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On behalf of Shine 2022 and Emo GAA, John Strong, Chairperson of Shine 2022, presented Mark Martley (left) of Martley’s of Portlaoise with a beautiful handcrafted bespoke piece of art by local man Charlie Bourke

A PORTLAOISE bus company will provide a free shuttle bus for Shine 2022.

Martley’s will kindly run the complimentary shuttle bus service throughout the day on Saturday 21 May, for anyone wishing to attend the event in Emo Court from 9am to 6pm.

Shuttle buses will leave from Portlaoise at 9am, 11am and 1pm, with the last bus leaving at 3pm.

The route will start at the Maldron, Portlaoise, followed by stops at Fairgreen, Portlaoise Train Station, the Midlands Park Hotel, JFL Avenue, The Killeshin and Kilminchy, arriving on-site in Emo Court. Return buses from Emo Court to Portlaoise will be available at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and the last bus will leave Emo Court at 6pm. This may be subject to some changes.

Wheelchair accessibility can be booked in advance, with further information available at

The organisers say Shine will be one of the greatest athletic events in Ireland this summer. A total of 32 clubs from all across Ireland will come to Emo and compete in a series of obstacle courses and head to head events.

Clubs from different sporting backgrounds including GAA, basketball, soccer, athletics, and swimming will battle it out in front of 5,000 spectators. Only one club can earn the crown of Ireland’s Fittest Club.

The team will be made up of six athletes. Each event requires four athletes to participate, with a minimum of one female member in each event.

There will be fun for all the family with something for everyone on the day, with a food village, 110 exhibitors located in the trade show area around the main arena where all of the sporting action will be taking place, and a children’s play area.

Visit for more information about the event, which is free to attend with free parking also.

Alison Browne (President Laois Chamber), Aaron Martley, Cathal Martley, Mark Martley, John Strong (Chairperson Shine 2022), John Kirwan, Martin Crowley, both Emo GAA and Caroline Hofman, Laois Chamber

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