31 August 2011

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Discover Portumna Public Meeting
Mobile Phone Collection
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
'Cherish the Ladies'
Good Support for Tennis Club in Portumna
Leaving Cert Results
Health Advice - Lipotrim Day
Portumna GAA
Kenpo Karate Classes
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Coffee Morning
Children's Activites at the Shorelines Arts Festival
Irish Workhouse Centre Meeting
Meeting Rooms Available at YouthReach Portumna
Galway Hospice Memorial Walk
Inland Open Water Life Guard Award

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 2nd to Thurs 8th Sept.

The Inbetweeners Movie
The Hangover – Bridesmaids – Now Meet The Inbetweeners! What The Boys and Girls Get up to on Holidays! Best laugh in Years! Simon Bird Blake Harrison Joe Thomas Tamia Kari Lydia Rose Bewlwy Jessica Knappet.
Daily 6:30 9:00 (16)

The Smurfs
All New On The Screen. Voices of Katy Perry Neil Patrick Harris.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

Fright Night
You Can't Run From Evil when it Lives Next Door! Anton Yelchin Colin Farrell Toni Collette.
Daily 6:30 9:00

Spy Kids: All the Time in The World
Small Time Spies – Big time Adventure!. Jessica Alba Joel McHale.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

One Day
Based on the No. 1 International Best Seller! Anne Hathaway Jim Sturgess
Daily 6:30 9:00 (12a)

Mr Poppers Penguins
Jim Carrey – New Family Comedy!
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

Friends With Benefits
Adult Story Over 16s Only! Justin Timberlake Mila Kunis
Sat Sun 9:15 (16)

Final Destination 5
It's Not IF, It's When – A New Terror! Emma Bell Miles Fisher Tony Todd
Fri 9:00 Sat Sun 6:30 Mon to Thurs 9:00 (16)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Great New Adventure Set In Present Day San Francisco. James Frano Tom Felton Frieda Pinto Leah Gibson
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Also Mon to Thurs 6:30 (12a)

www.ormondcineplex.com


Discover Portumna Public Meeting
Over 50 people attended the public meeting about Discover Portumna held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on 24th August where an extensive Q&A Session followed presentations by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland.

It has been agreed to hold Discover Portumna on Sunday the 23rd October. Funded by Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Galway County Council and supported by Portumna Chamber of Commerce, the Discover Day provides an opportunity to showcase everything the area has to offer. The aim is to build local awareness of the strength of local tourism potential and encourage local businesses to link together to promote and sell the tourism assets of Portumna and the area.

The first meeting of businesses interested in co-ordinating the event locally will take place in the Shannon Oaks on Thursday 1 September at 12.30 and will focus initially on gathering activities for the day. Potentially this could include visitor attractions, water activities, arts and crafts, face painting, live music, a historical walking tour of Portumna, boat trips and other land and water activities.

A number of businesses submitted the plans for their activity for Discover Portumna at the public meeting with the remainder of businesses requested to complete the information for their submission by Friday 2 September.

The Discover Portumna initiative is part of a broader campaign to develop and promote Ireland's Lakelands and Inland Waterways, which aims to significantly boost visitor numbers to the Lakeland regions over the next three years.

For further information please contact:
Fáilte Ireland: Tony Dawson Ph: 087 811 9262
Waterways Ireland: Katrina McGirr Ph: 087 9918412
Portumna Chamber of Commerce: Muirne Goode Ph: 086 3136550


Mobile Phone Collection
David & Collette Flaherty are looking for your old mobile phones. Their son Paul who has autism will get an iPad which is good for communication etc. They need to collect 165 phones, and will then send them into Irish Autism Action which is a recognized charity. Check it out on website if you like and there is a list of people registered to collect the phones for the iPad. If people wish to donate their phones you can contact Dave or Colette and they will arrange collection. Just ring 0871373433 or 0879837366. Thanks!


Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show held their official launch for the event, now in its second year to be held on Saturday 17th September. The show has a comprehensive programme of events to cater for all creatures great and small.

There are thirty horse classes with a qualifier for the Gain Colt Foal All Ireland to held at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair later this year. There are four cups up for grabs in the horse section, with the David McDonagh memorial cup being presented to the Champion Horse of Show.

The cattle have fifteen competitions, the most prestigious being the All Ireland export weanling competition for both bulls and heifers, with a prize fund of €1500. The Johnny Howard memorial cup will be presented to the champion Hereford of the show.

The event has a very good home baking and garden produce section and also photography, hand crafts, scarecrow competition and unique invention category. The pet section, which proved very popular, at last years show, will be added to by the inclusion of the All Ireland Donkey Qualifier. The Eyrecourt Country Queen finals will be held to huge local interest as it is a revival of the Carnival Queen, which was last held n 1972. A Tug of War, which is a forerunner to the All Irelands at the Ballinasloe October Fair, will take place in the village Main Street on the evening of the show day.

After last years very successful inaugural show, thanks to our generous sponsors and local good will we are greatly looking forward to Saturday 17th September. Many thanks must also go to the Duffy & Hobbs families for the use of their lands.


'Cherish the Ladies'
The wait is over, September is the month for Music and Art as the internationally renowned Celtic music group Cherish the Ladies are coming to Town on Sunday 11th September for an afternoon concert in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The line is Don Stiffe and 4 times world champion step dancer Declan McHale. It is an afternoon not to be missed. The band leader is Joanie Madden daughter of the late Joe Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirelle Murray, Grainne Murphy, Kathleen Boyle. This is a day out for all the family so caome along and enjoy the afternoon


Good Support for Tennis Club in Portumna
An E.G.M. of Portumna Lawn Tennis Club took place on Monday 22nd of August in the Town Hall. The meeting was very positive and a working committee was co-opted from the floor to help progress our future plans for the club. Some excellent ideas of raising money for the facility were received. Quite a number of the large gathering had represented Portumna Tennis Club when the club was active in the mid 90's. Others felt the project was an extremely worthwhile enterprise which offers to the youth of Portumna an added facility which will enhance sporting skills and fill a vacuum for players who enjoy and actively seek a healthy activity in an era which is becoming more and more concerned with healthy lifestyles.

The committee are keen to stress that tennis develops teamwork and collaborative skills which will integrate young people more fully into the local community and provide a social activity that they can further progress in college and develop in their adult life. The following committee was elected Naomi Cormacan, Eugene McEntee, Ann-Marie Callanan, Siobhan Tuohy, Ann McDonagh, Breeda O'Connor, Emer Durcan, Joanna Burke, James Coughlan, Paul Royston, Fidelma Gordan, Brian Gordan and Fr. Lawless.

The committee will meet again on Tuesday, September 6th in the Town Hall at 8.30pm to consolidate plans already outlined. Please come along, your presence will be an endorsement of support


Leaving Cert Results
Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate students from Portumna Community School who achieved all of their personal goals after receiving their results. Many of the students achieved their personal best and their enterprising approach to work during the year paid off. The school had excellent results with over 10% of the class achieving over 500 points and some of the students gaining well in excess of 550 points. The students demonstrated a very diligent work-ethic which is an important component of school-life. Education determines the life opportunities of our students and all of the students were very satisfied with their results. The school wishes them well in their future and convey every good wish to them as they enter into the next stage of education and career.


Health Advice - Lipotrim Day
Now that school has started and the last of the summer wine is well supped, it is time to review your health coming up to Christmas. Weight concerns an increasing number of our population with the area of diabetes, blood pressure, life expectancy, sleep and general quality of life directly affected by a person's body size. Hayes & Hayes Community Pharmacy are hosting a Lipotrim Day on Thursday, Sept 8th. A Lipotrim Advisor will be in attendance to answer queries, provide samples of Lipotrim Maintenance products, and in one-to-one consultations, weight and BMI figures will be discussed and appropriate advice given. For your private appointment, call 09097 41025 or call to pharmacy to get more information.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of G.A.A. lotto worth 4900 euros. The numbers drawn were 6 8 12 23. One person matched three numbers - Brendan Hayes. He receives 100 euros.

Recycle Week: The club are holding a recycle drive next Saturday and we are looking for your help. Anyone who has scrap metal lying around and who would like to support the club by donating it; skips are available in the hurling field from 9am. There will be two skips available one for clean metal ie. metal on its own one for dirty metal ie. prams metal with timber or plastic attached. A collection service will be available for larger items. Galway metal will provide a HGV for collection of larger items such as old vehicles etc. Items that cannot be accepted are fridges, computers, microwaves tv's. Items that will be accepted are as follows: Bike frames, galvanise, gates, old steel frames, prams, beer kegs, cylinders. If you have any queries contact Steve Killeen on 086 6039235.

Senior: Our senior team resumed their championship campaign after a long break when they had a very convincing win over Mullagh in the group. Their final game in the group is against Athenry.

Junior C: Our junior C team when out of the championship at the week-end when they met up against a very strong Athenry team.


Kenpo Karate Classes
Kenpo Karate classes for begineers will commence at 6.30pm to 7.30pm for children in the Town Hall Portumna on Tues 6th Sept. Adult class are held from 8.30pm to 9.45pm. Also class on every Saturday from 11am to 12pm for children 5rs upwards all are welcome. Inquiries to 0876436615 www.galwaykenpo.ie


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
The Autumn meetings of the ARA will restart on Thursday 8th September at 8pm. There will be a surprise guest and plenty of important calendar dates, so it is in members own interest to attend. We hope you all had a happy Summer break.


Coffee Morning
Country markets are hosting a coffee morning in the Portumna Town Hall for Roy Stoddart, who is travelling with the Niall Mellon Trust to Cape Town, to build houses. Coffee from 8:30a.m. - 12p.m. this Friday.


Children's Activites at the Shorelines Arts Festival
Now that the routine of school is facing all, the forthcoming Shorelines Arts Festival will bring a light note to an otherwise mundane September. Children will have lots to look forward to from Sept 22nd-25th when Shorelines Arts Festival brings events for all age groups.

The week will have workshops in the local preschools and schools with Shorelines Artist in Residence, Ruth Smith. Her workshops will be drama based, exploring voice, music, movement & performing styles. Her expertise on stage in the Abbey Theatre and on screen in the Woodies DIY series, her experience as a music teacher and her knowledge in the field of both drama and music from her days in TCD to her recent Masters in Traditional Performance will add to her own interest in giving to Portumna, her local town by sharing her talent. All workshops will be booked through the schools before the Festival.

Street fun & games, pavement art, drumming & cookie making will bring the streets to life on Saturday morning Sept 24th where games of the past will make a welcome return to the streets. Craiceann, a troupe of drummers and dancers will take all on a world tour of rhythm and fun.

Puppet performances and workshops take place in Portumna Town Hall on Saturday, Sept 24th, catering for ages from 7 upwards. Story Bear, The Magic Carpet and Rod puppets are all on the programme with Niamh Lawlor and enquiries and bookings can be made with Joan on 087 6955166.

Local young music students will have opportunities to air their talent at one of three recitals in the VEC over the Festival at the Shorelines Solo Gigs. Music teachers are asked to put their names forward and can call 087 2931055 for more information.

A Writing Exhibition, Reading and Awards will take place in Portumna Library on Saturday Sept 24th at 2pm. where the children from 4th class in 12 local schools will receive their awards in the "Anything under The Sun" Poetry & Prose Project conducted in the last term of school. The overall winner will receive the Barbara Kennedy Memorial Cup and their will be a special prize to the Overall School as well as numerous other awards for shortlisted students.

The annual return of Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre will thrill the hearts of all 6-12 year olds. Her 3-hour workshop on dance, drama and song, improvisation and fun will take place at 2pm on Sunday, Sept 25th in the Social Centre of Portumna Retirement Village. Booking is essential by calling Ita on 086 2263061.

For more details on these events and the events for parents, grandparent & families too, see the website www.shorelinesartsfestival and look out for brochures of the programme in your area.


Irish Workhouse Centre Meeting
Since the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna opened its doors to the public on 15th July last, 1,405 people, locals and tourists, have visited the site. This is the only centre in Ireland that focuses on the Irish workhouse story. The project promoters, SE Galway IRD, are delighted with the response to the project. The Centre is closed from 31st August and will reopen in April 2012.

A meeting will be held in the Irish Workhouse Centre on Tuesday 6th September at 8 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review the current year's work and to plan for next year. Anybody interested in helping out is invited to attend. In particular, more volunteer guides are required, as are people who would like to form part of the historical research group and the building conservation group. At 7 p.m. prior to the meeting, people who have not already done the tour will have the opportunity to do so. For further information tel: 090-9759200. See also www.irishworkhousecentre.ie.


Meeting Rooms Available at YouthReach Portumna
Bright and spacious rooms are available to rent from the Portumna Youthreach Centre located on Abbey Street for group activities / meetings. Small and large groups catered for and the building is wheelchair accessible. For further information please contact the centre on 090 9759576 or email us youthreachportumna@cogalvec.ie


Galway Hospice Memorial Walk
Local couple Walter and Caroline Burke are taking part in this years Memorial Walk to help raise funds for Galway Hospice. The Galway Hospice Home Care and Day care services, which are provided free of charge, are funded entirely by voluntary contributions. The walk takes place in Galway on Sunday the 11th September. Anyone wishing to donate to this worthy cause can do so by contacting Walter or Caroline on 087 8267054.


Inland Open Water Life Guard Award
On Friday 26th August 6 young swimmers received their Inland Open Water Life Guard Award, this is equivalent to the Beach Life Guard award. The six people to receive their certificates were Sighle Bourke, David Burke, Peter Dillon, Conor O Meara, Naomi Burke & Edmond Burke. Irish Water Safety Examiner Andrew Lally at the swim area in Portumna carried out the examination. The test encompasses the use of equipment including Surf Ski, Surf Board, timed swims, covering a distance of 1100m, Double Drowning, Deep water rescue (BLS). staged incidents preventing swimmers from drowning including grips. The participants form the backbone of IWSA training at Portumna and are now equipped to practice in all water safety activities throughout the Country. Well done to all the Lifeguards.


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