02 July 2013

Sky Jump for Charity
Portumna GAA
Sponsored 10Km Walk
Road Words in the Portumna Area
Killimor GAA
Country Markets All Ireland Craft Winner
Boula Community Alert
Portumna Film Maker Makes Her Mark
'The Boy and the Crow' by Brendan Walsh
Centenary Book
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Sky Jump for Charity
Six friends and colleagues at Cisco in Dublin decided to get together to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and decided to risk life and limbs and do a sky dive. For the past 6 months they fundraised by holding a table quiz, cake sale, raffles and from generous donations to their online charity page....all of this culminating in them jumping out of a plane last Friday of course they were wearing parachutes. Their bravery and efforts paid dividends and they raised a whopping €6k and that goes directly to the Irish Cancer Society.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: Numbers 4, 16, 21, 24. No Jackpot winner. 2 match 3's Seamus Hooban & David Bressington. €50 each. Jackpot now €14,800. Lotto can be done on line at locallotto.ie

U-16: Well done to the U16's on their win over Tommie Larkins with a score of 6-10 to 2-8.

U-6 Nursery: All U6 nursery members are welcome to do Cul Camp in Portumna pitch from 15th-19th July. Registration is available by contacting Yvonne on 087 9354951.

GAA Hurlathon: GAA Hurlathon took place Saturday resulting in a very enjoyable morning had by all. The U6's nursery programme got off to a good start with the children experiencing new skills helped by encouraging parents looking on. Its the 1st time in the history of the club for an U6's nursery programme to be developed, this is part of the club going forward in a strategic and visionary action plan. U8's followed with "Go Games" skills and a match between the players. U10's had a good win over Kiltormer.

Michael Blake Memorial Tournament: U12's Michael Blake Memorial Tournament took place with 4 home clubs eager to play. Kiltomer played Tynagh Abbey Duniry. T.A.D won. Portumna played Leitrim Kilnadeema. Port' won. B final was Leitrim V's Kiltormer. Kiltormer won B final. The Michael Blake Final was Portumna V's Tynagh A.D. with Tynagh Abbey Duniry winners.

Victor Blake on behalf of his late father Michael Blake presented the cup to the manager. Plaques presented to winners and each team got medals. Thanks to all who helped out on the day, managers, selectors, referees and the helpers with food etc. Thanks to all children for taking part and for returning their Hurlathon cards sold. Special thanks to Victor Blake for his continued sponsorship over the last number of years its much appreciated and to our local sponsors who donated prizes: Cul Sports, Canning hurls, Keane hurls.

Results of Hurlathon Draw: 1. Eoghan Ward Meara - Galway Jersey 2. Cillian Farrell - Hurl 3. Donal & Oisin Donoghue - Hurl 4. Denis & Declan Mc Loughlin - Portumna Gear Bag 5. Neil & Ruairi Connelly - Sliotar. Thanks again for the support given to make this day a memorial one for each child.


Sponsored 10Km Walk
Sponsored walk in aid of Galway Hospice will take place on Sunday 14th July (walk from Portumna to Killimor). Registration on the 6th July in Killimor Community Centre from 10am-2pm. Registration: €10 sponsorship cards available. Contact 087-3239329.


Road Words in the Portumna Area
Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn has welcomed the additional allocation of €230,000.00 for road words in the Portumna Engineering Area. This allocation is part of the announcement by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar of an extra €50million for road improvements throughout Ireland in 2013. These funds will be used to repair the following roads, L8756 Neil, L4322 Derrew/Lisdeligna, L8209 Ballinlough and L8792 Commons East. Councillor Mc Clearn said that roads funding has been greatly reduced for the last five years which has resulted in many roads being neglected that require repairs. While we still have a lot of roads in poor repair, this extra allocation will now bring the overall roads fund for 2013 to €1.3 million in the Portumna Engineering Area.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 12, 16, 17 and 20. The jackpot was €1,300 Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Mary Whelan, Michael Winters (Snr), Sean O Grady, Lorraine Starr and Mary & Brian Guinan. Next week's jackpot is €1,400 which will be held in Treacy's.


Country Markets All Ireland Craft Winner
Congratulations to Caroline Sendell who has won the Muriel Gahan Rose Bowl competition for the best overall craft at the Country Markets All Ireland craft competition. Her dolls are available at the Portumna Country Market on Friday mornings.


Boula Community Alert
Boula parish will hold a community alert meeting in the Boula Hall on Wednesday 10 July at 8pm.


Portumna Film Maker Makes Her Mark
Last August the Connacht Tribune assisted Portumna documentary producer Aisling Ahmed's request for help to find archive for her short documentary The End Of The Counter, which tells the story of the first self-service supermarkets coming to Ireland and what the end of the old 'over-the-counter' shops meant to the communities they served.

One year on the 13 minute film has now been completed and following successful screenings at Cork and Dublin International Film Festivals it will have its Galway premiere next week at the Galway Film Fleadh. Directed by Newbridge native Laura McGann the film features unique archive from the 1960's that is bound to make you feel nostalgic and contributors include Midland 103FM's Ricey Scully, a former shop-boy in Whites of Clara, Co. Offaly.

A second short documentary produced by Aisling has also been selected to screen at the prestigious festival. Sparlo is a 30 minute short documentary which was co-produced with the Afghan producer Sultan Mohamad and his company Kuchi Films. Filmed and directed by Corkman Keith O'Shea who lived and worked in the country for a number of years, Sparlo is set in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan and brings the viewer in the world of the ancient game of Buzkashi, the national sport of Afghanistan. Played by master riders it is a fast and dangerous game often compared to polo, but with hands instead of mallets and a goat carcass instead of a ball. It is a fiercely competitive game and local rivalries and tensions often boil over, sound familiar?

Aisling Ahmed said "As a local filmmaker I am very proud to be part of Galway Film Fleadh. Crow Hill Films is a new company and so to have our first two short films selected for the festival is a huge boost for us. The Fleadh is so highly regarded within the industry around the world we are thrilled to be part of the line-up"

The End of the Counter & Sparlo were both made with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and will screen as part of the New Iris Shorts Documentary Programme in the Town Hall on Sunday 14th July at 10am. To book tickets go to www.galwayfilmfleadh.com and more information and clips of the films can be found on www.crowhillfilms.com


'The Boy and the Crow' by Brendan Walsh
Canadian writer, Brendan Walsh, is pleased to announce the launch of his coming-of-age novel, "The Boy and the Crow."

"The Boy and the Crow" is the fast-paced story of 16-year-old city gang member, Daniel Cagney. Convicted of a crime he did not commit in juvenile court, he is sentenced to a year's probation on the farm of his grandparents, whom he has not seen for many years.

From the moment he arrives in rural Vermont, USA, Danny struggles to adjust to his new life on foreign turf. He continues to believe that it is only a matter of time before he escapes to the city, but a young crow, which he almost kills one day, "conspires" to change his mind. Under his grandparents' care, Danny begins to resist the pull of the ghetto that he has left behind. He meets a beautiful girl who accepts him for the person he is, but her zealous father wants him out of her life for good. To make matters worse, Danny becomes the target of local bullies and the county sheriff. Then, his fellow gang members come calling.

Brendan Walsh is a Canadian freelance writer and communicator. He lectures at McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal. His mother, Mary Bridget Madden, was born and raised on a farm in Ballicrissane, just a few miles from Portumna Co. Galway. For more information, e-Mail brendan@theboyandthecrow.com.


Centenary Book
The Centenary book in nearing completion and will be launched on Friday 5th July. The Committee are inviting patrons to have their names included in this unique club publication. This can be done by subscribing €50 towards the cost of its production. In addition to being listed in the book you will receive an invitation to the launch night and receive a signed copy of the book. If you would like to be associated with the publication in this way, please call to or telephone the clubhouse at 090 9741059 for further details. Closing date for payment of patrons subscription is Sunday, 28th April.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 5th to Thurs 11th July

The Internship
They Just Can't Click With The New Generation! Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (12a)

Man of Steel
Film Event Of The year. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe.
Daily From This Fri 2:30 8:50 (12a)

This is the End
It's Party Time – Outrageous Outlandish Uproarious! Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Jay Baruchel.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

World War Z
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos.
Daily from This Fri 3:00 6:20 8:50 (15a)

Despicable Me 2
They're Back – All New Adventure! Voices Of Kristen Wig, Al Pacino.
Daily From This Fri 2:00 4:15 6:30 (G)

Epic
From Creators Of Ice Age, Rio
Daily from This Fri 2:00 4:15 (G)



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