On Saturday 31 March, Mike (Denver)Fallon married the beautiful Elizabeth Gannon. After being together for nine years, it was a day of great excitement and celebration when the couple arrived at the Church of the Nativity in Keadue, Co. Roscommon. The idyllic church was filled with family and close friends and the ceremony was officiated by Fr. Brian Darcy. A huge amount of fans turned up outside the church to wish them well. The ceremony was made even more special and intimate thanks to the music provided by the beautiful Miller String Quartet. Elizabeth looked stunning in a strapless ivory gown and her bridesmaids were equally beautiful.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests arrived at the picturesque Kilronan Castle for the reception. After enjoying a fabulous meal, guests were treated to an amazing fireworks display and then it was time for Mike & Liz to take to the floor for their first dance to the Late Late show house Band. Following this; the party truly kicked off, guests were in for a special treat and a memorable night of entertainment with guest appearances from the legendary Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, comedienne Conal Gannon and the man of the moment, Mike Denver himself.
An 8km Fun Run/Walk will be held in Portumna Forest Park on Sunday 15th April at 12.30pm. The race starts and finishes at the Forest Park Car Park and the course will take you on a scenic trip through the forest on solid roads. The course is measured and will be marked at each km to show you your progress. There will be water stations on the route and a cuppa afterwards.
Race entry is just €10 for adults and €5 for under 18's, which makes this the best value road race in the area. All abilities of runners and walkers are welcome to attend. If you never entered a race before, this is your opportunity to experience being under starters orders. The race is a fundraiser for 10th Galway Portumna Scouts, who are planning a trip to France this summer. Your support would be much appreciated. You can get more details at http://portumna8k.blogspot.com/.
Portumna Camogie club celebrated the achievements of the team players on the 9th March.The under 14 and Intermediate teams were presented with their county medals following their victories in 2011. Members who played at county level were also presented with a plaque, Deirdre Canning Mitchell, Chairperson said " it is wonderful for Portumna Camogie Club to watch children develop their skills from under 8 to intermediate level. There is a sense of pride for the club, teams, coaches, managers and parents when young people achieve and commit to keeping the spirit of sport alive in the area." Well done to all.
The Contract Bridge Club results for the 19th March are: 1st Lorna Stoddart Bertie Hanlon, 2ndBernie Larkin Celia Cox Gross: Iris Dennison Denis Kelly, 3rd Brid McNamara, 4thPaddy Kelly Sean Cahalan
The Contract Bridge Club results for the 26th March are: 1st Paddy Kelly Sean Cahalan 2nd Geraldine Canning Conor Finch, Gross: Elisabeth Ryan Teresa Dillon, 3rd Joan Ryan Michael Torpey, 4th Mary Darcy Sheila Darcy
Portumna Youthreach is holding a Cake Sale in the Youthreach Centre on Abbey Street on Holy Thursday 5th April at 12.30pm. All money raised will go to the Special Baby Care Unit in Portiuncula Hospital. Please come along and support this good cause.
Abbey Dawn Mass: The second annual Dawn Mass in Lady Well, Abbey will be celebrated on Easter Sunday morning April 8th @ 5.45am. This is a beautiful setting for this special Mass in the historic grotto amidst the gentle flapping of the village stream. A cup of tea will be served after Mass. All are most welcome.
It was decided at the last meeting that we are now going to go ahead and start up a Special Olympic Athletics Club in Portumna. We are looking for volunteers anyone over age 15 to help out, also we are looking for Athletes of any age between 6 and 100 who have a intellectual disability or learning disability to partake in the many different events. For further information and details contact Colette on 0871373433
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3 ,19, 21 and 28.The jackpot was €4,700.
Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Paul Reilly, Nigel Cavanagh, Pauline O Donnell, Mike & Ann Reilly and Sean Haverty.
Next week's jackpot is €4,800 which will be held in Treacy's
Junior A league killimor 1-6 Cois Farraige 0-4. U14 feile killimor 5-4 kinvara 0-0. Senior league killimor 7-14 killimordaly 2-7.
Killimor Camogie club. Cake sale taking place after Mass on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday in Satin Josephs centre.
Our deepest sympathy to Francis Conway on the passing of his sister, Ann Kennedy Aug 21, 1944 ~ Mar 23, 2012 ANN (ELIZABETH) KENNEDY (NEE CONWAY), passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord, surrounded by her family, on March 23rd, 2012. Ann was the eldest daughter of Thomas and May Conway, Gortanummera, who preceded her in death. Ann graduated from Portumna Secondary School and went on to study nursing at St. Michaels Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1967. She met her husband Mike while still a nurse at St. Michaels. She has many friends from her nursing days in Ireland. Ann and her family moved to California in 1989. She found a new career in fashion at Cotton & Lace in Danville. During her 9 years at Cotton & Lace, Ann grew as a person and counted many customers as friends. Her colleagues at C & L were some of her closest friends. Ann's first Thanksgiving was spent in Sheepranch, in the California Foothills, where she and her family met many friends who were to become her extended family in California. Her greatest pride was raising her three children, Keith, Gemma, Vicki, and later her six grandchildren, she developed and nurtured a unique relationship with each adored grandchild. She will forever be a guiding light and role model for her children and grandchildren. Ann loved to travel with her husband Mike and always enjoyed her trips back home to Gortanummera to visit numerous family and friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest and always had a positive out look. Ann found great pleasure in gardening and each year looked forward to spring and seeing her flowers bloom. Ann is survived by her loving and devoted husband Michael Kennedy, her children Keith (Jenny) of Sacramento, Gemma (Michael) of Larkspur, Vicki (Sean) of Folsom, beloved grandchildren, Emma, Caroline, Gavin, Grace, David and Jack. Ann also leaves behind her cherished sister and brothers in Ireland; Mary (Gerry), Rita, Josephine, Sandra (John), Willie Joe (Marie), Francis & Carmel Conway and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The annual Good Friday Table Quiz will take place this year in The Clonwyn House on 6th April @8.30pm sharp. Table of four €40; Students €20. This bumper quiz always promises to to a great night for all the family and quiz enthusiasts offering all levels of questions on a wide variety of topics. This year there is an added prize for the Overall winning Family Team - comprising 2 adults and 2 youth (school going). Mark the calenders - Fri 6th April @ 8pm. Proceeds for the night will go to the Sign Out Youth Project, Your support is much appreciated and needed.
Last week’s Lotto numbers were 19, 20, 22, 30. The Jackpot of €2,200 was not won.Match 3: €150, Johnny O Donnell.
Next week’s Jackpot is €2,300 and will take place in Elsie’s.Safe
Learn safe tractor skills on Saturday 21st April, the day will run from 9.30am to 4pm commencing in Sign Out Youth Cafe with a presentation and discussion on farm safety, safety checks and safe driving. Followed by a practical driving session in a specially prepared course, taking in reversing, hitching tractors to other implements, PTO safety, operating trailed machinery, setting up a good driving position and safe driving. This workshop is open to members (€20) and non members (€25) of Sign Out Youth Cafe, both male and female, between the ages of 13 and 17 years. A Certificate will be presented at the end of the day. To reserve a place contact Susan 087 6779267 or Tim Walsh, Farm & Dairy Services.
Last weekend Portumna Players staged Robert Harlings heart wrenching play “Steel Magnolias” it was received very well by the audiences. They are running again this coming weekend the dates are Good Friday 6th & Easter Sunday 8th April. Curtain up at 8.30pm. The group has chosen the Galway Hospice as their preferred Charity for this production; a percentage of the door receipts will be given to the Galway Hospice. Collette Dodd will be at the performance on Good Friday night to receive the cheque from the drama group.
So come along and join six remarkable ladies – the beautiful and impulsive Shelby; her strong-willed mother, Lynn; beauty parlor owner, Trudy; elegant wealthy widow, Claire; sharp-tongued Ouster, beauty school graduate and a newcomer to the town Annulled – as they ride life's rollercoaster and enjoy friendship that has no boundaries.
The cast includes Mary Lynch, Eileen Purcell, Kathleen O Brien, Sylvia O Rourkela, Caliche Tully and Trion Eames. The play is directed by John Smith with Mary T Hynes lending a hand!
Donations can be made on the night or to any of the cast members towards the
Collection for the Hospice.
Last Saturday Gareth Heagney married Patrice Murray. Gareth is the son of Joe and Ann Heagney the Green Door, Portumna, Patrice Murray is the daughter of Eamon and Mary Murray, Gurtaha, Portumna. They were married in Lorrha Church, Tipperary. Patrice is a National School Teacher in the village of Lorrha, Gareth is Principle in Six-mile-Bridge, County Clare.
Gareth has won 3 All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals with Portumna Hurling Team, we wish them both all the best for the future.
Congratulations to the TY students who have qualified for the National Finals of the NDC “Milk it Awards”. 485 schools from the 26 counties initially registered for thr competition, representing literally hundreds of students and accounting for just over 65% of all secondry schools. The secondry school students, in teams of of up to six students, were challenged to set up their own ‘advertising agency’ and to work with a brief and guidelines to help them research, design and plan an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging their teenage peers to meet their recommended daily intake from the “milk cheese and yogurt group” Portumna Community School is one of
20 teams through to the final round and will now be invited to participate in the national finals in Dublin’s Round Room adjacent to The Mansion House, on
Wednesday 9th May, 2012, when they will face the final challenge of exhibiting their work and presenting their ad campaigns to members of the expert national judging panel, with winners selected and announced on the same day.”
The Portumna GAA club have decided to continue on with our recycle drive and we are looking for your help. Anyone who has scrap metal lying around and who would like to support the club by donating it, skips are available in the hurling field. There will be two skips available; one for clean metal ie metal on its own. One for dirty metal ie prams metal with timber or plastic attached. A collection service will be available for larger items. Galway metal will provide a HGV for collection of larger items such as old vehicles etc. A big thank you to all the people who have contributed so far.
As part of the East Galway Art Trail, Portumna Library will hold an art exhibition on Wednesday 11th April at 7.30 pm. Artist Michaela McCarroll will be exhibiting her work. All welcome. Free admission.