07 May 2013

Portumna GAA
Gates to Forest Park Open
Killimor GAA
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Falcons, Special Olympics Athletics Club
Portumna Town –Champions
The Irish Workhouse Centre
High Stool Session
Portumna Mini Rugby
Western Alzheimers
Team Cian Portumna - 120Km Lough Derg Cycle
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna Players
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Numbers 15, 20, 22, 25. No Jackpot winner & no match 3's. Jackpot is now €13,700. Weekly lotto can be purchased on line at locallotto.ie. Annual Lotto now due.

U-16: Well done to the U16's who beat Liam Mellows on a score line of 8-12 to 2-6.

Thank You: Portumna GAA would like to thank Donie O' Meara for allowing the Club to bag pack in Super Valu last Saturday. We would also like to thank the people who helped out during the day & also to thank all the support that was given by customers. Much appreciated by the Club.


Gates to Forest Park Open
The Forest Park road has now been resurfaced and Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn has been informed by Coillte Officials that the main gates will reopen this weekend. The resurfacing work was delayed due to the cold weather conditions that existed in March and April and because of Health and Safety concerns the gate remained closed during this time. Councillor Mc Clearn said that many people in Portumna contacted him firstly to get this road repaired and then reopened so he is glad to report that everything will be back to normal as and from this weekend.

Councillor McClearn is also working with the State Agencies that have responsibility for the Marina Road to get the necessary funding to carryout the repairs and re surfacing that is required on this road. Again like the Forest Park this road is not in the control of Galway County Council and it is never easy when there are a number of Agencies involved, it requires time and patience to get everyone working together but this road is a vital part of the Tourist infrastructure of Portumna and it is important that it is repaired and free from potholes concluded Cllr Mc Clearn.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 10, 11 and 24. The jackpot was €10,400. Last week's 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Nathan Whelan, Evin Monaghan, Joe Dolan, Paddy O Kane and Fidelma Quinn. Next week's jackpot is €10,500 which will be held in the Hurlers.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Results 29th April 13 - 1st: Sr Patrice Coen & Patricia Eames, 2nd: Brid Mc Namara & Johnnie Cowan, Gross: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 4th: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury.


Portumna Falcons, Special Olympics Athletics Club
Portumna Falcons, Special Olympics Athletics Club, would like to invite new members to join us. We are a newly formed club, meeting every Thursday evening at 7pm in Portumna for athletic training and a bit of fun!! We train in a fully-supervised and safe environment. Athletes must be aged 6+ (no upper age limit). Club tracksuits and polo shirts will be provided free for all registered athletes.

For more details please contact Gayle on 086 1672022


Portumna Town –Champions
After a marathon season Portumna Town Under 14 Squad won The Midland League Division 1 Championship. Competing against teams from Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Galway, PTFC cruised to the title with a string of truly impressive performances winning 18 of 20 matches played, and finishing 10 points clear of our neighbours Birr Town. This is a remarkable achievement for a talented group of footballers, who have worked tirelessly all season ,a great team spirit coupled with a steely determination was the key to this great success. The victorious squad is as follows, Ollie Parry (Captain), Declan O Gorman, Tomas Fahy, Daniel O Donoghue, Ernest Kasperzak, Dennis McLoughlin, Neil Connelly, Oisin Sullivan, Alan O Meara, Darragh Barry, Davy O Meara, Sean Lynch, Mark O Sullivan, Jason Dorflinger, David Lynch, Aiden Donnelly, Wictor Lusniak, Barry Tierney.


The Irish Workhouse Centre
The Irish Workhouse Centre is dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. It is located in a real workhouse in Portumna, one of the best preserved workhouses in the country, with all seven main buildings intact.

The first workhouses opened in 1842, before the "famine". 163 were built in total. The workhouse was the last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s to the 1920s. Life in the workhouse was harsh. Family members were split up into separate quarters. Young and old were expected to work. In return, the "inmates" received enough food to survive. As an institution, the workhouse was hated. The stigma was such that for generations, few people would admit to having had relatives there.

At Portumna, visitors enter the workhouse via the waiting hall, the actual room people came through when seeking admission to the workhouse. A short film is then shown in what was the girls' classroom. After this, visitors are guided through the girls' yard, the women's dormitory block, including the matron's quarters, the nursery, the women's workroom and the laundry. Visitors also have the opportunity to see on-going conservation and restoration work in progress. The guided tour lasts about one hour.

The centre is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until 31st October 2013. Last admission is at 5 p.m. The Irish Workhouse Centre is a non-for-profit community initiative, headed up by South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. with the help of many local volunteers.

For further information tel: 090-9759200 www.irishworkhousecentre.ie


High Stool Session
May's High Stool session will take place this Friday night, May 10th in The Boathouse Bar, where local singers have the opportunity to perform. This acoustic session gives a 5 minute slot max to each singer. An accompanist will be on the spot if needed also. So brush up your favourite melody and come along at 9.30 pm to the Boathouse. If you want more info call Mona on 085 160 2596.


Portumna Mini Rugby
Portumna Mini Rugby (under 8's-Under 12's) ended their season recently with two fantastic occasions. Their final home blitz of the year saw teams from Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Birr, Nenagh and of course Portumna play each other at all age levels with over 250 children enjoying the fun atmosphere and welcome that Portumna Rugby Club created for them. These are non-competitive occasions with the over-riding emphasis on fun and enjoyment and isn't that what children playing should be all about. Everyone was fed and watered too, thanks to generosity of Horan's Londis.

Their season finale as always is their Funday and medal presentation at the pitch. This is a day when rugby is of only minor importance and the children get to cut loose a little bit on obstacle courses, bouncy castles, mud slides and other serious fun events that are laid on for them by their enthusiastic coaches. The day seems heavily based on getting the kids and coaches as wet and muddy as is possible and to this end the day was a great success. Thanks to all their sponsors, coaches and parents for making it another successful and fun season, no doubt they'll all be back again in September.


Western Alzheimers
The organisers of the recent Western Alzheimers Tea Day would like to thank all who called into Portumna Social Services Day Care Center to support us by having a cup of tea, cake and a chat. Your donations were greatly appreciated and they amounted to €512. If anyone would like information about living with Alzheimers, contact Western Alzheimers at 091 565193 or look up their web site.


Team Cian Portumna - 120Km Lough Derg Cycle
Team Cian Portumna wishes to extend sincere thanks to the 150 enthusiastic cyclists from all over the country who participated in our 120km Lough Derg Cycle on Sunday 5th of May. We were delighted that Cian himself was able to join us on the day and start the race on his own bicycle. He was an inspiration to all of the cyclists who undertook the long and challenging route. With Cian leading the way the cyclists set off on what everyone agreed was a well organised and fun event. The day would not have been possible without the support of many who volunteered their time and gusto to ensure that the day was a success and so we thank each and every one of you for bringing something special to the day. Finally, our ultimate thanks goes to Cian Connolly who continues to inspire and unite a community.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results, Wed 1 May 2013: 1st Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, 2nd Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, Gross Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 3rd Des Lynch & Lorna Stoddart, 4th Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Portumna Players
Two weeks ago the Portumna Players drama group staged Sean O Casey's classic play "The Plough and the Stars". It was directed by Declan Kelly and had a cast of sixteen. This play is over four acts and has numerous scene changes. Students from Portumna Community Schools Transition Year appeared both on stage and behind the scenes; erecting sets, painting, sound and lighting. Writers such as O Casey, Arthur Miller, Tom Murphy and others are influenced and moulded by the time and place in which they are born and reared.

The material for O Casey's plays came from his own life experiences. He was born in Dublin on the 30 March 1880; at this time Ireland was ruled from Westminster and was a British colony. As a young man he got involved in Irelands political and cultural life. He was a member of the Gaelic League, He joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood. The arrival of Jim Larkin in Dublin changed O Casey's life. Larkin set up a trade union movement in Ireland, O' Casey began to abandoned all religious, cultural and republican organizations in favour of socialism. The great lock-out of 1913, which saw thousands of Dublin manual workers in opposition to the bosses controlling the transport and distribution industries and services, showed O'Casey that the cause of labour took precedence over the cause of Irish freedom. O' Casey while admiring the courage of those who fought in 1916 saw the project as a waste of life and effort. He blamed Connolly for deviating the cause of labour into a nationalist struggle. Combining his time growing up in Dublin amongst the poor and his involvement in various organizations at the time of the Easter Rising he wrote three plays about that period. The plays were Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. These are concerned with the experiences and the reactions of Dublin tenement dwellers during the time of civil war.

The play has four acts and each act has a different story to tell. In Act one the audience enter the Clitheroe living room and are introduced to many of the characters of the play. Act two is the Public House scene and the figure in the window is introduced, this was very well done by the excellent use of lighting. Act three features a street scene which has a well constructed red brick wall and a Georgian style door-way. It depicts the ordinary Dublin man on the street going about his business very much "on the outside": powerless and removed from the fighting of 1916. Act four is set in Bessy Burgess's flat; this scene symbolizes poverty, destitution and finality. Each set told its own story and the Portumna players portrayed these scenes in a very convincing fashion.

The Players did justice to the O'Casey play, which is a major undertaking by any amateur group. The costumes and set changes were very realistic. The use of lighting both internally and externally was well executed and convincing, as were the sound effects. Among the participants we have a peace-loving woman, a young bride, an old Irish Patriot, an ineffectual Communist, the easy going Catholic, a hymn singing drunk, a tart and the young Irish Citizen Army and young British Army Soldiers, not forgetting the bartender, young girl and posh lady from Rathmines. To all actors, backstage hands, front of house and director Declan Kelly well done.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
A 2-day skills-building workshop in suicide prevention First Aid, will be held on 23rd & 24th May at the GAA Clubhouse, Portumna. Phone (087) 1524200 to book a place (no cost to attend). Suitable for all kinds of caregivers, professional workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers (over 18 years of age). Make a difference - Come To ASIST – Learn suicide prevention First AidIn conjunction with HSE West, Portumna & District Lions Club and Mental Health Ireland.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 10th to Thurs 16th May

Star Trek Into Darkness
Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Opening This Thurs 8:50 From Fri Daily 6:15 8:50 Also Sat Sun 3:00 (12a)

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 3:30 6:20 8:50 Mon 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 2:00 4:15 (G)

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 to Weds 8:50 Also Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (16)

The Great Gatsby
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan.
Opening Thurs Next 16th May 8:50 (12a)

Fast & Furious 6
Opening Fri Next 17th May



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