17 May 2016

NCBI Retail Portumna
Public Areas Upkeep Lacking?
Workhouse to Faciliate Campervans While Marina Works is Underway
Bridge Results
Iyengar Yoga
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society - Field Trip
Portumna Country Market News
Killimor 10k Walk/Jog/Run
Portumna Players & Portumna Town Hall
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Killimor GAA Lotto
Licorice Health Store
Redwood National School
Marigold Festival is Back in the Mid West

NCBI Retail Portumna
Portumna’s new NCBI (National Council for the Blind) Retail Shop are currently seeking donations of previously loved clothing and bric a brac. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the day to day running of the shop. The shop is located at 1 Clonfert, Portumna. For more information please contact Grainne Whiteside on 0871394371.
NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.


Public Areas Upkeep Lacking?
As the temperatures hit highs of 22 degrees over the weekend people flocked to Portumna's swimming area to soak up the sun and try and cool off. Unfortunately the overgrown grass and lack of upkeep in the area hampered the experience for some, newly coopted Councillor Ivan Canning had this to say: 'This is a fantastic natural amenity for the people of Portumna and the surrounding areas and it was extremely disappointing to see that the grass wasn't cut, the reeds hadn't been cleared away and the bins weren't emptied on busy weekend like the one we just had. It is so important to keep areas like this clean and clear to encourage people to keep coming back.' Cllr Canning is urging the council to ensure this is rectified immediately and that public areas are not left unattended again.


Workhouse to Faciliate Campervans While Marina Works is Underway
Portumna Workhouse committee says it’s willing to allow campervans to use its carpark while works at the marina in the town are ongoing. The upgrades at the marina are not due to finish until July, and concerns have been raised over the possible impact on local tourism. Portumna Workhouse says its carpark can be used for campervans while upgrade works are underway at the marina. This is on the condition that the council provides temporary fencing to section off the facility.
Councillor Jimmy McClearn is urging the council to set up the fencing as soon as possible, as tourists have already begun arriving in Portumna. Meanwhile, the county council is considering introducing a charge for the use of the campervan facilities at Portumna marina. Director of Services Jim Cullen says to mitigate maintenance costs, the local authority may consider introducing a modest charge for campervans staying in the area.


Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results Wednesday 11 May 2016 - 1st Ptricia Eames & Charlie Mullen, 2nd Marie O'Meara & Eileen Tuohy, Gross Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 3rd Florence Mc Namara & Patricia Claffey, 4th Sr Patrice Coen & Noreen Cavanagh.
The Results of the Contract Bridge Club, Monday 9 May 2016 - 1st Pauline Mc Keon & Johnny Cowan, 2nd Susan Royston & Frances Mc Crory, Gross Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly, 3rd Pauric Murray & Joan Ryan, 4th Fr PJ Bracken & Patricia Claffey.


Iyengar Yoga
Summer Iyengar Yoga Classes will commence from Friday 19 May. Mondays 18:00-19:00 Mountshannon Childcare Centre. Tuesdays 09:30-10:30 Health & Harmony, Loughrea. Thursdays The Engine Room, Portumna, 07:30-08:30, 17:00-17:50children's, 18:00-19:00, 19:15-20:15mens. Fridays 18:30-19:30. Contact Ellen 086 177 4826 to book a space.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society - Field Trip
The south-east Galway historical society invite 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.


Portumna Country Market News
A new range of products both savory and sweet is now available every Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm in the Town Hall, Portumna. All welcome.


Killimor 10k Walk/Jog/Run
Will take place on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm From Portumna to Killimor. Registration €10. All proceeds to Galway Hospice. There will be mass after the walk in Killimor Heritage square. Personalised candle can be ordered. Contact Mary Starr at 087 3239329 or Mary Guinan 087 9943120.


Portumna Players & Portumna Town Hall
Many thanks to Portumna Players who took to the stage last Sunday night with the final performance of "A Family Rising" by Greg O'Connor as a fundraiser for roof repairs to the local town hall. A wonderful generous audience who "contributed" to the fundraising for these necessary repairs. The curtain has "come down" on this seasons events however, we may be in a position, if the stars align!!, to stage some lunchtime "drama" to mark Heritage week. More to follow!
The Play: A Family Rising - Marian Frawley directed this new play and expectations were high. The cast delivered a superb performance. There were seventeen in total not including the Omna Singers and the musicians in the pub scene. The play written by local retired economics teacher Greg O Connor tells the story of brother and sister, Mary and Seamus Craughwell. There lives are told through a series of vignettes, which encapsulate the consequences of being abused in a Magdalene Laundry and the traumatic impact the Easter Rising had on both of their lives. The play was never in danger of boring the audience as it moved beautifully from one situation to another. It was fascinating to watch the lives of Mary and Seamus juxtaposed with an Ireland dominated by the English on the one hand and the servants of the Catholic Church on the other, from being the nearest thing to paupers to being treated like celebrities when fate plays a hand. Everything about this play felt right and the playwrights knowledge as an economics teacher was evident in the concluding scenes as it showed the long term economic effects the Easter Rising had on a new Ireland and the indelible mark left by the Magdalene Laundries on young girls placed in their care.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The sun shone brightly to mark the arrival of Spring, when the Active Retirement group visited Birr Castle and gardens last Tuesday. They were welcomed by Lady Ross and enjoyed a Pony & Trap ride through the gardens. To end the day with a bang the group stopped off in Riverstown where a wonderful meal was served.
Please members attend our Bealtaaine festival night this Thursday 19 May at 7.30 pm as there is a full programme for discussion.


Killimor GAA Lotto
Last week’s lotto numbers were 5 ,22 ,24 and 28. The 5 lucky dips were Eugene Duffy/Tommy Glynn, Ger Kelly, Dan Lynch, Jimmy McClearn and Morgan Malone. Next weeks draw is £6,900 in Nevin’s


Licorice Health Store
Do you suffer from Sinus, Digestive problems, Sleep issues? have you ever tried Reflexology. It is so helpful in many ways and is now available in Licorice Health Store every Wednesday.
Grief, Stress, Exhaustion, Emotional issues? you really should try Reiki, it is so powerful at easing the affects and helping you to cope. For more info please ring 089 4749127 or pop into the shop for a leaflet.


Redwood National School
Redwood NS gains fifth green flag for Biodiversity: Well done to all the pupils of Redwood NS on being awarded their fifth green flag recently in the area of Biodiversity. Many thanks to Declan Houlihan for creating our own jungle garden, to Christy Hough for maintaining the school grounds so well, and of course to all the children who have worked so hard planting, sowing and harvesting. All their hard work has been rewarded!
Confirmation: Congratulations are extended to Emily Needham, Dan Needham, Frances Bugler & Colette Houlihan on celebrating their confirmation on Sunday last in Lorrha church.


Marigold Festival is Back in the Mid West
The Mid Western Region of Active Retirement Ireland in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care is holding their 3rd Marigold Festival Series in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick on Tuesday 31 May 2016. The Marigold Festival Series - our Health and Wellbeing event - is a celebration of healthy and active living in all ages but especially in the ‘Young at Heart’. This event is open to the general public as well as to all our 2,300 plus members. The event is free of charge and will share the latest insights on how to live a healthy and active life no matter what age you are… so start the journey!
Life is for living where engagement in activities is the key to successful ageing; that we can continue to live a fun, full and active life no matter what our age. The festival is an opportunity for the local community to come together and help each other to live life to the full whether we are 30, 60 or 80 plus years of age.
Lunch is available, along with Exhibition Stands, Raffle, Spot Prizes, Live Music, Fashion, Demonstrations, Health matters, and much more where there’s a full-programme of inspiring and informative talks. The event kicks off at 10.30am and will finish up at 4.30pm. A Shuttle Bus is being laid on to bring people to the Radisson.
Both Active Retirement Ireland and Home Instead Senior Care are committed to living a happy, healthy and independent life and have come together to bring a positive, fun-filled day of activities to the local community.
“At Home Instead Senior Care, we want to enhance the lives of older adults and their families and believe in living life to the full. The Marigold Festival is for people who want to engage in life, are young at heart and believe life is for living. Attendees will avail of valuable information while also partaking in fun activities. It’s an event not to be missed”, says Liam Toland, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care.
Nancy White of the Mid Western Region of Active Retirement Ireland also said: “The Marigold Festival is just one of the many ways of celebrating life and we know it will be a successful day filled with lots of laughter, fun and learning. Come and let’s celebrate with each other. We are delighted that Home Instead Senior Care is working with us again this year”.
The Marigold Festival is a celebration of life with attendees of all ages enjoying a fun day out, showcasing the fact that a full active life is not reserved for the young. For more information contact Nancy on 087 761 3458. Or visit our websites www.homeinstead.ie or www.activeirl.ie.


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