26 April 2016

Community Celebration Night in Woodford
Social Dance Classes
Weekend in the Hills, Festival of Traditional Crafts
Wildlife Information Talk
New NCBI charity shop hopes to make dark day brighter in Portumna
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Portumna Going Orange for Cycle against Suicide
Public Meeting on Galway 2020
Anne Rabbitte’s Maiden Speech
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Davitts Camogie Club.
East Galway Library Art Trail
Mike Denver goes Straight to No. 1 in Album Charts
Killimor GAA
Portumna RFC
Community Games
Portumna GAA

Community Celebration Night in Woodford
A free Community Celebration Night to Mark the 1916 Centenary will be held in Woodford Youth Hall on this Sat nite at 8pm. Lots of trad musicians, dancers, set dancers and Sean Nos dancers will be there. Bring your instrument if you wish to join in but definitely bring your DANCING SHOES!!. A cuppa will be served and All are welcome.


Social Dance Classes
Social dance classes at the Arch House every Friday at 9pm (€8). Learn to Jive, Waltz, etc.. Phone 0909741489.


Weekend in the Hills, Festival of Traditional Crafts
Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two day event (May 7th-8th and Sept 24th–25th) is now held at Slieve Aughty Centre, an eco friendly and certified organic venue, situated 10 km outside Loughrea town in county Galway. A busy equestrian and activity centre, the venue has ample space for parking, camping and even has 9 glorious bedrooms and two lodges for those who wish to experience some luxury for a night or two. Meals are prepared by the team at Slieve Aughty Centre, and must be booked in advance. You can email or ring them on 090 9745 246.
Those attending the events, spend two days learning their chosen skill. Most students go home with a finished piece, although this is not the objective of the event. The aim is to teach the techniques and skills needed to go home and persue the craft or subject studied over the weekend.
Saturday night is usually spent around the camp fire telling tales and singing, so remember to bring your instruments and warm up your vocal chords!
Come with us. Learn a skill, soak up the culture, have fun and make everlasting friendships.
The Weekend in the Hills events in 2015 were great success, very well attended with much fun, creativity, laughter and many beautiful items made. In 2016 we will return with even more great introductory courses in traditional and ecological skills on offer.
So come and join us; learn a new skill with our experienced tutors, receive a warm welcome at the beautiful Slieve Aughty Centre, meet new friends & catch up with old ones, get out into nature, eat delicious organic food and revive yourself in good company.
For more information go to http://www.celtnet.org/#!weekend-in-the-hills/c1slu
For all course booking enquiries please email Esther at info@slieveaughtycentre.com.


Wildlife Information Talk
Kilconnell Tidy Towns are thrilled to be hosting Bev Truss RVN DipCABT, on Wed May 18th at the community hall. The session will run from 3.30 pm- 4.30 pm in the community hall in Kilconnell.
Bev will deliver an information session on helping hedgehogs and other wildlife in distress. This session will be of significant importance for those involved with grass cutting and strimming, hedge maintenance, other aspects of gardening and wildlife conservation. It will be of great benefit to those involved with or in Community Employment Schemes who are responsible for community maintenance and upkeep.
Bev is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, Companion Animal Behaviourist and Wildlife Rehabilitator. Bev runs and manages The Hogsprickle.
All are welcome. €3 fee (all proceeds will go directly as a donation to help wildlife at The Hogsprickle). Please contact Kilconnell Tidy Towns for any queries. tidytownskilconnell@gmail.com


New NCBI charity shop hopes to make dark day brighter in Portumna
NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland), will open its newest charity shop in Portumna on the 28th of April. The shop is located on Ardefort Avenue beside Supervalu. According to Area Manager Grainne Whiteside sight loss is increasing as our population ages and demand for NCBI’s services is on the increase. “The work we do wouldn’t be possible without these important fundraising efforts. The new location has great access for people who are blind or vision impaired. And the shop offers great bargains in second hand clothes, books, bric-a-brac, baby items and lots more.” Grainne will be looking for a core group of volunteers to support the running of the shop.
NCBI must raise €4 out of every €10 it spends on services. Its 80 + charity shops around the country make a vital contribution to its fundraising efforts. NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.
The new NCBI charity shop is urgently seeking donations of your unwanted clothing and other items. Every bag is worth a great amount to the organisation.


The Irish Workhouse Centre
An open forum was held in the Irish Workhouse Centre last week, Wednesday 14 April, to discuss the next phase of work and bid farewell – after 15 years at the helm - to Ursula Marmion, Manager at the both the Centre and the South East Galway IRD. The Workhouse project is a pillar of Portumna heritage and the gathering discussed fresh ideas and support to bring the project to the next level. Ursula Marmion was honoured with a special presentation from members of the Board who thanked her for being instrumental in getting the Workhouse restoration project off the ground and realising the "vision". As part of the South East Galway IRD, formed by members of the community back in 1997, Ursula and her team took on a significant heritage project, and through trojan work secured the future of a number of architecturally and socially significant buildings to date – along the way Ursula developed “a master plan for best heritage practice” as was noted at the County Heritage Awards, won by the project in 2011. We wish Ursula all the best for the future and extend a warm welcome to the new manager, Steve Dolan, who intends to continue and sustain the great work for many years to come.


Portumna Going Orange for Cycle against Suicide
This bank holiday weekend Portumna Community School and the town of Portumna will be going orange in advance of the arrival of Ireland’s largest awareness raising cycle, Cycle Against Suicide.
The now annual event has seen over 10,000 cyclists take to the roads, shoulder to shoulder since 2013. Over 800 people die by suicide on the island of Ireland each year. That is 800 families and communities devastated; 800 lives cut short. Cycle Against Suicide aims to change this by beginning a conversation about mental health and getting the message that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’ into schools, businesses and communities throughout the island of Ireland.
Each year Cycle Against Suicide brings together cyclists with different abilities, different stories, different “whys,” to help break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. A key part of each day is when the cyclists stop at an Anchor School for lunch and a Mental Health event. This year Portumna Community School will host the extravaganza on the bank holiday Monday, May 2nd. The event is open to the public with proceedings kicking off at 11.30 while the cyclists are their impressive entourage are due to arrive at 12.45. Event co-ordinator Michael Molamphy said that “it is more than just a cycle, more than a mental health event; it is an opportunity for the entire school community and the greater Portumna area to come together to work towards a common goal. The response from the students in our school, staff, parents, the local chamber, Portumna Cycling Club and the public at large has been amazing and we are all looking forward to a memorable experience on May 2nd”. During the event entertainment will be provided by a number of the school’s highly talented music students, two of whom have composed a special song for the occasion. Past pupil Ollie Canning will be one of a number of guest speakers to address the attendance which will conclude with a special song and dance arranged to send all the cyclists on their way in high spirits.


Public Meeting on Galway 2020
As part of the Galway's bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020 a series of information meetings will take place in towns across the county. At these meetings representatives from Galway 2020 will be providing an update on the ongoing development of Galway's bid, outlining the overall approach to working with towns and communities throughout the county, and answering any questions that people may have.


Anne Rabbitte’s Maiden Speech
Congratulations to Deputy Anne Rabbitte on making her maiden speech in the 32nd Dail on Thursday last. Deputy Rabbitte spoke about the flood crisis of South Galway.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
The Portumna 79 Bridge Club held the President's (Patricia Claffey) Competition over the past 2 weeks. Winners were Eileen Smith & Sheila Dillon. 2nd: Theresa Cunningham & Pauline Mc Keon. 1st Gross: Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan. 3rd: Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly. 2nd Gross: Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury. 4th: Teresa Dillon & Anna Moore. 5th: Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran. 6th: Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara. 1st Session: Pauric & Sean Murray. 2nd Session: Anne Neville & John Craig.


Davitts Camogie Club.
The senior team made it three wins from three games in this years league when they defeated Castlegar on a scoreline of 4-13 to 2-13. They now face Sarsfields on Monday evening. Best of luck to all three Galway camogie teams in their respective finals this weekend especially our own players Taragh Moloney, (minor) Tara Murphy and Lorraine Farrell (Both intermediate).


East Galway Library Art Trail
As part of the East Galway Library Art Trail 2016 Portumna Library will have an exhibition of Angela Cormican and Wolf Lorien art on display for a month. Opening of this art exhibition is at 7.30 on Wednesday 4th May. Cheese and wine reception all welcome.


Mike Denver goes Straight to No. 1 in Album Charts
Mike Denver has made history by being the first male singer from County Galway to go straight to no. 1 in the Irish Album Charts with his new album "Cut Loose". Outselling chart topper for several weeks "Adele" and ahead of all other international acts including "Prince" who went straight in at No. 9 but Mike Denver hit No. 1 on his first week of his album's release. The Album has 16 tracks including "My Oaklahoma Home", "Blown away", "Scorn not his simplicity", "Your health is your Wealth" and more. Mike has released 12 other Albums over the years and 4 DVDS. Mike is shocked but thrilled with this great news and very grateful to everyone for their continued support.
Mike is now heading into his busy schedule for the Summer season including all his regular dancing dates, Festival all over Ireland and his summer residency in The Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney every Wednesday.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 11, 14 and 30. The 5 lucky dips were David Keane, Sean Briscoe, Joseph & Teresa Fahy, Rachel & Shane Scully and Ann Lyons. Next week’s draw is £6600 in Kirwan’s.


Portumna RFC
Our senior men's team is playing Corinthians in the Connacht Rugby J2 League Final this coming Sunday 1 May. Its on at the Galway Sports grounds at14.30. If you can, please come to Galway to support Tony, Michael and the squad of players who have worked so hard this year. It’s a huge day for the club and promises to be a fantastic match.
The Squad and Management really have put in an enormous effort and all the entire squad/management have made many personal sacrifices in order to get to this final. Everyone associated with the club would like to wish all the squad and management the very best of luck.

As a club we are very proud of them and we should get behind them now in this season defining game. So if you can, make your way to Galway and make some noise for Portumna RFC!


Community Games
Portumna CG sports day will take place on Sunday 1 May in Portumna GAA grounds from 12.30pm. Registration of children prior to events is vital due to age categories. Parents may return forms to Portumna NS, drop off in The Hub, or give to a committee member (Jarlath Keady, Caroline Canning, Fiona Duggan, Brian Murray). Volunteers required to assist on the day. Contact 0876828303.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend lotto jackpot worth €10800. The numbers drawn were 9 19 25 28. Two people matched three numbers Kathleen Mannion & Fiona O Meara. They each receive €50. Next weekend’s lotto us worth €10900.
Well done to our senior hurlers who got off to a good start in the championship with a three-point win over Craughwell last Sunday. They play Liam Mellows in Athenry on Sun eve in the second round of the championship so best of luck to all involved.
Our u 16 hurlers had a very convincing win over Micheal Breathnachs and on Thursday they travel to Mountbellew where they take on the home team there. So best of luck to all involved.


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