10 December 2008


Beauty in the Beasts - drag contest raises 1,100 euro for Oranmore charity

Suicide Awareness Course

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Bridge Club Results

Credit Union Poster Competition

Portumna Community School

Winners for Book Week in Portumna Library

FOH Audio

Rugby News

“Home in Time for Christmas”

Shannon Park

Weekend Opening

Christmas Events

Under 21 County Semi-final


Beauty in the Beasts - drag contest raises 1,100 euro for Oranmore charity
With its castle, forest and sylvan lakeshore Portumna can count its blessings with so much beauty. Indeed, though the county hasn't managed it in a pair of decades, the recent success of the east Galway town at a national level on the green rectangle means it may also be rightly regarded as a nursery of beautiful hurling. So, with an armoury of such pulchritude, it might be fairly assumed that when it comes to matters of comeliness, this east Galway town can allow itself a certain level of civic confidence in this area. Well not any more, after nine of the ugliest pageant participants you could ever have had the misfortune to clap eyes on took that proud reputation and battered into the middle of next week with an ugly stick that'd make your regular barge pole look like a toothpick. The laydees, and I use that word with a bigger health warning than you'd see on a cigarette packet in a crèche, were taking part in the inaugural Thorn of Tralee beauty contest in aid of the Children's Language Development Project, Oranmore last weekend (November 29). The contest was held in the Boathouse pub, which just gave the landlord another excuse to go through his wife's wardrobe, and it raised a very creditable 1,100 euro, mainly through fear of future nightmare. A humpier and hairier collection, the likes of which had not been seen since Shrek's debs caught the pox, was ably paraded on stage by the tux-clad local hurling hero, Eugene McEntee. The pub, packed to the rafters, recoiled in a collective horror each time MC McEntee coaxed a throaty turn out the next participant. Cameras voluntarily shut down, ears bled and eyes verily leapt from heads when the creatures from the swamp that time forgot took their turn to warble . Leopardskin was seen where no leopardskin should ever be seen and frocks that were properly taken to a field and burned the next day got an airing their designers could have scarcely imagined. Wandering backstage before the show began, it would have boggled the brightest to have heard hosiery and foundationwear discussed behind the changing curtains in voices that can only be generated with the aid of an Adam's apple. Derek Frawley's beard was only matched by Fergal Coghlan's back and when big Mike McDonagh, himself barely fitting between stage and ceiling, lifted his petticoats to show the world the high heels he swore he borrowed from his father, grown men actually fainted. The winning sash was eventually stretched over Pierce O'Donoghue, a decision the judges arrived at mainly to get the raffle started and the creatures back in the gimp pits. Normal service was duly resumed when Connacht rugby captain and sculpted hunk, the town's own John Muldoon, drew the raffle - and more than a few flustered sighs - from the shellshocked survivors. The very brave (and a little drunk) participants were: Darren Fogarty, Mike McDonagh, Michael Brady, Derek Frawley, Pierce O'Donoghue, John "Chopper" Rourke, Eoin O'Donoghue, Gerry White and Fergal "The Root" Coghlan. Many thanks to the two skippers and the staff at The Boathouse. Do not let this happen again. The amount of involuntary, remembering shudders that that the poor witnesses are still cursed to suffer means Portumna will figure on Richter scales well into the new year. (by Finian Coghlan)

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Suicide Awareness Course
The Portumna & District Lions Club are looking to hold a Suicide Awareness course for those wishing to attend a 2 day course. For details please contact Anne Heagney on 086-8100-289.

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Senior Citizens Christmas Party
In the Shannon Oak’s hotel on Sun 21st Dec. Mass at 2.30pm. Music by Pat Conlon after 4pm dinner. Contribution would be appreciated. Box at door.

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Bridge Club Results
79 Bridge Club:- 1st. Marian Molloy Joan Ryan, 2nd. Mary Nevin Cepta Ryan. Gross. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan. 3rd. Michael Torpey, 4th. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan.

 

Portumna Contract Bridge Ladies Day Competition Results:- 1st. Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Fr. M Finneran, 3rd. Michael Torpey, 4th. Mary Jo Kelly, 5th. Geraldine Canning, 6th. Conor Finch, 7th. Bertie Hanlon.

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Credit Union Poster Competition
Portumna & District Credit Union once again sponsored the local stage of the Poster Competition which is open to all ages from under 7 years old up to Adult. This year 2008 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Credit Unions in Ireland, the first one being Donore Credit Union, Dublin, in 1958. The Theme for the Poster was : The Credit Union- CU at your place. There was a very large entry from all age groups & a very high standard was set this year. The winners & runners up in each category were eventually announced . 7 years & under: 1st: Adrian Moran, Ballinakill N.S. 2nd: Liam Hynes, St Feichins N.S Abbey 3rd: Martha Tuohy, St Brendans N.S Portumna. 8 – 10 years : 1st: Aoibheann O Meara, Lorrha N.S. 2nd: Eoin McEvoy, Raheen N.S. 3rd: Caitlin Murphy, St Feichins N.S Abbey. 11 – 13 years: 1st: Dmitriy Mazurosky, St Brendans N.S , Portumna. 2nd: Lisa Hanrahan, St Iomars N.S . Killimor. 3rd: Sean Molloy, Lorrha N.S. 14 – 17 years : 1st: Paula Conroy, 2nd: Alanna Coniry & 3rd: Marie Duane all of Portumna Community School. Special Class: Kevin Lyons, Bridget Ward, Clint Ward & Jamie Donoghue, all of St Brendans N.S Portumna.

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Portumna Community School
Concern Debating: Well done to the T.Y. debating team – Daniel Eames, Maria Whelan, David Burke and Maria Dervan – for a great performance in the Concern Debate held in the school on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team, who were proposing the motion that ‘The bebo generation cares little for the developing world’, lost out narrowly to the opposition – Tullamore College.

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Winners for Book Week in Portumna Library
Pre- School Joint 1st Aoife Murray, john Luke Reynolds, Maria Porter and Conor Horan Joint 2nd Rian Moran Mia Brandt, Olivia Killackey and Lisa Duggan Joint 3rd Ciaran Kemple, Hannah Killeen, Matthew Farrell, Ciara Molloy and Alex Quinn Junior Infants Joint 1st Darragh Guinan, Collette Houlihan, Frances Bugler Joint 2nd Shiofra Ward OMeara, Elisha Hardiman and Ola Mroz Joint 3rd Robyn Williams, Lily Mia Healy and Harrison Downes Joint 4th Padraig Finnerty and Rachel Farrell Senior Infants Joint 1st John Claffey, Shannon Gaffey and Orla Brogan Joint 2nd Sarah Hassett, Ruth Murray and Shauna Fahy Joint 3rd Jessica Madden, Roisin Donohue and Daniel Bugler 1st Class Joint 1st Shane Treacy, Alanna Williams and Alsun Ni Mhealoid Joint 2nd Aisling Donnellan, Michelle Winters and Kelsey Downes Joint 3rd Julia Boons, Asif Igbal and Stephen Sullivan 2nd Class Joint 1st Alan O Meara and Sean Og Campbell Joint 2nd Adam Slevin, Caoimhe Coughlan Morin and Fei Ren Joint 3rd Kate Lyons, Brogan Downes and Aidan Donnelly 3rd Class Joint 1st Fiona Molloy, Helena Conroy and Emma Sullivan Joint 2nd Ciara Lyons, Celine Cleary and Saoirse Mullen Joint 3rd Sean Lynch and Jemima Farrell 4th Class Joint 1st Shane McDonagh, Mairead O Meara and Joseph Conroy Joint 2nd Helena Horrigan, Amanda Conroy and Paula Lyons Joint 3rd Jason Dorflinger and George Harding 5th Class Joint 1st Eoin McEvoy and Emma Shalvey Joint 2nd Michael O Meara and Rebecca Dolan Joint 3rd Rachel Glynn, Lynda Burns and Tony Needham 4th Ger Lambe 6th Class Joint 1st Maria Kelly, Sean Molloy and Brian Gleeson Joint 2nd Ciaran Murphy, Joseph Eames, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Caroline Lyons and Annie Larkin Joint 3rd Kaitlyn Gibbons, James Callanan, Darina McDOnagh and Aaron Warde. Fancy Dress Winners Age 9 and Under1st Maeve Cowan 2nd Halil and Lucy Aribeyi 3rd Richard and Morgan Deasy 4th Anna Kelly 5th Niamh, Aoife and Saoirse Quinton Age 10 and Over 1st Maria Kelly and Nicola Szepina 2nd Matthew Clarke, Jordan McCrory and Taylor McCrory 3rd Sophie Goode Table Quiz Winners 1st Portumna Maria Kelly, Kaitlyn Gibbons, Nicola Szepina and Ethan Horrigan 2nd Lorrha Dennis O Meara, Ross O Meara, Sean Molloy and Niall McIntyre 3rd Portumna Jordan McCrory, Matthew Clarke, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Larah Brady Draughts 1st Brian Gleeson 2nd Ger Lambe 3rd Eugene McDonagh Jenga 1st Sarah Farrell 2nd Niamh Quinton.
Teresa and Louise would also like to thank the following sponsors without whose generosity Book Week would not be possible. AIB, A. Walker & Co., BOI, Michael Collins & Co., Credit Union, Mary Horrigan, Mary Keary, Kearns and Sons Solicitors, McEntees, Henry Mullen, Portumna Vet Clinic, Portumna Dairy Services Ltd., Ger O Toole and Thorntons.
Teresa and Louise do an excellent job on running book week over the last 15 years, it is one of the highlights of the Library events calendar, as it is wonderful to see children read, it will be a major benefit to them for the rest of their lives.

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FOH Audio
FOH Audio Ltd have recently opened their new office/warehouse facility in Portumna Co. Galway. In recognition of this, Uli Haug-managing director of Fohhn Audio, and Frank Strohmer-technical director of Fohhn Audio, paid a visit to stamp their approval. FOH Audio ltd are exclusive distributors of Fohhn Audio systems, and Powersoft amplifiers for the Irish Republic, and with a client list including Big Generator, Mike Denver, The Conquerors, The Wolfe Tones, Audiopilot, J 90 to mention just a few, things are looking up. FOH have also supplied equipment for the install market with churches, restaurants, bars, and hotels being catered for. Expansion is looking likely, and they hope to shortly delve into the recruitment market, as the need for extra manpower increases. They seem to have found a niche for high quality Pro Audio products, even in these tough economic times. Contact; Jackie on 090 9759954 www.fohaudio.ie

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Rugby News
Portumna Rugby team made the long journey up to Carrick-on-Shannon at the weekend knowing that a win would keep them in contention for the league. Portumna started well and didn't show any signs of fatigue from their well attended Christmas party two days earlier, taking an early and deserved 10 nil lead. Carrick got back into the game with a few well taken penalties and the result was in the balance until two try hero Johnny Smith juggled the ball over the line for his second try. Portumna led by 11 points at that stage and went looking for further scores and maybe a bonus point, but it wasn't to be and maybe the festive celebrations did catch up with them in the last quarter. The game finished 20 points to 9 to a deserving Portumna as they continue their climb up the league table. Best for Portumna on the day were Conor Nolan, Cathal Roche and Johnny Smith. Next up for Portumna is a top of the table clash against West Offaly Lions from Ferbane.

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“Home in Time for Christmas”
Renowned Galway Singer Song Writer Don Stiffe has teamed up with internationally acclaimed accordion player Sharon Shannon to support the fight against Heart Disease by recording a heart-warming Christmas single to raise funds for local Heart Charity Croi. If you would like to purchase a CD and help support this cause please contact Bernie at 087-6428310 or the Parish Office 090-9741092. An ideal Christmas Gift. Price €4.99. Also you can get your Christmas mass boquets from the parachical house the cost is €2.50 and they are beautifully presented.

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Shannon Park
The residents of Shannon Park Portumna should be justifiably proud of their housing estate, they received two awards in the Environmental Awards Scheme 2008 recently from Galway County Council. They achived these awards as part of Galway County Council’s partnership approach in recognition of the work done by Communities during the year for the advancement of the environment in their area. The following points were noted by the judges-it is well maintained with some wonderful stands of trees, new seats at the entrance to the estate, the trees were pruned to control and enhance the growth, and private residences were very well presented and maintained. It was also mentioned in the report that the committee has a good working with the local community warden Mr John Glennon.

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Weekend Opening
The businesses in Portumna will open this Sunday and the following Sunday for the convenience of their customers. Just remember the draw for €2500-00 on Christmas week, each business has tickets to distribute to their customers following a purchase in that shop, also remember to buy local this festive season, it will help everyone in the long run.

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Christmas Events
Lights Camera Action is the old cliché used by Movie Directors in bygone days, but (that’s a word I hate using) while there are Christmas lights on in Portumna where is the action? The committee is so small 4 in all that they were unable to have the usual build up that has been associated with the turning on ceremony over the last 3 years. We need to rekindle the light and get the spirit back into Christmas, times are gloomy enough this season without having to forego Santa, think of the Children. It is never too late to sprinkle that Christams magic dust into the air, you would never know what might fall out of the sky. Do not cancel Christmas for the want of a few elves.

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Under 21 County Semi-final
It is expected that the Under 21 County Semi-final against Pearses will be played this weekend. Check on the GAA Fixture list for time and venue. We wish them well and hope they can get to their County Final.

We would like to congratulate our Senior team on their successful defence of the League recently,against a very resilient Beagh team. Victory was all the more noteworthy because so many regulars were missing,but the strength of the panel shone through ,when our subs contributed handsomely to this victory, and so complete the Double/Double of winning County League and Championship in consecutive years.The panel are now enjoying a well earned break and hopefully will return revitaled after Christmas for the defence of their All-Ireland crown. The rest should also give a chance to our injured players to have treatment. Our next assignment is against Ballyhale Shamrocks of Kilkenny in mid Febuary in the All-Ireland semifinal. Something special to look forward to.

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