Presentation Primary School

Presentation Primary School

Enrolment application forms for incoming Junior Infants in September 2014 are currently available from the junior school office. Closing date for applications is Friday January 31.

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin

Enrolment forms for Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin, Killenard are available from school reception. Closing date for application is Friday January 31 at 5pm.

Laois Riding for the disabled

Tommy Ryan would like to thank the people of the town of Portarlington and surrounding areas who bought tickets for our annual Christmas raffle. Thank you to the people who helped sell tickets. Thanks also to the managment and staff of Supervalu, Portarlington.

Charity Ball

Portarlington and Killenard charity gala ball in aid of the Port Scouts and Special Olympics takes place on February 28 in the Heritage Golf and Spa resort. Music and fundraising on the night. Tickets €50. For further information contact Eimear Lawless at 087 1217399 and Marie Corcoran at 087 7589896.

Training Course

Love Port/PCDA are hosting a comprehensive webpage and facebook training course. Community groups/clubs from 5 - 7.30pm and businesses from 6.30 - 9pm. The dates are on a Tuesday as follows: January 14, 21 and 28. February 4, 11, 18 and 25. This is an opportunity for businesses to look more closely at how we can work together. The course is sponsored by Laois Partnership. An outline of the course is available by emailing. Please book through education@portarlington.ie as places are filling up fast.


Dancing every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo from 9.30 to 12. Music in the coming weeks: January 20, Dermot Lyons, January 27, Twice Shy, February 3, Brian Mc Dermott, February 10, Paddy Blanche. Admission still only €5. All are welcome. 

Credit Union Money Draw

Cash draw took place on December 14. Results are as follows:

€10,000 Mary Kelly Lea Portarlington

€3,000 Liam Brennan 5, Park Lane.

€2,000 Rose Murphy 2, Rosecourt.

€1,000 Debbie O’Brien Cloneyhurke.

€1,000 Maureen Gorman Killeigh.

€500 Merle Eacrett Ballybrittas.

€500 Johnny Keogh The Old Pound.

Active Retirement

Portarlington Active Retirement Association (Happy Heart’s Club) re-opened after the Christmas break on Thursday January 9, and will continue every Thursday at 2pm in the community centre. New members very welcome. Please contact Ann at 057 8643727 or Mary at 057 8623881 for details of membership.

Lions Club

Portarlington Lions Club thank most sincerely all who contributed to the annual food appeal. Thanks to local businesses for their hospitality. Every cent that the Lions Club receive goes directly to help those in need.

Goal Mile

Thanks to all who turned out on Christmas morning. The money collected on the morning was €497.30. Grateful thanks to everyone.

Thanks from Kilnacourt

Killnacourt Residents Association would like to sincerely thank Portarlington Fire Brigade for bringing Santa to Kilnacourt to visit the children on Sunday December 15. Their visit brought much joy to the children, and was appreciated by all involved.

GAA Lotto

Results for week 1. Numbers 8-12-13-19. No winner of €3,100 jackpot. €50 each to Margaret Behan c/o Rose McCann and Andy Strahan 18, Riverside. €25 each to Aoibhinn Flanagan c/o Marie Fallon and Ollie Evans c/o David Smith. Promoters prize to Joe Whelan. Next jackpot €3,200.

Christmas Draw

Results of Christmas draw for Portarlington Fianna Fail South Cumann. 1st prize €250 to Liam Brennan c/o M Tynan. 2nd prize turkey and ham to Pat Quinn Kilmullen. 3rd prize turkey to Grace O’Keefe, 68 Railway Mews. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Art Group

Art classes catering for adults and children have recommenced at Kilbride Art Group. For more information contact Una at 086 2392997.

Used Stamps

Used stamps wanted for the Missions. Please donate to Angela Pigott in Portarlington Pharmacy or to Padraig Delaney, 45, Bracklone St. Used stamps can also be left into the Nook Patrick Street.

Speech and Drama

Speech a drama classes will commence in Portarlington Community Centre on Wednesday January 15 from 4pm. Classes are one hour in duration. All students will take place in the end of year performance at the Dunamaise Theatre on Sunday April 13. For more information contact 086 2478052, email ceiltissd@hotmail.com.

Enrolment Night

Heywood Community School will hold an enrolment night on Thursday January 23 at 7pm, for prospective 1st year students and their parents.

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.


The Slieve Bloon Association will hold its next meeting on Thursday January 16, in the ICA Hall Mountmellick at 8.30pm. We are a group of people who aim to promote the Slieve Bloom Amenity Area, while protecting its unique landscape. If you are like-minded and would fancy joining us, why not come to our next meeting .

Tidy Towns

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. To volunteer contact a member or check the local newspapers / newsletter to find out what is happening in your area. Contact Siobhan Donoher who will assist you in this regard. Email: sdonoher@laoiscoco.ie or Tel: 057 86 74330.