Portlaoise News

Brian Roche, Peter Lynch, Wayne Lawlor and Alan Cawley, Portlaoise at the Electric Picnic.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie


We are happy to be back after our long summer break and delighted to welcome three new members to our guild. We are very excited that our members will help out at the ICA stand at the National Ploughing Championships and would welcome people to come for a chat and meet us. We will attend the Laois federation meeting on September 17 at 8pm in Cullohill. As our guild is community orientated we have members of local organisations coming in to talk to our members and would invite anyone that wishes to attend to come along. In the coming months we hope to enter numerous competitions in An Grianan, which highlights the wonderful talents of our members. It may be September but we are excited and enthusiastic to be planning our Christmas party to see ‘Wicked’ in the Board Gais Theatre in December.A reminder that our monthly competion for October is a photograph of autumn.


Portlaoise Parish invites people to download their new app for Portlaoise. The App is free on www.portlaoiseapp.ie or through Google Play or the App Store.

Table quiz

Table quiz in aid of Laois Downs Syndrome takes place on Friday, September 20 in The Rock Inn on the Dublin Rd, refreshments served. Table of 4 €40. Charity auction also on the night. Contact Liam Delaney on 087 9611058.


Enrolement for Comhaltas classes will take place on Tuesday Sept 17 7-9pm at new Gaelscoil. Fiddle player and singer Áine McGeeney of the band Goitse will join the teaching panel. The committee plan to offer tuition in the full range of trad instruments with classes from beginner to advanced level for all age groups.

School of Music

Have you an eight to 10 year old mad keen to play drums or guitar but not quite ready for one-to-one tuition yet? Why not try them out in our beginner group drums and group guitar. Also enrolling for Kindermusic (age 4 to 6). Limited places in piano, violin, flute. Other courses available: Junior and Leaving Cert music. Contact 057 8664127.


Community Mediation Service will be launched in County Hall Portlaoise on Wednesday September 18. The service is supported by Laois Partnership and the County Council.


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.

Active age

September activities: Wednesday 18 dancing day with Maureen Culliton. Friday 20 Culture Night in the parish centre. Wednesday 25 activities day. Sunday 29 dinner dance in The Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow.


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

Parish Lotto

There was no winner of the Portlaoise Parish lotto jackpot when numbers were drawn on September 12. Numbers: 18,22,24,31. The match 3 winners won €143 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

Portlaoise Bridge

The AGM takes place in the Sue Ryder Centre Kilminchy on Thursday, September 19.

coffee morning

This year Laois Hospice coffee morning takes place on Thursday September 19. Would you have an hour to spare on the morning or evening or arrange a coffee morning in your workplace? If you would like to be a host please contact Sheamus O’Donoghue at 086 8709311 for supply of coffee. All money collected in Laois are spent on hospice services in Laois.


Children’s book club for eight to 12-year-olds in Portlaoise Library at 3.30pm, every second Friday. If you like reading, talking and meeting new friends, come along and join the fun. All welcome. Contact library staff or phone 057 8622333 for more information.

Table quiz

Takes place in aid of St Peter’s Church Portlaoise Parish Funds at Grellan Delaney’s on Friday, September 27 at 8.30pm. Raffle also. Adms €10 per person - tables of four.

Portlaoise bridge

The Bridge Club AGM. will take place on Thursday, September 19 the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy ,Potrlaoise from 7.30pm sharp. Our CBAI approved teacher Blathnaid Trayer will be starting classes again for beginners and Improvers on Wednesday September 25 in The Anvil, Portarlington Commencing at 7.15pm. Blathnaid Can be contacted on Tel. 0876268519 or by email midlandsbridge@gmail.com

Mass servers

Are you in 4th, 5th & 6th class and interested in becoming an altar server. Contact the Portlaoise Parish Centre. Training will be provided for all altar servers.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, September 29. Bus leaves Lyster Sq at 9am. Booking necessary Call Sheila on 086 3774554. Bus costs €10 pp.

Culture night

Culture na Maidine - Music, song, dance stories for over 50s at the Portlaoise Parish Centre 11am-12.30pm. Hosted by Maureen Culleton. Music Generation Laois School of Music roadshow at Laois Shopping Centre. 3-5pm. Art workshop in Dunamaise Theatre 4-6pm with Conor Brennan - materials provided. Drum workshop at County Hall 4.30-6.30pm with Eddie O’Neill. To book - 057 8664033/13 Literary & music evening at The Mile Bus, Fairgreen with the Laois Writers Group. Contact Margaret 087 671 8452

School of Rock & Pop

Music Generation Laois launches the school of Rock & Pop on Saturday, September 21 in the Portlaoise Youth Cafe. Contact 057 866 4078 or www.musicgeneration.ie


Portlaoise PTAA committee meeting takes place on Thursday, September 19 at 8.30pm in the Parish Centre.


Clairemarie McGrath would like to sincerely thank all who made her recent volunteer trip to Vietnam possible. She will be holding an exhibition of photographs taken during her trip at a future date.


The total amount raised at the church gate collection: Portlaoise was €3,303; Ratheniska €117.45; The Heath €385.20. Thanks to the collectors and donors.


St Fintan’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 1 at 8.45pm in aid of the Senior Citizens


Juvenile training times at St Mary’s Hall: Mon 5-6pm u10 boys; Tues 5-6pm u12 boys; Wed 4-5pm u10 girls; Wed 5-6pm girls.

Pass Party

Takes place at the Centre New Rd, Portlaoise on Thursday 19 Sept from 6.30pm.

late jim tynan

Condolences to the family of the late Jim Tynan of Clonincurragh, Mountrath, formerly of Jim’s Country Kitchen, Portlaoise who passed away at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, on Tuesday, September 10. Husband of Sarah and father of Kathy, Craig and Chloe, Jim is also deeply regretted by his extended family, neighbours, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home with removal to St Edmund’s Church Castletown for Funeral Mass followed by interment in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Denis Burkett Unit at St James Hospital Dublin.