17 November 2010

Portumna Players to Stage Premier of "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary
Ireland Reaching Out
Start Your own Business Course
An Gairdin - Geopathic Stress & Divining with Ciaran Graham
Portumna Workhouse
Killimor Camogie
Portumna Rugby Club
Group Water Schemes
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Pen Pushers
Portumna Arts Group Christmas Gala Night
Step Out with Sign Out - Fashion Show
Portumna GAA
Portumna Town FC
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Senior Citizens Christmas Party
Sean-nos Dancing Classes
Portumna Bridge Club

Portumna Players to Stage Premier of "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary
Rehearsals are well under way for the staging of "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December in the Town Hall Portumna. We are delighted to secure the rights to premier this play and as this is a three-act comedy, rehearsals have been so enjoyable and funny! Gabriel Foley is being played by Pat Claffey and the "two loves" are Breda Burke and Dolores O' Shea, who we are delighted to welcome on stage for the first time for Portumna Players, Welcome back to Martin Fahy while other stalwarts are John Smith, Patricia Blehein, Eileen Purchell and Sarah Smith Kileen. The play is directed by Marian Frawley and produced by Kathleen O'Brien.


'Ireland Reaching Out'
The 'Ireland Reaching Out' initiative is an irish government sponsored project enabling parish-based communities to reach out and systematically identify and engage with their Diaspora worldwide. The national pilot project is being developed in south-east Galway from Sept 2010 through to June 2011. The project, which in its first phase is 'reaching out' to those who have left the area, continues its rollout across 30 parishes in the south-east Galway area. To initiate what can become a lifelong relationship, a parish, once it has identified its living descendants, will extend an invitation to a "Week of Welcomes" to be held in each parish next June 2011.

An open meeting was held last Wednesday night, Nov 11th, in the Killimor Community centre, and the leaders of the project, Mike Feerick and John Joe Conwell, were in attendance. Members of the Kilimor parish have agreed to participate in this pilot project and a working group has been established. Through this pilot project, South-East Galway, and in particular, Kilimor, is being given a once-off opportunity to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area. It is envisaged that enterprising members of the returning Diaspora may eventually become investors in the area.

A similar meeting is planned in Woodford this Thursday evening, Nov 18th and in Abbey/Duniry next Tuesday evening, Nov 24th. Further information available from: 085 1925466 or info@irelandXO.com.


Start Your own Business Course
A number of places are available on the Start Your own Business Course which is being held in Portumna, in conjunction with Galway County Enterprise Board. This course will take place two evenings per week over five weeks. The course covers topics such as raising finance, grant aid, developing your business idea, marketing, health & safety, taxation and accounts. It is a very practical, down to earth course and there is no exam. This course is free of charge and participants can contact South East Galway IRD for further details.


An Gairdin - Geopathic Stress & Divining with Ciaran Graham
Geopathic Stress & Divining Coping with Negative Energies in our Homes, Spaces and Land. with Ciaran Graham. Sat. 20th November 10.30am - 2pm. Sometimes our spaces - home/lands - can contain negative energies which may impact physically and psychologically and lead to ill health. This workshop will deal with the detection of such energies and the use of tools and exercises to reduce/clear these negative energies. Cost: €30. Contact An Gairdin on 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com


Portumna Workhouse
The Masterplan has been revised. The revised plan does not contain any new build. The focus is on conserving all the buildings for future use and on developing two blocks in this first phase of work, which will be carried out all going well by 2014.

One blocked is to be developed as a visitor centre. The second block will be developed as office space and it is hoped offices providing services to the community will be housed here,- a one stop shop as it were for people wanting to access services, information etc.

A copy of the Masterplan is available to read at the IRD centre and at the Library. Comments, suggestions as always are welcome. The planning application will be submitted to Galway County Council soon.

Participants on the Rural Social Scheme have recently started work on a general clean up of the site.

An application has been submitted to the Heritage Council to roof the old infirmary. This building is very much at risk, so we hope for a successful outcome. Meetings have been held with various other funders and providers of social finance loans. These meetings have been positive and we are hopeful of securing funding. The lease needs to be in place so that we can apply for funding and social finance. The terms of the lease have been agreed with the HSE west. This now needs to be approved by the National HSE Board. It will go to their next meeting in December or January at the latest.

During the summer, a short documentary was made on the Workhouse with the help of the Galway Film Centre. This is being screened in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday 21st November. Documentaries from 3 other community projects are also been shown. There is a reception at 2p.m. with the screening at 3p.m. The IRD are organizing a bus, this will leave at 12.30. Anybody wishing to come along should contact the IRD office by this Thursday 18th November. The documentary will also be shown in Portumna in early 2011.


Killimor Camogie
Table Quiz: Fri 19th Nov at 9.00pm in Duffys Killimor. Table of 4 adults €40, National School children tables €20. Prizes for 1st and 2nd Adult table and 1st and 2nd National School childrens tables. Please support.

Thank You: Killimor Camogie Club wish to thank most sincerely all those who sponsored their fundraising efforts for the recent senior county final. It is most appreciated by the club in these difficult finaincil times.

All Ireland Semi Final: The Senior team will Play Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford (the Leinster Champions) in Killimor on the weekend of 5th/6th February 2011 in the All Ireland semifinal. Killimor are looking forward to this stern challenge against a team which among others contains the All Star Lacey sisters and the Jacob sisters.

All Star Award: Congratulations to Brenda Hanney who received her first All Star in City West last Saturday night. Brenda had received nominations on three previous occasions.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Rugby Club are holding their 1st Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker night in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 19th November at 8pm. Tickets are €50 and the prize fund is a guaranteed €2,000, with first prize being at least €1,000. For more information contact 087 6298990.


Group Water Schemes
The Department of the Environment has committed to providing funding for additional improvement works on the Water Schemes at Ballinakill, Abbey and Trean (Killimor) according to Galway East Fianna Fail TD Noel Treacy. The works, which have an estimated cost in excess of €500,000 will be provided with funding, under the Rural Water Programme. "This will be a real boost to the water schemes in question," said Deputy Treacy. "The Department of the Environment has been in touch with Galway County Council to let them know that they are happy to provide funding for these Group Water Schemes under the Rural Water Programme. That means that the needed necessary works will be able to progress and that should have a strong impact on the delivery of services."

"Under the Rural Water Programme funding is limited to 85% grant aid on a Scheme specific basis, for all upgrade works, subject to a maximum of €6,475/ grant per eligible house. Under the specific funding announcements announced by the Department of the Environment for these Schemes however, I understand that funding at 100% will apply for 70% of the costs associated with Section A-C-B designated on the Ballinakill Group Water Scheme, to facilitate the takeover of the Trean Group Water Scheme in Killimor". "I hope now, that the Department has indicated that it will include these Group Water Schemes under the Rural Water Programme, the additional work will be able to be completed quickly. That will make a very big difference to everyone involved in these Schemes and I think there will be great benefits to all the households involved in these Schemes". "I wish to pay a special tribute to my colleague, Minister Michael Finneran, who sanctioned the necessary grant aid", concluded Deputy Treacy.


Portumna Camera Club
Christmas Card Launch: Portumna Camera Club held a Christmas card launch and photo exhibition last Thursday evening 11th Nov in the social services day centre in Barrack Road. The night went very well and the club would like to extend their thanks to all who braved the elements and attended.

The Christmas cards featuring local scenes, taken by members of the club are available for sale at €2 each and a donation will be made from the profits to the day centre to help with the great work they do for our elderly friends.

You can buy the cards in The Boathouse shop St Brendan's St and Picture This Clonfert Avenue. The exhibtion continues in the centre until Christmas. Monday to Friday from 1030 - 1430 pm. Do drop in and and enjoy our work.

AGM: Our AGM is Tues 23rd November at 8pm in the Retirement Village. New members are always welcome. Contact Maria 087 6593042 for any furter enquiries.


Portumna Pen Pushers
November 25th is Thanksgiving Day - so what you may say in the doom and gloom of November. Well, it has been proven that giving gratitude for what we have is very healthy for our mental wellbeing. Uplifting words, rhymes that make you smile and inspirational poetry will be part of the Maple Group's Reading in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Thursday, Nov 25th at 8p,m. You are invited to share words that you find comforting, pieces of writing you are thankful you read, or a poem that means a lot to you. Join with the Pen Pushers also as they launch a pamphlet- Words While We Wait -that will be available to you, free of charge, in all the waiting areas in the town-waiting for your hair to dry, your tyres to be changed, your prescription to be filled. Many thanks to all the writers who took part and submitted their pieces to the project.


Portumna Arts Group Christmas Gala Night
Portumna Arts Group will host a Christmas Gala Night in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Sat. Dec. 18th at 8pm. This Christmas themed evening will incorporate seasonal readings and poetry with songs, music and carols. Local talent will be showcased from all the community. It will be a lovely family event and an ideal appetiser before Christmas- an event not to be missed. So put the date in your diary now!


Step Out with Sign Out - Fashion Show
On Friday the 26th of November, Portumna's Sign Out Youth Project is hosting a Fashion Show in The Shannon Oaks Hotel- 'Style Steppers' - Catering for teens to twenties, thirties and trendie's this show will feature local young people modelling from local businesses, Koko, Kitty's, Cul Sports and Sew Malone. Other businesses supporting the venture include Dunnes Stores, Tesco, David Manning, Ballinasloe and Guna Deas, Loughreaas well as Jazz, and Jock & Frocks of Birr. 'Style Steppers' Fashion Show is an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful collection of glamorous wear brought to Portumna. Some surprise acts will feature on the night along with a monster raffle which includes a prize of an overnight stay in the 5 star luxury Brooks Hotel, Dublin.

Tickets for this convergence of youth, fashion, style and fun experience are only €8 adults and €5 students and are available for sale in Ladies Day, from Liz Ridge or any Sign Out Committee member or call Susan on 087 6779267.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 1 3 16 28. One person matched three numbers Padraig Farrell Churchill.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Damien Hayes and Claire Grogan on their recent engagement.

Monster Lotto Fundraiser: Tickets for our Monster lotto draw fundraiser are in circulation. Cost of ticket €5 euros so your support would be appreciated. Five thousand euros in prize money to be won three thousand euros for first prize one thousand euros second prize five hundred euros third prize and five hundred euros for fourth prize.


Portumna Town FC
Fixtures: Fixtures for Saturday are as follows:
U11 - Portumna Tn v Killeigh Celtic @ 10.00
U12 - Banagher Utd v Portumna Tn @ 12.00
U14 - Portumna Tn v Emo Celtic @ 12.30
U15 - Portumna Tn v Killeigh @ 11.15

AGM: Portumna Town FC are holding their AGM in the Retirement Village at 8.00pm on November 26th.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Last Thursday night Ms Noelle Lynskey was to give a talk on Medicine Management however due to the bad weather it was cancelled and rescheduled for the new year.

This coming Thursday 18th the group will be practicing for their Christmas Party, so those that are involved please come early as the quiz starts at 8.30pm.

The cookery demonstration in O'Meara's Restaurant is changed to Wednesday 24th November at 7.30pm.


Senior Citizens Christmas Party
The Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 5th December in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Mass will be at 2.30 followed by good food and music.


Sean-nos Dancing Classes
Sean-nos dancing classes for beginners in O'Meara's Restaurant starting on Thursday 18th Nov. contact Marie at 087 7737566.


Portumna Bridge Club
Invitational Pairs Wed 10 November 2010 - 1st Nora Flanagan & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Mary Jo Kelly. Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury


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