10 March 2010

Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Kilbarron Players - "Fortunes and Misfortunes"
Portumna Pen Pushers - Poem of the Month
Bridge Club Update
Soccer Competition - Autism Fundraiser
Portumna GAA Update
Portumna Community School Update
Secret of the Bog Bodies
Portumna Town Hall Tea Dance
Desert Run - Abalta School for Children Fundraiser
Portumna Golf Club Update

Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
A very successful A.G.M was held on the 11th February and the new committee are working on a very active and interesting programme for the year ahead. Nicola Morely gave a very informative talk on Mental Health covering topics "Stress, Demensia and Depression". We had a very successful cookery demonstration in the new V.E.C. Outreach centre in Abbey Street on the 25th February. Brenda Cooney gave us some new nutritious recipes to taste and we all enjoyed her expertise. March has started off with our social with music supplied by Pat Moroney. Thursday 11th March will be a bingo and games night and Thursday the 18th March will be a camera night with Brendan Hoary so bring your camera to update your skills for the photo competition to be held in May.


Kilbarron Players - "Fortunes and Misfortunes"
Kilbarron Players present "Fortunes and Misfortunes" by Jimmy Keary in Kilbarron Hall on Friday night March 19th through to Sunday night 21st and the group are back on stage the following weekend 27th & 28th at 8.00pm. Portumna’s own Marian Frawley produces this play.


Portumna Pen Pushers - Poem of the Month
Readers who frequent Portumna Library will have a monthly treat from now on thanks to Portumna Pen Pushers. Each month, they will choose and display a 'Poem of the Month'. This poem will be an original piece from one of the group's writings. March 2010 features poet, Gerry Davis, and was launched on Monday by Noelle Lynskey, Chairperson of Portumna Arts Group, in Portumna Library as part of National Library week. The Pen Pushers, a peer led writing group, meet on alternate Thursdays in An Gairdin from 7.30-9.30pm with March meetings on 11th and 25th of March. The group is very grateful for a space in Portumna's lovely library to share and display their work. Any aspiring writers can contact 087 293 1055 for more details.


Bridge Club Update
FBD Insurance Results: 1st Liz Ryan and Teresa Dillon, 2nd Joan Ryan and Johnnie Cowan, Gross Fr Finneran and Eileen Smyth, 3rd Bridget Brearton and Tony Ryan, 4th Cecilia Cox and Bernie Larken, 5th Kaye Duddy and Patsy Hanbury, 6th Mary Burbage and Sheila Dillon, 7th Vera Burke and Nora Flannagan.


Soccer Competition - Autism Fundraiser
Last year saw the rejuvenation of the Easter weekend five a side soccer tournament and this proved to be a big success with both with players and supporters alike. The aim of the tournament is to raise much needed funds for two schools which are helping to enhance the standards of life for the children who attend them while providing entertainment and exercise for the people of the town and the surrounding areas. This year the tournament has moved to the soccer club's new state of the art astro-turf facility. The tournament will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of April. The tournament will be officiated by FAI approved referees. Prizes sponsored by An Caislean. For details on how to enter or for any other queries contact Pierce 087 2828981 or David 087 9837366


Portumna GAA Update
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 7 11 20 22. Four people matched three numbers Gene McEntee, Declan Martin, Elaine Fitzpatrick, and Mike Monaghan. They each receive 25 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 4900 euros.

Nob Nation: Looking for a good night out? Friday night 12th March in Shannon Oaks Hotel Nob Nation is coming to town as an All Ireland fundraiser hosted by the GAA. RTE's Oliver Callen is bringing his hilarious act to Portumna. Doors open at 8:15pm. On stage at 9pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at D.Lynch & Sons, Ladies Day Boutique, Shannon Oaks or from any committee member. Please support and get the week-end rolling.

All Ireland Club Hurling Final: All Ireland Final Day is upon us and there are still some seats available on the supporters bus so anyone interested should contact D.Lynch as soon as possible. The club are asking that the people of the parish and business people make one final effort and have the town a sea of saffron and blue. This fantastic bunch of players are only sixty minutes away from making history. It has never been achieved before winning three all Ireland titles back to back in either hurling or football and on behalf of the club I would like to wish Leo team panel and management the best of luck on St Patricks Day and whatever the outcome we are all proud of you.

Junior News: The junior B team got off to a good start in their league campaign last week-end with a good win over Castlegar on a scoreline 1-13 0-6.


Portumna Community School Update
Mental Health Public Speaking: Last Thursday Mary Cleary, Niall O’Meara and Ciara Kennedy took to the podium, yet again for the Western Regional Finals of the Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking competition. They were up against Elphin Community College of Roscommon and Scoil Muire agus Padraig of Swinford, Co. Mayo. Portumna’s topic was "Children have more need of models than critics". The other teams presented the topic, "A roadmap for contented living – what is it?" They made a good effort at delivering their speeches, but there was no doubt that Portumna C.S. was better. They delivered each of their speeches with ease and without a fault. In the end, no surprise, the Portumna team came out on top and are now through to the All-Ireland Semi Finals. This will take place during the week beginning 22nd March. Each speaker received a medal and a plaque for the school was also awarded. Fellow TY students along with their teachers accompanied the speakers, Ms. Skelly and Ms. Hough. Well done and good luck in the next round.

Lourdes Annual Pilgrimage: On Friday, 2nd April, there will be a non-uniform day to sponsor a senior student from Portumna C.S. to travel as a helper to Lourdes (August 23rd – 28th incl.). This opportunity is open to all senior students and is a wonderful chance to experience a unique and very worthwhile trip. If you are interested please note that names should be submitted before Easter break.


Secret of the Bog Bodies
The South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society will hold a talk on Tuesday the 30th March in Portumna Retirement Village at 8.30 pm. The topic will be "The Secret of the Bog Bodies", by Ned Kelly, keeper of the Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland (NMI). Mr Kelly brings many years experience as a professional archaeologist and keeper of antiquities at NMI to bear on this very interesting subject. He will on the night share his own theory about the ritual deposition of these bodies along territorial boundaries and explore the cultural significance of this act. He will also discuss the excavation and conservation at the NMI in Kildare Street Dublin. The National Museum is free to all and is open all week long with the exception of Monday s.


Portumna Town Hall Tea Dance
The monthly tea dance will be held in the Town Hall Portumna on Sunday the 21st March at 3pm. The funds rised will go towards the upkeep of the Hall. Mr Donie O Meara has offered a weekend away to 2 lucky winners, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to take to the floor.


Desert Run - Abalta School for Children Fundraiser
The Sahara Race 2010 starts on Sunday October 3 when Portumna`s Shane O`Rourke will attempt to complete his third desert endurance event. Fundraising is again in aid of the Abalta School for Children with Autism and Shane would like to thank all who donated to this worthy cause in the past. Rosaleen O`Rourke, Phil Coleman and Aggie Flaherty are again heading the Fundraising Committee, and lots of events are in the planning.

The race will be ran over 150 miles in 6 days across the Sahara Desert in Egypt. Each competitor will carry his own food for the duration of the race. Further details at www.4deserts.com


Portumna Golf Club Update
Junior Success: Sean Brien of Portumna Golf Club has been invited to back to participate in Phase 2 of the Under 12 Development Programme. The Connacht Branch of the GUI has organized this Programme, we wish him well he has a bright future in golf and is an excellent ambassador for the club.

Mothers Day at the Club: Cathal McIntyre is putting on a special menu for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday it is advisable to book ahead - 09097 41059.


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