06 August 2008


Row with the Flow
Connacht Rugby
Population Growth
Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2008
Walk in Cambodia
Portumna and District Angling Club
Soccer Registration
Golf News


Row with the Flow
Following a visit to Cambodia in April 2007, Eimear Browne, a member of Carrick-on-Shannon rowing club decided to raise funds for a small Charity in rural Cambodia. On July 24th of this year she began a 12 day rowing and musical challenge. she has just completed her challenge finishing in Limerick today the length of the trip is 250km, she did this in a “Touring scull”. She cycled the first leg of the trip from the “Shannon Pot”to Dowra and began rowing at the North end of Lough Allen. As a personal challenge Eimear is rowing the Shannon in memory of the late, great Eugene McGreevy, who was a loyal supporter of the Carrick-on-Shannon rowing club. A keen traditional musician herself Eimear’s “Go With The Flow” challenge included nightly fundraising sessions en route. The venue for the Portumna session was Horan’s Pub last Friday it was very well supported. All the money raised will go directly to the charity “Helping Hands Cambodia” and will be used to provide families with bicycles (every €20 will buy a new bicycle) if you wish to give money towards this worthy cause contact Eimear on 087 9557036 or you can pay it directly into an account at any Bank of Ireland branch A/c Number 88049545 sort code 905336. For more info on the charity look up www.helpinghandcambodia.com. Portumna Water Rescue Service escorted her from Portumna Castle Marina to Garrykennedy in just over 3 hours. First hour being calm little sunshine, next hour rain and last hour very windy as she approached Garrykennedy, only resting twice to have a drink of water and then to greet some of her friends who had cruised along the Shannon with her over the week and a half as her accommodation along her journey. She had collected over €13,000 so far.

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Connacht Rugby
Portumna's John Muldoon has been named as the Connacht rugby captain for the coming season. The former Galway underage hurler, who won an All-Ireland minor title when the county defeated Offaly in the 2000 decider, has been one of the province’s most consistent performers in recent years. Muldoon, Galway rugby Sports Star of the Year in 2005, after starting 14 of Connacht’s 17 games that season, made the No. 6 position his own. The back row forward has represented Ireland at Youth, U-19 and U-21 levels, and he has also been capped at ‘A’ international level with his country.

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Population Growth
Councillor Willie Burke has been commenting on the increase in the Population in Portumna since 1996. He stated that Portumna has seen its population grow from 984 in 1996 to 1,377 in 2006 an increase of 40% in the space of 10 years. This is very significant growth and compares favourably with the growth of other towns of comparable size.For example Kilmallock County Limerick grew from 1,231 to 1,443 over the same 10 year period a growth rate of 17%. Bannagher county Offaly went from 1,414 to 1,636, a growth rate of 16%.Mountrath in county Laois grew from 1,298 in 1996 to 1,435 in 2006 a growth in population of 10.5%. As of july 2008 Councillor Burke believes the population of Portumna currently stands at around 1,450 people. Cllr Burke is predicting that the population of Portumna is going to grow a further 15% over the next 5 years which will bring the expected total population to 1,668.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2008
The Galway town of Portumna will play host to the 2008 Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress, which will take place from 12th to 15th August in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Country Club. Two days of discussions, a Championship Dog Show will follow lectures and talks on the breed. Evening entertainment will include an Ice- Breaker Reception on the first night, an Irish Night and a Gala Banquet on the following two evenings. The Sligo band ‘No Crows’ will provide the music for the Irish Night and the Gala Banquet. The RR World Congress is a four yearly gathering, which, in 2004, took place in Dallas, Texas where the South Fork Ranch of TV fame played host to the Championship Dog Show. The 2012 Congress will be held in Canada. This is the first time a Breed Congress is being held in Ireland and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland is delighted to be able to offer such a wonderful venue to their delegates. This Portumna hotel is an ideal venue for delegates, their accompanying partners and of course for the dogs which will be a great part of the occasion. Local leisure activities will be well availed of, including the wonderful walks in the area. Delegates are coming from all corners of the world, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland – north and south. About seventy dogs will accompany delegates and the people of Portumna will have an opportunity to see these wonderful hounds as they are walked round the area. All the animals are show dogs and consequently are very well socialised and behaved. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a noble hound which carries the characteristics of the Irish Wolfhound, the Afghan Hound, the Bassett Hound and the lovely little Beagle. It is a large dog of light to dark red wheaten colour. There are only a couple of hundred Ridgies in Ireland and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland is a North / South club. Topics and Speakers are as follows: The Breed Standard ~ Ann Woodrow (Mirengo) U.K. Dermoid Sinus Project ~ Nicollette Salmon-Hibertz (Sweden) Restoration of the Functional Rhodesian Ridgeback~ Matthew Valdivia (USA) Reproduction & Growth Nutrition ~ Royal Canin (Nutritionist) (France) Canine Hypothyroidism & Other Diseases ~ Dr. Carmel Mooney (UCD Veterinary College, Dublin) (Ireland) In Vitro Fertilisation / Artificial Insemination ~ Dr. Shura Bugreeff (USA) RRCUS Health & Genetics Survey ~ Denise Flaim & Theresa Lyons (USA) Canine Homoeopathy ~ Tom Farrington MVB MRCVS VetMFHom (Ireland) Deep Origins of the Rhodesian Ridgeback ~ Sian Hall (Rep. Sth. Africa) The Functional Rhodesian Ridgeback ~ Lindsey Barnes (Diamondridge / SRRA) (UK). The Congress is sponsored by Royal Canin and Failte Ireland.

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Walk in Cambodia
Lil Maher Lorrha and formally of The Caislean, and Peters Restaurant is doing a walk in Cambodia on October 24th in aid of St Luke’s Cancer Hospital. In order to raise funds €5000 in all she is holding a Family Fun Day in Lorrha next Sunday 10th August from 5pm. The festivities will include a free BBQ at the Friars Tavern, Bouncing Castles, Auction of Turf, Gates and many more items kindly donated by local people in the Lorrha area. As a special bonus her husband Denis and son Danny hope to have music running throughout the afternoon all provided by local artists. Lil and her Husband Denis have put Lorrha on the map since moving there in the late 90s. Cambodia has two climates a dry season and yes you have guessed correctly a wet season. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can raise up to 40 °C around April. The best months to visit Cambodia are November to January when temperatures and humidity are lower. So Lil has picked a good time to do her walk, by the way look out for the landmines!!!!

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Portumna and District Angling Club
Mr Noel Treacy T.D. and his colleague in Government Mr Martin Cullen Minister for Sport are delighted to allocate a grant of €10,000 under the Sports Capital Allocations to the Portumna Angling Club, they are doing tremendous work along their allocated shoreline and within the grounds of the club itself, congratulations to one and all.

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Soccer Registration
Portumna Town FC are holding their Registration Day for players for the 2008/09 season on Saturday August 9th at 11.00am in the Leisure centre of the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Teams from Under 8 to Under 13 will be accomodated this year. Children must have passed their 6th birthday by June 30th of this year to be eligible. For further information on what documentation is required for registration please check out the details on.

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Golf News
Next Sundays Competiton is a 3 Ball Rumble in aid of Crumlin Childrens Hospital the format is 1 (the best) score to count on the first 6 holes, 2 best scores to count on the next 6 and finally all 3 scores to count on the final 6 holes.

 

Junior Cup: We wish the Junior Cup all the best in Westport next weekend in the Connacht Final they will play Ballina Golf Club.

 

Junior Golfers went to Glasson last friday evening to get lessons from the European Pros but they also got a suprise as a number of them were interviewed by Sky Sports the programme will be aired this coming week on the sports channel on the Challenge Tour programme.

 

Boy’s Championship 2008: Portumna will host the Boy’s Championship from 19th August (practice Day) to the 22nd August. There will be 120 boys all under 4 handicaps, hopefully the weather will hold, all junior golfers are asked to be available for ball spotting.

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