29 October 2013

Maple Poetry Group
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Local Day at the Workhouse
Workhouse asks for Community Support
Fun Fridays Return at Redwood NS!
Killimor GAA
Garry Kenny Palmerston Stores
Cottage Stores
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Maple Poetry Group
On Friday, Nov 1st, join the Maple Poetry Group in Horan's Bar, Portumna at 8.30pm for a selection of poetry including a special appearance of the 2013 winner of the Nicholas Treacy award, Annie Gibbons. Bring a poem on any theme you like or read a poem you wrote or simply come along and listen. The shortlist for the 2013 Shorelines Limerick Competition will also be read out and the winners announced. So lots of rhyme guaranteed. All welcome.

Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Thursday 7 November at 8.15 pm sharp in Portumna Retirement Village Maureen Moss will speak on her amazing journey, "Teaching and experiencing life in Swaziland". On the same night the choir will meet at 7pm to practice for the Christmas carol service. The following Thursday 14 November there is a social night with presentation of our bowls cups sponsored by Eileen Smith, Chris Smith, and Portumna Credit Union. We wish to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors. Our deepest condolences to the Smith family on the untimely passing of Chris, he was a very active member of the Association. Chris participated in all our activities: from serving on the executive committee, choir, drama, and music events and bowls. He will be sadly missed but not forgotten.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Wed 23 October 2013 Free Sub Competition: 1st Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, Gross Pat Flanagan & Charlie Mullen.

Local Day at the Workhouse
There will be a day especially for local people at the Irish Workhouse Centre on Sunday, 3rd November from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People are invited to join in the events or just pop in for a tea or coffee and a look around. There will be guided tours at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., a talk on restoring old buildings at 2 p.m. and a workhouse story for children aged 8 – 12 years at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Contributions to the project are welcome.

Workhouse asks for Community Support
The Irish Workhouse Centre first opened its doors to the public in 2011. In a short two years extensive work has been carried out, and the project has gone from strength to strength providing employment in the locality and increasing number of visitors to the area. It is the only centre in Ireland that tells the story of the workhouse as an institution from the 1840s to the 1920s. This year so far, the centre has had over 4,000 visitors and provides employment for 12 people on a part-time basis and two people on a full-time basis. This employment is supported by various employment schemes.

In 2013, the former girl's building was restored and redeveloped as the main visitor and community building. Much of this work was carried out by a grant allocated by Galway Rural Development Ltd. under the National Rural Development Programme.

Speaking about the grant, Ursula Marmion, Project Manager explains: "the total cost of the works was €215,582. 75% €161,687 is available under the grant. South East Galway IRD had to raise €27,310 and we were allowed to use the lease, which is nominal, as a donation to make up the rest of the matching funds. This was all approved prior to works commencing. When the work was complete, we submitted the paperwork to drawdown the grant. However, when Galway Rural Development who administer the grant, sent it on to the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government for payment, the Department came back stating it could not accept the lease as part match funding, because it was a lease from a state body, namely the Health Service Executive, who own the site. Galway Rural Development has apologised for this, but to be fair to them, it's not their fault as the rules state that a lease can be accepted. It does not say that it cannot be a lease from a state body. There is however no arguing with the Department. They will not accept the lease. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that the IRD must now come up with an additional €26,500. We have €14,500 from admission fees to the workhouse this year. While we had hoped to put this money towards on-going work, we now have to put it towards the grant and come up with an additional €12,000."

The Manager continues by stating that, "with the exception of when the IRD was set back in 1997, we have never fundraised. We have always managed to secure grant aided support and generate traded income to fund the programmes we run for the benefit of Portumna and South East Galway. However, we are left with no choice given the current situation, but to ask for the financial support of the community for the Irish Workhouse Centre.

We firmly believe that the project will continue to grow and will attract significant visitor numbers to the Portumna area in the years to come, as well as providing on-going employment and facilities for the community. We realise that this is not the best time to be fundraising, but are hopeful that the community will rally on this occasion and lend its support to the Irish Workhouse Centre."

People wishing to support the project can do so in a number of ways. They can become a Friend of the Project by contributing €2 per week. Friends are acknowledged with a plaque bearing their names being permanently fixed beside one of windows in the workhouse. Friends also receive a life long Friend's Card, which allows for free admission to for up to 10 people each year. Friends are also acknowledged on the website and in Friends' book at the centre.

People can also make a once-off contribution. By way of acknowledgement, they will receive an annual pass for 2014 and will also be permanently acknowledgement on the centre website.

To make a contribution or for further information contact the IRD Centre in Abbey Street, 090-9741867.

The Irish Workhouse Centre closes on 31st October, but will be open for groups by appointment during November & December. It will also open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Local Day on Sunday, 3rd November.

Fun Fridays Return at Redwood NS!
Calling all babies, toddlers, Mums, Dads, Grannies etc for some extra special fun!! Storyteller, Kindermusik, Arts & Crafts and much more fun and play every Friday from 11:00 to 12:00 commencing Friday, 15th November for 5 weeks.

Everybody welcome!! €3.00 per family Phone Michelle on090 9747186 or 086 8834083 Email: redwoodns@live.ie Website: www.redwoodns.ie

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were. 1, 14, 23 and 29. The jackpot was €3,000. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Donnacha Conroy, Maura Dillon, Ambrose Gordon, Joseph Brien (Tynagh), and Paul Larkin. Next week's jackpot is €3,100 which will be held in Treacy's.

Garry Kenny Palmerston Stores
Garry Kenny Palmerston stores who is open since 1960 serving and supporting the local community, has recently added a new selections of lines to add to its vast array of fishing gear and accessories these include airsoft rifles, Archery (bows & arrows) fishing and leisure kakaks have been added also. Next Sunday 3 Nov. Kenny's have an open day to display all their new lines. A 15% discount on fishing and clothing is on offer that day. Please support local shops in the run up to Christmas.

Cottage Stores
It is nice to see new businesses opening in recessionary times. The cottage stores antiques has opened its doors in Patrick Street Portumna. The husband and wife team Celine and Gerry Byrne are hoping to provide Antique Vintage giftware at affordable prices. The shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday 10 to 6pm give them a call you might be pleasantly surprised.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 1st to Thurs 7th November

Inspired By the True Story. Judy Dench, Steve Coogan.
Daily 4:15 6:30 8:50 (12a)

Thor: The Dark World
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (12a)

One Chance
New Comedy – Hughly Enjoyabe! Introducing James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Colm Meany, Julie Walters.
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 8:00 Mon – Thurs 4:15 8:00 (12a)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville and many more – Rude – Uproarious!
Daily 6:15 9:50 (16)

Captain Phillips
True Story – From Director of Bourne Ultimatum! Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener.
Daily to Weds 6:15 8:50 (12a)

New Animated Family Film – Better Fast Than Furious!
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon – Weds 4:15 (Gen)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 Mon – Thurs 4:15 (Gen)

One Direction: This is Us
Extended Fan Cut.
Fri Sat Sun 2:00 (Pg)

Gravity 3D
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock.
Opening Thurs Next 7th 8:50 (12a)

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