14 July 2010

Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna's 'Great Outdoors Festival'... A Great Success!
2FM Coming to Portumna for Portumna Town FC
Retirement of Mary Kilkenny - Portumna National School Principal
Killimor Scouts Active Again
Portumna GAA
Woodford Vintage Tractor Run
Laura Browne - Local Talent
Portumna Arts Group
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Portumna GAA - 'Puck Idol Tribute Show' on DVD

Portumna Tidy Towns
Biodiversity Training: This week saw the completion of Biodiversity Training for those interested in Portumna's environment. Janice Fuller, a freelance Ecologist, who was sponsored by Galway County Council to give this course in Portumna, gave a most interesting two-part course. There was a good attendance from Tidy Towns and the wider community and the objective of the training was to ensure that participants have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure their work has minimum negative impact on and maximum benefit for biodiversity and the local community.

Thank You: Portumna Tidy Towns have been extremely lucky over the summer months to receive fantastic support in our quest to "Keep Portumna Tidy". Great numbers are taking to our streets to sweep and litter pick and a big thank you is extended to everyone. This is what makes our town a great place to live and be proud of. The committee have also received some fantastic sponsorship recently. Donnie O'Meara and Supervalu have kindly sponsored a street sweeping machine. This machine gathers the cigarette butts, which are a major cause of our litter problems in the town. Our local Lions Club has also agreed to give us funding for a much-needed lawn mower and Martin Clossick of Clossick's Hardware has willingly sponsored a heavy-duty strimmers. The committee wish to thank most sincerely all three for this support without which we could not function.

Saturday Morning Clean Up: As always "Litter pick" takes place on Saturday mornings at 8am meeting at Library or if anyone would like a litter picker or bags please contact a member of the committee. Let's continue to keep Portumna litter free!!


Portumna's 'Great Outdoors Festival'... A Great Success!
Throughout the weekend of the 2nd-4th July, Portumna's Great Outdoors Festival was in full swing with an action packed calendar of events that had something for everyone to enjoy. Thankfully, the weather held up and all of the events were well attended - many of which attracted visitors from neighbouring counties and beyond. The natural beauty of Portumna, with its wealth of amenities and attractions was shown off in all its splendour over the course of the weekend.

The festival got off to a flying start with the official opening ceremony, which took place on Friday night at Portumna Castle. Muirne Goode, Secretary of Portumna Chamber of Commerce who described the importance of tourism to the economy of Portumna and outlined the reasons behind the choice of festival, delivered the welcome address. She also spoke of the importance of supporting local clubs and businesses and the direct correlation between 'supporting local' and local job creation. Mayor of County Galway, Cllr. Jimmy Mc Clearn applauded the committee and the clubs for their efforts before declaring the festival officially open. Those in attendance were treated to first class entertainment by local musicians 'The Shades', followed by a wonderful performance of the hilarious one act comedy drama 'Cough Water' by the Portumna Players under the direction of John Smith.

This pleasant evening set the tone for what was to be an action packed, enjoyable weekend of fun for all ages. The committee of the Chamber of Commerce would like to sincerely thank all of the clubs, societies and individuals who organised events for the festival in particular Diarmuid Lally, John Joe Conwell, Joe Canning, Andrea Parry, Portumna Town Football Club, Portumna Camera Club, An Gairdin, Coillte, Portumna Scouts, Portumna GAA Club, Portumna Leo and Lions Club, Portumna Town and District Angling Club, Portumna Arts Group, Portumna Camera Club, Portumna Golf Club, Oldthort Golf Club, the Sign Out Youth Café Project, the Military of the Sixth Infantry Battalion at Custume Barracks Athlone and CELT. A special word of thanks to Jim Hynes, Mark Scannell, for their help in publicising the events and to the Irish Red Cross, the Civil Defence, and an Garda Siochana for all their assistance.


2FM Coming to Portumna for Portumna Town FC
RTE 2FM are coming to Portumna on Saturday July 17th, 12pm to 2pm. Their visit coincides with the Kelloggs "Field of Dreams" competition which Portumna Town FC have entered. The 2FM Roadcaster will be outside Supervalu from 12pm to 2pm and there will be a variety of games, competitions and prizes for all to enjoy. To take part and get on the radio just bring along one or more Kelloggs tokens.


Retirement of Mary Kilkenny - Portumna National School Principal
On a beautiful Summers morning - the last day of June, the students and the staff held a syrprise bash for their Principal Mrs Mary Kilkenny who was spending her last day amongst them. Mrs Ann-Marie Larkin the newly appointed Principal of St. Brendan's National School gave a brief and moving history of Mary's years as a Teacher. Mary Kilkenny taught in portumna for 37 years. She was caring and ensured that her pupils had a love of Sschool as much as a love of learning. Her professionalism and kind caring nature meant that pupils, staff and parents always found her approachable and cooperative.

She was Principal of St.Brendan's for 10 years. Her vision for the school during that time led to many improvements in the school. She organized the transformation of a classroom into an administartion office for the principal, the secretary and a bigger staff room. She oversaw the acquisition of 2 new prefabs and resource rooms to cater for the growing student numbers. In the past 2 years interactive whiteboards were purchased for each classroom through the fundraising efforts of Portumna Primary Parents Association. At present plans are in place by the Board of Management for the building of a school hall.

All these efforts are a lasting legacy and a tribute to to the dedication of Mrs Mary Kilkenny in providing optimum educational facilities for the pupils of St. Brendan's National School, Portumna. Her staff, pupils, and parents extend their deepest gratitude and wishes for happiness to her on her retirement. While Mary taught in the Primary school, Frank her husband taught in the Community School. This linked the 2 schools and helped a smooth transition from primary to post primary for 6th class pupils.

Mary and Frank Kilkenny were involved and supportive of the community of Portumna. Their commitment and interaction meant known and approachable. As they retire they leave a strong legacy of education and many a happy memory with their pupils, teaching staffs, parents and community.


Killimor Scouts Active Again
The 6th Galway Killimor scouts are back in action and stronger than ever. The group had their first investiture night in over seven years in Killimor Community Centre on June 23rd and received a great welcome from parents and past scout members alike. Also in attendance were Brian Webster Provincial Commissioner, Noel Leahy County Commissioner, Ultan Hynes Portumna Group Leader, Dick Ridge County Training Co-ordinator and Rosaleen Robinson representing the Abbey-Duniry scout group.

It has been a busy first year for the re-formed scout group in both beaver and cub sections. The beavers (age 6-8) have been on a number of days out including hiking in the Burren, participating in the mini Olympics in Claregalway as well as visits to farms and dam building. The cubs (age 9-11) have been lighting and cooking on campfires, orienteering in Portumna forest park and camping in both Carrabane and Athlone.

The group is also setting up a new scout section in September 2010 to accommodate the cubs that are coming of age and is open to the age group of 12-15 to move on to new challenges including hiking and kayaking.

Danny Mc Ginley the Group Leader would like to thank all those who helped the group throughout the year including Killimor Development Association, the Cunniffe family, Galway VEC and the leaders and parents that put in their time and effort.


Portumna GAA
Cul Camps: The V.H.I. Hurling Cul Camp will take place in Portumna G.A.A. Grounds on Monday 19th July at 10pm. Any child between the ages of seven and fourteen who would like to participate and who has not already done so can register on the morning.

Senior: Well done to our senior hurlers who are through to the quarter final stages of the championship after a very comprehensive win over Killimordaly at the weekend on a scoreline 3-21 to 0-11.

Junior A: Our junior A hurlers continued their unbeaten run in the championship when they had five points to spare over Gort on a scoreline 3-13 to 3-8. They have one remaining game in the group and a win over Liam Mellows will certainly secure them a quarterfinal placing.

Minor: After suffering two defeats already in the minor championship Portumna certainly needed to win their three remaining games if they were to stay in contention in the championship. After a very comprehensive win over Micheal Breathnachs hopes were high but to be dashed on Sunday when they were well beaten by a very strong Rahoon Newcastle side. With just one game left to play a win is essential if they are to stay in the competition.

U-16: Our under 16 team play Carnmore on Sunday in Carnmore at 12 o clock.

Thank You: We would like to thank Portumna GAA and all the people who supported the club's lotto draw over the weekend of 2nd-4th July. By doing so a group of friends of Ciara were able to present her with a cheque to contribute towards her ongoing rehabilitation following her accident earlier this year. Well done to all involved.

GAA Awards: David Kelly (Sligo) and Damien Hayes (Galway) were named respective football and hurling GPA Players of the Month for June. Damien's performance in the Leinster semi-final replay and his tally of 2-3 all from play, helped Galway overcome a tough challenge from a determined Offaly "It was an outstanding return for the Portumna man and the award shows that his display impressed his fellow players."


Woodford Vintage Tractor Run
A charity Vintage Tractor Run will be held in Woodford on Sunday 1st August 2010 at 11.30am. The run is in aid of LPI (Little People of Ireland) a non-profit organization providing support and information to people of restricted growth and their families and to raise awareness of the various conditions, which lead to restricted growth.

For more information on the run and sponsor cards please contact: Anthony Hooban 086 6388722 or Gerard Lyons 086 1736254.


Laura Browne - Local Talent
Laura Browne has been gifted with a splendid vocal talent. Her tone is soothing, beseeching and plaintive. Her style, smooth and laid back. Her tunefulness is without question, her voice special. Inevitable comparisons are made with the Karen Carpenter vocal timbre, while her style is more easily compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall, given Laura's penchant for smokey jazz.

Having done the usual gamut of recordings, playing with various band set-ups with many of the best musicians in the West of Ireland, appearing in television/stage shows and talent contests, Laura took a break to complete her college studies and have a family before re-entering the studio to produce this latest collection.

Brendan Hayes, a Galway songwriter, wrote "Distance Loving". It is a song of missing, of absence. When two people are madly in love, their auras intermingle and colour all their surroundings. They radiate happiness. When they must be 5000 miles apart, that 'happiness radiator' is on 'low heat' and thats tough, on both. Simple things like cold sheets in a bed, a single sterile setting at a restaurant all serves to emphasise the 'missing', the absence of a loved one. Laura Browne's delivery of the lyric simply adorns the sentiment.

Laura's live act is sometimes loud and lively, sometimes slow and sensuous, as she reveals new songs and new meaning in old ones. Inevitably she draws from musical influences old and new, from Michael Buble to Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday.

Contact Real Music Management / 090 9759954 / email / info@rmm.ie


Portumna Arts Group
Shorelines Arts Festival: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the artists and visitors to thesuccessful Shorelines Arts Festival, are currently homeless in regard to a venue for the third Art, Photographic and Sculpture Exhibition. However, due to lobbying by the committee; pleas from the public and pressure on the political world, it is hoped to gain access to part of the newly refurbished Dowager House and Courtyard (opposite The Abbey). This venue provides the ambiance, the light and the space for Portumna and East Galway's Art Work. All artists are encouraged to talk to their local politicians to promote a space for their work. In these times of recession, it is time for collaborative ventures and a new way of thinking and working together to promote the Arts. The next meeting of the Shorelines Arts Festival committee is on Thursday, July 15th at 8.15pm in Na Calai.

Creative Crawl: Portumna Arts Group would like to to thank all who took part in the first Creative Crawl in Portumna's Outdoors Festival. The Crawl visited several locations of architectural note, where artists were encouraged to create in a short time. Tommie Madden guided those who took part. Sandwiches and refreshments were shared afterwards and there is talk of a Creative Crawl Club starting up in town. Well done to Portumna's Chamber of Commerce for the successful Outdoor's Festival Weekend.


Sign Out Youth Cafe
Sign Out Youth Cafe is open every Monday and Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for the month of July. All second level students are invited to drop in and avail of the facility and all weather pitch and to meet up with the Spannish students visiting Portumna.


Portumna GAA - 'Puck Idol Tribute Show' on DVD
With the editing complete, the much awaited DVD of the 'Puck Idol Tribute Show' is for sale at Dan Lynch Homevalue Hardware. A limited number of copies are available.


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