14 March 2012

Care to Drive Programme with the Irish Cancer Society
Clara Musical Society Presents 'The Producers'
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Forget the Oscars, Portumna has its own MOO-vie star!!
U4 Energy Campaign for Schools
Variety Concert - Portumna Tennis Club Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Tommy Larkins GAA
Table Quiz in aid of Gortanumera Development Association
Special Olympics Club in Portumna
Portumna Players Present 'Steel Magnolias'
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Care to Drive Programme with the Irish Cancer Society
Care to Drive is a volunteer transport programme run by the Irish Cancer Society. We recruit and train volunteers to drive patients to and from their hospital appointments. We are currently looking for people in the following areas to drive patients to and from Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe - Ballinasloe; Loughrea; Portumna; Woodford; Mount Bellew; Aughrum; Ahascragh; Borrisokane; Athlone; Moate; Shannonbridge; Cloghan. The service is free to both the hospital and the patient with the Irish Cancer Society incurring all costs. Volunteers are paid for all their fuel expenses. We are asking for volunteers to commit to driving 2 days a month (Mon-Fri). For more information call Gail on 01 2310 566.

Care to Drive is a volunteer-led transport initiative which recruits volunteers to transport oncology patients to and from their hospital treatments. Volunteers are the life blood of the service and without them we wouldn't exist. The service is free to both the hospital and the patient with volunteers being paid a contribution towards their fuel allowance (and of course all tolls).

With funding to hospitals being reduced and many services being stopped, vulnerable patients really need this service for a number of reasons;
  • Patients are living on their own with little or no immediate family support.
  • The patients family is not in the immediate vicinity.
  • The patients family cannot take time off work to bring them to and from the hospital (when the recession really hit, it became more difficult for people to take time off work).
  • Patients are elderly and cannot drive (and the spouse cannot drive).
  • The treatment is too aggressive and the patient has been advised not to drive.

Clara Musical Society Presents 'The Producers'
Clara Musical Society proudly present 'The Producers' (A Mel Brooks Musical). Outrageous, hilarious, a teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards are just a few things that The Producers is. But it is never boring and you will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam that there ever was!

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st March 2012, 8.00 pm in the GAA Centre, Clara, Co Offaly. All seats €12 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. €16 Thursday – Saturday with a Family Special on Saturday of €50 for two adults and two children. (PG)

For bookings please call 087 9366247 or book online on www.clarams.com. Find us also on Facebook.

St. Patrick's Day Parade
This year's parade will take place on Saturday 17th March at 1pm leaving from the Mart in Domnick Street and following the usual route up Clonfert Avenue. We would ask all local businesses to participate and also keep the main street clear of cars. If you wish to get more information, phone Kathleen on 087 2850165.

Best Window Display: As part of the St. Patrick's Day parade celebrations and the week leading up to the 17th March all business's are encouraged to decorate their windows with a Patrick's Day theme. There is a prize for the best one, kindly sponsored by Tim Walsh.

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/click on 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?!

U4 Energy Campaign for Schools
Transition Year students in Portumna Community School are taking part in a project to find various ways of energy saving in the school. This is part of the competition called the 'U4 Energy Campaign for Schools' under the category, 'Best School Campaign on Energy Efficiency'. The competition is funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, which aims to make Europe more competitive and innovative while helping it to deliver on its ambitious climate change objectives.

The main objective of the competition is to raise awareness among European students on how to save energy and to help create a sustainable future for the generations to come. The group are making videos, PowerPoint's and blogs to help create awareness as well as contacting local radio stations and newspapers so that the local community will become involved in this project.

Variety Concert - Portumna Tennis Club Fundraiser
A Variety Concert will take place at Portumna Community School on March 23rd at 8.00pm in aid of the refurbishment of the local tennis club. Quite a number of students from the school and members of the local community are taking part. The concert will feature a performance by "The Cassandra Kenny School of Dance", Portumna Community School Transition Year class who will perform some favourite numbers from musicals, Stephanie Power and her Irish dancing class, Portumna Music School Changing Times with Martin Rutledge (Seanchai). The concert will also include Elizabeth Cunningham and Nicola Walsh, John O'Neill and Donal Donoghue, Brian O'Hara and Ger Lambe. James Dillon with the Karate Club will also perform an exhibition of their skills. Michaela Madden will perform two of her songs from her recent CD. An update will take place next week and a list of the entire programme of performers.

Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth €7900. The numbers drawn were 3 13 19 20. One person matched three numbers, Tommy Mc Clearn. This coming Saturday nights lotto is worth €8000.

Senior: The senior team got off to a good start in the league when they had two points to spare over Beagh at the week-end on a scoreline 1-12 to 1-14. Kevin chunky Hayes was in top form scoring 1-12 of Portumna's total. The other two scores coming from Garret Heagney and Ivan Canning.

Under 21: Our u21 team had three points to spare over Moycullen last Sunday on a scoreline 1-9 to 0-9 and this win puts them through to the latter stages of the championship. Scorers for Portumna were Ronan O Meara 1-5, Owen Trecy 0-3, Oisin Royston 0-1.

Tommy Larkins GAA
Last week's Lotto numbers were 6, 12, 18, 30. The Jackpot of €14,500 was won by Mattie Murray. Match 3: €150, shared by Frances Hayes, Michelle Tuohy and (Jacqueline, Sinead and Claire Treacy). Next week's Jackpot is €2,000 and will take place in O Connors.

Table Quiz in aid of Gortanumera Development Association
A Table Quiz in aid of Gortanumera Development Association will again be held in O'Meara's, Portumna, on Friday 16 March at 9 p.m.. The Quiz will comprise of tables of four, with questions for young and old, for adults and students, for town and country, for all four provinces and beyond!

The table prizes will again be generous. Raffle prizes are kindly sponsored by local businesses. You will have plenty of chances to win, through luck and through your general knowledge genius! Get your St. Patrick's Weekend off to a winning start. Please arrive early. O'Meara's could barely contain the numbers entering in previous years. Good luck to all participants and thanks in advance for your support!

Special Olympics Club in Portumna
A meeting to set up a Special Olympics club in Portumna will take place in Portumna town hall at 9pm on Thursday the 22nd of March. Any parents, relatives or friends interested in volunteering please attend. Anybody who is unable to attend, but is interested in helping out contact Colette (0871373433).

Portumna Players Present 'Steel Magnolias'
This heart wrenching drama is about a beauty shop, in Louisana owned by Truvy, and the tragedies of all of her clients.

Shelby is a diabetic and getting married to a rich southern lawyer. Her mother M'Lynn is bossy, but caring. M'Lynn's friends include a cast of colourful and dynamic southern women of a multitude of ages and views. Shelby falls pregnant, much to her mother's disapproval. A pregnancy could be fatal for someone of Shelby's condition but claims she'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.

The play will be staged over 2 weekends commencing on Friday 30th and Sunday 1st April also Good Friday 6th and Easter Sunday 8th. Some of the proceeds will go to the Galway Hospice. The cast includes Mary Lynch, Eileen Purcell, Kathleen O Brien, Sylvia O Rourke, Caoimhe Tully and Triona Eames.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 16th to Thurs 22nd March

Stella Days
This Weds Thurs Last Showings 6:30 8:50 (Note 15a)

The Devil Inside
No Soul Is Safe! Inspired By True Events! Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

21 Jump Street
They Thought The Streets were Mean then They Went Back To High School! Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson.
Fri Sat 4:15 6:30 8:50 Sun Mon 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:50 Tues Weds Thurs 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Project X
Irelands No 1 Film Sensation – It's The Inbetweeners And More! Thomas Mann, Nina Demich.
Fri Sat Sun Mon 4:15 6:30 8:50 Tues Weds Thurs 6:30 8:50 (18)

The Raven
The Hunt Begins – The Only One Who Can Stop A Serial Killer! John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson.
Daily 6:30 (16)

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

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

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

Opening Thurs Next 22nd: The Hunger Games


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