09 May 2012

Portumna Makes a Splash!
Woodford Spring Fair
Irish Water Safety Week
Portumna GAA Pitch Development
Tiernascragh Heritage Project - Derrybrien Commemmoration
Portumna Community School - Milk It! Awards Final 2012
Wax night in Curleys Pub - Nurture Africa Fundraiser
Pieta House's Annual Fundraiser - Darkness into Light
Killimor GAA
Cancer Care West Walk for Life
Marathon and Ultra Marathon Events in Portumna Forest Park
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna Makes a Splash!
On Sunday afternoon from 2pm – 6 pm, 13th May 2012, Portumna Chamber of Commerce will host a free, family, fun event at the Castle Marina in Portumna Harbour. This event is sponsored by Waterways Ireland and features a great line up of aquatic activities for everyone to enjoy.

'Waterways Ireland is delighted to sponsor the action packed, free Portumna Splash Day. The event will highlight the diversity and quality of attractions, activities and entertainments available in Portumna and its environs – a superb day out for all the family!' Manus Tiernan, Marketing & Communications of Waterways Ireland.

The National Heritage Boats of Ireland and Emerald Star Line Cruisers will be conducting tours. Watermark Ski Club will give a water sports display and there will be boat trips on offer by Joe O'Keeffe. A coarse angling demonstration will be given by Mike Murray and bikes will be available for hire for the afternoon. An introduction to kayaking and sailing session will be conducted by Diarmuid Lally, and the IWSA will be present promoting their organisation and their planned local activities. The Irish Fisheries Board will also be bringing along their mobile aquariums.

Acclaimed broadcaster, botanist and author Eanna Ni Lamhna (from the Derek Mooney programme RTE1) will be conducting fieldtrips from the Castle Marina at 2.30pm and 4pm through Portumna Forest Park.

With musical entertainment by Tradstone, facepainting and balloon artistry, watery tales by Portumna Arts Group and a chance to splash the Lough Derg splasher… the afternoon promises to be great fun for all the family.

For further information contact: Muirne Goode 086-3136550

Woodford Spring Fair
Woodford Spring Fair will take place on Sunday 27th May from 12 - 4pm. Already there is widespread interest in this event with a wide range of crafts, baking and craft demonstrations confirmed as attending.

For more details e-mail woodfordhall@fastmail.fm This promises to be an exciting and fun family day out. Admission is free and there is ample parking.

Irish Water Safety Week
Irish Water Safety Week will be held at Portumna lakeshore July 31st - Aug 5th Contact: Sighle Burke 0876774734. Emer Durkan 0873165991.

Portumna GAA Pitch Development
Portumna Pitch Development program will commence the first week of May (weather permitting).

The first Phase will consist of developing a car park for up to 60 to 70 spaces and a one way system to alleviate traffic from Marian Park. A high standard of flood lighting (500 Lux) will be erected around the pitch that will allow training and full matches to be played at night time.

Phase two will consist of developing a juvenile pitch to alleviate pressure from the main field and also the construction of a ball wall. The pitch development team headed up by Pat Dillion is working hard at planning and securing funding for the development. The club would greatly appreciate community support by playing weekly lotto and be in with a chance to winning a sizeable Jackpot.

Tiernascragh Heritage Project - Derrybrien Commemmoration
In 1911/1912 eight (8) families were relocated from the parish of Derrybrein in South Galway to the parish of Tiernascragh in East Galway. This had a profound effect effect on their new parish in terms of its impact on school, church, commercial and social life in Tiernascragh.

They were relocated by the Land Commission to, what was part of the "Kenny estate", in the townland of Longford in Tiernascragh parish. They were allocated a new "land commission" house on a farm of land. Though now a journey of less than one hour by car, it is then a very long and hard journey for each family. Roads were in poor condition and the journey was undertaken on foot because they had to walk their few animals to their new homes. The journey is reputed to have taken 2 days to complete with an overnight stop somewhere near Abbey.

To mark this event, Tiernascragh Heritage Project are having a special mass in the local church at 5pm on Saturday 9th, June, 2012 followed by an unveiling of a commemorative stone by the Mayor of County Galway ( Cllr. Michael Maher) and a social gathering in the nearby community centre. A large attendance is expected for this very special event.

Further details are available from Patrick Madden, Chairman, Tiernascragh Heritage Project at 087 6505561

Portumna Community School - Milk It! Awards Final 2012
Congratulations to the Transition Year group 'Bring On The Bainne' who have made to through to the final of the 2012 Milk It! Awards run by the National Dairy Council which will be held in the Mansion House in Dublin this coming Wednesday the 9th.

The team created an advertising campaign centred around a secret agent cow 'Mega Moorio' who swaps teenagers fizzy drinks for milk. 65% of the secondary schools in Ireland entered the competition with 106 entries making the initial cut. The group beat off stiff competition to make it into the top 20 in Ireland.

This is the first time Portumna Community School have entered the competition and they were the only entry from Galway this year. The final will be hosted by Dermot Whelan of 'The Republic Of Telly' and the group will have to present their campaign to a team of prestigious judges. The group are working very hard on their preparations and we wish them the best of luck in the final.

Wax night in Curleys Pub - Nurture Africa Fundraiser
Wax night in Curleys Pub Portumna on Saturday 12th May in aid of raising money for "Nurture Africa", past pupil Tanya Byrne a 3rd year student nurse is volunteering her summer vacation in Uganda, nursing in a clinic and working on Community out-reach and building projects. A good night is guranteed. The question is are you brave enough to participate? If you are interested Tanya's cell number is 086 847627.

Pieta House's Annual Fundraiser - Darkness into Light
Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre have announced new figures that show a significant rise in people seeking their help in 2011. The biggest increase was in the under-18 age group which saw an increase of 93%. 70% of these were female. This age group also had the highest instance of selfharm.

"The increase in the under-18 category is particularly worrying. We are seeing people because of family breakdown – particularly when parents who can't afford to separate and continue to live together, bullying – including cyber bullying and peer pressure. There is a gap in mental health services in the 16-18 year old age group and Pieta House is plugging this gap at the moment," said Joan Freeman, CEO and Founder of Pieta House.

There was also an increase (86%) in the 26-44 age-group in 2011, who make up nearly one third of those accessing Pieta House's services.

"The recession is having a direct impact on the 26-44 age-group. This age group reflects a high proportion of mortgage holders and the people we're seeing are finding it difficult to deal with their financial circumstances. Whilst younger people can emigrate the older age group find themselves stuck because of their debts and other commitments," said Joan Freeman. "We help them to overcome that acute period when they feel that they have no hope," she said.

There has been a 40% increase in the number of statutory bodies such as the HSE, Mental Health Services and other agencies referring people to Pieta House. This has resulted in a waiting list for Pieta House's services for the first time ever. Despite an additional 90 counselling hours per week there is still a waiting list.

"The rise in people seeking help from us can be attributed to a number of factors – an increased awareness of our services, the opening of two new centres in Limerick and Ballyfermot and extended opening hours in our other centres," said Joan Freeman. "Although the gap between males and females seeking help is closing the figures show that suicide is not just a male problem. The women we see usually have attempted to take their own life previously; however women use less lethal methods than men, so they're more likely to survive," she said.

Pieta House's annual fundraiser - Darkness into Light will take place on Friday night / Saturday morning, 12th May 2012 at 4am. Following a record turnout in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork, Clare and Kerry last year the event will take place in 14 locations around the country. Counties Cavan, Waterford, Kildare, Laois, Roscommon, Tipperary, Mayo and Wicklow are lending their support this year. This walk is symbolic of the work of Pieta House that does - providing a service to those in crisis and helping them through their darkest time. Register at http://dil.pieta.ie/

"We're calling on people from all over the country to bring two friends with them to walk, jog or run 5km to raise funds and increase awareness about suicide and self-harm," said Joan.

The demand for Pieta House's services continues to grow. Since opening their doors in 2006 over 6,000 people have sought help. There are now five centres between in Dublin and Limerick and the organisation is in active discussions to open centres in Galway, Cork, Waterford and Roscrea.

To register for Darkness into Light 2011, or to find more information on Pieta House, visit www.pieta.ie.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 6,8,20 and 27, The jackpot was €5,200. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Niamh Hoary, Dermot Egan, Ian McEvoy, Des Clarke and Ger Kelly.

Next week's jackpot is €5,300 which will be held in Treacy's.

The Intermediates got off to a winning start beating Gort by 2 points.

Cancer Care West Walk for Life
The Cancer West walk took place last Saturday, 135 people participated in the 8km trek which started outside Gortanumera Church and finished in Portumna, at O'Meara's Restaurant. The local GAA Clubs that gave their support were Tynagh Abbey Duniry, Tommy Larkins, Killimor, Portumna and Meelick Eyrecourt.

Walk for life, Walk for health was organized by Cancer Care West and Galway Football Board. Two members of the Galway Football panel turned up to support the walkers, they also walked themselves. Damien Hayes of Al Hayes Motors and also a member of the Galway and Portumna Senior Hurling panel welcomed the two footballers and the walkers to Portumna and thanked them for raising money for this worthy cause. Also a big word of thanks to Johnny Donnellly former IFA President who organizes this event each year.

Marathon and Ultra Marathon Events in Portumna Forest Park
Runireland in association Sign Out Youth Project are hosting the Forest Marathon and Ultra Marathon events in Portumna Forest Park on Saturday 16th June. As well as the 100K, 50K, full marathon and half marathon, this year will also include a 10K challenge. Runners, walkers, families welcome.

Entry for the 10K is €10, sponsorship cards are also available in Sign Out Youth Cafe. All proceeds from the 10K event will go to Sign Out Youth Project. Further information from Susan 087 6779267 or log onto runireland.com.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 11th to Thurs 17th May

Avengers Assemble
A Triumph – The Epic Screen Adventure that will Live in the Memory! Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Huddleston, Samuel L Jackson.
Daily 6:00 8:50 Also Sat Sun 3:00 (12a)

Dark Shadows
Strange is Relative – Every Family Has It's Demons! Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz.
Fri 6:15 8:50 Sat Sun 3:00 6:15 8:50 Mon – Thurs 6:15 8:50 (12a)

American Pie: Reunion
They Are Back! Saved the Best Piece For Last! Sean William Scott, Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A New comedy – It's Sheer Enjoyment! Judi Dench, Bill Knighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton.
Daily To Tues 6:30 8:50 (12a)

The Dictator
Creator Of Borat – Outlandish – Outrageous – You'll Love Him! Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris.
Opening Weds 16th (16) 6:30 8:50

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)

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)


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