04 November 2009

Jimmy McClearn - County Councillor Clinics
A ‘Fair Deal’ at Portumna Retirement Village
“Getting Started” Computer Classes – Age Action Ireland and Na Calaí CDP
Health Forum and Mental Health Association
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna G.A.A. Club
Loughrea Electoral Area Forum
An Gairdin - FÁS Vacancies
Galway Bay FM Golf Club Awards
Historical Society Talk
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Fundraiser

Jimmy McClearn - County Councillor Clinics
Jimmy McClearn the local County Councillor for the area will hold clinics in Portumna on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month in the up-stairs of Modena Restaurant on Brendan Street. If you have any queries do not hesitate to give him a call.


A ‘Fair Deal’ at Portumna Retirement Village
Portumna Retirement Village has joined the new Nursing Home Support Scheme. The scheme, known as ‘Fair Deal’ has been set up by the HSE and is devised to ease the financial burden on elderly people wishing to live in nursing care facilities. As of the 27th October, prices for all nursing/retirement homes in the country taking part in the scheme (including the HSE operated facilities) have been published by the HSE and are available from the HSE National Information Line at 1850 24 1850. In welcoming the scheme, Peter Feerick, General Manager of Portumna Retirement Village said that he was pleased to see that Portumna Retirement Village now charges the most competitive rate of any comparable nursing home in the country and that many residents will now pay as little as €173 per week under the scheme. If fully implemented by the HSE, the scheme will ensure that elderly people can live in a safe and comfortable environment, free of any pressure caused by financial worries.


“Getting Started” Computer Classes – Age Action Ireland and Na Calaí CDP
Na Calaí CDP, in conjunction with Age Action Ireland are planning to roll out the “Getting Started” Computer Training Programme for Older People in the Portumna Rural Area this Autumn/Winter. The aim of the “Getting Started” Programme is to make Older People more comfortable using computers. Class sizes are small with one Volunteer Tutor for every couple of learners.

If you are interested in registering as a learner for this programme, please contact Na Calaí CDP with your details. Call us on (090) 97 41887 or call into our office on Abbey Street in Portumna.


Health Forum and Mental Health Association
The next meeting of the Portumna and District Health Forum and the Portumna Mental Health Association will take place on: Tuesday the 10th of November at 4pm. in the Na Calaí CDP Office on Abbey Street, Portumna. New members are always welcome. We are currently planning our Winter events. For further information, please contact Martina at the Na Calaí CDP office on (090) 97 41887 or email contact@nacalai.ie


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, Results:- 1st. Michael Torpy, 2nd. Cepta Ryan Mary Nevin, Gross, Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 3rd. Vera Burke Pauline McKeon, Eileen Smith Maryjo Kelly.

Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results:- 1st. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 2nd. Michael Torpy Bernie Larkin, Gross. Fr. Finneran Eileen Smith, 3rd. Bridget Brereton Tony Ryan, 4th. Paddy Kelly Sean Cahalan.


Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Camogie Club have gone from Junior A Status to Intermediate for the first time in the clubs history. Three girls represented the club in helping Galway secure two All-Irelands this year namely Nicola Muldoon - U-16's and Tara Ruttledge and Triona Byrne - Intermediates. The club also won the U-16 Championship Final this year. Well done to all concerned in making this year such a success for the club. It's a sign of brighter times ahead for the club.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna RFC recorded a very important win away to Ballinasloe on Sunday last. From the outset, the match was a close encounter - in a game where poor weather conditions played a huge part. Ballinasloe took a 7 - 5 lead at the break. Mid way through the second half Portumna out half Eoghan O Toole converted a difficult penalty to give them a one point lead. An excellent defensive display in the last quarter saw Portumna hold out for a deserved win. The Oliver Flynn memorial trophy is contested annually by both sides and was presented PRFC winning captain Michael Harding by John Flynn of Ballinasloe RFC. Next fixture is a home tie vs Westport on Sunday at 2.30.


Portumna G.A.A. Club
U-21 News: Portumna under 21's played Castlegar last Sunday in Craughwell. Portumna played with a strong breeze in the first half and went in at half time with a six point lead on a scoreline 0-7 to 0-1, scorers were Joe Canning with three points one from play and two from frees Joe Keane (0-2) Conor Broderick (0-1) and Willie Lawrance(0-1).

Castlegar applied the pressure in the second half and were soon on level terms. With the aid of the breeze Castlegar continued to pile on the pressure and went two points ahead but it was Martin Dolphin who came to Portumna's rescue with a pointed free and a long range point to level the scores with Joe Canning scoring Portumna's other point in the second half. In the end a draw was a fair result and well done to both teams for an entertaining game.

Galway Bay Hurling Awards: Congtatulations to Ollie Canning on being selected the Galway Bay hurler of the year and to the Portumna senior hurling team for been selected Galway Bay team of the year. It is great to see these boys getting the recognition they deserve.

The GAA have teamed up with Vodafone: This alliance with Vodafone Ireland provides clubs with a terrific new opportunity to raise funds. With the Vodafone support your GAA club programme 50% of customer mobile phone pay monthly or top up will go to Portumna GAA club without costing our members or supporters a cent extra. There will be additional incentives from Portumna club whose members or supporters switch from their current network to Vodafone. Club members and supporters need to register at www.supportourgaaclub.ie and nominate their GAA club. Your support would be appreciated.


Loughrea Electoral Area Forum Meeting
Loughrea Electoral Area Forum will hold a meeting in KInvara Community Hall on Nov 10th at 8pm. Guest speakers are:
  1. Elaine O Riordan, Biodiversity Project Manager, NUI
  2. Jim Reidy, Athenry Allotment Project
  3. Kinvara Farmers Market Committee
All are welcome.


An Gairdin - FÁS Vacancies
Two FAS C.E. vacancies at An Gáirdín Organic and Ecology Centre, Portumna - 1. A person interested in Organic Gardening and with maintenance skills. 2. A person with computer and administration skills and interested in learning Organic Gardening. For further information contact 090 9741 689 or angairdin1@gmail.com


Galway Bay FM Golf Club Awards
Galway Bay FM Radio have awarded the “Galway Bay FM” Golf Award for 2009 to Portumna Golf Club on their outstanding successes during the year. Portumna Golf Club will be presented with their award at a celebratory function in the Radisson Hotel, Galway on Friday, 20th November. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Galway Bay FM.


Historical Society Talk
There will be a talk on Shannon Navigation by Mr Colin Becker on Tuesday 17th November at 8.30pm in the Retirement Village. The river Shannon has been used since earliest times for Navigiation and continues this role up to the present day albeit with the emphasis now firmly on recreation as opposed to trade. This talk will look at various schemes from the 18th Century to the mid 20th Century whose purpose was to make the river more navigable today. The speaker is himself an avid boatman and Captains one of the oldest vessels on the Shannon. This talk will introduce people to the built heritage of the Shannon in a most easy to follow manner. So do not miss this talk if you are interested in the River.


Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Fundraiser
5 employees from Portumna Retirement Village took to the skies and did a parachute jump for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in August and collected over €6000.00. they also did a day of bag packing in O”Meara’s Supervalu, and hels a BBQ in Curley’s pub. They are a spirited lot. The names of the jumpers were Hazel Menton, Emer Moroney, Mary Herron, Christine Hoary, Siobhan Page, Martina Connerty.


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