22 July 2009

Swimming News - Irish Water Safety
Golf Classic for Underage Rugby
Portumna Active Retirement Association Summer Report
Artistic Cycling
Portumna GAA Club News
Marina to Forest Walkway
Hair Dying Night Fundraiser
Portumna Golf Club News
Portumna Courthouse Development Project - Questionnaire

Swimming News - Irish Water Safety
Good progress was achieved at the recent Portumna Water Safety Week. To faciliate upgrading for candidates 14 years and over to more advanced levels of Swimming Rescue a Water Safety Week will be arranged for Monday 17th August to Saturday 22nd August. International standards are now required for Beach Lifeguards and considerable practice is required to achieve results for the rigerous local Authorities tests. Irish Water Safety have now introduced the inland Open Water & Beach Lifeguard awards which are a preresquite for applyig for Lifeguards Posts. Candidates for the 17th – 22nd August Water Safety Week should contact Veronica Burke Lifeguard at 09096383 by August 10th the location will be Lough Derg Lake Shore Portumna. Results at the recent Water Safety Week lifesaving at the higher level were. Rescue 1 Ciaran Dillon, Conor O Meara, Cormac Dillon, Sinead O Hara. Rescue 2 Bernard Burke, Naomi Burke. Rescue 3 David Power, Niamh Gordon. Tests were carried out by I.W.S Examiner Andrew Lally, Galway.


Golf Classic for Underage Rugby
In order to raise much needed funds for the new underage rugby venture, Portumna Rugby Club are holding their annual golf classic in aid of underage rugby. The classic will take place on Friday 31st July in Portumna Golf Club, tee times are available all day and can be booked by calling 090 9741059. A team of 4, any combination costs €160 to enter. Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole, making a donation or looking for information can contact Michael Goode on 086 2715501. This is the clubs first time to host an event to raise some much needed funds for the new under 8's and under 10's teams, which will start training towards the end of August. A registration evening will be held in mid August.


Portumna Active Retirement Association Summer Report
What busy bees our group has been, it’s hard to know where to start. Physical exercise is big on the agenda with our walking group enjoying Portumna Forest Park, our swimmers and other local ARAs used the Shannon Oaks pool for aqua aerobics and other members followed a yoga programme. The art’s group continued producing very individual paintings under the direction of Wolf Lorrien who also gave a very informative and fascinating two day Art Appreciation course covering art from caveman to modern day artist’s work. Our knitters, sewer’s ,and weavers also produced work that was greatly admired at our Bealtaine Festival night. We found an excellent supplier for craft materials called ‘crafter’s basket‘ in Sligo and they are on line too. Portumna also has a new knitting shop, so crafts are making a comeback. Our choir under the excellent and patient direction of Brid Porter produced a stunning performance on our Bealtaine night, and our dancers preformed both sets, military two step, and shanos with a professional skill. Chris Smyth a member played an accordion sola, and we had two young local step dancers that night too. As you can gather our ‘Bealtaine night’ held in Portumna Retirement Village where we now meet was a great success with a good audience for our ‘Varity Show and Art and Craft exhibition’. This venue has excellent facilities and we are very grateful to the proprietor Mr.Tony Williams. Our hard working social committee also organised trips to Cliffs of Moher and Ailwee caves, and Bellmount Mill, Larry’s garden and a boat trip from Banagher are due the end of July. Special mention and thanks to our transport manager Brendan Murray. We also attended a talk at Portumna castle on the role of women in the history of the castle. We then visited the castle kitchen garden. Another night was spent with our local historian showing some interesting historical slides which stimulated some interesting debate. Our Summer social in O’Meara’s restaurant was well attended and very enjoyable with almost all taking to the floor and dancing the night away to music by Pat Conlon and Richie Burke. Close links were kept with Eyrecourt and Rathcabbin ARA’s for socials and outings. We plan to start bowling outdoors over the Summer months and continue with our outings. So these bees are still buzzing in Portumna.


Artistic Cycling
Keeping you up to date with news from outside Ireland that may have a Portumna connection - Alisa Fitzpatrick is 15 years of age and was born in Rosenheim south east of Munich, Germany. She has been doing artistic cycling for the last 5 to 6 years. Her dad Danny is originally from Portumna, her Grandparents still live in the area. Alisa is going from strength to strength in the Artistic Cycling arena, her sister Celina now joins her, and here is a quick update on their artistic cycling activities, which took place this weekend. Both Alisa and her sister Celina competed in the "Untermain-Cup 2009" in Elsenfeld near Frankfurt. Alisa's target was 87.40 points (as was her target in the European Championships) and a finishing position of 7th. In the juniors. With a superb performance she ended up in 5th place but more importantly she smashed her previous best of 71.41 and set a new personal best of 79.86 points. Celina competed in the 12 to 14 year old group with a target of 57.30 points and a finishing position of 9th. A near perfection performance resulted in Celina also finishing in 5th place and achieving a new personal best of 54.62 points. Artistic cycling is a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform exercises for points on specialized, fixed gear bikes in a format similar to gymnastics. We will give regular updates on their progress.


Portumna GAA Club News
Lotto Draw: Lotto Numbers for Saturday July 18th 2009 were 2, 5, 7 & 13. There was no Jackpot winner. Six Match Three winners, Martin Flaherty, Laoise Ryan, Ann Larkin- England, Sean Canning, Mary Gillane & Justin Dillon receive €20 each. Next week’s Jackpot will be €4700.00.

Car Draw: The Draw for the Motor Car being raffled for Juvenile Pitch Development and other draws will take place in O’Meara’s Portumna on Friday Night July 24th @ 10.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Junior Hurlers: The Junior B Hurlers beat Ballinderreen by a point in the Championship in Kilbeacanty on Friday evening.

We would like to congratulate Galway Senior Hurlers on their great win over Cork in Thurles on Saturday evening and wish them well in the quarter-final versus Waterford.


Marina to Forest Walkway
The road between the Marina and the Wheelchair lookout has been recently leveled off with Tarmacadam - it is a wonderful facility because now people in wheelchairs and other walking devices can travel in comfort from the top of Abbey Street to the Car park in Forest Park, alternatively they can come in from St Josephs Road. This is a wonderful facility and well done to Coillte, Mr Kevin Donnellen, the County Council and Friends of the Forest Park. Well done to all concerned.


Hair Dying Night Fundraiser
The hair dying night held recently in the Boathouse Pub raised over €1,100 for two Charities namely St Dympna’s Day Care Centre on the Shannon Road and Cancer Research Ireland. A round of applause to the four guys that put themselves forward, it was a grueling task - Derek Frawley, Patsy Fogarty, Mike Madden, and the proprietor of the Bar Fergal Coughlan.


Portumna Golf Club News
Captains Prize: Kevin Donellen’s Captains Prize will take place this coming weekend; all members are invited to play in it. The new greens at the 2nd and 8th holes are now in play.

Lessons: Golf lessons will commence this coming Sunday 26th for beginners and seasoned golfers. Ring golf club on 09097 41059.

Junior Golf: Junior Golfers are invited to play on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am ring Jim on 087 6411711 or Mairead on 087 2908610 or go to www.portumna.net/sport


Portumna Courthouse Development Project - Questionnaire
The redevelopment of Portumna Courthouse is an exciting opportunity to restore this very prominent building in the town for economic, social and cultural use. We need your input.

Portumna & District Development Company has secured funds from Galway Rural Development Co. Ltd to research the opportunity to redevelop the Courthouse as a vibrant central flagship for cultural, community and economic purposes. Momentum Consulting and Dermot Nolan Historic Buildings Consultants have been appointed to conduct the study and are keen to capture your views on the best potential use of the building to serve the community.

A short questionnaire is available in two formats –
· A Word version which you can complete and return by email on portumnacourthouse@gmail.com or
· A PDF version which you can print out, complete and return by post or dropping into the IRD office. Copies of this questionnaire are also available throughout the town or from members of Portumna & District Development Company.

The stronger the community feedback to this research the stronger case we can make to secure funds for the redevelopment. In these more challenging times, this would be a great confidence boost for Portumna. If you are a member of an organisation, please ensure to pass this information onwards.

Deadline for submissions is 14TH AUGUST 2009.

We will present the findings in early September and look forward to hearing from you.


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