21 September 2011

Sign Out Youth Project Expands Opening Hours and Programmes on Offer
Portumna Players
'79 Bridge Club
2nd Annual Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Portumna Rugby Club
Practical Computer Course for Total Beginners
Davitts Camogie Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The Beauty Rooms
Meditation / Visualization Classes
Shorelines Arts Festival
Bogs Action Group
All Occasions Boutique
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Sign Out Youth Project Expands Opening Hours and Programmes on Offer
Sign Out Youth Project's autumn/winter programme offers extended opening hours along with a wide and varied programme of activities and workshops. Youth Cafe for the 15 to 18 years olds is open every Friday from 7pm as well as Tuesday lunchtime and Tuesday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm. Cupla Focal i Sign Out will commence on Tuesday 27th at 7pm, come along have fun speaking in our native tongue, enjoy the special events, ceilis, quizzes and lots more while brushing up on oral irish skills for the leaving cert. The ever popular S.O.S. (Sign Out Sessions) for all budding musicians and singers continues on Saturdays from 2pm. Want to brush up on your skills? Join a Band? Meet up with like minded musicians or just want to find out more? Contact Tony 086 2051346.

Songschool – Song writing and music weekend workshop 22nd & 23rd Oct. Come along to write, create, perform & record your song at Weekend Music & Multimedia Workshop. Cost €35. Bring instruments. Age 13-19. For the young artists in our community, the opportunity to join in the second Graffiti Workshop with Nik of BloeDesign. Be part of this 2 day workshop on Tues 25th and Wed 26th Oct to transform the interior and exterior of Sign Out by creating murals and graffiti, putting your signature on your space. Cost €25. Bring Packed Lunch. Pre Booking essential for workshops @ 087 6779267 or check our our website www.signout.ie for more updates. Sign Out is certainly the place be over the mid term from music to graffiti to Teenage Soccer Tournaments. Other events to look out for include Drama, Safe Tractor Driving Skills, Health & Beauty Evening, Style/Fashions to suit your Body Shape, Leadership & Committee Skills and a day teambuilding trip.

Sign Out Youth Project is run by a team of volunteers from 18 to 80 years. If you have a few hours to spare, would like to take on a piece of work to update your portfilio or would like to find out more contact Susan 087 6779267 or come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday 18th October from 3.30pm to 7pm.

Portumna Youth Club reopens Thursday 22nd Sept from 7.30pm to 9pm for all 1st to 3rd years. Youth Club is in operation in Portumna for the past 16 years with 100s of young people enjoying the fun of meeting up, taking part in tournaments, day trips and outings. To ensure continuity, adults are needed as volunteers to ensure the safe supervision of our young people. Every parent is expected to give at least two evening – yes only two – during the club year, but we also need team leaders who will give a commitment of one evening in four/six. It is a short year, the more adults involved the lighter the load. Contact Tim 087 2629092 or Susan 087 6779267 if you are willing to get on board and be part of our team.

Caman Abu social and recreational hurling for adults continues every Tuesday at 8pm on Sign Out All Weather Pitch. All levels of fitness and abilities catered for, no previous experience needed. All equipment provided. Contact 087 6779267 for more information.


Portumna Players
Thank you to all of those who turned up at the AGM last evening. A lot of topics were discussed including plans for a play in January. We are meeting again on Tuesday 4th. October at 9pm at The Loft to discuss a one act for the afternoon of Sunday 23rd. October. Anybody interested in getting involved please attend this meeting or contact the Secretary Lisa Keane. Remember you do not have to want to tread the boards to get involved with Portumna Players. We need other talents as well!!!


'79 Bridge Club
14th September 2011: Portumna 79 Bridge Club Winners
1st Charlie Mullin & Sheila Dillon, 2nd Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Michael Torpey & Bridget Brereton


2nd Annual Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt show was held on Saturday 17th September last with huge entries in all classes. The day started with lots of rain and with the great help of the committee spreading straw and wood chip around the field the day brightened up and off went what could only be considered a great show. Fr. Naughton and the Rev Patrick Tower officially opened the show at 12 noon and said a nice prayer to launch the event.

With 141 entries in the cattle section over 16 classes. The supreme champion of the day was shown by Saoirse Carey Lynch from Kells co. Meath and who was also the winner of the All Ireland Export weanling heifer competition, with the reserve going to Paul McPadden from Rhode in co. Offaly with a lovely Roane breeding heifer. The sheep section was well attended with Marie Jennings from Hollymount Co. Mayo holding the supreme champion beating a large local attendance. The horse section had a great entry with 29 classes running over 7 hours. Lindsay O'Brien from Adare Co. Limerick coming away with the Supreme Champion of the show with a lovely trophy being presented by David McDonagh in memory of his father a well respected breeder of quality stock. The reserve supreme champion was won by Liam Togher from Ballysax stud from the Curragh, co. Kildare .

A big entry of dogs for the 21 classes was presided over by the very organised Patricia and Tommy Coniry wiht Mike Flynn from Barnadearg in Tuam going away with the Supreme Champion for his Siberian Huskey with Mona Goode taking the reserve Champion with her Schnauzer.

The poultry tent had a great entry with every cage in the marquee full and that covered 94 fowl of all types with the show champion being a kyounge duck exhibited by Arron Duane from Ballinakil, Loughrea, Co. Galway. The pets corner was won by two Jacob pet lambs exhibited by Niall Mannion from Menlough, Co. Galway.

The cookery section had a great entry of quality cakes and tarts, brown bread, white bread, with Heather Cooke winning the Rich fruit cake section. Sheldon O'Rourke had the best basket of vegetables with a stunning display of quality vegetables on what could only be described as a difficult year in the garden. The arts and crafts section was exceptional, the recycled section was a credit to the entrants with Paddy Cunniffe from Clonfert in Co Galway showing great ingenuity building a windmill from pieces of waste material.

The First running of the Eyrecourt Country Queen competition was run with 3 girls chosen during the summer. Judge Edel Cannon and sponsor Murnine Goode from Ladies day in Portumna commented on the 3 girls involved were such brilliant contestants having designed a dress during the summer and modelled it on the day. They had to erect an electric fence, ride the bucking bronco cook breakfast at Rudds breakfast bar, sell tickets for 1 hour with the final task being a one hour fashion show. Elaine Williams, Aine Donnelly and Eva Lahart looking radiant on the cat walk in the middle of Duffy's silage field.

The chef from the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe put on a great demonstration in the main tent with a desert to die for. The local country markets had stalls selling their produce , the local soccer club helped out with the kids entertainment. The judges, workers and committee who worked tirelessly all day were well looked after by the girls at Rudds Fine Foods breakfast bar, and Margaret Bradley and Ann Gilligan in the tea tent. On Saturday evening all the acton moved to the Main Street with a Tug of War which s the last big competition before the All Irelands in Ballinasloe kindly sponsored by Mike and Essie Stapleton. The honours went to the Dunlo Bar in Ballinasloe after a lot of hard work.

The committee would like to thank all the helpers, judges and most importantly the sponsors, Liffey Mills, TLT international and all other businesses big and small who contributed very generously in hard times. Without these sponsors this show could not go ahead and for that the committee a heartfully greatful.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Rugby Club had a hugely successful registration night and first training session and have incredibly increased their underage numbers by over 50% on last year already. It is still not too late to join in the fun. If you were born between 2000 and 2005 (inclusive) then you are welcome to come down to the rugby pitch on Sunday at 12.15 for training and try it out for the day (pitch entrance is beside Portumna Library). If you like it then you can sign up for €30 (plus a new jersey will be required as well), if you don't have fun then at least you can say you tried rugby once. For more information contact Mark Scannell on 0876434230.


Practical Computer Course for Total Beginners
During this course participants will learn how to use the Internet, e-mail, skype and digital camera. The course will take place at the IRD Training Centre, Abbey St. Portumna. It will be held on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday 4th October and will run for eight weeks, 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis. An intermediate computer course will be held after Christmas. For further information call in person to the IRD Centre or tel: 090-9741867.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts Senior championship campigan resmued last weekend after a long break. Davitts faced the regining club all Ireland champions Killimor. Davitts put in a trojan performance and came away with a well earned draw. Final score Davitts 0-11 Killimor 0-11. Scorers on the day were Lourda Kavanagh 7pts, Maria Brehony 2pts, Lisa Shiel and Linda Gohery 1pt each. They now face Aschragh in the next round next Sunday.

The u12 team also secured their place in the final with a great win over Shamrocks 3.3 to 1.0. On their way to he final they have had victories over Cois Fharrraige, Oranmore and St Thomas. The u12 final takes place this weekend at a venue to be decided


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society fieldtrip to Holy Island Iniscealtra and the medieval church and heritage centre Tuamgraney with local heritage expert Gerard Madden takes place this Saturday 24th of September. Those planning to travel are asked to meet in the Square, Portumna at 10.30am. Please remember to bring suitable rainproof clothing and strong footwear. Confirm by text or ring James at 085 7107569 or Christy at 087 9697692 or email chriscun@eircom.net


The Beauty Rooms
Due to recent fire in Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna, The Beauty Rooms run by Lorraine Didek in the Hotel is presently closed but has temporarily moved to Clonfert Avenue and is now open for business. For appointments please call Lorraine 0872848478.


Meditation / Visualization Classes
Meditation/Visualization - classes starting on Wednesday 28th September at 8.15pm in An Gairdin, Portumna, and Ballybane Enterprise Centre on Monday 26th September at 6.30pm. and 8pm. Cost €80 (10euro per night). For further details contact Maeve Corcoran, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Phone No. 087/6113600.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Over the forthcoming weekend, Shorelines Arts Festival will bring art, poetry, song, dance and music to the streets of Portumna. Already, the arrival of festive decorations to empty shop windows and the silhouettes waiting patiently opposite the square has the local community looking forward to many of the scheduled events. The committee are asking people interested in workshops/events to book their place early as some are already booked out.

Due to change in venue, limited seats for Declan O'Rourke's Saturday gig are available for St Brigid's Church where the singer's dulcet tones will blend with cello and violin for a beautiful, acoustic concert. The Shoreline Set in Portumna's Christchurch on Friday night is also a popular event with local and guest musicians joining Ruth Smith. You are encouraged to come along early and bring a cushion to all church concerts including the Choir Cois Cladaigh on Sunday evening. Delia Murphy will be remembered at Portumna Retirement Village at 8pm on Friday. Entries for the Recitation Competition are also coming in with competitors armed with Robert Service and Lord Tennyson will recite at noon on Sunday in Horans. Meanwhile, 5-line Limericks are getting the last lines added for the Pub Limerick competition. Children are excited about the street fun lined up for Saturday morning at Cúl Games where African Drumming, Stilt Walking and Story Telling blends with Hopscotch, Skipping and Red Rover.

The walls of the refurbished VEC School are filling with artwork, the Workhouse walls are lining up with local writings and sketches and the Sunday afternoon events in both the Castle & Workhouse promise to be both unique and unmissable. Book lovers are invited to the Book Club Brunch at Dysons on Saturday morning while local music students are polishing their pieces for 3 recitals of music- Shorelines Solo- over the weekend. Opening at 4pm on Thursday 22nd at the VEC with Michael D Higgins, this 4th Shorelines Arts Festival is sure to be a success. See www.shorelinesartsfestival.com for more details.


Bogs Action Group
A strong and vigorous campaign is underway by the Clonmoylan and Barroughter Bogs Action Group in order to prevent the eviction of bog owners from their legally held turf banks in each bog. Over 1600 signatories have signed a petition to Commissioner Janez Potocnik to continue turf cutting on these two bogs. The Dail Deputies representing East Galway have been met individually by a delegation from the Bogs Action Group and left in no doubt that turf will be cut on both bogs in the next turf cutting season. The NPWS Rangers have been advised to stay away from trespassing on private property in these two bogs and large numbers of posters have been erected on bog entrances to this effect.

A whole one day protest was held in Portumna against the presence of the NPWS Rangers there and against the tactics they employed in the Shannon Bog (Barroughter). Local Coucillor Jimmy McClearn went to Brussels and made a very detailed presentation in person to EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik. The presentation included a practical solution to the problem. He also presented the signed petiton to the Commissioner.

The Bogs Action group have sought a meeting with Minister Jimmy Deenihan in person before October 1st next. Minister Deenihan and his agents the NPWS Rangers are currently trying to evict people from the two bogs and to leave 600 families with no fuel for heating and cooking next year. The Bogs Action Group will intensify their campaign in the next few months.


All Occasions Boutique
All Occasions Boutique wish to thank it's loyal customers for their continued support during it's 5 years in operation. To mark the anniversary customers can expect big discounts on all items valid from the 22nd to the 24th September.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 23rd to Thurs 29th Sept.

Warrior
Thrilling – Tense - Superb – Based on a True Story! Fight For Country – Fight For Family. Hardy Joel Edgerton Jennifer Morrison
Daily 6:15 8:50 (12a)

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

Friends With Benefits
The Very Funny Story Of A Modern Romance! Adult Story Over 16s Only! Justin Timberlake Mila Kunis
Daily 6:30 9:00 (16)

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)

The Change Up
From Creators of the Hangover! Ryan Reynolds Jason Bateman Olivia Wilde Leslie Mann
Daily 6:30 9:00 (16)

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

The Inbetweeners Movie
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
Fri to Tues 9:00 (16)

I Don't Know How She Does It!
New Hit Comedy from Alison Pierson's Best Selling Novel! Sarah Jessica Parker Pierce Brosnan Olivia Munn Kelsey Grammer
Fri 4:15 7:00 Sat to Thurs 7:00 (12a)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
James Frano Tom Felton Frieda Pinto Leah Gibson
Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (12a)

Abduction
The Fight For the Truth Will Be the Fight Of His Life! Advance Showings Taylor Lautner Lily Collins Maira Bello
Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (12a)

www.ormondcineplex.com


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