21 May 2008


Portumna Scouts Pass Challenge
GAA Club to Celebrate in Style
Book Signing
Na Calai News
Country Market
Vintage Road Run
Traditional Music
Health Centre
Portumna Town FC Historic Victory
Portumna Community School News
Portumna Active Retirement Association
Drugs Task Force
Golf Club News


Portumna Scouts Pass Challenge
Portumna Scouts definitely lived up to their promise to do their best on Saturday the 10 May. The troop set out on a challenge that would test both their physical strength and also levels of endurance. From 9pm until 9am the scouts covered over 3,000 lengths of the swimming pool in the Shannon Oaks and Country club Hotel, exceeding the 100 lengths per person, which was their original target figure. During the night parents, friends and well wishers came to give the scouts encouragement, the scouts would like to thank them for all their support. Full of energy and enthusiasm the scouts took to their task and by 9am had completed it with style. It was a wonderful achievement and an experience they will not forget in a long time and all agreed it was a fitting tribute to the spirit of scouting and an excellent way to mark the 100 anniversary of scouting in Ireland. The scouts will receive a highly sought after second piece to the centenary badge for their efforts, they will be entitled to wear this badge indefinitely. On the night a collection was made for Down syndrome Ireland this money will be combined with the funds raised when the scouts run an Ice cream Sunday for Down Syndrome Ireland in June. The Scouts hosted a party last year and raised €600 they hope to double their efforts this year and collect in excess of a €1,000 more details on this event to follow.

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GAA Club to Celebrate in Style
This Friday night 23rd May promises to be one of the highlights in the local GAA Calendar, firstly John Joe Conwell is launching his eagerly awaited book Hearts of Oak-the rise to Glory of Portumna GAA Club, and if that is not enough we have the presentation of All-Ireland senior club medals to the Portumna team. This is their 2nd All-Ireland in 3 years a fair achievement by any team, and it is hoped that the Towns people will acknowledge this achievement by attending the celebrations in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. It is also a honour to the club that 6 of the players are on the Galway Senior Hurling panel this year and to crown it all Ollie Canning is this years team Captain. The medals will be presented by the Guest of Honour Joe McDonagh, former President of the GAA and the MC will be Sean Walsh of Galway Bay FM. Admission is free, finger food will be supplied on the night as well.

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Book Signing
John Joe Conwell will be signing copies of his newly launched book' Hearts of Oak - The Rise to Glory of Portumna GAA Club' in O'Meara's Super Valu, Portumna on Saturday, 24th May from 12 noon to 2pm.

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Na Calai News
Na Calai CDP in partnership with the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA) and the forum for people with disabilities have successfully completed step 2 of a six step-training programme for people with disabilities in the Portumna rural area. The aim of this training was to provide a platform for individuals to come together and participate in educational and activity based sessions. The participants on this course created a one of a kind piece of art in the form of a Community Clock. Mr Donal Conlon, Department of Social and Family affairs, launched this clock in the sign out Café, on the 28th of April 2008, Joan Murray, Project Support Worker with Na Calai CDP and Coordinator of the Making Choices Training Programme, thanked everyone involved in the creation of the clock. Brian Cavanagh supplied entertainment.

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Country Market
A new range of products including gluten free spelt breads, yeast breads, savoury dishes and bedding plants now available every Friday in the Town Hall, Portumna 8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

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Vintage Road Run
A Vintage Road Run in aid of Raheen Hospital, Scarriff Palliative Care Unit, starting from Tony McNamara’s bar Killanena, (between Tulla & Feakle), will take place this Sunday the 25th. at 12.30 p.m. Please do support. For further information please call (085) 7207491 or (087) 7850597

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Traditional Music
Parents and Friends of 10th Galway Portumna Scout Group have organized a night of traditional music with The Kiltormer Band to kick start the Bank Holiday weekend on Friday May 30th in The Shannon Oaks Hotel with doors opening at 9pm. Tickets are available and reasonably priced at €5-00 per person. The results of our Super Draw will be announced on the night. Tickets are still available with a price range of €0-01 Cent to a maximum of €20-00. The prizes include 17.5 Hp Ride on Lawnmower kindly sponsored by Billy Horrigan, Weekend Family Cruise sponsored by Emerald Star Line, 32” LCD TV, Garmin Sat Nav unit and dinner for 4 at Dyson’s Restaurant. The Parents & Friends Committee would like to thank all our sponsors and all the ticket sellers for the great effort so far. This year is a very busy one for 10th Galway Portumna as we look to attend the Jamboree in Punchestown to celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in Ireland.

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Health Centre
The local health centre located within the grounds of the Workhouse was closed for a period due to rodent infestation; the good news now is that it will reopen this week. It had been closed for a number of weeks and the HSE brought in a pest control company to inspect the building, it has been given the all clear to open for business, like Elvis the rodents have left the building.

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Portumna Town FC Historic Victory
Congratulations to the U12 team of Portumna Town FC who created club history last Saturday in Mountmellick by winning the Shield competition of the Midlands league. The Portumna lads proved to be too strong on the day for a gallant Mullingar team winning by a final margin of 4 – 0. The game was finely balanced at half time at 2 – 0 with goals from both Ronan O’Meara and Eoin Bourke separating the two teams and in the second half the same two danger men inflicted the damage again. The game was played in a very sporting spirit and both sides deserve credit for providing some very entertaining football which was greatly appreciated by the large crowds of supporters cheering on both clubs. In a fitting tribute to the effort put in by their manager over the whole season the team presented manager Cormac Barry with an ornamentally mounted football boot after the game. Check out www.portumnatown.com for more information and photos. Once again the club has managed to secure tickets for the upcoming International friendly against Serbia this Saturday and a large contingent of children and parents are heading off to hopefully watch some of Giovanni Trappatoni’s magic rub off on the boys in green. On Sunday June 8th at 6.00pm an end of season do is being held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and family and friends are invited along to watch the children being presented with medals and awards.

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Portumna Community School News
Second Year Hurling Champions: Portumna C.S. 1-23 Gort C.S. 3-7 Portumna Community School captured the Second Year Hurling Title on Tuesday (13th) with a convincing win over Gort C.S. in Woodford. Portumna started well and just minutes in they were two points up. Gort replied with two goals in quick succession but the Portumna team showed spirit in their fight back. Further points were added by Niall O’Meara (1), Padraig Breheny (2) and Shane Moloney (9)(including 5 frees & 2 sideline cuts). Gort managed two points of their own in the closing minutes to leave the half-time score Portumna 0-14, Gort 2-2. The second half started at an unbelievable pace. Points from Shane (2) and Kevin Farragher (1) pushed Portumna further ahead. Gort never gave up and a goal from their corner forward kept them in the game. Then Shane Moloney stepped up to blast a twenty-one yard free to the back of the net. Micheál Lambe then pointed for Portumna and Gort did likewise. Shane grabbed five more points before the end to ‘seal the deal’ for Portumna C.S. final score Portumna 1-23 (26) to Gort 3-7 (16). An excellent win for the Second Year Hurlers was well earned and, after tough challenge matches against St. Kierins and St. Flannans, they were sharp and clinical in their performance. Shane Moloney, Padraig Breheny, Jamie Blake, Paul Killeen and Niall O’Meara were outstanding for Portumna but overall it was a brilliant team display. Congratulations to Mr. O Tuairisg, Tom Breheny and the 2nd year Hurlers! Michéal Dervan The Panel : Mark Walsh, Paul Hodgins, Paul Killeen, Brian Fahy, James McEvoy, John Whelan, Mark Briscoe, Padraig Breheny (Capt.)(0-2), Jamie Blake, Kevin Farragher (0-1), Niall O’Meara (0-1), Graham Fogarty, Oisin Royston, Shane Moloney (1-18), Micheál Lambe (0-1), Conor O’Meara, Nathan Whelan, Conor Casey, Colm Corcoran.

 

Youth Theatre: Portumna’s Youth Theatre has finished its first year and the committee of Portumna Arts Group would like to thank all who committed to the weekly workshops. A questionnaire was given to all who participated, in any small part, throughout the year. There is a stamped addressed envelope with each and the Y.T. committee encourage and welcome your thoughts. Look out for the YT resuming in the Autumn.

 

Variety Show: For participants, family and friends who would like to purchase copies of the DVD of Portumna’s Variety Show held in the Town Hall on February 29th, please call 087 2931055 to book a copy (€10 each). Limited copies available so get your order in now.

 

A Big Clean Up: On Thursday morning Ms. Keena and the Green Flag Committee of Portumna Community School took part in a Clean Up Project around the school and town accompanied by the Litter Warden. We spent two classes gathering litter from different places covering the area from the school down to the main street, Clonfert Ave., St. Brendan’s Street and the lane across from the school. Fellow students, we would appreciate it if you would find a bin for your litter in future and keep our streets tidy!! Everyone did great work together to pick as much litter as possible so well done to the Green Flag Committee. We would like to thank the Litter Warden, John Glennon, for giving his time to help and also Mr. Long for providing refreshments for the group after our hard work.

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Portumna Active Retirement Association
The Portumna and District Active Retirement Association are celebrating the Bealtaine Festival have an art exhibition on display in the local Library on Wednesday 28th May at 7pm there is a cheese and wine reception to launch the DVD of the 2 sketches and the Acorn Singers, everyone is invited to come along and see the work that the Ladies and Gentlemen of the association get enormous enjoyment from. The Art classes are supported by Galway Arts Council, and we wish thank them very much.

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Drugs Task Force
Western region drugs task force and Na Calai are holding a public meeting to provide information on Drug and Alcohol Misuse and the services which are available to the Community. It will start at 7pm and end at 9pm on May 26th in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The speakers are David Parslow and Sue Redmond Western Region Drugs Task Force. Kevin Gately- An Garda Siochana, Emer Dalton- Counsellor, Western Area Drugs Service, details from Teresa Dermody, Na Calai 09097 41887.

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Golf Club News
The ever popular Portumna Daily Mail team beat galway based club Barna last week 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 matches, this is their 12th consecutive win a fair achievement by any team, we wish them well. Gerry (Rocky) Madden had to sink a 23 foot putt on the 18th hole to win this years Masters Competition. Gerry's wife Mary was lady captain in Curra West golf club last year.every week Portumna Golf Club run a 9 hole competition it is proving very popular you may win Titliest pro Vs.

 

Junior Golf: The Juniors had a great day at Adare Golf Club last Friday, the weather was great and the golf was brilliant, we had 51 juniors and 7 adults, the day was very well organized by Mairead Taylor O Neill and she was assisted by John Harte, Seamus O Grady, Francis Robinson, Sharon Maloney, Francis Gordon and Jim Hynes. We hope to run a bus to East Clare early June for a training day and a round of golf. More on that later. The last session of lessons for Juniors will take place this Friday, we may run more later in the summer.

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