10th Galway Portumna Scouts Scale Mt Snowdon
Portumna Scouts have just returned from their summer camp in the Snowdonia Mountain Range, Wales. They were based in the village of Llanberis, at the base of the 1,085m Mt.Snowdon, the highest peak in England & Wales, which the scouts successfully scaled. This was a huge personal achievement for each of the 20 strong scout party and involved a 12 mile trek and a climb and descend of over 1,000m in a day.
The party left Portumna on Saturday morning 14th August at 4.30am to catch the Ferry to Holyhead. It was then on to their base to settle in to their hostel and prepare for their climb on Sunday. The climb and descent took over seven hours, and was a serious challenge for all, young and old, which they all rose to with determination. The group was blessed with a beautiful clear day which afforded them views of some of the most magnificent scenery in the British Isles from the summit. The tired but elated scouts celebrated that night over dinner at the famous Pete's Eats restaurant in Llanberis - both the quality and quantity of food served was most welcome. And as for the knickerbocker Glories!!
Monday's activities included a visit to the largest hydro-electric power station in Europe, swimming in the local lake and a mini-soccer tournament. The ferry trip home on Tuesday was made all the more interesting with a trip to the ship's bridge, where the captain and his officers welcomed the scouts and provided a tour of all the very complex equipment required to sail such a large ship.
A tired but very happy group returned to Portumna on Tuesday evening, with stories of their achievements and experiences to recount to their families and friends. Special thanks to the Scouters who so willingly gave of their time to both organise and partake in the trip - Orla Connelly, Ita Hynes, Tom Connelly, Ian Foulger & Ultan Hynes.
Table Quiz - Shorelines Arts Festival Fundraiser
A table quiz in aid of Portumna's forthcoming Shorelines Arts Festival will take place in the Boathouse Bar on Fri Sept 3rd from 9pm. Prizes galore including student team and a fun night for all with Mick Brady as Quizmaster and some Arts questions to stimulate the Arts minded. See www.shorelinesartsfestival.com for details of the Festival.
Art Exhibition - Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna's Shorelines Arts Festival will be hosting their third Art Exhibition from Sept 16-19th and artists, photographers, sculptors are invited to submit work for exhibition. You can register your name and painting now by calling Tommie Madden at 086157 7038.
Portumna Forest Picnic
The 2010 Portumna Forest Picnic will take place on Sunday 12th September at Portumna Forest Park. The day is aimed at families with the emphasis on locally produced food and admission to the public is free. The event is being held to mark National Organic Week 2010 and is being coordinated by the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association (IOFGA) and Slowfood.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness and the profile of Irish food in a rural setting. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Portumna forest that sweeps down to Lough Derg, the overall theme is good for nature, good for you and will focus on sustainable food production and nature.
The variety of food and drink on offer will showcase all the best of local Irish organic production. There will be demonstrations on animal rearing, bee keeping, butchering, cheese making and fish smoking as well as AgriAware's mobile farm with live animals for petting. Other activities on the day will include forest walks, mountain bike trekking, storytelling for children and face painting.
Portumna Rugby Club - Supporters Club Launch Night
Portumna Rugby Club are having their "Big Night Out" in the Boathouse House Bar on Saturday the 28th August from 8.30pm. This is to launch their new supporters club and development draw aptly titled "The 16th Man Club". They have already confirmed the attendance of 3 current and former Irish Internationals for the night, with hopefully more to come on board closer to the date. There will a BBQ with music and a DJ on the night and there is no cover charge for this brilliant night out and everyone is invited.
Vintage Garden Party at Portumna Castle & Gardens
For our finale to Heritage Week 2010, Portumna Castle & Gardens are hosting a 'Vintage Garden Party' on Sunday 29th August from 2.30 – 5.30pm. This is a Family Event with a variety of fun activities to interest all members of the family.
The ancient Art of Falconry will be demonstrated by Falconer Dave Atkinson from Dromoland Castle School of Falconry. Come and experience these magnificent birds of prey up close & personal and learn about the role they play in our environment. You will never forget the first time you witness a hawk landing on a gloved fist.
'Hats' will be the theme of the afternoon, so come prepared wearing your own old hat or a new creation. A Prize will be given for the most outstanding hat of the day. Judging and prize giving will be at 4pm.
A game of good old fashioned Croquet on the Lawn will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. Anne and Brian will be on hand to teach you the rules and encourage you to challenge your family and friends to a game.
Take this opportunity to get to know and support your own Local Producers of a variety of fine food stuffs which will include: Portumna Castle Kitchen Garden Produce, Portumna Country Markets, Beads by Louise & Killeen Cheese.
Music performed by The Hootch Hikers, Children's Games with the Lions Club, Photo Opportunities and Face Painting will all add to the general conviviality and entertainment value of the afternoon.
Throughout the week, South East Galway I.R.D. will host a stand on Portumna Workhouse Project. This will tell the social and architectural story of the Workhouse as well as outlining the plan for redevelopment.
The aim of National Heritage Week is to create awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and over 1000 events are taking place throughout the country this year. The Heritage Council in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government coordinates it with support from the Office of Public Works and Fáilte Ireland.
Remember Free Admission for an afternoon of family entertainment. For further information please contact 090 9741658 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Portumna and District Active Retirement
After much careful planning over fifty members and friends travelled to the Aran Islands. They had a memorable day and on the way home enjoyed a beautiful meal in the Meadowcourt Hotel. Bridget Durack deserves a special word of thanks in organising such an excellent outing.
Our first meeting will be on the 2nd September when we hope to see a good turn out of members. Our Autumn and Winter activities will be put forward for discussion that night. On the 9th of September Wolf Lorrien will be giving an illustrated talk on Art development from the early cave dwellers to modern day. Time to step out and join us, your input is important. New members will be very welcome.
Séan Nós Dancing Workshop in Shragh Hall
A Séan Nós Dancing Workshop with Emma O'Sullivan, Star of The All Ireland Talent Show will commence on Saturday September 4th in Shragh Hall from 11am to 3pm. Tea and Scones provided. €20 all in there is limited availability. To book a place contact Bridie on 087-2427449 or Carmel on 087-9769641. Names and Entry Fee before Saturday Aug. 28th.
Adult & Post-Leaving Cert (PCL) Morning Course
In Portumna Community School from Sept 2010 to May 2011. Community Care (Care Assistant/Classroom Assistant). Features: Fetac- Level 5 certification. Mornings only ( 9.30am -1.30pm). Mature applicants welcome. For further information or application forms contact the school at 09097-41053. Applications welcome immediately and a full information evening will take place on Monday 6th Sept at 7.30pm.
Congrats to Karen Brien who won her third all ireland camogie medal with the Galway Minors on Sunday. Karen who gave an outstanding display played full back with the victorious Galway team who defeated Clare in the All ireland minor reply in Semple Stadium. Karen has already won an all ireland intermediate and all ireland U16 medals.
Well done to the Galway Senior Camogie team who defeated the reigning all ireland champions Cork to reach the 2010 All Ireland final, especially Anne Marie Hayes, Brenda Hanney, Nicola Lawless and Anne Marie Starr who represent Killimor.
: There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 17 23 24 28. One person matched three numbers James Hayes c/o Seamus Hayes. He receives 100 euros.
: Best of luck to Owen Treacy who is on the Galway under 16 panel who is participating in the Arrabawn Tournament next weekend. Owen and the Galway team will be playing their games in Dundrum.
: The Galway under 15-development squad played Waterford recently and won their four games. They played Kilkenny in Mullagh last weekend and won three of the four games. To beat these teams at any level is a great achievement so well done to all involved and in particular to the two players from the club who were part of the development squad Colin Burke who played in goals and Ronan O Meara who lined out in the forward line.
: The junior A quarter finals are down for decision this week-end with our junior A team playing Pearses.
Now is the time to start losing weight. Weight Watchers meetings are held every Monday in Acorn to Oak Creche, St Brigid's Road, Portumna. 7:00pm for men and women, 8:15pm Men Only Meeting. New members are always welcome. New morning and lunchtime classes opening in Nenagh on Wednesday September 1st. Phone Monica on 087 2910944 if you have any questions.
6 Galway Killimor Scout Group
A training day was held in the community Hall Killimor on Saturday for the Killimor Scout group, the purpose of the day was to prepare the group who are taking on the challenge of moving onto the new Scout "ONE" programme, the programme has been taken over five years to prepare it offers fantastic opportunities to scouts of all ages.
Group Leader Danny McGinley and Change over Co Coordinator Sean Treacy made every effort to have a maximum turnout of Scouters. The day went very well and was made all the more interesting when youth members representing the Beavers, Cubs and soon to be formed Scouts joined in the afternoon.
The course wouldn't have been possible without the excellent instruction and guidance from two of the Western Provinces finest trainers Course Leader Miriam Pybus from Oranmore and Henk Wijers from Castlebar, they explained each element in wonderful detail which was easily understood by all. The initial feed back from the group was of great excitement as they eagerly anticipate rolling out the One Programme when they come back from their summer recess in September.
The Group mentor Dick Ridge would like to thank the Killimor Scout group for all the work and effort that they have put into the preparation for Saturdays course, it is a real land mark occasion, 6 Galway Killimor Scout Group are the very first group in the Western Province to undergo this training, hopefully many other groups within the province will follow shortly, 10 Galway Portumna will be the next group to do the training on the 12 September and will be followed the following week by 27 Galway Carrabane. Near neighbors 30 Galway Abbey will most likely be ready for training in December of this year.
Portumna Camera Club
Portumna Camera Club will be back next Tuesday the 31st August in the sign out café at 8.30 P.M. Bring your images with you, the theme is "Diversity" for the upcoming Shorelines Arts Festival.