Portlaoise News



Laois Friends of Midlands Simon has a collection day in Portlaoise on Saturday, July 12 from 10am-8pm. We need volunteers to help out for 1-2 hour slots in Portlaoise from 10am-6pm. If you are free and would like to help raise funds for homeless services, please call Cormac on 086 2416322, Michael on 086 1223421 or Alice on 087 0572792.”


Portlaoise Shotokan Karate Academy is delighted to announce that we have now added a further class to our schedule. We will now train Saturday mornings from 11.30am to 1pm and every Monday and Thursday at the times below. All welcome. Juniors 7pm – 8pm; seniors 8pm – 9pm. Classes at the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. For further details contact: Richard O’Brien 2nd Dan (WKSA) - 086 8728809.

Active Retired

Summer outings: Wednesday July 16 bus to visit Gardens in Freshford Kilkenny leaving Portlaoise Parish Centre; Wednesday July 23 Visit to Limerick ‘City of Culture’ travelling by train. Included in visit will be a ’Hop-on Hop-off ‘ bus tour of the city. Full details of these events to follow at a later date.

Library News

Registration for Summer Reading Challenge in library from July 1. Read 6 books to earn stickers and a gold medal this summer. Summer Craft at Portlaoise Library at 4pm Wednesdays in July. Booking essential. Places left for some weeks. Phone 8622333 to book a place. Puppet Workshop, July 3, 2-4pm now fully booked, cancellation places only. Knitting Group meet on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm in Portlaoise Library. There is no charge and all levels are welcome to come along to knit and chat. Ciorcal Comhrá meet to chat ‘as gaeilge’ each Wednesday from 5.15pm-6.30pm. All levels welcome.

Summer arts

The Arts Office, Laois County Council arts programme for children and young people in Portlaoise in St Francis NS from July 22-24. Artist Conor Brennan will run fun art workshop for children aged 7-12. During the same week young writers aged 12-15 can explore creative writing with writer Jean O’Brien. Workshops cost €20. Places are limited booking is advised. Call 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive Service needs volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from chemoptherapy in Dublin. Volunteers needed to pick up patients at their homes, drive them to hospital and pick them up later to bring them home. Free to patients and driver expenses covered. Call 01 231 0566 email transport@irishcancer.ie

Parish LoTTo

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on June 26. Nos:16,22,23,28. The 9 match 3s won €112 each. Next week’s jackpot is €14,000.


Congrats to Gary Holmes, Chantiere Gate, son of the lat Tom and Nuala who was ordained a Priest last weekend near Toulon in France. Gary is attached to the recently formed French Order of Priests. Gary’s brothers and sistsers and other family members travelled to France for the ordination. He will be home later this summer when he will celebrate his first Mass in Ireland at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Church.

Walks Festival

The Laois Walks Festival takes place from July 1-31 next. 9km walk at the Rock of Dunamaise at 7.30pm on Saturday .

Trad Music Workshop

Music Generation Laois is hosting a Traditional Music Summer School in Portlaoise from July 1-3 at the Portlaoise Youth Education Centre on Railway Street. Tel 057 866 4078 email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie Junior trad camp also.

Trad sessions

Seisiún has returned to Laois with an expanded programme for this. There will be weekly sessions in Portlaoise hosted by the local branch on Thursdays at 8.30pm.

Drive-in bingo

Portlaoise GAA Club have launched the first Drive-in Bingo sessions in Laois. Buses and cars are invited to park up at the grounds in Rathleague and play from the comfort of their vehicle, announcing they have won by beeping their horn and flashing lights. The fun family bingo is on the last Sunday of July, August and September, starting on July 27 at 3pm. Overall payout on each day will be €7,500 which includes an accumulative Jackpot starting at €1,000. In support of the club, Portlaoise Musical Society and Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

Pioneers to Knock

Mid-Leinster Region PTAA annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday July 20. Bus leaving Portlaoise at 8am, Mountrath at 8.30am, Ballyfin 8.45am and Mountmellick at 9am. Fare €20. For booking contact Betty at 057 8732531 or 087 2636767 or Pat at 057 8732308 before July 15.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results from Thursday, June 19. Six & a half tables Mitchell Movement. N/S 1st Eileen O’Hora & Catherine Keane, 2nd Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny, Gross Bridie Hourigan & Brona Shiels. E/W Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin, 2nd Cella Lalor & Sr. Rosario, Gross Carmel Hughes & Maureen Fitzpatrick.

Sssions are held every Thursday evening in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy at 7.30pm. All ate welcome


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in SS Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.


Condolences to the family of the late John Townsend, Clonad, Portlaoise who died on June 20 peacefully, at home surrounded by his loving family. John, husband of Lena, and father to Emmet, Brian, Ross, Miriam,and Joanne is also deeply regretted by brothers Martin and Pat, sisters Mary Chris, Kathleen, Anne, Rita, and Carmel, extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence, Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass followed by interment in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. Donations, to Laois Hospice.

Late James LAWLESS

Condolences to the family of the late James Lawless of 82 St Brigids Place, Portlaoise who died on June 23. Beloved husband of Philomena and much loved father of David, Michael, John, Michelle and Philomena he is deeply regretted by brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Terrie Delaney

Condolences to the family of the late Terrie (Theresa) Delaney (née Mahon) of Brosna, 66 Dun Masc, Portlaoise, formerly of 20/21 Main St, Portlaoise who died on June 24. Beloved wife of Paul and much loved mother of Maryrose, Monica, Gerard, Carol, Paul and Dominic. Deeply regretted by her loving extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Una Phelan, (née Bergin), Green Rd, Portlaoise, who died pepeacefully on June 24 at the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore. Predeceased by her husband William. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Fintan, Ger, Liam and Austin, daughters Delia, Stella, Kathleen and Irene, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed in the Chapel of Rest, Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Pauls Cemetery.