17 February 2010

Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna Rugby News
Heartsaver - C.P.R. and A.E.D. Training
Portumna Development Company AGM
Bridge Club News
Portumna Community School News
Rathcabbin Players - Haiti Charity Night
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Shannonside Community Group
An Gáirdín - Be the Change Symposium
Variety Concert
Portumna GAA News
Spirit of Community Awards
Afternoon Tea Dance

Portumna & District Angling Association
The Annual General Meeting of Portumna & District Angling Association was held on Friday February 12th at the Clubs new clubhouse at Castle Quay, Portumna. The clubhouse is a fabulous new structure which we were able construct in October 2009 with the assistance of funding from Galway Rural Development for which we are truly greatful. I would also like to acknowledge receipt of funding from Galway County Council (Amenity Grant) in 2004, 06, 07, 08 and 2009 towards the upgrading of the club grounds.

The following officers and committee were elected - President: Garry Kenny, Chairman: Brian Gordon, Secretary: Gerry Larkin, Treasurer: Seán Murphy. Committee: Billy Patterson, Gabriel Callanan, Charle Spiess, Kierán Curran, Dave Harris and Bobby McLoughlin.

The season is to kick off with a Trout Competition on Sunday March 21st from 2pm - 6pm. Start and finish at the club.

Members are reminded that annual subs are now due and early payment would be appreciated.


Portumna Rugby News
Portumna RFC continued their recent good form with a well deserved 20-5 win vs UCG. Tries from man of the match Patrick Cuddy and another from Andrew Keary put Portumna firmly in control in a game where they totally dominated possession. Some fine place kicking from Keary saw him record two conversions and two penalties on the day. Portumna now face Gort at home on Sunday 21st Feb at 3pm in their last league fixture of the season.

The club are holding a table quiz on Friday night 26th Feb in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 8 pm. A great night and prizes are promised so please support.

The committee would also like to congratulate the Portumna hurling squad on their All Ireland semi win vs Dunloy and wish them success in the final on St. Patricks Day.


Heartsaver - C.P.R. and A.E.D. Training
C.P.R. and A.E.D. Training will be held on Saturday Feb 27 @ 2.30pm for any community or sporting club members. This course is approved by the Irish Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association. Each successful participant will be presented with a certificate on completion. Places limited, donation on the day is desired. For further information contact Fidelma on 086 3158544


Portumna Development Company AGM
The AGM of Portumna Dev Co. will take place on Monday 8th March at 8pm in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. The Company have a major project on hand with the refurbishment of the Town Court House. This may be used for many projects, such as a Tourist Office, Cinema, Theatre, Art Gallery - the list is endless. If you have any ideas that may be worth airing come along to the AGM where you will be most welcome.


Bridge Club News
Fr. Walsh Trophy: 1st. Geraldine Canning, 2nd. Martin Quinn, 3rd. Sean Cahalan, 4th. Sheila Dillon, 5th. Paddy Kelly, 6th. Michael Torpey, 7th. Nora Flanagan, 8th. Teresa Dillon, 9th. Elizabeth Ryan, 10th. Joan Ryan.

Bill Pardy Club Pairs: 1st. Eileen Syith Maryjo Kelly, Noreen Murphy Pat Flanagan, 3rd. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, 4th. Charlie Mullen Margie Mullen, 5th. Geraldine Canning Elizabeth Ryan, 6th. Anna Moore Teresa Dillon, 1st. Nett. Cepta Ryan Mary Nevin, 1st. Sess. Martin Quinn Conor Finch, 2nd. sess. Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon.


Portumna Community School News
Debating: Well done to the T.Y. debating team who have reached the knockout phase of the Concern Debates. The team includes Conor O’Meara, Sarah Larkin, Donal Flynn and Fiona Hyland. The next round takes place on Monday, 22nd February, against Athlone Community College.

Public Speaking:The Regional Final of the Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking competition will take place on Thursday, 4th March. The team includes Mary Cleary, Niall O’Meara and Ciara Kennedy.


Rathcabbin Players - Haiti Charity Night
Friday night February 26th has been chosen by Rathcabbin Players to stage the hit comedy “Rumors” for the very last time with the proceeds from this final performance going to the victims of the Haiti disaster and as we all know, they still very much need our help and support. If you haven’t had a chance up to now to see this comedy, well this is your opportunity with doors opening at 8.00pm and curtains up at 8.30pm Sharp. Booking is a must though (087) 2360096 between 5.00pm and 8.30pm only please.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
On Thusday the 11th our association held a a very successful AGM at which our social committee read a very informative list of our extensive activities that our members participated in during 2009. The social committee were praised for their work. Special thanks went to our retiring treasurer who has kept our finances in such a professional way over the last few years. Networking with local ARA's was deemed very important part of our year. The new committee are looking forward to working together and with the members to make 2010 as equally active and stimulating as 2009.


Shannonside Community Group
Shannonside Community Group (Shragh Hall) has just finished a very successful run of Computer and First Aid classes, with over eighty participants taking part. This was aided with Funding and support from the Galway VEC coupled with the kind sponsorship of Broadband from lightnet.ie

Following on from a successful application to Galway Rural Development, Shragh Hall will be closed for a few months in order to complete renovations. A full line up of classes and activities are planned for the Autumn.


An Gáirdín - Be the Change Symposium
An Gáirdín Organic & Ecology Centre, Portumna. 'Be the Change Symposium' Wed 24th Feb 7.30- 10.00 pm. helps us to look at the most pressing issues at this time - ecological, justice and spiritual issues. Through the use of film clips and video the symposium presents the greatest thinkers and leaders of our time. It helps us to understand our present situation and offers us hope and some practical steps we can take. This is a very worthwhile, informative and thought provoking evening. For information contact 097 41689 or angairdin1@gmail.com


Variety Concert
Clonfert P.T.A.A. (Pioneer Total Abstinence Association) are holding a Variety Concert in aid of Cystic Fibrosis on February 19th in Mullagh Hall at 8pm. Please support. Adults €5, Children €2, raffle on the night - Tea and Refreshments served.


Portumna GAA News
Club Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 9 13 15 21. One person matched three numbers. Bridget Brearton St Joseph’s road. She receives 100 euros.

All Ireland Club Semi Final: Well done to our senior hurlers last Sunday. Once again they produced a magnificent display of hurling to get us back in Croke Park for a third year in a row. They are only sixty minutes away from been the first club team in the country in either hurling or football to win three All Ireland titles in a row. That is some achievement. Here’s looking forward to St Patricks day and getting another crack at Ballyhale Shamrocks. A big thank you to all our supporters who made the long journey to Parnell Park.

All Ireland Club Final Tickets: Croke Park have informed the club that tickets for the All-Ireland club finals may be booked on line gaa.ie for €15 up the end of February and for €25 after that date. So book early. This is a wonderful offer.


Spirit of Community Awards
Two Galway second-level students have been named as one of the 20 finalists in the Annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards - an annual programme now in its fourth year, which honours young on the island of Ireland for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Sixteen year old Conor O Meara son of Donie and Marie O Meara Portumna now join 18 other finalists will be honoured at a gala awards dinner in Cork on March 24th and will receive €500 and an engraved silver medallion presented by Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte. Conor was nominated for the award by the Portumna Community School principal Mr Derry Long. Two of the finalists will be named All-Ireland youth volunteers of the year at the awards dinner and will receive a cheque €1,000 for a charity they select, a gold medallion and an all expenses paid trip to the USA in May to take part in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.


Afternoon Tea Dance
The monthly afternoon tea dance will be held in the Town Hall this coming Sunday 21st February at 3pm to 6pm with music by Richie Burke and Pat Conlon, all monies raised will go towards refurbishing the Hall.


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