30 September 2009

Junior A Girls Advance to Intermediate Status
Age Action Week
Day Computer Course
Rhythm School of Dance
Christmas Events Committee Urgently Need Your Help!
Nutrition & Cookery Sessions at An Gairdin
Shorelines Arts Festival Success
Summer Reading Challange
Comhairle na nOg
Voice Training & Singing Classes For Teens
Bridge Club Results
Autumn Art Classes
Portumna Rugby Club
Weight Watchers
Portumna and District Health Forum and Mental Health Association

Junior A Girls Advance to Intermediate Status
Sunday evening in Killimor saw Portumna’s Junior A girls advance to the Intermediate grade against Mullagh. Portumna were first to put their name on the scoreboard with a pointed free from Tara Ruttledge followed by a goal from Portumna’s Mary Burke who was in fine form. Katie O’Brien added to their tally with a point and another free from Tara to put them 1-3 to ahead. Mullagh found the net but it was Mary Burke who replied with two goals. Tara came through for a point and Megan Moran quickly threw over her first point. Tara secured another point but it was Brid Gordon who fired home another goal for the home side. Tara pointed two more frees whilst the talented Mary Burke found the Mullagh net twice more. Mullagh pointed three frees to leave the half time score Portumna 6-8 to Mullagh 1-3.

Mullagh opened the scoring in the second half with a goal from a well taken free followed by a point and a goal from play by Tara. Katie put her name on the scoreboard in the second half followed by a second goal from Brid Gordon. Tara put over another point and Mary Burke got her first point of the day. With Portumna using all their substitutions Mullagh came back into the game and hit Portumna for three goals and three points and a pointed free to leave the full time score Portumna 8- 12 to Mullagh 5-7.

Without doubt the Portumna girls made sure they were moving up to the next level. A great overall display with a magnificent individual display from Mary Burke earning her the well deserved player of the match. It’s a great achievement for a small club and a deserving reward for all concerned for all their hard work throughout the year. Well done to: Ciara Molloy, Orla Hayes, Trish Burke (Capt), Emma Keane, Mandy Moore, Triona Byrne, Lindsay McClearn, Sarah Conboy, Nicola Muldoon, Katie O’Brien, Megan Moran, Tara Ruttledge, Mary Burke, Philippa Coleman, Brid Gordon. Subs: Niamh McClearn, Sile Ryan, Niamh Molloy, Aoife Burke, Lisa Lynch, Tanya Fallon, Richeal O’Brien, Shannon Whelan, Emma Ruttledge, Tara Harte, Marion Lynch, Rhona Geraghty, Niamh Hackett, Brona Molloy, Caoimhe Horan, Caoimhe Tully. Manager: Johnny Keane, Selectors: Shane Connors, Cathal Madden, Fitness: Rachel McClearn.

Best of luck to the U-16’s in their replay at the weekend.


Age Action Week
In Accordance with Age Action's Positive Ageing Week, Portumna Retirement Village will be holding two events. On Wednesday 30th Sept from 4.30-5.30 there will be music and song with Jodie and Mary and on Saturday 3rd October Outdoor Putting, Boules and Gym from 2-4pm. All Welcome.


Day Computer Course
Are you interested in learning about computers and office skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere? Training, Child care and travel allowance available. Contact South East Galway IRD Ltd., Portumna, 090-9759092 for further details.


Rhythm School of Dance
Rhythm School of Dance - coming to Fat Daddys Nightclub, Portumna from thursday the 1st of October 2009. Teen dance classes now enrolling from 12 years upwards. Classes include: hip hop, contemporary, jazz. For more information contact Ruth on 087 9201661.


Christmas Events Committee Urgently Need Your Help!
The time of year has come once again when The Portumna Christmas Events Committee meet to organise the Christmas lighting and pageantry for the forthcoming Christmas. This is now the 5th year of this committee’s existence and numbers have steadily dwindled over the years. Currently the committee is down to 5 active members. As you can imagine this is insufficient to organise and run the Christmas Lights.

Already the decline has become apparent in the spectacle of our Christmas festivities. In 2008 there was no actual “Switch-On” ceremony – normally about the 8th December. This had been quite a spectacle over the previous 3 years where Santa would arrive early to turn the lights on greeted by fireworks and even snow on one occasion. The committee were also unable to run an event in the Shannon Oaks Hotel last year due to our lack of numbers. This was where Santa again arrived and gave our children a chance to meet him in Portumna amid a wonderful happy atmosphere on a busy Christmas Eve. Again this was glaringly absent from our festivities last year.

On a more positive note, our lights and trees about the town again looked very impressive. This is mainly down to the huge financial support all our local businesses and professionals afford us. The committee again collected sufficient money to erect, run and take down these lights.

However at this time this committee will be unable to achieve this without some help. We are therefore extending a very strong appeal to all of you out there to become involved in this most worthwhile committee. Whether Christmas holds a special personal, business or family interest to you, it is extremely important that Portumna does not allow the improvements that have been made to her Christmas celebrations and atmosphere to disappear. We have to advise you that this scenario is extremely possible this year without some help.

So for whatever your reasons please come along to our meeting that will be held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 2nd October at 8:30pm. This will give you an insight into what is involved and some ways that you may like to become involved. For further information please call Brian Murphy on 087 9279205 or Brendan Murray on 087 2248549.


Nutrition & Cookery Sessions at An Gairdin
Nutrition & cookery sessions on Saturday mornings from 10am-2pm with qualified nutritionist Lynda McFarland. Produce from the garden is cooked up and served in tasty dishes for lunch. Cost €40 to include sampling, lunch, nutrition info and recipes to try at home. Subjects include Gluten free cookery, Indian vegetarian cookery, Healthy lunchboxes, Cooking beans & pulses, Vegetarian Christmas, Healthy meals on a budget. Check out www.angairdin.ie; Phone 090 9741689 or email angairdin1@gmail.com


Shorelines Arts Festival Success
The closing performance by Anuna at Shorelines Arts Festival 09 provided the icing on the delicious cake of a Festival- full of flavour, colour, artistry and creativity mixed with enthusiasm and positivity. From the support of sponsors and friends to the participation and commitment of workshop participants and committee workers, Portumna’s second Arts Festival has certainly placed the foundation stone for future Arts events.

Opening the Art Exhibition, chairperson, Noelle Lynskey told the packed Nunnery of the importance of artists. Quoting famous artists like Rosseau who once said that “the world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless”, Noelle described the possibilities that creating and participating in the Arts allows the individual and she encouraged such participation. Broadcaster and writer, John Quinn, officially launched the Festival. In his address he stressed the need to experience the light of imagination in times of darkness, as the Arts are not discretionary whereby we celebrate them only when times are good; rather the Arts are for all seasons. Referring to Portumna, John noted the inclusivity of the varied programme for the Festival and the fact that it was not just for spectating but for involvement. He also admired the great space the Nunnery provided for the array of sculptures, paintings and photographs on display and hoped, like the Festival Committee, that the space may be a permanent Art Space for Portumna. Music by Mary, Anne and Brian entertained the opening audience.

The week-end was packed with activity from Movement with the Residents of Portumna Retirement Village to DJ and Technology Workshop with teenagers. Galway’s i102104 star Fergal Darcy led a Youth Theatre workshop, Philip Short of The Music Box, Loughrea took singing voices under his wing while Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre danced and acted the afternoon away with young children. Storytelling, Hip –hop dancing, reciting and rhyming, table quiz, film screening and two masterclass writing workshops with Geraldine Mills and Michael Coady were vital ingredients in the Festival. Nightly performances in Portumna Castle and Retirement Village by singing group OMNA, Portumna Players, Ger Fahy (uileann piper), Joe Casey (singer), Aosdana writer and poet, Michael Coady and Galway based poet and short story writer, Geraldine Mills provided a varied and vibrant feast for all. Noelle, Mark, Eileen and all the committee would like to thank all who supported the Festival with sponsorship, all who attended the events and all who exhibited their work.

Portumna Arts Group also made a presentation to the Church Choir Leader and Piano Teacher, Mary Joyce. A conductor’s baton commissioned by local craftsman, Brian Murray, marks the 24 years of dedication and commitment that Mary has given to her weekly work with the choir. The final act, Anuna, in the acoustic arena of St Brigid’s Church, provided a spiritual and transcendent closure to a successful festival. In a breathtaking performance, favourite songs like “Suil a Ruin” and” Marble Halls” left a pleasant after taste and whet the appetites for many future Festivals.


Summer Reading Challange
Friday 18th September was a busy evening in Portumna Library. Children who had taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge were receiving their Reading Certificates. Over 130 children were due to receive them. Teresa and Louise were delighted to have Snr Executive Librarian Maureen Moran to hand out the certificates. Book tokens for best colouring went to Sean Molloy, Sarah Jane Foley and Edel Concannon. Orla Molloy and Kaitlyn Gibbons were also lucky winners of book tokens.

Thanks to all who participated in the Reading Challenge and we hope to see you in the library soon.


Comhairle na nOg
Portumna Sign Out Youth Company, in association with Galway County Council, are hosting Comhairle na nÓg in 'Sign Out' Youth Cafe, Portumna on Wednesday 7th October 2009. Representatives from schools, clubs or interested young people in the Loughrea Electoral Area are invited to take part. The theme chosen for the day is 'Know Your Rights – Protection & Welfare of Young People' . The programme for the day starts at 10am and concludes at 2.30pm, light lunch is included.

Comhairle na nOg is the local youth council, which gives young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies and to discuss local and national issues of relevance to them. Comhairle na nOg and Dail na nOg are recognised as the official structures for participation by young people in the development of policies and services. Delegates from Comhairle na nOg are elected to represent their local electoral area at the annual Dail na nOg (national youth parliament), which is held each year in Dublin in February. For further information contact Susan on 087 6779267


Voice Training & Singing Classes For Teens
Singing & Voice Training Classes will commence in Sign Out Youth Cafe on Thursday 1st October at 4.30pm. Places are limited, so get your name down as soon as possible. Introductory Workshop cost €5, price of follow up classes dependent on numbers. For further information contact 087 6779267


Bridge Club Results
Contract 79 results are 1: Pat Flanagan, Noreen Murphy, 2: Bertie Hanlon, Paddy Kelly, Gross: Elizabeth Ryan, Geraldine Canning, 3: Kaye Duddy, Fr. Finneran.


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 Rugby Club
Portumna RFC got their season off to a great start with a superb 19 - 14 away win to Dunmore. Always a tough fixture, the Portumna lads played a super first half to lead deservedly 12 - 6 at the break with well taken tries from John Smith and David O Hara. Evan Moran added the conversion. However the Dunmore team came into the second half a lot stronger and took a two point lead with 15 minutes remaining. Excellent pressure from the new centre pairing of Andrew Keary and James Lynch paid dividends,with Lynch making a brilliant block on the Dunmore 10 as he tried to clear his lines. Lynch managed to control the ball and ran in a brilliantly taken try under the posts which was converted by Evan Moran. This was a total team effort and Portumna dug deep to run out deserved winners. Next up for the lads is an away fixture to Connemara on Sunday 4th October.


Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers meetings are now held every Monday in Acorn to Oak Creche, St. Brigids Road, Portumna at 7:00pm for Men and Women and at 8:15pm for Men Only. New members are always welcome.


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: Monday the 5th of October at 4p.m. in the Na Calaí CDP Office on Abbey Street, Portumna. New members are always welcome.

To mark World Mental Health Week, the group is holding a Coffee morning in partnership with Portumna Mental Health Services. This will take place on Wednesday the 7th of October at 11am to 1pm in the newly renovated Alor Starr on St. Brendan's Road, Portumna. All are very welcome. Proceeds to go to the local Mental Health Association. For further information on the above, please contact Martina at the Na Calaí CDP office on (090) 97 41887 or email contact@nacalai.ie


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