23 June 2010

Fr. Brendan Lawless - 40th Anniversary Celebration
Jimmy McClearn Elected Mayor of Galway County
Portumna Arts Group's Creative Crawl of Portumna
Eoin Ryan - 50Km Run for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation
Traditional Music & Singing Workshop
Sign Out Youth Project
Portumna Water Safety Week
Killimor U14 Hurling Success
Portumna & District Angling Association
Launch of New Local Bus Service to Galway from the Woodford/Ballinakill area
Arts Festival Meeting
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna GAA
An Gáirdín Wholefood Cookery - Medicinal Foods
Something For Everyone in Portumna's Festival

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. Fr. Brendan was ordained for the Missions on the 17th December 1969; he worked in Nigeria from 1970 to 1987, a total of 18 years, on his return to Ireland he administered in Cappatagle Parish from ’87 to ‘91 and in Ballinkill Parish from 1992 to 2002, he came to Portumna in the summer of 2002, that was a wonderful day for the parish. In his tenure here as Parish Priest he has made sweeping changes to the Parish, his kindness and generosity knows no bounds he is a man of the People and is tireless in his efforts to improve Portumna for everyone.


Jimmy McClearn Elected Mayor of Galway County
One of the largest number of people to ever attend a meeting of Galway County Council were present at the Annual General Meeting when Local Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn was elected Mayor of Galway County for the year 2010/2011. They consisted of family, friends and supporters from the Killimor and Portumna area. Jimmy McClearn's name was proposed by Jarlath McDonagh and Seconded by fellow Loughrea Area Councillor Moggie Maher, in the ensuing vote he had an easy victory of his only rival Dermot Connolly Sinn Fein. In his acceptance speech Jimmy Mc Clearn thanked the people who had voted for him and also the Fianna Fail Group who did not oppose him and who actually abstained. He said it was a great honour for him and his family to become the first citizen of County Galway and he looked forward to the challenge that lay ahead. He also paid tribute to the only other Killimor person to have held the position of first citizen of the County the late Eddie Haverty. Setting out his priorities as ensuring every effort was made to develop enterprise and create jobs. I will go anywhere to meet anyone who has an idea big or small that will help to get stability and growth back into the economy of this County. He said that he wanted to see a special effort being made to revive the villages of East Galway which had suffered most from the economic downturn. A celebratory dance will be held in Treacy’s Killimor this Friday June 25th all are welcome.


Portumna Arts Group's Creative Crawl of Portumna
For the artist, the writer, or the sketcher in you – Portumna Arts Group invites you to join with local artistic people on a Creative Crawl of Portumna on Saturday July 3rd as part of Portumna’s Chamber Of Commerce Outdoor Festival. Meeting Point will be the Marina (via the Castle Gates) at 11.30 pm. The Creative Crawl (2 hours approx) will visit several locations, within short walking distance of each other, at chosen intervals, so your thoughts and drawings will need to be fast and focused! Whether you are a budding Michelangelo or a daydreaming doodler, we want you to share your experience of the local area, recording the details around you by looking a little deeper. Refreshing tea will be served in the Shannon Oaks after the crawl where work will be shared. For materials to bring along, do remember to travel light. Pens, pencils, paint, charcoal, crayons, pastels, markers-you choose, but please use A4 paper so the exhibition won’t look too messy! Further information can be gleaned by calling 0872931055.


Eoin Ryan - 50Km Run for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation
Eoin Ryan is doing a 50K run this coming weekend, and he needs our support. It is in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation. The run is taking place in Portumna Forest Park. He is hoping to raise 2,500 euro and he needs our help! If you have a few euro to spare log on to http://www.mycharity.ie/event/ryansrun/ and sponsor Eoin. All donations (no matter how small) will be warmly received!!

There's no need to tell most of you why he is raising money for the The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation... however for those of you of you who don't know on 24 May 2006 his Dad Sean Ryan died after a long and brave battle with Motor Neurone. This terrible disease affects thousands of Irish familes and is still relatively untreatable. The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation is working to change that. For this reason it is a cause close to the Ryan family's heart and Eoin would very much appreciate your support in helping him to raise funds for this charity.

"If anyone would like to provide moral support on the day the run starts and finishes at the Marina in Portumna. Start-time is 6 a.m. (yes really) and I hope to be finished around 11 a.m.!" To add a footnote to Eoin’s words, there is not a child in Town who was born in the 1970s & 80s that is not aware of the work Sean Ryan did with regard to Tidy Towns, he was affectionately known as Mr Portumna. Every weekend the Children in the company of Sean would cover every street and pick up papers and rubbish, it gave them an ethic for tidiness that will last them forever. He single-hand started the Tidy Town’s movement in Portumna and to see what it has grown into, it’s wonderful. His input to the local Golf Club was immense, we would not have the Championship 18 hole Golf Course today only for Sean We owe a lot to him, thank you for the memories Sean. You could write a book on them.


Traditional Music & Singing Workshop
A Traditional Music & Singing Workshop under the stewardship of Marian Staunton takes place in Portumna from July 13 – 16th inclusive. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome to attend. Open to adults and children it consists of 4 x 2hr. evening sessions and costs € 40.00. Special attention will be paid to local music i.e. the compositions of Fr. P.J. Kelly and the performance of Fr. Jack & Charlie Coen. Early booking is essential. Further information from Marian at 085 2737695.


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. Funded by Galway County Council Costs €15 - including all materials.

Volunteer Marshals Needed: Volunteer Marshals needed for Portumnas 3rd Triathlon & 100k Marathon. Due to its success over the past 2 years, 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. 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.


Portumna Water Safety Week
Portumna Water Safety week will be held July 5th - 10th. This swim week will cater for age all groups, from absolute beginners to advanced lifesaving. It is a great opportunity to learn some new skills, improve your swimming and make new friends. Candidates will gain improved confidence from learning to swim in the open water. Swim week also includes lessons on personal safety. Swim Week will be held in the swimming area at Portumna lakeshore. Registration on the 5th July at 10am those who have participated in previous swim weeks olease bring along your certificates. Classes will run three times daily; 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm. For more information contact Sighle Burke @0876774734, Emer Durkan 0873165991.


Killimor U14 Hurling Success
Congratulations to Killimor under 14 hurlers and to their management team on winning the county title at Kenny Park Athenry on the 13th June. Without their captain due to injury, the Killimor hurlers produced an outstanding display to win by a score line of Killimor 2-8 to Kinvara 0-4. Watched by a large Killimor contingent and working under the motto “Killimor Never Give Up” each ball was fiercely contested with passion and vigour.

To win the title, Killimor played a total of 8 championship matches and overcame a lot of obstacles along the way due to the injuries of key players. Using a panel of 29 the management team used their resources effectively. Well done to all involved!


Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna & District Angling Association in conjunction with Portumna Chamber of Commerce are holding the following events at the club grounds.

Saturday July 3rd at 2pm -official opening of new clubhouse followed by blessing of boats ceremony. A display of species of live fish to be found in the Shannon-by-Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. A fly-casting workshop by Sean D Gordon followed by spoon bait casting workshop by Tony Molloy. Children's competition. Birr Outdoor Education will be available from 3pm for canoe lessons and a barbeque will be running throughout the afternoon. All are welcome.

Sunday July 4th -Adult Open Competition for pike 2pm -6pm with excellent prizes -all welcome.


Launch of New Local Bus Service to Galway from the Woodford/Ballinakill area
A new bus service will be launched on Saturday, 3rd July from the Woodford/ Ballinakill area to Galway City. It will run on the first and third Saturday of the month. The bus will leave Looscaun Church at 10.20am and Walsh’s Bar, Woodford at 10.30am. This is a direct service to Galway, with request stops en route. The Free Travel Pass is accepted. Fares: adults €7, under 18’s €3.50, under 5’s free. The bus will depart Galway City at 5 p.m. Advance booking is required.

The Local Bus is funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Social & Family Affairs. It is managed by South East Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company, based in Portumna, Co. Galway. For further information or to book your seat please telephone the Local Bus on 090-9741867. The Local Bus is part of the National Rural Transport Programme. Its aim is for each area in South & East Galway to have a transport service at least once a week. To date, 17 services are operational. These are contracted out to local operators. More than 1,000 passengers are carried each month.


Arts Festival Meeting
Shorelines Arts Festival planning is well under way with plenty of activities in the planning for September 16th-19th. New faces and ideas are always welcome as they come with a pair of helping hands too! The next meeting will be held in Na Calai on Thursday, July 1st at 8.15pm. Also, keep an eye on shorlinesartsfestival.com for further information and programme layout etc.


Davitts Camogie Club
U12 County Final: Davitts U12 team will contest the county final this Saturday against Oranmore. The two sides have already met in the group stages so everyone is looking forward to a keenly contested encounter. The venue and time have yet to be decided but details will be available from any committee member later in the week. Best of luck to Geraldine O Beirne and all her management team.

Club Fundraiser: 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.


Portumna GAA
Club Lotto: There was no winner of last weekend’s lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 7 18 19 27. Match 3s were Liam Kiely Frank Forde Charlie Corrigan Mary Smith Yvonne O Meara Amelia Johnny Ruth Keane S.Donoghue.

Wedding Bells: The club would like to wish Alan Gorman and Tina Darcy best wishes on their wedding day, which is taking place on Friday. Also congrats to Mike Gill and Joanne who were married in Poland last Week-end.


An Gáirdín Wholefood Cookery - Medicinal Foods
An Gáirdín Wholefood Cookery-Medicinal Foods-Let food be thy medicine! Saturday 26th June 10am-2pm. Lynda will present a workshop on medicinal foods and will cover foods that aid digestion, help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, balance hormones and boost energy levels. Demo, sampling, full lunch and recipes to try at home. Contact: An Gáirdín at: 090 9741689 or angairdin1@gmail.com


Something For Everyone in Portumna's Festival
From the 2nd-4th of July 2010, Portumna will become a hive of activity as it celebrates its first Great Outdoors Festival.

This festival is a wonderful example of community spirit in action with most Portumna’s clubs and societies organising events over the course of this weekend. 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 a packed schedule promised for the weekend featuring a great variety of events to be enjoyed by families and outdoor enthusiasts. The festival gets underway on Friday 2nd at 8pm at Portumna Castle with the official opening of the festival, music by ‘The Shades’, followed by the hilarious one-act drama ‘Cough Water’ performed by the Portumna Players. The golf club hosts a 9hole competition for beginners and the first round of the Portumna Town Soccer tournament takes place. The chamber is delighted to welcome back to town Murray’s Amusements who will be operating from the Mart on Dominic Street. The funfair will be open from the Thursday 1st July from 7.30pm nightly and on the Sunday afternoon of the festival from 2.30pm.

Saturday, the 3rd of July, features a varied and exciting schedule of events for young and the not so young! Throughout the day, Diarmuid Lally with the help of Portumna Scouts will be giving instruction in watersports (kayaking, sailing and windsurfing) at the swimming area. This is a free event with all gear and equipment provided. An Gairdin, on St. Brigid’s Road is hosting an open day with nature trails for children, tours of the organic garden for young and old, exhibitions of hemp and lime building along with a workshop on building a woodfired earth oven. Portumna Arts Group is calling on artists, writers, or sketchers to join with local artistic people on a Creative Crawl of Portumna. Meeting Point will be the Marina (via the Castle Gates) at 11.30 pm. The Creative Crawl (2 hours approx) will visit several locations, within short walking distance of each other, at chosen intervals. This will be followed by a refreshing cup of tea in the Shannon Oaks where work will be shared.

A treasure hunt has been organized for the Saturday morning ( approx 1 hour on foot). Meeting point is reception of the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 11 am.

While the soccer tournament continues on the Saturday, the Golf Club hosts an open 4 ball competition all day followed by a members/participants barbecue. During the afternoon, free golf lessons will be given by golfing professionals at the club, and those interested should contact the club directly for further information.

The angling club, at Portumna Castle Marina is hosting an open family day with barbeque on the Saturday afternoon that promises to be a fun event. The club will provide free fishing tuition for people of all ages.

The Camera Club will conduct a photographic walking tour of Portumna Forest Park and environs. Meeting place is the forest car park at 3pm on the Saturday.

One of the more interesting items on the program for Portumna’s Great Outdoors festival is a computerised presentation of photographs, old and new, by local historian, John Joe Conwell.

The illustrated talk will trace the evolution of the town from earliest times and the significance of the river Shannon in its development. The photographs, drawn from various collections, depict many aspects of the town and its inhabitants as well as other imposing features both inside and outside the parish.

Important sites such as the Castle, Workhouse, Pallas Castle in Tynagh, Hearnesbrook and Ramore big houses in Killimor, Bellevue Gates in Kiltormer and Eyrecourt Castle will also be featured. The event takes place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Saturday, 3rd July at 8.00pm.

Another busy day is planned for Sunday, 4th, commencing at 10 am with children’s soccer time – coaching and skills at Portumna Town Soccer Club. The open 4 ball competition continues in the golf club as does the watersports at the swimming area. An angling trout and pike competition will also take place. At 11am a 10km run organized by Portumna Leo Club (young Lions) will be in full sway in the forest park. A hurling skills workshop with GAA All Star Joe Canning is scheduled to take place in Marian Park GAA pitch at 2pm, however those wishing to attend this workshop should check updates on the festival website www.portumnafestival.com as the time and date of this event is liable to change due to Galway match fixtures.

At 2pm on Sunday afternoon a u-18 5-a-side soccer tournament will be hosted by the Sign Out Youth Company at the Astro Turf, Sign Out Youth Café, St. Brigid’s Road.

A nature walk entitled ‘Our public forests, A National Treasure’ will be conducted by Andrew St. Ledger, a native woodland specialist. Those interested in partaking in this walk, please meet at the car park at 3pm.

At 4pm, the Chamber of Commerce will host a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the playground area of Portumna. This promises to be a fun filled afternoon for families featuring a 45 minute show by ‘Lungi the puppeteer, face-painting, music, costume characters, and barbecue. As part of ‘Ice Cream Sunday’ in aid of Downs Syndrome Ireland, Portumna Scouts will be at hand dishing out lots of delicious ice-cream. CELT (centre for environmental living and training in Scarriff) will be presenting workshops in willow work, copper craft and rustic wood crafts, felting and papercraft. Andrea Parry of Dream Interiors will be showcasing her talent with her ‘lush craft’ designs. The chamber is delighted to welcome representatives from the army who will provide a military weaponry display adjacent to the Shannon Oaks Hotel.

There will be live music and events running in the pubs all over the weekend. For information on accommodation and for updates and contact details in relation to all of the above events, please go on line and check out www.portumnafestival.com or follow the Portumna Great Outdoors Festival page on facebook.

The Chamber would like to encourage everyone to come out, support and enjoy all that is on offer in this marvellous town, over the weekend of the festival.


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