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Charity head shave and body waxing in aid of Cuisle cancer support centre, on Saturday August 16 at 8pm in Humes Bar. Participants are Adrian Meehan, Alan Lambert, Mick O’Dwyer and Jamie O’Dwyer. Shaving by Eugene Deegan Barbers, Main Street, and waxing By Essential Beauty, Well Road.

Prize raffle, free finger food and live music. Sponsorship cards now in Humes Bar. Come and show your support in aid of cancer support services. Call Ian on 0831711067 for more.


Enrolment for the new term, for new and existing members, will be held in Portlaoise Gymnastics Club, Lismard Business Park, Timahoe road, Portlaoise, on Saturday August 23 and Saturday August 30, from 9am to 2pm. Enquiries call 086 0717699.

Round house fun day

Family fun day on Sunday, August 17 2-5pm on the Green, Marian Avenue to raise funds for the Round House Commuity Centre Centre. All welcome.

St Brigid’s Mass

St Brigid’s Place annual mass and unveiling and blessing of Maria Greene’s Memorial Bench takes place on Friday, August 15 at 7.30pm on the top green. The celebrant is Fr Paddy Byrne. Refreshments after mass. All are welcome.

Fatima fund

Fatima fund dance takes place on Wednesday, September 17 in the Castle Arms Durrow. Features Solitaire and Twice Shy features guests Checkers. Raffle prize two nights at the Great Northern Hotel and Leisure Centre, Bundoran. Free bus from Lyster Square, Portlaoise at 8.30pm to and from Durrow. Dancing 9am-midnight. Tea served and door prize. Subscription €10.

Cemetery mass

The Heath Cemetery Mass will be celebrated on the Feast of the Assumption on Friday, August 15. Procession and rosary followed by mass at 7pm.

Run for Cuisle

Cuisle run in Ratheniska on Saturday, September 6 at 6.30pm. Full details in coming weeks.


Portlaoise Macra’s hall on the Timahoe Rd is available for use for community groups and classes. Large hall complete with stage and also small meeting room. Central location with ample parking. For more enquires please phone Ann Maire 086 3253100.

Walking tour

Walking tour of Portlaoise on August 23, 3pm – 4.30pm as part of Heritage Week led by local historian Michael Parsons. Hear about the people and places that make Portlaoise great. Meet at James Fintan Lalor statue in the grounds of County Hall. Contact Laois Heritage Society, teddyfennelly@hotmail.com T 087 2416512 F www.facebook.com/laoisheritageforum

Drive-in bingo

Portlaoise GAA Club have launched the drive-in bingo sessions at the grounds in Rathleague. The fun family bingo is on the last Sunday of August and September at 3pm. Overall payout on each day will be €7,500 which includes an accumulative jackpot starting at €1,000. In support of the club, Portlaoise Musical Society and Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

Parish Lotto

Portlaoise Parish Lotto jackpot not won on August 7. Numbers 2,4,5,23 The 15 match 3 winners won €67 each. This week’s jackpot is €12,000.

Suicide Prvention

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training teaches the skill to be more alert to the signs and risk of suicide. Two day training workshop provided by the HSE takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10-11 9am-5pm. Training is free. To book contact the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource services 057 9357807 or 086 8157320.

Portlaoise AFC

Today, Tuesday, August 12 at 7.30pm in Rossleighan, trials to select A & B teams at U13 level. All players welcome. If you need further details please call Declan an 087 9824467.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results for Thursday July 24. Nine table Mitchell movement N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, Eileen O’Hora & Catherine Keane, Gross Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin, 3rd Phil Devaney & Mary J Ryan. E/W 1st Damien & Margaret Nee, 2nd Cella Lalor & Sr Rosrio, gross Mary Conroy & Ette Kennedy, 3rd Veronie Naughton Pauleen Carbury. Sessions every Thursday evening the Sue Ryder Centre commencing at 7.30pm sharp all are welcome

Drawing Workshop

Irish flora and fauna drawing workshop during Heritage Week on August 23 10.30-11.30am (children) and

12.30pm - 1.30pm (adults) with local artist Conor Brennan. Admission free. Booking is essential as places are limited. In Portlaoise Library, library@laoiscoco.ie T 057 862 2333 www.laoislibraries.ie www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries

Trad sessions

Portlaoise Comhaltas present their final summer Seisiún at Kavanagh’s on Main St on Thursday August 14 at 8.30pm. Members head to Sligo for Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann. Portlaoise will be strongly represented by the Dunamase Senior Ceili Band and a number of junior competitors. Anyone wishing to join can contact the club by email to portlaoisecce@gmail.com

A new book of traditional Laois music has been published by well known musician Aine McGeeney of the band Goitse. ‘Lovely Laois’ combines well known and rare pieces by Laois musicians or about Laois places and faces.


Portlaoise Parish Pilgrimage to Knock sponsored by the Legion of Mary on Sunday, August 17. Bus leaves Lyster Sq at 9am. Adults €10, children €5. Further info call Parish Centre 057 8621142 or 086 1913013.

Holy Land

Portlaoise Parish has announced that its Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place on September 1- 26 2015 led by spiritual director Msgr John Byrne PP. Cost €1,395 pps, €355 single room supplement.

historical Architecture

Portlaoise Library host a series lectures on the historical architecture in the library in Lyster Square Wednesday evenings 7pm From July 30 to September 3. The lectures include features of vernacular architecture such as the thatch cottage and traditional farm buildings as well as the well-known Stradbally Market House and also a study of the gate lodges.

Active Retired

Would you avail of a pick up drop-off transport service at a nominal cost to attend the Active Retirement Club on Wednesday afternoons in the Parish Centre. If so please put your name address and a contact number in the special transport survey box at reception in parish centre or contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621971.

ARA Portlaoise resumes on Wednesday September 3, after summer break. September 15-18 trip to the ARA National Bowls at Gleneagles Hotel Killarney. Further details from Bernie Downey 0877602148 or Paddy McEvoy 0868581203.

Autumn holiday to Quality Hotel, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Dates from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3. Bus leaves parish centre on Monday at 10am. All inclusive price is €275 per person. Single supplement €10 extra per night. Further details from Trudy Tel. 0578621297 or Andy 0578621571. Note Trudy will be in the parish centre Fridays in July from 10.30am to 11am to take names and deposits.

Cuisle Centre

A children and young people’s programme called ‘Beyond Words’ is being offered to support children aged 5 years - 19 years, whose family member has a cancer diagnosis, on Monday-Tuesday, August 18 and 19 10-12noon. Primary school children, 2-4pm secondary school children. Children 5 years upwards - 19 years.

Who have been bereaved by cancer Wednesday, August 2014, 10- 12 noon; primary school children, 2 - 4 pm; secondary school children. Places limited. Telephone 057 8681492.