19 October 2011

Under 16 Hurlers Bridge 22 Year Gap
Portumna GAA
Retirement of Kathleen Cahalan, Portumna Community School
"An Angel Calling" - Book Signing
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show
Portumna - Discover What is on Your Doorstep
D. Lynch & Sons - Solid Fuel Stove Exhibition
Portumna Castle & Gardens - Free Entry & Entertainment
Pallas Karting - Free Karting Session
Discover Portumna at Sign Out Youth Cafe
Portumna Players to Stage Free One-Act Play
Pink Ribbon Day
Shragh Threshing Raises 4k for Diabetic Children
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
30th Galway Abbey-Duniry Scout Group
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna & District Lions Club - Spectacles Collection
Harvest Auction in aid of St. Dympnas ADS Portumna
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Under 16 Hurlers Bridge 22 Year Gap
Well done and congratulations to our u16 hurlers as they bridge a 22 year gap when they won the county title last Saturday. It took 160 minutes of hurling to separate two great teams who gave it their all in Pearse Stadium.

The first game played in Ballinasloe was played in terrible weather conditions but this did not deter the players as both teams showed their love for the game and pride in their jerseys. Portumna got the better start in the stadium and went a point up through Niall Royston. Five points from Ronan O Meara meant they went in at half time two points down on a score line 0-6 to 1-5.

With all to play for in the second half and Portumna having a slight breeze, Portumna put over two more scores to level the game with them coming from the stickwork of Ronan O Meara. O Meara was a major threat to the Castlegar backs and added two more points to put them ahead but Castlegar continued adding pressure and added two points to their first half tally to force the game to extra time.

In extra time O Meara moved to the half forward line and caused major problems for the half back line who had probably had the better of the exchanges up to this with Colin Burke going in on the edge of the square. A point from Ronan O Meara and a point from Colin Burke gave them a slight advantage going into the second half of the extra period. But Castegar did not lie down they levelled the game after five minutes. O Meara soloed through the Castlegar defence and laid on a great pass to Burke who had nothing on his mind only goal but he was taken down in the square. O Meara stood over the penalty and buried the ball to the roof of the net. Castlegar continued to pile on the pressure in the last five minutes but a couple of great saves from Donal Donoghue saw the cup come home to Portumna. Great credit is due to both teams on an excellent exhibition of hurling both days.

Donal Donoghue was very steady in goals and brought off some good saves when called upon. Sean Tuohy gave man of the match display at full back and he got great help from Simon Curran who put in some great tackles and from Sean Heagney who still at fourteen years of age gave it his all. Conor Barry was excellent at centre back and had the hard task of marking their danger man but won the battle there while John Madden and Kieran Dillon gave it their all on the wings. The centre field partnership of Darren Dillon and James Coughlan gave it their all with some great runs through the defence from Dillon which caused problems for Castlegar when he took them on. Colin Burke at centre forward worked hard and when called upon in extra time he played a captains role with two inspirational points. He was well assisted by Padraig Corcoran and Niall Royston. Up front Ronan O Meara proved the danger man and proved a thorn in the Castlegar defence. They found it hard to cope with his running through the defence and even though Castle players surrounded him all day he still managed to put 1-10 on the scoreboard. O Meara was well assisted by Ethan Horrigan and Niall Concannon. Well done to the panel Cormac Tully, Raymond Broderick, Daniel Gerathy, Patrick O Sullivan, Gary Lynch, Peter Claffey, Marc Kelly, Andrew Willams, Tommy Heagney and Brian Muldoon they may not have got a run in the final but put in as much effort all year as the starting fifteen. Again well done to both teams for two great days of hurling.

A big thank you to Manager Joe Keane and his selectors John O Flaherty and Sylvie Donoghue for all their hard work it paid off. A big thank you to Modena Restaurant for their sponsorship of hoodies to the team and panel and to Theresa Walker of the Ferry for the lovely meal. Thanks to the parents for all their help during the year in bringing the lads to training and matches. Thanks to Joe Heagney and Ger Moran who provided First Aid for the Players.


Portumna GAA
Winter programme for U8, U10, U12 & U14 is starting this Tuesday in the Community School and in Sign Astro turf facilities. Times u8 5-30pm in Community School. U10 6-15pm in the Community School. U12 5-30 pm in Sign Out. u14 6-30pm in Sign Out. There will be qualified coaches for these sessions and also senior players will assist with the coaching.


Retirement of Kathleen Cahalan, Portumna Community School
Last week Portumna Community School reached a milestone in its life with the retirement of one of its longer serving teachers Mrs Kathleen Cahalan.

Kathleen, a native of County Mayo, started her career in St. Bridget's Vocational School, Portumna, in November 1978 as a commerce teacher. In her early years the young Ms. Nolan taught mainly shorthand and typewriting to the Secretarial class. Many of those were Post Leaving Certificate students who progressed to employment in banks, civil service and as secretaries in various offices throughout the country. She later assumed responsibility for this course along with teaching commerce, business organization and maths throughout the school. She even found time to train camogie teams and coached a team to Senior Colleges success in 1983.

Following the move to Portumna Community School she taught business studies and mathematics and in her role as Assistant Principal she coordinated both the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Post Leaving Certificate course. During this time she provided timely exposure for many students in the area of business innovation and entrepreneurial skills as well as creating opportunities for adults to return to education and work. Indeed many graduates from the PLC course regularly credit Kathleen and the course for enabling them to get back to work or to resume their education. She was also instrumental in establishing the now much valued School Book Rental Scheme.

Kathleen was a most dedicated, committed and efficent teacher who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the students in her care and she will be deeply missed by all who had the privilage of knowing her. At the conclusion of a most distinguished career the school community wish her a long, happy, healthy and fulfilled retirement.


"An Angel Calling" - Book Signing
Irish Author Caroline Quigley, Angel Healer/Spiritual Intuitive will visit The Health Hub (Health Store & Therapy Centre) Patrick St. Portumna, on Saturday 22nd of October between 2pm and 5pm to sign copies of her new book 'An Angel Calling'. All are welcome.


Portumna Bridge Club
Winners Wed 12 October 2011: 1st Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 2nd Patsy Hanbury & Patricia Eames, Gross Mary Connolly & Charlie Mullen, 3rd Sheila Dillon & Patricia Blehein, 4th Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning.


Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show
The celebrated Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show is back again this year, with its mix of fun, frolics and of course fashion. Portumna Town Hall is the venue for this years show on Friday 4th November at 8pm and there will be shops from Loughrea, Birr, Ballinasloe and well as Portumna showing off their wears on the night. As always the fashion will of the best labels and latest trends, add in the guarantee of some serious fun and belly laughs and you have a great nights entertainment. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable €10 including a Cheese and Wine reception and are available from participating shops, club members and a limited number at the door.


Portumna - Discover What is on Your Doorstep
Indoor and outdoor activities abound in Portumna on Sunday 23rd October when Discover Portumna takes place from 12-6pm.

The indoor events begins with the prizegiving for the Discover Portumna Art competition for national school pupils which will take place at 2pm. Every entry will be displayed on the walls of the Townhall for all to see and the prizes will be awarded to the winners present on the day. This competition has got a great response from the children in the Schools and over 670 exhibits were returned these as mentioned will be on display in the Town Hall the prizegiving will take place at 2pm.

The other indoor events include free tours of the Portumna Castle, An Gairdin, Redwood Castle, the Irish Workshouse Centre and the Retirement Village, self-catering accommodation as well as 'Come and Try It' arts & crafts and knitting workshops sessions. The country market will be selling their wares in the Townhall and many hospitality and retail outlets have special promotions running. Singing, drama, poetry and live music will also to entertain throughout the afternoon. Face-painting for the youngest visitors will also be available in the townhall. Many retail shops throughout town have also put on special promotions and shows throughout the afternoon including a mini fashion show, discounts, test drives and special offers.

Maureen Kenny is running an Angling promotion free advice and 10% discount on fishing tackle bought on the day and also 10% off during the month of November.

The outdoor events include both on the and off the water events. On the water 'Come and Try It' sessions for kayaking and sailing, will take place as well as cycling, tours of an Emerald Star hire cruiser, boats trips and angling demonstrations. Golf Club tours, karting, hurling, putting, a walkabout treasure hunt, off road driving, and a historic town walking tour ensure there will be entertainment for everyone all afternoon.

Free transport has been arranged for some of the out of town venues, by the event organisers. Check the programme for details. Departure and returns times will be signposted in town on the day.

The Discover Portumna brochure is available throughout the town and online at discover.ireland.ie/lakelands.

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. Lakelands Inland Waterways is jointly led by Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

Organised by Fáilte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Galway County Council and Portumna Chamber of Commerce, the Discover day will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the tourism assets of the Portumna region.


D. Lynch & Sons - Solid Fuel Stove Exhibition
As part of Discover Portumna day, D. Lynch & Sons are running a Blackmsith Solid Fuel Stove Exhibition on Sunday 23rd October from 2-6pm. A Blacksmith company representative will be available to show customers the full range of their popular stoves and answer any queries. We will have extra special offers for that day only. We will also have a free key cutting service available on the day


Portumna Castle & Gardens - Free Entry & Entertainment
As part of Discover Portumna Day, on Sunday 23rd October, we are inviting all to visit the castle & gardens free of charge throughout the day. Free Guides will be given at appointed times during the morning. At 3pm sharp we will present 'songs' with The Acorns, Portumna Active Retirement Group, conducted by Bríd Porter. Followed immediately by a One Act Comedy Sketch, "Looking for Love" by the Portumna Players, directed by Marian Frawley.


Pallas Karting - Free Karting Session
As part of Portumna Discovery Day, we will be offering a session of Karting on our family 500m track. Minimum requirement 10 years old and 4ft 6" in height. Briefing will begin from 12pm and finishes at 1pm, Event over at 1.30pm. Come out with the family and enjoy Karting at Europe's Largest Karting Centre. Courtesy Bus available from Portumna.


Discover Portumna at Sign Out Youth Cafe
Caman Abu: Join the All Ireland Caman Abu champions for a fun and enjoyable introductory session of Caman Abu on Sign Out All Weather Pitch from 3pm to 4pm Sunday 23rd Oct as part of Discover Portumna Day. Caman Abu, social and recreational hurling, for adults is played on a non contact basis and is a fun way of getting fit and meeting new people. All levels of fitness catered for, no previous experience necessary. Get training now for our Autumn Tournament and social event. Contact Susan 087 6779267.

Sign Out Youth Project Songschool Music and Multimedia Workshop: If you are between the age of 13 and 19 years then come along and write, create, perform and record your songs at this once off workshop, funded by GRD. Bring your own instruments. Pre booking essential at 087 6779267. All are welcome to our Musical Performance on the Sunday as part of the Discover Portumna Day at 3.30pm. Be the first to hear new songs and fresh recordings from the Weekend Workshop.


Portumna Players to Stage Free One-Act Play
In conjunction with Discover Portumna facilitated by Waterways Ireland and Failte Ireland on Sunday 23rd October, Portumna Players will stage a one-act play at Portumna Castle at 3.00pm. Free admission. All welcome.


Pink Ribbon Day
Many thanks to the volunteers who collected over €1,500 for this very worthy cause. While we are down on last year's figure, we are still very grateful for very generous contributions from members of the public, in these tough economic times.


Shragh Threshing Raises 4k for Diabetic Children
The annual old style "Theshing" held recently at Shragh was on All Ireland Football Sunday. Memories of old were revisited with the threshing of oats and barley with a Belt Driven 1919 Ransomes Thresher. The locals assisted in forking in the Oats and making the cocks of straw and indeed hand making the old hay ropes, all polished off with a bottle of Guinness and a slice or two of bread with butter freshly made minutes earlier by the ladies in the refreshments tent.

Fun was had by all participants with a most unique and varied selection of games on offer. When was the last time you played "Guess the weight of the horse", indeed our own Barry Conboy was the winner of this one. Irish and International Sheaf Thrower Tomas Conroy organized the sheaf throwing and this was one was eventually won by Brian Porter from Clondegoff. Paul Conroy from Slaughty ran the "Toy Horse Racing" which involved timber horses being moved along with a pulley. Seanie Flaherty in Gurteeny came through in this one after a stewarts enquiry. There was "Mouse Racing" and Pony Trap Rides, hurley target practice and a bouncy castle and much more all fuelled by a Bar-B-Q and facilities tent to feed all through the day.

In addition there was a wide variety of antique displays and equipment for all to see ranging from Old Tools and equipment, Vintage Fair, Cars and Tractors from the 30's to recent times, Home made Butter making, rolling the oats and many more. Fun was had in the facilities tent while watching the Dublin Kerry match and there was story telling and music right through out the day.

This event has been running for a few years now and according to the organizer Gerry Lyons the turnout and charitable funds raised on the day exceeded all expectations. All contributions raised on the day were for the benefit of the 'Diabetic Pediatrics Section' under the care of Hilda Clarke in Portiuncla hospital. Gerry Lyons, Paul Tuohy and their families would like to thank all for their help in any way to again make this such a wonderful day by turning up and supporting a very worthy local charitable cause. All is now done for this year and it'll soon be time to plough the ground and sow the seeds for next year. DVD's of the day are available from Gerry Lyons Garage Shragh.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society host a lecture by Joseph Mannion PhD, entitled; The Formation of County Galway in the Sixteenth Century: Its medieval Background and Tempestuous Early Years. In Donie O'Meara's Restaurant, Portumna on Tuesday 25th October at 8.30pm.


30th Galway Abbey-Duniry Scout Group
Are holding a quiz night in the Cross Cut Bar – Duniry on Friday 21st Oct @ 9p.m. sharp. Each family involved in Scouting is invited to take a table - €20 and bring a spot prize. Lots of fun guaranteed & lots of prizes to be won. Looking forward to seeing you all. All welcome!


Davitts Camogie Club
Senior: Davitts had another very successful weekend on the camogie front. The senior team are back in the county final after a four year absence following a super three point victory over old rivals Pearses on Sunday in Ballinasloe. Davitts were sluggish in the first half and trailed by three points at half time but emerged a different team in the second half and put in in a great display in which they scored 1-9, all from play, to emerge 3 point winners on a score line of Davitts 2-10 Peares 1-10.

Davitts team was as follows: Sinead Donohue, Orla Watson, Ailbhe Kelly, Lizzie Flynn, Laura Shiel, Elaine Brudar, Lisa Shiel ,Lorraine Farrell, Edel Dervan, Amy Murphy Clare Killeen, Mary Kelly 0-1, Lourda Kavanagh 0-1 (f), Linda Gohery 0-4, Maria Breheny 2-3. Subs Aine Dervan for Lisa Shiel, Lisa Shiel for Amy Murphy, Claire Mchugo for Clare Killeen. Subs not used: Niamh Briscoe, Laura Fahy, Rachel Duggan, Amy Comar.

Under 13: The u13 team was also crowned county champions after two great wins over Oranmore and Athenry on Saturday in Kilrickle. Well done to all the girls and to Annette Breheny and all her management team.

Clothes 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 & District Lions Club - Spectacles Collection
Portumna & District Lions Club are once again collecting any old prescription glasses (no cases required). These lenses are used to give sight to those less fortunate than ourselves. Please clear out your cupboards and donate your old glasses to one of the following collection boxes; Portumna Day Care Centre, Portumna Parish Church, Church of Ireland, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna Community School, Tynagh Parish Church. The boxes shall be collected on Monday 7th November. Thank you for your support.


Harvest Auction in aid of St. Dympnas ADS Portumna
There will be a Harvest Auction in aid of St. Dympnas ADS Portumna on Sunday 30th of October in Derryoober National School, Gurteeny. Doors will open for viewing at 12pm auction will start at 2pm. There are Agricultural, Hardware, Building Materials, Solid Fuel, Horticultural, Electrical Appliances, Vouchers plus many more goods on the day. Please support this great worthy cause. Light refreshments and entertainment on the day. For further information contact Paul Conroy Junior on 087 9351660.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 21st to Thurs 27th Oct.

Paranormal Activity 3
Discover The Secret Behind The Activity! Katie Featherston Sprague Grayden Lauren Bittner
Daily 6:30 9:00 (15a)

The Lion King
The Great Disney Classic On The Big Screen!
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

Contagion
Gripping From Start to Finish! Matt Damon Marion Cotillard Jude Law Gwyneth Paltrow Kate Winslet
Nightly 9:00 (12a)

The Three Musketeers
All For One And One For All! Matthew MacFadyen Orlando Bloom Milla Jovovich
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 3:00 6:30 Mon to Thurs 6:30 (12a)

Johnny English Reborn
A Little Intelligence Goes A Long Way. Rowan Atkinson Rosamund Pike
Fri 4:15 6:30 9:00 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 9:00 Mon To Thurs 6:30 (Pg)

The Adventures of Tintin
From Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson. Voices of Daniel Craig Nick Frost Simon Pegg
Opening Monday 24th 9:00 (Pg)

Footloose
There Comes A Time To Cut Loose! Kenny Wormald Julianne Hough Andie MacDowell
Nightly 9:00 Also Sat Sun 6:30 (12a)

Dolphin Tale
US No. 1 Hit movie! Harry Connick Jr. Ashley Judd Morgan Freeman
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon to Thurs 6:30 (G)

www.ormondcineplex.com


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