16 December 2009

HIQA Applauds Standards Set by Portumna Retirement Village
Support Local Businesses
Portumna Country Market
Portumna Credit Union - Car Draw
Cards to do Trick for Shragh this Christmas
Santa Arrives as Woodford Lights Up
The Rotary Clubs of Ireland - Young Leadership Development
Joe Canning Receives Fair Play Award
St Stephen's Day Walk
Karate Camp
St.Brendan's N.S. - PPPA Christmas Raffle
Lorrha Christmas Market
Community Night - McDonaghs, Kilcorban, Tynagh
Christmas Events - A Big Thank You
Gift and Craft Sale
Portumna Players - The Mai

HIQA Applauds Standards Set by Portumna Retirement Village
This week marks the second anniversary of the opening of Portumna Retirement Village and it was therefore with added celebration that the management and staff of the centre read the report of the inspection carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) which was published on Monday 7th December.

The inspection took place over two days and over the course of the inspection, the HIQA team viewed all the facilities, examined documentation, and reviewed the standard of service provided in great detail. They interviewed many of the residents and the relatives of residents and were very pleased with the feedback that they received.

Commenting on the 24 page report, Tony Williams, the owner of the retirement village said that he was exceptionally pleased by the endorsement of the HIQA inspectors of the standard of care and the quality of the service provided to the residents. Starting any new venture presents challenges, and therefore to receive such an accolade from the state inspection body so soon after opening was very heartening. Tony paid tribute to the tremendous work of his team and said that he was particularly pleased that the commitment and skills level of the staff had been so highly commended in the report.

The report acknowledges the tremendous facilities at Portumna Retirement Village but more importantly acknowledged the standard of care, the skills of the nursing staff and the support received from nine local GPs.
In summarising her inspection, the lead inspector advised “All residents reported a high standard of satisfaction with their lives in the centre. They said they felt cared for, their needs were being met and that they were supported in maintaining their independence. One resident described how her stay in the centre had “restored her sense of confidence”. Residents and relatives said that the provider and person in charge were easily accessible on a daily basis. Residents and relatives spoke highly of the staff using words like ”nice” and ”friendly” when describing staff.
Residents described how they exercised choice in the daily routines of the centre. One resident described how she could get up when she wanted and was able to exercise choice in her daily routine. She said that she had the choice of joining in whatever activity was happening in the centre. Residents reported that the food was excellent both in “quality and quantity”, with choices offered at each meal. One resident said that breakfast in bed was an option, while another said that she required regular snacks and could have these when she needed them.
Residents also reported that they felt safe because the staff were always available to them. They said that staff answered the call-bells promptly and “would do anything for you”. One resident said that she was “checked during the night and staff come immediately if I ring the bell”.
A number of residents spoke positively about the exercise class which many attended daily. They said that they looked forward to the weekly day-trips which were organised every Wednesday and the Ceili entertainment every Friday night.
Residents and relatives described the environment as very comfortable and homely. One resident said that she was very happy there and she would not like to leave the place”

The full report of the HIQA inspection can be read at www.hiqa.ie


Support Local Businesses
Everyday we hear about people going across the border to shop for Christmas. It is said that for every 150 people that shop in the North one job is lost in the Republic, so add the maths on that one. The benefit to the North was huge in fact Northern Ireland is out of recession, mainly due to people from the South going up to spend their cash. Take this and put it on a local level, if we shop locally there is a good chance that jobs will be saved. So think again about going North. Of course the retailers have to respond with lower prices, it would seem that Multinational Retailers are pulling the wool over the shoppers eyes for a long time, as they seem to have different pricing structures for each of the jurisdictions they operate in.

The local Chamber of Commerce, which was formed 2 years ago, are doing their best to keep shoppers at home this Christmas, like last year they are offering shoppers the chance to win €2500-00, the draw will take place in the Boathouse Pub this coming Saturday 18th so get your Christmas presents etc locally put your name on the draw sheet.


Portumna Country Market
Sincere thanks to all who supported our hospice coffee morning in Sept. Amount raised was €900.

Orders now being taken for Christmas cakes, puddings & mince pies. Open every Fri from 8.30am-12.30pm.

The local Castle Garden adjacent to the castle make beautiful wreaths, jams, preserves, chutneys, etc they are sold in O’Meara’s and the Country Market, you may also visit the gardens which are opened every morning from 9am to 1pm.


Portumna Credit Union - Car Draw
Marian Park, Portumna, must be one of the luckiest places to love as both winners of the Credit Union draw for a car came from there. The latest winner is Mrs. Kathleen Walsh Marian Park, Portumna she won VW Polo car. We wish her a very happy Christmas and new year.

Each week participating members of the credit union have one Euro taken from their account, their names then go forward for the car draw.


Cards to do Trick for Shragh this Christmas
Nestled on the shores of Lough Derg and ideally situated between Portumna and Woodford the community of Shragh has recently undertaken a series of fundraising activities to raise funds for the Restoration of their local Community Hall. Built originally in the Early 80’s it is now in need of major refurbishment work.

An old style harvest feast and Threshing was held recently and was a great success with many traditional activities such as butter making and weaving demonstrations on show as well as all the Threshing of 3 acres of oats with a 1919 Ransomes Thresher. All funds raised were donated to the Shragh Restoration fund. A raffle was also organized locally with tickets still available from Bridie Lyons, Anthony Hooban and Enda Felle for a Christmas Draw which will take place at the centre on Monday 21st. This raffle will take place following a “Monster Christmas Progressive 45” open to all starting at 8pm next Monday night the 21st December.


Santa Arrives as Woodford Lights Up
A fine crowd attended Woodford last weekend for the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town. All work was done by local Volunteers under the stewardship of the Woodford Lights Committee. The man himself arrived in his red suit by vintage car as the Lights were switched on. A fundraising “Irish Night” to cover this years costs will be held in Walsh’s Bar On St. Stephens night. Tickets available locally from committee members.


The Rotary Clubs of Ireland - Young Leadership Development
The Rotary Clubs of Ireland recently held their young leadership awards. Portumna Transition Year student, Conor O’Meara, was awarded one of twenty four places, to go to the European parliament in Strasburg. The competition was based on interviews regarding Leadership, Europe as well as personal qualifications. Well Done to Conor, we wish him all the best.


Joe Canning Receives Fair Play Award
Portumna and Galway Hurler Joe Canning was named 2009 Halifax GPA Fair Play award winner, Kildare footballer Dermot Earley also received the award for football. Both Earley and Canning were honoured for their positive behaviour and attitude both on and off the pitch throughout the 2009 championship season. GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell said, 'While it is important for everyone involved in our sports to emphasise the positive as well as highlighting the negative, the GPA was inundated with suggestions from players for Fair Play award winners this year, reflecting well on the playing body as a whole. However, winners had to be chosen and after deliberating over a short-list drawn up from suggestions from players, Joe and Dermot were picked out by our selection committee and we were happy that both players stood out and deserve great credit for their contributions this year.'


St Stephen's Day Walk
Just to remind everyone about our walk again this year. It starts at the Castle gates at 2 pm. All money raised will cover expenses associated with Pony Riding for adult service users attending St Dympna's Adult Day Service. Pony riding as an activity has many benefits, it improves balance and coordination. It gives a great sense of achievement and promotes tranquility and relaxation. Your support would be very much appreciated on the day. Come along and bring your friends.


Karate Camp
The Official Amateur Karate Association of Ireland (O.N.A.K.A.I.) held its first Open Kata Camp in the Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club, recently. The main Karate Styles, Shotokan, Wado-Ryu and Shito Ryu were represented. The weekend course was organised by Michael Hogan head Kata Coach and Marie Dolphin Assistant Kata Coach for O.N.A.K.A.I. Students from Galway, Clare, Mayo, Laois, Dublin, Sligo as well as Northern Ireland and England attended. The course consisted of Kata practice, training techniques, applications and competition kata. Talks on nutrition and lifestyle for athletes were organised by `Coaching Ireland` and a drugs awareness presentation was given by O.N.A.K.A.I`s Anti Doping Officer Leo Mulvany. Other coaches who assisted in the training were John Dolphin and Siobhan Leckey.

The local area proved to be a very successful venue for such a training camp with forest trails for early morning runs as well as the hotel's gym and pool for alternative training. Many of the participants are on the Irish Kata Squad and these camps are used to develop and train Irish athletes to the highest standards possible to compete abroad.


St.Brendan's N.S. - PPPA Christmas Raffle
The Portumna Primary Parents Association, would like to thank all those who sponsored prises in our christmas raffle and we would ask parents to continue to support the local businesses who support us.

Santa will visit all classes on Tuesday 22nd of December


Lorrha Christmas Market
Lorrha Lord Mayor candidate Teresa Dunne Walker is holding a Christmas Market in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall in Lorrha this coming Sunday December 20th from 11a.m. Santa will be calling to check that all the boys and girls are behaving and will talk and chat with them between 3 and 5 p.m. while there will be a disco and stalls galore selling Christmas produce. Enjoy a glass of Mulled wine or a cup of tea or coffee while the children are having their faces painted. There will be a lot of activity going on with plenty for everyone.


Community Night - McDonaghs, Kilcorban, Tynagh
Community night in McDonaghs Kilcorban Tynagh on Tue Dec 29th @ 9.30pm - Music by The Golden Wings. Raffle on the night in aid of Portumna Social Services Centre, All welcome.


Christmas Events - A Big Thank You
Following on from the great success of Santa's arrival in Portumna Castle on Sunday, 6 December, the Portumna Christmas Events Committee want to re-iterate their thanks to everyone who helped out with the event and with the installation of all the lights in the town and the fabulous trees and crib in the square. The Events Committee hopes that everyone in Portumna is enjoying the town with its Christmas lights coat on! The Events Committee would also like to thank every one of the businesses in the town that have contributed so far, and would like to remind all other businesses to make a donation towards the cost of the lights that brighten up their town so much. Finally, the Events Committee wants to wish everyone in Portumna a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Peaceful New Year!


Gift and Craft Sale
Gift and Craft Sale this Friday 18th December, 9.15am - 3.30pm Small Hall, Portumna Town Hall. Lots of bargains to be had.


Portumna Players - The Mai
The portumna Players are staging Marina Carr’s wonderful play The Mai this coming Friday 18th and Sunday 20th in the Town Hall, it starts at 8.30pm. It’s a play not to be missed. The actors put on a great show last weekend so if you want a good nights entertainment please support. Donation will be made the flood appeal.


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