23 April 2008


Portumna Players
Portumna Tidy Towns
Voices for Galway Project
Reef Stained
Womens Mini Marathon
Art Exhibition in Library
Community Games
First Aid
Bridge Results
Manager of the Month
Junior League County Final
Community School News
Happenings at Hayes’ Pub


Portumna Players
Congratulations to Portumna Players and their excellent staging of the play Semi-Private by Mary Halpin. It enjoyed a tremendous run at the Town Hall Portumna last weekend. First time out producer of the play, Johanna Burke was very pleased with the audience numbers, especially on the opening night, which traditionally was always small. However, with the excellent PR job done by Mai Ryan and members of the Committee, the opening night surpassed all previous first nights and subsequently, excellent audience numbers for the following two nights. The committee and trustees would like to thank the producer Johanna Burke who took on the unenviable role of producing for the very first time and did such an tremendous job and the cast who put in excellent performances with special thanks to Mairead Taylor, who stepped into the role of “Samantha” only four weeks ago which was a daunting task in itself! It must be said without fear of contradiction, Mairead put in an excellent performance despite having so many lines to learn in such a short period of time. Excellent performances also by Alma Glynn-Lally, Marie Gunning, Eleanor Madden, Louise Evans Bradshaw, Mary Lynch, Derek Frawley, Stephen Killeen, Lisa Keane, Eileen Purcell, Tommy Shewebridge, Liz Ridge, Abe Kennedy, Stephanie Blake, Conor Robinson, Eugene McEntee and Patricia Blehein. Of course a play could not be complete without the input of the backroom team and sincere thanks to stage manager, Pauric Ryan, continuity, Frances Robinson, make-up Maureen Curran, stage construction Pauric Ryan, Cathal Madden, Ken O’Brien, lights by Alan Evans Bradshaw and also an excellent front of house team headed up by Claire McDonagh, Marian Frawley, Kathleen O’Brien and Ann Menheneott. This play attracted a lot of newcomers to the stage and the committee is hopeful that this will encourage budding actors to the stage. Anybody wishing to join the group can contact Chairperson Pauric Ryan or any member of the group.

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Portumna Tidy Towns
The work has started and the committee is delighted that a few more people have come on board this year. Areas like the playground, the Yew walk, swimming area and marina are starting to look well and regular cleanups are taking place on Saturday mornings and evenings so anybody interested in getting involved can contact Michael O’Brien, Marie Gunning or Ann Rabbitte. The bottle banks and clothes recycling banks are being monitored and since the installation of CCTV this area is by and large, kept clutter free. If the banks are full, it is advisable not to leave recyclables, cardboard boxes or full bin bags as this constitutes littering, and is subject to a litter fine. There are also recycling banks located at Emerald Star on the Bridge Road they can be used by the general public.

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Voices for Galway Project
The Transition Year and 5th year girls will be taking part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in June and they will be fundraising for the Voices for Galway Project. Your support will be very much appreciated and the following information will show you why: The Need for this Project: 1 in every 335 children born in Galway County has Down syndrome. Everyone with this condition suffers delayed development of speech and difficulty in articulation. Speech Therapy, especially in childhood years, is critical to the development of adequate language skills. There was a three-year waiting list for initial assessment for children of school going age and the provision for adults was non-existent. In response to this crisis the Galway Branch of the Down Syndrome Association formed the Voices for Galway project in 2005 with the goal of directly employing a Speech Therapist to provide a service for their members. The project is collaboration between the Galway Branch of the Down Syndrome Association and the newly established Department of Speech Therapy in NUIG. This model allows people with Down Syndrome to access a Speech Therapy service in a state of the art facility in NUIG. In return speech and language students gain clinical experience on site. It is worth noting that this entire project is funded through charitable donations and fund-raising by the Voices for Galway project. It receives no state or institutional funding whatsoever.

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Reef Stained
The Black Box Theatre in Galway rocked on Saturday last when eight bands took the stage in the Connaught Regional Finals of the Coca Cola Blast Beat Competition. When the dust finally settled, after three hours of top class music, the judging panel declared Reef Stained to be the outright winners. Reef Stained were formed during the School Of Rock, supported by Offaly Arts Council/ Offaly Partnership, held in the Oxmantown Theatre, Birr. The band members hail from Birr and Portumna. Michael D’Alton and Mark Finnerty attend Portumna Community School, while Peter Kelly and Brian Murphy are pupils at St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr. Reef Stained qualified for the Connaught Regional Final through the Blast Beat Area Final organised in Loughrea by Surreal Sounds, a mini company formed by transition year students at St. Brigid’s Vocational School, Loughrea. On being declared winners, on Saturday last, Reef Stained took the stage for an encore and performed one of their own compositions, Let Down, to the delight of their supporters who travelled from Birr, Portumna and Loughrea. The line up of the band is Michael D’Alton (rhythm guitar/vocals), Mark Finnerty (lead guitar), Peter Kelly (drums) and Brian Murphy (bass guitar). They will now perform at the Cocal Cola Blast Beat All Ireland Final in The Tripod, Harcourt Street, and Dublin on Saturday 17th May.

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Womens Mini Marathon
Anyone interested in taking part in the women’s mini marathon on Monday 2nd June to sponsor Abalta school in Galway please contact Colette Flaherty on 087 1373433. It is 10km in distance and you can walk, jog or run which ever you feel comfortable with. For sponsorship cards and to register contact Colette.

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Art Exhibition in Library
Emily Rainsford was born and grew up in Athy, Co. Kildare. She held an art exhibition recently in Portumna Library, which was very well attended. Her painting is concerned with colour and mark making, both in landscape and figurative work. Inspiration for her work comes from her immediate environment and its history mythology and language. A third generation painter, and second of nine children, there was always art and painting in their home. After completing school in Athy, Emily spent a year at Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown, two years in Crawford College of Art, Cork, and two years in Cluain Mhuire, G.M.I.T., Galway. She now lives in Ahascragh, near Ballinasloe in Co. Galway with her husband, a basketmaker, and three boys. Emily teaches art to adults and children, and at present is teaching three adult painting classes during the week. Their group, Ahascragh Painters, is under the patronage of Ahascragh native and international milliner, Philip Treacy.

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Community Games
Portumna Community Games track and field events will be held on May 10 at 2pm in the GAA pitch. There will be events for everyone from Pre School to under 17, every one is welcome, so come on and enjoy the day."

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First Aid
First Aid Course: Over 2 days Thursday 15th May and Wednesday 21st May from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This course is recognised by the Health and Safety Authority. Cost €100 Tutor is Geoffrey Casey, Civil Defence, Ballinasloe. Venue: An Gairdin, St. Brigid’s Road, Portumna Co. Galway. For Booking Phone 090-9741689.

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Bridge Results
Portumna Contract Bridge Club, Bank of Ireland Competition, Results:- 1st. Lorna Stoddart Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Geraldine Canning Conor Finch, Nett. Austin O'Toole Joe Ryan, 3rd. Mary Burbage Sheila Dillon, 4th. Mary Jo Kelly Bridie Feerick, 5th. Nora Flanagan Mary Darcy, 6th. Peggy Whyte Patricia Eames, 7th. Peg Burke Johnny Cowan, 1st. Sess. Elizabeth Ryan Teresa Dillon, 2nd. Sess. Mary Fahy Michael Torpey. Portumna
79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Des Lynch Mary Nevin, 2nd. Pat Flanagan Nora Flanagan, Gross Elizabeth Ryan Patricia Eames, 3rd. Lorna Stoddart Pauline McKeon, 4th. Mary Connolly Joan Ryan.

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Manager of the Month
Portumna's Senior Hurling team manager Jimmy Heverin has been named Philips Sports Manager of the Month for March. Heverin has been rewarded for guiding the Galway side to their second All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship in three years. Portumna beat Birr in the final on St Patrick's Day.

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Junior League County Final
Tara Ruttledge got the team off to a good start when she scored a goal to settle the team. She then extended the lead when she pointed a free. Kiltormer came back to even the score by getting three points and another from a free. Recovering from injury Nicola Muldoon replaced Philippa Coleman and it was all for luck as Nicola received a lovely hand pass from Tara, then shot for goal and scored in the top of the net. Kiltormer replied with two points and Tara got another point to leave the half time score Portumna 2-2 to Kiltormer 0-6. Kiltormer put on the pressure in the second half and got two quick points but our backs soon put a stop to that. It was a tough second half with both teams giving it everything they had. Patricia Burke replaced Olivia Walsh in the latter half. However, it was Portumna who replied with two more points and Tara ended the scoring with a pointed free. This left the final score Portumna 2-5 to Kiltormer 0-8. Overall best player award went to Tara Ruttledge. Team: Ciara Molloy, Sile Ryan, Denise Hayes (Capt), Lyndsay McClearn, Triona Byrne, Mandy Moore, Rachel McClearn, Megan Moran, Maeve Moran, Philippa Coleman, Olivia Walsh, Sarah Conboy, Katie O’Brien, Tara Ruttledge 1-5, Sarah Kiely, Nicola Muldoon 1-0, Chelsea Starr, Patricia Burke, Lisa Lynch, Orla Hayes, Richeal O’Brien, Niamh McClearn, Niamh Molloy. Manager: Johnny Keane, Trainer: Damien Hayes, Selector: Cathal Madden. The Club wish to thank the Junior A sponsors for their generosity. Liam Gordon – An Caisleain, Mike Monaghan – The Maple Bar & School of Motoring, Cathal Madden – Koer Electric, Claire & Olivia Muldoon – Supermacs for a lovely meal in O’Meara’s Restaurant.

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Community School News
Sign Out Youth Project: An information evening on the development of ‘Sign Out’ Youth Project will be held in the ‘Sign Out’ Youth Premises, VEC Grounds, Brigid’s Road on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm. The premises is now complete and construction of the all-weather pitch will commence in the next few weeks. The ‘Sign Out’ Youth Project will provide both indoor and outdoor facilities for the young people of the area in a safe, supervised environment. In order to sustain and develop this valuable resource in our community we need new members to join our committee to oversee its development into the future. For more information on this exciting youth project contact Susan or Joan @ 086 2051346 or drop into Na Calai CDP, Abbey Street, Portumna.


Mini Company: Twelve Transition Year students attended the ‘Get Up and Go’ Mini-Company Trade Fair in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Friday, 11th April. They participated in Discussion Groups completed Task Cards and did Stand Duty throughout the day. While Portumna C.S. were not among the prize winners, a valuable experience was gained by all through talking with other groups, communicating with the judges and seeing what other students were doing in their respective schools. All the mini companies exhibited were of a very high standard in quality of product/service, stand presentation, marketing and accounts. Well done to our TY students.


Star Factor: Congratulations to Marion Lynch (1st yr.) who came second in the Star Factor Singing Competition held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Wednesday night in aid of the Adam Dalton Fund. The winner was Lynn Hoary daughter of Brendan and Sheila (Picture this photographic shop).

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Happenings at Hayes’ Pub
On Thursday 1st May Seamus will host the first of many Irish Nights, from 8 to 10 pm co-hosted by by Sean Monaghan from Carna, Connemara, the Irish will be both spoken and sung in an informal informative, entertaining evening is assured, bígí linn, labhair gailge, Failte. Earlier the same day, Thursday 1st May Rita and Seamus Hayes will co-host a Tea Day to benefit the Alzheimer’s Society. First cuppa served will be at 10am generously sponsored by Tony Williams (Bakery) and Joe Tierney (O Hara’s Bakery agent) a tasty and chatty time can be enjoyed, keep us in mind. Seamus is delighted to reveal his 105th Birthday, or more correctly the anniversary of the Hayes’s in the pub, bought on the 20th April 1903 from Michael Walsh, grandfather to the par 3 and Pitch and Putt Michael in Oldhort. Funny how time slips away as Willie Nelson once sang.

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