22 March 2016

Unplugged for Share a Dream Foundation - Charity EP
Boula Community Arts Group
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
1916--2016 Commemoration
Bridge Results
Portumna GAA Lotto
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Kettlebell Club
Killimor GAA
Fit Towns Portumna
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association

Unplugged for Share a Dream Foundation - Charity EP
Unplugged for Share a Dream is a charity EP created by Martha Tuohy (15) and Eric Flaherty (17) two second-level students from Portumna, County Galway. Share a Dream is a charity close to Martha and Eric hearts. Eric’s little sister Davina, diagnosed with a brain tumour and Hydrocephalus in 2013, was lucky enough to be in receipt of a Dream (and a Child of Courage Award) in 2014. After seeing how much Share a Dream did to make one little girl smile during a very difficult time in her life, Eric and Martha wanted to do something to help raise funds for other ill children who deserve to have their dreams come true.
Both Martha and Eric are talented musicians, Eric attends the Royal Irish Academy of Music for Piano and Martha is a receipt of the Royal Irish Academy of Music award for Vocal Performance so the idea of recording a charity EP seemed natural to the two. Familiar songs are stripped back and reworked with an acoustic leaning, firmly rooted in the piano and vocal talents of these two teens. From the outset the sound was intended to be simple, raw and emotional. “It needed to sound like we do when we play at home. It isn’t perfect but we wanted to create the idea for the listener that we were sitting down to play a gig just for them. This is how we play for our friends and family and we wanted to capture some of that feeling on the record” said Martha.
The acoustic treatment is given to 4 tracks, all of which represent the varied musical tastes of Martha, Eric and their families.
The lead track is All I Want by Kodaline – this is a truly heartfelt and mature performance by the young singer. This is followed by Little Talks (Of Monsters and Men) which introduces fiddle and guitar to the mix, giving a traditional Irish tilt to the track. On a more traditional twist the EP also includes a haunting version of Danny Boy. Not the typical choice for teenagers, but a song that they love performing, and they felt the record wouldn’t be complete without it. The EP ends with Rhianna’s “We Found Love” reducing this dance track to its bare bones, but still maintaining the upbeat nature and sense of fun that these two teenagers love to bring to music.
The EP also has 2 Bonus Tracks. An instrumental version of You Raise me Up which showcases Eric’s amazing talents on the piano, and a jazzed up version of Royals by Lorde.
Martha and Eric are extremely proud of their EP and are very excited about raising money for Share a Dream. The goal is to raise enough for at least 1 dream for a child – around 2000 euro. Share a Dream is an entirely volunteer organization and does not receive any government or lottery funding and so we know that all monies raised will make a difference.
The EP will be released on Sunday 27 March with a launch in Martha and Eric’s hometown (O’Meara’s, Portumna) at 7pm.


Boula Community Arts Group
Seeking people 18 and over, to start a Community Arts Development program. Local, experienced artist and arts facilitator is available to run classes in watercolour, acrylic and oil paint, drawing and crafts with an aim to putting on community art exhibitions. Having at least 10 students will make it possible to apply for funding to pay for hall, tutor and supplies. Contact boula.arts@gmail.com or phone Jenny on 0877581803.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The next SEGAHS lecture takes place on Thursday, March 24th at 8:30pm at the Irish Workhouse Centre – Portumna. Forming part of the society’s efforts to appropriately mark the centenary of 1916, the lecture will be by Dr Conor McNamara and is titled ‘Degenerate Sons': 'Liam Mellows, Galway and 1916 Rising'. Conor is author of the acclaimed book ‘The Easter Rebellion 1916 – A New Illustrated History’.


1916--2016 Commemoration
On Easter Sunday at 12 noon there will be a short ceremony held in the square Portumna to commemorate the 1916 Rising, the National Flag will be raised, the Proclamation read out and maybe even a song or two! Further details from Walter Burke 087 8267054.


Bridge Results
Contract Bridge Club, 14th March - 1st: Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, 2nd: Michael Kelly & Tommy Goonan, Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, 4th: Marie O'Meara & Eileen Tuohy.
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, 16th March - 1st: Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 2nd: Pauline Mc Keon & Teresa Cunningham, Gross: Noreen Murphy & Pat Flannery, 3rd: Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 4th: Anne Nevin & John Craig.


Portumna GAA Lotto
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 16, 23. Four people matched three numbers Dan Lynch, Valerie Maxwell, Christine McLaughlin & Barry clo Curley’s Bar.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade
With the sun shining at the parade, the parade set off with locally elected T.D. Anne Rabbitte as Grand Marshal and looked the part as she was chauffeured in one of the many vintage cars present in the parade. Other guests at the event included the newly appointed local Co. Councillor, Ivan Canning and longterm councillor, Jimmy McClearn. Both Christ Church and St. Brigid’s Church were represented and other guests from local voluntary groups and clubs.
M.C. Dick Ridge entertained with commentary on each float, interacting with his audience in his own inimitable style. Simon Ryan provided musical entertainmenet before and after the parade as the judges considered who might win the prizes. The standard of entries was extremely high and the Vintage section graced the streets with impeccably maintained and lovingly prepared vehicles from tractors to cars.
The humorous and voluntary sections were particularly difficult for the judges as the Healy Rae’s came up against the ghost of Charlie Haughey and the gun power of Cumann na mBán and the might of Dad’s Army & Noel’s Ark while the colourful, passionate entry from Portumna Beo on the sustainability of our future here on earth sent a message into the heart of both judges and audience.
A display of dancing from Stephanie Power School of Dance was uplifting and graceful, demonstrating the beauty of our traditional step dancing. Portumna’s Soccer Club, Rugby Club and Camogie Club came out in force to march with pride in their club jerseys.
Galway S.P.C.A.were a real sweet addition and another reminder of how animals are mistreated with the survivors taking part in the parade. Disney’s Frozen was very cutely presented and the power of the machinery from Portumna Agri contrasted well with the bygone days displayed by the political and hunorous entry from Baroughter Conmoylan Bog Action Group while Roma displayed their fare with colour and fun.
The prize of the day went to the novel and entertaining float from the ladies of Portumna Retirement Village who imaginatively performed and won gold with their Olympics Synchronized Swimming while their beautiful, colourful cheerleaders got the audience involved.
A big thank you to sponsors, volunteers and supporters from the committee and a special thanks to the entrants. This year, there was a special moment when Frank Abberton’s tractor was driven through by Seamus Mitchell. Frank, an annual entrant, a passionate vintage fan and true gentleman passed away recently and the committee would like to pass on condolences to his family.
Overal Prize. Portumna Retirement Village with PRV Olympics Synchronized Swimming.
Humorous, 1st: Mary Lynch's Oak Lodge B&B - The Kerry Boys meeting East Galway’s First Lady, 2nd: Curley’s Bar - Dad’s Army, 3rd: Noel’s Ark - The Boathouse Bar.
Business, 1st: Roma Restaurant & Takeaway, 2nd: Portumna Agri, 3rd: Dillon Driving.
Voluntary, 1st: Portumna Beo - Beautiful Planet Baroughter Conmoylan Bog Action Group - Clonmoylan Bog Action, 2nd: Galway SPCA, 3rd: Portumna Active Retirement – The Volunteers of Cumann na mBán.
Vintage, 1st: Ita Day (Ford Prefect), 2nd: Ulick Burke (VW Karmann Ghia), 3rd: Seamus Mitchell (Frank’s Tractor).
Youth, 1st: Liam, Kayla & James Hyland - Frozen, 2nd: Portumna Rugby Club, 3rd: Stephanie Power School of Dance.
Best Window, 1st: Youthreach, 2nd: Cottage Store Antiques, 3rd: Daly Deals & Lollipopz.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club held its AGM, at which there was a good attendance, on March 4th. Paul Royston, Chairperson outlined highlights of the year including the installation of floodlights and increasing membership. For 2016 the committee was expanded with three new members; Naomi Cormacan, Ciara Molloy and Adrian Reilly. The following officers were elected for 2016. Paul Royston, Chairperson; Gillian Dunne, Vice Chairperson; Aoife Conneely, Secretary; Eileen Smith, Treasurer; Naomi Cormacan, Vice Treasurer; Carmel Porter, Junior Tennis Co-Ordinator.


Davitts Camogie Club
The club will be holding a collection of unwanted clothes, bed-linen, shoes, laptops, & mobile phones on Sat 2nd April 2016 at Tynagh Community Centre & Duniry pitch between 10am -12pm. All contributions are greatly appreciated so get spring cleaning!!


Portumna Kettlebell Club
The club had a very successful outing recently at the AIKLF National Championships at the Delta Dome in Limerick on the 27th/28th February. Members competed in the Long Cycle, Snatch and Biathlon disciplines. The results were as follows; Steve Killeen, 24kg LC Gold; Morgan Claffey, 20kg LC Gold, 20kg Biathlon Gold; Pat Kelly, 24kg Biathlon Silver, 24kg Long Cycle Silver; Robert Moeran, 20kg LC Gold, 20kg Biathlon Gold;  Damien Burke, 16kg Biathlon Silver; Jack Murray, 16kg LC Gold, 16 kg Biathlon Gold; Olivia Cahalan,16kg Snatch Bronze; Mary Burke, 16kg Snatch Bronze. Morgan Claffey, Maggie Duff and Mary Burke also hit rank on the day with their respective rep counts. This was an eventful trip for our club who are improving all the time.
The club always welcomes new members. We have club training on Friday evenings at 8pm in the Engine Room. Congratulations to all those involved.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3, 20, 26 and 30. The 5 lucky dips were Thomas O Brien, Pat Duffy, Alice Briscoe, Denis Mooney and Con Kelly. Next weeks jackpot is £6,100 and the draw will be held in Nevins.


Fit Towns Portumna
Fit Towns, Portumna committee members Orla Kennedy, Sarah Killeen, Vincent O'Hara & Deputy Anne Rabbitte would like to thank all persons, schools, clubs & communities for partaking in the Fit Towns 2016 active period and also for encouraging oneself & others to get active within our community.
Timetable of continuing sports is available in The Hub Portumna. Its never too late to get fit. Start Today.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Well done to Active Retirement members who participated in the St. Patrick Day’s parade in Portumna. We even made face book viewing.
The next meeting will be Thursday 7 April. John Jo Conwell will speak on resulting post 1916 historical events in North Tipperary, South East Galway, and East Clare. This is an open meeting and visitors are welcome. The meeting will start at 8 o’clock in the social hall of Portumna Retirement Village.


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