Portarlington is a city in Ireland.
Portarlington is the second largest town in the county of Laois in the province of Leinster in the Republic of Ireland. It's locally known as Port. This can lead to confusion among some people who might regard Portlaoise as Port but Portarlington has been here a lot longer and therefore has a greater claim to the name. The town is split in 2, most of the shops, houses and pubs are in Laois. The schools and one pub are over the river in Offaly. Claims to fame are some of the film "Into the West" was filmed there. The part of the film with the horse eating the popcorn in the cinema was filmed in the local Savoy which is now closed.
Several trains to and from Dublin Heuston. All Cork, Galway, Limerick and Westport trains go through Portarlington. Only a 10 minute drive from the M7 turn off from Monasterevin.
The Silver Dawn runs a bus to and from Dublin.
The town itself is noted for it's unique Huegenot architecture and as such has various protected buildings in various states of repair.
Most sights are outside of the town.
Visit Emo Court. Once the seat of the earls of Portarlington, a country mansion designed by architect James Gandon.
Lea Castle, demolished by Cromwell (wasn't everything) in the 1600s.
- Try the Roma chipper on the main street, some of the best pizza you'll eat and the chips are good too.
- There are about 5 chineses but Tina's (The Goodyear) will always be the original and best.
- The restaurant above the After Dark would probably be the fanciest restaurant in town. It's pretty good.
- The Anvil pub is also good for food
- The Railway Bar - affectionately known as the Teddy Bears, full of local characters and the Guinness isn't so bad
- Mick Finlays - great pint of Guinness, clean pub, good atmosphere. Pulls all drinks in the same method as Guinness
- Pint of Port - Not a bad spot, has a good B&B over the pub, don't do breakfast so it's probably only a B
- Hotel - the local hotel is across the road. Bar in the front, disco out the back.
- O'Dea's (also known as The Coach House)- a grand spot. Live music on a Saturday, usually a traditional band
- Tom's bar - used to be known as the Dublin Bar
- The Anvil - probably the biggest pub in Port. Always a crowd on a Saturday. It's where the Fine Young Things come to strut their stuff. A good place for lunch. Internet cafe in the back
- Paddy Finlays - a nice old man's pub with good atmosphere and decent enough Guinness
- Continental - The only bar in town with a late licence. Great music saturday nights.
- Gogartys - Great Venue now its been taken over Great drink & Good times
- Burbages - another aul lads pub
- After Dark - probably the trendiest pub in Port. Opens onto the square which is great for long summer evenings for a pint. The Guinness doesn't be too bad. Restaurant upstairs for dinner and lunch.
- The Weighbridge
- Barrow Lodge
- The Hawthorn - the Offaly pub. Modernised recently, meant to be good.
- The Rugby Club runs a disco every Saturday night. It's a good spot where you scarcely get any trouble and everybody knows everybody. The kind of place that still plays "I will walk 500 miles"