02 June 2010

Portumna Celebrates The Great Outdoors
Computer Skills
St Brendan’s National School
Portumna & District Credit Union 21st Birthday
Woodford to Galway Bus Service
Woodford Playground Fundraiser
Super Seb Brings His Ultra Dream to Portumna
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna GAA
Portumna Arts Group
Davitts Camogie Club
Biodiversity Training for Community Groups
Portumna Golf Club - Junior Golf

Portumna Celebrates The Great Outdoors
From the 2nd-4th of July 2010, Portumna will become a hive of activity as it celebrates its first Great Outdoors Festival. Organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, in association with local clubs and societies, the purpose of the festival is to highlight the wealth of natural amenities and activities that is available in Portumna and its hinterland.

There is an action packed schedule promised for the weekend featuring a great variety of events to be enjoyed by families and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the events include soccer tournaments, ‘learning to fish for all ages’, teddy bear’s picnic, a themed nature walk in the forest park, a 10km run, open 4 ball competitions in golf, golfing for beginners, a ‘creativity captured’ artists workshop, ‘introduction to Watersports’, an archaeological seminar, a hurling skills workshop with Joe Canning, nature trails for children in An Gairdin, a craft fair, a treasure hunt, a one act drama at the Castle, a photography tour, and many more. As events are still being added to the calendar for the festival weekend, for further information on the schedule of events go to www.portumnafestival.com or www.portumnachamber.ie/festival. A flyer of the calendar of events can be picked up at many of the local shops in Portumna or by contacting any one of the Chamber of Commerce committee.

This festival is a shining example of community spirit in action with most Portumna’s clubs and societies organising events over the course of this weekend. The committee of the Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the clubs for their co-operation and involvement in the festival and look forward to what promises to be an exciting, fun filled weekend for Portumna.


Computer Skills
Do you want to learn computer skills/improve your employment prospects? Training is suitable for beginners and is open to everybody - FETAC certified. Participants who are in receipt of social welfare payment will receive from FÁS a training allowance equivalent to that payment. Contact: South East Galway IRD Ltd., Abbey St., Portumna @ 090-9759092.


St Brendan’s National School
The Pupils of St Brendan’s National School Portumna, raised €600 by way of a raffle and divided the proceeds between two deserving charities, Abalta & the Galway Hospice. The Teachers and Students of the school have raised a great deal of money over the last number of years and should be congratulated for their efforts and kindness.


Portumna & District Credit Union 21st Birthday
Portumna & District Credit Union celebrates its 21st Birthday this year. The credit union started in September 1988 with the formation of a study group. This group met every Monday night for the next 9 months and the credit union was officially registered on the 13th May 1989. The office opened for business in the Civic buildings, Abbey St. on the 17th June 1989. The first Loan was paid out on the 2nd September 1989.

To celebrate this milestone in its history a number of events are planned for the rest of the year. On Thursday 17th June a delegation of 15 people from the Russian credit union movement are visiting and are being hosted by the credit union. They are on a fact finding mission and want to learn more about the operations of Credit Unions. Galway Bay Fm are visiting the Credit Union on Saturday 19th June and will broadcast live from outside the Credit Union office between 12 noon and 6 pm so have your music requests ready. The car draw for a new Ford Fiesta will take also on that day and the winner will be announced on Galway Bay Fm. Watch out for further celebrations.


Woodford to Galway Bus Service
In early April Bus Éireann discontinued its service in South East Galway. This has meant that the Woodford/Ballinakill area no longer has a bus service to Galway City. A public meeting will be held in the Heritage Centre in Woodford on Wed. 2nd June at 8.30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the possibility of setting up a new, direct service to Galway City under the Rural Transport Programme.

In South & East Galway, the Rural Transport Programme is known as the Local Bus and is managed by SE Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company, based in Portumna. The Local Bus already provides a number of services in the Woodford area: One service is provided from Woodford to Portumna every Friday; a second service brings people to Loughrea on Thursdays. Services are open to everybody, with the Free Travel Pass being accepted on all services. Anybody unable to attend the meeting can get further information from the IRD on 090-9741867.


Woodford Playground Fundraiser
Tickets are now available for the fundraising Dog night organised for Galway Greyhound Track on Sat. 26th June. It is envisaged that this event will raise all the required community funding for the Woodford playground project. Tickets are priced at €20 for what promises to be a great night out! Ticket entitles holder to entrance to track, programme, finger food and also a chance to win €500 or 5 chances to win €100. The fundraising committee will be out in force with these tickets and are hoping for a positive response.


Super Seb Brings His Ultra Dream to Portumna
For many runners, the completion of a marathon race is a cherrished ambition, but for an intrepid few, 26.2 miles is just not far enough. Races longer that a marathon, or 'ultramarathons', have traditionally been seen as the preserve of a sort of athletic lunatic fringe, but a Galway based Frenchman is out to change all that. Seb Locteau came to Ireland ten years ago and has built a successful career as a sporting coach and event organiser since that time. As a former French international Triathlete, Seb draws on many years of personal experience in elite sports when he advises the many swimmers, runners and cyclists on his books. Having competed in many Iron Man distance Triathlons Seb certainly know a little bit about endurance sports and he has turned his attention to ultramarthon races. He says his mission this year is to convince many more people that running an ultramarathon, and enjoying the experience, is possible.

On the 26th of June next Seb will organise three long distance races in the magnificent surroundings of Portumna Forest Park. The signature event on the day will be a 100km race, one of only a handful of such events ever staged in Ireland. Seb says, “It's just such a wonderful location for running that it deserves a unique event. I hope that I can provide Irish runners with the opportunity to challenge themselves to achieve something really special there. With a little care and preparation, races like this are well within the scope of many club runners and triathletes.” In conjunction with the 100km race, both a 50km and a standard marathon race will also be held, which provide less demanding alternatives to the 100km race. “This won't be like the London or Dublin Marathons, it'll be an altogether more relaxed atmosphere I'm sure. While I don't think we'll have thousands of runners in Portumna, we are absolutely determined to make sure that everything is perfect for those who want to take part”, said Seb. Each race has been accurately measured and has been given the stamp of approval from the Athletics Association of Ireland.

The three races in June assist in raising funds for the local 'Sign Out' Portumna Youth Cafe and volunteers from the Cafe will provide assistance to the event organisers on the day. “We've put a great deal of work into the organisation of these special races and we're hoping that they will become annual events”, said Mr.Locteau. “I've always thought that many more people can take part in events like this that have done so in the past. My dream is to help them realise what they're really capable of.”

Details of the races can be found at www.SebFitness.com


Portumna Tidy Towns
The first round of Adjudication of the National Tidy Towns will commence pretty soon and we are encouraging everybody to make their contribution by ensuring the areas outside their businesses and dwellings are kept litter free. Planting of shrubs and flowers is taking place at the moment and the clean ups are taking place on Saturday mornings as well as some evenings during the week. If anybody wishes to join the group, please contact Michael Goode 086-2715501 or Marie Gunning 087-2358585 or any memeber of the Tidy Towns To place a notice or advert in the new Information Boards at the Town Square or Castle Marina, for a small donation to Tidy Towns, please contact Marie Gunning or Ann Tuohy 087-6493221.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
On Thursday 3rd June the Portumna Active Retirement Association will plan their events for the Summer. Weather permitting bowls, putting, and exercise machines will be in use for the evening so come early - 7ish would be ideal. We will have a guest speaker on Thursday 10th June.


Portumna GAA
Golf Classic: Our Annual Golf Classic will take place on Thursday 17th June and Friday 18th June. Timesheet available at Portumna Golf Club. People who are interested in participating on either day can do so by contacting Micheal. Tel: 090 97 41059.

Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth 6000 euros. The numbers were 8 16 23 24. Four people matched three numbers Seamas Hayes Eugene Mc Entee jnr Paul Glynn Marie Walsh. They each receive 25 euros.

Junior: The junior A team beat Tommie Larkins in the first round of the championship on a scoreline 1-11 to 1-6 with Portumnas scores coming from David Canning 1-5 Johnny Keane 0-1 Ronan Hayes 0-1 Joe Keane 0-3 and Steve Killeen 0-1.

The junior B team were beaten by a very strong Bearna Forbacha team in their first championship outing on Sunday last.

Senior: Athenry had one point to spare over our senior team when they met in the league in what was a very high scoring game Athenry 3-17 Portumna 4-13.


Portumna Arts Group
The next meeting of Portumna Arts Group will take place on Thursday, June 17th in Na Calai at 8.15pm. Plans are coming together for the forthcoming September's Third Shorelines Arts Festival. If you are interested in the arts, if you are new to town looking for a group to join or if you have some good ideas for the Festivals, do come along and join. Local people are encouraged to become Friends of the Festival with a donation of €20. Call 087 293 1055 for more details.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts Camogie club would like to congratulate the Galway u 16 camogie team on their recent victory over Tipperary in the All Ireland Final. A special word of congrats to the four girls who represented the club so well on the panel - Maria Brehony ,who scored a credible 10-10 throughout this campigan, Lorraine Farrell, Aine Dervan and Lorraine Donnellan. Well done to the management team and all who were involved.

Davitts U10 & U12 teams continue to do well in their respective championships. The u10's opened their campigan with a draw against Portumna and continued their championshop with victories over Cappatagle, Ballinasloe and Mullagh since. The u12's sufferd early defeats to Killimor and Eyrecourt but redeemed themselves with good victories over Cois Fharraige and Oranmore.

As a club fundraiser Davitts C.C. are looking for bags of old, unwanted clothes, bed linen, mobile phones etc.. The collection date for these bags of clothes will be Saturday the 26th of June between 10.00am-12.00pm at the clubhouse in Duniry. The club would appreciate any contribution that people in the local area can make towards this collection.


Biodiversity Training for Community Groups
Free community-based training to, Improve your local environment, Conserve and enhance nature and wildlife locally, Identify local habitats and species in Portumna, Develop nature projects for local community groups and schools e.g. tree planting, creating wildlife gardens, river walks, and Learn to recognise and resolve potential conflicts relating to nature conservation and biodiversity.

Who should attend?: Anyone with an interest in nature, wildlife and community development including Tidy Towns groups, other community groups, fishing and gun club members, farmers, Golden Mile participants, teachers, members of the business community etc. Everyone is welcome!

The training will run over two evenings on Thursday 17th June and 8th of July, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in ‘Acorn to Oak’, Community Creche, St. Brigid’s road (opposite schools). For more information and to register your interest please contact: Janice Fuller (086) 3476891.


Portumna Golf Club - Junior Golf
The training days are on Friday's from 4.30pm on the practice ground. John Coyle PGA Professional will be giving Junior Lessons from Friday 11th June contact Mairead Taylor to book a time - 087 2908610. Starting on Thursday 10th June the 1st is reserved from 8.30am to 10.00am for juniors with handicaps. There will be an 18 hole competition €3 entry fee. Also look at www.portumna.net/juniorgolf to see upcoming fixtures for the summer.


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