09 June 2010

Fine Gael AGM
Biodiversity Training for Community Groups
Portumna Retirement Village - HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority) Report
Silver Circle Draw - Results
Portumna Day Care Centre - Open Day
Fr. Brendan Lawless - 40th Anniversary Celebration
Midsummer Music Session in Sign Out Youth Cafe
Sign Out Youth Project - Art and Graffiti Workshop
Portumna GAA
An Gáirdín - 30 Minute Meals & Snacks
Parish Celebration - Gortanumera Church & Gortanumera School
Portumna Community School
Defibrillator at O'Meara's Supervalu
Volunteers Marshals Needed for Portumna 100km Run

Fine Gael AGM
A large crowd turned up at O'Mearas restaurant Portumna on Thursday night last for the AGM of the Portumna Branch of Fine Gael. Public representatives present were Ulick Burke TD and Councillor Jimmy McClearn. After welcoming everybody the chairman Tom D'Alton congratulated councilor McClearn on regaining his seat in the council elections and the other three Fine Gael councillors in the Loughrea electoral area who secured seats. A lively discussion then took place on the state of the nation and of the Party.

The mood of the meeting was upbeat with Fine Gael soaring ahead in the opinion polls and everybody present was looking forward to an early election. Ulick Burke gave a very impressive address, which was followed by a question and answer session. Councillor McClearn then thanked the Branch for their great support during the election campaign and said he has received a great response from the town of Portumna since his reelection and said it was an honour to work on behalf of the town and surrounding area.

The following were reelected as officers for the coming year:
Chairman - Tom D'Alton, Secretary - Maura Gorman, Treasurer - Tony Power, PRO - Tommy Madden.


Biodiversity Training for Community Groups
There is free Biodiversity Training for Community Groups in Portumna this summer on behalf of Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development. The training will be run over two evenings on Thursday June 17th and Thursday July 8th from 6.30 to 9.30pm in Acorn to Oak Creche, St. Brigid’s road. Everyone is welcome.

While the training aims to increase local knowledge about the natural heritage of the town, it also is an opportunity for networking among groups and individuals in the town with an interest in nature, wildlife and community development. For more information and to register your interest please contact: Janice Fuller (086) 3476891


Portumna Retirement Village - HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority) Report
The Health Information and Quality Authority has this week published its report on its recent visit to Portumna Retirement Village.

Management and Staff were very pleased to receive such positive comments on all issues inspected. In particular, the inspection team highlighted the training and education programme for staff, and the process of seeking feedback from residents and their families for ever improving quality of care.

The full report can be read on the HIQA website at www.hiqa.ie


Silver Circle Draw - Results
Results of the 1st silver circle draw: €150 - Ann Kelly Woodford, €50 - Peter Flannery Woodford, €50 - Mary Mullin Marian Park, €25 Bruce Betting Office.


Portumna Day Care Centre - Open Day
Open day at the Day Care Centre, Portumna on Sunday 13th June from 3pm-5pm. The aim is to allow everybody to view the new extension and learn how the centre works. It is also a useful day for family with reservations or queries as to the suitability for their relative or neighbour. At present transport is only available in each area one day per week, but anyone with his/her own transport the centre is open Monday to Friday and is welcome to come in as often as they wish. Anyone unable to attend on open day can call in anytime during the week to have a look around.


Fr. Brendan Lawless - 40th Anniversary Celebration
Fr. Brendan Lawless is celebrating forty years of priesthood. To mark this very special occasion, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated in St. Brigid’s church, Portumna on Monday 28th June at 7.30pm, and this will be followed by a social evening in the Town hall. We hope that all our parishioners, both young and old will come along and join in this great parish celebration.


Midsummer Music Session in Sign Out Youth Cafe
It's that time of year again for the annual Midsummer Music Session in Sign Out (located to the rear of the old VEC building) with local bands including visiting youth bands.

Rehearsals have been in full swing for the past number of weeks as young people requested an event to showcase their skills, form new bands and bring all the community together for a Sunday afternoon. The gig rig is hired and the chefs are on hand to cook up a monster BBQ. This year Portumna Sign Out Youth Project is joining up with Portumna and District Lions Club to expand the event, where there will be a variety of fun events and challenges alongside the music, like Boules on the all weather pitch, novelty events, face painting and guessing games. A Ladies and Gents Tug of War competition is also planned with teams of 5 from streets, areas, clubs, pubs, estates and businesses invited to enter - €20 per team, contact 087 1524200 to register.

Sign Out Youth Project successfully caters for the 13 to 19 year olds in Portumna and the surrounding area. It is the only purpose built youth facility in the county offering our young people both indoor and outdoor facilities. This is a testimony to the dedication and commitment of the volunteer directors, whose overall strategy is to improve and enhance the quality of life for the young people in our community. Sign Out is a safe place for our young people to gather, take part in workshops, chill out or play some soccer, while socialising among their own age group. The key to the success of the Sign Out Youth Project is the involvement and empowerment of the young people and parental encouragement and support ,vital components to its long-term sustainability.

The Midsummer Music Session, part funded by Galway Co.Council, is an opportunity for the young people, families, friends and volunteers, who have worked so hard throughout the year to gather together to celebrate with other community groups. All are invited to the Session in Sign Out on Sunday 20th June from 2pm to 6pm. Please feel free to bring your own seating as only a limited amount is available on the day. For further information contact Susan on 087 6779267. If you would like to perform, please contact Tony on 086 2051346.


Sign Out Youth Project - Art and Graffiti Workshop
Sign Out Youth Project are holding an Art and Graffiti Workshop over 3 days from Monday 28th June to Wed 30th, this workshop is open to all second level students , places are limited. To register your interest please contact 087 6779267. Costs €15 - including all materials. Funded by Galway County Council Arts Grant.


Portumna GAA
Senior: The senior hurlers continued their unbeaten run in the championship with a very convincing win over Kinvara at the week-end on a scoreline 2-22 to 1-10. Joe Canning was the top scorer with a personal tally of 1-11 with the three smith brothers Damien Hayes Eoin Lynch and Chunky Hayes also getting on the score sheet. Portumna's other goal scorer was Niall Hayes. One would have to mention the fine performance of young Ronan Royston who lined out in his first senior championship match.

Junior A: The junior A hurlers have maximum points after two games after putting in a fine performance against Ballinasloe. Joe Keane was the teams top scorer with eight points with Ronan Hayes and Shane O Rourke the other scorers. Portumna 0-12 Ballinasloe 0-3.

Junior B: Beaten in their last outing the junior B team had a point to prove and that they did they put in a fine performance to beat Kilconieron on a scoreline 2-14 to 0-5 with Portumna's scores coming from Brian Dolphin, Declan Madden, Alan Gorman, Mike Jordan, Johnathan Fahy ,Stephen Treacy, Stephen Brearton and Darren Grady.

John Muldoon: Well done to John Muldoon on his fine display in the number 6 jersey for Ireland on Friday evening. The performance that John produced last Friday was awesome, he has been doing that for Connacht all year. We will have to wait and see if John will line out next Saturday when they take on the All Blacks in Plymouth.

Golf Classic: There is only one week left to our golf classic there are still a few times left on the timesheet so anyone interested contact Micheal at the golf club. 09097 41059 ext 1.

Exams: Best of luck to all our young hurlers who are sitting the leaving cert and junior cert this week.

Tynagh N.S.: Wishing Tynagh N.S Camogie team the best of luck in the Cumann na mBunscoil final on Fri. 11th June in Carrabane.


An Gáirdín - 30 Minute Meals & Snacks
An Gáirdín 30 Minute Meals & Snacks with Lynda McFarland Sat 12th June 10am-2pm. Lynda will demonstrate how to produce a variety of 30-minute meals and snacks. There will be sampling, full lunch and recipes to try at home. Cost €40 Contact: An Gairdin at: 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com


Parish Celebration - Gortanumera Church & Gortanumera School
The parish will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gortanumera church and 150th Anniversary of Gortanumera school on 3rd July 2010.


Portumna Community School
President's Award: Gaisce is the one and only National Award for young people in Ireland and coming from the President it is, of course, the most prestigious award. The award ‘Gaisce’ is about personal endeavours, goal setting and the ultimate challenge of competing against oneself. Students must undertake challenges – Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation, Adventure Journey.

Those doing the Bronze award are required to complete a 25km hike and for the Silver it’s a 50km hike. During their graduation night on Wednesday Transition Years Paul Killeen, Fiona Hyland, Oisin Royston, Mary Cleary, Micheál Lambe, Brid McClearn, Aoife Kennedy, Sarah Larkin, Aoife O’Hara and Niamh Bergin were presented with their BRONZE Award. Today (28th) Daniel Eames, Maria Whelan, Maria Dervan, David Burke and Conor O’Meara achieved their SILVER award. They did a 50km hike at Killary Adventure Centre and completed their 26 weeks of work in their skill, community and recreation section amounting to one hour per week. I would like to commend these students for their good work in the community and in time they will become model citizens in their own respective communities.


Defibrillator at O'Meara's Supervalu
We are half way through 2010 and the Christmas Day Swim last year is now a fond memory, for those of you that got into the freezing water on December 25th your efforts can be visibly seen in O’Meara’s Supervalu shop.

Last Saturday the local branch of the Red Cross hung a life saving Defibrillator machine inside the main door of the Supermarket. It is hoped to leave it permanently outside the shop in the near future, in order to do this a special box to contain the machine has to erected. While the proceeds of the swim went towards purchasing the Defibrillator, Donie O Meara paid for the training and 9 of his staff availed of the opportunity to do so, this is a perfect example of how a community works when everybody goes in the same direction. Donie and his staff deserve credit for making this dream into a reality. Of course the swim organizers have to be thanked also, Ann Touhy, Seamus Hayes & Ruth Carty, every year they have to organize the swim and get the various bodies such as the Red Cross and the local Fire brigade service.


Volunteers Marshals Needed for Portumna 100km Run
Run Ireland are holding an inaugural 100km run in Portumna Forest Park on June 26th and need volunteer marshals for the day. Each volunteer is being asked to do 2 hours. By way of thank you if any of the volunteers would like to enter the Portumna Sprint Triathlon on June 27th they will be offered a free entry.

Interested volunteers should contact Ailish at 0877493088 for more details.


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