23 September 2009

Commemorative Mass and Lecture in Meelick Church
Galway Hospice Donation
Wedding Fair
Road to the White House
Sign Out Youth Project - Workshops/Events
Autumn Art Classes
Portumna Tidy Towns
Informal Week at Retirement Village
Portumna GAA News
Bridge Club Results
Woodford Gun Club
Mercy College Woodford Golden Jubilee 1959-2009
Weight Watchers
Portumna Players
Age Action's Mobile Phone Clinic
Threshing for Down Syndrome

Commemorative Mass and Lecture in Meelick Church
The annual Mons Louis Page and an tAth Eric Mc Fhinn commemorative Mass and lecture will take place in Meelick Church on Saturday evening the 3rd of October. Mass will take place at 8.00pm followed by a lecture entitled 'The History of the Franciscans in Ireland' by guest speaker Brother Colman O Clabaigh OSB.


Galway Hospice Donation
Joan, Marie and Sarah Burke, Mother and Daughters, recently ran in the Flora Mini- Marathon and raised €2010 for the Galway hospice, this was no mean feat considering the times we live in at the moment. Well done to you.


Wedding Fair
Autumn Wedding Fair at the Shannon Oaks. Sunday 4th October from 2-6. Wide range of exhibitors, bridal fashion show and performance by Irish Dancing Troupe.


Road to the White House
There are several Portumna connections with this series, firstly, Daithí Keane, son of Michael Keane formerly of Domnick Street Portumna has directed many documentaries for Abú Media in the past, and his latest one is Bóthar go dtí an White House. The story of how the Irish changed the face of American politics. The second reason is John Smith Snr plays a leading role in the film as Boss Croker, Jim Hynes has a cameo appearing as himself. They are both members of the Portumna Players.

At a reception in the Ambassadors Residence in Phoenix Park last week newly arrived US Ambassador to Ireland Mr Dan Rooney hosted a reception to launch Abú Media's landmark 6 part Historical Documentary Series for 'TG4, Bóthar go dtí an White House' which begins broadcasting on Thursday Sept 24th @10pm on TG4. Speaking at the launch, Ambassador Rooney congratulated Abu Media and TG4 on the new series, saying: "As the representative of President Obama and the US people - and as Americans of Irish descent, I can tell you that we are all very proud of the contribution the Irish have made to the development of America".

The Series tells the story of how the Irish changed the face of American politics charting the history of Irish-American politicians from the 1800's up to JFK's election as the first, and only, Catholic president of the United States. The series, filmed in both Ireland and America, follows the rise of Irish-American political machines in cities like New York, Boston, Kansas City and Chicago and features contributions from Pulitzer Prize winning authors such as Robert Caro and Jack Beatty. The 6 part series tell the story of 6 unique and powerful Irish-American Politicians whose ancestors all came to America as impoverished Irish immigrants. The Irish, by the very process of coming into America, changed the country. They were the first immigrant group in the US who seized upon politics as a means of making a living and they left an indelible mark on the American political landscape which stills resonates today.

"When Abú Media began researching the series 'Bóthar go dtí an White House' it became even more clear to us that a 100 years in American Politics from Tammany Hall up until the election of JFK is indeed an Irish Story. It is a wonderful story of Irish Peasants who cross the Atlantic and over a period of time climb their way from the slums into the Political System until they eventually get one of their own into the Whitehouse" says series producer Bríd Seoighe. The series opens in New York in the mid 1800's with Richard 'Boss' Croker, and continues in New York with the story of Alfred E Smith. It follows the story of Boss Tom Pendergast and the Kansas Machine, James Michael Curley in Boston, The Richard J Daley Story in Chicago and finally the John F Kennedy story. The Series is directed by Dathaí Keane and produced by Bríd and Eileen Seoighe from Abú Media and Executive producer is Pierce Boyce.

Bóthar go dtí an White House begins broadcasting on TG4 on Thursday 24th Sept @ 10pm for 6 weeks.


Sign Out Youth Project - Workshops/Events
Soccer Tournment: 5-a-side tournment will run over the weekend of 26th/27th Sept. Teams consist of 7 players (5players & 2 subs) who may interchange at any time. Entries to Tony before 9pm Friday in order to make the draws. For further information or to enter contact Tony at 086 2051346.

Teenage Leadership and Committee Skills: "Let's do it for ourselves!!!" If you are between the age of 15 and 18 we invite you to take part in a fun and active programme designed to encourage ant empower young people in the skills needed to organise activities for themselves. The programme will take place over 5 evenings (from 7.30-9.30) starting on Tue 29th Sept 2009. Participants will take part in a number of fun activities which will help them learn about teamwork, group skills, leadership, programme planning, and committee skills, while at the same time developing friendships through activities with people their own age. A certificate of attendance will be presented to each participant on completion. Places are limited, so get your name down as soon as possible by contacting 086 2051346 or 087 6955166.

Voice Training and Singing Workshop for Teens: Introductory Class in Voice Training and Singing will commence in Sign Out Youth Cafe on Thursday 1st Oct at 4.30pm. Places are limited so get your name down as soon as possible. For further information contact 086 2051346


Autumn Art Classes
Sketching and art & craft for children at 2.00pm, 3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil Sketching for adults at 11.00am, starting on Saturday, 3rd October, for 8 weeks in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.


Portumna Tidy Towns
2008/2009 has been a busy but very rewarding year for Portumna Tidy Towns committee and volunteers. In a competition where additional points awarded are very difficult to achieve, a significant seven points were gained on last year's adjudication, leading Portumna to top of its category in County Galway. A well deserved congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed and helped out for this year's application and adjudication. To those who gave voluntarily and willingly of their time, equipment, advice and knowledge, the committee would like to thank you most sincerely as without all of this community involvement the committee would not have been able to achieve so much. Thank you also to every household/business in Portumna that took pride in their town by tidying, maintaining and planting around their own homes/premises. Please keep up the good work.

This year we were extremely lucky to obtain the services of Galway Rural Development (GRD). The work undertaken by the gentlemen working on this scheme was invaluable to our town, most notably the work they completed on the amenity area (adjacent to the playground) by cutting back trees and hedges, replacing fencing, maintaining the grass, cleaning up the Yew Walk etc. The Rural Social Scheme is administered in East Galway by Galway Rural Development Company on behalf of the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The aims of this Scheme are to provide income support for farmers and fishermen who are currently in receipt of long term Social Welfare payments and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities by harnessing the skills and talents available among low income farmers and fishermen. Portumna has most certainly benefited from their skills and talents in the past year with many more projects lined up. Thank you to everyone concerned.

The Tidy Towns concept has become, in Portumna, a community approach to making Portumna an even more lovely place to live. The Mission Statement nationally for Tidy Towns is "Making YOUR place a better place". The arrival of the six planter boxes placed strategically around the town is testimony to how our community has embraced the whole Tidy Towns concept. Each of these planters have been sponsored by clubs and organisations in Portumna and again a very big thank you to those organisations for the embracing the Tidy Towns concept.


Informal Week at Retirement Village
Portumna Retirement Village is having an informal week from Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October. Visitors are invited to come and see the Nursing Home and interior designed bungalows. Further details on 090-97459170.


Portumna GAA News
Lotto Numbers for Saturday September 19th 2009 were 1,9,10 & 16. There was no Jackpot winner and 5 Match Three winners, Stacey Hoary, Gerard Kelly, Ursula Fahy, Teresa Riordan & Maria Hogan Boula get €20 each.

The club held a successful fundraising Classic at Portumna Golf Club last week. The winning team was Vincent & Bernie Treacy, Tom & Sharon Moloney.

The Senior Hurling championship quarter finals are down for decision next weekend with Portumna due to face Castlegar.


Bridge Club Results
The Bridge Clubs in Portumna have started once again spanning the 3 Seasons Autumn, Winter & Spring.

The results from last weeks 79 Bridge Club were - 1st. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan, Gross, Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd. Mary Jo Kelly Eileen Smith.


Woodford Gun Club
Woodford Gun Club recently held their annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Contest. The event was very successful, and there were many top class shooters present from all over the country. The Competition was intense across all of the various different shooting disciplines.


Mercy College Woodford Golden Jubilee 1959-2009
On Saturday September 26th next the Golden Jubilee of the school will be celebrated. Events begin with Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford at 3pm in the afternoon and with festivities in the school afterwards. All are welcome.

Also, in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Mercy College we are planning a photo gallery. We invite past pupils and parents to send in or drop in individual or class photo.


Weight Watchers
Every Monday in Acorn To Oak Creche, St. Brigids Rd, Portumna. Meeting times 7:00pm for men and women, 8:15pm For men Only.


Portumna Players
The Annual General Meeting of the Portumna Players will be held in the "Loft" on Thursday 1st October at 8.30pm all members are requested to attend.


Age Action's Mobile Phone Clinic
Na Calaí CDP are organising Age Action's Mobile Phone Clinic in Portumna to mark Positive Ageing Week. This clinic will take place on Tuesday the 29th of September at 8pm to 9.30pm in the Social Services Centre on Castle Avenue in Portumna where local volunteers will support older people to learn a little more about using their mobile phones. We therefore would be delighted to see any older person in the locality on the night who wants to know a little more about their phone (please bring your phone with you) and also if you are a person who is handy with gadgets and have a few hours to volunteer as a tutor, we would be delighted to hear from you (please call Na Calaí to register as a volunteer prior to the event). For further information, please contact Na Calaí CDP on (090) 97 41887 or drop into our office on Abbey Street in Portumna.


Threshing for Down Syndrome
There will be a Threshing demonstration at the Ferry Pub on Saturday 17th October starting at 2pm, the Organizers Andrew Larkin and Pauric Gorman are doing it for Down Syndrome Ireland, there will be other attractions at the venue as well, it will be a nice way to spend an Afternoon.


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