26 September 2012

Portumna GAA
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Tanya Byrne & Nurture Africa
Catering in Portumna Mart
Computer Course
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Irish Red Cross-Portumna
Killimor GAA
Peregrine Readings
Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Minor News: Well done to our minors who qualifed for the semi final of the championship after a good win over Ahascragh Foghenagh in Killimor last weeek-end. Playing against the breeze in the first half Portumna took the lead with a pointed free from Ronan O Meara. Portumna added four further points with the scores coming from O Meara a pointed sixty five from Owen Treacy and a point from Padraig Muldoon. Indeed it was the same player who was involved in a move which set up O Meara for a well taken goal. If it was not for a brilliant save from Ahascragh goalkeeper minutes later from O Meara, Portumna would have gone in leading at half time but instead they went in two points down at the interval on a scoreline 1-7 to Ahascragh's 0-12 with most of their scores coming from Cathal Mannion who was very accurate on the free taking and seemed to be getting the better of the midfield exchanges.

Playing with the breeze in the second half Portumna began to pile on the pressure and added more points to their first half tally. Portumna seemed to be geting the better of the second half exchanges with the backs starting to come out on top with Owen Treacy showing a captains role by defending well at centre back and he was well assisted by Colin Burke, Ethan Horrigan, Sean Heagney and Darren Dillon. A switch which saw Conor Barry move to the edge of the square paid off when he scored Portumna's second goal when the goalie failed to control it. Padraig Corcoran moved to centre field and steadied things up in the middle of the park, Conor Barry added a point to his tally and Owen Treacy put over a point from a 65. Portumna at this stage started to pull away but two goals from Ahascragh saw just one point between the teams with only minutes remaining. Ronan O Meara was causing major problems for Ahascragh up front and they were unable to cope with his movement off the ball and his runs through the middle and point from play from him and three pointed frees from the same player gave Portumna a semi final meeting with Mountbellew on a scoreline Portumna 2-17 Ahascragh 2-14. Scorers Conor Barry 1-1 Padraig Muldoon 0-1 Owen Treacy 0-2 (65) Ronan O Meara 1-13 (0-6 frees)

Lotto Results: Last weeks lotto numbers were 6,10,16,28. There was no Jackpot Winner. One match 3 was Michael Keane (Ballymartin). Weekly lotto can be purchased on line at www.locallotto.ie

All Ireland Final: Best of luck to our Senior players Joe, Andy & Damien and all the Galway team in the All Ireland hurling final on Sunday.

Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agriculture Show held its third annual exhibition on Saturday 15th of September. As with the times we live in, the showing of stock was smaller than other years but what was there was a credit to the exhibitors. The big classes in the cattle section went to John Cloyne with his X bred Charolais Bull Weanling and Johnny Burke form Corondullagh County Galway with his Belgian Blue Heifer in the All Ireland weanling Heifer and Bull championship. Bob Howard won the Hereford class and Paul Whyte from Mullagh County Galway won the best local weanling in the show. The horse section had three rings in operation, with the Welsh Classes proving very popular. A Stallion belonging to Jerry Maloney from Clonakilty, Co. Cork won the Champion of Champions final. The overall champion of the show in the Horses and Ponies section went to Aisling Carey from Tullaghleek Stud in County Westmeath with her 8yr old Connemara Mare, Millbrook Kisment. Marie Jennings from HollyMount, County Mayo won the sheep Competition with her Suffolk Lambs Ram.The dog show was well-attended with 18 different classes on show. The championship went to a Beagle exhibited by Paul McDermott from Clonfert.

In the tented area there was entertainment for everyone, lots of exhibits on show. The highlight of the day was the "Show Queen Competiton and Fashion Show" There were girls three girls trying to become show queen, namely Louise Loughnane, Leanne Burke and Emer Hogan. They had to spend the day with the judge Edel Cannon and complete different tasks which included preparing a table for a girl's night in; footing turf selling tickets and modeling in a fashion show with was sponsored by Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna. They were all modeling for the first time and showed the clothes at their best with expert tuition from Muirne Hurley Goode former Rose of Tralee and owner of Ladies Day Boutique. The Show Queen winner went to Leanne Burke.

Mary Duffy from Eyrecourt was the winner of the most points scored in the bakery tent with some fantastic exhibits on show. Sheldon O` Rourke from Clonfert co. Galway was the top exhibitor in the vegetable tent on a bad summer showed an outstanding variety of top class produce.

Barry Davis won the photography section. The craft section proved very popular and Paddy Cunniffe also from Clonfert had a great selection of crafts on show. Two new competitions this year were the Art section and the Children's Essay competition. The Art competitions were won by Phil Hoey from County Sligo and Mary Dolan from Killimor County Galway. Julie Moran from Terinascragh National School and Katelyn Davis from Eyrecourt national school jointly won the essay competition. Their topic was `rural life in Ireland in the 60s`

As the show finished, the field emptied and all the attention moved to the Tug of War competition hotly contested on the Main St. in Eyrecourt. This was won by Stapleton's "A" team, the well known tug of war referee Johnny Mahony was on hand to make sure all the rules were adhered to.

The committee wish to thank everyone involved in running the event and also the sponsors without whom there would be no show, here is looking forward to next year.

Tanya Byrne & Nurture Africa
Nurture Africa is a not for profit Organization whose goal is to nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth and well being of Ugandan HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children by providing health care, education, food, clothing and shelter.

Tanya Byrne, a 3rd year student nurse and a past pupil of Portumna Community College, went to Uganda a few months ago as a volunteer with Nurture Africa, here is her story.

Firstly I have to say what an amazing organisation "Nurture Africa" is and the work they have done and are presently doing is remarkable it is changing the lives of thousands of children and adults. It was great to see first hand that the money that was been donated is really going to the most vulnerable and is being spent very wisely. I wish to thank everyone again for all of their support it is so greatly appreciated from myself and Nurture Africa.

I spent a lot of time in the community of Nansana testing over 800 children and adults for HIV exceeding our target, we worked alongside councellors and lab technicians, all of those who tested positive are placed on the Nurture Africa programme where they receive life long medication, education and further assistance. We also made home visits to check on vulnerable families and also those that are positive with HIV where we did nursing assessments, assessing living conditions, malnutrition and abuse in the family home all of which was reported back to the organisation and seen to immediately.

We also worked in the orphanage taking basic nursing observations of the children, assisting in what ever we could such as washing, feeding. The conditions inside the orphanage were very poor when I reported this to the organisation they donated €1000 to clean, redecorate and put in new bedding, which was completed by the volunteers. It was great to see the difference it made to those children and the excitement in their faces. Many children are abandoned and left at the orphanages doorstep, or their parents have died from HIV, or families simply can't afford to look after them. Working in the orphanage and doing the home visits were most definately the most demanding emotionally.

We held workshops for the nurses working in the Nurture Africa clinic (which was finally finished being built in October of last year funded from money raised by previous volunteers) the presentations were on CPR, risk management, infection control and many more.,We also visited a school in Kasengejje and held first aid workshops to 60 children, they were so delighted that we were there and absorb all the information like a sponge, they are all so eager to learn.

We worked on building a wheelchair accessibility ramp for the Nurture Africa clinic to make it easier for all the patients to gain access. It was a lot of hard work making everything from scratch and using the basics but it was very rewarding! We held a children's party in which over 800 vulnerable kids attended in the village of Kasengejje, it was a very well organised and brought a lot of happiness to these impoverished children.

I was grateful for the opportunity to work alongside this organisation and i really feel that we made a difference working as a team to help improve the services Nurture Africa has set up funded by previous volunteers. It was physically and emotionally demanding but something I will definitely do again. It was a life changing experience and one I will never forget, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

Catering in Portumna Mart
Portumna Mart Canteen is available for someone with catering experience to run as their own business. If interested pleast contact: Portumna Mart on Wednesday mornings before 11am on: 090 97 41115.

Computer Course
A Computer course for beginners will be held in the IRD Training Centre, Portumna starting on Tuesday 9th October 8 weeks from 7.30pm to 10 p. m. This course is suitable for people who have no knowledge of computers. The course content concentrates on using the Internet, e-mail and Skype. For further information or to book you place, tel: 090 9741687 or call into the IRD Centre in Abbey St.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results, Wednesday 19th Sept 2012: 1st Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, Gross Kaye Duddy & Fr. Finneran, 3rd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury.

Irish Red Cross-Portumna
Have started its winter programme in the Day Care Centre every Monday night from 8pm-10pm. Many courses are available and certificates are awarded to participants. All welcome.

Killimor GAA
Lotto: Last weeks lotto numbers were 4,17, 21 and 25. The jackpot was €7,200. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Padraig McGlynn, Ciara Mooney, Claire Campbell, Ber Derevan and Jimmy McClearn. Next week's jackpot is €7,300 which will be held in Treacy's.

Minor Team: The club would like to thank the Minor Team Management and players for their efforts all year and for contributing to a great quarter final which following a pulsating second half Oranmore Maree eventually won by a margin of 2 points.

Peregrine Readings
The Peregrine Readings are back with a bang this autumn with an impressive list of authors. Named after the wandering peregrine, these readings will travel on their own migration bringing tales around the country to delight, ignite and enthrall. The Peregrine Readings are a touring prose series, started in 2010 as part of the Touring and Dissemination Scheme funded by the Arts Council. Paul Murray & Val Mulkerns will appear on the 18th October at Church of Ireland, Portumna, Galway, 8.00pm.

Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group meet every Wednesday during school term between 10.30am - 12noon in An Gairdin (behind the Convent). For further information contact: 086 3471328.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 28th to Thurs 4th October

The Campaign
They're Both Losers – May The Best Loser Win! Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis (Star of The Hangover), Katherine LaNasa.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (15a) Also Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (15a)

Oliver Stone's Blistering Film Of America Today – Filmed In Southern California. Del Toro – Travolta – Dynamite! Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (16)

Based On A True Story! Brothers – Gansters – Heros, A Slice Of American Life Never Before Seen On Screen – Classic Story In the Mould Of Godfather, Bonnie & Clyde! Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastin.
Nightly To Tues 8:50 (16)

The New Animated Family Movie!
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Mon – Tues 6:30 (Pg)

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

Hope Springs
Wonderful, Hilarious, A Real Treat! Learn A few Tricks! Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell.
Daily To Weds 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The Ideal Family Film! Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based On the Acclaimed Bestseller! From The Producers Of Juno. Emma Watson (Of Harry Potter), Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd.
Opening Weds 3rd Oct 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Taken 2
First They Took His Daughter, Now They're Coming For Him! Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen.
Opening Thurs 4th Oct 6:30 8:50 (15a)

Note: Every Monday All Tickets All Shows €5. (Excl. Bank Holidays)

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