02 December 2009

2009 Scout Investiture
Young Entrepreneurs: Fire Fuel - A new up and coming business
Portumna Country Market News
Portumna Retirement Village Christmas Party
Portumna Players - The Mai
Portumna Community School News
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Woodford Sale of Work
Irish Water Safety Certificates
Portumna GAA News
Portumna Christmas Lights Turn On
Fahy Annual Bazaar
Tea Dance in the Afternoon
Reading Group
Poetry Evening
Poker Night - Galway Hospice Fundraiser
Flood Recovery Fund - Emergency Grants for Communities Affected by Flooding

2009 Scout Investiture
On a cold but dry Friday evening Scouts, Family and friends made their way to Gortunammura Church to witness the 2009 Scout Investiture those being invested were John O Neill, Joseph Eames, Donal O Donaghue, and Gary Lynch, despite the cold a large number attended the ceremony. The Scouts worked as always very hard to ensure that this occasion was a very special one.

During the evening The Troop were awarded the Scout Law and Promise badge, for their efforts to bring the Law and Promise into their activities and events. The Portumna scouts are among a very small number Nation Wide who have been successful in this quest. Sorcha Ridge, Caoimhe Horan and Ciara Walsh made applications on behalf of their Patrols to National Headquarters. The recipients are entitled to wear the badge indefinitely, a very rare privilege in scouting. Iain Foulger awarded the badges on the night.

The night was also used as an occasion to Link Up the troops newest members Liam Connelly, Andrew Williams, Isabelle Coughlan, Eugene Mc Donagh from Cubs to Scouts the four have been with troop since June and have been involved in practically every event since, they have settled into the troop with ease and established themselves as active participants. The Patrol Leaders Council officially accepted the four on Friday night.

We said farewell to eight former Scouts, who have joined the recently formed Venture Section. We wished them and their new Leaders Morgan Claffey and Michelle Flanagan all the very best for the future. Having our own Venture Section shows how successful Scouting has become in Portumna.

Presentations were made on the night by Raymond Brodrick, Jessica Canning, and Peter Claffey all of which were excellent, funny in parts and well delivered.

The night was made all the more memorable by the input of Brain O Sullivan who opened the evening with the Scout prayer and the Scout choir who sang beautifully throughout the evening. The Scouts would like to thank Group Spiritual advisor Fr Abe Kennedy, PP Fr Brendan Lawless and Mr John Joe Madden for allowing us to use the Church for this most important ceremony.


Young Entrepreneurs: Fire Fuel - A new up and coming business
Fire Fuel, a seller of high quality turf and timber has recently been set up, as part of the transition year mini company project in Portumna Community School. The entrepreneurs in charge are Conor O Meara, Michael Lambe and Donal Flynn. The business retails in the car park of O' Meara's SuperValu, on Saturdays. Turf is €3.50 per bag or 3 bags for €10 and Timber is €5 per bag. The Business is part of the Student Enterprise Competitions. The young entrepreneurs are booming with their new business venture; we wish them all the best in the future.


Portumna Country Market News
Sincere thanks to all who supported our Hospice coffee morning in September where €900 was raised.

Orders now being taken for Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Mince Pies. Open every Friday 8.30a.m – 12.30p.m


Portumna Retirement Village Christmas Party
Portumna Retirement Village is holding a Christmas Party for all residents, their families and friends on Saturday the 5th December. The celebration will begin with mass at 4.00pm, followed by food, refreshments and music. Rumour has it that Santa Claus may also drop in! The day has extra significance for all the staff at Portumna Retirement Village as it will mark the two year anniversary of its opening.


Portumna Players - The Mai
The portumna players are in the final few weeks of rehersal of Marina Carr’s play The Mai. Marina Carr was born in Tullamore and has many great plays to her credit, such as “Portia Coughlan”, and “By the Bog of Cats”. The Mai (1994), won Best New Play from the Dublin Theatre Festival. In this play the Mai’s family – four generatins of them gather in her new house, and as it unfolds we see the effects/influences that the 100 year old Grandma Fraochlan has had on her siblings. This is a wonderful play, sometimes funny, other times sad but it will keep you entertained. It has a cast of 6 females and 1 male. And runs over 2 weekends the 11th & 12th Dec, 18th and 20th Dec. The play is directed by Marian Frawley.


Portumna Community School News
Science Olympiad: The European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) is a science competition for students held annually in Dublin City University (DCU). The EUSO team at DCU has begun the process of selecting student teams to represent Ireland at the 2009 EUSO in Sweden in April 2010. Congratulations to our students, Mary Cleary, Donal Flynn and Michéal Lambe (T.Y.), who were nominated, based on their Junior Certificate results, and have qualified for tomorrow’s selection process. Best of luck Mary, Donal & Michéal.

Transition Year: Congratulations to Ciara Kennedy who won a trip to the European parliament on the Graduate OnLine Quiz.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Even though the weather has been so unkind the ARA is not hibernating for December so please will members take note of the following events: 3rd December will be a social night of music, song and dance with an appetizing supper and raffle to which our neighbouring ARA branches and ICA guilds are invited to attend. 10th December will be a special Christmas card and Tree Decoration craft night. These will be made using traditional corn dolly techniques taught by Melanie Lorrien and everyone will be able to go home with their own unique creations. Please come for 7.30 pm sharp. 15th December is the Christmas party in the Shannon Oaks Hotel which is a celebration of a very successful year for our members.


Woodford Sale of Work
Woodford Sale of Work kicks off at Youth Hall from 3pm Sun. Dec 6th with Santa who will have a gift for all who visit him. Lots of fun activities, face painting etc. for children plus cake sale, super prizes on prize wheel e.g. hampers, vouchers, toys, gifts followed by auction for firewood, silage bales, concrete blocks and much, much more. Tea/coffee served! See you there! Raffle for Laptop takes place on Dec. 6th - Tickets on sale locally.


Irish Water Safety Certificates
Congratulations to all who recieved Irish Water Safety certificates last Saturday - hope to see you alll again next Summer! A big thank you to all who helped with during the week, espeically Barney O Reilly who makes this week possible every year. His knowledge, generosity and dedication are an example to all.

PS: certificates that were not recieved can be collected from Emer 0873165991.


Portumna GAA News
Senior Hurling Championship Top Scorers: Portumna sharpshooters Joe Canning and Damien Hayes have won the Advertees SHC top scorers and SHC top scorers from play. Joe was the top scorer with a tally of 8-67 for the championship a truly remarkable feat in itself. Damien registered a whooping 11-19 from play during the course of the championship. This is a massive achievement. The two players will receive their rewards plus Advertees playing gear at a special presentation in the Connacht Tribune office in December.

Happy 21st: Best wishes and a Happy 21st Birthday to Joe Canning who is celebrated his birthday this week-end. Joe was 21 in October but due to hurling commitments was unable to celebrate until now.

Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth 3300 euros. The numbers drawn were 7 9 12 and 26. Two people matched three numbers Francis Madden, Cherie and Eoghan Hogan. Next Week-ends lotto will be held in O Mearas.

Galway Senior Hurling Team: John McIntyre has announced his team for the coming season and All-Ireland senior club champions for three of the last four years, Portumna, are once again heavily involved with eight players included; Ollie Canning, Eugene McEntee, Eoin Lynch, Kevin Hayes, Andy Smith, Damien Hayes, Joe Canning and Niall Hayes are all part of the 34-man squad.


Portumna Christmas Lights Turn On
One event guaranteed to warm the cockles of our hearts amidst everything else going on, is the arrival of Santa in Portumna Castle this Sunday, 6 December, at 5.00 pm. The events committee has been working hard to make the Castle into a real winter wonderland, and the only way to see this for yourselves is to come along. A special Santa’s Grotto has been constructed inside the Castle, along with an ice cave for story telling. Lots of other activities for kids include writing to Santa, card making, singing, face painting, as well as just generally being in the Castle and having fun with all your friends and neighbours. Santa will also switch on the lights in town at 6.00, without even leaving the Castle.

The events committee wish to thank everyone who contributed at the church gate collections last weekend, and look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Sunday 6 December in the Castle. Doors open at 4.30. Check out www.portumna.net for more details of the event. Dress warm!

This will be a wonderful event so make sure you mark it into your Calender.


Fahy Annual Bazaar
Bazaar in Fahy Hall on this coming Sunday 6th December, Santa will arrive at 2p.m. the bazaar will include bottle stand, auction of items, raffles galore for Turkeys, hams, hampers Christmas Cakes and lots more.


Tea Dance in the Afternoon
The Town Hall Committee wish to invite everyone to their 2nd Tea Dance in the Town Hall on Sunday 13th December from 3p.m. to 6p.m. - funds raised will go towards hall maintenance.


Reading Group
All members, past and present, and all future members who are curious to see how the Reading Group happens - please come to Portumna Library, Monday, Dec 7th from 7.15pm-8.30pm. The book for November is Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland" and books read in previous months will also be discussed.


Poetry Evening
The Maple Poetry Group will host a Poetry Reading on Thursday, Dec 3rd at 9pm in Stronges Pub. Listeners, reciters and writers are all welcome to share their favourite poem, a new piece of writing or simply to enjoy the feast of rhyme and words.


Poker Night - Galway Hospice Fundraiser
Galway Hospice will benefit from an Open Poker game in Hayes’s pub on this Sunday 6th December starting at 3pm. The entry fee is €100 and all monies collected on the night will be paid out. There is a prize for the best winning hand and the best-beaten hand. 1st prize will be 70% of entry money and 2nd prize is 30% of entry money. Raffle will take place for the Hospice so please support.


Flood Recovery Fund - Emergency Grants for Communities Affected by Flooding
In response to the devastation wrought by widespread flooding across many parts of Ireland in the past week, this fund has been established to help frontline community and voluntary groups provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Grants are available to community and voluntary groups in the areas affected to help in the provision of Food, Clothing, Bedding and the Clean-up effort. Groups working with Older people, Families with young children, People with physical or learning disabilities, People with mental health needs and People on low incomes who have been affected by the floods will be targeted.

For the fund criteria and application form please visit www.communityfoundation.ie/grants.

Grants to successful applicants will be made within days. To ensure we can reach communities as soon as possible application forms should be returned by email. Applicants should complete Page 3 of the application form so that grants can be made by means of bank transfer.

For information on how to donate to this emergency Flood Recovery Fund, please see www.communityfoundation.ie/grants/floodrecovery.htm.

For more information email info@foundation.ie or call 01-8747354.


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