08 October 2008


Colm Wins Gold for Ireland
Na Calai Sign over Youth Cafe and Astro Turf
Berlin Marathon
Portumna Library - Children's Book Festival
National Trails Day
Active Retirement Group
Portumna And District Health Forum
An Gairdin
Triathlon - Thank You
Lord Mayor Election
The Apprentice
Best Club under the Sun
Rugby
Camera Club


Colm Wins Gold for Ireland
Colm Corcoran, of Lorrha, Nenagh, and working in Al Hayes Motors, Portumna, has won a gold medal in the Automotive Technician Category at the prestigious Euroskills 2008 Trades Competition in Rotterdam. This competition was opened on the 18th of September by a member of the Dutch Royal family. A new competition, it is regarded as the “Olympics of Trades” and is seen as promoting a very high level of Technical excellence in a variety of trades. Colm the only Irish competitor in his field, was selected to represent Ireland at Euroskills, following his success in the National Skills Competiton in Dublin last June. The Automotive Technican category, which varied from complex fault diagnostics to complete engine overhaul, and was conducted in a very limited time frame. Colm managed to beat off stiff competition from highly skilled representatives from over 20 other European Countries, emerging triumphant and winning the coveted Gold medal for Ireland. This hugely impressive achivement earns Colm the title of one of the most highly skilled Automotive Technicians in Europe today.

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Na Calai Sign over Youth Cafe and Astro Turf
On Tuesday the 9th September Na Calai Community Development Project ltd signed a licence with the newly formed "Portumna Sign Out Youth Company who will take responsibility for the running and management of the Youth Cafe and the Astro Turf at St. Brigid's road Portumna. This has concluded 3 years of planning by Na Calai CDP. From a very early stage the management of Na Calai recognised the importance of the need for youth services in the project area with specific focus on the development of a Cafe and Astro turf to meet the needs of 15 to 18 year olds in the project area. Na Calai was successful in accessing funding to employ a youth coordinator and the Board of Management facilitated this development by providing the youth coordinator with a job description which was heavily weighted towards those two developments. Three strategic aims of Na Calai CDP for youth development was: To have a sustainable resourced youth cafe for the 15 to 18 year olds in the project area, To have a proactive youth development committee, and to work with youth and childcare agencies to increase service provision in the area. Na Calai has achieved this aim with the co-operation of the community of Portumna. youth services providers and our funders. Na Calai are delighted to see the establishment of the "Portumna Sign Out Youth Company" to manage these services as this allows us to focus on other areas of youth development in the project area. We wish them well for the future.

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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, and when she is not in Portumna she can be found training on the highways and byways of Ireland. Well done to her and 8 others who travelled to Berlin last weekend and for 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 Library - Children's Book Festival
It is a wonderful occasion with loads of activities and competitions. Included are Draughts, Jenga and the ever-popular Table Quiz. With author Lorraine Francis making a visit and our very enjoyable Teddy Bears Picnic with Hayley this years Festival promises to be a great occasion. Other events taking will be the Fancy Dress Competition on Fri Oct 24th @ 4 pm. Something for everyone so come along and join the fun. Closing date for all competitions is Tue 28th Oct. For information please contact Teresa or Louise in library 090 9741261.

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National Trails Day
The local National Trails Day was held in the Portumna Forest Park on Sunday (28th) where the new Walk-way was officially opened by Joe Canning and various other activities took place. The day was excellent both with the large attendance and the Autumn weather, the color of the trees and the leaves was breathtaking. Some of the local Transition year students and the Scouts were there and gave a hand with the orienteering, Maria Whelan, Daniel Eames and Sinead O’Hara helped Ann Tuohy to set up the Orienteering Course. The Transition Year students also brought groups around the newly developed cycle ways. Haylet Aldouis did the face painting and it had an environmental theme – dragon flies, Butterflies, wild flowers etc. the event was organized by Ann Touhy, also a special thanks to Ruth Carty and her Husband Frank for laying out the Orienteering course prior to the walk. Ruth has been instrumental in forming the “Friends of the Forest Group” along with Bobby Madden, Ann Touhy and others. The Friends of Portumna Forest Park was once known as Portumna Forest Park Action Group in the early 90's to stop the deer culls that were happening in the forest without any management. At the time there was no local Forester, we had to go direct to Coillte to let our grievances known. A lot of letter writing was done and protesting. It took a few years but we got there and we are now included in all talks about the forest park. Hence we are the "Friends" now, but we keep a close eye. Bobby Madden Chairperson, ann Tuohy Sec, Ruth Carty Tres. along with a committee of 13. National Trails Day was run in conjunction with Daithi DeForge Recreation Manager and National Technical Trail Advisor for Coillte.

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Active Retirement Group
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association are meeting in the Retirement Village Centre, St. Brendan’s Road, Portumna on Thur. Oct. 9th at 8pm. Members please note change of venue.

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Portumna And District Health Forum
On Wednesday October 15th at 7pm,at Portumna Retirement Village a presentation will be given by Kevin Fehin, Psychologist on “The Importance of Self Awareness” This presentation will explore the relevance of personal insight and development and how this may improve our well being. It has long been established that a greater understanding of ourselves, particularly at an emotional level, can contribute to improved mental health and a greater resilience against the stresses and strain of everyday living. Awareness of our strengths and vulnerabilities improves self esteem through both an increased acceptance of ourselves and greater control over our lives as a result.

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An Gairdin
An Gairdin's Autumn/Winter schedule is up and running. On Monday night last Dr. Larry Edwards gave a very stimulating presentation on Climate Change and the Power of One. He explained very clearly the concept of Peak Oil and how dependent we are on oil down to the very details of our daily lives. On Wednesday Anne Mills facilitated a course on the Vegetarian Cooking. Not only did the participants learn how to cook the dishes but also got to have a nice three course meal ! Coming up soon are two more interesting courses:

 

Rustic Garden Furniture. Monday 20th October '08 1.00am- 4.30pm This is a most enjoyable workshop with well-known Greenwood Furniture Artisan, Mark Wilson. You will learn some simple tecnhiques, using traditional hand-tools. Participants at the end of the day go home with pretty and unique pieces of garden furniture.

 

Introduction to Herbal Medicine 8th/9th Nov.'08 and 24th/25th Jan.'08 10.00am- 4.30pm This is a two week-end course facilitated by Joerg Mueller, Herbalist and of Solaris Tea fame. There is a fast-growing return to traditional herbal medicine in this country. Over these two weekends you will receive a detailed knowledge and deep appreciation of herbs and their medicinal properties. Joerg facilitates a very engaging weekend, covering theory and practice.

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Triathlon - Thank You
Portumna Sign Out Youth Co Ltd, organisers of the marshalling for the 25.5 Series Triathlon, would like to thank all those who volunteered and ably directed and encouraged the athletes along the routes. It was a very successful and enjoyable event both for competitors, volunteers and spectators with Portumna proved a perfect setting for the event. Pictures can be viewed on www.irishtriathlon.com.

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Lord Mayor Election
Pride of Portumna Concert With just under a month to go before the winner of the Lord Mayor Competition is announced, 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 November 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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The Apprentice
The Irish version of the Apprentice which was made famous by Donald Trump in America, is currently running on TV3 and is hosted by Bill Cullen of “it’s a long way from penny apples fame” - the Irish equivalent to Alan Sugar. The reality-TV based show in which contestants compete for a job as an apprentice to millionaire businessman Bill Cullen. Brenda Moore (Shanahan) from Portumna is a member of the team and she is doing very well at the moment, she is 32 years of age and runs a Bridal Shop in Kilmallock County Limerick. Brenda Shanahan is a former acrobatic gymnast, holding county, national and international medals. The mother of one, Brenda grew up in Portumna and following a brief stint in the Athlone RTC began her working life as a hotel receptionist in Galway. Within three years she moved to Dublin and was employed by a major mobile phone operator, working her way up from receptionist to business account manager and on to business development executive. Eventually she decided to turn her back on the corporate world and opened a bridal shop in Kilmallock.

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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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Rugby
John Muldoon comes from Gortanumera in the parish of Portumna, it seems all good sportsmen come from that small townsland, eg the Cannings, Hayes and also the Muldoons. John the Connacht Rugby Captain pulled off a great win last weekend by defeating Leinster who are the Magniers League champions by 1 point, the final score was Connacht 19 Leinster 18. The win was made more enjoyable because Connacht played for almost 40 minutes with 14 men was a remarkable achievement and keeps Connacht ahead of Ulster in the race for Heineken Cup qualification.

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Camera Club
The local camera club held their AGM last week and the following were elected, Cahirperson Mark Conroy, Secretary Mary Keary, and Treasurer Ann Carty. The club meet every second Tuesday night in the Maple Bar, the next meeting is Tuesday 14th October at 8.30pm.

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