Tuesday, December 4, 2018

JACK KELLY's BOOK . . .

Second Launch . . . at Martin Centre, Portlaw!

A second launch of this popular new piece of literature
will be held at the
Martin Centre
on Tuesday, December 11th at 2.00 pm. 
ALL ARE WELCOME!

All proceeds will go to the Renal Dialysis Unit and
Waterford Healing Arts Trust
at University Hospital, Waterford. 




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BOOK LAUNCH


                                                             

                               
                                                                                                                                                                At Waterford Healing Arts Trust office, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore road,
Friday November 30th, 2018, at 6.00 pm.
Guest Speaker:  Mary Butler, TD.
RSVP to:  WHAT@hse.ie  (051 842664).

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tidy Towns Report 2018


After a wonderful Summer the Tidy Towns committee can now reflect on what was a great 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns in Ireland. The Grotto project, supported by Murphy Bros. Agricultural Contractors progressed with the removal of briars and ditches from the perimeter and the introduction of new topsoil. The now raised green area compliments what is a magnificent feature in the centre of our town. A number of trees will be planted here in the Spring to acknowledge the contributions of former members.

In conjunction with Portlaw National School and supported by Waterford City and County Council an ‘Anti-litter and Graffiti Awareness Scheme’ was led by the Tidy Towns. This scheme entitled ‘Create Life Not Litter’ involved pupils in the school setting seeds and transferring the flowers into window boxes over the following few weeks. Our thanks to Clodaigh House for facilitating this initiative. These window boxes were then displayed on both the windows of the school and on window sills in Brown Street. This project was put forward for the National Tidy Towns competition as a school project and we are delighted that the project was voted the best school’s project in the South East. The award brought a €1,000 prize to Portlaw NS.

The islands around the square are being painted highlighting the extensive resurfacing  project carried out by the council here last year. Extra concrete flower pots have been added to the islands and were filled with bedding plants to enhance this area. An initiative to add a floral display in the fountain at the square was implemented with tremendous success. Many thanks to Morris’s D.I.Y. for sponsoring this display and to Children’s Group Link Waterford for supporting the project by making the tiered flower boxes. We were delighted to have the area looking so well for the “All Together Now” festival visitors.

A  Summer Street Clean took place during June and we are extremely thankful to all the volunteers who joined us for an evening of litter picking around the town.

The Tidy Towns hosted a Master Composter Programme in Clodaigh House during May and June. This programme involved 3 evening sessions and 2 Saturday sessions over 6-8 weeks.

15 participants were trained on all aspects of home composting and food waste prevention in their local communities. As part of the programme, a demonstration site was built at the allotments in Clodaigh House. The demonstration sites are designed to be a local resource where people can be brought to see how composting works. We look forward to having our own ‘home-made’ compost to plant our flowers next year.

2019 will see the development of the town park whereby the steep banks at the top of the park will be removed along with the park sod in order to grade the park and reset with grass seed. A new footpath will be constructed through the park, to the rear of the goal, which will allow users of the new car-park to access the school. The Tidy Towns intend to add  perimeter fencing which will allow the school to use the facility during school times and will put an end to dog fouling in the park. Some park benches will be added to facilitate those wishing to engage in a leisurely walk around this wonderful amenity.

We would like to take this opportunity to promote the  portlawwalkingtrails.wordpress.com website which offers excellent detailed walking routes around  Portlaw.  As always we welcome new members, we meet every Monday evening during the Summer at 7pm at the Grotto. We only ask that you give us one hour on any night that you’re free.

For further details please contact Ray Murphy 087 1361861.
Portlaw Tidy Towns ; Andy Lennon. Mary Butler. Denis O’Donoghue. Ray Murphy.

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We will take up our annual church gate collection on December 1st & 2nd.  Your support would be greatly appreciated to enhance our town.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

The COPPER LODGE mural



Portlaw's new mural, depicting the once famous Copper Lodge,
which stood at the entrance to Millfort house.


The artist was Shane Sutton from Chapelizod, Dublin.

                                                                                                                                                               Sponsored by Portlaw Task Force, the mural can be seen at Queen Street.

Shane Sutton's website:  http://www.shanesutton.com/


NATIONAL COFFEE MORNING 2018


                                                                                                                                                           T'was that time of year once more
on October 20th,
and staunch supporters of the
HOSPICE MOVEMENT
rallied around all over the country to raise funds for same.
assisted along the way by BEWLEYS,
who have been supporting the event for the past twenty-five years,
raising over €35,000,000.



                                                                                                                                                        Peggy Cuddihy,
a loyal volunteer for years at many local functions,
one of the first to arrive and prepare for the day.








Bernadette Wade,
one of the early supporters
to turn up.






Biddy Hanlon,
an equally loyal volunteer
on the day,
noted for her work at a number of
annual fund-raising functions.



Somewhat shy about having her photo taken was
Chrissie Power,
seen here with grand-daughter, Naomi,
among the earliest arrivals.


Joan Walsh,
another early-bird,
probably Portlaw's greatest walker!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Autumn Colours


A perfect day today, October 17th, for walking in Curraghmore estate,
with Autumn colours appearing rapidly everywhere!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

HARLEY'S CAFÉ/BISTRO

    
                                                                                                                                                            Now over twelve months established,
HARLEY'S CAFÉ/BISTRO
at The Bridge, Portlaw, 
has already made a reputation for itself 
as a  purveyor of good food at sensible prices,
which its very many regular customers will agree to.


Dropping in unexpectedly recently,
I met these two young local ladies about to place an order.

                                                                                                                                                              This staff member was busy dispensing ice cream, 


. . . and these young children were enjoying some more,

                                                                                                                                                            . . . while others were having a tasty-looking lunch.

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