10 October 2012

History Lectures at Claregalway Castle
Portumna GAA
The Engine Room
Killeen Cheese Wins Again
Indirect Dyslexia Learning (IDL)
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna & District Lions Club Fun Cycle
Poetry Celebration
Peregrine Readings in Portumna
East Galway Youth Theatre
Killimor GAA
Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna Town FC AGM
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

History Lectures at Claregalway Castle
This autumn why not spend a few hours of a Saturday afternoon in Claregalway Castle and be transported back through time with our series of history lectures. Designed to hold interest for everyone, from the curious to the specialist, these lectures explore a variety of themes. We invite you to join us on a journey from Ancient Rome to Byzantium and on into Medieval and Early Modern Ireland.

Oct 20th: Cromwell's siege of Galway, 1651-2
Oct 27th: The fall of Rome- a lesson for now
Nov 3rd: 'The Meeting on the Turret Stair'- Castles in the popular imagination
Nov 10th: Byzantium and Islam

Website: www.claregalwaycastle.com; Email: info@claregalwaycastle.com; Tel: 091-799666.
Admission: €10 (Concession €8: OAP/Unwaged/Students)

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Lotto numbers 1,7,19,25. No Jackpot winner. 4 match 3's were Nicola Cleary, Joe Moore, Teresa Donoughue & Aoife O'Rourke each winning €25. Lotto is available to purchase on line at www.locallotto.ie

Junior: The Junior A team play Castlegar on Saturday in a quarter final stage. Best of Luck to all.

Senior: The Senior team play Turloughmore on Sunday in Athentry in a quarter final stage. Best of luck to all.

Minor: Portumna Minors drew with St. Thomas's in the B Final on Sunday in Loughrea. The game never really took off however both teams were evenly matched and a draw was a fair result in the end. Good defensive work allied with poor shooting from both sides ensured an exciting finish. Hopefully our minors will be supported well in the replay which should take place in a few weeks time.

A big thank you to Cúl Sports, An Caisleain, Curleys, and Dan lynch & Sons for their kind sponsorship of the minor team at the weekend.

The Engine Room
The old Ford garage on Clonfert Avenue Portumna has been given a new lease of life and is being transformed into a new business, The Engine Room Fitness and Wellbeing Centre. This building has a long standing history in the town dating back to the late 1920's.

Gerald Claffey, from Domnick Street, Portumna was the youngest in his family and his interest in cars began at an early age even before World War 1. He decided to go to UK to learn as much as he could about the industry, setting off firstly to Edinburgh for a short spell with his sister Mary before heading to London to look for an apprenticeship. On his return to Ireland, post apprentiship, he and his brother Paddy set up a little business with a horse and carriage bringing people around Portumna.

The area where the garage stands was owned by Joe Hynes and his family. In 1920/1921 Gerald purchased this bit of land which was then on the outskirts of Portumna and commenced building the original premises. Once the garage was completed he started trading in cars, even though at that time it was only a certain cliental who were able to afford buying cars.

The Ford dealership began trading some time around 1925. Gerald married Ursula Kearns, a solicitor in Boula church and they had a home a little further down from the garage on Clonfert Avenue. They had 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl. The eldest of the children was Gene. In his own words, little did he know at the time that he was destined to be a motoring man - he was born into this world in the back of a Model T!

Gene was sent to boarding school in Roscrea where an uncle of his was a priest. After school he didn't know what he was going to do with his life, so his father arranged for him to go down to Cork to Ford's assembly plant where he stayed for around 2 years. In 1960 the garage was completely rebuilt, the main contractor being Pat Joe Spain and that is the building we see today.

Gene returned to Portumna around 1962/63 he worked in the garage from then onwards. He remembers Garry Kenny was employed in the garage at that time. Gene remained on as the main motoring man from then until 2001 when his son Morgan took over the business. As with many other car dealerships Ford were becoming more reluctant to deliver cars in town so by 2006 Morgan moved the garage to its current trading location at The Ferry, Portland Lorrha over the bridge.

After nearly 5 years of being left idle the old garage on Clonfert Avenue is transforming in to a new business and being renovated into a Fitness facility.

The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre is set to open it doors to the public at the end of October. We wish Steve Killeen and his beautiful wife Sarah Smith Killeen all the best with this endevour. Further information contatct 087 2117262.

Anyone who wishes to find out further information with regards classes phone Steve Killeen on (086)6039235 or email: info@engineroomportumna.ie, website: www.engineroomportumna.ie

Killeen Cheese Wins Again
Some good news about Killeen cheese! The British Cheese Awards were on again last week, and the Irish Cheese Awards too. In the British Cheese Awards held in Cardiff, this year Killeen mature goat won the Best Modern British (out of 122 entries) and the Best Irish Cheese too! Last year Marion got the Best Goat Cheese in the same awards.

Based in east Galway all Killeen Cheeses are handmade to a Gouda recipe using milk from their own herd of goats. Beneath the pale orange rind is a dense, compact pale ivory interior with superb savoury reminiscent of marmite that goes on and on.

In the Irish Cheese Awards, Marion's goat cheese won the Best hard goat cheese (and a silver medal too). Last year she won Supreme Champion in the Irish Cheese Awards. The Irish Cheese Awards took place at SHOP in the RDS last week. There were 141 entries in total. The supreme champion this year went to Maja Binder of Dingle Peninsula Cheese.

Indirect Dyslexia Learning (IDL)
Indirect Dyslexia Learning (IDL) is a computer-aided, multi sensory, tutored system for children and adults with reading and spelling difficulties. This is an effective program for children and adults with dyslexia and learning difficulties. Please contact Breda Mahony on 086 1604461 for further information.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results, Wed 3 October 2012: 1st Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Elizabeth Ryan, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Teresa Cunningham & Iris Dennison, 4th Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon.

Portumna & District Lions Club Fun Cycle
Portumna & District Lions Club are again running their very successful Fun Cycle in support of local charities on Sunday, 14th October at 2pm. The starting point is The Square, Portumna and will take a circular route via the Woodford road, Gortanumera and the Tynagh road (approx. 10km) – shorter than last year! Prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual / club fund raised, best under 18 fundraiser.

Sponsorcards - only €2 a line - available from any Lions Club member or via the mobile number 087-1524200. No entry fee - donations accepted on the day! Come and support the fun & do some good for your local community at the same time!!! Presentation of Michael O Shea perpetual trophy after the cycle.

Poetry Celebration
To mark All-Ireland Poetry Day, Horans' Bar became the setting for The Maple Poetry Group gathering where entertaining and varied selections of poems were read. Ogden Nash was a popular choice on the night. From "Peekaboo" to "Gossip", we had The Pig, Giraffe and Camel too! Peter Fallon, Pat Boran, Rita Ann Higgins and James Harpur as well as W.B. Yeats were among the Irish poets selected. A Jim Reeves oldie "Old Tige" and Sophie Hannah's "One Track Mind" blended nicely with Lena Hogan's "Never an Axe to Grind". We began afresh with Danny Traynor's rendition of Philip Larkin's "Trees". Roman Dull read a poem in German "Der Oten" followed by a translation written in rhyme by Wiltrud Dull. Rain featured as a theme and Longfellow was chosen by Mary Rourke and Noelle Lynskey.

The Replica prizes for Shorelines Arts Festival Recitation Prize and Pub Limerick Competition were presented to Sean Hearne and Mick Cowan & Paddy Corrigan. A lovely light night of rhyme and rhythm.

Peregrine Readings in Portumna
The Irish Writers' Centre Autumn Peregrine Reading for Co.Galway will feature the Man Booker Shortlisted Writer, Paul Murray and writer and freelance jurnalist, Val Mulkerns. The reading takes place in Portumna's Church of Ireland on October 18th at 8pm. Admission €5 for an evening not to be missed.

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English at Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. This was followed by Skippy Dies, which received rave reviews on publication in 2010 and was long listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Paul lives in Dublin.

Writer and freelance journalist Val Mulkerns was born in Dublin. After working in the civil service and living in London, she returned to Ireland in 1952 as Associate Editor of The Bell and has continued her career as a broadcaster and journalist. Two early novels, A Time Outworn and A Peacock Cry, were followed by a sequence of short stories Antiquities (1978). Following this came another collection An Idle Woman (1980) and two novels, The Summerhouse (1984) and Very Like a Whale (1986). Another collection of short stories A Friend of Don Juan was published in 1988. She is also the author of two books for children published in Germany. In 1984 she was awarded the AIB Prize for Literature. She is a founder member of Aosdána. At present she is working on a memoir, Friends with the Enemy.

East Galway Youth Theatre
After a hugely successful taster workshop in conjunction with the Shorelines festival, East Galway Youth Theatre is beginning a series of drama workshops on Thursday 11th of October in the Retirement village Portumna, from 4.30 to 6.30pm. The workshop is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 with an interest in theatre. EGYT is headed up by Fiona Keane and Daniel Cronin, both of whom have extensive experience and qualifications in drama and theatre.

East Galway Youth Theatre offers a huge variety of theatre-related activities including weekly workshops, trips to the theatre, and as we are setting up under the auspices of the NAYD, this provides members with the opportunity of getting involved with national and international events.

Registration will take place that evening, for further information feel free to ring or text 087 606 32 53, email us at eastgalwayyouththeatre@gmail.com or find us on facebook.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 4, 10, 16 and 19. The jackpot was €7,400. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were James Coen, Terry Fee, Paraic Burns, Kieran Griffin and Margaret Callinan. Next week's jackpot is €7,500 which will be held in the Hurler's.

Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna & District Angling Associations' sponsored Boat House Cup (pike) Competition was fished over 3 Sundays with results as follows: 1st (overall) Joe Harding 183/4lbs, 2nd Mark Harding 133/4lbs and joint 3rd Dave Harris and Tony Molloy 73/4lbs. Presentation took place in the Boat House Bar on Sunday 7th last. This competition, which has been sponsored by Chris Smith since 1981, is one of our most popular competitions. Many thanks to Chris and all competitors. "Tight lines & fair sailing"

Portumna Town FC AGM
The Portumna FC, Soccer Club will hold their AGM in the Retirement Village on Friday 19th October at 8.30pm.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 12th to Thurs 18th October

Taken 2
First They Took His Daughter, Now They're Coming For Him! Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.
Daily 6:30 8:50 Also Fri Sat Sun 4:15 (12a)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 (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.
Daily 8:50 Also Fri & Mon to Thurs 6:30 (15a)

Anna Karenina
An Epic Story Of Love and Betrayal! Keira Knightley, Jude law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson.
Daily 8:50 (12a)

The Campaign
They're Both Losers – May The Best Loser Win! Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis (Star of The Hangover), Katherine LaNasa.
Nightly 9:00 (15a)

Hope Springs
A Favourite Film Retained One More Week! Wonderful Hilarious, A Real Treat! Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell.
Daily 6:30 (15a )

The New Animated Family Movie!
Sat Sun 2:00 (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)

Hotel Transylvania
From The Creators Of The Smurfs. Kevin James, Selina Gomez, Miollie Shannon.
Fri 4:15 6:30 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Mon To Thurs 6:30 (Pg)

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

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