Brian Coogan and Mary Keating selling goods at the N.C.B.I. stand , at the Street Market on MainStreet ,during the French Festival on Saturday  .           Photo: Michael Scully .


Portarlington Drama Society is a local group of amateur actors that was formed last year. For our second production we are seeking a director from the Portarlington environs who wishes to direct a play (on a voluntary basis) to be produced in Portarlington in 2014. Please contact Sinead at 087 7615884 or Deirdre at 087 6311275 for further information.

Our Star Nicole

The people of Portarlington and surrounding areas would like to wish Nicole Turner the very best of luck in the World Dwarf Games in Michigan Usa. Nicole is one of the team members representing Ireland. Nicole will be competing in swimming, athletics, badminton, new age kurling, soccer, basketball, volleyball and hockey. We will keep you posted on how she does. Nicole and the team visited President Michael D. Higgins last Friday at Aras an Uachtarain. Best of luck to Nicole and her very proud family.

Well done Seodhna

Congratulations once again to Seodhna Hoey on another spectacular performance in the all Ireland under 16 hammer event. The Droughill sports Star had 4 personal best throws in competition and won the silver medal with a throw of 46.93 metres. Seodhna, a virtual novice in this event narrowly missed out on gold. She adds this medal to her silver in the all Ireland discus event two weeks ago. Earlier in the year Seodhna missed over three months training due to a knee injury. These recent achievements clearly show her determination and talent. Well done Seodhna. 

Gracefield Lotto

Results for July 22. Jackpot €3,600 No winner. Numbers 28-2-11-5. €50 went to the following: Nichola Donagher c/o G Murphy, Dan Hanlon, Bernie Hurley c/o S Slattery, John Kelly c/o J Kelly and PJ O Neill c/o M Colgan. Promoters prize Mick Gallagher. Jackpot next week €3,800.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Sarah Flanagan and John Paul McCormack on their marriage on Friday July 19 at St Michael’s Church Portarlington, with reception after in the Bridge House Hotel Tullamore. Wishing John Paul and Sarah many happy years together.

Portarlington GAA Club

Lotto results for week 31. Numbers 2, 11, 14, 17. Winner of €4,000 jackpot Michael Gallagher, Treascon. €50 Winners Jacko Murphy c/o Rose McCann and Julia Leavy c/o J Leavy. €25 winners John Lowry c/o Mary Lawlor and Mary Maher c/o Marie Fallon. Promoter prize to M Tynan.

O’Dempseys Gfc

Lotto results for July 22. Jackpot €3,800. Numbers 18-19-25-28. No winner of jackpot. Match 3 €200. Winner/promoter Sadie Hainsworth and Helen Whelehan.

Promoter prize Mick Aherne.

Next week’s jackpot €4,000. Get your ticket now.

St Michaels AC

Well done to John White who competed in the recent Laois county track and field championships. John was 1st in the men’s 400m and 2nd in the men’s 100m events.  Well done also to Derek Coogan who was 1st in the Cloneyhurke 10k and French Festival 5k. Olivia Sheerin was 1st in the French Festival 5k and 2nd in the recent Tullamore Harriers 5k. John Fenlon was 1st in the recent leg of the St Abbans league and 3rd in the recent Monasterevin 10k. Training every Tuesday evening at 7pm in Emo, new members always welcome. Contact Aidan at 087 6968844.


Gracefield soccer club would like to thank all who supported their recent Flag Day and also Supervalu for their continued support. Much appreciated.


Grow community mental health movement meets every Tuesday at 7pm in the Annex, Patrick St Portarlington, opposite St Michael’s Church. For more information contact John at 086 8033126.

Many Thanks

The Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank the Ryan family Marion Hill for their donation from proceeds collected at their beautiful carol singing. This is an annual event for the family, and they are very generous to many charities every year.

Blueberry Festival

Volunteers are needed for the Portarlington Blueberry Festival, which takes place September 2013. Please contact the Love Port office, Oriel House Main Street, at 085 8568801.

Special Needs

Every Sunday at 5.30pm there is a free swim for people with special needs at Portarlington Leisure Centre. 

This swim is sponsored by Portarlington Swimming Pool Association who continue to fundraise through their bingo night every Tuesday at 8pm at Portarlington GAA Centre.

Irish History Live

Free Heritage week event on Friday, August 23 3.30pm - 4.30pm. An interactive history show for children. Learn about American history from the conquistadores through to the emergence of the Wild West. Dress up as cowboys or indians and listen to interesting stories about life at that time. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Venue is Portarlington Library, Main St, Portarlington. Organiser is Laois Libraries, Adrian Dunne, scarroll@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8643751.

Tennis Club

Keep active this summer. Play tennis at a time that suits you. On joining our tennis club you receive an access fob for the club entrance gate.

Junior summer activities programme takes place every weekday afternoon during July and August. Free to all junior club members. Rackets and balls provided for our activities program.

Check out our website or ring 087 1231135/086 3937154 for further information. 

Adult beginners social tennis every Thursday morning at 10.30am. Followed by tea and coffee at 11.45am. Rackets and balls provided. Suitable footwear (runners or trainers) must be worn. No admission fee. Small children welcome.

Pride of Place

The results will be announced next November. Please keep on helping to keep Port a clean and a wonderful town to live in. If you would like to help in any way contact Portarlington Tidy Towns on their Facebook page, and also call to the PCDA/Love Port office in Oriel House Main Street. Contact no 085 8568801 or email info@portarlington.ie.

Moss Keane Charity Event

The Moss Keane charity golf challenge was held in the K Club on May 16. It attracted 50 four ball teams which took up both the Smurfit and Palmer courses. The centre of attention on the night was a reunion of the 1982 Triple Crown winning team which Moss played a big part in. Former international rugby legend Fergus Slattery conducted the auction which raised over €10,000. Moss’s daughter Sarah was presented with a cheque for €4,000 on the night. Matt Dunne would like to thank all those who supported the event.