26 January 2011

Ireland Reaching Out
Portumna's Come Dine with Us
Sean Og O'Hailpin Visits Picture This
Portumna Bridge Club
Woodford Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Portumna Arts Group & Portumna Pen Pushers
Road Conditions
Portumna Community School
Portumna Workhouse Website
Portumna Tidy Towns
Tourism Committee
Portumna Town Hall AGM

Ireland Reaching Out
Ireland Reaching Out: SE-Galway Parish Meeting on Thursday, 3rd February - 8pm, Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort

The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) project team invites you to the first parish meeting of 2011. The project steps up a gear this week with the launch of the website www.irelandxo.com. Comprehensive details of the planned IRO training programme for the parishes of south east Galway will also be presented as well as progress updates from selected parishes and the latest on the Week of Welcomes. The event will be attended by a number of the programme's sponsors including representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

All are welcome and new participants are particularly encouraged to attend. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce new parish team members to the project as well as meet other parish welcome team volunteers from communities across South-East Galway. Thank you! Furher information: info@irelandxo.com or 085-1925466.


Portumna's Come Dine with Us
Looking for a night out with a difference, then Come Dine with Us - Portumna Style, is just for you. Plans are under way to host this event in the spring, which will see lots of guests wined, dined, pampered and entertained in a variety of venues. More updates as plans, dates and locations unfold.


Sean Og O'Hailpin Visits Picture This
Brendan and Shelagh Hoary of "Picture This" Portumna welcomed Sean Og O Hailpin on Saturday the 15th of January in aid of VESA (volunteer eco students abroad). Their daughter Niamh along with James Killeen, Kate Gibbs and Lisa Lynch will be travelling to Fiji in June to do voluntary work in connection with VESA. They would like to thank Sean Og for travelling up and being extremely obliging and welcoming, also they would like to thank everyone for their support on the day. "Picture This" donated a Finepix Fuji digital camera for the raffle which was won by Mai Ryan Tiernascragh.


Portumna Bridge Club
The Fr. Walsh Trophy: 1st Patricia Eames, 2nd Mary Jo Kelly, Gross Charlie Mullen, 3rd Patsy Hansbuey, 4th Eileen Smith, 5th Anna Moore, 6th Nora Flanagan, 7th Kaye Duddy, 8th Teresa Dillon, 9th Bridget Brerton.


Woodford Bridge Club
1st Prize (In Memory of Maire Ni Cheallaigh): Joan Ryan & Marian Molloy. 2nd: Mary Fahy & Michael Torpey. Gross: Kathleen Delaney & Patricia Eames. 3rd: Mona Madden & Tommy Goonan. 4th: Kaye Duddy & Fr. Michael Finneran. 5th: Charlie Mullen & Fr. PJ Bracken. 6th: Teresa Cunningham & Cepta Ryan. Joint 7th: Pauline Mc Keon & Johnny Cowan, Brid Mc Namara & Patricia Power.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was one winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth 2200 euros. The numbers drawn were 3 11 14 22. Well done to Paddy Quinton. There were three match three winners Eugene Mc Donagh, Ann Scott and Joe Daniels. Next weekends lotto starts at 2000 euros.

Lotto Online: Club lotto now available to do on line at www.locallotto.ie. This gives people the opportunity who are away to support the club. Your support would be appreciated.

Juvenille A.G.M.: The juvenile A.G.M. took place in the clubhouse last Friday night. The chairman Sylvie Donoghue in his address thanked all managers, selectors, parents and all who assisted with the underage teams last year. He said that all the juvenile teams competed well in their competitions with the under 16 team the most successful on reaching the county semi final. He congratulated the juveniles who represented the club at county level. He thanked the senior club for their support and assistance during the year. The chairman informed the meeting that Galway were hosting Feile this year and that Portumna would be hosting a team on the last week-end in June. He appealed to more parents to get involved as there was alot of work to be done over the next few months. He thanked the Community School and Mr Derry Long for the use of their facilities for under 8 and under 10 training. Sylvie said that the club had embarked on a ten week training programme for the U12 and U14 players at Sign Out facilities and that that he was pleased with the turn out and committment given by these players and it was agreed to continue the programme for another month. The chaiman thanked his fellow officers for all their hard work and assistance. He thanked Al Hayes the club sponsor and Victor Blake for his sponsorship of the under 10 Michael Blake Memorial tournament for the under 10 age groups. The secretary Yvonne Muldoon gave a very detailed report on the activities of the club. The election of officers and managers then took place.

Chairman: Sylvie Donoghue
Vice Chairman: Gene Mc Donagh
Secretary: Yvonne Muldoon
Asst Sec: Margaret Madden
Childrens Officer: Emma Keane
Delegate: Sylvie Donoghue
Feile Officer: Sylvie Donoghue
P.R.O.: Fiona O Meara

U8 Manager: Sean Donoghue
U10 joint Managers: Denis Mc Laughlin Tom Conneely
U12 Manager: Davey Canning
U13 Manager: Davey Canning
U14 Manager: Joe Heagney
U16 Manager: To be decided

Good Luck: The club would like to wish the best of luck to the Portumna Community school senior team next Saturday when they play Athenry in the collages semi final in Ballinasloe at 1pm.


Portumna Arts Group & Portumna Pen Pushers
Lunchtime Recital: Portumna Arts Group aims to raise the spirits and warm the hearts with a Lunchtime Recital of Song & Words in the Church of Ireland on Sunday, Feb 13th at 12 noon. The theme of the songs and readings will be Love to welcome the romantic day of St Valentine's Day. Participants include Darren D'Burca, Colin Fahy, Joe Casey, Miriam Donohue, Pascal Kennedy and members of the local Portumna Pen Pushers and Arts Group with members of other groups participating. Admission - €8 and all welcome.

Arts Meeting: Members of Portumna's Arts Group enjoyed a lovely night at the Beehive to celebrate Nollaig na mBan on Jan 6th. A meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb 10th at 8.15pm in Na Calai where plans for 2011 will be discussed. Events to look forward to include a concert with the Galway Gospel Choir and Con Tempo String Quartete who are including Portumna for their 2011 Residency Recitals.

Writing Workshops: Portumna Pen Pushers are meeting every alternate Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm in An Gairdin. This peer led group aim to encourage each other's writing and includes both poetry and prose. The group meets again on Thursday Feb 3rd. Information may be obtained by calling 087 2931055.


Road Conditions
Mayor of County Galway Jimmy Mc Clearn has made representations to the National Roads Authority concerning the poor condition of the N65 National Secondary Road from Kilmeen Cross to the Bridge in Portumna. There are three particularly sections which are in urgent need of repair at Ballyduggan along the bog section, at Killimor Village and Portumna on Brendan Street and Clonfert Avenue. Over the last few years the NRA have concentrated their resources on the Motorways and National Primary roads. To the determent of the National Secondary Routes. At a recent function attended by Fred Barry and Pat Maher of the NRA, Mayor McClearn said used the opportunity to request funding for this road as a matter of urgency. He has since been informed that the road has been inspected and a favourable decision will issue shortly.


Portumna Community School
School Musical: Rehearsals are well underway for this year's musical, 'Hot Mikado'. The cast is made up out of the Transition Year class and they will be accompanied by the First Year music class who will, we know, add greatly to the occasion with their beautiful singing.The Matinee performance for the local Primary Schools will take place on Wednesday 9th February with full Public performances on Thurs. (10th) and Fri. (11th) at 8pm each night. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday next (27th) and please note that seats will again be pre-booked so buying your tickets in advance is advisable, i.e. first tickets sold will be closest to the stage. This year we encourage as many people as possible to avail of our online reservation system - no credit card required and no booking fee! Ticket will be priced as follows: Adults €10; Students and Senior Citizens €8 and this year for the first time we are introducing a Family ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children at a reduced price of €30. Let's all help to spread the word and help to pack the hall for this wonderful show.

Our School's Got Talent: Best of luck to all of our music students who will be representing Portumna Community School in the 'Our School's Got Talent' competition next week: 2nd yrs – Sara Fitzpatrick & Maria Kelly; TY – Marian Lynch; 5th yr band – David Clarke, Jason Coniry, Tom Gleeson & Conor Robinson; and 6th yr – Graham Fogarty. The First Round heats will take place at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe next Thursday, 27th January. Supporters are needed, as the judges' decision will represent fifty per cent of the vote with the audience choice making up the other fifty. It costs only one euro to vote with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics Ireland. The competition will have a total prize fund of €20,000. Good luck students.

Congratulations: Fifth year, Eoin McIntyre and his brother Niall, second year, achieved great success last Sunday (16th) in the All Ireland Cross Country competition held in Tullamore. Eoin won a Silver medal with the Co. Tipperary Athletic Team. He was 35th outside his age group (U-17). Niall ran Cross Country for the Munster team which won a Bronze medal. He came 20th outside his age group (U-15). We wish Niall and Eoin the very best of luck in their upcoming races and congratulate them on their wonderful sporting achievements.


Portumna Workhouse Website
SE Galway IRD is currently preparing the website for the Irish Workhouse Centre. This website will include a section on things to do and see for visitors to the area, as well as an accommodation listing. People with a tourism related business i.e. activity providers and accommodation providers are invited to contact the IRD to have their information included in the site. There is no charge. Tel: Ursula 090-9741867.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Now that Spring is on our doorstep, clean ups have started up again especially in areas where growth is becoming obvious, at the yew walk, swimming area and amenity areas. According, to Galway County Council, indiscriminate dumping is becoming a problem in the area especially after the Christmas period. A trailer load of tyres was recently dumped in an area of Portumna Forest Park which has been reported to the relevant authorities. Tidy Towns are always looking for volunteers so if you feel you can give an hour of your time, once a week, please contact any member of the committee.


Tourism Committee
The Hub tourism committee will be meeting for the first time in 2011 in the next few weeks to prepare for the forthcoming tourist season. The Hub encompasses the area around Lough Derg in the counties of Galway, Tipperary and Clare and gathers together those involved in all aspects of tourism in the area in order to generate more visitors to the region. Plans for this year include the launching of a brochure and a website. All this is being done in conjunction with Shannon Development (Birr) and concentration on tourist activities include walking tours, sailing, fishing, horse riding and all the other activities associated with holidaying in the lake district of this part of the world.


Portumna Town Hall AGM
The Portumna Community Town Hall will take place on Friday 4th February at 8pm in the small hall. This meeting is open to anyone who may have an interest the running of the Hall.



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