09 July 2013

Portumna GAA
Great Outdoors Festival
Fishing Competition
Portumna Bingo
Summer Camps at Acorn to Oak
Lines Learned by Heart
High Stool Session
Shorelines Arts Festival - Portumna Bridge Project
Portumna Tennis Club
South East Galway Integrated Rural Development
Portumna Vintage Club
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Portumna GAA
Lotto: Numbers 5, 10, 12, 22. No Jackpot winnner. 2 match 3's were Derek Frawley & Patrica Lyons. Jackpot next week €14,800.

Cul Camp: Cul Camp will take place in Portumna pitch from Monday 15th-19th July. All U6 nursery members are welcome to take part. Contact Yvonne on 0879354951 to register.

Great Outdoors Festival
Portumna Castle's wonderful banqueting hall was the perfect backdrop to the Great Outdoors' Festival opening event "Some Enchanted Evening." From the opening mellow baritone of Pascal Kennedy we were swept away from South Pacific via My Fair Lady, where we could have danced all night with Rachel Goode's mellow voice to Oliver where little Rian Moran's tender young voice had the audience spellbound and teary eyed. Supported by the Musical Notes and the Castle Choir, each number was a highlight in itself and a variety of musicals were touched on. Chess, Jekyll and Hyde, Once and Bonnie and Clyde were featured with duets and soloists. Musical Director of the event, Muirne Goode gave a light touch to Falling Slowly with Darren d'Burca on guitar and vocals lending a sweet blend to this Irish musical. Mairin Hayes brought us to the land of fairy tales and princesses creating a Happily Ever After glow. The emotion and vocal depth of the developing performer, Conor O'Meara as he brought the Phantom of the Opera to the walls of the Castle saw the audience give a standing ovation to a wonderful evening. Duets with Sorcha Ridge and Nicola Walsh, Martha Tuohy and Aoibhinn Goode, Rachel Cowan-Madden and Hannah Killeen, Nicola Walsh and the Artful Dodger, John Luke-Reynolds accompanied by Marie Power are a testament to the wealth of young talent in Portumna.

The Singing Pubs competition was a tightly contested event with Hayes' Pub pipping Horans for the award of Best Pub. Horans were awarded the best Male Vocal award for Mick Cowan and Olivia O'Halloran received the best Female Singer award for Hayes' Bar. The singing in all pubs was remarkable for the variety of voices and the engaging listeners and the judges were well impressed.

Bird Watching on Saturday morning with Tom Cuffe was another show of music and voices. As varied as Friday night's show, the blackbird, thrush, willow wabler and chiff chaff all performed for the early risers who enjoyed the knowledgeand expertise of Tom's ears and eyes.

The Maple Poetry Group sat in the glorious sunshine in An Gairdin and recited many poems on the Wild Side theme. Original work from Wiltrud Duell and poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins and John O'Donohue gave a wide and varied perspective on the great outdoors.

Saturday morning got off to an active start with the Michael Blake Memorial Cup hosted by Portumna GAA at their grounds in Marian Park. Portumna's underage hurlers lost out in the final to the winning Team from Tynagh. However great fun was had by all who participated.

Birr Outdoor Activity Centre were invited back to Portumna's newly refurbished Swimming Area and provided free instruction in kayaking and canoeing, sailing and archery throughout Saturday.

Mary Bulfin gave a fascinating workshop on foraging. Those who participated were treated to a day of discovering the wild foods of Portumna, hidden in the hedgerows, byways and woodlands and an Gairdin provided the fitting centre point for this event.

On Saturday afternoon, the open day at Portumna's new lawn tennis club was a great attraction where a large crowd turned out to view the new tennis courts and try their hand at a spot of tennis under the watchful eye of some coaches on the lookout for the next Andy Murray.

The sun shone and the sound of music reverberated throughout the town as the busking contest got into full swing creating a lovely summer festive atmosphere on the Saturday afternoon. Ciaran Cooney from Birr won the overall prize, Sandy Robertson from x won best individual, the talented family act of Niall and Maria Kelly (Portumna) won the best group and the best junior act was won by Fei Wren and Martha and Isobel Tuohy.

Great fun was had by all of the participants in the hotly contested street games. A novel obstacle course contest devised and sponsored by Portumna Dairy Services tested the coordination and skills of the juniors who jumped through tyres, filled pipes with water, and go karted around cones. The worthy winner was the sporting Asif and runner up was Alannah Kelly.

Portumna Ruby Club hosted their now annual Inter Pub Tug of War during the Summer Festival in Portumna. It turned out to be a fantastic evening's entertainment, with crowds packing the streets for a look and their friend and neighbours pulling for all their worth. This was all fun until the whistle blew and then it became a serious affair with all 8 teams trying their hearts out to prove they were the toughest about. In the end a very well drilled Curley's Bar retained their title beating off very strong competition from Hayes Pub in the final. The losing teams spent rest of the night plotting how they were going to stop Curley's making it 3 in a row next year.

This year for the first time, thanks to the sponsorship of www.podumna.ie, there was a women's event with The Ferry Bar representing Munster and The Boathouse Bar representing Connacht. This was on street entertainment at its best, the noise level increased, the screams were higher pitched and the effort was huge. A very youthful Boathouse team took on a team with a lot more "life experience" and it was the village elders who would triumph and claim the inaugural title for The Ferry Inn. A very proud winning Captain, Theresa Dunne Walker, said that the trophy is getting pride of place behind the bar and God help anyone who tries to take it off them next year.

Tradstone took to the stage on Brendan Street on Saturday night and delighted the crowd with their musical talent. They put a fitting lively upbeat finish to what had been a great day of music, fun and outdoor activity in Portumna.

Unfortunately the rain poured down on Sunday morning but only dampened things a little for Portumna Scouts who had organised an 8km Forest Trail run in Portumna Forest Park and in true scouting spirit - they overcame the elements.

Fun for all was enjoyed at Portumna's Splash Day that afternoon. For the children and the children at heart there was an opportunity to water zorb on the Shannon. Birr outdoor activity centre were back giving free instruction in watersports, but the highlight of the afternoon had to have the hilarious raft race in which every raft was either capsized or disqualified! And so a family fun afternoon was enjoyed amid food stands, face painting and craft stands as the sun smiled on everyone.

The Portumna Chamber of Commerce Committee of Tony Williams, Muirne Goode, Dan Lynch, Noelle Lynskey, Mike Murray, Maureen Curran, Paul Dillon, and Theresa Walker would like to thank everyone who assisted us in making this festival happen. In particular, we would like to thank our main sponsors Galway County Council, Waterways Ireland, Inland fisheries Ireland, and the business who gave donations towards the festival in these challenging times. We would also like to thank the OPW, an Gairdin, Coillte, the clubs and societies who took part ie the Arts club, the GAA club, the Rugby club, the Tennis Club, Portumna Scouts. A special word of thanks to an Garda Siochana, and the Red Cross for their assistance over the weekend.

Fishing Competition
The Portumna Great Outdoors/Splash Festival fishing Match took place over this weekend attracting anglers from all over Ireland and England. Most anglers weighed in. Catches were predominately Roach and Hybrids with only the odd Bream being landed. Fishing the pole produced mainly Roach and the feeder being the winning method used by Dave Brookes with 56lbs.

Dave Brookes 1st 56lbs
Paul McCaul 2nd 38lbs
Leigh Maitland 3rd 34lbs

Prizes were also awarded to runners up and section winners. Total prize money was €2500 with additional fishing tackle prizes donated by Maureen Curran of Palmerstone Stores Tackle shop Portumna.

Many thanks to all sponsors, Portumna Chamber of Commerce, Waterways Ireland, Galway Council and in particular Inland Fisheries who cleared over 50 swims in the weeks prior to the match. All commented on what a sterling job they had done which will be put to good use over the coming months by pleasure anglers. Portumna Chamber of Commerce hope to organise a 4 or 5 day event next year with even bigger prize money.

Portumna Bingo
Bingo is on in the town hall every Saturday night at 8.00pm and this weeks jackpot is €3600 in 45 numbers or less. A raffle will also take place once a month with great prizes on offer!

Summer Camps at Acorn to Oak
Acorn to Oak are holding summer camps throughout the summer months with different camps being run each week. For more information call Yvonne on 0909759595 or have a look at our facebook page!

Lines Learned by Heart
Lines Learned by Heart at Shorelines Art Festival Portumna on Sunday, 22nd September at 12 noon.

With just over two months to go to this year's Shorelines Arts Festival, a reminder about one of its most popular afternoon events! Back by popular demand, "Lines Learned by Heart" on Sunday afternoon. So dust off those old poetry books and take part ... or just come along for a lovely afternoon's entertainment in Horan's Pub Portumna.

High Stool Session
An Caislean will be the host pub for the next High Stool session on Friday, July 12th at 9.30pm. Come along on the night and be a singer or a listener. Get your 5 minutes of fame and sing a song - accompaniment provided if desired, or just take it all in and enjoy! Call 0851602956 for more info or to register your name. Previous participants are asked to bring a new song! Get involved and sing the night away. August will see the High Stool session on tour!

Shorelines Arts Festival - Portumna Bridge Project
To all yarn bombers, knitters and crochet experts, a big thank you for all the nets obtained to date. At over 200 now, we have just 5 weeks more to gather the quantity we need. So if you knit, get involved; if you crochet, get hooked and help Shorelines Arts Festival bombard Portumna Bridge with colour. Ask friends and relations to help. Teach your children how to do it. And for the first male who creates a net, there may be a special award!

An energetic workshop of passionate hookers took place at the Great Outdoors weekend with the project artist, Kate O'Brien demonstrating the finishing stitches for the nets, the swiss darning for the unique panels of Ireland's River Heads. So get involved in this network now! If you have nets completed and any left over wool from your nets, drop all to the collection points in Rainbow Wools, O'Meara's SuperValu, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy and Portumna Bank of Ireland. All details available from 086 3151262 with workshops on Monday mornings in Rainbow Wools and in Portumna Library on Monday evenings or check out www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or www.facebook.com/shorelinesartsfestival.

Portumna Tennis Club
Portumna Tennis Club is up and running for the past week. Kieran Galvan who coaches in Nenagh, Puckane and Rathgar in Dublin is currently coaching on Sunday evenings in Portumna. On Sunday evenings; he takes the juniors from 6.00pm to 8.00pm and the intermediates and seniors from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. The first cycle of coaching which is a four week cycle will take place on July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th and such has been the response that the courses are completely booked out for the first cycle. The good news is that the club will run a second coaching session of four weeks duration in August and if you are interested you can book a place for that course in August 0873906067.

Meanwhile if you want to practice; you can book the court at the same number 0873906067. As a member, if you wish to play or book the court you can phone this number for a booking. Please note that Wednesday 7.00pm to 9.45pm is for adult members only. Portumna Lawn Tennis Club Membership Rules are posted on the court.

South East Galway Integrated Rural Development
The Annual General Meeting of South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. (SE Galway IRD) will take place on Tuesday, 16th July at 8.30 p.m. in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Everyone welcome.

Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club are holding a vintage car run around Lough Derg on Sunday 21st July. Cars will be leaving from O Mearas Super Value car park on Domnick Street at 11am and heading for Killaloe via Scarriff, stopping for lunch in Killaloe and returning to Portumna via Garrykennedy. Anyone with a vintage car, truck, jeep etc is welcome to take part. All vehicles must be roadworthy and insured. For further details contact Tony Power, Eoghan O Connor or Walter Burke. The next club meeting will take place in O Mearas on Thursday 18th July at 9pm.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 12th to Thurs 18th July

Monsters University
Screaming With Laughter and Fun! Also Pixar Featurette 'The Blue Umbrella'. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren.
Daily 1:45 4:10 6:30 8:50 (Gen)

Pacific Rim
Transformers – X-Men – The New All Action Spectacular! Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elbar.
Daily 2:30 6:00 8:50 (12a)

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

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

World War Z
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos.
Daily 3:30 (15a)

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

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