21 January 2009


Portumna Library News
Portumna Athletics Club
Bridge Club News
Rathcabbin Players - "Run For Your Wife"
Singing!
Portumna Arts Group - Reflection on Christmas
Portumna Pen Pushers
Portumna Town FC News

“Sex and The City” Theme Night Valentines Ball
Plaque Unveiled
An Gairdin
Portumna Community School News
Abalta Special School - Help Required
Table Quiz - The Boathouse
Spring Art Classes
Christmas Day Swim


Portumna Library News
Sponsors of Book Week in Portumna Library: Teresa and Louise in Portumna Library would 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.

 

Recession? What recession? Why not come along and join the best club in Ireland? That's right your local library. For a minimal fee you can escape the recession through reading. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction Portumna Library has a wonderful selection of both juvenile and adult books. We also have a selection of CD books which are very popular. So beat the January blues and come along to Portumna Library. Children and OAP's have free membership, €2 for Unemployed and Students and €5 for Adults.

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Portumna Athletics Club
Portumna ACs, Meet and Train group held an 8 kilometer run just prior to Christmas. It was great way to get the festivities off to an active start and well done to all who competed on a damp and cold winter morning. Now that the holidays are well and truely over it is the right time to get in shape for the new year, the Ladies group are meeting on Tuesday and Thursday, Beginners at 7.15 and the regulars at 8.00 Any one interested can Contact Margret @ 0871237824. The Mens group are meeting will be at 7.00 on Fridays. Contact Tom @ 0864042180 All are welcome.

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Bridge Club News
Results 79 Bridge Club:- 1st. Conor Finch Martin Quinn, 2nd. Lorna Stoddart Patricia Blehein, Gross. Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 3rd. Mary Connolly Francis McRory, 4th. Pauline McKeon Vera Burke.

 

Portumna Contract Bridge Results:- 1st. Lorna Stoddart Sean Cahalan, 2nd. Brid McNamara Patsy Hanbury, Gross. Elizabeth Ryan Geraldine Canning, 3rd. Maire NiCheallaigh John Craig, 4th. Joe Ryan Mary Burbage

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Rathcabbin Players - "Run For Your Wife"
Three More Nights: You will be introduced to an assortment of characters in the Rathcabbin Players production of the hilarious comedy "Run For Your Wife" which will run for a further three night's in Rathcabbin Hall this week-end, Friday 23rd. through to Sunday 25th. Booking is heavy so if you plan on going call Mary now on (087) 2926538 so as you wont be disappointed.

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Singing!
OMNA, Portumna's Vocal Group are planning an 8-week series of workshops commencing Monday, February 2nd. If you are interested in singing as a group rather than singing to yourself in the car or the shower-then call Joan @0876955166.

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Portumna Arts Group - Reflection on Christmas
Now that January is drawing us into the new year and as the decorations and cards are put away, why not take time out to put your thoughts on Christmas, your memories of a Christmas past or a reflection on a Christmas theme. Portumna Arts group invite submissions from you by March 20th, and pieces will then be selected for a pre Christmas music/reading event in Portumna similar to the RTE programme Sunday Miscellany. Music and Song from local participants will be included. The format is 700 words max in length; or if a poem, approx. 2 minutes max in spoken length. For further info contact Noelle @ 0872931055 or check out www.portumnaartsgroup.com

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Portumna Pen Pushers
Pen Pushers, a peer led writing group, meet on alternate Thursdays from 7.30-9.30pm. New members are now invited who may have taken on the New Year Resolution to write-so call 087 293 1055 for more details

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Portumna Town FC News
Portumna U13s welcomed Abbeyleix team currently with a 100% record for this season. Portumna settled very quickly continuing the form from the second half of last weeks match. Colin Burke put Portumna one nil up but after about 15minutes. Abbeyleix got back a goal shortly after using the strong breeze to their advantage as they hit a long shot that flew in over the keeper. Michael Hoban got Portumna's second goal with a lovely finish after great work by the midfielders. Portumna used the wind in the second half to their advantage as Colin Burke struck a fantastic free kick high over the Abbeyleix keeper to put them 3-1 up. Portumna switched off and Abbelyleix came back with an immediate response scoring a well worked goal. With the weather taking a vicious turn for the worse, Abbeyleix were hardly able to get the ball to the half way line and Portumna ran out winners. This was a very important win for Portumna as Abbeyleix have rarely lost in the last three years and it bodes well for our chances for the cup.

 

Itʼs a full schedule for our teams this weekend: The under 10s travel to face Birr Town at 9.45. The U 11 team are at home to Portlaoise Rovers at 10.15, whilst the U 12s are also at home to Portlaoise at 11.30. Finally the U13s are away to Killavilla of Roscrea. Kick off there is at 1.15.

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“Sex and The City” Theme Night Valentines Ball
As you may have already heard Portumna Town FC are holding a “Sex in The City” Theme Night Valentines Ball on Saturday, 14th February 2009 in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The night kicks off at 7.30pm with a martini/champagne reception and music in the Hotel Foyer. The night includes a 5 course meal, which will be served with Wine, Music by a live band followed by a Disco. The night promises to be a great event and is something different to do on your Valentines. Tickets cost €100 per person and €180 for a couple. Anyone interested in tickets can contact any of the committee members or contact David on 087 9837366 or Ann Marie on086 3946149.

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Plaque Unveiled
I suppose everybody experiences some major shock in their lives, not necessarily affecting them directly but the total impact and sheer scale of the tragedy hits them and will remain in their minds for the rest of their lives. A tree falling on top of 7 people travelling in a minbus on January 5th 1991 is one such shock. Last Sunday week the community of Portumna unveiled a plaque to the memory of the 6 people from Switzerland and local lad Joe O Meara (Carrigahorig, County Tipperary) who were tragically killed following a freak accident on 5th January 1991. The names of the Swiss nationals were Ronald Bohlem, Michelle Bohlem, Jose Bohlem, Jean Paul Bonnin, Elizabeth Bonnin, Pierre Landi. The plaque was put in place a number of weeks ago at the site of the accident. Boula man John Lawless was the main driving force behind the project. The actual unveiling took place after 11 o clock mass on Sunday the 11th January. As Father Lawless mentioned in his eulogy regarding Joe’s commitment to hurling, he was not a good hurler, he was a great hurler and without a doubt he would have made the Galway senior hurling panel. His cousins Cillian and Ciara brought a hurley belonging to Joe and a photograph of him and his beloved dog “Betsy” to the altar as “symbols” of his short life. Wreaths were laid under the plaque by Mr Martin Carty on behalf of the GAA, Mr Gerry Fallon Asst. Fire Chief on behalf of the local Fire-brigade, and Mr Tommy McClearn on his own behalf. Tommy was the sole survivor of the accident. It was an emotional afternoon as speeches were made by Martin Carty outgoing chairman of the GAA and retired Garda. Martin was on duty and attended the scene of the crash on the stormy Saturday night that claimed 7 lives. Fr Lawless thanked everyone connected with helping on that fateful evening, the local unit of the Fire brigade, some of whom have passed away or retired. Doctors Sean Murphy and Dr Frank Cawley, members of the local Gardai, Ambulance staff and the people who brought in the machienary to move and cut the trees. The Swiss Embassy were informed of the memorial service, and while there were no relatives or immediate family present on the day, the Ambassador conveyed the sentiments of the people of Portumna to the families of the deceased.

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An Gairdin
An Gairdin are running courses the whole year round, and an ideal course is the Organic Horticulture, this is one day a month over 10 months, it syarts in early February and covers all you need to know in both practice and theory of organic growing. The course is sponsored by National Organic Network Skillnets, to apply ring 090-9741689

 

A reminder that Introduction to Herbs Sat. Jan. 24th and Sun. Jan. 25th. This course takes place over two weekends. The first weekend in late January. Herbalist Joerg Mueller covers extensive material over the four days. Joerg combines theory and practice on the course.

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Portumna Community School News
New School Magazine: A group of TYs have undertaken to publish a new school magazine as their mini company project. They want this updated magazine to be as interactive and studentfocused as possible so it is up to you. Classes have already been asked for different articles but any extra material or ideas are welcome and can be dropped in the comment box left in the Social Area.

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Abalta Special School - Help Required
Anyone interested in helping out with church gate collections anywhere in Galway city or county in aid of Abalta Special School for children with Autism please contact Colette on 087 1373433 for more information. They will be taking place on 14th Feb and 15th Feb.

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Table Quiz - The Boathouse
If you want to fill in a Friday night, Fergal Coughlan from the Boathouse bar is running a table quiz this Friday night at 9.30pm sharp please support.

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Spring Art Classes
Sketching and art & craft for children at 2.00pm, 3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil Sketching for adults at 11.00am, starting on Saturday, 31st January, for 8 weeks, in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

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Christmas Day Swim
Many thanks to all the young and older swimmers who swam on Christmas Day, the air temperature was a mild 8 degrees but the water was a chilly 6 degrees, so the onlookers thought we were having it easy, we weren't, thanks to them too and to all who sponsored swimmers and collected on the day. Not all cards and sponsorship money are back, so if you still have one drop it in to Hayes or Curley's Pub, Portumna.

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