16 June 2015

The Local Bus
Business Information Evening
Zoom Boom Kids Summer Camp
Science & Computing Activity Summer Camp
Social Community Enterprise for the Advancement of Lorrha/Rathcabbin
'Mechanica' by Betsy Cornwell
Butterfly and Bumblebee Monitoring Workshop
Killimor GAA
Portumna Town FC Awards
Acorn Theatre Company
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Country Market
Silver Circle Draw
Portumna Library
Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project
Course - Make Your Own Stained Glass
Portumna GAA

The Local Bus
The Local Bus weekday service from Portumna to Loughrea and Loughrea to Portumna will not operate from the Monday 29th June to Friday 28th August. This service will recommence on Monday 31st August. All other Local Bus services will run as normal.


Business Information Evening
In association with the Clare Local Enterprise Office the East Clare Community Co-Op will host an information evening on Tuesday June 23rd in the Sustenance Building, Main St., Scariff. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with people and agencies who can help in setting up a new business and who can assist in taking an existing business to the next level.
Particular emphasis will be placed on food related businesses, with both the Enterprise Kitchen and the Training Kitchen at the Co-Op open to all. The presentation will start at 7.30, with doors open and refreshments available from 7.00. All welcome. For further information please call 061 921536.


Zoom Boom Kids Summer Camp
Following our sucessful Easter camp we are now taking booking for our Summer Camp at The Engine Room, Portumna, Co. Galway. Zoom Boom Kids is a physical skills building workshop for children aged 4 to 10 years old. The camp will provide fun games and activities to build your children's essential physical skills. Sarah and Stephen Killeen will be coaching the camp from Monday 29th June to Thursday 2nd July from 9.30am -12.30pm.
For more information check out www.zoomboomkids.com or to book your children's place contact Sarah on 087-2117262 or email: info@engineroomportumna.ie


Science & Computing Activity Summer Camp
Redwood National School will be holding a Science & Computing Activity Summer Camp from Monday June 29th to Friday 3 July and from Monday July 6 to Friday July 10 in the school from 9.30am to 2.30 pm. Activities include hands on science experiments, design and make, photography, cookery, photostory, powerpoint, nature trails, aistear (learning through play) and lots and lots more!!
The camp is €40 per child with discounts for families. The camps are open to children from 4 to 13 years old. Bookings are now being taken, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or 087 4478115 to reserve a place for your child.


Social Community Enterprise for the Advancement of Lorrha/Rathcabbin
A new parish group called S.C.É.A.L. (Social Community Enterprise for the Advancement of Lorrha/Rathcabbin) was officially formed 4th June 2015. Sceal is the Irish for story and our parish has a story to tell to visitors and locals alike. It arose out of the challenges of our rural community as is the case all over Ireland. This group aims to promote our entire parish as a whole, working with other organizations and with neighboring parishes. It aims to promote and help our parish socially and economically through various sectors such as sport, crafts, heritage, history, tourism, small businesses and agriculture.
The group is setting up a heritage centre/community shop as a hub to promote the parish as a whole. The dual purpose of this centre would be to attract tourists to our parish and a focal point for locals to meet. This group is open to everyone and people are welcome to our meetings which will be posted on social media and local notes. There has been a great buzz, enthusiasm and positivity about getting this project off the ground. The following committee was elected: Chairman - David Broderick, Hon Secretary - Deirdre Dermody/James Heenan, Treasurer - Colette Bouchier/Lil Maher, PRO - Orla Kennedy, Funds Adviser - Pauline Hoctor, Committee - Teresa Dillon, Fionnuala Cahalan, Roland Dyer, Pauline Abbott, Nancy White, Tadhg Nevin, David Power, Declan Houlihan, Noreen Ryan, Wilie Maher, Andrew Dagg and Pio Ryan.
‘SCEAL’ are open to suggestions and ideas for the benefit of our parish and all our committee are approachable.


'Mechanica' by Betsy Cornwell
Betsy Cornwell is an American writer living in the Portumna area. She was born and raised in rural New Hampshire and graduated from Smith College in 2010, two days after she finished her first novel, Tides. After receiving her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, she came to Ireland to research a sequel to Tides, which retells Celtic selkie folklore. While working at Kilronan Hostel on the Aran Islands, she met her husband, horse trainer and Galway native Richie Lyons. They now live in a small turf-heated cottage at the edge of a mountain with goats, hens, and a growing collection of other animals.
Tides was published in 2013, and Betsy has two more young adult fantasies forthcoming from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015 and 2016: Mechanica, a steampunk retelling of Cinderella, and Compass, a companion novel to Tides set in County Galway. She is also the story editor for Parabola magazine and an acquisitions reader for Teen Ink magazine.Her literary agent is Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc.
In addition to her writing work, she is a private tutor online and in Galway. In the summers, she teaches creative writing with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a program she also attended as a student.
Her new book entitled ‘Mechanica’ is a gorgeously-written retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all. Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike. Fans of Ash by Malinda Lo and Cinder by Marissa Meyer will find much to love in this feminist twist on the classic story.


Butterfly and Bumblebee Monitoring Workshop
The Bumblebee and butterfly monitoring workshop took place on 7th June 2015 with Dr. Tomás Murray from the National Biodiversity Data Centre facilitating the day with the help of Port Omna Beo nature and wildlife group.
Dr. Tomás Murray gave the group a very informative day, overflowing with his enthusiasm for bumblebees and butterflies; and for the importance of collecting data on both species nationwide. All the information gained nationwide is fed into a European database which then provides an overall picture of the health of bumblebees and butterflies, those that are rare, those under threat. There distribution is also an indicator of climate change.
In Ireland we have 20 species of Bumblebees with 32% under threat and 34 species of butterflies with 18% under threat. This compares to Europe with 68 species of bumblebees with 24% under threat and 482 species of butterflies with 9% under threat. In Ireland a greater percentage of our bumblebees are under threat.
The day taught the group how to catch bumblebees & butterflies, carefully examine, identify and release again into the wild. There were plenty of bumblebees in An Gáirdín and a few of the group were good at catching! The group also learned the different behaviour patterns of Queens, workers and males!
Few butterflies displayed their beauty to us on Sunday, but we were able to enjoy their wonder during the morning presentation on screen. The group were invited to keep records - casual and/or monitoring scheme records and feed into the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The sun shone, information, interest and excitement flowed. All in all, a great day! Thank you to all who came along.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 10, 14, 22 and 29. The jackpot was €2,000. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Declan Winters, Kevin Daly, Paraic Ryan, Shane M Clearn and Ann O Toole. Next week's jackpot is €2,100 which will be held in Nevin’s.


Portumna Town FC Awards
Congratulations to two Portumna Town FC Players who have been named on the North Tipperary and District League Second Division Team of the Season 2014/15. Garry Curran and Keith Neville were presented with their award recently in Portumna. They were also presented with Top Goal Scorer and Player of the Season awards for the Portumna Town FC team at the presentation of NT&DL Shield trophies to the senior squad.


Acorn Theatre Company
On Monday next, June 22 in Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe, the members of Acorn Theatre Company will stage a rehearsed reading of a play in the making. The piece inspired by the controversy which arose last year around the issue of burials of babies and infants in grounds adjacent to mother and baby homes. The play scripted by Eamonn O’Donoghue has been workshopped by the company for a number of weeks has now reached a point in its development where audience response is sought. Therefore a number of scenes will be presented in the form of a rehearsed reading in a studio setting.
The presentation is open to members of the public and the views of those in attendance will be welcome and will form an important element in the completion of the process of creating a new piece of theatre. Admission is free and the proceedings will commence at 7.00 pm sharp.


Davitts Camogie Club
It was a busy week for our u10 girls, playing 2 games this week. They secured victory over Kinvara and it ended all square with Portumna.
Well done to the pupils of Tynagh/Killeen national schools on winning both the hurling and camogie cumann na mbunscoil finals last week.


Portumna Country Market
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in baking for the market and or supplying vegetables on a regular basis. Phone 0876302011.


Silver Circle Draw
Results (week 2): €150 Marie Fogarty, €50 Kathleen Kidney, €50 Francis Dolphin, €25 Mary Burke, €25 Rita Quigley, Congratulations to all winners. Next draw on Wednesday 18th June.


Portumna Library
Portumna Library will be closed to the public from Monday 15 June to Monday 29 June inclusive. This closure is to facilitate major works to clean up a kerosene leak that has caused problems for public and staff using the library. A firm was contracted to carry out tests and the remedial works identified will be carried out for the next two weeks. The library will be closed for Health and Safety reasons. The area office of Galway Co. Council will be open and the library will re-open on Tuesday 30 June.


Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project
Scrap metal collection month. All Saturdays at Thomas Porters yard, Ramore from 10am-6pm. For delivery or collection of any items please contact Sean Treacy at 087-2303379, Michael Winters 087-1268385, Padraic Burns 087-9865619, Johnny Lyons 087-2662272 or any committee member. Many household and farm equipment acceptable.


Course - Make Your Own Stained Glass
Portumna College of Further Education & Men’s Shed are offering a free 4 week course with a qualified tutor, on make your own Stained Glass. Starting on Thursday 11th June from 6pm to 8pm. Enquires: www.michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie or call 087-6258696/ 086-3954259/ 090-9741946.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €6600. The numbers drawn were 14 16 20 21. One person matched three numbers P.J. O'Meara.
Membership cards are available to be collected from club Secretary Fiona O Meara for people who paid their membership by 31st March only.


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