05 March 2008


G.A.A. News
Juvenile Club
Government Appointment - Peace Commissioner
Bridge Club News
Variety Show
Killimor Community Games
National Tree Week
Public Information Evening
Clonfert Cathedral
The Atacama Crossing
Complementary Therapies
Kickboxing Club
Introduction to Herbs
Patricks Day Parade
Ability West
Christmas Day Swim


G.A.A. News
The Club Final on St.Patrick's day is all ticket,which means no cash at the turnstiles. Ticket booths will be around the Croke Park area. The Club have arranged for the ordering of our allocation to take place in the Clubhouse on this Friday evening between 8-9.30pm. Adult 20 euro and Juvenile under 16, 5 euro. Family tickets also available. Cash with order only. Collection of tickets the following Friday evening same time. The Club has arranged transport to Croke Park for the Final. Adult, 20 euro and Children under 12, 15 euro. Orders taken with Cash through D.Lynch & Sons.Departure 9am. returning 1 hour after end of the football game.

The Annual Dinner Dance is being held on Easter Sunday March 23rd in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Limited tickets are available through Club committee members. Price 40 euro. As seating is limited early booking is advisable.

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Juvenile Club
Family fun day on 13th April 2008, draw for €3000 in prizes for juvenile development. Tickets available from any committee member.

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Government Appointment - Peace Commissioner
The Government have appointed Mr. Brian Tuohy of Coose, Woodford, to be a Peace Commissioner, for the South Galway and North Clare areas. Mr. Tuohy is Managing Director of M.V.Tuohy Ltd., Coose; where along with his family, he runs a major rural shopping complex, including a successful auctioneering business. Educated at Derryoober National School and St. Joseph’s College, Garbally Park, Ballinasloe, he was a noted hurler in his younger days. Mr. Tuohy is extremely popular and highly respected in agriculture, business and political circles and has the best wishes of his local Community, in this highly responsible, legally important, voluntary position

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Bridge Club News
Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 2nd. Patricia Eames & Peggy Whyte Gross. Fr. M. Finneran & Lorna Stoddart, 3rd. Sheila Darcy & Mary Darcy. 4th. Michael Torpey & Mary Fahy.

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Variety Show
Portumna's Town Hall was packed to capacity in an amazing night's entertainment in Portumna Town Hall on Friday, 29th February. From Karate to Ballet, sketches to one-act plays, poetry to singing, hip-hop to irish dancing, the stage was rocking for the night. Hosted By Portumna Arts Group and "Sign Out" youth project Na Cali CDP as a fundraising venture for both groups, the MC Colin Fahy also entertained during the night in his own winning style. Former You're A Star finalist, Colin is still in top form and enjoyed being back on home ground. Surprise appearances included John Horan, Brian Horrigan, Joe Daniels, Vincent Sellars and the sweet voices of the McEvoy sisters. Portumna's new Youth Theatre Groups gave their debut performances- both groups performing two very contrasting pieces under the guidance of Catherine Simon. Young Conor O'Meara and Neasa Cunningham sang their hearts out while local young writer, Sarah Fitzpatrick told us about DREAMS. The sweet melodic playing of Mary Smith had the audience hopping in the aisles! The Portumna National School choir conducted by Ms. Avril Quinn filled the hall like a choir of angels. OMNA, Portumna's Vocal Group directed by Marie Power and Portumna's Church Choir, conducted by Mary Joyce entertained with great harmonies and vocal strength. Marge & Phil took time out from the Dawn Chorus to 'gossip'! Portumna's Youth Club staged a clever, silent sketch, directed by Susan Royston, while the young people of the "Sign Out" Youth Cafe performed a deeply serious one-act play, produced by John Smith and Joan Gordon. Members of the Maple Poetry Group and Portumna Pen Pushers, Anne Marie Hough and Frances Ortega, read their own original poetry. Local hip-hopsters, Angela, Kate & Mairin gave a powerful dance routine while the elegance of the students of the Cassandra Kenny School of Ballet was also beautifully choreographed. A duet from Margaret Ward and Bernard McDonagh stunned the audience with the power of their vocal combination. The Portumna Study Buddies and Killimor After Schools groups contributed in song and poetry. Mary Fraughan's dancers gave a vibrant display of reels, jigs and set-dances. The local Kempo Karate group opened the night with a display of energy and vitality under the watchful eye of James Dillon. To close the night, local duo Michael Dalton and Mark Finnerty were knocking the house down as well as "knocking on Heaven's Door". Noelle & Joan, the concert organisers would like to thank all the sponsors, schools, clubs, teachers, tutors, students, classes and families for their support. Also, the help backstage from both the young people and members of the two host groups was very much appreciated. Local talent is certainly not confined to the field of hurling and community spirit was alive and well on Friday night.

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Killimor Community Games
Killimor Community Games AGM was held recently. All the children who took part locally, at county level and at national level were complemented as were the parents, teachers and managers who helped at all events. The children who participated at national level from the area were Naomi Burke in cross county running. Naomi brought back a gold medal. Brian O’Hara who played a great bit of individual music on his button accordion. Thanks were given to Alan Larkin for all his hard work and commitment to the community games throughout the years as he stepped down as treasurer. The following were elected for the coming year Francis Larkin (Chairman) Patricia Coniry (Secretary) Ana Maria Burke (Treasurer) Sharon Cunniffe (RTD) Michael Starr (PRO) Terence Fahy (Games Director) Ann O’Hara (Youth Officer) Angela Quinn (Child Officer) We would like to remind all our competitors that the Table quiz will be in St. Raphael’s Convent Friday March 7th at 7.30pm. The Art Competition is on in Gort community School at 2pm on Saturday 8th March and the Model Making competition is on in Gael Scoil Ballinasloe at 10am on Saturday 8th March. Any queries contact Patricia Coniry (087) 8529719.

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National Tree Week
National Tree Week 2nd – 8th March: National Tree Week focuses our attention on trees, encouraging us to appreciate their beauty and to cherish their importance for the health of the Planet. This may be the week for you to plant a tree or trees. An Gáirdín is marking the week by holding a Workshop on Natural Fencing, using Hazel and Willow on Thursday Mar. 6th from 10am to 4.30pm. The course will appeal to you if you want Natural Fencing using local materials and traditional skills. For more information contact 090-9741689

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Public Information Evening
Galway Volunteer Centre Public Information Evening - Anyone interested in volunteering within the Portumna area is being invited to an information evening which is to be held in Na Calaí Community Development Project, Abbey Street, Portumna, on Thursday March 6th at 7.30 p.m. Galway Volunteer Centre, a one stop shop for volunteering in Galway City and County, will be providing information on its services and advice on becoming a volunteer. You can find out more about the Galway Volunteer Centre by visiting www.volunteergalway.ie or calling 091 583696.

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Clonfert Cathedral
Baptist College, Clarks Summit Choir in concert at St. Brendan's Cathedral Clonfert on Friday 14th. March at 8 pm. Everybody welcome.

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The Atacama Crossing
Shane O Rourke is crossing the Atacama desert raising much needed funds for “Acorn to Oak” The Atacama Desert is one of the driest regions in the world, Occupying much of northern Chile, the desert stretches nearly 1000 km south from the Peruvian border and lies between the Pacific coastal range and the Andes mountains. The trex starts from the 30th March to the 7th April, all in aid of “Acorn to Oak” childcare sports fund. The money raised will go towards the fund, as Shane’s expenses are fully sponsored by his employer APEX Geoservices Ltd. At the moment he trains in the Silvermines mountains, running up and down “Keeper Hill” and he also runs on Curracloe Beach in County Wexford, this is a long sandy beach ideal for running and would be similar in texture with the Atacama desert (not as hot). At the moment he is running between 80 and 100 miles a week. On Easter Saturday night acorn to oak are running a Race Night in O’Meara’s pub and restaurant. We wish Shane well and hopefully he will get through this grueling endurance test.

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Complementary Therapies
Reike, reflexology, Indian head massage, and more available all day Wednesday at the “Health Hub” on Patrick Street, from the 27th March, fully registered and approved therapist (VHI-Quinn-Vivas) great for stress, I.B.S, fatigue, sciatica, and more phone Trish 086 3675830.

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Kickboxing Club
Portumna kickboxing club trainer Elaine Fitzpatrick, (Black belt), wishes to congratulate everyone who competed in the recent kickboxing tournament held in Birr. Clubs from Nenagh, Birr, Thurles, Roscrea, and Portumna competed. The fighters from Portumna included Sophie Goode, Chloe OBrien, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Kara Donoghue, and Ciara Walsh. Although everyone from the Portumna Club won a Match the overall winner was Ciara Walsh, 2nd Kara Donoghue.

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Introduction to Herbs
Introduction to herbs a two weekend course with herbalist Joerg Mueller, Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th March. 26th and 27th April 10-00am-4.00pm. This is an intensive 2-weekend course for those who wish to study herbs more deeply. You will gain a detailed knowledge and deep appreciation of herbs and their qualities. There is a fast growing return to traditional herbal medicine in this country and we rely totally on imported herbs. We are in a prime position to produce organic and locally grown herbs. Cost €160 for 2 weekends.

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Patricks Day Parade
This year because St Patrick’s Day falls on Easter week the parade will now go ahead on Easter Sunday at 3pm instead. The theme for this years parade is “Rebellion” so work your float around it. This year's event will be bigger than ever, so local support is vital. For further information contact Dick (Richard) Ridge on 086 8096068, Jim Hynes on 087 6411711 or Bridie Kelly 087 2034272

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Ability West
Ability West-Formerly Galway Association; Portumna branch AGM will be held in Saint Dympna’s Centre, Portumna on Monday 10th March at 8.30pm. new members welcome.

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Christmas Day Swim
The proceeds from the 2007 Christmas Day Swim were handed over to the Lions Club last Monday night. The amount collected was €6250-00, this was a large amount of money and well done to everyone concerned. A special thank you to Ruth Carty who initiated the first ever Christmas Day swim a long time ago.

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