Family Support Fund

Family Support Fund

The Ciaran Treacy Family Support Fund has been formed by the local communities of Portarlington and Stradbally to support Gillian, Ronan, Sean and Caoimhe during this painful and difficult time for the family after the loss of their beloved Ciaran and to support the family as Gillian is facing a long and arduous road to recovery, following her injuries in the accident. Fundraising events in the next 10 weeks will include: golf classic on August 8 at Portarlington Golf Club, followed by an auction that evening in Portarlington town square. Other fundraisers will consist of a raffle which will be held at a table quiz in O’Dea’s Pub on July 24, also coffee mornings. Anyone interested in holding a coffee morning can you please contact Teresa Briody at 087-6380618. We will be interacting with the community of Stradbally to support our efforts as Gillian’s family are from Stradbally, and a number of local people from Stradbally wish to be involved in the fundraising. Your generous support will be greatly appreciated. An account has been opened in Port Credit Union Main St for donations. The account name is Ciaran Treacy Family Support Fund. Account No-14016. You can check out events etc on Facebook. Also on We will be also keeping people informed in the Port notes in our parish newsletter and local papers. Also posters in the town. Also you can contact PRO Ann (Bourke) Dunne email or 087-4116101.


There was a great turnout at Stradbally Lake on Saturday morning last for the launch of a new juvenile angling club. 32 juveniles were presented with rods, reels and nets. Two members from the TAFI gave lessons to all juveniles for two hours. There was ice cream and drinks free to all juveniles with tea and cakes to all mentors. There was an attendance of 150 at the launch. The organisers would like to thank the Lake Board for the use of the lake for the day. The walk around the lake was in great shape thanks to Martin Mahon and Gerry Kelly. Thanks also to Larry Swayne, secretary and Willie Rowe, youth officer for forming the juvenile board.


Stradbally Town AFC are holding their annual awards night in the Napper Tandy on Saturday, June 21. Complimentary food served on the night. Music by Wrecking Ball. Come along, a great night assured.


The county finals of track and field athletics (including cross country) take place on Sunday, June 15 in St Abbans.


There are some seats available for the World Flower Show to be held in the RDS on June 20. (Bus, admission ticket and evening meal) Please contact any member of the committee. This is the first time that the World Flower Show has come to Ireland. Work on the bridge and flower pots on Main Street will commence on Wednesday night, June 4 at 7pm. Bring a spade.


Cemetery mass in Ratheniska will be held on Friday, June 6 commencing at 7.30pm.


The housebound of the parish will be attended to on Friday, June 6.

Vicarstown active

The annual outing will take place to Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Carlingford, on July 27. Cost €170, dinner and B&B for two nights. Phone 057 8626158. Walking from the bridge every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Walking from the bridge every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.

Art & BBQ

An artistic bbq is on offer this weekend in Stradbally when Laois Arthouse artist-in-residence Padraig Robinson presents the second manifestation of Felt & Fa(c)t, a rolling curatorial project at the Malt House Stradbally for the event which begins on June 7 at 4pm and ends on June 8 at 4pm. The event features a series of other artistic offerings. All who come are more than welcome to bring food, which we will cook on the BBQ in the beautiful garden of the Malt House.

Summer Arts

The Arts Office, Laois County Council summer arts workshops in Stradbally takes place in the Laois Arthouse on Tuesday 29 to Thursday July 31 with artist Caroline Keane. Over the three days participants will learn about different techniques in painting, printmaking and creative sculpture and have fun learning how to turn items from the rubbish bin into art. Workshops 2hours and over three days and cost €20. Places are limited so book early. To request an application form contact: The Arts Office, Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email: or download programme and application form from the website: