30 June 2010

Joe Canning Hurling Skills Workshop
Portumna Busking Competition
Portumna Credit Union
Portumna Library - Summer Reading Challenge
“Cope With Friends” Carers Support Group
South East Galway Tourist Office
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Scouts - Ice Cream Sunday for Down Syndrome
Silver Circle Draw Results
New Filling Station / Shop
Running Success
10k Run and Walk in Forest Park
Sign Out U18 Soccer Tournament
Portumna GAA
'Write a Book' Competition Winners
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Social Services Day Centre
Gortanumera's Double Celebration
Portumna Country Market
Portumna Tidy Towns
Junior & Adult Golf Lessons

Joe Canning Hurling Skills Workshop
One of the most hotly anticipated events of the Portumna Great Outdoors Festival is the ‘Joe Canning Hurling Skills Workshop’ which will now take place this Saturday 3rd July 2010, from 2pm-4pm in Portumna GAA grounds, Marian Park, Portumna, Co. Galway. Children of all ages, from 5 years and upwards, are invited to come along with their hurl and helmet and pick up a few tips from the maestro himself. This is a free event and it promises to be a great afternoon for children to enjoy – giving them the opportunity to meet their hurling heroes.

Due to Galway’s advancement to the Leinster Final on Sunday, this event will take place on Saturday and not on Sunday as had been previously advertised in the festival flyer. For further information, contact 087 6422424.


Portumna Busking Competition
As part of Portumna’s Great Outdoors festival, a busking competition will take place in Portumna on Saturday afternoon 3rd July between 2pm-5pm. Great prizes to be won, 1st prize €250, 2nd prize €150, and 3rd prize €100. Anyone interested in busking should contact 086-3136550 as soon as possible to register their entry.


Portumna Credit Union
Russians in Search of Credit Union Secrets: Credit Unions in the Westmeath, Galway and Offaly are this week rolling out the “RED” carpet as they prepare to welcome a group of 31 Russian credit union students and activists to their localities. These visitors are part of a major study trip arriving here on Tuesday June 15th to examine at first hand how Irish Credit’s have become such a phenomenal success story worldwide.

Six local Credit Unions,-those in Kinnegad, Ballinasloe, Ferbane, Portumna, Naomh Padraig in Galway and St. Columba’s in Mervue will co-operatively host this impressive educational event in what should also be a fantastic promotional opportunity for all concerned. Their guests include Credit Union staff and volunteers from three separate regions across North-West Russia, - St.Petersburgh, Karelia, and Dubna (North of Moscow). These Credit Union visits are an important aspect of a week-long educational module for students, sponsored by the Irish Credit Union movement. All of these students are deeply involved in developing credit unions in Russia, and moreover in the battle to grow the Credit Union ideal among their respective populations.

This major study trip to Ireland and the West in particular, is part of the ongoing programme of the ‘Irish League of Credit Unions International Development Foundation’, which has as its central aim the promotion of the Credit Union model worldwide as a preferred approach to poverty alleviation in poorer countries. The “Foundation” is the body charged with making good use of the generous contributions made by hundreds of thousands of Credit Union member’s right across the 32 Counties of Ireland. As well as the three regions of Russia, these Irish contributions also support development project in places as far afield as Ethiopia, Ghana, The Gambia, Albania, Sierra Leone and many more. All of these projects are closely managed on an ongoing basis by the Board of the Irish Foundation.

From a local perspective all of our Credit Unions have been very proactive in preparing a multi-faceted programme of activities for their Russian visitors which will include educational presentations, informational sessions, as well as providing a social and cultural aspect to the visit.

Pointers to the overall event: It’s a two day visit to the Region from Thursday 17th to Friday 18th June. The Russians will be divided into two groups, one visiting Kinnegad, Ballinasloe and Naomh Padraig while the other group will visit Ferbane, Portumna and St. Columba’s

21st Birthday Celebrations: The Portumna Credit Union celebrated it’s 21st Birthday recently, Galway Bay FM was on the premises for the day, as were the 6 finalists in the Car Draw. The draw was covered live on Galway Bay with DJ Marc Roberts announcing the eventual popular winner Mr John Madden from Gortanumera, he won a Ford Fiesta which was bought from the local Ford dealer Morgan Claffey. The runners up received a cash present of €300.


Portumna Library - Summer Reading Challenge
Starting in July Portumna Library will be running the Summer Reading Challenge. It is open to children of all ages and it is a great way to keep kids reading over the summer. As usual there will be activity sheets and also prizes for the best review and the best colouring. The theme this year is Space Hop so please come along and check it out. For further details please contact the library.


“Cope With Friends” Carers Support Group
The “Cope With Friends” Carers Support Group would especially like to thank Mr. Donie O Meara, Proprietor and Mr. John Daly, Manager, for their generosity in facilitating the coffee morning in their premises and for donating free of charge refreshments to the support group during their recent launch.


South East Galway Tourist Office
The South East Galway Tourist Office is located in Abbey Street, Portumna beside the IRD centre. It is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. and is closed for lunch from 1pm-2pm. SE Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company that was formed in 1997, to promote, support and engage in local development initiatives that benefit the area, manages the office. A wide range of information on the locality and within touring distance is available at the office, as is internet access. IRD personnel, who are employed under the Community Services Programme, staff the office. Tel. 090-9741867.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Our Summer Social takes place on the 8th July in D.O'Meara's restaurant and details of our outing to Boru Boru now fixed for the 14th July and our August outing to the Aran Islands will be finalised. We wish all our members a good Summer.


Portumna Scouts - Ice Cream Sunday for Down Syndrome
Portumna Scouts to host HB Ice cream Sunday for Down syndrome Sunday the 4th of July at 4pm until 6pm In Portumna playground in conjunction with Portumna Great Outdoor Festival.


Silver Circle Draw Results
Last weeks results 17/06/10 were 1st Prize- Gerard Rourke, 2nd prize-Collette Hegarty, 3rd prize- Maggie Gillane. This weeks 22/06/10 were 1st prize- Josephine Kenneally, 2nd prize Ann cowan, 3rd prize- Mary Kelly, Pallas, 4th Prize- Ciara Donoghue, 5th prize-Jerry Flaherty.


New Filling Station / Shop
Husband and Wife team from Nenagh Niall and Anne Finn, have taken over the Gala filling Station formerly Murray’s at the top of St. Brendan’s Road, we wish them all the best with their new venture. The shop had been closed for over 2 years it’s great to see it open again. All the best


Running Success
Eoin and Niall McIntyre sons of Aiden and Pauline Lorrha, Co. Tipperary had double success in Cork last week, Eoin won the 2000 meter Munster U17 steeplechase and Niall came 2nd in the 1500 meter and 800 meter in the Munster U14. The two boys are also keen golfers at Portumna Golf Club.


10k Run and Walk in Forest Park
As part of the Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Festival, Portumna’s newly formed Leo Club are holding a 10k Run on Sunday 4th July at 11am. Entry fee is €5. Registration on the day at the Marina. Walkers welcome. For further information contact 085 1602956.

Portumna Marina and Forest Park was a hive of activity over the weekend with a large entry competing in the annual Runireland Triathlon, added to this sporting event for 2010 was a 100k, 50k and Marathon on the Saturday. Sign Out Youth Project would like to thank all those who helped out marshalling, support was really appreciated over both days.


Sign Out U18 Soccer Tournament
Sign Out Youth Project are holding an U18, 5-a-side, Soccer Tournament on their All Weather Pitch on Sunday 4th July as part of the Great Outdoor Festival. €35 per team. Entries to Oisin Royston, Mark Walsh, Paul Killeen or contact 086 2051346.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 7 8 20 27. Four people matched three numbers Fran O Rielly Tommy Cunningham Darragh Heagney Maura Scott. They each receive 25 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 6500 euros.

Minors: Our minors resumed their championship campaign after a break for the exams against Oranmore Maree in Craughwell last Friday evening. Portumna got off to a good start and went in at the interval five points ahead on a scoreline 1-12 to 0-7 with the Portumna scores coming from Jamie Conboy 1-0 Owen Treacy 0-3 and Ronan O Meara 0-6. All was to play for in the second half but Oranmore added 2-10 to their tally to Portumnas 1-5 with Portumna's scores coming in the second half from Owen Treacy 0-1 and Ronan O Meara 1-4. One has to feel sorry for them they put in an outstanding performance and to to score 2-14 in any game would be enough to win any game but thats sport for you.

Junior B: The junior B team suffered another defeat in their championship when they were beaten by Kinvara last Sunday evening. Having played with the breeze in the first half they went in at the interval one point down on a scoreline 2-5 to 2-6 with Portumna's scores coming from 0-4 Vinnie Sellars from frees Tristan Hoary 0-1 from a free with the goal scorers Damien Coleman from a 21 yard free and Shane Connors. Kinvara upped it in the second half and scored 1-7 to Portumna's 0-3 with vinnie Sellars 0-2 from frees and a point from Johnathan Fahy. Portumna have one more game left and a win is badly needed.

Club Classic: A big thank you to all the people who played in and supported our recent Golf Classic. Thanks to Ronnie and Phyllis Curley of Curleys Bar and Lounge who once again sponsored the golf classic and to all the people who sponsored prizes and tee boxes.


'Write a Book' Competition Winners
Congratulations to all the winners of the 'Write a Book' competition. Well done to all who participated and to the winners: Kara Donoghue, Aaron Fogarty, Anna Kelly, Chloe Costello, Martha Tuohy, Niamh Costello, Jack O'Flaherty, Maya Bertron. Now in its ninth year, the competition which aims to improve literacy in primary schools by encouraging reading and writing, also forms a very practical part of the creative writing module.

At a packed-out awards ceremony, which was held in The Radisson Hotel, over 220 budding English authors were awarded prizes for their work and a further 220 prizes were handed out to the all-Irish authors who narrated their stories using their native tongue.


Portumna Camera Club
The Portumna Camera Club went to Kilbeggen Races last Monday 21st June, it was an evening meeting and it was the hottest day of the year. The group went to absorb the atmosphere of the race meeting on their cameras and as well as taking loads of Pics they put money on the horses, won a couple of hundred and enjoyed a meal on the way home with the winnings.

The club will be doing a walk in the forest this coming Saturday as part of the Outdoor Festival, everyone welcome.


Portumna Social Services Day Centre
The Portumna Social Services Day centre on the Barrack Road held an open day recently to put on show what is available at the centre. It is a voluntary organization which operates the day centre and provides meals on wheels on request. The policy of the Centre is to provide a drop in day centre whereby people from the Community and surrounding areas can avail of a Social outlet in a nice relaxed setting. The services on offer are numerous and include Chiropody, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Mother and Baby service.

National Lottery and local fundraising funded the new extension. The trustees are Mr Christopher Smith, Mrs Sheila Touhy, & Sister Ronan. Many years ago the late Des Gordon and others started a charity known as Goodwill and from that small beginning we have today a Social center second to none. Call in a see it for yourself. Well done to all that helped down the years.


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 from 4pm to 6pm. At 6.30 p.m. Bishop John Kirby will preside at a Mass in the Church. Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Portumna Country Market
New seasons potatoes, vegetables and plants now available with the usual variety of cakes, eggs and crafts. Portumna Town Hall every Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Portumna Tidy Towns
The Tidy Towns Committee wish to send out a very big thank you to all the support we are receiving from members of the community who are actively coming out and keeping Portumna “spick and span”. The town looks absolutely fantastic at the moment and this is largely due to the commitment from individuals who take pride in the town but also it is due to the support that the committee have received through sponsorship from local businesses. A very big thank you to Donnie O’Meara from SuperValu, for his continued support of Portumna tidy towns and for his recent generosity in sponsoring a street sweeper. Keep up the good work everyone, adjudication is still taking place so we need to keep Portumna looking good. Your continued support is appreciated.


Junior & Adult Golf Lessons
Gary Madden PGA Professional will commence giving golf lessons at Portumna Golf Club on Thursday 8th July, Juniors in the morning, adults in the afternoon. Contact Mairead Taylor 087 2908610.


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