16 September 2009

Portumna Community School 20th Anniversary
Camogie Success
Yoga With Ruth
Irish Dancing
Coffee Morning
Portumna GAA Club
Heritage Week a Success
Competition as Gailge
Day Computer Course
Campaign to Save the Local Bus
World Champion - Colm Corcoran
Ladies Day Boutique Customer Evening
Shorelines Arts Festival
Spirit of Voice - Kinvara

Portumna Community School 20th Anniversary
Portumna Community School celebrated the 20th anniversary of its foundation with a special ceremony held in the school recently. The theme for the coming year is Fiche Bliain ag Fas and guests of honour at the inaugural function were a number of leaving Cert students who had performed exceptionally well in this year's exams. In total 9 students achieved over 500 points, a figure which is double the national average, while one student gained the maximum award possible in the Leaving Cert Applied examination. Speaking at the function deputy principal, Mr. Frank Kilkenny, traced the history of the Community School from the initial contacts between the educational providers in Portumna and the Department up to the official opening of the new extension in 1995. As a result of the work during these years Portumna now has top class educational facilities offering an exceptionally broad curriculum.

School principal, Mr. Derry Long praised this year's leaving cert students for their commitment and dedication which allowed them achieve such exceptional standards in the recent examinations. Similar application in their chosen career paths should see them rewarded at the very highest level. The students are going on to study in areas such as veterinary, pharmacy, engineering, psychology, music and education. All connected with the school wish all of our students well as they embark on their chosen areas of work and study.


Camogie Success
Well done to Portumna U-16 Camogie who have also secured a place in the final. They saw off a strong Ahascragh side. The girls showed great determination and played well as a team on the day. There were some great individual displays. The final is due to be played Sunday week 20th September. The club wish the team the best of luck.

Team members: Shannon Whelan, Emma Ruttledge, Larah Brady, Caoimhe Horan, Marion Lynch, Niamh Molloy, Caoimhe Tully, Nicola Muldoon, Tara Harte, Rhona Geraghty, Katie O'Brien (c), Hazel Treacy, Jessica Canning, Brona Molloy, Ciara Walsh, Cathriona Eames, Niamh Houlihan, Nicola Walsh, Niamh Hackett, Chloe O'Brien, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Emma Walsh. Management: Pakie Muldoon, Gareth Heagney, Yvonne Muldoon, Deirdre Mitchell.

Good luck also to the Galway Intermediate Camogie Team on Saturday bidding for All-Ireland glory especially Tara Ruttledge and Triona Byrne.


Yoga With Ruth
Yoga with Ruth will commence in An Gairdin, on Tues 22 Sept. Beginners class from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, Continuation class from 8pm to 9.30 pm. Limited places available. To reserve a place call or text Ruth on 087 2434759.


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.


Coffee Morning
Country Market Portumna will host a Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice in the Town Hall next Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Please support.


Portumna GAA Club
The club is holding a golf classic in Portumna golf club on 17th and 18th September. Prizes to the value of €2500 to be won. First prize is a week-end away (2nights B+B+golf at Dun Laoighre golf club). Second prize 600 euros golf shop voucher. Third prize 4 gas BBQ. and many more prizes. Entry fee 150 euros - team of four any combination. Timesheet available at Portumna golf club (090 9741059).


Heritage Week a Success
Heritage Week 2009 at Portumna Castle and Gardens was a great success. The aim of Heriatge Week is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage. Over 46 European Countries take part, and in Ireland 1000 events and activities were held Nationwide. In Portumna we held 2 free events. On friday evening, the 28th August Rachel Goode, soprano, performed to a full house, a selection of songs from well-known Musicals, Classical Tunes and Irish airs. Her show was very professional and most entertaining. All who attended agreed she has a bright future in front of her. we wish her well. On sunday 30th "Fayre Day" at the Castle entertained over 500 visitors with the Community taking an active role. A special to all the local groups and Traders such as the Lions Club, Scouts, Portumna Players Active Retirement Group, Chamber of Commerce, Knit IT wool shop, Country Markets, Castle Kitchen Gardens, Killeen Cheese and Sunny meadows Farm all of whom put time and effort into arranging stalls, challenging games, readings, competitions, theatre etc, and made it an enjoyable day for all members of the family. A special to the OPW Staff at Portumna Castle who put together the ideas and energy into arrangeing another successful week.

Portumna Castle and Gardens will remain open to the Public on a daily basis to the end of September. Admission includes a free guided tour through the Gardens and ground floor of the Castle. The informative tour includes the story of the much lamented dog Fury whose skeleton is now on view. All Primary and Secondry Schools have free admission. They can participate in the Quiz or Historical Quest specially compiled for Schools. For further info and bookings contact 090 9741658.


Competition as Gailge
County Galway VEC, Galway County Council and Gaeilge Locha Riach have come together to organize a special competition for 2009. They are inviting national and secondary schools in East Galway to take part in this brand new competition 'as Gaeilge' in the following categories:
Abhar nuachumtha ... Newly Composed
Abhar traidisiunta ar stil urnua ... Traditional in a new style

Applications will be accepted in a number of genre, story, poetry or song and it is recommended that a three-minute recording be provided in each application. 14 tracks will be chosen to be recorded in a professional manner for a CD that will be launched for Christmas. The winners will be screened on Ponc, TG4 and broadcast on RTE RnaG. There will also be prizes for the best entrants in the above categories.

Schools are asked to register an interest in this competition before 25 September and applications will be accepted up until Thursday 22 October . Further information or any other enquiries are welcome by contacting: Tomas Breathnach Paid O Neachtain Padraig O Baoill Timire Gaeilge Oifigeach Gaeilge Oifigeach Forbartha Coiste Gairmoideachais Comhairle Chontae Gaeilge Locha Riach An Coilear Ban Aras an Chontae Baile Locha Riach Baile Ath a an Ri Cnoc na Radharc Co. na Gaillimhe


Day Computer Course
Are you interested in learning about computers and office skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere? Training, Child care and travel allowance available. Contact South East Galway IRD Ltd., Portumna, 090-9759092 for further details.


Campaign to Save the Local Bus
One of the proposals being put before the Government in the next few weeks will be to cut the Local Bus and all other bus services being provided under the Rural Transport Programme throughout the country. The proposal to cut these services, which have been operating efficiently since 2003, was included in the McCarty Report. The Local Bus covers South & East Galway and is managed by South East Galway IRD, based in Portumna. The IRD is a non-for-profit, local development company that was set up by people in the community in 1997. It provides a range of services including rural transport to people living in the area. The IRD contracts its services out to local bus operators. There are 13 weekly services and 4 monthly services. More than 1,000 passengers are carried each month.

The Rural Transport Programme is funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Social & Family Affairs. The services are used by people of all ages in rural South & East Galway. The provision of these services allows people, entitled to free travel, to use their travel pass, similar to their counterparts living in towns and cities. The Rural Transport Programme now operates throughout the whole country, having different names such as the Kerry Flyer, the OK Bus and Clare Accessible Transport. During 2008, 1.2 million passengers used the services. The actual budget for 2008 was €8.3 million, a small budget, when considered as part of the wider transport budget. The estimates for 2009 are: Roads €252 million: Public Transport €331 million: Rural Transport €11 million.

The Rural Transport Programme offers real value for money in terms of transport provision. It allows people travel to their neighbouring town once a week to access essential services. What is harder to quantify is the huge social benefit the services have brought to people living in rural areas. The services give people independence and an opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours. Ultimately, it will be the politicians in Government that will decide to keep or cut the services. People can lend their support to this campaign by contacting their local TD's. Anybody requiring further information on the Local Bus can contact Bernie Coughlan, Rural Transport Co-ordinator, South East Galway IRD, Portumna. Tel: 090-9741867.


World Champion - Colm Corcoran
Colm Corcoran of Lorrha, Nenagh Co Tipperary has won a Gold Medal for Ireland in Automotive Technology at the prestigious Worldskills competition in Calgary, Canada on September 7th last. At the same event, he was also awarded the "Best of Nations" medal for the highest score achieved of the 11 member team from Ireland that accompanied him to Worldskills.

Worldskills is held every 2 years in a different venue and is intended to be a showcase where the public can view, at close range, highly skilled contestants competing in their chosen trades over a 4 day period. Over 150,000 people visited Worldskills this year. Only an elite few worldwide who have achieved a very high standard of excellence and craftsmanship in their chosen trades, are chosen to participate at Worldskills. The contest for Automotive Technology consists of 7 modules spread across 4 8 hour days of intense activity ranging from up to date complex electronic diagnostics to complete engine and gear box overhaul and all other aspects of vehicle systems.

Colm emerged triumpant, beating off very stiff competition from over 32 countries worldwide, including Japan and Korea who are considered world leaders in the field of motor technology. The USA contestant came 2nd and the Korean was placed 3rd. Last year in Ireland, Colm was pronounced overall winner in Automotive Technology in the National Skills competition. On the strength of his success at this level, he was chosen as a candidate to compete in the newly formed Euroskills trades competition which was held in Rotterdam in September 2008. Colm went on to win a Gold medal and received the "Best of the Best" award there for the highest score achieved of all entrants in Euroskills! Following his astounding success both at home and abroad, Colm can justifiably consider himself as one of the best auto technicians in the world today.


Ladies Day Boutique Customer Evening
Muirne Goode of Ladies Day Boutique is holding a Customer Evening on Saturday 26th September in the Social Centre of Portumna Retirement Village at 8pm, admission is free however you have to collect the ticket in the ladies day shop as numbers due to space is limited. Nicola Cannon image consultant will be on hand to advise people. Any contributions on the night will go to Charity.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Art Exhibition: An Art Exhibition featuring local artists, guest artists, sculptors and photographers will take place in The Nunnery from Sept 18-20th from 12-4pm daily. The Exhibition will be opened on Thursday, Sept 17th by writer/broadcaster John Quinn at 7.30pm. Wine & Food also and the local communtiy are all welcome. Admission to the exhibition is free but a donation towards the Shorelines Arts Festival will be welcome.

Book Sale: As part of the Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna Library & Arts Group have collected a large amount of books over the past weeks. These will be on sale at great bargain prices during the Festival between 12-4pm in the Nunnery, Portumna. Books from fiction to DIY, cookery to chidren, romance to crime, there is a wealth of winter reading to be obtained.

Church Concert: Anuna, Ireland's Celtic choir will be the highlight of Portumna's Shorelines Festival. The choir will perform in Portumna's St Brigid's Church at 7.30pm on Sunday 20th. Tickets are on sale in outlets about town and can also be obtained at the door. Group rates for 10 or more also apply but must be booked and paid in advance. Call 087 293 1055 for more details.

Friday Night Reading: On Friday, Sept 18th., OMNA, Portumna's local vocal group will perform at Portumna Retirement Village Chapel at 8pm. The group will be directed by Marie Power. Also featured will be local brothers, Paul & Joe Casey, musicians and songwriters and they will sing original material. Writer and poet, Geraldine Mills will then read from her vast award winning work. This promises to be alovely, relaxing event -a perfect Friday night alternative. Admission €5

Portumna Castle Night: Portumna Players will present Lady Gregory's One Act Play-"Spreading The News" at 8pm on Saturday, Sept 19th in Portumna Castle. As part of the Shorelines Arts Festival, they will also be joined by piper, musician and composer from Ballinakill, Ger Fahy. Ger is renowned for his moving compositions and in the ambience of the castle, his haunting music will leave a memorable imprint. Also featuring will be Michael Coady, writer, poet and singer. Michael hails from Carrick-On-Suir, writes very much about his own place and we welcome him to the shores of the Shannon. Admission is €5.

Happy Hour: Sunday, Sept 20th why not rhyme and sing with local poets, singers and musicians from 12-2 in Horans Bar as part of the Shorelines Arts Festival! A good appetite assured for the Sunday roast!

Book Club: Portumna's Reading Group Book for September is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The book will be discussed at 7.15pm in Portumna Library on Monday , October 5th, New members welcome.

Workshops: All interested in participating in Youth Theatre with fergal darcy, Dance/Drama for children with Paula Short. Hip-Hop for teens with Ruth Sheridan, Adult Singing with Philip Short, DJ with John Lillis, Writing with Ger Mills and/or Michael Coady, then get in touch with the Festival Committee or fill a booking form on the Programme or look up www.portumnaartsgroup.com


Spirit of Voice - Kinvara
In advance of the annual Spirit of Voice festival (6-8th Nov) we present a captivating evening of song, spoken word and rhythm at Johnston's Hall, Kinvara on Sat 3rd Oct at 8pm. Galway girl Stacey Nolan is a singer songwriter described by Hotpress as "uniquely soulful with exquisite vocal stylings." She made an impact performing at Spirit of Voice 08 and is gaining a following. Toluking band deliver high life calypso beats from Nigeria, and will have you dancing out of your seat! They delivered a rousing set at the Volvo festival last May. Marty Mulligan is a well known mc and slam poet - "a magnificent master of words" who regularly plays Glastonbury and Electric Picnic. Tickets are available through www.spiritofvoice.com (€8 advance,€10 door) together with all information concerning the upcoming Spirit of Voice 3 day festival. This event is supported by Galway County Council and the Arts Council


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