04 July 2012

"Voices in the Loft" - A History of the Portumna Players Drama Group
Tree Farm Open Day
Caman Abu Tournament
100th Birthday Celebration
Bogs Action Group - Fundraising Dance
Portumna GAA
Classic meets Irish - Eyrecourt Church Fundraiser
Killimor GAA
Forest Park Road
Coffee Morning
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

"Voices in the Loft" - A History of the Portumna Players Drama Group

Voices in the Loft compiles the history of the Portumna Players with a wonderful collection of black and white photos of both early and recent productions by some of our greatest Irish playwrights along with details of cast and crew in every production since 1945.

When asked why Aideen O'Reilly has compiled this book she says: "After the death of my father, who was a long time Chairman/President of the Portumna Players drama group, I was going through his files and found photographs and programmes from early productions of plays. I was struck by how wonderful people were in rural Ireland during those hungry years - their love of plays and prose and their creativity - sometimes putting on productions in the cold damp of country halls or simply raising the dust in dance in others. After investigation I learnt that at a National level this important part of our local history has seldom been recorded and for this reason I decided to compile this book - to capture in stills at least one rural Irish community's amateur dramatic history as representing so many."

Aideen O'Reilly follows in the footsteps of her father with her love of reading and writing poetry. World travel both with work and privately is her passion and her collection of photos from various trips in Africa and Asia reflect this.

In fact it is because of her extensive travels abroad that she became more interested in her own culture and its distinctive personality. After returning to live in Ireland she commenced collating both family history and separately Portumna Players drama group history culminating in the creation of this special book after 2 years work and bountiful help from Portumna Players members. Aideen will sign copies of "Voices" in The Loft at the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna from 21-23rd September 2012 (www.shorelinesartsfestival.com). Additionally she will be able to tell if any of your family members were involved over the years and in what productions by using the database she has created to accompany the book which contains a total of 340 family names from Counties Galway, Offaly, Clare and Tipperary.

If you wish to pre-order a copy contact Aideen via email at acornfoundproductions@gmail.com

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.

Caman Abu Tournament
Caman Abu International Hurling Festival takes place on Saturday 14th July from 12.30pm to 5pm at the Ursuline Convent Thurles. Caman Abu is a fun and sociable game which was piloted in Portumna on the Sign Out All Weather pitch. A team from Portumna represented Galway during the interval in the All Ireland Semi Finals 2011 where they were victorious against a Waterford team.

This team event in Thurles, comprising of seven players and two subs, both males and females (minimum 2 females). Each game will last 20 minutes, all players must be over 16 with no upper age limit. No Experience Necessary. No Registration Fee. Complementary Lunch. This is a great opportunity for a fun day out, a bus can be organised if necessary. If you are interested in playing on a team or just coming along to support please contact Susan by Monday 9th July on 087 6779267.

100th Birthday Celebration
Rose Mooney, Deerpark, and now a resident at Portumna Retirement Village celebrated her 100th Birthday last weekend with family and friends. Rose has four children, twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Fr Kitching, Parish Priest Killimor officiated at he special Mass to honour Rose's great achievement on reaching the century.

Bogs Action Group - Fundraising Dance
Will be held in Treacy's Killimor on Friday night the 13th July at 9.30pm, music by Joe Connors and Shillelagh. Proceeds of the night will be used to fight the campaign to save the Shannon Bog (Barroughter & Ardraigue and Clonmoylan Bog) from confiscation by the State. Please support and help protect the right to cut turf for cooking and heating. Tickets on sale in Strong's Bar, Pearse's Barber Shop, An Caislean, Timmy Walsh & Brian Keary Newsagent.

Portumna GAA
Lotto Draw: There was no winner of last Sat nights lotto jackpot worth €9400. The numbers drawn were 16 17 20 21. No one matched three numbers.

Golf Classic: Portumna G.A.A. golf classic will take place on Friday 6th July & Friday 13th July with teams of four costing 120 euros. Players with and without G.U.I. handicaps are welcome to take part. There will be special prize for non G.U.I. handicap teams. Team sheet is available from Micheal Ryan at Portumna Golf Club 0509 41059 or from Celia Keane 087 1342148.

Cúl Camp: The Kelloggs G.A.A. Cul camp will take place in G.A.A grounds on Monday 16th July. There are still places available so if you are interested you can obtain an application form off Yvonne Muldoon juvenile club secretary. You can also register on line by signing up at www.gaa/kelloggsculcamps.

Hurlathon: The club ran a hurlathon in the field last week-end in which over a hundred children took part. The day kicked off with the u8 & u10 boys showing their skills against near neighbours Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry. Next to take to the field was our u12 boys.

To finish off the day the club held a 9 a side u13 tournament in which the local team and teams from Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry, Kiltormer and Sarsfields took part. Victor Blake kindly sponsored the tournament and the Michael Blake Memorial cup in honour of his late father was played out for by the four teams. Portumna played Kiltormer in one semi final while T.A.B. played Sarsfields in the other semi. Portumna & T.A.B. were the victors and went on to play one another in the A final while Kiltormer played Sarsfields in the B final with Portumna & Kiltormer emerging as the victors. There were great displays from all four teams and alot of talented young hurlers on show. Victor was on hand to present the cup and a set of plaques to the victorious winning team and he presented medals to the other three teams. The club would like to thank Victor for his sponsorship and for his kind generosity to the club over the last number of years it is very much appreciated. Also thanks to the ladies who provided refreshments on the day.

Minor Team: Our Minor team had another good win and stiill remain unbeaten in the championship when they beat Killimordaly last Sunday on a scoreline 3-12 to 2-11. They have maximum points in the five games they played with wins over Killimor, Abbeyknockmoy, Carnmore, St Thomas and Killimordaly with one remaining game against Mountbellow/Moylough. They are now through to the latter stages of the competition.

Galway Development Squad: Well done to the boys in the club who made the U14 and U15 Galway development squads last week-end. Joe Madden made the U14 panel while Ethan Horrigan, John Madden, Sean Heagney & Donal Donoghue made the U15 squad.

Best of Luck: Best of luck to Galway senior team and in particular to Damien Hayes, Andrew Smith and Joe Canning when they take on Kilkenny in the Lenister final on Sunday.

Classic meets Irish - Eyrecourt Church Fundraiser
Classic meets Irish on Saturday 14th July at 9pm in St. John The Baptist Church Eyrecourt. It is in aid of Church renovation. Admission is €10. Music from Handel, Telemann, Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, Praetorius, Charpentier, Shannon, Schubert, Mozart, Strauss and traditional Irish Music. The musicians are Esch Flute Quartet (Cologne), Muirne Hurley-Goode (Harp), Gisela Haarmann,alto, Dominik Freiberger, baritone, Frank Downey, box, Patrik Kraft, bagpipe, Matthias Haarmann, piano and organ.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 7, 18, 20 and 28. The jackpot was €6,000. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Ger Lyons, M & B Starr, Sean & Rose Gibbons, Kitty Concannon, and Sean Costello. Next week's jackpot is €6,100 which will be held in Kirwans.

Forest Park Road
With regard to the poor condition of the road leading into the Forest Park. Mr Kevin Donnellan the Forest manager stated they are currently awaiting estimates form contractors for various options before deciding on a particular course of action but one way or another they hope to complete the work over the next couple of weeks. He also added that the severe frost over the past few winters together with heavy rain at various times and problems with drainage exacerbated the problem.

Coffee Morning
A coffee morning with a difference will be held on Saturday 14th July from 9am to 11.30am at Aras Mhuire (Fr Cathal Stanleys residence) which is located at the end of Domnick Street. The fundraiser is being held in order to raise funds for St. Francis of Assisi Church project in Port Elizabeth, South Africia.

Father Paul Fahy, a native of Derryoober, Woodford has spent the last 45 years of his life a diocesan priest working in Port Elizabeth. Fr. Fahy hopes to build a Church and a Community Center-which will include a Reconciliation and Healing center.

If you wish to meet and speak to Fr. Fahy about his work in Port Elizabeth you are welcome to Aras Mhuire. He will be only to happy to meet you.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 6th to Thurs 12th July

The Amazing Spider-Man
The UnTold Story Begins! Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott.
This Weds Thurs 5:00 8:30 Daily From Friday 2:00 5:00 8:30 (12a)

Ice Age: Continental Drift
Filmdoms Most Beloved Trio – Manny, Diego, Sid In Their Greatest Adventure!
This Weds Thurs 4:15 6:30 8:50 Daily From Fri 2:00 4:15 6:30 (G)

The Five Year Engagement
The Journey Between Popping The Question and Tying The Knot - From Producer Of Bridesmainds! Jason Segel, Emily Blunt.
Daily 6:05 8:50 (15a)

Friends With Kids
Smartest Freshest Adult Story Since Bridesmaids! Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris O'Dowd.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

Top Cat the Movie
The Cat Is Back!
This Weds Thurs 4:15 Daily from Fri 2:00 4:15 (G)

Men in Black III
Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolan, Emma Thompson.
This Weds Thurs 4:15 Daily From Fri 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

Snow White and the Huntsman
Final Showings! Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron.
Fri To Tues 8:50 (12a)

Magic Mike
They Always Aim To Tease! Channing Tatum, Mathew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer.
Opening Weds Next 11th July 8:50 (16)


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