07 May 2008


Tidy Town Helpers
Scouts
Community Games
Bridge Results
An Gairdin
Reef Stained
London Marathon
Blood Bank
Tea Day
Community School News
First Aid Course


Tidy Town Helpers
A group of people have got together in an effort to keep Portumna clean and tidy. Volunteers are needed to help meet their goal. They meet every Saturday in the playground at 10am and every Wednesday in the Town Square at 7.30pm. They appeal to restaurants/fast food outlets and commercial businesses to do a tidy up regularly in the vicinity of their premises and shop fronts and they also appeal to householders to repair broken windows, mow the lawn, weeds to be destroyed and pathways to be rejuvenated. In general keep your property clean and tidy, lets play our part and keep our town and parish beautiful.

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Scouts
To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Scouting in Ireland scouts around the country are encouraged to take on a challenge that incorporates the 100 theme. Portumna, never shy when it comes to taking on a challenge have decided to rise to this challenge and will test their physical strength and endurance. They propose to do a 100 length swim in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Country Club starting at 9pm on the 10th May and finishing at 9am on the 11th May, in total swimming 2,400 lengths of the pool over 12 hours. Family and friends are welcome along to show their support. Successful entrants will receive a specially commissioned centenary year badge, which they will be allowed to wear on their uniforms indefinitely unlike most other badges which have to be removed after one year. We wish them well in the challenge.

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Community Games
Portumna Community Games track and field events will be held on May 10 at 2pm in the GAA pitch. There will be events for everyone from pre-school to under 17. Every one is welcome, so come on and enjoy the day. Help on the day will be much appreciated. Registration will be from 1 to 2 pm.

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Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club A.I.B. Competition Results:- 1st. Mary Connolly Frances McRory. 2nd. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, Gross. Pat Flanagan Noreen Murphy, 3rd. Vera Burke Joan Ryan, 4th. Teresa Cunningham Pauline McKeon. 5th. Tony Ryan Sean Cahalan, 6th. Martin Quinn Conor Finch, 7th. Nicholas Treacy Nora Flanagan.

 

Portumna Contract Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Fr. M. Finneran Eileen Smith, 2nd. Elizabeth Ryan Teresa Dillon, 3rd. Mary Fahy Michael Torpey, 4th.Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, 5th. Geraldine Canning Conor Finch, 6th. Bernie Larkin Cecila Cox, 7th. Joe Ryan Judy Craig.

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An Gairdin
This is the time of year when our minds and taste buds turn to salads and cold plates. An Gairdin will run a seminar facilitated by Dolores Keegan on Salad Production. This is a day especially devoted to Salad production and it will cover a large range of Salad Crops-seed varieties, spacing, tending, harvesting, rotation and diseases. It will deal with salads both outdoor and under cover. Cost is €30.

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Reef Stained
Just to wish the band members Michael D'Alton, Mark Finnerty, Peter Kelly and Brian Murphy the very best on Saturday 17th May as they are playing in the Final of the Coca Cola Blast Beat Competition in the Tripod, Harcourt Street, Dublin. Good luck lads.

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London Marathon
Bernie Leonard, who comes from Ballinakill and works in Portumna as Secretary to Father Lawless PP, completed the London city marathon recently with 20 others of the Croí team. Croí 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. Bernie has competed in several events raising money for this noble charity; we should give her any support that she may require in the area of sponsorship.

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Blood Bank
The blood transfusion Service came to Portumna last week and would like to thank the people of Portumna and the surrounding areas for their support and commitment over the last number of years. The amount of blood collected was 101 Pints.

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Tea Day
Mary and Sean Fahy, Tiernascragh wish to thank everyone who came along to their tea party on Sunday 6th April. The amount of money raised was €645 and this will go to the West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation.

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Community School News
Post Leaving Cert & Adult Courses 2008-09: 1. Community Care / Health Care (Care Assistant – Classroom Assistant).2. Office Admin. with Legal Studies (Legal Secretary). Information and Application Forms available from the school and around the locality. Features of the courses include: Certified by Fetac (Level 5). Mornings only. 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Mature applicants welcome. No fees. VEC grants available to eligible students. First Aid Course (Basic). Applicants welcome immediately and a full Information Evening will take place on 3rd Sept.

 

Ryan Cup Victory: Portumna C.S. 2-06 Pres. College Athenry 0-06 Duggan Park in Ballinasloe provided the venue for the Ryan cup final between Portumna Community School and Presentation Collage, Athenry on Monday, 28th April. It had been four years since Portumna C.S. last won the cup (2004) and they were determined to bring it our side of the county this year. Portumna opened brightly and two Shane Moloney frees got the team going. This was quickly replied to with a fine Athenry point. Ger Kelly added another point to Portumna’s efforts. Athenry scored three frees to put them one up. Athenry added another point and Shane Moloney did likewise for Portumna. A brilliant individual run from Kevin McKeigue ended with a Padraig Breheny point just before half time, which left the score at six points to five at the interval. The second half saw tremendous determination from Portumna and two goals from Micheal Dervan and another point from Shane Moloney sealed victory for Portumna. After a four-year wait Portumna at last took home the Ryan Cup in what was an unbelievable team performance on the day. They will now be aiming to make it two in a row. Thanks to Mr. Fallon and well done to all involved.

 

Cake Sale: The Cake Sale held earlier today by Mrs. C. Burke’s Irish TY class was a huge success. We raised over €300 which will be given to the Galway Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland’s ‘Voices for Galway’ project. Many thanks to all the staff and students who participated. Special thanks to Ms. Burke and Ms. Harty. The support was much appreciated.

 

Athletics: Well done to all athletes who represented the School at the Regional Finals of Schools Track & Field competition. The event was held in Dangan, Galway City and the cold weather did not deter the Portumna students. Congratulations to the following who qualify for the Connacht Finals on May 15th: Owen Treacy (1st yr) – 1st place Minor Boys Shot Putt. Eithne McDonagh (1st yr) – 5th place Minor Girls Shot Putt. Lisa Callanan (2nd yr) – 2nd Place Junior Girls Shot Putt. Christopher Headd (1st yr) – 3rd place 800m. Katie O’Hara (TY) – 4th place Junior Girls 1500m. Aoife Kennedy (2nd yr) – 5th place Junior Girls Javelin. Training on Tues. & Wed. (4 – 5 pm) for the students who have qualified only. All to attend.

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First Aid Course
A First aid course run over two days starting on Thursday 15th May and Wednesday 21st May from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This course is recognized by Health and Safety Authority. The cost is €100 the tutor is Godffery Casey, Civil Defence, Ballinasloe. The venue is An Gairdin, Saint Brigid’s Road Portumna, booking ring 090 9741698.

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