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Depression a proactive approach is the name of a talk at the Community Centre Portarlington by Dr Claire Hayes, on Monday, September 30. Contact Marie Corcoran, Port Mental Health Assoc on 087 7589896 or Storm Powell, Laois Partnership on 087 177 5729. Booking not necessary.

Bridge classes

Classes for beginners and improvers on Wednesday September 25 in The Anvil, at 7.15pm. Blathnaid can be contacted on 0876268519 or by email midlandsbridge@gmail.com

O’Dempsey’s 6K Fundraiser

Many thanks to everyone who supported the recent 6K run and family day and meet and train sessions. Thanks to everyone for all your donations. A cheque for €700 was presented to Mary Delaney, secretary of Laois Hospice. For information on Laois Hospice go towww.laoishospice.ie, with RunKillenard O’Dempseys GAA

Killenard Tidy Towns

Another fantastic result this year, 10 more points. Congratulations and thanks to everyone in the Killenard community.

Blueberry Harvest Festival

The Portarlington Blueberry Harvest Festival takes place over next weekend Friday September 20 to Sunday 22. For more information check out Love Port Facebook page, Love port website or call to the PCDA/Love Port office Oriel House Main St, telephone 085 8568801.

Culture Night 

The French Church in Portarlington, Friday September 20 at 7pm. Local historian David Orford and award winning poet Jean O’Brien will provide an interesting and lively evening.

Girls Soccer

Arlington Soccer Club are looking to form an U12 girls team. Contact Peter Lawlor 087 2520052.

Tennis Club

Practice for under 8 to under 14 6pm every Tuesday and Friday. Adult beginners social tennis every Thursday morning, 10.30am. Teenage tennis continues every Friday at 8pm. The presentation of awards to our junior winners will be Saturday September 28 at 7pm. Adult social tennis has resumed on Monday nights at 8pm. Enquiries to 087 1231135.

Men’s Shed

Portarlington Community Men’s Shed continues Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm in Botley Lane Business Park. Contact Darren at 085 7434884.


It was with deep regret that the towns of Portarlington and Mountmellick heard of the passing of Noel Hennessy Bishopswood and formerly of Mountmellick on Thursday September 5. Noel had been sick for some time, but up to the end kept his chin up, and never complained. Noel will be sadly missed by his loving wife Aileen, his four sons Darren, Adrian, Morgan and Declan, his daughters in law, grandchildren, his brothers Pat (Kildare), Oliver (Naas) and John (Mountmellick), his extended family and many friends. The esteem in which Noel was held was shown at his funeral on Saturday September 7 at St Michael’s Church, with burial after in St Michael’s Cemetery. Noel worked for the Board of Works in the Curragh and Kildare as a carpenter until his illness started. He was also a member of the former Port Pipe Band. On the day, his remains were led from the old Christian Brothers school to the church, and then to the cemetery by Thomas Murphy (piper).


Deepest sympathy to the family of Matt Geoghegan, Crow Lane who passed away on Monday September 9 at his residence. Matt will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ena, his sons Dennis and Laurence, his daughters Anne, Caroline, Fiona and Pamela, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his extended family and friends. Matt was predeceased by his son Fergus. Requiem mass took place at St Michael’s Church, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Marian Byrne (nee Greene) Carlow and formerly of Assumpta Tce Gracefield who passed away on Friday September 6. Marian will be sadly missed by her husband Raymond, daughters Celina and Anne, grandchildren Jamie and Leah, son in law Gavin Condron, brothers Gerard, David and Tony and sisters Bernadette, Kathleen and Mary Theresa (Kildare), her sister in law Margaret and family (Dublin), her extended family and friends. Marian was predeceased by her parents John and Mary Greene and her brother Michael. Requiem mass took place at St Clair’s Church Graiguecullen, with burial after to St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington. As a mark of respect Marian’s old neighbours and friends from Portarlington followed the funeral.

Table Quiz

Table quiz in the Hawthorn Pub Patrick St on Friday September 27 at 9pm, in aid of the Portarlington first responders.


Dancing takes place every Monday night in The Gandon Inn from 9.30. Admission €5.  


A talk entitled ‘Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs’, facilitated by the Midland Area Parenting Partnership, will be held in the school hall on Thursday September 19 at 8pm.

Gracefield Lotto

Lotto results for September 9. Jackpot €2,200. No winner. Numbers 12-2-8-5. €50 to Mick Gallagher c/o M Gallagher, Billy Murphy c/o J Kelly, Amy Slevin c/o M Slevin, Sean Hynan c/o L Corcoran and John Maher c/o P Maher. Promoter’s prize went to Tom Garry. Next jackpot €2,400.

Port GAA Lotto

Results from September 10. Numbers 2-9-22-28. No winner of jackpot. €50 to Jordan Fallon c/o Marie Fallon and Mary Chips Dunne c/o T lawlor. €25 to Mary Preston c/o J Ward and Eileen Dempsey c/o Marie Fallon. Promoter’s prize to P Sweeney. Next jackpot €1,700.

Arlington Afc

Lotto Results for September 10. Letters G-U-O–Z. €25 to Mike Dempsey, Ellie Bracken, Fred Rennick, Sinead Ryan and Lizzy Evans. Seller’s prize to Alan Dunne. Next jackpot €9,700.

O’Dempsey’s Lotto

Jackpot €5,200. Numbers 14-18-20-28. Match 3 €200 winner/promoter Helen McMahon, Johnny Keogh, Kevin Culleton. Promoter’s prize to Liam Finlay. Next jackpot €5,400.

Champions of 1963

50 years ago O’Dempsey’s won their first senior football championship title (1963).

We invite everyone to our ‘Harvest Moon Dance’ on October 12 in The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard. Contact Louise McCormack, Enda Behan or Michelle Fitzpatrick.