Portarlington News

Chris’s Journey

Chris’s Journey

The new musical story ‘Chris’s Journey’, composed and performed by singer, songwriter, and pianist Tom Conroy Clonaslee and formerly Patrick St Portarlington, is going from strength to strength since its creation at the beginning of 2014. Tom performs a selection of his own compositions and covers popular hit songs.

The next performance of ‘Chris’s Journey’ is scheduled for Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, on Friday, August 22 at 8pm. Tickets are €10/€5 (concessions) available at the door.

This is the last chance to see Tom perform live in Ireland in 2014, as he will be taking his performances to America in September.


A big well done to John Bolton and Diane Cooper who have successfully completed a courageous challenge of Kayaking around Ireland’s coasts in 40 days taking in 1000 miles in aid of Laois Hospice. Well done John and Diane.

St Vincent de Paul

Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo till midnight in aid of Portarlington St Vincent de Paul. Music in the coming weeks: August 18, Declan Aungier. August 25, Dermot Lyons. September 1, J & S Sound. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.

Port’s St Vincent de Paul shop will celebrate their 2nd anniversary on Friday August 29 with a cheese and wine reception from 6pm to 9pm approx. Admission free. Raffle on the night with hamper and plenty of other prizes.

Also on the night there will be an auction for a painting donated by Una McCormack Kilbride Studios and also an item of clothing by well known Portlaoise designer Heidi Higgins. Also a fashion show will take place with items which still have labels attached. These clothes can also be bought on the night.

Tea and coffee also served. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Best of Luck

Kidney transplant recipients Eddie McAuliffe from Gracefields, Portarlington and Robbie Lyons from The Swan, Laois will travel to Krakow, Poland next month to represent Ireland in the 8th European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships. Best of luck to both.

Tidy Town’s

Portarlington Tidy Towns hold a weekly clean up every Wednesday night from 7-8pm. All help appreciated. For further information e-mail porttidytowns@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page.

Tennis Club

Adult social tennis every Monday at 8pm. Adult coaching available. Currently there are two places for intermediate players on Tuesdays at 8pm. A limited number of places are now available for juniors in Tony Lok’s Tennis Coaching classes Tuesdays and Fridays. If interested phone 087 1231135 or check us out on our websitewww.portarlingtontennisclub.ie and facebook.

The 2014 club championships begin on Monday August 18. Collect your timetable at the clubhouse to ensure that you do not miss your competitions. There are tournaments for beginners under 11, under 13 and over 13. Mini tennis under 6, under 8 and under 10. Novice under 14 and the 2014 club championships under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Port Cfrgroup

We are seeking volunteers to train as community first responders. For more information send a private message to our Facebook page and please share this status to your friends around Portarlington. Also contact Love Port office at 085 8568801 for more information

Gracefield GAA

Results for August 5. Jackpot €11,400. No winner. Numbers 24-7-22-25. €50 went to the following: John Crombie c/o P Dunne, Teresa Gavin c/o G Corcoran, Shane Storey c/o Mary Flanagan, Catherine Gorry c/o A Early and Matt McDonnell c/o M Tynan. Promoters prize went to O’Deas. Next jackpot €11,600. Gracefield GAA would like to thank everyone who supported them in their recent church gate collection.

Port GAA

Lotto week 31. Numbers 10-12-14-30. No jackpot winner. €50 winners G Garry c/o D Smith & Jordan Fitzpatrick c/o J Lawlor. €25 winners Ronan Dunne c/o M Lawlor & Teresa O’Neill c/o J Bennett. Jackpot next week €6,200.

Training times for teams: U6 Sundays 10.30am, U8 Wednesday 6.30pm and Saturday 10.30am, U10 Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday at 10.30am, U12-Wednesday 6.30-8pm and Saturday 10.30am, U14-Monday and Wednesday at 7.45pm to 8.45pm, U16-Monday and Thursday at 7.30pm to 9pm, minors Friday 6.30-8pm and seniors Tuesday and Thursday 8pm to 9.30pm.

Sympathy John Joe Allman

Deepest sympathy to the family of John Joe Allman formerly St Mary’s Tce who passed away on Saturday August 2.

John Joe is survived by his daughters Eileen, Mary and Lyndsey, his grandchildren, brothers DJ and Pat, sisters Noreen (Kelly) and Helen (Trimble), his extended family and friends.

A guard of honour took place at the funeral from John Joe’s colleagues in the Prison Service. Requiem mass took place on August 4 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery.

May John Joe rest in peace.

Jigs & Reels

We are looking for dancers to take part in our Jigs & Reels competition in the Heritage Hotel in October. Practice begins in August. We have made it a little more exciting this year by offering €200 to every dancing couple who takes part and €1,000 for the winners. This money can be used for your club or favourite charity.

To book contact the PCDA/ LovePort office in the Catholic Club Main St, or call us on 057 8636348. Also check out Love Port facebook page or e-mail info@portarlington.ie.

Class Reunion

School reunion for the class of ‘84 in the Anvil Inn, Portarlington on August 23 at 8pm. Finger buffet and Peter McEvoy DJ for the night. Facebook page Class of ‘84 30th Year Reunion 2014 which gives details of the event in more detail. For further details you can contact Oonagh (Nolan) at 087 7822608 or Ann (Quinn) at 087 9494086.

Heritage Week Lea Castle

Talk on Lea Castle on August 26 from 8pm to 10pm in Portarlington Community Centre. Speakers on the night will include Ronnie Mathews, PJ Goode, Karen Dempsey and Fiona MacGowan. Speakers will talk about Lea Castle and the Conservation Project. Contact Portarlington Community Development Association. E portarlingtonartsandheritage@gmail.com. Phone- 086- 150 8046 W www.portarlington.ie Facebook page www.facebook.com/leacastleconservationproject.

I Dig Lea Castle on August 30, 2pm- 4pm as part of Heritage Week. A kids archaeological dig will be set up in the People’s Park to help learn about the Lea Castle conservation project. Booking required. There will also be face painting and arts and crafts. Venue Peoples Park, Link Road, Portarlington. Contact portarlingtonartsandheritage@gmail.com. Phone 086 1508046. www.portarlington.ie

Remembrance WW1

An ecumenical remembrance service for the young men who left Portarlington and the surrounding area to serve in WW1 will take place on August 29.

Meet at St Michael’s Church at 7.30pm to walk to St Paul’s, French Church St, Portarlington for 8pm. Contact Portarlington Community Development Association. Email portarlingtonartsandheritage@gmail.com. Phone 086 150 8046 W www.portarlington.ie. Facebook www.facebook.com/leacastleconservationproject.

History Live

Portarlington Library hosts the popular interactive Irish History Live Show for children with Michael Moylan on from 2.30pam Wednesday August 27 as part of Heritage Week. This year the show features World War I. Children will get a chance to wear costumes and use artefacts from the era. email emcevoy@laoiscoco.ie tel 057 864 3751

Schools of Port

Damer Emo link to the schools of Port Heritage Week talk on August 24 2-3.30pm at Emo Court on August 24

Ladies Soccer

Ladies soccer training Friday nights on Arlington’s pitch at Lea Rd from 8-9.30pm. Contact Peter Lawlor.


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 01-6617211 or www.aware.ie or the local helpline 1890303302.