12 May 2010

'Puck Idol' - A very Special Tribute Show to Portumna's Hurling Heroes
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna & District Development Company
The Hub Activity Group - Tourism Around Lough Derg
Tourist Information Boards in Portumna
Portumna the Stage For New Marathon and Ultramarathon Races
Kilimor Camogie Success
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Woodford Playground
Silver Circle Draw
Portumna GAA
Galway County Community Forum
Michael Goode - "Connacht Rugby Clubman of the Year” Nomination
Maple Poetry Group - Poetic Picnic

'Puck Idol' - A very Special Tribute Show to Portumna's Hurling Heroes
First there was Pop Idol in Portumna now we have our own 'Puck Idol', A very special tribute show to our Hurling Heroes.

Contestants have been busy rehearsing all week, costumes hired and voices lubricated in preparation for a night of unmissable music and talent. 'Puck Idol' is produced directed and performed by members of the community like never seen before. Westlife are interrupting their world tour to make a one-night appearance, even Frank Sinatra is being resurrected for this special occasion to pay tribute in His Own Way. The WAGS and MOPS are lining out under the careful tutelage of their Mentors. Competition is high with Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne busy grooming their acts in the hopes that they will get through to the next round. Ollie Turner Galway Bay FM will MC proceedings. There will be many surprise guest appearances on the night, word on the street is that Guns and Roses and Simple Minds will be in town. Rumour is also rife that Crystal Swing and ABBA may feature in the running order even Susan Boyle's name has been mentioned amongst others.

'Puck Idol' takes place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Friday 21st May at 8pm followed by Disco and is a thank you from the people of the wider Portumna Parish to our present Senior Hurling Squad, for putting Portumna firmly on the map, for the many matches, high moments, Sunday trips, and for the journey we look forward to travelling with them into the future.

Tickets €10, are on sale at Ladies Day, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Cul Sport, Palmerston Stores. Enquiries to 087 6779267.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Just a reminder that the Tidy Towns group heads out every Saturday morning at 8.00am to do a tidy-up around the town. On-going work is continuing at the old boys school and in the playground and swimming area by the GRD workers. The application for the National Tidy Towns Competition has now been completed and it is hoped that we will increase marks awarded again this year. We would like to remind businesses and indeed residents to do their bit by cleaning up outside their premises.


Portumna & District Development Company
The monthly meeting took place on Thursday last and the Courthouse project submission is at present with the County Manager, Martina Moloney. This project is the focus of the Development Company at present and it is hoped that it will be favourably received by Galway County Council in the hope that this magnificent building can be restored to serve as a mini-theatre, offices and perhaps art gallery. While this is a long way down the road, the Devleopment Company is confident that it is a feasable project, which would be a focal point in the town and indeed a valuable asset, into the future.


The Hub Activity Group - Tourism Around Lough Derg
The hub activitiy group, which encompasses all the counties surrounding Lough Derg and are looking into ways of boosting tourism and indeed eco-tourism in the area, are meeting on a monthly basis with interested parties from all the counties. This community-based group is coming up with some good ideas to boost tourist numbers in the area and to put the south midlands on the world map! The hub is getting the support of Failte Ireland and Shannon Development and while the group is still in its infancy, the enthusiasm and commitment of the people involved will ensure that this method is the way to go if tourism is to survive through the recession.


Tourist Information Boards in Portumna
Two new information boards have been installed by Galway County Council in the Castle Marina and the town square. Anybody wishing to put information/posters into these boards, should contact Ann Tuohy on 087-6493221 or Marie Gunning on 087-2358585. The boards were purchased by Portumna Tidy Towns with the support of an Amenity Grant and it is hoped will prove to promote tourism as well as give valuable information about the town and its services


Portumna the Stage For New Marathon and Ultramarathon Races
One of East Galway's most beautiful parks will host a number of exciting new long distance foot races on June the 26th next. The inaugural Portumna Forest Park 100km & Marathon will take place on the 26th of June next and is being organised by Galway based coach and events organiser Seb Locteau of www.sebfitness.com.

The races, which are supported by both the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Coilte, will take place on shaded forest paths around the beautiful state park in Portumna. There will be a 50km option for those who just can't make their minds up between the marathon and the much longer 100km event. Race promoter Seb Locteau is excited about the unique venue for the races, "Portumna is an absolutely beautiful place to run. Obviously, the route is completely traffic free and winds along good quality paths though the forest and has nice views of the lake." The event will raise funds for the Portumna Youth Cafe (www.signout.ie), which will provide the volunteers and supporters on the day. Entries and event details are available at www.runireland.com.


Kilimor Camogie Success
Congrats to Killimor senior team who won the Senior League Shield at the weekend defeating Mulagh on a scorline of 6.10 to 0.6. The team was as follows: Denise Starr, Niamh Hanney,Nicola Lawlss, Julie Brien, Serena Brien, Karen Brien Annemarie Hayes, Eimear Haverty, Sinead O'Hara, Brenda Hanney (Capain) 0-2, Martia Conroy 1-3, Annamaria Legana 1-0, Claire Conroy 3-2, Susan Keane 1-3, Subs: Aisling Brehy, Mairead McEvoy and Amanda Broderick. Claire Conroy got player of he game.

Well done to Donna Larkin who represeted the Club on the Galway U16 panel who won the All Ireland FInal by defeating Tipperaray last weekend.

Congrats also the U10 team who defeated Portumna 2-1 to 0-0


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Preparations are well on the way for our Bealtaine Festival to be held in Portumna Village on Monday the 17th May at 8 o'clock. Members interested in any of the upcoming day trips should attend so that they can book their places with a deposit. Paul Gilleen from the H.S.E. is giving a talk and active demonstration on keeping fit on the 13th May.


Woodford Playground
A well-attended public meeting was held recently to further the provision of a playground in the Woodford area. A member of the Community informed the meeting of the provision of a site for a playground. This news was enthusiastically received and the provider was warmly praised and thanked for their generosity. A previous committee had already secured a grant and it is hoped that other sources of funding may be available. A newly formed committee is now in the process of advancing this project - a very valuable amenity to have in the area. The officers are chairperson - James Egan, Sec. - Adrian Tyrell and Treasurer - Edel Hanley with Paula Lyons chairing a finance/fundraising committee.


Silver Circle Draw
Annual “Silver Circle Tickets” in aid of Day centre, Portumna are now selling in your area. Draws will take place each week over five weeks starting 1st June. Entry to 5 draws is €10 in total. Please support by buying these tickets as this money is essential and goes directly to the everyday running costs of providing the Best care to our elderly at the Centre.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4 9 14 17. Four people matched three numbers Ann and Julie Tuohy, Frances Madden, Ian Greenwood and Michael Keane x2. They each receive 20 euros.

National Hurling Director Visit: Paudie Butler the National Hurling Director of coaching will visit Portumna and Gortanumera national schools on Tuesday 18th May where he will take first class to sixth class for a coaching session. A big thank you to Damien Coleman for arranging this, times to be arranged with the schools.

Official Clubhouse Opening: Sunday last was the Official opening of the clubhouse and a big thank you to all the people who joined with us in our celebrations. Fr Lawless blessed the building and Gerry Larkin the Galway County chairman officially opened the premises. Guest speakers were Joe Byrne the Galway hurling chairman and Noel Treacy and Jimmy McClearn. John McGann the Galway hurling board treasurer was also in attendance. The chairman thanked all the people who were involved with the building of the fine facilities he thanked the finance committee for all the fundraisers which they ran to finance the costs. This was a well organised fun day, the effort put on by all members of the club was enormous and it paid off, as Dan Lynch would say I love it when a plan comes together, and come together it did, between pony rides, egg and spoon race, soak a local the list was endless. Local talent provided the music and dancing. There was also plenty of food available on the day also.

Seniors: Well done to the senior hurlers on their win over Clairnbridge in the championship last weekend their next game is against Beagh next weekend.

Juniors: The junior B hurlers also had a win when they beat Mountbellow /Moylough in the league.


Galway County Community Forum
Galway County Community Forum are holding a meeting on Monday 17th May in the Gort Family Resource Centre, Gort at 8pm. Speakers will include Insp. Mick O Dywer - community Alert & Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. John Higgins - Carra Mask Corrib Water Protection Group - Water Pollution, causes, effects & solutions.


Michael Goode - "Connacht Rugby Clubman of the Year” Nomination
Michael Goode of Portumna Rugby Club was recently nominated as one of only three people in the province for the prestigious "Connacht Rugby Clubman of the Year" award. This award is presented every year at the Annual Rugby Awards night to someone who in the eyes of the Connacht Branch and the wider rugby community have given their time, effort and energy to benefit, improve and promote rugby in the province. This nomination goes to prove the every increasing standing of Portumna Rugby in the eyes of their peers, even though they are a young club at the very edge of the providence and more so the very high esteem in which Michael Goode is held. As first team manager and club secretary amongst other titles he is the cornerstone of the club and even though he did not win the title this year, even getting nominated in the first place is a huge achievement for someone so modest and slow to draw attention to his dedication and work. Congratulations Michael Goode and remember there's always next year.


Maple Poetry Group - Poetic Picnic
Poets, readers and lovers of verse, come join the Maple Poetry Group for a Mad May Picnic of Poetry on the theme of Food and Drink on Sunday afternoon, May 16th in a Wild Woodford Location. Potential picnic participants - please contact 087 293 1055.


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