25 April 2012

Youth Summer Camp
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Darkness into Light - 5k Event for Pieta House
Free Wednesdays at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Portumna Players All-Ireland Drama Winners in 1953
Portumna Hurlers Win Under 21 County Title
Portumna Town U10 Soccer Team
Killimor GAA
Tommy Larkins GAA
Portumna Bingo
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Youth Summer Camp
A week of fun, skills, games and competitions in a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, spikeball, tennis, bowling and rounders. From July 23-27th. Daily 9.30 - 12.30 for 5 - 15 year olds. Costs €50. For further informaiton contact Mike Cubbard 087 9243837.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results Wed 11 April 2012: 1st Bernie Larkin & Sile Dillon, 2nd Charlie Mullen & Bridget Brereton, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbuy, 3rd Nora Flanagan & Mary Rose Cormican, 4th Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch.

Results Wed 18 April 2012 - Team of 4: 1st Patricia Claffey, Paddy Kelly, Patricia Eames, Patsy Hanbury; 2nd Marian Molloy, Joan Ryan, Elizabeth Ryan, Geraldine Canning; 3rd Anna Moore, Teresa Dillon, Mary Jo Kelly, Eileen Smith.


Darkness into Light - 5k Event for Pieta House
Pieta House is a Centre for the Prevention of Self-harm or Suicide. Pieta House's annual fundraising event is Darkness into Light. The aim of this event is twofold – to raise funds and increase awareness about suicide and self harm intervention. In May every year thousands of people gather in darkness at 4am and walk, run or jog from the darkness and just as they cross over the finish line, the dawn is breaking. It is a very symbolic walk because Pieta House also brings people from the dark into the light.

The Darkness into Light 5k Event is on in 14 venues around Ireland, Saturday 12th May 2012 starting at 4.00am (early morning). Sign up for this unique experience. Visit the web site : www.dil.pieta.ie to find the venue nearest you or contact Pieta House DIL office at 01 6282111.


Free Wednesdays at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, announced that the 'Free Day' for Heritage Sites on the first Wednesday of every month is to continue in 2012.

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012, is the first "Free Day" of the season at Portumna Castle & Gardens.

The idea behind the initiative is "to encourage as many people as possible to visit any of our sites to avail of an opportunity to see and experience (for free) the wonderful presentation of our national heritage at a location near them.

At Portumna Castle, visitors will be able to see and experience an early 17th century building that has significant architectural and historical importance.

The Formal Gardens are typical of a Renaissance style garden that was popular in Europe at the time the house was built and are ideal for a leisurely stroll. The 17th century Walled Kitchen Garden which once provided the household with fresh produce, has been completely rejuvenated in the past two years. Our visitors will now have the pleasure of walking on newly resurfaced pathways while enjoying the colourful herbaceous and shrub borders. New plant boxes have been redesigned and planted with an exciting and interesting collection of shrubs and flowers. The Fountain designed and built over the winter has a scree bed and a pergola that will soon be covered with Clematis and Climbing Roses. Raised beds are newly planted with vegetables and herbs in anticipation of a bountiful summer and autumn harvest. The Willow Maze is being revamped at the moment and will soon provide fun for all the family.

Open: 9.30 6pm Daily – April-end of October. Weekends only in October.
Contact: 090 9741658 portumnacastle@opw.ie


Sign Out Youth Cafe
Self Defence Programme for Girls: Mixed Martial Arts is fast becoming the worlds most popular combat sport and this is largely due to its practicality. An introductory Self Defence Programme will run in Sign Out Youth Cafe for 4 weeks commencing Monday 30th April to Monday 21st May from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. Places are limited, register early to secure a place. Cost €10 payable on registration. Contact Benjamin on 087 6779267.

SOS (Sign Out Sessions): SOS, for all budding musician, singers, songwriters or anyone who would like to be part of a band, meet every Saturday in Sign Out Youth Cafe. New members are always welcome. Contact Tony on 086 2051346 for times and further information. Next gig will be over the June Bank holiday Weekend - plenty of time for rehearsals.


Portumna Players All-Ireland Drama Winners in 1953
The All-Ireland Amateur Drama festival celebrates it's Diamond Jubilee this year, Portumna Players were the first winners of the rural section in Athlone.

The Portumna Players were conceived after the second World War, so when one real life drama ended another one started albeit on a smaller stage. The cogs were set in motion a few years previous to that when in 1942, Des and Aileen Murphy came from Edenderry to work in the Hibernian Bank. Des was a bank teller and rose up through the ranks to become bank manager. Aileen Feeney was born Batu Gajah, Malaya, she was sent home to Ireland as a child and brought up in Stradbally, Co.Laois. Aileen was educated in Exeter, England, later she came to live with her aunt and uncle, Annie and Tom Freyne in Edenderry. It was here she met Des Murphy and in one of his happiest inspirations the great casting director in the sky chose these two to play opposite each other in the drama of life, until death did them part. It was Portumna's good fortune that they made that faithful journey across the Shannon.

Both Des and Aileen shared a passion for drama, in the mid forties a meeting was held to raise funds to form a Table Tennis Club. It was suggested from the back of the hall by local chemist Eamon Hayes to stage "a play" incidentally Eamon celebrated his 90th birthday recently. A sub-committee was formed comprising of Des and Aileen Murphy, Eamon Hayes and Gerry D'arcy, after a number of meetings the Portumna Players were formed. They staged four plays over the coming years, Paul Twyning, Drama at Inish, Mr Supple and Autumn Fire.

The Players made their mark very early on. At the Clare Drama Festival in 1949 adjucator Lennox Robinson placed them second-by just half a mark-with their production of his own play "Drama at Inish". The following year they made a successful return to Scarriff, scoring their first Clare Festival win with "Mr Supple". Aileen and Des Murphy starred in both these productions and they were on stage again in 1953 when the Players scored another win in Scarriff, with "Nano" this was their big year they went on to win the Rural section of the All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone. The win in Athlone did much to raise the moral of the town during years of difficulty which could have turned into years of depression were it not for the life-enhancing activities of Aileen and Des Murphy and fellow enthusiasts such as Eamon Hayes, Gerry D'arcy, Michael O Reilly, Frank Claffey, the Brown and Starr families, Maisie Alley and many others.

The Portumna Players staged one show a year up to 1969, then there was a break until 1975 when again with the help of a new breed of actors the Murphys re vamped "Gods Gentry" a play by Lennox Robinson, the beauty of this play was it had a big cast, it was received very well and once again the Players were back in business. As the years passed the torch was passed (to direct) to people like Billy Donoghue who came up through Macra Na Feirme, Jack Menheneott who came to live in Portumna and was well known in the Amateur Circuit in England, Marian Frawley, Jim Hynes and John Smith. The final appearance Des made on the stage was in the John B Keane classic "Sive" as Sean Dota a part he played brilliantly he was so good he would make your skin crawl. Aileens last play as a director was "Boyds Shop" in 1983. Aileen had a way with getting the best out of new talent in the group, they even surprised themselves.

Des Murphy passed away on the 31st December 1995, Aileen died a year later. Thankfully due to their hard graft and foresight the Players dream lives on. The room used for reherasals and readings of up coming productions is appropriately named "The Loft" this was the brainchild of Des, Aileen and Michael O Reilly it is above the small hall which is part of the Town Hall and it gives the cast access to the stage from the back. The All-Ireland Trophy is in pride of place in the "Loft" inscribed on the trophy is "An Tostal 1953 All-Ireland Amateur Drama Festival Athlone Rural 3 Act won by Portumna Players". Since the 1940s all of the performances have been staged in the Town Hall Portumna, as a person that has directed many plays over the past 20 years or so I like the ephemeral thing about drama, every performance is like a ghost-it's there and then it's gone. Thank you to all the actors who have threaded the boards under the banner of the Portumna Dramatic and debating Society as it was known as in the beginning.

Finally, the group are on a steady footing as they head into the second decade of the 21st Century. Hopefully they will take to the festival circuit again.


Portumna Hurlers Win Under 21 County Title
Portumna hurlers had a good win against near neighbours Kiltormer when they captured an u21 county title. Portumna were the first to score with a point from Brian Dolphin but it was not long before the teams were on level terms Ronan O Meara scored three unanswered points in a spell where Portumna got on top all over the field. A goal from Colin Burke saw Portumna extend the lead even furher but a save from Niall Concannon saw the ball come out to a Kiltormer forward and he stuck the ball in the net. Game on but Portumna did not panic and two points from Jamie Flanagan and four points from O Meara who was causing a major threat saw Portumna extend the lead further. Flanagan scored Portumnas second goal to give Portumna a nine point lead at the interval. Kiltormer never gave up and slowly clawed their way back the game with a goal and five points but it was not enough as Portumna added to four points to their first half tall to give them a five point win in the end.

They were well served by goalkeeper Niall Concannon and the full back line of Curran Muldoon and Fogarty held steady especially in the second half when the pressure was on. Owen Treacy at centre back performed well and was well assisted by Tuohy who put in a great performance and James Coughlan. The centre field pairing of Royston and Barry battled well all day. Brian Dolphin played a captains role and got his name on the scoreboard and he was well assisted by Darren Grady and Colin Burke who was switched to the half backline in the second half. Up front Ronan O Meara was the danger man and gave an outstanding display of hurling with some inspiritional points and he was well assisted by Craig O Meara and James Coughlan. Final score Portumna 2-14 Kiltormer 2-9. Scorers for Portumna Jamie Flanagan 1-2 Colin Burke 1-0 Darren Grady 0-1 Brian Dolphin 0-2 Ronan O Meara 0-9 (2f).


Portumna Town U10 Soccer Team
Portumna Town U10 boys and girls recently won the midland boys / girls western region league. It was an excellent effort by the team who completed the season with only one loss from fourteen games. They completed their fixtures on Thursday 12th April with a win over their nearest rivals Kiltormer by four goals to two.

Mr Karl Bond Snr (Hon Sec of the Midland Schoolboys / Girls League) was on hand to present the team with the U10's cup. Once again the U10's cup was back in Portumna as last year's U10's were also victorious in the same league. Mr Bond complimented the team and coaches on their performances throughout the year and thanked all involved with the team for their efforts with a special word of thanks to the parents and guardians for bringing the children to training and matches.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 11, 14, 18 and 22. The jackpot was €5,000. The 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Rose Dervan, Donal/Patsy/Page and Conor Forde, John Larkin, Martin Hanrahan and Maire/Maura Gohery. Next week's jackpot is €5,100 which will be held in Kirwans.


Tommy Larkins GAA
Last week's Lotto numbers were 12, 15, 18, 22. The Jackpot of €2,500 was not won. Match 3 share €150: Bernie Garvey, Mike Forde, Tony Kelly, Next week's Jackpot is €2,600 and will take place in Moroneys.


Portumna Bingo
Bingo is on every Saturday night in the Town Hall Portumna at 8.00pm and this weeks jackpot is €5100. Please support.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 27th to Thurs 3rd May

Avengers Assemble
Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Huddleston, Samuel L Jackson.
Thurs 8:50 From Fri Daily 6:00 8:50 Also Sat Sun 3:00 (12a)

Battleship
The Battle For Supremacy Starts At Sea! Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Introducing Rihanna.
Daily 6:00 8:50 Also Sat Sun 3:00 (12a)

The Cabin in the Woods
If Afraid – Don't Go Down to the Woods! Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (No 8:50 Show Weds Thurs 2nd & 3rd) (16)

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

Gone
No One believes Her – Nothing Will Stop Her. Based On a True Story! Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Daniel Sunjata.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Mirror Mirror
The Classic Story Comes To the Screen. Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

American Pie: Reunion
Saved the Best Piece For Last! Sean William Scott, Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari.
Weds, Thurs Next 2nd & 3rd 8:50 (16)


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