22 April 2009

May Day Celebrations at Sign Out Youth Cafe
Portumna Youth Club
Reef Stained
Bridge Club
Killimor Community Games
Town Hall Tea Dance
8KM Walk or Run
Portumna Castle Welcomes 'Fury' Home
European Kempo Karate Camp
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Youth Theatre
New Shop - K & S Discount Store
Eternal Beauty Salon
Portumna Town F.C.
Portumna GAA Notes
Public Facilities at Portumna Marina
New Alter in St Brigid's Church Portumna

May Day Celebrations at Sign Out Youth Cafe
On Friday 1st May at 6.30 pm, Portumna Sign Out Youth Company in partnership with County Galway VEC will be celebrating May Day with a difference with the official launch of the Sign Out Youth Cafe Project. The support this youth project has received to date from elected representatives, funders and the community at large has been phenomenal. We are delighted to have this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all our supporters and to showcase this wonderful purpose built youth facility and all weather pitch. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by local youth Bands and Singers followed by light refreshments. This is an open invitation and all are welcome.


Portumna Youth Club
Over the Easter Break 40 members from Portumna Youth Club travelled to Delphi Outdoor Education Centre in Leenane for two action packed days of activities, both water and land based. Some of the hardier souls enjoyed surfing while others ventured up the mountains to take part in pursuits such as Archery, Zip Wire, Rope Challenging Courses, Rock Climbing and Team Games. The mid-night hike was an all time favourite and first experience for most of the group. Youth Club is open every Thursday night in Sign Out Youth Cafe from 7.30pm to 9pm. The committee, Susan, Patricia, Michael and Tim, would like to thank all the parents and friends who have helped out during the year and look forward to your continued support.


Reef Stained
Congratulations once more to our local band Reef Stained for their win in the Connacht finals of the Coca Cola Blast Beat Competition. They now play in The Academy in Dublin on Saturday 9th May. The talent last Saturday was high but the judges all agreed that Reef Stained were superb. We wish Mark Finnerty, Michael D'Alton, Brain Murphy and Peter Kelly all the best for the finals. Again a big thank you to all our supporters and our families for their continued support.


Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Lorna Stoddart Patricia Blehein, 2nd. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, Gross, Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, 3rd. Eileen Smith Mary Jo Kelly, 4th. Joan Ryan Marion Molloy.


Killimor Community Games
Killimor community games are holding their sports day on Saturday 25th april starting at 1:30pm.


Town Hall Tea Dance
Town Hall Tea Dance on Sunday 17th May between 5-8pm. Music by Pat Conlon & Richie Burke. Adm 8 euro with Funds going towards Town Hall upkeep and restoration. Tea & refreshments available.


8KM Walk or Run
On Sunday 26th April at 10am in Portumna Forest Park. Adults €10, Kids & dogs go free. In aid of ABALTA School.


Portumna Castle Welcomes 'Fury' Home
The skeleton of a dog (Canis familiaris) was uncovered during excavation works at Portumna Castle in 1997 in advance of conservation work. The identity of this animal was established through a combination of observations of the remains and local folklore. Tradition recalls that a child fell from the castle window, landed on a dog's back and consequently survived but unfortunately the dog suffered a broken back and died. A commemorative plaque dated April 1797 was erected on the wall of the Castle immediately outside the south porch in memory of a dog, called Fury, believed to be the dog that saved the life of one of the castle's children. When the remains of the dog were uncovered below the plaque it was immediately noticed that the dog was lying on its left side and that some of the vertebrae and ribs were dislodged approximately mid-way along the spine and ribcage. This damage indicated that the dog had died from a broken back. In the past the story of Fury the dog had often been told to visitors to Portumna Castle but it was only in 1997, exactly 200 years later, that the archaeology confirmed the authenticity of the tale. Today, Fury's skeletal remains is contained in a glass case in the porch at the south side of the castle, having been returned to his original resting place.

Guided tours are free with admission ticket, (subject to availability of guides). A guide will bring you through the gardens and ground floor of the Castle and relate historical facts along with stories from local folklore. Taking approximately 35 minutes per tour it is a recommended way of experiencing the site. Families and School groups can follow our fun/learning 'Historical Quest' throughout the Castle grounds. All Schools have free admission. Pre booking essential for groups. Opening Arrangements ; 10am to 6pm Daily. Last admission 5.15pm. For further information contact: 090 9741658.


European Kempo Karate Camp
Portumna Kenpo karate club will be host to 2009 European Kenpo Camp from Fri 24th to Sun 26th April. Guest instructors at the camp based in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and the Town Hall will include Master Bob White 9th Dan master John Sepulveda 9th Dan Sigung Steve La Bounty 9th Dan Dian Tanaka 6th Dan among others. There are over 150 Kenpo practitioners coming to Portumna from Europe and America. The Portumna Club was started 10 years ago by James Dillon a 3rd Dan Black Belt, offers classes for men, women and children in the Town Hall every Tuesday night. Classes are designed to increase fitness and stamina as well as increasing the individuals self confidence and self defence capabilities. The club welcomes new members of any ability to train in a relaxed friendly enviroment. James can be contacted at 087 6436615.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society are hosting a lecture by William Henry archaeologist, historian and author in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna on Thursday April 30th at 8.30 p.m. entitled, County Galway and the Great War. In his talk Willie has carried out major research on the subject and will focus on the men who fought and died in the Great War from the South East Galway area.


Portumna Arts Group
On Wednesday, May 6th, Portumna Arts Group will hold an important meeting in Na Calai at 8.30pm. The main item on the agenda is the second Shorelines Arts Festival due to take place in September. Any member of the group or the public, with ideas and a helping hand, are all welcome to attend.


Portumna Youth Theatre
From a dole queue to a traffic jam; buskers to a beggar; teenage gossip to heart rendering cruelty; young love and cruel love, Portumna Youth Theatre captured the audience with a series of vignettes presented in Portumna Town hall on Sunday night, Under the direction of Fergal Darcy, 16 teenagers co-wrote and presented their very own production- The Street-An Invasion of Privacy. This production is a culmination of 7 months of weekly workshops facilitated by Fergal Darcy . Weekly supervision by members of Portumna Arts Group was greatly appreciated and a big thank you to Marie, Alma, Rose , Marie & Noelle. The help of Portumna Players in providing the use of the lights and operating same is also appreciated and a big thank you to Pauraic Ryan for his time. The individuals involved in the scenes were responsible for the development of their characters, and this they did with great conviction. To Conor, Jason ,David, Kate, Heather, Seamie, Marion, Emma, Ciara, Noeline, Mairin, Conor, Clare, Emma, Nicola, Niamh and Caoimhe- be proud of your production. And to Fergal, thanks for the serious craic. To the audience who attended, we hope you enjoyed the show and look out for PYT Productions in the future. Interested aspiring members aged 12-18, please contact 087 293 1055 to get your name on the waiting list.


New Shop - K & S Discount Store
Brenda McClearn has opened a new Discount Store in Clonfert Ave, Portumna (beside McEntees butchers). We wish her all the best in her new venture. Brenda is opened 6 days a week 9.30 - 6 pm.


Eternal Beauty Salon
Mellissa Hogan of Eternal Beauty Salon will be relocating on the 25th April her new premises will be situated beside McEntees Butchers on clonfert Ave. Rhere will be a special opening discount of 10% off all treatments and retail products. Melissa would like to invite you to attend her opening on saturday 25th april from 6pm. All light refreshments will be served. For further information contact melissa @0909759919. Looking forward to seeing you all.


Portumna Town F.C.
Portumna u13 played Birr in a Quarterfinal cup game on Saturday last. Birr began the game very brightly and put Portumna under immediate pressure. Within 5 minutes they were a goal up after some sloppy defensive work from a Birr corner. This seemed to wake the Portumna players up and from that moment on bar a couple of nervy moments Portumna dominated the game. Ronan O Meara struck a sensational free kick to level the match before the half time whistle. The defence was very solid whilst the attack were terrorizing Birr and despite some great chances the game ended all square at full time. In extra time Birr took advantage of some poor goal keeping to go a goal up. With two minutes to go a thunderbolt from Colin Burke proved rattled the net, to Birr's disbelief. The lottery of Penalties beckoned and Portumna came out on top scoring four to Birr's three with Niall Roystan making a great save with his legs. On to the semi finals where hopefully we can progress even further.

Fixtures for Saturday 25th April: The U8's are at home against Kiltormer at 11.30 a.m. The U9's are away versus Birr Town at 2pm.


Portumna GAA Notes
Portumna's Under-21 Hurlers recorded a hard-earned win over Mullagh in the preliminary quarter-final of this year's championship. They now qualify to play Castlegar in the quarter-finals proper in May.

The Senior Hurlers had two draws in the County League against Mullagh & St. Thomas and will be travelling to Abu Dhabi on Thursday next courtesy of Etihad Airlines as their prize in 'The Best Hurling Club under the Sun' Competition. They will also have coaching sessions under Nicky English and DJ Carey as part of the trip.

Lotto Numbers for Saturday April 18th 2009 were 4, 13, 18 & 24. There was no winner and one Match 3 receives €100-Leonie Donoghue. Next Week's jackpot is €3400.

Plans are now being put in place for La na gClub on Sunday May 10th as part of the GAA's 125th anniversary celebrations. It is hoped to have an outdoor Mass in the field at 2.00 in the afternoon, followed by an under-10 mixed blitz, Skills competitions for the older juveniles and a mixed Hurling cum Football game for adult teams are also being arranged, with light refreshments and hopefully some appropriate music will also form part of the day's programme. There will also be a photographic display of teams, and if there is anyone out there with pictures of past Portumna teams that are not generally seen, we would be delighted if you could bring them along or let one of our Committee members have them for display. Everyone will be welcome to come and join with the club members on this day of celebration.

The tickets for the car draw are still on sale from Celia Keane, Ollie Canning or any player or Committee Member.


Public Facilities at Portumna Marina
Amidst all the doom and gloom it is nice to see common sense come to the fore. The toilets located at the beautiful Marina in the forest park wer closed over Easter much to the dismay of the Tourist and locals in the area. It is used by both Campers and Cruiser owners not only as a toilet but shower facilities as well. Local Councillor Mr Willie Burke got onto thr local County Council Office and they informed Mr Burke that the money has been found to provide the maintenance necessary for the daily up keep of the Unit. We need to get the small thins right starting with small changes that turn into small successes, you can build a track record, gain some credibility, and who knows, maybe start something that will grow into something much bigger, like encouraging Tourists into the Country.


New Alter in St Brigid's Church Portumna
The new alter in St Brigid's Church Portumna is nearly complete, it will bring the congregation nearer to the Priest so that they will feel more involved in the actual mass. The original Rail has been partly removed and will be used in the construction of another alter in the Nun's chapel which is used for weekly morning and evening masses. Saint Brigid's Church Church was solemnly opened and blessed by Most Rev. Wlm. Philbin on May 11 1961 and since then there has been little or no change to the building. This new design for the interior of the church has been driven by Fr Brendan Lawless P.P. it is looking very impressive at the moment, it is due for completion in a few weeks time.


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