17 September 2008


Singers Wanted
Computer Courses in Portumna
Portumna Community School
Soccer Club
Portumna Scouts - Stand alone
Youth Theatre
Festival Week-End
Ploughing Championship
Portumna Players AGM
An Gairdin
Junior Golfers


Singers Wanted
OMNA, the vocal group of Portumna Arts Group will commence an 8-week series of singing sessions with Marie Power, commencing on Monday, 22nd Sept at 7.45pm for 2 hours in Portumna Communty School. All you need is the desire to sing, the commitment and a sense of fun. For more information and to book your voice a place, call Joan on 087 695 5166 or visit www.portumnaartsgroup.com

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Computer Courses in Portumna
Computers for Absolute Beginners, Mondays starting 6th October 7.30p.m. to 10p.m. 8 weeks. This practical course is suitable for people who have never switched on a computer before and for people wanting to get to grips with the basics. Learn about word processing, the Internet and e-mail.

 

Computers – Intermediate Programme, Tuesdays, starting 7th October, 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – 8 weeks. This course is for people who want to build on their basic computer skills and learn more about wordprocessing, Internet and e-mail. It also includes an introduction to Spreadsheets, which is useful for working with figures.

 

The venue for both courses is the IRD Centre, Abbey St. Portumna. The course fee is €120 – Deposit €50. All training materials are supplied. Tel: 090-9741867

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Portumna Community School
Enable Ireland: The Enable Ireland Action Week on Disability is taking place from 15th – 20th September. Action Week is their annual disability awareness raising campaign. As part of this week the Transition Year students will be selling gold badges in the Social Area on Wed. 17th, Thurs. 18th and Fri. 19th September. The badges are being sold to raise funds for Enable Ireland’s Gold Badge Appeal and your support would be greatly appreciated.

 

Safe Pass Course: Any student considering working in the Construction Industry (work experience or part-time work) must, by law, have completed a Safe Pass Course. This also applies for students to be covered by the School’s Work Experience Insurance. In order to complete this course you must be aged 16 years. Any student interested in completing a Safe Pass Course through the school must give your name to Ms. Lyons or Mr. Kilkenny on or before Friday, 19th September.

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Soccer Club
The soccer club season starts off in earnest this Saturday, 20 september, with a number of teams playing their first competitive matches. The fixtures for Saturday are as follows. U 10 Portumna V Mucklagh 10.00 at home U 11 Portumna V Mucklagh 10.45 at home U 12 Rosenallis V Portumna 13.15 away U13 S.F.A.I. Troy Cup Portumna V Blessington 12.00 at home. The best of luck to all the young players for the new season. The Club's AGM is being held on Thursday 25th September at 8.30pm in Portumna Retirement Village. All parents with children in the club are welcome to attend.

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Portumna Scouts - Stand alone
The troop will hold a standalone camp in the Forest Park Portumna in September Friday 27th. This will give each of the four Patrol leaders the opportunity to take full responsibility for their scouts, it will be the first time that some of the new additions up from Cubs will have to camp with their new Patrols. Each Patrol Leader will be responsible for locating their camp site, preparing a menu, cooking meals and running the campsite, with no direct Scout leader supervision it will be up to the Patrol leaders to run their sites efficiently and maintain a high standard in hygiene and safety. This task will require the full cooperation from each scout member to ensure success, we wish them the very best in this challenge and are as always confident they will do their best..

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Youth Theatre
Portumna's Youth Theatre catering for 12-18 year olds are now looking for new members for the current year as workshops and classes are planned to start shortly on Wednesday evenings. Booking is essential in order to make the Theatre viable and commitment from our teenagers in order to sustain the theatre. Portumna Arts Group have a committee of adults to help and support the youth in this venture but it's up to you, the young people to make it happen. Interested youth are asked to contact Alma at 086 3196159 or Noelle @ 087 2931055

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Festival Week-End
Shorelines Arts Festival got underway with the Launch by Pauraic Breathnach in the Nunnery on Thursday evening where local sponsors and artists gathered to see the Art Exhibition in the beautiful setting of the old Convent. Pauraic encouraged the active participation of Arts Groups in smaller communities outside the city, lauded the wonderful space that housed the exhibition and officially set sail the first Portumna Arts Festival. The convent chapel was home to a Photographic Exhibition by Joe Geoghegan, a Galway based photographer. Entitled "The Eye of The Beholder", it featured poetry and a photo of the left eye of 23 well known contemporary Irish poets. It was described by one visitor as an "eye-opener"! Friday evening saw the successful Treasure Hunt take place with clues from Mark Conroy providing a few brain teasers to the participants. That night, poets Iggy Mc Govern and Derek Coyle featured in a poetry reading in the intimate setting of the chapel in Portumna Retirement Vllage. There, the following morning, by kind invitation from Tony Williams and overseen by Sarah Smith, the members of Maple Poetry Group and the residents shared rhymes and recitations, tea and coffee in a morning that will be treasured by all who participated. Saturday afternoon, over 100 people from tots to the actively retired members of Portumna and it's surrounds were busy at drama/ dance and writing workshops. The evening saw the hosting of "the Shore" a piano and poetry recital by two Mayo men - Conor Walsh and Martin Dyer - in the perfect setting of Portumna Castle. An event that proves the power of the spoken word and the magic of music; a blend finely balanced and well performed by two emerging, young Irish talents. The night ended with a Poetry Session with members from Baffle, Loughrea, Portumna Pen Pushers and the Maple Poetry Group taking part. Sunday morning's Soup, Song and Sandwich was a resounding success with strings, song, poems and soup flowing from corner to corner of the cosy gathering and continued well into the afternoon. Then, over 30 attendants drummed their way through the African Drumming workshop while the teenagers attended a fun and vibrant Youth Theatre workshop. The festival closed with an event in An Gairdin, celebrating the life and work of Barbara Kennedy, a recently deceased member of the Portumna Pen Pushers. A fitting and special ending to a very special week-end that was supported so positively by the Portumna people, both in their generous sponsorship, their voluntary help and their attendance at events. Festival co-ordinator, Noelle Lynskey; Treasurer, Eileen Smith and PRO-Mark Conroy would like to thank all those who helped make the first festival possible and already, plans are afoot for next year. Again, the Sponsors are specially thanked and outside the area, the support from Poetry Ireland and Galway County Council Arts Office is greatly appreciated. If you want to join Portumna Arts Group-keep an eye on www.portumnaartsgroup.com for information on events, meetings and the various groups involved.

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Ploughing Championship
Keith Sullivan son of Michael and Mary Sullivan Gortanumera will take part in the ploughing championships next week. They will be held in Callan County Kilkenny and Keith will be in the Minor section.

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Portumna Players AGM
The AGM of the Portumna Players will take place on Monday 22nd September in the “Loft” at 8pm new members welcome. Suggestions for an upcoming play will be discussed so if you have any interest in stage work please come along.

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An Gairdin
An Gairdin Organic and Ecology centre have just released their Autumn and Winter list of events, and they have a wonderful array of courses to suit everyone in the audience. We will start with the Autumn Equinox and Harvest celebration, it is on this coming Monday 22nd September from 7.30pm-9.30pm at An Gairdin they celebrate the Earths seasons and cycles. You are invited to come along and welcome the the Autumn Equinox and Harvest abundance with song, dance and meditation and meal. You can take time to reflect and tune into the energies and moods of the season. And then came act two- Climate change and “the power of one” Dr Larry Edwards Ph.D. Chemical Physics Harvard University, will speak on Climate change and show each of us as individuals and as communities can actually make a difference. The cost of admission is a donation, how is that.

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Junior Golfers
Every Saturday weather permitting the first tee is reserved for Junior golfers from 3.00pm to 3.45pm. this is in order to keep up the good work done during the summer season. Also 10am Saturday’s for 1 hour we will take Junior Juniors age 6 to 10 in the practice ground. The club would also like to thank Noel Halloran who is presently living in Canada for his generosity over the past number of years.

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