In aid of Laois Partnership’s provision of sport and physical activities for people with disabilities takes place at St Mary’s Hall on Saturday, May 19 10am - 5pm. Entry fee €50 for a team of five. To register contact Michael Malone 087 1953242. Presentations and auction of memorabilllia afterwards in O’Gorman’s Kilminchy.


Portlaoise summer bridge will start on Thursday May 17. Sessions will be held in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy, each Thursday commencing at 7.30pm. All are welcome, come along and enjoy.


Storytelling for toddlers, Tuesday 11am. Knitting group, Wednesday 11am - 1pm. Ciorcal comhrá, Wednesday 5.15pm - 6.30pm, come along for a chat and use your ‘cúpla focal’, all levels welcome. Also as part of the Bealtaine Festival, Carnation Theatre Company present ‘Circus’ on May 17, 11am. This is also free of charge but booking is essential. To book your place please call 057 8622333.


Portlaoise Comhaltas will be holding a summer camp for secondary school students in Heritage House in Abbeyleix this summer. The aim of the course is to broaden the capacity of the musicians who are attending secondary school through exposure to different styles, music and content, covering the commercial and production side of the business as well as performance. The FETAC level 5 course will run over six weeks. For more information contact any Portlaoise Comhaltas members.


Mental Health Reform invites people in the Portlaoise area with an interest in mental health services to a public meeting on quality mental health services from 2pm-4.30pm on Tuesday, May 22 at the National Learning Network Centre, Dublin Road. Numbers are limited so contact 01 612 1422 or email RSVP@mentalhealthreform.ie


The Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty (CAAT) are holding a public meeting in The Parish Centre, Portlaoise. At 8pm on Tuesday 22 May. Dr Kieran Allen a regular participant on Tonight with Vincent Browne, will present the case for voting no.


Results for Thursday, May 10. Numbers draw: 05,11,22,23. No jackpot winner. The 21 match 3s won €48 each. This week’s jackpot is €18,000.


Heartlands Rally 2012 have chosen the Irish Kidney Association as their charity this year by holding a sponsored beard, shave and wax in O’ Loughlin’s Hotel on Saturday, May 19 at 8pm at their official launch. If anyone would like a sponsorship card, please contact any member of the IKA committee or Joe Moffitt, Louise Moffitt or Joan Croke.


St Mary’s Portlaoise athletics finals will take place Monday, May 21 at 6.30pm at the Portlaoise College track. Track events for boys and girls U8 to U16 years. Field events from U12 to U16 years. €2 entry per athlete. Come along and participate to qualify for the county games track and field in June. St Mary’s area swimming finals on Monday, May 28 from 5pm at Portlaoise Leisure Centre, swimming events for boys and girls U8 to U16 years. For further details Margaret Carroll at 087 9655207.


French trip, all will require passport or copy to be given to Trudy or Andy, cancellation one seat available. Rehearsals for Bealtaine dancing Wednesdays 2pm. Boccia has resumed Monday 2-4pm in St Mary’s Hall. Come along and have a try, social and fun. Wednesday, May 16, dancing. New members always welcome. Contact 057 8621571/ 057 8621913.


Portlaoise Parish Church. Ceremony C Saturday, May 19 at 11am. Ceremony D Saturday, May 19 at 1pm. Ceremony E Saturday, May 26 at 11am (this mass is predominantly as Gaelige). Ceremony F Saturday, May 26 at 1pm.


Laois/Offaly Mental Health Rehabilitation Service is holding a table quiz on Thursday, May 24 in Peig’s Bar, Market Sq at 9pm. Table of 4 €40. Please support your local mental health services. For additional info. contact Nora Walsh 087 2206903.


Takes place at The Centre, New Rd on Thursday, May 17 from 6.30pm.


Ceolchoirm John Spillane in aid of Gaelscoil Portlaoise at Portlaoise College, Mountrath Rd on Wednesday, May 23 from 6-8pm. The parents council is promoting this event to help raise funds for Gaelscoil Phortlaoise. Tickets are €15. If interested please call Aoife on 087 7706693 or Linda on 086 0732111.


GAA president, Liam O’Neill, will give a talk on ‘The GAA and its relevance in Irish society today’ at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on Thursday, May 17, at 8.30pm. The talk is part of Laois Heritage Society’s spring series. The new GAA president has strong connections with Laois Heritage Society. His father, also Liam, was a founding member and a former vice-chairman. Liam will speak on the important role the GAA plays in Irish life and he will outline his main objectives during his three year term at the helm of the biggest sporting organisation in Ireland. All are welcome and admission is free.


Laois Marlins Swimming Club AGM will take place on Tuesday June 5, 7.30pm, Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Committee nominations should be made in writing and given to a member of the committee no later than Monday May 21.


Public talk by the famous author Prof. Jane Plant of the Plant Programme. Fight cancer and many other chronic health conditions on May 23 at 8pm. Contact Stella, Ann or Linda on 057 8681492.


The vocations team in Kildare & Leighlin are holding and information evening on the priesthood at the Parish Centre on Sunday, May 20, 2.30- 5pm. All are welcome. Contact Fr Ruairi O’Domhnaill, 045 434069, email ruairiodomhnaill@gmail.com


Portlaoise PTAA is inviting the confirmation candidates of 2012 to join the association. If you/your child would like to become a young pioneer (up to age of 18 years) please contact any of the committee members for an application form before Thursday, May 31. Young pioneer enrolment during mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday, June 15 in the parish centre at 8pm. Adults please contact one of the committee. Annual presentation of jubilee pins take place during our mass. Paddy Lalor 087 2868092, Lena Connolly 087 2176127, Pauline O Sullivan 087 7549726, Jimmy Shields 087 6872633, Jennifer McEvoy 087 2909210.


Portlaoise Country Market every Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise.