Our annual céilí and old time dancing evening will be held on March 23 in the Gandon, with Maureen Culleton calling on the night. Tickets are €10 and available from any club member. Everyone welcome on the night. Our hall renovations are now almost completed and anyone wishing to avail of the hall should contact 0863253100 or any committee member.


The Rainbow Castle, Esker Hills are now offering after school classes for age 5+. Music, science, dance, drama. Call Judy for more details 057 8651020.


Portlaoise Educate Together National School is now taking enrolments for pupils looking to start in September 2012. For more information or to obtain an enrolment form please see our website www.petns.ie or contact the school on 057 8664823.


Portlaoise senior citizens committee’s annual church gate collection in aid of our Christmas dinner will take place this weekend, your help is greatly appreciated.


Daffodil Day is almost upon us again and locally your help us raise almost €19,000. This money helps fund the night nursing care and so much more. If you feel you would like to give an hour or 2 on Daffodil Day itself, March 23 or host a coffee morning or evening please call any of the local committee. Mary Martley 086 3879315, or Anne Dennehy 087 6368148, Loraine Weldon 086 1682616 or Carmel Kelly 087 2424909.


Evening of Irish music, poetry and dance, Wednesday March 7, 4.45pm. All welcome. Play a game of bingo and use your ‘cúpla focal’. Wednesday March 14, 5.30pm. All welcome. ‘Placenames of Laois and their Irish origins’, talk by Tom Cox from Abbeyleix Heritage Centre, Thursday March 15, 6pm. All welcome.


Monday February 27 12.5 table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Betty Wilson and Betty Corcoran, 2nd Caroline Delaney and Muriel Ducie. Gross Ette Kennedy and Mary Conroy, 3rd Anne Lynch and Denis O’Leary. E/w 1st Dinah Campion and Maire Fennin, 2nd Maura and Barry O’Callaghan. Gross Maureen O’Leary and Noreen Kilkenny, 3rd Brenda Scully and Mary Downey.

Thursday March 1. 8.5 table Mitchell Switch movement.

1st Brebda Scully and Sally Collins, 2nd Celia and Dave Downes. Gross Eileen Fingleton and Paddy Conroy, 3rd Frances Conroy and Ethel Culliton, 4th Mary Downey and Tom Handy. Bridge sessions are played each Monday and Thursday evening, in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy, commencing at 7.30pm sharp.


Classes in traditional shotokan karate every Monday and Thursday in the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. Kids class 7-8, seniors/adults 8-9. For more details contact Richard O’Brien 2nd dan (WKSA) on 0868728809. 6 week ladies self defence course commencing Wednesday March 7, 7.30 - 8.30pm, for further information/enrolement contact Richard, 0868728809.


Divine Mercy mass in St Peter and Paul’s parish church on Wednesday March 7 at 7.30pm. Rosary at 7pm. Celebrant Rev. Egidijus Arnasius. Exposition chaplet and blessing with St Faustina relic. All welcome.


Results for Wednesday February 22.

N/S 1st Ethel Culliton & Francis Conroy 2nd Ann Phelan & Denis O’Leary. Gross Eileen & Jim Fingleton 3rd Olive Power & Celia Handy. E/W 1st Mary Claffey & Ita Kennedy 2nd Meera Saxena & Mary J Ryan. Gross Carmel Hughes & John Cushen 3rd Kay Carpendale & Pat Greene.

Portlaoise Community Notes


March 7, sports. Bridge Tuesday, whist Thursday in parish centre after mass. Holidays Cork balance due March 21.

New members welcome. Contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621913.


In aid of Fatima invalid fund takes place on March 28 in the parish centre after 10am mass.


June 7-14, €739 or €764 with insurance, 086 3344722 or 057 86 61601.


Is looking for new members in Portlaoise. Young people can learn all about theatre, play games, get creative, see how to put on a show and how things run back stage while having fun, gaining confidence and making new friends. Places limited to book contact Áine at 087 6321299, or call 057 8674344/42.


Laois Travellers Action Group will hold its AGM on March 21 at 11am.


Portlaoise GAA club is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding with a dinner dance on Easter Sunday, April 8 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Music from Damien Bowe Tickets €30 available from Imelda 086 602 3965, or Catherine 086 378 1727.


Exhibition of Laois Heritage Project in Portlaoise Library. Schools from all over Laois/Offaly researched one aspect of our local heritage and presented their findings in beautiful displays and some even include models of their subjects, one entry on display each week in the library. Seachtain na Gaeilge March 5-17.


Portlaoise Athletic Club are hosting the annual Property Properly Streets of Portlaoise Run on St Patrick’s Day. Enter online: www.runireland.com/events/portlaoise-5k. Registration from 9am in the Heritage Hotel. Race starts at 11.30am. €15 for adults. €10 for under 18s. €2 for the juvenile 1 k race. Cash prizes. Could be a good way of working up a thirst. Prizegiving and changing facilities in the Heritage Hotel.


Fashion show in aid of St Peter’s Church. Parochial Hall, Station Road, Portlaoise on Friday, March 9 at 7.30pm. Cheese and wine reception beforehand. Tickets are €10 and payable on the night.


A Fairtrade coffee morning takes place at the parish centre on Wednesday, March 7 from 11am. Fairtrade fortnight runs from February 27 to March 11.


Laois Social Club is designed so that you can meet new people and make new social connections in Laois and is for people aged 25 to 50. What we do: coffee meet ups, book club, dinner club and nights out. Our email address is laoissocialclub@gmail.com ebsite is www.meetup.com/Laois-social-network-group


Places are available for new semester in Kindermusic (piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums). Contact Nuala Kelly for more at 057 8674345, email nkelly@laoiscoco.ie.


The Laois Branch needs volunteers to take part in the Ladies Mini Marathon on June 4. We will register you, provide transport and a meal on the way home. Contacts Maura O’ Brien 086 3344722, Margaret McGree 057 8620272, Anna May Dunne 057 8621343, Eugene Lacey 087 2535924.


Youth Work Ireland is looking for volunteer leaders in the new Portlaoise Youth Café which is opening soon. 8665010 or email jthomposon@ywilaois.ie.


The Portlaoise Stepping Our Walking and Social Club meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.45pm at Portlaoise Leisure Centre. New members welcome.


Portlaoise Toastmasters held their Club Contests on Monday and the judges declared that a very high standard was achieved by all the contestants. Chairing the international speech contest was Mark Bastow, who introduced the speakers Mary White, Mary Heaney, Ann Duncan and Bryan Holland. In a very close contest Mary Heaney and Bryan Holland emerged as winners and will go on to represent the club on March 12. The evaluation contest followed and this was chaired by resident, Orlagh McCrory, She welcomed the guest speaker, Mary Ledwidge, from the Athy club, who was delivering the test speech. Mary enthralled the audience with her tale of The Red Jumper, an amusing account of a birthday she celebrated during her schooldays and the perils of wearing bright colours when you wish to remain unnoticed. The contestants Kevin Langan, Meree O’Sullivan and Mark Bastow gave excellent evaluations of this speech and both Meree and Mark will go forward to the finals. Portlaoise has the honour of hosting this competition on Monday, March 12 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel and teams from Carlow and Kilkenny will also be competing. This is a great showcase of Toastmasters’ skills and should prove an excellent night’s entertainment. Entry costs €10 with refreshments provided. Come along and enjoy the contest.


No jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on March 1. Numbers were 5,11,26,29. The 16 match 3s receive €63 each. This week’s jackpot €11,000.


Cheltenham preview in aid of Laois/Offaly Families for Autism (LOFFA) at the Heritage Hotel on Wednesday, March 7 from 8pm. For details Contact Pat 087-4193555.


Portlaoise couple Lisa McGee and Tom Barron are fundraising to send their daughter Ellen to the USA for treatment for the disorder Mitochondrial Disorder. Contact Ellen Barron McGee fund on 086 243 8076, ellenbarronmcgeefund@gmail.com


Portlaoise parish has been allocated 75 tickets for the closing mass of the Eucharistic Congress on June 17. Contact the parish office. The Kildare and Leighlin diocese is holding a local congress on March 9-10. More details from Portlaoise Parish Centre or www.kandle.ie or www.portlaoiseparish.ie.


St Joseph’s Young Priests Society monthly meeting will be held in the prayer room on Friday March 9 at 8pm following evening mass.


Age and Opportunity Bealtaine Festival 2012. Laois County Council Arts Office are looking for information on planned events as part of the Bealtaine Festival in May. This year is European year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Contact the Arts Office at the council on 057 8674342/43 for details.


Condolences to the family of the late Margaret (Greta) Dollard, (née Conroy) of St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise who passed away at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise on Saturday, February 25. Beloved wife of the late Paddy (recently deceased) and loving mother to Imelda, Eugene, and Brian. Deeply regretted by her loving family brothers, sisters extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at the hospital chapel with removal last Wednesday to SS Peter and Paul’s church for requiem mass and interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Josephine Lalor (née Walsh) of Borris Little, Portlaoise who passed away peacefully, at her family residence on Tuesday February 28. Beloved wife of Martin and dearly loved sister to Mary, Delores, Veronica, Oliver and Joe, and the late John and Kathleen McCormick. Also deeply regretted by her loving extended family and friends. Reposed at her residence with removal to SS Peter and Paul’s church for requiem mass last Thursday, followed by removal to Newlands Crematorium.


Condolences to the family of the late Jim Whelan of Belleville, New Jersey, USA and formerly of Clonad, Portlaoise who passed away peacefully in his 90th year on Friday, February 24. Brother of the late Winnie, Jer and Joe and uncle to Paddy Whelan (Clonad) Jim is deeply regretted by his loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, extended family and friends. Funeral mass last Tuesday in St Peter’s Church, Belleville, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Memorial mass to commemorate his long and distinguished life was celebrated on Monday, March 5 in St Fintan’s Church, Raheen.


Next Wednesday in aid of Irish Cancer Society, in the parish centre, 10.30 - 12pm. Contact 8621459.


Portlaoise GAA will hold a registration morning for all juvenile players next Sunday, March 11 from 11am -12.30pm in Rathleague.


Come along to St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Rd every Friday, 10.30am-12.30pm for freshly baked bread, cakes, quiches etc, freshly laid hen and duck eggs, bunches of freshly-cut daffodils and beautiful crafts.


AGM of Laois branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will take place on Monday March 12 at the parish centre, Portlaoise at 8.15pm. Padraig Mallon, CEO of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be attending and will give a presentation on the work of this worthy charity. If you would like to volunteer you are very welcome to attend the meeting