07 October 2009

Camogie Success
Portumna Town F.C.
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Castle
Omna Singing Group
Portumna Bridge Club
Woodford Area - Forest Managment Plans
Alor Star Official Opening

Camogie Success
It was a great day for the club in Loughrea on Sunday evening when the U-16’s defeated Craughwell in the County Final having already won the Junior A the previous Sunday. Having met in the first round and two weeks ago in the final we knew the replay was going to be an evenly contested match. Portumna led going into the first half with a goal from Katie O’Brien.

All changed in the second half when Katie put the ball over the bar but Craughwell came back and got the goal they had been looking for. Portumna’s Ciara Walsh scored a superb point from play and a free from Nicola Muldoon put us two points ahead. A further point from Katie O’Brien – Captain gave Portumna the advantage. However, things turned round when Craughwell got a goal to leave only a point between the sides. With time running out Joan Poland blew the final whistle securing victory for Portumna.

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


Portumna Town F.C.
Last week-end provided a mixed bag of results for the club. The U10s had a great win away to Birr 3-2. The winning goal coming from a great free kick taken by Sean Lynch. The U11s were unlucky to lose away to Emo 2-1. The U12s, away to Portlaoise, played some great football but tired in the second half and lost 3-0 for a finish. The U13s were trailing 3-0 at home to Mullingar but produced a fantastic comeback to finish as winners at 5-3. The U14s lost 4-1 at home to Abbeyleix, without doubt the strongest team in the league for a number of years.

Fixtures for this Saturday are, U11s at home to Banagher Utd KO 9.45. U12s at home to Killeigh Utd. KO 11.00. U13s away to Tullamore KO 12.00. U14s at home to Portlaoise Town KO 12.15.

Portumna Town F.C. will hold their A.G.M at the Portumna Retirement Village on Friday 30th of October at 8pm. Parents of children playing with the club are invited to come along.


Portumna Camera Club
The Portumna Camera Club meets every second Tuesday night, the AGM of the club will be held on Tuesday 13th October at 8.30pm in Na Calai. New members are always welcome, we hope to have various guest speakers during the Spring of 2010.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna RFC travelled to Clifden on Sunday last to take on a very fancied Connemara team. It was the Connemara lads that got off to the better start, running in a well executed try on 7 mins but failed with the conversion. Portumna stuck to the task however and got back on terms on 12 mins with a penelty from the boot of Evan Moran. Another try from Connemara was answered by penalty from Moran leaving the scores 10 - 6 at the break. Constant pressure from the home side yielded a third try opening the gap to 15 - 6. It was the Portumna lads that finished the stronger however and with the last play of the game, worked the ball from their own 22 and a brilliant combination between David O Hara and James Mc Grath fed the ball to James Lynch to score under the posts. Eoin O Toole added the conversion to leave the final score at 15 - 13 to the home side. Portumna showed true character to battle back and gain a bonus point out of this difficult fixture. Next up is an away fixture vs Carrick on Shannon, Sunday 11th Oct.

Portumna Rugby Club's Annual Fashion Show is on Friday night 16th October. While there will obviously be a lot of local fashion on show from the likes All Occasions, Ladies Day, Palmerston Stores, Cul Sports, D Finest and Knit It, they are breaking a little with tradition this year by inviting some shops from outside of Portumna including Michael Ward of Ballinasloe, Guna Deas and Pia from Loughrea, Kabello from Birr and Bombyx Mori the silk studio from Powers Cross. Tickets are a steal at €10 including a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm and are available for all club members and participating shops. This is always a great night out, with plenty of fashion, frolics and fun.


Portumna Castle
Portumna Castle and Gardens will remain open to the public for weekends only during the month of October. Opening times will be 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and the Castle will close for the season on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th October. Free guided tours (subject to availability) with admission tickets €3, senior citizens/Groups €2, Child & Student €1 and Family €8. Free admission for all Primary & Secondary Schools, Groups can enjoy a guided tour and avail of a fun and informative Quiz or Quest. For bookings and or further information phone 090 9741658 or email portumnacastle@opw.ie


Omna Singing Group
The singing group are starting a series of adult singing workshops for 8 weeks. Directed by Marie Power. Commencing in early Oct at 8pm in An Gairdin, St. Brigid's Rd. Contact 087- 6955166.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results: - 1st. Sean Cahalan Tony Ryan, 2nd.Kaye Duddy Fr. Finneran, Gross, Margie & Charlie Mullen, 3rd.Lorna Stoddart Patricia Blehein.


Woodford Area - Forest Managment Plans
Are you interested in our plans for a forest near you? Coillte is reviewing its Forest Managment Plans (2011 – 2016) for the catchment area of Woodford. You are invited to attend a public consultation evening at: The Heritage Centre, Woodford, October 15th, 4 – 7 pm. For further details contact Dermot Cunniffe at 086-6878398


Alor Star Official Opening
John Moloney TD, Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health recently officially opened the newly refurbished Alor Star, a community mental health facility in Portumna. Minster Maloney congratulated all the staff and the local community involved in the Alor Star project. In total, 31 clients attend Alor Star with an average of 15 clients attending every day. The services and facilities available to them are an essential part of how their condition is managed. They have access to health professionals such as a psychologist, a social worker, a homecare co-ordinator, an occupational therapist and a nursing staff. The Centre provides a client’s activities room, a computer training area for clients and an area where our clients can relax.


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