Portlaoise news

YOUTH CAFE showcase

YOUTH CAFE showcase

Portlaoise Youth Cafe are holding a fundraising event/open mic night in our cafe at 7pm on March 28 to showcase our Laois heat winners ‘Elephants in the Coldroom’, all young musicians are welcome, contact 085 2445102 to book. Youth Work Ireland Laois wish to congratulate ‘Elephants in the Coldroom’ and wish them the best of luck in the All-Ireland final of the IYMAs which will be held in the Aviva Stadium Dublin on April 12.

St Patrick’s Run

Portlaoise athletic club saw record numbers turn out for their annual 5k road race which took part on St. Patrick’s Day. The club would like to thank the sponsors and congratulate the winners.

Cuisle Centre

Cuisle Cancer Support Centre, Block Rd, Portlaoise 057 8681492. Upcoming events: Breast Care Talk – Genetic Family Risk the Cuisle Centre on Tuesday, March 25 at 8pm – Yvonne Hanhauser A.N.P. (St James Hospital) All Welcome; Nutrition Course for anyone affected with a cancer diagnosis commences Monday, April 28 at 11am for 4 weeks; Prosthesis and Bra Fittings by appointment only on Thursday, April 3.

Francis Rogers, family & friends are organising a charity fashion show in the Heritage Hotel, on April 3 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. Call 057 868 1492

Coffee for fatima

In the Parish Centre in Aid of the Fatima Invalid Fund on Tuesday, April 15 after 10 am Mass. Please come along for a cuppa, a cake and a chat. Your support would be greatly appreciated. All Donations of home cooking to aid the event gratefully received. Contact Maura O Brien 086 3344722, Bernard Fitzpatrick 085 8374451

Communion & Confirmation

Confirmations: March 29 12 noon – Scoil Bhride, Gaelscoil, Heath and Ratheniska; 2.30pm – St. Paul’s, Scoil Mhuire, Sacred Heart & St Francis.

First Communion: May 10 – 11am Heath, Ratheniska & Gael Scoil; May 17 11am – St Paul’s, 1pm – Scoil Bhride; May 24 - 12noon Scoil Mhuire & Sacred Heart.


The next meeting of the Laois branch of BirdWatch Ireland will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm when Dr Stephen Newton, Senior Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland will speak about The FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment) Project: Safeguarding Irish Seabirds. Open to al with an interest in wildlife. Entry is free contributions welcome. On Sunday 30 March outing to Oak Park, Carlow. Meet at the County Hall Portlaoise, at 8.30am.

Brigidine Reunion

Brigidine past pupils’ Lunch on Sunday April 6 at 1pm in the Kaedeen Hotel, Newbridge. Contact Maeve at 087 6569975.

Parish Novena

The Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help runs each Wednesday at 7.30pm to April 16. The 9-week Novena in SS Peter and Paul’s Church continues on Wednesday, March 26 when Mickey Harte, Tryone’s All-Ireland Winning football manager speaks on the topic Sport Life and Tragedy. Portlaoise Parish Youth group will be providing tea and scones after the novenas on March 19,26 and April 9 to raise money for the Camino Youth Pilgrimage. Donations welcome.


Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) “Reaching Out Together” community information sessions for those involved and interested in genealogy on April 9 in Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm supported by Laois Partnership Company. roadshow@irelandxo.com

LOURDES Pilgrimage

A box will be placed in the Parish Centre from April 1-30 for names for sponsorship on the 2014 Portlaoise Lourdes Pilgrimage July 14-18. Applicants to include name address contact details and reason for application. If for medical reasons include doctors letter. Seats still available for other pilgrims €725 pp all in. For more see www.justsplit.com

Active Age

Singing rehearsals with Nuala Kelly for 10th Anniversary concert on April 23 open to each member. Come along each Wednesday 2-3pm sharp and ‘Air your vocals’! Usual meeting follows every Wednesday between 3-5 pm at the Parish Centre and will include a wide variety of activities and events. (The more you join in the fun the more you get out of it). Indoor Bowls every Monday at St Mary’s Hall 3-5 pm.

Parish Lotto

No jackpot winner when numbers were drawn on March 20. Nos: 1,17,19,25. The 14 match 3s won €72 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

daffodil day

The Irish Cancer Society need the public’s help to support Daffodil Day on Friday March 28. 1850 60 60 60 or visitwww.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Congrats Choir

Well done to the Portalaoise Parish Contemporary choir which won first prize at the All-Ireland final in Kilkenny.


Kieran Parrot Delaney’s mother and family thank all who bought tickets for the recent benefit night and those who donated incl St Brigid’s Committee. Money raised will go to the Ballyfin Church Fund (€1,000) and Sr Muriel in Medjugorje (€1,000).

Mens Sheds

Open at the Equestrian Centre on the Timahoe Road Tueadays 11am-4pm & 7.30pm-10pm Thursdays 11am-4pm.


GROW meets at 7pm every Wednesday in the Triogue Centre, Bridge St. Call John on 086 8033126. www.grow.ie Infoline 1890 474 474.


Former staff of Grellan Delaney’s pub are invited to a 30th anniversary re-union party on Friday, May 2 at 8.30pm entertainment and refreshments. Contact Grellan/ Sinead for more details 087 2989446.


Portlaoise Toastmasters meet on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members welcome. First two sessions free.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Pauls Parish Centre. This service is free, no referral is required and you do not need to book. For further information call 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results March 13: 8.5 tables Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Frances & Jim Delaney, 2nd Rita Arrigan & Meera Saxena, Gross Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy, 3rd Margaret Nee & Ette Kennedy. E/W 1st Kathleen Ramsbottom and Liz Scully, 2nd Carmel Hughes & Eileen O’Hora, Gross Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 3rd Mary Claffey & Josephine Hogan.

Late Maria GREENE

Condolences to the family of the late Maria Louise Green who died 202 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise on Saturday, March 15 following an accident. Beloved daughter of Stephen and Amanda (nee McGinley) and dear sister of Stephen, she is deeply regretted by her heartbroken and devoted parents, grandparents Denis and Mary McGinley and Noel and Josephine Greene, extended family, neighbours, relatives and many friends and classmates at Gaelscoil Phortlaoise. Maria was reposed in her home until removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for Mass of the Angels. Burial after in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.

Late Patricia NORTON

Condolences to the late Patricia Norton (née Clear) of Sheffield Cross, Portlaoise who died on March 19. Beloved wife of Donie and much loved mother of Danny, Simon, Patrick and Eleanor. Also deeply regretted by her brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed athome. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to the Oncology Unit, Tullamore.

Late Peter DUNNE

Condolences to the family of the late Peter Dunne, 26 Marian Ave, Portlaoise who died on March 19. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (Mida) and predeceased by his son Michael. and much loved father of Mary, Phyllis, Peggy, Patricia and Susan. Also deeply regretted his sister Vera Byrne, extended family relatives and friends. Reposing at the Chapel of Rest in St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s church Portlaoise for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. Donations if desired to St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick and The Dialysis Unit Tullamore.