10 November 2015

Christmas Show
Charity Bridge Tournament
Ability West Launch of Newly Refurbished Adult Day Centre
Lorrha Variety Group Presents Drinking Habits
Official opening- Anne Rabbitte's Campaign Headquarters
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Santa Coming to Portumna
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Contract Bridge Club
Davitts Camogie Club
Kilconnell Horse Fair 2015
Portumna GAA
Sowing Wildflower Seeds
Killimor GAA

Christmas Show
The ever popular christmas show performed annually by the children of Redwood NS will take place on Thursday, 03rd December at 7pm in Redwood Church. Headlining the show this year is 'The Grinch who stole Christmas' produced by drama teacher Jared Madden.


Charity Bridge Tournament
Flannery's Bridge Club is hosting a Charity Bridge Tournament in aid of Cancer Care West on Sunday 15th Nov. at 5pmin Flannery's Hotel, Galway. Enquiries/Entries to Enda Glynn @ 087-2674288 / endaglynn@ eircom.net.


Ability West Launch of Newly Refurbished Adult Day Centre
On Tuesday 3 November, Gerry Blake of St. Dympna’s day centre Portumna welcomed Mayor of Galway City & County, Peter Roche, local councillor Anne Rabbitte, CEO of Ability West Breda Crehan-Roche, from the GRD Delia Colahan, Sean Broderick and John-Paul Burke, John McHugo of Rehab Ireland, Fr. Brendan Lawless, as well as staff, family, friends and the service users themselves to join in celebrating the launch of the newly refurbished adult day centre.
The refurbished building was designed by Niall J. Kearns & Co. and the building work, carried out by McGough & Walsh and was completed in early September. The project involved the provision of an integrated dining room and revamped day rooms, including a newly designed IT room within the building. The work completed is already a great benefit to the 23 service users availing of services in St. Dympna’s.
  Breda Crehan-Roche (CEO Ability West) spoke of the need to grow the facility to be able to incorporate the entire service as one community and the importance of fundraising throughout the county, which made the refurbishment possible. Mayor Peter Roche praised the outstanding work being done not only by Ability West and St. Dympna’s, but all involved in making this refurbishment a reality. Mayor Roche said it was the nicest part of job to be able to acknowledge this kind of hard work being done in communities.
It was an emotional day for everybody present, including Cllr Anne Rabbitte who spoke of her own personal experiences working in St. Dympna’s as a transition year student. Cllr Rabbitte thanked Gerry Blake and Paula Tuohy for inviting her to be a part of the day and celebrate their achievement. Fr. Brendan Lawless blessed the new building, commenting how St. Dympna’s is not a facility but a bright and welcoming home; an integral part of Portumna’s community. The building was official opened and the ribbon cut by Mayor Roche, Cllr Rabbitte and service user Joseph Brien from Killimor.
It is worth remembering the time and energy the Parents & Friends of St. Dympna’s put in to fundraising to make improvements like these possible. As a community it is important that we get behind them and support in any way we can. Their next fundraising event is ‘Cash for Clobber’- bring a bag (or more) of your unwanted clothes to the Town Hall in Portumna Tues 24th Nov 7.30- 9.30pm & Wed 25th 8- 10am.


Lorrha Variety Group Presents Drinking Habits
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
The dates for the play are Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November. Admission €10.


Official opening - Anne Rabbitte's Campaign Headquarters
You Are Invited! Official opening- Anne Rabbitte's Campaign Headquarters. Guest of Honour Micheál Martin TD. Date: Fri 13 November. Venue: Main st. Loughrea Time: 11am.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The final lecture of the season will take place at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna at 8:30 on Thursday 19 November and will be given by Joe Coleman. The topic will be ‘The Stolen Railway’ referencing the railway, which ran between Parsonstown (Birr) and Portumna Bridge. Opened in 1868, but closed just a decade later, the story behind its closure and the subsequent ‘disappearance’ is one not to be missed.


Santa Coming to Portumna
Santa and his Elf’s will be coming to Pod Umna Village for one weekend only! On Friday 4 December to Sunday 6 December. Come along and visit Santa and enjoy a range of activities with his Elfs in their Pod Village. Children €15, Adults Free. Tickets will be available on sale at Pod Umna Village and on the day(S) subject to availability.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results, Wednesday 28 October 2015, Free Sub Competition: 1st Net Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 1st Gross Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, 2nd Net Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 3rd Patricia Blehein & Sheila Dillon, 4th Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury.
Wednesday 4 November 2015: 1st Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd John Conroy & Tony Ryan, Gross Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 3rd Mary Nevin & Cepta Ryan, 4th Pauric Murray & Sean Murray.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Thursday 12 November at 8 o’clock sharp Vera Jameson will hold a card making workshop, bring a sharp scissors. The cost is €5.
Thursday 19 November, Marie Mullins will hold a flower demonstration, Cost €5.
The Venue for both events is Portumna Retirement village, non-members are welcome.


Contract Bridge Club
Results, 2nd November: 1st Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd Johnny Cowan & Johnny Geary, Gross: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 4th Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin.


Davitts Camogie Club
The A.G.M of Davitts Camogie Club took place last Friday night in Abbey Hall. The large crowd present heard Anne Robinson and Mary Hodgins outline the details of what had been a very busy 2015, in their respective reports and they thanked everyone young and old for all their hard work and dedication to the successful running of the club in 2015. The team managers gave their respective reports but unfortunately there was no silverware to show for all their efforts.
The following officers were elected; Chairperson: Anne Robinson, Assistant Chair: Edel Hanley, Ger O' Berine, Secretary: Mary Hodgins, Assistant Secretary: Noreen Shiel, P.R.O.: Mary Kelly, Child Officer: Olivia Shiel, Reg Officer: Helen Holohan, Development Officer: Orla Kelly.


Kilconnell Horse Fair 2015
Traditional Street Horse Fair Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Sunday 15th November 2015. All welcome. Horsey enthusiasts, stall-holders, photographers, musicians and more. Rediscover this ancient cultural way of life for yourself.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €8500. The numbers drawn were 9, 14, 20, 26. There was no match 3 winner. Donation to Social Services & St Dympnas.
Reminder - the club in conjunction with Cancer Care west is participating in a walk from the Forest Car Park on Saturday 14 November commencing at 11am. Your support would be appreciated.


Sowing Wildflower Seeds
Sowing Wildflower Seeds Thursday 3 December 7-9pm at An Gáirdín, St. Brigid’s Rd., Portumna.
Sandro Cafolla from Design By Nature (www.flowers.ie) will present a workshop on sowing native Irish Wildflower Seeds. This workshop is suitable for individual homeowners, farmers, community organisations especially Tidy Towns Committees, and all who are engaged in maintaining public areas. This will be a very comprehensive workshop and will include learning about soil types; about wildflowers appropriate to different soil types; how to prepare for and sow wildflower seeds and the importance of native seeds for enhancing Biodiversity. There will also be seeds for sale on the evening.
Sandro Cafolla is the sole saver of native Irish Wildflower seeds and he has been committed to doing this for decades. He supplies seeds to the small gardener, to the big farmer, to town/city bypasses, industrial sites and large conservation restoration projects. Sandro and his staff do not normally find the time to facilitate workshops like this, so this is a unique opportunity to learn and get your kick-start.
Wildflowers involve less work than lawns. They add much to the beauty of your garden, community plots and any public areas. Wildflowers are also an essential habitat for Bees and Butterflies. “Since the 1970’s Ireland has lost 70% of its species rich meadows” www.wildflowers.ie and this has been one of the major contributors to the decline of the Bee and Butterfly population. Lets lure them back by planting wildflowers!
The workshop costs €10. Booking : angairdin1@gmail.com Phone 0909741689.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 1, 17, 22 and 26. The 5 lucky dips were Kieran Madden, Tom O Hara, A & B O Donnell, Denis Mooney and Mary Whelan. Next week’s jackpot is €4,200 and the draw will be held in Kirwan’s.
The club will be participating in the walk for Cancer Care West in the forest park at 11 am on Saturday 14th. Sponsorship cards available from club officers.


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