27 October 2010

Emerald Star Update
Portumna Town FC
Portumna & District Lions Club - Recycle Your Old Prescription Glasses
Success in Artistic Cycling Competitions
Official Launch of the 'Ireland Reaching Out' Project
Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Ability West
Woodford News
Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Portumna Community School News
Portumna Arts Group AGM
Conor O'Meara - "A Kind Of Dream" CD Launch
Blood Transfusion Service
Barney O'Reilly - Tree Planting Ceremony
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Christmas Events

Emerald Star Update
"Due to the continued poor economic climate and declining sales in ireland, we have unfortunately had to review our operation and have subsequently taken the difficlt decision to restructure and reduce some of our capicity in Ireland. As a result we will be reducing and restructuring our workforce.

It is with great regret that we have had to make these tough decisions and we will be working very closely with our teams, taking into consideration all of their views and concerns.

For over 40 years Emerald Star has been offering quality boating holidays and will remain amongst the largest operators in Ireland. We are continuing to operate all 3 bases, it remains a fantastic cruising destination but we are making 2 of the bases seasonal due to the continuing economic pressure in Ireland."

The Reality: The bottom line is, for any business to survive it needs sales/ turn a profit, also it needs the following criteria. A strong management team? Location, location, location! A talented workforce? Quality products and services? Careful financial management and planning. Emerald Star fill all the boxes. It has been an integral part of the Business life of Portumna for the past 40 years. In a questionnaire filled out at all Le Boat depots across Europe and Ireland, Portumna came in the top 3 as the most attractive destination for boating holidays, obvicously Portumna has something to offer that is unique to the area. If we as a Community support Emerald Star by hiring a cruiser or recommending a boating holiday to our friends and family, the depot will stay open, if not we will suffer the consequences.


Portumna Town FC
We are a few weeks into our soccer season now and all teams are playing great and the weather has been kind to us so far.

Portumna U9's played away in Eyrecourt on Saturday afternoon and they lost 5-4. Scorers for portumna were Jack Kelly and Ian McEvoy.

U10's, U11's, U12's and U15's all had matches at home this week...
U10's won their game against Eyrecourt 4-3, scorers for portumna were Neil Connelly, Alan O'Meara, Conor Hanley & Daniel Donoghue. This team are doing brilliant in the league having lost no matches this season yet. A Team to watch out for!

U11's were playing Banagher and they drew 3-3. This was a great match as Portumna were behind for most of the match and at the final whistle had come back for a draw, with goals from Tomas Fahy, Davey O'Meara and Sean Lynch.

U12's were playing against Mucklagh and they lost 4-2 with both goals scored from Niall Duane.

U15's were playing against T&S and they lost 3-2, goals coming from Ronan O'Meara and Niall Concannon. Well done to all teams.

U13 Girls soccer has kicked off this season with training sessions taking place on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 6pm on the Astro Turf pitch in the soccer club. For any information on joining & registering, please come along or contact one of the committee members. More girls welcome.

AGM: Soccer Club AGM will take place on 26th November at 8pm in Portumna Retirement Village. All parents are asked to attend.


Portumna & District Lions Club - Recycle Your Old Prescription Glasses
New President, Lisa OBrien from Portumna & District Lions Club is launching the "Lions Recycle for Life" within our area.

Inviting you to donate old prescription glasses; of which these glasses shall be given to developing nations who are being pushed deeper into poverty. It costs only 4 cent to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someones life.

We are already finding it hard this year to support those in various needs and so to be able to support the 153 million people to have a clearer vision at a minimum expense is priceless!

Please support by dropping your unwanted eyeglasses at any of the following places; Portumna Church, Tynagh Church, Portumna Day Care Centre, Alor Star Day Hospital St Brendans Road, Portumna Retirement Village, Dr Fahy Surgery, Dr Duddy Surgery.


Success in Artistic Cycling Competitions
Two major competitions took place on October 17th last where both Alisa and Celina Fitzpatrick were in action.

Celina competed in the Bavarian Cup final, which was held in Munich, Germany. Her target was to finish in 7th place in the girls under 15, the position where she finished last year. A very strong performance resulted in Celina finishing in a well deserved 5th place at the event.

Alisa had also qualified for the Bavarian finals but opted instead to compete for Ireland at the Youth International Tournament held on the same day some 400km away in Frankenthal, Germany. In the Junior girls under 19, Alisa competed against representatives from Germany, Slovakia and Holland. Last year at the same competition she just missed out on the bronze but this year this was not to be. A solid performance ensured that Alisa secured second place and the silver trophy ahead of Slovakia and Holland. As expected the girls under 19 was won by Germany.


Official Launch of the 'Ireland Reaching Out' Project
Following the international Irish Diaspora event at Farmleigh last autumn, an innovative proposal was presented to the Irish government, which enables the global Irish to be systematically identified and reunited. The proposal was simply this: instead of waiting for Irish-Americans and their global counterparts to come to Ireland to trace their roots, we go the other way. At a townland, village and parish level, we identify who left, and trace them and their descendents worldwide, and engage with them; inviting them to become part of an extended "virtual" community of their place of origin.

The proposal was met with enthusiasm and attracted official Irish government endorsement and financial support through the Dept of Foreign Affairs. In April, South-East Galway was agreed as the national pilot project area for this initiative which was christened "Ireland Reaching Out" (IRO). Further substantial support has been forthcoming from Galway County Council, the Heritage Council, the GAA and Irish-American sources. David McWilliams, the master of ceremonies at Farmleigh, has agreed to become the national PRO of the project.

This innovative project is possible today because of the new widespread availability of Internet-related technology. Through the Internet, global communications and research have become highly efficient. Detailed online information is now much more easily managed and most of all, we now have the ability to efficiently harness the collaboration of many thousands of parish volunteers online. Quite simply, once tasks can be disseminated among many, individual tasks are no longer onerous.

Over the past two months, the IRO project team (all volunteers at this stage) have held informal "soft launch" information meetings with attendees from almost 30 parishes in South-East Galway invited to become involved in this unique national pilot project. The reaction and enthusiasm for the project has been uniformly positive. A key driver of interest is the fact that through this project, parishes are being enabled to develop the economic prospects of their own area through their own community Diaspora, not just that of the Irish nation.

The official launch of the "Ireland Reaching Out" project will take place on 28th October in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa.

The success of this project is dependent on the active involvement of the South-East Galway parishes and we hope you will support us with your attendance. Please RSVP your attendance to doshea@irelandxo.com or by telephone: 085-1925466.


Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Ability West
Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Ability West (Portumna Branch) in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Fri. Oct. 29th at 8pm. Adult Table €40. Student Table €20. Proceeds of the Quiz in aid of a purpose built gym for the service users of St. Dympna's.


Woodford News
Woodford Playground: The Playground Committee are delighted to announce that work has started on the playground site. Creative Play who were the successfull tender are hoping to have work completed by the end of the month!! Anyone who might still like to support this project can contact any member of the committee.

Woodford Youth Club Hall: A full programme of events is underway in the hall for the Autumn including fitball, Munchkins, boxercise, pilates, mother & toddler group, teenagers youth group, funtastic club (ages 4-7) and Irish dancing. A very enjoyable afternoon dance was held recently and another is planned for Sunday 31st October. The hall is available for indoor games, birthday parties etc. and enquiries/bookings can be made with Liz at 086 3448331.


Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Portumna '79 Bridge Club Results: 1st Fr Finneran & Kaye Duddy, 2nd Sean Cahalan & Tony Ryan, Gross Patsy Hansbury & Patricia Eames, 3rd Bernie Larkin & Michael Torpey, 4th Mary Connolly & Francis McGrorey.


Portumna Community School News
Debating Team: Well done to the Senior Debating team who won their opening debate against Nenagh CBS. The motion, which P.C.S. was opposing, was "Genetically Modified Organisms are essential in the fight against world hunger". After a very challenging and informative debate Portumna Community School were awarded full points. This team is already busy preparing and researching for their next debate against Ballinasloe, which will take place in two weeks time.

Athletics: Congratulations to Niall McIntyre, 2nd yr., who won Gold at the Munster Cross Country Finals last Sunday. This is a fantastic achievement in what was a very competitive race. Eoin McIntyre, 5th yr., also did well in his category. Well done to them both.


Portumna Arts Group AGM
The AGM of Portumna's Arts Group will take place on Thursday, Oct 28th at 8.15pm in Na Calai. All current members and potential members are welcome to attend. Future plans include the Arts Festival for 2011 and lobbying the powers that be for access to public areas and buildings suitable for future venues.


Conor O'Meara - "A Kind Of Dream" CD Launch
Conor O'Meara will launch his debut CD "A Kind Of Dream" this Thursday night in his Parents Pub - O'Meara's Clonfert Ave at 9pm. Admission free, donation accepted for Cancer Care West and Autism Galway


Blood Transfusion Service
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna, on Tuesday 2nd November. The times are 3.00 pm to 4.45pm Afternoon and 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the evening. As always blood is always in demand, if you can spare a pint make the effort to call in.


Barney O'Reilly - Tree Planting Ceremony
In appreciation to Mr Barney O Reilly's lifetime commitment to Irish Water Safety in Portumna, a tree planting ceremony will take place on Sunday 31st october at the swim area, for more info contact Fidelma 086 315 8544.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society hosts a Lecture by Professor Noel P. Wilkins entitled The Bridges and Piers of County Galway: Alexander Nimmo Engineer, in Donie O'Meara's Restaurant, Portumna on Tuesday November 2nd at 8.30pm. The subject matter of Professor Wilkins talk is very relevant to a South East Galway audience. Alexander Nimmo not alone built the majority of coastal piers and harbours in county Galway but also undertook work on Portumna Bridge. Professor Wilkins recently published book entitled Alexander Nimmo Master Engineer: Public Works and Civil Surveys is a very important piece of work on the subject and is recommended reading for anybody interested in this aspect of the Industrial Heritage of county Galway.


Christmas Events
As winter draws in, and the chill winds of a harsh budget are whistling around our ankles, one event guaranteed to warm the cockles of our hearts amidst it all, is the forthcoming Christmas events being organized by the Committee of volunteers again this year. The plan, once again, is to have Santa arrive at the Castle (the date being worked on is Saturday 4 December) and for all the kids to be able to visit him in his special grotto, get a present, and partake in a range of other activities in the Castle (letter writing, card making, face painting, etc) all in the wonderful environs of a 17th century Castle right on our doorstep.

Last year was very successful - 400 kids go to see Santa, and over a thousand people in all visited the Castle that evening - so this year the Committee are planning a special booking system which will be put in place to avoid the crush and queues of last time, and a much better system of allowing people to move around the Castle will be in place. Tickets are being prepared which will be sold in the Post Office in Portumna, and which will give you a specific time slot for your visit to Santa - busy mums and dads can plan exactly when they arrive, see Santa, and have a full hour afterwards to do all the other activities in the Castle.

Watch this space in the coming weeks for more details of the Christmas events in Portumna this year!


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