16 February 2011

Hot Mikado - Hot! Hot! Hot!
Appreciating the Elderly in Our Community – Competition sponsored by Portumna Retirement Village
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Town FC
Practical Bookkeeping and Financial Management Course
Portumna Camogie Club - Fundraising Table Quiz
Portumna GAA Lotto Results
Sliabh Aughty Drama Group presents 'Moonshine'
Killimor Camogie Club
Portumna Country Market
An Gairdin - Growing in Polytunnels with Dolores Keegan
Portumna Community School
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Portumna Players
Abú Media Success

Hot Mikado - Hot! Hot! Hot!
There was a hot show in the Community School Hall last week when the pupils of the Transition Year presented the show Hot Mikado ably accompanied by the first year music class. Produced by Mr James Coughlan with Mrs Denise Dorgan as musical director. The Hot Mikado is the modern 50s take on the original Gilbert and Sullivan show and this production certainly brought this home to the audience, with their wonderful costumes and great Jazz, Gospel, Blues and Swing music of the Orchestra. Of course the quality of the acting, singing and dancing was of a high standard. How about the comedy which brought much laughter from the large audience.

Marion Lynch, Patrick Lyons, Catriona Eames, Fiona Whelan, Leo Dolan, Olivia Lillis, Nicola Walsh, Alison Brogan, Emma Walsh, Elizabeth Cunningham and Ryan Hanrahan were the "leads" attended by the lovely Ladies and handsome Gentlemen of Japan, too numerous to mention and likewise the Chorus who are pupils of the first year music class, not forgetting the great set by Mr Ambrose Connaire and T.Y. students.

A large production like this does not just happen, there are many people involved eg Set Construction, Stage Artists, Stage Manager, Costumes, Make-Up, Lighting, Sound, P.R.O. printing and front of house. Keep it up Girls and Boys, Druid, Abbey, Gaiety or RADA might come calling.


Appreciating the Elderly in Our Community – Competition sponsored by Portumna Retirement Village
There was much excitement in several schools in the locality when the winners of the 'Appreciating the Elderly' competition for local national school students were announced on Tuesday evening. The competition was sponsored by Portumna Retirement Village.

At the prize giving reception at a packed social centre at the retirement village twenty four students from five local schools received awards. These twenty four entries were deemed to be the best of over 250 entries received. The entries were submitted in five categories and there were also individual winners of each category who each received a plaque and a gift voucher worth €25. The category winners were as follows:-
  • Junior/Senior Class - Aaron Larkin, Kiltormer NS
  • 1st/2nd Class – Alan McDonagh Killeen NS, Clodagh McIntyre, Lorrha NS
  • 3rd/4th Class – Ciaran Coen – Kiltormer NS
  • 5th/6th Class – Eric Flaherty Portumna NS, Aoife Gunning, Moyglass NS
In addition to the individual awards, Portumna Retirement Village also awarded the prize of a laptop computer worth €500 to the school that submitted the best overall entries. This prize went to Portumna NS. Tony Williams presented the awards to the students and he congratulated all the children for the high quality of the entries and the insight that they each provided to their understanding of the value of elderly people to our community.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results for the 7th Feb. were: 1st; Fr. Bracken, Mary Jo Kelly; 2nd Eileen Smith, Fr. Finneran; Gross: Kaye Duddy, Patsy Hanbury. 3rd Peggy White, Patricia Eames; 4th Angela Canning, Eileen Touphy.

Club Pairs Competition Wed 2nd & 9th February: 1st Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, 2nd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Liz Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 4th Teresa Dillon & Anna Moore, 5th Pat Flanagan & Frances Mc Crory, Net Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan
1st Session: Bridget Brerton & Michael Tarpey, 2nd Session: Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society hosts a lecture by Marie Boran, (James Hardiman Library NUI Galway), entitled; Landed Estates in South-east Galway: Evidence from the Connacht Landed Estates Project in Donie O'Meara's Restaurant, Portumna on Tuesday February 22nd at 8.30pm. In her lecture Marie will outline the development and methodology of the project with special reference to the collection of information on archival sources. She will then examine the database entries on some of the estates in the South East Galway area. If you have any photographs of big-houses from the area that you would like to share with the project please bring them along on the evening.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna hope that their recent good form will continue when they take on local rivals Ballinasloe on Sunday next, 20th Febuary in Portumna at 2.30pm. A victory will see Portumna compete in a restructured division 2 league format for next season, but it will not be an easy task against a very strong Ballinasloe outfit. Only 2 points seperate the sides with two games remaining so all is to play for and this game promises to be a very close encounter. Portumna have only tasted victory on one occasion versus Ballinasloe in competitive rugby and will be determined to gain full points from this fixture.


Portumna Town FC
Fancy a good night out - Portumna Soccer Club are holding their 2011 Fundraising Raffle on Saturday Night, 19th Feb in An Caislean. Food and Music on offer. The club is asking all parents/guardians for their support. Prizes for the draw are as follows:
  • 1st: 2 Champions Leagus match tickets - Man Utd v Marseille - 15th March at Old Trafford (includes overnight accommodation for 2 plus €200 cash)
  • 2nd: 500 ltrs of home heating oil
  • 3rd: Beauty Package
  • 4th: 2 tickets for international soccer match at Aviva Stadium
  • 5th: Meal for 2 at Modena Restaurant
  • 6th: Rental of club Astroturf pitch to the value of €150


Practical Bookkeeping and Financial Management Course
In conjunction with Galway VEC the above night course is commencing in Shragh Hall two nights a week for 4 weeks 8.00 to 10.00 both Tuesday and Thursday nights from March 1st 2011. Closing Date for course registration February 18th. For more details Ring Edel 087-9923610


Portumna Camogie Club - Fundraising Table Quiz
Table quiz in Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday of 25th February as a fund raiser for Portumna Camogie Club. Adult and juvenile prizes please support. There will be a clothes collection at the end of April we need your unwanted clothes shoes and mobile phones.


Portumna GAA Lotto Results
There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth €2200. The numbers drawn were 7 13 14 19. One person matched three numbers Renee Duane. She receives €100. This week-ends lotto is worth €2300. Lotto can now be done on line www.locallotto.ie. This gives people who are away to support the club so we would appreciate if you would tell your family and friends about it.


Sliabh Aughty Drama Group presents 'Moonshine'
Sliabh Aughty Drama Group presents Moonshine by Jim Nolan on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th February in Mountshannon Hall. Doors open 8pm Curtain at 8.30pm. Admission €8 on the door. You are in for a treat. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Senior Camogie team play Inniscarra of Cork in the All ireland Senior Camogie Club final on 6th march in Croke Park. The proceeds of the Killimor GAA lotto will go to the cost of this weekend/training fund this coming weekend compliments of Killimor GAA Club. Please support.


Portumna Country Market
There will be a Tea/Coffee corner and tasting day at the market on Friday 25th February (Election Day) and thereafter on the first Friday of each month. Tea/Coffee and scone €2. Proceeds will be for Cancer Care West.


An Gairdin - Growing in Polytunnels with Dolores Keegan
This day covers all aspects of tunnel growing including: choosing and erecting a tunnel, choosing suitable varieties of plants for tunnels, designing yearly crop plan, maintaining healthy plants and irrigation.
Date: Wednesday 23rd February 10am - 4pm. Cost: €45
Contact: An Gáirdín: 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com or www.angairdin.com


Portumna Community School
Féile Rince Chonnachta: Féile Rince Chonnachta was held in Galway recently. This is a very prestigious Irish Dancing competition where a host of Irish Dancers competes for glory. First year student, Shane Rooney, from Gortanumera, who has been Irish dancing since he was five years of age, achieved tremendous success at the Connaught Championships. He won 21 medals and the Silver Plate for his 4th place ranking in Connaught. Portumna Community School would like to commend this wonderful achievement and we wish him the very best of good luck in all his endeavours in the future. Well done Shane.

Our Schools Got Talent: Congratulations to the acts that got through to the Final of the Our Schools Got Talent competition last Tuesday. The acts were: TY student, Marian Lynch who sang 'The voice within' by Christina Aguilera and 5th year band 'Hips' (David Clarke, Conor Robinson, Jason Coniry & Tom Gleeson) who performed 'By the way' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hard luck to Sarah Fitzpatrick and Maria Kelly who sang 'the man who can't be moved' by The Script.

The Galway Final takes place on Friday, 18th, at 7.30 pm in the Radison Hotel. Tickets are €10 and have to be pre-booked. You can email hipstheband@gmail.com. Also they can be purchased in O'Meara's Supermarket Portumna.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Yes folks the big day is drawing nearer, we will have a Saint Patrick's Day Parade this year. Dust down the floats, get your heads working as there are lots of ideas out there - Rubber Bandits, Elections, Turf Cutting Wars, Pot holes, Emigration, Queens visit in May - the list is endless. The start time is 12.30 from Mart and the parade will take the traditional route through the Town. Shop Window Competition Trophy for best overall decorated window. Perpetual Trophy for overall winner. Registration forms in Post Office. No entry fee, however there will be a donations bucket if participants wish to contribute. Please support and make this a parade to remember.


Portumna Players
The Portumna Players hope to stage Martin McDonaghs classic play "The Cripple of Inismaan" we need actors there is a reading in the Loft next Monday 21st February, Ireland must not be a bad place when we want to do Martin McDonagh Plays. If you are interested come along on the night, you will be very welcome.


Abú Media Success
David Keane, son of Michael Keane and nephew of Liam Keane, Shannon Rd, Portumna had good news over the weekend as his Company Abú Media won Special Irish Language Award for the documentary 1916 Seachtar na Cásca. Some of the scenes were shot in Portumna, they included the Castle and St. Bridget's Church. From an historical sense these documentaries on the leaders of 1916 would be a great learning tool for students studying Irish History at all levels. Well done to all at Abú.


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