17 June 2014

Children’s Art Camp
Cinemobile Visit to Portumna
Birr Union Workhouse Photographic Exhibition
Mid Summer Tidy Up
Portumna National School
East Galway United F.C.
Irish Dancing Success
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Portumna Super Summer Fair
Tug of War
Churchill Cemetery
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
Redwood National School Reunion
Fundraiser for Swaziland
Half Marathon Winner

Children’s Art Camp
Children’s Art Camp from Tues 5th Aug to Sat 9th Aug, 2014 from 2.15 p.m – 5.15 p.m. Suitable for 5-12 year olds. In Old School House, Tynagh. Places limited. Cost €55 per child. Contact Anne Flanagan-Hickey at (087) 6236907. Activities include:- Painting, design your own T-shirt, braclet making with club/county colours, pottery, bottle painting, hat making, arts & crafts and much more! Family Discounts available.


Cinemobile Visit to Portumna
The Cinemobile will be in Portumna from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July. Details of movies and schedule to follow in the coming weeks.


Birr Union Workhouse Photographic Exhibition
"Birr Union Workhouse" a photographic exhibition by Birr Photography Group was originally on show at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Oxmantown Mall, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland from 17th August until 1st September 2013. The Exhibition then moved to Birr Library for the month of October 2013. Now, the Exhibition will be on display as part of the Workhouse tour at The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, County Galway from May to October 2014. Birr Union Workhouse, its interior and exterior are the photographic subject for this exhibition with 41 images by thirteen photographers of Birr Photography Group.

Birr Workhouse designed by George Wilkinson was opened in 1842 just 3 years before the famine. Its function as an Institution was to deal with poverty by providing shelter and relief to the poor and destitute. The Portumna Workhouse opened in 1852. So these images of the pre-famine Birr Workhouse are now on display in the post-famine Workhouse at Portumna. Since its closure in 192, the functionality of this great historical building at Birr has been varied. From the 1930s it housed several small factories and was even used as a venue for a few Birr Vintage Week exhibitions.

Now on Birr Photography Groups visit to this Historical vacant site at Birr we discover how the wheels have turned. The Grand Old Building and its environs has now become its own poor and destitute. This Photography Exhibition also featured in the Birr Historical Society’s Conference on “Birr Workhouse” in Birr Theatre on Friday 6th to Saturday 7th September 2013 and The Birr Workhouse Conference talks in Birr Library on 6th and 9th November 2013.

Birr Photography Group has regular meetings, talks, discussions and demonstrations on a variety of photographic topics on Thursday evenings from 8pm at Craughwell’s Bar, Castle Street, Birr. New members always welcome. For more information on Birr Photography Group, please contact Julien on 086 152 0605 or http://birrphotogroup.wordpress.com website.


Mid Summer Tidy Up
At a recent meeting of Portumna Tidy Towns held on 12 June it was agreed that a mid summer tidy up would be organised for Saturday 28 June at 9 pm. This is a joint venture of both Portumna Tidy Towns and Port Omna Beo. Both groups are asking that members of the general public both young and old come out that morning and assist in a major tidy up and planting meeting in the square. Newly elected Cllr Anne Rabbitte along with Marie Gunning is going to work with Galway County Council in getting the stream going down to the Shannon Swimming area cleaned out as it is a dumping black spot. In the morning Sr Noreen Lyons, Chris Kelly will be present to show the general public the amazing work that Port Omna Beo are doing in the old Grave yard in the town. Dolores O Shea and Anne Rabbitte have taken responsibility for window cleaning and window dressing some unused premises on the main street with a view to promoting and show casing some key features from Portumna and surrounding areas. Mary Lynch and Dolores O Shea have offered to plant all the hanging baskets on main Street. It was acknowledged the Trojan work that Joe Duggan, Mike Goode, Paul Mullins and Orla Walsh do on a weekly basis and have done for the last number of years and the huge commitment that they have given to Portumna Tidy Towns. However, more support is required hence the request to General Public to come out and help with a major tidy up. It is envisaged going forward that a monthly meeting of tidy towns will be held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 9pm in O Meara`s next meeting being Thursday 3 July.


Portumna National School
St. Brendan’s N.S., Portumna made history last week on winning both the Hurling and Camogie 13 a-side Cumann na mBunscol championships. The hurlers comprising of students from 5th & 6th class travelled to Loughgeorge on Tuesday and had a hard fought win over Corrandulla on a scoreline of 2:9 to 1:6. Likewise, on Thursday the Camogie girls travelled to Loughgeorge and playing in heatwave conditions beat Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh on a scoreline of 1:6 to 1:0. Both teams received great support at the finals and returned home to Portumna to great celebrations. They played their hearts out in a sporting fashion. Full credit to all players, mentors, families and supporters.


East Galway United F.C.
East Galway United F.C. formed in 2012, consisting of several small parishes including Killimor, Kiltormer, Mullagh and Eyrecourt and play their home matches on the soccer pitch in Kiltormer. This year the under 13s team won the Midland Schoolboys League Shield Final, Which is a great achievement beating teams from much larger towns including Mullingar,Tullamore, Birr and Clara to go on and beat Tullamore United in the final in Banagher 2 weeks ago. The club operate several teams ranging from under 8s upwards, which also includes female players and train weekdays with matches on a Saturday morning. Anyone interested in joining can contact Sean on 0872242445 or Hugh on 08638333055.


Irish Dancing Success
At last Sundays Oireachtas Rince Connacht Graded Feis, 6 Year old Ruth Craughwell from Abbey was outright winner of the under 6 age group, when she won the age 6 and under Connacht Trophy, Ruth is a member of the renowned and well established Mary Fraughen school of Irish dancing, Ruth attends the Abbey class every Wednesday and has been a very dedicated member of the Irish dance world since the tender age of 3. other prizewinners were Niamh Mahoney and her sister Aoife who also placed first at the competition both dance with the Killimor class, also medals were awarded to Amy and Orla Coyne, Caoimhe and Aisling Corry, Caoimhe Keary, Aoife Moorham, Jennifer Brogan and Sinead Scully. Enrolment for new pupls wishing to start Irish dancing in September contact Mary at 087 9597560, places limited due to class policy being Quality and not Quantity, so book your child’s place on time so as not to be disappointed. Classes in this area in Portumna, Killimor, Abbey and woodford, other venues also available.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
June Bank Holiday Monday was a lively day at the newly restored Portumna Lawn Tennis Club where the first Annual Open Day was held. Members from former years of Portumna Tennis joined with the large gathering of children at a fun family event. Club Coach, Kieran Galvin gave his time to coach the enthusiastic new members while businesses got into the spirit by playing fun doubles in fancy dress. Members from Birr, Loughrea and Nenagh Tennis Club visited also. Burgers, hot dogs, face painting and jewellery making were some of the fringe events at a thoroughly enjoyable community event. The committee would like to extend a big thank you to all who supported the day. Future events can be followed on Portumna Tennis Club Facebook page or joining in the play on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm for Club Open Evening.


Portumna Super SummerMary Fraughen Fair
This year Portumna Chamber of Commerce are organising "Super Summer Fair" to replace the "Great Outdoors Festival", it is intended to have a more business centred approach, with addition of having Portumna Rugby Club's now famous Tug of War Competition and the pubs running events also.

"Super Summer Fair" will run on Friday 27th June and Saturday 28th June. As you can see there is a matter of urgency to get as many businesses as possible to participate in the event. A lot of great ideas have already been put forward by businesses and what they will be doing for "Super Summer Fair", and we are sure that you have lots more, especially ones that particularly suit your business type and model.

Here are just some of the ideas that are on board for "Super Summer Fair":
1. Food Tasting – great way to get people to know what products you are selling/offering, the great taste and service they will get by buying/dining/eating on your premises.
2. In Store Event – run an event on “How To”, suppliers are always delighted to be on hand to push their product for you, by showing people “How To”.
3. Run a “Sale” for the two days and clear out that old stock, and parade your new stock to customers.
4. Offering Discounts for the two days, “Spend €50 and get €10 off”, “Spend €100 and get €25 off”.
5. Free cup of coffee or tea with all meals.
6. Giveaways/Contests when signing up to your mailing list.
7. Special Group buys – “Trousers, Shirts and Tie – Tie for Free”, “2 steaks, 2 Chicken Burgers and 2 Beef Burgers - €15”.
And lots more, whatever suits your business.

We would love to have as many businesses on board as possible to keep reinforcing what Portumna has to offer as a shopping and business town, and if you want it Portumna has got it. Spend Local to Support Local. Portumna Chamber of Commerce has also created a new Portumna Logo. This we believe is a logo, that be used for all events into the future, and a logo that should be displayed everywhere. We are in the process of getting, posters, banners, signage, stickers and window stickers for this logo, which we hope all businesses will display. So again as it is a short time scale we are running on, and we apologise for that, but we need to get a calendar of events set up to inform people of what will be going on for the “Super Summer Fair” and to advertise the event.


Tug of War
The now annual Inter Pub Tug of War competition is back again on Saturday 28th June. This will take place on St. Brendan’s Street from 7pm and promises to be a great evening’s entertainment and craic for all the family. Not only do they have 8 locals pubs represented in the men’s competition, but they will also have 4 ladies teams as well to bring a bit of glamour to an otherwise hairy and sweaty event.


Churchill Cemetery
Churchill Cemetery Committee invites families with graves there to complete a final tidy-up on the evenings of next Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 June. Reminder: Cemetery Mass in Churchill on Mon. 23 June at 8 p.m.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot worth 19600 euros. The numbers drawn were 2 6 8 19. Three people matched three numbers.

Our Annual golf Classic will take place on June 26-June 27. There are still some times available. Anyone who would like to support the club Contact Celia on 087 1342148 or Portumna Golf Club 090 97 41059.

Our junior A team had another good win in their Championship campaign with a 1-19 to 1-13 win over Salthill last Sat while Our Junior C team went down to Tynagh Abbey Duniry on a score line 3-9 to 0-9.

Our minors commence their championship campaign after a break for exams when they play Ahascragh in Ahascragh on Friday eve at 7pm.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 8, 15, 19 and 22. The jackpot was €6,300. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Katie Moran, Joe Dolan, Aimee & Lisa Brien, Jason Treacy, Shauna/Owen /Katie Leonard. Next week's jackpot is €6,400 which will be held in Nevins.


Redwood National School Reunion
We would like to thank all those who attended and supported the Redwood NS reunion. It was great to see so many people meet up with old friends. We would also like to thank all those who helped in so many different ways to make the event possible. We are sincerely grateful to all for making it a cherished and memorable event.


Fundraiser for Swaziland
The Fundraiser for Swaziland was held in the Portumna Golf Club on Saturday 7 June. Maureen Moss would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this a great party night. There were generous Raffle prizes. Gift vouches from Ladies Day Boutique, 'Eternal' Beauty Salon, McKeons Opticians, Rainbow Wool Shop, The Hair Studio, Active Retirement Association and Christ Church Portumna. Donie O'Meara provided the spot prizes and to add to the fun he came along dressed as 'The Black Sheep of the Family'. There were many wonderful prizes donated by friends and supporters along with cash donations. The Golf Club put on a really great Buffet meal, which received many compliments on the quality of the food and service. The Two Johnnies provided the entertainment, free of charge. Again many thanks to all for helping raise money for the children in Swaziland.


Half Marathon Winner
Caroline Burke won the Ladies Half Marathon on Saturday last in the Forest Park. The event was organised by Run Ireland, there were four different races with over 600 athletes from all over the country taking part.


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