11 July 2012

Great Outdoors Festival – Great Fun fantastically had by all!
Danish Rowers to Visit Portumna
Special music event in Eyrecourt
Concert In Portumna's Church of Ireland
Portumna GAA
Portumna Retirement Village
Killimor GAA
Portumna Scouts - Vive la France
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Great Outdoors Festival – Great Fun fantastically had by all!
Even the inclement weather couldn't dampen the spirits of those who participated in the Great Outdoors festival in Portumna last weekend. On Thursday evening, Murrays Amusements took up position in the Shannon Oaks Hotel car park, signaling the start of what was to be truly a great festival. From the Friday night Opening Ceremony in Portumna Castle and right throughout the weekend all of the events were well supported and there was a positive lively, upbeat atmosphere around the town.

On Friday night, approximately 220 people attended the Opening Ceremony at Portumna Castle and were treated to a wonderful performance of 'Do Thintean Fein' a musical show dedicated to a group returning emigrants, (part of the Ireland Reaching Out Project), who were in attendance. The show featured the writing of Noelle Lynskey along with a multitude of local musical talent.

Later that evening, the first singing pubs competition was launched with great gusto and enthusiasm with the Chamber of Commerce Perpetual trophy being awarded to Seamus Hayes of Hayes Bar for the Best Overall Singing Pub. The prizes for Best Male Singer went to Mossie Dillane (Hayes) and for Best Female Singer Knoeline Keane (Boathouse Bar). Curleys Bar was awarded the prize for the Best Band and John Horan of Horans Bar won the prize for the best MC. Stronges Bar, An Caislean and the Clonwyn Bar were all highly recommended by the judges for their efforts on the night.

On Saturday morning, approximately 100 children from the parishes of Portumna, Kiltormer, Abbey Duniry, Tynagh and Sarsfields, took part in the Micheal Blake Memorial Cup at the GAA grounds and Victor Blake was present to award the cup to the winning Portumna team and to present a medal to every child. Free water- sports and archery instructed by Birr Outdoor Education Centre continued all day Saturday at both the Castle Marina and the Swimming Area, while the town of Portumna came alive to the musical strains of buskers.

An exciting turnout of buskers assembled in the town–32 entries in total and these ranged in age from those as young as eight to the young at heart at 68! The Overall Prize went to the Galway based trio 'The Rascals', Nations Tradition won the Best Band, Best Junior Act -Eric Flaherty and Michaela Madden, the Best Individual Award - Tony O Sullivan, the Best Street Performance – Grandpa and the Invisible Man, and theSpirit of Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival went to the group 'The Chancers'. All of the winners performed on the stage in front of Canning's to add to an already great atmosphere they had generated.

The Tug of War Contest hosted by Portumna Rugby Club followed the busking contest. This was a hugely enjoyable spectator event and Curleys Bar were crowned champions after a closely contested final with the Boathouse Bar. John Flynn from Ballinasloe was at hand as referee, and he had his hands full with the frolics of Horans Bar! Congratulations to all the teams from the The Ferry Inn, Hayes, Curleys, the Boathouse, Stronges and Horans who took part and to Portumna Rugby Club for a marvellous event. The Tug of War competition was followed by the Chamber of Commerce Obstacle Race where Owen Lynch of Dan Lynch & Sons Hardware fought off the close challenges of Simon Curran of Palmerstown Stores to make it over the last straw bale to become the 2012 winner! Well done to all who entered into the spirit of the festival and contested this highly entertaining event.

An uncharacteristic cold July night couldn't stop people taking to the street dancing with the marvellous melodies of traditional Irish group Shaskeen filling the night air. It was a night to remember as young and old danced the Siege of Ennis on Brendan Street. Shaskeen delighted their audience and so too did their special guest Sean Nos Dancer Chloe Feeney. A great night's entertainment was had by all.

On Sunday, The Teddy Bear's Picnic and Craft Fair went ahead despite the relentless rain. The bright and breezy antics of street entertainer Danger-boy helped to lighten the mood on this extremely wet Sunday afternoon. He captivated his audience with acrobatics and humour delivering a rewarding performance for those who had braved the elements in such numbers. The winners of the Splash Day Art competition were announced and those in attendance were awarded their prize of a bicycle. Evelyn Cunniffe was the winner of the Junior/Senior Infants Category, Fiona Lohan – winner of the First/ Second Class Category, Aoife Robinson – winner of the Third/Fourth Class Category, and Chloe McIntyre –winner of Fifth/Sixth Class Category. Icecream Sunday was hosted by Portumna Scouts fundraising for Down Syndrome Ireland. With facepainting, balloon artistry, arts and crafts stands, food stands and music, it turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon for those who attended.

The Portumna Arts Group Walking Words Workshop was adjourned indoors to the thought provoking surrounds of Portumna Castle where they enjoyed an afternoon of poetry, writings and musings. Portumna Angling Club hosted some budding anglers keen to learn from the masters - giving them an afternoon's free instruction in angling at their club grounds at the Castle Marina.

The hardworking committee of Portumna Chamber of Commerce would like to sincerely thank all the clubs and societies who took part in this festival and those individuals who helped to make it a success this year. In particular, the committee wishes to thank Portumna Angling Club, Portumna Arts Club, Portumna GAA club, Portumna Rugby Club, Portumna Scouts, and An Gairdin. Thanks to Marie Gibbs and OPW staff fo all their co-operation with the Opening Ceremony in Portumna Castle. A special word of thanks to the Red Cross, An Garda Siochana, Galway Co Council and Quitmann O Neills for all their help and support. Our thanks too to Jim Hynes for his generosity of time and spirit in helping us to publicise the festival. Thanks to our sponsors Galway Co Council, Lakelands Tourism and members of Portumna Chamber of Commerce and finally our thanks to everyone who came out and supported the festival.

Danish Rowers to Visit Portumna
Rowers are coming from the "Danish Association For Rowing". It is traditional for them to have an annual event outside their own country. There are two groups coming to Ireland, they will row along the River Shannon from Carrick on Shannon to Limerick stopping each night at a different town. The first group will be arriving in Portumna Castle Marina on the afternoon of Wednesday 11th July and the second group arriving on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th July. Each group will be staying at Murrays B&B overnight. They are bringing six boats to Ireland, they measure 9 metres in length and weighing about 100kilograms. We are informed that the boats are well able to cope in rough conditions and strong winds. In each week there are 21 rowers of which 3 act as support.

Special music event in Eyrecourt
Probably you have never seen a bass-flute. It's one meter long and you can see and hear it together with a complete flute quartet from Cologne on saturday July 14th at 9pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Eyrecourt. A baritone-singer, an alto-singer and a bagpipe accompanied on the piano and the organ can be heard with German Classic and Irish Songs. As the motto is: "Classic meets Irish", Muirne-Goode Hurley (harp), Frank Downey (Accordian) both from Portumna, will play Irish tunes. The €10 entrance fee is in aid of Church renovation for the wonderful St. John the Baptist Church built in 1846. Refreshments will be served.

Concert In Portumna's Church of Ireland
Portumna Arts Group are delighted to host an Acoustic Singing Gig with two London based rising stars and Singer/Songwriters, Jake Morley & Liz Lawrence. As part of their current tour of UK and Ireland, Portumna's Church of Ireland will provide an intimate backdrop for an acoustic and cosy gig on Saturday Aug 4th at 8.30pm. Doors will open at 8pm and admission at the door is €10. Seating is limited and with local support act, Knoeline Keane, Portumna's own Singer/Songwriter, this will appeal to all music and singing fans.

Liz Lawrence makes exciting and honest acoustic music. Still only 21, Liz writes mature sculpted songs with instant melodic hooks and lyrics that talk to her listeners with honesty and compassion. With her publishing already snapped up by SonyATV, her debut album 'Bedroom Hero' is now out in Ireland and is getting plenty of radio play. A 3-track live studio EP, 'Live From No. 82' has just been released worldwide on Young & Lost. Constantly gigging in London and starting to push out further a field, Liz has supported artists such as Scouting for Girls, Xavier Rudd, Ben Howard, Brooke Fraser, Young the Giant, Yoav, The Civil Wars, and one of her idols Ani Difranco, who commented on Liz as "a beautiful artist who lives on the edge".

Jake Morley is a supremely talented and charismatic performer. Following the release of his debut album with accompanying live DVD, he played a sold out headline gig to an ecstatic crowd at the Jazz Café as part of HMV Next Big Thing 2012. He followed it up with a 15 date headline UK tour and is now getting ready for a full schedule of summer festivals, his first Irish tour and a run of gigs in France. Jake's intriguing lap tapping guitar style, his strong songs and engaging performances convert initially curious audiences into ardent fans at every gig. Jake says "I love writing but I'm at my happiest on a stage performing with my amazing band. I've met wonderful people who come to my gigs so I'm really looking forward to everything we've got planned for the coming year." "It's phenomenal to watch him but it's still more daunting to consider that he also sings up a storm and writes cracking songs. Morley is a true original". Acoustic Magazine. His Album & DVD: Many Fish To Fry is on release.

For more information call 087 2931055

Portumna GAA
Lotto Draw: There was no winner of last weeek-ends lotto jackpot worth €9500. The numbers drawn were 9 14 17 19. Three people matched three numbers. Aine Killea, Amy Robinson & Paddy Mc Donnell.

Galway whip the Cats: Well done and congrats to Galway on winning the Leinster final last Sunday and in particular to our three club men Damien Andy & Joe who put in three outstanding performances. Well done to Joe on receiving the man of the match.

Minor Panel: Well done to Owen Treacy & Ronan O Meara who have been selected on the Galway minor panel.

Senior Hurlers: Our senior hurlers are out this week-end in their final group game against Kinvara. See time date & venue under fixtures.

Cúl Camp: The kelloggs G.A.A.Cul camps will take place this Monday in the G.A.A grounds commencing at 10 am. Children beetween the ages of 6-13 years of age are invited to participate.

Portumna Retirement Village
The Health Information and Quality Authority has recently completed its report following the recent inspection visit to Portumna Retirement Village. Commenting on the very positive report Mary Herron, Care Manager said she was delighted that so many positive aspects of resident care at the centre were highlighted and that the efforts and commitment of all staff were recognised. To be recognised as one of the leading nursing homes in the country was a tremendous achievement. The retirement village currently has vacancies for long term, convalescent and respite care and staff are always delighted to answer queries that people may have. The report can be viewed on the HIQA website on www.hiqa.ie.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 19, 21, 28 and 29. The jackpot was €6,100. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Dennis Mooney, M & A Nevin, Martin Ward, Ger Forde and Larry Melody c/o Hurler's Rest. Next week's jackpot is €6,200 which will be held in Duffy's.

The club would like to extend a special thank you to Paraic Burns Undertakers for his kind sponsorship of the under 10 jerseys.

Portumna Scouts - Vive la France
This is a very exciting time in the history of Portumna Scouts as we prepare for our summer camp. The Trip by ferry will depart on Thursday 12th from Rosslare to Cherbourg and then by car on to a little village on the Cruise river called Fontgombault.

This is the largest Scout Troop (28) to leave Portumna to travel overseas on camp, Previous scout excursions include, 2010 the troop travelled to Wales and climbed Mount Snowden, in 2007 the troop travelled to London and attended the World Jamboree and 100 year anniversary of Scouting, and in 2006 A senior Patrol travelled to Edinburgh and participated in advanced Patrol leader training.

The Troop have been working extremely hard over the last year planning and preparing for this our biggest and boldest trip to date. During the course of the year many fundraising events were held, they included Running a Bingo night thanks to Acorn to Oak, running a concert featuring Portumnas own Hot Fuss, a Car wash thanks to Anthony Carroll, Bag Pack Thanks to Donie O Meara and staff at Supervalu and to Tom Connelly and Ultan Hynes 8km Forest Run, plus added support from Tony Williams Portumna retirement village, Pierce the Barber, Paul Comer Pink Cafe and Management and staff at Bethlehem restaurant and take away we would like to acknowledge and thank them all for making our our trip possible.

During our camp our senior Scouts will go on a 35km hike which will include a stand alone over night camp, they will be totally self-sufficient and independent of the troop, this will complete their Bronze Gaisce award, we wish the all the very best on their expedition.

We have established good communications with the Lord Mayor of Fontgombault and the people of the village, we look forward to celebrating with them on the 14 July Bastille Day, and as part of our cultural exchange we will be for the Mayor and invited guests on our last night in Fontgombault a concert, this will include "Singing, Dancing Irish and Ballet, Instrumental, an exhibition of Hurling and Camogie plus a few short sketches.

We hope that the weather will be an improvement on what we are having at home so we can enjoy visiting sights such as, le Mans, the Normandy beaches, local Benedictine Monks Caves and Abbey, and activities such as Swimming, Fishing, and Kayaking. We will not be taking any chances with the weather, so we are packing our rain coats, as our motto goes "Be Prepared".

Finally we wish to thank the parents for their trust and all their support and finally the Scout Leaders for giving up so much of their time and the professional way they have prepared the scouts for this camp.!

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 13th to Thurs 19th July

Magic Mike
Funny, Sexy, Cool – Terrific Entertainment! Channing Tatum, Mathew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn.
This Weds Thurs 8:50 Daily from Friday 6:15 8:50 (16)

The Amazing Spider-Man
The UnTold Story Begins! Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott.
Daily 2:00 5:00 8:40 (12a)

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Filmdoms Most Beloved Trio – Manny, Diego, Sid In Their Greatest Adventure!
Daily 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.
Nightly 8:50 (15a)

Snow White and the Huntsman
Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron.
Daily 3:00 6:05 8:50 (12a)

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


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