19 March 2008


Portumna win AIB Club Hurling Final
House Building in Zambia
Abalta Ball
An Gairdin
Portumna Community School
An extension for Raheen School
Killimor Community Games
Cystic Fibrosis Table Quiz
Easter Parade
Bridge Club News
Junior Golfers
Butterfly Flowers
Yoga Classes
Wedding Fair
Parking in Portumna


Portumna win AIB Club Hurling Final
The Portumna hurling team who beat Birr on St patrick’s Day in Croke Park are not a good team, they are a great team, you could say they were one big family and may still go on to win more Club All-Ireland titles. From early morning buses packed with supporters were leaving the Town Square destined for Dublin. The weather was beautiful,it was a real spring day and there was an air of excitement around the East Galway Town. The months of training and inter club matches were now just a memory it was time to put it all into practice. The opposition were only 17 miles down the road and the Portumna supporters had to pass through Birr on their way to Croke Park. So the stage was set for a great match and it certainly lived up to all expectations. Birr made a dream start to their first final since 2003 - forward duo Stephen Browne and Paul O'Meara both registered goals inside the first ten minutes. Things were looking up for Birr but Portumna, with their speed and skill coming to the fore pulled clear to lead at half time by 1-11 to 2-04. Andrew Smith scored a vital 14th-minute goal and Joe Canning scored points from four frees. Joe Canning, as expected, proved a constant thorn in Birr's side displaying a dazzling array of skills and despite having a penalty saved, Joe helped establish a 1-11 to 2-4 lead at half time. Portumna dominated the second half and another goal from Andrew Smith extended that lead early in the second-half, as Portumna, although playing into a strong breeze, pressed home their dominance. Birr hung in but when Damien Hayes put another goal past Brian Mullins there was no way back for Birr. The final score was Portumna 3-19 Birr 3-09. The team came home Sunday evening to streets lined with supporters, the review stand was ready since Saturday in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, the Tommy Moore cup was once again west of the Shannon for the 4th time this Century. Well done lads, and also to the management team take a bow.

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House Building in Zambia
Local student travels to Zambia Building houses for families in need On the 30th May 2008 this year local man, Alan Quigley of Ballyglass, Ballyshrule, just outside Portumna along side other volunteeers from National University of Ireland Galway will travel to Kawama in Zambia. The group’s mission is to build houses with the local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity (HFH). This HFH is an internationally acclaimed self build housing organisation at work in almost 100 countries and their aim is to make the elimination of poverty housing a matter of conscience and action. The team lead by team leaders Father Iomar Daniels, Bryan Cahill, Mary Collins, and Paddy Hennelly, will work with local people to build several simple and decent new homes during their two week visit. The group will work under the supervision of local skilled trade’s people, doing work such as bricklaying, carpentry, plastering, and painting. They will work alongside local volunteers and families. HFH projects build houses with people not just for them. It offers a hands up not a hand out. HFH homes are different on every country and in Zambia they are constructed from caly blocks and covered with corrugated iron sheets. This is in comparision to typical Zambian homes that are grass thatched mud and wattle structures requiring annual overhauling, 86% of the population of Zambia live below the poverty line, the families most in need that purchase HFH homes repay about €5 per month which is then put back into making more homes in the Community.

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Abalta Ball
The Keith Duffy Abalta Ball will take place in the Clayton Hotel on the 16th May, 2008. The fundraising Ball is being organised to enable Abalta to raise vital funds to educate children with autism. Collette Flaherty is still selling raffle tickets and they are limited to 1500 only been sold at 100 euro each. One lucky person will have the opportunity to win a Car in the draw. Other wonderful prizes such as an all expenses paid holiday to Tenerife, and a laptop will be on offer. Tickets for the draw are available from Collette.

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An Gairdin
An Gairdin wishes to remind those who will be attending the workshop on Reed-beds that the session begins at 10am and finishes at 4.30 pm.on Sat.22nd March.

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Portumna Community School

Ceili 2008 Failte roimh Sheactain na Gaeilge 2008: The school has been preparing for Seactain na Gaeilge in truly Irish style. What better way to end the important week and end of term than with a good old fashioned Céilí? An Céilí Mór involved all of the First and Second year students this afternoon. Huge work has been put in by all involved over the last two weeks in teaching and learning the dances, decorating the hall and organising the music. Everyone has come a long way – from people who have never seen Irish Dancing before to those who have been tapping before they could walk. Now we are ready to put any Gaeltacht to shame. None of this would be possible without Ms. C. Burke. Her determination, patience and vision have made Seactain na Gaeilge unforgettable this year. From everyone involved, especially the Prefects, a big Bualadh Bos to her. Thanks also to the Prefects for their contributions. They have showed great skills at teaching the younger students to dance and really brought the tradition back to life. Special thanks to Tom Quinn and Martin Hackett for their help decorating the hall, Mr. Connaire for creating the posters, Ms. Kelleher & Ms. O’Donnell for their help with the music, Ms. Lyons, Mrs. Conroy, Ms. Kinneen, Ms. O’Sullivan & Ms. Harty for their continued support, Mr. Long & Mr. Kilkenny and all the staff for their support and advice throughout the fortnight. Thanks to Bert Notley and the Canteen staff who, as well as providing us with some treats for the afternoon, had the discomfort of listening to jigs and reels for the last two weeks! Thanks to all the students who supported the Céilí, especially the first and second years who participated. Performances: Ballaí Luimnigh, Ionsaí na hÍnise, Sál agus Barraicín, Shoe the Donkey, Droichead Átha Luan, Staicín Eorna, Dreoilín, East Galway Set, 2 Hand Reel, Brush Dance, Reel, Hornpipe. Singers: Fiona Whelan – ‘Mo Ghile Mear’, Ms. C. O’Donnell – ‘Cailín na Gaillimhe’, Marion Lynch – ‘Preab San Ól’, Conor O’Meara – ‘She Moves Through the Fair’. Musicians: Bríd McClearn, Shauna Larkin, Fiona Hyland, Sarah Larkin, Conor O’Meara, Megan O’Meara, Micháel Lambe, Niamh Bergin, Roísín Cahalan & Michelle Cunningham.

 

Under 15 Hurling Training Trip: After a lot of planning and fundraising the U15 hurlers boarded Kieran Madden’s bus and headed for Waterford. Our first match was against De La Salle College and both teams showed a lot of hurling skills. Shane Moloney, Padraig Breheny, Mark Walsh and Jamie Blake gave great performances through the game. The final score was De La Salle College 1-6 to Portumna C.S. 3-16. After the great victory we travelled on to O’Shea’s Hotel to check in. Later we had fun in the local bowling alley which was kindly sponsored by the local GAA clubs. After a sleepy breakfast, the next morning, everyone got a great shock with an early morning training session at Tramore Beach which ended with a dip in the icy waters, led by Tom Breheny!! Then we made our way to the famous St. Kierans college in Kilkenny. The school had top class facilities for us to avail of before our match. The game started well but the weather conditions were not the best! St. Kierans scored first but Portumna CS replied quickly. It was a close game all through the match with Portumna prevailing in the end by 2 points. Outstanding performances were given by Shane Moloney, Kevin Moloney, Padraig Breheny and John Whelan. The final score was St. Kierans 1-15 to Portumna C.S. 3-11. Huge thanks to Mr. OTuairisg for organising a great trip and to Mr. Tom Breheny and Mr. Kieran Madden for their support from all of the U15 hurlers. Panel: M. Walsh, P. Killeen, P. Hodgins, B. Fahy, K. Moloney, J. McEvoy, B. Whelan, P. Breheny, J. Blake, N. Dervan, K. Farragher, N. O’Meara, S. Moloney, O. Royston, M. Briscoe, G. Keane, C. O’Meara, M. Lambe, N. Whelan, C. Corcoran, C. Casey, G. Fogarty.

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An Extension for Raheen School
Raheen school built in 1960 needs an extension. The project will be funded by the Department of Education. The extra accommodation is needed for resource teachers and a learning support teacher. The extension will include a general classroom, a staff room, storerooms, and a toilet with wheelchair access. Building has begun and be will completed by next September.

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Killimor Community Games
Congratulates to, Emilio Burke who came first in Tuam in the U.12 relay. He will be part of the team representing Galway in Mosney in May, well done. Killimor Community Games will be holding their annual church gate collection at Killimor, Tiernascragh, Fahy and Quansboro Churches this weekend your support will be gratefully appreciated.

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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.

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Easter Parade
The annual St Patrick’s Day parade has been moved to Easter Sunday due to the All-Ireland Hurling Club finals been played on that day. The organizers hope that all businesses will make a special effort this year and enter floats, walking or otherwise. It will start in the mart area at 3pm and work its way up to the parade stand on Brendan Street. There will be a special prize for the best Easter Bonnet, and best dressed window. This year we are presenting Mr John Pardy and family with a special one off piece designed by Brian Murray. John built and owned the Shannon Oaks Hotel and helped along with many others to put Portumna on the tourist map. It’s all happening in Portumna for the Easter so come along and take part in the fun.

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Bridge Club News
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 2nd. Lorna Stoddart & Pauline McKeon, Gross. Paddy Kelly & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Charlie Mullen & Margie Mullen, 4th. Teresa Dillon & Anna Moore.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club. Sponsored by Western Post-Form Ballinasloe. Results:- 1st. Margie Mullen & Charlie Mullen, 2nd. Peg Burke & Johnny Cowan, Gross. Teresa Dillon & Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd. Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, 4th. Bridie Feerick & Mary Jo Kelly, 5th. Mary Fahy & Michael Torpey, 6th. Austin O'Toole & Joe Ryan, 7th. Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 8th. Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon.

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Junior Golfers
Over the Easter period there will be two golfing days for the Juniors the 26th Wednesday and 27th Thursday of March at 10am, these will be competitions wit a €3 entry fee. Golf lessons commence on Friday 28th and every Friday after that for 6 weeks. The lessons will be on a first come basis. They will start at 3pm and will be 1 hour duration. The cost is €60 per person payable in advance. To book ring Michael Ryan at 09097 41059. The first hour will be for 6 to 8 yr olds. Junior open for boy’s and girl’s on Wednesday 2nd July from 9am, this event will be sponsored by Pauric O Rourke and Green 18 Dublin.

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Butterfly Flowers
Butterfly flowers relocating to Orla’s house Oldhort one mile out Tynagh road 1st left off road, business as usual free delivery around Portumna 0909759791, or mobile 087 6690960.

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Yoga Classes
Yoga classes with Ruth will recommence in the Portumna Retirement Village Social Centre on Tues 8th April for 8 weeks. Beginners 6.30pm to 8pm. Advanced 8pm to 9.30. Cost €80. For further information or to register please contact Ruth at 065 6835548.

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Wedding Fair
Thinking of getting married soon or in the future call into the wedding fair at the Shannon oaks Hotel on Sunday 30 th March. There will be stands displaying all you will need for your big day.

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Parking in Portumna
Since its formation earlier this year Portumna Chamber of Commerce (PCOC) has made Portumna car-parking problem one of it’s principal objectives, with that in mind PCOC introduced a experimental car-parking plan which started on March 10th. What it involves is businesses along the towns busier thoroughfares encouraging their staff to park in pre-designated areas and thus freeing up valuable parking spaces outside the respective businesses. Since its inception only last week it has been largely very successful and as this project is running until the end of the month we would encourage all businesses to take part which in turn should help to promote commercial development in Portumna.

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