25 June 2008


Portumna Tidy Towns
St. Dympna’s Services
Automobile Success
Portumna Scouts
Active Retirement
Family Fun Day
Main Street Footpaths
Caparia Dump
Beavers
Killeen School
Variety Show
Tennis Club


Portumna Tidy Towns
It has become obvious over the past number of weeks that the Portumna Tidy Towns group has been gathering momentum. The sight of litter patrols on our streets is indeed a welcome one. On the most recent Tidy Towns report it stated that Portumna has the potential to be a national winner because of its location, natural beauty and flora and fauna. It will take a huge effort on everyone’s part to get to required standard and the committee encourage all house holders and business people alike to undertake a “quick” daily clean up outside their premises to aid this effort. A project currently being undertaken is that of the replanting of the flowerbeds beside the church and with the help of the local scout, cubs and beaver troops have totally transformed this area. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the scouts and beavers involved and a big thank you to their leaders Dick and Liz Ridge, Chris Finnerty and Brendan Murray for offering their services. The group meet twice weekly in the square on Wednesday at 7.30 pm and Saturday at 6 pm. All are welcome.

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St. Dympna’s Services
St. Dympna’s Services, Portumna wish to extend their sincere gratitude to Anthony Hooban and the organising committee of the Woodford Annual Tractor Run for their recent contribution of €7900 . We would like to thank all those who took part or anyone who helped in any way for making this yearly event such a huge success.

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Automobile Success
Congratulations and best wishes to Colm Corcoran, Grange, Lorrha who was awarded the overall winner of the Automobile Technology National Skills Competition 2008. Colm received his award on Friday night last in the Mansion House. Organized by the Department of Education and Science, Colm was one of six young people chosen to represent Ireland and what a surprise he got when the results were announced. The 19 year old who works in Al Hayes Motors Portumna will now go forward to the European Final which will take place in Rotterdam in September. We extend good wishes to him and hope he is successful in Rotterdam when the time comes around. Well done Colm.

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Portumna Scouts
Turned out in all their best Portumna Scouts were selected to represent the Western province and supply a guard of honour for Irelands Chief Scout Martin Burbridge. On Saturday 21 June Cubs and Beavers joined them from 27 Carrabane Scout group. The two groups combined and lined both sides of the entrance to the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe. The Chief Scout was very impressed with the turn out and thanked the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers for giving their time and facing the harsh western wind and rain to honour his arrival. The Chief was arriving at Scouting Irelands National Council, this annual event was attended by Scouts and Scouters from all over the country. The Portumna scouts have increased their numbers to 29 with the addition of four cubs on a linkup they would like to welcome Gary Lynch, Joseph Eames, John O Neill and Donal Donaghue, the four boys lads are enjoying the scout programme and are currently kayaking with the scouts on Friday evenings.

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Active Retirement
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association are holding a social in O’Mears’s Pub on Friday 27th June at 8.30pm. anyone interested contact Pauline at 087 2122695, or Bridget on 087 6161287

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Family Fun Day
Fun day for all the family in Tiernascragh Hall on Sunday 29th June at 2pm, admission free. You don’t get many things in life for free nowday’s please support. Paul Mullins from the parish is holding a draw in O’Meara’s on the 5th July first prize €1000. Paul is going to South Africia this year as part of the Niall Mellon Project.

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Main Street Footpaths
Councillor Willie Burke has welcomed the funding, to go ahead with the upgrading of the Paths on Saint Brendans Street and this work will be done over the coming months.

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Caparia Dump
Local Councillor Willie Burke will be asking Galway County Council to draw-up plans for the remediation of the Caparia dump. Councillor Burke is concerned that the Dump is polluting the water and has asked the director of services to investigate the matter.

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Beavers
The Annual Beaver Family camp took place on Friday last the 20th June 2008. This year the theme for the family camp was Witches and Wizardry and true to form both Parents and Beaver Scouts descended on Portumna Forest Park in an array of differing costumes to suit. With some tents seeing the light of day for the first time ever or in a long time it was quickly time for a treasure hunt through the Forest park to work off some of the excitement and high energy levels. Supper was prepared by our on site hospitality team of Brian Murphy and Dermot Brien which was the perfect start to lead into the Camp Fire talent show which once again highlighted that Portumna has got a lot of gifted entertainers. The hard hitting judges namely Shauna Murray, Sam “Simon Cowell” Murphy and Ruth Murray took no prisoners before deciding on the Yellow Team (Elfglow) as outright winners over the Pink team (Willow Frost) in a tight contest. The Blue team (Reedfly) were very vocal throughout and their rendition of “Singing in the Rain” will live on in the memories for many years to come. The White team (Willow Frost) were also worthy of a mention with their original track “Flaming Fire” due to be released shortly however the judges clearly felt it was too risky on the night. The rain fall from 4:30am was not enough to dampen the spirits and following a warm breakfast roll prepared once again by the dynamic duo it was off on the “Trail of Doom” which included a tough obstacle course to find the Witches Cauldron containing and unidentified brew of something green and slimy and possibly of a nasal concoction. The day came to a close with the Swim up ceremony for the Beaver Scouts who now join the Cub Scouts section following the completion of their link badge. Congratulations to Ellie Harewood, Declan Gorman, Deirdre Eames, Saoirse Mullen, Denis McLaughlin and Daniela Hoary. Missing on the day was Oisin Donoghue who will also move to Cubs. The Beaver Leaders are to be complimented not just for organizing the Camp but also for all their efforts and total commitment to Beaver Scouts throughout the year. Thanks to Orla Connelly, Lyndsay Hay, Bridget Brien, Caroline Canning, Margaret Larkin, Sinead Harewood and Brendan Murray. Our next outing will be to the Beaver Day in Punchestown to take part in Jamboree 2008 celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Ireland. Thanks also to Kevin Donnellan of Coillte for making the Forest Park available for our Camp we are very lucky to have such a fantastic amenity at our disposal.

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Killeen School
Killeen School was built by the Board of Works in 1890 accommodate new pupils at a cost of £500. The manager was the rev. John Deely P.P. Tynagh. The school was a 2 roomed building then, but over the years has undergone many changes. The earliest records go back to the end of the last century, and are available from 1890. Prior to those children attended school in the neighbouring parishes of Gortanumera, Tynagh, and Abbey. Between the 26th May 1890 and the 30th September 1890 there were 120 Children enrolled in Killeen School most of whom were transferred from Gortanumera School. Since 1890 2,220 children have been enrolled in Killeen school. The first Principal of Killeen N.S. School was the late Mary Brigid Hogan(later known as Mrs. Brigid Sammon). Her assistant was Ms Nora Nevin a local girl. The late Mr Joseph Downing and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Downing succeeded them in 1931. Other teachers who served in school were Ms Teresa Downing, Ms Evelyn Cunniffe, Mrs Rose Fahy, Mrs Mary Kerrigan, Mrs Maria Conway, Mrs Vera Gohery Burke, Mrs Erris D’Alton, Mrs Deirdre Kelliher Murphy, the late Mrs Breda McGlacken, Mrs Bernie Felle, and Patricia Leonard. At the moment there are 30 pupils on roll and Ms Louise Kavanagh and Mrs Mary Porter are teaching these. The school has also got the services of a learning support Teacher and a resource Teacher both of who are based in Woodford National School, Ms Mary Ferguson and Ms Sinead Reilly. Last Friday 20th june the school had its official opening of the new and beautiful extension, the people and students of the area should be very proud of their new center of learning. Mass was held in the school and the celebrant was Father Seamus Bohan, he was assisted by Fr Kieran O Rourke and Father Naughton also in attendance was Bishop Kirby. The ribbon was cut by the oldest parishioner Mr Pat Lawless and the youngest in the school Ellie O Toole.

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Variety Show
There are a few remaining DVDs available of the Portumna Arts Group/ Sign Out "Variet Show" on Feb 29th. You can buy a copy from Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy for €10 each. A limited number were produced so get your copy now. Ring Noelle @ 087 2931055 for further details.

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Tennis Club
Portumna tennis club maybe resurrected after a long absence, the said club died a few years ago due to a lot of complications, but now due to new developments in the field, and “lifesaving surgery” it may be brought back to life, fulfilling a life long ambition of providing children and adults alike with the satisfaction of playing this great game. Next Monday 30th June a meeting will be held in the Portumna Retirement Village at 9pm. If you have an interest in seeing the club “revived” please attend. To do something for love is to do something for nothing. “Love all”

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