Portlaoise News



Tuesday (Christmas Eve): Children’s Masses at 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Both of these Masses are mainly for the little people who have to get home to bed and be asleep early on Christmas Eve. We are aiming the 4.30pm at children who have not yet received First Holy Communion so up to 2nd Class. And the 6.30pm at children from 3rd class upwards. All are welcome.

Other Christmas eve masses: 7pm Mass in Scoil Bhríde, Knockmay; 9pm Our Solemn Mass for Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day: Parish Church 8.30am, 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm; The Heath 9.30am; Ratheniska 10am.

Confessions for Christmas

Penitential Services The Heath , Thursday, December 19 7pm; Parish Church, Friday, December 20 7.30pm

Confessions: Parish Church Saturday, December 21 after 10am Mass to 12 noon; Monday, December 23 after 10am Mass to 12 noon and 7 to 8pm; Tuesday, December 24 after 10 am Mass to 1pm.

Advent prayer

Night prayers for 15 minutes every evening during advent at 7.30pm at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Church. Sunday evening prayer and benediction every Sunday from 6pm.


Wednesday 18 December: 10.30 Maryborough School Christmas Service; 7 pm Ballyfin Carol Service at St Fintan’s (RC)

Sunday 22 December: 9.30am The Rock Carol Service; 10.45am Portlaoise Holy Commnion; 12noon Ballyfin Morning Prayer and Carols; 7pm Portlaoise Christmas Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve: 4pm Portlaoise Crib Service (come dressed as a nativity character); 11.30pm Portlaoise Midnight Mass

Christmas Day: 9.30am The Rock Holy Communion; 10.45am Portlaoise Family Communion; 12 noon Ballyfin Holy Communion.

Battle of D’Town

Portlaoise Shamrocks V Towerhill ROvers. Charity soccer match, St Stephens day 11am, St Fintans Hospital, Portlaoise. All proceeds to Pieta house, suicide and self harm awareness charity. Support greatly appreciated.

Parish lotto

There was no winner of the jackpot on December 12. Nos: 15,16,18,29. The 11 match 3s won €91. Next week’s jackpot is €20,000. Final draw of year on December 19. First draw 2014 on January 2.

The Heath IFA

The Heath IFA branch held their Agm on December 10. The meeting was well attended. Guest speaker - Joe Burke from Bord Bia who gave a detailed report on markets for beef and sheep for 2014. Both John Treacy and Gearoid Booth were re-elected as chairman and secretary respectively. The election for President and vice president of the IFA took place with over 50 members voting.


Results for December 4: N/S 1st Breeda Keating & Mary Mahon 2nd Kathleen Hargroves & Dan Cooke. Gross Maura & Barry O’Callaghan 3rd Marian Mills & Catherine Reilly. E/W 1st Mary J Ryan & Meera Saxena 2nd Teresa Fitzgerald & Denis O’Leary. Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Mary Downey & Brenda Scully. Christmas Competition December 11. N/S 1st Maura & Barry O’Callaghan 2nd Carmel Doorley & Mary Claffey Gross Molly O’Brien & Eileen O’Hora 3rd Phil Devaney & Lena Kelly E/W 1st Dan Cooke & Michael O’Brien 2nd Breeda Keating & Carmel Hughes Gross Mary Downey & Brenda Scully 3rd Celia Handy & Olive Power.

Couch to 5km

Portlaoise Athletic Club’s 10 week Couch to 5k programme returns again to Portlaoise on Thursday, January 9 at 6pm. It will end with the” Streets Of Portlaoise 5k road race” on St Patrick’s day. Registration for the Couch to 5k Saturday January 4 at 3pm at the Portlaoise Athletic Track beside the Portlaoise College or on January 9. Check out Portlaoise AC on Facebook.

Comhaltas concert

Portlaoise Comhaltas Christmas Concert at the Dunamaise Theatre on Tuesday Dec 17. Light refreshments served and all lovers of trad are welcome. Members assemble at 6.30pm. Concert 7-9pm approx.


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, 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.

Active retired

December: Wed 18 Members only Annual Christmas Dinner Party from 1.30 pm onwards at Parish Centre. Mulled Wine at reception. Sat 21; Final members Carols performance from 3pm - 4 pm at Tesco. All proceeds from our carol singing to three local charities. Indoor Bowls continue every Monday at St Mary’s Sports Hall from 3pm - 5pm (Note new times). Next Active Age Group meeting follows our festive break takes on Wednesday, January 8. New Active Age applicants welcome. Details phone 057-8621571. Wishing you a happy Christmas!

Panto Time

Portlaoise Pantomime’s Treasure Island runs from Saturday January 18 to Saturday January 25 next with matinees on January 18, 19 & 25 at 2.30pm (sharp). Nightly shows at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets from the Dunamaise.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results December 5: Eight and a half table Mitchell movement.N/S 1st Liz Scully & Tom Handy, 2nd Ethel Culliton & Catherine Keane, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Josephine Hogan, 2nd Jim Fingleton & Anne Doolan, qual Gross Celia & Dave Downes With Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast.

Results December 9: Nine and a half Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 2nd Celia & Suzanne Downes, Gross Margaret Nee & Jim Fingleton. E/W 1st Denis O’Leary & Anne Phelan, 2nd Catherine Keane & Barry O’Callaghan, Gross Mary Conroy & Celeste Sweetman

Late William (Billy) FARRELL

Condolences to the family of the late William (Billy) Farrell of Hillview Drive and St Johns Sq, Portlaoise who died on Sunday, December 8. Deeply regretted by wife Ann, daughters Jessica and Christine, and son William, brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at the Portlaoise hospital. Removal to Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in Ss. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit at Tullamore Regional Hospital.


Condolences to the family of the late John Arrigan of Newpark, Portlaoise, and late of Cappoquin, Waterford who died on December 8 suddenly at the Ulster Hospital. John (ex ESB), beloved husband of Rita and dearly loved dad to Deirdre, Pat, Damien, and Nuala and father in law of the late Louise. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brothers, Paddy, Billy, Jimmy, Martin, and sister Kathleen Leddy extended family relatives, neighbours and many friends. Reposed at his residence. Requiem Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise followed by interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. Donations, if desired, to a charity of your choice.

Late Thomas BLEACH

Condolences to the family of the late Thomas ‘Tom’ Bleach of 1 Hillview, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, who died on December 6. Husband of the late Frances. Sadly missed by his loving children, Josephine, Helen, Jarlath, and Pauline, sisters Eileen and Sr. Mary Pauline, brother Kevin, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his daughter Helen’s residence in Ballyfin. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise for funeral Mass with burial immediately afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise. Donations if desired to the Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin.


Condolences to the family of the late Clare Finegan of Sheetrim House, Castleblayney, Monaghan and Portlaoise who died on December 11, in her 100th year in the care of Oakdale Nursing Home, Portarlington. Sadly missed by her niece Anne Delaney, Highfield, Clonad and the Community of the Daughters of the Cross, Stillorgan, relatives and friends. Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Castleblaney.