Portarlington Notes

Public Participation Network meeting

Public Participation Network meeting

Laois County Council is hosting public briefings in respect of the settin up of the new Public Participation Network which will allow representation for community, voluntary, social inclusion and environment groups in Laois. The Portarlington meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 27 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Contact Georgina Ireland in county hall 057 8664074 email ppn@laoiscoco.ie

St Patrick’s Parade

It has been decided that there should be no St Patrick’s Day Parade in Portarlington this year because of poor attendance at the parade meeting on Wednesday January 21 last (three people) it was decided to cancel it for this year. It was also decided to hold a meeting in September 2015 to discuss the parade for the following year. The existing committee of three would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have taken part in the parade down through the years and also those who gave their free time to help organize it. Also to the businesses for their financial support.

Social services AGM

Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels will hold their AGM on next Friday January 30 at 7.30pm in the Social Services Centre, Link Road. New members are invited to attend.

Friday Cuppa

Portarlington Social Services would like to announce the start on Friday February 5 of a social event for the elderly in their centre, Link Rd. This will take place each Friday from 12pm to 3pm where you can come and meet other people to chat and have a cuppa, maybe a game of cards, a game of bingo or a sing song. Volunteers needed to help anyone who may need transport from their homes. For more information contact any members of Portarlington Social Services. You can contact the Centre any morning from 9am to 12pm at 057 8623461. Also Ann Dunne (secretary) at 087 4116101.

Portarlington Speakers

Long summer childhood days on the bogs of Donegal saving the turf recounted by Noreen Diver brought floods of memories to many members. The picture painted was so vivid we were all there with our dirty hands and aching backs.

Damian Oliver’s account of a post office robbery had everyone on the edges of their seats. Did the poor postmistress survive? A long pause when she couldn’t be found among the broken glass and smashed fittings. Then she walked in the front door not a hair out of place having escaped through the rear fire escape and then walked round. What a relief!

Owen Sweeney’s topical table topics gave everyone a chance for impromptu speaking with on Barrack Obama’s legacy, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, and an interesting mix of other subjects. The next meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday February 3 promises to be a very interesting meeting with three speakers lined up. Guests are always welcome. Admission is free for the first two meetings. Look us up on Facebook, MeetUp or on www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org/.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, till midnight in aid of Portarlington St V de Paul. February 2, John & Terry. February 9, Phillip English. Come along for a great night out.  Admission €5. All welcome.

Bridge Club

Portarlington Bridge Club for beginners/improvers classes take place on Wednesday nights in the Anvil Inn at 7.15pm. For more information contact Blathnaid Trayer on 087 6268519.

Scouts AGM

The 4th Laoise Scout group are having their AGM in the Scouts Den Main Street on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. We hope parents/ guardians of our youth members will attend to hear what the youth members have achieved and what is planned for the coming year. We would also welcome feedback.

Port Red Cross

The Laois Division of the Irish Red Cross is delighted to announce it is starting a Unit for Portarlington and surrounding areas. If you or someone you know is interested in joining and learning some life saving skills while meeting some great new people along the way mail for more information and register your interest.

For ages 16+. Youth Division coming soon.


The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free, confidential and non-judgemental service for people in debt or at risk of getting into debt in Ireland.

Laois MABS Drop in Service on Friday January 30 from 9.00am – 1pm in Portarlington Community Centre – no appointment necessary. This service will run on the last Friday of each month.

For further information please ring 0761 072620.

Port GAA Lotto

Week 3. No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn 12-22-25-29. €50 winners Sean Brophy c/o Rose McCann & Christina McHale c/o Rose McCann & €25 winners Laura Jones c/o Terence Lawlor & Mary Chips c/ Terence Lawlor. Jackpot next week €2,300.


Folllowing our AGM of Saturday January 17 the following are the club officers for 2015. Chairman Seamus Hunt. Vice chairman Canice McCarthy. Secretary Adrainne McCarthy. Assistant secretary Mairead Murphy. Treasurer, to be confirmed. Assistant treasurer, to be confirmed. PRO Canice McCarthy. Players rep Cathal Ryan. Registrar Grainne McCann.

Portarlington GAA Dinner Dance will be on next Saturday January 31 at 7.30pm in the Heritage Hotel Killenard. Music by Epic with disco until late. Tickets €35. For more information you can contact 086 2712121 or private message on the club Facebook page. Closing date for final numbers is this Tuesday January 27.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in Portarlington GAA Club by liking our Facebook page (Portarlington GAA Club) or following us on Twitter @PortGAA or our website clgportarlington.com. Portarlington GAA Club is now a hurling and football club and will field teams in U8 and U10 age grades in Hurling for 2015.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Lotto results for January 19. Numbers 03-10-14-26. No jackpot winner. Match 3 winners were: Mary Keller, Kevin & Heather & Gwen Behan

Promoter Mick Aherne.

O’Dempseys annual dinner dance and medal presentation takes place on Saturday Feburary 14 in the Heritage Golf & Spa Killenard at 7.30pm sharp. Music on the night by Damien Bowe & the Vows. DJ afterwards. Tickets available from Enda 087 9765406, Louise 087 7854640 or Michelle 087 7659609 or from any committee member.

Gala Ball

The Laois Hospice Gala Ball will be held on Friday February 27 in the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Killenard. Tickets available from Marie Corcoran 087 7589896 Collette Kennedy 086 2654277 or Maria Molloy on 086 3058181.

The Cube

Portarlington RFC are proud to announce The Cube 2015, taking place in The Heritage Hotel Killenard on Friday March 27. We are looking for contestants to take part on the night. This event is being run in conjunction with Portarlington Golf Club. Participant places are limited.


It was with deep sadness that the town heard of the passing of another true gentleman. Tom McGuinness of Railway Cottages, Station Road passed away on January 15. Tom was a former worker with CIE, and he will be sadly missed by his brother Paddy (Avondale), sisters Bridget and Margaret (England), his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place on Saturday January 17 in St Michael Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. May Tom’s gentle soul rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of John (JJ) Bannon Lea, Portarlington, who passed away on Wednesday January 14 at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. JJ will be sadly missed by his loving wife Bernie, his daughter Elaine, sons Donal and Darragh, brothers Willie, Tom, Paddy and Eddie, his extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place in St John’s Church Killenard on Saturday January 17, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery. May John rest in peace.


Sincere sympathy to the family of Seamus Dowling Togher Grove Monasterevin and late of Congress Terrace who passed away on Sunday January 18. Seamus was predeceased by his wife Eleanor a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed by his son Eoin, daughter Máire, grandchild Aodhán, his partner Nuala (McMahon), brothers Dick and Tony, sisters Angela, Debbie, Sheila and Marian, his beloved niece Tracy, extended family and many friends. Requiem mass took place in SS Peter & Paul’s Church Monasterevin on Tuesday January 20, with burial after in St Evin’s Cemetery. May Seamus rest in peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Joan McLoughlin (nee Powell), 70, Arden Vale Tullamore and formerly Droughill Portarlington who passed away on Saturday January 17. Joan was predeceased by her parents Powell, her brothers Paddy and Richard. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Pat, sons Padraig, Eoghan and Thomas, daughter Siobhan, her three beloved grandchildren Conor, Shona and Emily, brothers Colm, sister her extended family, neighbours and many friends. Requiem mass took place in the Church of the Assumption Tullamore on Tuesday January 20, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington. May Joan rest in peace.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree recycling is free for the month of January at Kyletalesha Landfill Site. Please remove all lights and decorations. The Landfill is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3.30pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1 pm Closed Sundays / Bank Holidays.