24 March 2010

Clara Musical Society present Disney's Beauty & The Beast
Portumna Chamber of Commerce Outdoors Festival
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Library - Library Ireland Week
Portumna Hurling Team - More than Moore
Portumna Community School
Noelle Lynskey - National Poetry Award
Conor O'Meara - Feis Ceoil Award
Sign Out Youth Project
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna GAA
Portumna Rugby
Portiuncula Hospital Action Committee
Portumna Country Market
Portumna Golf Club
Hot Fuss - Irelands Newest Name on the Music Scene

Clara Musical Society present Disney's Beauty & The Beast
Don't forget the musical Disney's Beauty & The Beast from next Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 of March at 8 pm nightly in the GAA Centre, Clara, Co Offaly. See Belle, Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere and of course The Beast live on stage, complete with all the well known songs - Beauty & The Beast, Be Our Guest, Human Again and many, many more!

Tickets are €12 Tuesday and Wednesday nights, €16 Thursday to Saturday with a family special on Saturday of €50 for two adults and two children. Remember - children can wear their fancy dress costumes when visiting the show.

Don't delay - book today on 087 9366247 or online on www.clarams.com


Portumna Chamber of Commerce Outdoors Festival
Portumna Chamber of Commerce is planning to host a great Outdoors Festival for the weekend of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July 2010 - and that a meeting will be taking place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Thursday 25th March at 9pm to discuss the festival. All clubs and societies who have an interest in participating in this festival by staging an event over the course of that weekend in July should attend or send representation.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
An excellent and practical "hands on talk" in the use of digital cameras was delivered to members by Brendan and Sheila Hoary. This will help and encourage members to participate in the photo competition to be held in conjunction with the Bealtaine Festival in May.

We are sending members to represent us at the National Positive Ageing Strategy meeting in Salthill on the 25th March.

At our members meeting on Thursday 25th March it will be a bingo and games night and there will be no meeting on the 1st April. The next meeting on 8th April is a "Local History" night with an illustrated talk by J.J. Conwell and C. Cuniffe while on 15th April we are all literally "Gone to the Dogs".

All our members would like to thank the Portumnna hurlers who have given so much enjoyment and made us so proud.


Portumna Library - Library Ireland Week
Portumna Library held another varied and interesting Library Ireland Week. Last monday night saw the launch of a local art exhibition and also the launch of Portumna Pen Pushers Poem of The Month. There will be a new poem every month on permanent display in the library so please come along to read it. The wonderful OMNA singers were a joyful addition to the night and sang a great medley of songs. The art will be on display for another week so please come along and be amazed at all the local talent that we have.

Wednesday night was another successful evening with Hayley Alduous doing a demonstration on crochet. Most of those who attended were delighted with their crocheted flowers, which they made on the night.

Teresa and Louise would like to thank all who attended and also our wonderful volunteers who gave of their time freely. These include the OMNA singers, Noelle Hayes and Hayley Alduous and a special word of thanks to Jim Hynes who as always took some great pictures.


Portumna Hurling Team - More than Moore
As the dust settles and the post mortem is debated over counter and glass, kettle and phone, in papers and on twitter, there is much more to be said about our fine Portumna Hurling Team than what happened in 1 hour on March 17th.

As a spectator far away from the ditch and sidelines, this fan has watched those lads grow from young lads into grown men who can fill the boots of any giant. Standing together on their arrival home to Portumna on Wednesday night, they stood united, heads held high, though humbled by defeat and drowned with disappointment. Their words were not bitter or resentful- they took defeat as sportsmen, acknowledging the victors on that day, all qualities and trademarks of maturity and greatness. There is more to this team than just winning the Moore cup.

They have brought glory to our little town and put it firmly on the map. To make history is sometimes impossible and a far greater task than one imagines, but it is also as difficult to devote one’s life to a sport that demands commitment beyond the norm. Every one of our fine men has loyalties to families, loved ones and jobs. For the last number of years, they have sacrificed their free time. During the recent big freeze, they stomped and skated at early morning training; while others partied and enjoyed long trips away, this band of brothers showed discipline and dedication. They bring pride to their families, friends and community. The colours blue and yellow are sold out in knitting wool, paint and ribbon. The small boys of the area no longer just dream of being at the top- they know it is possible and more importantly, by the example of the Portumna team, they will know how to achieve that dream. The older generation, with wisdom and admiration, look at the lithe limbs and fulfilled ambitions of their younger days. All of Portumna is proud of these hurlers, their trainers, selectors and mentors. All of Portumna thanks them for the high moments, the Sunday trips and all the gatherings they are responsible for.

So before the pens, nibs and the tongues start the analysis, reflect on the words of a man spoken a century ago; reflect well and then speak. And to Leo and the players, thank you for daring to be great. We all believe you are.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt quotes (American 26th US President 1901-09)


Portumna Community School
Phones for Boards Campaign: Portumna Community School would like to ask for your support in a mobile phone recycling initiative ‘Phones for Boards’ which will provide our school with a Promethean interactive white board, free of charge, while also raising money for the Jack & Jill Foundation when we collect 300 old mobile phones.
We are encouraging everyone in the school, community and general locality to collect as many old phones as possible – you will also be helping the environment by keeping old phones out of landfills. The target of 300 old mobile phones (in any condition) is certainly achievable as most households have a few old mobile phones in drawers, cupboards etc. So please round them up and hand them into the school – we have a collection box in the Social Area. Students can see for themselves that helping a charity, need not always involve donating money. They learn a valuable lesson that real generosity is when we help someone who may never get the chance to thank us.

Thank you in advance for your help - Your phones can make a real difference!

Young Environmentalists: As part of their transition year geography project, TY students have entered "The Young Environmentalists Competition". The competition is for second level schools and is based on tackling environmental issues.

As part of their project, the students have been investigating an invasive species in Lough Derg called Nuttall’s pondweed. The pondweed originates from North America and poses a serious threat to native species in Lough Derg. The weed also interferes with any form of amenity usage in an infested zone, which in turn poses a threat to local tourism in the lough derg area. Nuttall’s Pondweed originally entered Ireland’s rivers and lakes through the garden plant trade and was first recorded in the 1980’s. Since then there has been a gradual spread of the species throughout the country.

By doing this project, the transition year group hopes to raise more awareness about invasive species in Lough Derg and the treat that Nuttall’s pondweed has on the native species of the lake.


Noelle Lynskey - National Poetry Award
Local poet, Noelle Lynskey, member of the Maple Poetry Group and Portumna Pen Pushers, won the National Poetry Award in the Hanna Greally Poetry Competition in the Siarsceal Festival in Roscommon. She won with a poem called "Maggie and Frank”. Adjudicator, Nuala Ni Chonchuir praised the poem for its narrative style, repeated imagery and depiction of a memory of childhood.


Conor O'Meara - Feis Ceoil Award
Young local man, Conor O'Meara won first prize at Dublin's prestigious Feis Ceoil. He is a pupil of Deirdre Hanniffy of Oxmanton Singers in Birr. He won the Boys Vocal Competition and who knows maybe we have our own future Count John McCormack here in Portumna! Well done.


Sign Out Youth Project
U18 Soccer Tournament: The youth committee of Sign Out Youth Project is hosting their second 5-a-side U18 Soccer Tournament on Friday April 9th, kick off 2pm sharp. Team entries to Mark Walsh, Paul Killeen, Garry Curran or Oisin Royston by April 5th. Entry €35 per team - great prizes. For further information log onto www.signout.ie, email youthsignout@gmail.com or 086 2051346.

Monster Table Quiz: Monster Table Quiz will take place on Good Friday at 8.30pm sharp in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. As well as the usual rounds there will be rounds specially for the youth. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep, maintenance and programme costs of Sign Out Youth Project.

Sign Out is a purpose built youth facility providing both an indoor and outdoor fully supervised space, for our young people to gather, meet friends, and take part in workshops while socializing among their own age group. Sign Out is run on a voluntary basis by a team of adults who work closely with the young people to develop the programme of activities on offer. Your support is needed on the night. For further informaiton contact 087 6779267, pitch bookings contact 086 2051346.


Portumna Tidy Towns
The Tidy Towns group are back in action on Saturday mornings, meeting at 8am at the Library. We are delighted at the increased number of volunteers that are willing to join in this organised cleanup and who are also making the effort to clean up in their own area or around their premises. Last Saturday morning saw a large contingent of volunteers with brushes, leave blowers, shovels, litter pickers etc. giving the centre of town a thorough clean up and what a difference it made. Please lend your support by cleaning outside your own premises or join us any Saturday morning at 8am for a general clean up. Equipment and gloves will be provided.


Portumna GAA
Lotto Results: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth €5000. The numbers drawn were 2 8 12 15 four people matched three numbers: Tom O Brien, John Joe O Rourke, Keith Moran and H.Byran Callen Co.Kilkenny. They each receive 25 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 5100 euros.

Thank You: A big thank you to all the people who sold tickets and purchased tickets for our recent fundraiser. Also thanks to all the people who subscribed to our recent training fund. Your support was appreciated.

Senior: Hard luck to our senior hurlers on St Patricks Day. Unfortunately things just did not happen on the day for them - luck was not with them but thanks for the wonderful years given for Portumna hurling. Ye have done yourselves your families and the parish proud. We are looking forward to them regrouping again and setting about retaining the Galway County championship.

Under 21: Our under 21 hurlers are down to play Cappataggle in the preliminary quarter final on Saturday. Check sports page for time and venue.


Portumna Rugby
Underage Blitz: Portumna Rugby's underage had their final blitz of the season when they entertained teams from Nenagh and Birr rugby clubs at under 8 and under 10 level. It was the biggest crowd of rugby players ever gathered in Portumna with over 120 budding stars togged out. The rugby was played in good sprits and glorious sunshine and parents got loads of photo opportunities. It was a perfect end to the first ever season of underage rugby in the town. The Portumna players were presented with medals at the end of day to mark their participation in this historic season. Hopefully they will all be back in even bigger numbers next September when it starts all over again.

Seniors: On the pitch the Portumna seniors had a great win in the Cawley Cup. The held out to win a tense match 15-12 away to OLBC in Galway. Boys Club are a division ahead of Portumna, but you would have thought that it was the other way around on Sunday. Best in an excellent team performance were Patrick Cuddy, Ronan Moore and David O'Hara. The reward for Portumna is a local derby against Loughrea at home on Sunday kicking off at 3pm.


Portiuncula Hospital Action Committee
Are organizing a march to ensure that the present services and jobs that are currently provided by the hospital will remain in place. Please show your support for your Local Hospital by bringing your families, friends and neighbours to march on Sunday 28th March at 1pm in St. Michael’s Square, Ballinasloe.


Portumna Country Market
The local country market which is held in the Town Hall Portumna on Friday mornings will be held on Holy Thursday of Easter week 1st April in 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Portumna Golf Club
Open Fourball: An open fourball will be held over the Easter weekend

Open Mondays: Open Mondays will resume from Easter Monday.

Junior Golf AGM: Junior Golfers AGM will be held on Good Friday at 5pm in the Clubhouse. Parents and junior Boys and Girls are asked to attend.


Hot Fuss - Irelands Newest Name on the Music Scene
Hot Fuss, are a four piece band based in Portumna Co. Galway. The bands members are Brian Whelan from killimor on drums and vocals, Portumna man Mark O Reilly on Guitar and vocals, also from Portumna Jonathan Fallon on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals and from Co. Wicklow Shane Byrne on Bass Guitar and vocals. Having experienced many years in the music scene and in more recent years with the successful two piece band The Zubes-(who have played in most major venues across the country and have celebrated a number 2 single in the Irish download charts) Hot Fuss are ready to place their stamp firmly in venues all around Ireland.

Hot Fuss have already played to packed venues in Longford town Galway city, Tralee and Cork but the big showcase will take place in their home of Portumna on bank holliday easter sunday 4th april in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 10.30pm, with local support, admission is 10 euro. Hot fuss promises to give a night of outstanding entertainment and an unforgetable show to raise the roof. The band delivers a compacted fusion of modern music that is both energetic and happy but at the same time caters for varied audiences both young and old! Along with its infectious sound, impressive lighting and special effects, Hot Fuss boasts a bright fashionable look, displaying a distinctive and contempory backdrop that is visually fetching, immediately creating a feel good party atmosphere. Hot fuss cover modern songs from the killers, kings of leon, MGMT and Black Eyed Peas to classics such as Oasis, Men at work and Bob Marley.

The band has already recorded its own original music material, and are currently working towards releasing a single later in 2010 along with an original album to follow. Hot Fuss is vocally and musically strong with an experienced knowledge of the current music scene. The unique set is deliberately aimed at the people visiting venues in this present climate and so are ideal for all occasions. Hot Fuss are doing a set that consciously sets it aside from all other bands on the scene delivering a performance that is guaranteed to have people on the floor from the first song.

For more info and bookings contact 00 353 86 8225296.


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