13 May 2009

Scouts - New Boots Reach New Heights
Give Blood
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna Bridge Club
Woodford - Fr. Pat Madden Mass
Tommie Larkins GAA - La na Club
Toddle for Barnardos
Hip Hop Dancing
Public Meeting on Workhouse Project
Pilgrimage - Holy Cross Abbey
Post Leaving Certificate Courses
Portumna Social Services Silver Circle Draw
Triple Crown Comes to Town
Tiernascragh National School Arts
Sign Out Youth Cafe & All Weather Pitch Official Launch
Portumna GAA News

Scouts - New Boots Reach New Heights
Well done to the Portumna scout section who camped in Lecanvey, Westport for the bank holiday weekend. in possession of their recently purchased hiking boots The group including Neasa Ridge (10) Jack O Flaherty (6) and John Claffey (6) set up home for the weekend between the majestic Croak Patrick and breath taking Clew Bay. The twenty six strong group prepared themselves early on Sunday morning and departed their campsite for the "Reek" without exception each member made it the summit, first to reach the top was John O Neill and John Claffey, congratulations to them both, and to all the scouts for completing this demanding challenge. Stopping to catch their breath and take in the fabulous views the scouts conducted a simple ceremony. 2009 is Scouting Irelands year of the "law and Promise" with this in mind the Portumna scouts took advantage of their location and discussed the values of scouting, their law and promise and what they mean to them. After the compulsory photo shoot, the group set off back down the reek. Arriving safely back at camp, the scouts wasted no time getting into wet suits and life jackets for a jump of the pier into Clew Bay to revive their aching muscles. It was a fantastic weekend full of fun, adventure and personal discovery. The scouts would like to extend a big thank you to Johanna Burke and Mike O Sullivan who kindly gave up their weekend to transport the Scouts and their equipment to and from Westport. The scout section would also like to thank their Group Leader Ultan Hynes who visited them in Westport and who took such an active part in their climb. The Scouts will be running their annual Ice cream Sunday fund raiser for Down Syndrome Ireland in June at the Portumna playground and are looking forward to once again receiving your support.


Give Blood
The Irish Blood Transfusion Board wish to thank all their donors who gave blood in 2008 and hope to see them in 2009. They will be in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Wednesday 20th May from 3.00pm to 4.45pm and from 7.00pm to 9.30pm new donors are always welcome.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Adjudication time is drawing close for the National Tidy Towns competition and the Tidy Towns committee would like to make a special plea to all householders and business people in Portumna to come out on Wednesday evening 27th May for a community clean up. The meeting point will be at the Library at 7.30pm to get gloves and bags etc. Portumna community working together will be the power behind the town's success in the competition. Put this date in your diary and please come along to help, as your support is much needed. The committee are busy filling out the application forms and ensuring that Portumna gets the best possible chance in the competition this year.

The Environment section of Galway County Council has kindly offered to hold a "Composting Day" in Portumna within the next few weeks. This will be a great opportunity for the community to learn the do's and don'ts of composting. Time and venue to be arranged.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Sponsored By A.I.B., Results:- 1st. Anna Moore Teresa Dillon, 2nd. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, Gross, Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon, 3rd. Patricia Eames Peggy Whyte. 4th. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan


Woodford - Fr. Pat Madden Mass
Fr. Pat Madden who was ordained recently in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Moycullen will celebrate Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford on Saturday 16th May at 8p.m. Fr. Madden was born in Woodford and attended the local N.S. and Mercy College. He has been ordained for the parish of Portsmouth. A parish reception will be held after Mass in the Youth Club Hall.


Tommie Larkins GAA - La na Club
A fine day of celebration/entertainment was provided on Sunday last as Tommie Larkins GAA club marked 125 years of the GAA. Proceedings began with Fr. O'Rourke PP and Fr. P. Naughten retired PP celebrating open air Mass in lovely sunshine. Throughout the day hurling games from U10 to Senior were played with over 100 club members participating. The Senior team will play Portumna this weekend in the Senior Championship - unfortunately Colm Flynn and Trevor Kavanagh are ruled out with injuries.


Toddle for Barnardos
Woodford Parent and Toddler Group who continue to meet every Thrusday from 10 a.m to 12 noon in the Youth Club Hall are participating in a walk "toddle" followed by a picnic in the local hurling field to raise money for Barnardos!! This will take place on Thurs. June 4th weather permitting and all parents/toddlers are welcome.


Hip Hop Dancing
Continues every Thursday evening in Woodford Youth Club Hall - ages 4-9 from 6pm to 7pm and age 9plus from 7pm to 8pm.


Public Meeting on Workhouse Project
The Minister for Health, Mary Harney launched the Portumna Workhouse Project in July 2006. Since this time, conservation work has continued on the complex and the project promoters, SE Galway IRD have been waiting on the HSE, who own to property, to come up with the terms of the lease. These have been recently received. A public meeting will take place on Tuesday, 19th May in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna at 8.30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to update people on the Project and more importantly to ask people, who have the various skills and interests, to get involved. This is a significant Project for the area, one which in time and with commitment from the locality, will see the transformation of a significant yet derelict site, into a vibrant complex, meeting housing, social, economic and cultural needs in Portumna and South East Galway. This is an open, public meeting. All are welcome to attend.


Pilgrimage - Holy Cross Abbey
Pilgrimage to Holycross Abbey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 31st May from 1.30pm to 4pm. Bus leaving Portumna at 10am. Please contact Gay Royston at 09097-41322. Kathleen Kidney at 09096-76458 or Ann Callanan at 09097-41424.


Post Leaving Certificate Courses
Ever think of going back to school for School year? Well Portumna Community School are running a PLC course mornings starting in September 2009 until May 2010 the courses will include Community Care/ Health Care, Care assistant; classroom assistant, the modules will include care provision & practice, Human growth and Development Nutrition. Early Childhood Education. Safety and Health at work, Communications, Internet & email. Word processing and Work experience (2 weeks). Application forms and details available from the school, applications to be submitted as soon as possible. Features include FETAC-level 5 Certification, mornings 9.30am-1.30pm, flexible hours; full time or part time.


Portumna Social Services Silver Circle Draw
Results of Portumna Social Services first silver circle draw in aid of the Day Care Centre. €150- Mary Kelly €50- A.Godlington €50- Fr. P.J Bracken €25- Tom O’Connor €25- Marie Corrigan. Congratulations to all winners. Next draw on Wednesday 13th May in the Day Care Centre.


Triple Crown Comes to Town
The Triple Crown and the RBS six Nations Cup came to Town on Friday morning, it’s first port of call was Bank of Ireland with large crowds coming to see it, then it was onto the Community School and finally the duo visited the Shannon Oaks Hotel where the local Rugby Club had representatives there to meet the hottest couple in Ireland at the moment. Bank of Ireland sponsor Connacht Rugby.


Tiernascragh National School Arts
Artist Triona Ryan has been working with the senior classes in Tiernascragh National School two days a week for 16 weeks. This work which was both exciting and varied included Photography, animation, mapping design, shadow puppetry, with special interest in the local area. A special exhibition of the children’s work was displayed in the Community Centre and on the website www.kids own.ie. Their work won an award in the National film festival for schools. This project was sponsored by the Arts Council in conjunction with the Galway County Council. It was a wonderful experience for the children and they were greatly helped by the parents and Board of Management.


Sign Out Youth Cafe & All Weather Pitch Official Launch
May Day in Portumna saw the sun shine and the community gather, both young and old, when for the official launch of Sign Out Youth Café & All Weather Pitch. MC for the evening was local star, Colin Fahy. As a young man who grew up in the town, he appreciates the need for a venue such as this and congratulated the groups who made it happen, encouraging involvement by the local people and in particular the need for volunteers. Patricia Duggan, Chairperson of the Sign Out Youth Company thanked the major people involved- from the start through the dedicated adult committee to the Co. Galway VEC; to Gerry Mc Carthy and each of the current directors of the Portumna Sign Out Youth Company, the young people of the area and, in particular, the current project co-ordinator, Susan Royston. Fr. Brendan Lawless PP on behalf of the local churches blessed the new premises. This was followed by words from 3 young people representing the past, the present and future of the members of the Youth Café. Ailis O’Toole recounted the journey from a blank canvas to the fine building now in place; Oisin Royston mentioned the sense of ownership that the young people have as they have a say in the events and projects that take place in the Youth Cafe. Michael Ward told the large gathering about the importance of group activities from Delphi to Oakwood; soccer tournaments and committee involvement. Joe Mc Donagh, CEO of Co. Galway VEC was delighted to perform the ribbon cutting and to be a part of this important project for the Portumna Youth. He outlined the future VEC projects planned for the Portumna area. He highlighted the Public Private Partnership that has brought this project to the success it is today - and paid a special tribute to Sean Mac Loghlainn, Adult Education Officer of Co Galway VEC; the Youth Committee; the Adult Volunteers and in particular, Susan Royston. As Project co-ordinator, Susan Royston spoke about the future, from extended opening hours to planned projects; stating that the door is open to project ideas from all age groups and encouraging locals to share their skills and talents with the people of the future - our youth. Refreshments were provided for all to the backdrop of a slide show. Entertainment was provided by Sorcha Ridge, Shannon Whelan and Marian Lynch, followed by David Clarke, Jason Coniry and Conor Robinson with Roisin Gordon, Daniel Devine, Keith Finnerty and James Cormican rounding up a very successful evening.

The Sign Out Youth Co. in partnership with Co Galway VEC would like to thank all who came along and in particular those who helped, in no small way, with the evenings celebrations - Portumna Tidy Towns Committee, Martin Hickey, Mark Scannell, Daniel Eames, Joe Duggan, Michael Maxwell, Mary Lynch, Frances Robinson, Siobhan Tuohy, Catherine Dillon, Killeen Cheese, Colin Fahy, Ann Mc Entee and the Youth Bands. To Noel Treacy TD, a special thank you for his commitment, continued support and encouragement. A very big thank you to all the helping hands who contributed to the clean up afterwards. For further information on any of the workshops, projects and opening hours of Sign Out Youth Cafe please contact 086 2051346, email youthsignout@gmail.com or log onto www.signout.ie


Portumna GAA News
Our U-21 Game against Castlegar had to be abandoned last week due to the bad weather but this weekend sees our Senior Hurlers back in action against Tommie Larkins in their second Group game.

Lotto Numbers for Saturday May 9th 2009 were 5, 7, 10 & 17. There was no Jackpot winner and eight Match 3 winners-Niamh Lynch, Ann Geelan, J & A Canning, Oisin Larkin, C, T & L Horan, Mike Sullivan, Enda Hayes and Geraldine O’Meara. Next Week’s Jackpot will be €3700. All Annual Lotto subscriptions are now due for renewal.

Last Sunday to celebrate La na gClub and the 125th Anniversary of the GAA, a number of activities took place in the club grounds. Thankfully, the day was very fine and led to a large turnout. Proceedings began with an outdoor Mass in the field at 2.00 in the afternoon celebrated by Fr. Abe Kennedy. This was followed by an under-10 mixed blitz in both Hurling & Camogie and the standard on display was of a very high order. Skills competitions for the older juveniles followed and a mixed Hurling cum Football game for the adult teams proved highly entertaining with excellent goalkeeping displays!!!. Light refreshments were served all afternoon and Brian Horrigan provided fine music all afternoon. There was also a very fine photographic exhibition, especially of teams from times past that generated a huge amount of interest. The Club’s trophies were also on display while videos of old matches were played on an ongoing basis. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and well done to all involved in its organisation.

The presentation of medals for the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Championship, The Galway Senior Championship & League, U-21B and Junior C Championships and the County Camogie winners will take place in The Shannon Oaks Hotel on Sunday Night, May 31st 2009. Proceedings will begin @ 8.00 pm and a great night is assured.


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