07 April 2010

Fraughen Barrett School of Irish Dancing
Portumna Youthreach Programme
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
Ability West Golf Classic
Irish Dance Classes by World Champion Stephanie Power
Lord Mayor of Lorrha
Portumna Pen Pushers
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Retirement Village Bridge Tournament
Portumna Library Art Exhibition
Portumna GAA
Portumna Community School
Community Games
Portumna Players Present Sive
Portumna Red Cross
Portumna Retirement Village - Flower Arranging for Easter

Fraughen Barrett School of Irish Dancing
Congratulations to all members of the Fraughen Barrett school of Irish dancing on their recent achievements at feiseanna throughout the country, especially those who received 2010 mini connacht medals at Leisureland. Classes take place as usual in Portumna retirement village hall on Tuesdays at 4pm. class will re open for new term on Tuesday April 13th, for further info contact Mary on 091 841438 or 087 9597560.


Portumna Youthreach Programme
Portumna Youthreach opened its doors to learners in October 2009. It is run under the auspices of County Galway VEC. The centre is located on Abbey Street in the heart of Portumna town. The programme is directed at unemployed young early school leavers aged 16-20. It offers participants the opportunity to develop themselves, emotionally, socially and academically. Learners have the opportunity to acquire FETAC certification. Subjects offered are Communications, Maths, Art, Music, Catering, ICT, Woodwork, Personal Development, Work Experience and Leisure and Recreation We operate on a full-time, year-round basis. If you would like more information on the programme, please call us on 090 9759576 or email on youthreachportumna@gmail.com.


South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
Outing to Limerick: As a follow on from a lecture given to the local Archaeological Society by Mr Frank Dawson on the “Railway Heritage Of Galway” it was agreed that the society would arrange an outing to Limerick by train once the long anticipated Western Rail Corridor was offically opened, now that this event has happened members are asked to meet at Craughwell Railway Station on Saturday April 24th at 10am. The society will undertake a guided walking tour of Gerogian Limerick, visiting a number of Heritage Buildings. It is also envisaged to visit the Hunt Museum. For more information contact James at 085 7107569 or Christy at 087 9697692


Ability West Golf Classic
The annual Ability West Golf Classic will take place at Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th May. Time sheet in operation, please support this worthy cause.


Irish Dance Classes by World Champion Stephanie Power
Irish Dance Classes by World Champion Stephanie Power TCRG registered with An Coimisiun. Classes commence Wed. Apr. 14th in Portumna Town Hall and Thur. Apr. 15th in Loughrea. Further details on 087-7536332 or 090-9741239 or email spower_dance@yahoo.ie.


Lord Mayor of Lorrha
Joe Dolan was declared the winner of the Lorrha Lord Mayor Campaign at a recent function held in Lorrha Hall and was presented with the chain of “office”. All three candidates Theresa Dunne Walker, David Power and Joe Dolan received presentations of inscribed glassware to mark the occasion and in recognition of their hard work and dedication to raising a total of €28,611.62 for the village. Lorrha Development Association offer their thanks and appreciation to all three people Theresa, David and Joe for agreeing to allow their names go forward and for taking on this difficult task, not forgetting for a moment their hard working committee’s who willingly went out and raised this money at this very difficult economic time and all three deserve great praise not just from the organising committee, but from everyone who care about the village, for raising this money which will be used to develop/renovate the park in Lorrha.


Portumna Pen Pushers
Portumna Pen pushers are meeting on alternate Thursday evenings in An Gairdin from 7.30-9.30pm. They are busy working on some interesting projects for the rest of the year and welcome new members interested in writing. Check out their April Poem of the Month in Portumna's Library next time you visit the Library. Call 087 293 1055 for any more details. Next meeting on Thursday, April 8th.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge: 1st. Joan Ryan Bertie Hanlon, 2nd. Kaye Duddy Patsy Hanbury, Gross. Elizabeth Ryan Mary Jo Kelly, 3rd. John Craig Judy Craig, 4th. Kathleen King Pearl Doherty.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club: 1st. Margaret Treston Mary Nallen, 2nd. Patricia Eames Patsy Hanbury, Gross Paddy Kelly Bertie Hanlon 3rd. Sheila Dillon Joan Ryan.


Portumna Retirement Village Bridge Tournament
Portumna Retirement Village is sponsoring a bridge tournament to be held in the social centre at Portumna Retirement Village on Sunday 18th April at 3.00pm. Players interested in taking part are asked to contact 087 7854008 for more details.


Portumna Library Art Exhibition
Portumna Library was proud to take part in the East Galway Art Trail on March 31st last. Fiona Moore is the artist who has a wonderful exhibition on display. Her work is based on the bog landscape and it's natural environment. The exhibition will be on display for the next two weeks so please come along to the library and have a look. Other artists will be exhibiting their work in Killimor, Woodford and Eyrecourt Libraries. For more information please contact Teresa or Louise in Portumna Library.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4 7 12 17. Seven people matched three numbers Martin Gillane, Brian Dolphin, Anthony Dolan, Eamon Lynch, Kieran Kelly, Declan Hanley, and Cian O Brien. They each receive 20 euros.

Portumna under 21 hurlers went out of the championship last Friday evening when they were beaten by Cappataggle on a scoreline 1-13 to 4-12. Portumna went in at the interval on level terms at seven points a piece with the scores coming from Martin Dolphin 0-5 four points from frees with Willie Lawrance and Joe Keane the other two scorers. The scores in the second half came from 0-1 Willie Lawrance 0-3 Martin Dolphin 0-2 from frees 0-1 Ronan Hayes and a goal from Brian Dolphin.The difference in the two teams were Portumna failed to avail of goal chances presented to them while Cappataggle capitalized on their chances.


Portumna Community School
Bank of Ireland Achievement Awards: Congratulations to Mary Cleary, Aoife Kennedy, Ciara Kennedy, Brid McClearn and Aoife O’Hara, who received their Regional Certificates from the Bank of Ireland at the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway on Wednesday last. The girls won this award for their dedicated service to St. Dympna’s Centre – they organised the TY rota for visiting the centre and providing help to the staff teaching the Enabled Learning students, swimming, bowling and horse-riding. The TY students demonstrated their collaborative teamwork skills and made a very positive contribution to the local community by enriching the lives of the enabled students.


Community Games
The annual Community Games will take place in the GAA Hurling field on Friday 16th April, registration on the day, start time 4.30pm, fun and games for under 6s and playschool children.


Portumna Players Present Sive
The Portumna Players spring production Sive by John B Keane will take place in the Town Hall Portumna on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April at 8.30pm. Sive was originally staged in 1959 by the Listowel Players and became an instant success, it has survived the test of time, so if you want an enjoyable night out come along and see the local production of this Keane Classic.


Portumna Red Cross
Portumna red cross novices and cadets recently took part in All-Ireland competitions the novices came second, this was very good as it was their first time to compete. Ray Murphy trained the team. The cadets did well also; they hope to make a return journey to competitions as they now have the confidence to move on in their grades. The cadets team were Conor O Meara, Emma Ruthledge, Tara Harte, Shannon Whelan, Murphy, Lisa Callanan, and Rachel Darcy.


Portumna Retirement Village - Flower Arranging for Easter
Portumna Retirement Village who are always looking for new ways to involve the residents in different themes had an Easter flower arranging evening on Saturday 3rd April, kindly arranged by the Kent family from Terryglass. They had the pleasure of the company of Richard Haslem of Branch Flowers, Galway giving them a demonstration and information afternoon of flowers and arrangements for Easter.


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