29 October 2008


Portumna G.A.A. News
New District Judge Appointment
New Era of Scouting
Bridge Club
'Sign Out' News
Fundraising Walk
Portumna Community School
Introduction to Herbs
Pride of Portumna Concert
Honours Degree
Portumna Bridge
Rugby News


Portumna G.A.A. News
The County Final has been fixed for Pearse Stadium on Sunday week Nov.2nd, time to be confirmed ,against Gort. If there are sufficent numbers requiring transport to the game, the club will organise a bus to Galway. Names and payment to D.Lynch & Sons by this weekend please. A training fund has been opened to help defray the costs of reaching our sixth Senior Final in succession, anyone wishing to subscribe can contact any Club officer with their donation. We would encourage all the parish to show their support of the team by decorating their homes and premises with the Club colours.

 

Our Junior C team play their County Semi final this weekend against Ballygar.They have trained very hard and would love as much support as possible. See the fixture list for time and venue.

 

The Club would like to Congratulate our latest All-Star, Joseph Canning, on his achievement. He was also in receipt recently the title "Hurling Personality of the Year" run by the Star newspaper. Famous achievements from one so young and hopefully he can add a Senior County madal to the list next weekend.

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New District Judge Appointment
At a meeting last week the Government decided to nominate Mr Victor Blake and 2 others for appointment by the President as judges of the District Court. Victor the only child of Helen and Michael Blake Patrick Street Portumna, was educated in the local schools including Saint Moalsses College Portumna, he received a B.A. in Mathematics, History and Sociology from Saint Patrick’s College in 1974 and qualified as a solicitor in 1979. From 1981 to 2006, Victor ran his own practice in Lucan, County Dublin and continues to act as a Consultant Solicitor to the firm. Mr Blake’s practice includes such areas as conveyancing, chancery, wills and probate, contract and tort as well as criminal work. Victor was an all round sportsman, excelling himself on the Hurling pitch as well as in the swimming pool. In fact back in the mid 1990s while attending a court he observed a man in difficulty after falling into the Liffey, Victor jumped in and saved the man from drowning. By the same token prompt action by his mother Helen in 1957 saved a 4 year old boy named Malone from drowning near Portumna Boat Club, Helen a qualified nurse saw the boy facing downwards underneath a boat she lifted the boy to safety and applied first aid, thus saving his life, a story with a happy ending. We wish him well in his new appointment.

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New Era of Scouting
At a public meeting held recently, a presentation was given by Brendan Murray, Group Leader of 10th Galway Portumna Scout Group, to outline the new look program which is currently being piloted by Scouting Ireland. The New era of Scouting will see a lot of changes with the traditional Sections of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures being revamped to become Trackers, Explorers, Discovery and Rover Scouts. The new programs promise to be very exciting and challenging for both Youth members and Scout Leaders which includes a greater emphasis on outdoor activities like Camping, Backwoods, Orienteering, Canoeing, Sailing, Pioneering, Air activities and Hill walking. The meeting was well attended by Leaders, Parents and friends of Scouting in Portumna. The challenges ahead were identified and discussed in some detail with one of the telling facts being the continued growth and success being enjoyed by the 10th Galway Scout Group. It is estimated that our membership will grow to in excess of 100 Youth members by 2013. It was recognized by the meeting that the need for a strategic plan to be put in place would be critical to the sustainability of Scouting in the area. The Strategic planning Team proposed consists of Ultan Hynes, Paddy Callan, Margaret Larkin, Mary Lynch, Mike O’Sullivan and Johanna Burke. The Team will meet in the coming weeks to develop a plan and recommendations to be presented at the AGM in January 2009 for ratification. The meeting was also very complimentary towards the Leaders who continue to give of their time for the benefit of Scouting and our children. Congratulations was also extended to the Satellite group of Abbey/Duniry & Ballinakill which have this year started a Cub pack bringing their total numbers to 32 youth members. We would like to extend or gratitude to all who attended this meeting for their views and opinions in what was a very successful meeting.

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Bridge Club
Results 79 Bridge Club:- Free Sub. Competition. 1st. Mary Jo Kelly Eileen Smith, Gross. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan.

 

Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Paddy Kelly Sean Cahalan, 2nd. John Craig Judy Craig, Gross. Conor Finch Geraldine Canning, 3rd. Johnny Cowan Brid McNamara 4th. Celia Cox Bernie Larkin.

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'Sign Out' News
'Sign Out' Radio Production and Presentation Skills Workshop: A two day workshop -Radio Production and Presentation Skills – will run over the weekend of 8th/9th Nov in Sign Out, at a cost of €10 per person. Some of the topics covered will include Documentary Making, Production and Presentation, News Prioritisation and Journalistic Traits, Researching and Developing Ideas and an Introduction to Libel. This workshop should be of interest to all budding DJ's and media enthusiasts. For further information contact 087 6779267 or email youthsignout@gmail.com. This workshop is funded by Galway County Council under the Arts Act Grant 2008.

 

Astro Turf Pitch: Sign Out Youth Cafe is open every Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm as a drop in facility for young people between the ages of 15 to 18 years. The 5-side all weather pitch is available to all members of the Youth Cafe during opening hours and is also available for hire on an hourly basis. All funds raised go towards development of Sign Out Youth facility. Further details, application forms and a time sheet are available from Tim Walsh, Patrick Street, Portumna or by dropping into 'Sign Out' during office opening hours any Wednesday from 10am to 12.30pm phone 087 6779267.

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Fundraising Walk
In aid of Woodford & Looscaun Senior Citizens Party will take place on next Sunday 2nd November at 3.30pm. Walkers meet in Woodford Church Carpark at 2.50pm. Your support will be gratefully appreciated.

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Portumna Community School
Volcano Competition: Today the Social Area was awash with colour, lava and many different types of erupting volcanoes. The First Years put on display the models that they had been working on for the past few weeks. There were many interesting designs and materials used from expanding foam to paper maché and even concrete! Students got a chance to explain how they made their volcano and demonstrate how it erupts. The judges had an extremely difficult task to select winners as the standard this year was the highest ever seen in Portumna Community School. Each class group had winners selected as follows: Class 111 : 1st place - Charlie Forde; 2nd - Kate O’Meara. Class 112 : 1st - Eamonn Larkin; 2nd - Shane Burns & Owen Downey. Class 113 : 1st - Eoin Foley; 2nd - Raymond Broderick. In the end the overall winner selected was Shelby da Costa. Also picked out by the judges as ‘Highly Recommended’ were the models made by Gavin Ryan, John Conroy, Aoife Keary, Laura Loughnane, Daniel Cormican and Michael Hoban. Well done to everyone for their hard work. Thank you to all the teachers who helped out on the day especially Ms. Skelly, Mrs. Fahy, Mr. Connaire, Ms. Hough, Mr. Kilkenny and Mr. Conwell.

 

Junior Hurling: Portumna C.S. 2-16 Pres, Athenry 2-8. On Tuesday (21st) our Junior Hurlers took on Presentation College, Athenry, in our first Championship match this year. We needed a win as a defeat would almost certainly mean the end of the championship. Athenry got the first score but then Portumna C.S. got into their stride and pulled away, never losing the lead again. At halftime the score line was P.C.S. 2-11 to Pres. College 0-5. A spirited comeback from Athenry got them back into the game but it wasn’t enough on the day. The full-time score was 2-16 to 2-8. Panel: Jason O’Halloran, Gary Kilkenny, David Burke, Kevin Moloney (0-1), Niall Dervan (0-1), Sean Duggan, Shane Gohery, Garry Keane (0-2), Padraig Breheny (0- 4), Shane Moloney (2-4), Edmund McDonagh, James Killeen, Nathan Whelan, Niall O’Meara (0-2), Kevin Farragher (0-1), Jamie Blake (0-1), John Whelan, Oisin Royston, Mark Walsh, Paul Hodgins, Brian Fahy, Micheal Lambe, James McEvoy, Martin Haverty, Aaron Hogan, Paul Killeen, Owen Treacy, Christopher Headd, Graham Fogarty, Joe Starr. Up next for Portumna is a difficult match against St. Brigid’s Vocational School for a place in the Final.

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Introduction to Herbs
An Gairdin are running an Introduction to Herbs- 2 weekends with herbalist Joerg Mueller on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November from 10.00am to 4.00pm and also on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January 2009 same times. There is a fast-growing return to traditional herbal medicine in this country and we rely totally on imported herbs. In Ireland we have every facility to produce organic and locally grown herbs. This is an intensive 2 weekend course for those who wish to study herbs more deeply. You will gain a detailed knowledge and deep appreciation of herbs and their medicinal properties. The cost is €200 for the 2 weekends.

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Pride of Portumna Concert
With just under a month to go before the winner of the Lord Mayor Competition is announced, the 3 contestants are 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 promise 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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Honours Degree
Paul O'Hara Bsc.(Hons.) was conferred with a first class honours degree in biomedical science from Dublin Institute of Technology Kevin street. Paul was also awarded with the faculty of science gold medal for academic excellence, the John Brophy award for results in his final exams and the Audit Diagnostics medal for his thesis, which was undertaken at the institute of molecular medicine at St. James Hospital, Dublin. Paul is from Tiernascragh and waseducated at Portumna oth Community College, he has done very well.

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Portumna Bridge
After all the waiting and anticipation the new swing section was put in place bank holiday Monday at 1.30pm watched by anxious onlookers from both sides of the bridge. The project involves replacing the swing section of the bridge, the existing bridge was built in 1912, the new bridge which is been constructed by Keating engineers incorporates a new piled foundation as well as mechanical and electrical components to rotate the bridge. A new plant room and control room are under construction as well at the site. The bridge will be open next Sunday.

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Rugby News
Fashion Show: A large crowd of nearly 300 people supported the Rugby club fashion showlast week and all appeared to enjoy the night out. The International Rose of Tralee 2008, Aoife Kelly, was the very special guest and she was verywell received by the crowd. While the fashion shows are supposed to all about clothes from local retailers, the rugby club always has a sprinkling of fun and this year was no different. A local Abba tribute act called Abbatoir closed the show and while they were undoubtedly great entertainment, I don't think the record deal is too imminent.

 

Rugby Match: Portumna rugby have moved up to second place in the league thanks to a 29 points to 20 win over near rivals Gort. When Portumna were good they were devastating, but they also had periods when they seemed to switch off and let Gort back into the game, on another day they could have paid for their lack of concentration. Nevertheless, tries from Roman Moore, David Campbell, Ross Brady and two from the superb Cathal Roche saw them take all available points including the bonus point for more than four tries. Best for Portumna on the day were Cathal Roche, Liam Gordon and Conor Nolan, with honourable mention going to Johnny Smith for his eventful cameo appearance.

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