01 January 2013

'Coming Home for Christmas' Concert
Saint Vinvent de Paul Faundraiser with 2FM
Lorrha Drama Group Present 'Wanted One Body'
Killimor GAA
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Christmas Day Swim
Acorn Theatre Co. back on the Comedy Trail
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

'Coming Home for Christmas' Concert
St Bridget's Church, Portumna was full to capacity on Sunday night, 23rd December for the 'Coming Home for Christmas' Concert. The audience was treated to a night of extraordinary local musical talent from all age groups and across a wide range of musical genres.

Catriona Eames commenced proceedings with a piano recital, assisted by Fiachra and Caoimhe Callan. MC for the evening, Johannna Burke, then introduced Mike Denver, who delivered a magnificent performance of some of his favourite songs. Mike was followed by the Junior Scout Choir who sang three Christmas children's favourites.

Noelle Lynskey then treated us to a Christmas Memory, providing a boost in the sales of Club Milk's all through Christmas. Little Notes, under the direction of Muirne Goode, then delivered a beautiful performance of four Christmas favourites.

Brian Murray, Beaver Scout Leader, then read the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke's Gospel. A Trad Session, commencing with Frank Downey's Accordion students, followed by Aoibhinn Goode singing Oiche Ciuin. The session was concluded with a nine-person ceili band, playing fiddle, banjo and guitar.

The Omna Singers, under the direction of Marie Power, then delivered an extraordinary performance of four beautiful pieces. The performance was both technically superb and very entertaining.

The Senior Scout Ensemble, comprising of Marian Lynch, Sorcha Ridge & Niall Maher, John O'Neill, Gary Lynch & Peter Claffey, Nicola Walsh and Conor O'Meara then delivered a series of beautiful and musically perfect performances. This Ensemble alone were worthy of a concert to themselves.

Stephen Killeen then delivered a powerful rendition of Christmas Day 1914, followed by Darren Burke on guitar, who sang a musical version of the story.

The final act of the night was St Bridget's Church Choir, under the direction of Mary Joyce, who told the story of Christmas in both song and words. Breda O'Connor narrated while the Choir exceeded even their own usual high standards.

10th Galway Portumna Scout Group Leader, Ultan Hynes, thanked all of the 130 performers for sharing their musical talent with the audience. He also thanked Ann Rabbitte, Scout Group Secretary, who proposed staging the concert and had a huge input in making it a reality. Fr Lawless PP was also thanked for both allowing use of the church and for his practical support in staging the concert.

Jackie and Barry Conboy, along with Mark O'Reilly were thanked for providing and operating all technical equipment on the night. The huge input of the thirty Scout Youth Members and Adult Scouters required to ensure the concert ran smoothly and professionally was then acknowledged, as well as the support from the Scout Group parents.

The concert concluded with the combined choirs and audience singing Adeste Fideles. The primary purpose of organising the concert was to bring the community together to inject added Christmas Spirit to the parish. When leaving the church, all agreed that this objective had been achieved.


Saint Vinvent de Paul Faundraiser with 2FM
Hector from 2FM was in Portumna just prior to Christmas, the reason was to raise funds and toys for SVP nationwide. Supervalu and 2FM joined forces to help acquire toys and money for SVP; the broadcast for Hectors morning show came from Lisa O Brien's house Portumna. Present on the day were Donie O'Meara Supervalu shop owner and also Lord Mayor of Portumna. Other people on the show were; Country and Western singer Mike Denver, Father Bohan, Father Lawless, parish priest Portumna, Santa and his little helpers from Portumna Christmas Lights, and National and Regional SVP Volunteers, Borris Autos from Borrisokane and their car 'Lightning McQueen', Killeen National School Teachers and Pupils.

A fantastic morning of fun and community spirit. Thank you to everyone! Brendan Hoary took all the pictures. 150 toys were donated and over €1,000 was raised.


Lorrha Drama Group Present 'Wanted One Body'
Please note that the above group's play "Wanted One Body" by Raymond Dyer which was postponed due to a bereavement will now be produced for three nights only on Friday 18th Sat 19th and Sun. 20th January 2013. The synopsis of the play is as follows: It is a murder mystery farce, featuring a cast of suspicious characters told the story of the passing of wealthy Mr. Barraclough and the arrival of solicitors Blundell and Mickleby at the house to read the will. A clause in the will granting a portion of the inheritance to the servants set the house into turmoil. A murder occured and Blundell and Mickelby found themselves having to piece together the clues to find the culprit.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 9, 18 and 29. The jackpot was €8,500. Last weeks 10 lucky dip winners (€20) were Keith Hardiman, Jonah & Ruby & Max Duffy, Rose Ward, Brian & David Campbell, Mattie Flynn, Murray Family, Rebecca Geoghegan, Tom Joe Larkin, Joe McLearn, Aimee & Lisa O Brien.

Next week's jackpot is €8,600 which will be held in Kirwans. The club would like to wish all our members, sponsors and supporters a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013.


Portumna Bridge Club
Results 17th December: 1st Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, 2nd Judy and John Craig, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 4th Mary Jo Kelly & Fr P J Bracken.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
December has been a busy and active month for us all including several social nights with good music dancing and singing. Many thanks to all who made our Christmas flower arranging with Michael Haslam such a success. The choir and readers added greatly to our annual carol service. We wish all our members a safe and happy Christmas and an active 2013 ahead.


Christmas Day Swim
This years 18th Christmas Day Swim was a great success. With the weather much warmer than some past years, 38 swimmers got into Lough Derg. They came from all round the lake to help support the Portumna and District Special Olympic Club which only formed during the summer. This group are recognizing the talent and potential that those with a Recognized Intellectual Disability. Many of the swimmers are from families of these athletes or are friends of them. With the funds raised they will purchase equipment for these up and coming athletes.

The Christmas Day Swim Committee would like to thank all who came down to the lake to support the swimmers, the Branch of the Portumna Red Cross with their presence there each year, our Mayor who came dressed in his new Christmas costume, again this year, he was a 'great cracker', to the Special Olympics Committee who turned out to shake buckets and provided hot drinks for all, and not forgetting the swimmers old and new.


Acorn Theatre Co. back on the Comedy Trail
Written by Tom Murphy and set in the middle of the last century "A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocers Assistant" is for the most part an hilarious slice of rural Irish life. It is still as relevant today as it was when first presented by the Abbey Theatre in the 1960's. It is the story of seven days in the life of John Joe Moran played by Patrick Byrne. He has no money, no prospects. Working for a miserly Mr. Brown he is surrounded by noisy neighbours, a meddlesome priest, a "girleen who works above in the bank" and above all a mother who is on his case 24 / 7. Will he go? or will he stay ?

For Acorn Theatre's New Year production of this comedy classic, director Eamonnn O'Donoghue has assembled a large cast which represents the best of local acting talent including such household names as John Boland, Seamus Feerick, Mary Cuddy and Mike O'Reilly. They are joined by other very experienced performers such as Declan Kelly, Mike Kelly, Pat Canty, and John Lawler. The line up also includes Mary O'Connell, and Margaret O'Grady who are making a first appearance with Acorn as are two young up and coming performers Mary Walsh and Louise Burke.

With stage management and set design in the capable hands of Pat McGovern and his team, audiences are assured of a thoroughly enjoyable theatre experience.

With a collection of some very odd characters a good sprinkling of fun and memorable dialogue this Murphy classic has the ideal blend of fun and pathos where the parish pump equates with Facebook and just as at present "the money isn't circulating sir". This is one not to be missed at The Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe, January 17th 18th and 19th 2013.

Enquiries / Bookings: 090 9643338 / 086 8750578.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 4th to Thurs 10th January

Jack Reacher
The Best Seller Comes to the Screen – All the Action Of Skyfall! Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pyke.
Daily 6:00 8:50(12a)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
From Director Of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Concurrent World Premiere! Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee.
Nightly 8:15 Also Daily To Sunday 4:15 (12)

Pitch Perfect
Lively – Dynamic- Great Holiday Hit! Anna Kendrick, John Michael, Higgins, Elizbeth Banks.
Daily 6:15 8:50 (12a)

Parental Guidance
Hilarious Family Comedy From the Studio That Produced the Home Alone Movies! Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei.
Daily to Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:50 Mon to Thurs 6:30 8:50 (Gen)

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
Disney's Magical Adventure For the Whole Family!
Daily to Sun 2:00 4:15 (Gen)

Rise of the Guardians
Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, Easter Bunny All Together!
Daily to Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)

Nativity 2
Christmas Is Coming - Hugely Enjoyable! David Tennant, Mark Wootton, Joanna Page, Pam Ferris.
Daily to Sun 2:00 (Gen)


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