21 July 2010

Patron Saint of Abbey Parish to be Honoured
Portumna & District Development Company
Sewing / Embroidery Summer Camp
New Food Waste Regulations - Information Morning for Businesses
Killimor Camogie
Irish Water Safety Week
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Portumna Town FC - Registration Evening
Portumna GAA
Portumna Tidy Towns - Car Boot Sale
Tree Farm Open Day
Portumna Workhouse Project
Fr. Sean Lyons - 50th Jubilee
Gortanumera Celebrations

Patron Saint of Abbey Parish to be Honoured
Located in a tranquil and peaceful setting and nestling in the foothills of the Lackan Mountain are St. Feichin's Holy Well and St. Feichin's cemetery. It is in this cemetery that the Patron Saint of Abbey parish will be honoured when Mass is concelebrated there on Sunday evening July 25th at 7pm. The occasion is the 1430th Anniversary of the birth of St. Feichin in the year 580 AD.

Saint Feichin was a West of Ireland man, he was born in 1430 years ago in Ballysodare Co. Sligo. He had associations with many parts in Co. Galway including High Island and Omey Island in Connemara, Kilbacenty near Gort and Well park in Abbey Parish. He was friendly with King Guaire who later gave his name to Gort, in gailge Gort Inse Guaire, his largest Monastery was at Fore in Co. Westmeath where he had 300 Monks. While in Wellpark he restored the sight of a blindman when water from the Holy Well hit the man in the face. The Holy Well attracted many pilgrims from far and near over the Centuries in search of favours through the intercession of St. Feichun, the practice continues to this day.

Mass goers wishing to attend this concelebrated Mass should go to the Village of Abbey and follow the direction signs to the cemetery. Covered seating is provided and irrespective of the weather conditions Mass will be Concelebrated in comfortable conditions.


Portumna & District Development Company
Directors of the Development Company recently had a meeting with representatives of Galway County Council regarding the update on the Courthouse Project. This was a very positive meeting and it is envisaged that this noble building which is the subject of refurbishment, will be leased to the Development Company from the owners, Galway County Council, subject to various conditions including planning and securing funding.

The next monthly meeting of the Development Company will take place in August and it is hoped that more progress will be made with these plans.


Sewing / Embroidery Summer Camp
There will be a Sewing/Embroidery Summer camp in Shragh Hall from Monday 9 August to Friday 13th August for children ages 8 up to 12. Classes will be held in the morning from 10am until 12 noon. All materials will be supplied. Anybody interested in same, please contact Paula on 087-4103946. Limited places available.


New Food Waste Regulations - Information Morning for Businesses
The Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations are designed to promote segregation and recovery of food waste arising in the commercial sector and reduce disposal to landfill. Producers of food waste include: restaurants, guest houses, hotels, industrial buildings, cafés, office buildings, public houses, shops, supermarkets, educational facilities, hot food outlets, nursing homes and hospitals.

The main provisions of the regulations take effect from 1st July 2010. Food waste must be source segregated and placed in a separate bin for collection. Galway County Council has responsibility for enforcing the regulations and may require businesses producing food waste to submit a food waste management implementation report once a year.

An information morning on these new regulations will be held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna, (upstairs in the Torte Suite) on Thursday, 22nd July from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Sinéad Ní Mhainnín, Environmental Awareness Officer. Galway County Council will be there to answer and questions and help businesses comply with the regulations. People are invited to call in anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. For further information contact: Sinéad on 091-476488.


Killimor Camogie
Senior: Killimor senior camogie team had a comprehensive win over Pearses in the first round of the senior Championship. The Killimor team captained by Brenda Hanney lead by 1.10 to 0.4 at the break and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 3.13 to 1.7. Killimor - Helen Campbell, Niamh Hanney, Nicola Lawless, Julie Brien, Annemarie Hayes, Karen Brien, Marie Duane, Eimear Haverty Annemarie Starr, Amanda Broderick, Brenda Hanney (1.3), Susan Keane (0.2), Anna Maria Legana 0.1, Claire Conroy (1.1), Martina Conroy (0.6 (5f)). Subs Ciara Brien (1.0), Helen Quinn, Amanda Casey.

Junior B: In the Junior B Championship it finished all square between Killimor and Sylaun. Killimor 0.12 to Sylaun 2.6. The Killimor team and scorers were Denise Starr, Agnes Gibbons, Emma Mooney, Fiona Whelan, Mairead McEvoy, Mairead Mooney, Barbara Nevin, Ruth Groves, Aisling Brehony, Sinead O'Hara, Lorraine Donnelly (0.2), Nicola Donnelly (0.2), Lorraine Keary (1.1), Helena Treacy, Joanne Lyons (1.1).


Irish Water Safety Week
The annual Water Safety Week organized by the Irish Water Safety Association was held at the attractive developing Lough Derg shore swimming area at Portumna. Over 80 participants turned up for a weeklong intensive course of swimming and water safety. A team of local qualified voluntary Irish Water Safety personnel worked together for 6-hour sessions per day to uphold the high standards of Irish Water Safety Association, which is traditionally up held Countrywide.

The water quality at the lake is now showing good results following recent tests and is regarded safe to swim in, provided the basic rules for safe swimming are observed.

A presentation of IWSA Certificates will be arranged at a later date.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Our outing to Boru Boru was very enjoyable especially as this was a joint venture with Lorrah A.R.A..Thanks are due to both social committees for their organisation skills for making it run so smoothly and our bus driver Tony from Walsh's buses who took such good care of us all.

Any of our members going on the Aran Island outing in early August please attend a meeting in O'Meara's on the 22nd of July for final details.


Portumna Town FC - Registration Evening
Portumna Town FC will be holding their Registration for the 2010/2011 season this Sunday July 25th at 5pm in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. This will be followed at 6pm by the End of Season awards for the 2009/2010 season and family and friends of all the players are invited to come along. For registration please note that players must be born in 2003 or before. Unfortunately children born after 2003 will have to wait until next year. The fee for registration is €40 and any new players must also provide an original Birth Certificate.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4 9 20 26. Two people matched three numbers B.Rowan and Mary Daly. They each receive 50 euros.

Junior A: Well done to the Junior A team on reaching the quarter final stages of the competition after a very narrow win against Liam Mellows on Saturday evening. The first Portumna player to get on the scoreboard was Shane O Rourke and points from Steve Killeen, Ronan Hayes, Dave Canning, Ivan Muldoon and Tomas Quinn and a goal from Dave Canning gave Portumna a five point lead going in at the interval on a scoreline 1-11 to 2-3.

With all to play for in the second half Liam Mellows piled on the pressure to add seven points to their first half tally with Portumna's second half scores coming from Dave Canning, Ronan Hayes and Ian Flaherty. With just minutes remaining Liam Mellows were awarded 21 yard free to tie the game but Portumna saved the shot and went on to top the group. Portumna 1-16 Liam Mellows 2-10.

U-16: The under 16 team had a very convincing win over Carnmore in their group game when they travelled to Carnmore on Sunday morning. Ronan O Meara was the first Portumna player to get on the score sheet and he added three more points before Carnmore replied. Two goals by Carnmore put them in the lead for the first time but points from Owen Treacy, Conor Barry, Jamie Flanagan and Ronan O Meara gave them a good lead and when Ronan O Meara was brought down in the square Owen Treacy stood over the penalty and buried the ball to the net. Portumna went in at the interval on a scoreline 1-13 2-2.

With eight points between them it left Carnmore quite a bit to do in the second half but within minutes of the throw in Ronan O Meara gathered a ball and buried the ball to the roof of the Carnmore net game over but in fairness to Carnmore they kept battling and added 1-2 to their first half tally while the Portumna points came from Owen Treacy, Sean Tuohy and Ronan O Meara. Final score Portumna 2-17 Carnmore 3-4.

Their next group game is against Killimordaly at home on Thursday at 6:30pm and your support would be appreciated.


Portumna Tidy Towns - Car Boot Sale
A Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 25th July in Portumna Co-operative Mart from 1pm to 6pm. In these recessionary times this will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to shed all those unwanted "bits and pieces" and make some money. There will be a charge of €20 to bring your car into the sale and whatever money you make is yours. If you are lucky enough that your attic/garage is organized, then come along too as it will also a wonderful opportunity to browse and pick up pieces. Your support at this event will be much appreciated. All proceeds will go to the Portumna Tidy Towns for further projects planned. A very big thank you to Portumna Co-Operative Mart for the venue and to the local community groups who have supported us in this venture, in particular the Garda Siochana for their support in planning this event, to the Portumna Leo's (Lions Club) for taking the initiative to further fund raise and to you the wider community for supporting this venture by attending. Remember one man's junk is another man's treasure!!


Tree Farm Open Day
Matt Fogarty will host an Open Day on his Tree Farm in Ballinderry Co. Tipperary on this coming Sunday 25th July. Matt who has a vast knowledge and love of trees both native and non-native extends an open invitation to everyone. The guided tour will begin at 1.30pm bring suitable footwear; there is no admission fee. For those of you that have an interest in trees you will be blown away by all the different species on Matt's farm.


Portumna Workhouse Project
South East Galway IRD with the help of the Galway Film Centre is making a documentary on the Portumna Workhouse Project. Filming is taking place over the Summer months. It would be greatly appreciated if people with memories and/or memorabilia of the Workhouse could contact the IRD centre. Old photographs of the Workhouse would be of particular use. Any items received will be taken great care of and returned to their owners once copies are made. If people have anything at all that may be relevant, they may contact Ursula at SE Galway IRD, 090-9741867 or 086-3830710.


Fr. Sean Lyons - 50th Jubilee
Fr. Sean Lyons celebrated his Golden Jubilee last week in Duniry Church, it was full of local parishioners and many friends from surrounding parishes. It was a beautiful sunny evening, with the Sun shining in through the stained glass windows on Fr.Sean as he celebrated his 50th year in the service of Christ along with his fellow priests and the Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby.

1960 seems to be very long ago now - Sean Lemass was Taoiseach and Dev was Uachtarán. Dwight Eisenhower was president of the United States and Khrushchev was in charge in Russia. William Philbin was bishop of Clonfert and Fr Michael O'Reilly was P.P. of Duniry with Fr John Fahy in Abbey. On the 19th June that year Sean Lyons was one of three young men ordained priests for the Clonfert diocese. At the time Clonfert had an excess of priests so Fr Lyons had to go abroad to Vancouver, Canada for an appointment. On his return a year later, he taught in St Molaise's, Portumna. He later served as a curate in Attymon, before coming as curate in Abbey and a teacher in Mercy College, Woodford 40 years ago in 1970. He has been in this parish since then.

That's simply a list of appointments. It does little to tell us anything about Fr Sean Lyons. On the other hand to know that he has coped with serious illness for most of his life tells us much more about him. As a serious diabetic for over forty years he made light of the disability. He did not let it interfere with his lifestyle. He played golf, developed skills as a skier and as a water skier and became a highly proficient boat-owner and sailor. He was and is a person of considerable courage. Much more important again than these recreational activities, he never let his illness get in the way of his commitment to the people of Duniry & Abbey. His dedication to the sacramental and pastoral care of his people was always predominant. Allied to that was and is support for the affairs of the diocese and his hallmark personal courtesy.
Fr. Sean along with Fr. Brendan Jordan, and Fr. Vivian Twohig (who recently retired and was also 50 yrs a priest) were the backbone of St. Molasses College in Portumna. They gave part of the salaries towards the running costs of the College, something revolutionary at the time, this act of kindness was not widely known by the parents of the pupils at the time. The high standard of Education in Portumna at the present day owes its roots to priests like Fr.Sean.

Fr. Sean's work is done; we wish health and happiness into the future. And finally to sum up Fr. Sean if that is possible he is "the righteous servant of God who beacons to the nations the Good News."


Gortanumera Celebrations
The Gortanumera Organising Committee gives sincere thanks to all who helped with the recent celebrations of 150 years of Scoil Mhuire and 75 years of the Church of The Ascension. The Committee is most grateful to all who volunteered!


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