Portarlington news

Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens

Portarlington Senior citizens enjoyed a great day out in the Heritage Golf and Spa resort recently. 260 guests attended and enjoyed a fabulous meal, followed by music supplied by Louis and Ruth (Unity). The Kara Burbage Academy of dance entertained the audience, with a brilliant performance.

A special thank you to Portarlington Lion’s Club and Portarlington Credit Union.

Many Thanks

The Committee of Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank Portarlington Lion’s Club, Michael Tynan, Killenard Social Services and the ‘Well Boy’s Golf Society Pint o Port’ for all their recent donations. The committee are very grateful to everyone who helps keep the centre running. The money is always put to good use. Up to 5,000 meals are cooked and delivered every year. We could not do this without all the donations we receive, and also our 60 plus volunteers who deliver for us three days a week. All your help is much appreciated. Bingo every Wednesday night in the Social Services Centre at 8.30pm. New people always welcome for a few games and a cuppa.


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a pop-up information stand in Abbeyleix Library on Friday February 28 between 12pm – 1.30pm. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Fishing Season

The River Barrow season commences on Monday March 17 until September 30. Derryounce Lakes fishing commences on April 1 until October 31. Club permits/membership available from Portarlington Auto parts, Main St and from Finlay’s Lounge Bracklone Street.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for February 17. Jackpot €6,600 No winner. Numbers 10-20-23-24.

€50 went to the following: Teddy Dempsey c/o M Colgan, Martin Gorman c/o S Gorman, 

Frances Mason c/o J Lawlor, John Scully c/o A O Brien and Niamh and Alva Flynn c/o M Colgan. Promoter’s prize went to Tiggy Murphy. Jackpot next week €6,800.

Port GAA Club Lotto

Week 7. Numbers 12-19-20-27. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Ailish Leavy c/o J Leavy and Donal McCann c/o Rose McCann. €25 winners Therese Geoghan c/o P Burbage and Christy Lawlor c/o M Lawlor. Promoters prize J Ward. Next week’s jackpot €3,800.


Membership for 2014 for all members is now due. Family €60, adult €40 or child €25. Contact Janet Bennett (registrar), Niall Slevin (treasurer) or Adrainne McCarthy (secretary). For any queries contact the club at 086 2712121 or email portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com.

Training Skills

Indoor skills training continues in the GAA Centre for U10-U12 on Wednesdays 5-6pm and U6-U8 on Fridays at 4-5pm.

Poker Classic

Good Friday five card draw poker classic will commence at 9pm in the centre. Entry fee €25 buy in, €5 top up €10.

Arlington Lotto

Results of Arlington Soccer Club lotto from February 11. Letters J-H-T-F. Jacpot of €10,000 won by Tracey Fallon Arlington Estate. Next draw will take place on February 25.


The Samaritans are seeking volunteers for their Newbridge branch. Further information from the recruit line 086 0855785.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo till midnight. Music in the coming weeks: March 3 Done & Dusted. March 10 Black Lace. March 17 J & S Sound. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.


Deepest sympathy to Jerome Burke, St Patrick’s Avenue on the death of his mother Kathleen Burke (nee Lynch) St John’s Park Tralee who passed away on Saturday February 15. Kathleen will be sadly missed by her sons Jerome, Liam and Francis, her extended family and friends. Requiem mass took place for Kathleen at St John’s Church, with burial after in the new Rath Cemetery. May Kathleen rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Alexander Karpov Spa Street and late of Latvia, who died tragically on Saturday February 15. May Alexander rest in peace.

Remembrance Service

The Laois/Offaly Pallative Care Team invite families/carers of those who have died in the past two years, and have been known to the pallative care team to a remembrance Service on Friday February 28 in St Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise at 7.30pm.

Active Retirement

St Brigid’s Active retirement group Garryhinch/Cloneyhurke will have their book club returning on Wednesday March 5 at 8pm. New members.

Laois Federation ICA

Laois week in An Grianán takes place from 16 - 20 June. Courses available include cookery, dancing, fabric boxes, Assissi embroidery, bets & bits, photography, pamper me, aromatherapy and encaustic art. Places are open to members and non members. If you are interested in any of the courses please contact Anne Sinnott at 057 86 22176for more details.


New membership charges have now been introduced in Laois libraries for third level and PLC students from Friday February 7. The new fee is now €3 annually.


The theme this year is ‘Celebrating our achievements’ so if your club or team have won any competition in the past year, we want you in the parade showing off your silverware. If you have set yourself a little goal and achieved it whether it be losing a few pounds or learning to swim, we want you out there telling us about it up on a big placard. 

This parade won’t work without a commitment from the clubs, associations, playschools and business and anyone just wanting to dress up and walk in the parade. In order for us to organise the day safely we need one person nominated from each group taking part to help with the stewarding. So send us a message to say you’re on board.

Thank you to the people who turned up for the meeting. Also thank you to the PCDA/Love Port office for their support. Let’s make this a parade to remember. Please contact the PCDA office at 085 8568801, or call in to our office in the Catholic Club Main St.