24 October 2012

Portumna GAA
Lecture: 'The Fall of Rome' at Claregalaway Castle
NUI Galway
Halloween Event at Portumna Castle and Gardens
Career Guidance Service
Woodford Youth Club Hall Celebration Night
Croagh Patrick Climb
Karate Classes
Acorn to Oak Autumn Fair
The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
Christmas Events Committee
Table Quiz
Training Course: Promoting your Local Heritage
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Opportunity for Tourism Businesses
Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show
Killimor GAA
Portumna Bingo
Want to Look your Worst for Halloween?
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
Teen Halloween Fancy Dress Party

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Lotto numbers 12, 21, 22, 26. No Jackpot winner. No match 3's. Lotto is available to purchase on line at www.locallotto.ie

Minor: Well done to our minor team on winning the Minor B County final on Saturday against St. Thomas's on a score line of 2-16 to 4-6. Portumna put in a huge effort in the second half and made a great come back to win.

The club would like to thank the Management Joe Keane, Ger Kelly, Johnny Kelly, Ger Moran (Medic) & Sylvie Donoghue, Alan Gorman & Paddy Dolphin for all their help. A big thanks to Cúl Sports, Dan Lynch & sons hardware, Curleys, An Caisleain & Modena Restaurant for their much appreciated sponsorship for the Minor team on Saturday.


Lecture: 'The Fall of Rome' at Claregalaway Castle
Following on from the success of the first in the 'Journey Through Time' Autumn History Lectures at Claregalway Castle, we are pleased to announce the second in this series, 'The Fall of Rome' which will take place on Saturday October 27th, 3-5pm. Admission €10, Concession €8.

The western Roman Empire's collapse in the 5th century AD witnessed economic decline and recession (the Roman Empire was the last properly unified superstate in Europe with its own single currency), war, religious extremism and lack of sustainable natural resources. This talk explores this historical period and asks whether or not we may learn from repeating some of the mistakes which the imperial government of Ancient Rome made. Accompanied by audio/visual presentation, the talk endeavours to inform, stimulate discussion and, above all, excite the imagination of what once was Gloria Romanorvm/the glory of Rome!


NUI Galway
Board of Governor of NUI Galway, Willie Burke, welcomed the Sunday Times Higher Education World Rankings report that places NUI Galway in the top 2% in the World. Out of a total of 17,036 Universities in the World, NUI Galway is ranked 336th. It is testament to the extraordinary work of the University Management Team and the University President Dr. Jim Brown.

The University is a significant contributor to the Social and Economic Life of Galway City and County with a total Staff of 2,541(second largest employer in Galway) and a Student Population of 17,318( of which 2,257 are international students) and an overall current Budget of €222,000,000 spent in the local economy on salaries, support services and research per annum. In addition the University have an aggressive Capital Programme which is now in the final stages of a €400,000,000 capital programme which started in 2004) which has created alot of employment in the construction sector, both directly and indirectly. This Investment has transformed the 105-hectare riverside campus.

NUI Galway is Irelands most successful University for commercialization of research. In 2011 alone the creation of 4 start-up companies leading to high tech jobs, licensing of 19 technologies, 47 new inventions and 8 patents.

Willie Burke who will be leaving the Board in January, went on to thank his fellow Board of Governors for all of their support over past 5 years and in particular as Chair of the Audit Committee to the members of the committee for their tremendous contribution on a voluntary basis.


Halloween Event at Portumna Castle and Gardens
The Halloween event at Portumna Castle and Gardens this year will be extra special because along with the usual fun activities there will be a viewing of a new book about the family and building.

A "Ghostly" theme will be the order of the day on Sunday, 28th October at 3.00 p.m. It is planned to have a free, fun-filled, family afternoon with activities to entertain all. There will be a prize for the person wearing the most original "Ghost" costume.

There will also be an opportunity to view the recently launched book entitled "Clanricard's Castle, Portumna House, Co. Galway", Jane Fenlon, editor. This beautifully produced and much anticipated book will be available on the 28th at a special rate for one day only. Afternoon tea will be served.

We look forward to welcoming lots of people to the Castle and we also would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who support our events throughout the season and look forward to 2013 when much more activities are planned to promote and share our local heritage and history.


Career Guidance Service
It's that time of year again when the CAO Handbooks are being distributed in schools, and UCAS deadlines loom. There are many factors to be taken into consideration when choosing a career path - interest, ability, location, finances. Whether you are in Senior Cycle or a Mature Student considering going back to college, Sally Gibbs Career Guidance Service can help. Experienced in CAO, UCAS and PLC application processes, Career Interest Testing and Subject Choice. Contact Sally on 086 1909287 to book an appointment.


Woodford Youth Club Hall Celebration Night
A Celebration night will take place in the Youth Club Hall Woodford, on Friday 9th November commencing at 7pm. The original committee who came together to organise the building of the hall will be guests on the night. A warm invitation is extended to all - especially to past members and to anyone who worked to make the hall the facility it is today. Refreshments will be served. Music by 'Class Act' from approx 9pm. Admission is free.


Croagh Patrick Climb
Shragh Community Group have organized a challenge sponsored climb of "Croagh Patrick" on this coming Bank Holiday Monday. Return Journey is free and the 50 seater Bus leaves Shragh at 8.30am for the great day out.

Sponsorship cards are available from Mary on 087 615 2668. We hope to raise €20 or more per participant to cover costs and in return give a challenging, rewarding and fun day out. Proceeds towards maintenance of Shragh Hall. Participation is welcomed from all areas.

Also set dancing in Shragh Hall every Thursday night at 8.45pm. Everyone welcome.


Karate Classes
Karate classes for beginners starting in Redwood N.S. on Monday 5th Nov from 3.15 - 4.15pm for 6 weeks. All levels catered for from junior infants to 6th class. Lessons provided by Marie Dolphin, Kiltormer. Marie has achieved national, European and international success for both herself and her competitors over the years and is currently a National Coach. Lessons are €3.00 per session and places are limited. Booking essential by calling Michelle on 090 9747186 or redwoodns@live.ie


Acorn to Oak Autumn Fair
Acorn to Oak Autumn fair in Portumna on Sunday 28th October, at the town hall 12pm - 4pm. Lots of gift & craft stalls, kids corner, tea & cakes, and much more! A great place to kick start your Christmas shopping!! Money raised is going to Acorn to Oak Childcare. If anyone is interested in a stall, please contact Hannah 0879205630 for more info!


The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre will be holding a Registration Open Day next Saturday 27th Oct from 11 - 4pm. This will be an opportunity to view the facility and sign up for upcoming timetabled classes commencing Mon 5th Nov 2012. For further information please email: info@engineroomportumna.ie or call Stephen on 086-6039235.


Christmas Events Committee
The Portumna Christmas Events Committee are preparing for Santa's arrival again this year, but urgently need new members to help organise this year's event. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Theresa at 087-685-1116, or Micheál at 087-6406-552. Expect lots more details about Santa in Portumna over the next couple of months.


Table Quiz
A fun night out with lots of prizes so gather a few friends and join in the fun! Friday, 26th October at 9pm in The Boathouse in aid of local charities. Table of 4 adults €40, Students €20. All Welcome.


Training Course: Promoting your Local Heritage
A heritage training programme aimed at heritage groups, community representatives and tourist providers in the Lough Derg region is commencing next Thursday, 25th October at 8pm for 5 evenings in Lorrha Community Hall. Its aim is to identify and utilise the heritage resources of the local area as well as raise awareness of their uniqueness among both locals and visitors. The training is free-of-charge. Details available from 085-1925466.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results for Wed 17 October 2012: 1st Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 2nd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, Gross Michael Torpey & Pauric Murray, 3rd Pat Flanagan & Mary Joe Kelly, 4th Marie O Meara & Eileen Tuohy.


Opportunity for Tourism Businesses
SE Galway IRD is compiling tourist information to promote Portumna and South East Galway as a visitor destination. This work in promoting the area is an opportunity for people to promote their tourism businesses free of charge. The information will centre on where to stay, what to do and where to eat. It will be included on a new free mobile phone application promoting the Hymany Way, walking and cycling route from Portumna to Aughrim and on the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna website.

The application is being developed by the West Regional Authority as part of the EU Northern Periphery Programme, the aim of which is to support tourism in peripheral regions in Europe by enhancing the visitors experience in cultural and natural heritage destinations with the help of multimodal mobile information services. People wanting to have their tourism businesses included should contact Beatrice at the IRD centre, by Wed. 31st October, tel: 090-9741867 e-mail: irdsegalway@eircom.net


Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show
The annual Portumna Rugby Club Fashion Show is on Thursday 25th October in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. This year they have pulled out all the stops and have a great night of fun and fabulous glamour lined up.

Not only will they be showing the latest fashions from Portumna, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Athlone plus creations by milliner Paula Gannon, jewellery designer Frost Couture and dress designer Fiona Whyte (designer to Rose of Tralee, Miss Ireland, and Miss Universe).

To top this off their special guests are a wonderful "Bunch of Roses" including a dozen previous winners of the Rose of Tralee including Tara Talbot 2011 winner, Clare Kambamettu 2010, Aoibhinn Ni Shuillebhean (2005) and lots more. The current international Rose of Tralee Nicola Mc Evoy and current Galway Rose Anna de Paor will also be in attendance.

There will be a special prize on the night for the best dressed lady, so ladies are encouraged to put on the glad rags and come out and enjoy a fun filled evening of not just fashion. Adding his own charm and humour to the night, will be MC Ollie Turner from Galway Bay FM. Tickets on the door are €15 with wine and canapé reception from 8pm, fashion show at 8.30pm.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 1, 13, 17 and 22. The jackpot was €7,600. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Page & Cian Ford, Pat Leonard, Micheal Francis Duffy, Benny Hoary and Joe & Teresa McLearn. Next week's jackpot is €7,700 which will be held in Duffy's.


Portumna Bingo
Bingo is on every Saturday night in the town hall at 8.00pm and this weeks jackpot is €1750 in 45 numbers.


Want to Look your Worst for Halloween?
Well now you can, go glam like Lady Gaga, punk/rock like Kiss or ghoulish like beetle juice. Get what ever Halloween look you want exclusively at the Beauty Rooms with special effects. Guest Make up Artist. Contact Lorranie at 0872848478.


South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society present a lecture by Jim Madden MA, entitled; John Fahy: Radical Republican and Agrarian Activist. In Donie O'Mearas, Portumna on Tuesday October 30th at 8.30pm. Copies of Jim's recent book Fr John Fahy: Radical Republican & Agrarian Activist (1893-1969) will be available on the night.


Teen Halloween Fancy Dress Party
Teen Halloween Fancy Dress Party in MC's Portumna (Clonwyn House) on this Friday 26th Oct 8.30 to 12 midnight. DJ Carl James from midlands 103fm. Prizes for best outfits. Full supervision, second level students only. Adm €10.


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