14 April 2010

Slógadh Eachtaí - Gort 2010
Stacking World Championships - John O'Neill
Portumna Community Games
Gortanumera / Ballycahill Group Water Scheme
Race Night - Gortanumera Development Association
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association - Clay Pigeon Shoot
Killimor Camogie
Portumna Leo Club
Gaining Access Portumna (GAP) - Na Calaí CDP's Disability Programme
Portumna Dog Show - Abalta Fundraiser
Fashion Show - Portumna Golf Club
Tea Dance - Portumna Town Hall
Portumna Players present Sive by John B. Keane

Slógadh Eachtaí - Gort 2010
A celebration of hospitality around the Sliabh Eachtaí or the Slieve Aughty Mountains.

The Fifth Aughty Earth Day Gathering will be held in the community centre, Gort on Saturday, 17th of April 2010. The annual event provides a platform for community groups in counties Clare and Galway to share information and to tell their own stories and experiences around themes of local heritage interest.

The focus of Slógadh Eachtaí - Gort 2010 is: Making it Happen - Our Own Stories
  • From Schoolhouse to Museum - The Story of Kiltartan Gregory Museum - Ms. Rena McAllen and Sr. de Lourdes Fahy - Kiltartan Gregory Cultural Society
  • Ardrahan Community Heritage Projects - Karen O'Neill - Ardrahan
  • Killinane graveyard Restoration Project - Dympna Fahy - Kilchreest Castledaly Heritage Group
  • East Clare Heritage - Twenty Years a growing - Gerard Madden, Tuamgraney
  • Placenames of the Parish of Inchicronan - Gerry Kennedy - Heritage Inchicronan
  • Restoration of the Holy Wells of Beithe - Tony Diviney - Beagh Integrated Rural Development Association
  • Music of the Sliabh Aughty Region - Mary Coen | Tim Collins
  • Sarsfields Way - Ultach names and sites of Monuments and Places of Interest around Woodford - Dermot Moran
Slógadh Eachtaí | Gort 2010 - The 5th Aughty Gathering - is hosted by community groups from Ardrahan, Beithe, Kiltartan, Killanena and Gort Inse Guaire. Registration from 9.00 am. Opening at 10.00 am. The event is open to the public and admittance is free of charge. A selection of local history / heritage publications will also be available to view and for purchase. More information is available from Mary Coen on 086 3823765 or by email : slogadheachtai@gmail.com. Website : www.aughty.org


Stacking World Championships - John O'Neill
John O Neill is the eldest son of Mairead and Fintan O Neill, Clonfert Ave, Portumna. John is representing Ireland at the World stacking Championships in Denver, Colorado USA. John will be carrying the Irish flag at this event. John recently appeared on RTE’s "ICE" along with his other team mates and has also been interviewed by TG4, he will appear on the Irish Stations "PONC" in the near future.


Portumna Community Games
Community games in portumna hurling field Friday evening 16th april. Registration at 4.30pm and start of races at 5.00pm for ages under 8 to under 16. There will also be fun races for under 6's.


Gortanumera / Ballycahill Group Water Scheme
Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn has been informed that Galway County Council have approved the laying of two kilometres of water main which will be used to supply this group scheme, from the Portumna to Killimor existing supply at the Green door. At a cost of €145,000. The completion of the scheme had been delayed because the original plan to supply water from Loughrea has not gone ahead. Councillor Mc Clearn thanked the Officials of Galway County Council water Section and the members of Gortanumera Group Water Scheme, saying when the pipe work is laid the water will flow and bring to an end a campaign that is going on for twenty years for some of the people involved.


Race Night - Gortanumera Development Association
Gortanumera Development Association race night next Friday night 16th April in O’Meara’s Portumna to raise funds to pay for toilet facilities put in place recently at the Church of the Ascension Gortanumera. Horses for sale for at €20 from any of the committee. A good night is expected. All welcome


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Our last meeting was a great success with an expertly delivered illustrated local history talk by John Joe Conwell. It is wonderful to have such an expert historian in our midst who is so willing to share his knowledge.

Members please note the following dates and venues, Thursday 15th please meet at the Shannon Oaks car park at 5.45pm sharp for the bus to the dogs in Galway, and Thursday 22nd our meeting will be in An Gairdin at 8 o’clock for the talk "Be the Change"


Portumna Bridge Club
Monday 29th March Easter Egg Competition:1st Angela Canning & Patricie Eames, 2nd Patsy Hanbury & Mary Joe Kelly, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Joan Ryan & Micheal Torpey, 4th Nora Flannagan & Vera Burke

Portumna 79 Bridge Club President Martin Quinn's Prize: 1st. Joan Ryan Marian Molloy, 2nd. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, Gross. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan, 4th. Maryrose Cormican Nora Flanagan, 5th. Cepta Ryan Mary Nevin, 6th. Vera Burke Pauline McKeon, 7th. Michael Torpey Bernie Larkin, 1st. Session. MaryJo Kelly Eileen Smith, 2nd. Session. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last saturday night's lotto jackpot worth 5300 euros. The numbers drawn were 12 13 16 26.Two people matched three numbers Vincent Carty and Joe Tremble. Next week-ends lotto is worth 5400 euros.

Well done to our senior team on reaching the 09 league final. They now meet Castlegar in the final. They played Mullagh in the semi final of the league on Sunday evening with both sides very evenly matched in the first half. Portumna went in at the interval with a two point lead on a scoreline 0-10 to Mullagh's 1-5 with portumna's scores coming from Niall Hayes 0-2 Joe Canning 0-4 points 0-2 from frees and two points from play Damien Hayes 0-2 Eoin Lynch 0-1 and Kevin Hayes 0-1. The second half was all to play for but when Joe Canning was taken down on the edge of the square there was nothing but goal on his mind when he stood up to take the 21 yard free and he duly obliged by blasting the ball to the net. Portumna's second goal was scored by Niall Hayes after he received a great pass from brother Damien. Portumna's four points of the second half came from Eoin Lynch 0-2 Joe Canning and chunky Hayes. The game ended as a contest when Damien Hayes scored Portumna's third goal after a great passage of play which involved Chunky Andy and Joe. Mullagh only managed to score four points in the second half and the game finished on a scoreline Portumna 3-14 Mullagh 1-9.

Portumna's minor hurlers played their first championship game against Kilconieron on Saturday evening. Unfortunately it was not to be their evening as a better team beat them on the evening. Portumna went in at the interval six points down on a scoreline 1-3 to 2-6 with Portumna's scores coming from Craig O Meara 0-2 (0-1) from a free with Ronan O Meara Portumna's other scorer 1-1. Things did not get any better in the second half with Kilconieron scoring 3-5 to Portumna's 2-2 with goals coming from Colin Burke and Owen Treacy and two points from Ronan O Meara.


Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association - Clay Pigeon Shoot
Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association are holding a clay pigeon shoot next Sunday the 18 April at Esker Shooting Grounds. The shoot is to raise funds for the Associations pheasant and duck rearing and release programme, which has proven very successful and is now in its third year with about 900 birds released to sanctuary areas. The shoot starts at 11.30am, last cards at 4.30pm. Cash prizes for DTL, Sporting Gun and Two Man Flush, €100 for High Gun.


Killimor Camogie
Congrats to the Killimor Junior B team who won the Plate at the Tara 7 aside in London last weekend. They defeated Fr Murphys in the final.

Many thanks to all who supported our recent cake sale, it was a huge success.


Portumna Leo Club
Portumna Lions Club is a member of Lions Clubs International - the largest service organisation in the world, active in 42,000 communities throughout the world, dedicated to selfless effective local and wider community service.

Leo Clubs are formed and operated under the guidance of a Lions Club and a group of young people from Roscommon Leo Club visited Portumna Youth Cafe this week to brief Portumna youth on setting up a new Portumna Leo Club. The purpose of the new Club is to promote service activities among the youth of the community which will develop the individual qualities of Leadership, Experience and Opportunity using the Leo motto "Let's Enjoy Ourselves” in the process.

The recent workshop was certainly an enjoyable day, with a mighty sense of fun, enthusiasm and achievement from the Roscommon Leos. Thanks to Roscommon Lions and Leos and best of luck to the guys and girls setting up Portumna Leos.


Gaining Access Portumna (GAP) - Na Calaí CDP's Disability Programme
Na Calaí CDP's Disability Programme commenced in 2006 in conjunction with DESSA (the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency) and through support from the Department of Social and Family Affairs. To date the group, called GAP (Gaining Access Portumna) have participated in the following training programmes: Making Choices, Stepping Forward, Stepping Out and a Self Advocacy Programme (funded by the Citizens Information Board).

As part of the Stepping Forward Programme, GAP created a Community Clock, while as part of the Self Advocacy Programme, GAP produced, edited and published an exclusive Poetry Book, "Speak Up Portumna", an original collection of poems, stories and artwork all penned by the participants. The Stepping Out Training Programme culminated in a Celebration Morning entitled "Bridge the Gap" which was held on the 25th of March last in the Retirement Village. All, including poetry reading, group energisers, a short group sketch and performances from ABBA and Michael Jackson, had a wonderful morning of entertainment! The latest piece of artwork, a seed mosaic picture-representing Portumna, produced by the group as part of the programme was also unveiled at the end of the event.

The GAP group would like to thank all who supported them to "Step Out and Bridge the GAP", including Martina Forde and Frances Ortega from Na Calaí CDP, Peter Kearns from DESSA, Evelyn Conroy from the Centre for Sign Language Studies, all the staff from Ability West St. Dympna's Portumna, Joan Murray and Melanie Lorien.

If you want further information on the above group, please contact: Martina in Na Calaí at 090 97 41887 or email contact@nacalai.ie


Portumna Dog Show - Abalta Fundraiser
Portumna Dog Show in aid of Abalta will be held on Sunday 18th April (this coming Sunday) in the Castle Grounds commencing at 1.00pm sharp, entry fee is €4 per class. There is a wide category of dog classes so for further details contact Patricia Coniry at 087 8529719.


Fashion Show - Portumna Golf Club
The ladies committee of Portumna Golf Club will hold a fashion show on Saturday 24th April at 8.30pm in the Club house, All Occasion Boutique will be displaying their summer wear including Lady Augusta brand. Everyone welcome.


Tea Dance - Portumna Town Hall
Tea Dance in the Town Hall on Sunday 25th April from 3pm to 6pm, this will be the last tea dance of the season so come along and support this worthy cause.


Portumna Players present Sive by John B. Keane
The Portumna Players spring production Sive by John B Keane will take place in the Town Hall Portumna on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April at 8.30pm.

John B Keane's Sive is a story of greed, sex and bitterness, of a scheming matchmaker and a resentful woman forcing a beautiful young girl to marry an old man for money. Sive is a young and beautiful orphan who lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena and his mother Nanna. A local matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua, convinces Mike and Mena to organise the marriage of Sive to an old man called Sean Dota for the sum of two hundred pounds. However, Sive is in love with a young man, Liam Scuab, who is deemed unsuitable for her. Distraught, forced to do the will of her uncle and his bitter wife, and faced with an unthinkable future, Sive takes the only choice left to her...

Set against the harsh poverty and difficult times of 1950s Ireland, Sive caused considerable controversy on its debut in February 1959. Since then it has become an established part of Ireland’s theatrical canon and is also featured on this year’s Leaving Certificate syllabus.

The cast line up is as follows:

Nanna Glavin - Mary Hynes
Mena Glavin - Mai Ryan
Sive - Lisa Keane
Thomasheen Sean Rua - Steve Killeen
Mike Glavin - Abe Kennedy
Liam Scuab - Fergal Coughlan
Sean Dota - Tommy Shrewbridge
Pats Bocock - John Smith
Carthalawn - Pauric Ryan



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