27 April 2011

Credit Union Car Draw
Computer Skills Training
Shorelines Arts Festival - Community Arts Exhibition
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Memorial Dance
Woodford Spring Fair
Pilates
Earth Day Gathering
Peregrine Reading - Renowned Authors to Visit Portumna
Galway's Gospel Choir to Perform in St Brigid's Church
Portumna Camogie Club - Clothes Collection
Texas Hold'em - Portumna GAA Fundraiser
Spectators Welcome for Pallas Karting Events
Charity Cycle
First Aid Course
Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Portumna Dog Show Results 2011 in aid of Abalta
St. Bridget's Church - Golden Jubilee Celebration
Handel's Messiah Performance
May Football Madness
Easter in Portumna

Credit Union Car Draw
The Portumna Credit Union held their twice yearly Car Draw on Easter Saturday in their office on St. Patrick's Street. There was 6 names drawn earlier in the week and they were all there for the draw. Six balls were put into the drum and as the numbers were drawn each of the luck participants were given an envelope, only one had the ticket for the Ford Focus. The winner was Mrs Margaret McCoole from Ballyshrule we wish her safe and happy driving into the future.


Computer Skills Training
Do you want to learn computer skills/improve your employment prospects? Training is suitable for beginners and is open to everybody - FETAC certified. Participants will receive from FÁS a training allowance equivalent to their social welfare payment. Contact: South East Galway IRD Ltd., Abbey St., Portumna @ 090-9759092.


Shorelines Arts Festival - Community Arts Exhibition
Preparations for Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna, which takes place this year from Sept. 22nd to 25th, are in full swing. One very exciting item on this years calendars will be the "Community Arts Exhibition" whereby all of the artwork exhibited will be created by members of the various community groups in the town. This exhibition will be a community-led endeavour and also an effort at marketing the many groups that are active in the town. Canvasses are presently being distributed to representatives of the community groups - if you haven't got one, please get in contact with Mark Conroy on 087 3689507 or Noelle Lynskey on 087 2931055. Remember: all artwork must be submitted by May 31st - so get working!


Sign Out Youth Cafe
Sign Out Youth Cafe Sports Day & BBQ: On 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. 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.

Volley Ball at Sign Out All Weather Pitch For All Ages: Want to pass an hour or two meet new people, have fun while increasing your fitness level? Then summer volleyball is for you!! Sign Out Co have recently purchased a volley ball unit and following coaching session with an enthuastic group, volley ball continues every Tuesday from 7pm to 8.30pm for the summer. No previous experience experience necessary, all equipment provided, open to all age groups. Adults €4, Students €2.


Memorial Dance
Anne Patterson Memorial Dance in Town Hall Portumna on Fri. Apr. 29th from 9pm to 12 midnight. Music by Pat & Richie. Admission €10. All proceeds to Galway Hospice.


Woodford Spring Fair
A Spring Fair will take place in Woodford Youth Hall on Sunday 29th May. If you are interested in having a stall at this years event please contact Ann at 086 1542843 for details.


Pilates
Pilates, 6 week course, commencing Tuesday 3rd May 7 pm for beginners, 8pm for Improvers. Or Friday 6th May 10 am for beginners, 11am for Improvers in the Shannon Oaks Hotel Leisure Centre, Portumna. Course Cost €60. Optional swim before / after class €5 per swim, Places limited. Please call Gayle Farrell, Chartered Physiotherapist, 087 218 5283 to reserve a place.


Earth Day Gathering
The 6th Aughty Earth Day Gathering. Slógadh Eachtaí Lough Graney 2011 will take place on Saturday 7th May and registration begins at 9.15. The Aughty Earth Day Gathering is organised each year in a different location by a local group. The event was previously held in Crusheen, Kilchreest /Castledaly, Woodford, Tuamgraney and in 2010 in Gort. The day is informal and is dedicated to hospitality. Everyone is welcome to attend and to share their knowledge and interest in the heritage of the Sliabh Aughty. Mike Feerick will be addressing the gathering on behalf of the Ireland Reaching Out project.

9.15 Registration
10.00 Fáilte - Welcome - Joe Noonan
East Clare Way, from Genesis to an Aughty Walking Festival - Cyril Killeen, Clare Walks Officer
Cuimhneamh an Chláir: Memory & Oral Folklore - Tomas Mac Conmara
Ireland Reaching Out Project - Mike Feerick
Inside Out - Lough Graney Youth Group share their experiences of taking a snapshot in time of this very rural community
12.30 – 1.45 Lunch
Aughty Public Art Projects - Dr. Áine Philips
The Experience of 20 Years of Feakle International Music Festival - Helen Green
How This Place has Shaped Me - Paula Carroll Clare FM interviews fiddle player Martin Hayes

Admission to the whole event is free and number limited so book early! Lunch needs to booked in advance also.
Further enquiries to Mary on 0861078699 or email: slogadheachtai@gmail.com


Peregrine Reading - Renowned Authors to Visit Portumna
With names like John Connolly & Alex Barclay, authors who will read in Portumna on Thursday May 5th, a thriller of an evening is guaranteed. Add to the mix the unmistakable playful voice of Kevin Barry and his City of Bohane and the evening will surely be entertaining also. These three writers will also discuss reading and writing and as part of the Peregrine Readings on tour from the Irish Writers' Centre and Portumna's Arts Group is delighted to host the event.

This is a great opportunity for all the lovers of crime, the voracious reader and the lover of literature to hear writers read their work and share their own words in Portumna John Connolly' s first novel "Every Dead Thing" introduced a well loved character, Charlie Parker to his readers and in Sept 2011, the 10th Parker novel will appear. Alex Barclay blends psychological suspense, multidimensional characters and edgy plot-lines that will have people on the edge of their seats. The newly published and acclaimed novel of Kevin Barry's "The City of Bohane" will bring us well into the 21st century with this futuristic world in the Irish imaginary city of Bohane with its quirks and twists.


Galway's Gospel Choir to Perform in St Brigid's Church
Friday, May 6th, a concert with Galway's Gospel Choir will take place in St Brigid's Church, Portumna at 8.30pm. This concert, promoted by Portumna Arts Group, will also feature Portumna's local Vocal Group, Omna, under the baton of Marie Power.

The aim of Galway's Gospel Choir is to bring together people of different ages and cultures from Galway city and its environs, through the medium of novel music and to allow people the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a warm and welcoming environment. The Galway Gospel Choir actively tours and performs both nationally and internationally and through the years the choir has raised over €10,000 for local charities such as COPE Fairgreen Men's Shelter, Access Music Project, Simon Community, and the Kilcornan Center. They have performed on a number of occasions with the Harlem Gospel Choir, the Celtic Tenors and a range of choirs from around the world. So grab a cushion for comfort and come along to a guaranteed enjoyable one hour performance with a donation of €5 at the door willingly accepted for local charity.


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.


Texas Hold'em - Portumna GAA Fundraiser
Portumna GAA club are holding a Texas Hold'em on Sunday 8th May in O Mearas. Entry fee 40 euros. Registration 2:30pm. No entry after 4pm. 50 per cent pay out. Raffle and finger food on the night. A great evening not to be missed.


Spectators Welcome for Pallas Karting Events
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.


Charity Cycle
Looking for the cycle of a lifetime. The Ras are holding a charity cycle in aid of Goal and the Irish Cancer society from 22nd to 29th May. Over 500 GAA legends are taking part including our own local legend Ollie Canning. Portumna GAA club are hosting the cyclists on 22nd May. Ras are trying to get as many Galway cyclists to do the stage so anyone who would like to enter are more than welcome.


First Aid Course
A 3 day level 5 first aid course will be held in Portumna on May 28th and 29th also on the 11th June. Places limited confirmation by 30th of April phone Fidelma Gordon on 086 315 8544.


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 Dog Show Results 2011 in aid of Abalta
Puppy Under 12 Months: 1st Poraic Holohan Ballinasloe, 2nd Dave Connaughton, Kilcahill, Galway, 3rd Ola Mroz Portumna
Any Variety Spaniel: 1st Katherina O'Donnell Tuam, 2nd Poraic Holohan, Ballinasloe, 3rd Nessa O'Brien, Terryglass
Collies: 1st Belinda McGreal, Galway, 2nd Pat O'Donnell, Gort, 3rd Emma Harris Loughrea
Labradors/Retrievers: 1st Poraic Burke Ballinasloe, 2nd Laura Rigney Tuam, 3rd Patrick Heavy Athenry
Pointers: 1st P.J. Clarke, Tuam, 2nd Kieran McClearn, Portumna, 3rd Martin Fallon Tuam
Terrier: 1st Dolores Rigney, Tuam, 2nd Mona Goode, Laurencetawn, 3rd Meave Bolger Roscrea
Jack Russell: 1st Leagh Lawless Portumna, 2nd Gina White Nenagh, 3rd Helena Horrigan Portumna

Supreme Champion: Adam Egan, Claregalway
Reserve Champion: Grace Rooney, Tuam

Thanks to all our sponsors: Paws & Claws Grooming Banagher, Portumna Vet Clinic, O'Meara's Supervalu, Lyons Trophy & Gift Shop, Maddens Communications, Foods of Athenry.

Thanks to the Portumna Red Cross for the Medical personnel provided for the event and all other who helped out on the day.


St. Bridget's Church - Golden Jubilee Celebration
St. Bridget's Church Portumna celebrates it's Golden Jubilee next Sunday. The Bishop of Clonfert Dr. John Kirby will be in attendane. It is hoped that people who were there on the day it was officially open in May 1961 will come for the Anniversary Mass at 11am Sunday 1st May.


Handel's Messiah Performance
Handel's Messiah by "Occasional Singers" Dublin Choral Society in Meelick Church, Eyrecourt, Co Galway May 14th 7.30pm Tickets €25 - all proceeds to Cancer Care West and Galway Hospice. Contact Martin at 086 8898554 for tickets or further information.


May Football Madness
The month of May makes men do strange things, well next week we have the over 40s soccer team Vs the youths soccer team, its like Eric Cantonas taking on the Lionel Messi's at Portumna Socer Pitch 11am Bank Holiday Monday, not to be missed.


Easter in Portumna
As the song says "It's summertime and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high" with the exception of the cotton it was summertime at Easter in Portumna - well it felt like Summer. The Marina was full of Camper Vans and by their own admission it is the best unofficial site in the Country-a view of Lough Derg that you would see in John Hinde Postcards, the Forest Park at your back door, fishing on your doorstep, golf, walks, restaurants we have it all. What we really need now is a serviced Caravan site close to the Shannon, nowhere else will do. People going to that place from the beginning developed this site at the Marina. It's a little bit of Paradise; lets carry it to the next stage. With tourism on the wane it's imperative that Portumna do not let this opportunity of making it one of the envied locations for Camper Van users.


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