Portarlington Neww



Enrolment forms for Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Eoin, Killenard, available from Tuesday, January 7.

Goal mile

Create a family memory attend a GOAL mile event which starts at 11am and finishes 11.30am on Christmas Day Portarlington GAA Club. Run, walk or jog while the turkey cooks. No registration required. Donate at gate. Just turn up.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee for further details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722. €150 discount if paid by Dec 13. €100 if paid by February 3.

Marathon Champ

Congratulations to Bernard Weldon who completed his third Dublin City Marathon in October and this year he ran for the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice who provides respite and palliative care services to children living with a life-limiting condition.

He raised €835.00 and he would like to thank all who gave generously for this very worthy cause.

St Vincent de Paul Appeal

We are looking for any items you may have for our Main Street shop. At this time of year we appeal for toys in good condition that your children may be finished with. These toys will go to needy families or can also be sold in our shop. Also looking for clothing, shoes, furniture etc.

Thanks to everyone who continue to support us in any way. It is much appreciated.

Emigrants Newsletter

The Emigrants Newsletter is available in the following shops: Centra Kilmalogue & Station Rd, Burbages Supermarket, Fletchers newsagent, Central Stores, Treacy’s Garage, Slevin’s Bracklone St, the Post Office and the Parish Office. Price €3.

Carol Service/Nativity Play

A carol service a nativity play will take place in St Michael’s Church Portarlington on Friday December 20 at 7.30pm. For more information contact Sinead Dunne at 087 9062942.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo. December 23 Music by Kildare’s Twice Shy, December 30 Blacklace. Adm only €5. Watch out for a great line up in 2014. Thanks to all who support us every week.

We look forward to your continued support in the New Year. Happy Christmas to all. 

Library News

For the Christmas holiday period the library will close at 1pm on Saturday December 21 and will re-open at 1pm on Tuesday December 31. Portarlington Library would like to wish all our patrons a merry Christmas and a happy New Year in 2014, where we look forward to a new phase of the library’s development in the town.


It was with deep sadness that the people of Portarlington heard of the death of Liam Fallon formerly of 42, St Michael’s Park who died in Bermingham on November 30. Liam was a son of the late Johnny and Lizzie Fallon. Liam will be sadly missed by his wife Marion (nee Maher) daughter of the late Paddy and Kitty Maher Bracklone St. Also his sons Trevor, Vernon and Griffin, his daughter Jessica and his loving grandchildren. Liam came from a large family, his brothers Sean, Paddy, Tommy, Georgie, Paul, Brendan and Kevin and his sisters Margaret, Patricia, Bridget, May and Martina. His extended family and friends. Liam will be remembered along with his brothers for their great talent at basketball in the town. Funeral took place in Bermingham on Monday December 9.

May Liam rest in peace.


Booking is now available for the annual Courtwood GAA club weekend away which takes place this year on the second weekend of May.

This year’s destination is Killarney, Co Kerry and accommodation will be in the 4 star Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. Tour coach will leave Ballybrittas at 10.30am sharp on Friday May 9.

The package includes two nights’ B&B, a four course evening meal from the a la carte menu in one of the hotel’s three restaurants plus three days coach hire. Also included in the trip will be a trip to Dingle on the Saturday. The total cost of this package is €175. 

The trip is limited to 50 persons and names are now being taken. A non-refundable deposit of €50 per person is payable by February 14 with a second instalment of €50 payable by Friday March 28. The balance can be paid on the weekend of the trip.

Contact Enda O’Connor on 086 8190789, Niall Murphy 087 6170899 or Damien Behan on 085 7881916 for further details.


The adjourned AGM of Courtwood GAA club will be held this Wednesday December 18 at 8pm sharp. All are welcome.  


The annual St Stephen’s Day charity game in Courtwood GAA Club will feature the Laois/Courtwood over 25 selection against a Laois/Courtwood under 25 selection.

There will also be a few guest appearances from neighbouring clubs with a sprinkling of current and former county players also expected to line out. A large sum was raised for charity last year, weather permitting. It is hoped that this year’s game will be every bit as successful and no doubt entertaining. All are welcome along to Courtwood GAA grounds from 11.30am onwards.

Ossory Cycling Club

OCC is a newly formed cycling club in Laois. We are now into our third year as a club. We cater for both leisure and the more competitive cyclist. Our aim is to promote cycling in Laois and surrounding areas. We currently have cyclist from both Tipperary and Kilkenny.

If you are interested in joining our club feel free to join us on Sunday mornings from the Square Rathdowney starting at 10am sharp. For more information contact Seamus Kavanagh club chairman on 087 6446792.

Port GAA Lotto Results

Results for December 10. Jackpot €2,900. No winner. Numbers 6-10-14-17.

€50 went to Liz Whelan c/o Joe Whelan and Steffi c/o Terry Lawlor. €25 each to Diana Murphy c/o M Fallon and Caoimhe Coffey c/o Cathal Ryan. Promoters prize to M Tynan. Jackpot next week €3,000.

Gracefield Lotto

Results for December 9. Jackpot €4,800. No winner. Number 15-6-2-5. €50 went to the following: G and A England c/o L Corcoran, Ann O’Neill c/o D Dooley, Jean Costello c/o J Costello, Cathal Keegan c/o P Keegan and Paula Nolan c/o J Mulligan.

Promoter’s prize went to Padraig Maher. Christmas bonus draw of €30 went to the following: Antoinette Comerford c/o Ann O’Brien, Pat Keegan c/o P Keegan, Eric Kenahan c/o M Curtayne and Peter Hunes c/o P Hynes. Jackpot next week €5,000.