22 September 2010

Portumna & District Lions Club - Lough Derg Cycle
Sign Out Youth Cafe Autumn Programme for Teenagers
CamanAbu (Social & Recreational Hurling)
Mayor of County Galway Jimmy Mc Clearn's Visit to the Milwaukee Irish Fest
Na Calaí - Active Citizenship Training Programme
Gauntlet Paintball
Portumna & District Development Company
Portumna Players
'Light a Candle' - Poetry Collection Launch
Art Classes
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna GAA
South East Galway IRD
Rathcabbin All-Ireland Hurling Celebration

Portumna & District Lions Club - Lough Derg Cycle
Lough Derg Cycle in association with the Sliabh Aughty Cycle Club. Supporting Church of Ireland restoration building fund and local charities. Taking place on Sunday 3rd Oct 2010. For more information see www.portumna.net/lionsclub


Sign Out Youth Cafe Autumn Programme for Teenagers
Sign Out Youth project caters for both the social and recreational needs of our young people, providing a safe, fully supervised space for them to gather, play soccer on the all weather pitch, shoot some pool, chill out while listening to music on the jukebox.

Youth Cafe opens every Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm as a drop in facility for all TY's, 5th year and 6th students. Youth Club continues every Thurs from 7.30pm to 9pm for all 1st to 3rd years. Membership is only €5 per annum.

Along with the usual weekly activities Sign Out offers specialised workshop and events throughout the year. To kickstart the autumn programme on Tuesday October 5th there will be a Hair, Nail and Beauty Evening for Teens @ 7pm, with a team of beauticians demonstrating day and night make up, nail art, hair styles and lots more from the basics to complete makeovers. Tickets €3. The very popular Music Sessions for over 13s continue on Saturdays for all budding musicians & singers who enjoy music and want to improve their skills. Some instruments provided. Commencing in mid October for 6 weeks 'Leadership Skills for Teens – Lets do it for Ourselves', this fun and active programme, which has successfully run for the past 2 years, is funded by GRD and deals with teamwork, group skills, leadership and lots more. It also qualifies under the GAISCE, Presidents Award, Programme. Places are limited, registration forms available on www.signout.ie or in Sign Out.

For 2010 Sign Out will be running a weekly mini bus service to and from Youth Café every Friday on a pilot basis, with various pick up and drop off points. This initiative will commence in Oct. Updates on route and times can be found on our website www.signout.ie.

As well as weekly soccer and soccer tournaments, which run throughout the year Sign Out are launching CamanAbu (social & recreational hurling) on Tuesday 28th Sept at 7pm for adults. A teenage programme will also be run on a separate evening.

Sign Out Youth Project, Portumna's purpose built youth facility, is run by a voluntary Board of Directors with a team of volunteers supervising each session, who work closely with the youth committee to develop a programme of activities. Adults with a few hours to spare or new ideas are always welcome. Parents encourage youth participation. Teenagers get involved, your ideas and your energy is needed. For further information on any of the above contact Susan 087 6779267: email youthsignout@gmail.com: www.signout.ie


CamanAbu (Social & Recreational Hurling)
Want to increase your fitness level? Meet new people, while having fun? Then CamanAbu is for you! CamanAbu is essentially ground hurling played on a non-contact basis. Mixed teams of 5, 3 males and 2 females, with the female getting a double score, encouraging ball passing to the females. To find out more come along to a Skills Training / Coaching / Introductory Evening for Adults Tuesday 28th Sept @ 7pm in Sign Out All Weather Pitch. All equipment provided. Further information from Susan on 087 6779267.


Mayor of County Galway Jimmy Mc Clearn's Visit to the Milwaukee Irish Fest
If you can imagine the biggest Irish festival in the United States attracting over 120,000 visitors run over four days and with 4000 volunteers in an eighty acre park, Fourteen music venues playing everything that could be described as Irish or Celtic you get some idea what the Milwaukee Irish Fest is about. One of the leading musical groups for the entire weekend was "Cherish The Ladies" with Joanie Madden as their leader. Joanie is daughter of well known Portumna musician the late Joe Madden.

Mayor of County Galway Jimmy Mc Clearn who attended this years Fest (at his own expense) said that it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the tourism potential of County Galway. Some of the people I meet there were sixth and seventh generation Irish but still had a strong desire to retain a link with the land of their forefathers. I took two suitcase's full of promotional leaflets for East Galway, displayed them on the Destination Ireland stand and they were in such demand that they were gone in a few hours. Even Bord Failte staff were taken by surprise by the interest they generated.

The Americans have great affinity with the title of Mayor and with the Chain of Office and I had many requests for photographs. It was a great help in getting people to focus on Galway and if even a fraction of the people come who have promised to contact me when they are in Galway next year then I will be busier than any tourist guide.

Milwaukee was followed by a visit to Chicago where I meet with Mr Vincent Michael Professor of Archaeology at the Chicago School of Architecture. Professor Michael visited the Galway area on a number of occasions with groups of students, but now concentrates on mainland China. We discussed the possibility of returning to the Portumna area in the future and we will explore this further. He did inform me that there were twenty four other such schools in the United States and promised to get me the contact details for each of them.

Mayor Mc Clearn said that the trip was very enjoyable but hard work, there is great potential from a tourism point of view but to make a real impression would require a trade stand with a dedicated team of at least ten people.


Na Calaí - Active Citizenship Training Programme
Na Calaí CDP in partnership with Galway Rural Development are running an "Active Citizenship Training Programme" which will take place over five Thursday evenings, commencing on the 14th of October at 7pm to 10pm in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna. The programme is free of charge and will cover topics from committee management to making funding applications. Accreditation is an available option at FETAC Level 5. Positions on the programme are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. For further information or to book your place on the course, please contact Martina in Na Calaí CDP on (090) 97 41887 or drop into our offices on Abbey Street, Portumna.


Gauntlet Paintball
Gauntlet Paintball offers you five thrilling combat zones where you will enjoy 10 action packed games using the latest paintball equipment at the most competitive prices in Ireland. For Stag parties we offer excellent value Play and Stay Packages in partnership with Jury's Inn Galway and the Absolute Hotel Limerick with prices starting at only 65 Euro including 300 Paintballs. Visit our website for more information - www.gauntlet.ie


Portumna & District Development Company
The monthly meeting of the Portumna & District Development Company took place on Thursday night last at the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Progress is being made regarding the Courthouse Project. Tenders have been sent out to varioius architects, the closing date for submission will be 26th. September 2010. The Development Company acknowledges the major co-operation and input from Galway County Council and Martina Moloney County Manager in this venture. Orla Casey of Momentum is assisting the Development Company with the various techical aspects of this project including grant applications and help regarding fund raising, going forward.


Portumna Players
The AGM of Portumna Players took place on Tuesday night last at the Loft. There was a very enthusiastic turnout and plans are now going forward for an Autumn production of "Hitting the Jackpot" by Jimmy Keary. Readings are taking place at the moment and if anybody is interested in getting invloved, in any way, with this production, please contact any member of the Players. Help is always needed, be it backstage, front of house, PR and other important areas of a production. This year, we will have a Director as well as a Producer which will divide the workload. A new committee was elected, and the officers for 2010/2011 are as follows: Marie Gunning (Chairperson) Lisa Keane (Secretary) and Ann Menheneott (Treasurer).


'Light a Candle' - Poetry Collection Launch
Last Saturday Sept 18th saw a most successful book launch in the Shannon Oaks Portumna. The launch of 'Light a Candle' by Helen Collins of Tynagh brought a large gathering to a most enjoyable welcoming and intimate setting. The book was launched by Noelle Lynskey with poems from the book being read by Helen herself. For those of you who missed this very special event, you have a second opportunity this Saturday night Sept 25th in McDonaghs of Kilcorban at 9 p.m. where an equally successful launch is anticipated.


Art Classes
Sketching and art & craft for children at 2.00pm, 3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil Sketching for adults at 11.00am, starting on Saturday, 2nd October, for 8 weeks in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna Tidy Towns Committee was delighted to receive this year's Tidy Towns Adjudicators report, in which the town scored 275 points, a fantastic improvement of seven on last year. This is an increase of 14 points in the two years since the current committee was formed. The report recognised the many improvements that have come about throughout the town, while also identifying work that remains to be addressed. The full report is available on the portumna.net web page.

Special thanks to Sean Larkin and his team from Galway Rural Development,FAS, Fr Lawless, Galway County Council, local organisations & businesses and the community a whole whose support during the year made this points increase possible. The Committee is very much encouraged by the content of the Adjudicator's report to achieve a higher result in 2011. his will only be possible with the continued support of the community, so please get behind us in our work for 2011. Again, a huge thanks to everyone involved.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of lotto jackpot last week-end. The numbers were 3 7 18 25. Eight people matched three numbers Muirne Goode, Francis Conway, Aishling Duane, Johnny Keane, Charlie Corrigan, Maura O Brien, Charlie Corrigan, Mike Donnellan. They each receive 20 euros. Next week-ens lotto is worth 7700 euros.

Under 16s: There was no luck for our young under 16 hurlers last Sunday as they were beaten by a very strong Kilconieron side. Kilconieron got the better start with a goal after about five minutes they added a another goal and a point before Portumna replied with a point from Jamie Flanagan. Ronan O Meara added two points and when Jamie Flanagan was brought to ground just outside the square Ronan O Meara had no choice but to go for goal and he duly delivered by blasting the ball to the net. Portumna began to settle now after a shaky start and point from Conor Barry and two from Ronan O Meara meant they went in at the interval four points down on a scoreline 1-6 to 2-7.

With all to play for in the second half Portumna needed to start well but unfortunately it was not to be their day as it was Kilconieron who got the better start. Portumna battled well all through but they had no answer to Kilconieron who were very strong in all the key positions. Ronan O Meara added six points to his first half tally with Portumna's second half goals coming from Owen Treacy and Eddie Moloney.

Team: Colin Burke, Simon Curran, Padraig Mulddon, Ciaran Dillon, James Coughlan, Owen Treacy, Niall Royston, Conor Barry, Sean Tuohy, Padraig Corcoran, Jamie Flanagan, Darren Dillon, Jamie Conboy, Ronan O Meara, Niall Concannon. Well done lads Sunday was not your day but keep up the hurling. A big thanks to the management team of Vincent Treacy Pakie Muldoon and PJ O'Meara who put in a lot of work with this bunch of lads over the last few months.

Senior Championship: The senior championship is resuming again after the summer break with the quarter finals down for contention at the week-end. Portumna are paired against near neighbours Mullagh in what promises to be a cracker. Venue time and date to be confirmed so check fixture list for details.


South East Galway IRD
Part-time Computer Courses: Two computer/IT courses, Computers for Absolute Beginners and IT for Improvers will be held at the IRD centre over the winter. Both courses will run for two and a half hours a week over eight weeks from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Beginners Course will be held on Tuesdays, starting on 12th October. It will cover Internet, e-mail and word processing. The Improvers Course, starting on 13th October, will also cover Internet, e-mail and word processing in more depth as well as introducing the learner to spreadsheets, an application which is useful for doing accounts. Both courses will concentrate on the practical application of computers in everyday life. After Christmas, courses will be run for people who need more advanced computer skills. The IRD centre is FETAC approved and certification is awarded. Places for all courses are allocated on a first come/first served basis. To book or for further information, contact SE Galway IRD, Abbey St. Portumna 090-9741867.

Start your Own Business Courses: South East Galway IRD in conjunction with Galway City and County Enterprise Board is holding a "Start Your Own Business" course, commencing in October in Portumna. This course will take place two evenings per week over five weeks in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. It is intended for people who may have a business idea and/or want to become self-employed. There is no exam. This is a very practical course. Content will include developing a business idea, doing a business plan, raising finance, grant aid, marketing, health and safety and accounts. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one consultation. The course is free of charge. Places are limited. To book and for further information, contact SE Galway IRD 090-9741867.

Poker Success: South East Galway IRD manager, Ursula Marmion, took part recently in the United Kingdom and Irish Poker Tour (UKIPT) tournament held in the Burlington Hotel. She had qualified for the event by winning a tournament at the Eglinton Casino in Galway. 595 players lined up for the four-day event. These included players from around the world with a large number of professional players. This was Ursula's first big tournament and she was delighted after more than 30 hours of play to make it to the final table on Sunday. She finished in 7th position and netted €9,200. The tournament was won by English contender Max Silver won collected a prize of €72,000.


Rathcabbin All-Ireland Hurling Celebration
All-Ireland Celebration street party in Rathcabbin this Friday to welcome home the Hurling Champions. The guests include Patrick Bonner, Ciaran Hough and Ken Hogan with music by Johhny B Rap and the Boogeymen starting at 6.30pm so turn up and give them a Rathcabbin welcome. Guest appearance by The Straw man.


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