20 August 2008


Portumna Water Supply Improvements
SPCC - Positive Parenting Course
Acorn to Oak Child Care
New Bridge
Heritage Week at Portumna Castle and Gardens
Gra Autism Awareness
Damien Burke - Sligo Senior Hurling
Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2008
Gratitude - Lil Maher
Ceili Dancing
Shoreline Arts Festival
Camera Club
Tour of Ireland


Portumna Water Supply Improvements
More than €3.42 million in funding has been allocated by the Government to improve water supplies in County Galway between now and the end of next year, according to local Fianna Fáil TD, Noel Treacy. Included in that funding is €34,500 for improvements to Portumna’s water supply. “The Environmental Protection Agency published a list of public water supplies that were in need of improvements earlier this year,” said Deputy Treacy. “The Government was quick to take action to arrange for the necessary improvements, and €10 million was sanctioned for the purposes of a contingency fund for local authorities to finance the improvement works.” “Galway County Council will set about implementing the necessary improvement works and it they will be carried out as quickly as possible,” concluded Mr Noel Treacy TD.

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SPCC - Positive Parenting Course
Are you the parent or guardian of a child aged between 4-12 yrs old ? Would you like to attend a five week positive parenting course ?. Venue: Na Calai CDP, Abbey St, Portumna. From Aug 21st, 28th Aug and Thurs the 4th Sept. Times of the sessions will be from 7-9pm. Further information contact Sinead at ISPCC Galway office 091- 752387.

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Acorn to Oak Child Care
Enrolment now taking place for Sept 2008. From 3 months upwards. Good family discounts. Contact 090-9759595 for further information.

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New Bridge
Councillor Willie Burke wants to alert the local community that the Portumna Bridge will be closing from the 25th October to the 3rd November for the direct replacement of the Swing span Bridge. The Bridge is presently been fabricated at a factory up the Country and Waterways Ireland have already, the contractor, Keatings in place to carry-out the Installation work. Cllr Burke objected to the original proposal to close the bridge for 90 days and prevented the council officials from passing a section 85 motion through Galway Council which would have allowed them close the bridge for 90 days. Subsequently the council replaced the architects and came back with the present proposal which was more appropriate.

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Heritage Week at Portumna Castle and Gardens
Heritage Week at the castle will open on Sat the 23rd August and Sunday 24th August with Brian Friel's theatrical masterpiece “Translations” Due to its popularity the two evening performances are already booked out. On Friday 29th at 7.30 Sharp, The Frevo Quartet, Aisling Agnew-Flute, Matthew McAllister-Guitar, Feargus Heatherington-Violin and Douglas Whates-Bass, will be performing music from Argentina, Brazil, France and the Celtic nations, including new arrangements from their recent release. The unusual combination of instruments evokes a distinctive sound,one that is more synonymous with traditional Latin American music than Western art music. Whether its a simple Cuban habanera or a fiery Argentinian tango, the quartet relish this rich tradition, delivering fascinatShoreliCamera Clubne Arts Festivaling arrangements and interesting twists on repertoire both old and new. Admission Free Sunday 31st from 2pm-5.30. Family Day – Free Admission All Day. 17th Century Boule on the Lawn. - A competition for all ages. Get your team together and come and join in the fun while learning new skills. Sign up at Reception. David Mooney & Beth Storey will display medieval arms and armour which will include interactive Dress-up for children. Local FAS instructor Brian Simpson will demonstrate the intricate skills involved in Thatching. Facepainting -Roisin and Maedhbh will turn you into a Princess,Prince or PiratRhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2008e! At 3pm (sharp) for one performance only the Spring Onion Puppet Theatre will perform 'Moving House' A rainy afternoon stops Jack from going outside to play, but his imagination cannot be confined inside the walls of his house. Will the audience help him with his homework? Will he learn how to be a Doctor in time to help the Queen? Why isn't he allowed to play in his father's cupboard? Will the helicopter run out of petrol? All these questions will be answered on the day!

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Gra Autism Awareness
Gra Autism Awareness Co. Galway and City Vintners fundraising walk to aid Gra Autism awareness. Please support your local Publican on the weekend of the 29th to 31st August. Walk will take place in Portumna Forest Park. We need as many walkers as possible to raise money for this charity which is situated in Loughrea , but provides support and information for parents of children with Autism throughout the County. For more details please contact Gra 091 870905.

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Damien Burke - Sligo Senior Hurling
Damien Burke son of Frank and Collette Burke, Captained the Sligo Senior Hurling team to an All-Ireland medal 2 weeks ago in The Nicky Rackard Cup (Irish: Chorn Nicoláis Mhic Riocaird) is a competition for the "Division 3" hurling teams, the counties in Ireland that would not be considered "traditional" hurling teams. It is an extension of the Guinness All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the premier knock-out hurling competition. The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months with the final being played in Croke Park. Damien Captained last years club winners “Calry Saint Josephs” so he was the automatic choice to Captain Sligo. In the final Sligo beat Louth 3-19 to 3-10 The winners of the Nicky Rackard trophy play the bottom team from the Christy Ring Cup to decide who competes in the following year's Christy Ring competition. In 2008, Roscommon beat Sligo 1-17 to 1-13 and therefore retained their place in the second tier competition for another year. Sligo have the chance of defending their title in 2009. Damien was a member of the Junior players at Portumna Golf Club in the 1990s and had a handicap of 2 at the age of 18, making him one of the best players in the club at that time, he represented Portumna both at Junior and Senior level. He possesses two qualities that every great golfer needs today-“Coolness”& “Confidence” he had that special something that made him stand out amongst his peers. The Junior panel at that time included the likes of the twin Smiths Andrew, & Peter their brother Leo Smith, who incidentally plays for West Meath, Shane Murphy, Niall Kilkenny, Pauric O Rourke PGA Professional and many more. Damien went on to study Accountancy and his job brought him to County Sligo started playing hurling, and has made a success of that as well, we wish him well in the future, and he also joined Rosses Point Golf Club in Sligo.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2008
Last Tuesday 12th August one hundred and sixty delegates, partners, children and about sixty dogs descended on the Galway town of Portumna for a four yearly gathering which took place in Dallas Texas in 2004 and will take place in Toronto, Canada in 2012. The Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress – a convention of top international breeders and owners met in the Shannon Oaks Hotel for four days of discussion, exchange of ideas and relaxation and it culminated in a world class dog show. Sponsorship was received equally from Royal Canin the dog food specialists and Failte Ireland. Delegates came from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, the Caribbean, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Ireland. The panel of international speakers included Ireland’s Dr. Carmel Mooney from the Veterinary College, UCD and Ireland’s foremost homeopathic vet Dr. Tom Farrington who was probably the most interesting contributor for the ordinary delegate. Pencils were out for his talk and copious notes were taken on his every word. Advice on alternative remedies for ordinary and complicated health problems in dogs was a great attraction. The Dog show which took place on Friday morning in the ballroom of the Shannon Oaks was a tremendous success with a record number of Ridgebacks taking part. Sixty-six glorious animals were paraded around the ring which had been specially carpeted for the occasion. Seating arrangements would have left Crufts in the shade! The overall Best In Show was won by a German Dog, Ikimba Watimu owned by Georg Marek. Reserve Best in Show was won by the English bitch, Rekaylahn Blaze, owned by Mr. Paul Hewson. Ireland didn’t lose out with Mrs Joan Boyd from Sligo winning Best Veteran in Show with her eight year old bitch Sikulubani Zakiya (a.k.a. Kiya) and from Larne, Northern Ireland , Mrs Jane Anthony’s lovely young puppy Veldkammer Dom Perignon at Rottzridge (a.k.a. Hunter) took Best Puppy in Show. The prizes were lovely Waterford Crystal Vases sponsored by the RRCI. The Shannon Oaks Hotel played wonderful hosts to the delegates and their dogs. The lodges and apartments were used by delegates with dogs and those without stayed in the hotel’s luxurious rooms. Guests and delegates were treated to world class cuisine by the hotel’s talented chef and the hotel staff could not have been more considerate and helpful. The week started off with an Ice Breaker on Tuesday followed by an Irish Night on Wednesday that included many famous Irish dishes including Dublin Coddle. The Sligo based group ‘No Crows’ provided some wonderful entertainment with a mix of Irish and international music. Thursday night’s Gala Banquet was a gastronomic delight and the parties didn’t go too late as dogs had to be readied for the dog show the following day. The lovely walks around the hotel were continuously in use for dog walking and the committee of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland is extremely grateful to Portumna’s office of Galway County Council for all their assistance. They also want to thank the Portumna Rugby Club for allowing the delegates to free-run the dogs on their ground. The long grass was a perfect place for them to play hide and seek. Most of the dogs have now gone with their owners to follow the Munster Circuit of Shows in Clonmel, Killarney, Tralee and Limerick as well as the Hound Show in Navan. It is interesting to note that the dog that won the Congress Show also won the Ridgeback class in the Clonmel International Show. Dog handlers were careful at all times that the dogs would not interfere with the ordinary life of the town and that they should not prove a nuisance. Finally, the Congress was a huge success for the Irish Club which organised it and hopefully the people of Portumna enjoyed their exotic visitors. In 2012 it will be Canada’s turn to host this fabulous breed and its aficionados and it will return to Europe in 2016 to Denmark.

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Gratitude - Lil Maher
Gratitude - Lil Maher Lorrha Ceili Dancingwould like to offer her sincere thanks to all who contributed in whatever way, to her fundraising auction recently, and to all who gave her donations which she very much appreciated. Also, thanks to all who provided the music free of charge on the night. Lil can be seen any day out walking in preparation for her 100km Charity walk in Cambodia come October said she is overwhelmed by the generosity of people towards this charity walk. The walk is for St. Luke’s Cancer Hospital and between the auction and donations she has received €3,120 with donations coming to her daily.

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Ceili Dancing
The Clonwyn Hotel recently took a major step in providing an alternative night out to those of us that remember the singing and dancing pubs of the 70s and the 80s, they ran a Ceili night which had a small admission fee, the night was very successful so they are running 2 more nights on the dates listed below Sunday 24th August The Astronauts and Sunday 31st August Kiltormer Ceili Band Admission Fee.

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Shoreline Arts Festival
Portumna Arts Group are in the final stages of preparation for their Arts Festival - Shoreline Arts Festival. The festival will run from Friday 12th September until Sunday 14th September, featuring a host of events including poetry, music, photography, African drumming, arts-related workshops, and more - something for all age groups. Further details will be released closer to the date. For more information see www.portumnaartsgroup.com or call Noelle on 0872931055 or Mark on 0873689507. Part of the programme will include a Youth theatre workshop for secondary school students on sun afternoon Sept. 14th. For younger children from 6years old, a Drama/Dance workshop will take place at 2pm on Saturday Sept 13th with Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre. Also, an African Drumming workshop for all age groups including adults will take place on Sunday afternoon. Other events include writing workshops to cater for young people, our retired, but active community members and writers willing to learn more; art exhibitions and a photographic display. The programme will be available soon for all to book a workshop place.

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Camera Club
Portumna camera are meeting on Tuesday 2nd September in the Maple Bar at 8pm, club members are invited to submit photographs which they think are good enough to be included in the 2009 calendar. Also in the calendar it is hoped to have a poem as well. The images re pictures will be judged by the committee on their suitability and quality, so drop in your image to “Picture This” on Clonfert Avenue before the 2nd September.

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Tour of Ireland
This year ‘s Tour ireland will have 5 difficult stages over 900km is been contested by some of the worlds’s best professional teams from Europe, USA, Australlia and South Africia. On Thursday 28th August the 2nd stage of Tour Ireland will pass through Portumna at 13.40pm it will start from Liberty Square in Thurles, this stage is a big opportunity for the top sprinters and their teams to show their prowess in a possible high speed bunch finish in Loughrea. To see the race, pick your safe spot on Clonfert Avenue and Brendan Street.

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