28 April 2010

Portumna Players Production of Sive
Portumna Pen Pushers
Maple Poetry Group - Poetic Picnic
Gortanumera Development Association - "Thank You"
Conor O'Meara - Leinster Feis Ceoil Winner
Portumna Community School News
Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival
Portumna GAA News
Portumna Tidy Towns - April Spring Clean
Community Games Quiz
Scouting Ireland Youth Forum
Mental Health Information Evening in Portumna
Killimor Community Games
An Gairdin
Portumna Golf Club News
Ability West Golf Classic

Portumna Players Production of Sive
Last weekend saw another successful drama production by Portumna Players. Their selection of John B Keane’s first production, Sive, proved a popular choice and attracted large audiences each night. Though 50 years on, the hard-hitting drama captured the audience from the opening scene in a cottage shared by 3 generations of the Glavin family.

The elder Nanna, a pipe-smoking granny played by Mary Hynes, was a presence to behold as she commanded the fireplace. With lines like “this house is a hatchery of sin”, she is wise and knowing, hard and caring, feeble but powerful and acted with great sensitivity by Mary. Her relationship with her daughter-in-law, Mena, is played out with huge dramatic exchanges. Mena, (Mai Ryan) is a frustrated, childless woman who came to a house inhabited by Nanna and her grandchild, Sive. Her anger and hatred spark in her eyes; her exchanges with Nanna make for riveting tension. Mai played this role superbly, moving with ease around a well-constructed set, from making bread to stewing a dinner; her pace was measured and line delivery intelligently handled. She comes into her own when her greed is exposed by the proposal of a match by seedy matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua, energetically played by Steve Killeen. His seeming naivety hides a cute and evil greedy man and the actor took on this combination with great authenticity. The girl in the match, Sive(Lisa Keane) whose loss of teenage trust in the goodness of life unfolds before us tragically, as the audience is held in suspense up to the final, horrific scene. Lisa portrayed the powerlessness and innocence this house has nurtured in her. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Liam Scuab (Fergal Coghlan). He offers a glimmer of hope, and Fergal played the youth with clarity and conviction, particularly in the final scene- a scene electrically charged with grief. However, Sive’s spirit is almost broken by the manipulation and bullying of Mena to marry Sean Dota, an elderly farmer. In this smaller role played by Tom Shewbridge, the audience sees a seemingly harmless auld lad appear in a very neat suit, but through his quiet moves and leers, his seedy lust eventually emerges. Lost in the middle of all this drama, lives Mena’s husband and Nanna’s son, Mike, played with great understanding by Abe Kennedy. Despite the warning signs, despite his affection for Sive, his lifelong inability to make a choice or decision sees him as guilty as the greedy Mena in the final tragic events. The lighter moments in the play involve Mike and the matchmaker- here in the porter scenes, the audience get a glimpse of a likeable Mike before the women in his life wore him down. Another vital pair in the play, almost like the Shakespearean fool, arrive in the form of Pat and Carthalawn, ably played by John Smith and Padraig Ryan as the travelling men. These two carry a sense of foreboding with their combined verses, music and percussive effects, all delivered with the correct amount of dramatic tension. Outsiders who are really inside the minds of all the characters; they state the reality and are very effective dramatic characters.

The casting, direction and production by Jim Hynes were all well thought out. The use of the large kitchen table- a huge presence in the centre of the stage- was very clever. It provided the focal point for the household chores, the seat for the carefree teenage Sive, the solid barrier between the characters, the climactic prop for the traveller, Pat, as he sweeps it to make the table into the final bed for poor Sive. Well done to all involved- on stage, backstage and front of house.


Portumna Pen Pushers
Portumna Pen Pushers are a group of writers who meet on alternate Thursdays in An Gairdin from 7.30pm to share their writings, exchange advice and pool their strengths and knowledge to improve their writing skills. New members are welcome. Next gathering will take place on May 6th. Call 087 2931055 for more details.


Maple Poetry Group - Poetic Picnic
Poets, readers and lovers of verse, come join the Maple Poetry Group for a Mad May Picnic of Poetry on the theme of Food and Drink on Sunday afternoon, May 16th in a Wild Woodford Location. Potential picnic participants - please contact 087 293 1055.


Gortanumera Development Association - "Thank You"
Gortanumera Development Association says "thanks" to all who helped make its recent Race Night a great success. We are most grateful to those who sponsored races, those who sold horses and those who bought horses or backed them. Sponsors will be thanked individually. We also thank prize-donors and the many volunteers who helped out on that night. All can rest assured that funds raised go towards ongoing development of amenities in Gortanumera.


Conor O'Meara - Leinster Feis Ceoil Winner
Conor O Meara son of Donie and Marie O Meara, Portumna sings with the Oxmnanton Singers, Birr and recently he came first in the Leinster Feis Ceoil. The 114th anniversary of the Competition took place in the RDS in March & Conor received 1st place in the Boy’s Soprano Category after singing The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Conor received a 60 year old trophy and a gpld meadal for his award


Portumna Community School News
Conor O Meara, Mary Cleary and Micheal Lambe interview Jedward: The transition year students interviewed the twins at Pallas Karting as part of the School Magazine, which comes out in May. The students were told that they were better interviewers than most professionals and they were very easy to talk to. Well done to these future journalists.


Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival
Great Outdoors Festival featuring a full calendar of events including forest park orienteering, teddy bears picnic, and “learn to fish" and angling contest, kayaking and water sports on the lake, barbecues. live music, hurling skills workshop by GAA All star Joe Canning, singing pub contest, open week competitions in Portumna's parkland golf course, treasure hunts, archaeological seminars and one act dramas - lots and lots of fun for all the family and its free....follow us on facebook for further updates on times and events.


Portumna GAA News
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth 5500 euros. The numbers drawn were 2 9 23 26. Two people matched three numbers Mike Brady and Adrian Hogan. They each receive 50 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 5600 euros.

Junior: The junior A team had a three point win over Pearses in the league on Friday evening on a scoreline 1-15 0-15 and the Junior B followed on on Sunday with a two point win over Salthill on a scoreline 2-10 to 1-11.

Camogie: Best of luck to the Portumna Camogie Intermediates in the Final against Sarsfields this weekend.
League Final: The club would like to wish the Galway senior team and management the best of luck on Sunday evening against Cork in the league final and in particular to the eight Portumna players on the panel.
Offical Opening: Official opening of Clubhouse will take place on Sunday 9th May at 1:30pm with Gerry Larkin Chairman of the Galway county Board unveiling the plaque. This will be followed by a family fun-day with a dog show, sheep race, barbaque, face painting, obstacle course, long puck, welly throwing and lots of other novelty events. Meet the mystery person on the day. Lots of music and dance. Come along for a fun filled day and let everyone join in in our celebrations.


Portumna Tidy Towns - April Spring Clean
On a beautiful Spring Evening last Friday, Portumna was a hive of activity for the annual spring clean. For National Spring Clean week the local tidy towns committee organised a community clean up providing gloves, bags, litter pickers and lots of good humour to those who turned out to help. Our local scout troop, 10th Galway Portumna as usual turned out in great numbers and both Scouts and Cubs were oozing in community spirit and enthusiasm. A very big thank you is extended to both groups and their leaders for their involvement in such a productive evenings work. The committee would also like to thank all the volunteers, in particular the children and young adults who willingly gave of their time, to those who helped clean general community areas and also to those who took the time to clean up outside their own premises. Please take pride in your town and dispose of litter in the nearest bin.


Community Games Quiz
The U14 Community Games Quiz county final was held in St.Raphel's College Loughrea recently. The Portumna team acquitted themselves very well on the night in an extremely competitive event, most of the team are elegible again next year which bodes well for the future. The team were: Liam Connelly, Maria Kelly, Caoimhe Harte, Isabelle Coughlan, Patrick O'Sullivan.


Scouting Ireland Youth Forum
Scouting Ireland held its sixth Annual Youth Forum in Larch Hill this weekend in attendance were a 750 Youth representatives from each of the scouting counties. Sorcha Ridge Scouts and Marion Lynch Venture’s represented Galway Scout County. This was the girl’s second National youth forum having represented the county last year also. Both ladies stood for election in their respective Scout and Venture sections for the role of Western Province Representatives. Sorcha Ridge was elected to represent the Western Province Scouts and Marion was elected to represent the Western Province Ventures well done to both of them and we wish them well in their new appointments. The Scouting Province covers counties Clare, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, and Sligo.


Mental Health Information Evening in Portumna
GROW, a leading international mental health community organization, is hosting a free information evening in Portumna to publicise the importance of developing positive mental health. The aim of the information session is to promote the GROW support group in Portumna. The info session will be taking place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna on Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm.

GROW, which is celebrating its 40th year in Ireland, is a community based support network for people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Its support groups are open to anyone who may be struggling with day to day living.

Paul Clabby, the GROW support worker for the Portumna group, is very excited about the information evening. “GROW is a unique service in that groups are made up entirely of people who have had first-hand experience trying to cope with many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, loneliness, suicidal thoughts and phobias. It offers an opportunity for people to attend a weekly meeting and discuss the issues they are facing with a group who are non-judgemental and experiencing similar issues”. “GROW has a program which has been in existence for over 50 years and is constantly being updated to address the issues which are facing people who are having difficulty facing life’s problems.” Paul, who started attending GROW meetings 4 years ago, said “When I first attended GROW, I was suffering from depression and anxiety. I found it very difficult even to do the most basic things and found life a struggle. I was able to discuss these issues at the weekly meetings and I received great advice and support from people who used the GROW program to overcome their own mental health problems. It was a place where I could talk openly about these issues and not be judged.”

Date: Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm. Venue: Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna, Co.Galway

Portumna GROW Support Group every Wednesday 7.30pm. Venue: Na Calai Community Development Centre, Abbey Street, Portumna, Co. Galway

GROW groups are Free, Confidential & Open to everyone. For more information please contact Paul on 087-4187714. Alternatively visit the GROW website at www.grow.ie


Killimor Community Games
Killimor Community Games will be hosting their Sports Day on Monday 3rd of May (bank holiday) in killimor Hurling Field. Regestration starting at 1:30 pm and first race at 2:00.


An Gairdin
Wholefood Cookery with Lynda McFarland: Thursday 13th May 7pm-9pm. Lynda will be giving a demonstration workshop on Cholesterol Lowering Cookery. She will offer tasting and recipes to try at home. Cost €20

Introduction to Divining with Ciarán Graham: Saturday 15th May 10am-4pm:This day is an opportunity to learn all about Divining and the divining instrument. We can learn how living in harmony with nature can bring health and healing into our homes and into our lives. Cost €45

Contact An Gáirdín at 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com / www.angairdin.com


Portumna Golf Club News
Golf Classic: Next Weekend May Bank Holiday Portumna Golf Club are running an Open Golf Classic from Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May. The format is teams of 4 and the cost is €80 per team. The sponsor is Declan Cunningham of Golfstyle Galway. Top prize is the new Taylor made Burner Driver. For further info contact the club on 09097 41059 ext 1.

Juniors: The Fred Daly Plate team put on an excellent performance against Calremorris over the weekend, it was a 7 man team, with Claremorris winning 4/3 - up to the end it was anyones match. Congratulations to the Portumna Junior Team, these guys have a bright future ahead of them in the golf world. The Portumna team were Cathal Lowry, Jamie Conboy, Mark Walsh, Conor Barry, Max Parry, David Cleary, & Niall Moloney.

We will be running golf camps and tutorials over the summer months along with Junior Golf Ireland, anyone interested in taking up golf contact Jim Hynes 087 6411711 or Mairead Taylor 087 2908610.


Ability West Golf Classic
This very popular golf classic which is now in it's 15th year will be held on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th & Saturday 8th May - timesheet is now open, please support this worthy cause. Special thanks to Bridie Madden and her committee who have been running this event over it's lifetime.


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