23 July 2008


Emerald Star Line

Caravan Park

Debs Day

Cake Factory

Portumna GAA Club

Summer Reading Challenge

Soccer Club Meeting - Correction Notice

Friel play to visit Portumna Castle

Portumna VEC Building

Angling Club

The Last Word-Pot Holes

Golf Club


Emerald Star Line
It is not often you here of good news particularly in the customer services end of the Tourist Industry, and it is all the better when it happens at your own doorstep. Emerald Star line are now in Portumna since 1970/71 and they have seen many changes since that time. They have singlehandedly brought more foreign tourists to Portumna and the surrounding towns and Villages on the River Shannon than any other tourist body. Emerald Star Line is now part of the “Le Boat” group which also includes Crown Blue Line, & Connoisseur, the group offers the customer more than 40 different departure bases in eight European countries, Portumna is one of the biggest bases with about 90 boats at it’s base. So with customers demanding a top class service, and of course been more discerning it is good news to hear that the Portumna base last April came first in Europe (Within the group) by exceeding customer expectations, this means that the holiday was better than they expected, this is mainly due to the staff and management at the Portumna base. Gerry O Rourke is the manager and Tim Walsh is the assistant Manager, hopefully as a result of this survey more visitors will come to Portumna and use it as their base, it is not just going from one depot to the next, the people and families that rent the boats will also take in more leisurely activities such as fishing, golf, dining out, walks of various kinds so it is important that the infrastructure is in place to faciliate our tourists., and we in Portumna have them all, how we get the message out there is the trick. Once again well done Emerald Star.

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Caravan Park
Portumna has everything to offer the tourist whether they come from different countries or from Ireland itself. We have a magnificent Forest Park that has recently opened new walk and cycle trails, they meander through the forest like a raindrop running down a pane of glass never knowing what route it will take to get to the bottom. The Castle and Abbey are open to the public and passer by. What is really needed down by the marina is a Caravan Park kitted out with running water and electricity, as there are now more people using camper vans than ever before. The Tidy Towns Committee could do with more helpers and they meet every Wednesday and Saturday they are doing an excellent job in keeping the streets and entrance roads clean and presentable.

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Debs Day
Last Tuesday evening the main thoroughfare of Portumna came alive with colour all provided by the Boys and Girls going to their Debs Night out in Athlone. The afternoon sunshine lended a hand to the proceedings. This is an event that could and should become part of the summer festivities in Portumna, the traffic came to a standstill as the Debs boarded the buses. It was a credit to the organizers as everything involved with getting to the Hotel went smoothly, maybe next year some enterprising business might sponsor a best dressed lady and Gent and add a bit of glitz to the occasion. The Maple Bar and Michael Monaghan ran a Competition to coencide with the Debs Ball, he offered a stretched Limo to the first person whose name came out of a hat, in order to get your name into the said hat you had to purchase a ticket, the money raised went to Niall Mellon Fund. The winner of the stretched Limo was Enda Ryan from Tiernascragh, he his girlfriend and 6 others, they will remember that event for many years to come.

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Cake Factory
The Nappy Cake Factory is a company formed in 2007 selling alternative baby gifts on the online website www.thenappycakefactory.com Our main product is The Nappy Cake's, they are made from Pampers Nappies and contain baby clothing items and booties beautifully designed as a cake, looking good and useable too! We are now currently stocking some of the Flower Stork Company range of Baby Bouquets; these are an alternative bouquet made from baby socks and bodysuits. With hospitals not allowing fresh flowers into the hospitals now, these are a fantastic alternative, and again useable too. We are currently stocking some of the main maternity hospitals and shall be coming to a shop near you soon. Or you can order through our website. (NEW ONE BEING DEVELOPED AT THE MOMENT)

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Portumna GAA Club
Portumna GAA hosted the u10 finals last week-end. Clubs from east Galway took part in the competition and judging from the standard of hurling that was displayed on the day, hurling in Galway will be alive for many years to come. Well done to Portumna u10 team who beat Mullagh in their final? A huge thank you to all the people who helped out on the day to make the day very successful.

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Summer Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge is taking place in Portumna Library at the moment. It is a way to encourage kids to keep reading during the summer. All children who complete the challenge will receive a reading certificate and there will be a prize for the best review, drawing etc. It is open to all children and there are activity sheets to colour etc. The theme for this year's reading challenge is "Team Sports". So come along and join the fun.

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Soccer Club Meeting - Correction Notice
Portumna Town FC are holding an important meeting with parents of children involved with the club this Friday July 25th at 8.30pm. At least one parent of each child is required to attend the meeting. Parents of children who are intending to join in August are also requested to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held in the Shannon Oaks hotel and will finish at 9.30pm. Due to matters that arose over the course of last year and recent developments concerning the future of the club it is vital that parents demonstrate their support for the club by attending this meeting.

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Friel play to visit Portumna Castle
A new collaboration between a theatre company and a state body will see one of Brian Friel’s best-known plays staged in castles, farms, an amphitheatre and a former jail. Ouroboros Theatre Ireland has teamed up with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to stage Friel’s “Translations” in historical sites across the country over the next few weeks. The play will be staged in eight locations including Portumna Castle, Galway; Baltimore Glebe amphitheatre, Cork; Muckross traditional farms in Muckross House, Kerry; and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. ‘The original idea was to do this in theatres, but when the group were driving through the country and looking at all these castles and big houses, they decided that these historical sites would make great locations for a historical play, so they approached the OPW,” and got the go ahead. It is ironic that Portumna Castle that was once owned by Clonrickard is been used to stage this wonderful play, as the theme of the play is about changing Irish place names in Baile Beag a townsland in County Donegal from ancient Irish Gaelic to the King’s English. This clash of cultures, which takes place in the storyline of the play results in a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations that serve to highlight the fact that language, plays a central role in the development of society and civilization. The dates are Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th August.

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Portumna VEC Building
Councillor Willie Burke is delighted with the decision of the Galway VEC in agreeing to lease a site to the Portumna Youth Cafe. The new Youth Cafe is a credit to the coordinator Susan Royston and her very active committee and is providing quality facilities for the local youth of the area. Over the last few weeks the Astor turf pitch has been constructed. The Old VEC building, when fully refurbished will act as the epic centre for the rollout of various VEC initiatives over the coming years.Cllr Burke went on to congratualate the Chief executive officer Joe Mc Donagh on the outstanding work he is doing in the promotion of Vocational Training through-out our County.

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Angling Club
Portumna & District Angling Association's annual barbeque will be held on Sunday August 3rd at the Club grounds at Castle Quay starting at 8pm - all welcome. A children's competition will be held on the same day commencing at 3pm - start and finish at the Club grounds.

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The Last Word-Pot Holes
There is a pot hole or crater at the top of St Brendan’s Road, the main road to Galway, it is there for the past 12 months and if you are unfortunate enough to hit it while driving that route it will wreck your suspension so try and avoid it at all costs. It is shaped like a billhook so hopefully the pothole fillers will cover it in sometime.

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Golf Club
Next Sunday 26th July there is an 18 hole singles competition for Gents and Ladies. The August Bank Holiday weekend the club will host an Open singles on the 2nd and 3rd August, Shannon Rovers Classic is on the Bank Holiday Monday. The lady Captain's Prize Ms Riona Holohan will be held on Saturday the 9th August.

 

Aileen Ruthlidge: The Men's and Ladies Committees and members of the Golf Club wish to congratulate Ms Aileen Rutghlidge on her recent appointment as a National School Teacher in Dangan she takes up her post in September. Aileen works in the bar at Portumna Golf Club and is an excellent ambassador having a real irish welcome for members and visitors alike. Portumna's loss is Dangans gain.

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