06 October 2010

Sign Out Youth Cafe
World Mental Health Day
Portumna Community School Adult Education Classes
Ability West Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Wild West Barn Dance - Fundraising Success
Killimor Camogie
Family Day in Derryoober
10th Galway Portumna Scouts
Ploughing Championships Success
County Forum for Beaver Scout Leaders

Sign Out Youth Cafe
Guitar Lessons: Beginners and intermediate Guitar Lessons commencing Monday 18th October in Sign Out Youth Cafe. The course will run for 10 weeks, from 7pm to 8pm with a second class from 8pm to 9pm. For further information contact Pat on 087 6752300 or info@patsgitarlessons.info

'Taking the Lead' - workshop for volunteers working with young people: Sign Out Youth Project in partnership with County Galway VEC and GRD and supported by funding from Galway Rural Developments is hosting a 6 week course for volunteers working with young people or for those who would like to learn more about youth work.

This interactive workshop deals with the principles and values of youth work, adolescent development and working in partnership with young people. The course will also cover topics of Leadership, Committee Roles and Responsibilities, Facilitation, Supports & Funding, Communication & the Importance of listening, from Group work to defining and understanding roles and dynamics within a group. Places are limited so get your name down as soon as possible by contacting Susan at 087 6779267 email: youthsignout@gmail.com


World Mental Health Day
Portumna and District Mental Health Association are holding a series of events to mark World Mental Health Day during the week of 10th to 15th October. A Coffee Morning is being held in Alor Star Day Hospital on the Killimor Road opposite St. Brigids Church on Tuesday the 12th of October from 10am to 1pm.

A Table Quiz is being hosted in The Boathouse on the following Friday night October the 15th starting at 9pm. Your support will be very much appreciated.


Portumna Community School Adult Education Classes
Evening Classes will commence on week beginning Monday, 1st November for six weeks. Course Fee: €50. Registration Night – Monday 18th October in the school: 7 – 7.30 p.m.

Classes available: Art (Drawing & Sketching); Basic Baking & Cooking; Beauty Therapy; First Aid; Languages for Beginners – French; Positive Parenting; Technology in the Classroom (Teachers only).

For more information please check posters or ring the school (090 9741053).


Ability West Fundraiser
A group of five young men have just completed a Curragh Row from the Shannon Pot to the Shannon Estuary in order to raise funds for St. Dympna's Adult Day Service in Portumna. They started out on their journey on Saturday 25th September, stopped and camped at a number of towns along the way and came ashore at Portumna on Wed 29th September. The service users and staff of the unit welcomed them at the pier, and they visited the unit where they were very impressed with the quality of the service. St. Dympna's is very grateful to them for their time and generosity.


Portumna GAA
Senior Semi Final: Best of luck to the seniors when they play Loughrea in the semi final of the Cooper championship in Athenry on Sunday.

Junior A's into County Final: Portumna Junior A team set up a county final meeting with Gort after beating a very determined Sarsfields team in Killimor last Sunday in the Gullanes Hotel junior A hurling championship. Portumna were very slow to start and wasted many chances as Sarsfields raced ahead with three unanswered points. Paddy Dolphin was the first Portumna player to get on the scoreboard with a well-taken goal. Tomas Quinn a free, Dave Canning a free, and Joe Keane added three points to Portumnas tally and they went in a point down at half time on a scoreline Portumna 1-3 Gort 0-7.

With all to play for in the second half Portumna needed to keep their composure and they did and added four points to their first half tally through Dave Canning two points from frees Joe Keane and Ciaran Ryan two points. Luckily for Portumna Sarsfields just added three points to their first half tally.

Gort overcame Eyrecourt in the other semi final. This final promises to be a very exciting contest the fact Portumna have already beaten them in the group games and Gort overturned Portumna in the league semi final the question is who will be third time lucky; all will be revealed in two weeks time.

Michael Blake Memorial: The juvenile club held a very successful under 10 tournament in the G.A.A. Grounds at the week-end when the host team together with Kiltormer, Eyrecourt and Mullagh participated to win the Michael Blake Memorial cup. Portumna overcame Kiltormer in the semi final while Mullagh beat Eyrecourt. This set up a final meeting with Mullagh - the 2008 winners against Portumna the 2009 winners. The boys gave it their all with some great individual performances on both sides after a very exciting game Mullagh were victorious with Eyrcourt beating Kiltormer in the other final. Victor Blake presented the cup to the Mullagh captain and Damien Hayes was on hand to present the medals to all the boys. The club would like to thank Victor for his kind sponsporship of the tounament over the past three years.

Under 12s: The under 12 team had a very enjoyable day in Dublin last Sunday when they participated in a tournament run by Kilmacud Crokes. They beat Fermoy of Cork in the first game were narrowly beaten by O Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny in the second game and beat Kilmacud Crokes in the last group game. They were narrowly beaten in the quarter final but went in to the shield competion and were presentd with a plaque which is proudly on display in the clubhouse.


Wild West Barn Dance - Fundraising Success
A might fine hoe-down was had by all who attended the Wild West Barn Dance at The Ferry Inn last Saturday night. A huge crowd came out in force decked to the Nines in their best wild west tucker to support Crumlin Childrens Hospital Foundation and Research Centre. Everyone on the night was rewarded with a mouth watering BBQ campside and an energetic performance by THE band of the moment The JD's who had the crowd swinging from the rafters. All agreed on the night that the west is awake, alive and kicking despite the sorry mess that the country is in!

The committee of Theresa Dunne Walker, Ann Moore, Deirdre Dermody, Linda Carty, Orla Kelly and Mary Walsh are delighted to announce that the very generous support of one and all resulted in a fantastic total of E4,000 making its way to Crumlin Kids to help sick children and their families. That would not have been possible without a great gang of people volunteering their time and good spirit to pull out all the stops, so special thanks to you all, you know who you are!

Sincere thanks is also extended to the following sponsors for amazing prizes, given the economic climate: The Muckross Park Hotel Killarney, The Ferry Bar and Restaurant, Simon Dagg-Moorview Accountancy Practice, Melissa Hogan-Eternal Beauty & Skin Care Centre Portumna, Pallas Karting Tynagh, The Gauntlet Paint Ball Centre Terryglass, Turoe Pet Farm Loughrea, Portumna Golf Club and Austin Martin Electricians.

So, cowboys and cowgals be sure to hang your hats somewhere safe as we are planning to make this an annual event, yeehaw!


Killimor Camogie
Senior: Killimor progressed to the semi-finals of the senior championship with a good win over Killimordaly in their last group game to top the group. The final score was Killimor 3.17 Killimordaly 0.5.

Junior B: Killimor Junior B team bowed out of the championship last weekend when they were defeated by a stronger Ballinasloe team in the county semi-final.


Family Day in Derryoober
Family Day in St. Brendan's N.S., Derryoober on Sun. Oct. 10th starting at 2pm. Including Sports events all day, Cake Sale all day indoors, and a Harvest Auction at 5pm indoors. If you would like any further information on the Harvest Auction or any other event please contact Padraig Lohan on 087-258 9158 or Paul Conroy on 087-935 1660. For further information on the Cake Sale please contact Bernadette Stewart on 087-745 6984.


10th Galway Portumna Scouts
Portumna Scouts succeeded in their challenge to swim 2010 lengths of the Shannon Oaks Country Club swimming pool on Saturday night last. The section's new scouts who recently moved up from Cubs took to the pool first at 9pm and swam until midnight. They were so far ahead of target by 11.30pm that they had time to celebrate Helena Horrigan's birthday with a surprise cake. Indeed, such was the level of team effort displayed that when the senior scouts arrived at midnight to continue the swim, the target of 2010 lengths was almost within sight. It was then heads down for some record lap times and by 1.35am the magic figure had been reached. Congratulations to all on this fantastic achievement. This is the scouts second night time activity in as many weeks, having completed a Harvest Moon hike the previous week across the Slieve Aughty range.


Ploughing Championships Success
Keith O Sullivan, son of Mike and Mary O Sullivan took part in the National Ploughing Championships at Athy recently. He was representing North Tipperary in the under 21s Category and success was achieved when he came 3rd. This was a great achievement for Keith who only turned 18 in June. Credit must be given to him for his dedication and to his coach Johnny Brophy. Keith is training to become a Secondary teacher at the moment; he has a bright future ahead of him.


County Forum for Beaver Scout Leaders
On Saturday 2nd October the first ever County Forum for Beaver Scout Leaders took place in the Shannon Oaks Hotel in Portumna. The forum was attended by Leaders from across Galway county and proved to be a great success. Throughout the day Leaders learned new skills including Map and Compass work, Trangia cooking skills and hiking forward planning skills. The day included a think in which produce several ideas for future county events. Thanks to the Shannon Oaks Hotel for all their help in making this event happen and to Orlaigh Kinnucane, John Rock and Dick Ridge for their guidance throughout the day. County Co-ordinator for Beaver Scouting in Galway Brendan Murray presented a gift bag of collector's items on completion to Mary Melvin 1st St.Joseph's, Mercedes Fleming 1st St.Nicholas, Joanna Healy 12th Claregalway, Geraldine Sheil, Monika Shaughnessy, Sheila Fahy, Eileen Burke all from 30th Abbey/Duniry/Ballinakill, Carmel Hardiman, Sinead Brien and Sinead Salmon 6th Killimor, Blaithnaid Connaughton, Caroline Leahy, Claire Forde and Deirdre Burns 27th Carrabane, Brian Duffy 13th Renmore, Catriona Lawless 28th Kinvara, Lelia O'Donnell 24th Knocknacarra, Teresa Rooney and Sarah Seymour 4th Craughwell.


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