26 August 2009

1911 Census Available Online
Portumna and District Health Forum and Mental Health Association
Karate Lessons
Heritage Week 2009 at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna GAA News
Woodford Parent and Toddler Group
Schools Art Competition
Heritage Week in Clonfert
Acorn to Oak Childcare - Family Fun Day
Cassandra Kenny School of Dance
Blood Transfusion Service

1911 Census Available Online
For anyone with ancestry in the Portumna area, or indeed anywhere in County Galway dating back to 1911, you can now browse the website of the National Archive (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/) to see the completed Census forms for every household in every street and townland in the area in 1911. This is a fascinating look at all of the family names and street names in the area at that time and is guaranteed to start many conversations. The returns are arranged by townland (the smallest division of land) or, in urban areas, by street. The census lists, for every member of each household; name, age, sex, relationship to head of the household, religion, occupation, marital status and county or country of birth. The census also records an individual's ability to read or write. All of this information is given on Form A of the census, which was filled in and signed by the head of each household. Where the head of the household could not write, his or her mark, usually an X, was recorded and witnessed by the enumerator. Married women were required to state the number of years they had been married, the number of their children born alive and the number still living. In addition to returns for every household in the country, there are returns for police and military barracks, public and private asylums, prisons, hospitals, workhouses, colleges, boarding schools and industrial schools among other institutions. These digitised records are an excellent source of information and give a fascinating insight into national and local social and economic history in the early twentieth century. Currently, only the 1911 Census records for Galway, Offaly (King's County),Wexford, Dublin, Antrim, Cork, Donegal, and Kerry are available. Records for other counties will become available on-line later.


Portumna and District Health Forum and Mental Health Association
The next meeting of the Portumna and District Health Forum and the Portumna Mental Health Association will take place on: Tuesday the 8th of September at 4p.m. in the Na Calaí CDP Office on Abbey Street, Portumna. New members are always welcome. We are currently planning our Autumn programme of events. For further information, please contact Martina at the Na Calaí CDP office on (090) 97 41887 or email contact@nacalai.ie


Karate Lessons
Kenpo karate classes starting on Tuesday 1st September in Portumna Town Hall. Children beginners class 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Adult beginners 8.30pm to 9.45pm. The instructor is James Dillon - 3rd degree black. All are welcome. Inquiries to James 087 6436615.


Heritage Week 2009 at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Heritage Week events begin at the Castle on Friday 28th August with a recital by Rachel Goode, Rachel, a soprano, is a young local girl from Ballinasloe who trained with Dr Veronica Dunne in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. She has won many awards throughout her young career and took the lead role in a number of local musicals. Her talent is so recognised that she has appeared with The Three Tenors on a number of occasions and her latest achievement was her appearance live in the semi final of the All Ireland Talent Show on RTE in February. On Friday evening, Rachel will sing a variety of songs ranging from 'She moves through the Fair' to 'Pie Jesu'. The recital will begin at 8pm sharp and admission is free.

Sunday 30th August from 2pm-5.30.pm - ‘Fayre Day’ at the castle where the community take an active role. The Portumna Players will dress as servants of the Clanricarde Estate. You will meet them going about their business and you can ask them questions about their work and their lives. The Birr Outdoor Adventure Centre will demonstrate the art of Archery and allow you to test your own skills. Steve Boyd a professional juggler from Galway will dazzle you with his abilities. The Portumna Lions Club challenge your courage to try the games they have constructed! The Portumna Arts Group intend to entertain and baffle you with controversial subjects of the day in the ‘Speakers Corner’. Roisin and Meadhbh will turn the children into fairytale creatures with their face paints. Members of the Portumna Active Retirement Group have volunteered to read stories to the children from 2.30 to 3.30pm. The Portumna Scouts have the freedom of the castle for the day to arrest any wrongdoers and put them in the stocks. What happens then remains to be seen! The Fancy Dress Competition Theme -'Fairy Tales', which is sponsored by the Portumna Chamber of Commerce has two age categories, 0-6 and 7-12. The judges will be observing throughout the afternoon and the prize giving will take place at 4pm. Various local retailers will sell their goods from stalls situated in the gardens and the house. The afternoon's events promise to bring you back in time to the early 19th Century when Portumna enjoyed a good retail trade and was a place of considerable export trade to Dublin. Fairs were a regular event. Admission is free all day.


Portumna GAA News
There was no winner of last saturday night's lotto jackpot, worth 2000 euros. The numbers drawn were 1 5 14 28. Six people matched three numbers they were Paddy Callen, Tom Breheny, Roisin Dervan, John Joe Donoghue, Paul Craughwell, and John Roche. Next week-ends lotto is worth 2100 euros.

Best of luck to Colin Burke and Ronan O'Meara who are on the Galway under 14 panel which will be participating in the Tony Forrestial Tournament in Waterford at the week-end.


Woodford Parent and Toddler Group
Woodford Parent and toddler group re-starts on Thursday morning September 3rd in youth club hall. The group meets from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and anyone looking after children is welcome. A large child-friendly play area available while parents chat and share a cuppa!!


Schools Art Competition
Elaine Martin, daughter of Claire and Declan Martin, Domnick St, Portumna was selected as a finalist in the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Lough Derg Branch Primary Schools Art Competition entitled “Lough Derg-My Place”. An exhibition featuring all the finalists took place in Terryglass last month. Elaine finished first in her category. She attends St Brendan’s National School Portumna, hopefully she will continue with her Art studies.


Heritage Week in Clonfert
Clonfert Environment and Heritage Group are hosting a weekend event celebrating ‘The People and Traditions of Clonfert Callows’. The official opening is at 7.30 in Clonfert Hall on Friday evening 28 August. The event will be launched by Zena Hoctor Heritage Specialist, followed by a lecture on the Folklore of the Callows and surrounding areas by Anne Ridge author of Death Customs in Rural Ireland. The exhibition will consist of photographs of the people and other memorabilia of The Callows. On Saturday evening Michael Howe a native of the place will share with us his experience of doing his family tree. On Sunday at 3pm a walk led by Stephen Heerey will explore the natural heritage of the Callows. A blessing of the Callows by Fr Naughton and the unveiling of a piece of sculpture to commemorate the event will follow this at 4pm. That night at 8pm a ‘Callow Spree’ will take place in Clonfert Hall.


Acorn to Oak Childcare - Family Fun Day
The Acorn to Oak Family Fun Day is 6th September 12pm-3pm at Acorn to Oak. Meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse!, Ice Cream Parlour, Lily the Clown, Disco Tent, Fashion Show (By High Jinks, Portumna), Face Painting, Special Guest Appearance. All Welcome.


Cassandra Kenny School of Dance
Classes resume on Monday 31st August in Portumna Town Hall. For further information please contact Cassandra at 086-8194655.


Blood Transfusion Service
The Irish Blood Transfusion will be in Portumna at the Shannon Oaks Hotel Portumna on the 2nd of September 2009. From 3pm to 4.45pm and 7pm to 9.30pm. There is always a need for blood during the Holiday season, please make the effort to come along. For more information contact Noel Madden on 087 7527761 or noelgmadden@eircom.net


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