05 May 2010

Portumna GAA News
'Puck Idol' – Tribute Show to the Hurling Heroes of Portumna
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society Trip to Limerick
Na Calaí CDP and Age Action Ireland - The 'Getting Started' Computer Programme
Woodford Spring Fair
'Tavern’s Got Talent' - Ballinderry
An Gáirdín - Introduction to Geopathic Stress and Divining
Portumna Camera Club
McEntee’s Butchers
Alzheimer Tea Day at Portumna Retirement Village
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Community School News
Portumna Bridge Club
Weight Watchers

Portumna GAA News
Official Opening of Clubhouse: The Official opening of the clubhouse will take place on Sunday 9th May at 1:30pm. Gerry Larkin, Cathaoirleach Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe will be unveiling the plaque. This will be followed by a family funday with lots of novelty events includind a dog show, sheep race, welly throwing, long puck, face painting, obstacle course for young and old, Husband and Wife spud and spoon race, pony rides, soak a local, guess who photographs, and loads more. Meet the mystery person on the day. There will be lots of music and dance. Hoping everyone will come along and join us in our celebrations.

League Success: Well done to the Galway senior Hurling team who defeated Cork last Sunday in the NHL Final, the Portumna lads played a vital role in that historical victory.

Club Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 9 12 23 28. Two people matched three numbers Ciara Mc Williams and Mossie Dillane. They each receive 50 euros.

Seniors: The seniors are out in defence of their crown in the first round of the championship against Clairnbridge on Saturday in Athenry at 6:30pm.

Juniors: The junior A team had a two point win over Athenry in the league last Sunday on a scoreline 2-10 to 1-11.

The junior B team on the other hand was well beaten by a strong Leitrim-Kilnadeemna side.


'Puck Idol' – Tribute Show to the Hurling Heroes of Portumna
‘Puck Idol' promises to be a night of music, fun and craic, performed, produced and directed by members of the community, featuring 12 acts of some well known personalities as well as a few novices and surprise appearances to the stage. Ollie Turner will MC proceedings.

This not to be missed Tribute Event takes place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 21st May at 8pm and is a thank you from the people of the wider Portumna Parish to our present senior hurling squad, for putting Portumna firmly on the map, for the many matches, high moments, Sunday trips, and for the journey we look forward to travelling with them into the future. Opportunities to guess the 4 mystery judges are on display around the town - who could be Portumna's answer to Loius Walsh, Simon, Cowell Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne?

Tickets €10, (Student concessions at the door) are on sale at Ladies Day, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Cul Sport, Palmerston Stores. Enquiries to 087 6779267.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Trip to Limerick: Members of the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society had a most successful trip to Limerick City on Saturday last. Travelling on the recently refurbished Galway to Limerick railway line. Members boarded the train at Craughwell and travelled via Ardrahan, Gort, Ennis and Sixmilebridge before alighting at Con Colbert Station in the heart of the city. The group then proceeded on foot to the people’s Park nearby which benefiting from benign weather was at its springtime best. Apart from natural beauty the park has fine architectural and sculptural features that have been restored by the Limerick Civic Trust. The adjacent Limerick City Gallery was also visited, members focussing on the fine Romanesque frontage, which is quirkily inhabited by Mick Fitzpatrick’s humorous sculptures.

The group then visited No. 2 Pery Square one of six Georgian houses built by the Tontine Company in the late 1830s. The Limerick Civic Trust acquired the property in 1995 and following a full and meticulously sensitive restoration the house was opened to the public in 1995.

After a restorative lunch the group proceeded via the Crescent and O’Connell St. to Arthur’s Quay where well-known guide to Limerick City, Mr. Michael O’Donnell, greeted them. Following in his footsteps the party visited historical sites on King’s Island including St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, the Bishop’s Palace, the Exchange, the Courthouse and the Bard of Thomand sculpture.

Following a short but rewarding bout of retail therapy the party returned to Con Colbert Railway Station and boarded the 18.05 for Craughwell.

Celebration: Following the trip to Limerick a surprise dinner party in honour of Christy Cunniffe, the Society’s prime activist, was held in Portumna. A large party of friends and relations gathered to acknowledge the recent awarding of a Ph. D. degree to Christy for his research on the Medieval Parish of Clonfert. In keeping with the theme for the day many tributes, salutations and compliments were paid to him in the form of Limerick verses.

Na Calaí CDP and Age Action Ireland - The 'Getting Started' Computer Programme
Age Action is a national independent charity promoting positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. One of the services provided nationwide by Age Action is Getting Started. This is a programme for older people to help them gain confidence and basic skills in computers and the internet. Volunteer tutors in small classes provide training, with an emphasis on encouragement and support for older learners. The Getting Started programme is funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources through its BenefIT scheme. Regional project officers are based in Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Kilkenny, Mayo, Tralee and Clare.

Na Calaí CDP, in conjunction with Age Action Ireland have rolled out the first phase of the “Getting Started” Computer Training Programme for Older People in the Portumna Rural Area and recently held a presentation of certificates to all involved to date in the Retirement Village on the 21st of April, 2010 (See photo). Na Calaí would like to congratulate all the learners who participated on the programme and sincerely thank all the volunteer tutors for giving their time, commitment and expertise to the programme to date. We would also like to thank Donie O'Meara for presenting the certs on the night.

We are now commencing the second phase of the programme and are always looking for volunteer tutors who can commit to a 2 hourly session over 6 to 8 weeks. If you are interested in volunteering for this programme, please contact Na Calaí CDP to register. Call us on (090) 97 41887 or call into our office on Abbey Street in Portumna. Equally, if you are interested in registering as a learner for this programme, please contact Na Calaí CDP with your details.

Na Calaí CDP and Age Action Ireland Certificate Presentation Night recently held in the Retirement Village, Portumna.


Woodford Spring Fair
Would you like to sell or display your crafts or creations? The Woodford Spring Fair is being organised for Sunday May 30th, 12pm to 4pm in Woodford Hall. Please contact Ann O'Keefe 086 1542843 for further details.


'Tavern’s Got Talent' - Ballinderry
A capacity crowd witnessed a fitting finale to this year’s Tavern’s Got Talent competition on Saturday night last in The Tavern, Ballinderry. The venue was literally packed to the rafters and the “house full” sign put in place as early as 9.30. This created a very special atmosphere for the 9 acts that gave top-class performances in their quest for the prize.

Conor O’Meara from Portumna won first prize - this young man possesses a very special voice, and it was shown to its best with a most beautiful and sincere rendition of Panis Angelicus. Following this Conor introduced his 2nd song as the rugby world cup anthem from 1995, The World In Union. The tune was an excerpt from Gustav Holst’ Jupiter (The Planets) with lyrics by Charlie Skarbek and has been recorded by the world’s most famous singers including Katherine Jenkins and Lesley Garrett, but it is fair to say that Conor’s rendition would not be out of place alongside them. He gave a true understanding of the lyrics, and with the fabulous arrangement and his masterful performance, the audience was applauding long before the final triumphant note.


An Gáirdín - Introduction to Geopathic Stress and Divining
Introduction to Geopathic Stress and Divining With Cíarán Graham will be held in An Gáirdín Organic and Ecology Centre, Portumna on Sat 15th May 10am-4pm.

Geopathic Stress is the effect of negative earth energies including natural and manmade earth energy disturbances that have a destructive effect on health resulting in sleeplessness, irritability and depression. On the course you will learn to use the Divining Rod, how to ask the right questions, interpret the answers and Apply divining techniques.

Cost: €45 includes Full Organic Vegetarian Lunch

Contact An Gáirdín on 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com, www.angairdin.com


Portumna Camera Club
On Tuesday 11th May, Portumna Camera Club will have Mr Terry O Rourke Professional Photographer Nenagh, giving a talk on landscape and wildlife Photography. In his talk he will inform people how to take the shot & where you will find the birds at this time of year. The talk will start at 8pm and everyone is welcome.


McEntee’s Butchers
At a time when consumers have more choice as to where they can buy the Sunday roast and their weekly supply of fresh meat, it is good to see that McEntee’s have taken the Bull by the Horns (Metaphorically Speaking) and redesigned their shop to the highest standard. Mr Eugene McEntee established the family business in 1942, he passed away in 1975, his son Gene took over at the helm and now Gene’s son, Eugene is part of the business. Eugene Captained the Portumna Senior Hurling team to their first All-Ireland in 2006. They pride themselves on value for money and their meat is always of the highest standard. This shop is well worth a visit.


Alzheimer Tea Day at Portumna Retirement Village
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's annual Alzheimer's Tea Day will take place on Thursday 6th May 2010. Alzheimer's Tea Day is the Society's biggest national fundraising event where monies raised locally supports local services in the local community. In an effort to support local needs Portumna Retirement Village is holding a 'Tea Day' on Thursday 6th May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. All are welcome.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The Portumna and District ARA would like to thank all those that gave them such an enjoyable and thought provoking evening in An Gairdin.

We would like all those who are involved in the preparation of our Bealtaine celebration on Monday the 17th of May to turn up early for practice on the next few Thursday nights.

Congratulations to Kathleen Cunningham for a wonderful essay which she entered for the national ARA's essay competition.

Paul Killeen from the H.S.E. is coming to talk on activities that will keep us in good health on Thursday the 13th of May.


Portumna Community School News
Athletics: On Wednesday 34 of our students travelled to the Dangan Sports Centre for the Galway/Roscommon/Westmeath Schools Track & Field Competition. By the end of the day a total of 16 of our athletes had qualified for thr Connacht Finals which was a wonderful achivement. Well done to all of our athletes who took part in the competitions and Congratulations to our qualifiers:

Gold Medallists: Owen Treacy (3rd yr.) - Discus - Intermediate : 27m 94cm. Maria Kelly (1st yr.) - High Jump - Minor : 1m 15cm. Niall McIntyre (1st yr.) - 1500m - Minor : 4 min 50 sec

Silver Medallists: Lisa Callanan (5th yr.) - Discus - Intermediate. Oisin Royston (T.Y.) - High Jump - Intermediate. Peter Claffey (1st yr.) - Shot Putt - Minor.

Bronze Medallists: Mary Jayne Cummins (2nd yr.) - Shot Putt - Junior. Cyrilla Larkin (3rd yr.) - Hurdles - Junior. Christopher Treacy (5th yr.) - Javelin - Intermediate. Caitlin Gohery (3rd yr.) - Shot Putt - Intermediate.

Others to qualify were: Padraig Corcoran (2nd yr.) and Niall McIntyre (1st yr.) in the Long Jump, Eoin McIntyre (3rd yr.) - Triple Jump, Eimear McEvoy (2nd yr.) - Shot Putt and Rachael Darcy (5th yr.) - Discus.

Note: Training continues next week (Tuesday and Thursday) for those who have qualified.


Portumna Bridge Club
Contract bridge results 12th April 2010: 1st Sean Cahalan & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Patrica Power & Bride McNamara, Gross Kathleen & Johnny Cowan, 4th Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch.

Contract bridge results 19th April 2010: 1st Patsy Hanbury & Micheal Torpey, 2nd Liz Ryan & Teresa Dillon, Gross Sean Cahalen & Paddy Kelly, 3rd Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, 4th Bridget Brearton & Tony Ryan.


Weight Watchers
Are you thinking about losing weight? Stop thinking about it and start doing it! Your nearest Weight Watchers meeting is held every Monday in Acorn to Oak Creche, St Brigids Road, Portumna at 7:00pm for men and women and 8:15pm Men Only Meeting. New members are always welcome.


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