27 February 2008


Scouts
Bridge Results
Rugby News
Spring League (Golf)
An Gairdin
Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Variety Show
Portumna Castle Opening Soon
Camera Club
Chamber of Commerce
GAA
Patricks Day Parade


Scouts
With the tightly contested election over the newly elected Chairperson of the Patrol Leaders council has gone to Daniel Eames, Daniel took the number one job with the tightest of margins and has taken up the position full of promise and enthusiasm, He will be supported in his role by newly elected vice Chair Nicola Walsh, we wish them both well in their new roles and the troop are all very confident they will serve them well during their term of office. Portumna Scouts spent a most enjoyable morning with the residents of Portumna's retirement village, the mixed group of residents and scouts spent their time playing Bingo, Some cards were introduced and Mrs Bridie Darcy and Mary Butler gave a few lessons in the art of playing 25. A lesson indeed the young scouts will remember for a very long time, although the scouts didn't get a chance to win a game they all look forward to the opportunity of a rematch.

 

The Beaver Scout investiture took place in the Den on Wednesday evening attended by parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the new Beaver Scouts. The new members have successfully completed their Investiture program over the last couple of months. Congratulations and a warm welcome to Alanna Williams, Natasha Hynes, Sarah Brien, Aonraoi Mullen, Sean Killickey, Eoghan Lynch and Oisin Larkin. The Parents and Friends committee held a very successful meeting on Thursday 21st February 2008 and plans are now afoot for some novel fundraising ideas. The funds will be used to purchase necessary camping equipment for upcoming Jamboree 2008 and also make vital improvements to The Den facility at Abbey Street. Watch this space and please support.

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Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Conor Finch, Gross. Nicholas Treacy & Nora Flanagan, 3rd. Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 4th. Mary Jo Kelly & Des Lynch.


Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Peg O'Shea, 2nd. Vera Burke & Nora Flanagan, Gross. Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Austin O'Toole & Joe Ryan. 4th. Kathleen King & Pearl Doherty.

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Rugby News
Portumna Rugby Club are holding a table quiz on Thursday night in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 8pm sharp. First Prize is a fabulous cruise on the Shannon, courtesy of Emerald Star, the main sponsors of the night. There is also an exclusive raffle on the night for much sought after match tickets for the upcoming Ireland Versus Wales rugby international in Croke Park. This was a great night out last year and here is no reason to expect anything different this year.

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Spring League (Golf)
Portumna Golf Club Mens Spring League 2008 seen the revival of the spring league with thirty one teams taking part. With four rounds completed to date and the† lead changing each weekend, the league is developing into a very competitive battle for the top four qualifying places for the final play off at Esker Hills Golf Club on Sat 29th March. With three more rounds remaining, two very steady teams led by Stuart Angus and David Cahalan are now joint leaders. The leaders can take nothing for granted as only ten points separates the first ten teams. The biggest move up the league table to date was from James OMeara's team, who went from twenty first to tenth place while recording eighty-two points, the best score of the league to date. So with three rounds remaining the revival of spring league looks like being an outstanding success in the club.

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An Gairdin
Wattle and Hazel Fencing Wednesday 6th March 10.00am - 4.00pm. Mark Wilson will teach this traditional skill of Natural Garden Fencing using Hazel and Willow.† The day will include information on the sourcing and harvesting of materials. It will teach the skill of splitting the hazel and weaving the willow using tradtional tools. The course is practical and you will have hands-on experience of making a fence. Cost: 50.00 Vegetarian and Organic lunch included. This course is organised to coincide with National Tree Week, which takes place from 2nd - 9th March. Its aim is to draw our attention to the importance of trees and to encourage us to cherish and care for them. This year's theme is "Trees Water Life". During the week individuals, organisations and schools around the country will celebrate by planting trees and hedges and by walking in woods and forests.

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Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association
Portumna Shooting and Conservation Association released 250 Mallard and 100 pheasants onto preserves in the Portumna area. The Mallard were released in two phases onto State Wildfowl Sanctuary at Portumna forest Park and the Pheasants onto club preserves. The releases are part of an ongoing programme, which is designed to boost the wildlife populaton. Mature birds are released in early spring before the nesting season in order to increase the numbers of nesting birds. A further release of 6week old birds takes place in the Autumn. This intensive release programme will continue over the next 5 years and will be complimented by habitat improvement. This important conservation initiative would not be possible without the kind support of the farming community and the generous financial support of the many sponsors who have contributed to the Associations efforts. Also support the Texas hold them on the 9th March.

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Sign Out Youth Cafe
On February 15th last a youth delegation from County Galway travelled to Croke Park, Dublin to attend Dail na nOg, the Young Peoples Parliament. It is an annual event where the young people of Ireland meet on a national level to discuss issues that are important to them. Ailis O Toole and Sarah Hoban were nominated to represent the youth in our local area and to bring to the table what changes and suggestions they had on mental health and the current educational system. On arrival, along with the two hundred other youth candidates from across Ireland, they were assigned to separate tables with different topics being discussed at each one. Sarah was with a group who were focusing mainly on Sports for young people and Ailis was discussing Guidance for young people in schools. After nearly two hours of debate, each table submitted two main statements on their given topic, which they felt were important and relevant to young people lives. Each youth candidate then electronically voted these statements on, with the immediate results appearing on an overhead screen. The Dail na nog delegates have the chance to let the decision makers in Government know what they think of issues that affect their daily lives. The Chair told them that these results were being noted and passed on to members of the Dail for further discussion. After a speech from the Minister for Children, Brendan Smith TD and a heated questions and answers session with local representatives the day drew to a close. For more information on the Sign Out Youth Project please contact Susan or Joan on 086 2051346 Youth Club Members of Portumna Youth Club are busy rehearsing a short sketch, for the Variety Show in the Town Hall on Friday 29th February. The cast include Oisin Royston, Gary Curren, Niamh Bergan, Eddie Moloney, Padraig Muldoon, Conor Duggan, Nicola Walsh, Ashling Egan and Kim Mannion. The Variety Show is providing a platform for groups to come together, both young and old, to showcase their talents. A great night’s fun and entertainment is guaranteed. Your support for local clubs/groups on the night will be much appreciated. Tickets on sale at the door. Help is always appreciated with the running of the Youth Club and if you require any further information please contact Patricia, Joan or Susan at 086 2051346. 14 youths representing the Youth CafÈ have been busy rehearsing a short 1 Act Play under the direction of John Smith. They will be performing this drama at the Variety Show this Friday 29th Feb.

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Variety Show
Portumna Arts Group are involved in organising a variety show in Portumna Town Hall on Fri Feb 29th at 8.00pm. featuring some poetry , drama, music, song and dance. It should be a good night featuring all local talent. Your support would be appreciated , encouraged and welcome. Spread the word!

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Portumna Castle Opening Soon
The Castle will be open to the public from Friday the 14th March to October 27th for the 2008 season. 10am to 6pm Daily.

Free Guided Tours: Free admission for secondary and primary schools. For further information contact 090 9741658. Portumna Castle is a national monument and it is open to the public from March to October. Built in 1616 by Richard Clanricarde, then governor of Galway, Portumna Castle is a symmetrical three-storey mansion built over a basement. Portumna Castle was built with beauty and comfort in mind, and offers a breathtaking view of Lough Derg. Inside the Castle, a series of exhibits tells the story of the house and the Clanricardes. Outside, a walled forecourt has been rebuilt and the Portumna Castle gardens are laid out with geometric paths and formal enclosures. A theatre group from Dublin hope to bring Brain Friels play “Translations” to the castle this coming April.

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Camera Club
The Portumna Camera club will meet on Tuesday 4th March at 8pm in the Maple Kitchen this weeks guest speaker John Smails a photographer from Dublin. New members always welcome.

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Chamber of Commerce
The Portumna Chamber of Commerce was launched on Monday February 11th in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, a large number of local business people attended the inaugural meeting. The aim of the chamber is to promote commerce in the area and work in tandem with other well established groups in the Town. The committee elected from the floor is Chairperson Timmy Walsh, Secretary Fergal Coughlan, Assistant Secretary Muirne Goode, Treasurer Dan Lynch, Ger OToole, Tony Williams,and Lily Forbes Foulger. New members are always welcome, contact one of the above.

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GAA
Portumna got through to their second all Ireland in three years, beating Loughmore-Casteliney by 5 points. The match was played in Limericks Gaelic Park to a crowd of 5,600, it was an exciting game from the throw in, Portumna playing with the wind in the first half lead by 1-5 to 4 points. The second half proved more challenging, Portumna led by ten points, 2-11 to 0-7, with eight minutes of normal time remaining before late goals from Micheal Webster and teen sensation Noel McGrath ensured a great finish. Joe Canning was man of the match, scoring 1-9 (1-3) from play, Eugene McEntee had a great game as full back and it will be interesting to see how the final with Birr pans out as there is only an 16 miles distance between the two towns, and Eugene’s uncle Mike Salmon is heavily involved with Birr hurling club for many years, boasting that they are unbeatable. Eugene said yesterday “Now we’re going to be trying to put Birr back a bit, like Sarsfields and Athenry have done before. That would be a bit special”. “We’ve got to five county finals in a row, we won three. We’re now in our second All-Ireland final, after being beaten in one semi-final – that’s not bad.” Eugene was Captain of Portumna when they won the 2006 All Ireland Club final. The lads getting to the final is an honour for them and for Portumna, they are playing hurling most of their young lives, it’s a way of life for them at the moment, every one of them is an individual, yet everyone and everything has a place on the field of play. Trivia re match John O'Flaherty a sub on the Portumna hurling team panel, he was twenty one on the 14th February, and unselfishly put off his 21st Birthday celebrations until 29th March after they beat Birr in the Club final.

 

Congratulations to Portumna Senior Hurling Panel and Management on qualifing for their second All Ireland Club Final in three years.A fantastic achievement,and richly deserved by a very dedicated group of players and mentors. The final is against our near neighbours Birr in Croke Park on St.Patrick's Day. Details of tickets, and travelling arrangements will be finalised shortly and will then be publicised.A training fund for the All Ireland has been launched for anyone wishing to donate, our Treasurer,Celia Keane or any officer would be most grateful for any contributions.

 

The Junior league commences this weekend.Check the GAA fixture list for times and venue.

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Patricks Day Parade
Due to the All-Ireland Hurling Club final been played on St Patrick’s Day, Portumna will be deserted, so it is hoped to run the Patrick’s Day parade on Easter Sunday 23rd March.

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