20 May 2009

South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna GAA Notes
Scouts Boots Gain More Miles
St Brendan’s National School - Fundraiser
Health Forum
Portumna Heartsafe Schools
Big Clean-Up
Portumna Social Services Silver Circle Draw
Coffee Morning - Day Care Centre Fundraiser
Nicola Muldoon - Congratulations
Table Quiz

South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Sunday May 24th “Tour of West Offaly” Field Trip —guide, James Scully. This should be very interesting for those of you interested in our local History, meet in the Square Banagher departing at 12.30pm. Flynn’s Bar across the road form the square serves food for those that wish to be a bit early to grab a bite to eat. This field trip will take in various sites in West Offaly a place steeped in cultural heritage attractions. Our guide will take us to Lemanaghan to see the medieval church and nearby St Mella’s Cell and Holy Well. We will then make a short detour to Boher church where we will see St Manchan’s Shrine - a wonderful small metal 12th century Romanesque house-shrine which is still in its local setting. Then we will travel to the village of Pullough to see some Harry Clarke stained glass windows and fabulous bog oak sculptures by the artist Michael Casey. We will then visit ‘Lough Boora Parklands’ to see the new parkland and its magnificent open-air sculpture park. Our next stop will be Shannonharbour where we will be greeted by some fine industrial heritage, including the Grand Canal its lock and bridge and other various buildings, such as the Harbour Master’s house and the derelict Harbour Hotel . We will stop for refreshments in one of the local hostelries. This promises to be a very exciting outing with outstanding examples of industrial, ecclesiastical and cultural heritage. West Offaly is well worth a visit. N.B. Wear suitable clothing and footwear and try and double up with cars. For further information or to join in later ring Christy 087 9697692.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Cepta Ryan Mary Nevin, 2nd. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon Gross, Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 3rd. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 4th. Conor Finch Martin Quinn.

Portumna Contract Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Lorna Stoddart Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Patricia Eames Peggy Whyte, Gross. Geraldine Canning Conor Finch, 3rd. Sheila Dillon Mary Burbage, 4th. Nora Flanagan Vera Burke.


Portumna GAA Notes
Portumna’s Senior hurlers had a convincing 3-15 to 1-6 victory over near neighbours Tommie Larkins in their second Group game on Sunday last. This win leaves them with the maximum four points from their two games. The remaining games have been deferred until after Galway’s first game in the Leinster Hurling Championship.

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. Numbers for Saturday May 16th 2009 were 7,8,14 & 23. No Jackpot winner. Two match threes Carmel Quigley & Will Cartwright each receive €50 Next week’s Jackpot will be €3800. All Annual Lotto subscriptions are now due for renewal.

La na gClub: Sunday May 10th was left free for individual GAA clubs to celebrate La na gClub and the 125th Anniversary of the GAA and 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 lively and appropiate 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.

Presentation of Medals: 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. Music is by The Showband Show and proceedings will begin @ 8.00 pm sharp. Nicky Brennan, Iar-Uachtaran CLG will be in attendance and a great night is assured.


Scouts Boots Gain More Miles
Portumna Scouts faced another big challenge this weekend, as they took to the Slieve Blooms for a joint hike with scouts from Carrabane. Thier route crossed three spot heights the highest 523 metres above Sea level, the weather stayed fine during the hike with only the slightest of showers at the end of their journey. The hike leader John Rock Carrabne did an excellent job navigating the group along the route, it was a marvelous experience as well as a great physical challenge. The scouts stayed in Shrahan Co laois in a hostel run by the Roscrea Scouts and although they are used to camping, they found the comfort of the hostel a welcome treat. Congratulations to all the scouts who participated this weekend and a big thank you to the Carrabane Scouts for kindly inviting us to join them. Portumna scouts will return the complement by inviting the Carrabane scouts to Portumna for a water weekend camp.


St Brendan’s National School - Fundraiser
Parent's hurling/camogie match to raise funds for St.Brendan's National School on Sunday June 14th 3pm in the GAA pitch. Sponsorship cards and more information on how you can be part of the match of the century will be circulated this week.


Health Forum
Na Calaí CDP’s Health Forum and Portumna’s Mental Health Association in partnership with Portumna’s Mental Health Services – Upcoming Information Session Wednesday the 3rd of June – Input from Sue Curley from the HSE's Community Welfare Service and Donal Conlon – Social Welfare Officer Facilitator from the Department of Social and Family Affairs on Rights and Entitlements. Starting at 7.30pm in Alor Star, St. Brendan's Road, Portumna. Please contact Na Calaí on (090) 97 41887 for further information.


Portumna Heartsafe Schools
Healthy Heart Evening In Portumna Community school on Friday 22nd May from 3pm to 9pm. Free service is available to parents/guardians/school staff over 40 years and who have not attended their GP in the last year for a cholesterol check. Each assessment takes 20 minutes and fasting is not required. First come first -served basis and only available by appointment. Contact Mary Gillooly 091 775906.


Big Clean-Up
Community clean up Wed eve 27th May. Meeting point will be at the Library at 7.30pm to get gloves & bags ect. 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 & business people in Portumna to come out and help.


Portumna Social Services Silver Circle Draw
Results of Portumna Social Services second silver circle draw in aid of the Day Care Centre. €150- Rosaleen O’Rourke, €50- Nellie Salmon, €50- Una Muldoon, €25- Sheila Dillon, €25- Katelyn Cunningham. Congratulations to all winners. Next draw on Thurs 14th May in the Day Care Centre.


Coffee Morning - Day Care Centre Fundraiser
Bernie Leonard is running the Dublin Flora mini Marathon in June, to raise funds for the local Day care centre, she is also holding a Coffee afternoon on Sunday 31st May from 12 noon to 2pm in St Dympna’s on the Barrack road, there will also be a raffle so come along and support this worthy cause.


Nicola Muldoon - Congratulations
Congratulations to Nicola Muldoon representing Portumna Camogie Club on winning an U-16 All-Ireland Final with Galway Camogie Team in The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, playing centre back. A great crowd turned out in the square on Sunday evening 11th May to congratulate the winning team with bon fires ablaze to welcome the team.


Table Quiz
Ruth Keane and Shona O Connor are going to work in an orphanage in Belarus for 2 weeks in August, they are raising funds at the moment and this Thursday night in Stronges pub there is a Table Quiz, tables of 4 at €40 per table please support.


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