13 April 2011

Further Progress on the Development of the Irish Workhouse Centre
'Come Dine with Us' – Portumna's Guess-taurant
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Ireland Reaching Out Project Update Meeting
Pallas Karting
Portumna Bingo
Rose of Tralee Escort
Portumna GAA
Easter Cake Sale and Raffle
Portumna Tidy Towns
Women's Flora Mini Marathon - Dublin
Davitts Camogie Club
Sliabh Aughty Drama Group
Dog Show
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Fashion Show - Portumna Camogie Club Fundraiser
An Gairdin - Making Your Own Compost
Easter Entertainment with the Country Legends
Portumna Junior Golf

Further Progress on the Development of the Irish Workhouse Centre
As well as telling the story of the Irish Workhouse, the rejuvenation of Portumna Workhouse is an exciting conservation and redevelopment project. On March 23rd, a group of people experienced in conservation and in re-using old buildings, met at the Portumna Workhouse to discuss the various conservation and re-development issues with the project promoters South East Galway IRD.

Those present included Colm Murray, architect with the Heritage Council, Edward Byrne from the Traditional Lime Company, Mairin Doddy, Architectural Conservation Officer with Galway County Council, Dermot Nolan, Conservation Engineer and a team from Solearth Ecological Architects. This was an interesting and useful day. South East Galway IRD is committed to adhering to best conservation practice and is also committed to ensuring that new interventions are as ecologically sound as is practical.

There was also good news on the financial front for the project, with the Heritage Council allocating grant aid to assist with the re-roofing of the infirmary building. Also Galway Rural Development Ltd. is providing financial assistance with the preparation of a services and energy efficiency report. Participants on the Rural Social Scheme continue to work on the project.

All going to plan, it is hoped that the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna will be open for July and August of this year. Anybody requiring further information about the project can contact Ursula or Eric at SE Galway IRD, Abbey St. Portumna tel: 090-9741867.


'Come Dine with Us' – Portumna's Guess-taurant
'Come Dine with Us' promises to be a unique gourmet and social experience, and will see Portumna's food lovers gather in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Sunday 15th May for a night of great food, fun and entertainment along with lots of surprises and revelations on the night.

The evening starts with a wine reception from 7.30pm in the newly refurbished Castle Suite. Diners will be invited to take their seats at 7.45pm for a three course meal cooked by 'Secret Chefs' (people known within the community), who will have the opportunity to share their culinary skills with a dish of their choice. Guests will be assigned a table where they will be welcomed by their host. No two tables will have the same menu, the variety of food on the night alone will keep the guests guessing, with 13 different dishes being served. After each course diners move to a new table, for a new experience. Opportunities to guess the 'Secret Chefs' will be on display around the town and on the night.

Proceeds go to Portumna Sign Out Youth Project and Portumna and District Lions Club. Tickets for this unique culinary experience are limited to 130 and cost only €20 and can be purchased from Palmerston Store, Ladies Day, Susan Royston or from 087 6779267. Tickets must be purchased before the event.


Sign Out Youth Cafe
Volley Ball Coaching: Volley Ball coaching will take place on Sign Out All Weather Pitch on Thursday 21st April from 7pm to 8.30pm. Coaching is for one evening only and is open to both adults and young people. For further information contact Susan 087 6779267.

Young Mental Health Ireland/Comhairle na nOg Conference: The second Annual Conference of Young Mental Health Ire is scheduled to take place on Wed 27th April at Glasson Golf & Country Club, Athlone. Delegates are invited to this special day dedicated to young people who wish to engage with and understand the importance of maintaining good mental health. Expenses incurred will be covered for those who would like to attend. To register your interest please contact Susan on 087 6779267.

Table Quiz: Good Friday Table Quiz will take place in Portumna Town Hall on Good Friday 22nd April @ 8pm. Tables of 4: Adults €40, Students €20. Proceeds in aid of Sign Out Youth Project to cover annual insurance.

Sign Out Youth Cafe Sports Day: Mon May 2nd - Mixed teams of 5 – 3 males and 2 females will compete in 4 out of 5 challanges: volleyball, pool, table tennis, WII console and caman abu/soccer. Live music and sizzling BBQ throughout the day. Open to all second level students. Teams from as far away as Carraroe and Oughterard are registered. Registration forms available in Signout, completed registration forms can be dropped in the letter box anytime. All teams must be registered before 10am on the day. Entry €25 per team. For further information contact Susan 087 6779267 or Tony 086 2051346.


Ireland Reaching Out Project Update Meeting
We are pleased to announce that the next Ireland Reaching Out Project Update Meeting will be held at the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna on Tuesday April 19th next at 8.30pm.

At this meeting, presentations will be made relating to preparations for the Ireland Reaching Out "Week of Welcomes" (June 26th – July 2nd). Included also will be progress reports from a number of parishes from throughout South-East Galway we have not heard from at previous meetings. Considerable progress relating to the Week of Welcomes publicity has been made and it is imperative that all parishes involved are well represented on the night. Please come early to meet and mingle with other project teams. Refreshments will be served before and after the event.

All are welcome and new participants are particularly encouraged to attend. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce new parish team members to the project. Looking forward to seeing you there! Further details from info@irelandxo.org or (091) 842013.


Pallas Karting
On Sunday May 8th we are holding a round of the National Karting Championship and Sunday June 18th June the All Ireland Karting Championship as we always do, over 100mph average speeds at Europe's Largest Karting Centre (another thing for the area to be proud of). It is free for spectators and everyone needs a bit of free entertainment these days.


Portumna Bingo
Portumna Town Hall Saturday 16th April at 8.30pm. Prizes, Raffles and lot's of EGGS!!! Come and Join in the fun. Jackpot €2,200.00


Rose of Tralee Escort
Congrats to John O' Meara, son of Donie and Marie O' Meara, who won the title of Galway Escort 2011 last Saturday night. John was interviewed leading up to the final selection in the Shearwater Ballinasloe beat off competition from all over Galway. John has now earned a spot in the Rose of Tralee in August. Best of luck to him in the competition.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth 3000 euros. The numbers drawn were 2 12 14 26. One person matched three numbers Aine Ryan. She receives 100 euros. This Sat nights lotto is worth 3100 euros.

Junior A: The junior A team had a good start to their league campaign when they narrowly defeated Kiltormer last Sunday on a scoreline 2-11 - 2-10.

Texas Holde'm: The club are running a Texas Holde'm on Sunday 8th May in O Mearas. Entry fee 40 euros. Registration 2:30 pm. 50% pay out.Raffle and finger food on the night. A great evening not to be missed. Tickets can be purchased off any of the Club Officers or off the committee.

Club Day: Connacht G.A.A. has secured a club day for Galway hurling as part of the Go Games programme at Headquarters on 28th April. Portumna u12 team has been invited to attend. This is a great honour for our young players who have the chance of playing in Croke Park. The club is taking 24 players and four mentors to Dublin on that day. The club will also organize a bus for parents who would like to see their child playing in Croke Park. Anyone interested could they please contact the juvenile secretary Yvonne Muldoon on 087 9354951 for travel details and cost A.S.A.P.


Easter Cake Sale and Raffle
Easter Cake Sale and Easter Raffle, Sat 16th 8pm and Sun. 17th at 11am in Portumna Day Care Centre. Come and join us for a free cuppa and a chat!! All Proceeds to Portumna & District Lions Club.


Portumna Tidy Towns
We are out there at the moment getting ready for the new season and cleaning up around the area. We are looking for people to help us so if you are interested please contact Marie 087-2358585 or Emer 087-3165991. Also we would ask that if there are any litter black spots in the town please let us know.


Women's Flora Mini Marathon - Dublin
Any Lady interested in taking part in the mini marathon please contact Rosaleen at 087-9777963 or Aggie 087-6873563.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts u14 team got their Feile campaign off to a great start with a victory over Craughwell on Tuesdy last. This was a tough encounter but Daviits emerged victors on a scoreline of four points to one point. Davitts scorers on the day were Tara Moloney and Tara Murphy.

The club be collecting bags of unwanted Clothes, Bedlinen, shoes etc at the club house in Duniry on Saturday 16th April between 10-12.30pm . All contributions are greatly appreciated.


Sliabh Aughty Drama Group
Sliabh Aughty Drama Group - calling all actors, actresses, wannabe actors and actresses, or if you fancy a bit of fun, meet new people or a change of the same old life we need you. We are holding an open night of one-act play readings with the intention of producing 2 plays in June. Come along on Tue 12th Apr at 8.30pm in Mountshannon Hotel.


Dog Show
In the Castle grounds Portumna on the 17th April at 1pm. Entry fee €4. Judging will commence @ 1:00pm sharp. All dogs to be kept on lead. Event held at castle grounds. Contact Patricia Coniry @ 0878529719 for further details. There are numerous categories from puppies under 12 months to any variety of Spaniel to Labradors the list is endless.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Members please take note immediately after Easter; we are planning a lovely trip to Mountshannon and Holy Island, with a meal and music entertainment afterwards. Please contact Eileen Whyte or Mary Fahy to book a seat and for further details before Easter. Holy Thursday and 28th of April there will be no meetings, as we would like members to support the special Ann Patterson memorial tea dance on the 29th from 9 to 12 o'clock in Portumna town Hall in memory of our dear member Ann and in aid of Galway Hospice. Music will be by Pat and Ritchie.


Fashion Show - Portumna Camogie Club Fundraiser
Portumna Camogie club is organising a Fashion show in the Shannon Oaks hotel on April the 14th starting at 8 sharp. Lots of ladies fashion including the award winning designer Marion Murphy Cooney who will be showing her wear on the night.


An Gairdin - Making Your Own Compost
An Gáirdín will be hosting a morning workshop in Making Your Own Compost on Saturday April 21st with Kieran Hickland. By following a few simple basic rules Kieran will show you that it is possible to turn your kitchen/garden waster into rich compost/fertiliser. If you are having difficulty with composting, this is your opportunity to learn once and for all. A very significant activity for the well-being of Earth as well as a money saver.

Contact An Gáirdín on 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com to book. Cost:€10


Easter Entertainment with the Country Legends
The Shannon Oaks Hotel is the place to be Easter weekend, starting on Holy Thursday 21st April to easter Monday the Country Legends will play each evening with a different line up for every night. The highlight of the event for Portumna people will be Easter Sunday night dance, when the one and only Mike Denver and his band will play from 11.45pm to 2am.

The list of stars includes a whos who from the Country scene. Such names as Brendan Shine, Frankie McBride, Gloria, T.R.Dallas, Roly Daniels, Philomena Begley, Larry Cunningham, the list goes on. If you want an Easter to remember come to Portumna.

There will be tickets available on the night so come early to avoid disappointment.


Portumna Junior Golf
This year the Junior Convenors at Portumna Golf Club are building up the very successful Golf Academy from scratch. In order to be included in this new venture there is a registration afternoon on Tuesday 19th April from 5pm to 8pm in the clubhouse. If you have a child, boy or girl that may have an interest in playing golf come along that evening and learn more. Juniors still attanding National School can now join for €50. For more info contact 09097 41059 ext 1.


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