13 February 2008


Portumna Scout Group
Variety Show
Credit Union Quiz Finals
GAA News
Abalta School
Bill Pardy Memorial Competition
Portumna Community School
Soccer Club
Camera Club
An Gairdin
Golf Club


Portumna Scout Group
It was lights, camera, action for the members of the 10th Galway scout troop on Friday night. Students from the Liberties College Dublin interviewed the Scout patrols, covering a range of topics such as outdoors and adventure, helping others and service to the community, The Scout law and promise. Filming continued at first light on Saturday morning around Portumna Abbey, where the scouts displayed their skills pitching tents and cooking on trianga cookers. The team leader for this project was local girl Louise Clarke. Portumna Scouts would like to wish Louise and her friends all the very best with their studies and thank them for considering them a good topic for their project. Election fever is at a high in the troop as three candidates are busy setting out their political stalls for the up and coming election of the Patrol Leaders Council Chairperson, this prestigious role has been held for the last three years by Senior Patrol leader Mark Walsh, those running for election include Marks sister Nicola Walsh, she will be up against two strong candidates Conor OMeara and Daniel Eames, we would like to wish all the candidates the very best in the Election.

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Variety Show
The programme for the upcoming Variety Show on Friday, Feb 29th is filled with dance, poetry, drama and music. All the talents in the area will converge for this community event featuring children, teenagers and adults. MC for the night is local "star" Colin Fahy, well known for his musical career and success. The night is an opportunity to share the talent with the local audience and help raise funds for Portumna Arts Group and "Sign Out" Youth Cafe. So do not miss out, be there, on the extra day this year-Friday, February 29th in Portumna Town Hall at 8pm

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Credit Union Quiz Finals
The local Finals of the National Schools table quiz were held recently in the Shannon Oaks Hotel & were hosted by Portumna & District Credit Union Ltd. Thirty five teams of four took part in two separate competitions which were run concurrently, an A competition for U 11 year olds & a B competition for the 11 –13 year olds. Killimor National School retained the B competition with a very high score . The team members are : James Murray , Mairead McEvoy , Ellen OHara & Aoife Costello. Lorrha N.S. were 2nd and St Brendans N.S. Portumna were 3rd . St Brendans National School , Portumna won the A competition U 11 . The team members are : Niamh Brogan , Isabelle Coughlan , Kate Burns & Brian Muldoon . Two Killimor teams & a Portumna team were joint seconds and another Portumna team was third. The winners in both competitions go forward to the Chapter 15 finals which this year take place in the Community Hall , Moate on Friday 29th February 2008 at 8.00pm. We wish the two teams the very best of luck in the final.

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GAA News
The Senior Hurling team are training hard for their upcoming clash with the Munster Champions, Loughmore /Castleliney of Tipperary on Sunday week Feb.24th in Limerick at 2pm.The Club are asking all supporters to put up their flags, banners and billboards in support of the team. The Club will run a bus to the game in Limerick if sufficient numbers are interested. Names, please by this weekend, to Lynch's hardware or any Club officer. The club Development Fundraiser "100 CLUB" has taken off after the January blues, and we encourage all those who gave offers of support, to commit to the project at their earliest convenience. The Funds raised will help defray the outstanding debt, currently at 120,000 Euros. Many thanks to those who have recently contributed. Details and methods of payment are available from any of the Club Officers. Congrats to our neighbours, Tommy Larkin's on reaching their All-Ireland Final recently, but alas they failed at the final hurdle, but the experience will give them encouragement for this years Senior Championship.

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Abalta School
Church Gate collection this Saturday and Sunday in aid of Abalta School, a school for children with autism. Abalta is Galway’s only ABA school and all funds raised will go towards a custom built school for children with autism.

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Bill Pardy Memorial Competition
The Annual Bridge Competition in memory of the late Bill Pardy was held at Shannon Oaks Hotel Portumna on 10th February. John and Donal Pardy - sons of Bill were there to present The Trophy and Prizes to the winners. The Competition this year attracted the largest entry of Bridge Players to date i.e. 58 pairs. Noreen Murphy, on behalf of all Bridge Players, thanked the Hotel Staff for their dedicated service, she especially thanked John Pardy for his most generous sponsorship. Winners:- 1st. Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 2nd. Margaret Mooney & Mary Lynch, 3rd. Patsy Hanbury & Conor Finch, 4th. Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 5th. Brid Doherty & Mary Muldoon, 6th. Mai Sullivan & Imelda Murphy, 7th. Fr. M. Finneran & Bridget Brereton, 8th. Renee & Seamus Skehill, 9th. Angela Connolly & Amelia Faulkner, 10th. Tom McLoughlin & Martin Loughnane, Best Inter B, Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin.

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Portumna Community School

LCVP/LCA Career Investigation: Trip to FAS Opps 2008 – on Monday 3rd March. All 5th year and LCA students will attend this Annual Careers Exhibition organised by FAS at Croke Park, Dublin. This event allows students the opportunity to gather valuable information re Careers/Courses and FAS training opportunities. Cost of the bus is €10 payable by 25th February. Bus leaves at 8.15am and returns by 7.30pm.

 

Trocaire 24 Hour Fast: February 22nd/23rd are the dates fixed this year for the Trocaire/Today FM 24 hour Fast. Last year you remember we broke all previous records by raising €6,000. This year the focus is on El Salvador, the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America where four out of every ten Salvadorans live in poverty. Trocaire has been working in El Salvador since 1973 and recent years have seen communities made even more vulnerable as a result of climate change. Sponsorship cards will be distributed the week after the Mid-term break, so come back refreshed and ready for the challenge of this year’s 24 hour fast. Enjoy the break.

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Soccer Club
Last week was a fairly busy week for Portumna Town FC on the back of weeks of inactivity due to the recent spell of poor weather. On Wednesday 35 children and 10 adults made the long journey to Croke Park to watch Ireland take on the world's greatest footballing nation, Brazil. All the children were thrilled to be at such a special match and their behaviour on the day ensured that adults too had an enjoyable experience. Saturday then saw the resumption of league matches with the U10s and U11s both playing away to Gallen. In a game that was highly entertaining and played in a very sporting manner the U10s performance was one to be proud of as it demonstrated that as a group they are learning the qualities needed to compete against the stronger teams. After going 1 - 0 down in the first half to a Gallen side that were physically big, very talented and well organised, the Portumna lads fought back with great spirit. They defended well with David Hanley putting in a fine performance at right back. Portumna came close to scoring on numerous ocassions before Patrick O'Sullivan finally managed to shoot the ball past the excellent Gallen goalkeeper to earn Portumna a well deserved draw. For the U11s however things didn't go so well. It was evident from their performance that the recent lack of matches and suitable training facilities affected their performance as they went down by a margin of 5-0 to a fine Gallen squad. At U12 level Ronan O'Meara and Conor Barry put in fine performances for the U12 Inter League team which won 3-1 on Saturday. Fixtures for this Saturday are U9 away to Birr KO 11am, U11 away to Emo KO 10.30am, U12 home to Birr KO 11.30am.

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Camera Club
Last Tuesday 5th February Mr Brendan Lawlor (originally from Domnick Street Portumna) from the Galway Camera Club gave an exhibition of his work, as one of Irelands best amateur photographers his images were both magnificent and inspiring. The first part of the show Brendan showed a lot of his earlier work which he devoloped himself, these included shots in and around Portumna, Ballinasloe Fair, Connemara, and other beauty and cultural spots in Ireland. These were magnificent and captured a different Ireland of 20 years ago, or there abouts. After a short break he showed pictures from different parts of the World where he had visited over the last number of years, these included images from Kenya, Antartica, Burma, Tibet, Afganastan, etc. It was an impressive show, and Brendan encouraged the attendants to get out there and start shooting, always carry a compact camera in your pocket so you will always be ready. His first encounter into the world of Photography was when he Visited Francy Molloys Sweet shop in Abbey Street back in the 60s. the Molloys and in particular Kate were the forerunners of Photography in the area, having their own photographic studio in their garden behind their premises-these were the days of sepia and black and white using glass negatives, unfortunately all of which seem to have disappeared and certainly her work would be collectors items now. So if anyone out there knows where any of these artifacts may be sourced Portumna camera club would love to hear from them. The next meeting of the Camera Club will be next Tuesday 19th February in the Maple Kitchen, new members always welcome.

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An Gairdin
If you are a vegetarian, or just want to cook vegetables here is the course for you. On Wednesday February 20th from 10.30am – 2.00pm M.s Anne Mills will introduce you to Vegetarian cooking. Learn how 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.

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Golf Club
Spring League (Mens): there is a 3 way tie at the top of the spring league after the 2nd round, with the top 3 leading teams from round 1 coming under pressure in the 2nd round, the league is now set for a very exciting contest with only 3 points seperating the top 8 teams.


Junior Golf AGM- the Junior golf AGM will be held in the clubhouse on this coming Friday 15th February at 7pm parents and Juniors are asked to attend.

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