Laois IKA

Laois IKA

The Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Association will hold church gate collections throughout the county on Saturday April 13 and Sunday 14. As always your support is greatly appreciated and benefits Laois kidney patients.


Result for Thursday, March 21. Seven and a half table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Kathleen Ramsbottom snd Peter Conroy, 2nd Ette Kennedy and Damien Nee, Gross Eileen Fingleton and Mary Claffey. E/W 1st Molly and Michael O’Brien, 2nd Anne Mulligan and Triona Kavanagh, Gross Maire Fennin and Kevin Kennedy.

Result for Monday, March 25. Nine and a half tables Mitchell Movement

N/S 1st Celia And Suzanne Downes, 2nd Triona Kavanagh and Anne Mulligan, Gross Eileen Fingleton and Paddy Conroy. E/W 1st Noreen Kilkenny and Maureen O’ Leary, 2nd Blathnaid Trayer and Damien Nee, gross Mary Claffey and Dinah Campion.

Bridge restarted after Easter on Monday, April 8. The Presidents Prize will take place over two evenings, Thursday the April 11 and Monday, April 15, with the dinner and presentation of prizes on Thursday, April 18. Anyone looking for a partner for this competition should contact Rita Arrigan (8621681) or Sally Collins (8621554).


Despite the freezing March temperatures, a large crew braved the elements and turned up for what was to be an educational and entertaining night at Portlaoise Toastmasters.

All members were warmly greeted by Liam Ramsbottom, who also acted as the Wordmaster for the evening, and surpassed himself on both counts. Mary White was first to take to the floor, and with the help of the in-house technical guru, Bryan Holland, she set up a live recording studio. Mary proceeded to demonstrate a training program, via TV, on key criteria for speech preparation and delivery. Next to take to the floor was Keith Clarke, who informed us all that we suffer from ‘Parkinsons Law’. The main symptom of ‘Parkinsons Law’ is that of adding clutter to our homes and our lives, and that by merely becoming aware of these ‘symptoms’, we can break the cycle and break the habit! Last to take to the floor was Ann Duncan who delivered a wonderful recital of ‘The Exiles Return’ by John Lough. Ann lovingly brought the poem to life as she depicted the emotional scenes of excitement and awe as the emigrants returned home after being abroad for decades. Topicsmaster for the evening was Carmel Kelly, and she provided great entertainment as she got members revealing their views on golf, eavesdropping and marriage, amongst other topics! Members are reminded that the Area Contest is in Kilkenny on April 7, 2013 and that all support for our Portlaoise contestants would be greatly appreciated.

Toastmasters meet every second and fourth Monday of the month in the Killeshin Hotel and new members are always welcome. The first two meetings are free.


Portlaoise Men’s Shed are appealing to anyone that can donate any items which will help with the development of the project. Contact 086 2624092. Weekly meetings, Tuesday nights at Mill Court Community Centre Portlaoise.

Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday, April 20. Bus departs Abbeyleix 7am, Ballyroan 7.10, Maldron Portlaoise 7.20. Also stops in Mountmellick. Cost €20 return (if bus is full). Few places left. Contact 057 87 42011/ 087 2942582/ 057 87 31135/ Mountmellick 86 24857.


A reminder that rehearsals for the Kellyville Adult Chamber Choir (Portlaoise) resume after Easter on Tuesday, April 9, 7pm to 9pm. New members very welcome. Uplifting music and first class vocal coaching. No experience necessary. For info, contact Patricia Finnegan, 0894679243.

Explore the Meaning of Life

Find the answer by attending the very first official Alpha Course in Portlaoise, at Treo Nua Resource Centre, Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise, Saturdays, 3pm – 4.30pm. For further details or to reserve a place, please contact Myriam Bergin 057 8605691, 086 128 3432, alphacourseportlaoise@gmail.com.

youth cafe appeal

The young people of Portlaoise’s new Youth Cafe have some equipment but we could do with a lot more and it doesn’t have to be brand spanking new. Maybe you have something at home that you don’t use any more? We would love some CDs, DVDs and computer games for PS3, Xbox, Wii for under 18s. Any working music equipment or anything else that you think we might like and use. We know the people of Laois are very generous so thank you in advance. Also, a huge thank you to those of you who have already generously donated to us. Contact us on 057 8665010, info@ywilaois.ie or drop in any morning.

Shotokan Karate

Classes in traditional shotokan karate, every Monday and Thursday. Juniors 7pm – 8pm, seniors 8pm – 9pm in the Bantile Hall, Sacred Heart School, Church Avenue, Portlaoise. For further details contact Richard O’Brien 2nd Dan (WKSA) 086 8728809.

Mini Marathon

The Carers Association are now seeking volunteers, that will represent family carers in the Flora’s Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday June 3 Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. To receive sponsorship packs or information please contact Alison Hackett The Carers Association Laois/Offaly 086 7957086 or email ahackett@carersireland.com.

Musical fundraiser

Portlaoise Musical Society will host a fundraising table quiz on April 11 in Grellan Delaney’s Main St, Portlaoise.

Tables of 4 cost €40. The recent AGM saw a new committee elected and plans are already underway for 2013. Incoming chair, Annette McCaul, thanked the previous committee for their trojan work and dedication and welcomed the incoming committee and officers for the coming year. For further information, please contact David on 085 1392931 or email info@portlaoisemusical society.com.

50+ Active Age Group

Aprils events. 10, gardening advice plus questions and answers at homebase. 17, meeting cancelled (Donegal trip, April 15 -19). 24, activities day. Rehearsals for Bealtanna Festival at the Parish Centre. Every Tuesday, choir practice 3 - 4pm. Every Wednesday, dancing 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

New members always welcome. Just come along any Wednesday 3pm. For more info contact Andy 057 8621571.

Parish Bereavement Support

If you have lost a loved one, a confidential one-to-one support service is available by making an appointment with a member of the bereavement support team, call 087 9878300.

Ciorcal Cainte

Irish Conversation every Wednesday from 5.15pm to 6.30pm in Portlaoise Library. Má tá suim agat, bí linn. Fálite Romhat.


Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Midlands ‘Living Links’ provides trained volunteers to offer confidential, practical support and information on the following areas: the funeral, inquest, entitlements, what to say to the children, your grief.

We connect you to the other support services in your area and are there as a friend for you. Please contact the Midlands ‘Living Links’ support co-ordinator on 086 1600641.

Local AL-ANON Meeting

Do you enjoy reading and talking about good books? Join our group for stimulating discussions on chosen text, from classics to modern fiction.

We meet every Wednesday morning in the parish centre from 10.45am - 12.45pm.

New members always welcome. There is a fee to cover the cost of the tutor and room.

Call Hilary 087 6356714 or Nancy 086 6048671 for further info.