22 February 2012

Eyrecourt Twinning Group to host Tullamore Gospel Choir
Safe Tractor Skills for Teenagers
Retirements at St. Dympna's Adult Day Service
Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Portumna Camogie Club
Cookery Classes in Na Calai
Portumna Tennis Club - Fundraising Table Quiz and Concert
Sliabh Aughty Drama Group Present "Thy Will be Done"
Portumna Arts Group
Archaeological and Historical Society - St. Colman of Kilmacduagh
Basic Computer Training for Beginners
Killimor GAA
Portumna Community School wins a trip to Strasbourg
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Eyrecourt Twinning Group to host Tullamore Gospel Choir
Eyrecourt Twinning Group are hosting the Tullamore Gospel Choir in St. Bridget's Church, Portumna, on Friday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is the biggest choir of its kind in the Ireland with 70 members who range in ages from 6 to 70 years! The Musical Director is internationally renowned singer/songwriter Brendan Keeley. The Choir has won many National Awards including the Sligo International Choral Festival, which they won both in 2008 & 2009. They have also launched 2 albums in recent years. This is a night not to be missed.

Eyrecourt and Gouesnach officially twinned in 1992 and are now celebrating their 20th Anniversary. The small village of Gouesnac'h is located between the Quimper (mediaeval town)/Bénodet (seaside resort) road and the wonderful Odet River.


Safe Tractor Skills for Teenagers
With the ever increasing numbers of Farm Accidents in our rural community, Sign Out Youth Co in association with the Farm Relief Services and Garda Traffic Corp are offering a one day Safe Tractor Skills for Teenagers on Wednesday 11th April (during the Easter break). The aim of this workshop is to create a safety awareness amongst teenagers working with tractors. The training programme is designed for the use of tractor/machinery within the farm. This programme piloted in Sign Out in 2010 was nominated for the Leading Lights Awards and has successfully run in other clubs throughout Co Galway.

The day will run from 9.30am to 4pm commencing in Sign Out Youth Cafe with a presentation and discussion on farm safety, safety checks and safe driving. Followed by a practical driving session in a specially prepared course, taking in reversing, hitching tractors to other implements, PTO safety, operating trailed machinery, setting up a good driving position and safe driving.

This workshop is open to members (€20) and non members (€25) of Sign Out Youth Cafe, both male and female, between the ages of 14 and 17 years. A Certificate will be presented at the end of the day. Places are limited to 15 on a first come basis, to register an interest contact Susan 087 6779267 or Tim Walsh, Farm & Dairy Services.


Retirements at St. Dympna's Adult Day Service
St. Dympna's Adult Day Service has seen four of its long serving staff retire. Carmel McGlacken, Unit Director, retired last February and this month has seen Carmel Kilgallen, Claire Broderick and Berni Lucas follow suit.

At functions held to mark the retirements, warm tributes were paid by families of service users, management and colleagues, for the commitment, dedication, generosity and kindness of the retired staff. The strong relationships developed between the service users and the four former staff will no doubt endure long into the future. Those retiring were wished the best of health and happiness, to enjoy whatever new ventures they may embark upon in the future.

On their retirement, the staff thanked and complimented the service users and their families, the local branch, volunteers, Portumna Community College, townspeople, Management of Ability West and the many other organizations and individuals who have been unstinting in their support of the service down the years. The current team is wished the very best for the future.


Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth
Galway Heritage Economic Seminar Programme, Saturday, 3rd March 2012 9.30 am – 2 pm, National University of Ireland, Galway.

This series of workshops will bring together heritage practitioners, business people, entrepreneurs and State agencies to foster business networks and develop sustainable enterprise opportunities. Showcasing some of the many Galway based business people working in the Irish heritage sector, the workshop aims to build an awareness of employment opportunities and capacities. The workshops will encourage open participation among those attending through the use of an Ideas Lab which will focus on business enter¬prise within the heritage sector in Galway.


Portumna Bridge Club
Results for the GROSS Competition: 1st Michael Torpey & Bridget Brereton, 2nd Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, 3rd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 4th Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 5th Pat Flanagan & Charlie Mullen, Net Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning. 1st Session Sile Dillon & Patricia Blehein, 2nd Session Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smyth.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth €7600. The numbers drawn were 7 18 26 27, Two people matched three numbers. Maura Gorman & Colin Leahy. They each receive €50. This week-ends lotto is worth €7700.

The club would like to wish Portumna Community School the best of luck in the Connacht Colleges senior hurling final on Saturday. Best of luck to Ruairi Tuairsc and to his panel and in particular to our own club players lining out on Saturday.


Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Camogie Club Registration nights on Thursday 23rd February from 6pm to 7pm and on Saturday 25th February from 5 to 6pm. Venue Portumna GAA clubhouse. Juvenile players €15. Adult players €30. Non players €10 up to 1st April (€15 thereafter). Managers and selectors €3O. Presentation of under 14 and intermediate county medals on march 9th at 7pm in Townhall, Portumna.


Cookery Classes in Na Calai
Cookery classes will take place in Na Calai, Abbey Street Thursday, 1st March, Thursday, 8th March and Thursday, 15th March 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A range of meals will be prepared from soup to healthy lunches on a budget and baking. Participants can then enjoy their lunch in Na Calai with the food prepared. There is a charge of €5 per class. A limited number of places are available. If you would like to hear more, contact Catriona Burke, Community Development Worker on 087 2859863.


Portumna Tennis Club - Fundraising Table Quiz and Concert
It's all hands on deck as the committee's next fund raising venture which will take place in the Boathouse on this Friday at 9.00pm. The quiz is in aid of the Tennis Club's proposed development. Tables of four will cost 40.00 euros and a student table of four will cost €20.

On Friday March 23rd a concert will take place in the Town Hall at 8.00pm to raise much needed funds for the Tennis Club. The committee would like to thank all of the artists and musicians who have given a commitment to take part in the concert on the night. It is also proposed to have rehearsal on March 9th at 7.00pm.


Sliabh Aughty Drama Group Present "Thy Will be Done"
Sliabh Aughty take to the boards once again with "Thy Will be Done" comedy/drama by Headford author Michael Carey. The play tells the story of two brothers who have not spoken to each other in forty years, a failed marriage for one whose wife emigrated to America and the return of his son after 35 years. The other brother spends his time fishing and arguing with the home help who behind it all has his best interests at heart. The play culminates with a unexpected twist which resolves the issues involved.

Mountshannon Hall Feb 24th & 25th. Doors open 8.00pm - Curtain 8.30pm


Portumna Arts Group
At the annual AGM of Portumna Arts Group, the success of 2011 in the area of the arts was acknowledged. Local friends, volunteers and sponsors were thanked for their help and generosity. Preparations for the 5th Shorelines Arts Festival Sept 20-23rd, are now being made and you are invited to submit proposals/ideas to any member of the new committee.

The election of the core committee returned the following officers: Chairperson; Noelle Lynskey; Vice Chairperson: Margaret Hickey: Secretary: Dolores O'Shea; Treasurer: Joan Gordon; Assistant Treasurer: Susan Royston; Online Co-Ordinator: Mark Conroy; PAG Graphic Designer: Abby Bolt. Committee members include Eileen Smith, Chris Finnerty, and Tommie Madden. Sub-committees of volunteer committee members will be allocated to different events and activities- Art Exhibition, Literary events, School's Writing Project, Community Arts Project, Children's Street Events etc.

New volunteers are always welcome! Contact 087 2931055 for more information.


Archaeological and Historical Society - St. Colman of Kilmacduagh
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society hosts a lecture by Rory O'Shaughnessy BA, entitled; St. Colman of Kilmacduagh, uncovering the legend, folklore and archaeology. In Donie O'Meara's Restaurant, Portumna on Tuesday February 28th at 8.30pm. In his lecture Rory will look at a number of sites associated with St. Colman MacDuagh and also examine the rich legends and folklore surrounding the saint.

St Colman was founder of Kilmacduagh, with its 112ft round tower, the tallest surviving example in the country and its large collection of buildings. It is the least known major early monastic site in Ireland.


Basic Computer Training for Beginners
Are you working in the rural community, Farming, Senior Citizen, unemployed? Starting dates; 1st March, 7th March and 14th March €15 per course - Free to OAPs. Call Chrissy/Maria 090-64-82744.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3, 6, 20 and 22. The jackpot was €4,100. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Emma & Nessa Callinan, Brendan & Kitty Concannon, Mike Winters Ramore, Maire & Maura Gohery and Aisling Seoighe. Next week's jackpot is €4,200 which will be held in Duffy's. The club would like to thank all who contributed to their recent fundraising activities.


Portumna Community School wins a trip to Strasbourg
The news that eight students from Transition Year at Portumna Community School submitted the winning entry to this year's Euroscola was very well received. The European Parliament launched the Euroscola programme, designed to enable young people from all over Europe to meet at the hemicycle in Strasbourg, in the form of a European Youth Parliament. It is difficult to imagine a venue more fitting than the European Parliament, the centre-point of the continent's democratic life which welcomes young people and, in a clearly symbolic setting, provides them with the opportunity to express their opinions and exchange ideas on a given issue as part of a multilingual working group and experience European diversity and unity at first hand.

On arrival at the European Parliament young people will meet each other over breakfast, during which the programme details are explained to them. Each participant is assigned to multilingual groups and to avoid any confusion, these groups are designated by geometric shapes representing a specific topic for debate at plenary sessions. Each group appoints a rapporteur who defends the resolution when the students return to the hemicycle and the agreed issues are voted by the 500 strong delegation of young Europeans.

Eight students as part of their prize have won a three day trip to Strasbourg from 22nd to the 24th February 2012. The following students were members of the winning team who will represent Ireland at the Hemicycle: Rebecca Coen, Aoife Keary, James Coughlan, Niall Concannon, Aoife Costello, Darshini Sumoreeah, Claire Mullins and Marisa Kennedy.

The judges from the European Commission representation in Northern Ireland and the European Parliament Office in Dublin commended Portumna Community School for the high standard of entry submitted to the European Studies annual Euroscola Competition. The judges sent their congratulations to the students in the school for their excellent work and also thanked them for the time spent in researching for this competition.

The students will fly out on Wednesday to Strasbourg; this is the fifth time that Portumna Community School have won the award.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 24th Feb to Thurs 1st Mar.

Safe House
Brilliant – Exciting – Riveting! Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Haywire
Authentic – Amazing – One of the All Time Great Action Films! Introducing New Stars Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas.
Nightly 9:00 (15a)

The Descendants
A Beautifully Produced Gem – Sharp, Funny, Generous and Moving. Nominated For 5 Academy Awards Incl. Best Picture, Best Actor! George Clooney, Shailene Woodley.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (15a)

The Iron Lady
Academy Award Nominated Best Actress – Winner BAFTA Best Actress! Meryl Streep. Reduced Admission Price €5
Daily 6:30 (12a)

The Vow
Inspired By True Events – A Film With A Special Charm! Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum.
Nightly 8:50 (12a)

The Muppets
The Holiday Hit For All Ages. Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Jim Parsons.
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Mon to Thurs 6:30 (G)

A Monster in Paris
Monstrously Marvellous Adventure! Voices of Jay Harrington, Vanessa Paradis.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

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

Jack and Jill
His Twin Sister is coming for the holidays – And She Ain't Pretty. Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

www.ormondcineplex.com


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