28 September 2011

Pink Ribbon Day
Portumna Tennis Club
Youthreach Coffee Morning
Killimor Camogie Club
Boula Development Group
Omna Singers
Open Day at Portumna Golf Club
Eyrecourt's Country Queen Competition
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Library - Summer Reading Challenge
Autumn Art Classes
Ireland Reaching Out Launches for 2012
Computer Training Programme for Older People
Michael D. Higgins Opens Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines Arts Festival 2011
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Pink Ribbon Day
Pink Ribbon Day (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month) will take place on Friday 7th. October at various locations around Portumna. There will also be merchandise placed in various retail outlets. Please support. Volunteers needed for that day. If you have an hour or two to spare, please contact Marie Gunning on 087-2358585.


Portumna Tennis Club
A meeting of Portumna Tennis Club was held on the 20th September. Cards for a fund raising draw were distributed and are currently in circulation. The fund raising draw is similar to a Silver Circle draw, which will take place each week during the month of November. A line costs 10 euros and the prizes each week are €100 for first, 50 euros for second and €25 for third and fourth. Please support this project generously and it is expected that the Club will be up and running for the new tennis season next year. A church gate collection will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of October at Boula and Portumna specifically for the refurbishment of the facility at St. Joseph's Road.

The next meeting of the Tennis Club will take place on October 4th at 9.30 in the Town Hall. The committee must be commended for their hard work and dedication to the objective of having tennis once again in Portumna.


Youthreach Coffee Morning
Portumna Youthreach ran a very successful Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in June to raise money for the charity - Friends of the Special Care Baby Unit in Portiuncula Hospital. The money raised has gone towards equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit. We would like to thank all those people who came and supported the event.


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club presents Phil Coulter for one night only in a special candle lit concert in Killimor Church on Friday 09th December 2011. Special guests include Geraldine Brannigan and Chloe Coyle. Tickets €35 on a first come first served basis are available for sale or collection in St Josephs Centre (beside church) after 8.30pm mass on Saturday 01st October and after 11.30am mass on Sunday 02nd October. PH 08702482444/086 1706726


Boula Development Group
A new committee has been elected for Boula area in recent months. Presently we are looking at refurbishing the Hall so that it can be open to the public. The Hall has been used for ceili's, disco's, irish dancing classes, auctions and badminton previously. We hope to bring the Hall to a level where it can be used for indoor exercises and training, Badminton, basketball and also that it can be rented out to groups for dancing, drama, courses etc.

As this is the beginning of such an undertaking on our part we are currently looking for funding. Over the month of October there will be various fundraisers around the community and we would very much appreciate your support. It would be a great facility and an asset to the development of the community and surrounding areas to have the Hall up and running again. If you would like to help us out in any way please contact Marie Noone on (087) 9241346 or Donie Kelly on (086) 3659987. Again all support will be greatly appreciated.


Omna Singers
Omna Singers will resume singing workshops on Monday 3rd October @ 8pm in An Gairdin Portumna for 8 weeks under the direction of Marie Power enquiries to Marie @ 0879790416 or Joan @ 087 6955166


Open Day at Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club is putting its facilities on view with an open day for new and prospective members on Saturday October 1st from 2-6 pm. Golf is now a most popular sport and an excellent leisure pursuit for all age groups. Portumna Golf Club offers one of the best facilities in Connacht and was recently listed amongst Irelands best. The club is thriving at the moment and has achieved outstanding success in recent years in Connacht and All Ireland competitions for both men and women. The Open Day will include information on the club and membership, introduction to golf and refreshments. Special offers for 2012 membership will be available on the day and all are welcome.


Eyrecourt's Country Queen Competition
Eyrecourt's Country Queen Competition was successfully run at the Eyrecourt Agricultural Show held on September 17th. This competition was a revival of the Festival Queen which was last held in 1971 when Josie Lucas was crowned. This year three finalists were picked from a group of twelve girls at Eyrecourt Vintage Rally. The three finalists were Elaine Williams, Eva Lahart and Aine Donnelly who were ably judged by Edel Cannon who watched them all day compete in six different tasks namely; cooking a breakfast at Rudd's Fine Foods breakfast bar, erect an electric fence under the supervision of resident expert John Lynch, ride a bucking bronco (which made for great viewing, sell show tickets for an hour and model a dress which they designed themselves. Judge Cannon was bowled over by the design creativity displayed by the ladies.

The final piece of the jigsaw was to take part in a fashion show organised by Muirne Goode of 'Ladies Day' in Portumna. The three finalists along with three resident shop models participated in what can only be described as a top class show. The ladies elegantly graced the catwalk kindly erected by Kieran Coughlan and the show volunteers. Judge Cannon crowned Eva Lahart as the first country queen in forty years. Eva, a national school teacher, is the daughter of Gerry and Mary Lahart. Judge Edel was very praiseworthy of the remaining contestants, Elaine and Aine. For a small area in rural Ireland to count three girls with such potential as residents must be seen as a great positive in very gloomy times. The Queens first engagement was to officially start the Tug of War that night. Eight teams participated, with the Dunlo team of Ballinasloe emerging victorious.

Eyrecourt Agricultural Show - Thank You: On behalf of the Eyrecourt Agricultural Show committee I would like to thank you for your support of our event. Despite the weather we ran a very successful show with top class exhibits in all sections and varieties of different sections coming from eleven different counties around the country.


Davitts Camogie Club
Under 12: Davitts u12 team lost out by the narrowest of margins to Sarsfields in the county final last Saturday. Despite leading by 2pts at half time and giving an excellent display of camogie the girls were on the wrong end of the result at the final whistle. Final score Sarsfields 2-6 Davitts 3-2. Davitts team: Maria Mitchell, Yvonne Morley, Ciara Gardiner, Maeve O Beirne, Leighanne Cormican 0-1, Sarah Breheny 1-0, Hannah McHugo, Ciara Lyons, Roisin Dervan 0-1, Aisling McHugh, Leah Hodgins 2-0. Subs: Deirdre Blake, Stephanie Broderick, Amy Connaire, Anita Conroy, Ciara Dixon, Lauren Fahy, Danielle Fahy, Eilish Hickey, Rachel Keane, Edel Larkin, Clodagh McDonagh, Susan Porter, Katie Sheehan

Senior: Davitts Senior team registered their 3rd victory in this year's championship with a 3-12 to 0-4 victory over Ahascragh. Davitts struggled in this game but eventually got to grips with the game in the second half and ran out easy winners. Scorers on the day were Lourda Kavanagh 0-7pts, Maria Brehony 2-1, Clare Killeen 1-0, Linda Gohery 0-2, Edel Dervan 0-1. They now face Mullagh in the last round next weekend.

Clothes & Phones Collection: The club will also be holding a collection of unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, towels etc and mobile phones on Saturday 29th Oct at the club house in Duniry between 10am-12pm. All contributions would be greatly appreciated.


Portumna Library - Summer Reading Challenge
We had a busy evening in Portumna Library on Tuesday evening last. Children who took part and completed the Summer Reading Challenge were receiving their Certificates and medals. Officiating on the evening was Snr Executive Librarian, Maureen Moran and Mayor of Co Galway, Michael Maher. There was quite a party atmosphere and as the children received their certificates they were also awarded medals for their effort. Many thanks to all who participated in the Reading Challenge. Teresa and Louise would also like to thank Maureen Moran and Michael Maher for their participation on the night.


Autumn Art Classes
Art & craft for children at 3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil Sketching for children over 10 at 11.00am, starting on Saturday, 8th October, for 8 weeks in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.


Ireland Reaching Out Launches for 2012
The Ireland Reaching Out project launches again on October 12th, 9pm in the Loughrea Spa Hotel, Special guest on the night will be David McWilliams. All are welcome - new participants are particularly encouraged to attend. Further information: info@irelandxo.com or (091) 842013.


Computer Training Programme for Older People
Would you like to learn more about Computers? Or Do you have extra time on your hands? Would you like to volunteer as a computer tutor?

Na Calaí CDP, in conjunction with Age Action Ireland are planning to roll out the "Getting Started" Computer Training Programme for Older People here in Portumna at GRD Na Calaí on Mondays, 11am to 12.30pm beginning Oct. 3rd or Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm beginning Oct. 4th and finishing November 14th (6 weeks).

The aim of the "Getting Started" Programme is to make Older People more comfortable using computers. Class sizes are small with one Volunteer Tutor for every couple of learners. If you are interested in registering as a learner or a tutor for this programme, please contact Na Calaí CDP with your details. Call us on (090) 97 41887 or call into our office on Abbey Street in Portumna.


Michael D. Higgins Opens Shorelines Arts Festival
Last Thursday, Presidential candidate Michael D. Higgins opened the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna.

"The fourth annual Shorelines Arts Festival showcases the spirit of local communities coming together to promote the arts. Through a wide ranging programme featuring a vast and diverse range of the arts, the festival features both local and national talent."

"This festival fosters local talent and exhibits local writers and artists to a wider audience, thus promoting the community spirit, drive and imagination of the people of Portumna."

"The promotion of the arts in local communities is an opportunity to invigorate local businesses and enterprise, and the multiplier effect of these initiatives to local economies can be substantial. As communities come together through local festivals, we can see the progress being made towards achieving a more creative and inclusive society, a central tenet of my presidential campaign."

"During my time as Minister for the Arts and Culture, I championed the benefits that arts can bring to local communities and how the arts can promote local industries, tourism and growth in communities."

"The Shorelines Festival represents all that is positive and possible through the promotion of creativity in our society. I commend the sterling work of the organisers and the local community in continuing to showcase new and emerging local artists and providing a platform for them alongside established national artists."


Shorelines Arts Festival 2011
The glow of an Autumn sun welcomed the 4th Shorelines Arts Festival to the town of Portumna. With several windows decorated for the Festival and silhouettes designed by Brian Murray displayed on St Brendan's St, the town was full of anticipation. At the official opening of the Festival, Mr. Michael D Higgins, President of the Labour Party, stressed the importance of communities coming together and creating together. From the colourful Art Exhibition in the refurbished VEC, he emphasised the necessity for a community to have a platform like this VEC building as a gathering place for artists. MC Mark Conroy, outlined the development of the Festival from the idea of a one day event to this year's bumper Festival. Chairperson of Portumna Arts Group, Noelle Lynskey, welcomed the inclusion of the Voluntary Groups with the variety, colour and originality of the canvasses produced. A presentation of a Maple Poetry Book and an Acorn, crafted by Brian Murray, was made to Mr. Higgins, as music was provided by Mary Smith and Anne Mc Ghee and a rousing blast of songs from a new East Galway vocal group, Keynotes.

Friday morning, the busy hands of knitters, bakers, jewellers and craftspeople shared their work at the Country Markets where tea and coffee, scones and cakes were served. Cake Icing was demonstrated by Brenda Ryan. Another busy lady, Ruth Smith, during the previous days, facilitated drama workshops in the local schools, preschools and crèches. Friday night, in the intimate setting of Portumna's Christchurch, she directed and arranged The Shoreline Set. Together with her fellow vocalists, Ruth Mc Gill and Alma Kelliher, joined by a band of top class musicians, the packed audience were enthralled with the musicality of the night. Local guest appearances from Timmy Walsh, Treenie Hogan, Laura Browne, Steve Killeen, Joe Casey, Frank Downey, Andrew Smith and Muirne Hurley-Goode had the place enraptured with delight. This was one mega homecoming event for Ruth, merging her own talents with her friends in Portumna.

The streets of Portumna woke up on Saturday to the drumbeat of Craiceann, stilt walking on the pedestrian crossing and children skipping with delight at Cúl Games. Susan Royston co-ordinated events with pavement art, story telling with Tegtales, cookie making with Brenda Ryan and novelty street games with Damien & Veronica of Cúl Sports, all overseen by Portumna's Bachelor, Patsy Fogarty. Winners of the "Sweet Jar Number Competition" were Síofra Ward-O'Meara and Kian Claffey.

In Dysons, Ruth Conroy hosted the Book Club Brunch where up to 20 books were recommended by the gathering in a series of presentations from readers who travelled from Loughrea, Birr, Ennis, Borrisokane and Galway. A light-hearted literary quiz was won by the team "The Well Fed" and banter and food in the morning sunshine ensured all enjoyed the event.

Shorelines Solo Recitals took place throughout the weekend with children as young as 6 playing the pieces they are learning at local music classes. Proud parents, teachers and grandparents gathered in the VEC to hear the budding talents emerge. Joined by vocalists, Pascal Kennedy, Aoibhinn Goode, Nicola Walshe, Marian Lynch and Micheal Lambe, these events were gems for the audiences.

Children's creativity was also encouraged at a Puppet Making workshop and their imaginations aroused at Story Bear Puppet Show. Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre facilitated 3 hours of dance, drama and song with a group of energetic children.

An Gáirdin was a very productive site on Saturday with Woodcarving in the outdoors and a Poetry Workshop with James Harpur indoors.

Presentation of Awards in the Barbara Kennedy Writing Awards was made by Margaret Hickey at Portumna Library, where a selection of the entries were on display. Children from 12 schools in the area were invited to participate and certificates were awarded to all entrants and trophies were presented to the shortlisted students and winners. Margaret commended the students for the variety of topics, the imaginative work and careful presentation of each entry. A prize for the Overall School was awarded to Eyrecourt Primary School. Overall winner in the "Anything Under The Sun" Writing Competition went to Sean Molloy, Tynagh NS. He is a keen reader and loves to write and he was awarded the Barbara Kennedy Perpetual Cup by Barbara's father, Tom Dempsey. The following were the winners in the poetry category: 1st: Mia Rose Dunne, Woodford NS; 2nd Grainne Donoghue, Abbey NS , Saoirse Starr, Killimor NS; 3rd David Kennedy, Eyrecourt NS, Saoirse O'Toole, Portumna NS. For prose, 1st Sean Lewis, Portumna NS, 2nd Matuesz Bukowski, Killimor NS, 3rd Grace Campbell, Kiltormer NS. A number of shortlisted students were also awarded special prizes.

"Unearthed" an exhibition by Portumna Community School was held on Saturday afternoon- a mixed media exhibition facilitated by Hayley Aldous.

Saturday evening another new venue, Portumna Workhouse, was the setting for a Dramatic Recital "Aran Islands" by Tegolin Knowland & Sean Coyne. The Workhouse also housed an exhibition "The Whispers of Wood & Silence of Stone"- writings and drawings reflecting the story of the Workhouse.

An event on Sunday to a packed Workhouse brought the Silence and Whispers to life as people were ushered in the door by the Matron and Paupers, with readings from Portumna Pen Pushers, music from Ger Fahy, a newly composed song from Joe Casey and a dramatic trilogy of vignettes with Ruth Smith.

The inaugural Lines Learned by Heart award in memory of Nicholas Treacy & sponsored by the Maple Poetry Group was hotly contested in Horan's Bar. Recitations flowed sweetly from almost 20 participants and the top award went to Sean Hearne with Teresa Hodgins and Lena Hogan as the runners-up. Sheila Dillon and Alan Mc Monagle enjoyed judging the competition and the attentive audience were highly entertained.

Tunes & Sessions took place in Portumna's Day Care Centre and Portumna's Retirement Village with Mary Smith, Ruth Smith and Anne Marie Hough entertaining with songs, tunes and poems.

Castle Shorelines included the combination of two musicians Muirne Hurley Goode on harp and Darren dBurca on guitar and their vocal twinning on water themed songs. The flow of prose and poetry from James Harpur & Alan McMonagle closed the literary phase of the Festival with style, humour and refinement at Portumna Castle.

Awards were aplenty during Shorelines. On Sunday night, 3 J's from Baffle, Loughrea had the enviable task of choosing the winner in the Pub Limerick competition. The award of the L trophy was presented to Sean D Gordon for his Limerick from Martin's Bar. Local music star, Mike Denver, was also presented with the Shorelines Artist of the Year 2011 award, presented by Portumna Arts Group in recognition of Mike's contribution to the music scene, nationally and internationally. He was presented with a unique wooden disc in a frame specially designed and created by Brian Murray.

Three paintings donated by Tommy Madden, Eileen Smith and Mary Rourke were raffled over the weekend and winners were Kathleen Lynch, Paul Barker & Julie Tuohy.

Two wonderful concerts took place in the acoustic setting of St Brigid's Church. Declan O'Rourke sang his heart out for two hours to a delighted audience. With the support of cello and violin the church reverberated with the rich depths of his voice and the resonance of his words. On Sunday, the haunting arrangements and sweet voices of Galway's Cois Claddaigh choir, now 30 years in existence washed the audience with harmony and rhythms, conducted in style by Brendan O'Connor.

Noelle Lynskey, Mark Conroy, Dolores O'Shea, Joan Gordon, Susan Royston and Eileen Smith extend their gratitude to the sponsors, the audience, the volunteers, the participants, the venues and the artists who all, in the true sense of a community, came together despite fire and recession, to celebrate the creativity in our lives at Shorelines Arts Festival 2011.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 30th to Thurs 6th Oct.

Warrior
Thrilling – Tense - Superb – Based on a True Story! Fight For Country – Fight For Family. Tom Hardy Joel Edgerton Jennifer Morrison
Sat Sun 3.00 Daily 6:15 8:50 (12a)

Jane Eyre
A Classic For A New Generation – A Love Story as Fiercely intelligent as it is Passonate! Mia Wasikouska Michael Fassbender Judi Dench
Daily 6:15 8:50 (12a)

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

Abduction
The Fight For the Truth Will Be the Fight Of His Life! Taylor Lautner Lily Collins Maira Bello
Daily 6:30 9:00 (15a)

The Smurfs
Voices of Katy Perry Neil Patrick Harris.
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
Nightly 9:00 (16)

The Inbetweeners Movie
Final Showings! Best laugh in Years! Simon Bird Blake Harrison Joe Thomas Tamia Kari Lydia Rose Bewlwy Jessica Knappet
Daily 7:00 (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)

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