11 November 2009

Santa is Coming to Town
Na Calaí Community Development Programme - Type Cast CD Launched
Portumna Players - The Mai
International Pairs Golf Success
Portumna Bridge Club
An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Centre
Portumna GAA Club
ISPCA Fundraiser
Historical Society Talk
Portumna Community School News

Santa is Coming to Town
The eagerly awaited Christmas event this year is taking place on Sunday 6 December 2009, in Portumna Castle. This will be the first time that the Castle will be used for the Christmas Event. The festivities will take place between 4.30 and 7.30 pm.
The event will feature the following:
  • The doors open at the Castle at 4.30 pm on Sunday 6 December 2009
  • Santa arrives at 5.00 pm
  • Santa has a grotto where he will meet and talk to all the children one by one (there will be a small gift for every child who sees Santa), and there will be a small charge of €5 per child, with a discount for large families
  • There will be children's activities such as card making, writing letters to Santa, carol singing
  • Mrs Claus will be there to help the children with their activities, and there will be plenty of helper elves (members of the Committee in elf outfits!) to help marshall the whole event
  • There will also be face-painting, and a story teller, along with choirs singing christmas tunes during the event
  • We plan to decorate the castle and grounds appropriately, with the windows lighted up
  • Santa will turn on the lights in the town and on the tree in the Square at 6.00 pm, without even leaving the Castle!
  • The event will finish at approximately 7.30 pm
This is the first time the committee will have used the Castle for this event, and it really presents a marvelous opportunity to bring together people from the community, particularly the young people of the town and the locality, in a great facility that is part of the town heritage. All going well, we would like to use the castle again, and it may even inspire others to use it for other events.


Na Calaí Community Development Programme - Type Cast CD Launched
Na Calaí CDP and the South East Galway Traveller Family Support Programme in association with Galway County Council are delighted to announce the recent launch of their CD “Type Cast” which took place on the 3rd of November in Modena Restaurant, Portumna.

Na Calaí CDP would like to thank all those who were involved on the day, especially Kevin Rohan for doing MC, Cllr. Martin Ward who launched the CD, Martin Beanz, Comedian, Caitriona McQuillan from Galway County Council, Fintan Maher from Waterside House, and Simon Kelly, the musician on the project, who all spoke on the day. Na Calaí would also like to thank all the guests that attended the launch and would like to sincerely congratulate the young people on the production of a fantastic CD.

“Type Cast” the album, was made by two groups of teenagers from Na Calaí CDP's Traveller Family Support Programme. All songs were written by the two groups, Mr TLC and Lavender Blue, over a 12 week period with the assistance of Simon Kelly, a writer and musician. All lyrics, music and melody are 100% original.

CD's are available to purchase in local outlets for a €5 donation that will go towards COPE Waterside House Galway (Refuge and Domestic Violence Support Services). Please contact Na Calaí CDP for further information on (090) 97 41887 or call into our office on Abbey Street, Portumna.

This Project was funded by the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform under the fund for Inter agency Projects in Relation to the Traveller Community and supported by Galway County Council and the County Galway VEC.


Portumna Players - The Mai
The Portumna Players are staging Marina Carr’s play The Mai. It tells story of four generations of women in one family in the midlands. Centred on the figure of The Mai, a forty-year-old woman struggling to save her marriage and the happiness of herself and her children, the play explores how history repeats itself - no matter how tragic the results. The play is being directed by Marian Frawley it is hoped to be staged over 2 weekends, the 11th & 12th Dec and the 18th & 20th.


International Pairs Golf Success
Matt Donoghue and Mike Keyes are considered to be at the top of their game in Portumna Golf Club and to prove this statement they went along and won the International Pairs final at Lough Erne Golf resort last week. They now go on to represent ireland in St Andrews next Autumn, best of luck lads.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Results:- 1st.Bertie Hanlon Paddy Kelly, 2nd. Vera Burke Pauline McKeon , Gross, Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 3rd. Mary Nevin Cepta Ryan, 4th Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan

Portumna Contract Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Nora Flanagan Vera Burke, 2nd. Sheila Dillon Mary Burbage, Gross. Charlie & Marge Mullen, 3rd. Sean Cahalan Paddy Kelly, 4th.Patricia Power Brid McNamara.


An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Centre
Gardening with Biodiversity in Mind with Kay Synott of Living Gardens: Wednesday 18th November 10.30am-3.30pm
This is an opportunity to learn how, if we work in harmony with nature our flower or vegetable gardens can become havens of wild life and thus more healthy and more interesting. Gardening can become easier as we come to appreciate just how much of our gardening nature can do for us when we get the balance right! As more of our native flora and fauna is being lost this is one very practical way we can do something from our own home to help restore the balance of nature, thus counteracting climate change and other negative environmental impacts.
20Euro Organic Vegetarian Lunch included. Sponsored by Galway Rural Development Ltd.

Making Rustic Garden Furniture for you Garden with Mark Wilson: Wednesday 25th November 10.00am-4.00pm
On this day Mark will teach participants to make their own piece of rustic garden furniture from natural materials, willow, hazel etc. Participants will take home their finished product.
Cost: 40euro. Materials 10.00 Organic Vegetarian Lunch included.



Portumna GAA Club
County Final: The Senior Hurling County Final has eventually being fixed for this Sunday Nov.15th in Pearse Stadium Galway against Loughrea. Please see fixture list for start time. We would like to wish the players and management every good wish in their quest for further glory, by claiming a third County Senior title in a row. This is their seventh successive final appearance, a unique achievement in itself, and we ask for your full support in Galway on Sunday, by wearing Club colours and being as vocal as possible in support of this great team. Also we would encourage all householders and business's to fly the flag for the occasion.

Training Fund: The Club would like to sincerely all those who contributed to the Training Fund Church Gate Collection recently held. The Fund is still open for anyone yet to donate a few bob.

Lotto: The Lotto Numbers last week were 6,8,15,25,amd there were three match three winners.Mary Moran,Maura Walker,and Joseph Canning.The Jackpot will be €3200 this weekend.


ISPCA Fundraiser
Karen Power from Tynagh is participating in the Borneo Rainforest Trek in June 2010 in aid of the ISPCA and must raise €5000 for the organization with half the amount due by Dec 2009. She will be arranging several fundraising events & there are sponsorship cards in local shops and businesses. Phone Karen 087 6527766. Thank you for your support.


Historical Society Talk
There will be a talk on Shannon Navigation by Mr Colin Becker on Tuesday 17th November at 8.30pm in the Retirement Village. The river Shannon has been used since earliest times for Navigiation and continues this role up to the present day albeit with the emphasis now firmly on recreation as opposed to trade. This talk will look at various schemes from the 18th Century to the mid 20th Century whose purpose was to make the river more navigable today. The speaker is himself an avid boatman and Captains one of the oldest vessels on the Shannon. This talk will introduce people to the built heritage of the Shannon in a most easy to follow manner. So do not miss this talk if you are interested in the River.


Portumna Community School News
Operation Christmas Child - A Project of Samaritan's Purse: It’s that time of year again, and while we’re afraid to mention ‘Christmas’, nevertheless we are asking everyone to get into the Christmas Spirit and start filling shoe boxes for the needy children in the world. We only have a few weeks to get as many boxes in as possible. TYs have already visited tutor groups to explain what’s needed and will collect any boxes that are brought in during Tutor class.

What you have to do: 1. Find an empty medium size shoe box (18 x 30 x 13 cm) and wrap the lid and box separately in Christmas paper. 2. Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl. Tick the appropriate age box on the sticker included with the leaflets. 3. Fill your box with gifts – please check the gift ideas list. 4. Put €3 in an envelope with your name and class clearly printed on the outside, and place in the box. Secure the lid with an elastic band (do not seal the box). The €3 goes towards the promotion, transport, processing and distribution of your box.


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