18 June 2008


Niall Mellon Trust
Changing Rooms
Incinerator Application for Tynagh Withdrawn
Walking Routes
Rhythm and Roots
Woodford NS Success
Three Rivers Storytelling Festival
Gold Medal Winner
Monster Auction
Portumna Web Site

Portumna Golf Club


Niall Mellon Trust
The Niall Mellon trust project seems to get bigger and more popular each year, it was set up to improve the housing of the disadvantaged in South Africa, last year 5000 houses were built, and by the end of this year over 5000 irish volunteers will have participated in the building project. There are a number of groups going from Portumna- Paul Mullins who was there last year is going again this year, he is holding a draw in O’Meara’s Pub on 5th July the first prize is €1000 with 5 other prizes of €100, the tickets are available from Paul he can be contacted on 087 9274246. Also making the trip are John Keane senior and his son also called John, Ivan Canning and Darragh Glynn, they are holding a race night at the Galway dog track tickets are €40 each this is a good night out. Please support this worthy project.

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Changing Rooms
Cllr Willie Burke is happy to confirm that he has finally reached agreement with Galway county council to open the changing Rooms at the swimming area on Lough Derg from next Monday. The council has also agreed to provide a caretaker to maintain the changing rooms and also provide the insurance. I would like to thank the local engineer Cyril Mitchell for helping me to bring this long running saga to a successful conclusion.

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Incinerator Application for Tynagh Withdrawn
Cllr Willie Burke confirmed that he was informed on Friday the 13th June by Bord Planealla that the Application under the Strategic Infrastructure act for an Incinerator at Former Tynagh Mines had been withdrawn the 28th May. The local committee EAGLE has to be commended on the excellent professional campaign that they have mounted over the last six months highlighting the inappropriateness of the site. Cllr Burke went on to add that he would continue to lobby Galway County council EPA and DOE to have the site Remediated as they are doing in Silvermines.

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Walking Routes
Councillor Willie Burke welcomes the council decision to approve the application submitted by the friends of the forest park for the development of accessible 1.6km pathway from Marina Gate to forest friendly trail. The scheme comes under the walking Routes and passive recreation categories of the Recreation and Amenity Framework at Galway County Council. The friends of the forest committee have to be commended for the tremendous work they are doing in enhancing the amenities in the forest.cllr. Burke added that it is now time to move its status to a National Park.

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Rhythm and Roots
The first ever Rhythm and Roots outdoor music festival will take place in Lorrha this Saturday the 21st of June at 5pm. Young Original bands from Cork, Sligo, Wicklow, Dublin, Tipperary and Galway are included in the line up. The acts included on the line up include Fia Rua, Joe Rubix, Nouveaunoise, Holmes, Mark James, Engine Room Orchestra, CLodagh Kerley, automatic tasty and Reggae SoundSystem It will be a great day for anyone interested in new up and coming Irish bands. The idea behind the festival was to escape the commercial ethos of the larger music events, such as Oxegen and Electric Picnic, and focus more on the local town festivals of yesterday that were once so prevalent in this country. Check out the website for more details.

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Woodford NS Success
Woodford NS was celebrating last week when their hurling team won the Cumann na mBunscol Roinn D 9-a-side competition. They defeated a gallant Coldwood NS in the final played at Kilconieron. The team that played was E. Forde(capt), E. Hickey, M. Moran, J. Flanagan, R. McMahon, L. Page, M. Fahy, E. Morley and B. Keon. Subs used were J. Mullin and D. Kelly. Congratulations to Mr. N. O'Donnell and all his players. The school was also celebrating the achievement of an 'Award of Science Excellence'. This is an award for schools that promote and encourage science experiments/presentations by its students.

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Three Rivers Storytelling Festival
The Three Rivers Storytelling Festival continues next week in Galway Public Library Branches at Portumna on June 19th from 1.15pm to 2.00pm, Liz Warren is the facilitator. She is a fourth-generation Arizonan, is a storyteller, teacher, writer and cofounder of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has performed nationally and in Ireland and England. Representing SMCC, she is the producer of the annual Mesa Storytelling Festival in Mesa, Arizona. Her new textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling will be published in 2008. Every summer she comes to Ireland to teach "The Irish Storytelling Tradition" as part of Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad Ireland Program.

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Gold Medal Winner
The inhabitants of Woodford welcomed home Aisling Donoghue back from New York after winning 8 medals- 5 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze in the Empire Games. This is a wonderful achievement and she deserves all the credit that has been poured upon her.

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Monster Auction
Monster auction on Sunday June 22nd in Eyrecourt hall at 1pm. There is something to suit all tastes, for example All-Ireland tickets, Green Fees, Celtic and Man United game tickets, bicycles, household furniture. And lots more.

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Portumna Web Site
Portumna.net is a new website for the Portumna area that will provide regularly updated information for both local residents, businesses, and visitors to the area, the site design has been completed and is now ready for information/items to be submitted. The site is divided into 6 main sections, Home, News, Sport, Clubs and Groups, Tourist information, Business Directory. The site will be easy to navigate and will be an asset to Portumna. Contact is being made over the next few weeks to all businesses, guesthouses, bars, hotels and so on. The Portumna.net site should be up and running at the end of July. A contact number 087 9791421

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Portumna Golf Club
Christy Robinson Classic: Christy Robinson passed away in June of last year, in honour to his memory his wife Francis and friends are running a classic on Thursday 26th June at Portumna Golf Club. The teams of 4 any combination cost is €200 per team all money raised will go to GROI. Prior to this the Junior section of the club are holding a 3 ball scramble next Sunday from 4.30 this is open to all age groups please support. The Juniors are requested to be at the club house by 3.30 in order to facilitate the draw.

 

Open Week: The club open week starts on the weekend of 28th June, this is a great week of golf at the club, the first weekend Sat 28th and Sun 29th June is a fourball betterball sponsored by Michael Collins Solicitors, Monday 30th gents 18 holes singles stableford sponsored by Connacht Timber products,, Tuesday 1st July ladies Day 18 hole single stableford, sponsored by Cathal McIntyre Fairways restaurant. Wednesday 2nd Gents 18 hole singles stableford, sponsored by Dan Lynch Hardware. Thursday 3rd July 3 ball betterball stableford gents and ladies or mixed sponsored by Robert Notley, Friday 4th July Gents 18 hole Stablefford sponsored by Ger Conway Midwest Mowers. Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 4 person team event ladies and gents or mixed sponsored by Kyran Hayes Chartered Accountants also from 4pm Sat and Sun 9 hole scotch mixed.

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