Portlaoise News

Portlaoise Musical Society

Portlaoise Musical Society

Portlaoise Musical Society will host a fundraising table quiz on Friday June 6 in Grellan Delaney’s in Portlaoise. Tables of 4 cost €40. The recent AGM saw a new committee elected and plans are already underway for 2014. This year’s production - Jesus Christ Superstar has also been cast following recent auditions. For further information, contact David on 087 9423741.

Sunflower Day

Laois Hospice Foundation needs collection volunteers for National Sunflower Day on Friday June 6 to sell sunflowers at various outlets in Portlaoise. This is one of the main fundraisers organised by Laois Hospice Foundation and all monies collected locally are spent on hospice services in Laois. If you have an hour to spare on June 6 cal Mary Delaney at 086 8157280. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice Foundation.

Learning through play

Aistear helps children to learn creatively through play. A free workshop on the programme takes place on in the Laois Education Centre on Wednesday, June 11 7pm-8.30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book contact 057 867 2400 or e-mail yvonne@laoisedcentre.ie

Youth Cafe

Is your child bored? if they are between the ages of 10 - 12 years, why not drop them down to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe only €1 entry on a Thursday evenings 4- 6pm or Saturday 3 - 5pm. Staff and volunteers are fully trained in child protection and are Garda vetted. Volunteer leaders needed. Child Protection training provided. All queries to Miriam 057 866 5050 or e-mail laoisyouth@gmail.com

Parish Lotto

Congrats to Ashling Campbell who was the €20,000 jackpot winner the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on May 29. The promoter was Lynda Campbell. Winning nos: 3,11,17,27. The 27 match 3s won €38 each. This week’s jackpot is €10,000.


Wishes to thank parishioners for the €14,239.10 collected during this year’s lenten campaign.


Will all those travelling from with the Portlaoise small group to Lourdes from July 1-6 ensure that they have a valid passport and E1.11 form which can be obtained from the HSE free of charge. Info 057 8622458


Portlaoise ICA are holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday June 4 at 8 pm in Sue Ryder centre. Laois federation walk takes place on June 15 at Cuisle Centre at 2pm. All welcome. Ladies are looking forward to Laois week in AnGrianan in June. New members always welcome.

Library news

Wild Creatures’ exhibition of research and artwork by students from Scoil Bhride featuring snakes spiders and all manner of creepy crawly creatures on display this month. Ciorcal Comhra, Wednesdays 5.15pm All welcome to come along for a chat as Gaeilge. Knitting Group, Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, just Knit and chat. All levels welcome.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday, May 22. seven and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 2nd Colm Walsh & L.Tynan, Gross ally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny. E/W 1st Lena Kelly & Liz Scully, 2nd Ena Brennan & Pat Shiels, Gross Hannah Meade & Bridie Egan, Summer Bridge is up and running every Thursday starting at 7.30pm in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy. All are welcome.


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, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall helpline 1890303302.

IUNVA Thanks

The UN vets association IUNVA would like to thank the public and local businesses for their support on their flag day which took place on May 23.

Mens Sheds

Portlaoise Men’s Sheds is open at the Portlaoise Equestrian Centre Tuesday 11am-4pm and 7.30pm-10pm. Also Thursday 11am-4pm.

Summer arts for Kids

The Arts Office, Laois County Council announce a fun packed arts programme for children and young people running in the county this year. In Portlaoise in St Francis School from July 22-24 July artist Conor Brennan will run fun art workshop for children aged 7 to 12. During the same week in St Francis budding young writers aged 12 to 15 will get the opportunity to explore creative writing with writer Jean O’Brien. All workshops cost €20. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Call 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

Portlaoise Pioneers

Presentation of pins to the recently enrolled young pioneers confirmation class 2014 takes place on Tuesday next June 3 at 7pm in the Portlaoise parish centre. Families of recipients are also welcome to attend. Light refreshments afterwards.

The annual presentation of silver, gold and Fr Cullen medals takes place on Friday, June 27. Pioneers in Portlaoise and beyond welcome. The presentation takes place during 7.30pm mass in the Parish Centre.


The Portlaoise Toastmasters public speaking club meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members always welcome.

Charity Concert

Featuring Francis Black and the Roscommon Solstice Choir takes place on June 15 at SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise. Tickets €10 in aid of Portlaoise St Vincent De Paul and the Rise Foundation.

Well done

Well done to all the young people who attended the recent Foroige awards in Timahoe.

Congrats & commiserations

To all the politicans who went before the publc in the recent local elections in the Portlaoise electoral area.

Divine Mercy

There will be no mass on Wednesday, June 4.

O’Moore Plc/Lakeglen Mass

The end of year mass for residents living in these areas will be celebrated on June 10 next at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Condolences to the family of the late Pat Byrnes of Beechfield, Mountmellick Rd, Portlaoise, Laois/Bruree, Limerick & Ballinasloe, Co Galway who died peacefully on May 29 surrounded by his loving family at Naas Regional Hosp. Pat ex defence forces is deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret, sons Mark, and Daniel, daughters Anna, Joanne, and Marguerite, brothers, sisters, extended family, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his family home. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Leslie BRADSHAW

Condolences to the family of the late Leslie Bradshaw of the Stradbally Rd, Portlaoise, who died on May 27 peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise, aged 87. Dearly loved husband of Hilda and much loved father to Glenn, Trevor and Karen and the late Mary, brother Aubrey, sisters Olive, Pat, and Jean large extended family, relativies and friends. Funeral service in St Peters Church Portlaoise on Thursday May 29 followed by burial in adjoining graveyard.

Parish Bereavment

Confidential help for those who have lost loved ones. Call 087 987 300