12 November 2008


Dyson’s Restaurant

Craft Fare

Rugby News

Portumna Community School News

Portumna Calendar

Community Newsletter

Bridge Club

Charity Launch

Camogie Disco

The Apprentice

Portumna Soccer News

Christmas 2008

Niall Mellon Township Trust

Dublin City Marathon


Dyson’s Restaurant
John Dyson opened the door’s of his restaurant 12 months ago in Patrick Street Portumna and last month in Prudence Magazine he was given a recommendation for his early bird menu, it was ranked in the top 30 in Ireland both for quality and price. So John changes his menu to suit the seasons, his winter menu has just been compiled and there are is a wide and varied choice. Well done John.

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Craft Fare
The Annual Craft Fare will take place on Sunday 30th November in the Shannon Oaks Hotel from 11am to 6pm, this is one of the highlights for the local craft producers in the area. This year they will have 43 stands so you will find something to suit you to give as a gift or buy for your own home. Admission is free, the OMNA singeers will be there as well singing seasonal songs, there will also be a raffle please support.

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Rugby News
Portumna rugby club hosted Dunmore for a league game on Sunday afternoon knowing that a win would lift them up to second in the table. The game was played in some terrible conditions, with driving rain and wind throughout much of it. It was great credit to both sides that they endeavoured to play passing rugby for most of the game and in the main they succeeded. Portumna took an early lead through a David Campbell try and looked like extending the lead further on numerous occasions in the first half but for some great last ditch defence from Dunmore. As the game went on Dunmore got more into it and in fact took the lead early in the second half, but Portumna dug deep and scored again though their try machine David Campbell. This proved to be the decisive score and Portumna held on to record another home win. Best for Portumna were James Conwell, David Campbell and the battling Johnny Smith. A special mention should go to the Portumna grounds man, Michael Goode for providing the pitch in playable conditions when games all over the province were being called off.

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Portumna Community School News

Debating: Hard luck to the Transition years who travelled to Tullamore to take part in the Concern Debating which took place on Tuesday evening (4th). The next debate will take place on the 26th of this month here in the school.

 

School Musical: Preparations and rehearsals with the Transition Year students are well underway for our annual school musical which will take place in December. This year’s offering is ‘Oliver’. As with previous years there will be a special matinee performance for all local primary schools which will take place on Tuesday, 9th Dec. Following the huge success of the Cabaret Nights in the past it has been decided to hold one again this year on Wednesday (10th). The two public performances will take place on Thursday (11th) & Friday (12th). So keep these dates in your diary. Please note that seats will be pre-booked so buying your tickets in advance is advisable, i.e. first tickets sold will be closest to the stage. More details of ticket sales and booking arrangements will be published later in Eolas.

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Portumna Calendar
On Thursday, Nov 13th a Portumna Calendar 2009 will be launched by Ollie Canning at 8pm in The Chapel, Portumna Retiremnet Village. This calendar will be on sale for Christmas in many local outlets and features photographs from Portumna's Camera Club and matching writings from Portumna Pen Pushers. This joint project was planned since September, so your walls will be adorned with originality for 2009. It will be an ideal gift for sending abroad to friends and family. The Arts Group acknowledge the grant assistance of Galway County Council Arts Office. So look out for an original, local calendar. All are welcome to the launch!

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Community Newsletter
Ná Calaí CDP, Portumna are in the process of putting together their Community newsletter. They invite your group to submit a small piece (about 5-6 lines) about your organisation i.e. your activities, achievements, upcoming events, etc. The newsletter will be distributed to all the Parishes in South East Gal way. This could be a good way to inform the community about your group and perhaps recruit some new members. They need to receive all articles by email if possible to: contact@nacalai.ie by 18th November. Contact Joan Murray, Monday - Wednesday, 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. on 974 1887 for further information.

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Bridge Club
The Annual General Meeting of Portumna Contract Bridge Club was held recently. Officers and Committee for 2008-2009. President Patricia Eames, Secretary Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer Peggy Whyte, Tournament Director Charlie Mullen, Assistant Tournament Director Bertie Hanlon, Lorna Stoddart ex officio, Conor Finch, Geraldine Canning, Kathleen King, Eileen Smith, Brid McNamara.

 

Bridge on Monday nights at 8.PM in Town Hall. New members welcome.

 

Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Johnny Cowan Eileen Tuohy, 2nd. Maire NiCheallaigh, Gross. Eileen Smith Fr. M Finneran, 3rd. Patricia Eames Bernie Larkin, 4th. Joe Ryan Austin O'Toole.

 

Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Tony Ryan Sean Cahalan, 2nd. Kaye Duddy Fr. M Finneran, Gross. Nicholas Treacy Nora Flanagan, 3rd. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 4th. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury.

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Charity Launch
Colm Kennedy who lives in Borrisokane is launching a CD in Buddy’s Capparoe Nenagh in aid of the North Tipperary Hospice on Saturday 22nd November at 8pm the following musicians will participate The Well Wishers, Colm Kennedy and Pete Creighton and special guests. Well worth supporting.

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Camogie Disco
There will be a Camogie Fundraising Disco in Boula Event Centre on Friday 14th November at 9.30 pm. Proceeds in aid of Portumna Camogie Club, so come out and support "The Chicks with Sticks".

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The Apprentice
The apprentice has gripped the Nation since it first hit the screen under 5 weeks ago, local girl Brenda Moore Shanahan is doing very well, We are all very proud of Brenda and know that she will do well on The Apprentice. Brenda opened a bridal boutique Amber Angels in Charleville, we knew that she would do well and she proved us right by winning a national award voted for by brides in the first year of opening. This she achieved by working long hours and weekends in her shop and marketing and managing the business herself. All of her extended families and friends are very excited that she was chosen to take part and she has the support of everyone in Portumna behind her. We all look forward to tuning in every monday to see what challenge Mr Cullen will set the candidates and then try to guess who will be fired that week, hoping of course that it won’t be Brenda! She comes from Portumna, the town that has won two Senior All-Ireland Club Hurling Championships in the past three years so we are hoping for another Portumna win on The Apprentice with our Galway-Girl!

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Portumna Soccer News
Gallen V Portumna Sat 8th Nov: Portumna travelled to Gallen in Ferbane for their second match in the league this season. Portumna were captained by young Darragh Barry and they proved too strong for a brave Gallen side as they ran out winners 7-2. David O'Meara scored three very good goals with further scores from Sean Lynch-2, Darragh Barry 1 and James Conway 1 scoring the last goal. Special mention to both goal keepers Oisin Donoghue-First Half and the brilliant Oliver Parry who made a string of excellent saves in the second half. Francis Starr also had a terrific game holding his position in backs and snuffing out trouble. The whole team played extremely well and there is no doubting that this is an impressive result by an impressive team. The team was as follows. Oisin Donoghue, Oliver Parry, Darragh Barry, David Lynch, David O'Meara, Jason Dorfinger, James Conway, Niall Darcy, Connor Hackett, Mark O'Sullivan, Sean Lynch, Oisin OSullivan,Tomas Fahy, Francis Starr

 

U13 SFAI Match Portumna V Broadford Rovers Round 3: Portumna hosted Broadford Rovers of the SDSL in this third round clash of the SFAI National Cup completion. Unfortunately the Portumna pitch was unplayable due to the current weather conditions but thanks to Kiltormer soccer club who gave Portumna their pitch for the match. Portumna started all over the place as they seem to on most match days and found them selves 1 nil down with 5 minutes. However after a few more minutes Portumna began to get to grips with the task and began to play as a team. There is no doubt that when Portumna begin to get their passing game going they can be quite formidable. Portumna got the equalizer with a terrific through ball from Ronan O'Meara for Colin Burke, the Broadford keeper delayed coming out to smother the ball and Colin finished it of with a simple toe poke under the advancing keeper. Simon Curran was having a terrific game and he gave a man of the match performance as he ran riot against the left side wingers and backs of Broadford. Broadford scored a second goal from sloppy lack of marking by Portumna as a free player finished off a good attacking mover and cross from the right. Portumna however evened things up just before half time with a special goal scored by Colin Burke. The midfield of Portumna Niall Concannon and Conor Barry were playing terrific stuff as the marshaled and harried the Broadford players and another terrific through ball from the midfield was grabbed onto by the young Burke who was lightening fast and took the ball down the left of the goals and let fly with a fantastic left footed shot (not his best side) which flew into the goals. 2-2 half time was reasonably fair score line. The second half started brightly enough with both teams working tirelessly. Portumna were given a free kick about 25yds out. Simon Curran had a go at the shot which was on target but the keeper spilled it. Conor Barry had a go at the re bound but the keeper got to it and yet again spilled it and Colin Burke was there to get the easiest of goals to get your hat rick. Portumna were in the ascendency at this time but then the weather turned very nasty with torrential rain hammering down. Cormac Houlihan and James Coughlan came on in the second half to replace an injured Mike Hoban and Conor Barry. Broadford were not finished and evened thing up with a well worked goal with about 10minutes left. Both teams deserved medals for playing in the conditions and it was looking like extra time was going to come into play which no one was looking forward to until Ronan O'Meara poped up with a very unlikely goal. A long efford that skidded through a muddle of players somehow ended up nestling in the bottom right corner or the Broadford goal. It wasn't pretty but it was so welcome. Portumna now go into the last 64 of the competition which they can be very proud of having bet two SDSL teams and a Wicklow Premier League team on the way. Hopefully the draw will be kind to us for the next round. Just a further mention to sincerely thank Peter Campbell and Mick McGivern for the use of the Kiltormer pitch

 

Fixtures for the coming week - Saturday 15th November: Porumna Under 10's play host to Banagher at 10a.m. Whilst the Under 11's are also at home to Tullamore at 11a.m. Finally, the Under 13's travel to Emo. Kick-off there is at 11a.m.

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Christmas 2008
The Events Committee has been working hard on behalf of the people of Portumna for the last number of year’s delivering Christmas spirit to the town. This work is continuing and while the economic downturn may have hit hard in the previous months the Committee are hoping for a bright and exciting end to the year. The letters have been posted, not to Santa just yet, but to the businesses people of Portumna and we would request your continued support in delivering a prosperous and joyful Christmas to one and all. All donations can be sent to Brendan Murray, St.Brendans Rd., Portumna or lodged to our account in Bank of Ireland Portumna.

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Niall Mellon Township Trust
The annual trip to Cape Town by tradesmen involved in the building industry under the Niall Mellon flag will take place at the end of November. Five lads from Portumna who are going some for the 2nd time wish to thank everyone who helped them raise the money to get there in the first place. The names of the tradesmen are John Keane Snr and Johnny Keane his son, Ivan Canning, David Canning, and Darragh Glynn.

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Dublin City Marathon
On Monday October 27th Sean Broderick from Gortanumera ran the Dublin City Marathon in aid of Cancer Care West in a time of 3hr53minutes. In total he raised €3,892. He would like to thank everyone who generously donated to this very worthy cause.

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