31 October 2012

Portumna GAA
Cois Cladaigh Chamber Choir in Tiernascragh
History Lecture at Claregalway Castle
Significant Funding for Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna
AIB Closure
Declan Kelly
79 Bridge Club
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Players
Karate Classes at Redwood N.S.
Fun Fridays at Redwood N.S.
Portumna and District Special Olympics Club
Irish Blood Bank
Killimor GAA
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Boula Badminton Club
The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
Woodford Youth Club Hall - Celebration Night
Sean Cleary
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Lotto numbers for week of 22nd Oct 6, 8, 19, 22. No Jackpot winner. 2 match 3's were Emma Keane & Conor Donnelly. Lotto is available to purchase on line at www.locallotto.ie

All-Stars: Congratulations to our Senior Club and County players Joe Canning & Damien Hayes on recieving an All Star Award last Friday night. Well Done.


Cois Cladaigh Chamber Choir in Tiernascragh
Cois Clagaigh are one of Ireland's best known Chamber Choirs. They are based in Galway and are celebrating 30 years in existence this year. We are pleased to announce that the Choir are presenting a concert entitled "A Tapestry of Sounds" in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Tiernascragh on Saturday 10th. November, 2012 @ 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets @ €10 each are available from Ann (09096-75269, Pat (087-6505561) or Connie (086-0579255). This is a fundraising event for Tiernascragh Heritage Project.


History Lecture at Claregalway Castle
Continuing on with our Autumn History Lecture Series 'Journey Through Time' at Claregalway Castle, we are pleased to announce the penultimate lecture 'The Meeting on the Turret Stair', Castles in the Popular Imagination this coming Saturday 3rd November from 3-5pm. This talk (by Chris Doyle, NUI Galway) will be followed by a tour of the 15th century De Burgo Claregalway Castle. Admission €10 / Concession €8.


Significant Funding for Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna
The recently opened Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna has been allocated €187,000 by Galway Rural Development Ltd. under the "Conservation and Upgrading of the Rural Heritage" measure of the National Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2007 – 2013. This funding has been allocated to re-develop Block A, which housed the board room, the waiting room, probationary wards, clerk's office and girl's dormitories. The funding will allow for conservation and redevelopment of this block ensuring that excellent visitor facilities will be in place for 2013. These facilities will also be available for local use.

The ground floor of Block A will be redeveloped to allow for a canteen and meeting room, a presentation/audio-visual room, conservation of the original waiting room/entrance room and visitor reception. Toilets will also be provided. The building has already been re-slated. Under this phase, the roof will be insulated. All original forty four windows will be restored and the external render repaired. The project promoters are committed to implementing best conservation practice, using ecologically sound methods and materials where appropriate and practical, making the buildings as accessible as possible and improving the energy efficiency of the buildings.

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna is managed by South East Galway IRD, with the help of many local volunteers and participants on the Rural Social Scheme and TÚS Programmes. The aim of the project is to tell the story of the Irish Workhouse and find new sustainable uses for the site. In so doing, it hopes to attract visitors to the area and provide employment locally. During 2012, its first year of operation, more than 3,000 people visited the site. Three people are employed full-time on the project with five working on a part-time basis. In addition, during the past year, employment was given to two local contractors, who carried out window restoration and re-roofing. Tour guiding is carried out by paid staff and 20 local volunteer guides. The Centre is now closed to visitors and will re-open on 1st May, 2013.

The funding allocated by Galway Rural Development Ltd. is greatly welcomed by the project promoters, who must also make a contribution to the conservation and re-development costs. People wishing to support the project can do so by becoming Friends of the Irish Workhouse Centre. Friends give €2 per week to the project. Friends' names will be placed on a plaque beside each window. Friends also receive free admission for up to 10 people in any given year, are acknowledged in the Friends Book and also on the website. New guides will also be needed for 2013. Full training is given and guides work one day a month for six months. For more information on the project: tel: SE Galway IRD at 090-9741867 or e-mail: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie


AIB Closure
Portumna has had its fair share of hard knocks over the past 12 months as indeed have most towns up and the down the country. However, last Friday the AIB branch closed its doors for the final time. There were a total of 44 branches of the bank closed on that day. The bank has been in Portumna for over thirty years. As sub branches went it was very busy, the staff were excellent and a pleasure to deal with. There was a strong customer relationship built up between the bank and its customers over the last three decades.

The AIB closed its doors at 4.00pm on Friday and by 4.30 the signs were taken down, like the Titanic in 1912 when it hit the iceberg: after a few hours there was no trace of it, it's as though it was never there, wiped away like a blot on a school childs copy book. Unlike the blot, which can be dried with a dab of blotting paper and it only leaves a small mark.

The irony of the closures is the bank was bailed out by the taxpayer (the public) and now when they are needed more than ever they close the doors on their owners. Another irony is to quote a line from their own advertisements "be with AIB" but where are they? The main branch for Portumna is in Ballinasloe a tround trip of 40 miles, if customers have to travel to that bank they more than likely will do their shopping there so Portumna gets a double hit. Thanks a lot: "be with AIB".

Many thanks to all the great staff down the years for their professionalism, courteasy and friendliness. They will be missed, good luck to each and everyone of you.


Declan Kelly
Well done and congratulations to Declan Kelly who has been awarded the Weddell Prize for Excellence by the Dept. of Archaeology at NUIG for his Masters degree dissertation. Declan has recently moved to Portumna having worked here some years ago. He says he looks forward to researching and publishing on the archaeology and history of the district for many years to come.


79 Bridge Club
Results, 24th October 2012: Free Sub Competition. 1st Charlie Mullen & Pauric Murray, Gross Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran.


Portumna Camera Club
The Camera Club AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd Oct, committee for 2012/2013 is as follows: Chairperson - Rosa Tomrop-Hofmann, Secretary - Anne Forde and Treasurer - Anne Mc Entee.

Our next meeting/outing is a night photography seccion at The Abbey, Portumnna on Tuesday 6th Nov @ 8pm. We meet every fortnight in the Social Room, Portumna Retiremnt Village and we are hoping some new members will join us again this year.


Portumna Players
The AGM of Portumna Players took place on Tuesday last the 23rd Oct. and it was very heartening to see a good turnout. The group had another very successful year culminating in participating in Shorelines Festival in September and the launch of the book "Voices in the Loft" by Aideen O'Reilly. The outgoing chairperson, Marie Gunning welcomed three new members into the group, Greg O'Connor, Andrew Dagg and James Heenan and wished the new committee the very best for 2013. She thanked the hardworking outgoing secretary, Lisa Keane and equally hardworking treasurer Ann Menheneott.

The new committee is as follows: Chairperson: Mairead Taylor-O'Neill, Secretary: Frances Robinson and Treasurer: Ann Menheneott: Committee Members: Mary Lynch, Dolores O'Shea, Eileen Purcell, Andrew Dagg, James Heenan, Greg O'Connor, and Trustees: Jim Hynes, Patricia Blehein and Ann Menheneott.

Plans are being made for a production in the New Year and new members are always welcome to join the group. Best wishes to the Players in the one act festival in Roscrea in the third week of November. The play is called London Vertigo, this is an adoption, by Brian Friel of Charles Macklin's play "The Irish Fine".


Karate Classes at Redwood N.S.
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 086 8834083 or redwoodns@live.


Fun Fridays at Redwood N.S.
Calling all babies, toddlers, Mums, Dads, Grannies etc for some extra special Fun!! Storyteller, Musician & much more every Friday from 11:00 to 12:00 commencing Friday, 9th November for 6 weeks Everybody welcome!! €3.00 per family Phone Michelle on 086 8834083 Email: redwoodns@live.ie Website: www.redwoodns.ie


Portumna and District Special Olympics Club
Portumna and District Special Olympics club will be holding their church gate collection on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday 4th of November. Please support.


Irish Blood Bank
The Irish Blood Bank will be in the Kiltormer GAA sports complex next week on Tuesday 6th November from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00p.m. and from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the evening. Please come and give blood as they require 3000 pints on a monthly basis.


Killimor GAA
The following numbers were drawn in the Killimor lotto: 4, 7, 24 and 25. The jackpot was €7700. There were 5 lucky dips drawn (€20 each): Darren McDonagh, Oran Lyons, Jimmy Briscoe, Serena & Karen Brien and Cathal Larkin.

Next weeks jackpot is €7800. The draw will be held in Treacy's.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Congratulations to our two bowling teams who entered their first competitions and excelled in winning their matches by clear margins. We had a very successful quiz night, and many thanks to our quiz master Vincent Sellers for helping us.

On Thursday night the 1st of November we propose to have a "memory night", with readings, old photos, recipes, and objects that carry memories that will awaken stories and sayings. If every member would bring any of these, we should be able to gather material for our new book, "Looking through the Seasons".

Then on Thursday 15th November it is hoped to have a social night.

The choir will be meeting at 7.30 to practice before each meeting, in order to get ready for Christmas.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Results for 15th October: 1st Sr Patrice and Patricia Eames, 2nd Lorna Stoddart and Bertie Hanlon, Gross Teresa Dillon and Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd Fr. Finneran and Eileen Smith, 4th Bernie Larkin and Cecelia Cox.

Results for 22nd October: 1st Pauline McKeon and Pauric Murray, 2nd Sean Cahalan and Paddy Kelly, Gross Teresa Dillon and Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd Brid McNamara and Johnny Cowan, 4th Sheila Dillon and Mary Burbage.


Boula Badminton Club
Badminton starting in Boula Hall on Friday 2nd Nov at 8.00pm. If interested contact Tristan on 087 6874158.


The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
Official opening on Friday 2nd Nov at 7pm. Scheduled timetable effective from Monday 5th Nov. For more information email info@engineroomportumna.ie or phone Stephen on 086-6039235. All welcome to launch night.


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.


Sean Cleary
Sean Cleary from Rathcabbin, County Tipperary and a member of Portumna Golf Club, is in the USA on a golf Scholarship, he came up through the Junior ranks at Portumna Golf Club and played on most Junior and Senior teams winning an All-Ireland medal with the Junior Cup Team last year. He has been a great Ambassador for the club both at home and away. We hope to see him back in Portumna over the coming years.

In an interview he gave to a radio station recently in Iowa they describe him as follows: He might be a diamond in the rough or maybe he's a jewel from the Emerald Isle. Either way, Sean Cleary has come a long way to chase down his dream of a career in golf. The 21-year-old left his home to attend Kirkwood Community College, Iowa and join the school's golf program. In his second year, Cleary has become the Eagles top golfer and aspires to earn a scholarship from a four-year school and make a profession out of his favorite sport. Kirkwood Coach Darin Pint discovered Cleary through an overseas recruiting service. He was the only international prospect, but he was the first to respond. Cleary jumped at the opportunity.

"It's like every kid's dream to play golf in Ireland, and get a golf scholarship over here," said Cleary, a sophomore, who attended college briefly in Ireland and also worked at a golf course. "In Ireland, there's no real college athletics or anything like that. It's a good deal if you get to come over here and play golf in college. I was delighted to get the chance to come over."

Sean is the second oldest of a family of five, his parents, John and Bernadette, sisters Juliet, Colette, Celine, and brother David. We wish him all the best.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 2nd to Thurs 8th November

Skyfall
World Record No 1! Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Judi Dench.
Daily to Sun 2:00 5:00 8:30 From Mon 5:00 8:30 (12a)

Silent Hill: Revelation
Get Ready For A Thrill Ride Thru Wildest Nightmare! Special Halloween Presentation! Adelaide Clemens, Karla Unger, Malcolm McDowell, Carrie-Anne Moss.
Now Showing 6:30 8:50 (16)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
They're Coming Back Home! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jessica Chastain.
Daily To Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 From Mon 6:30 (G)

Taken 2
Final Showings! First They Took His Daughter, Now They're Coming For Him! Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.
Now Showing 8:50 (12a)

The Three Stooges
All Pain No Brain – Non Stop Laughs! Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson.
Daily to Sun 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

Looper
Brilliant – Absorbing – Different! Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,, Emily Blunt.
Nightly To Tues 8:50 (15a)

Hotel Transylvania
Inspired And Very Very Funny. From The Creators Of The Smurfs. Kevin James, Selina Gomez, Miollie Shannon.
Daily To Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 Also Mon Tues 6:30 (Pg)

The Sapphires
A Comedy Not to be Missed - Hugely Enjoyable! New Irish Star Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Maulboy.
Opening Weds Next 7th Nov 6:30 8:50 (Pg)

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


Return to Top of Page

Picture This Photography, Portumna
Homepage   -   About   -   Contact   -   Links   -   Site Map   -   Privacy Statement