06 May 2009

Open Day at Emerald Star
Na Calaí CDP’s Health Forum
Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Parent Group
Portumna GAA Notes
Mini Marathon Runner
Study of Irish Historic Settlements
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Pump Stolen
Portumna Community School News
Town Hall Tea Dance
Ability West Golf Classic
Fine Gael Meeting
Sign Out Teenage Book Club

Open Day at Emerald Star
Emerald Star line came to Portumna in 1970, at that time Boating on the Shannon was limited to people who owned their own cruisers. With the arrival Emerald Star Portumna saw an influx of foreign visitors, mostly Continental. Since then there has been a lot of changes, cruising has become more accessable and the Shannon has got busier. On May 9th and 10th Saturday and Sunday Emerald Star are having an Open Day from 10.30am to 4.30pm you can go on short trips on Lough Derg or the River Shannon depending on the weather, so you are invited to come along and see for yourself what it is like to Captain your own boat. Booking through Carrick on Shannon at 071 9620234 or contact Tim Walsh at Emerald Star Line 09097 41120 or 0868351399.


Na Calaí CDP’s Health Forum
Na Calaí CDP’s Health Forum and Portumna’s Mental Health Association in partnership with Portumna’s Mental Health Services May’s Events Wednesday the 13th of May - Input from Nicola Morley from Mental Health Ireland Galway on “Promoting Positive Mental Health”. This session will take place in Alor Star, St. Brendan's Road, Portumna, at 7.30p.m. The next meeting of the Portumna and District Health Forum and the Portumna Mental Health Association will take place on: Tuesday the 19 th of May at 4pm in the Na Calaí CDP Office on Abbey Street, Portumna. New members are always welcome. Contact Na Calaí CDP on (090) 97 41887 for further information.


Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
Portumna District Credit Union Ltd first car draw was held on Easter Saturday & there was great excitement among the 6 finalists as they took part in the final 2 stages of the draw. The 6 finalists were drawn at random by the computer the previous week. They were : Ailish O'Leary, Andy Larkin, Killimor, Des Madden, Martin Hackett, Shirley Whelan, Portumna & Aileen Horan, Meelick. The lucky winner of a brand new Ford Fiesta car was Des Madden, Marian Park, Portumna. The keys of the new car were presented to Des by Morgan Claffey, Claffey Motors, Portumna & each of the other finalists received a cash prize. The next draw for a VW Polo car from Al Hayes Motors Ltd will take place on International Credit Union day on the 15th October 2009. Good luck to all our shareholders in the next draw.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Sheila Dillon Peg O'Shea, 2nd. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, Gross, Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd. Mary Jo Kelly Eileen Smith.

Portumna Contract Bridge Club, Sponsored By FBD Insurance , Results:- 1st. Lorna Stoddart Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Nora Flanagan Vera Burke, Gross. Kaye Duddy Patsy Hanbury, 3rd. Sean Cahalan Paddy Kelly, 4th. Sheila Darcy Mary Darcy, 5th. Michael Torpey Mary Fahy, 6th Johnny Cowan Peg O'Shea, 7th Elizabeth Ryan Teresa Dillon.


Portumna Parent Group
Portumna Parent and Toddler group wish to thank everyone who supported them at their recent Table Quiz in the Ferry Inn, a special thanks to our quizmaster Sean D Gordon and to everyone who donated prizes. The group meet every Wednesday morning in Portumna Town Hall at 10am new members welcome.


Portumna GAA Notes
The Senior Hurlers began the defence of their County and All-Ireland Titles with a very difficult assignment against Athenry in Ballinasloe last Saturday. Having returned from their Abu Dhabi trip the previous Tuesday afternoon, there was still some jetlag in the bodies and it was only in the last eight minutes that they came from two points down to win by five on a 3-10 to 2-8 score-line.

Next Sunday, May 10th is La na gClub and there are a series of activities planned for the field, The day will commence with open air mass in the G.A.A grounds at 2pm fpllowed by an u10 hurling game involving both boys and girls. A free taking competion for minors down to under 12s. A novelty match for the older teams both hurling and football. Photographs on display in the clubhouse of all past and present winning teams. Local musicians will be there. A great day promised.

Sean Canning was the recipient of a presentation from the Galway County Board in Loughgeorge last weekend as an unsung hero for his contribution to the GAA for many years.

Results of Lotto for Saturday May 2 nd 2009. Numbers drawn were 3,7,14 & 23. There was no winner and one Match Three winner, Carmel Quigley receives €100.


Mini Marathon Runner
The Dublin Flora Mini-Marathon will take place on June bank holiday Monday 1st this year Bernie Leonard (Fr Lawless’s Secretary) is running for the Local Day Care Center located on the Barrack Road Portumna. Bernie has competed in the London, Berlin, Boston, Dublin and New York City Marathons over the last couple of years as well as many other events such as walking Galway to Belmullet. The Day Care centre are in need of funds as they hope to build an extension to the existing building this year. If you wish to support Bernie drop your donations into the Day care center or the parochial house.


Study of Irish Historic Settlements
In the Shannon Oaks Hotel from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May a group for the study of Irish Historic Settlement in conjunction with the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society-weekend conference lectures and field trips dealing with aspects of East Galway.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
A 2 day workshop in suicide first aid was held recently in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The local Lions Club funded the training for 25 participants. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. The course facilitator was Damien Conlon originally from Portumna.


Pump Stolen
One of the few remaining artifacts of the way life in Portumna in the early 20th Century has mysteriously disappeared. On the night of St Patrick’s Day, an historic date in the history of Portumna, an old style hand operated water pump that stood on the side of the road leading to the water treatment and sewage plant was vandalized and left lying on it’s side across the water trough. The steel rod that went down the shaft to the valve system was bent but it prevented the vandals from taking the body of the pump with them. However on the night of the 29th of April 2009 the shaft was cut through and the pump, which was quite large, disappeared. The pump which was erected in the early 60s when the land was divided by the Land Commission, local farmers used the pump to provide drinking water for their animals, and was a huge attraction for both locals and tourists who frequently paused when passing to pump some water in the old fashioned way. The people of Portumna would like to see the pump restored to it’s original site and anyone with information about it’s whereabouts should help in locating it.


Portumna Community School News
‘The Guitar’: Congratulations to Tom Gleeson (3rd Yr.) who has made it through to the Final of RTE Young Peoples ‘The Guitar’ competition. Auditions took place around the country last week as the show are looking for young guitar maestros to compete against up and coming players from across the country to prove that they are worthy of winning a custom-built guitar (Fender’s Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster worth around €2000). Tom travelled to Liberty Hall in Dublin on Sunday to compete against 14 others for this prize and the show will be aired on TTV in September.


Town Hall Tea Dance
Tea Dance in the Town Hall on Sunday 17 th May from 5pm to 8pm all proceeds will go to towards the upkeep of the hall.


Ability West Golf Classic
Ability west golf classic is on this coming Thursday 7th , Friday 8th , and Saturday 9th May at Portumna Golf Club, special appearance by Elvis, also open air Bar-B-Q please support.


Fine Gael Meeting
Portumna Fine Gael branch recently held a meeting in Donie O’Meara’s and the following officers were elected, President; Patrick Morrissey, Chairperson; Tom Dalton, Secretary; Mollie Gorman, Treasurers; Liam Keane and Tony Power, P.R.O. Tommie Madden. Also in attendance were Ullick Burke T.D. and Jimmy McClearnan local council candidate. The date for the next meeting will be advertised; in the meantime anyone wishing to join the branch or assist in the forthcoming elections can do so by contacting any of the above.


Sign Out Teenage Book Club
The next meeting of Sign Out Teen Book Club is Monday 11th May at 7pm in Sign Out Youth Cafe. Suggested books for discussion: A little piece of ground , The Boy in the striped pajamas and Artemis Fowl. Copies are available in Portumna Library. Book Club is open to all 13 to 18 year olds and new members are always welcome. For further information contact 086 2051346.


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