19 July 2016

Bridie Clarke
Heritage Week at the Irish Workhouse Centre
Halfday Thursday Drama Group
Table Quiz
Ella’s Wish to Walk Fundraiser
Portumna GROW Support Group
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Neven MacGuire - Cookery Demonstration
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA Lotto
Cycling - The Aughty Challenge

Bridie Clarke
Bridie Clarke was born in Portumna on the 2nd of November 1963. She was the middle child of Josephine and Eamon Kenneally. Bridie, Dolores and Elizabeth had a happy childhood growing up in Marian Park. Bridie went to Portumna Community School and went on to become a Care Assistant in Merlin Park Hospital in Galway. Bridie returned home to Portumna to marry the love of her life, Michael Clarke in 1986. They successfully ran D&H Clarke & Sons hardware shop with Michael’s parents, Des and Helen. In 1988 Bridie and Michael had their first child Louise and 8 years later came Matthew. They were devoted parents and always wanted the best for their children. In 1999, shortly after Bridie and Michael closed the hardware shop, Michael tragically passed away. His passing left Bridie with the enormous task of raising two young children by herself. Bridie always supported Louise and Matthew in everything they wanted to achieve growing up in life, always putting their needs before her own. She was very proud of both Louise’s career in radio and Matthew following his dreams of becoming a Motor mechanic. For those who knew Bridie personally, they were only too aware that her children were the most important things in her life.
Bridie was a very active member of the community in Portumna and was involved in many charity and local organisations. Locals around town would always see Bridie whizzing around town on her bike, calling into various businesses and friends. Despite Louise and Matthews best efforts to get her to learn how to drive, she was adamant she could get to wherever she needed on her bike. She was a lifelong member of the Pioneer Association. She was also treasurer of Friends of St Dympna’s. Up until Bridie fell ill she was teaching crochet lessons to the elderly in Portumna Day Care Centre and was also involved in the Silver Circle committee in the Centre. Bridie was a very active member of Fit Towns Portumna and would often be seen walking the blocks of Portumna with her little dog Perry. People would often say Bridie could sell snow to the Eskimos as she was so good at selling raffle tickets and getting people to part with their money for a good cause. Some of the other organisations Bridie was involved in were the Rehabilitation Association, Tidy Towns, Portumna Scouts and The Hub. Bridie worked as a canteen assistant in Green Isle, Portumna for 15 years and made many friends as she always had a smile and a chat for everyone she met. Bridie was in the Green Isle Social committee and always enjoyed organizing the annual children’s Christmas Santa event.
Bridies favourite hobby was knitting and crochet and she had many friends in the local Knitting and Crochet group, often inviting the ladies into her sitting room to crochet, chat and have tea together. You would often see bridie at local craft fairs selling her beautiful handmade items, even supporting the local Portumna GAA team by making headbands for big matches. Even while Bridie was ill in hospital, she didn’t miss an opportunity to take her crochet hook out and make something for the doctors and nurses.
Bridie Clarke will be missed by family, friends and all that knew her, but most of all by her daughter Louise and son Matthew for they have not only lost their mother but also their best friend.
As a tribute to Bridie’s good nature and involvement in the community, there will be a table quiz held in Portumna Golf club on Friday 22 July at 9pm. Please support.


Heritage Week at the Irish Workhouse Centre
Heritage Week (20th-28th August) at the Irish Workhouse Centre. This year’s Heritage Week programme at the Irish Workhouse Centre in the last week of August is the strongest and most varied programme to date. We will be running events for children, lectures, tours and exhibitions every day between 20th-28th August. All events are on line on www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on and on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WorkhousePortumna/events.
Two events for children need to be booked in advance:
1.) Minecraft: Let’s Build a Workhouse with SnakeDoctor! on Saturday, 20th August. Come and join the MineVention team and SnakeDoctor as they spend the day at Portumna Workhouse. Help build a replica of the Workhouse while spending time with SnakeDoctor and learn tips on Minecraft. Each session will have a maximum of 20 children and last 1.5 hours; included is a Meet-up with a famous YouTuber to start building a replica of the Workhouse in a "Build Battle" challenge, a tour of the Workhouse, a quiz, a free-building / Lego room plus games on X-Boxes. Cost is €10. Suitable for children from 5 years of age. To book your place now, ring 090-9759200. Times - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM, 13:00 PM to 14:30 PM, 14:00 PM to 15:30 PM, 15:00 PM to 16:30 PM.
2.) The Dirt Diggers for Kids on Saturday, 27th August, 12.30 – 2.30 pm. Get down and dirty on a Fun Archaeology Dig for childen aged 6 to 12. Please wear old clothes! Admission is €2 and booking is required as spaces are limited. Please phone 090-9759200 or email info@irishworkhousecentre.ie to book yours!
Here’s a list of all the events happening at The Irish Workhouse during Heritage Week 2016!
Saturday, 20th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Family Day at The Irish Workhouse - Free Activities & Tours (Family)
Saturday, 20th August, 11.30 am – 4.30 pm, Minecraft: Let's Build a Workhouse with SnakeDoctor! (Family)
Sunday, 21st August, 12 – 1 pm, Archaeologist's Answers (Talk)
Sunday, 21st August, 1.30 – 2.30 pm, Prátaí na hÉireann, the Potato and the Famine (Talk)
Monday, 22nd August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Workhouse Objects & Artefacts (Talk)
Tuesday, 23rd August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, The French Connection - the War before the Great War (Talk)
Wednesday, 24th-28th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Co. Galway Club Hurling - the Early Years (Talk & Exhibition)
Thursday, 25th August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Researching Catholic Parish Registers for Genealogy (Talk)
Thursday, 25th August, 7.30 – 8.30 pm, Portumna Soldiers (Talk)
Friday, 26th-28th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Portumna of Old (Exhibition)
Saturday, 27th August, 12.30 – 2.30 pm, The Dirt Diggers for Kids (Family)
Sunday, 28th August, 10 am – 4 pm, Workhouse Heritage Day (Family).


Halfday Thursday Drama Group
HalfDay Thursday Drama Group will stage two one act plays in the Town Hall Portumna on Wed. 27 & Friday 29 July starting at 8pm. The title of the plays is “A Painful Case” by James Joyce and “Lucy in the Sky” by Tony Layton. The proceeds will go towards Portumna Community Town Hall. A Painful Case is a story taken from Joyce’s book, Dubliners. In it, Joyce offers an astonishing and enduring portrayal of the city – a mirror in which the people of Dublin, as Joyce once wrote, could take “one good look at themselves.” The second play by Tony Layton is set in an inner city hostel for the homeless in London, where three women seek shelter.


Table Quiz
A table quiz in Memory of Bridie Clarke will take place in Portumna Golf Club on Friday 22 July at 9pm. Bridie was a very active member of our Community and involved in a number of worthy causes. We hope this event will be a fitting tribute to her goodness.


Ella’s Wish to Walk Fundraiser
As part of Ella’s wish to walk fundraiser, Killimor Hurling Club is holding a 5k fun run/walk on Sunday 31 July at 3pm. Registration will be from 2pm at Killimor old school. BBQ and music in Tracy’s Pub afterwards, also featuring a sponsored leg-wax. Fun to be had by all.


Portumna GROW Support Group
Many people think that there are no resources in the community to aid recovery from mental health problems. Many people suffer in silence believing this to be true. However there is help out there.
GROW Community Mental Health offers free weekly support meetings for those who are struggling with their mental health. The weekly Portumna GROW support meeting takes place every Tuesday at 11.30am in the Portumna Town Hall, Clonfert Avenue.
GROW is Ireland’s largest voluntary mental health organisation. Its a community based support network for people who have suffered, or are suffering, from all types of mental health problems. GROW is a unique service in that groups are made up entirely of people who have had first-hand experience trying to cope with many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, loneliness, suicidal thoughts and phobias. It offers an opportunity for people to attend a weekly meeting and discuss the issues they are facing with a group who are non-judgemental and experiencing similar issues.
Many people who attend GROW are current users of the HSE mental Health services; many are not - GROW is open to all. GROW groups are free, confidential & anonymous. No referrals are needed. Just come along.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Kid’s tennis summer camp takes place from the 1st to the 5th August and will be coached by Kieran Galvin. This camp is for children aged 5+. For further details and to book a place contact 087 3906067.


Neven MacGuire - Cookery Demonstration
Portumna golf club presents an unmissable cookery demonstration by renowned celebrity chef Neven MacGuire, on Wednesday 7 September at the Shearwater hotel Ballinasloe.There will also be an artisan food fair on the night. This is a must see event for all cooking enthusiasts. Tickets are just €20 and are available at Portumna golf club, the Shearwater hotel or contact Ger On 087 260 4496.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €11900. The numbers were 19 22 25 27. Two people matched three numbers Marian Lynch & Pauline O Donnell.
Best of luck to our u16 hurlers in County Final v Kinvara which takes place in Duggan Park on this Thurs @ 6-30pm.
On Saturday the Club are hosting the Michael Blake Memorial tournament. Club's participating are St Thomas, Killimor, Tuam, Meelick, Eyrecourt, Padraig Pearses, Portumna & Borrisokane. All teams are asked to be there for 10am. This promises to be a great day and your support would be appreciated. 
There are still some tickets available to purchase for our development draw. Great cash prizes to be won to the value of €20,000. Your support would be appreciated.


Killimor GAA Lotto
The club wishes to congratulate Mr. Aidan Duffy on winning the lotto prize of €7.700. The winning numbers were 1, 3, 6 and 9. Next week’s draw is €1,000 and the draw will be held in Kirwan’s.


Cycling - The Aughty Challenge
Get on your bike with Portumna Cycling Club on Sunday 7th of August and join The Aughty Challenge for a fun 15km family cycle with refreshments along the way. For more experienced and adventurous cyclists take part in a 55k or 110k scenic route around the Sliabh Aughty Mountains all in aid of Children’s Cancer Charity Hand in Hand. This event promotes healthy recreation and will help support families affected by childhood cancer and the impact on their lives. Details: https://www.facebook.com/PortumaCyclingClub/


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