20 June 2012

Clothing Collection for St Dympna's, Portumna
Something for Everyone in the Great Outdoors Festival
Paul O Hara Graduates
Gortanumera Development Association
Sign Out Youth Cafe AGM
Coffee Morning for Cancer Care West
An Evening with Big Generator
Tree Farm Open Day
Pamper Day Held in An Gairdin
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
The Portumna Marathon, 50KM, and 100KM Ultra Marathon 2012
Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
Summer Reading Club

Clothing Collection for St Dympna's, Portumna
Please recycle your unwanted clothing and help raise money for a gymnasium for St Dympna's Portumna. All types of clothing, Bags & Belts, Hats & Shoes(tied in Pairs), Bedlinen(sheets, Pillow Cases, Duvet Covers). All unwanted items can be left in the Town Hall on Monday Evening 2nd July from 7pm to 10pm and on Tuesday 3rd July from 8am to 9.30am.


Something for Everyone in the Great Outdoors Festival
From Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July, Portumna will become a hive of activity as its Great Outdoors Festival gets into full swing.

On Friday 29th June, the Opening Ceremony takes place in Portumna Castle and is followed by an evening of writing, music, song and dance as the show 'Do thintean fein' will be performed by a host of local talent. A group of returning emigrants and members of the Ireland Reaching Out Project team will also be in attendance.

A singing pubs competition takes place on Friday night in many of the local pubs where prizes will be awarded for the Best Overall Singing Pub, the best MC, the best male and best female singer. Those interested in taking part in this fun evening should contact their local publican. The pubs will adjudicated by a panel of independent judges who will visit the participating pubs in cognito during the evening.

On Saturday morning the GAA hosts the Michael Blake Memorial Cup at its grounds in Marian Park. All spectators are welcome to this event.

At Portumna Castle Marina, Birr Outdoor Education Centre will be giving instruction in watersports and archery and for those who fancy something creative, Sheila Flanagan will be giving a Mosaic workshop in the tranquil surrounds of An Gairdin, St. Brigid's Road.

The movie 'Dirt' will also be screened in An Gairdin on Saturday afternoon and this is an 'insightful, humourous film that tells the story of the magnificence of what lies beneath our feet'.

There's more on offer for the outdoors enthusiast on Saturday afternoon, as Diarmuid Lally will be giving free instruction in kayaking and sailing at the swimming area in Portumna.

The town of Portumna will come alive to the musical strains of buskers throughout Saturday afternoon as Portumna's Busking Contest takes place from 3.30pm onwards. There is great prizemoney to be won - €1500 in total. There are special prizes for the Best Overall Act, the Best Individual Act, the Best Street Performance, the Best Junior Act, the Best Spirit of Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival. Entry is free, and there has already been a great reaction to the competition. For further information on this competition, or to register go to www.portumnafestival.com.

On Saturday evening an interpub Tug of War competition hosted by Portumna Rugby Club will take place on Brendan Street, and this will be followed by the Chamber Obstacle Race on Patrick Street.

At 8.30pm much acclaimed traditional Irish music group Shaskeen will take to the stage on Brendan Street for a free outdoor concert.

There is a full programme of events lined up for Sunday for all ages to enjoy.

At 2.30 the Teddy Bear's Picnic will take place in Portumna Playground. The afternoon will feature a performance by street entertainer Dangerboy who is sure to wow the crowd with his stunts. The picnic coincides with the craft fair which will feature an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and produce. With facepainting, balloon artistry and stilt walkers the afternoon promises to be lots of fun for the young and the young at heart!

Join the Portumna Pen Pushers for on the spot readings and writings on the theme of Wood and Water. Beginners or experienced writers are most welcome. Contact Noelle 087 2931055 for further information on this event.

Portumna Angling Club will be hosting its family afternoon open day on Sunday with free angling tuition and a childrens angling competition. All necessary equipment is provided. This is always a wonderful afternoon and those interested should contact Gerry at 087 2272530 for further information.

However if its some peace and tranquillity you'd prefer, An Gairdin will be conducting a guided tour of their beautiful gardens located on St. Brigids Road. For full information on all these events please go to www.portumnafestival.com

The Chamber of Commerce committee would like to thank all the clubs and societies, businesses and individuals who are working together to make this the best festival yet. We would encourage everyone to come out and support your festival, your town and your community.


Paul O Hara Graduates
Congratulations to Paul O'Hara BSc BM BS from Tiernascragh, son of Vincent and AnnMarie O Hara, who graduated from the medicine programme in the University of Limerick recently. He was awarded first prize for overall Academic Performance in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree Programme 2012, including first class honors in the specialty of medicine. Paul also holds a first class honors degree in clinical chemistry and clinical immunology from DIT Kevin St. He previously attended Tiernascragh NS, Portumna CS, GMIT and DIT Kevin St. We wish Paul all the best for the future.


Gortanumera Development Association
The A.G.M. of Gortanumera Development Association will be held on Wednesday, 27 June at 9 p.m. in Gortanumera N.S.. All welcome!


Sign Out Youth Cafe AGM
Portumna Sign Out Youth Co AGM will take place on Tuesday 17th July in Sign Out Youth Cafe at 8pm. All welcome to attend.


Coffee Morning for Cancer Care West
Coffee Morning for Cancer Care West at the Country Market Portumna on Friday 22nd June 9am – 12 noon. Please Support this worthy cause.


An Evening with Big Generator
After many years of relentless touring, thousands of miles and shows that have taken them throughout the U.S, Dubai, UK, Holland, Ireland and many other parts of the globe Big Generator are coming back to Birr where it all began to host "An Evening With Big Generator".

This will be an intimate insight into the band, their music, writing process, stories and also their most requested hits throughout the years. An evening with Big Generator will begin with a look through their original back catalogue of music, where they were written, how they were written and you will get to hear some tour stories they've had along the way with acts such as Whitesnake, Joe Satriani, Big Country, Ocean Colour Scene and many more. As the evening progresses you will hear the most requested hit songs from the likes of Toto, Boston, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Guns & Roses and many more as big Generator in their own unique way capture the essence of each song either in its acoustic form or full out rock n roll !! This is Big Generator as you have never heard them before and is definately not the kind of show you will see them do anywhere else.

Big Generator in such an intimate Theatre surrounding has never been seen before so come and be a part of the bands on going journey on June 28th, its shaping up to be a great night. Limited to only 200 seats. Tickets are €15 and available from Birr Box office on (0)57 9122911 or online at www.ticketsireland.ie


Tree Farm Open Day
Join Gardening expert Terriesa Torode on a guided walk through the trees on Matt Fogarty's tree farm Ballinderry, Nenagh on Sunday 8th July at 1.30pm. If you have an interest in trees this is the place to be, bring suitable footware. Free entry.


Pamper Day Held in An Gairdin
Sunday 17th of June, a pamper day was held in An Gairdin to raise funds for two local animal charities, "An cat dubh" and "Heathlawn Animal Sanctury". A great day was had by everyone who attended the pamper day. The people involved gave their time for free. A big thank you to them and all of the people who came and joined us and made it an amazing day. We raised €650 for the charities on the day. A special thank you to Meave Corcoran and An Gairdin for their generosity and kindness that added to the day.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot worth 9200 euros. The numbers drawn were 1 10 16 18. Two people matched three numbers Ann Mc Donagh & Pauline O'Donnell.

Under 13s: The U13 hurlers got off to a good start in their championship campaign with four points on the table after two good wins in their two recent outings against Salthill/Knocknacarra & Loughrea. Their next game is away to Clairnbridge.

Under 10s: The U10 team were in hard luck when they were beaten by Ballinasloe in the East Galway U10 championship on a score line of 2-0 to 1-1.

Registration Night: The registration night for the Kellogs G.A.A. Cul camp will take place on Tuesday 26th June in the clubhouse from 6pm -7-30pm. Cost of camp 1st child €55, 2nd child €45 3rd child on wards €40.

Leinster Final: Congrats and well done to Galway on reaching the Lenister final after a very convincing win over Offaly last Sunday. Well done to Joe Damien & Andy who all played a big part in Galway's win.

Senior Team: The Portumna Senior team play Craughwell on Sunday evening at 5pm in Athenry so best of luck to them.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 5, 8, 16 and 20. The jackpot was €5,800. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Mike Gohery, Ber Derevan Tynagh, Mary & Ned Forde, Ita Cormican and Brian/Mark/Tracy Gohery. Next week's jackpot is €5,900 which will be held in Nevin's. The club would like to extend congratulations to the under 14's management and players on reaching the semi final in both the feile and championship. This was their first year competing at A level.


The Portumna Marathon, 50KM, and 100KM Ultra Marathon 2012
The Portumna Marathon, 50KM, and 100KM Ultra Marathon took place in the National Forest Park in Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland on 16th June 2012. This was the 3rd year of the event and this was the biggest event yet with record numbers in the marathon, 50km, and 100KM races. The race itself takes place on a flat 5km loop around the forest park and marina area in Portumna. Participants in all three events shared the same loop. This led to some wonderful camaraderie amongst the runners with everyone offering each other support.

Congratulations must go to the organization of the event. The marathons were organised by Sports Ireland, and led by high performance coach, Sebastien Locteau. This marathon festival is a hidden gem on the Irish marathon and ultra calendar.


Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
The Portumna Credit Union held their twice yearly car draw last week. The winner was Mathew Menheneott son of Anne and formerly from the Bridge Rd. Portumna. Mathew was unable to attend the draw and Bridie Dolan, a neighbour, pick the winning envelope.


Summer Reading Club
It's holiday time again for the children. Our annual summer reading club takes place at Portumna library for the summer months. This year the theme chosen is "Story Lab". The reading club is very popular and is open to all ages from preschool to teens. Children are encouraged to join the club and read 6 books over the summer period. Each child gets a registration card which is stamped everytime they read a book. Also there is a variety of sheets to colour, puzzles and review sheets available. The aim of the reading club is to encourage children to read during the summer and improve their reading skills while having fun at the same time. At the end of the summer holidays the children are presented with certificates and medals at our annual party. Registration for the reading club will begin at the end of June. For further details contact the library at 090 9741261.


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