01 April 2009

Portumna Tidy Towns April Spring Clean
Portumna Scouts News
Local Band - Reef Stained
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Acorn to Oak - Make a Wish Fundraiser
Portumna Bridge Club
Country Market
Lorrha Parents Association - Fundraiser
Na Calai CDP's Health Forum
Portumna GAA Notes
Portumna Parent & Toddler Group - Table Quiz
Thursday Night Music in The Boathouse
"Knit It"
An Gairdin
The 4th Aughty Earth Day Gathering, Tuamgraney

Portumna Tidy Towns April Spring Clean
Portumna Tidy Towns committee is in full swing with its 2009 plans and needs all householders in Portumna to get involved with the first clean-up initiative of the year Spring Clean Month. Take pride in your town, clean up and help keep Portumna beautiful.


Portumna Scouts News
Congratulations to Marion Lynch and Sorcha Ridge who were both elected as county reps at the Galway Scout forum held in 1 Galway St Nicolas on Friday night. Scout sections from all over the county were in attendance. Before the election, scouts broke into discussion groups and discussed scouting matters such as programme, activities, events and patrol leaders councils. Marion and Sorcha will represent Galway at the National Scout forum in Larch Hill, Dublin in April. They follow in the footsteps of Conor O Meara who represented the troop at last year's National Forum. Well done also to the organizers of the Forum St Nicolas's, who made their Scout Den available on Friday night, their choice of date and time allowed troops from every corner of the county time to travel into the city and not surprisingly attendance was up considerably on last year's forum.

The scout section would like to wish our new Group leader Ultan Hynes every success in his new appointment. Ultan has already displayed his professional approach to his new role by taking time out of his own busy scout programme with cubs to visit and talk to the scouts. He takes over from Brendan Murray, Brendan had served as group Leader for the previous six years and was pivotal to the reforming of the scout group in Portumna. However, he is not sitting on his laurels by any means, working along with a group of new leaders in Eyrecourt he is actively spreading scouting within the county. His drive and vision is remarkable and is having a huge impact on scouting in east Galway, satellite group Abbey/Duniry with his support are ready to stand alone and form their own group. Scouting is without doubt growing in popularity in this corner of the county and much of that is due to the drive and enthusiasm of Brendan Murray well done and keep up the great work.


Local Band - Reef Stained
The local band Reef Stained are playing in Cuba, Galway on 11th April as special guests to 'Blue Syndrome'. It is always great to see local young talent go out there and promote themselves.


Sign Out Youth Cafe
The Sign Out Youth Cafe, St Brigids Rd, Portumna (located to the rear of the old VEC) is open to all 15 to 18 year olds as a drop in facility every Friday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm. Sign Out is a friendly, non judgemental space for the young people in our community to meet up, plan activities, play pool, table tennis or soccer on the all weather pitch while socialising amongst their own age group. If you are between the age of 15 and 18 years why not drop in any Friday evening. Enquiries to 086 2051346, email youthsignout@gmail.com or log onto www.signout.ie

Sign Out Readers Group: They meet on the first Monday of every Month, in Sign Out Youth Cafe. The book chosen for April is Stormbreaker. Next meeting on the 6th April at 7pm. New members always welcome. 'Copies of Stormbreaker are availabe in the Library'.

Sign Out All Weather Pitch: The all weather pitch has extended it opening hours and is now open 7 days a week. Available to groups, individuals, birthday parties etc. Enquiries to 086 2051346.


Acorn to Oak - Make a Wish Fundraiser
Acorn to Oak creche ran a pyjama day for both the children and staff at the fabulous Acorn to Oak child care centre on St Brigids Road Portumna, it was all in aid of Make-A-Wish in Ireland has one simple aim - to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 18 years living with a life-threatening illness. A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. The magic created/invented at the centre was phenomena last Friday morning and into the afternoon, it would make you wish that you could be young again. Ann Rabbitte and her staff have to be commended for their enthusiasm on the day. Acorn to Oak is a wonderful place, the staff are upbeat and as a result the children are always smiling and in good form. Well done.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club President's, Conor Finch, Prize. 1st. Fr. M. Finneran Kaye Duddy 2nd. Anna Moore Teresa Dillon, Gross. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd. Cepta Ryan Mary Nevin 4th. Margie Mullen Charlie Mullen, 5th. Martin Quinn Sheila Dillon, 6th. Noreen Murphy Maryrose Cormican, 7th. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 1st. Sess. Vera Burke Pauline McKeon, 2nd. Sess. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury.


Country Market
Country Market will be held on Holy Thursday April 9th in the Town Hall Portumna between 8.30.a.m and 12.30p.m. Real Food Locally Produced. Wishing all our customers a Happy Easter.


Lorrha Parents Association - Fundraiser
On Easter Sunday 12th April Lorrha Parents Association will be hosting a cake sale, bring and buy sale and a raffle from 2.00-4.00p.m. in St. Ruadhan's Community Hall. If you would like to donate any goods (books, clothes, household items in good condition) you can bring them to the hall on Saturday 11th April from 4.00-6.00p.m. Please note that we cannot accept any electrical goods. We look forward to seeing you there.


Na Calai CDP's Health Forum
The next meeting of the Portumna and District Health Forum and the Portumna Mental Health Association will take place on: Monday the 6th of April at 4pm in the Na Calai CDP Office on Abbey Street, Portumna. New members are always welcome. Please note that the input from Mental Health Ireland's Nicola Morley previously advertised for the 15th of April has been changed to May. For further information call Na Calai CDP on (090) 97 41887.


Portumna GAA Notes
Congratulations to Ollie Canning on his re-election as Captain of the Galway Senior Hurling Team and Portumna's other representatives, Eugene McEntee, Andrew Smith, Joe Canning, Niall Hayes and Eoin Lynch on their contributions towards Galway's League win over Waterford in Dungarvan last Sunday.

Lotto Results for Saturday March 28th 2009. No's 3,18,24 and 27. No Jackpot winner. Three Match 3's-Ryan Deegan, Carmel Quinn-Kelly and Frankie Larkin, Eyrecourt. Next Weeks Jackpot is €3,100.

Our U-21's play Turloughmore on Friday evening in the first round of the U-21A Championship. U-10 training has commenced on Tuesday evenings at 6. 00 p.m. and U-12 continues on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m. If not already registered, these age groups can do so at the weekly training session. Membership Fees are now due and should be paid to Celia Keane or Fiona o'Meara as soon as possible.

Best of Luck from all in Portumna GAA to Marguerite on Winning Streak next Saturday night. Hope she has a ticket bought for our Car Draw!!


Portumna Parent & Toddler Group - Table Quiz
Portumna Parent & Toddler Group are holding a fundraiser Table Quiz in The Ferry Inn, on Friday 3rd, April at 9.00pm. €40 per table of 4, €20 for table of 4 students. You are all welcome to join in the fun! For queries please contact Michelle: 087- 9558853.


Thursday Night Music in The Boathouse
The Boathouse bar will have music this Thursday and every other Thursday from now on right through the summer, it will start at 9.30pm so if you want an enjoyable night out come to Fergals.


"Knit It"
A new wool and Craft shop has opened in Abbey Street Portumna, there is a wide selection of wool and patterns, Tapestry and Cross-stitch kits, Haberdashery, knitting needles, Crochet Hooks, buttons and lots more. You can also learn to knit so in these times of recession why not make your own clothes, or eat cake!!


An Gairdin
Growing in Polytunnels: Wednesday 22nd, 10am-4.30pm. This course covers all aspects of growing in Polytunnels: choosing and erecting of tunnel, suitable plant varieties, designing a yearly crop plan, maintaining healthy crops, irrigation etc. Cost: €40 Subsidised by NOTS

Celebrate International Earth Day: Saturday 25th, 10.30 am - 1pm. Earth Dance with Colette Baynes. Using gentle movement/dance, music, guided visualization and stillness we will explore and deepen our connection to Earth. We focus on our root chakra - our instinctual selves, the element earth, our grounding, rhythm and our sense of place. Colette Baynes is a psychologist/biodynamic psychotherapist. She has recently completed training as a teacher of Dancing the Rainbow, at therapeutic healing programme which draws on movement, colour, sound and creativity. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.


The 4th Aughty Earth Day Gathering, Tuamgraney
Following the successful 'Aughty Day' in Woodford in 2008, Slógadh Eachtaí will take place on the 18th April 2008 in the East Clare village of Tuamgraney and will include keynote addresses and group sessions that will cover familiar and less explored aspects of the history and heritage of the Sliabh Aughty uplands in Counties Clare and Galway. The purpose is to celebrate the uniqueness of Slógadh Eachtaí - the followers or people of Aughty - and make connections between people and places around Sliabh Aughty. Speakers include Artist Áine Phillips, Clare Senior Planner Gordon Daly, Archaeologist Franc Myles, Terry O' Regan from Landscape Alliance Ireland, and Clare FM presenter Paula Carroll. The 2009 Aughty Gathering is hosted by the East Clare Heritage Company and the venue is the East Clare Heritage Centre, St Cronan's 10th Century Church, Tuamgraney. Registration: 09.30 A.M. Email: slogadheachtai@gmail.com or www.aughty.org


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