Portarlington GAA club is one of the oldest clubs in County Laois and has been in continuous existence for over 125 years.
It is believed that the club was affiliated to the GAA in 1888, but was probably created around the time the GAA was formed in 1884. Portarlington was the only team in the parish at that time.
The original jerseys of the club were borrowed from the ‘Hibernian Knights’ club of Dublin with whom Portarlington club had connections through local men Pat and Peter Finlay. Portarlington has enjoyed county success at all levels underage to senior, most recently winning the Laois Senior Championship and Junior League titles in 2001 and Minor Championship in 2014. One of our most successful years was 1983 when Port won under 12, 14,15,16,17, Minor and Junior titles. Since our formation many changes have taken place to the club grounds and surroundings. But in the past thirty years dramatic physical changes to the club has taken place. Portarlington now boasts one of the finest football grounds in Laois, with two full size pitches, large hall and 1000 seat stand. Our club history has been recently published, written by former Chairman Joe O’Dwyer, a “History of Portarlington GAA, 125 years 1888-2013” was launched by GAA President Liam O’Neill on 5th December 2013 and is currently available for purchase from the club.
Portarlington Vs Timahoe Laois Senior Football Final 1988 Highlights
Portarlington Vs Stradbally Parish Gaels Minor Football Final 2014 Highlights
Laois Vs Derry NFL Quarter Final 1997, Hugh Emerson Scores 3-01 to give Laois Victory
Laois 1-11 Vs Dublin 1-11 2003 All Ireland Final.
Port were reperesented by Cathal Ryan at fullback and David Murphy who scored the equalising point in the dying minutes of the game. Laois went on to win the replay on a score of 2-10 to 1-9.