19 May 2010

Portumna Town FC
Killimor Traditional Music Festival
Woodford Spring Fair / Shragh Hall Update
Tree Planting in Portumna Forest Park
'Puck Idol' - Portumna Hurling Tribute Show
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Poets' Picnic
Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Chamber of Commerce AGM
Portumna Leo Club - "Save Portumna Tennis Courts"
Portumna Rugby Club - Rugby Coaching Course Held in Portumna
An Gairdin Courses
New Businesses
Padre Pio – National Pilgrimage
Junior Golf Lessons

Portumna Town FC
Field of Dreams: Portumna Town FC has registered for the Kellogg's Field of Dreams competition and the chance to win a €100,000 makeover of our pitch facilities at Shannon Road. Portumna Town FC would be grateful to receive any tokens collected by our supporters from special promotional packs of Kelloggs Cornflakes, Crunchy Nut or Crunchy Nut Feast. If you would like to donate your collected tokens to Portumna Town FC then please bring them to collection points in Portumna Library and Supervalu – Portumna. Alternatively tokens can be given to any of our coaches or committee members. Portumna Town FC would like to thank you in advance for any tokens collected on behalf of the club.

Oxford Utd look at Portumna U14 Player: The club is delighted to report that Conor Barry, one of a number of talented players within our current U14 squad was selected to spend a few days at the end of April with Oxford Utd to take part in various training sessions and also to play in a match. Along with Conor, James Mullaney from Portlaoise Town FC was also chosen and the two boys were accompanied by their parents and Brian Flannery, head coach of the Midlands Schoolboys League.

Their first day began with a tour of the Kassam Stadium followed by two training sessions, one with the U19 academy and the other with the U15/16 academy. Friday saw them take part in another training session with the U19 academy which served as the platform for the assesment by the English FA of an Oxford coach to receive his UEFA "A" Licence, heady stuff indeed. Saturday was a free day and they got to go and see Birmingham v Burnley and it was back to business on Sunday to take part in an U15/16 game for Oxford against a very talented Bristol Rovers team. The game finished 1-1 and both lads played extremely well, fitted in very comfortably and never looked out of place. Both left a good impression on the coaches and future trips back to Oxford Utd. for the boys to take part in more games are a distinct possibility. All in all it was a fantastic experience for the boys and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

As well as acknowledging this achievement by Conor, Portumna Town FC is proud to be involved in providing youngsters opportunities such as this. Our league, The Midlands Schoolboys/Girls League, is a very progressive league and is making great strides in player development and creating opportunities for the youngsters playing in the league. As a club we are delighted to be able to offer children from the locality the opportunity to play football but It is also good to know that players like Conor who are ambitious, have a good attitude and who apply themselves in training sessions and matches will be rewarded for their efforts by being provided the chance, through the club, to pursue their dreams further. Well done Conor and we hope there will be many more players from Portumna Town FC who will be offered trips like this.


Killimor Traditional Music Festival
The June bank holiday weekend promises to be a music packed event at Killimor Village. From Friday 4th through to Sunday 6th June there will be music, song and dance all over Killimor. There will be an outdoor stage erected for live bands to play, family fun day on Sunday 6th, pub music sessions, with special guests invited to play. This should be a great event.


Woodford Spring Fair / Shragh Hall Update
Woodford Spring Fair: An inaugural Spring Fair will be held in Woodford Youth Hall on Sun. 30th May from 12pm-4pm. Lots of local crafts and products will be on display with interest for both adults and children. Why not take a drive to scenic Woodford and check out what promises to be a novel and interesting occasion. Ample parking and free admission!!

Shragh Hall: The refurbishment of Shragh Community Hall is nearing completion. An open invitation is extended to all to attend a community meeting to see the facility and discuss how it can be utilized with activities and events for all. Meeting will be held on Thursday 20th May 2010 at 8.30pm, we look forward to seeing you there.


Tree Planting in Portumna Forest Park
Portumna forest park was a lovely venue for the children from Kileen and Gortanumra primary schools to enjoy and experience the magical beauty of nature as she emerges from her winter sleep. Kevin Donlan and Ann Toughy told the children how important trees are for all our needs and how we must be aware of the dangers of forest fires and the impact that they have on wildlife. Four more trees were planted in the Bluebell Grove. Both children and adults enjoyed the experience, as there was great communication between children and adults. The event was organized by Friends of Portumna Forest Park and Coilte.


'Puck Idol' - Portumna Hurling Tribute Show
'Puck Idol' a very special tribute show to the hurling heroes of Portumna takes place on Friday 21st May at 8pm in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Joe Canning's talents will be seen to extend from pitch to stage as he joins Shane O Rourke and Eoin Lynch to perform their unique version of Guns and Roses, while Ollie Canning, Andrew Smith, Eugene McEntee, Kevin Hayes give Westlife a run for their money. However, it's not just the hurlers who will be taking stage, the WAGS (wives and girlfriends) kick-start the night while the MOPS (mothers of players) will be joined on stage by our Boys In Blue for an unmissable act which will be sure to have the crowd in hysterics. There will be a host of surprise performances on the night.

The hugely anticipated event will take place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and it is recommended that people buy their tickets well in advance for a night of unmissable music and entertainment. Raffle on the night will include, amongst other prizes, a chance to win a night away in the Wineport Lodge including champagne dinner. Tickets €10 on sale at Ladies Day, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Palmerston Stores and Cul Sport. Enquiries to Susan at 087 6779267.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge Results 3rd May: 1st Joan Ryan & Michael Torpey, 2nd Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, Gross Geraldine Canning & Charlie Mullen & 3rd Eileen Touhy & Fr PJ Bracken

Portumna Contract Bridge Results Monday 10th May Final Night: Player of the year Patricia Eames, 1st Bridget Brearton & Tony Ryan, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, Gross Eileen Smyth & Fr Finneran, 3rd Mary Jo Kelly & Fr PJ Bracken & 4th Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon.


Poets' Picnic
Sunday afternoon saw a large gathering of poets from Galway, Loughrea, Nenagh, Woodford and Portumna having a literary feast of words and rhymes in Alleendara, Woodford. A leisurely long lunch and a selection of poems on the theme of food and drink was shared by all. Certainly, the volcanic ash cloud was no hindrance to the inspiration of writers from both the Maple Poetry Group and BAFFLE. Portumna Pen Pushers were also represented and they will continue meeting on Thursdays in An Gairdin. Next meeting is on Thursday, May 20th. Interested writers, call 087 2931055.


Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group will have a meeting on Thursday, May 27th at 8.15pm in Na Calai CDP office, Abbey St. The meeting's focus will be on the forthcoming 3rd Shorelines Arts Festival in September. New members with new ideas are heartily welcome.


Portumna Chamber of Commerce AGM
Chamber of Commerce will be having its AGM in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Tuesday 25th of May at 8pm. The AGM will include a members meeting to give out information on the Great Outdoors Festival taking place in July. The Chamber was founded in March 2008, since then it has done tremendous work in promoting Portumna, in order to continue with this work they need support, so if possible make time to attend this meeting.


Portumna Leo Club - "Save Portumna Tennis Courts"
The recently formed Portumna Leo Club has put their first project in motion and hope to meet with Portumna Town Development Committee and Cosmo Flood – Shannon Oaks Management, to establish how the derelict Tennis Courts on the Forest Road, can be brought back to life to the benefit of the community and people visiting Portumna this summer. The Leo’s with the support of Portumna & District Lions Club will be involved in several fundraisers during the summer to support this project, for example Flourescent Disco and Mini Marathon.


Portumna Rugby Club - Rugby Coaching Course Held in Portumna
It goes to show how far Portumna underage rugby had come in such a short space of time, when the Connacht Branch feel that it worthwhile holding the first ever rugby coaching course in Portumna. This course was run over Friday evening and all day Saturday in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Portumna rugby club sent in 9 coaches for the weekend and other fledging coaches from throughout the province joined them. This is an in depth course that is for those people who are going to be involved with teams under 13 and brings them through all aspects of coaching with a huge emphasis on safety at all times. Next season will be only Portumna's second season and incredibly they will 13 qualified coaches looking after teams from under 8 to under 11. There is a great peace of mind for the club and indeed for the parents knowing that trained and qualified people are there looking afterthe future generations of players.


An Gairdin Courses
An Gáirdín Papermaking with Hayley Aldous Sat 29th May 10.30am-2.00pm: This course will introduce basic papermaking techniques. Participants will take home their own individual pieces. This is a fun and creative way to recycle.

An Gáirdín Blacksmithing Course with Mark Wilson Sat 12th June 10am-4pm: This day will be an introduction to Small Scale Blacksmithing. The day will include how to make a simple forge fuelled by charcoal and using recycled metal to produce small items; jewellery, copper bracelets etc. Each participant will also make small hooks or a poker to take home.

Contact: An Gairdin at: 090 9741689


New Businesses
At a time when businesses seem to be closing, two people in Portumna have decided to take a chance and open their own shops. Edel Fallon has opened her hair salon on Brendan St the premises was formerly Starrs Shop. Tom O Brien has taken over the leasehold of Stronge’s Bar on the Corner of Brendan St and the Town Square. Best wishes and good luck to both of these people. Give them your support.


Padre Pio – National Pilgrimage
At Holycross Abbey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 30th May from 1.30pm-4pm. Contact Gay Royston at 09097-41322, Kathleen Kidney at 09097-76458 or Ann Callanan at 09097-41740.


Junior Golf Lessons
Junior Golf Lessons will commence on Friday 28th May from 4.30pm, bring your child along to see what is available at the club. Lessons commence the following Friday 4th June, with John Coyle PGA Pro in conjunction with Junior Golf Ireland.

Just a reminder all upcoming matches and outings are on Portumna.net->Sports->Junior Golf. For further info contact Jim Hynes 087 6411711 or Mairead Taylor 087 2908610.


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