Kestrels Basketball Club AGM Tuesday July 10 at 8.30pm in the function room in the Thatch Bar in Killenard. All are welcome.


Congratulations to the Arlington U13 team who won the division 1 league this year. A lot of hard work was put in this year by the team and its managers and it paid off. They had a great season and were only defeated once in the league. Well done boys and the best of luck next year.


The Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA Ltd.) in conjunction with Bord na Mona would like to invite all groups/individuals who are interested in the future development of the Derryounce Lake/Walkways in Portarlington and its environs, to attend a consultation meeting on Thursday July 5 in the Community Centre, Link Road, at 8pm.


Love Port summer camps take place until the end of August. For more details contact the Love Port office at Oriel House, Main Street. Phone 085 8568801 or email portsvision2020@gmail.com.


Social tennis every Monday 8pm to 9.30pm. Non members and beginners welcome. Rackets will be provided. Suitable footwear must be worn. Our members only junior activities start on Monday July 2. Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 5pm during July and August. Time table available in the clubhouse. Junior membership now due. Payment of membership entitles child to participate for free in the summer programme. Coaching with Tony Lok. A small number of places are still available. Tuesday and Friday. If interested phone Nuala at 087 1231135.


It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the sudden death of Tom Cooper, Patrick St and formerly of Clonanny. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia (nee Nolan) 6 years ago. Also by his parents Chris and Bridget and his two brothers Jim and Christy. He will be sadly missed by his devoted family, his sons Tom Jnr, Noel, Sandy and Paul. His daughters Yvonne, Shirley and Wendy. His grandchildren and his brothers Pat and Martin and sisters Mary and Anne. His large extended family and many friends.

Tom worked for many years as a lorry driver with Butlers/Siac, and when his wife Pat started her flower shop in Mountmellick, Tom worked beside her, and helped her with the business and also doing some shoe repairs. After Pat’s death he continued with his daughter Yvonne who took over the shop after her mam’s death. Tom had a great passion for music. Requiem mass took place on Thursday June 28 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Tom rest in peace.

DEAR GRACE AWARDS ‘Dear Grace’ is a writing competition for 5th /6th class pupils from all over Ireland. The Dear Grace Foundation was founded 9 years ago by Michael and June Nolan following the death of their daughter Grace in 1999 from Osler-Weber Rendu Syndrome. On Thursday May 2, girls from 6th class in Presentation Primary School Portarlington, accompanied by their teachers Ms Dunne and Ms Behan, travelled to the Helix in DCU for the ‘Dear Grace’ awards.

Leah Sheridan from 6th class was one of the 34 recipients who received one of these awards. Brendan O’ Carroll compared the awards ceremony, while Leah was presented with her award by the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys from RTE. It was very exciting for Leah and her class as they got to see many celebrities from stage and screen including Jedward, Brian Kennedy and Keith Duffy, who all support this very worthwhile charity. All in Presentation Primary School are very proud of Leah and her achievements.


A big well done to all involved in the organisation of last week’s events to remember Kieran McEvoy. The good weather was a bonus for the events that took place and the turnout was a testament to the wonderful person Kieran was, may he rest in peace.


Portarlington Drama Society are now meeting every Monday night upstairs in the Anvil Inn at 8pm. Anyone interested in joining can come along or check out Portarlington Drama Society on Facebook.


Portarlington Community Men’s Shed. We got the keys to our new base unit, no 2 Portarlington Enterprise Centre, so let’s go guys we have the tools, we have a venue, now we need guys to come along on Thursdays at 4pm. Get out of the house and work on a project or just have a cup of tea. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/PortsMensShed.


The Social Services committee would like to wish our Wednesday night bingo players a nice break for the summer. We will be back next September after our break. The committee would like to thank everyone that helped out at the bingo every Wednesday night.


Registration is still open for the 10 week meet and train for the Daniels Centra King and Queens County 10k fun run. There is already a big group of participants signed up. All are welcome. Meet and train group will commence training in Garryhinch at 7pm on July 10.


Congratulations to Sarah Kinsella from Ballymorris Manor who won first prize of €10,000 in the Credit Union recent big draw on Saturday June 23. Other winners were €3,000 Ann Murphy, Avondale, €2,000 Gavin Alfred Donoher, Derrymore

€1,000 Jack Keller, Lea Rd, Christina Doyle, Clanmalire, €500 Ann Guinan, Rathmore, Paul Maher, St Marys Tce. Congratulations to all the winners. Next draw on September 29.