16 June 2010

Joanie Madden joins Bronx Walk of Fame
Portumna Marina
Killimor Camogie
Gortanumera's Double Celebration
Summer Course in Traditional Music & Singing
Woodford Playground Fundraising - 'Buster Race Night at the Greyhound Track'
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Volunteer Marshals needed for Portumna's 3rd Triathlon & 100k Marathon
Sign Out Youth Project Midsummer Music Session and BBQ
Portumna GAA
Portumna Camogie Success
Davitts Camogie
Portumna & District Credit Union 21st Birthday
Cemetery Masses
An Gáirdín - Wholefood Cookery Course

Joanie Madden joins Bronx Walk of Fame
Andy Warhol coined the phrase “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” and he was probably correct. However, in Joanie Maddens case it will last a lot longer.

Joanie, the Grammy Award winning tin whistle and flute player has been the leader of the internationally acclaimed touring ensemble “Cherish the Ladies” since its inception. The second oldest of seven children born in New York, her mother Helen hails from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and her late father Joe, an All-Ireland Champion on the accordion, came from Portumna, Co. Galway.

Joanie received her love of music early in life listening to her father and his friends play at family gatherings and social events. She began taking lessons from Jack Coen, from Woodford, Co. Galway (who is a brother of Tony Coen, retired Garda Sergeant, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary) and within a few short years she had won both the All-Ireland Championship on the concert flute and whistle. During that time, Joanie also became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland tin whistle championship.

Throughout her stellar and luminous career, she has amassed a plethora of awards and citations including; the youngest member inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame. Voted twice one of the Top 100 Irish Americans in the United States by Irish America Magazine. Recipient of the Wild Geese Award (other past recipients include Michael Flatley, the Chieftains Paddy Moloney and noted playwright Brian Friel). She was also named Top Traditional Musician of the Year by the Irish Echo Newspaper and Joanie recently became the youngest person - and only the second female in history - to be inducted into the Comhaltas Traditional Musicians hall of fame, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in America. Last week the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz named a street in her honour. The Bronx Walk of Fame named the Street “Joanie Madden & cherish the Ladies”. Congratulations.


Portumna Marina
Local Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn has called on Galway County Council and Waterways Ireland to sort out who has responsibility for the upkeep and management of the Grounds and Facilities at Portumna Marina Area. We now have a situation where large numbers of visitors to Portumna use this area particularly at weekends in fact over thirty camper vans were there over the bank holiday weekend. When added to the large number of boat owners and normal day visitors a certain amount of congestion is inevitable. All of these visitors are very welcome and give a much needed boost to the local economy, but clearly a properly managed arrangement needs to be put in place for the safety and welfare of everyone.

Councillor Mc Clearn has made representations to senior management at Galway County Council about this matter and said he was informed that it would require cooperation from Waterways Ireland. He has now requested that both bodies engage to have a suitable plan drawn up. To look at how best to utilise the available space and to look at what additional visitor facilities could be provided there.


Killimor Camogie
Fundraiser: Many thanks to all who helped out with the club fundraiser bag packing weekend which was a huge success. Special thanks to Donie & Marie O'Meara and the staff of Supervalu Portumna.

Senior: Well done to the Killimor Senior Camogie Team who won the C Donnellan 7 aside tournament run by the Pearses Club at the weekend. They defeated Pearses, Ahascragh and Kiltormer in the group games and defeated Pearses in a thrilling final by 7-6 to 5-11. The Killimor team were: Annamaria Legana, Claire Conroy, Eimear Haverty, Niamh Hanney, Serena Brien, Annemarie Hayes, Brenda Hanney, Annemarie Starr, Martina Conroy, Susan Keane. Brenda Hanney received the player of the tournament award.


Gortanumera's Double Celebration
Gortanumera will host a double celebration on Saturday 3 July, jointly organised by the Parish, Gortanumera Development Association and the School Board of Management. The community will be marking the 150th Anniversary of Scoil Mhuire and the 75th Anniversary of The Church of The Ascension. Both institutions continue to thrive! From 4-6 p.m. a Photgraphic Display will be held at the School. Register Books from the 20th and 21st Centuries (only) will also be on display! At 6.30 p.m. Bishop John Kirby will preside at a Mass in the Church. Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Summer Course in Traditional Music & Singing
A Summer Course in Traditional Music & Singing will take place in Portumna this summer. All instruments and age groups, all levels of ability catered for. For more information and booking call 085 2737695.


Woodford Playground Fundraising - 'Buster Race Night at the Greyhound Track'
The fundraising committee are delighted with the community response for the upcoming 'Buster Race Night at the Greyhound track'. This will take place on Sat. June 26th - if you still wish to support this project there are still a few tickets out there!! Contact any member of fundraising committee for more info.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The active retirement Association enjoyed a very active night with the help of Sarah Killeen, several of our members have committed themselves to taking up the “Get Active “Challenge”. Our pre meeting bowling and putting group are improving their skills, they hope to continue practicing through the summer.

Attendance at our next two meetings the 17th and the 24th June is important as “monies“ for our July outing to Boru Boru must be booked with a deposit on the 17th June and paid in full by the 24th June to secure your place. This outing will take place mid July.

A special word of thanks to our social committee, for all their planning and organizing. The Summer Social will take place on the 8th July starting at 8 o’clock in O’Meara’s Restaurant. We wish to extend a big thank you to Lorrha ARA for their invitation to their Summer Social which we all enjoyed.


Volunteer Marshals needed for Portumna's 3rd Triathlon & 100k Marathon
Runireland held their first Triathlon in Portumna in 2008, Sign Out Youth Project provided the marshals for this event. Due to its success, Runireland has once again chosen Portumna as the venue for the 2010 competition. This year, as well as the Triathlon, there will be a 100k marathon on Saturday 26th June. This is an international event and it is a great honour for Portumna that such a prestigious sporting event be held in our Forest Park. There are over 50 entries so far including some of our local marathon runners. The Triathlon takes place on the Sunday 27th June, from 10am to 1pm approx.

The Volunteer Marshals play a crucial part for the smooth running and all safety aspects of this sporting weekend; at least 40 volunteers are needed to cover both days. Sign Out Youth Project needs your help and support to put together the team of marshals. If you can give a few hours on either the Saturday or Sunday please contact Susan on 087 6779267 as soon as possible, in order to draw up a rota. Runireland gives a welcome donation to Sign Out Youth Project each year.


Sign Out Youth Project Midsummer Music Session and BBQ
Preparations are nearing completion for The Midsummer Music Session, in Sign Out Youth Cafe. This is an opportunity for the young people, families, friends and volunteers, to gather and celebrate with our Youth Bands along with other bands from the county, enjoy the monster BBQ and partake in fun games and challenges. 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. All are invited to the Session in Sign Out on Sunday 20th June from 2pm to 6pm. For further information contact Susan on 087 6779267.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3 17 25 27 three people matched three numbers John O'Brien, Sarah Mc Donagh and Tom O'Brien. They each receive 35 euros. The club would like to thank all the people who support their lotto every week.

Cul Camp: Portumna G.A.A.Club are hosting the V.H.I. G.A.A. Cul camp on 19th to 23rd July in the G.A.A. grounds. The camp provides boys and girls between the ages of six and thirteen an action packed and fun filled week that revolves around enjoyment and sustaining a participant involvement in games. Camp starts at 10am to 2:30 pm. Registration night in G.A.A. Clubhouse will take place shortly - evening to be announced at a later date.

Hurling Blitz: Our under 8 manager is hosting a hurling blitz on Saturday 19th June at 12 0 Clock. We welcome the teams that are participating in the blitz Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Leitrim-Kilnadeemna, Kiltormer, Killimor and hopefully there will be good support on the day for all those upcoming young hurlers.

Junior B: Our junior B team suffered another defeat in the championship at the week-end when they were beaten by Castlegar. Castlegar went in at the interval two points up with Portumna's scores coming from Brian Dolphin (0-4) Alan Gorman (0-1) Stephen Treacy (2-0) and Declan Madden (1-0). All was to play for in the second half but they only managed two scores in the second half with Damien Coleman the goal scorer (1-0) and a point from Stephen Treacy with Castleagar adding (1-7) to their tally. The final score Portumna 4-6 Castlegar 3-17.

Under 12: On the Juvenile front our under 12 team were beaten by a strong Kilconieron team in the first round of their championship on a scoreline 2-6 to 0-5. The Portumna scorers were Jack Canning( 0-2) David O Meara (0-2) Sean O Brien (0-1).

County Team: The club would like to wish the Galway senior hurling team and management the best of luck in the Leinster semi final against Offaly in Croke Park on Sunday and in particular to the eight Portumna players involved in the panel.


Portumna Camogie Success
Portumna Camogie U-14’s fought a great battle to overcome a strong Eyrecourt side on Sunday evening in Killimor in the U-14C County Final. Portumna got off to a great start with captain Tara Harte sending a long range ball to the back of Eyrecourt’s net. In addition to this her cousin Caoimhe Harte scored two beautiful points to give Portumna a further lead. Tara Harte put two more points on the scoreboard from placed balls. It was after this Eyrecourt were to get their first score leaving the half time score Portumna 1-5 to Eyrecourt 1-0.

With Eyrecourt having wind advantage in the second half they got off to a good start with a goal from play. However, another point from corner forward Caoimhe Harte kept Portumna ahead. Eyrecourt started to make a come back in the second half and got three unanswered points putting them ahead by 1point. However, the Portumna girls held their heads high and kept on fighting. With the game in the last few minutes it was all to play for and a nice pass from Michelle Mitchell to Tara who shot for goal saved the day for Portumna, leaving the final score Portumna 2-5 to Eyrecourt 2-3. There were some great individual displays from both sides but it was Portumna who had the overall advantage.

Well done to: Kara Donoghue, Sophie Goode, Larah Brady, Rebecca Blake, Chloe O’Brien, Ciara Walsh, Maria Kelly, Hazel Treacy, Melissa Moloney, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tara Harte (capt) 2-2, Niamh Brogan, Michelle Mitchell, Jessica Canning, Caoimhe Harte 0-3, Kaitlyn Gibbons, Thea Doherty, Isabelle Coughlan, Kirsty Donoghue Lawless, Eimear McLaughlin, Eimear Walsh. Management: Vincent Treacy, Emma O’Brien, Bernie Treacy & Mary Conboy.


Davitts Camogie
U-12s: Davitts U-12 team secured a great victory in their semi final aginst Killimor last Wednesday evening. Davitt’s emerged victorious on a scoreline of 2.5 to 3.1. There were excellent performances from Tara Moloney, Kate Flynn and Elizabeth Burke. They are now looking forward to the county final against the winners of Sarsfields & Oranmore. Best of luck to Geraldine O Beirne and all her management team.

Fundraiser: As a club fundraiser Davitts CC 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.


Portumna & District Credit Union 21st Birthday
Portumna & District Credit Union celebrates its 21st Birthday this year. To celebrate this milestone in our history, Galway Bay FM are visiting the Credit Union on Saturday 19th June and will broadcast live from outside our Office in Patrick Street between 12 noon and 6p.m. Our 3rd Car draw will take place live on Galway Bay and the winner will be announced. This will be a great afternoon, have your requests played live on the Radio.


Cemetery Masses
The annual round of cemetery masses will commence this week, and on Monday 21st June mass will be said in St Michael’s at 8p.m. and the following day Tuesday 22nd mass will be celebrated in Calvary also at 8p.m. weather permitting.


An Gáirdín - Wholefood Cookery Course
An Gáirdín Wholefood Cookery - Medicinal Foods - Let food be thy medicine! Saturday 26th June 10am-2pm. What you eat greatly affects your mood and well-being. Digestive problems, Mood/stress related conditions, Sleep disorders, Children's health & behavioral issues, eating the right foods can help all Weight management, Food intolerances & allergies. The Workshop will include Demo, Sampling, Full Lunch and recipes to try at home.


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