portlaoise news

Simon collection

Simon collection

Laois Friends of Midlands Simon are holding a Church Gate Collection over the weekend August 17/18 in Portlaoise and churches throughout Laois. Church goers are being asked to show their solidarity for those less fortunate in their local community as they attend their local services this weekend. Thanks in advance for donations and to the collectors.


Portlaoise Gymnastics Club is holding an enrollment day at St Mary’s Bingo Hall on Portlaoise’s Dublin Road on Saturday August 24 from 10am-2pm. All new members are welcome. More info from Denis on 086 0717699.

Budding bowlers

The Portlaoise Active age Group is starting a New Bowling League. For further information contact Andy at 057 8621571.


Portlaoise Parish Pilgrimage to Knock sponsored by Legion of Mary on Sunday, August 18 . Buses leave Lyster Sq at 9am. Contact 086 191 3013 or 057 862 1142 (office hours).


To coincide with The Gathering the Laois Offaly MHS Social and Benefit Clube are holding a re reunion event in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, September 13. Current and former staff of St. Fintan’s Hospital and community services are welcome. So far we have had a great response, some former staff travelling from overseas. Tickets 087 2206903.


Portlaoise Men’s Shed is now open on Tuesday nights 7.30pm at Portlaoise Equestrian Centre. Day opening times to follow shortly.

If you have experience or a skill you want to share or just help out, pop into us for a chat and cup of tea.


Anyone interested in throwing darts in an healthy setting (17 and under) in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre. If so contact Stephen on 085 1555 856.

Holy angels

A website for the Holy Angel’s plot consultative forum has been established. www.hse.ie/holyangelsportlaoise. Details of upgrade on the site.


Bookings are now open for the Inaugural James Fintan Lalor School at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on September 20&21. www.jamesfintanlalor.ie

heath Cemetery mass

The annual Cemetery Mass will be held in the Church of the Assumption, The Heath on Thursday, August 15. Procession is at 7 p.m followed by mass at 7.30 pm.


There was no winner of the jackpot in the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on August 9. Numbers: 2,23,25.31. The match 3 winners won €91 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.


Fun wheelchair basketball tournament on Saturday August 17 10am-6pm in aid of the Portlaoise Rotary Club’s 700km 7 day charity cycle from France to Portlaoise in aid of the Laois Sport’s Partnership’s Sport’s Inclusion Disability Programme. The cycle takes place in September. Contact Mary Callanan 087 195 7988 or 057 8671248.

Portlaoise Bridge

Results July 25: Eight Table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Kevin Kennedy & Maire Fennin, 2nd Paddy Conroy and Eileen Fingleton, Gross Noreen Kilkenny and Sally Collins, 3rd Sister Rosario and Cella Lalor. E/W 1stPat McEvoy and Kay Walsh, 2nd Sr. Madeline & Kay Horan, Gross Margaret Nee and Ette Kennedy, 3rd Bridie Hourigan and Brona Shiels. Results for Thursday, August 1: Eight and a half table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Ette Kennedy & Meera Saxena, 2nd Paddy Conroy & Eileen Fingleton, Gross Maire Fennin & Kevin Kennedy3rd Sally Collins & Noreen Kilkenny. E/W 1st M. Owens & M.Callanan, 2nd Brona Shiels & Bridie Hourigan,Geoss Heather Ridgeway & A.Cromby, 3rd Bridie Eagan and Hannah Meade. Bridge every Thursday from 7,30pm sharp. all are welcome.

Bridge AGM

AGM on Thursday, Sept 19. Amendments to the Constitution must be received by the Hon. Sec. Brenda Scully, Ballyfin Rd, Portlaoise, no later than Sept 9.

Lunchtime music

Free lunchtime concert, Irish Midlands Concert Orchestra (14 August) from 1.10-1.50pm at St Peter’s Church, Market Square, Portlaoise. All welcome. Bring your lunch and come and go as you please (quietly). Donations will be split between the Laois Hospice, the Dunamaise Arts Centre and St Peter’s Church.

Genalogy Workshop

Genealogy Workshop for beginners by archivist Sinead Holland Thursday, August 22 8-9pm at Portlaoise Library. Contact S scarroll@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8622333.

MARIAN AVE jubilee

The residents are to hold a Diamond Jubilee Gathering on Friday, August 30 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel at 8.30pm. Tickets 8.30pm. Details call: Dick Connell 087 2776450; Sam O’Brien 087 127 9276; Brid Davis - 086 106 9156; Geraldine Galvin 086 300 2496; Nora Walsh 087 220 6930; Maureen Culliton 087 939 5670.

Library News

Summer Reading Challenge Packs back in stock. Read six books this summer to collect stickers and win a gold medal. Knitting Circle, 11am-1pm Wednesdays. Ciorcal Comhrá, 5.15pm-6.30pm, Wednesdays. Chat as gaeilge. All levels welcome. Exhibition of Irish Wildlife Photographs by Noel (Nobby) Styles.

ARchitecture talk

Free talk by Kevin Flanagan from the Office of Public Works, on Tuesday, August 13 at 8pm on Emo Court. The lecture will explore the architecture of Emo Court and its various owners. The event is part Celebration of Architectures series in the library on the big houses of Laois.

Musical Golf

Portlaoise Musical Society Golf Classic takes place at the The Heath Golf Club on Friday, August 16. Call Pat 087 6477621.

Dysart Enos

Meeting of Dysart Enos conservation group takes place on August 14, at the Ratheniska GAA centre. All are welcome.

Midlands Railways

Heritage week: Illustrated talk by Sean Cain of the Irish Steam Preservation Society on the Industrial Railways of the Irish Midlands on 22 August 8-10pm. Organised by Laois Heritage Office at the Parish Centre. Contact Laois County Council Email: ccasey@laoiscoco.ie Tel: 057 866 4129

Tour of Portlaoise

Heritage week: Discover the delights of the Portlaoise Heritage Trail, with guide Michael Parsons on August 17 3-4.30pm. Organised by the Laois Heritage Society. Meet at James Fintan Lalor Statue County Hall. Contact: Teddy Fennelly - e mail:teddyfennelly@hotmail.com. Tel: 087-241 6512.

Wildlife Photo Slideshow

Heritage Week: An illustrated talk photographing Irish wildlife by Dom Reddin, of Mountmellick Photographic Society on 21 August 8-10pm at Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Email: ccasey@laoiscoco.ie. Telephone: 057-866 4129.

BAsket weaving

Heritage week event on August 21 8-9pm. Demonstration of the traditional basket making at Portlaoise Library. Email: scarroll@laoiscoco.ie Tel: 057 8622333


Learn to draw Architecture with Connor Brennan with focus on Laois. Free workshops for children and adults. Children’s event takes place on August 17 from 10am-11.30am. The workshop for adults takes place on the same day from 12.30-3pm. Both workshops in Portlaoise library. To book contact Suzanne Carroll. Email: scarroll@laoiscoco.ie. Tel: 057 8622333

Divine Mercy mass

No mass in August. Next mass on September 4.


Parish support for the bereaved 087 987 8300.