07 March 2012

Cinemobile – Ireland's Travelling Cinema
Ballinasloe residents to hold anti-Household Charge Public Meeting
Forget the Oscars, Portumna has its own MOO-vie star!!
Fundraising Dance for Volunteer Work in Tanzania
Portumna National School Parents' Association
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Special Olympic Club in Portumna
Eyrecourt Replaces 350 year old Beech Trees
Seamus Reilly 50K Memorial Cycle
Gortanumera Group Water Scheme
National Tree Week at An Gairdin
Tommy Larkins GAA
Children's Book - "Where The River Runs"
Irish Writers' Centre
Killimor GAA
Portumna Players Present "Steel Magnolias"
Mothers Day Competition at SuperValu Portumna
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Cinemobile – Ireland's Travelling Cinema
Cinemobile – Ireland's Travelling Cinema - is returning to Portumna, with a 2 day visit on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of March parked at the Town Square car park. This month's Film Club movie is the acclaimed Drive.

Driver (Ryan Gosling) is good at what he does. A stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night, he's aloof, unflappable and professional, with no other ties to this world. But when Driver falls for next-door neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan; An Education, MIFF 2009) he finds himself reluctantly pulled into a job with her ex-con ex-husband (Oscar Isaac; Balibo, MIFF 2009), a doomed final heist he hopes will free them all.

Other screenings for this month's visit to Portumna include: the much loved family comedy The Muppets and Daniel Radcliffe in his latest role in The Woman in Black. We'll also be screening We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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

Saturday 10th March
4:00pm - The Muppets (G)
103 mins (family comedy drama).

6:30pm - Drive (18)
100 mins (crime drama thriller). Strictly 18s and over. Film Club Movie. Drive will be preceded by an Irish Film Board short.

8:30pm - The Woman in Black (15A)
95 mins (horror thriller).

Sunday 11th March
1:00pm - The Muppets (G)
103 mins (family comedy drama).

3:00pm - We Need to Talk About Kevin (16)
112 mins (drama thriller). Kevin is free to all those who attended the cancelled screening last month.


Ballinasloe residents to hold anti-Household Charge Public Meeting
The campaign against the household charge is becoming more and more popular and campaign organisers in East Galway have called public meeting to develop the campaign locally and get the 'don't register, don't pay' message out to families in the area.

The meeting will take place at 8:00pm in Gullane's Hotel on Thursday (8th March). The meeting is aimed at residents of Ballinasloe and surrounding districts, however homeowners from Loughrea, Athenry, Monivea, Ahascragh, Roscommon, Athlone, Banagher, Portumna and Birr are also welcome.

Speakers from the local campaign will be on hand to answer any questions relating to the new charge and to outline how the charge can be defeated.

Anyone wishing get involved in the campaign, or who simply wants to learn more, should visit www.nohouseholdtax.org or call the national hotline on 1890 98 98 00.


Forget the Oscars, Portumna has its own MOO-vie star!!
Students and teachers at Portumna Community School have been startled over the past few weeks by the sight of a cow running through the corridors. What's more, the cow has also been stealing the lunches of the students.

But it's not a real cow. A group of Transition Year students have been making a short film and, as part of their entry for a competition designed to promote dairy-consumption among teenagers, one of the students dressed in a cow costume and became the character, Mega Moorio.

The idea behind the film is that Mega Moorio, startled by a newspaper report that most teenagers don't get enough dairy products, rushes to Portumna Community School and starts to replace the students' fizzy drinks and junk-food with dairy products. The students object and chase Mega Moorio through the school until she is trapped and has to confess what she is up to.

Aoife Keary is the student who got into the costume to become Mega Moorio. She explains that the project, entitled "Milkin the Moment", came about when the Transition Year students had a series of workshops with tv writer/director Niall Fallon, a Galwayman with over a decade's experience on TG4's 'Ros na Rún' and RTE's 'Fair City', as well as on the recent internet teen-drama, 'Na Rúin' (see www.naruin.ie). Then the students decided to make a video of their own and enter it into the National Dairy Council's 'Milk It' competition. The resulting moo-vie has been posted on Youtube where it racked up over 1,000 views in under a week and has gone truly global with confirmed reports of it being watched in places from Abu Dhabi to Toronto. If you've got four minutes to spare and you fancy being entertained by a bovine criminal, just open Youtube and type in "Bring on the Bainne" (or enter this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r77PgmiSZuY ).

The students have already started production on their next short film – a romantic comedy about environmental pollution! So who knows what strange creatures might next be seen running through the corridors of Portumna Community School?!


Fundraising Dance for Volunteer Work in Tanzania
A fundraiser dance will be held in Gullane's Hotel on 15th March in order to raise funds for the very under-privileged people of Pemba, Tanzania, Africa. Jimmy Hynes and The Crusaders will provide the music for the night. Admission is €10.

Tom and Carmel McGlacken from Ballyshrule will be travelling to Pemba, to work voluntarily for nine weeks in the areas of health, education and building. Every euro raised will be spent directly on the projects in which they will be involved i.e. teaching Maths and English, helping people with disabilities and putting one concrete floor in each of the 22 small mud houses which are occupied by people with leprosy.

If you would like to buy a ticket for the dance, sponsor a raffle prize or make a direct donation to Pemba Support, Ireland please contact Carmel at 087 9598358 or Tom at 087 6594214. Tickets available at the door on the night also.


Portumna National School Parents' Association
Portumna National School Parents' Association are holding a church gate collection in Portumna on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2012 and everyone's support would be appreciated for the school. Volunteers will be there, shaking their buckets, and every donation will be greatly appreciated. All proceeds will be used for projects in the National School, particularly to pay for the heating system in the school hall and other equipment.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results for Wed 29 February 2012-03-01: 1st Vera Burke & Pauline Mc Keon, 2nd Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, Gross Geraldine Canning & Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd Mary Rose Cormican & Nora Flanagan, 4th Sile Dillon & Patricia Bleihein.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The first meeting for February was a very productive gathering as we had news of all the upcoming events which included Bealtaine Festival and possible holiday breaks. A Harvest Festival in the Autumn was also discussed with competitions for fruit and vegetables, cookery and crafts.

Several of our members enjoyed a wonderful New Year party in Birr organised by Lorrha A.R.A.

Thursday the 8th March we will be having a Dance Coaching Session and the crochet experts will also be helping the learners and improvers. March 11th Pat and Ritchie are playing in Durrow and a bus is being organised for members. Thursday 15th March there will be a St Patrick's night social with our choir leading the way for a "good sing–a-long".

Our bowlers are now in action on Friday mornings and there are members now making the journey to Birr pool for aqua aerobic lessons on Friday mornings.


Special Olympic Club in Portumna
Meeting to be held on Friday 9th March at 9pm to discuss setting up Special Olympic Club in Portumna. For more details ring Colette on 0871373433. Anyone who would be willing to help in anyway at all are welcome to attend!


Eyrecourt Replaces 350 year old Beech Trees
It was a sad day for the Eyrecourt Community when they were told that the wonderful 350 year old beech trees in and around the town had to be felled for safety reasons in 2010. They were part of the outstanding natural heritage of this very historic town. People really missed them and this prompted a move to have them replaced last week. Forty mature beech trees approximately 20 feet high were purchased by the Eyrecourt Agricultural Show Committee and the planting was done by the members of the local CE scheme. It was as a result of the loss of the trees that the Eyrecourt Agricultural Show Committee was founded in 2010 and this year they are holding their third annual show on the 15th September with an organic theme as it is being held during National Organic Week.

Like most rural towns Eyrecourt has suffered serious decline in recent years but there is a new self-reliant spirit in the Eyrecourt people to retain what is good about the town and the rich agricultural heritage of the locality.

"The aim of our committee is to enhance the cultural, social and economic viability of the area" said Chairman of the Agricultural Committee Mr. Dermot Duffy. Anyone who wishes to adopt a tree can do so by contacting the Secretary, Peter Gohery at 087-4183620.


Seamus Reilly 50K Memorial Cycle
To honour the memory of Mr Seamus Reilly (passed away last October) after a short illness, a 50K memorial cycle will take place on Saturday 24th March from Carnacross (West Meath) to Artane. All the proceeds will be donated to the Seamus Reilly Project for Embul Nairobu Kenya. There is a sponsorship card in Kenny's Filling Station, Portumna for those who wish to contribute.

Seamus Reilly passed away in October 2011, he was married to Geraldine Kenny from Palmerston, Bridge Road Portumna. Seamus was a teacher in St. David's C.B.S. Artane. Seamus and 3 other teachers were involved in an Immersion Project which has existed since October 2007. The project involves four teachers and a number of students from St David's C.B.S working in a school called Br.Beausang C.B.S in Embulbul, which is approximately 30 km from Nairobi in Kenya. St David's has already conducted two trips to Embulbul which turned out to be a wonderful success.

A large amount of fundraising is involved before the trips as the aim is to provide the school with as much money as possible. The fundraising is an extraordinary part of this programme as it helps the students to get to know each other and interact with the teachers. Much team work and leadership qualities are involved in the fund raising process. Activities like bag packing, coffee mornings and quiz nights were a great help.

Seamus along with Mrs Martina Flanagan, Ms Marian Sheridan and Mr Alan Mynes, all teachers from St David's CBS were the four teachers conducting the programme. The teachers went out to Nairobi with students for the first time in October 2007 followed by the second trip in October 2008. The students stayed at a bungalow recently constructed on the brothers' property in Embulbul. During their stay they were involved in a wide range of activities including home visits, tutoring and teaching, liturgies, sport and physical education, excursions and swimming classes. The teachers and students were able to bring much valuable equipment for the students in Br Beausang school, including football kits, clothing, pens and musical equipment.

The Immersion project is a true eye-opener for both students and teachers, as they spend time in a different part of the world and from a different perspective. The first sentence from each student after the trip is always: "When are we going back?" The immersion project is something to remember for your whole life.


Gortanumera Group Water Scheme
Important notice for subscribers: We have been asked to announce that the G.G.W.S. supply network is about to be flushed and sterilised. This is in preparation for connection to the Galway County Council supply. Therefore, until further notice, any water from the network is Not Potable for human consumption.


National Tree Week at An Gairdin
The theme this year is "Trees-Our Past, Our Present, Our Future" at An Gairdin from Mon-Fri, 5th-10th March 11am-12pm.

Film Viewing: The Movie is entitled Dirt with a combination of humor, music and drama and it tells us all we need to know about soil and its importance. The film is suitable for all ages. Cost: €5 adults & €2 young people. Fri 9th March-7.30-8.45pm


Tommy Larkins GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 1, 16, 17, 19. The Jackpot of €14,400 was not won. Match 3 - Win or share €150: Gerry O Donnell.

Next week's Jackpot is €14,500 and will take place in Canning's on Saturday night next.


Children's Book - "Where The River Runs"
Local artist, Ute Ruter-Duggan has illustrated her first book - a children's book called "Where The River Runs", written by Maple Poetry member Eamonn Mc Nally of Loughrea. The story, based on a little girl called Molly, is one of a "make-believe world, the river creatures, insects and an elf called Mikey" (Liam Nolan). The illustrations are haunting, realistic and will delight all young readers. The story is based in Loughrea and reveals a river full of personality, emotion and feelings so for adults who read to youngsters, you too will enjoy this. Congratulations to Eamonn and Ute on the attractive, hard backed publication. Copies are available in Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna at €10 each.


Irish Writers' Centre
The Irish Writers' Centre Spring Readings in The Peregrine Readings includes a night in Portumna on Thursday, March 8th at 7.30pm. All are welcome to listen to the writings of Eoin McNamee, Tom MacIntyre and Orthlaith Foyle. This event is the third of its kind in Portumna and is supported by Portumna Arts Group. So for a mix of drama, poetry, prose and the surprise of the unexpected, do come along and support our Irish writers.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 11, 18, 25, & 27. The jackpot was €4,300. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Oisin McDonagh, Stowlin, Josie Gorman Portumna, Fiona Larkin Claire Road, Flynn Family Kiltormer and Patrica Callagy.

Next week's jackpot is €4,400 which will be held in Nevins.


Portumna Players Present "Steel Magnolias"
Portumna Players will stage Robert Harlings moving play "Steel Magnolias". The play revolves around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. Steel Magnolias is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. The all female cast includes several newcomers to the stage including Triona Eames, Caoimhe Tully, Sylvia O Rourke, Kathleen O Brien, Eileen Purcell and Mary Lynch.

It will be staged over two weekends - Friday 30th March and Sunday 1st April, Good Friday 6th and Easter Sunday 8th April. Curtain up 8.30. John Smith directs the play and is assisted by Mary Hynes.


Mothers Day Competition at SuperValu Portumna
Celebrate Mothers Day with a difference. SuperValu Portumna have come up with a novel idea: Tell us in no more than 20 words why your Mum is the best Mum in the world? If you are the winner then you can win flowers to the value of her age.

My Mum is the best because.................................

Leave your entries into the Store before Saturday 17th March to see if your Mum is a winner.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 9th to Thurs 15th March

Stella Days
One Man, Small Town, Big Idea! For one week only. Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett, Amy Huberman.
Fri 4:15 6:30 8:50 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:50 Mon to Thurs 6:30 8:50 (Note 15a)

The Raven
The Hunt Begins – The Only One Who Can Stop A Serial Killer! John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson.
Fri Sat Sun 8:50 Mon to Thurs 6:30 8:50 (16)

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

Wanderlust
Smart – Witty – Outrageous – Modern! Paul Rudd, Jennifer Anniston.
Daily 6:30 (16)

This Means War
Two Spies – One Girl – No Rules! Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy.
Nightly 8:50 (15a)

The Muppets
The Hit Movie For All Ages! Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Jim Parsons.
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 (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)

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