The town of Port are excited about the upcoming mass with our wonderful Folk Choir on RTE on Sunday March 18 at 11.15am. The choir was founded in February 2009 by leader, Anne Dunne (nee Conroy). They practice weekly in the Annex across from the church and sing at 12.15pm mass on Sunday every fortnight in St Michael’s Church Portarlington. Choir members include pupils from the local primary Schools. 26 members will travel to the RTE studios in Donnybrook on March 18 along with Fr Tom O’Byrne and some of the congregation from 12.15pm mass. Mass will be live at 11.15am on RTE 1. 


To the boys and girls from Portarlington, Cloneyhurke, Emo and Rath who make their Confirmation in the coming weeks, we wish them all the best on their special day.


The Portarlington St Patrick’s Day parade will this year showcase the Port’s Vision 2020 plan. The parade will unfold in 6 different sections, each telling its own story like individual films. Characters in each section will perform & interact with the public. These groups are all people who take part in the parade every year. If we have missed any groups who would like to be involved, please contact Margaret @ 087-6715668 or Cabrini @ 087-8210560.


A team from Portarlington Scout Group took part in the National Club Scout challenge in NUI Maynooth on Sunday February 25. Out of 34 teams from all over the Country the Port team came an excellent third. Congratulations to Clodagh Leahy, Clare Corbett, Jack O’Neill, Alex O’Leary, Caoimhe Kennedy & Jade Levingstone on their great achievement.


Car boot sale on Sunday March 25. Please contact us for more information on our FB page Ports DOT project, or email us at dirtyoldtownsport@live.ie. Table quiz took place in the Hawthorn bar on Friday March 10. Thanks to Anne and Mick O’Brien for running this very successful night. To coincide with the DOT projects and fundraising the Festival Francaise De Portarlington are staging a mini-fest in the town Square on Sunday March 18 from 3 - 6pm. Markets, music, snail eating and much more on the day. This event will be televised and will attract a lot of media interest, so please come and support on the day. The main festival will take place on July 13, 14 & 15. Best of luck to the Festival Queen, Carol Lambe when she represents us in the Laois Rose contest at the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on Sunday night 18.

Poker classic takes place on Good Friday April 6 in GAA centre. If interested contact any committee member, or email dirtyoldtownsport@live.ie. The DOT committee would like to thank Gavin Shortall for organising a fundraiser at The Barrow Lodge, Portarlington on Saturday March 10. Concert was a great success with a large turnout on the night. Huge thanks to Noel and Mary Foy for hosting this event. Also a big thanks to the two Portarlington bands involved, Custodian and Viking Boat Race, and Wayne Brereton our sound engineer on the night. A special word of thanks to Portarlington Credit Union for their generous sponsorship of the raffle spot prizes, along with Noel and Mary for their spot prizes. 

This event was hosted free of charge, however generous contributions on the night enabled €350 to be raised for Portarlingtons Dirty Old Towns Project. Thanks to the young people of Portarlington who supported the event on the night.


Results for Monday March 5. Jackpot €2,400. No winner, No 20-13-1-15. €50 went to Bridie O’ Connor c/o A O’ Brien, Gus Duffy c/o T Bryan, Lil Geoghagan c/o L Corcoran, Cammy Bryan c/o T Bryan, Angela Mc Evoy  c/o S Slattery. Promoter’s prize Seamus Gorman. Next week’s jackpot €2,600. Gracefield GAA would like to thank all stewards from surrounding clubs who helped out at the two U21 games in Gracefield. Congratulations to Ethel Fitzpatrick from Cloneyhurke who won the hamper. Thanks to Marcus and his staff for all their help and all who supported the draw. The club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the McEvoy family on the death of Willie, who was a great supporter of Club and County. May he rest in Peace.


Portarlington GAA Lotto. Week 10. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers 9, 13, 17, 20. No winner. €50 each to Eileen Dolan c/o PJ Ward & Deirdre Doyle c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to Liam Costello c/o Pat Sweeney & M Lawlor c/o Ter Lawlor. Promoter’s prize of €50 went to T A Coss. Next jackpot €1,700. Membership is still due, €40 for the year. This has to be paid by March 31 and can be paid to Darren Bracken. Also 3 more weeks to the ‘Battle of the Barrow’ between Port GAA and Gracefield. Tickets now on sale at €15 and can be obtained from any committee member from each club.


Port GAA would also like to pass on their deepest sympathies to the family of Martin Slevin who lost his battle with cancer on Monday March 5. Martin played with O’Dempseys, but would have been well known in the town of Portarlington where he attended school and played with a lot of the Port players, and reached a Leinster senior schools final in 1991 with the lads. Martin was also a member of the Laois u21 winning Leinster team in 1994 that was captained by our own clubmen David Sweeney and Hugh Emerson. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this tough time.


Art. Girls U8, 1st Maya Lyons, 2nd Sophia Coleman, 3rd Gwen Behan. U10, 1st Ava Punch, 2nd Ella Molloy, 3rd Rachel Egan. U12, 1st Alex Byrne, 2nd Sophia Nutley, 3rd Anna Doggett. U14, 1st Erin Murphy, 2nd Gráinne Kavanagh.

Boys U8 1st Dan Punch, 2nd Nathan Duffy, 3rd Conor Kearney. U10, 1st Neil McNamara, 2nd Ben Coen, 3rd Cian Moran Burke. U12, 1st John Davis, 2nd Niall Briody, 3rd Euan Burke. U14, 1st Mark Barry, 2nd Eimhin Lane. The committee would like to thank Mrs Brid Maher and the teachers in Killenard NS for facilitating the competition. 

Our talent competition was held in O’Dempsey’s on March 1. Thanks to Grainne and the organisers as well as O’Dempsey’s for the use of the hall. Solo singing, 1st Ella Kearney, 2nd Aoibhin Murphy, 3rd Niall Briody. Solo recitation, 1st Aisling Whooley, 2nd Caoimhe Kennedy, 3rd Kate Finnegan. Group dance (modern & disco) 1st Caoimhe Kennedy, Jennifer Cunningham, Aoife Whooley, 2nd Amy Kelly, Shauna Lindsay, 3rd, Roisin Lindsay, Katie Maloney. Group singing, 1st Alex Byrne & Grainne Kavanagh. Group drama, 1st Kate Finnegan, Roisin Lindsay.


It was with deep regret that the town and surrounding areas heard of the death of Martin Slevin, Ballycarroll Killenard. Martin had bravely battled his illness for the past five years with dignity and bravery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mairead, his three young children Sinead, Sarah and Martin. His loving parents Eddie and Dina, his only brother Ger, his sister in law and Nephews. Mairead’s family and his uncles and aunts and his extended family and many friends. Martin was a popular man in many ways. His love of sport was with him since a very young age. He played for his local O’Dempsey’s club and also playing for Laois u21s in the 90s. Removal took place from Martin’s home on Thursday March 8 to St John’s Church Killenard for requiem mass with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. The large attendance at Martin’s house each day and at his funeral showed the high esteem Martin and his family are held in. Rest in peace Martin. Sympathy is extended to the families of Frank Dobbyn, Kilmalogue Cross who died in England and Paul O’Hehir, Treascon and Newcastle Dublin who died during the past week. May they rest in Peace.


Social tennis every Wednesday from 8pm. All are welcome. Open to everyone from beginners to veterans. Senior open American tournament will take place on Sunday April 1. Registration at 1.30pm on the day at the tennis club, or contact any committee member to register before Sunday.


The final took place in the community centre on Saturday March 10. The auditions were held over two weekends in January and a bootcamp in early February. Thanks to all the judges and mentors who gave so freely of their time.

The arts and heritage of the Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA) ran the competition to promote the performance arts in the Portarlington area. So thanks to all who came along and supported our local talent, it was a nice family night out. Crowds packed the community centre and last year’s winners John Donegan and the Faherty Family opened the show. There were 16 acts, an interval act performed by Dancing Jewels, and Ed Masters the renowned Irish magician closed the show. Clodagh Dunne age 11 from Emo performed as the overall winner with the song ‘Part of Your World’ (The Mermaid Song), an original Disney song at the 2010 Port’s Got Talent. Second place went to Ciara Dunne aged 13 who played guitar and sang, and third to Warren Murray aged 13 who entertained the audience with his magic tricks. There were over 40 applicants in 2012 and Ann Marie Kelly of Midlands 103 was the MC on the night, with her unique style Anne Marie had great banter with each of the acts to put them at ease before and after their performance.


Portarlington Lourdes AGM took place on Saturday March 3. Officers elected: president Fr T Dooley PP, chairperson Peter Hynes, vice chair Mark Nolan, joint secretary Vera Tracy and Marie Corcoran, joint treasurer Frances O’Dwyer and Fintan Coughlan. All committee members were re-elected. A special thanks to Rose Maher who has retired after being treasurer for the past 30 years. Deposits and names are now been taken for the forthcoming parish pilgrimage to Lourdes on August 10. Contact Marie at 087 7589896 or Vera at 087 9311813 or the parish Office.


Teach Mhuire prayer group meet every Tuesday at 8pm in Coláiste Iosagáin. Visit our website on www.teachmhuire.ie. All are welcome to attend.


The closing date for volunteer applications for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is Saturday March 17. Volunteers urgently required. To find out more text the word ‘Congress’ to 51444.