01 October 2008


Portumna Bridge Closure
Parenting Alone Group
Berlin Marathon
Portumna Players
Colm Wins Gold
Darcy of iGo Home comes to Portumna
Portumna Arts Group
Omna
Monsignor Eric Mac Fhinn & Louis Page Annual Commemorative Lecture
Rugby News
Best Club under the Sun
Oxgrove Bridge Widening and Upgrade
Portumna Car Park Update
Portumna Water Rescue Service
Bridge Results
Portumna Hosts First Triathlon
Baffle Poetry
An Gairdin
Wrestling
1st Eucharist
Community School News
Emotional Freedom Techniques
Portumna and District Health Forum


Portumna Bridge Closure
Portumna swing bridge will close for 9 days from Friday 24th October at 10pm until Sunday 2nd November at 10pm. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the swing bridge over the River Shannon at Portumna which was built in 1911 is operating beyond its design life. Following a detailed independent assessment the bridge must be replaced to maintain its safety and operation. In order to install a new swing bridge, a nine day closure to all traffic (vehicles and pedestrians) is required. The new swing bridge will improve traffic and pedestrian safety as it will have increased footpath width for pedestrians and an anti-slip traffic deck. The new bridge will be similar in appearance to the old bridge utilizing modern materials and construction methods. The cooperation of the Local Authorities namely Offaly County Council, North Tipperary County Council, and Galway County Council is appreciated and in order to minimize disruption, the closure will take place during the October Mid -term school break, the diversion is via Banagher.

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Parenting Alone Group
Na Calai CDP are setting up a parenting alone group in the Portumna area. This group aims to address the needs and highlight issues of single parents, if you are interested in joining this group please contact Joan Murray on 09097 41887 or Fax 09097 41888. EMAIL : admin@nacalai.ie There will be an open meeting in the Na Calai office on Monday the 6th of October at 7.00 pm. Come along on the night and have a chat with other members of the community.

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Berlin Marathon
Bernie Leonard from Ballnakill and Portumna ran the Berlin marathon last Sunday 28th September. She has run in numerous racing events throughout Ireland and Europe this year, raising much needed funds for CROI. Bernie works for Father Brendan Lawless parish priest of Portumna as the parish office Secretary. Well done to her and 8 others who travelled to Berlin last weekend and to their efforts throughout the year going from Village to Village raising sponsorship money, even stretching as far away as the Aran Islands.

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Portumna Players
The Players held their AGM last Monday night, the following officers were elected for 2008/2009, Chairperson Pauric Ryan, Secretary Kathleen O Brien, Assistant Secretary Ann Menheneott, Treasurer Derrick Frawlay, the committee are Alma Glynn Lally, Lisa Keane, Frances Robinson, Elenor Madden, Manus Tiernan.

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Colm Wins Gold
Congratulations and best wishes is extended to 19 years old Colm Corcoran Grange, Lorrha who took the Gold medal for his mechanical skills in the Euro competition which took place in Rotterdam last week-end. Son of Joe and Barbara, Colm beat off a large number of competitors from all over the world to take the gold. The silver medal went to Germany and the bronze to Portugal. Well done Colm and all the best in the future.

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Darcy of iGo Home comes to Portumna
Fergal Darcy, the voice of i102-104 is hosting a 10-week series of youth drama evenings for teenagers. Starting at 8pm. Oct 1st , he intends to provide vibrant and energetic workshops, with a view to staging a production in Portumna Town Hall. Your interest,your participation and your name on the booking list is important - call 086 3196159 before 6pm to obtain more information & secure a place-Numbers are limited.

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Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group will be meeting on Thursday, October 9th at 8.30pm in Na Calai. All new members are welcome. This is a planning meeting for the winter and spring programme for the Arts in Portumna.

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Omna
Omna, Portumna's singing group have started up once again on Monday evenings at 7.45pm. Adult singers who enjoy being part of a group and who love to sing are encouraged along. This will be an 8-week series of singing workshops. If you are interested, call Joan on 0876955166

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Monsignor Eric Mac Fhinn & Louis Page Annual Commemorative Lecture
The annual celebratory lecture for Monsignor Eric Mac Fhinn and Monsignor Louis Page entitled “The Lawrence’s of Laurencetown and their Local Associations” by Patrick Larkin will take place on Saturday evening the 4th of October in Meelick Church. Mass is at 7.30 followed by the lecture at 8.30. Refreshments will be served after in ‘The Shop’ where Meelick Singing Club will be hosting their monthly session. Patrick Larkin is a committee member of Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and is also a member of the Clans of Ireland and is recognised as the official ‘Ceann Fine’ to the Larkin Clan. Living in Moycullen Patrick’s family originates from Kiltormer.

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Rugby News
Portumna played a challenge match on Friday night (19th September) under lights against neighbours Ballinasloe. This was a very good run out for both sides and the skill level on display was of a very high standard for a pre-season game. There was a contrast in styles with Ballinasloe wanting to kick for position and Portumna wanting to run everything. Portumna's running was brilliant, even drawing praise from the Balliansloe crowd. Portumna had never beaten Ballinasloe, but this all changed on Friday night. To pick a man of the match for Portumna would be near impossible and very unfair such was the performance of the whole team. Portumna ran out 19-3 winners thanks to trys from John Smith, John Mannion and David Campbell but as mentioned earlier, it really was a team performance of high quality. Ballinasloe native and Portumna manager Michael Goode was delighted with the performance and of course the win saying that he could walk a little bit taller the next time he stopped into Egan's Bar for a pint.

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Best Club under the Sun
Portumna GAA Club learned last week that they had won the Etihad Airways. “The best team under the Sun” Competition. Etihad Airways are one of the sponsors of the All-Ireland Hurling series, and the prize is a five day stay in Abu Dhabi for up to 25 people with a Hurling Training Camp run by D.J. Carey of Kilkenny and Nicky English of Tipperary. The original club nomination was chosen as one of four to go forward to an email voting competition. They were pitted against Sarsfields of Cork (winners of the Cork Championship this year). Kildangen of Tipperary and Naas County Kildare. It was now up to Portumna to mobilize the Community to get voting and with a huge effort from the players and officials and a number of very enthusiastic individuals, they managed to come through to claim a wonderful prize. The role of Galway Bay FM in urging all of its listeners to row in behind Portumna cannot be underestimated either. Having previously been successful as Galway and Connacht Champions in the AIB club of the year awards and two All-Ireland club senior Hurling Championships in 2006 and 2008, it is a tribute to the hard work of its committee and players that they have won another prestige award. Well done to the team on a hard earned two point victory over Clarenbridge in Athenry in the County Quarter final last Sunday.

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Oxgrove Bridge Widening and Upgrade
Councillor Willie Burke made a proposal at the recent Loughrea Electoral Area assembly that an application be made for €200,000 under the 2009 Co-Finance Fund to the Department of Environment, to carry-out Road Widening at the treatherous Oxgrove Bridge. The Local Authority will be spending the €90,000 already allocated before christmas on the Bridge.

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Portumna Car-Park Update
The local Authority have drawn-up a Layout for the proposed new Car-Park at the Square and also instructed the legal team to draw up a draft Agreement. The Car-Park extension will have to go through the Part-8 Planning process and Councillor Burke hopes that this will come before the full Council within the next 4 months.

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Portumna Water Rescue Service
Portumna Water Rescue Service were alerted by Portumna Gardai to a report of a small boat with 2 Swiss tourists been swept by high currents through sluice gates at Meelick, Eyrecourt on 23/9/08. One tourist swam ashore and reported the other as missing. A full-scale search was initiated involving Portumna Water Rescue, Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter, Dromineer RNLI and Portumna Gardai. The missing man was located downstream. He was winched to shore by the Coast Guard Helicopter and brought to Portiuncula Hospital. Portumna Water Rescue would like to thank everybody involved in the rescue and also near-by locals who helped in the search and provided assistance.

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Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Fr. M. Finneran Kaye Duddy, 2nd. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, Gross. Mary Jo Kelly Eileen Smith, 3rd. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 4th. Tony Ryan Sean Cahalan.

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Portumna Hosts First Triathlon
Portumna was a hive of activity last Saturday, where athletes gathered from 8am in glorious sunshine, to compete in the 25.5 Series Sprint Triathlon organised by RunIreland – 500m swim in Lough Derg, 20km cycle taking in Gortunumera, Killeen and Ballyshrule and 5km run through the forest park. It was a very successful and enjoyable event both for competitors, volunteers and spectators. The Shannon Oaks Hotel proved a perfect venue for registration and light refreshments. Portumna Sign Out Youth Company, organisers of the marshaling on the day, would like to thank all those who volunteered and ably directed and encouraged the athletes along the routes. Portumna proved a perfect setting for the Triathlon and it would be lovely to see it held here again with more local teams and individuals taking part. Pictures can be viewed on www.irishtriathlon.com

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Baffle Poetry
On Friday 3rd October in O’Dea’s Hotel, Loughrea, starting at 8pm sharp, Baffle Festival starts in Loughrea. On the bill are The Fake McCoys, a fabulously versatile bunch of musicians, who play bluegrass, klezmer, traditional, country and more. Also Roisin El Safte, who is an outstanding young singer from Connemara, singing principally in the sean nos tradition. And top of the bill is Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, known to the nation as the voice of the GAA, but also known to be a great lover of words, poetry and language, both Irish and English. He will address the theme of our festival – The First Time - talking about Loughrea’s claims to have been in at the very start of the GAA, as well as talking in that golden voice about poetry and more... Tickets at €15 are available from Oasis, Loughrea and also at the door on the night. But come early, to avoid disappointment!

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An Gairdin
An introduction to Rustic Garden furniture with Mark Wilson on Wednesday 15th October from 10.00am to 4.30pm on this course Mark will introduce you to some simple techniques using simple hand-tools to make basic garden furniture. You will go home with a complete piece or pieces of furniture, while learning basic traditional skills, the cost is €50 plus €10 for materials

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Wrestling
The superstars of American Wrestling are coming to Town, on Thursday the 9th October at 7.30pm come along to the Shannon Oaks Hotel and watch among other things Battle of the Divas, get ready to rumble as the ground shakes underneath your feet. Tickets €15 at the door.

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1st Eucharist
There will be a meeting for the parents of 1st Holy Communion children on Thursday 2nd of October at 8.30pm in the Nun’s chapel all parents are expected attend.

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Community School News
Junior Hurling: Our Junior hurlers travelled to Ennis on Wednesday last to play St. Flannan’s College ahead of their first Championship outing in 2 weeks time. On both previous encounters Portumna C.S. overcame Flannans by margins of 8 and 10 points. On this occasion, however, it was Flannans that proved the stronger of both teams leading at the interval by 8 points. It wasn’t until the middle of the second half that Portumna eventually settled down and pulled Flannans back to a 1 point lead. The Portumna side were much the better side in the final 15 minutes but at the final whistle it was Flannans 3-13 to Portumna’s 2-14. The juniors have got 2 weeks now to get it right before their match against Presentation College, Athenry.

 

2009 CTYI Talent Search: The Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at D.C.U. has launched its Annual Search for Academic Talent 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 3 week residential courses at DCU. Further information relating to CTYI can be found at their web site www.dcu.ie/ctyi or Ms. Lyons. The closing date for applications is 7th November 2008.

 

1ST YR Camogie Blitz: On Thursday the First year Camogie team set off to Ballymacward for a 7-a-side non-competitive blitz. On arrival they were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. The ‘A’ team won 3 out of their 4 matches and the ‘B’ team won 2 out of 3 matches. Both teams had outstanding performances such as Maria Brehony who led the ‘A’ team while scoring 8-4 throughout the blitz and Emma Ruttledge leading the ‘B’ team with a score of 6-8. Well done girls.

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Emotional Freedom Techniques
EFT uses hypnosis and acupuncture to deal with poor health. Among other services available from the Complementary Health Clinic in Clonfert Avenue Portumna are Autogenic Relaxation Training and Sessions on learning the most effective self help treatment called EFT. Both services are relatively innovative to the area but have already excellent records from classes run in Ennis. Autogenic Relaxation Training enjoys 90 years of successful and popular practice on the Continent and seems to be the only western form of achieving relaxation by a set of exercises, which do not require any physical training. Each session deepens the feeling of relaxation by systematically addressing those areas of the physical body, which may host tension or need to release pressure stored in the body from emotional physical and mental stress. Basically the process of homeostasis is reintroduced and supported in order to create and evoke self healing, which is the only way to improve health generally. While treatment by a physician or by medication aims at supporting the self help tendencies of the body so does Autogenic Relaxation by simply enhancing the recreational potential. When the body is at peace there is a chance also for the mind to become quiet. This then is the beginning of the body’s own healing power. As the body “knows” how to recover from a cold or heal an open wound so does it “know” how to address other issues of health. Autogenic relaxation is seen as an integrative part of our own health care and does not interfere with other treatments. The posture is either sitting or lying. All exercises are done mentally by autosuggestion. The first of 6 exercises e.g. address and muscular system. The trainee suggests to the body to feel heavy. In fact the feeling of heaviness is identical with muscular relaxation. The body “knows” what it means to feel heavy and after some training it will do so. The next exercise will activate the feeling of warmth in the body and so on. Session last I hour over a time of six weeks. Location will be the clinic in Clonfert Avenue beside Elaine’s Hairdressers or the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 7pm the fee is €90. Available on Tuesday’s is another self help technique, which actually can be used for any problem and also for any tiny or major goal independent of its nature. This may sound surprising but as it fundamentally works on any obstacle within ourselves that prevent us from doing something good for ourselves it is working on the roots of the problem. In a typical session the client would focus on a specific issue that represents a resistance within himself – something that he sees as a threat or discomfort. The theory says that becoming aware of the specific aspect of the problem is essential. Once you have identified with this particular aspect you tap a set of acupuncture points on the body. The model works with the assumption that any problem has a physical or energetic response or manifestation. This then can be eliminated by tapping on meridians, which are regarded as energy pathways of the body with a healing function, in fact phobias can be resolved within minutes other problems might take more time and persistence. Naturally serious diseases are not treated with EFT, but it might be one pillar where the person can do something instead of waiting to recover and just be passive. Once you have been facilitated with this technique you can use it on any problem any time. But for the start it would be quite helpful to avail of the experience of a practitioner or trainer. For more information contact Wolfgang on 086 3089886 As third innovation Wolfgang would like to announce that a special treatment service called NADA is available through Complementary Health Clinic in Portumna. NADA stands for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This service entails ear acupuncture treatment for people with all sorts of addiction. It is helpful in the phase of detoxification and craving symptoms. It is also extremely helpful in group therapy sessions. People with addiction or agencies dedicated to help people with addiction are welcome to make contact and avail of a free initial consultation. Wolfgang has a Masters in Engineering, Masters in Teaching Physics, Dipl. Counsellor, NADA-UK, EFT Teacher and Practitioner, Autogenic Relaxation Trainer.

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Portumna and District Health Forum
As part of the winter programme of events Portumna and District Health Forum will host a series of talks on health related issues. On Wed. 8th of October at Portumna Rertirement village at 7.30pm a talk will be given by Alison Larkin, National Development Officer from the Irish Kidney Association ( IKA). She will introduce the IKA and give some insight on what they do on a day to day basis. She will also speak about the general psychological aspects of long term illness and how it can affect the individual and family alike. Some time will also be spent on organ donation, what happens if/when someone wants to donate and the procedures involved in donation. It is hoped we will also have a patient present to talk about their experience of dialysis and transplantation.

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