Founded in 1947, the Development Company's function was and still is to the develop the town and surrounding area. Its registered offices are in the Civic Buildings at Abbey Street.

Portumna Development Company   Portumna Development Company


20 September 2010

Courthouse Project Update
The monthly meeting of the Portumna & District Development Company took place on Thursday night last at the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Progress is being made regarding the Courthouse Project. Tenders have been sent out to varioius architects, the closing date for submission will be 26th. September 2010. The Development Company acknowledges the major co-operation and input from Galway County Council and Martina Moloney County Manager in this venture. Orla Casey of Momentum is assisting the Development Company with the various techical aspects of this project including grant applications and help regarding fund raising, going forward.

20 July 2010

Courthouse Project Update
Directors of the Development Company recently had a meeting with representatives of Galway County Council regarding the update on the Courthouse Project. This was a very positive meeting and it is envisaged that this noble building which is the subject of refurbishment, will be leased to the Development Company from the owners, Galway County Council, subject to various conditions including planning and securing funding.

The next monthly meeting of the Development Company will take place in August and it is hoped that more progress will be made with these plans.

20 January 2010

Portumna Courthouse Portumna Courthouse has been the focus of recent work by Portumna & District Development Company to establish how this flagship building can be brought back to life for the benefit of the community. With the assistance of feasibility study grant aid from Galway Rural Development, the committee worked with Orla Felle, Momentum Consulting to establish the best economic use for the building for the benefit of the community. As a heritage building, conservation consultants Dermot Nolan & Associates were also brought on board to scope out the technical approach that would be required from a heritage and conservation perspective. The community were asked to input into the project and highlight what they would like to see incorporated into the redevelopment. Johanna Burke, Chairperson of Portumna & District Development Company was delighted with the community response to their research. ‘The key consideration has to be the viability of the project. There were 3 main functions or uses identified in our research which would require the same theatre style auditorium format - community cinema, performance space and an arts space. This reflects Portumna’s wealth of interest in and precedence of performance arts in its many guises. The community cinema concept in particular attracted very positive feedback and was seen as a unique and innovative feature which could generate income on a year long basis. Another popular function for the Courthouse was as an all year round Tourism Information Service’.

Portumna & District Development Company are working on the next steps of the development including sharing the feasibility study with the building owners Galway County Council and sourcing the funds to complete the renovation.

Extract From 1949 Civic Week

Here is an extract from the booklet that the Development Company printed to promote 1949 Civic Week:

"Time alone will, we believe, show the greater good and greater improvements which can be achieved in a small community when everyone is co-operating. As a summary of our ambitions we cannot do better than to repeat what we said in our booklet last year! "We want to improve our Town. We want to make it a model town and ours a model community. We want prosperity in the little bit of Ireland that is Portumna and if every little Community in Ireland achieves the same the result would be National prosperity"

What becomes of the profits made? The nett profits for 1948 Civic Week were handed to the Dev.Co. and the following is an Account of the disbursements made by the Directors. It will be noted that more has been disbursed than was actually paid over, but the Galway County Council have agreed to refund to the Company the cost of the shrubs and trees planted. amount received by the Dev.Co. £447 10s 6d"


Chairperson: Johanna Burke
Secretary: Ann Touhy
Treasurer: Martin Clossick
Committee: Fr. Brendan Lawless P.P., Chris Smith, Pierce Joyce, Martin Carty,
Marie Gunning, Ger O'Sullivan, Joe Groom, Mary Burke

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