03 December 2008


Town Parking Plan
St Stephens Day Walk
Country Markets Christmas Fair
Christmas Events 2008
Portumna Town F.C. U-13s V Wicklow Rovers
Bridge Club
Poetry Reading
Portumna Scouts Investiture
School Musical - Oliver
Home of Interiors
Galway Camogie Awards
Brenda the Apprentice


Town Parking Plan
The recently formed Chamber of Commerce in Portumna have come up with a brillant idea to help promote easy parking for Customers over the Christmas season and hopefully into 2009, following recent meetings with Galway County Council representatives, they have been advised that the proposed New Car Park at the Catholic Church Grounds are well under way. Realistically, the car park will not be in place until 2010 and the proposed Traffic Management Plan for Portumna cannot be implemented until then.
In view of this, Portumna Chamber have proposed a Parking Plan, this plan has been circulated to all businesses in the Town and it is hoped that it will be implemented by them and their staff. With the emphasis on the current economic climate, it is of, vital importance that adaquate parking is available to consumers who support our businesses.
The Chamber is aware that it can not oblige business owners and their staff to enorce these guide lines but common sense should dictate that it is in everyones interest to do so. This is an excellent opportunity for all traders to pull together, a recent suvey showed that one available parking space is used approximtely 5 times during business hours.

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St Stephens Day Walk
Just to remind everyone about our walk again this year on St Stephens Day At 2 pm from the castle gates . All money raised will help to cover expenses on pony riding for service users attending St Dympnas Adult Day Service Shannon Road Portumna ... All welcome and bring your friends

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Country Markets Christmas Fair
At Portumna Town Hall from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Traditional Christmas Fare and gifts available at Bumper Markets on Friday’s 12th and 19th of December. Enjoy the traditional experience and community aspect of shopping at the Country Market. Free Raffle for all our Customers.

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Christmas Events 2008
The Lights are in place and should be switched on in the coming days illuminating the town of Portumna once again to produce a warm and festive atmosphere for Christmas 2008.
The committee would like to thank all our patrons to date and urge everyone else to get their donations to a Committee member as soon as possible.
The Committee would also like to express their gratitude to all those who helped on Saturday last in getting the Christmas Trees, Crib and signs erected. Our Church gate collection was very successful last weekend and again thanks to all who helped make this happen.
The work done by this committee over the last 4 years has been awesome to say the least, they need a lot of hands on board this year, so in the times that are in it we need to show the Children that Christmas is about giving and of course the bearded one. If you are willing to help in any way contact a member of the committee, it would be a pity to see the Christmas Lights Ceremony fade away into oblivion.

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Portumna Town F.C. U-13s V Wicklow Rovers
Portumna were unlucky to get such a hard away fixture but are keen to pit themselves against the best. Wicklow Rovers have to 10 players in their squad who represent the county team for the Kennedy cup and it showed. Portumna were also missing Conor Barry and Marc Kelly for this clash due to illness and unavailability. Portumna could do little against the pass and moving game that Wicklow produced and went in 2-0 down at half time. A further three goals went in against Portumna in the second half and a 5 nil score line was a very fair reflection on this encounter. Unfortunately this was the end of the road for Portumna's wonderful run in the national cup but they must take great credit in making the last 64 out of over 400 teams that began back in September.

 

On a more positive note, congratulations to Conor Barry and Ronan O'Meara who have both made the final squad for the Midlands School Boy Soccer League U13 Kennedy Cup Squad. This is the second year in a row that both boys have been selected for the team and we wish them every success for the rest of the season.

 

Fixtures for the coming weekend – Saturday 6th December (First Team at home):
U 10: Banagher V Portumna 10.00
U 11: Portumna V Portlaoise 10.00
U 12: Portumna V Mullingar 12.30
U 13: Portumna V Portlaoise 11.15

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Bridge Club
Results 79 Bridge Club:- 1st. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Vera Burke Sheila Dillon. Gross. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury. 3rd. Eileen Smith Mary Jo Kelly, 4th. Fr. M Finneran Kaye Duddy. 5th. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen

 

Portumna Contract Bridge. Results:- 1st. Patricia Eames Joan Ryan, 2nd. Paddy Kelly Sean Cahalan, Gross. Lorna Stoddart Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Sheila Darcy Mary Darcy, 4th. Mary Jo Kelly Patsy Hanbury, 5th. Nora Flanagan Vera Burke.

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Poetry Reading
On Friday 12th December, come to Horan’s Bar and hear the poets from near and far spill their words of fun and rhyme wit and wisdom, 9pm the time.

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Portumna Scouts Investiture
A very special night was held in the Church of Ireland Portumna on Friday 21 November when seven Portumna scouts were invested. Scout Leader Dick Ridge welcomed all present to the 2008 Scout Investiture and year review.He thanked the scouts for all their cooperation and his leaders Liz Ridge, Iain Foulger, Paddy Callan and Joan O Flaherty for all their help.
On the night members of the Scout troop also entertained the assembled family and friends with some beautiful singing courtesy of Marion Lynch, Conor O Meara, Nicola Walsh, Sorcha Ridge, Catriona Eames, Emma Walsh, Shannon Whelan and Eonagh Robinson .
A pictorial overview of events and activities was presented by Daniel Eames and followed by an overview of events and activities from the 2008 International Jamboree by Conor O Meara.
Scout Leader Iain Foulger spoke on the Challenges to our society and the importance of Character.
Four new scouts were linked up from Cubs into Scouts and a presentation of a bunch of Flowers was made to Cub Leader Chris Finnerty for all the hard work she had done with the cubs by John O Neill, Donal Donaghue,
Joseph Eames and Gary Lynch.
The scouts Presented Ita Hynes and Marcella Murray with Thank you ribbons for their contribution to the Jamboree in Punchestown and to acknowledge the time they gave to ensure the camp ran smoothly.
Presentations were also made to Orla Walsh and Timmy Walsh parents of Portumna Scouts who have been the driving force behind the tremendous fund raising done all through the year. They also received the Scout Thank you Ribbon the highest honour which can be bestowed on a non scout. The ribbons were presented by Sarah Walsh, Mark Walsh, Catriona Eames and Daniel Eames.
Group leader Brendan Murray receivied his Gilwell park neckerchief and beads in recognition of completing his Wood badge training.
The Gilwell neckerchief is a universal symbol of Scouting and its MacLaren tartan represents Wood Badge's ties to Gilwell Park. The neckerchief, called a "necker" has a patch of Clan Maclaren tartan at the point. The pattern was adopted in honour Scottish MacLaren clan, who donated money for the Gilwell Park property on which the first Wood Badge program was held. Brendan went on to congratulate the Scout Troop its Leaders and members for all the great work they had done during the year. He officiated on the night by officially welcoming the new scouts and leaders and presenting each with their Portumna red and green trim neckerchief.
On the Night Joan O Flaherty Portumnas newest Scout Leader was invested with two Junior Leaders Lisa Lynch and Daniel Eames.
The Final segment of the ceremony was left to the Scout Investiture which witnessed Peter Claffey, Brian O Sullivan, Jessica Canning, Eonagh Robinson, Ciara Walsh and Matthew Clarke making their Scout Promise and welcomed into the world wide scout movement.
The Scouts would like to Thank Reverend Alan J Nevin and Mrs Ann Menheneott for the use of the most beautiful Christ Church for this very special ceremony. The setting was perfect and gave an intimate yet very civil sense of occasion to the proceedings .
The evening finished with tea/coffee biscuits and cakes, A word of thanks to the Scouts parents and friends who attended on the night and provided the lovely home made treats. During this time a DVD which was recorded and edited by local friend to the scouts Ethan Copage was on show.

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School Musical - Oliver
Tickets have gone on sale in the school for the School Musical – “Oliver” – which takes place on Thurs. 11th and Fri. 12th December.
There has been a great uptake for both nights. Please note that as seats have to be pre-booked it is advisable to buy your tickets in advance, i.e. first tickets sold will be closest to the stage.
A booking form and accompanying letter was issued to all students earlier this week for the Cabaret Night which will be held on Wed. 10th Dec. Please note that we are strictly limited to 150 tickets for the cabaret night so for adults wishing to reserve seats for this unique event please have your booking forms and money in to guarantee your reservation.

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Home of Interiors
There are businesses in Town that may well not be well known and Home Interiors is one of them. On entering the premises it is like going on a Day trip to Disneyland, you do not want to leave. The name of the business is Home of Interiors on Brendan’s Road and it specializes in the supply and installation of bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms, and also beautiful wood floors in stock.
With many years of experience Home of Interiors are able to advise, provide and install the perfect floor from the best selection of woods available. Also available are vinyl, PVC and ceramic flooring; wood oils and flooring accessories. We supply Amtico and Karndean.

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Galway Camogie Awards
Congratulations to Karen Brien (T.Y.) who was awarded the ‘Galway U-16 Camogie Player of the Year’ and to Tara Ruttledge (6th yr.) who was awarded the ‘Galway U-18 Player of the Year’ at the Galway Camogie Association’s Annual Awards held on Saturday last, 22nd, in Loughrea.

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Brenda the Apprentice
Congratulations to Brenda Moore Shanahan, she was excellent on Monday night in TV3 hit show The Apprentice. Brenda has reached the final, deservedly so, this is the show the whole country is talking about at the moment and here we have a girl from Portumna reaching the final. It has to be compulsory viewing next Monday night. Brenda show her entrepreneurial skills right through the series, a great planner, she can think on her feet, and had excellent ideas right through the series, thay may not all have worked out but full marks for trying. She is an excellent Ambassador for Portumna, another hidden gem. Maybe she will go to Dublin after all.

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