Ballyfin.

Easter Sunday Holy Communion services: 9:30am at The Rock; 10:45am at St. Peter’s; and 12noon at Ballyfin.


The pupils and staff of Kolbe Special School would like to invite you to join us in forming a ‘Circle of Friendship’ around the parish church in Portlaoise, to raise funds for our school. This event will take place on Thursday, March 29 after 10am Mass.


Volunteers for fundraising collections needed. Please contact Laois Domestic Abuse Service for further information, 057 8671100.


Midlands support group for adults who stammer meets Tuesday, April, Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise at 8pm. Organised by Irish Stammering Association, www.stammeringireland.ie.


President’s prize results. 1st Mary Claffey & Carmel Doorley 2nd Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Maura & Barry O’Callaghan. 1st Session Mary Ryan & Molly O’Brien 2nd Session Mai White & Nora Delaney 4th Celia Handy & Olive Power

5th Angela Hughes & Caroline Delaney 6th Catherine Reilly & Marian Mills 7th Phil Devaney & Lena Kelly 8th Nora Aldritt & Maureen O’Leary. Well done to all the prizewinners and many thanks to our president, Ann Phelan, for three very enjoyable nights. Bridge continues as usual until Easter.


Congratulations to all Foroige clubs who took part in St Patrick’s Day parades. Plans for this year’s sports day are well underway and the district council is very busy preparing a fun-filled day for everyone. More information to come. In the wake of Foroige’s 60th birthday last week, we would like to thank all volunteers and members for keeping our organisation going so strong. If you are interested in starting a Foroige club in your area please contact Bríd Canny on 086 2043599.


Hosted by the parents council of the Gaelscoile Portlaoise at Grellan Delaney’s pub, Main St, Portlaoise, on Thursday March 29 at 8.30pm.


As part of the National Donor Awareness week the Laois branch of the Irish Kidney Association are holding their annual fundraising week beginning on March 31, with street collection and culminating with church gate collection on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


In aid of DEBRA Ireland, (Charity for People with the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa - EB) on April 5 in Kavanagh’s Pub Portlaoise at 8.30pm. Contact David Gowing, 086 369 8522. Tables of four €10 per head.


The Laois-Offaly branch of the Retired Nurses Organisation will hold their AGM on Monday April 2 in the SIPTU offices Portlaoise at 3pm. The national president and the national secretary will attend. A large attendance is expected. Arrangements will be made for the national AGM in Wexford.


Results for Monday March 12. Team of four competition. Equal 1st team No.1 Dinah Campion & Paddy Conroy, Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast & team No.9 Ethel Culliton Frances Conroy, Mary Downe, Helen Williams. 3rd Team No.8 Ette Kennedy Mary Conroy, Meera Saxena, Suzanne Downes. 4th Anne Doolan & Sally Collins, Anne Mulligan & Triona Kavanagh. Thursday March 15. Six table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy 2nd Mary Conroy & Celeste Sweetman, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy. 1st Rita Arrigan and Mary Claffey, 2nd Dinah Campion and Jim Fingleton Gross Ita Ryder and Paddy Prebdergast. Monday March 19. Eight table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton, 2nd Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, Gross Maureen Fitzpatrick & Ann Mulcahey. E/w 1st Lena Kelly and Liz Scully, 2nd Brenda Scully & Tom Handy, GrossMaire Fennin & Dinah Campion.


Coffee morning & raffle in aid of Fatima Invalid Fund in Portlaoise Parish Centre Wednesday, March 28 after 10am Mass


There was no winner of the Portlao se Parish Lotto jackpot drawn on Thursday March 22. Numbers Drawn: 2,7,22,30. The 10 match 3s won €100 each. This week’ s jackpot €11,000.


Congratulations to the 247 boys and girls in Portlaoise Parish who received confirmation last Saturday.


Run - Jog - Walk in this year’s Mini Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Support in the Cuisle Centre. Sponsorship cards from the Cuisle Centre 057-8681492, transport to the marathon provided and a meal that evening provided. Starting April 4-5 – children and teenage workshops. For children and Teenagers with a parent newly diagnosed or bereaved by cancer. By app only. Contact Stella, Ann or Linda on (057) 8681492 Fax No.: (057) 8666515


U-10 & U 12 Training has recommenced on Sunday mornings at the GAA pitch, Rathleague 11.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome - the club also has U14, u16, minor and senior teams.


A parent and toddlerplay group every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon in the Methodist Church Hall, Railway St. Contact Lesa 085-7620874.


Parent & Toddler Group meet every Thursday in the Treo Nua Resource Centre. All mums, dads, child-minders are welcome to come along to meet others for a chat and a cuppa while the children play. Contact: 057-8686151.


Dick Coombes will talk on the arrival of the Great Spotted Woodpecker in Laois in the Parish Centre Portlaoise at 8pm on Wednesday, March 28. Dick is the coordinator for the Countryside Bird Survey in Ireland and anyone taking part in the survey or having a question is more than welcome. There is no charge. Walk in Emo Court on Sunday, April 1 meeting at the car park at 10am.


Wanted by St Vincent de Paul solid fuel cooker and good quality suite of furniture. Call 057-8660486.


Bus to Clonfert on Saturday, March 31 Bus leaves Portlaoise 8:45am. Contact Eileen 059-8625215/059-8625902.


Portlaoise GAA club is celebrating the 125th anniversary with a dinner dance on Easter Sunday, April 8 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Music from Damien Bowe Tickets €30 available from Imelda 086 602 3965, or Catherine 086 378 1727.


New members are invited to Clonad Juvenile Hurling and Camogie Clubs. Training commences on March 25. Contacts: U6-Kevin Grace 085 8001744; U8-Liam Ahern 086 1564018; U10 Padraig Goode-087 9559912; U12 David O’Brien 086 3840089; U14 Pat Cahill 086 2770097; U16 John Bergin 086 8459964.

Camoige contacts: Chairman Fint Duff 087 6771707; Team Sec - Mary Cotter 087 3841392. All welcome.


Condolences to the family of the late John O’Brien of 15 New Road. Removal from his residence on Sunday March 25 to arrive in The Parish Church for 12.30pm Requiem Mass. Burial in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Irish Youth Chamber Choir, 8pm on Saturday, March 31 at St Peter’s Church, Market Square, Coote St. Tickets €12 (€10 concessions) available from the Dunamaise on 057 866 3355 or via www.dunamaise.ie.


Classes in traditional shotokan karate every Monday and Thursday in the Bantile hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. Kids/juniors class 7-8, seniors/adults 8-9 . For more details contact Richard O’Brien 2nd Dan (WKSA) on 0868728809. Ladies self defence course commencing Wednesday March 7, 7.30-8.30 pm, for further information/enrolement contact Richard O’Brien, 2nd Dan WKSA, 0868728809


Storytelling for toddlers, Tuesday 11am, knitting Group, Wednesday 11am-1pm, Ciorcal Comhrá, Wednesday 5.15pm-6.30pm, Come along for a chat and use your ‘cúpla focal’, all levels welcome. Children’s Easter Craft, Thursday April 5, 4pm. Booking Essential. Phone 8622333. Easter Egg Hunt for all primary school borrowers ongoing from April 3 - April 14. Next Bookclub meeting Wednesday April 4, 6.30pm-7.30pm. The library is also exhibiting the prizewinning work of Scoil Chríost Rí students for the Laois Heritage Project on the old Portlaoise Convent.