18 February 2009

Charity Fundraiser - Giant Swap Shop
Bridge Club News
Portumna Athletics Club Registration Night
Sex and the City - a Review
Portumna Cubs Receive VIP Visitor
Portumna Players - Stags and Hens
Portumna GAA Club News
Na Calai CDP - Community Courses

Charity Fundraiser - Giant Swap Shop
On Saturday 21st February 2009, Oli Husemeyer is hosting a "Giant Swap Shop" Charity Fundraiser in Portumna Town Hall. Doors open at 8:00pm and ladies of all ages are very welcome. Each ticket bought for this super-fun evening (€25) covers drinks, delicious canapes and any two items of clothing, shoes, bags or jewellery. Whilst it is not mandatory to make a donation of clothes, if you fancy spring-cleaning your wardrobe, please either drop items into Portumna Vet Clinic, give Oli a call to arrange collection (0868 272 537) or simply bring along items on the night. Already we have some fabulous designer names and some gorgeous frocks. This fundraising event is being held for Raleigh International, a charity that sends groups of voluntary workers, including those from under-privileged backgrounds, on 3-month expeditions to developing countries. The volunteers undertake projects that benefit the local community including the building of wells, schools and playgrounds, and environmental conservation work. Oli will be heading to Costa Rica & Nicaragua in June 2009 as the Deputy Expedition Leader for one such project.


Bridge Club News
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Bank of Ireland Cup. 1st. Fr. M. Finneran Kaye Duddy, 2nd. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, Nett. Conor Finch Martin Quinn, 3rd. Geraldine Canning Sheila Dillon, 4th. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 5th. Mary Jo Kelly Eileen Smith, 6th. Teresa Dillon Anna Moore, 7th. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan.1st. Session Vera Burke Pauline McKeon, 2nd. Session, Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury.

Portumna Contract Bridge Club. 1st. Vera Burke Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Conor Finch Geraldine Canning, Gross. Sean Cahalan Paddy Kelly, 3rd. Mary Burbage Sheila Dillon, 4th. Michael Torpey Pearl Doherty.


Portumna Athletics Club Registration Night
Portumna AC held its AGM on Friday night last.The large attendence was an indicator of how much interest there is in athletics in the locality. The main purpose of this years AGM was to reform Portumna AC and get the already active club back on an official footing within Athletics Ireland, to this end we will be having a registration night on Friday the 20 Feb at 8.30. Registration is open to any one interested in athletics in Portumna and the surrounding districts. For more information Contact Tom @ 0864042180 or Margret @ 0871237824. All are welcome.


Sex and the City - a Review
The Valentine's Ball held last Saturday night in the Shannon Oaks hotel proved to be an outstanding success both from a fundraising perspective and for sheer enjoyment on the night. The hard work put in by Ann Marie Barry, Maureen Curran and their team of helpers ensured that the superb cocktail reception set the tone for the rest of the night. Mr. Big a.k.a. Mike Brady and David Hara added a touch of cool sophistication to the whole Sex and the City theme. The hotel staff excelled themselves on many fronts. The care to detail taken in decorating the room and tables just took your breath away, the quality of service provided and the standard of food served all played a big part in making it such an enjoyable night. MC for the night Ollie Turner, from Galway Bay FM, was as smooth and funny an operator as one could hope for and he kept the night flowing effortlessly as prize after prize was given out. The band Raindance proved to be a great hit with the audience and their style and quality of music only added to what was already a fantastic night. Without a doubt the highlight of this great night was the performance given by 17 year old Rachel Goode from Ballinasloe, who is appearing in the All Ireland talent show this week-end. Her rendition of the classic "Time to say Goodbye" was greeted with a standing ovation from everybody in the room such was the emotion generated by her powerful performance. The committee of Portumna Town FC would like to extend their gratitude to all who supported and sponsored this magnificent event. Proceeds raised came in around €6k to €7K and go towards the development fund for a new All Weather pitch.


Portumna Cubs Receive VIP Visitor
The 10th Galway Cub Group had a visit from Ollie Canning, Portumna Senior Hurling captain, on Friday night last. Ollie spoke to the Cubs about the importance of participating in sport and in keeping themselves fit and healthy. He discussed the types of food that they should be eating to ensure that they will be able to perform to their best on the sports field and also spoke about the importance of all members of a team supporting each other. During a question & answer session he was asked to outline the training schedule the senior hurlers are following at present in preparation for their All Ireland semi-final. The Cubs were amazed at the level of dedication and commitment being shown by the Senior panel in their training. The Cubs finished their weekly meeting by having a puck-around with Ollie. Cub leaders wish to thank Ollie for, as always, being so generous with his time and for his inspirational talk to the Cubs.


Portumna Players - Stags and Hens
The Portumna Players are staging Willie Russells comedy "Stags and Hens" on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March at 8.30 in the Town Hall. Willie Russell wrote well known plays such as Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, and Blood Brothers, these were eventually turned into films, so his background is good for a start. The play focuses on a group of girls and local lads who venture out for a night of pre-marriage stag and hen party celebrations. The action takes place in the Gents and Ladies toilets of a tacky Liverpool club called "Bransky's", where Dave and Linda (bride and groom-to-be) have decided, unbeknownst to each other, to hold their stag and hen parties, from then on the fun starts. The play was chosen by the Players and is being directed by Marian Frawley well known in drama circles. There are a few new faces in the production including Fergal Coughlan, Mike Goode, Derek Frawley, Pauric Ryan, Tommy Madden, John Smith Jnr, Abe Kennedy, Lisa Keane, Tory Nicholson, Mairead Taylor, Mary Lynch, Marie O Donnell


Portumna GAA Club News
Would appreciate if all householders and business premises would decorate their premises with flags and bunting for the forthcoming all Ireland semi final on 22nd Feb.

Junior C photographs and U21 video's for sale. Hurling helmets are now available for sale. Please contact Celia Keane.

Club membership is now due. Juvenile €20 Family €90 and Adult player €50 Student €30. Please contact Fiona O'Meara.

Lotto Results the numbers drawn 3, 4, 8, 22. No winner. Four match three Mossie Walsh, Shane Hogan, Christine Hickey, Sinead and Emma Keane. €25 each. Next weeks jackpot €2,500.


Na Calai CDP - Community Courses
Na Calai CDP's Health Forum and Portumna's Mental Health Association in partnership with Portumna's Mental Health Service are currently taking names for the following community courses.

Dealing with Stress: Tuesdays from 7.30pm - 9.30pm commencing on Feb 24th for 6 to 8 sessions (provisional start date) Venue: Na Calai CDP, Portumna.

Parenting: Tuesdays from 10.30am - 12.30am commencing on Feb 24th for 6 sessions (provisional start date) Venue: The Heritage Centre, Killimor.

Places are limited to 15 per course. Cover charge €5 per person. Please leave your name and details with Joan Murray in Na Calai CDP on 090 9741887 or email contact@nacalai.ie


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