20 January 2010

Momentum Gathers to Revive Courthouse Building
Portumna Community School Musical
IFTA Awards
Na Calai Community Newsletter
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Spring Art Classes
Portumna GAA AGM
Camogie Club AGM
An Gairdin Organic & Ecology Centre
Tea Dance

Momentum Gathers to Revive Courthouse Building
Portumna Courthouse has been the focus of recent work by Portumna & District Development Company to establish how this flagship building can be brought back to life for the benefit of the community. With the assistance of feasibility study grant aid from Galway Rural Development, the committee worked with Orla Felle, Momentum Consulting to establish the best economic use for the building for the benefit of the community. As a heritage building, conservation consultants Dermot Nolan & Associates were also brought on board to scope out the technical approach that would be required from a heritage and conservation perspective. The community were asked to input into the project and highlight what they would like to see incorporated into the redevelopment. Johanna Burke, Chairperson of Portumna & District Development Company was delighted with the community response to their research. ‘The key consideration has to be the viability of the project. There were 3 main functions or uses identified in our research which would require the same theatre style auditorium format - community cinema, performance space and an arts space. This reflects Portumna’s wealth of interest in and precedence of performance arts in its many guises. The community cinema concept in particular attracted very positive feedback and was seen as a unique and innovative feature which could generate income on a year long basis. Another popular function for the Courthouse was as an all year round Tourism Information Service’.

Portumna & District Development Company are working on the next steps of the development including sharing the feasibility study with the building owners Galway County Council and sourcing the funds to complete the renovation.


Portumna Community School Musical
Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s musical, the popular, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The new date on the calendar is quite appropriate as this is a musical with a difference. Written by one of the most successful duos of all time, Andrew Loyd Webber and Tim Rice, this show is unique in musical theatre in that it is entirely sung while the story is narrated. Having witnessed some of the preparations in recent days it can be honestly said that we are in for a treat. Lively (and extremely catchy) song and dance routines and vibrant and colourful costumes will undoubtedly serve to make this a memorable spectacle. We once again welcome Portumna and District Credit Union on Board as our main sponsors. Without their help it would be almost impossible to stage a show of this scale. The cast is made up out of the Transition Year class and this year they will be accompanied by a large choir of First Year students who will, we know, add greatly to the occasion with their beautiful singing.

The Matinee performance for the local Primary Schools will take place on Wed. 2nd Feb. with full Public performances on Thursday (4th) and Friday (5th) at 8pm each night. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday next and please note that seats will again be pre-booked so buying your tickets in advance is advisable, i.e. first tickets sold will be closest to the stage. Let’s all help to spread the word and help to pack the hall for this wonderful show.


IFTA Awards
Daithi Keane, son of Michael Keane formerly of Domnick Street Portumna has been nominated for an IFTA award. The nomination was for a series called Bóthar go dtí an White House (The Road to the White House). It was produced by Abú Media for TG4 and filmed last year in Ireland and America. The series charted the political journey of the Irish in the United States from the famine ships all the way to the White House. Daithi wrote and directed the Documentary, Eileen Seoighe and Brid Seoighe produced it.

The IFTA awards will be held in Dublin on the 20th February, 2010.

Local man John Smith a member of the Portumna Players Group, played Boss Croker in the series.


Na Calai Community Newsletter
Na Calaí is in the process of putting together the Community Newsletter for January 2010. We would like to invite your group to submit a small piece, (5 – 6 lines), about your organization’s activities, achievements, and upcoming events etc. The newsletter will be distributed to all the Parishes in South East Galway. This is a great way to let people in the area know what your group is doing and perhaps recruit new members.

We will need to receive all articles by email (if possible) to: contact@nacalai.ie by Monday the 25th of January 2010. For further information contact: Frances Ortega at 09097 41887 Monday to Wednesday, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Meetings are now back in full swing and the new year is commencing this Thursday the 21st January with a guest speaker, Membership fees are now due please as our AGM is planned for the 11th February. A social night will take place in O'Meara's Restaurant for members on the 4th February. We would like to extend a welcome to new members as we plan to equal the exciting and action packed year of 2009. Thanking all members for their input in the past year and making it so successful. We would like to remind members to support the Tea Dance in Portumna town hall on the 24th January.


Spring 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, 30th January, for 8 weeks in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.


Portumna GAA AGM
The AGM of Portumna GAA Club will take place on Friday January 29th in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 7.30pm. All current members and anyone interested in joining our progressive Club are encouraged to attend.


Camogie Club AGM
Portumna Camogie Club will hold their AGM on Tuesday 26th January in the Clubhouse in the GAA grounds at 8.30pm. All welcome. We welcome especially parents of players and anyone interested in getting involved with teams for the coming year.


An Gairdin Organic & Ecology Centre
Organic Horticulture Course: Our very popular 10 day will commence this year in mid February. The course consists of 1 day per month for 10 months abd takes participants through the entire growing season from preparation of your plot right through to harvesting. Only very experienced tutors teach the courses. Our well-established garden and our beautiful wooden eco-training building ensure that the courses are both enjoyable and informative. The courses are subsidised by NOTS - National Organic Training Skillnets. Early booking is advised because they tend to be overbooked.

St. Brigids Eve, Sunday 31st January 3PM - 4.30PM: At An Gairdin we will celebrate St Brigid and herald in the Spring in the traditional way. You are invited to an afternoon of weaving Brigid's Crosses, of Folklore and Stories, Song and Dance.

Contact: 090 9741689, Email: angairdin1@gmail.com


Tea Dance
An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place on Sunday, 24th January from 3pm to 6pm in the Town Hall Portumna. Music by Pat Conlon and Richie Burke. Tea and Sandwiches will be served. Admission €5 per person. All proceeds will go towards the up keep of the Town Hall.


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