30 April 2013

Portumna GAA
Conor Barry Represents Ireland
Shannon Oaks Hotel
Crochet in the Library
Portumna Bridge Club
Team Cian: Lough Derg Cycle
Success At Young Breeders Competition
Gortanumera School Draw
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Youth Theatre Stages First Production
Killimor GAA
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Golf Classic Cancelled
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Numbers 2, 3, 5, 16. No Jackpot winner and no match 3's. Jackpot is now €13,600. Weekly lotto can be purchased on line at www.locallotto.ie. Annual Lotto now due.

Senior: Well done to the Senior Team on a 2-17 win over Kinvara 0-12 in the first round of the Championship Sunday in Loughrea.

U-16: Well done to the U16's who beat Eyrecourt on a score line of 3-11 to 1-11 played on Monday evening in Clonfert.

U-10: Well done to the U10's who beat Kiltormer on a score line of 3-2 to 2-1 played on friday in Portumna GAA field.

GAA Nursery Programme: Portumna Gaa Nursery programme took off to a great start last Tuesday with a turn out of 18 under 6's (boys & girls). If your child is interested in taking part please join us on Tuesday evenings in Portumna Community School Gym at 5.30pm for an hour of Fun and Games.


Conor Barry Represents Ireland
Portumna community school fifth year student Conor Barry was selected for the Irish schools u18 soccer team for the 2013 centenary shield competition. This annual completion is held between the best soccer players in secondary schools in England, wales, Northern Ireland Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Past players to have graced this competition are the likes of Chris Smalling of Manchester United and Stephen Ward of Wolves.

Conor was selected after 8 trial games held between October and February And a very successful season as a striker with Salthill Devon under 19 elite team which finished fourth just a few points behind a very strong Cork team. Conors performance with salthill will defiantly have been a help for the Irish manager Ollie Horgan when making his selections. The competition for places is very strong, as a lot of Irish underage international did not make the final cut.

Ireland began a little nervously losing a close game 1 nil away against Northern Ireland. The north were playing there third game of the tournament and were a lot less nervous compared to their republic counterparts. the republic had a much better game away to Scotland winning 2.a tough third game at home to a strong welsh side went the republics way with a hard fought 1nil win. The last game of the series was at home to England in turners cross. Unfortunately this game was not to decide the overall winners As Northern Ireland had already won the competition a week earlier,however bragging rights were still important and Ireland had a chance to come second.a hard fought draw 2 all with Conor Barry providing a vital assist to his colleague Cobh native kynAn rocks who was taken down in the box to give the Ireland a 1 nil lead. England drew level in the first half .the second half was a fantastic game and both teams showed great quality. England went ahead with a brilliant goal and with 10 mins left Conor's club mate and fellow Galwegian Alex Byrne scored the equalizer Ireland finished sole runners up in the completion-Wales third, England Fourth and Scotland fifth.

Conor was delighted to be chosen for the Irish team and had a great tournament, as he was the starting striker for all four games. Conor is a credit to himself his family and Portumna community school. Hopefully Conor will get the opportunity to continue his soccer career and one day play for Ireland.


Shannon Oaks Hotel
The future of Shannon Oaks Hotel is nearing conclusion. The 3-star Shannon Oaks Hotel was destroyed by fire and subsequently closed in September 2011, with receiver Grant Thornton appointed. In the interim period, the majority of the hotel's apartments have been let out on a 12 month basis.

An insurance claim has been submitted for arbitration with a hearing date set for next September. The intention of the policy holders is to have the hotel rebuilt. However, if the case is lost, the hotel could well be sold as is. It has been can confirmed that the receiver is open to proposals from the town or local Chamber of Commerce regarding the future of the hotel. If the case is won at arbitration, then a project managed by the insurance company will take two years to bring to fruition.

There is understandable frustration locally that the hotel still remains derelict and repair work hasn't started but today's news appears to show that matters shall be concluded over the coming months. Some 60 jobs have been lost with the hotel's closure and the lack of progress between Zurich Bank, who financed the hotel, the receivers and the insurance.


Crochet in the Library
Get creative and colour Portumna bridge for the Shorelines Arts festival, September 19th to 22nd September. Join the industrious ladies every Monday night (except bank holiday Mondays) in Portumna library from 6.30 to 8.30.


Portumna Bridge Club
Contract Bridge Club Portumna, Results of Invitational Pairs: 1st; Lorna Stoddart & Judy Craig, 2nd; Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, Gross Kaye Duddy & Patricia Eames, 3rd; Marie O'Meara & Tommy Goonan, 4th Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Patsy Hanbury's President's Prize 2013: 1st Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smyth, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Charlie Mullen, Gross Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 3rd Teresa Cunningham & Cepta Ryan, 4th Patricia Eames & Bertie Hanlon, 5th Bernie Larkin & Brid McNamara, 6th Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 1st Session Anne Neville & John Craig, 2nd Session Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Team Cian: Lough Derg Cycle
Team Cian are hosting a 120km cycle around Lough Derg on May 5th, 2013 in aid of Cian Connelly. The event will commence in Portumna at 9:30am (registration from 8:30am), and return to same via Killaloe.

All details and registrations for the event are on www.team-cian.com; register online by April 30th for €20; or registration on the day for €25. The first 50 people to register, pay online and take a sponsorship card will get a souvenir t-shirt on the day. All participants in the event will get free entry into a raffle for a new mountain bike and refreshments for all will be provided in Killaloe.

The event will be fully marshalled, with safety vehicles, motorbike outriders, backup mechanics and the Red Cross. It promises to be an enjoyable day for all participants. If you've any queries please call/text 087.9248178 or 087.2828981 for more details.

Training rides are taking place every Sunday morning from now until the day, leaving Portumna Square at 9am; all are welcome.


Success At Young Breeders Competition
Maeve Farrell a TY student at Mercy College Woodford has won the Youth Category in the National Young Breeders Competition 2013, which was held in Kildalton College on Sat. 20th April. The Young Breeders programme is a joint programme between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland and attracts participants from all over Ireland. The programme is aimed at those between the ages of 14 to 25 years who are interested in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses. The programme consists of training days throughout the year and includes both theory and practice in areas such as stable management, health & welfare, assessment of conformation, loose movement and jumping and the presentation and turnout of horses. Not only did Maeve win the overall Youth category but she also took first place in the 'In Hand' part of the competition. Maeve who has a great interest in horses also won the Youth Category in this competiton in 2011.


Gortanumera School Draw
Gortanumera National School would like to extend a huge thank you to Al Hayes Motors for sponsoring our recent Draw, held in aid of the school extension. Thank you to all those who supported the Draw. The winners were First: Ollie Canning; Second: Angela Cormican; Third: Michael Flanagan; Fourth: Gerry Fahy.


Golden Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Tommie and Bridie Feerick of Tiernascragh, Ballycrissane, Portumna, who celebrated their Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary on 27th April. The couple marked the event with a family reception at Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo. Tommie and Bridie were married in New York in 1963.


Youth Theatre Stages First Production
East Galway Youth Theatre staged its first production, DNA, in the Portumna Town Hall on Saturday to a large and very appreciative audience. DNA, by Dennis Kelly follows the silent yet intimidating, 16 year old Phil (James Callanan), and his fearful following of misfits as they come to terms with the consequences of a practical joke that ends in tragedy. This piece deals directly and powerfully with hard hitting, relevant issues, such as violence, guilt, unrequited love, tyranny and solidarity within a group of adolescents who have placed themselves at the edge of society.

Since the arrival of aggressive and volatile John Tate (Eoghan Robinson) the rest of the school fears them, they are above the law and intend to stay that way. Social outcast and loner Adam (Cian Gallagher) who would do anything to be accepted into the group, to be protected, to be safe, to hang out in the woods with them for just one afternoon. How far will he go? Being spat at? Being punched? Being bullied? Being murdered? The group discover how their tyranny presents them with cathartic repercussions and social developments within their clique.

With a harrowing twist and a taste of the sinister that smacks of William Golding's Lord of The Flies, DNA is a social comment that resounds with people of all ages. Cast included Alana & Rebecca Taylor, Mary Jane Cummins, Siobhan Flynn, Juliet Kennedy, Evelyn Kennedy, Megan Thompson & Karen Mullary.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 4, 20 and 28. The jackpot was €10,300. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Niall Molloy, Ann Smyth, Ollie Gibbons, Oran Lyons, and Conor Donnelly. Next week's jackpot is €10,400 which will be held in Nevin's.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Members of the choir please note Thursday 2nd May you are asked to attend for practice at 7 pm sharp please. All members will be needed to assist in planning the Bealtaine night, which will be held on the 16th May starting at 7pm in the social hall in the Portumna Retirement Village. Plans for summer outings will also be discussed.


Golf Classic Cancelled
The annual golf Classic for family and friends of St. Dympna's which was scheduled for Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May has been cancelled.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 3rd to Thurs 9th May

Iron Man 3
The Excitement & Style of Avengers Assemble. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce.
Fri 4:00 6:20 8:50 Sat Sun Mon 3:30 6:20 8:50 Tues to Thurs 6:20 8:50 (12a)

Olympus Has Fallen
The White House Under Seige – The Nation Under Attack! Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Angela Bassett.
Daily 6:25 8:50 (15a )

The Croods
From The Creators Of Madagascar.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun Mon 2:00 4:15 (G)

Oblivion
Newest Tom Cruise Action Epic! Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko.
Daily 6:20 Also Sat Sun Mon 3:30 (12a)

Mama
A Journey into Terror! Jessica Chastin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Nightly To Weds 8:50 (15a)

I Give it a Year
From Bridget Jones Producers – New Comedy about First Year of Marriage. Simon Baker, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver.
Daily 6:30 8:50 Also Fri 4:15 Sat Sun Mon 2:00 4:15 (15a)

Star Trek Into Darkness
Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana.
Opening Thurs 9th May 8:50 (12a)



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