12 March 2008


Portumna Scouts Notices
G.A.A. News
Bridge Club News
Reef Stained - The Band
An Gairdin
Na Calai AGM
Clonwyn Hotel
Library week
Portumna Castle
Community School News
Women's Mini Marathon 2008
Forest Walk
Cystic Fibrosis Table Quiz
North Tipperary Ploughing
Patrick’s Day/ Easter Parade


Portumna Scouts Notices
The Portumna Scout troop would like to wish Portumna Senior Hurlers every success on St.Patricks day in Croke Park and hope they can bring back the Tommy Moore cup to Portumna. The Parents and Friends Committee of Portumna Scouts have organized a Church gate collection for Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March and ask that it is supported generously for much needed improvements to The Scout Den and equipment required. The Beaver Scouts and Leaders would like to extend their gratitude to Brian Murray (Cabinetmaker) for his recent demonstration on the fine art of Marquetry to the Troop and who knows it may inspire the next generation of fine furniture makers.

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G.A.A. News
The preparations are nearly complete. Training is almost over. Players are preparing mentally for the big game. Supporters have their travel arrangements in place. The excitement around the parish is high with great hope and expectation of winning a second Club Championship in three years. Anyone looking for transport to the game can book their place @ D.Lynch & Sons by Friday lunchtime at latest. Cash with order only. The bus leaves at 9am from the Square,on St.Patrick's Day ,and returns one hour after the football match finishes. The distribution of our ticket allocation takes place in the Clubhouse on Friday evening between 8-9pm. We would encourage all our supporters to wear Club colours and be as vocal as possible. Most of all we ask everyone to drive carefully , act sensibly and enjoy the occasion. Any person wishing to financially support the Training Fund can contact Celia Keane,Treasurer or any Committee member. The Club would like to "Thank" everyone who decorated their homes or business'for this fantastic parish occasion. Finally may we wish the best of luck to Ollie and the team and management in the Final. Bring home the bacon.

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Bridge Club News
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, President Mary Jo Kelly's Prize, Results:- 1st. Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 2nd. Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, Gross. Charlie Mullen & Margie Mullen, 3rd. Martin Quinn & Conor Finch, 4th. Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 5th. Des Lynch & Peggy Whyte, 6th. Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 7th. Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, 1st. Session, Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Session, Eileen Smith & Mary Nallen.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Mary Burbage & Sheila Dillon, 2nd. Peggy Whyte & Patricia Eames, Gross.Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Kathleen King & Pearl Doherty,4th. Vera Burke & Nora Flanagan.

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Reef Stained - The Band
Congratulations to Reef Stained who won the Blast Beat Band competition in Loughrea last Saturday night. They are now off to the Black Box in Galway. Thanks to all our supporters who were there on the night. Well done Michael Dalton, Mark Finnerty and to the other members from Birr Peter Kelly and Brian Murphy.

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An Gairdin
Reed Bed Workshop with Ollan Herr Saturday 22nd March 1.00am - 4.30pm. Reed beds are a natural sewage treatment system or grey water treatment system. They comprise of an area of tall grass-like reeds above a sand filter bed. They leave no smells and naturally restore water to its clean state. They mature into what looks like a water garden. Reed Beds are a sustainable, effective and reliable sewage treatment method. This is a practical course and Ollan will go through all the stages as he builds the Reed Bed.

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Na Calai AGM
Na Calai Community Development Project AGM on Thur. Mar.27th at 8pm in the Day Care Centre, Castle Ave. Portumna. Tel. 090-9741887 or drop into office on Abbey Street.

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Clonwyn Hotel
The Clonwyn reopened last Friday under new management, Mike Didek who lives in Clonfert Avenue with his wife Lorraine (Claffey) and family. Michael ran a very successful bar in Abbey Street a number of years ago called “The Cat and the Fiddle” it was very popular. Mike a reputable painter by trade has redecorated the interior of the Clonwyn to a very high standard. The night club “Fat Daddy’s”is opening on Patrick's night.

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Library Week
Library Ireland week ran from 3rd March to 7th March, at Portumna Library ran a host of different activities, on Monday last the Book Club meet to discuss Bill Bryson’s book the life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Later on in the evening a talk on “The components in maintaining positive menthal health” by Ann Heagney and Margaret Rudkins. On Wednesday 5th literary readings from Portumna pen pushers and the Maple Poetry group. The local Artists displayed their work in the Library on Thursday 6th from 7pm, it was very successful with a large crowd in attendance, the standard of the paintings was of a very high standard, and also included works from the active retirement group. The exhibition was opened by the local Lord Mayor Mr Donie OMeara and he was amazed at the standard of the exhibits from artist of all ages and backgrounds. There was a cheese and wine party prior to the offical opening, Teresa Tierney chief Librarian and Louise Harte prepared the savouries and snacks, well done to all concerned.

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Portumna Castle
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 97 41658. 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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Community School News
Congratulations to the TY students, Laura Shiel, Jane Hoban & Paula Conroy, who won a special prize for their entry in the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2008 which were held in the Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway on Sunday (24th Feb.). their products were the only ‘eco friendly’ products on display and the girls were highly commended by the judges for their efforts in promoting recyclable and environmentally friendly products. Well done girls.


Congratulations to Sarah Hoban (5th Year) who was chosen recently as a Regional Winner in the Bank of Ireland Student Awards. She won the ‘Community Spirit Award’ and will now go forward to the National Awards.


Healthy Eating Thursday. There will be a new range of healthy options available in the school Canteen every Thursday at morning break and lunchtime. We ask that you would make a conscious effort to support this new healthy eating initiative by bringing in or buying a healthy lunch and, for this one day a week, to cut down on high calorie snack foods to successfully ensure that from here on, Thursday is our new “healthy Eating Day” in Portumna Community School. Please see the posters on school notice boards for further details or ask your Home Economics teacher for advice on new healthier lunch ideas. If you have any ideas to make “healthy Eating Thursday” a success please inform a member of students council.

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Women's Mini Marathon 2008
Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2008 Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June, at 3.00 pm. Calling TY and Fifth Year Girls who would like to take part in this year’s Marathon! Here is a chance to improve your own health while at the same time doing something for worthy causes. This year the school is fundraising for two charities – the Galway SPCA and Down Syndrome Ireland. Entry Form 2008: The Entry form will appear every Thursday and Saturday in the Evening Herald until the closing date on the 22nd April. Make sure to post your entry on time as late entries are not accepted once the maximum numbers have been reached. Training : Every Monday @ 4.15 p.m. Just turn up!! Meet at the Gym. Training will be flexible to suit everyone’s levels of fitness. Set your own target for the marathon and what you want to achieve. You can walk, jog or run (or a combination of all three) so there is no pressure to be super fit! Also training can be done on your own time and not necessarily every Monday but all are welcome to join in when it suits.

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Forest Walk
Last Wednesday 5th March at 10am in Portumna Forest park (National Tree Week) 6 buses arrived with National School students they were from St Brendan’s National School Portumna, Gortaumera, Killeen, Killimor, Derryoober (Woodford), and Lorrha. They were met by Kevin Donnellen, (Coillte), Ruth Carty (horticulturalist), and Ann Touhy member of friends of the forest. They brought the young students on a short tour of the Forest and then each school with a little help from their Teachers planted a tree and bluebell bulbs. It was a marvelous idea and should be done on an annual basis.

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Cystic Fibrosis Table Quiz
A charity table quiz in aid of Cystic Fibrosis will be held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on good friday night at 8.30pm, tables of 4 the cost is €50 per table, students €24, please support this worthy cause, lots of prizes on the night. For further info contact Breege Tully on 087 768168. Also in Woodford on Easter Sunday Night a raffle will be held in the Wren Bar, good music and craic guranteed on the night. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

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North Tipperary Ploughing
Congratulations to Keith Sullivan son of Michael and Mary Gortanumera, who won the Minor section of the North Tipp ploughing Championship last week.

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Patrick’s Day/ Easter Parade
This year the Patrick’s Day parade will held on Easter Sunday so I suppose it could be called the Easter Parade. This years parade hopes to be the best ever, we have a prize for the best Easter Bonnet, also the best dressed shop window, and many other prizes. This year we are presenting Mr John Pardy and family with a special one off piece designed by Brendan Murray. John built and owned the Shannon Oaks Hotel and helped along with many others to put Portumna on the tourist map. So if you want a good weekend hang out in Portumna Easter weekend.

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