04 June 2008


Portumna Tidy Towns
Rugby
Clean up work on Woodford River
Portumna Town FC Award Ceremony
An Gairdin
Active Retirement Group
Bathing in Portumna
Golf News
'Sign Out' Youth Project


Portumna Tidy Towns
Just a reminder about the bottle banks area. We would ask people not to leave bags and cardboard boxes at this area as this constitutes illegal dumping and we would remind people that the area is monitored by CCTV. As we have entered the National Tidy Towns Competition we are asking residents to monitor their own area which makes a big contribution to the overall marks. A clean up takes place every Wednesday at 7.00pm and on Saturday morning at 10.00 (starting at the Playground).

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Rugby
Portumna Rugby Club are hoping to start their first venture into underage rugby next season by entering an Under 18’s Team in the Connacht. This can only be done successfully if they get the commitment from the players, so the club are currently looking for potential players to contact them to express an interest, they stress that no previous playing experience is required. All they want are players born after the 1st July 1990 who have an interest in learning and playing rugby. The season won’t start until around August or September, but they need to know they have the numbers soon as possible to officially enter a team. Anyone interested should contact Mark Scannell on 087 6434240 or Fergal Coghlan on 087 7687171.

 

Congratulations to David Campbell on becoming Portumna Rugby Club’s first ever Connacht Junior Player when he lined out against Leinster last month. This was a great honour for both David and the club and as a young man he can hope to continue his association with both teams for many years to come.

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Clean up work on Woodford River
Woodford and Looscaun Development Group together with South East Galway IRD met with a number of agencies and Government bodies to determine who had responsibility for maintenance on the Woodford River. The purpose of this meeting was to commence a process, which would result in a clean-up of the river, the relief of flooding and the rehabilitation of the fishery. Following this meeting, Galway County Council agreed to prepare a work plan. This detailed plan was submitted to Dúchas, the Heritage Service. This body asked that an ecological assessment on the proposed works be carried out, and also an underwater archaeological assessment. These studies were done and submitted to Dúchas. Various other bodies, such as the ESB and the Shannon Regional Fisheries were also consulted. Following further consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the OPW now proposes to undertake cleaning works on the river. The work will be carried out this summer when the river level is low. Noel Ahern TD, Minister of State at the OPW has communicated to Michael Kitt TD that the works will involve the removal of obvious blockages and obstructions that are not part of the riverbed. They will significantly improve conveyance in the river in the area but will not eliminate all flooding in more extreme conditions. The area is environmentally important and sensitive and the scope of the work has to be balanced against the possible environmental impacts.

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Portumna Town FC Award Ceremony
To mark the end of the club's second season Portumna Town FC is once again holding a party in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Sunday next June 8th at 6pm. Family and friends of all players are invited to come along. Medals will be presented to all U8s, U9s and U12s. There will also be player of the season awards for U10s up to U12s as well as manager awards so be sure to come along for an enjoyable evening.

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An Gairdin
Cut Herb Production: Delores Keegan - The course is on Wednesday 25th June from 10am to 4pm, herbs have many uses and attractions and are in increasing demand.The course will be hands-on and include learning about perennial and annual herb types, propagation, soil care and harvesting, the cost is €30.

 

Rustic Garden Furniture:The facilitator for this course is Mr Mark Wilson it will run on Wednesday 18th june from 10am to 4.30pm, on this course Mark will introduce you to some simple techniques, using simple hand tools to make basic Garden furniture, while learning basic traditional skills. The cost is €50

 

Summer Solstice: This get together will be held on Friday 20th June from 7.30pm to 9pm we take time together to enter into the spirit and meaning of this Solstice time. Join us to celebrate the longest day, the fullness of light, and the energy of the sun and to mark the once again turning point of “The Turning World” donations only.

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Active Retirement Group
The Portumna and District Active Retirement Association celebrated the Bealtaine Festival by holding an art exhibition in the local Library last Wednesday 28th May at 7pm there had a cheese and wine reception to launch the DVD of the 2 sketches and the Acorn Singers. The DVD was shot on location in the Shannon Oaks Hotel last January. The offical opening was performed by the Lord Mayor of Portumna Mr Donie O Meara, followed by Mr Willie Burke local County Councillor and Mr Dan Quaid H.S.E. the night started with Sabrina Fallon playing the Accordian, this was followed by step dancing performed magnificently by Shane Rooney, who later on played a few tunes on his keyboard an excellent night was had by everyone in attendance. The paintings on display in the Library are of a very high standard and are worth going in to see, a special thanks is also due to Teresa Tierney Chief Librarian and Louise Harte assistant Librarian who played hostesses for the evening.

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Bathing in Portumna
Portumna bathing area was recently condemned in a report by the EPA “failed to meet the EU guide standard for faecal coliforms and total coliforms,” The June bank Holiday weekend would usually see lots of young bathers in and around the swimming area, not this year, the enclosed pool would normally be used, is full of a floating jelly like substance that you would expect to see years ago in a science fiction film. The area between the two jetty’s which are 50 metres apart was been used by jet skiers the week before, these jet skies should not be allowed into areas used by swimmers. Earlier this year the Council along with Bord Failte erected 16 or so beautiful street lights and a number of stainless steel seats and benches so visitors could sit and have a picnic or enjoy the view of the Shannon, unfortunately the grass around them at the moment is very high, and the amenity area is generally untidy, it does not look very inviting at the moment it begs the question who is responsible for maintaining this area. It is a wonderful facility to have at our doorstep but if it is let go to rack and ruin we can kiss it goodbye.

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Golf News
Classic: Christy Robinson Memorial Golf Classic in aid of CRUÍ the (West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) will be held in Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 26th June, the entry fee is €200 per team this includes a meal, prizes to the value of €5000, the format is teams of 4 any combination, handicap limit Men 20 Ladies 34. Christy Robinson passed away last June this a classic in honour to his memory, the money raised will go to CROí so your support would be appreciated. Croí depend totally on voluntary effort and support. All their activities are funded entirely from the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions, donations and philanthropic support.

 

Presidents Prize: This year’s president Mr Eamon Nihill's prize will be held on 14th and 15th June time-sheet in Locker room.

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'Sign Out' Youth Project
Opens It's Doors to Portumna's Young People On May 15th, officers were elected and directors appointed to the newly established Portumna 'Sign Out' Youth Company Ltd in partnership with Co Galway VEC. Na Calai CDP acted as a catalyst in facilitating the set up of the project to date. The new company will now plan and oversee the future progress of 'Sign Out' meeting any new challenges, while working closely with the newly formed youth, 'Sign Out' ROC (recreation, opportunities, creativity) Club. The Youth Cafe, one aspect of this Youth Facility, will be open every Thursday evening from 5th June from 5pm to 8pm. It is open as a drop- in facility for the Transition Year to 6th Year age group, and will provide a space for the young people to meet up with their friends, play pool, listen to music and plan workshops. Membership is €10 per year, which entitles members to free admission to the Youth Cafe and use of its facilities including the all weather pitch. Members will also be given priority in participation at workshops/project and trips planned by the committee. There is an optional drop- in charge of €2 per night for non-members. Construction is due to start on the astro turf all weather pitch, with an expected completion date mid summer, providing both indoor and outdoor facilities for the young people of the Portumna area. 'Sign Out' Youth Project is run on a voluntary basis and help and support is always appreciated, if you have three hours free on Thursday evenings to join a supervising team, once off or on a more regular basis please contact Susan or Joan on 086 2051346 or any committee member (Patricia Duggan, Helenea Kelly, Michael Maxwell, Kathleen O Brien, Marie Gibbs, Sean Duffy, Marguerite Dolphin, Timmy Walsh, Mary Burke or Chris Finnerty).

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