30 January 2008


Portumna Kenpo Karate

Bridge Club News

Rugby News

Scout News

Portumna Reading Group

Pen Pushers

Arts Group

Variety Show

Country Market

Portumna Camogie Club

Portumna Community School

Juvenile GAA

Brown Bread Challenge

Eyrecourt and District Development Company Ltd

Camera Club

Leukemia Fundraiser

Portumna Golf Club


Portumna Kenpo Karate
Training is purely based on self-defense. Kenpo comes from a 700 year old tradition but has adapted throughout the years. It is todays most up-to-date martial art. Consequently a Kenpo student will learn both martial arts training and street fighting self-defense techniques. Training also consists in semi-contact sparring, light point- sparring for competitions and 1-on-1, 2-on-1, 3-on-1 etc. for real life situations. We train on Tuesday in Town Hall Portumna. Junior classes run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Senior classes run from 8.30 to 10pm. We always encourage new members to come along and train where there is a good mix of beginners, novices and an experienced 2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor. Beginners can wear a comfortable pair of tracksuit bottoms and a tee-shirt. Enquires to James Dillon 2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor 090 9741460 Or come along on Tuesday night and join us.

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Bridge Club News
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Lorna Stoddart Patricia Blehein, Gross. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 3rd. Vera Burke Frances McRory, 4th. Marian Molloy Joan Ryan.


Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Geraldine Canning Conor Finch, 2nd. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, Gross. Liz Ryan Paddy Kelly, 3rd. Peggy Whyte Patricia Eames. 4th. Mary Darcy Sheila Darcy.

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Rugby News
Portumna faced a very strong Corinthians team on Sunday in the Connacht Junior Cup. Corinthians are top of the Junior league and a division higher than their hosts, add to this the fact that they could field a number of ex-AIL players and the result was never in doubt. Due to the poor recent weather it was Portumna's first game for 2 months and they showed their rustiness with a poor start, but to their immense credit they battled to the final whistle despite being well beaten and this will stand them in good stead for their important home league game on Sunday against Ballyhaunis. Best for Portumna on the day were John Mannion, Mark Headd and Evan Moran.

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Scout News
On Thursday last the AGM of 10th Galway (Lough Derg) Portumna Scout Group was held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The meeting was a resounding success with all in attendance once again committing to support what promises to be an exciting year for Scouting with the Jamboree in August. Jamboree 2008 is on in Punchestown,celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Ireland. The meeting was addressed by Danny Habbermann Group Facilitator for the Western Province and also Joe Doherty Provincial Support officer for the Western Province. Mr Tommy Flaherty (County Commissioner) presented SQS quality Scouting award to Brendan Murray Group Leader who accepted it on behalf of 10th Galway Group. Both Dick Ridge and Brendan Murray were in receipt of their Woodbadge and Beads having completed the necessary training and project requirements. The following are the new officers for the coming year, Brendan Murray GL, Ultan Hynes Assitant GL, Emma Ryan Group Secretary, Muirne Goode Assistant GS, Tony Williams Group Treasurer, Dymphna Donoghue Assitant GT, Fr Abe Kennedy Spiritual advisor, Orla Walsh Chairperson Parents & Friends. For anyone who was unable to attend on the night and are willing to join our fundraising Teams please feel free to contact Orla Walsh or Brendan Murray.

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Portumna Reading Group
On Monday next, February 4th Portumna Book Worms will meet in the Library at 7.15pm to discuss the book "View From Castle Rock" by Alice Munro. All lovers of reading are welcome to come along.

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Pen Pushers
Pen pushers will meet on Wednesday February 6th at 7.30pm for a peer led writing group. If you enjoy scribbling a few words,or rhyming and reading, you will be most welcome. For further information,contact Noelle @ 087 2931055.

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Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group will meet on Thursday, February 7th at 9pm in Na Calai. All members,interested future members, artists,lovers of the arts are more than welcome to come along and help plan the future of Arts in Portumna.

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Variety Show
Put Friday, February 29th into your diary or mark the calendar. Not only is it the extra day in February, but it will be extra special for the people of Portumna as our young people,our children,our wise,our parents all display their various talents from ballet to band,harmony to drama,laughter and craic at Portumna's Variety Show in Portumna Town Hall. Keep an eye on this column for further details or contact Na Calai . This project is a joint venture of Portumna Arts Group and "Sign Out" Youth Cafe.

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Country Market
Portumna Country Market will reopen on Friday 1st February with new season’s marmalades in the Town Hall from 8.30 to 12.30p.m.

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Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Camogie Club recently held its AGM with a great attendance from both players and parents. The Chairperson Ann Ruttledge opened the meeting by welcoming all present. In her address she complemented all the managers of the Juvenile teams and congratulated the Junior A team and their management on their success in the year goneby. She thanked her fellow officers and the committee for their hard work throughout the year and sponsors who gave so kindly to the Junior girls. She congratulated the county players Tara Ruttledge, Nicola Muldoon and Katie O'Brien on doing their club and county proud. The Secretary Emma O'Brien gave a thorough account of the years activities and expressed her gratitude to all who helped out in the training and matches. She complemented the Junior girls and trainers on their committment and dedication which paid off in the end. Treasurer Mary Lynch gave a detailed account of the clubs finances during the year. The club congratulated ex.player Melanie Hogan on winning an All Star in London and Veronica Curtin on her second All Star. The club would like to send best wishes to Portumna Community College Senior Camogie team and Mr Pat Kelly on their upcoming Final. The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairperson: Ann Ruttledge Vice Chairperson: Yvonne Muldoon Secretary: Emma O'Brien Asst. Secretary: Mary Conboy Treasurer: Mary Lynch Asst. Treasurer: Lorna Lyons P.R.O. Yvonne Muldoon. The following managers were elected to the following teams: U-10 Yvonne Muldoon, U-12 Bernie Treacy, U-16 Pakie Muldoon. Other teams to be assigned managers at the next meeting which will take place on Wednesday 6th February at 8.30 pm All Star Award. Congratulations to Melanie Hogan daughter of Marie and Christy Hogan Shannon Park, Melanie is a former Portumna Camogie club member and recently won an All Star award in London for goalkeeper position. She plays in goal for the Father Murphy club and also with London. Melanie has lived in London for the last number of years having studied sport science in Saint Mary’s Strawberry Hill.

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Portumna Community School

Visit to Church of Ireland: All first years will attend a special prayer service on Wednesday, 30th January at 2.45pm in the Church of Ireland. This annual invitation was issued by Ann Menehnneott and the Rev. Alan who lead the service. All the preparations are done and we’re all looking forward to this new experience.

 

Junior Girls Soccer: The Junior girls soccer panel will travel to Ballinasloe on Friday, 1st February to play in the third round of the Connacht League. The game kicks off at 12 noon.

 

CSPE Trip: Last Friday (18th) Ms. Lyons and Ms. Kinneen’s CSPE classes went on a trip to Dublin for our action project. We went to the homeless shelter for boys on 16 Whitworth Road where we met Fr. Peter McVerry. When we arrived he had tea, minerals and buns waiting for us. He told us that he has been working with the homeless in Dublin for the past 30 years and on any given night there could be up to 30 young people on the streets. After that we visited Mountjoy Prison which was established in 1850 and is an adult prison for males and females. It can hold 480 people but sometimes holds over 550. We visited the gallows where people were hung by death penalty up until 1954. We then went to the visitors room, prison cells and spoke with some of the prisoners followed by a visit to the museum. Overall it was a very worthwhile trip. We have all learned loads about the life of a homeless person and about prisoners in Ireland. We would all like to thank Ms. Lyons, Ms. Kinneen and Fr. Abe.

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Juvenile GAA
The Portumna Juvenile AGM was held in the Clubhouse last Friday night, reflecting on the year gone by the chairman Vincent Treacy reported on a successful year with our under 12 hurlers winning the County Final. He thanked all the managers, selectors, and parents who helped out during the year, he thanked the main sponsor Al Hayes Motors for his support over the last number of years. He urged more parents to get involved this year. Secretary Marguerite Dolphin gave a comprehensive account on all the years activities. The following Officers were elected for 2008. Chairman Vincent Treacy. Vice Chairperson Bernie Treacy. Secretary Marguerite Dolphin P.R.O Fiona OMeara. Club Delegate Sylvie Donoghue Team Managers under 8s Dermot OBrien, under 10s David Canning, under 12s Sylvie Donoghue, under 14s Vincent Treacy, under 16s Sylvie Donoghue.

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Brown Bread Challenge
The brown bread challenge held in the Boathouse Pub last Friday evening turned out to be a great success. The best brown bread in Ireland (well for a while anyway) was to be found in the Boathouse The challengers who went head to head were Mike (Brack) Madden, and Tony Duane. Local racentour and maker of fine bread himself Mr John Joe ORourke was compere for the evening, and what a find we have here, Anysley Herriot look out, there are only a handful of people who could have pulled off this job and John Joe was one of them, he made the night with his interviews, and impromtu remarks to the contestants and onlookers alike. To make sure everything was above board and fair it was a blind tasting competition which resulted in Mike Madden s bread coming out best, it has to be said Tony’s looked better, but its all in the taste. Mike Madden sells Brennans Bread for local agent Tony Williams can now add another string to his bow as Portumna’s best brown sodabread maker, he will be 42 on the 6th February. Well done to all, and to Sharon and Fergal Coughlan. Looking forward to the next event.

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Eyrecourt and District Development Company Ltd
Eyrecourt and District Development Company Ltd present a talk by Mr Tom MacLochlainn President of The Connemara Pony Breeders Society on “The Connemara Pony Development and Type” in the Day Care Centre Eyrecourt on Thursday 7th February @ 8.30pm. All Welcome.

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Camera Club
Portumna Camera Club wishes to announce that Brendan Lawlor originally from Domnick Street will give a talk and slide show in the “Chapel of Rest” Portumna Retirement Village, on February 5th at 8pm. This is guaranteed to be a good night so come along and see the work of one of Irelands best photographers. The club meets on every second Tuesday and hold their meetings in the Maple Kitchen. The club promotes interest in all aspects of photography as an art form accessible to all, and welcomes members who enjoy photography at all experience levels, young and old, amateur and professional.

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Leukemia Fundraiser
The Jeremiah Donoghue Leukemia fundraiser will take place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 8th February.

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Portumna Golf Club
The spring league kicked into action last weekend with 31 teams competing, it is still not too late to enter a team, the gap between the best and worst cards is 17 shots. This competition has six more weeks to run and the best 5 scores out of six to count. Competitors may still play in the sunday singles competition at the same time, it is sponsored by PJ Heenan Borrisokane.

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