01 June 2011

Courses in An Gairdin
St. Brendan's National School, Portumna
Killimor Camogie Club
Listing of Portumna Related Facebook Pages
Miss Limerick
Portumna Arts Group
Lunchtime Concert in Portumna Library
Portumna Country Market
Exam Time
Family Fun Day
Sign Out Youth Project AGM
Portumna Bingo - Bank Holiday Bonanza Night
Nearly New Sale of Baby and Toddler Clothes, Equipment and Toys
Portumna Camera Club
Joe Madden Honoured in the States
Portumna on Facebook

Courses in An Gairdin
Salad Production with Dolores Keegan: Wednesday 8th June 10am - 4pm
This day is for those who wish to know how to successfully grow a large range of Salad Crops for you own use or as an economic enterprise. Dolores will cover seed varieties, propagation, spacing, tending, rotations, and diseases. The day will include outdoor and indoor in tunnels.
Cost 45euro Contact 0909741689 or email angairdin1@gmail.com

The Rainforest on our Doorstep with Dr. John Feehan: Saturday 11th June 10am - 4pm
We had a very inspiring, provocative and enjoyable biodiversity day with with Dr. John Feehan on Saturday 21st May. We looked at the Biodiversity crisis and the unique contribution every species makes to the Rainbow of Life on earth. We looked at the importance of Local Biodiversity Action Plans and at how local communities and individuals might contribute. John will be with us again on Saturday 11th June for a more practical day when we will look at the Biodiversity on our Doorstep, concentrating mainly on getting to know the plant life that surrounds us: trees and shrubs, and other flowering plants including grasses. This promises to be another enjoyable day.
Cost: 40 euro. Contact 0909741689 or email angairdin1@gmail.com


St. Brendan's National School, Portumna
Official Opening of New School Hall: St. Brendan's N.S. held the official opening of the new School Hall on St. Brendan's Day, Monday 16th May. Mass was celebrated by Bishop John Kirby and Fr. Lawless and it was based on the theme of St. Brendan.

The stay of St. Brendan and the whale featured in an amazing colourful wall hanging created by the staff and pupils of St. Brendan's. Bishop Kirby spoke of the missionary side of education in educating pupils to full physical strength, the school hall will further this.

Chairman of Board of Management Pierce Joyce named the members of the 3 Boards of Management from 1994 to the present – all of whom dreamed, planned and brought to reality the vision of a school hall for St. Brendan's. The Principal Anne Marie Larkin thanked those involved for providing such a wonderful facility for St. Brendan's.

Bishop Kirby, Former Principal Mary Kilkenny and Board of Management Chairman Pierce Joyce together cut the ribbon to great applause which the pupils sang "This is the Moment we've waited for". There followed music performed by Saoirse M, Anna, Saoirse McC, Michael, Eric, Oisin & Fiona.

Visitation of GAA President: Pupils formed a guard of honour with hurleys on Tuesday 17th May to welcome the visitation of the President of the GAA, Christy Cooney, Chairman of the County Board Gerry Larkin, Chairman of Portumna GAA Damien Coleman, Chairperson of Portumna Camogie Club, Deirdre Mitchell, club players, mentors and officials.

The visit was part of this years Feile na nGael 2011 to be held in Co. Galway in June. Steve Grogan of Bus Eireann presented a kit bag containing sliothars, cones, water bottles and bibs to the Principal. Eimear Walsh & Eric Flaherty welcomed the visitors and presented Christy Cooney with the book Hearts of Oak by John Joe Conwell – a history of Portumna GAA in memory of his visit to St. Brendan's National School, Portumna.

Uachtarain Cumann Luthchleas Gael Christy Cooney then threw in the sliothar to start a game of hurling.


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club enjoyed launch night of new set of jerseys for the Senior panel last Friday night in Duffys Killimor. Mr Eugene Duffy presented the jerseys to senior team players Brenda Hanney and Eimer Haverty.

DVD's of the All Ireland Club semi final and final as well as a CD of locally penned Killimor songs and a hurley with players photo laminated on it are available from Club Officers.


Listing of Portumna Related Facebook Pages
Mark Conroy from Portumna's A Design For Life web design agency has started a project to curate a listing of all Facebook pages from groups, clubs, organisations, businesses, and public figures and personalities to make it easier for these people to link up and network. A provisional list is available at www.adesignforlife.net/portumna-facebook-pages - if you are not listed there, email Mark at info@adesignforlife.net with a link to your Facebook page and you will be added. Alternatively, you can call Mark on 087 3689507.

Following this, a listing of all Portumna Google Maps listings will be curated.


Miss Limerick
Kellie McGrath, daughter of Doris Claffey of Dominic Street Portumna and Noel McGrath native of Oola Co. Limerick was crowned Miss Limerick 2011 at the glittering gala event at the Strand Hotel in Limerick last week. Kellie is studying Public Administration at the University of Limerick has her sights on becoming a Primary School Teacher. Last year Kellie was crowned Miss SPIN South West runner up in the same beauty pageant. Kellie was immediately signed to the books of Celia Holman Lee Model Agency. She will now go forward to compete in the Miss Ireland on June 10th in the Burlington in Dublin. Kellie's grandfather is Gerald Claffey who presently lives in Dominick Street.


Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group invites all local artists, writers, photographers, painters,sculptors, sketchers, songwriters, composers, poets, weavers, bards and creative minds on a morning tour of Portumna's reopened Workhouse as part of Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival. Ideas will be shared, lines written, photos taken, sketches drawn in order to obtain a collaborative piece for an Autumn Exhibition. Be part of the past with a view to the future with Portumna Arts Group. Contact 087 2931055 for further information


Lunchtime Concert in Portumna Library
The Galway Music Residency is pleased to sponsor a free lunchtime concert in Portumna Library at 1pm on Monday 13th June. This will feature ConTempo String Quartet. Portumna Arts Group welcomes this group back to Portumna where they will also facilitate a workshop in Portumna's Primary School. This concert will feature classical music at its best and all lovers of strings, classical music and live performances are encouraged to support. So enjoy a lunchtime with a classical twist on our own doorstep!


Portumna Country Market
Monthly tea/coffee corner at the market on Friday 3rd June proceeds to Galway Hospice. As well as the tea and chat you can purchase a wide variety of freshly baked cakes, organically grown vegetables and lots more.


Exam Time
We wish all the Junior and Leaving Cert Students in Portumna Community College all the best in in their upcoming exams.


Family Fun Day
It's all go at the moment as the Lions Club bring The Mad Hatters Tea Party to Portumna!! A Family Fun Day with Bouncy Castle, make your own hat competition, face painting, nail art, Teddy Bears picnic, storytelling, races and lots more. Sunday 5th June 2011, Shannon Oaks Hotel. Watch out for posters


Sign Out Youth Project AGM
Sign Out Youth Co will hold their AGM on Wednesday June 8th in Sigh Out Youth Cafe at 8pm. All welcome to attend.


Portumna Bingo - Bank Holiday Bonanza Night
Bank Holiday Bonanza Night on Sat 5th June at 8.30 in Town Hall Portumna. Spot Prizes, Free Sheet and great fun for all the family. A big thank you to all our dedicated bingo players and volunteers for continued support and we look forward to seeing some new faces on the night.


Nearly New Sale of Baby and Toddler Clothes, Equipment and Toys
A Nearly New Sale of Baby and Toddler clothes, equipment and toys takes places on Saturday the 11th June from 11 - 4 pm in Acorn to Oak Community Childcare Centre Portumna. This is a novel idea and a great way to clear your attic and make some money in the process. All you need do is contact Ann on 086 2051348 or Hannah on 087 9205630. Come and collect your sellers pack before Tuesday 7th and we in turn will sell your goods.


Portumna Camera Club
The Portumna Camera Club website is officially online. You can view it on www.portumnacameraclub.com thanks to Keith Harris a new and welcome member to the club. So far Keith has received six links to members flickr accounts which is great and when you have your account ready to be added you can either forward it to the website address, through the contact form on the website, or by emailing Keith directly (my email is on the site for a short time.) or you can simply add Keith as a contact in flickr and he will get it from there. For those of you that decide to use photobucket then ill need your home page link emailed to me. For both flickr and photobucket Keith has added tutorials to the info section of the website that will help with the set up. In the members gallery section on the website you will see that a number members names are added he will be adding all members over the next week or so.


Joe Madden Honoured in the States
Over the years many people have left our shores to make a life in America, some made it to the White House others were content to work hard and make a living for themselves and go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of daily life in New York or whatever city they chose to live in.

Two young men who decided that they would leave their mark on the Irish Music scene were Mike Rafferty from Ballinakill and Joe Madden from Portumna. Rafferty left for the States in the late 40s, Madden ten years later. Mike won a National Heritage Award last September for his national contributions to Irish music in America, was also a close friend of the late Joe Madden's for 50 years, sharing the immigrant life of good times and hard times. It's a testament to these to great musicians that both of their daughters Mary Rafferty and Joanie Madden played in the Irish traditional ensemble "Cherish the Ladies", Mary played with them for 8 years and Joanie is the present leader of the group.

Two weeks ago to honour the memory of Joe Madden, Joanie's Father, a symbolic renaming ceremony took place in Bogota, New Jersey at a Comhaltas Ceili. For 18 years the Bergen County branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann was named in honor of its founder musician, Mike Rafferty from Ballinakill. Terry Rafferty, Mike's wife, asked the New Jersey branch to add the name of Joe Madden to its official title, "reuniting" the best friends once again in a meaningful way that looked to the future as well as the past. The new union symbolizing an old one was truly christened by the musicians on stage that assembled to play for the dancers and to honor Mike Rafferty and Joe Madden. They produced outstanding and beautiful music to dance and listen to.

Joe Madden passed away in November of 2008, and has been mourned ever since, leaving a large void in the hearts of music session lovers, though his larger than life personality would never be forgotten. Part of the healing process began last summer when Joanie lovingly produced their last joint project together, the CD "A Galway Afternoon", capturing a recording session on Joe's last trip to Ireland. The torch had been passed tune by tune over the years, and the flame will burn brightly for many years to come as we remember two lads from East Galway who gave us so much. Joanie and her band are due in Ireland later in the summer, hopefully she will be in Portumna to play a tune or two as well.

Last year was the 25th Anniversary of Cherish the Ladies as a professional touring band, last year Joanie was awarded a "Walk of Fame" street sign and honor. This year came the Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing both the success and contributions of diverse immigrant groups awarded to her three weeks ago on Ellis Island itself.


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