06 February 2008


Gortanumera Group Water Scheme

Tommy Larkins

Coffee Morning

Bill Pardy Bridge Competition

Bridge Club Results

Portumna Community School

Adult Education Classes

An Gairdin

Bethany Bereavement Support Group

Angling Club AGM

Active Retirement Group


Gortanumera Group Water Scheme
Mr. Noel Treacy TD, has confirmed that €642,000 in top-up CLÁR funding, has now been secured for the Gortanumera Group Water Scheme, which covers Killimor, Moat and Portumna. Deputy Treacy warmly welcomed the sanctioning of funding to the Gortanumera Group Scheme, which was sanctioned by the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr Eamon Ó Cúiv, today. ‘This allocation will allow works amounting to €1,548,600 to be carried out, with the remaining amount being paid by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and via private contributions from Group members’ ‘I am delighted that 119 households in the area will benefit from the sanctioning of this funding. This allocation follows repeated representations to the Minister, and I welcome the fact the Gortanumera Group Water Scheme is now in a position to continue its works to ensure a sufficient water supply is available to the locality. I congratulate those who have worked to make this Scheme a reality, and look forward to seeing works completed in the near future’ concluded Deputy Treacy.

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Tommy Larkins
All roads lead to Croke Park this Saturday as Tommie Larkins prepare to take on Clonkill of Westmeath in the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final. It is a historic occasion, it being the first All-Ireland final Tommie Larkins have ever contested. They will also endeavour to be the first Connacht team to claim the title. A huge following from the parishes of Woodford and Ballinakill are expected to make the trip. A big effort to display the 'black and red' in Croke Park will ensure a rousing welcome for the team. The game will be played under floodlights starting at 7.45pm and will be broadcast on Galway Bay FM. Best wishes to all involved.

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Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning for Cancer Research at the Country Market on Friday 15th Feb. from 8.30a.m. to 12 noon. All markets nationwide are hosting this event. Please support.

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Bill Pardy Bridge Competition
The Bill Pardy Bridge Competition will be held at the Shannon Oaks Hotel Portumna on Sunday 10th at 2.45pm. Followed by supper sponsored by John Pardy. Entries by Sat. 9th.to Noreen Murphy, 090 9741196 or Meta Cunningham, 090 9642866. The hotel are making bed and breakfast available for €50 per person sharing, full access to the Oaks Country Club.

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Bridge Club Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club: 1st. Conor Finch Martin Quinn, 2nd. Sheila Dillon Bridie Feerick, Gross. Teresa Dillon Anna Moore, 3rd. Pat Flanagan Eileen Smith, 4th. Mary Nallen Margaret Treston.

 

Contract Bridge Club: 1st. Peggy Whyte Patricia Eames, 2nd. John Craig Judy Craig, Gross. Fr. M. Finneran Eileen Smith, 4th. Brid McNamara Sheila Dillon.

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Portumna Community School

Road Safety Project: Congratulations to Shane Madden, Martin Dolphin, Darren Grady, Jake Mulraney and Ben Hynes who were placed second in Ireland in a Road Safety competition sponsored by Hibernian Insurance. The students completed the project last year in T.Y. for Mr. Coughlan. Shane, Darren, Martin and Mr. Coughlan travelled to the Druids Glen to collect a prize on behalf of the school (€500) and a plaque. The project analysed attitudes of young people to driving and included a study on insurance, safety belts and driver education. In the action section of the project, they listed 25 variables associated with road carnage e.g. weather, lack of experience, alcohol, drugs, etc. Each variable was put on a card and the cards were distributed five times to the same group. Each member of the group noted the one they got and if a student got the same variable three times, this indicated that in a real life situation the variables could be important for teaching students the importance of etiquette and best practice when driving. The students concluded that inexperienced drivers sometimes operated like a lottery and that the assimilated card game could be a brilliant aid when teaching attitudes to driving for young people.

 

U15 Hurling: The U15 Hurlers travelled to St. Flannan’s College, Ennis during the week to play a return challenge match that was eagerly awaited by both teams. (In their previous encounter, in November, Portumna C.S. won on a score line of 5-21 to 5-10.) At this match the first half was completely dominated by Portumna who led at the break by 3-08 to 0-5. St. Flannans opened the second half by scoring two goals in succession but this was replied to with a goal by Jamie Blake and several points by Shane Maloney. It was an exciting battle ending on a score line of Portumna C.S. 4-15 : St. Flannans 2-8. Panel: M. Walsh, B. Fahy, P. Killeen, K. Maloney, P. Hodgins, J. Whelan, J. McEvoy, P. Breheny, N. O’Meara, J. Blake, G. Keane, N. Dervan, K. Farragher, O. Royston, S. Moloney, C. O’Meara, C. Casey, N. Whelan, M. Lambe, M. Briscoe.

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Adult Education Classes
Registration Night 8-9pm Thursday 7th February, The classes being offered are Mondays: Basic Cookery/Healthy Living, Art; Beauty therapy;Drama & Tuesdays: A Way of Life (communications and Interpersonal Skills); Bridge for Beginners; Creative Writing; Computers for Beginners; English for speakers of other languages; Interior design; Tai Chi; Theology & Religion for Adults: a new approach. Classes commence, subject to viability, on week beginning 18th February (minimum 10). Fees must be paid on Registration. (Note: fees once paid are strictly non-refundable, unless class is not formed.)

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An Gairdin
Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration: Wednesday 20th February 10.30 -2.00pm. This morning's course is an introduction to vegetarian cookery. You will learn to prepare and cook tasty, nutritious, well-balanced meals suitable for all the family. It is an ideal course for those who want to introduce some vegetarian meals into their diet or to cater for a vegetarian family member or guest. Enjoy a selection of savoury dishes in the afternoon. Recipes included. Cost: €25

 

Organic Gardening In Schools: 23rd February 10.00am - 4.00pm Just the time of year to begin your Organic School Garden. Learn how to prepare the plot, source organic compost and seeds, choose crops to fit into the school year, make organic feeds and learn about disease control. The course is suitable for teachers or adults who work with schools. Cost: €50

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Bethany Bereavement Support Group
Parish groups will take place in Esker retreat House in March and April. We need about 6 people so if you are interested please contact the parish office 09097 41092

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Angling Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Portumna & District Angling Association will be held at the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 15th February at 8.30pm. Members are reminded that Annual Subs are due on the night. As funds are needed to continue with works in progress on Club grounds it would be appreciated if early payment can be made.

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Active Retirement Group
All who attended the active retirement groups social evening last Friday night had a great time. Two comedy sketches were performed by some of the members the first “A Fine Romance” cast were Brendan Mitchell, Mary Mitchell, Patrick Hackett, and Theresa Donoghue. The second sketch “A Visit to the Doctor” cast included Bridie Scully, Mary Ann Walsh, Kathleen Cunningham, and John Joe Fahy. Marian Frawley directed both of these sketches. Very good solo Irish dancing; was exhibited by Claire Dolphin and Caroline Mitchell. A beautiful rendition of “Oh what a Beautiful Morning” from the show Oklahoma was sung by Nicole Gleeson. The night never had a slack moment and Mary Nevin, Eileen Donnellan, and Moira Concannon gave an exhibition of Sean-os dancing. The Acorn Singers made up of some of the groups members gave two sets of beautiful songs; anyone who ever went to the pictures in the Coliseum Cinema some years ago had their memories stirred when”Sweet Rosie O Grady” was sung. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Chris Smith. Refreshments were followed by a 60s style disco, the DJ was Ray Kennedy. The money collected on the night amounted to €800 and this was presented to the Galway Hospice. Well done to everyone involved. New members are always welcome. Modern Dance Angela Didek daughter of Mike and Lorraine Didek achived 3rd place in in the All Ireland Free style dance-modern dance in Tullamore offaly.

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