Portarlington news

St. Michael's A.C. members , at Portarlington Community Centre , for the Pride of Place presentation .   Photo: Michael Scully - no fee.


Following up after the “Dirty old Towns” programme ended last Summer 2012, the committee continued finishing projects that were not highlighted on the programme. One of these projects was the landscaping of the 3 roundabouts in the town. The first roundabout was at Odlums. Lidl head office in Newbridge came back to us with sponsorship to landscape the 3 roundabouts. At this stage now we have completed 2 of the roundabouts and in the coming weeks we will finish with the McMahons roundabout on the Edenderry road.

A big thanks also goes to Stephanie Lewis from Corrig, who raised money during the programme to do something special in the town. The Maher family kindly agreed to moving the monument of their deceased family from the Park to a lovely location near their family home. It was then removed from the park by Nettie Emerson and by the family’s request only the center piece was restored and put into place. A tree was placed in the plot and Stephanie wants to call this a “Wishing Tree”. It is not possible to name everyone but the committee would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way as we finish up with these projects.

Happy Retirement

On Friday August 2. Christy Dunne from Canal Road, Ballymorris retired from the ESB where he started his apprenticeship in 1969. Christy was well known in Portarlington and many surrounding areas for his obliging nature and willingness to help in any situation. Christy was also involved with Arlington AFC, Portarlington Credit Union, and was also a founder member of the Christmas Tree committee, where he did Trojan work in his voluntary capacity. Wishing Christy many happy and busy years in his retirement, with his wife Mary & daughters Aine & Denise. Watch out for Christy on the roads in his classic Vintage cars, which he has a passion for.

Kestrels Registration

Kestrel’s Basketball Club will have their player registration nights for 2013/2014 season on Tuesday August 13 and on Tuesday August 20 from 7pm-8.30pm in the Killenard Community Centre. New players welcome. Could all new players please bring a photocopy of your birth certificate.

Killenard Community Games

We have had a busy year, competing in events ranging from talent to swimming. Well done to all who took part and sincere thanks to all who helped out at our events. The final event in the Community Games calendar is the Athletics National finals. This year we have 5 competitors taking part, and we wish them luck in their events. Joe Finn is our youngest competitor, taking part in his first National final, in the sprint, while Stephen Lennon goes in U10 hurdles. Ben Coen has his second outing in the sprint, while Louise and Claire Stack take part in their final year’s competition in the 7k Marathon. Well done everyone on qualifying for the All Irelands and we hope you all enjoy the experience, and the best of luck.

Family Fun Day

Portarlington Lions Club will hold their Annual family fun day in the People’s Park on Sunday August 25 from 2-6pm. Activities include-Face painting, Bouncing castles and much more. All activities will be completely free of charge. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the Portarlington Community, which goes back into the community.

Portarlington GAA Lotto

Lotto results for week 33. Numbers 9,12,22,24. No winner of €1,100 jackpot.

€50 Winners Peter Oxley c/o Rose McCann & Rita Fennel c/o Rose Mccann. €25 Winners David Hurley c/o J Lawlor & Mary Hyland c/o Marie Fallon. Promoter Prize to Rose McCann. Next week’s jackpot €1,200.

Saturday Savers

Massive book clearance sale by bestselling authors at the St Vincent de Paul shop on Main Street. Sale takes place every Saturday for the month of August. Books as new, from 50cent each. All donations and purchases most welcome.


Deepest Sympathy to the family of Michael Nolan Botley Road & formerly of Chapel Square Rathangan, who died suddenly on Monday August 5. Michael will be sadly missed by his loving wife Josie, his daughter, sons, grandchildren, extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday August 7 at St. Michael’s Church, with burial after to St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Michael rest in Peace.


Deepest Sympathy is extended to the family of Michael (Mick) Connolly, Crow Lane and formerly of Killimy Emo who died suddenly on Friday August 2. Requiem Mass took place at St. Paul’s Church Emo, with burial after to the new Cemetery Emo. Mick was well known in Port for his work at Burbages Main Street for many years. May Mick rest in Peace.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Des Byrne Naas & formerly of Main Street Portarlington, who passed away after a short illness on Friday August 2. Des was well known in the town when he ran his garage, which is now Maxol. Also owner of newsagents on Lower Main Street, which is now Angela’s hair salon. Des will be sadly missed by his loving wife May, his sons Peter & Myles, his daughter in laws, grandchildren and his extended family & friends. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday August 6 at St. Michael’s Church, with burial after to St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Des rest in Peace.


Condolences to the family of Mary (Molly) Malone (nee Wren) London, and formerly Cushina. Predeseased by her husband Willie. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday August 7 at St. Michael’s Church, with burial after in St. Brigid’s Cemetery Rosenallis. May Mary rest in Peace.

Tennis Club

The Junior Club Championships sponsored by Portarlington Credit Union starts on Monday August 19 at 2pm. Timetables available in the clubhouse. Novice and Mini-Tennis tournaments sponsored by KS Cabs starts on Monday August 19 at 11am.

Children- join our tennis club now and avail of our Free Summer activities programme for members, now and in 2014.

Free swim

Every Sunday at 5.30pm there is a Free swim for People with special needs at Portarlington Leisure Centre. This swim is sponsored by Portarlington Swimming Pool Association who continues to fundraise through their BINGO night every Tuesday at 8pm at Portarlington GAA Centre.


If you would like to become a Responder, contact us (details below), do the course, and give us a day or two a month, so that you – and we – can help others in that moment of need.

If you would like to get involved or for more info call us on 085- 8568801 or drop in to the PCDA/LovePort Office, Oriel House, Main Street Portarlington. Or email Tomás at:pfr@portarlington.ie