06 July 2011

Cinemobile in Portumna
European Karate Championships 2011
Pallas Karting
Portumna GAA
Silver Circle Results
The Irish Workhouse Centre - Open Day
Portumna's Glorious Great Outdoors
Portumna Thinking Caps - Round 3
Portumna GAA's Annual Golf Classic
Ultra Flex Summer Dance Cam
Eucharistic Congress Bell
Junior Golf at Portumna Golf Club
Water Safety Week
Portumna on Facebook

Cinemobile in Portumna
The cinemobile will be located in Portumna from Monday 11th July to Wednesday 13th July.

Tickets: Afternoon - €5.00, Evenings (after 6pm) - €7.00

Monday 11th July
3:00pm - Kung Fu Panda 2, 90 mins (action animation adventure) PG
8:00pm - Bridesmaids, 125 mins (comedy) 16

Tuesday 12th July
3:00pm - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, 99 mins (comedy) G
8:00pm - The Runway, 101 mins (Irish comedy drama) PG

Wednesday 13th July
2:00pm - Kung Fu Panda 2, 90 mins (action animation adventure) PG
4:00pm - X-Men: First Class, 132 mins (action adventure drama) 12A
7:30pm - Bridesmaids, 125 mins (comedy) 16


European Karate Championships 2011
Karen Dolphin, a member of Kiltormer Karate club competed in Kata at the E.K.F. European Karate Championships, which were held in Zurich in Switzerland recently. Karen was one of five top Irish athletes to compete for the Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland at the Championships. Three of their National Coaches accompanied the team one of which is Karen`s own Coach, Marie Dolphin. This was Karen's second time to have competed in the Europeans. Karen is also a member of Itosu Kai Karate & Kobudo Association of Ireland.


Pallas Karting
With the recent VAT changes Pallas Karting is passing on even more discount to you the customer. With 20% off prices above, Monday to Friday & Sunday and 10% of on Saturday.


Portumna GAA
Senior: The Portumna Senior Hurling team qualified to the league semi final after a three point win over Castlegar on Sunday.

Minor: The Minor team had another good win in the championship topping the group with four very convincing wins behind them, this should see them through to the quarter final stages of the competition.

County Players: Well done to Andrew Smith, Joe Canning and Damien Hayes on three great performances against Clare it is great to see that all three players got their names on the score sheet. The club would like to wish them the best of luck when they play Cork at the week-end.


Silver Circle Results
1st prize €150- Tynagh Bingo. €50- Jack Gill. €50- Mike Keane. €25- Teresa Dunne-Walker. €25- Tom O'Connor. Congratulations to all winners. Last draw on Wed 6th July.


The Irish Workhouse Centre - Open Day
The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna will be open to the public on Friday 15th July. There will be a blessing of the complex at 10am followed by a tour and refreshments. All welcome. Admission free on the 15th July. The Centre will remain open 7 days a week until 31st August from 9.30am-6pm. (last admission 5pm) www.irishworkhousecentre.ie 090-9759200


Portumna's Glorious Great Outdoors
The great outdoors was certainly the place to be last weekend with the summer finally arriving as one of the many highlights for Portumna's second Great Outdoors Festival. It also saw the revival of the Street Fun events including the Street Olympics and Busking Competition. The opening night in Portumna Castle was also a night of welcome to Portumna's guests of the Irish Reaching Out Project. Local dancers, musicians, writers and singers staged a very special event on the theme of Emigrant Eyes. Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Tony Williams welcomed all to the event, outlining the importance of the connections to our past. Ciaran Cannon, Junior Education Minister and Michael Feerick of Ireland Reaching Out also spoke about community spirit, pride in our ancestry while Cameo Woods, a San Francisco resident delighted the audience with the discovery of her links to Kilchrist. Coupled with a song of welcome composed by Muirne Hurley Goode and a narrative of words by Noelle Lynskey, the evening wove a musical tapestry of memories for all who attended.

The Street Olympics, a highly contested event where the strength and courage of the representatives of the businesses were lost and won at the wheelie bin or the slippery fish, not to mention the daring feat of hopping over large bales of straw. With determined attempts from Sean Fallon, Eugene McEntee and Martin Dolphin, the final countdown between Michael Goode of Ladies Day and Sylvia O'Rourke of Portumna Retirement Village saw them both cross the finishing line together to the applause and delight of the onlookers.

The sunshine on Saturday saw the town rocking with Buskers of all age groups. From story telling in Mandarin to a one-man band with voice, keyboard, guitar, Ukelele and mouth organ, the judges finally chose Alan Dunne as the winner, with Wagon Wheel and Brian Raftery taking the other prizes. Music flowed again on Saturday night with local band Hot Fuss performing an outdoors gig as the sun set. The day saw happy smiles in Portumna at Joe Canning's Hurling Event, workshops in An Gairdin and the first event in Portumna's Work House since the new lease to IRD.

Sunday saw people out Kayaking with Diarmuid Lally, fishing with Portumna's Angling Club as runners took part in a 10K run in the beautiful Forest Park. A Craft Fair and Teddy Bear's Picnic converted the playground into a fun park for families as Scouts served up old style wafer ice creams; faces were painted, balloons became dogs, toddlers lay out on the puzzlemat, Sign Out supplied the refreshments, music was supplied by DJ Mike and a comic acrobatic performance from "The Lords of Strut". With woodcraft, jewellery, cup cakes and cookies, there were treats for all who basked in Portumna's Great Outdoors.

Portumna Chamber of Commerce Committee appreciates all the support from Business Sponsors to Volunteer Performers; from Portumna Tidy Towns to Portumna Red Cross, from the Garda Siochana to Portumna Fire Station and are grateful to the people who visited the events. To the clubs who organised special events, to the volunteers who helped in any way, to Galway Rural Development and County Council, a very big thank you.


Portumna Thinking Caps - Round 3
Portumna Thinking Caps will hold its third "think-in" in Shannon Oaks Hotel Portumna on Wednesday 20th July at 8:00pm. Stemming from the previous think-ins, the focus of this meeting will be access to and use of (or lack thereof) public amenities, such as the Abbey in Portumna. The meeting will flesh out an approach to encouraging and creating more opportunities for the public to utilize what we own, i.e. public buildings that are maintained through public funds, especially those funded by the OPW. The meeting is free and open to all, and new participants are especially welcome as individuals and also representatives of their respective groups/clubs/businesses.

Time permitting, and also stemming from the last meeting, we will discuss the potential for community gardening in Portumna.

For more details, contact Mark Conroy on 087 3689507 or info@adesignforlife.net.


Portumna GAA's Annual Golf Classic
The club's annual Golf classic will take place in Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 7th July and Friday 8th July. Timesheet is available from Micheal Ryan in the Golf Club 090 97 41059 or from Celia 087 1342148.


Ultra Flex Summer Dance Camp
Ultra flex Summer Dance Camp at Portumna Town Hall, it will consist of Freestyle and Street Dance Workshops also Theatre Craft. Learn to sing, dance and act like the stars, meet new friends and have lots of fun. The camp starts on Monday 18th to Friday 22nd of July. The time is 10.00am to 2.00pm the cost is €65. Ring Kim at 087 7799489. For further details.


Eucharistic Congress Bell
Will arrive in Clonfert diocese at 2.30pm on Monday 11th July. The main focus of attention will be on St. Brendan's cathedral Loughrea, St. Michael's church Ballinasloe & St. Brigid's church Portumna. We need bell carriers on Fri 15th July and Sat 16th July. The bell will arrive at the parish boundary at 4pm on the 15th July. The bell will be leaving Portumna church at 3pm on 16th July to go to Clonfert. This is a very special occasion and you are all invited to take part.


Junior Golf at Portumna Golf Club
The Junior Golf Section of Portumna Golf Club is alive and well. We had 80 Children taking lessons from Gary Madden PGA Professional over the last week. It is hoped that when the lessons are over the club members will bring out the Junior Boys and Girls for a few holes. This will help them to find their bearings and give them confidence to play on their own. The facilities at the club are of a very high standard; we have a Driving Range, Chipping and Putting green down by the magnificent 17th hole and a putting green at the 1st tee.

The committee wishes to thank Pauric Lohan, Ann Cassidy, Mary McElroy, Shane Duffy, Niall Kelly, Sean Cleary, James Porter, Ger Lynch, & Carmel Cunningham for giving of their time without them it would no be possible to hold the lessons.


Water Safety Week
Will be held on 11th -17th July at the Shannon Banks. All ages and levels welcome. Contact Sighle at 087-6774734 or Emer 087-3165991.


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