The Lovely Anna De Paor was in Portumna last Friday, she spent most of the day in and around the town. Her first port of call was Ladies Day Boutique which is owned by the lovely Muirne Goode, she was the Limerick Rose of Tralee back in 1996 she still looks great. As part of her prize Anna got the choice of picking two outfits from Muirne’s vast collection. She arrived in a limousine driven by Keith Spain of Executive Travel Loughrea. Anna was accompanied on the day by her mother Shirley and sister Sorcha, she spent over two hours in Ladies Day Boutique, it was hard to pick just two items as the range was so vast. The clothes racks were full with up to the minute “style” it was like a wardrobe from a Hollywood film set with Audrey Hepburn playing the lead. She tried on some of Mark T Burke’s headpieces, he is an up and coming local milliner. Anna’s next stop was to Café Rose where she cut the ribbon to declare the café offically open. After her lunch she popped down to see Portumna Castle where she was welcomed by the Marian and Liam –(tour guides) and finally she called in to see the clients at Portumna Retirement Village. She is a credit to the Galway Rose Committee and here is hoping she will get through to the Rose finals in Tralee next August. The difference between style and fashion is quality and Anna De Paor is quality She deserves it.
From the sweet clarity of Emma Burke reading "The Touch of The Master's Hand" to the fresh sound of "Streetcar" penned and performed from local girl Miriam Donohue, the graceful venue of Portumna's Church of Ireland was the place to be last Friday night. Miriam is busy writing songs and hopes to launch her future album in Portumna. Staged by OMNA. Portumna's local vocal group, the audience was treated to a world tour of music from Basin Street Blues to Adiemus, El Haderch to the plaintive Shenandoah. Vibrantly led by the energetic Marie Power, the group enjoyed performing as much as the audience. On whistle, O'Carolan was brought alive by Lorrha lady, Noirin Ryan. The plaintive slow airs and slip-jig perfectly contrasted. Poetry from local writer & MC for the evening, Noelle Lynskey, touched on the poignancy of letting go and the magic of a singing teacher. Blended with the powerful voice of the future, baritone ,Pascal Kennedy, now completing his first year of a Performance Degree,the walls and lovely wooden pews reverberated to his rendition of "Stars" from Les Miserables and indeed his rising talent made it One Enchanted Evening. A collection for the Asthma Society of Ireland was generously supported by all lucky to be present.
Portumna Splash Experience will take place on 13th May 2012. Commencing at Portumna Castle Marina at 2pm the afternoon will feature boats from the National Heritage Boats of Ireland, Emerald Star Cruisers, Joe O Keeffe..the Irish Fisheries Aquarium displays, angling instruction, face painting, balloon artistry, music by Tradstone, educational nature tours through Portumna Forest by Wildlife expert Eanna Ni Lamhna, fun and free entertainment for all the family. Organised by Portumna Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Waterways Ireland.
Marie Mitchell passed away two weeks ago following a long illness. Marie worked in Portumna in the mid 70s and into the late 80s. Marie began working in Portumna for Associated Ballrooms and then with Quitman Packeging until 1989. She then moved to the Dublin where she worked in the Japenese Embassy. Marie was involved with the Portumna Players for many years serving as Secretary for two years. As well as possesing stunning good looks she was also a highly intellegent lady Her husband Liam passed away 6 years ago. With her untimely passing in Knockeen Nursing Home, in Wexford another chapter closes on the history of Portumna. To her many friends in Portumna we extend our deepest sympathy.
Wed 25th April 2012
1st Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 2nd Sean Cahalan & Tony Ryan, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Nora Flanagan & Mary Rose Cormican, 4th Des Lynch & Lorna Stoddart.
The committee decided that an information evening will take place in the Town Hall on Friday 11th at 8.30pm to actively promote the club. Prospective adult members can
register for a fee of 10 euros which will go as credit towards membership next year.
Members will have an opportunity of joining the club and help with the promotion of the club. It is expected that members will have associate membership until the facility upgrade is in place. For grant purposes it is important that we have an active membership base, ready to participate once our facility is in place. So come along to the Town Hall and show active solidarity with the committee.
A Portumna Tennis Club Website will also be set up so that you can log on and find out more information about the club regarding membership. You can also read the history of the club and the constitution of the club and the plans the committee have for the upgrade of the facility. It is also expected that an A.G.M. will take place in August so if you have an interest in becoming actively involved in the club, don’t forget about our A.G.M. later in the year.
June Bank Holiday weekend – All day live music with SOS (Sign Out Sessions), sizzling BBQ and sports challenges. Teams of 5 - 3 males, 2 females will compete in soccer, volleyball and pool, great prizes on the day. U16s and U18 sections. Entry Portumna Notes for 120430 forms available in Sign Out €10 per team. Participants and supporters all welcome on the day
Runireland in association Sign Out Youth Project are hosting the Forest Marathon and Ultra Marathon events in Portumna Forest Park on Saturday 16th June. As well as the 100K, 50K, full marathon and half marathon, this year will also include a 10K challenge. Runners, walkers, families welcome. Entry for the 10K is €10, sponsorship cards are also available in Sign Out Youth Cafe. All proceeds from the 10K event will go to Sign Out Youth Project. Further information from Susan 087 6779267 or log onto runireland.com.
A practical and informative Safe Tractor Driving Skills workshop for teenagers was held in Portumna at the Sign Out Youth Cafe on 21st March.
The aim of the workshop was to improve safety awareness amongst teenagers working with tractors and to encourage a better understanding of safe driving, speed, operating machinery and driving with trailers.
The workshops came about as a result of the high number of accidental deaths and injuries in our rural communities, with 14 – 17 year olds being in the high risk category. The day began at the Sign Out Youth Cafe with a presentation and discussion on farm safety, safety checks, hand signals and safe driving facilitated by Tadgh Stanuton Farm Relief Services Training Limited. The group then adjourned to Portumna Mart for the practical driving session, where they carried out the pre start checks, followed by driving, reversing, hitching tractors to trailers, operating trailed machinery and reversing with a trailer. Pete Gohery also gave a demonstration on PTO safety.Finally, the workshop participants learned about speed and road fatalities, and heard first hand the devastation caused to families as a result of road collisions and tractor accidents. This session was facilitated by Garda Gabrial Gormally and Garda Derek Quinn of the Loughrea Garda Traffic Corp.
Each participant received a certificate, having completed the FRS off road Programme in Safe Tractor Driving Skills.
Portumna Sign Out Youth Co would like to thank FRS Training Limited, the Loughrea Garda Traffic Corp, Portumna Farm & Dairy Services, John Murphy Tractors Headford and John O Sullivan Portumna Mart Manager for their support.
Last weeks lotto numbers were 5, 9, 22 and 29. The jackpot was €5,100.
Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Kitty Guinan, Seamus Curley, Peggy Forde, Aoibheann/Roisin/Rachel Leonard and Pat Duffy. Next week's jackpot is €5,200 which will be held in Duffy's
Bingo is on every Saturday night in the Town Hall Portumna at 8.00pm and this weeks jackpot is €5100. Please support.
The draw for the sponsored ticket, worth €700, for the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes took place Portumna Community School last weekend. The lucky winner was Conor O’Meara. He will be joining fellow students from each of the second level schools in the diocese as helpers for physically handicapped pilgrims.
We wish Paul Comer and his wife Márie and their wonderful staff all the best in their
new venture-Café Rose which opened on Clonfert Avenue a few weeks back. Paul lives in Nenagh. The Café was offically opened last weekend by the beautiful and talent Galway Rose Áine De Paor.
Tom and Carmel McGlacken, Ballyshrule, wish to thank most sincerely all the people who made the ‘Pemba Support’ fundraiser such a huge success. They wish to thank all those who contributed directly to the fund, those who sold and bought tickets for the dance in Gullanes, those who attended the dance on the night, and those who gave raffle prizes. The amount raised was €16,178. Please be assured that every euro will be spent directly on improving the quality of life for the people of Pemba,Tanzania.
Given the harsh economic reality facing many Irish families today, there has never been a more important time to focus on providing financial education to our young people. A healthy attitude towards money is crucial to ensure that children don’t develop bad habits when it comes to money management.
The launch of the Credit Union National GR8 Savers Week will run from May 7th through to May 13th 2012 which will help provide children the opportunity to develop a healthy attitude to money and saving money.
We are looking for children of all ages to take part in GR8 Savers week by calling into Portumna & District Credit Union on Patrick Street where our staff will be happy to help and all children will receive their own special GR8 savings wallet and savings information pack.