27 January 2010

Sign Out Youth Cafe News
St. Brigid's Day at An Gairdin
Rathcabbin Players Present "Rumors"
Portumna Country Market
Portumna GAA News
Portumna Community School News
Afternoon Tea Dance

Sign Out Youth Cafe
Youth Cafe hosts Safe Tractor Driving Skills for Teenagers: A practical and informative Safe Tractor Driving Skills workshop for teenagers was held in Portumna at the Sign Out Youth Cafe last Saturday, January 23. The aim of the workshop was to improve safety awareness amongst teenagers working with tractors and to encourage a better understanding of safe driving, speed, operating machinery and driving with trailers.

The workshop came about as a result of the high number of accidental deaths and injuries in our rural communities, with 14 – 16 year olds being in the high risk category, and was jointly funded by Galway Rural Development and The Health and Safety Authority. The day began at the Sign Out Youth Cafe with a presentation and discussion on farm safety, safety checks, hand signals and safe driving facilitated by Jim Dockery CEO Farm Relief Services Training. The group then adjourned to Portumna Mart for the practical driving session, where they carried out the pre start checks, followed by driving, reversing, hitching tractors to trailers, PTO safety, operating trailed machinery and reversing with a trailer.

Finally, the workshop participants learned about speed and road fatalities, and heard first hand the devastation caused to families as a result of road collisions and tractor accidents. Garda Gabriel Gormally and Garda Derek Quinn of the Loughrea Garda Traffic Corp facilitated this session. Each participant was presented with a certificate, having completed the FRS off road Programme in Safe Tractor Driving Skills. Portumna Sign Out Youth Co would like to thank Jim Dockery CEO FRS Training, the Loughrea Garda Traffic Corp, Portumna Farm & Dairy Services, Billy Shaw of WR Shaw Tractors and John O Sullivan Portumna Mart Manager for their support.

Due to demand a second workshop will run on Tuesday February 16, few places still remaining. For further information on any of Sign Out Youth Project youth initiatives contact Susan Royston on 087 6779267 or log on to www.signout.ie email: youthsignout@gmail.com

Sign Out Music Sessions: Sign Out are running a workshop for all budding musicians/singers who enjoy music, want to improve their skills, learn about recording, copyrights, management, gigs, P.A’s, instruments etc. If you are over 13 why not pop along to Sign Out Youth Café on Saturday 30th January from 2pm and lets get rocking. For further information contact Tony on 086 2051346.


St. Brigid's Day at An Gairdin
La Le Bride Sunday 31st January from 3.00 - 4.30 pm at An Gairdin, St. Brigid’s Road, Portumna. We will celebrate St Brigid with an afternoon of weaving crosses, sharing folklore and stories and reclaiming our traditions associated with Brigid and Brigid's Eve. This is an afternoon suitable for all the family. Phone 090 9741689 or log onto www.angairdin.ie for more details.


Rathcabbin Players Present "Rumors"
Booking for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy “Rumors” is now open between 6.00p.m. & 8.30p.m. only on (087) 2360096. This year marks the 25th. Anniversary of the group and they have chosen a Neil Simon comedy to celebrate the occasion. The play goes on stage from Thursday night February 4th. to Sunday night the 7th inclusive and they will be back on stage for two nights the following weekend Friday 12th & Sunday 14th


Portumna Country Market
The Country Market, Portumna re-opens on Friday 29th January with some new seasons marmalades. They wish all their customers a happy New Year.


Portumna GAA News
Lotto Results: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth 4100 euros. The numbers drawn were 5 15 25 26. Three people matched three numbers Brendan Scott, Claire Hyland, and Gerard Hyland. Each person will receive 35 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 4200 euros.

A.G.M.: The clubs A.G.M. will take place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 29th January at 7:30pm. The secretary's report and treasurer's report will be sent out to all members over the week-end.

Membership: New ruling in G.A.A. states that all membership has to be paid before the 31st March to be eligible to vote in this years A.G.M. Membership for this year is now due and can be paid to either Celia Keane or Fiona O'Meara.

Helmets: Due to a new ruling passed at Congress all players are required to wear helmets even the Goalies in all matches and training sessions anyone failing to do so will not be covered by insurance. So we are asking that every player adheres to the rules.

Senior News: The senior team have resumed training since the 3rd January after a well deserved break and are eagerly awaiting the All Ireland semi final against Dunloy which is fixed for Parnell Park on the 14th February. There are alot of challange games organised for the players over the coming weeks. They played the Galway Senior team last Sunday and had a good workout. This week-end they play Clare senior team in Tulla on Friday evening and travel to Mallow on Saturday to play Cork I.T. They are fixed to play Mullagh in the league semi final on Tuesday evening at 7pm in Mullagh.


Portumna Community School News
Debating: On Wednesday the TY debaters – Conor O’Meara, Fiona Hyland, Donal Flynn and Sarah Larkin – were yet again battling it out for a spot in the top 32 schools in the country. They were up against Castletroy College, Limerick and both sides fought the motion, “As the U.N. approaches it’s 65th birthday it should consider retirement”, with great enthusiasm. Portumna proposed the motion and in the end they went home with a smile on their faces as they received a unanimous vote from the judges, who were very impressed by the standard achieved by all. The debaters have now won 3 out of 4 debates and are now anxious to see if they are through to the next round. A big ‘thank you’ to Ms. Skelly and Ms. Hough for their help. Well done and good luck.

Public Speaking: Last night (Thurs.) Mary Cleary, Niall O’Meara and Ciara Kennedy took to the podium in Ballinasloe for the Mental Health Public Speaking County Final. They were up against Mountbellew Vocational School and Colaiste Eanna of Galway. Each of them presented a speech based on mental health issues and each one was delivered with ease and excellence. It was a close competition but Portumna C.S. came out on top. We have now qualified for the Connacht Final which will take place in late February or early March. The speakers would like to thank Ms. Skelly and Ms. Hough for their help and support.

School Musical just around the Corner: Just over one week to go to the first performance of this year’s musical, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. Rehearsals are continuing, the final touches are being applied to the very impressive set and costumes are being fitted and adjusted. This year once again Portumna and District Credit Union are the shows main sponsors and their help is essential in helping to bring a show of this scale to fruition. The matinee performance for the local primary schools will take place on Wed. Feb. 2nd with full performances on Thursday and Friday at 8pm each night. Tickets will go on sale on in the school on Thursday Jan 21st. Reservations may be made by telephoning the school at (090) 9741053 or by email: joseph@portumnacs.com


Afternoon Tea Dance
The Portumna Town Hall Committee held an afternoon Tea dance last Sunday, it was well supported, and a nice afternoon of dancing it was. The Committee wish to thank Donie O Meara for his generousity in sponsoring the sandwiches on the Day, he has done this on several occasions. Also the Committee wish to announce that they are holding another Afternoon dance in February, Sunday 21st from 3om to 6pm.

Also the Town Hall AGM will be held in the Hall on Friday 5th February at 8pm.


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