08 August 2012

Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna
Portumna Castle & Gardens
The Joe O'Meara Memorial Cup
Portumna Town FC
Boula Parish Development Group
Portumna & District Special Olympics Athletic Club
Lynch Hardware Sports Day
Campaign against Household Water and Septic Tank Taxes
Gymnastic Club
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna
The workhouse was the last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s to the 1920s. To see what life in an Irish workhouse was like, visit the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Located in a real workhouse, this is one of the best conserved workhouses in the country. The centre is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the 30th September. Last admissions are at 5 p.m. Guided tours. No need to book.

To celebrate National Heritage Week, there will be no admission charge on Sunday, 19th August. See www.irishworkhousecentre.ie tel: 090-9759200

Portumna Castle & Gardens
Sunday 19th, 3pm in the Castle, a presentation on the Clanricarde estate evictions with a unique presentation by a direct descendant of the Saunders Fort evictions. Followed by a visit to the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna where the story continues.

Sunday 26th, 2pm – 5.30pm, 'A Heritage Gathering'. Exhibitions, fun educational activities and stalls to interest all members of the family.

The Joe O'Meara Memorial Cup
Minor Hurling Portumna GAA V St. Jude's GAA, Portumna GAA grounds – Saturday 11th August – 7.00pm

Portumna GAA host St. Jude's GAA, Templeogue, Dublin in a revival of an event to commemorate Joe O'Meara, a brilliant young Portumna hurler tragically killed in January 1991. The Cup is a perpetual trophy and will be contested for annually by both clubs. The Cup and medals are being sponsored by Joe's cousin Colum Grogan a former Portumna GAA player and now a prominent member of the St. Jude's GAA club and a selector with their present Minor hurlers. Their team manager is Sean Fallon who is also from East Galway origins, his late father Jackie being a native of the adjacent parish of Abbey and Sean and his family like the Grogan family are frequent visitors to the area.

Although playing in the Minor B league in Dublin this year the St. Jude's boys have already secured promotion to Division 1 next year having romped through the Div 2 league by playing eleven games and winning them all by very impressive margins. Three of their team, Tom Devlin, Shane Gibbons and Fionn O'Riain are members of the Dublin Minor hurling panel the current Leinster champions.

The Portumna and St. Jude's connection goes back to 1990 when they first competed in the inaugural and now extremely popular St. Jude's All-Ireland Hurling 7's. The following year Portumna won that competition with a team including the Treacy brothers, Sean, Vinnie, Stephen and Pearse as well as the older Canning brothers, Seamus, Frank and Davy. Current Portumna GAA Chairman Damian Coleman (a close boyhood friend of Joe O'Meara) won the coveted St. Jude's All-Ireland Hurling 7's Laoch an Lae Award in that 1991 competition victory.

The St. Jude's club has hosted the Portumna Squad for breakfast on all their All-Ireland Club final visits to Croke Park and facilitated their pre match training routines which greatly assisted their preparations on those memorable days. Apart from Portumna minor hurlers visit next year lets hope the Portumna seniors will be the guests of St. Jude's once again on St. Patricks day 2013.

Portumna Town FC
A reminder to all parents and children that the Club is hosting the Power Soccer School of Excellence, for a summer soccer school once again this year. The soccer school will take place from 13th to 17th August and is open to all children aged from 3-13. Places may be booked through either www.powersoccer.ie or www.mykidstime.ie and there is a special discounted rate for all bookings made prior to 10th August.

Portumna Town FC will host their end of season awards night on Friday 17th August in the Town Hall, Portumna at 7:00pm. Registration for the coming season will also take place on the night. Any new players interested in joining the club are all welcome.

Boula Parish Development Group
Last weekend the Boula Dev. Group held their first Barn Dance in Boula Hall. It was a very entertaining night and attracted a large crowd. On behalf of the committee they would like to thank all who supported the dance before and during the event. All their spot prizes were kindly donated by local people and local businesses as mentioned on the night. The best dressed cow gal was won by Marie Porter from Kilimor with our own local Liam Walsh taking the prize for best dressed cowboy, both of those prizes were donated by Tony Williams of Portumna Retirement Village.

Portumna & District Special Olympics Athletic Club
Will be holding their first registration evening on Thursday 23rd Aug from 7pm-8pm in the Town Hall Portumna. A group of Parents, relatives and friends of people who have intellectual disabilities have formed the club. The club will cater for anyone from 6 years upwards with an intellectual disability. Anyone interested in taking part either as an athlete or as a volunteer are invited to come along. Contact David 087-9837366 or Gayle 086 1672022.

Lynch Hardware Sports Day
Dan Lynch and his family held an open sports day in their hardware store recently. It proved to be a very successful day for everyone. The Sun actually shone and the barbecued food was very tempting. The cooking was done outside the shop door and the smell of onions and burgers frying wafted around Patrick Street while the children were waiting for their local heroes to arrive.

Joe Canning and Ollie were on hand to display some of their hurling skills, so also was John Muldoon of Connacht Rugby fame and members of the local Rugby Club. Jamie Conboy, an up and coming Junior Golfer at Portumna Golf Club was there with Club President Michael Carty to teach some putting techniques to anyone interested in taking up the game. The local Soccer Club Committee were there also and a soccer net was erected to allow up and coming Wayne Rooneys take a few penalty shots and test their soccer skills.

A €250 voucher was won by Ita Hynes from Portland which can be used in the shop. All proceeds raised from the challenges went directly to the clubs involved.

Campaign against Household Water and Septic Tank Taxes
The Campaign against Household, Water and Septic Tank Taxes will be holding a public meeting in the O'Mearas Bar, Portumna on Thursday the 16th August at 8.00pm. The meeting is open to anyone.

The Campaign wishes to mobilise and empower communities to boycott the septic tank registration, to maintain the household tax boycott and defeat these socially unjust taxes. In the past mass boycotts have defeated Thatcher's Poll Tax and in Ireland mass non payment defeated the implementation of Water Charges in the mid nineties.

The septic tank registration fee is cynically set at an initial low of €5 until 28th September, after that it will be €50. The first inspection is free, after that the inspection fee is €200. If the septic tank is not to the standards, not yet finalised, for a new system, one could be paying up to €40'000 in cases where the percolation area surrounding the tank is not adequate or it encroaches on adjacent land. This is at a time when nearly 1/2 of the states sewerage treatment plants are polluting our rivers and lakes. The septic tank registration fee is a con job. It has nothing to do with the environment but everything to do with increasingly putting the burden of taxation and environmental responsibility on the shoulders of hard pressed people. If Phil Hogan or John Gormally/Eamon O'Cuiv before him cared about the environment, why haven't they taken care of the sewerage treatment plants?"

Contrary to government and media propaganda, the majority of home-owners have not registered for the household tax. 52% of homeowners – over 760,000 people – have not registered. The meeting will discuss the response of the campaign to the threatening letters Phil Hogan has arranged to send to all those who have not registered for this tax in an act of intimidation designed to force people to pay up.

Gymnastic Club
Congratulations is extended to the local Gymnastic club who had four prize winners in the recent regional competitions which took place in Portlaoise. Hannah O'Meara was the overall winner in the U/11, Zuzanna Balicka came 2nd in the U/6 while Diana Chuhai came second in the U/5 and Lia Emaike won 3rd place also in the U/5 group. This is a great achievement for a club which is just a few months old so is very much still in it's infancy. Up against the long established Portlaoise club, the local club is affiliated to the Midlands Artistic Gymnastic club and classes are held weekly in Motefield with coach Natallia Chuhai who resides in Rathcabbin. Anyone requiring further information can call (087) 7528346, follow on face book at Midlands Artistic Gymnastic club.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 10th to Thurs 16th August

You Must Meet Ted – Comedy Of The Year! Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

From Disney/Pixar – Enchanting For All Ages Also Pixar Short Film La Luna. Voice Of Kelly McDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters.
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:15 Mon To Thurs 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Schools Out For Summer – The Holiday Begins! Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick.
Daily To Weds 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:50 Thurs 2:00 4:15 (G)

The Dark Knight Rises
The Legend Ends. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman.
Daily 4:45 8:20 (12a)

Dr. Seuss: The Lorax
The Movie That Captivated America – From the creators Of Despicable Me! Voices Of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift.
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon To Thurs 2:00 (G)

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Filmdoms Most Beloved Trio – Manny, Diego, Sid In Their Greatest Adventure!
Daily 2:00 (G)

The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
Opening Mon 13th 5:40 8:40 (12a)

The Expendables 2
Stallone, Willis, Li, Schwarzenegger, Hemsworth.
Opening Thurs 16th 6:30 8:50 (12a)


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