28 March 2012

Clara Musical Society Present 'The Producers'
Irish Workhouse Centre
Fancy Dress Party - Niall Mellon Township Trust Fundraiser
Portumna Castle & Gardens
School and Local Community Provide a Thrilling Night's Entertainment
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Good Friday Table Quiz
Safe Tractor Skills for Teenagers
Cúirt International Festival of Literature Workshops
Portumna Arts Group
Killimor GAA
Tommy Larkins GAA
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Progressive 25 Card Drive - Croí Heart Foundation Fundraiser
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Clara Musical Society Present 'The Producers'
Don't miss your last chance to see the Mel Brooks musical comedy 'The Producers' running until Saturday 31st of March in the GAA Centre Clara at 8 pm nightly. €16 per ticket with a family special on Saturday only of €50 for two adults and two children (PG). Booking Office on 087 9366247 or book online on www.clarams.com.


Irish Workhouse Centre
The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna re-opens on Sunday, 1st April and will be open seven days a week, until 30th September. This centre, which received the Overall Galway County Heritage Award in 2011, is the only centre in Ireland dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. It is located in a real workhouse in Portumna, one of the best preserved workhouses in the country, with all seven main buildings intact.

The workhouse was hated by the Irish. It was the last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s until the system was abolished in the 1920s. The system was based on indoor relief. Entire families had to enter the workhouse together. This was one way to clear the land of tenants. Upon admission to the workhouse, family members were split up and put in separate quarters. Children under 2 years of age could stay with their mother. Inmates worked for their food.

The first workhouses opened in 1842. In total, 163 were built. At first, people were very slow to enter the workhouse, however by the autumn of 1846, there was no escaping reality. People looked at their rotting potatoes. They knew that starvation was staring them in the face. There was nowhere to go, except to the workhouse. People began to flood in. In some Unions, hungry men, women and children gathered at the workhouse doors begging to be admitted. Inside the workhouse, deaths were so numerous that corpses were carried on special carts day after day to be thrown into mass pauper graves or pits in the workhouse grounds and covered in lime. The famine pinpointed the fatal weakness of the workhouse system. The principle that relief should only be provided within the workhouse was unrealistic. This was doomed to failure during an emergency. Of a population of over eight million, one million were to die during the famine years (1846-51).

At the Irish Workhouse Centre, people can take a guided tour through the original waiting room, the girls' classroom, the matron's quarters, the nursery, the women's dormitories and the laundry. A short film explains life in the workhouse. There are toilet facilities and parking. The centre is a conservation and re-development work in progress. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last admissions at 5 p.m. The tour takes about one hour. Admission is €5 for adults, €3 for seniors and students and €12 for families with no limit on the number of children. There is no need to book in advance. However, it is advisable for groups of 20 or more people to book. This is a non-for-profit initiative and all admission fees go towards the project.

The Irish Workhouse Centre Project is headed up by South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. (IRD) a community company based in Portumna. The aim of this large scale conservation and re-development project is to tell the story of the Irish Workhouse and in time to find new sustainable uses for all the buildings and the site. The project is supported by a large number of volunteers and has received support from the Heritage Council, Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development Ltd. For further information see www.irishworkhousecentre.ie email:info@irishworkhousecentre.ie or tel: 090-9759200.


Fancy Dress Party - Niall Mellon Township Trust Fundraiser
On November 11th, 2011 six hundred and thirteen Irish volunteers, including locals Paul Mullins and Roy Stoddart, dedicated a week to building new lives for people living in the townships of Witstand, South Africa with the Niall Mellon Township Trust. This charity works with the local government to help build houses for the poorest of the poor. These people live in terrible conditions, with only one toilet between 15 houses. This was Paul's fourth year volunteering with the trust, but as it was Roy's first year, it was a life changing experience. One hundred and sixty three houses were built during this week, and seeing these people receiving the keys to their new home and turning on taps with fresh running water for the first time was a highly emotional experience.

2012 will see the Niall Mellon Township Trust celebrate it's 10th anniversary, also marking the milestone of building homes for one hundred thousand people. Both Paul and Roy will be travelling with the group again this year, each needing to raise 5000euro to change the lives of these people. Paul and Roy would like to to thank everyone for their continued support and generosity to date. Paul would also like to extend an invitation to his fancy dress 50th birthday party on 7th April in Treacy's Bar, Killimor. This event will be a fundraiser for Niall Mellon Township Trust, so no presents please, just donations!!! Notice of further fundraising events will be announced in the future.


Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna Castle & Gardens will open on Thursday April 5th for the 2012 season. Surrounded by the town's local attractions and amenities such as Portumna Forest Park, a modern childrens playground, picnic areas, Portumna Workhouse, Golf Club, local pubs shops and resturaunts, it is a perfect place for a visit on a low budget.

The Castle was built before 1618 by Richard (Burke) de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, it was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until accidentally destroyed by fire in 1826. Major conservation works have been carried out to date by the OPW whos long-term objective is to preserve for future generations to appreciate and enjoy, one of the most important architectural and historic houses in Ireland.

The imposing façade of the castle is approached by a long avenue with three formal enclosures which are planted in the most up to date style of the 17th Century, forming a very impressive layout. The Kitchen garden is a must for the amature or avid gardener, laid out on a grid pattern it provides flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs for local distribution. Additional works, carried out over the winter months, have given the garden a new and fresh appearance adding to the overall attraction of this hidden gem. The ground floor of the building houses an exhibition on the history of the de Burgo family and the conservation works carried out to date.

Opening Arrangements: April 5th to September 26th, 9.30 - 6pm Daily. October - Weekends only (Fri,Sat,&Sun) 9.30-5pm. Free guided tour available with admission ticket, subject to guide availability. Free Admission for school tours with fun quiz for all primary and secondary school classes (Booking Required).

For bookings and further details Tel: 090 9741658 or Email: portumnacastle@opw.ie


School and Local Community Provide a Thrilling Night's Entertainment
On Friday 23rd of March a variety concert in aid of the refurbishment of the local tennis club took place in Portumna Community School Gym. James Coughlan who was MC for the evening reminded the audience, "that the community of Portumna was devastated by the loss of their hotel due to fire, on September 7th 2011. Tonight, however, he said, "that the concert in Portumna Community School was an opportunity for our school community and our wider community to show case and celebrate everything that is positive in our community. Community are the building blocks of society and what a lovely idea it is that school and community celebrate what is rich in artistic terms using song, drama, story-telling, singing and dance." Throughout the evening the audience was held spellbound by performance after performance.

Traditional Musicians: John O'Neill and Donal Donoghue got the concert underway with the tune, Come West Along The Road playing guitar and accordion. Traditional music was also provided by Brian O'Hara and Cathal Porter playing the following tunes on the accordion Terry Teahans, Kerry Polka, The Weaver, Sally Gardens, The Bucks of Oranmore, Bonnie Kate and the Tamlinn Reel. Maureen Browne, Portumna School of Music provided first class entertainment with an array of musicians from her senior group and also accompanied on stage by the junior group. Senior Group: Saoirse McCarroll, Maria Kelly, Roisin Kelly, Anna Kelly, Sabhbh Murray, Mairead O'Meara, Jessica Canning, Fei Ren, Martha Tuohy and Helena Horrigan.

Singers: Laura Browne wowed the audience with her rendition of Blue Skies as did Treeny Canning with Syrup and Honey and Black Is the Colour. Joe Casey also provided first class entertainment with his fabulous singing voice. Michaela Madden sang Fields of Gold and Summer Fly, and at the tender age of fourteen was also an audience favourite. Dayna McGinley was in fine voice when she sang, Where Ever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia. Nicola Walsh and Elizabeth Cunningham demonstrated superb singing skills with their rendition of Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show, Pumped up Kicks and Skinny Love. The very talented Marion Lynch sang and played Jar of Hearts to her own accompaniment on piano.

Ballet: Cassandra Kenny School of Dance entertained the audience with two dances that were beautifully crafted and woven into very slick routines that were performed by Sarah Walsh, Sara McDonagh, Sorcha Ridge and Keelan Murray.

Irish Dance: Our community is so fortunate to have first class teachers of Irish dance with the Stephanie Power School of Irish Dance and the Mary Fraughen School of Irish Dance. Stephanie performed a superb routine with Aimee Tuohy and Molly Fitzgerald. Mary Fraughen School of Dance were ably represented by Maria Kelly, Anna Kelly, Roisin Kelly, Ruth Murray, Sadhbh Murray and Shauna Murray. Corner House Trio Sean D Gordon, Eamon Hayes and John Horan provided an excellent rendition of McNamara's Band and Red Rose Café. They also had a clever comedy routine in their performance.

Story Telling: Two great exponents of the art of story-telling were on hand in Michéal Ryan who performed a well-crafted story incorporating the theme of the tennis club and Martin Rutledge demonstrated that seanchai type story telling is alive and well in the community.

Karate: James Dillon enthralled the audience with a fantastic karate display by his club members which included displays from the very young pupils and the adults also.

Rock Band: The concert also included entertainment from a local rock band, Fault in the System featuring, Rian Hogan on rhythm guitar, Conor Etherton on lead guitar, Ellie May Bopp vocal, Eoin Salmon on Base guitar and Jason Coniry drummer. They Sang Decoy by Paramore and Sugar We're Goin Down.

Transition Year: Portumna Community School Transition Year cohort 2011-12 concluded the concert with a first class rendition of Do-Re–Me (from the Sound of Music) with Aoife Costello singing lead and joined on stage by twenty one other students. They then switched character to Benjamin Calypso (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat) and succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of that song. Within seconds the class captured the tone and setting for Pick a Pocket or Two from Oliver with Mary Jane Cummins singing lead with ensemble. Finally, Grease Lightning provided a thrilling night to a fabulous night's entertainment.

Thanks are due to the management of the school Mr Long for the provision of the facilities for this project. Thanks to the work of the members of the Tennis Club Committee for organising such an event and giving over one hundred performers the opportunity to show case their skills and talents.

Stage Crew: Thanks to Cormac Houlihan, James Coughlan, Declan Lambe and Rian Hogan who worked tirelessly with Alan Spain to ensure the smooth running of each performance on stage. Thanks to all the participants and teachers for their expertise and the preparation of all of the performers and to Spain AV for the provision of sound for the evening.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The Portumna and District A.R.A. were thrilled to win the best float award at St Patrick's day parade. Our donkey failed to turn up but Danny came to our rescue and Lisa Smyth gallantly drove her sports car with her father playing a few toe tapping reels and jigs on his accordion.

Our bowling is now taking place on Tuesday's from 10am to 12 noon and Thursdays 12 to 2 o'clock. Please note our next Thursday meeting after the Easter holiday is the 12th April.


Good Friday Table Quiz
The annual Good Friday Table Quiz will take place this year in The Clonwyn House on 6th April @8.30pm sharp. Table of four €40; Students €20. This bumper quiz always promises to to a great night for all the family and quiz enthusiasts offering all levels of questions on a wide variety of topics. This year there is an added prize for the Overall winning Family Team - comprising 2 adults and 2 youth (school going). Mark the calenders - Fri 6th April @ 8pm. Proceeds for the night will go to the Sign Out Youth Project, Your support is much appreciated and needed.


Safe Tractor Skills for Teenagers
Due to demand a few more places have been added to the One Day Safe Tractor Driving Skills for Teens run by Sign Out Youth Project in association with the Farm Relief Services and Garda Traffic Corp 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.

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 13 and 17 years. A Certificate will be presented at the end of the day. To reserve a place contact Susan 087 6779267 or Tim Walsh, Farm & Dairy Services.


Cúirt International Festival of Literature Workshops
This year, Cúirt International Festival of Literature in collaboration with Portumna Arts Group will host two writing workshops in An Gáirdin, Portumna during the month of April as part of the Ar Chúirt Programme; an outreach strand of Cúirt which was initiated in 2011.

The activities in Portumna will include creative writing workshops 7-10pm on Thursday, April 12th and 19th and a music/words event with readings with Robyn and music with Lynn Saoirse, harpist "Silver Leavings" in Portumna Castle on Sunday 22nd April at 3pm. The workshops are themed around the natural environment of Portumna and will use the natural gifts of place to explore poetry and prose over a series of 2 workshops with Australian writer Robyn Rowland.

Places are limited and booking is essential by sending the fee €30 (2 workshops) €18 (1 workshop) to Cúirt Master Classes, Portumna, Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway. Or call Noelle for details on (087)2931055.


Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group's next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at 8.15pm in Sign Out Youth Cafe. Plans for upcoming events, the Shorelines Arts Festival (Sept 20-23rd) and general Arts events for Portumna will be on the agenda. New members are welcome with ideas and proposals.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3 ,6, 17 and 23.The jackpot was €4,600. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Nora McKeigue, Stuart and Barry, Marie Larkin, Pauline O Donnell and Seamus Lynch. Next week's jackpot is €4,700 which will be held in Duffy's.


Tommy Larkins GAA
Last week's Lotto numbers were 1, 9, 14, 16. The Jackpot of €2,100 was not won. Match 3: €150, shared by Darren & Ellie Hayes, Cathal Fahy, Mary Conroy. Next week's Jackpot is €2,200 and will take place in The Hill.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Marian Molloy's President's Prize: 1st Michael Torpey & Bridget Brereton, 2nd Sean Cahalan & Tony Ryan, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 4th Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, 5th Charlie Mullen & Margie Mullen, 1st Session Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 2nd Session Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning.

Congratulations to everyone and a Big Thank you to Marian for a great night.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Sat nights lotto jackpot worth €8100. The numbers drawn were 3 13 14 17. One person matched three numbers Martin Donoghue. This Sat nights lotto is worth €8200. Lotto can also be purchased on line. Annual lotto is now due any one interested can contact either of the following Celia Keane or Catherine Madden. Standing order forms are also available and can be got off Catherine Madden.

Congratulations: Congrats to Gareth Heagney and Patrice Murray who were married last Saturday.

Lets raise €10,000 for our club: Lucozade sport is offering €10,000 to three clubs in the Country and we are in the running.To win we have to collect as many lucozade sports/ lucozade sports lite bottle caps as we can. So lets start collecting today just drop your bottle caps into the club crusade collection bag. You can do so by contacting Fiona O Meara or Yvonne Muldoon.

Membership: Membership for all players and non players is now due. Closing date is March 31st.


Progressive 25 Card Drive - Croí Heart Foundation Fundraiser
Progressive 25 Card Drive in Killimor Community Hall for Croí Heart Foundation on Good Friday 6th April at 8.30pm.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 30th to Thurs 5th April

The Hunger Games
The World Will Be Watching! Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks.
Fri 6:00 8:50 Daily From Sat 3:00 6:00 8:50 (12a)

Wrath of the Titans
Feel The Wrath – All Action Spectacular! Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (12a)

The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists
New Animation Family Film! Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Salma Hayek.
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Mon – Thurs 3:00 6:30 (G)

Project X
Irelands No 1 Film Sensation – It's The Inbetweeners And More – An Epic in Misbehaviour - From Director Of the Hangovers! Thomas Mann, Nina Demich.
Fri Sat Sun 9:00 (18)

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

Mirror Mirror
The Classic Story Comes To the Screen. Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer.
Opening Monday April 2nd (Pg) Daily 3:00 6:30 8:50

The Muppets
The Hit Movie For All Ages! Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Jim Parsons.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon – Thurs 3:00 (G)

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

www.ormondcineplex.com


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