Carol Service

Carol Service

A Christmas carol service and nativity play will take place on Friday December 21 at St Michael’s Church. Any children who would like to take part in this event please contact Sinead at 087 9062942.

Port Garda

There is now 24 hour garda cover at Portarlington Garda Station, Main St. Administration opening hours Mon- Sat 10am-1pm, and 8pm – 9pm.

Awards Night

A big crowd gathered in the O’Dempseys clubhouse on Friday December 7 for St Conleth’s annual awards night. There was a busy schedule on the night with medals to be presented to the U10, U12, U14 and U16 teams. In his address, chairperson Tommy Hoey thanked all those who helped with teams during the year, while pointing out that additional volunteers were needed to help out in the coming year. We then had a very enjoyable audio-visual review of the year, expertly presented as usual by Peter Doyle. The club was delighted to welcome along Aisling Kehoe from the Laois ladies senior team to present the medals to each of the teams. Aisling also had some good words of advice for the girls, encouraging them to keep with the football and to keep working at their skills. Probably the biggest cheer of the night greeted the announcement of Liz Waldron as the winner of the St Conleths Club Person of the Year Award. Once all the medals were presented it was time for refreshments with plenty of cakes and sandwiches provided by parents to complement the delicious hot food supplied by Caroline Costello. After that the girls (and some parents) took to the floor to disco the rest of the night away.     

St Michaels AC

Well done to St Michaels AC athlete Eva Galvin who secured an All Ireland medal at the National Cross Country Championships in Adamstown recently. The St Michaels AC juveniles were represented with only our U15 girls Eva Galvin, Naomi Luttrell, Kayleigh Woods, Leah Cooney, Katie Piggott and Orla Mullally.

Eva Galvin had a great day coming home 20th out of a field of 122 athletes, and so helped Leinster bring home a national silver medal. Well done to Eva on a great run and excellent performance on the day, including her St Michael’s team mates who all ran well on the day. Well done also to John Fenlon who competed in the men’s novice event at the national finals in Adamstown. The St Michaels AC Goal Mile takes place again this year in McCann Park at 11am on Christmas Day, make a donation on entry. All welcome, runners and walkers of all ages.

Credit Union AGM Draw

The winners of the recent draw at our AGM for our members were as follows:

€7,000 to Thomas Carroll, 19, Beechwood Bracknagh.

€3,000 to Alan Brereton, Annamoe Portarlington.

€2,000 to Margaret Foster, 8, Kilmalogue Downs Portarlington.

€1,000 to Jim O’leary Clonanny Portarlington.

€1,000 to Sheila Slevin. Killenard.

€500 to Oonagh Ennis, 41 Ballymorris Manor Portarlington.

€500 to Andrea Doyle, 52, Shandra Woods Portarlington.

Port Drama Society

The Portarlington Drama Society would sincerely like to thank all those who supported us on our fundraising drive at Supervalu. Our play The Acquanis Moth will be running in the Dunamaise Theatre next May.

Our Christmas party is on Friday December 21 in The Anvil. All are welcome, just bring some festive cheer.

Goal Mile

Create a family memory, attend the Goal mile at 11am on Christmas Day from Portarlington GAA club. Run, walk or jog while the turkey cooks. No registration required. Just turn up.

Thanks from Port Traders

Portarlington traders would like to thank all their customers for supporting the recent 10 day shopping bonanza. The following customers were the lucky recipients of some great prizes sponsored by local participating stores. 1st prize €500 worth of vouchers went to Mary Gallagher. 2nd prize, €300 worth of vouchers went to Tracey Phillips. 3rd prize, €200 worth of vouchers went to Thelma Carroll. There were seven runner up prizes of consolation prizes. We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support and wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Paddy Confrey St. Brigid’s Tce Kill and formerly 13 St Michael’s Park who passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin on Sunday December 9.

Condolences to Marie, Richard, Gillian and his extended family and many friends. Paddy was a retired ex battery sergeant at Magee Barracks, Kildare town. He was also involved for many years with Arlington Soccer Club. Requiem mass took place at St Brigid’s Church Kill on Tuesday December 11, with burial after in St Conleth’s Cemetery Newbridge. May Paddy rest in peace.


It was with deep regret that the people of the town heard of the death of Peg O’Connor, Bracklone Street on Wednesday December 5 at Naas General hospital.

Peg was born on February 15, 1925 in Rossa Place Nenagh to Christopher and Ellen Bourke. After losing her mother and father, Peg came at the age of 13 to live with her grandparents Douglas. She will be well known to all for her many years working in Goodwin’s, Main St.

Predeceased by her husband Joe O’Connor in November 1957, she went on to rear her young children Dick and Geraldine. The biggest blow came six years ago on July 30, 2006 when her beloved daughter Geraldine passed away suddenly. Peg was involved in many voluntary groups in the town, including the ICA, the swimming pool association, the building of the community centre, the pioneer association, the bereavement group, St Michael’s choir and many more groups.

Requiem mass took place on Saturday December 8 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St John’s Cemetery Killenard. Rest in peace Peg.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Darragh Sherry of 6 Tannery Row Rathangan and 469 Gracefield Portarlington who passed away on Sunday December 9. Darragh will be sadly missed by his mum and dad, brother, sister, his extended family and many friends. Burial took place in Rathangan Cemetery on Wednesday December 12. May Darragh rest in peace.

Lions Club

The president of Portarlington Lions Club expresses sincere thanks on behalf of the members to all those very generous people who kindly donated toys to the club’s appeal for their recent Christmas bonanza. The event generated much needed funds for the club, for distribution to local charities. A word of gratitude to all voluntary members who helped out on the day, and added to the success of the venture.

A Word of Thanks

Portarlington Parents and Friends of Moore Abbey would like to thank everyone who supported their recent church gate collection.

GAA Lotto

Portarlington GAA lotto week 49. Jackpot €1,000. Numbers 12, 16, 17, 27. No winner of jackpot. €50 each to Pat Burbage c/o P Burbage & Mary O’Neill c/o Rose McCann. €25 each to David Duffy c/o Port credit Union & Kathleen McNally c/o Joe Whelan. Promoter’s Prize went to P Sweeney. Next jackpot €1,100.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for December 10. Jackpot €10,400. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 13-18-20-2. €50 went to the following Billy Murphy c/o J Murphy, Helen Hanlon c/o H Hanlon, Eugene Murphy c/o T Bryan, Catherine Burbage c/o J Mulligan and John Gallagher c/o P Murphy. Promoters prize went to Liam Corcoran. Next jackpot €10,600.
Christmas bonus draw of €30 each went to the following: Kevin Duffy c/o J Keegan,
Neill O’ Brien c/o J Keegan, Mgt Gallagher c/o Mgt Gallagher and Susie Hackett c/o M Colgan.
The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all their members who bought and sold tickets, and all their sponsors a very happy and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to their support in 2013.

Sliabh Bloom Walk

It is our 20th St Stephen’s Day walk in aid of Laois Hospice. There is a long walk of 10 miles and a short walk (3 miles approx) in the Sliabh Blooms. The walk will leave The Community Centre Clonaslee at 12 noon. Sponsorship cards are available from Sheila Bourke on 057 8648084.

Many Thanks

The Riding for the Disabled Club Laois would like to thank the people of Portarlington and surrounding areas for their support and contributions on their recent sale of raffle tickets. Many thanks to local business for the use of their premises. Also the many volunteers who helped out on both days. You can be assured that the funds will be put to good use.

Christmas Greetings

The committee of the Port Social Services would like to wish all our bingo players, hostesses, meal recipients, volunteers, our ladies who cook the wonderful meals a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and a happy new year.

Port Notes

There will be no local notes in Leinster until January 8. Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas.