25 May 2011

Aileen Doyle - The Toronto Rose
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Book Group
Blood Donor Clinic
GAA School Visits
Portumna Bingo
Killimor Music Festival
Water Safety Week
An Rás
Davitts Camogie Club
The Local Bus
Woodford Spring Fair
Gortanumera Group Water Scheme A.G.M.
North Tippeary Hospice Fundraiser
Cemetery Masses
Portumna on Facebook

Aileen Doyle - The Toronto Rose
On Sat. (May 14th) Edward and Therese Doyle's daughter Aileen was crowned the Toronto Rose of Tralee and will be representing Toronto at the Rose of Tralee Regional Final in Portlaoise on Thursday June 2 to Tuesday June 7th and hopefully at the Finals in Tralee in August. We are very proud of our daughter and hope the she will get the support of everyone from the Portumna region say both parents. She is particularly grateful to her Granny, Peg Doyle, who first suggested that she enter the pageant.

The last Rose hopeful we had from this area was Ruth Smith back in 2001 (She should have won). Here is the trail that Aileen and her family took to get to Portlaoise and hopefully Tralee.

As for the Toronto Rose of Tralee competition, it began on Sat. May 7th with a full-day meet and greet between the Rose staff, the judges, and the contestants. A week later on Sat. May 14 the day began with one-on-one interviews with the contestants, which had been reduced to six, by the judges. The gala took place that evening, at the Inn on the Park in Toronto, with a full Irish night of entertainment, interviewing of the contestants on stage, and the announcement of the 2011 Toronto Rose of Tralee. Edward and Therese were very proud when Aileen's name was announced. She received fabulous prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to Portlaoise in June, a $3000 clothing budget, a custom-made dress, a designer hat, jewellery, and the opportunity to represent Toronto as the Toronto Rose for the next year. This will include attendance at many of the events organized in the area by the Irish community. The next phase is the Regional competition in early June. If she is chosen in Portlaoise, Aileen will progress to the Rose of Tralee festival in Tralee in August. Edward & Therese intend to be home in June for the Regional final. They hope to see lots of family and friends who might attend. However we understand that tickets are selling quickly so anyone interested should buy soon.

Twenty-five year old Aileen works as a Communications Coordinator for the organization Journalists for Human Rights. Fluent in French, Aileen completed a Bilingual Bachelor of Political Science degree at the University of Ottawa. While in University Aileen spent a year studying at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she simultaneously worked as a language assistant with the French Ministry of Education. An avid snowboarder, she enjoys staying active with yoga, swimming, running, biking and has completed five half marathons and two triathlons.

She has won singing competitions, performed in many plays and theatre productions and also enjoys film acting. Future goals and ambitions for Aileen include writing a novel, travelling to every continent, pursuing her dreams of performing and learning Spanish. Her father Edward Doyle comes from Portumna and her mother Therese Doyle is from Kilrush, Co. Clare. Edward has 2 brothers Joe and Alan and a Sister Ethal living in County Galway, his Father was the late Joe Doyle.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Our members were devastated by the death of our much loved member Frieda Shaughnessy. As a mark of respect we decided to cancel our Bealtaine celebration night until the second Thursday in June.

We would like to thank the National monuments and the kitchen garden staff for sponsoring a Bealtaine planting ceremony in Portumna castle with afternoon tea and music by Brien and Jo. Our members planted a corner bed of herbaceous plants and roses with a Laburnum tree. The members felt it would be a living tribute to remind us of our recently deceased members, especially as both Frieda and Ann loved the outdoors.

Sunday the 29th May is our Bealtaine choir celebration with the help of our local Omna choir, and scout and beaver groups at the Shannon. All around Ireland similar groups will be meeting and singing at water venues on this date.


Portumna Book Group
On Saturday 21st May, Portumna was well represented at Dessie Kenny's first ever Book Group Day, in Kenny's Bookstore and Art Gallery in the Liosban Estate in Galway. Groups from Ennis, Ballinasloe, Ballybane, Galway's Castle Book Club and elsewhere turned up for a great book session, including presentations by each book group (Home by Marilynn Robinson was Portumna Book Group's choice), a discussion with first-time novelist Anne McCabe, Des Kenny and Novelist and Playwright, Paul Soye and a presentation by Eileen Evans of the Flying Book Club, a new Dublin-based venture, centred on literature.

A picnic-style lunch was provided by the Western Alzheimer's Society, with donations going to this worthy cause, whose president gave us a brief outline of the work they do in the west of Ireland. Finally, there was a literary quiz, with Dessie Kenny testing the groups by firing questions– 100 in all – at them in lickety-split time, and the winners of the very generous book hamper were none other than your own Portumna Book Group, represented by Shane Duffy, Margaret Hickey and Noelle Lynskey. Anyone interested in joining our dynamic reading group, which meets one Monday per month, should inquire in Portumna Library. All are welcome!


Blood Donor Clinic
Irish Blood Transfusion Board Blood Donor Clinic will be in the Shannon Oaks, Portumna on Tue. May 31st from 3pm to 4.45pm & 7pm to 9.30pm. Help ensure Essential Blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.


GAA School Visits
Tynagh and Portumna National Schools had the honour of hosting the President of the GAA, Mr. Christy Cooney on Tuesday 17th May. He travelled to the schools with other GAA representatives including county hurler Damien Hayes. This was to coincide with the Feile na nGael competition that will be held in the area in June. There was an air of excitement around the schools on the day and the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Both schools performed a range of songs 'as gaeilge' and a display of hurling skills for the President.


Portumna Bingo
Portumna Bingo Jackpot now stands at €2,500.00 this Saturday night at 8.30pm in the Town Hall. Come and join in the fun!


Killimor Music Festival
3rd - 5th June. All musicians welcome. Sat 4th June Art & Crafts fair from 12noon - 4pm. Sunday 5th June Family Day 1pm - 5pm. On Saturday 4th June. Killimor are offering you the opportunity to display/sell your goods/services/arts & crafts for a small fee. Contact Sharon at 087-1499786.


Water Safety Week
Portumna water safety week (swim week) will be held July 11th -17th. All levels and ages welcome. Contact Sighle Burke 087-6774734 or Emer Durkin 087-3165991.


An Rás
The long awaited Rás jetted into Portumna last Sunday at about 4pm. The main street was lined with onlookers; An Post the main sponsor of the event had Buntings, T Shirts, Balloons, Flags, Bicycles you can purchase under the Cycle to Work scheme, all the products that are available to the public via An Post. The finish line was opposite the Towns Square where it extended from one side of the road to the other also there was a Camera to check all the riders as they passed.

To give the day that special touch the route to the finish line from the Bridge Road was adorned with Old Bicycles thanks to Michael Molamphy Metal Work Teacher at Portumna Community School and the Students of the School; the ideas that they came up with for the old bikes was mind boggling, they were painted and had different pieces of equipment hanging out of them, one of the bikes had a keyboard on the handlebars and a scanner attached to its carrier another had a clothesline tied to the back wheel they added to the spirit of the day.

The Junior Chamber was instrumental in getting the Rás to stop over in Portumna, so also was the Shannon Oaks Hotel under the management of Mr Karl Reindhart. The local Portumna Rose Martha Gorman presented the winners with Bouquets of Flowers. Mr Tony Williams Chairperson of the local Chamber of Commerce praised the organizers of the Rás and explained what Portumna had to offer the many tourists that visit the area, he also thanked everyone for coming out in such large numbers to welcome the Competitors. A special thanks to Mr Dan Lynch and Lilly Forbes Foulger who were the people on the ground organizing the Rás from the Portumna end and making sure things ran smoothly on the Day.

Thankfully the weather held up for the Race. Ollie Canning our local Hurling hero completed the first stage of the event fom Dunboyne to Portumna the money he raised will go to Goal and Cancer Care West. On Monday morning at 10.40 all 170 cyclists and their entourage did a circuit of the Town as a gesture of thanks to Portumna, the main street was packed with enthusiasts and students who saw them off as they started there long cycle to Kilrush via the Corkscrew Hills from the same spot they finished the day previous. It was a very colorful Monday in Portumna despite the strong wind. Well done to all the organizers for a magnificent weekend.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts u14 team qualified for the final of this years feile competition following victory over Turloughmore on a scoreline of 4-2 to 1-4,in an excellent game played last friday evening in Athenry. Every Davitts player from one to fifteen produced an excellent performance on the evening. Scorers on the day were Tara Murphy, Tara Moloney, Ciara Robinson and Sarah Breheony. Davitts now face neighbours and rivals Killimor in the feile final on Sunday June 12th.


The Local Bus
The Local Bus provides 24 services in South & East Galway and is managed by SE Galway IRD. It is part of the National Rural Transport Programme, funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Social Protection. Each month, some 1,700 passengers use the Local Bus. Six services operate in the Portumna area. The services are open to everybody and the Free Travel Pass is accepted. Children aged 3 or under travel free. Some of the services collect people at their door and leave them home again.

In addition to the usual services, the Local Bus has a limited budget in 2011 for the provision of once of services to voluntary organisations in the South & East Galway area. Application forms are available from the IRD.


Woodford Spring Fair
A spring fair will take place in Woodford Youth Hall on Sunday 29th May from 12pm - 4pm. Lots of local Arts, Crafts, local produce and other attractions like model railway, Vintage Ferrari, how to make Corn Dollies and much more. Admission is free and lots of parking nearby.


Gortanumera Group Water Scheme A.G.M.
This important A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday 1st June in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna at 9.30pm. All subscribers are invited and advised to attend.


North Tippeary Hospice Fundraiser
Matt Fogarty lives in Ballinderry, Tipperary, he has a tree farm and is known all over the Country. Matt is holding his annual Dance in Terryglass Hall on Saturday 28th May in aid of North Tipperary Hospice Movement. The time is 9.30pm to 12.30 pm music by Midnight Melodies as always all monies raised will go to the Hospice in Tipperary.


Cemetery Masses
The following are the dates for the Cemetery masses weather permitting - Churchill: Tuesday 14th June at 8pm. Kilaminogue: Thursday 16th June at 8pm. St. Michael's: Monday 20th June at 8pm. Calvery: Tuesday 21st June at 8pm. Please Note: The cemetery maintenance collection will be taken up at the cemetery mass.


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