09 September 2009

"Back to School" - In Portumna
Restaurant Award
Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
New Classroom - St Brendans National School Looscaun
Gerard Moran Success
"Let's do it for ourselves!!!"
Digital Photography & Graphic Design
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Underage Rugby Registration Evening
Angling Club
Concert of the Year
Drama Workshop for Children
Portumna Arts Group
Art Exhibition
Portumna GAA Notes
An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Education
Mary Fraughen Barrett School of Irish Dancing

"Back to School" - In Portumna
Several Irish people, working in Brussels for the European Commission, revisited their old secondary schools last week, to talk about their European career choices, their current jobs and the challenges and opportunities of living and working in another EU country. This initiative was first launched in 2007, and since then has been run in many of the EU Member States. This year "Back to School" events are being held in 9 different EU countries including Ireland.

Portumna Community School (PCS) was visited by a past-pupil, Olive Burke, who has lived in Brussels for the past 20 years and works for the European Commission. Olive, who has two teenage children herself, was delighted to have the opportunity to share her experiences with the Leaving Cert students of PCS on Friday, 4 September. She was very impressed with their level of knowledge and interest in European affairs. Portumna Community School has a strong tradition of involvement in EU studies as part of the Transition Year cycle; in fact the students have won 'Euroscola' on three occasions. Euroscola is an EU-wide competition, held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which allows students to act as MEPs and discuss issues that might be of interest to the youth of Europe. Olive Burke's visit to the school was facilitated by Mr James Coughlan, who is the Transition Year coordinator in the school.


Restaurant Award
KOH Thai Restaurant and cocktail lounge were presented with the Food and Wine Readers Choice Award 09 at the awards ceremony held on Sunday, August 23 in the Mansion House. The prestigious annual event sees some of Ireland's top restaurants and bars commended for their top quality food and drink. This year the reader's choice award went to KOH, which is an amazing achievement for the restaurant as it has only been in business a little over a year. Receiving this particular award is also all the more sweet for its co-owners, Conor Sexton, originally from Kildimo, Co Limerick and Conor Kilkenny from Portumna in Co. Galway, as it is the only award on the night that is voted for by the public. They have created a fantastic venue, with delicious food and a comfortable lounge perfect for sipping on a cocktail or two and management and staff at KOH were delighted that a loyal customer base has been created as a result of this. Speaking on their win, the co-owners said "We are absolutely delighted with the award. It's great to win any of the awards but we are thrilled to win the reader's choice award, as it is the only award chosen directly by the public. Our customer base is growing all the time, which is what any restaurant likes to see. Looking after our diners and serving modern thai/asian food have always been our priority". Congratulations KOH! Open 7 days a week from 12 noon | Late License Thurs- Sun| www.KOH.ie | enquiries@KOH.ie


Portumna Credit Union Car Draw
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.


New Classroom - St Brendans National School Looscaun
Mr Noel Treacy is pleased to announce that he has secured funding on behalf of St Brendans National School Looscaun Woodford for a 1x80m2 Mainstream Classroom. Mr Batt O Keeffe Minister for Education and the Science, informed Mr Treacy of the Departments intention, and stated that the building unit of his Department will be in contact with the School authorotiies in relation to the amount of funding approved.


Gerard Moran Success
Gerard Moran from Portumna managed the Junior Roscommon Camogie team that won the Gala All-Ireland Junior Camogie Final replay Roscommon 1-7 Armagh 0-7 Seamus Duke. After the heart-break of last year's agonising one-point loss to Meath in the final at the same venue, Roscommon staged a storming second half display to wrestle the Nancy Murray Cup from the clutches of Armagh in this thrilling final replay played in Drumlane, County Cavan last Sunday. Gerard Moran from Portumna, the oldest son of Mike and Mary Moran


"Let's do it for ourselves!!!"
If you are between the age of 15 and 18 years, Portumna Sign Out Youth Co invite you to take part in a fun and active programme designed to encourage young people to become involved in organising community activities for young people in their area. The programme will take place over 5 evenings (from 7.30-9.30) starting on Tue 29th Sept 2009, in Sign Out Youth Cafe. Flan Spaight of Sixth World Community Development will guide the group in the skills needed to begin organising activities for themselves. The young people will take part in a number of fun activities which will help them learn about teamwork, group skills, leadership, programme planning, and committee skills, while at the same time developing friendships through activities with people their own age. Cost €10. Places limited early booking essential. For further information contact Susan @ 087 6779267 or email youthsignout@gmail.com. This workshop is funded by Galway Rural Development.


Digital Photography & Graphic Design
Learn how to organise your photos, add something from one image to another, cropping, image editing , close up photography and lots more. No previous experience necessary. Two courses for adults will run over 5 nights, the first commencing Wed 23rd at 8pm, the second on Mondays 28th Sept, in Sign Out Youth Cafe (located to the rear of the old VEC) Places are limited, so get your name down as soon as possible. Cost €50 The second in the series of workshops, commencing 11th October, will be on Graphic Design, participants will learn to create a brochure layout, using background images and working with text. This workshop will run over three nights and costs €25. For further information on any of the above workshops contact Susan at 087 6779267 or email youthsignout@gmail.com


Sign Out Youth Cafe
Sign Out Youth Cafe is open every Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm. This purpose built Youth Facility and All Weather Pitch provides a safe place for our young people to gather. Sign Out Youth Cafe is open to all Ty's, 5th & 6th years as a drop in facility. Membership €10 p.a. Check out our Autumn/Winter Brochure for all our workshops and regular events or log onto www.signout.ie


Underage Rugby Registration Evening
Portumna Rugby Club are having a registration evening in the Leisure Centre of the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Tuesday 15th September between 7pm and 9 pm. This is for Under 8's, born in 2002 or 2003 and Under 10's, born in 2000 or 2001. Anyone born before 2000 is overage. Parents will need to bring a photocopy of their child's birth cert and €60 membership fee. A membership pack includes; a jersey, togs, socks, gum shield, a membership card and a rugby ball. Only 40 membership packs will be available on the night. Training starts on Sunday 20th September. For more information contact Mark Scannell 087 6434230 or Brian Murphy 087 9279205.


Angling Club
Portumna and District Angling Association will hold its annual trout angling competition for the Des Murphy Perpetual Trophy at the club grounds on Sunday 13th September from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by presentation of prizes.


Concert of the Year
Shorelines Arts Festival will host Anuna, the celtic choir, directed by Michael Mc Gloinn. The group rose to stardom with their spellbinding purity of voice at the Eurovision Riverdance spectacle many years ago. Tickets for "Anuna" concert on Sept 20th in Portumna Church at 7.30pm are now on sale in The Boathouse, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and Salmons Newsagent. Other outlets include Loughrea's News 'n Choose, The Square News in Birr; DK Travel, Nenagh; Sound of Music, Nenagh, Concannon's in Killimor , Eason's in Ballinasloe and The Gem in Borrisokane. This concert will be one of the highlights of the Festival and an experience not to be missed- with a blend of of choral, classical and traditional music this concert is real food for the ear and soul. Check out www.portumnaartsgroup for news of all the week-end events or call 087 293 1055


Drama Workshop for Children
Well known Drama Teacher and Director of Loughrea Youth Theatre, Paula Short, will facilitate the Drama/Dance workshop for children 6-12 years in Portumna Retirement Village on Sunday, Sept 20th at 2.30pm. This is an ideal opportunity for young people who enjoy acting and dancing to get a flavour of performance. Numbers are limited and booking advised as paula's workshops are hugely popular. Application forms are on the Shorelines arts Festival programmes currently available in schools and in businesses in Portumna. Any further information, call 087 293 1055


Portumna Arts Group
The final meeting in the countdown to Portumna's Shorelines Arts Festival will take place in Na Calai on Monday, Sept 14th at 8.30pm. All helpers and members are encouraged to attend and be part of what promises to be a varied and exciting weekend of activities. The response locally from friends and sponsors of the Festival has been very positive and encouraging. So let's beat the recession blues with a great Festival that includes your support. Writing, singing and movement workshops for adults is blended with DJ, dance, hip-hop for teens and for the young members of our community, story time for under 5's and dance/drama for 6-12 year olds. Screening of a series of "short" films; readings, one act plays and singing will be all part of a wonderful programme, highlighted by ANUNA, the Celtic Choir in Portumna Church on sunday, Sept 20th. See programmes for details and booking.


Art Exhibition
As part of the forthcoming Shorelines Art Exhibition, Portumna Arts Group invite all to the launch of the Festival and Opening of the Art Exhibition at The Nunnery, Portumna Convent on Thursday, Sept 17th at 7.30pm. The Festival will be launched by writer, broadcaster and voice of radio, John Quinn. Artists' work will include art from local art class participants, sculptures in wood, silk art as well as work from guests in surrounding areas from Birr to Nenagh, Loughrea to Limerick. The exhibition will be open from 12-4 daily during the Exhibition. If you need more information call Tommie on 086 1577038 or see website for details www. portumnaartsgroup.com


Portumna GAA Notes
Winning Numbers Saturday September 8th 2009 7,8,20, & 28. No Jackpot winner or match 3. €50 each to Portumna Social Services 7 St. Dympna's. Congratulations to the Galway Minor Hurlers on a magnificent All-Ireland win against Kilkenny. The Galway Senior Hurling Championship is due to resume next weekend with Portumna drawn against St. Thomas in the preliminary quarter-final.


An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Education
PolyTunnel Course 23rd September 10.00am - 4.30pm. This is the time of year to begin to plan your polytunnel. Dolores Keegan, experienced polytunnel grower and teacher will facilitate this day. She covers every aspect and every season and will answer all questions. Organic vegetarian lunch included after the price. Cost 40.00


Mary Fraughen Barrett School of Irish Dancing
The Mary Fraughen Barrett school of Irish dancing has resumed classes on Tuesday evenings at 4 pm in the social centre at Portumna retirement village. For further information contact Mary at 087 9597560.



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