02 February 2016

Redwood National School
Iron Bar Project
Portumna GAA
Community Games
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group
Bridge Results
Rathcabbin Players Present 'Play On'
Lorrha National School
Rathcabbin National School
Tynagh National School
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Towards Revolution, Commemorative Postcards from the Archives To be Launched
St. Ruadhan's Active Retirement Association

Redwood National School
Open Evening: Our Open evening will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.
Timber for sale: We have a tractor trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.
Artist in Residence scheme: Redwood NS were delighted to be invited into the Civic Offices in Nenagh to see their work exhibited. Twelve schools from around the county were chosen to take part in the project. The artwork from all schools will be exhibited in the council offices in Nenagh and Clonmel for the next month and is well worth a visit.


Iron Bar Project
The Iron Bar project at the Woodford Heritage Centre was successfully launched by Cllr. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council on Saturday 30th January 2016. Brian Keary welcomed everyone and stressed the importance of community involvement and support for this project whilst Dr. Paul Rondelez and Dr. Christy Cunniffe spoke about the uniqueness of the project both locally and nationally and that an important part of Woodford’s heritage, which was now on public display for the local community and visitors to the area to enjoy.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 10, 15, 17, 28. No match three. Donation to Mental Health Day Care Centre & Social Services. Next weekend's lotto is worth €9700.
The club is running a three day Easter Camp from 21/22/23 March for boys and girls from u8 up to u16. Price €35. Contact Celia 087 1342148, Fiona 086 3478116 or Denis on 087 2956143. For further information.


Community Games
Next meeting will take place this Thursday 4 Feb. at 7:30 In The Hub Portumna. All welcome as volunteers required to form a committee.


Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group AGM will be held on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at Shragh Community Centre at 8pm. Your support and ideas would be much appreciated. All are welcome.


Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results Wed 27 January 2016 - 1st John Conroy & Tony Ryan, 2nd Sean Murray & Pauric Murray, Gross Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 3rd Cecelia Cox & Pat Cox, 4th John Craig & Ann Neville.
The Results of the Contract Bridge Club for Monday 25 January are 1st: Johnnie Cowan & Cecilia Cox, 2nd: Joan Ryan & Tommy Cunningham, Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: John & Judy Craig, 4th: Chris Leahy & Claire Broderick.


Rathcabbin Players Present 'Play On'
Rathcabbin Players present a 3 act farcical comedy ‘Play On’ in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday Feb 5th to 7th and from 11th to 14th at 8.30pm in Rathcabbin Hall. Written by playwright Rick Abbott and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan it’s essential to book a seat by calling (087) 2360096.


Lorrha National School
Pupils are enjoying the new playground equipment and the resurfaced court area, which facilitates a variety of sports.
David Needham has commenced coaching in the school since Monday 18 January. We extend thanks to James Dunne for his help and support over the years and we wish him well in the future.
2nd to 6th class pupils attended a matinee performance last week of Portumna Community School’s production of ‘Grease’. Our thanks to Portumna School for the invitation and well done to all our past students who participated in the wonderful performance.
Sympathy is extended to Pauline’s McIntyre and Fr. Donnelly on the recent death of Jos Donnelly, Kinnitty.
We welcome our new Board of Management members who were elected recently and we wish to extend thanks to the previous members who served the school so well for the past four years.


Rathcabbin National School
Our Open evening will be held on Wednesday 2 March at 7p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.
  Timber for sale: We have a tractor-trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.


Tynagh National School
Tynagh N.S. 6th class pupil, Órnait Coen, has been selected for the public voting stage of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition. The winners are selected by public vote. Tynagh N.S. is asking everyone to get behind Órnait and vote for her by visiting www.google.ie/doodle4google between 7th and 14th February. The overall winner receives a €10000 technology grant for their school.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The A.G.M. will take place on Thursday 4 February, in Portumna Retirement Village, with live music afterwards so do please attend.


Towards Revolution, Commemorative Postcards from the Archives To be Launched
Councillor Peter Roche, a Cathaoirleach of the county of Galway will launch Towards Revolution, Commemorative Postcards from the Archives on Thursday 4th February at 6 pm in the Portumna Workhouse Centre. The small selection of items, which are presented in postcard form, are drawn from several collections held by Galway County Council Archives. They illustrate the lead up to and consequences of the historical events of 1916. A summary chronology of events in county Galway during Easter week is also included. The launch is an open event and all are welcome.
A screening of two films in the cinemobile will follow the launch. First, the patriotic film Mise Éire, followed a short film, Easter 1916 - The Blood Upon The Rose, produced by transition year students from the Mercy College, Woodford. As there is limited seating for this aspect of the event booking is essential.
As part of the County of Galway 1916 centenary programme of events Galway County Council Archives, which preserves and manages many of the County of Galway’s important archival treasures, presents several postcards, presented in an attractive bi-lingual booklet. In keeping with the Ireland 2016 theme of seven, seven postcards have been produced. The County of Galway Decade of Commemoration Strategy 2013-2023 states ‘our history cannot be accurately viewed or properly understood through a single prism as the events of the decade did not happen independently and they cannot be evaluated or remembered in isolation’. Likewise the events during Easter week 1916 cannot be viewed in isolation. The postcards include images of items dating from 1914 and beyond 1916.
The booklet also includes a useful summary chronology of events in county Galway during Easter Week, charting the movement of the Irish Volunteers during that extra-ordinary period in Irish history.
Galway County Council Archivist, Patria McWalter, said, ‘We hope the postcards illustrate, in some small way, the complexity of Galway’s stance prior to and after Easter Week 1916. We also hope that they highlight the importance of preserving our archives properly, so that present and future generations have the sources available to ensure a balanced view of history can be presented’.
In recognition of Galway City, and county’s designation as a UNESCO City of Film, and in keeping with the theme of archives, Galway County Council is also delighted to host a screening of Mise Éire. The 1959 film is comprised of archival newsreel footage from the time, which tells of events in Ireland leading up to, during, and immediately after the 1916 Easter Rising.
Following Mise Éire, as part of the Youth and Imagination strand of the centenary programme Galway County Council will also host a screening of a four and a half minute film, Easter 1916 - The Blood Upon The Rose, produced by the 2013/14 transition year students from the Mercy College, Woodford, Co. Galway. This blends together the W.B. Yeats poem Easter 1916 with the poignant story of the wedding of Grace Gifford and Joseph Plunkett, which took place just hours before his execution. Booking, on a first come first served basis, may be made by emailing archivist@galwaycoco.ie or phoning 091 509025 to reserve a place for the screenings.
As a further activity under the Youth and Imagination strand of its programme Galway County Council will host a special screening of the two films for pupils from St Brendan’s National School, Portumna, on the morning of 4th February.
Towards Revolution, Commemorative Postcards from the Archives may be obtained, while stocks last, by contacting archivist@galwaycoco.ie or at Áras an Chontae and libraries throughout the county. For further details on all of the Archives fascinating collections visit www.galway.ie/archives.
Details of the county of Galway’s centenary commemorative events are available at www.galway.ie/gaillimh2016.


St. Ruadhan's Active Retirement Association
St. Ruadhan's Active Retirement Association is holding the AGM (Annual General Meeting) on Wednesday, 10th February 2016 in the Community Hall Lorrha commencing at 2.30pm. The Executive Committee would like to see as many of their members attend this meeting. New members are also very welcome.


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