18 June 2013

Portumna GAA
Great Outdoors Festival
Portumna Community School
Christmas Day Swim
Give Your Glasses Second Sight by Recycling Them!
Clonmoylan Siege Commemoration Dance
Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Portumna Golf Club
Killimor GAA
Tree Farm and Nursery Open Day
Portumna Swim Week
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Numbers: 5, 19, 21, 27. No jackpot winner and no match 3's. Jackpot is €14,500.

Golf Classic: Portumna GAA would like to thank all those who helped make our Golf Classic such a success. A special word of thanks to Donie O'Meara for his generous sponsorship and also Modena restaurant and to all who played the golf, sponsored tee boxes and spot prizes.
1st: Vincent Treacy, Tom Moloney, Mary Conwell & Pauline McEvoy.
2nd: Mick O'Brien, John Duffy, PJ Moroney & Liam Hammersely.
3rd: Noel Larkin, Dan Hogan, Brendan Lynskey & Sean Silke.
4th: Frank Forde, Francis McClearn, Tony Dolphin & Pat Harney.
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th collected green fees.
Winners of raffle: 1st Mossie Dillane, 2nd Carmel Whealan, 3rd Frank Forde.

U-13's: Well done to U13's last Monday evening. Portumna 4-5 Kinvara 1-2.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Reamonn McEntee on winning a Lory Maher medal in Croke Park with Warwickshire and Raymond Durack with his management involvement with Donegal in the Christy Ring cup in Croke Park. Both are Portumna GAA former valued playing members.


Great Outdoors Festival
The 3rd Great Outdoors Festival will take place June 28th-30th and once again Portumna Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with many of Portumna's voluntary groups will bring the streets, the lakeshore and the forest to life with entertainment and events. Our wonderful river and lake are not forgotten with a Coarse Angling Competition on both Saturday & Sunday with great prizemoney on offer. Contact 087 6205069 for more details and entry registration.

At the opening event in Portumna Castle on Friday June 28th, local singers and guests bring you "Some Enchanted Evening" with familiar songs from well loved musicals. The battle of the Singing Pubs will follow with each pub in with a chance of a prize for best female soloist, best male soloist and best overall pub.

Saturday's events include a Free Bird Watch Field Trip with Tom Cuffe of Birdwatch Ireland. Assemble at 10.45am at the Castle Marina for an eye and ear opening experience. From 11-4pm, Mary Bulfin will lead a Foraging Day in the hedgerows, byways and woodlands followed by a feast of the forest fruits collected. The Maple Poetry Group will follow up with a Reading at 4pm in An Gáirdín on the theme "The Wild Side". To book for Foraging, contact 09097 41689 or meet at An Gáirdín at 10.45am.

Sports are well catered for also with Birr Outdoor Education Centre offering Instruction in Watersports at the Castle Marina from 11am; the annual Blake GAA Hurling Tournament will take place in the GAA grounds at 10.30am; the newly refurbished Portumna Lawn Tennis Club are open from 2pm for an Open Day; From 2pm, the canoe enthusiasts are encouraged to the Swimming Area for instruction and fun.

Music plays a major part in Saturday 's Festival programme with the annual Busking Competition on the streets from 3pm. With an overall prize of €500 and great money prizes for Best Individual, Best Group and Best Junior (10-16yrs), this promised to be an entertaining evening. To enter contact 086 313 6550 or register on line at www.portumnafestival.com.

The evening rounds off with Street Games and fun olympics including the Rugby Club Interpub Tug-O-War with rivalry pouring out in sweat on the street. And local popular band, Tradstone will take to the street stage for an open-air concert at 8.30pm. Join Murray's Amusements in the Shannon Oaks Car Park all over the weekend for a run on the Bumpers.

If you still have the energy, join the scouts at noon on Sunday for a Fun Run and contact Ultan on 086 815 7414 for more details. Join Portumna Arts Group and Textile Artist Kate O'Brien at 11.30am in Portumna Square for an outdoor colourful Workshop on Textile Art, yarn bombing and swiss darning. Call 086 3151262 for details on what to bring with you. Then the afternoon if the weather permits, Portumna's Swimming area will be awash with Splash Day events- Raft Racing-build your own and take part in this fun event; Water Zorbing; Face painting and Balloon Artistry; Music and Craic, Food and Craft Fair ; Waterski Demonstration with Portumna Barefoot Ski Club and much more from 2pm-5.30pm. So pack up the picnic basket and the sunscreen and come along. As all events are weather dependent, please check www.portumnafestival.com and Facebook page for any updates and details on events you may like to take part in.

Portumna Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge the support from local business sponsors, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries, Ireland and Galway County Council and are grateful for the involvement of the various clubs and groups in the area. Contact any member of the Chamber to volunteer your time over the weekend or donate to the festival if you wish. Get outdoors and get involved in your local GO Festival.


Portumna Community School
At a recent ceremony in Portumna Community School, Angela Shiel, Manager, Bank of Ireland Portumna, presented three Leaving Certificate students with their Student of the Year awards for 2013. Ms. Shiel complimented the students on their achievement and wished them and their classmates every success in their exams.


Christmas Day Swim
The Christmas Day Swim Committee handing over the Christmas Day Swim money to the Portumna and District Special Olympics Group recently at their training night in the Town Hall. €2012 was raised and this will be used to purchase training equipment for these Athletes.


Give Your Glasses Second Sight by Recycling Them!
Old glasses don't belong in the rubbish or somewhere in the corner of your drawer—they can be recycled and donated to someone in need. Did you know that hundreds of pairs of old glasses are thrown out each year, yet the World Health Organization estimates that 153 million people across the globe have uncorrected sight? If you don't know what to do with your ever-growing pile of glasses, put them in the Lions Clubs' Recycle for Sight collection boxes. These can be found around Portumna in local pharmacies, the post office, the supermarket etc. so you can easily drop off your gently used glasses and sunglasses.


Clonmoylan Siege Commemoration Dance
Will be held in Treacy's Killimor on Saturday 22nd June at 9.30pm. Music by Joe Connors and Shillelagh. Proceeds of the night will be used for the continuation of the campaign for justice for all turf cutters in Barroughter Bog, Ardraigue Bog & Clonmoylan Bog. Please support.


Portumna Vintage Club
The new vintage Club formed in Portumna to cater for all those in the area who are interested vintage cars, trucks, tractors and machinery had their first outing last Sunday 16th June. They did a road run to the Eyrecourt Vintage show via Banagher. There was a large turnout at the Eyrecourt show. The Club is organising a road run around Lough Derg on sunday 21st July, leaving from Donie O'Mearas at 11am, all welcome to take part. Club officers: Chairman: Tony Power, Secretary: Walter Burke, Treasurer: Eoghan O Connor. Like us on Facebook, email: portumnavintageclub@gmail.com


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
The secretary of Portumna Lawn Tennis Club reports that on Monday June 30th 2008 a general meeting hosted by Portumna & District Development Company took place in the Portumna Retirement Village. The meeting was held with one objective in mind to form a Tennis Club Committee to upgrade the facility at St Joseph's Road. The meeting was presided over by Johanna Burke as Chairperson and Marie Gunning as Secretary. Twenty four members of the community came to that meeting to show their support for the development of the facility.

A committee was formed; Paul Royston as Chairman, James Coughlan as Secretary and Eileen Smith as Treasurer. The following committee members were elected Johanna Burke, Fr. Lawless, Ben Hynes, Keith Finnerty, Fidelma Gordon, Bryan Gordon and Mary Lynch. We had no money and at times no hope but the one element the committee possessed was determination and stamina. Later the committee were joined by Anne McDonagh, Ann Marie McNulty, Carmel O 'Mealoid, Emer Durcan, Eugene McEntee, Crea Brogan and Naomi Cormacan who provided more impetus and some new ideas to achieve the committee's goal, with Paul Royston, James Coughlan, Eileen Smith, Bryan Gordon, Fidelma Gordon and Fr. Lawless.

After over fifty meetings later; two first class courts have been provided with white playing lines woven into the green Carpet Tiger Turf Advantage surface finish which was set down on a new tarmacadam surface. The existing fence has been removed and a 2.4 meter high-galvanised- tubular section chain link fence with 50 mm mesh green plastic coated chain-link to match has been provided by Emerald Sport's Surfaces with additional netting on two sides. The cost of the facility has been 59,511.46 including VAT.

One year ago over one hundred prospective members of the club pledged their support by providing part of their annual membership. Recently a text has been sent to these members telling them that the club in Portumna is back in business. The annual subscription for membership is as follows: a family: 110, adult: 70 and a student: 30 euros. As part of the Great Outdoors Festival Portumna; come up to the courts on Saturday 29th June as per programme to view our new facility and meet members of the committee. A launch of the club will take place at a later date; you can find us at www.portumnatennis.com.

A special thanks to Dulux who provided the paint free of charge for the interior and exterior walls. Thanks to Ciaran Cannon Minister for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills and Jimmy McClearn Councillor whose advice and help was pivotal in securing the grant for this facility at Portumna.

From a variety concert to silver circle and everything in between including quizzes as fund raisers; it is now over to club members to make the best possible use of this facility. The facility will provide an added incentive to students for exercise, teamwork, skills development and a social activity which will integrate them more fully into the local community. It will also provide a healthy activity for adults in an era more and more concerned with healthy lifestyles. The ball is firmly in your court.

A very appropiate comment from James Coughlan Secretary of Portumna Tennis Club.


Portumna Golf Club
Preparations are well under way for the centenary celebrations at Portumna Golf Club with a range of events organised.

The gents second Centenary Medal competition took place in May and was won by J. P. McLaughlin who played off a handicap of 1. J. P. carded a fabulous 70 and was closely followed by club secretary Leslie O'Meara who shot a 71. On the same day our ladies secured a wonderful victory in retaining the Senior Cup title at Galway Bay Golf Club with a win over Roscommon in the final. They now represent Connacht in the All Ireland series which will be hosted by Portumna Golf Club on 16th and 17th August. The ladies club will play the second of three Centenary Medal competitions on Tuesday 25th and on Sunday 30 June.

Club President, Suzanne Corcoran who has represented Portumna Golf Club at club, provincial and national level has had a wonderful Presidents Prize competition played over two weekends. 15 ladies and 39 gents qualified for an 18-hole shotgun play-off on Sunday, 16th June. The qualifying rounds were played in glorious sunshine but in the playoff competitors had to contend with more challenging playing conditions. Suzanne presented her Presidents prizes and congratulated Eoghan O'Hare winner of the gents section and Anne Fahy winner of the ladies section while club members and visitors were treated to a unique music experience from an orchestra from St. Georgen in the Black Forest area of Germany.

The Club is to hosts a number of prestigious competitions in its centenary year. On 3rd 4th and 5th July the Irish Senior Amateur Close championship where distinguished golfers Garth McGimpsey (Bangor), Adrian Morrow (Portmarnock) and Arthur Pierse (Tipperary) among others, together with some familiar local faces will be competing for the title.

The Club's centenary history book will be launched on Friday 5th at a special function in the clubhouse. This will be preceded by a Past Captains function and by the final of the Senior Close competition. The Centenary Open Week takes place from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th July inclusive. A full schedule of events has been organised and the club sincerely thank all sponsors for their support. Club Captain, Martin Carty, Lady Captain, Pauline McEvoy, President, Suzanne Corcoran and all the committee invite members and visitors to come and enjoy the facilities of the club during the week.

August brings the Connacht Cups & Shields Finals of the Junior Cup, Jimmy Bruen, Pierce Purcell and Kenny Cup on 9th, 10th and 11th and this is closely followed by the All Ireland Ladies Senior Cup finals on 16th and 17th. This competition will see ladies from Royal Portrush, The Island, Castletroy, Enniscorthy, Kilkenny, Co Louth, Royal County Down and Portumna who have all qualified for the quarter finals.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 14, 17, 20. The jackpot was €1,100. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Aine Lyons,Vincent O Meara, Breda Costello, Pat Condon & Family, Oran Lyons. Next week's jackpot is €1,200 which will be held in Kirwan's.


Tree Farm and Nursery Open Day
An open day will take place 2pm on Saturday July 20th at Matt Fogarty's tree farm and nursery near Ballinderry, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Matt's Tree Nursery holds a wide range of both native and exotic species and he has visited woods and arboretums around the world, the evidence of which can be seen growing here in Ballinderry. The walk will be lead by Duncan Stewart and the good news is free admission.


Portumna Swim Week
Swim week at Portumna will take place from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August. For further details contact Eimear at 087 3165991.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 21st to Thurs 27th June

Man of Steel
Film event Of The year. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe.
Daily 6:00 8:50 Also Sat Sun 2:30 (12a)

World War Z
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (15a)

21 & Over
A Nightmare You'll Never Remember – From Writers of the Hangover! Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright.
Nightly 8:50 Also Fri / Mon Tues Weds Thurs 6:30 (16)

Despicable Me 2
They're Back – All New Adventure!
Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 6:30 (G) Advance Screening.

The Hangover Part III
The Epic Finale! Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha.
Nightly 8:50 (15a)

After Earth
Spectacular – Thrilling! Will Smith, Jaden Smith.
Daily 6:30 Also Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (12a)

Epic
From Creators Of Ice Age, Rio
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (G)



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