26 October 2011

Santa at the Castle
Harvest Auction
Halloween Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna GAA
Davitts Camogie Club
Sign Out Youth Project Midterm Activities
Portumna & District Lions Club Fun Cycle
Bogs Action Group
Kenpo Karate Classes
Portumna Bingo
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Players
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Santa at the Castle
Once again, before Halloween is even over, the happy elves in Portumna are already planning Santa's arrival. This year, the date to look out for will be Saturday 3 December, when Santa will once again hold court in his special grotto in Portumna Castle, and where every child will get a present, be able to post their letters (for the big stuff), and be able partake in a range of other activities in the Castle (letter writing, card making, face painting, etc) all in the wonderful environs of a seventeenth century Castle right on our doorstep.

This will be a ticketed event. Each ticket will give you a specific time slot for your visit to Santa - busy mums and dads can plan exactly when they arrive, see Santa, and have plenty of time afterwards to do all the other activities in the Castle, and then pop into Portumna to see all that the town has to offer. As soon as the tickets are ready, the Connacht Tribune will give you all the details.

The Committee in Portumna are always looking for more volunteers to help out with this wonderful event. If you would like to get involved in your community and to be part of a great day for all the kids in Portumna, please let the Committee know. You can ring Micheál at 087-6406-552.

Harvest Auction
A Harvest Auction will take place on Sunday 30th October at 2pm in Derryoober National School, Gurteeny, Woodford, Co Galway. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for St Dympna's ADS Portumna to develop a gym and the purchase of gym equipment.

Doors open for viewing at 12 noon with a fantastic range of quality goods for sale. Items include Agricultural, Hardware, Building Materials, Solid fuel, Horticultural, Electrical, a wide range of quality Vouchers plus many more. Refreshments and entertainment on the day. Please come along and support this worthy cause, you will not be disappointed! We would like to thank all our sponsors to date for there generous contribution towards this event.

Halloween Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Halloween Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens, Sunday 30th October, 3-4pm. The Green Witch of the West will appear in the Castle at 3pm sharp to invite children to take part in her fun filled, environmental workshop. Also, Meadhbh and Roísín will be on hand for scary face painting. Look out for the resident Pipistrelle! Admission is free for the event.

Portumna Castle & Gardens will close on Monday 31st of October. Thank you to all who supported us during the 2011 season. Opening arrangements for 2012 will be advertised before Easter weekend.

Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Sat night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2 10 18 25. Two people matched three numbers Margueriette Dolphin and Tony Banks.

Scrap Metal: The Club are still looking for scrap metal items. Any item no matter how small will be greatly received. So if there is anyone in Portumna or indeed the surrounding areas who have items lying about, the club would appreciate your donation. You dont have to worry about transport club will organise that. Person to contact Steve Killeen 086 6039235.

DVD: DVD of the U16 county final between Portumna and Castlegar are now available to buy. Anyone interested can contact Dermot Flaherty on 086 6076716.

Davitts Camogie Club
Under 18's: Davitts u18's continued the winning ways of the club by qualifying for this year's u18 final following a three point victory over Craughwell on Sunday. Final score Davitts 2-6 Craughwell 2-3. The Davitts team was as follows: Lorraine Donnellan, Rachel Duggan, Niamh Briscoe, Aimee Devery, Claire McHugo, Aine Dervan, Ruth Jordan, Lisa Shiel, Lorraine Farrell 1-4, Amy Comar, Amy Murphy, Emma Page, Maria Breheny 0-2, Niamh Lawless 1-0, Roisín O Beirne, Subs: Laura Fahy for Aimee Devery, Aishling O Rourke for Laura Fahy, Collette Shiel.

Senior: It's a big weekend for the club with the senior side contesting the county final on Bank Holiday in Ballinasloe at 2pm. Davitts will certainly be underdogs as they face a formidable outfit in Killimor, last years All Ireland club champions. But we wish the best of luck to all the panel and the management team of Dave Sullivan, Ian Dervan and Jim Killeen.

Fundraising: 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.

Sign Out Youth Project Midterm Activities
Teambuilding Trip: The midterm kickstarts on Saturday 29th with a Teambuilding Trip to Lilliput Activity Centre, Mullingar, the bus departs at 8am from Sign Out. Full and comprehensive days activities are planned both land and water based, depending on the weather. Thanks to IRD Rural Transport Scheme for providing the transport for the journey. Bring a packed lunch, change of clothes and old runners.

Graffiti Workshop: On Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd of November, Sign Out will hold the second and final Graffiti Workshop, creating murals and graffiti on the exterior and interior of the Youth Cafe. This workshop is open to all 13 to 18 year olds, both members and non members. This two days workshop runs from 10am to 4pm daily and costs €25. Pre booking essential, limited places available.

Soccer Tournament: As part of National Recreation Week, Sign Out Youth Project are holding their Annual U18 Soccer Tournament on Thursday 3rd November. Teams of 5. €25 per team. Entry forms available in Sign Out. Draw will take place on Tuesday evening 1st Nov. Winners prize €200: Runners Up €100. For further information on any of the above or to book a place contact Susan 087 6779267.

Portumna & District Lions Club Fun Cycle
A Tremendous Support was given last Sunday from the community of Portumna & District in The Portumna & District Lions Club Fun Cycle. The Memorial Trophy for Michael OShea was presented by his Sister Dolores & brother Oliver to the club with the most funds raised - The Portumna Soccer Club, represented by Mike OSullivan. The funniest Bike/Outfit award was given to Brendan & Tristan Hoary with their amazing Two Men in a Boat! Also awards were presented to Conor Duggan & Brendan O'Brien. We look forward to next year! Thank you.

Bogs Action Group
The Barroughter and Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group were called to Dublin last week by Minister Jimmy Deenihan to discuss the current situation at Ardraigue (Killimor), Clonmoylan and Barroughter (The Shannon) bogs.

The Bogs Action Group met with Minister Deenihan, the Secretary General of his Department, the Head of the National Parks and Wildlife Service and three other high ranking Departmeofficers. The meeting took place in the Office of the Minister. Minister Deenihan following very strong protests in Galway and Ballinasloe recently by the Action Group called the meeting. At the Ballinasloe protest the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that a meeting would be arranged give the special circumstances of these bogs.

The high powered five man delegation from the Bogs Action group discussed with the Minister and his senior officials the difficulties he had inflicted on those who cut turf at Barroughter, Ardraigue and Clonmoylan bogs as a result of them being designated as Special Areas of Conservation. The delegation told the Minister that the system used by them and his Department to designate bogs was flawed and that the department did not adhere to the criteria as laid down by the Habitats Directive and that the amateur NGOs were used to survey the bogs in the first instance. Based on their survey information the bogs were designated. They used only scientific reasons. They ignored the economoic, social, cultural and regional requirements as stated in the Habitats Directive.

The Departments senior officials accepted that the system used was flawed. The Secretary General admitted that no consideration other than a scientific one was used to designate the bogss. The Minister and his team were told by the Action Group that no matter what happened, turf would be cut on all three bogs in 2012 and that was huge determination by the turf cutters in the three bogs that turf would cut.

The Action Group told the Minister that he owned two thirds of Clonmoylan bog and that he was not capable of preserving it. He agreed that his department and his agents the NPWS were unable to control or extinguish a fire, which had taken, place there earlier this year. If he drives the local turf cutters from the bog and if a fire breaks out again in the future then his department will be unable to deal with it. It was pointed out to him that turf cutters would always help to put out fires because they would not want their turf damaged before it was saved. The Ministerial team agreed with this.

The Minister raised the option of relocation and was told bluntly by the Action Group that relocation was out and that there was no bog to relocate to. He was told that instead of relocation he should dedesignate the bogs. His officials raised the suggestion by the IFA which the Minister mentioned in Dail Eireann on the previous day that a supply of turf be made available to the turf cutters. This suggestion was rubbished by the Action Group and pointed out that IFA did not represent most turf cutters.

The Minister suggested sending his high-ranking officials to visit the bogs with the Action Group in the very near future. The Action Group agreed to this.

Kenpo Karate Classes
For beginners in the Town Hall Portumna every Tuesday evening. Children's class 5yrs upwards 6.30pm-7.30pm. Adult classes 8.30pm-10pm. Class every Saturday morning At 11am-12pm. Inquiries to 087-6436615 or www.galwaykenpo.ie

Portumna Bingo
The Jackpot stands at €3,850!! It has to be won. Bingo bonanzer this weekend, loads more to be won so come along and enjoy yourself and maybe win a prize. Town Hall Portumna at 8pm Saturday.

Portumna Camera Club
The Portumna Camera Club held their AGM recently and the following were elected the top table. Chairperson Rosa-Tomrop-Hoffmann, Secretary Ann Forde and Treasurer Ann McEntee. The club meets every second Tuesday of the Month in the social hall of Portumna Retirement Village. New members are always welcome.

Portumna Players
The Portumna Players staged a one-act sketch written by Jimmy Keary as part of the Discover Day in Portumna the play was called "Looking for Love".

This gentle comedy is set in a Dublin cafe where Vivien Maxwell, a lonely woman in her late forties, is waiting to meet Denis Hunt, a bachelor of similar age. Vivien has answered Denis' personal ad and is very nervous about the meeting. When Deirdre Shaw, a newsy and intimidating work colleague of Vivien's, turns up in the cafe, Vivien is forced to take drastic action to keep her assignation a secret.

Well done and congratulations to the Actors two of whom it was their first appearance on stage-Francis Robinson (Hughes) and Nuria Doyle. Marian Frawley directed the play.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 28th to Thurs 3rd Nov.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
The Great Adventure From Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson. Voices of Jamie Bell Daniel Craig Nick Frost Simon Pegg.
Fri 4:15 6:30 9:00 Sat to Thurs 2:00 4:15 6:30 9:00 (Pg)

Crazy Stupid Love
Funnier Smarter Sassier Love Actually! Ryan Gosling Steve Carell New Star Emma Stone Julianne Moore
Opening Tonight Weds and Nightly 9:00 Also Fri to Tues 6:30 (15a)

Tower Heist
Craziest Heist Ever – Murphy In Top Form. Ben Stiller Eddie Murphy Tea Leoni
Opening Weds Thurs 2 & 3rd Nov Special Advance Showing (12a)

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

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

Johnny English Reborn
A Little Intelligence Goes A Long Way. Rowan Atkinson Rosamund Pike
Fri 4:15 Daily from Sat 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

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

There Comes A Time To Cut Loose! Kenny Wormald Julianne Hough Andie MacDowell
Daily 6:30 (12a)

Dolphin Tale
US No. 1 Hit - For All The Family! Harry Connick Jr. Ashley Judd Morgan Freeman
Fri 4:15 Sat to Thurs 2:00 4:15 (G)


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