08 July 2009

Na Calai - Community Newsletter
Portumna Red Cross
Acorn to Oak Graduation
Arts Group
Coiste Muinter Lorcán 2009 - Larkin Clan Gathering 2009
Portumna GAA Notes
Scouts Prepare for Ice Cream Sunday
Success of the Local Bus
Portumna Town F.C. U-8'S are Undefeated All Season
Hair Dying Night - Fundraiser
Irish Dancer Success
Portumna Golf News

Na Calai - Community Newsletter
We are in the process of putting together our Community Newsletter. We would like to invite your group to submit a small piece (about 5 – 6 lines) about your organisation i.e. your activities, achievements, up coming events etc. The newsletter will be distributed to all the Parishes in South East Galway. This could be a good way to inform the community about your group and perhaps recruit some new members. We will need to receive all articles by email if possible to: contact@nacalai.ie by the 13th of July 2009 For further information contact: Joan Murray on 09097 41887 From: Monday - Wednesday, 10.00am - 5.00pm


Portumna Red Cross
The local Red Cross wishes to thank everyone especially the local traders for supporting their dance in the Shannon Oaks Hotel 2 weeks ago. John Hogan and his band provided the music for the night. The local Red Cross has ongoing training and recently 18 of its members received their certificates in Intermediate First Aid. Two adult members of the team achived the level of Cardiac First Responder Instructors, they are Sean Murphy and his Son Ray. The weekly meetings have closed for the summer monts but will resume on the first Monday in September, new members always welcome.


Acorn to Oak Graduation
The Acorn to Oak Montessori class graduated recently from Acorn to Oak. It was a lovely little show entitled 'Our small little world' and most of these children will be starting junior infants in Sept at St. Brendan's NS Portumna. To all the students, teachers and staff at Acorn to Oak a job well done from all the very proud parents.


Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group will host a meeting at 8.30pm on Thursday, July 9th at Na Calai CDP, Abbey St. All current members are welcome and any interested people are encouraged to attend. The main emphasis of the meeting will be on Shorelines 2 Festival planned for September. Please try to be there or at least register your interest and ideas by e-mail or phone.


Coiste Muinter Lorcán 2009 - Larkin Clan Gathering 2009
The Larkin Clan Gathering 2009 is taking place this weekend July 9tth to 12th . Registration takes place at 16.00 with the official opening at 18.00 on Thursday evening the 9th July in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna. The weekend will a see large number of Larkin’s both from at home and abroad gather to celebrate the clans unique heritage. It will for the first time have a group of Larkin’s attending from Russia. The weekend is packed with things to do including a full programme of talks on the heritage of the Larkin Clan, field trips and outings to places of Larkin and general heritage interest. An evening of traditional Irish music and music featuring Cran and master uilinn piper Ronan Browne with exhibition dancers from Russian and Galway takes place on Saturday evening. The various lectures will alternate between the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Portumna Castle. A special clan service is organised for Sunday morning at the 15th century Meelick Church, where the Larkin chapel is still to be seen. That afternoon the clan and its friends will visit the Larkin hurley factory at Killimor. This will be followed by an exhibition hurling match at which Larkin hurlers of various club colours will show their hurling skills and entertain the gathering. This is most appropriate as Larkin’s past and present were and are deeply involved in the development and promotion of the GAA and hurling in Galway as John Joe Conwells lecture on ‘Patrick Larkin of Killimor and his sporting legacy’ will show. Others speakers over the weekend are Brad Larkin who will speak on ‘The Larkin DNA studies- the Irish context’. While Patrick Larkin, Ceann Fine, will give two talks one on the opening evening on ‘Heritage and History in Ireland’ and the second entitled ‘The History of the Larkin Clan in Galway - their impact on society’. This will be followed by Christy Cunniffe who will speak on ‘The Archaeology of the Larkin Clan in Galway - their impact on the landscape’. The event which promises to be a most interesting one is organised by Patrick Larkin, Ceann Fine of the Larkin Clan. You don’t have to be a Larkin to attend. We wish Pat and the extended Larkin Clan every success with this event and welcome them to the area and hope that they enjoy their stay in their ancestral homeland.


Portumna GAA Notes
Lotto Numbers for Saturday July 4th 2009 were 2. 16, 23 & 25. There was no Jackpot winner. Two Match Three winners, Portumna Camogie Club & Eoin McKeigue receive €50 each. Next week’s Jackpot will be €4500.00

Draw for Car: The GAA club hopes to hold the draw for a VW Polo at the end of July. The purpose of the draw is to Develop a Juvenile Pitch within the grounds of the Club. We have the most successful Club Hurling team in the Country and in order to sustain that standard Juvenile Hurling has to be encouraged, the development of a Junior pitch is vital, so buy a ticket they cost €50 each and be in with a chance to win a car and at the same time help the Club that have brought Hurling to a higher level and also put Portumna in the limelight from a Media point.


Scouts Prepare for Ice Cream Sunday
The Scouts completed a thorough clean up of the Playground on Saturday, removing graffiti from the play equipment, weeding, sweeping and washing down the fencing in preparation for the Annual Down syndrome Ice Cream Sunday fund raiser, the event is set for Sunday 12 July between 12pm and 3pm please come along and support this worthy cause, all funds collected go directly to down syndrome Ireland, there will be balloons, face painting as well as generous helpings of HB Ice cream for everybody.


Success of the Local Bus
Just four years ago, many people living in rural South & East Galway had no access to public transport. Some people had not even bothered to get their free travel pass as they had no opportunity to use it. Many people had to rely on neighbours, family or friends, or pay for a taxi ride if they needed to go into town. The Local Bus was started as part of a national Rural Transport Initiative. Its aim was that each area in South & East Galway would have a transport service at least once a week, collecting people from even the remotest areas. Today, 17 services are operational. These are contracted out to local operators. On most of the services, people are collected from their doors, transported to the nearby town, and after three hours, the bus brings them home again. The services operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each month, some 1000 people avail of the Local Bus. The services are open to everybody, young and old alike. The free travel pass is accepted on all services, with fares for others being €5 return, €3 return for students and under 5s travelling free. The service must be booked a day in advance. The provision of this flexible transport service has meant greater independence for people living in rural areas. Many essential services are not available in the smaller towns and villages. A recent survey of passengers showed that people travel for a variety of reasons. These included getting their hair done, going to the butchers, attending the chiropodist, collecting the pension, going shopping, going to the bookies and attending the cinema. As well as allowing people access services and commodities not available in their own areas, a by product of the Local Bus is that it provides people with a social outlet, a weekly opportunity to meet up with friends and acquaintances. The Local Bus is funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Social & Family Affairs. It is managed by South East Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company, based in Portumna, Co. Galway. As part of its efforts to continue improving services and also to see what other transport needs are in South & East Galway, a series of public meetings are being held in the parish areas. These meetings will start next week and will be advertised locally. The IRD is interested in particular in hearing from people, including people with a disability, that have a transport need. For further information, please telephone the Local Bus on 090- 9741867.


Portumna Town F.C. U-8'S are Undefeated All Season
The future of soccer is safe in Portumna if the u8 squad keep playing. In the 2008/09 season they built on a very successful campaign last year to go undefeated all year. This record was maintained through all the midland league games and four futsal blitzes. The high level of skill and teamwork the boys showed was tremendous and delighted both their manager and coach Orla Connelly and Seamus Lynch.


Hair Dying Night - Fundraiser
A new concept of raising money for charity has come to Portumna in the shape of dying your hair for Charity. Fergal Coughlan always thinking of new ideas to rise money for need causes has hit on the idea of a “Hair Dying Night’. Next Saturday night at 8.30pm in the Boathouse Pub come and see some locals change the way they look?? All proceeds will go to two Charities – St Dympna’s and Cancer care Ireland, two worthy causes. Disco after the event.


Irish Dancer Success
Claire Dolphin, daughter of Eoin and Ann-Marie Dolphin and granddaughter of Mrs Bridie Scully, Oldhort, Portumna winner of the recent Feile Rince Chonnachta Championship, and winner of the Reel, Slipjig, Heavy Jig and Hornpipe Categories at last months Smithtown Feis in Long island New York. Claire is a student of the Mary Fraughen School of Irish Dancing.


Portumna Golf News
Junior Open on Wednesday 15th July tee time from 8am tp 12 pm. Kevin Donnellen’s Captains Prize to the juniors is on Sunday 19th tee time 4pm to 5.30 pm use the time sheet. John Coyle PGA Professional will be giving lessons at Portumna Golf Club starting Sunday 19th July these lessons will suit beginners, and improvers and anyone interested in improving their game.


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