24 September 2008


Tidy Towns Results
Lough Derg Charity Cycle
Credit Union Draw for Car
25.5 series Triathlon
Portumna Camera Club AGM
Heritage Week at Portumna Castle
Charity Leg Waxing
Yoga Classes
National Trails Day
Bridge Results
Academic Talent Search
University of Limerick Science & Engineering
Lord Mayor Election & Pride of Portumna Concert
Camogie News
Golf News


Tidy Towns
Portumna Tidy Towns Committee was delighted to learn that Portumna performed very well again this year in the Tidy Towns Competition, raising their mark awarded from 258 points in 2007 to 261 in 2008. Portumna was top of its category in County Galway this year. A number of very productive projects were completed in a short period of time by the new Tidy Towns Committee which was established this summer. Projects have included the tidy up and planting outside the Church wall on St. Brendan’s Road and cleaning up the play ground, amenity area and the Bring Bank Facility. The Committee were also delighted to receive the practical support and involvement of community groups in planting projects, such as the local Scout, Cub and Beaver troops. The Tidy Towns Committee is also busy in liaising with the County Council, OPW, Coillte and local community groups with a view to further enhancing Portumna. A number of exciting projects are in hand for next year. The Adjudication Report has a wealth of very positive comments about our town and local amenities and is well worth a read. In the coming weeks, a copy of the adjudication report for 2008 will be distributed to all households and businesses in the town. Copies will also be available at the local Post Office or accessed via the Tidy Towns Website at www.tidytowns.ie. A community approach to Tidy Towns has proved to be very effective to date. Anyone interested in becoming involved at any level would be welcomed and should contact any member of the committee. We also wish to congratulate our neighbouring village Abbey who won there category and have done an excellent job over the last number of years in keeping their village in pristine condition.

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Lough Derg Charity Cycle
Portumna & District Lions Club, in association with Sliabh Aughty Cycling Club are holding their Annual Lough Derg Cycle on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 8.30am. Please contact the secretary Lisa on 0876407966 (evenings) for further information. Please note it is a 70 mile cycle, and we ask that training starts with immediate effect.

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Credit Union Draw for Car
The Board of Directors of Portumna & District Credit Union, wish to announce the launch of a Car Draw that is confined to all its eligible members. Brochures with rules & regulations together with an Authorisation Form, which the member must sign & return in order to be included in the draw, have been posted out in the past week. 1 euro per week will then be deducted from the Members Account & it is hoped that the uptake will be swift so that the first draw can take place for Christmas. Authorisation Forms can also be filled up in the Credit Union office during office hours. We congratulate the Credit Union on this new venture & wish every member the best of luck in the draws.

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25.5 series Triathlon
The 25.5 series - swim, bike, run will be held in Portumna on Saturday 27th September. The programme is as follows - Sprint Triathlon 10.30am 500metre swim, 20kilometre cycle and a 5Km run. Mini Try-athlon at 9.30am, 150metre swim, 3km cycle, and 1km run. 1km Children fun race at 9am. Enter online www.runireland.com.

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Portumna Camera Club AGM
Will hold the AGM on Tuesday 30th September in the Maple Kitchen at 8.30pm

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Heritage Week at Portumna Castle
This year’s heritage week was held Nationwide from Sunday 24th – Sunday 31st August. Portumna Castle was very lucky to be one of the venues for Brian Friels Masterpiece “Translations”. It was excellently performed by Ouroboros Theatre group on the first weekend of Heritage week, they played to full houses on both nights, and the setting of the Castle blended in very well with both actors and the audience. On Friday 29th saw Aishling Agnew and Mathew McAllister return to the Castle with two other accomplished musicians for an evening of Latin American music- The Frevo Quartette. Sunday 31st August was family fun day with lots of entertainment for everyone. John Wilsons “Spring Onion Theatre” was one of the highlights and was welcomed by both young and old alike. The ever popular Historical Arms and Armour display by David Mooney and Beth Storey drew the crowds, especially as children could dress up in medieval garb. Brian Simpson gave a thatching display and answered questions relating to his work. Anyone for Boules was the cry of the day; it was played on the lawn in groups of 2. Father and Daughter pairing of Aidan and Clodha McIntyre from Portland Lorrha won the game. During the afternoon Maeve and Roisin were busy with face painting, changing Boys and Girls into Lions and Tigers. The week as always was very successful and well done to Marie Gibbs and her excellent staff for making it so.

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Charity Leg Waxing
Walking in to An Caislann on the eve of Sunday the 14th it was plain to see that something was amiss. While every female had a smile of glee upon their face a group of men in the corner seemed to be quaking with fear. They had offered up their legs to local beautician Mellissa Hogan of Eternal Beauty to be waxed in aid of the Childrens Language Development Project in Oranmore. With Eugene McEntee as MC for the night the show got of to a 'ripping' start! with many female's queing up to inflict pain on the men of the town the fun had commenced what started as a leg wax soon moved to chest, underarm, backs, and for one brave man the bikini line. There really was skin and hair flying! Many thanks to all the heroic men who took part Liam Gordon, Johnny (waxy)Keane, Darren Fogarty, Eoin Donoghue, Graham Fogarty, Mike Cowen, Martin Gavin, Fergal Coughlan, Paidi Shinnick, Pearse O donoghue and Chris O Donnell. On behalf of the parents, staff and children of the school Pearse and Triona would like to thank all who help out on making the day such a success. To Liam Gordon for for the use of his pub and supplying music and food on the night to Eugene McEntee who made sure the cash kept flowing on the night to all the local buisnesses who donated spot prizes for the raffle and all who donated their hard earned cash on the night. We're sure it was worth every penny! The Childrens Language Development Project Caters for Children with Speach Delay, Down Syndrome, and Autism. Places are still available and anyone interested can contact Joan or Una @ 0877882073.

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Yoga Classes
With Ruth in An Gáirdín New Ecology Room: Ruth has recommenced her Yoga classes, this year she is offering a number of extra options and her classes are taking place in the special ambience of An Gáirdin's new Ecology room. There are still places available in the Monday 'Gentle Yoga' classes. From 6.15pm - 7.15pm 'Gentle Yoga' suitable for people with health problems or for elders and from 7.30pm - 9.00pm there will be 'Gentle Yoga' for pregnancy, suitable from 15 weeks onwards. Cost: 12 weeks - 120.00 euro, except shorter gentle class is 80.00euro. For further enquiries please contact Ruth at 087 - 2434759 or 065 – 6835548

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National Trails Day
Hit the trail this September at the first ever National Trails Day. Sunday 28th September 2008 is the first National Trails Day to be organised in Ireland and everyone is being encouraged to get out and enjoy the huge range of trails available across the country. Ireland has a wealth of trails of many types, from multiaccess trails for all users to more challenging trails for the serious hill walker or mountain biker. Bring your family on an exciting adventure and explore the many hidden treasures that Irish trails have to offer. There are a number of events being held on the newly upgraded trails in Portumna Forest Park to cater for all ages and interests. A children’s Nature Treasure Hunt will encourage your kids to look out for items from nature along the new Forest Friendly walkway, with a small gift for participants! An event introducing you to orienteering will be great fun and an interesting challenge in this rewarding activity geared for all the family. There will be a guided walk, led by Joe Canning of hurling fame, for those of less mobility and wheelchair users on the new multi-access loop in the park. for those of less ability and wheelchair users on the new multi-access loop in the park. For those who have a bike and a helmet, we will lead you out into the new cycle trails and show you parts of the park that you have never been in before! So come along and enjoy all the trails have to offer in Portumna Forest Park! Starting in the Car Park at 2pm Hosted by Coillte and the Friends of Portumna Forest Park. Each event will last about 1hr to 1hr 30mins. Suitable for all the family, wheelchair users and those with less mobility. All children must be accompanied at this event. For the cycle event, you must have a mountain bike (wider wheels) and a helmet.

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Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Mary Nallen Margaret Treston, 2nd. Elizabeth Ryan Geraldine Canning, Gross. Conor Finch Martin Quinn 3rd. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 4th. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon.

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Academic Talent Search
A Challenge to Highly Able Students - The Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University is pleased to announce the launch of its 17th Annual Search for Academic Talent. The purpose of the Search is to look for exceptional mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities among 12 – 16 year old students. Talent Search applicants are given the opportunity to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. Top scorers in this test will be invited to take part in CTYI’s Summer Academic Programme which offers special three week residential courses at Dublin City University. 530 students from Ireland and around the world took part in the 2008 programme which offered 29 courses in subjects as diverse as Archaeology, Writing, Computer Applications, Theoretical Physics, Engineering, Criminology and much more. A series of information evenings about CTYI will be held in a number of areas during the autumn. These are open to parents, teachers, students and any other interested persons. Further information relating to CTYI can be found at their web site www.dcu.ie/ctyi or Ms. Lyons. The Talent Search fee is €50 and students receive a sample test paper and detailed score report. The closing date for applications is 7th November 2008. Additional brochures can be obtained from the CTYI Office – Tel (01) 7005634, email ctyi@dcu.ie.

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University of Limerick Science & Engineering
UL Invites Secondary School Pupils and Parents to “The Graduate Experience Presentation Series” in the Kathleen Lonsdale Building, UL Campus on Thursday, 25th September from 7 pm to 8 pm (followed by refreshments) – Admission is free. Former University of Limerick students of Science, Engineering and Technology degree programmes will present an overview on their careers. The first of these presentations for the Academic Year 2008/09 is entitled: “Engineers/Technologists in the 21st Century”. As places are limited early booking is required – contact Siobhan Harris, Faculty Administrator 061 202421 or email siobhan.harris@ul.ie.

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Lord Mayor Election & Pride of Portumna Concert
It is just 7 weeks away, the election of a New Lord Mayor of Portumna. The 4 contestants are Marion Frawley, Aoife Conneely, Eugene McEntee and the outgoing Lord Mayor Donie O Meara. The closing date for entering your name on the cards is 7th Novemebr and the winner will be announced at a Gala Concert in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Country Club on Sunday 9th November at 3pm. The concert promises to be a mindblower with a who’s who list of celeberities, that will include Joe Burke, Matt Keane and friends, and the local band “Some Scene”, Portumna school choir and lots more. The MC for the night is John Joe Conwell local Teacher and writer of great books on local history. The concert will be billed as the Pride of Portumna and should be well supported by locals as all the monies raised goes back into the locality re the Lions Club. For further information contact Mr Sean Henry 0909741600 or Mrs Phyllis Curley c/o Curley’s Pub. The local Lions Club is of major benefit to the community much of the focus of Lions Clubs International work as a service club organization is to raise money for worthy causes. All funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, and administrative costs are kept strictly separate and paid for by members. Some of the money raised for a club’s charity account goes toward projects that benefit the local community of an individual club.

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Camogie News
The first round of the Junior A Championship last Sunday got off to a great start for Portumna. They met Kiltormer in a game which was all to play for. Tara Ruttledge opened the scoring when she pointed a 45. She added a point from play and another from a free. Mary Burke put her name on the scoreboard when she pointed from play. Kiltormer came back to score four points and then a goal. Tara scored another free and then Kiltormer got a point from play. Coming near the end of the first half Tara pointed from another free, leaving the half time score Portumna 0-6 to Kiltormer 1-5. The second half saw Portumna get off to the better start with a pointed free from Tara followed by a goal. Katie O'Brien added a point to their tally. Tara scored two pointed frees, while Kiltormer added a goal and a point from play. Another 45 scored by Tara was to be replied by a pointed free for Kiltormer. A second point from Mary Burke left Portumna two points ahead. As it was nearing full time referee Dermot Connolly gave a controversial penalty to Kiltormer. They went for goal but it was Triona Byrne who saved the day for Portumna. Full time score Portumna 1-12 to Kiltormer 2-7. Team: Ciara Molloy, Orla Hayes, Trish Burke, Lyndsay McClearn, Mandy Moore, Triona Byrne, Sile Ryan, Michell Joyce, Richeal O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Nicola Muldoon, Olivia Walsh, Mary Burke, Tara Ruttledge, Sarah Conboy, Denise Hayes, Rachel McClearn, Lisa Lynch, Chelsea Starr. Team member Philippa Coleman. Manager Johnny Keane, Selectors Damien Hayes, Cathal Madden & Shane Connors.

 

Galway Camogie County Lotto Results of Galway Camogie Co. Lotto hosted by Portumna Camogie Club on 21st September in Curleys. Winning No.'s 7, 17, 19, 24. Congratulations to Joanne Ryan, Belmont, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary who won the Jackpot of €2,800. Five Lucky Dip Winners of €20 were: Amy Fitzpatrick, Brona Molloy, Hazel Treacy, Niamh Molloy, Marion Forde. Well done to everyone!!!

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Golf News
Hole in One: It’s every golfers dream to have a hole in one especially in a competition, and congratulations to Des Clarke on achieving that accolade at the 10th hole in Portumna. The 10th par 3 is reputed to be one of the toughest holes on the course. Des was a past Captain and long serving committee member, well done Des.

 

Matchplay winners: The Murphy matchplay singles was won by Ger Brehony playing of 18 last Saturday, he beat 2 times in a row winner Mike Keyes playing off 12. Ger has been playing excellent golf from the start of the year. The club Matchplay foursomes was won by long time friends Francis McClearn and Mike Glynn, they beat Ray Lawless and Brian McDonagh, the playing conditions were excellent and the golf was of a high standard, well done and congratulations to all the winners.

 

Club Outing: This years club outing to East Clare Golf Club takes place on this coming Sunday 28th. Time sheet in operation. Please support.

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