10 February 2010

Portumna Audiences Wowed by “Spectacular” Joseph
Portumna as a Tourism Activity Destination
Portumna GAA News
Lorrha Hall Committee - Fund Raising Night
Portumna Players News
Mission in Woodford
Word Aid for Haiti
Portumna Golf Club News
St Dympna’s Services - Swimming Pool Hoist
Active Retirement Group
Killimor Camogie Club

Portumna Audiences Wowed by “Spectacular” Joseph
Musical performances have established quite a reputation in Portumna Community School over the years and are perhaps unique in that the cast are drawn entirely from the school’s Transition Year class. This year’s production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, will surely rank as one of the finest ever seen in the school, which has a fine tradition dating back to the late 1980’s. “Joseph” is special in musical theatre in that it is entirely sung. The show’s three narrators, Fiona Hyland, Ciara Kennedy and Niamh Bergin recount the story through a variety of beautiful musical numbers ensuring that the show never flagged and the various scenes were expertly linked.

Donny Osmonde and Jason Donovan are two of the better known names to have taken on the role of Joseph over the years but it is doubtful that either would have matched the expertise and sheer professionalism of Portumna’s Conor O’ Meara at the age of 15. Conor was absolutely flawless in the role and delivered what has been acknowledged by many as perhaps the most outstanding performance of any lead in a show in the school. His stunning voice, wonderful expressions and outstanding acting ability wowed the audience.

Paul Kileen managed to put thoughts of his pending role as full back on the school’s senior hurling team next day out of his mind to give a particularly convincing performance in his role of Pharoh. Michéal Lambe showed why he was a prize winner in the school’s talent show before Christmas with his excellent delivery of “Benjamin Calypso” and “One More Angel in Heaven”, while Aoife O Hara’s big number, “Those Canaan Days”, was beautifully delivered. John O’Toole, Conor Robinson and Colm Corcoran were equally convincing in their respective musical roles. Beautiful dance numbers and excellent supporting roles all combined to enhance this as a top class theatrical experience. With many of the cast performing dual functions it was difficult to believe there were just 24 on stage.

The first year choir were a wonderful addition to the spectacle and deserve immense praise for the manner in which they remained in character while on stage for the entire performance. Their singing was the perfect accompaniment to the many delightful numbers.

Great credit must go to the show’s producer James Coughlan and musical director Denise Kelleher for delivering a show that will be remembered by all present for years to come. They got the very best from the entire cast keeping the audience totally engrossed throughout. Performances of this nature don’t just happen and it is obvious that huge work had been invested by the duo in this group in recent months. The spontaneous standing ovations were a testament to this investment.

Acknowledgement must be made also of the spectacular costumes and props for which Edel O’ Meara deserves great credit. Well done also to the school’s art teacher Ambrose Connaire and his students for the beautiful backdrops and stage set, produced as always to such perfection.

Overall then a superb production and a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Well done Portumna Community School, here’s to next year!

Footnote: In the current climate when financial institutions are rarely out of the news for the all wrong reasons it is heartening to see that Portumna and Distrcit Credit Union yet again got behind this production as the show’s main sponsors.

The Cast: Conor O’ Meara, Fiona Hyland, Niamh Bergin, Ciara Kennedy, Colm Corcoran, Aoife O’ Hara, Aoife Kennedy, Mary Cleary, Oisin Royston, Michéal Lambe, John O’ Toole, Bríd McClearn, Niall O’ Meara, Donal Flynn, David Clarke, Conor Robinson, Donna Larkin, Paul Kileen, Sarah Larkin, Sarah Clarke, Michelle Cunningham, Kelly Hoary, Caoimhe Ní Laoí, Megan O’ Meara. Also Peter Claffey and Michael Fahy (first yr).


Portumna as a Tourism Activity Destination
Last Thursday, a meeting hosted by Shannon Development and Failte Ireland took place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the idea of setting up Lough Derg as an “Activity Hub”. Delegates representing all sectors of the tourism industry were in attendance from Killaloe/Ballina, Terryglass, Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Woodford and Portumna and they welcomed wholeheartedly the proposition.

Caitriona Neary, of Neary Marketing gave an interesting seminar on creating an activity destination of excellence, which provided the stimulus for great discussion amongst the delegates. Another meeting is scheduled to take place in the Lakeside Hotel, in Killaloe, on the 25th of February where a steering committee will be elected and plans for the project will be discussed and developed. For a town whose economy is largely dependent on its tourism trade, this is a significant and hugely positive development for Portumna.


Portumna GAA News
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4, 19, 22, 25. No one matched three numbers. Donation to Social services and St Dympnas. Next weeks lotto is worth 4500 euros.

All Ireland Club Semi-Final: The All Ireland semi final is upon us. After weeks of severe training in awful weather conditions the lads are ready to grace the field of Parnell Park. The club would like to wish Leo, team, panel and management the best of luck on Sunday. We are asking that everyone will make the trip to Dublin to support these fantastic bunch of players. Match time 2.30pm. Seats are still available on bus. Contact D.Lynch and Sons.

Juvenile A.G.M.: The juvenile A.G.M. took place last Friday night in the Clubhouse. The chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone present. He said even though the club won nothing last year at juvenile level all the teams competed well in their relevant competitions. He said it is very important that all all players are enjoying the game of hurling and continue to do so as it is not all about winning. He thanked all the players who represented the club at different levels. Vincent congratulated Colin Burke and Ronan O Meara for their selection on the Galway under 14 team who took part in the Tony Forrestal competition in Waterford last August. He thanked all the managers, selectors, and parents who were involved with the juvenile teams last year. The chairman encouraged more parents to get involved. He thanked the members of the senior panel who were involved with the different teams during the year.

He thanked the juvenile secretary Yvonne and the senior club for all their help and support during the year. Vincent thanked the clubs main sponspor Al and Noreen Hayes for their financial support and Victor Blake for sponsporing the under 10 tournament that the club ran during the year and all the people who supported the club during the year. The club held a very successful Cul camp during the summer with over a hundered children participating. Vincent stood down as chairman after many years of service to the club.

The following officers and managers were elected for the year: Chairman Sylvie Donoghue, Vice chairman Gene McDonagh, Secretary Yvonne Muldoon, Asst Secretary Margaret Madden, Club Delegate Sylvie Donoghue, P.R.O. Fiona O Meara, Childrens officer Emma Keane, under 10 manager Dermot Brien, Under 12 Manager David Canning, Under 14 manager Joe Heagney, Under 16 manager Vincent Treacy.


Lorrha Hall Committee - Fund Raising Night
For the North Tipperary Hospice. The Greyfort Gospel singers (Borrisokane) present speed your journey --- The Gospel in story and song in Lorrha Community hall on Sat 13th Feb at 8.30pm. No door charge. Donations at your discretion.


Portumna Players News
The Portumna Players are rehearsing two shows concurrently, the first one is going on stage next Saturday 13th in Birr Town Hall Theatre, it is called the Mai by Marina Carr. The other one will go on stage in early April, John B Keane’s Sive, this is a wonderful achievement by the Players. Audience support would be much appreciated for both productions.


Mission in Woodford
The Mission is in St. John the Baptist Church on Saturday 20th, Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th February. The Mission is in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun on Sunday 21st, Wednesday 24th and Thursday February 25th. The Mission is at the usual mass times on Saturday and Sunday, Vigil Mass at 8pm in Woodford and 11am Sunday in Looscaun. The Mission on weekday nights is at 7.30pm from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th. There is a Guided Holy Hour at 10am Monday 22nd to Friday 26th also. The Mission is at an opportune time as we enter the Season of Lent. ‘Come and see’ John 1: 39. All are welcome to come and take part in the Parish Mission. The Mission is being led by Sr. Kathleen FMDM (Portiuncula Sister)


Word Aid for Haiti
On Friday, February 19th at 8.30pm Portumna’s wordsmiths, writers, singers and readers are encouraged to bring a piece on the theme of “Hope” to Stronge’s Bar. This Word Aid event is organised by the Maple Poetry Group to raise funds for the devastation that no word can describe in Haiti. Performers are invited to choose from their own original work or from their favourite poet, singer or writer. A basket will be passed around collecting donations that will be directly delivered to Haiti via FGS Haitian Earthquake Appeal. May the season of Spring bring forth the hope, the generosity and creativity that flows in all humanity and make this an event to remember. For further information, call 0872931055.


Portumna Golf Club News
After a long break due to the weather, the club opened again last Sunday with the Captain’s Drive-in. Both Captains Pete Gibbs, men’s captain, Marie Kelly Lady Captain and Judith Barry Club President had a great turn out for the day. The drive-in was followed by a 3 ball sramble consisting of both men and ladies and was played over 16 holes followed by soup and sandwiches.

The Spring League starts this weekend and can be played over Saturday or Sunday depending on whatever suits, more details at the Clubhouse.

This Sunday is Valentines Day and Cathal McIntyre is running a special love lunch, it is a 4-course meal with a complementary glass of wine. Everyone welcome.


St Dympna’s Services - Swimming Pool Hoist
St Dympna's Services wish to thank very sincerely the following groups whose sponsorship made this a reality: Parents and Families of our Service Users, Sliabh Aughty Cycling Club, Portumna Lions Club, Portumna Credit Union, the lads who did the Head Shave, and FBD.

The hoist is also available to any member of the Leisure Centre, or any guest at the hotel who requires thus aid.


Active Retirement Group
The Portumna and District Active Retirement group will have a guest speaker on Thursday the 18th February. The topic will be Mental Health.

Aqua aerobics takes place every Tuesday at 3.30pm for members.


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club are holding a table quiz in Duffys Killimor on Friday 19th February at 8.30pm. Tables of four €20. Prizes for junior and senior winners. All are welcome.


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