16 May 2012

Woodford Spring Fair
Niall Curley Climbs Kilimanjaro
Darkness to Light Walk
Tennis Club Committee Delighted with Membership Response
Bramble Art
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna Community School - Milk it Awards
Killimor GAA
Golf Classic - Mentally Handicapped Association Fundraiser
Quiz Night - Boula Development Group Fundraiser
Special Olympics Athletics Club
FÁS Trainee Jockey Course
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Woodford Spring Fair
Woodford Spring Fair will be held on Sunday May 27th at Woodford youth hall from 12-4pm. Admission is free to this family event where there is lots to see and do - entertainment for children includes magic show, balloon modelling, face painting, vintage tractors - Crafts include quilting, crochet, basketry, coppersmithing, leather, wood and metalwork, home baking, mosaics, ceramics plus die cast models. The venue is warm, welcoming and wheelchair accessible with lots of parking nearby. http://woodfordspringfair.blogspot.com/


Niall Curley Climbs Kilimanjaro
In the 1949 film "White Heat" Jimmy Cagney utters the famous line "Made it Ma on top of the World" before he goes up in a ball of flames. I am sure Niall Curly younger son of Ronnie and Phyllis Curley, Portumna, felt on top of the world when he reached the summit of Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa it also borders the countries of Tanzania and Kenya.

Niall himself says that he is an active and impatient person and feels he must cram as much into his life as humanly possible. He had suffered with lower back pain for many years and in october 2011 he decided he had enough and went under the knife, within 6 weeks of the surgery he was out on the mountain of Kerry learning new skills involved in the unfamiliar world of hill walking and mountaineering.

He then searched online for a school or company where he could learn the skills that he needed to get the most out of his new found hobby. He came across one called patfalvey.com and after reading through Pat's impressive list of achivements he decided who better to learn from than a man who has climbed Mount Everest twice. Over the coming weeks he completed two courses in mountain skills which would set a base line for his new found interest.

He saw from the website that Pat's company organized trips worldwide to many of the popular mountains around the world. The next trip was to Kilimanjaro he wondered would his back hold out and after consultation with his surgeon both agreed that Niall would be able for the climb. It turns out that it was meant to be, as there was only one space left in the group and Niall was the last person to be booked in. He had five weeks to train for this experience, he was a bit out of practice as he had to take it easy after the operation on his back.

On the 28th January Niall celebrated his twenty fourth birthday in style, after having dinner in a tent the porters and guides burst into the tent with a cake made from God knows what along with the mandatory candles stuck on it. This is a birthday he would not forget in a hurry.

At around 9am on Jaunary 31st Niall and his team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. His feelings were not what he had expected, he burst into the tears in the arms of of one of his teammates and friend Mitch. These were tears of happiness and achivement, he was on top of the World.

Would he do it again, probably, he would never turn down a good challenge. He is interested in attempting the highest peaks in each continent or as they call it the 7 summits. Well done Niall.


Darkness to Light Walk
A record 750 people gathered in Galway on Saturday morning to remember those lost to suicide for Pieta House's annual Darkness into Light 5km fundraiser. A total of 15,000 people turned out in 14 locations across the country. Micheal O'Muircheartaigh, Minister Kathleen Lynch, Niall Quinn, Davey Fitzgerald and Maura Derrane were among those rallying the crowds nationwide as thousands of people gathered in darkness at 4.00am and walked or ran the 5km course as dawn broke. This unique walk is symbolic of the work that suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House do – they bring people from darkness back into the light.

"I'm overwhelmed by the massive turnout this morning and the huge support we've had all over the country in the weeks leading up to this fantastic event," said Joan Freeman, Founder and CEO of Pieta House. "This walk is a beautiful way to start the day and I'm really encouraged by the fact that we now have 14 locations around the country on board for Darkness into Light. We're getting ever closer to our long-term aim of having a Pieta House centre no more than 100 kilometres from everyone in Ireland," she said.

This year's Darkness into Light follows the release of new figures from Pieta House which shows a significant rise in the number of people seeking their help in 2011. The under-18 age group saw the highest increase with a rise of 93%. Females accounted for over two thirds of these. Under-18s also had the highest instance of self-harm.

Minister Lynch said she was both honoured and delighted to lend her support to the annual Darkness into Light event, having previously led the walk in 2011. "It's an experience which stays with you for a long time afterwards," said Minister Lynch. "Tragically, there is not a community in Ireland today that has not been affected by the trauma and despair that surrounds suicide and self-harm. The work of Pieta House is invaluable in helping both the individual and the families of those who have experience of self-harm or suicide to help them get through their dark time," she said.

As Pieta House's services are free of charge, fundraisers such as Darkness into Light are vital to ensure that the organization can continue to be available to those most in need of help. Yearly running costs are now at €1.3 million.

There was at least 25 people from the Portumna area gathered by the campfire prior to the walk. When we eventually started walking along the pier all you could see was a line of yellow T-shirts with Darkness into Light blazoned across the front of them. The moon shone across Galway Bay and the reflection of a red path across the water was very poignant especially to people who had lost loved ones to suicide. We will be back next year, hoope to catch you there.


Tennis Club Committee Delighted with Membership Response
The Tennis Club registration of members took place in the Town Hall on Friday 11th at 8.30pm. One of the conditions set out by the County Council for grant purposes was to gauge the prospective membership for the club into the future. The committee were absolutely thrilled with the response with eighty members applying for membership on the night. Quite a number who were unable to attend the meeting also pledged their support. The committee accepted a percentage of the membership fee from each member. This means that the club will be ready for business once the facility has been upgraded.

The committee are also working on the club's infrastructure and a number of helpers and coaches have come forward who have also pledged to impart their skills and help out when the club is up and running. The club also have a website that can be accessed at www.portumnatennis.com

Portumna Community School has also extended its physical education programme in the past year and has included the teaching and coaching of tennis. This should act as a pre-emptive strike to help increase the club's membership. The club has also sought advice from Tennis Ireland who is helping to guide the club with its development.


Bramble Art
Ute Duggan, "Bramble Art" would like to extend many thanks to all her students, who attended from Portumna, Killimor, Boula, Lorrha, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Terryglass and Dublin, for taking part in the children's art exhibition 2012. Also many thanks to the staff of Portumna library for hosting it.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results Wed 9 May 2012: 1st Sean Cahalan & Tony Ryan, 2nd Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, Gross Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 3rd Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 4th Marge Mullen & Charlie Mullen.


Portumna Community School - Milk it Awards
On Wednesday 9th May, T.Y. students, Aoife Keary, Sarah Walsh, Eoin Salmon, Claire Mullins, Conor Etherton and Marisa Kennedy went to The Mansion House in Dublin to the finals of the Milk It! Awards with their video campaign.

They arrived, set up their stand, met with the judges and also Dermot Whelan, The Republic of Telly's host. After a long nerve wrecking day they received certificates for making it into the top 20 in Ireland but unfortunately they did not get any further in the competition. However they had a great day and a lot of fun, and hopefully they will do it again sometime in the future, their efforts will encourage other students to do what they did, it was an enjoyable experience.

They would like to thank Mr. Molamphy for all of his help with the campaign and on the day for running half way around Dublin for a keyboard! The team would also like to thank all of their teachers and the students who helped us in the video, and a special thanks to Mr. Long and Ms. Murtagh for all of their interest and help in our journey. Bring on the Bainne Team.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3, 14, 16 and 25. The jackpot was €5,300. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Deirdre Watson, Mirela Mucha, Paddy Campbell, Eugene Duffy and Claire Campbell. Next week's jackpot is €5,400 which will be held in Nevin's.


Golf Classic - Mentally Handicapped Association Fundraiser
The Portumna Branch of the Mentally Handicapped Association will hold their annual golf classic at Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May. This is the 19th Anniversary of the event. All monies raised will go to constructing a gym in St. Dympna's Shannon Road. The cost is €100 per team. Please support.


Quiz Night - Boula Development Group Fundraiser
Boula Development Group are holding a quiz night in the Boathouse Bar on this coming Friday 18th May at 9.00pm, tables of 4 (€40 per table) lots of spot prizes to be won on the night.


Special Olympics Athletics Club
A new Special Olympics Athletics Club is being set up in Portumna. They are looking for volunteers (aged 15+) to help out. If you are interested in giving a few hours of your time, please contact Gayle on 086 1672022 for more details. A meeting will be taking place this Friday (11th) at 9pm in the Town Hall, Portumna. All welcome.


FÁS Trainee Jockey Course
The next FÁS Trainee Jockey course (42 week) at Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare is now open for applications under the FÁS system.

RACE is Ireland's national academy for the horse racing industry. If interested, Contact (045) 522468 immediately for details of the application process and to book a place on one of the upcoming Open Day on the 29th May. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and weigh less than 9 stone (57kgs). Closing date for registering for the course is 29th June 2012.

A series of one-week trials will take place in July and the full course will commence on 3rd Sept. There are 30 places available on the coursewhich has an outstanding record of job placement for successful graduates. Certification offered is a FETAC Level 4.

More information on facilities, the application process and course details are available at www.racingacademy.ie e-mail: enquiries@racingacademy.ie


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 18th to Thurs 24th May

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

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 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)


www.ormondcineplex.com


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