Portlaoise News

Panto Time

Panto Time

Portlaoise Pantomime’s Treasure Island runs from Saturday January 18 to Saturday January 25 next with matinees on January 18, 19 & 25 at 2.30pm (sharp). Nightly shows at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets from the Dunamaise. This is a special year for the panto as it is now 30 years young. As in previous years with their reputation for hugely entertaining productions of song, dance, comedy and laughter for all ages this year should be no exception.

This year’s tale has a little turn and twist here and there and a trip or two to exotic faraway place combined with a few surprises along the way.

Jobs meeting

A forum Action Plan for Jobs and Business takes place in Portlaoise chaired by Deputy Charlie Flanagan on Tuesday, January 28 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 5.30pm. The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton will be there.

50+Active age

50+ Active Age Group Portlaoise will hold their AGM on Wednesday, January 29 in the Parish Centre at 3pm. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the proceedings. Remember indoor bowls continue every Monday at 3pm at St Marys Hall and is also open to non-members. So come along and join in the fun

Laois Hospice

The Laois Hospice Foundation annual public meeting takes place on Friday, January 17 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Special guests are Mr Sean O’Rourke and Ms Eileen Dunne of RTÉ. Why not come along and hear about hospice services in Laois and where the monies collected are spent. This should be a very enjoyable and stimulating night.

Everybody is welcome to this meeting and your support would be very much appreciated. Refreshments will be served on the night. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice.

Great Heath 10km

Annual 10km run takes place on Sunday, January 19 with race starting at 11am. Entry online at www.runireland.ie. Late entries on the day.

St Vincent De Paul

The charity wishes to thank all who contributed last year especially to the Christmas appeal. Thanks also to the staff and voluntary workers. Special thanks to Mary Cullen who has retired after 30 years of service.

Men’s Shed

Now open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesdays 11am-4pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. Thursdays 11am-4pm.


Do you have a wedding speech to deliver, a presentation to make, or need skills to build confidence? If so Toastmasters can help. The Portlaoise branch meets each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.

Mental Health

First Fortnight, Ireland’s only mental health arts festival, arrives in Portlaoise at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Tuesday, January 14 with a screening of the award-winning film Silver Linings Playbook, followed by a post-show discussion, as part of a 10-day arts festival aimed at challenging mental health prejudice and discrimination. Tickets at Dunamaise Arts Centre are €8/€5 and include free tea and coffee after the film. Tel: 057 8663355 or www.dunamaise.ie


Pilgrimage to Fatima June from Portlaoise, spiritual director Fr Jimmy O’Reilly, also taking part Tom O’Reilly from Clonaslee for further details phone Maura 057 86 61601 mobile 0863344722. €100 if paid by February 3.

Tidy Towns

Do you know that there are 32 Tidy Towns Groups in Laois. If you are looking to do something different for the new year why not help out with your local group.

Tidy Towns groups work tirelessly to improve the areas in which we live and a few hours a week can make a huge difference. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in your local community you should contact a member or check the local newspapers / newsletter to find out what is happening in your area.

If you do not have contact details for your local group please contact Siobhan Donoher who will assist you in this regard. Email: sdonoher@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 86 74330.

alzheimers collection

Volunteers for The Alzheimers Society of Ireland with be holding a day long bucket collection outside Argos, Portlaoise, on Saturday January 18. Please support. For more information call the national helpline at 1800 341 341.

CBS Reunion

CBS Portlaoise school reunion is taking place on Saturday, February 8, upstairs in Kavanaghs Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise at 8pm. Email damian.donohue@gmail.com or 086 8731960.

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when numbers were drawn on January 9. Nos: 3,5, 28, 29. The eight match 3s won €125 each. This week’s jackpot is €12,000.

Gospel choir

The Portlaoise Gospel Choir will be back singing at Sunday mass at SS Peter and Pauls on January 19 at 12.30pm. For more upcoming performance dates check www.portlaoisechoir.com. The choir had a very busy Christmas.

New members are always welcome. Practice every Tuesday after 7.30pm in the parish church. email: portlaoisegospel@gmail.com; tel 089 486 2126.


The community mental health support group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Triogue Centre Portlaoise. Contact John on 086 8033 126

Late Stephen CONROY

Condolences to the family of the late Stephen Conroy of Marian Ave, Portlaoise, who died on January 9 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Pauline, and dearly loved father to John, Gerry, Mary, Tina, Stephen, Paula, Michael and Martin. Deeply regretted by brothers John-Joe, Martin, Michéal, sisters, Lil, Sile, Mary, and Dina extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s cemetery.

Late Gladys Muriel Young

Condolences to the family of the late Gladys Muriel Young (nee Broomfield) of Carrig Hill, Roscrea and formerly of Portlaoise who died on January 7 peacefully in the care of her family and the Villa Marie Nursing Home, Roscrea. Beloved wife of Des Young, mother to Alison, Colin, Stephen and Rachel and the late infant Sarah Marjorie, brothers and sisters extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to St. Cronan’s Church for Funeral Service. Burial afterwards in Dungar. Donations to the Alzheimers Association and North Tipperary Hospice.

Late Agnes Carroll

Condolences to the family of the late Agnes Carroll (née Lawless) of St Brigids, Portlaoise, who died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 8. Beloved wife of the late James,and loving mother to the late Tom and Mary, Deeply regretted by her loving family, Bridie, Tina, Linda, Jimmy, Oliver, Kevin, and Terry, brothers Billy, and John, extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at her daughter Tina McEvoy’s residence at Liogard. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Margaret McDonnell

Condolences to the late Margaret (Peggy) McDonnell (née Tobin), Carlow Rd, Ballylinan and formerly Summerhill, Portlaoise, who died on Saturday, January 4. Reposed at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy. Removal to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for requiem mass. Burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Bereaved support

To contact Portlaoise Parish bereavement support team call 087 987 8300