Portlaoise News



Portlaoise Pantomime Group commence rehearsal (tonight) Tuesday, October 7 at 8pm (and on Tuesdays and Thursdays thereafter) in St. Pauls Primary School, Borris Rd, for their 31st Annual Production Mother Goose, which will run at the Dunamaise Arts Centre from January 24 to the 31 2015. All members are requested to attend also new members more than welcome with a number of Transition Year students being selected by audition. The usual number of 4th class pupils from the Primary Schools in Portlaoise parish will be invited to audition at a later date, (schools will be notified well in advance), children will not be required to attend until then.

Scoil Chríost Rí

First Year enrolment & information evening for Scoil Chríost Rí secondary school on Wednesday, October 8 7-10pm.

DareDevils ForÓige

The Daredevils Foroige AGM was held on September 19 in the Macra hall. The new committee is: Chairperson, Shauna Dunne, Secretary, Jennifer O’Neill, Treasurer, Niamh O’Connor and PRO, Amy O’ Reilly. The club would like to wish them the best of luck, and thank last years committee for all their work.

Youth Cafe counselling

Free counselling service, with professional accredited councillor, for young people aged 10-25yrs at the Portlaoise Youth Cafe. Please call 057 8665010 for appointment.

Fatima Pilgrimage

Bookings being taken for Pilgrimage to Fatima June 18-25. Seven nights full board €749 pps (insurace extra €25 single room extra €175). Departing Dublin to Lisbon stay at the Hotel Avenida. €150 discount if paid in full by December 12. €100 discount if paid in full by February 2. Spiritual director Msgr John Byrne PP with Fr Jimmy O’Reilly & Fr Thomas O’Reilly. Contact Maura O’Brien 057 866 1601 or 086 334 4722.


Church gate collection at all masses on Saturday & Sunday October 11-12. Collectors to be contacted by committee butcall 085 1354959 if you want to help. Please give generously to promote temperance.


Grow mental health support group meetings recommence on Wednesday, October 8 at the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Contact John: 086 8033126

Sacred Heart AGM

Sacred Heart Parents Council AGMon Tuesday, October 14 at 7.45 pm sharp in Sacred Heart School .Guest speaker on the night will be Deirdre Dowling from the Positive Parenting Programme. Q&A follows talk.Refreshments afterwards .

Portlaoise Bridge

The new season has started under the new presidency of Meera Saxena, we wish her well and hope that she has a very successful year..

Results for Sept 29. 7.5 table Mitchell Movement. N/S 1st Eileen Fingleton & Paddy Conroy, 2nd Suzanne Downes & Meera Saxena, gross Mary Claffey & Ette Kennedy. E/W 1st Rita Arrigan & Carmel Doorley, 2nd Maura & Barry O’Callaghan. Gross Mary Conroy & Celeste Sweetman. Results for Thursday the Oct 24. Seven table Mitchell movement. N/S 1st Ita Ryder & Paddy Prendergast, 2nd Mary Claffey & Denis O’Leary. E/W 1st Meera Saxena & Suzanne Downes, 2nd Celia & Dave Downes. Bridge every Monday & Thursday evening in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy commencing at 7.30pm sharp. New members are welcome.

Parish Lotto

Results Thursday, October 2. Nos drawn: 12,19,22,31. No jackpot won. The 15 match 3s won €67 each. Next jackpot €20,000.

Library Events

Children’s Bookclub in Portlaoise Library Friday afternoons at 3.30-4.15pm club meet every fortnight, 8-10 year olds and 11-12 yr olds group. Free storytelling workshop with children’s author Liz Weir in Portlaoise Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am-4pm. Application form in library. Booking is essential. Includes a children’s story time from 3pm-4pm for 3-9yr olds. Adult book club now taking names. Contact the library for more details on all the above events on 057 8622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie

James Fintan Lalor School

This year’s James Fintan Lalor School takes place in Portlaoise on Friday & Saturday October 17-18. Line up includes: Sean O’Rourke, Áine Lawlor, Diarmaid Ferriter, John Lonergan, Pat Moylan, Fr Peter McVerry, Noeline Blackwell, Michael Martin TD, Eoghan Harris. Tickets €10 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre. A specially commissioned artwork by artist Brendon Deacy will be launched in the Dunamaise Art Gallery on October 3 by Robert Ballagh.

Heath Bridge Club

Bridge every Wednesday at 7.30pm. Be seated for 7.20pm.

Late Sarah DEMPSEY

Condolences to the family of the late Sarah Dempsey (née Furlong) of 8 Marian Ave, Portlaoise who died on September 25. Beloved wife of the late Jim and much loved mother of Ann, Pauline, Valerie, Jacqueline, Susan and Robert. Deeply regretted by her extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Late Gerard KELLY

Condolences to the family of the late Gerard Kelly of O’Moores Place, Portlaoise who died on September 28. Reposed at his residence. Beloved husband of the late Angela and loving father to Andria, Deirdre, Paula, Ann-Marie, Mary-Ann, Paul and Owen. Also missed by brothers extended family, relatives and friends. Removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass, interment afterwards in Portlaoise Cemetery.

Late Timothy MCCARTHY

Condolences to the family of the late Timothy McCarthy of 103 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise and Clara, Offaly who died on September 30. Beloved husband of Betty and much loved father of Patrick, Kevin, Timmy, Elizabeth, Edwina, Edel, Emma, Eimear, Evelynn, Emily and Ericka. Deeply regretted by rothers, sisters extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to SS Peter & Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. Burial in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Laois Connects Events Portlaoise

Tuesday, October 7

Taking Control Workshop with Shine at the Further Education Centre, Block Rd, 10am-3.30pm. Book 086 852 5281

Mental Illness & Recovery Workshop at St Fintan’s Hospital for families supporting mental illness. 10.30am-12.30pm

Healthy Food Talk and demonstration at the Laois Travellers Action Group Offices, Peppers Lane, 10am-12.30pm Safetalk suicide alerntess HSE programme at the family Resource Center, Harpurs Lane, 10am-1pm. Book 086 815 7850

Equine assisted learning Talk by Festina Lente 4pm 5.30pm at the Laois Education Centre, Block Rd, All Welcome.

Mindfulness & meditation free workshop with Suaimhnea at the Respond Community Centre, off Green Mill Lane. Must book 057 8626541

Walk of Life Walk Free Walk with Walk of Life Walking Group 10am from Leisure Centre. Noel 085 7887419

Wednesday, Oct 8

Involuntary admission HSE information session at the Parish Centre 11am-1pm must book 086 380 2605

Mental Health and Relationships talk by Dr Trish Murphy at 7pm in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel . Must book 016690259 or


Cookery with Imelda Tynan Devitt and talk by Dr Henry O’Connell at Telfords Shop, Portlaoise from 7.30pm. Cost €10 must book 057 8696932

Relaunch of Grow Support Group at the Portlaoise Parish Centre at 8pm Call John 086 803 3126

Thursday, October 9

Stess coping free talk by HSE psychologist on how to deal with stress in Portlaoise Parish Centre 10.30am-12pm

Mindfulness Free Workshop s by the Anna Liffey Drug Project in the Midlands. 1-2pm at the Youth Cafe, Portlaoise. 7-8pm Treo Nua, Portlaoise Must book 085 740 4788

Internet& Cyberbullying free workshop for parents, teachers & students by Barndardos in the Portlaoise Library at 6.30pm

Song for Craig CD & video launch at the Porlaoise Family Resource Centre 8pm

Stepping out Walking Club walk 7.45pm from the Leisure Centre. Noel 087 2749536 Elizabeth 085 788 7419

Friday, October 10

Healthy Reading at Portlaoise Library 11am

Coping to stay well Free workshop to help cope with stress at Parish Centre 11am

Sunday, October 12

Coffee Morning at 10.30am hosted by Midlaands Living Links in the Portlaoise Parish Centre after 10am mass