01 February 2012

Portumna Film Club Resumes for the Spring/Summer Season
Irish Workhouse Centre Receives Overall County Heritage Award
United Left Alliance to Protest Visit of Eamon Gilmore to Galway
Funding available to Community Groups for Eligible Capital Projects
Portumna Parent & Toddler Group
Portumna Arts Group
Redwood National School Annual Tea Party Fundraiser
Baby & Toddler Event
Portumna Rugby Club - Clothing & More Collection
Bridge Competition
Cookery Course in Na Calaí
12 Week Computer Course in Killimor
Portumna Active Retirement Association
Portumna GAA - Juvenile AGM
Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor GAA
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna Film Club Resumes for the Spring/Summer Season
Cinemobile's monthly visits to Portumna are resuming with a 2 day visit on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February. The highlight of the visit is the resumption of the Film Club in Portumna and this month's Film Club movie is the acclaimed We Need to Talk About Kevin.

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. Film Club movies are at the reduced rate of €5.

Other Film Club titles for the Spring season include Romantics Anonymous, A Dangerous Method, Well Digger's Daughter, and one of the most celebrated films of last year, Drive.

Cinemobile are hosting a cheese and wine reception at 5pm in An Caisleán, Main St., Portumna on Saturday 4th February in advance of the first film club screening of 2012, so bring your friends and get the full details of the Portumna Film Club Spring/Summer Programme. Further details on upcoming Film Club movies are available by e-mailing audience@cinemobile.ie.

Other screenings for February's visit to Portumna include: Puss in Boots and the hit comedy The Sitter.

Further details on www.cinemobile.ie or call us on 091 751 629. You can also follow Cinemobile on Facebook and on twitter.

Irish Workhouse Centre Receives Overall County Heritage Award
The County Heritage Awards 2011 were held in the Meadow Court Hotel on Thursday, 26th January. People gathered from all over the county to the awards scheme, which recognises the positive efforts and contribution of individuals and communities who have furthered the goal of heritage throughout the county.

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, which opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2010, received to overall County Heritage Award. Speaking on behalf of the Judging Panel, Mr. David Burke, highlighted the uniqueness and the scale of the Workhouse project. Few workhouses remain in Ireland today. This is a sad part of our heritage, but a part of our heritage nonetheless.

Accepting the award, on behalf of all involved, Ursula Marmion, project co-ordinator, thanked those organisations who had supported the project; Galway County Council, the Heritage Council, Galway Rural Development, the Rural Social Scheme and Tus. She stated that the project was headed up by SE Galway IRD, a local development company set up by members of the community in 1997. The project, she continued, would not be possible without the help of the many local volunteers, and in particular the volunteer guides.More guides are needed for 2012, as the centre will be open from 1st April to 30th September. She concluded by thanking Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer with Galway County Council and Mayor of the County Michael Maher, who presented the awards.

Anybody looking for further information on the project or wishing to volunteer can contact the IRD on 090-9741867. See also the website on www.irishworkhousecentre.ie.

United Left Alliance to Protest Visit of Eamon Gilmore to Galway
The Galway branch of the United Left Alliance has called a protest to coincide with the visit of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to the city this Thursday, 2nd February. The protest will take place at 7:30pm at the main entrance to the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Fairgreen Road, and all groups, campaigns and individuals are invited to take part. Mr.Gilmore will address the North and West regional organisation of the Labour Party.

Speaking ahead of the protest ULA branch secretary Conor McGuinness had this to say, "The Labour Party has lost all credibility. Eamon Gilmore spoke about change before the last election, but no sooner was his party in bed with Fine Gael, but they were busy implementing the failed policies of Fianna Fáil. "The Labour Party has always claimed to represent working people and to stick up for the rights of children, women and the marginalised. Not only have they failed to do this, but they are actively attacking ordinary families. "Before the election Eamon Gilmore stated that it would be 'Frankfurt's way or Labour's way'. To date it seems to have been all Frankfurt's way. The IMF, ECB and EU have demanded cut after cut, and the Labour Party has jumped at every opportunity to please its masters in Brussels, Frankfurt and Fine Gael HQ.

"2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Labour Party. No doubt they will use this opportunity to cover the fact they have reneged absolutely on their founding principles. They have turned their back on the legacy of James Connolly and Jim Larkin, and they have turned their back on the people they are supposed to represent. "Cuts to Special Needs Assistants, education cuts, decreased local authority funding, less social spending, higher retirement age and less supports for the old and vulnerable mark Labour's first year in Government. "Over the last five months the Government has given the green light to the payout of almost €9 Billion to unsecured bondholders. We are paying for this bailout of private gamblers through cuts, household charges and other austerity measures, and we will continue to pay for them for decades to come.

"The Labour Party is part and parcel of this circus that bails out the rich and leaves those hardest hit struggling. Labour ministers have been instrumental in cutting fuel allowances to the elderly and in cutting educational supports to kids with special needs. The Labour Party Minister for Social Protection has described unemployment 'a lifestyle choice' despite an astronomic unemployment rate of 14.3%. "Meanwhile Eamon Gilmore dances to Enda's tune and Derek Nolan votes with the Government on all these issues. Its time we told the Labour Party that we are sick of their lies and of their excuses. "We will no longer let them claim to represent working people, while at every opportunity they burden us with cutbacks and ridiculous charges. Its time to tell Eamon Gilmore that enough is enough. Come along on Thursday and join the protest.

All those hit by Budget 2012 and angered by the recent €1.25Billion payout to unsecured bondholders are urged to take part in the protest. For more information visit www.unitedleftalliance.org or find ULA Galway on Facebook.

Funding available to Community Groups for Eligible Capital Projects
Galway Rural Development Company (GRD) is currently funding awareness seminars for community groups, to provide information on opportunities available to them to achieve greater energy efficiency in community buildings and achieve cost reductions in their energy bills. The seminars will provide an overview of various cost saving mechanisms and typical alternative / renewable energy opportunities that can lead to the improvement of community buildings. They will also outline the proposed funding available through the LEADER Programme for Energy Assessments and the implementation of renewable energy/cost projects and other energy saving measures for Community Buildings.

This is an opportunity for communities to receive substantial grant aid, improve energy efficiency and achieve significant cost savings, which should be particularly attractive for eligible groups. Co-ordinated by WESTBIC, the initial Awareness Events will take place in the following locations:

Craughwell Community Centre: Monday 20th Feb 2012, 8pm – 9.30pm
Moylough Community Centre: Wednesday 22nd Feb 2012, 8pm – 9.30pm
Portumna Community Centre: Thursday 23rd Feb 2012, 8pm – 9.30pm

At the events, eligible groups can register for an Energy Assessment for their building(s) aimed at identifying opportunities for improvement, followed by guidance with making an application to GRD for up to 75% grant aid towards capital costs where appropriate. Please confirm your attendance by returning the confirmation slip below in the S.A.E provided, to Niamh Considine, WESTBIC, Galway Technology Centre, Mervue, Galway, Tel: 091 730850, or email info@westbic.ie.

Portumna Parent & Toddler Group
The group meet at the new time of 10.30am every Wednesday in the town hall. If you are a parent with a baby or toddler and wish to meet other parents please come along and join us.

Portumna Arts Group
Spring is making a welcome return as we all raise our heads above the horizon in anticipation of a year of imagination, creativity, community involvement and fun in the Arts world of Portumna.

Our annual Dinner on Jan 6th had a star studded attendance of 30 people and all involved enjoyed the food and craic.

Portumna Arts Group AGM will take place on Wednesday, Feb 15th at 8pm in Sign Out Youth Café. New members are always welcome.

Redwood National School Annual Tea Party Fundraiser
Redwood National School Annual Tea Party Fundraiser Saturday, 11th Feb at 9.30 p.m. Clubhouse, Moatfield. Music by Pat Conlon & Richie Burke. Please support - tickets available on the door / or from any parent / or by contacting Paula on 087 4168592 €8.00 for one and €15 for two.

Baby & Toddler Event
Join us in O'Meara's Supervalu Portumna on Friday the 3rd February for our Baby & Toddler Event from 10.30am-1pm, Talk to our Baby Advisor & Nutritionist, Cookery Demonstration by Chef Duncan West and Local Producers be here on the Day.

Portumna Rugby Club - Clothing & More Collection
Portumna Rugby Club are in the middle of their "Clothing & More Collection". They will accept all types of clothing, bags, shoes, hats, belts, towels, bed linen and curtains. It's time for your spring clean and they would love to help you de-clutter.

You can drop off bags of items on Sunday mornings at their pitch during underage training from 12-1.30 or to Portumna Vet Clinic on Dominic Street during normal office hours or if you need these items collected please call Mark on 087 6434230 and they can arrange a pick up.

Please try to support this collection, it's getting increasingly difficult for clubs to raise enough finance to survive and they need your help.

Bridge Competition
Fr Walsh Trophy Wed 25th January 2012 - Individual Competition

1st Elizabeth Ryan, 2nd Michael Torpey, Gross Fr Finneran, 3rd Bridget Brereton, 4th Geraldine Canning, 5th Cepta Ryan, 6th Marian Molloy,7th Charlie Mullen, 8th Mary Nevin, 9th Nora Flanagan.

Cookery Course in Na Calaí
An informal four week cookery course will take place in Na Calaí, Abbey Street. The course will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. over four Thursday mornings starting 16th February. The course will include baking scones, soup making and tips on making meals cheaply and healthily. Participants can enjoy their lunch in Na Calaí with the meals they prepare. There is a participation fee of €20. Places are limited and if you would like to reserve a place, please contact Catriona Burke, Community Development Worker on 087 2859863.

12 Week Computer Course in Killimor
Na Calaí – Galway Rural Development and County Galway VEC are planning to start a 12 week computer course in Killimor Heritage Centre in mid-February and there are a few spaces left. Classes will take place during evening time and are free of charge. The programme is aimed at beginners. The start date will be announced shortly. If you would like to participate in the course, contact Catriona Burke, Community Development Worker on 087 2859863.

Portumna Active Retirement Association
Please note the following dates:
Thursday 2nd February quiz with Vincent Sellers as quiz master.
Thursday 9th February is the A.G.M., please note the 7pm start as we shall have a social afterwards at 9pm with music and dancing, all of these will be held in the Retirement Village.

Membership fee of €20 is now due and this is important as regarding insurance. Please put this in an envelope with your name and phone contact numbers please.

Portumna GAA - Juvenile AGM
The presentation of u16 county medals took place in the Town Hall on Sunday evening. Ollie Canning and Eoin Lynch presented the medals to the victorious winning team. The Chairman Sylvie Donoghue thanked Rashid of Modena Restaurant for his sponsorship to the team for the County final. Sean Tuohy and Ronan O Meara were presented with the u16 player of the year awards for their huge contributition to the team all year but as manager Joe Keane said it was hard to pick players because everyone played their heart out for the team all year.

Presentations were made to Ronan O Meara who represented the club at u16 county level and to Ethan Horrigan, Sean Heagney, and Donal Donoghue at u14 county level. The club made a presentation to Joe Keane, John O Flaherty and Sylvie Donoghue who were the management team and to Ger Moran and Joe Heagney who helped out as medics during the year.

Portumna Juvenile A.G.M. took place in the clubhouse on Friday night last. The chairman welcomed those who attended but said he was disappointed with the attendance. In his address the chairman Sylvie Donoghue thanked all players who hurled at all grades last year. He thanked all the managers selectors and parents who helped out with the various teams and he hoped this year that more parents would get involved. He said all our teams did well in their relative competitions. He said the u8 u10 and u12 teams all did well. He said that the u13 team were unlucky in the semi final but that they met up against a strong team on the day. He said the u14 team had a good year getting to the quarter final in their competition. He said it was great to see Feile in Galway last year and he said it was an enjoyable week-end; the only obstacle being the weather.

Pride of place goes to our u16 team on winning the County final after a 22 year gap and Sylvie congratulated Joe Keane and John O Flaherty and the panel for all their hard work all year. He congratulated Ronan O Meara, Ethan Horrigan, Sean Heagney and Donal Donoghue who represented the club at u16 and u14 county level. Sylvie thanked the senior club for all their help during the year and his co officers Yvonne as secretary and Emma the Childrens officer. The secretary Yvonne Muldoon gave a very comprehensive report of the activites of the club on and off the field.
The election of officers and Managers then took place:

Chairman: Sylvie Donoghue
Vice Chairman: Gene Mc Donagh
Secretary: Yvonne Muldoon
Asst Sec: Margaret Madden
P.R.O.: Fiona O Meara
Club Delegate: Pakie Muldoon

U-8 Manager: Ivan Canning
U-10 Manager: Denis Mc Laughlin & Sean Donoghue
U-12 Manager: Fabian Gerathy
U-13 Manager: David Canning
U-14 Manager: David Canning
U-16 Manager: to be decided later.

Killimor Camogie Club
The All Ireland Senior Club semifinal takes place this Sunday 5th Feb at 2pm in Nenagh, Killimor -v- Drum and Inch (Munster Champions). Best of luck to the team and management and all involved.

The Killimor U12 girls under the guidance of Mary Horan, Angela Quinn, Mella Muldoon and Martina Winters will represent Galway in an exhibition game against Tipperary at Half time in the senior game. This is a great honour for the girls and we hope they enjoy the day.

Church gate collection this weekend Sat/Sun 4th/5th in Killimor, Fahy, Quansboro and Tiernascragh with proceeds going to Killimor Camogie Club training fund. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 5,23, 27 and 29 the jackpot was €3,800. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Martin McDonagh, Paul Malone, Martin Haverty, Paddy Campbell and Carmel Scully. Next week's jackpot is €3,900 which will be held in Nevin's.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 3rd to Thurs 9th Feb.

Jack and Jill
His Twin Sister is coming for the holidays – And She Ain't Pretty – A Great Laugh!!! Adam Sandler Katie Holmes Al Pacino.
Fri 4:15 6:30 8:50 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:50 Mon to Thurs 6:30 8:50 (Pg)

The Grey
Live Or Die On This Day – Liam Neeson in One of His Best Starring Roles! Liam Neeson and Dallas Roberts Dermot Mulroney.
Nightly 8:50 (15a)

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Dwayne Johnson Michael Caine Vanessa Hudgens Kristin Davis.
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Mon to Thurs 6:30 (Pg)

Man on a Ledge
A Suspense Story That Grips the Attention! Sam Worthington Elizabeth Banks Jamie Bell Ed Harris.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (12a)

Monster in Paris
Monstrously Marvellous Adventure! Voices of Jay Harrington Vanessa Paradis.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon to Thurs 6:30 (G)

Steven Spielbergs' War House
Separated By War – Tested By Battle – Bound By Friendship – A Film That Will remain in The Memory! 6 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture. David Thewlis Peter Mullan Emily Watson.
Fri 6:30 Sat Sun 2:30 6:30 Mon to Thurs 8:30 (12a)

The Sitter
This Sitter has a Surprise, Wild, Wild, Night! Jonah Hill Ali Graynor Sam Rockwell.
Fri Sat Sun 9:00 (15a)


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