02 November 2011

Irish Workhouse Centre Launches Friends "Window to the Past" Programme
Discover Portumna Art Competition
Fashion Show
Portumna Active Retirement Association
Portumna Bingo
An Gairdin - Monday Morning Courses
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Lorrha Variety Group Present "Widows Paradise"
Pride of Place Competition
Table Quiz - St. Vincent De Paul Fundraiser
National Inland Open Water Lifeguard Award
Bogs Action Group Fundraiser - Thank You
Portumna Community School
Irish Writers' Centre Peregrine Readings
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Irish Workhouse Centre Launches Friends "Window to the Past" Programme
The Irish Workhouse Centre, located in the former Portumna Workhouse, is the only centre in Ireland that tells the story of the Irish Workhouse. It opened its doors to the public this year for a six week period and was a resounding success, so much so that it has been nominated for 4 different awards: The County Mayor's Award – Social Enterprise; The County Heritage Award; the Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) National Awards – Best Tourist Attraction and Best Heritage Attraction.

The centre is attracting visitors to the area and providing local employment. The project is headed up by SE Galway IRD with the help of many local volunteers. To date, it has attracted €400,000 in grant aid from a number of organisations including the Heritage Council, Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development. It is also supported by Galway Rural Development Programme under the Rural Social Scheme. Plans are now afoot to further develop the centre and open the doors for a much longer period in 2012, all going to plan, from March to October.

A Friends "Window to the Past" Programme is being organised to generate funds.
Under this Programme, people can give €2 per week towards the project. People, who become friends of the project, will get a friends card. This will allow free admission for their friends and family to the centre. Also, as the 280 windows in the complex are repaired or replaced as the project progresses, a plaque will be fixed to each window, acknowledging the individual friends support. So in time, it is hoped to have a friend acknowledged at each window. The support of friends will also be acknowledged on the website (www.irishworkhousecentre.ie) and in the Friends book at the centre. If you want to support this project and your area by becoming a Friend, please contact Ursula on 086-3830710 or call into the IRD centre in Abbey St. Portumna.


Discover Portumna Art Competition
Over 900 entries were received for Discover Portumna National School Art Competition from schools in the area. The entries were judged in the different age categories and displayed in a large exhibition in Portumna Town Hall on Sunday where over 250 people attended the prize-giving.

The entries proved very interesting to the many visitors to the exhibition as they illustrated children's view of Portumna life. Portumna Castle was definitely very prominent among the drawings with many other students showing their family enjoying life along the shores of Lough Derg, on boats, angling or canoeing or walking in the Forest Park.

The 12 winners came from both Co Galway and Co Tipperary with Terryglass National School sweeping four of the awards with their pictures of Portumna Castle and Lough Derg among other subjects.

The other winning schools included Raheen National School, St Joseph's National School, Woodford, Killimor National School, Derryoober National School, St. Brendan's National School, Clonfert, Tynagh National School and Lawrencetown National School. Thanks are due to the Principal and Teachers of each of the schools who supported their students in participating in the competition.

The sponsors of the prizes were local businesses in Portumna including Acorn to Oak Community Creche, Portumna Tidy Towns Annmarie Walker Accountants, Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna Retirement Village, Pallas Karting and Dan Lynch Hardware. The prizes ranged from a go-kart, to karting vouchers, I-Touchs to digital cameras, and were the subject of delight from all the children and their parents!

Representatives of Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, funders of the event and organisers Portumna Chamber of Commerce attended the prize-giving. They were delighted with the response from the sponsors in terms of the prizes on offer and from the schools who encouraged so many of their students to participate.


Fashion Show
The now famous Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show is back on this Friday night, 4th November @ 8pm in Portumna Town Hall. This is always a great night out, with fabulous fashion and a good mix of fun thrown in. The fashion line up this year is probably their best ever, with a wide range of shops from all around including: High Jinks, Cul Sports, Ladies Day, All Occasions, Bombyx Mori, Palmerstown Stores and Sew Malone from Portumna, Michael Ward from Ballinasloe, Kabello and Alexa from Birr and Guna Deas, Tres Chic and star milliner Mark Burke from Loughrea.

This is always a fantastic night out with a cheese and wine reception thrown in for only €10 on the door, but come early as places are limited.


Portumna Active Retirement Association
The ARA choir performed in the Castle during the Discover Portumna Day, they were superb despite the weather. The songs they chose to sing were Isle of Capri, Nora, Dear Hearts &l World go by. Chris Smith did a solo on the mouth organ called Amazing Grace.

Twenty four members enjoyed their stay in Galway lately attending the "A.R.A. Go On Festival" for Connaught. They were the only group to take to the stage and entertain all present at the gala dinner on last Wednesday night, with singing ,dancing and musical recitals. Their audience gave them a great cheer and the entire group felt very rewarded for their many hours of practice. A special word of thanks is due to Brid who conducts the choir. A surprise appearance of Michael D. Higgins also added to the entertainment. Members also enjoyed a tour and a night at the dogs. Everybody really had an enjoyable three days.

The group are holding a social night on the 3rd November with an invite to our local A.R.A's Lorrha, Duniry and Eyrecourt.


Portumna Bingo
Huge Turnout last week at our Bingo Bonanzer! However, there is till €3,900.00 to won on the jackpot this week, Saturday at 8pm in Portumna Town Hall. Come and join us for fun at Portumna Bingo!


An Gairdin - Monday Morning Courses
An Gairdin are running Monday morning courses over the coming weeks. These range from making your own raised beds to making compost-you can turn your household and garden waste into real compost, also you can learn how to make the bins for holding your compost. For more information contact 090 9741689.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
The AGM of Portumna contract bridge club was held on 10th Oct and officers and committee elected for 2011-2012 were: President, Eileen Tuohy, Vice President, Angela Canning, Secretary, Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer, Paddy Kelly, Tour. Director, Conor Finch, Ass. Tour. Director, Charlie Mullen, Ex officio, Sean Cahalan, Committee, Patricia Eammes and Eileen Smith.

Results for the 24th Oct. 1) Denis Kelly, Iris Dennison. 2) Fr.Finneran, Eileen Smith. Gross) Patricia Eames, Peggy White. 3) Sheila Dillon, Mary Burbage. 4) Michael Torpey, Joan Ryan.

Wednesday Bridge Club, 26 /10/2011: Free Sub Competition. 1st Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 2nd Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning.


Lorrha Variety Group Present "Widows Paradise"
On the last weekend in November Fri 25th, Sat 26th & Sun 27th, Lorrha Local Variety group will take to the stage in the hilarious comedy "Widows Paradise" which was written by Belfast born playwright Sam Cree.

Widows Paradise is a 3 Act comedy set in the 1960's. The action of the play takes place in a "luxury" caravan with 5 ladies embarking on a "strictly women only" holiday. A subsequent case of "mistaken caravan identity" sees the "Widows Paradise" thrown into disarray with the arrival of the real owners of the caravan - men!! Chaos ensues.


Pride of Place Competition
Galway County Council has nominated the Ireland Reaching Out project for the Community Tourism Initiative award in the 2011 All-Island Pride of Place competition. Project Manager, Dolores O'Shea and Parish Officer, John Joe Conwell, both from Portumna, will lead the group travelling to the Awards Ceremony in Gorey, Co. Wexford on 5th November.

South Galway features strongly in the shortlist for the County Mayor's Awards 2011. Galway County Council revealed the nominations on Monday with 35 individuals, community and voluntary groups getting the nod over seven categories for the inaugural awards, which will take place next month.

Kinvara Farmers' Market is in the running for the Community Enterprise award, for groups who have developed enterprise initiatives in the community and in particular contributing to employment. South East Galway Integrated Rural Development is also down to the final five in this category.

The winners will be announced at the County Mayor's Awards ceremony on November 10 in the Connemara Coast Hotel.


Table Quiz - St. Vincent De Paul Fundraiser
The local branch of St. Vincent De Paul are holding a table quiz in Stronges Bar Portumna Friday 18th November at 9pm sharp. The tables of 4 cost €40 please support this worthy cause.


National Inland Open Water Lifeguard Award
Six swimmers were presented with their National Inland Open Water Lifeguard Award last Saturday morning, the six were Peter Dillon, Sighle Burke, Conor O Meara, David Burke, Naomi Burke & Edmond Burke. The IWS examiner was Ronan Hartley.


Bogs Action Group Fundraiser - Thank You
Barroughter & Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group would sincerely like to thank those who attended their table quiz in McDonaghs, Kilcorban Tynagh and to all who donated spot prizes for the raffle. Amount raised was €2,019. Proceeds of the night will be used to fight the campaign to save our bogs.


Portumna Community School
Volcano Competition The gym in Portumna Community School was awash with color and lava last Friday, as the 1st year students put on a display of Volcano models they had been working on over the previous weeks. There were many interesting designs and materials used from paper maché to expanding foam and everything in between. The students got a chance to explain how they made their volcano and demonstrate how it erupts for the judges who had an extremely difficult task to select winners as the standard was very high. The overall winners selected were Class 111:1st Stephenie Donoghue, 2nd Keith Scully & 3rd Mairead Duffy. Class 112: 1st Nadine Bauchier, 2nd Anna Kelly, 3rd George Harding & 4th Joe & Shannon Slattery. Class 113 : 1st Laoise Conroy, 2nd Mairead O Meara, 3rd Tina Callanan. Well done to everyone for their hard work and a special mention to Helena Horrigan who provided Halloween decorations for the competieion.

"Where" Best wishes to Michaela Madden 2nd year student at Portumna Community School who has recorded her first CD. She won the Talent Search Competiton and her prize was to have her own CD recorded. The CD "Where" will be on sale in O'Meara's from the 7th November and will cost €7. It has four tracks, one of which is a song she composed herself.

Talent Competition Also in the talent stakes was Dayna McGinley who recently took part in a talent competition called "Search for the Stars" it was run by Abbeyknockmoy Football Club, she sang "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles. Unfortunately she did not get through to the next round but she is far from reluctant to try again next year that's the spirit.


Irish Writers' Centre Peregrine Readings
On Thursday, November 17th at 7.30pm, Portumna will host a reading as part of the Irish Writers' Centre Peregrine Readings. This event will feature the writers Ivy Bannister, Liam Carson and Henry McDonald in Church of Ireland, Portumna. Admission is €5 and promoted locally by Portumna Arts Group and sponsored by the Arts Council.

The purpose of the series is to develop an audience for prose readings and to cultivate and encourage reading among the public. It is the hope of the Irish Writers' Centre that, by providing a regular platform for writers, they can maintain a continuous rapport with their readers and increase their readership from book to book.Further information can be obtained from Noelle on 087 2931055


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 4th to Thurs 10th Nov.

Tower Heist
Ordinary Guys – Extraordinary Robbery - Craziest Heist Ever – Murphy In Top Form! Ben Stiller Eddie Murphy Tea Leoni
Daily 6:30 9:00 Also Fri Sat Sun 3:00 (12a)

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

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 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 7:00 Mon to Thurs 7:00 (Pg)

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 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

Crazy Stupid Love
Funnier Smarter Sassier Love Actually – A Great Laugh! Ryan Gosling Steve Carell New Star Emma Stone Julianne Moore
Nightly 9:00 Also Mon to Thurs 6:30 (15a)

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

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

The Help
Opening Fri 11th 8:30

www.ormondcineplex.com


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