29 December 2010

Portumna Chamber of Commerce 2010 Spend & Win Christmas Draw
Possible Sale of Ireland's Forests
Portumna Bingo
Special Thank You
GAA Star Visits Portumna For Charity
Christmas Day Swim
'Aladdin' in Shragh Hall
Portumna Players Present "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley"
Kenpo Karate
Circuit Training

Portumna Chamber of Commerce 2010 Spend & Win Christmas Draw
In order to encourage shoppers to stay at home this year, the Junior Chamber ran a draw, with cards in every shop. The draw was held on the 23rd December the following people won.

1st Prize: (€500 cash & €500 vouchers): Sean Daniels, Woodford. ( Alman Chem/Pet Care)
2nd Prize: (€500 vouchers): Sinead Leonard, Killimor, (Finns Gala Shop)
3rd Prize: (€400 vouchers): Ambrose Sheehy, (Frank Forde Drycleaners)
4th Prize: (€300 vouchers:) Nia Moroney, Moyglass, (Cornloft)
5th Prize: (€200 vouchers): Dara Egan, Woodford (Horans Londis)
6th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Joseph Keane, Portumna, (Stronges Bar)
7th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Karen Carty, Portumna, (Bet One)
8th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Anna Maria, (Kokos)
9th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Debra Ward, Portumna (Credit Union)
10th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Joe O'Keeffe, (Modena)
11th Prize: (€100 vouchers): Loretto Mc Keigue, (Julie Conroy Flowers for Occasions)
12th Prize: ( €100 vouchers): Paul Royston, Boula, (Portumna Dairy Services).


Possible Sale of Ireland's Forests
The Irish Government is moving closer to a huge sell-off of the public forests managed by Coillte (The Irish Forestry Board) to private investors. An area greater than 1 million acres, equivalent to two medium sized counties will be lost forever. This will include some of our most valuable native woodlands, wild places and some of the last refuges of our native flora and fauna.

Interest has been expressed by Swiss finance company Helvetia Wealth - who own the International Forestry Fund (IFF) - chaired by Bertie Ahern, (ex-prime minister of Ireland) as well as The China Investment Corporation.

More information and a petition to tell the Irish Government that Ireland's Forests are not for sale can be found at: www.woodlandleague.org

Portumna has at its back door 1,1000 acres of woodland which includes 5 trails for both walker and cyclist alike, it would be a shame if these were put in jeopardy of disappearing for good. These forests are the inheritance of the Irish children and managed wisely can help secure Ireland's social, environmental and economic future. A strong show of support, asserting our rightful ownership of the public forests will make all the difference.


Portumna Bingo
Starting on the 1st Jan 2011 at 3pm and every Saturday night there after at 8pm in Portumna Town Hall. Great prizes and loads of spot prizes on the day. Opening jackpot €1,500.


Special Thank You
John & Angela Cormican would like to thank those who kindly contributed to the recent coffee afternoon in aid of the Galway Simon Community. €2300 raised so far.


GAA Star Visits Portumna For Charity
GAA Star, Sean Og Hailpin, will be coming to 'Picture This', Clonfert Ave., Portumna on Saturday, 15th January, 2011. Come along to pose with the star and get his autograph. Signed photos will be available on the day. All proceeds will go to Volunteer ECO Students Abroad which is a volunteer organisation helping countries such as Fiji, South Africa and the Ecuador. All are welcome.


Christmas Day Swim
This years swim had to be postponed as the swim area was frozen. The swim has been rescheduled, and now it will take place next Sunday the 2nd January. The monies collected by the swimmers will go to Western Alzheimer's, the jump in is scheduled for 12 midday.


'Aladdin' in Shragh Hall
Don't miss our stunning, local talent perform 'Aladdin' in Shragh Hall for five performances only (including two maintees) from 7th -9th Jan 2011. Tickets are limited and must be pre -booked. Looking for an unique Christmas gift, why not surprise family and friends with a great night/evening out. Tickets are €7.50 for over 12s and €5 perchild. For ticket sales contact Patrice 087 6552313 or Paula 087 4103946.


Portumna Players Present "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley"
"The two loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary will take place on Friday 14 January and Sunday 16 January and the following weekend Friday 21 January and Sunday 23 January! These are the new dates, as it had to be cancelled due to bad weather in early December.


Kenpo Karate
James Dillon has been running a Kempo Karate class in Portumna for the last number of years. Recently he held a Karate Kids Martial Arts Class under the instruction of Sifu Philip Sahagun- he is young man who has already made it in the martial arts world. A top rank athlete, performer and actor who despite his celeb-status Philip is very modest and has no star-like airs, he is kind and talks to everybody. A good crowd of both onlookers and students attended the show. Sifu is a member of the Kung Fu Heroes Team on America Got Talent TV Show.


Circuit Training
Circuit Training in Portumna Town Hall will re-commence on Thursday 6th Jan 2011. There will be a beginners level class starting at 6.30pm followed by the usual 7.30pm & 8.45pm classes. Any one interested in joining or any enquiries please call Stephen on 086-6039235.



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