Sympathy is extended to the Aird family on the death of their mother Ann Aird formerly of Inverness House, Patrick Street, and also Kilminchy Portlaoise. Ann was predeceased by her husband Tom a number of years ago. Condolences to her family Liam, Frank, Mary, Barbara and Aideen. Also to her extended family and many friends. Ann was a highly respected dentist in the local areas for many years. Requiem mass took place on Sunday April 22 in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise, with burial after in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetary. May Ann RIP.


The committee would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported our American Tea Party last Friday in the GAA centre. The night was a huge success. We would like to thank all the hostesses who hosted fantastic tables for their guests. Thank you to the public who attended on the night and those who gave donations but did not attend. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Port GAA for providing the use of their hall, and all our sponsors, supporters and those who gave spot prizes for our raffle. The guests were wowed at the start of the night with a performance from our local Showstoppers and the Burbage family. It was an honour to have our local world champion dancer Sean Burbage to entertain the guests.

Work is coming to an end in town shortly on all the projects, and it has been an exciting few months, and it could not have been achieved only for the great committee and volunteers who gave their time and energy so freely to the work that was carried out. The enthusiasm has been overwhelming and the committee would like to thank everyone for their support.


A big well done to Debbie O’Brien Scully for taking the time to organise The Fine Fillies Night on Friday May 11 in the Hawthorn Bar. Tickets will be €10, prizes for best dressed lady, best hair piece, raffle, punch reception, finger foods and fun. You can get your tickets from Hawthorn Bar or Sineads Gifts Main St. Proceeds in aid of Dirty Old Towns project and Port Tidy Towns.


The children at Silly Billies Playschool presented a cheque for €610 to the Dirty old Towns committee, which they raised at their paintathon day. Bernie and the the staff of Silly Billies would like to say a big thank you to all who helped out on the day, both with the children and baking cakes for the event. Also to all who raised money, it was all much appreciated, and the day was most enjoyable for all who attended. The DOT Committee would like to say a big thank you also, and the money will go towards all the work that is been done in town.


Anyone interested in forming a drama group in Portarlington, please email portsgottalent@gmail.com or contact 085 8568801.


Week no 16. Jackpot €2,200. No winner of jackpot. Numbers 10-11-20-21. €50 each to Angela Walsh c/o Jason Ward & Lily Murphy c/o Jason Ward. €25 each to O & T Murphy c/o Jason Ward & Martin Whyre c/o Conor Brady. Promoters prize went to PJ Ward. Next jackpot €2,300.


The local gardening correspondent for the Irish Farmers Journal, Lily Champ will give a talk on gardening and farming on Wednesday April 25 at 7.30pm in Portarlington Rugby Club. Admission is €5. Proceeds in aid of local charities. For further info phone 057 8623522.


Fun for all the family this Saturday April 28 at noon in the allotments on the Ballymorris Road, at the junction with Canal Road. Our family GIY is building a bean tepee. This will fill out as the beans grow along the poles giving the children a place to play or just escape the sun during the warmer weather. We will also be planting beans and potting on lettuce to take home. See you all there.


The local Portarlington/Stradbally Chernobyl international group are looking for donations for airplane tickets to bring children from Chernobyl for the month of July, at a cost of €500 per child. Any donations whether individuals or groups of people would be gratefully appreciated. Contact Aishling 087 1245291 or Orlagh 086 0892699. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Kilbride Art group recommence classes. Caters for beginners and advanced students. For further info contact Una 086 2392997 or 057 8623398.


Meet every Tuesday at 6pm in the Primary Health Care Centre, Kilnacourt House. For further information contact John 086 8033126.


St Michael’s conference annual church gate collection will take place this weekend April 28/29. Your continued support is very much appreciated.


Social Services/Meals on Wheels supply meals on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. We have always had a huge voluntary support with over 60 people delivering. This means that each person may be only on duty one morning every 5/6 weeks. Pick up time is at 11.45am and most runs will only take an hour or less. If you can help out we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ann 087 4116101 or Geraldine 087 9156694 or call to the centre any morning between 9am and 12pm.