20 February 2008


Road Grant Funding
Portumna Community School
Art/Craft Work Exhibition
Variety Show
Portumna Soccer
Bridge Club News
Rugby Club News
G.A.A. News
Organic Growing
Golf Club News
Abalta School
100 Mile Croi Walk
Community Support for Older People
Drama with Marian
Fraughen School of Dance


Road Grant Funding
Over €1 million extra for Local Roads Mr. Noel Treacy, T.D. has this week confirmed that his Government Colleague, Mr. Noel Dempsey, T.D., Minister for Transport, has allocated in excess of €1 million for the up-grade of various roads in the South East Galway Area. A Grant of €105,000 has been allocated for improvements and up-grading at Oxgrove Bridge, Killimor. Another Grant of €300,000 has been allocated for the up-grade of the Woodford/Ballinagar Road and a further €300,000 has been allocated to the up-grade of the Tynagh/Derryfrench Road; while a further €300,000 has been allocated for the up-grade of the Eyrecourt/Esker Road. Deputy Treacy states that he is very pleased that record road allocations have been allocated by Government this year and he is confident that with the good weather at the moment, that Galway County Council will get good value for money in improving local roads which are vitally important for both mobility and safety for both residents and users alike in all of these areas.

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Portumna Community School

West Side Story: Winners abound at Portumna Community School, O What an amazing year it has been has been for Portumna Community School’s Transition Year class. We have finished our musical “West Side Story” to standing ovations. Mr. Paddy Daly the Connacht Tribune adjudicator for school musicals in County Galway gave the show a glowing report with a heading entitled: Portumna students add new chapter to success of West Side Story. “I congratulate Mr. James Coughlan, the Producer and the very talented students and all concerned in creating this set and production which brought total reality to the various scenes. The Show presented by Portumna Community School had everything, a good set, good design, excellent lighting, efficient Stage management, wonderful singing and choreography - the school should be extremely proud.”


Project on Diversity: Students were asked to take Digital photographs to highlight Ireland’s multicultural attitude to its foreign nationals. The project celebrated Diversity and was sponsored by European Studies. Some very interesting projects have been submitted by Paula Conroy, Shannin Larkin and Ciara McDonagh.

 

Equality Commission in Northern Ireland: On the 20th of February Paula Conroy, her mother Ms. Mary Conroy will go to Belfast to receive her first place prize of a valuable digital camera. Paula Conroy won the Equality Commission’s Photographic competition; an all Ireland competition set by the Equality Commission in Belfast and supported by European Studies. “What diversity means to me” This makes Paula an all Ireland champion.


Winning the European Christmas Card Design: Sinead Corcoran designed the winning Christmas Card in a European competition that involved twelve countries. This makes her a European champion. The competition is sponsored by European Studies which is a joint venture involving the Department of Education and Science and the Education Board in Northern Ireland. James Coughlan Transition Year Coordinator, Sinead Corcoran and Derry Long, Principal presented a voucher and a European Studies bag (Sinead's prize) that was kindly sponsored by Ms. Aoife Ruane the National Coordinator for European Studies.


Transition Year : Last Year’s Transition Year received the runner up prize in a competition on Road Safety. The students received their prize on the 24th of January 2008 at the Druid’s Glen. Darren Grady, Shane Madden, Martin Dolphin accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Coughlan visited the Druid's Glen in Co. Wicklow to collect their prize of 500 euros for the school. The students were runners up in a National competition on Road Safety. The boys completed the project with the help of Mr. Coughlan. when they were in Transition Year last year. Earlier in the year Helen Quinn and Peter Donoghue were runners up in a Climate Change competition and their prize was a trip for twenty students to Strasbourg and the European Parliament in March worth almost 6000 euros. Twenty seven Transition year Students will jet off to Strasbourg on a four day tour on March 4th . In all of the above competitions James Coughlan helped and supported the students to gain National recognition. "We are very proud of our Transition Year students who have achieved excellence across a wide spectrum of educational endeavour.”Graduate on line quiz: Helen Quinn won a prize in the on line quiz which was a trip to Euroscola.

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Art/Craft Work Exhibition
A display of Art/Craft work will take place at St. Dympna’s A.D.S Satellite Unit, Patrick St. Portumna (beside Ger OToole’s Auctioneers) on Tuesday 26th February, between 7-9pm. All welcome. All proceeds of this exhibition/sale will be used to purchase materials for the coming year. Refreshments will be served.

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Variety Show
We are forever saying that the day is never long enough - well in 2008, there is an extra 24 hours on Friday Feb 29th due to 2008 being a Leap Year. For those single women out there, it is a tradition that you can propose marriage to the man of your choice! While contemplating that or for those who have already taken the plunge, then an extra bonus that day is Portumna's Variety Show in Portumna Town Hall at 8pm on Fri Feb 29th. For an evening of entertainment from people in the area, what better way to spend the extra day in the year? Admission is €10/€8 and is a joint project of Portumna Arts Group and Portumna's Youth Cafe "Sign Out"

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Portumna Soccer
Portumna under 9s were back playing soccer outdoors last Saturday. They had a tough away fixture against Birr which they won 2 – 0. The game was highly entertaining with David Lynch on target in the first half and Conor Hackett scoring Portumna’s second near the end of the game after Portumna’s Goalkeeper Eoin Barry made an excellent save from a penalty. In all it was a great team performance by all thirteen players involved. Also the Club would like to congratulate Eoin Barry on been awarded Under 9 player of the month. The U11s had to travel to Emo who are currently lying second in the table. Portumna dictated the pace from the start, creating several good scoring opportunities and were rewarded with a fine first half goal by Sean Molloy. However Emo weren't about to give up and finally snatched a late equaliser against a well organised Portumna side. Fine performances from players like Ruairi Cunningham, John Mullins and Darren Dillon, to name but a few, ensured the visitors came away with a 1 - 1 draw.

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Bridge Club News
Portumna Contract Bridge Club President, Lorna Stoddart's Prize. 1st. Patricia Eames & Peggy Whyte, 2nd. Joe Ryan &Austin O'Toole, Gross. Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 3rd. Patsy Hanbury & Brid McNamara, 4th. Paddy Kelly & Bertie Hanlon, 5th. Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 6th. Vera Burke & Nora Flanagan, 7th. Pearl Doherty & Kathleen King.

 

Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Bank of Ireland Cup. 1st. Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 2nd. Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, Nett. Vera Burke & Joan Ryan, 3rd. Margaret Treston & Mary Nallen, 4th. Nicholas Treacy & Nora Flanagan, 5th. Mary Jo Kelly & Des Lynch, 6th. Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 1st. Session, Fr. M. Finneran & Kaye Duddy, 2nd. Session, Paddy Kelly & Bertie Hanlon.

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Rugby Club News
Portumna Rugby Club lost at home to Loughrea at the weekend in what was a highly competitive match. Loughrea were crowned league champions having gone through the season undefeated. Best for Portumna on the day were Michael Brady, John Mannion and Andrew Kenny. Portumna still have two games remaining although their match against Ballinrobe scheduled for this weekend had to be refixed as it clashed with the all important All Ireland hurling semi-final and the rugby club will be in Limerick in force to support their hurling counterparts. Table Quiz (rugby club) The annual rugby club table quiz will take place in the Shannon Oaks on Thursday the 28th at 8pm sharp. There are great prizes organised including a raffle for tickets for the Ireland versus Wales rugby international.

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G.A.A. News
The Semi-final countdown is underway as Portumna Senior Hurling team prepare to play Loughmore/Castleliney of Tipperary in the All-Ireland Club Semi-final on Sunday in Limerick @ 2pm.The medical staff will be the busiest people between now and the game as the team has suffered a series of injuries recently which hopefully will have cleared up by Sunday. We would encourage as much support as possible, both colour and vocal, mindful of our sportsmanship, to lift the team , throughout the game that will hopefully see us through to our second final in three years. It will take a repeat of our Semi-final exhibition of two years ago to achieve victory, where we displayed the best performance by this team to date. Good luck to one and all and enjoy the day . Free bus to the match. The Maple Bar are running a free bus too the match, enquire from Micháel Monaghan.

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Organic Growing
Organic growing for Schools With Dolores Keegan Saturday 23 rd 10.00am-4pm Just the time of year to begin! Start small. Mark out a little patch to grow in pots to begin with. Learn how to to prepare the soil, source organic compost and seeds, choose crops to fit into the school year, make organic feeds and learn about disease control. Delores will also take into account the children’s innate affinity with nature and how to maximize their involvement. Cost €50

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Golf Club News
Result: 10 Hole Stableford Competition held on Tuesday 12th and Sunday 17th of Feb.2008 1st place Catherine Dunne (33) 25pts, 2nd place Ann S Carty (33) 23pts Ladies Spring League 2008 sponsored by Eamon Dervan PC Electric Second week running total Team I 115pts, Team II 135, Team III 125, Team IV 123, Team V 107

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Abalta School

Abalta School would like to thank people for their generous contributions at the following church gate collections, Portumna, Boula, Duniry, Abbey, Tynagh, Killeen, Woodford and Looscaun. Total of €2,660.57 collected between them all. Portumna was €1045.57. This was very good and we are very happy with the generosity of all who contributed. Thank you to all the Church gate collectors.

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100 Mile Croi Walk
Bernie Leonard and Tom Sullivan walked from TG4 to Belmullet two weeks ago, the distance was 100 miles and the money raised went to Croí (They are a charity dedicated to pursuing and attaining the highest level of Cardiovascular Health Care for the people of the West of Ireland. Since 1985 they have funded and implemented a wide range of initiatives to improve Cardiac Services and Facilities in the region). After weeks of training they finally got under way on the 1st Feb the walk was spread over 3 days. Throughout the walk they were greeted by well-wishers and generous business people who provided them with refreshments and sandwiches, a special thank you to the following establishments, Gaynor’s pub in Lennane, Wyatt Hotel in Westport, Broadhaven Hotel Belmullet, who provided them with a place to stay and eat. TG4 gave them a great send off and Louise Keane (Barna) the physiotherapist stayed with them for the 3 days, she made sure their muscles were relaxed for the next days heavy going and organized their accommodation on route. Bernie and Tom raised €4,500 between them this was a tremendous effort by 2 people and well done to the ticket sellers. The real winners were Croí. Well done.

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Community Support for Older People
Applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary Groups for funding under the 2008 scheme of Community support for older people. What can be funded; Security Lighting the once off cost of installing socially monitored alarm systems, and smoke alarms. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2008. Who can apply? Voluntary or Community based organizations working with or providing support for older people. Do you know of anyone in your Community that would benefit from this scheme? If so contact Helen Martin Public Health Nurse 09097-41193 or Joan Murray Project Support Worker Na Cali CDP 09097-41887.

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Drama with Marian
Drama with Marian will recommence on Thursday 28th February in Acorn to Oak, St Bridget’s Road. Please note classes commence at 6pm, for more info contact Marian at 087-2818519

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Fraughen School of Dance
Mary Fraughen runs a dance school in Portumna Town Hall every Tuesday evening, some of her students did very well at the Connacht Feis in Leisureland 2 weeks ago. Hopefully they will go on and do well in future Feis.

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