20 October 2015

Howl-O-Ween Family Festival Galway
Halloween Celebrations at Portumna Castle & Gardens
100 years of Health Care
Contract Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Table Quiz - Portumna and District Lions Club
Mucky Runners 2015
Illegal Dumping
Portumna Cycling Club
Halloween Camp at Redwood National School
Banagher Horse Fair
Davitts Camogie Club
Table Quiz - Shragh Community Centre Fundraiser
Killimor GAA
Shorelines Limericks

Howl-O-Ween Family Festival Galway
Halloween 2015 Dates: Saturday, 24 October to Sunday 1 November 12-6 pm Daily.
Monday 26th: Howl-O-Ween Charity Ride, 1pm. Saturday 31st: Kids Disco Fancy Dress Party and Trick-or-Treat, 4-8pm.
It’s a spooky time at Slieve Aughty during the Halloween Festival, with ghosts and goblins galore, haunted houses, Halloween tricks and treats, scary stories, costumes and face painting, horses and ponies to pet and ride, arts and crafts and the Howl-o-Ween Charity Ride.
A family event, enjoy the fresh air of autumn with a walk or pony ride* to Bloody Mary’s haunted house and dare yourself to see her in the mirror of her ruin (read the full story before you go or along the way!).
For the little one’s go on a witch’s walk (a short walk to Slieve Aughty’s enchanted wood). Along the way, count how many ghosts, witches and other Halloween creatures you see hiding in the forest and answer the Halloween riddles that help guide the way. Back at the centre, pet the animals, get a scary face paint, dress up in a silly costume, and make some Halloween arts and crafts.
Halloween arts and crafts at the Slieve Aughty Halloween Festival.
All walks can be taken on foot or let our staff take the kids on ponies* while you walk beside or relax with a tea, coffee, or organic glass of witch’s brew at The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen. Pumpkin treats and the centre’s famous pancakes are just a couple of the tasty treats on offer.
Open 12 to 6 daily. €5 entry per person. Walk to the Enchanted Forest or take a pony* for €10pp (5+yrs.). Self-guided Nature Trails. Arts & Crafts. spooky concoctions at the nature hut. Small Animal Farm. Family Games. Playground (up to 5 yrs.). 40 minute Pony Ride* to the haunted house €15pp. Café Open Daily and menu prices vary.
Call 090 9745 246 to book!
*pony rides are for ages 5 and up.


Halloween Celebrations at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Halloween Celebrations at Portumna Castle & Gardens, Sunday 25th October, 2.30-4.30pm.
All are welcome to join with us in celebrating Halloween at the castle. The atmosphere in the back room will be altered for a couple of hours with Halloween hangings and decorations.
At 2.30 we have invited local people, originally from countries such as America, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Poland, Malaysia, England and of course Ireland, to read to us, a story from their own native land or by a native author.
Feel free to come in costume to add to the atmosphere. While there, get your face painted as a ghost or witch! Admission is free for the event.
If you dared to stay long enough you would possibly see our own resident bats! The Pipistrelle.. these are the smallest of the Irish species of bat and are so tiny they can fit easily into a small matchbox!


100 years of Health Care
Hayes and Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna celebrates 100 years in business and marks the occasion with an afternoon of music and goodies on Wednesday, October 28th from 4-6pm. Customers are invited to share their memories of the place - like when Eamon Hayes opened Toyland back in the 60’s. Four generations of pharmacists later, Hayes and Hayes continues to provide healthcare services to the local community and customers can continue to expect quality service where the customer’s needs and patient’s health are the priority. Leading up to the 28th, there is a daily prize in a free draw so do drop in and see the memorabilia on display too.


Contract Bridge Club
The winners in the Contract Bridge Club on the 12th October were 1st: Tommy Goonan & Michael Kelly. 2nd: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara. Gross: Iris Dennison & Denis Kelly. 3rd: Joan Ryan & Paddy Kelly. 4th: Pauline Mc Keon & Pauric Murray.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results, Wed 14 October 2015: 1st Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 2nd France Mc Crory & Anna Moore, Gross Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 3rd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 4th Tommy Cunningham & Charlie Mullen.


Table Quiz - Portumna and District Lions Club
Portumna and District Lions Club are holding a Table Quiz in "The Boathouse" on Friday 23 October at 9pm. All proceeds in aid of the Lions Club. Table of 4 Adults is 40 Euros adults, table of 4 Students is 20 Euros. Lots of Spot Prizes. Your support is much appreciated.


Mucky Runners 2015
Bank Holiday Monday 26 October in Portumna Forest Park. Fun Mucky Obstacle Course for everyone aged 6yrs to 600yrs! Mucky Ducks Race 6yrs to 11yrs race starts @ 12.30. Mucky Runners Race (Juniors/Adults/Teams) Race starts @ 1.30pm. Registration on the day from 10am to 12 sharp in Forest Car Park. Prizes for first place in all categories and Freepost race refreshments for all participants. Check out: Mucky Runners Fun Obstacle Course on Facebook for all details. Mucky Runners 2015 is being run by Portumna Town FC who are pulling out all of the stops to make this year Bigger, Better & Muckyerrr!!!


Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping in Portumna's marina has reached crisis levels. It has become a serious health and safety issue, causing pollution in the water and on the grounds surrounding the area. These grounds are where children play and people walk their dogs and it is now unsafe and unsightly for them to do so. On Monday, a post went up on Facebook showing pictures of the dumping; over 5,000 people have viewed it. Cllr Anne Rabbitte has said that she has been tirelessly looking for someone to take ownership of this land in order to resolve the situation but keeps hitting a brick wall. 'This situation would never be aloud to continue in Terryglass or Dromineer- so why should the people of Portumna have to put up with it? The marina is a beautiful area, visited by locals and tourists alike and it is devastating to see it treated like this'. Cllr Rabbitte is calling for immediate support in resolving this issue and in maintaining the area in the future.


Portumna Cycling Club
The AGM of the above club was held recently at O’Meara’s, Portumna. The chairperson, Pearse O’Donoghue, welcomed the large attendance and congratulated the club on its very active year with a sizeable increase in new members, young and old, out cycling. He thanked everybody who put in such a huge effort throughout the year, especially in the staging of the hugely successful Olive Aughty Cycle in August. The secretary, Adrian Flaherty, gave an overview of the various activities of the club during the year and made particular reference to the club’s successful participation in the Fit Towns initiative and its contribution to ultimate victory in that competition. The treasurer, Eimear McKeon, provided a detailed account of the club’s finances and was complemented on her efficient management of these. In particular, she accurately managed the large sums collected as part of the Olive Aughty Cycle.
The following officers were elected; chairperson, John Joe Conwell; vice-chairperson, Colm Fahy; secretary, Joe Fallon; assistant secretary, Lorna McKeon; treasurer, Ciara Finlay, assistant treasurer, Eimear McKeon; PRO, James Duane and Child Safety Officer, Joe Fallon. The club cycle leaves from the Library car park each Sunday morning at 9.00. am. and new members are particularly welcome. To become a club member and be insured with Cycling Ireland you should contact any one of the committee or any club member. The end of year club cycle will take place in Connemara with an overnight stay in the Station House Hotel on Saturday 31st.
A very pleasant function took place at O’Meara’s Restaurant last Friday evening at which members of the ‘Run for Olive’ committee in Killnadeema and the ‘Olive Aughty’ committee in Portumna were present. At the function club assistant secretary, Lorna McKeon, handed over the funds raised during the Olive Aughty Cycle in August to Tom and Olive Shaughnessy. Olive expressed her deep appreciation to the huge efforts made by so many people on her behalf during this difficult period in her life. She particularly thanked Al and Noreen Hayes and Donie O’Meara for their generous sponsorship of the event. She also revealed that plans were well advanced for the launch of her book on Thursday 10 December in the Lough Rea (Loughrea) Hotel to which all are welcome.


Halloween Camp at Redwood National School
Halloween Camp in Redwood N.S. for 3-10 year olds. Running Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October from 9.30am until 2.00 pm. Camp will be Halloween themed - Come in costume! Halloween art & craft, cookery, computers - blogging, i-pads, learning through play and lots and lots of spooky fun!!! €15 per day. Contact the school to book your place on 090 9747186 or redwoodns@live.ie


Banagher Horse Fair
Horse Fairs of Ireland Calendar for 2016 now available direct from www.siobhanenglishphotography.com. It contains all the dates of fairs in Ireland including Banagher Horse Fair 2016. The perfect present for equine fans.


Davitts Camogie Club
The club is holding a collection of unwanted clothes, shoes, bed linen, mobile phones, laptops on Saturday 31 October between 10am -12pm , at Woodford hall and Duniry pitch. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
The club will hold its AGM on Friday 6 November at 8pm in Duniry Community Centre. All parents and members are urged to attend.


Table Quiz - Shragh Community Centre Fundraiser
Table Quiz will take place at Cannings Pub, Gurteeny on Saturday 31 October at 9.00pm. Tables of four are €40. Lots of spot prizes on the night. Proceeds for upkeep & maintenance Shragh Community Centre. Please come along and bring a friend.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 10, 17, 26 and 27. The jackpot was €3,800. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Kevin Connors, Ann Lyons, Brendan & Kitty Concannon, Michael Larkin and Aidan Hardiman. Next week's jackpot is €3,900 which will be held in Duffy’s.


Shorelines Limericks
One of the amusing events at Shorelines Arts Festival is the Limerick competition. Each pub invites their customers to write a Limerick on any topic and prizewinners for 2015 were announced this weekend at the Festival Volunteer Celebration event in the Beehive Restaurant. Limericks are usually topical, comic and somewhat satirical. This year’s winning entry from Hayes’ Pub was written on the topic of Galway hurling by Michéal Ryan and certainly fitted all the criteria. Horan’s Bar were in the second position with joint winning entries from Mike Cowan on the topic of Paul O’Connell and a subtle entry from Brian Kelly and Pete Gibbs on the mysterious hieroglyphics appearing on our footpaths! Third prize went to a Shorelines themed Limerick by Sean D.Gordon for Billy Martin’s bar as he wrote about Fishamble’s play Underneath. Congratulations to all who won and a big thanks to all who entered. The winning entries will be on display in the pubs.


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