26 May 2010

'Puck Idol' - Another Winner for Portumna!
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association - Bealtaine Festival of New Light
Jig Gig - Irish Dance Talent Competition
Traditional Buildings Information Evening & Uses of Lime Skills Training
Abbey / Duniry Scout Group
Alisa Fitzpatrick 11th in the European Championships
Social Dance - Fr John Molloy’s Mission in Ecuador Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Shorelines Arts Festival
Woodford Spring Fair
Portumna Town FC - 'Field of Dreams'
Girls N Golf

'Puck Idol' - Another Winner for Portumna!
The people of Portumna turned out in their hundreds to pay tribute to the Portumna Hurlers at ‘Puck Idol’ last Friday night in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Ollie Turner, Galway Bay FM, opened proceedings by welcoming the packed audience and introduced a short video clip dedicated to the team. After much suspense, the Mystery Judges were unveiled: Tony Williams (Simon Cowell), Marion Frawley (Sharon Osbourne), Ruth Conroy (Cheryl Cole) and Martin Fahy (Louis Walsh).

Ollie Turner then invited the judges to introduce their acts in turn. First up was Sharon Osbourne with her Wags entry. Strumming their pink hurl shaped guitars were Treeny Hogan, Caroline Canning, Aine Killea, Patrice Murray and Roisin Ryan. Their rendition of Shania Twain’s Man I feel like a woman and Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted to Love’ set the tone for what promised to be a fun and lively night. What followed was a fantastic night’s entertainment with special appearances by Simple Mimes (Mick Brady, John Smith, Jonathan Fahy, and Steve Killeen), Amy Beerhouse (Nathania Fallon), The Sign Out Youth Band of Ryan Hogan, Gary Lynch, John O’Neill, Eoin and Conor Robinson, Jason and Aaron Coniry, Crystal Swing (Mike Goode, John Joe O’Rourke and Abe Kennedy), Susan Boiled (Ann Mc Entee), Guns n’ Roses (Shane O’Rourke, Joe Canning and Eoin Lynch), and the Blue MOPS ( Marguerite Dolphin, Noreen Hayes, Mary Smith, Bill O’ Gorman, Derek Quinn and Brian Dolly). Jedward’s (Darren Grady and Ronan Hayes) antics and performance of ‘Ice Ice Baby’ had the audience on their feet! The dance routines of the Pussycat Dolls (Andrew Dagg, James Heenan, Peter Seman, Mark Houlihan, Thomas Houlihan, Timmy Reddan) and Stavros Flatley (Leo Smith and Paul Mullins) had the crowd in hysterics and shouting for more.

The final say was left to the audience who had their voting cards on stand by. In a closely contested final between the Frank Sinners (Jim Hynes and Fr. Brendan Lawless P.P. ) and Waste-a-Life (Ollie Canning, Andrew Smith, Eugene Mc Entee and Kevin Hayes with Paul Mullins as their ‘Uptown Girl’), tallyman, Donie O’Meara, announced ‘Waste-a Life’ the winners by a very narrow margin. They were presented with the much coveted ‘Puck Idol’ trophies. All in all, it was a memorable evening that saw the young and not so young whoop and holler, laugh hysterically, and jump to their feet in appreciation on many an occasion.

The purpose of the night was to pay tribute to this outstanding team from the community by the community in their own way. Michael O Riain recited his specially written poem ‘Portumna – The Team of the Decade’ to a hushed and appreciative audience. A framed copy of the poem was presented to Leo Smith by Aubrey Tully.

The committee of Susan Royston, Muirne Goode, Helenea Kelly and Ann Mc Entee would sincerely like to thank everyone for their contribution to the night and for rolling in behind them. In particular they would like to thank the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Tony Hogan, Ann Donohue, Derek Finnerty and Brian Gordon. A special word of thanks to Ollie Turner for the professional way he carried out proceedings on the night.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association - Bealtaine Festival of New Light
Last Monday night the 17th May Portumna and district Active Retirement Association set the beautiful venue of Portumna Retirement Village alight with their Bealtaine variety show. This year we decided on a fashion show as our main event, so we all set about sorting out our wardrobes. Margaret Boland and Moira Concanon did a marvelous job on organizing and comparing the event with impromptu help from Father Lawless P.P. and his side kick Monk, “Donie O’ Meara” who created an atmosphere of joviality and laughter. Brid and her choir gave a very polished performance accompanied by Ritchie Burke and Pat Conlan. Our Sean-nós dancers Eileen Donelan and Myra Concanon gave an exhibition as good as any T.V. talent show. Chris Smith played some toe tapping tunes on the dew harp.

Our dance group danced the walls of Limerick and the military two-step with perfection, and Katherine Cunningham read her essay that was written for a national A.R.A.competition. Bridget accepted her prize for a photo scrapbook of our association’s activities since it started in 2002 which we entered for Ballybane’s A.R.A. Bealtaine competition. Our caterers provided cheese and wine at the beginning and a super spread to energise us all for dancing the night away. Laurel and Hardy arrived in the form of Donie O’Meara and son which sent us all into hysterical laughter. Connor O’Meara then ”blew us away” with his magical voice.

What a wonderful night we did all have and we hope our guests enjoyed our Bealtaine celebration. Congratulations to one and all for all their combined efforts and a special word of thanks to Jimmy Mc Clearn for attending on his way to another meeting.


Jig Gig - Irish Dance Talent Competition
Two young dancers Maria Kelly and Shane Rooney from the Mary Fraughen school of Irish dancing Portumna along with their classmates from Loughrea will be traveling to Dublins RTE Television studios on Thursday May 27th, to take part in the TG4 Irish dance talent competition 'The Jig Gig'. They came through their respective heats in the Salthill hotel Galway last weekend, where hundreds of hopefuls took part. The dance school will be participating in two shows which will be aired on T.V. Next Autumn. Maria and Shane attend the Portumna dance class on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm in the retirement village hall.


Traditional Buildings Information Evening & Uses of Lime Skills Training
Monday, May 31st at 7pm., Shannon Oaks, Portumna. A panel of speakers will talk about traditional buildings and traditional building methods. Máirín Doddy, Conservation Officer, Galway Co.Council Edward Byrne, Traditional Lime Company Christy Cunniffe, Fields and Monuments Adviser, Galway Co.Council Ursula Marmion, South East Galway IRD. After this public lecture Galway Rural Development are running a practical course for people in the building trades to introduce them to the use of lime. This will be run on four separate days in June, in An Gairdin, Portumna. Days can be booked individually at €5 per session or as a series for €20.

Tuesday June 1st Training in lime rendering and mixing with Ed Byrne.
Tuesday June 8th Training in hemp and lime with Henry Thompson.
Tuesday June 22nd Decorative Plasterwork with Seamus O Heocha and site visit to Portumna Castle.
Tuesday June 29th Stonewall building using lime mortar with Philip Quinn and Damien Conlon.
There will also be site visits to buildings in Meelick and Laurencetown that have used traditional techniques. For further information and booking forms for the course please contact Sue Clarke, Galway Rural Development on 091 844335, email: sclarke@grd.ie


Abbey / Duniry Scout Group
30th Galway Abbey Duniry Scout Group’ is being officially launched on Monday 31st May at 7pm in Pallas Castle Tynagh. This Scouting Group was set up in 2007 as a satellite group of Portumna Scouts. Since then it has grown from strength to strength. It now has 40 young Scouters enjoying an action packed Scouting Programme. Regional representatives from Scouting Ireland will attend on the night to join in with the celebrations. The group are looking forward to a memorable scouting evening which will include lots of traditional Scouting Activities. Many thanks to all who helped the Abbey Duniry Scout Group in their remarkable journey to date. Any Queries Contact Rose McDonagh 087-8324120.


Alisa Fitzpatrick 11th in the European Championships
Alisa Fitzpatrick was once again proud to represent Ireland in this years Artistic Cycling European Championships which were held on May 14th and 15th in Northern Germany. With a tremendous performance Alisa was able to hold her targeted 11th place. Two slight mistakes meant that she just narrowly missed out on overtaking the French girl at 10th place. Congratulations to Alisa on such a fine performance.

In 2011 the European Championships will be held on June 3rd and 4th in Hoechst, Austria where Alisa will once again hope to represent Ireland. The best of luck to Alisa for the remaining competitions for this year and of course in the build up to next years European Championships.


Social Dance - Fr John Molloy’s Mission in Ecuador Fundraiser
Mr Matt Fogarty, Ballinderry is running a Social Dance this coming Saturday 29th May from 9.30pm to 12.30pm all proceeds in aid of Fr John Molloy’s mission in Ecuador. Music by Midnight Melodies adm €10 includes refreshments and draw.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3 6 22 26. Three people matched three numbers Ambrose Kelly Kevin Kelly and Eamon O Brien Eyrecourt. They each receive 35 euros.

Golf Classic: Our Annual Golf Classic will take place on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June. The timesheet is at the Golf Club and anyone interested in participating on either of the two days can do so by contacting Micheal at Portumna Golf Club Tel 0509 41059. Your support would be appreciated.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna Arts Group invite all interested in any aspect of the Arts to a planning meeting of Portumna's 3rd Shorelines Arts Festival, scheduled for September. The meeting will be held upstairs in Na Calai at 8.15pm on this Thursday, May 27th. New people to the area, parents of children interested in theatre or dance, young people with young ideas and anyone with a pair of hands to offer help are all encouraged to come along and be part of a mutually interested group that fosters the Arts in Portumna and the surrounding villages and parishes.


Woodford Spring Fair
Spring Fair on this Sunday 30th May in Woodford Youth Hall from 12-4pm. We have 30 confirmed exhibitors from jewellery, woodturning, knitting, cakes, paintings, cosmetics, stained glass, flowers and much much more. Admission is free and we are hoping for a very successful day.


Portumna Town FC - 'Field of Dreams'
Portumna Town FC has registered for the Kellogg's Field of Dreams competition and the chance to win a €100,000 makeover of our pitch facilities at Shannon Road, Portumna. The club would be grateful to receive any tokens collected by our supporters from special promotional packs of Kelloggs Cornflakes, Crunchy Nut or Crunchy Nut Feast. If you would like to donate your collected tokens to Portumna Town FC you can post them to Portumna Town FC, C/O Emer Durkan, Clonfert Road, Portumna or you can bring them to collection points in Portumna Library and Supervalu – Portumna. Alternatively tokens can be given to any of our coaches or committee members. Portumna Town FC would like to thank you in advance for any tokens collected on behalf of the club.


Girls N Golf
Junior Golf Ireland hosted a Girls N Golf gala day on Friday May 14th in Portumna. Over 60 First and Second year pupils from Portumna Community School, Presentation Athenry and Sacred Heart Tullamore gathered for a day’s pitch and putt at Oldthort Golf Club just outside Portumna.

In spite the day beginning with rain showers the weather held up and some great golf was witnessed by teachers from each of the schools, the junior girl convenors and golf club members from Portumna, Athenry and Tullamore Golf Clubs and Kitty McHugh ILGU.

The Girls N Golf gala day is the culmination of a 10 week introduction to golf which has taken place in over 30 secondary schools and golf clubs throughout the country in 2010. The goal of Girls N Golf is to increase the number of girls playing golf. Girls N Golf is funded by the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport initiative and Junior Golf Ireland.

After the golf all girls and adults were well taken care of by Michael and Aggie Walsh in Oldthort Golf Club. Following the presentation of prizes, each girl received a goodie bag and certificate for completing Girls N Golf.

Junior Golf Ireland would like to thank sponsors PING, Flahavan’s, Barry’s Tea and Tipperary Water. Significant praise must go to the girls’ teachers and mentors in each of the schools and golf clubs, for the time they have devoted to Girls N Golf and the terrific work they have put in to ensure that these girls had an enjoyable introduction to golf.

If your golf club would like to get involved in Girls N Golf next year please contact the coordinator Niamh Kitching on 087 6373767 or nkitching@juniorgolfireland.com


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