25 February 2009

Rugby Club News
Shane O'Rourke Gobi Desert Run - Abalta School Fundraising
David Keane IFTA Awards
Library Ireland Week
Sign Out Clubs for Teens
Bridge Club News
Scouting A.G.M.
Adult Education Evening Classes
Portumna GAA News
Portumna Camogie Club
Social Services Fundrasier
Portumna Camera Club
Elvis Night in The Maple Bar

Rugby Club News
Portumna Rugby Club recently had it's players night out including the presentation of their annual awards. All the awards were kindly sponsored by Fergal Coghlan of the Boathouse Bar. The Player of the Year award went to John Mannion for his strong and consistent on field performances throughout the season and for his willingness to play in any position without complaint. The Most Improved Player of the Year went to Aidan Doyle who is relatively new to the game and is learning fast, his effort and performances this year have been excellent making him an easy choice for this award. The final award of the night was the "Clubman of the Year", this goes to an individual who makes an extra effort for the club above and beyond the call of duty, whether it be on or off the pitch and not just over one season, but over a number of seasons. The award went to Michael Brady who fits the bill perfectly both on and off the pitch. In typical fashion when Michael was presented with the award he only asked that all present support the upcoming club table quiz to help raise much needed funds.

The annual table quiz is on in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday night the 27th February at 8pm sharp. This is always a well attended night with good fun and great prizes. As always there is an Adult and a student section.


Shane O'Rourke Gobi Desert Run - Abalta School Fundraising
Shane O'Rourke ran the Atacama desert last year and donated the money he raised to the "Acorn to Oak" child minding service in Portumna. This year he is running the "Gobi March" from June 14th to 20th and all the money raised will go to the Abalta School for Children with Autism in Galway. Shane and his team of helpers will be running various events in the locality between now and June, this will include a Table Quiz on Good Friday in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and a Golf Classic in May at Portumna Golf Club. Ciaran Ryan is setting up website so the public can make a donation via the internet This race is part of the 4Deserts series and will take place in the Gobi Desert in Western China-150 miles in 6 days carrying your own food, the terrain will be easier than Atacama but the temperatures will be hotter (40+)


David Keane IFTA Awards
David Keane was nominated for an award at last weeks IFTA awards for his film "Mobs Mheiricea" the 2nd series produced by Abu Media for TG4 some of the 1st series was shot in Domnick Street, Portumna in Davids's Grannies House, at the moment they he is working on a new series about the role the Irish played in American politics from Tammany Hall to JFK and will go out on air in September of this year. It is great to see talented film makers achieving recognation in their fields, in these times of recession Ireland should be showcased around the globe as a Paradise to live in, more money and grants should be made available to Independent film makers to continue their work.


Library Ireland Week
Library Ireland Week in Portumna Library 2nd to 8th March. Meeting of Portumna Book Club on Monday 2nd March @ 7.30 pm. New members always welcome. Weaving Demonstration with Liz on Tuesday 3rd @ 7pm. All welcome. Admission free. Local Art Exhibition launch on Thursday 5th @ 7pm. Artists must have submitted one piece of artwork by Friday 27th February. Please come along and show your support!


Sign Out Clubs for Teens
Reading groups are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. At a recent meeting of the youth committee of Portumna Sign Out Youth Co the need for a Teenager monthly book club/reading group was suggested by some reading enthusiasts. A facilitator has been identified and the club will commence in early March. The group will meet monthly and will allow young people who enjoy reading the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for books. If you are between the age of 13 to 19 and would like to share your love of a book with others and learn more about other young peoples tastes in books please contact 086 2051346 or register your interest at Sign Out Youth Cafe.

Other clubs commencing shortly include a monthly Film Club. Film Club is a chance to enter the incredible, limitless world of films - a rollercoaster ride through worlds that delight, challenge, inspire, unite and amaze. If you fancy yourself as a film buff or enjoy watching a film on the big screen with some friends why not register your interest in joining this exciting new committee of movie lovers and draw up a programme of films to view monthly. For further information contact 086 2051346.

Sign Out are hosting a Health and Beauty Workshop for Teens. This one evening workshop is open to all 13 to 19 year olds and will be held in Sign Out. To find out more call 086 2051346 or log onto www.signout.ie

Child Protection Training As part of the overall policy of Portumna Sign Out Youth Company, we are offering Child Protection Training to all adult volunteers. This training is of vital importance to adults who are working/supervising/volunteering with young people. The training will run over the mandatory 9 hours on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March. A certificate will be presented to each participant on completion. If you wish to avail of Child Protection Training in the local venue of Sign Out please contact 086 2051346. We are delighted to be able to offer this training free of charge.


Bridge Club News
Results 79 Bridge Club:- 1st. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, 2nd. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, Gross. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Marian Molloy Joan Ryan, 4th. Tony Ryan Sean Cahalan.


Scouting A.G.M.
The AGM of 10th Galway Portumna will take place on Wednesday 4th March at 8pm in The Shannon Oaks Hotel. All are welcome to come along and review what was a very successful year for Scouting in Portumna.


Adult Education Evening Classes
Portumna Community School Adult Education Evening Classes in Art, Basic baking & ooking, Beauty, Communication matters, ESOL, First Aid, Interior design, Music appreciation, Photography, Positive parenting commence on Wed. 4th March and run for 6 weeks. Cost €60 per course. For info phone/text 087 1 237824 or phone 974 1053.


Portumna GAA News
Congratulations to Portumna Management and Panel on their great victory over Ballyhale Shamrocks in Thurles last Sunday. Portumna 5-11 Ballyhale 1-16 Brilliant preformance from all and it was a case of job well done for Portumna who, in the run-up to the game were stung by their 15/8 outsiders rating. This was a major motivational weapon on Sunday to book a place in the final for the third time in four seasons. Looking forward to the Club All-Ireland final on the 17th March in Croke Park.

Tickets for the match-anyone wishing to book tickets for the Club Final in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day go the GAA grounds on next Monday 2nd March between 8pm and 9pm, or Friday 6th March same times, cash with order.

Lotto Numbers drawn: 8 12 16 26 No winner. One match three numbers Des & Sinead Salmon. Lotto jackpot next week 2,600.


Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Camogie Club are holding their registration evening for all age groups in the GAA Grounds on Tuesday 3rd March at 7pm. Also presentation of trophies for U- 12's and U-14's.


Social Services Fundrasier
Fundraising Golf Classic at Portumna Golf Club on Friday 12th June 2009 In aid of the proposed Extension to the Portumna Social Services Day Care Centre at Castle Avenue. Enquiries / Timesheet Entries contact 087 2577 766.

Portumna Social Services is a voluntary group, which was founded in 1977. The aim of the committee is to provide a social outlet and meeting place for the senior citizens of our town and surrounding area. Our Day Care Centre is currently open five days a week Monday to Friday. We operate our own Mini-bus which collects from a catchment area of Gurteeny, Woodford, Abbey, Tynagh, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Lorrha and Terryglass. There are presently some vacancies on the mini-bus so any person wishing to avail of this service should contact Anne at 090 9741740 Meals on Wheels, which are cooked on the premises, are delivered daily Monday to Friday. Again any person who wishes to avail of this service should contact Anne During the summer varied outings and social events are organised. On all of these outings the Day Care Centre's Mini Bus is used. Activities at the Centre include computer and art classes, bingo, music, dancing, flower arranging, singing, poetry reading, light exercises and birthday parties to name but a few. Visiting services currently include physiotherapy and chiropody.


Portumna Camera Club
The next meeting of Portumna Camera Club will be on Tuesday 2nd March at 8.30 in the Maple Kitchen-the theme for this weeks images is "abstract", new members welcome, open to all age groups, so if you have any queries re working your camera bring it along on the night and we will try and help you take better images.


Elvis Night in The Maple Bar
Yes it is true Elvis is dead, but on this Saturday night in the Maple Bar you can see him make a guest appearance, Paul Murphy from Birr will perform his magnificent take on Elvis in the Maple Bar from 10pm, no cover charge. Paul was a member of the Birr All-Ireland hurling team of the late 90s so come along and have an enjoyable night reliving all the Elvis hits.


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