09 March 2011

Cinemobile Thesis Research Help!
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Portumna GAA Club
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Shannon Oaks Hotel's Wedding Fair & Fashion Show
Portumna Bridge Club
Pub Quiz in aid of Portumna & District Lions Club
Portumna Bingo
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Portumna & Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Portumna Community School
Table Quiz for Gortanumera Development Association
Ireland Reaching Out - Heritage & History Training
Social Dance Classes
An Gairdin - Upcoming Courses
St Patrick's Day Disco and Fun Games for Children
St. Brendan's National School Church Gate Collection
Portumna Camogie Club - Clothes Collection

Cinemobile Thesis Research Help!
Local help is sought in providing information required for a thesis on Cinemobile, the mobile cinema and its Cultural Cinema programming policy. The study is examining the impact of the venture on 4 specific communities and is looking for information from people irrespective of whether they have visited Cinemobile or not. A short survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5677V5C - All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than the statistical requirements of this thesis. Studies such as this are vital to the work of students and also the organisations they research- your help is much appreciated.

For further information please contact Dee Quinn, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. info@filmschool.ie


The Irish Workhouse Centre
All going to plan, the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna will be open to the public for July and August 2011.The basic idea of the Workhouse System was that families in dire poverty could enter the workhouse and work for food, thus avoiding death from starvation.163 workhouses were built in Ireland from 1840 to 1858. This was the single biggest building project undertaken in Ireland ever. The workhouse system was an English solution to an Irish problem. It failed. Portumna Workhouse opened in 1852. It operated as a workhouse from the time it opened until the early part of the twentieth century.

The Portumna Workhouse complex is reasonably intact. All the original main buildings (7) survive. SE Galway IRD approached the Health Service Executive, who own the complex, to see if the site could be developed in a way that would benefit the community. It has been decided to use a number of buildings to house the Irish Workhouse Centre and also to find sustainable uses for the other buildings. For generations, the workhouse was barely spoken about. The voices of the nineteenth century destitute were mainly unrecorded. And so at the Irish Workhouse Centre, the story of life in the workhouse and society at that time will be told. While the workhouse represents the life of the "ordinary folk" at this time, in Portumna, one can also visit the Castle, where the landlord lived and so see both sides of the story.

There is another dimension to the Irish Workhouse Centre. In finding new sustainable uses for old buildings, it is an exciting conservation and redevelopment project. Work carried out on the Project to date includes: the development of a Masterplan; the removal of damaging ivy growth from the buildings; the re-roofing of three buildings and the conservation of 18 original windows. At all times, best conservation practice is adhered to. This work was carried out with the help of Galway Rural Development Ltd., Galway County Council, the Heritage Council and the Department of the Environment. A short documentary was made with the help of the Galway Film Centre and a dedicated project website is currently being prepared. Participants on the Rural Social Scheme are now working on the Project and carrying out great work in clearing out all the buildings and tidying the site in general.

If you would like further information or to get involved in this exciting Project, contact:
Ursula or Eric
The Irish Workhouse Centre
c/o South East Galway IRD , Abbey St., Portumna
Co. Galway
090-9741867
irdsegalway@eircom


Portumna GAA Club
Rose of Tralee Hopefuls: Portumna G.A.A. Club has decided to run a Rose of Portumna competition in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee. This will take place in the Shannon Oaks on Friday 25th March at 8pm. Entry forms will be issued to all business people during the week and the club are hoping that you will come on board and support them by nominating and entering a Rose. The successful Rose in the Portumna heats will go forward to the Galway heats for the Rose of Tralee festival. Cost of entry is €75. Looking forward to your support so girls get the glad rags out and club will provide our handsome and charming hurlers as the escorts.

Under 21s: The under 21's had an unsuccessful first outing in the championship when they went down to Kilconieron in Tynagh on Saturday. Portumna had all the play in the first ten minutes but squandered the chances and it was Kilconieron who struck the first score with a well taken point by Cathal Egan. Ronan Hayes put Portumna on the scorboard with three converted frees and a point from play. Martin Dolphin was the other Portumna player to score from a free. Portumna went in at half time four points down on a scoreline 0-9 0-5.

With all to do in the second half and the wind with them Portumna began to settle, Martin Dolphin put over a point from a free to narrow the gap. From the puck out Owen Treacy intercepted a poor puck out and struck the ball over the bar. Portumna started to come in to the game when Ger Kelly had to be taken off to be given medical attention due to an injury. This was to give Portumna cause for concern as he was having an outstanding game at centre half back. Martin Dolphin who was getting the better of the midfield exchanges with some great high fielding was brought back to cover for Kelly. Martin Dolphin converted four frees and with Kelly returning to the field after receiving the attention he needed Martin was moved up to centre forward in an attempt to try and save the game. Brian Dolphin added to Portumna's score with a well take point. In fairness to Kilconieron they kept the pressure on and went down the field and scored a goal to put distance between the teams again. Unfortunately for Portumna time ran out and they were beaten on a scoreline 0-12 to 1-12. With only three points scored from play Portumna have quite a bit of work to do for their next game, which will probably take place at the week-end.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
The Committee of Portumna & District Active Retirement Association would like to thank all the members who attended the AGM held in the Retirement Village. We have Noelle Lynskey Community Pharmacist talking on Medicine Management this coming Thursday March 10th at 8pm.


Shannon Oaks Hotel's Wedding Fair & Fashion Show
The team from the amazing 'Mystic Force' Professional Dance Show, recently seen on Sky One's Got to Dance, will be performing at the Shannon Oaks Hotel's Wedding Fair & Fashion show, this Sunday 13th March.


Portumna Bridge Club
79 Bridge Club: 1st Mary Connolly & Frances Mc Crory, 2nd Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, Gross Charlie Mullen & Pat Flanagan, 3rd Michael Torpey & Bridget Brereton, 4th Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran

Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results for the 7th Feb. were: 1st Teresa Dillon, Elizabeth Ryan; 2nd Eileen Tuohy, Angela Canning; Gross: Margie & Charlie Mullen; 3rd Geraldine Canning, Conor Finch; 4th Peggy White, Patricia Eames.


Pub Quiz in aid of Portumna & District Lions Club
Pub Quiz. 11th March at 9pm. The Boathouse. Test your knowledge! Prizes and raffle. All proceeds go to the portumna and district lions club.


Portumna Bingo
Portumna bingo this sat night at 8pm in town hall. Jackpot €1,950!


St. Patrick's Day Parade
We are into the final week of preparation for the St. Patrick's Day parade, make sure you make it a special event this year, it's the beginning of the Tourist season so lets showcase to the rest of Ireland what we have to offer in Portumna. Come out and support this wonderful event either by participating in it or as as observer on the street either way you attendance is important.

The Parade takes place on Thursday 17th. March. Registration will take place in the Mart from11.30am. Parade commences at 12.30pm. With your support this years event should be bigger and better than ever. Registration forms are available from the Post Office. Live music on the streets, shop window competition for all the local businesses. There are lots of ideas out there for floats so get your thinking caps on. For further information phone Jim on 087 6411711


Portumna & Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The 2011 Portumna & Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be on the 16th June for 5 nights. Further enquires to Dr. Kay Duddy 090-9742444.


Portumna Community School
Athletics – Track & Field: Congratulations to Niall McIntyre who won Gold in the 800m recently at the Munster Indoor Championships. Also to his brother, Eoin, who came 6th in the 1500m race.

Track & Field Training has now started for the Summer season. Students interested in learning new skills and getting fit and active should consider training in the following events: Discus, Shot Putt, Javelin, Hurdles, High Jump, Hammer and Long Jump. Training Times 4pm – 5pm: Monday – Shot Putt, Discus, Javelin & Hammer only. Tuesday – Long Jump & High Jump only Friday – Hurdles & Sprints only. Only come to the training for the event you are interested in. Athletics hoodies ordered by students have arrived. Once the final €17 is paid they can be collected after school at training.


Table Quiz for Gortanumera Development Association
Table quiz on Friday 18th March in O'Meara's Portumna. First prize €100, second prize €50, students €50. Table of four €10/ea, adult. €5/ea, student.


Ireland Reaching Out - Heritage & History Training
Starting on the 15th March in the Loughrea Spa hotel (free of charge) founded by Galway Rural Development to deliver local heritage, genealogy and folklore training to the parishes of the south-east Galway Diaspora pilot project area. It will run on Tues/Wed evenings until May. Please visit www.irelandxo.com/docs/training.pdf for details of courses/registration or phone 091-842013.


Social Dance Classes
Classes run every Wed night from 8pm-10pm in the community centre Cappataggle. €10 for 2 hours. Learn to jive, old time waltz, foxtrot, quickstep etc. Contact Niall Doorhy Ireland's top social dance instructor at 087-9181863. Great fun and exercise.


An Gairdin - Upcoming Courses
Collecting your Rainwater with Muriel Hayden & Michael O'Rourke. Monday 21st March 7pm – 9pm. Muriel will demonstrate how she has devised her own inexpensive method of saving rainwater. Michael has been equally creative in saving rainwater from his tunnel and from other sources. Given the present phenomenon of water shortage and upcoming water rates, this is a timely workshop. All are welcome. Cost: €15.

Cardio Cookery with Lynda McFarland Thurs 24th March 7pm-9pm. Lynda will demonstrate healthy cookery and nutrition aimed at lowering LDL Cholesterol and balancing Blood Pressure naturally through diet and lifestyle. Cost: €20, includes demo and sampling.

Contact An Gáirdín: 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com www.angairdin.com

St Patrick's Day Disco and Fun Games for Children
A children's disco with fun games will be held on St Patrick's Day, 17th March, in Portumna Town Hall. The fun begins at 3pm until 5pm for children under the age of 8 (this includes toddlers!) Parents can enjoy complimentary coffee/tea and biscuits. A second disco will be held at 5pm until 7pm for the older children age 9 to 12. Fun games will be organised for the younger children and 'new dance moves' taught to the older age group. A shop with light refreshments will be provided. Admission €5 per child.

The funds raised from the two discos will go twords supporting Kate Gibbs, a local student who is travelling to Figi to work voluntarily with the organisation VESA(Volunteer Eco Students Abroad).


St. Brendan's National School Church Gate Collection
The Parents' Association of St. Brendan's National School, Portumna, will be holding their Church Gate Collection on Saturday and Sunday 12/13 March 2011 in Portumna. All proceeds will benefit the School, and in particular will be used for buying equipment for the new School Hall. We thank you for your generosity in advance.

Please contact michealomealoid@gmail.com if you need more information.


Portumna Camogie Club - Clothes Collection
On the 7th May we will have a clothes collection, so would love all your unwanted items, excluding pillows and duvets, any unwanted mobiles also greatly recieved. So start collecting today we will have a collection point shortly in town or please contact Deirdre Mitchell on 087 769 0729 or Christine Greenwood on 087 698 0067 for further information.


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