28 May 2008


Leo Smith

Tourist Office

Water Scheme

Camogie Lotto

Community Games

Kiltormer Karate Club

Hearts of Oak – a superb publication

Silver Circle

Corpus Christi Procession

Kiltormer Band

Social


Leo Smith
Leo Smith lead the Westmeath attack against Dublin in Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Portlaoise, he had a great first half and pulled his hamstring early in the second half so he had to retire from the game, unfortunately Dublin went on to beat them. Leo is an All-Ireland club championship winner with his native Portumna, he qualifies to play for Westmeath due to his work as a school teacher in Athlone. He was persuaded to throw his lot in with the Lake county by their former manager Seamus Qualter and will be making his Leinster championship debut this weekend. Current Westmeath boss Johnny Dooley used Smith as a substitute in his side's NHL Division 2 final victory over Carlow last month and with team captain Brendan Murtagh out injured, Leo was handed a starting role.

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Tourist Office
South East Galway Tourist Information Office will be open from 9th June to 12th September at Abbey St. Portumna. People involved in tourism businesses may leave fliers, business cards etc.. into the IRD centre. For further info: tel Pat at 090- 9759092.

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Water Scheme
The contract for the Gortanummera water scheme Was signed on friday last and will commence in the next few weeks. The water supply will come from Loughrea. Welcoming the news this week councillor Willie Burke Was rich in praise for the local committe that have persisted for the last ten years to lobbying for this scheme. It will cost one and a half million and the contractor is Domac.

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Camogie Lotto
Portumna Camogie Club hosted the Co. Camogie Lotto last Sunday night in An Caisleain. There was no winner of the Jackpot. The winning numbers were 2, 8, 9, 14. Five lucky dip winners were Mary Finnerty, Loughrea; Vanessa Lucas, Colin Flaherty & Ronan O' Meara, Portumna; Martin Finnerty, Abbey. Thanks to all who sold tickets and supported our lotto.

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Community Games
Portumna Community Games track and field events were held last weekend and an great day was enjoyed by all. There were some excellent performances and we hope to have another successful County games. The following athletes are qualified to compete in the county games Under 8 60m boys Ben Murray girls Shauna Muldoon Under 8 80m boys Shauna Murray girls Alex Flaherty. Under 10 100m boys Jason Madden girls Molly Fitzgerald. Under 10 200m boys Eric Flaherty girls Sabhbh Murray. Under 10 hurdles boys Kevin Lyons girls Niamh Quentin Under 12100m boys Eugene McDonagh girls Marcia Kelly Under 12 600m boys Sean Heagney girls Sophie Goode Under 14 100m boys Colin Burke girls Sarah Walsh Under 14 800m boys Sean Touhy girls Michelle Fahy Under 14 long jump boys Padraig Muldoon girls Sara McDonagh Under 14 shot putt boys Owen Tracey girls Jessica Canning Under 16 1500m boys Conor O'Meara Long Puck boys John Madden girls Caira Walsh. Thanks to Portumna GAA Club for the ues of there excellent new facilities,and to all the helpers on the day especially our people on the finish line,as there were some close calls.Thanks also to the Community Games committee Briget Brien,Anne Rabitte,Paddy Callan,and Chris Finnerty for all their time and effort in preparation. The County finals will take place on Saturday 31 May and June 1at Ballindereen GAA pitch Races start at 11.15.High jump and Long jump take place in Craughwell friday May 30 at 6.30.best of luck to all our athletes.

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Kiltormer Karate Club
5 members of the Kiltormer Karate Club travelled to Canada last week as part of the Itosu - Kai Ireland Karate team. Marie, John & Karen Dolphin, Pamela Nee & David Feury all competed in the Canadian Championships in Toronto. It was a very successful trip for the Irish Team with Karen taking second place in both Kata & Sparring in the black belt division and John coming third in sparring also in the black belt division. Pamela and David were successful in getting through the first rounds in sparring. John and Marie were presented with outstanding Coach awards. A very successful trip for the Kiltormer Club.

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Hearts of Oak – a superb publication
The Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna, was the venue last Friday night for the launch of John Joe Conwell’s fantastic book on the history of Portumna GAA Club. Former GAA President, Joe McDonagh, launched the publication, entitled Hearts of Oak – The Rise to Glory of Portumna GAA Club before a huge crowd at the East Galway venue. He also presented the successful Portumna senior hurling team with their All-Ireland medals at the same function. Club chairman, Martin Carty, welcomed all to the joyous event and wished the author well with the book. Master of Ceremonies for the night, Sean Walsh of Galway Bay FM introduced the various speakers and complimented John Joe Conwell on a most wonderful publication that would have appeal for all GAA enthusiasts. Chairman of the Launch Committee, Willie Burke, referred to the long hours of dedicated research invested by John Joe over three years in bringing his third publication to fruition and to his distinguished track record as a teacher and local historian. Chairman of the County Board Mr. Gerry Larkin, thanked the author for the remarkably high quality publication and stated that it would greatly add to GAA history publications already produced in the county. Former All-Star hurler and current assistant county hurling manager, Sean Treacy, said that he was thrilled to be asked to speak on behalf of all those players who had worn the Portumna jersey down through the years. He paid tribute to the thorough research undertaken by the author and thanked him for his tireless efforts in producing such a comprehensive record of Portumna’s involvement in GAA affairs. Speaking on behalf of Portumna Camogie Club, Yvonne Muldoon expressed her gratitude to the author for the inclusion of an extensive chapter on camogie affairs. The Club’s recent successes on the camogie field were all well documented as were the achievements of Portumna Community School over the last ten years. Guest of honour, Joe McDonagh, in formally launching the book, recognised the outstanding work of the author, a former N.U.I.G. football colleague of his own. He noted that John Joe’s passion for his subject is obvious, stemming from his vast personal experience, from local community involvement, from local history and loyalty to his adopted parish. He went on to say that ‘the book was more than a mere history of GAA in the parish, that it encompassed a record of the social, cultural, political and economic story of a parish and community on the south eastern periphery of our county. We are brought on a compelling journey by a meticulous and passionate author from earliest times of our indigenous sports to the current glory period of Portumna GAA Club. He contended that the scholarly publication ranked amongst the best GAA books that he had seen to date. Team captain, Ollie Canning, speaking on behalf of the Portumna players thanked John Joe Conwell for publishing the book and he believed it would be a fitting tribute to all who had worked in the interest of Portumna GAA Club. He called for continued support for the senior team and ongoing financial assistance to run the Club. The author John Joe Conwell, recalled aspects of the research undertaken over the previous three years and thanked all who had contributed information and photographs. He acknowledged the generosity of local libraries, newspapers and other institutions from which information was sourced. He thanked typesetter, Mary Hynes, Jaycee Printers, the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna GAA Club, its Launch Committee, Patrons and Sponsors and his own family members. Copies of this excellent book are on sale at Portumna outlets or can be got by contacting Portumna GAA Club members or the author John Joe Conwell at 090 97 41342 / 087 296 3803 or by email at jjconwell@hotmail.com.

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Silver Circle
Portumna social services day care centre annual silver circle draw will be taking place over the next few weeks. There will be promoters in your area, for a small amount of €10 you have 5 chances each week over a 5 week period a small amount of money and you will be supporting a very good local amenity.

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Corpus Christi Procession
The procession will take place on Sunday 1st June immediately after 11am mass. It is hoped that every home in the parish will be represented in the procession. The short parade will go around Dunkellin Terrace down St Brendan’s road and back up the main street and assemble at the Sacred Heart Statue.

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Kiltormer Band
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.

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Social
A social will be held in Terryglass Hall on Saturday 31st May in aid of the Galway Hospice, the music is provided by Midnight Melodies. This dance come social is held every year by Matt Fogarty of Fogarty nurseries, refreshments provided on the night. Well done Matt.

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