29 June 2011

Bachelor of Portumna
Rose of Tralee
Eyrecourt Village Market
Portumna Red Cross
Tree Farm and Nursery Open Day
Table Quiz
Portumna Camogie Club Feile 2011
Portumna Arts Group - Tour of Workhouse
Portumna GAA
Soccer Coaching
Job Vacancy
Junior Beach Party
Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival

Bachelor of Portumna
The 2011 Bachelor of Portumna was crowned on Saturday night after a terrific nights entertainment in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. MC for the night was Michael Brady who is more accustomed to talking to animals, but nevertheless he excelled while interviewing the 13 cheerful contestants. The standard of performance from the Bachelors was wonderful, with singing, dancing, joke telling and even one bending a pipe into the shape of a heart. But if you ask most people they will have enjoyed the hilarious stories most, it really was a night filled with belly laughs and rapturous applause. It was a night where any number of the Bachelors could have won, yet there was one stand out performer whose overall "act" was the highlight of the night. From the minute he waltzed onto the stage he had the crowd in tears of laughter, with great stories and hilarious mannerisms and he was a very deserving winner. Congratulations to Mr. Patsy Fogarty on a fantastic win and may he have "many, many" great nights out on the back of this life changing triumph.


Rose of Tralee
Aileen Doyle, whose father Edward Doyle is from Portumna, was one of 23 Roses chosen at the Rose of Tralee Regional Final in Portlaoise to progress to the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee in August. These Roses will be joined by six additional international and three additional Irish Roses to make a total of 32 Roses who will take part in the Tralee Festival. The Regional Final took place in Portlaoise from the 2nd to the 6th of June and all the Roses enjoyed a busy schedule that included a reception at Civic Plaza with the Mayor, a vintage car rally, visits to several local attractions, and evenings at several local hot spots. Aileen had a wonderful time and enjoyed the support of family who travelled from Galway, Offaly, Cork, Roscommon, Clare, and Dublin to see her. She is now preparing for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, which will take begin on August 17th. Events are planned for Dublin, Kildare, Offaly, Galway and Clare before the Roses arrive in Tralee where the Festival itself will take place from August 19th to August 23rd. Aileen is looking forward to what will surely be the experience of her life and is also looking forward to the support she will receive from all over the country from her family and friends.


Eyrecourt Village Market
Eyrecourt was traditionally an important market town in south east Galway. In the 17th Century John Eyre was granted a royal charter to establish a fair and market when setting up the town of Eyrecourt. The Ireland Reaching Out committee in Eyrecourt are organising a market to mark the Week of Welcomes. This will include local foods and crafts, as well as a photographic exhibition from the George Hanlon collection of photographs of the village and surrounds taken in the 1920s and 1930s. The event will take place from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 2nd July in the Market Square.


Portumna Red Cross
The local branch of the Red Cross recently held a presentation night in O,Meara's Restaurant, Portumna. It has been a busy term for training as there were 51 Certificates given out on the night, they were Basic Certs, Intermediate Certs and Critical Illness Stress Management. County Lord Mayor Jimmy McClearn and Portumna Town Mayor Donie O Meara made the presentations. Maura Gorman, Unit Manager, made a presentation to Jimmy McClearn as it was his last official function as County Mayor.


Tree Farm and Nursery Open Day
An open day will take place on Sunday next, July 3rd at Matt Fogarty's tree farm and nursery near Ballinderry, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. It's just 7 miles from Portumna. Matt's Tree Nursery holds a wide range of both native and exotic species and he has visited woods and arboretums around the world, the evidence of which can be seen growing here in Ballinderry. The nursery is situated between Terryglass and Ballinderry close to beautiful Lough Derg. There are over 12 hectares of hardwood trees, hundreds of species, in varying sizes. The Deer and Pheasant run freely here and there are also an abundance of wild fowl living in and around the on-site pond area.

Matt won Farm Forester of the year in 1995 and Amenity Forester of the year in 2000. There are over 12 hectares of different species to be admired and studied: e.g. Walnut, Oak, Copper Beech, and Spanish Chestnut, to Maple, Hornbeam, and the magnificent California Redwood, plus many others in different stages of maturity.


Table Quiz
On Friday, July 1st in Boathouse bar, a Table quiz will take place at 9.30pm. Proceeds will go to Shorelines Arts Festival in September. Tables of 4, Adult-€40/Student €20. Your support is appreciated and spot prizes, fun questions and a good night guaranteed.


Portumna Camogie Club Feile 2011
Feile started on Friday at 12 noon with the Portumna team coming to the clubhouse to welcome St.Kevins of Louth to our homes for the weekend. All players and mentors had lunch together and then had our first match of Feile. Portumna played St Kevins and played very well and won our first match which got us off to a great start. The Feile parade took place that evening and both teams went together on bus and the girls got to know each other. Despite the terrible rain the parade was great and enjoyed by all.

We played our first match on Saturday at 10 but were defeated by a strong Armagh team. But came back strong for our second match and beat Pearses. Sadly did not get any further as we needed to win all 3 matches to go through to semi finals. But all girls done well and we then went to Killimor to cheer on the boys who were unlucky to lose out in their semi final, back to Portumna for a barbeque which both teams and parents enjoyed a great evening.

The club would like to thank all the parents who hosted children in their homes, and helping with food as we had four teams to feed on Saturday, we are thankful to the mentors and parents for doing so much for the teams and the club, as this weekend would not have been such a sucess without their help.


Portumna Arts Group - Tour of Workhouse
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 entitled 'The Silence of Stone and Whispers of Wood'. 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. RSVP 0872931055 or noellelynskey@gmail.com Sat, 2 July, 11am – 1pm at Portumna Workhouse


Portumna GAA
Feile na nGael: Last week-end Toreen the Mayo County Champions travelled to Portumna for Feile na nGael. Our u14 boys played the Mayo champions on Friday beating them on a scoreline 4-2 to 1-2. On Sat both teams travelled to Mullagh where they played the host team and the Antrim champions Kickams Creggan. Portumna played Kickhams in the first game and were beaten on a scoreline 1-5 to 2-4. They then played Mullagh and won 2-4 to 1-2. The fact that three teams ended up on equal points meant that a play off had to take place between the three teams. Portumna beat both teams Mullagh and the Antrim Champs to set them up against Muinebheag of Carlow in the semi final. Unfortunately it his was to be the end of the road for our boys but ye can be proud of youselves and hold your heads up high everyone of ye did what was asked of ye over the week-end ye never gave up and ye did your u14 management and the Club proud.

A big thank you to all the panel for your dedication and to Joe Heagney Sean Treacy Gene Mc Donagh and Ger Moran for their hard work and dedication and who put a lot of work in to getting you to the high standard you played at over the week-end. The club would like to thank all the parents who hosted the Toreen players and for their support throughout the year. It was appreciated. The club would also like to thank the people who decorated their windows showing support for the visiting teams. The week-end ended with a get together in the G.A.A. grounds with a barbaque for all involved which was sponsored by Stronges Bar and to Martin Donoghue for the entertainment on the night and to the boys and girls who displayed their irish dancing.

Minor Team: Our minor team secured two more points in the championship with a very convincing win over near neighbours Kiltormer on Sunday evening.

Engagement: Congratulations to Aidan O Donnell and Catriona Buckley on their recent engagement we wish them luck.

Golf Classic: The G.A.A. Golf Classic will take place on 7th & 8th July. Team sheet available from Micheal in the Golf Club 090 97 41059 or Celia 087 1342148. Please support.


Soccer Coaching
Free Coaching and soccer skills by Power Socer for U5s and upwards, on this Sunday 3rd July from 12 to 1.15 pm at Astro Turf on Shannon Road, Portumna


Job Vacancy
South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. has a job vacancy for an officer administrator and general assistant. The job will include bookkeeping duties and assisting with project work. The ideal applicant will have an interest in local development. This position is full time and is supported under the Community Services Programme. Employment criteria apply. For further details contact: SE Galway IRD, Abbey St. Portumna, Co. Galway. Tel: 090-9741867.


Junior Beach Party
Junior Beach Party Disco in aid of Portumna Scouts will be held in the town hall on Friday July 1st from 6pm-9pm. Admission is €5. Adult supervision provided.


Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival
This year's Great Outdoors Festival that takes place from the 1st to the 3rd of July has lots of exciting events for all ages to enjoy.

The Opening Ceremony takes place in Portumna Castle on Thursday 30th of June and will feature a performance of the show 'Emigrant Eyes' dedicated to the group of returning emigrants who will be in attendance that night as part of the Ireland XO Week of Welcomes.

Friday features the first stage of Portumna Town Football Clubs Soccer Tournament, the Gents Open Singles Competition at the Golf Club and at 8pm Patrick Street will play host to the Street Olympics that will feature relay obstacle races hotly contested by representatives from the Chamber and business community. From 9pm, a table quiz in aid of the arts club will take place in the Boathouse Bar.

There is a lot to choose from on Saturday. The morning begins at the Swimming Area where Diarmuid Lally will be giving giving instruction on watersports, At 12 noon, GAA All Star Joe Canning will be coaching children in hurling skills at Marian Park, while, for those who prefer the arts - an arts and nature painting session for children takes place in An Gairdin at the same time. A fourball team event is ongoing all day on Saturday at the Golf Club while at 11.00 am the Arts Group will host an event called 'The Silence of Stone and Whispers of Wood' at Portumna Workhouse.

The streets of Portumna will come alive to the sound of music on that Saturday afternoon as a busking contest will take place between 3pm-5pm. Throughout the weekend Sr. Ann and Sr. Noreen Lyons of An Gairdin have organised workshop that will be of great interest to those who have an interest in caring for the environment – A Garden Composting Demonstration takes place at 12.00 noon and a DIY Rainwater Harvesting takes place at 3pm.

At 4pm, a barbecue cooking demonstration will take place. Shannon Oaks Head Chef Ron Pfuhlmann will prepare and cook some interesting and simple barbecue dishes at the hotel.
At 8.30pm on Saturday night, all eyes will be on centre stage at the Town Square when the ever popular 'Hot Fuss' band will perform a free outdoor concert.

On Sunday the 3rd, the watersports and golfing events will be taking place all day again. A Fun Run through Portumna Forest Park will take place. It will commence at 1pm at the Castle Marina Car Park. The treasure hunt will take place at 1.30pm from the reception of Shannon Oaks Hotel. A nature tour of An Gairdin of its organic gardens takes place at 2.00pm followed by a nature walk in the Forest Park guided by native woodland specialist Andrew St. Ledger at 3pm. A family fun filled afternoon of angling and activity is promised at Portumna Angling Club, a craft fair will take place all afternoon in the playground area, and at 3pm the Teddy Bear's Picnic will feature a show by the highly acclaimed street entertainers 'The Lords of Strut, balloonists, facepainting, music, Ice Cream Sunday, and music by DJ Sparky.

Murrays Amusements will be in town all weekend and will be open nightly in the car park of the Shannon Oaks Hotel from 7.30pm and from 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


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