Briefing meeting on Lea Castle Conservation Project, March 11, 8pm in Portarlington Community Centre. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about the exciting new development with the offer of grant aid from the Heritage Council for the conservation report for Lea Castle. Full details of this will be announced on the night and the meeting is open to the public. All welcome.

Many Thanks

The Portarlington St Patrick’s Day committee would like to thank everyone who donated to their flag day recently. Thanks to all who helped with the collection, and to McLoughlin’s Supervalu for the use of their premises. For further details on this year’s parade please contact the PCDA/LOVE PORT office in the Catholic Club Main St. Please call in or phone 085 8568801. Also we are looking for about ten stewards to help out on the day of the parade.

Monster Draw for Meals on Wheels

The committee of Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels would like to thank Ronnie Ridgeway from Garryhinch who has organised a monster raffle to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels.

Ronnie came up with the idea when he was donated a 50lb turkey. Yes, you are seeing right, a 50lb turkey as 1st prize. He also has 20 other prizes all donated to him for such a good cause. The raffle will take place on Wednesday April 16 at the senior citizens bingo in the Social Services Centre. A book of six tickets will only cost you €5. If you would like to take some to sell or would like to buy some please contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne at 087 4116101 or Jenny Champ Hendy at 057 8623522, or contact Ronnie Ridgeway. It is also hoped to have books in premises around town.


Do you suffer from stress and anxiety and want a peaceful way to learn to cope with it? Well then why not join Maureen who has 20 years’ experience in dealing with people through meditation. Meditation will start on Monday March 24 from 7.30pm to 9pm in Portarlington Social Services Centre Link Rd, and each Monday after. For more information please contact Maureen at 086 3620576 or email Carlow@ie.brahmakumaris.org. Also you can contact Ann (Bourke) Dunne (secretary Portarlington Social Services/Meals on Wheels) at 087 4116101.

Diamond Wedding

Congratulations to Jimmy and Christina O’ Connor St Brigid’s Square Portarlington who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. They were married in 1954 in St Michael’s Church. Jimmy and Christina celebrated with their children Noreen, Seamus and Pauline, their six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and their extended family. Many more happy years to this wonderful couple.

Lourdes 2014

Portarlington Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from August 7 to August 14 next. Seven nights full board in the Solitude Hotel. Fare €789 includes bus from Portarlington to Dublin airport, flights etc. Deposit secures your seat. Fare can be paid by instalments. Contact Marie 087 7589896, Vera 087 9311813, Tony Byrne 086 1225833.

At the recent AGM of the Lourdes Committee the following officers were elected: president Fr Dooley, chairman Peter Hynes, secretaries Vera Treacy and Marie Corcoran, treasurers Frances O’Dwyer and Fintan Coughlan.

Many Thanks

Portarlington Folk Choir would like to thank everyone who contributed to our choir church gate collection recently. Your donations are much appreciated.

Meditation Day

Due to the huge response received from our recent meditation day in Mount St Anne’s Killenard last February, we are holding another day on April 5 from 10am to 16.30pm to facilitate all those who were unable to attend. Enjoy a day of quiet time and relaxation in the beautiful surroundings, helping you to free your mind from anxiety and stress. Facilitated by Sr Roisin and Ms Marie Manley Smith. For more details contact 057 8626153.

Book Club

St Brigid’s Social Club Garryhinch/Cloneyhurke resumed their book club last Wednesday March 5 at 8pm. New members are welcome to attend for the future.

Tennis AGM

Portarlington Lawn Tennis Club AGM will be held in the tennis clubhouse on Thursday March 13 at 8.30pm. All senior and student members and parents/guardians of junior members are invited to attend. Coaching with Tony Lok resumes on April 2. If interested please ring 087 1231135.

Fishing Season

The River Barrow season commences on Monday March 17 until September 30. Derryounce Lakes fishing commences on April 1 until October 31. Club permits/membership available from Portarlington Auto parts, Main St and from Finlay’s Lounge Bracklone Street.

Gracefield Gaa

Lotto results for March 3. Jackpot €7,000. No winner. Numbers 17-26-5-11. €50 went to the following: The Austin Fox c/o B Flanagan, Bill Brady c/o T Bryan, C Orange c/o P Murphy, Paddy Maher c/o P Maher and Seamus Gorman c/o S Gorman. Promoters prize went to Joe Murphy. Jackpot next week €7,200.

Port GAA Club Lotto

Numbers 2- 3-5-8. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Nan Moore c/o Rose McCann and Bill Murray c/o Jason Ward. €25 winners Rita and Casey Cassidy c/o David Smith and Graham Weldon c/o Conor Weldon. Promoters prize David Smith. Next week’s jackpot €4,000.

Indoor skills training continues in the GAA Centre for U10-U12 on Wednesdays 5-6pm and U6-U8 on Fridays 4-5pm.

Portarlington GAA membership for 2014 for all members is now due. Open Registration night next Thursday March 13 from 7-8pm. Contact Janet Bennett (registrar), Niall Slevin (treasurer) or Adrainne McCarthy (secretary). For any queries contact the club at 086 2712121 or email portarlingtongaaclub@gmail.com.

Portarlington GAA Good Friday 5 card draw poker classic commences at 9pm in the centre.

Arlington Lotto

Letters W-S-E-L. No winner of jackpot. Next jackpot in the Barrow Lodge on March 11. Jackpot €1,100.


Dancing continues every Monday night in The Gandon Inn, Emo till midnight. Music in the coming weeks: March 17 J & S Sound. March 24 Unity. March 31 John and Terry. April 7 Declan Aungier. Come along for a great night out. Admission €5. All welcome.

Craft Materials

Do you have knitting needles (all sizes), buttons or wool that you no longer need? Our knitting club is in need of supplies. They would be going to a good home, and we knit for charity. Please leave anything you can spare into Sam’s shop Patrick St. For more information contact Rita at 087 7403464.