25 March 2009

Cross Country Master Class at Flowerhill with Lucinda Green
Folen's Competition Winner
Portumna Players - Stags and Hens
Bridge Club Results
Portumna GAA Notes
Camera Club
Abalta School Fundraiser - Beard Shave
Ability West Classic
Portumna Community School News
Parent and Toddler Group Fundraiser - Table Quiz

Cross Country Master Class at Flowerhill with Lucinda Green
At the end of March (31 March & 01 April 2009), Oliver Walsh owner of Flowerhill Equestrian Centre will host a very exciting series of master classes with Lucinda Green. Lucinda began riding at age four, and is most known for winning the Badminton Horse Trials a record six times, on six different horses. To date, Green is the only rider to have done so. She has also won the Tony Collins Trophy - given to the British rider with the most points in eventing in a season, a record seven times. Lucinda finished her international career after attending the 1987 World Championships in Luhmuhlen. She now is a commentator for major events, and conducts clinics world-wide. Green is also a member of the Board of Directors of the British Horse Trials Association and a team selector. On the 5th April 2009 Flowerhill will host the All Ireland National hunter trials, there will be 300 to 400 horses at this event.


Folen's Competition Winner
Congratulations to Isabelle Coughlan from Churchill, Portumna who was a recent winner of a Folen's competition. She had to answer a number of questions relating to literature, the photo shows Isabelle the proud winner of a music stereo complete with ear phones. She is in fifth class at St. Brendan's National School, Portumna.


Portumna Players - Stags and Hens
The Portumna Players staged Willy Russell's "Stags and Hens" play over the weekend and played to packed houses on the 3 nights. The play was updated to the present time and the setting is a Bar/Dancehall - complete with dodgy lights, smoky rooms and drunken revellers. A stag do is in full swing and following a curry - the lads decide to hit the pub. The only problem is the girls are in the same dive. Marian Frawley directed the play and as is her want did a terrific job.

The cast- Marie O Donnell played the role of the bride-to-be and she was excellent, this was her first time on stage. Bernadette the "Dictator" was played by Mairead Taylor, she has played 2 major roles in the past this was her finest to date. Mary Lynch played the drunken cry baby "Maureen" also a major part and she carried it off with great gusto. Lisa Keane was in her second role with the Players she played Carol the "Work Colleague" and like the rest she was in top form. Tory Nicholson is a local Vet during the day and appeared as "Frances" the brides "Best Friend" she also gave a great performance this was her first time on stage. The girls as a group worked well together and kept up the pace required for the parts.

John Smith Jnr played Robbie the "Ladies Man" this was Johns second part in a production by the players, he did have a part in The Field back in 1990. This character suited John very well and he played it with great aplomb. Abe Kennedy had the ideal part as he had no lines, but his gestures and sounds were brilliant he played Dave the "Drunken Groom" carried in at the start and carried out at the end. Derrick Frawley has played many parts over the last decade and this was one of his finest, he played Billy the "Oddball". Padraic Ryan like Derrick has played many parts over the years from serious to comedy, he was the "Piss Artist" amongst the group he was excellent. Fergal Coughlan made his debut appearance playing Eddy the "Violent best Man" he was perfect for the role and at times was frightening, he had a great part and he played it to a tee. Michael Goode also making his first appearance played Peter "The Musician" and was very comfortable in the role, the audience loved his boots his acting was superb. Tom Madden played the work/electrical power obsessed "Roadie", the part was small but Tom played it very well, this was also his first role, hopefully we will see more of them in future productions.

Bridge Club Results
Portumna Contract Bridge Club. 1st. Mary Jo Kelly Peg Burke 2nd. Conor Finch Geraldine Canning, Gross. Elizabeth Ryan Teresa Dillon, 3rd. Geraldine Bugler Marie O'Meara, 4th. Patricia Power Peggy Whyte.


Portumna GAA Notes
Congratulations & Well done to our Senior Hurlers on retaining the Tommy Moore Cup as AIB All-Ireland Club Hurling Champions for the second year in a row. They played brilliant hurling to beat De La Salle of Waterford by 2-24 to 1-8. Thank you to everyone in the parish for the bunting, flags, banners, signs and hurling motifs around the place and also to the supporters from all of Galway who travelled in huge numbers to both Thurles and Croke Park to give vocal encouragement to the team & management. While the team and its management have been deservedly lauded for the quality of their performances, there is a backroom team behind them who deserve our praise. Dan Lynch as Chairman, Fiona O'Meara and Celia Keane as Secretary & Treasurer, they have put in long hours behind the scenes and with Marguerite Dolphin and PJ O'Meara ensure that the team is fed at training and jerseys washed for the games.

Well done also to Eugene McEntee and Joe Canning for their performances in Galway's League win over Limerick in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. They helped deliver two valuable League points for Galway.

Lotto Numbers drawn for Saturday, March 21st were 2.13,21 & 27. There was no winner or Match 3 and €50 each will go to Portumna Social Services and St. Dympna's. Next weeks jackpot will be €2900.

There will be a meeting in the Clubhouse on Friday night next at 8.30 regarding our car draw.

The club would like to offer its sympathy to the Flanagan family of Sragh, Woodford on the recent death of Joe Flanagan. The Flanagan family have been great supporters of Tommy Larkins, Portumna and Galway for many years.


Camera Club
The next meeting of Portumna Camera Club will be held on Tuesday 31st March in the Maple Kitchen, all past and present members are asked to attend. The theme for next weeks images is 'Macro'. Rachel McClearn will give a talk on Black and White photography on the night as well, so it should be very interesting night.


Abalta School Fundraiser - Beard Shave
Damien Hayes had his beard shaved off last Saturday night in An Caislean Pub, Joe Canning his legs shaved, Leo and Peter Smith had their chest shaved, and Chunky Hayes had his armpits waxed also, this was done to raise money for Abalta - Abalta School was born out of the identified need for children with autism to get a specific focused education. Eugene McEntee was the master of Ceremonies on the night and did a great job, the mystery guest was Dennis Cahill (Portumna Senior Team coach) and his minders were Vincent and Bernie Treacy, they did a wonderful job as the pub was packed to capacity on the night, money was raised and thank you to everyone connected with the night.

The next fund raising event is a table quiz this will be held on good Friday night in the Shannon Oaks Hotel Shane O Rourke Portumna is doing a run across the Gobi desert later this year and he is raising funds for this school also we will have more on Shane's run next week. Also as a fundraiser on Easter weekend five-a-side soccer tournament on Friday 10th to Saturday 11th of April at the youth cafe astro-turf. Prizes sponsored by An Caislean. All proceeds to schools for children with Autism. for entry forms contact David on 0879837366 or Pierce 087 2828981


Ability West Classic
The annual Ability West Classic will take place in Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of May 2009. This year it is hoped to raise enough funds to build a gymnasium in St Dympna's Day care centre on the Shannon Road. As an added bonus Elvis will make a guest appearance on the Saturday night at 10pm during the prize giving. For further enquiries contact Mrs Bridie Madden St Josephs Road at 09097 41258. Or the golf club on 09097 41059.


Portumna Community School News
Enterprise Awards: Congrats to the following students who attended the TY 'Get Up & Go' Mini Company Trade Exhibition Regional Final on Thursday (19th) in the Athlone Springs Hotel - Maria Whelan, Joanne Lyons, Heather Starr, Amanda Gohery, Anna Maria Lagana, Niamh Briscoe, David Burke, Cassandra Dervan, Grace Duffy, Louise Loughnane, Lara Summers & Maria Dervan. All twenty-two mini companies were judged in the following five areas: Stand Presentation, Innovation, Marketing, Originality of Idea and Accounts. The Portumna group were awarded a First place in 'Marketing' and a Third place in 'Originality of Idea'! They will now go on to the National Finals that will be held in Naas on April 28th. Well done!


Parent and Toddler Group Fundraiser - Table Quiz
Portumna parent and toddler group are holding a fundraiser table Quiz in the Ferry Inn on Friday 3rd of April at 9.00pm the price is €40 per table of 4, student price is €20 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.


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