10 May 2016

Town Hall Fundraiser - Portumna Players Present 'A Family Fising'
Cycle Against Suicide
Davitts Camogie Club
Celebration Night
Marigold Festival
Portumna Kettlebell Club
Killimor GAA
Community Games
A Repeat Performance
Portumna Vintage Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society - Field Trip
Bridge Results
Award for Creative Enterprise

Town Hall Fundraiser - Portumna Players Present 'A Family Fising'
Portumna Players will take to the stage for one final performance of "A Family Rising" by Greg O'Connor, Town Hall Portumna on Sunday 15th May. Curtain up 8.30 pm. This performance is a fundraiser for Portumna Town Hall in need of urgent repairs.


Cycle Against Suicide
On Bank Holiday Monday last Portumna Community School was delighted to welcome the much-publicized Cycle Against Suicide to our school. This 14-day event travels around Ireland and stops at one school each day to increase awareness of Mental Health issues. In a lively upbeat event there was a number of guest speakers combined with some student led performances to deliver an entertaining and thought provoking lunchtime experience. The day was as a huge success for which the entire school community and the greater Portumna area can take great pride.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this unique experience: to our Students and the Student’s Council, Staff and Parents we say a huge heartfelt thank you for all your efforts. While it is always dangerous to mention people individually we cannot let the opportunity pass without acknowledging the help of the following: Jenny from our canteen who went above and beyond with her efforts – providing soup for 400 people on a bank holiday was a great achievement and was but a small part of her amazing efforts. Thanks also to Ms Margaret Lohan for taking on the onerous task of food co-ordinator, leaving no stone unturned to make sure there was a huge quantity of food on the day. Sincere thanks also to Portumna Chamber members for helping turn the town orange for the weekend, the Portumna Cycling Club, who erected signs and orange bikes to welcome our visitors, Quitman International (for supplying the trailer), Tom Maloney and Lynch’s who supplied materials for the bike park, Michael Burke (sound and music!) and everyone who made efforts, big and small to contribute to the success of the day.
The performance of “If it’s not ok, it’s not the end”, composed and delivered so beautifully by Martha and Eric, with help from the student council was a major talking point among all present and indeed the school is still receiving many favourable comments from those present and who have heard the performance on social media.
Congratulations also to students and staff who participated in the cycle itself, many with only a minimum amount of training!! A special mention to Stephen Sullivan and John Muldoon (2nd year) who cycled not just to Roscrea, from Ballinasloe, but also back to Birr afterwards-completing over 100Km on the day. Well done lads.


Davitts Camogie Club
The u10 team secured their second win of the league with a comprehensive victory over Killimordaly. The u12 team continued their winning ways by defeating Sarsfields on a score line of 3-0 to 0-2 The u16 team rounded off a great week for the club by defeating Killimordaly in their first championship game also.


Celebration Night
Deputy Anne Rabbitte invites you to join her for a general election celebratory night on Friday 13 May at 9.30pm in O'Mearas Portumna. All Welcome.


Marigold Festival
The Western Region of Active Retirement Ireland in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care are holding their Marigold Festival celebrating Healthy and Active Ageing in the Salthill Hotel Galway on Thursday 19 May, 2016 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Included in the day are talks, Exhibition Stands, free Health checks, Yoga, Music and a raffle. This event is open to all the general public and admission is free. Hope to see as many as possible there.


Portumna Kettlebell Club
On April 16th, the club had a very positive outing to Waterford Kettlebell Club for a 7 minute competition. This competition marked the event of a first time lift, and the return of another club member from injury. Club members performed really well, with many personal bests achieved on the day. Brian Kenny won Bronze in 16kg Jerk, our only medal winner on the day. There's great excitement this week as four of our club members compete as part of Team Ireland in the European Championships in Poland. The club extends best wishes to Mary Burke, Olivia Cahalan, Pat Kelly and Steve Killeen.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 5, 6, 14 and 26. The 5 lucky dips were Orla Scully, Fergus Reilly, Shane Lyons, Kevin Glynn and Hugh Devery. Next weeks draw is £6,800 in Treacy’s


Community Games
The area Community Games finals were held last Sunday in Portumna and the day was a resounding success. Thanks to all the children who participated and well done to you all.
The Children who qualified for the County Finals will be contacted during the week by the PCC secretary to finalize arrangements for children who will be participating in the. County finals in Ballindereen on Sunday 5 June 2016. The committee wishes to thank Portumna GAA for the use of their facility on the day, their assistance was greatly appreciated. The committee also wishes to thank the volunteers who helped us make the day a success. We also wish to thank Yvonne O Meara- Supervalu Portumna, Paul Dillon - Pallas Karting -Anne Rabbitte TD and Cllr Ivan Canning for their generous sponsorship on the day.
We are delighted to have community games up and running once again in the town and hope it will be as successful in the years to come. If any one would like to become involved volunteers are always welcome so please forward your name to a committee member.


A Repeat Performance
They say that you cannot step into the same river twice, well the Portumna Players are staging a repeat performance of Gregory O Connor’s excellent play A Family Rising this coming Sunday 15 May.
You all know that song  "My roof's got a hole in it and I might drown, oh yes, my roof's got a hole in it" etc. Well, Portumna Town Hall has got just a small one, but it is getting bigger and the Committee is at present, fund-raising for immediate repair work.
We are making an appeal to one and all to support this project, and to this end, Portumna Players Drama Group has kindly offered to take to the boards, just one more time, with the Play "A Family Rising" by Greg O'Connor on Sunday 15 May Curtain up 8.30, proceeds from which will be donated to the Committee of the Town and Community Hall. Please support, and if you cannot make the performance, any donation to the Committee will be gratefully received.


Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club is hosting a fundraising weekend this Saturday and Sunday in aid of the Galway Hospice. There will be a bucket collection outside O Mearas SuperValu on Saturday and on Sunday the Club is holding a vintage car circuit of Lough Derg, the cars will be on display in the Super-valu car park on Sunday until 1pm.
Galway Hospice provides all its services free of charge regardless of a persons means, Hospice also provides a wide range of supports to the families of parents, any support for this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated. Anyone, wishing to help out with the bucket collection on Saturday please contact Walter Burke 087 8267054.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society - Field Trip
The Southeast Galway Historical Society invites you all to their upcoming Field Trip to Lorrha on Saturday May 21st at 11am. Dr Christy Cunniffe will lead the tour as guests of the Lorrha Dorrha Historical Society. Email segahs1@gmail.com or phone / text 086 4070851 for more.


Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, 4th May - Invitational Pairs Competition - 1st Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Cepta Ryan & Mary Jo Kelly, Gross Elizabeth Ryan & Patricia Eames, 3rd Patricia Claffey & Florence Mc Namara, 4th Geraldine Canning & Des Lynch.
Contract Bridge Club, 2nd May - Individual Competition - The Winner was Patricia Eames, 2nd: Johnny Cowan, 3rd: Patsy Hanbury, 4th: Charlie Mullen, 5th: Paddy Kelly, 6th: Brid Mc Namara, 7th: Geraldine Canning, 8th: Lorna Stoddart, 9th: Bertie Hanlon, 10th: Cecilia Cox.


Award for Creative Enterprise
Daniel Maher, son of lil and Denis, Portumna has won the 2016 Deutsche Bank Creative Enterprise Award. He was educated in Portumna Community School.
Daniel, an International Heritage Visualisation graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, has won a prestigious 2016 Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise beating off competition from across the UK. Daniel won the Craft and Design Award for his company, Equinox Digital, which uses a combination of ‘drone’ technology and 3D mapping to help preserve important cultural archaeological sites for posterity.
The shortlisted candidates pitched their ideas to panels of experts which included prominent industry specialists. As a winner Daniel will receive a cash investment of £10,000 and a year of business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive together with two days of intensive small business training. Daniel was presented with the award by Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, The Design Museum, and Head of Design Curating and Writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
“Society needs creative thinkers! The old institutions are failing us; environmentally, economically, socially and spiritually.... We need people who are capable of thinking outside the box, irrespective of the industry”, Daniel Maher.
"Every step of applying for the DBACE award was rewarding," says Daniel, "from creating a working business plan, to submitting and being shortlisted, right up to pitching the idea in London last week. I was absolutely chuffed when I was announced as the overall winner. It felt like the stars had aligned, my idea had been validated."
"It took a lot of work, through a couple of fairly tough months, but it has really paid off. The funds and the mentorship will go a long way to ensuring that we can launch Equinox Digital in the very near future."


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