23 March 2011

Health Information and Quality Authority Applaud Standards of Care at Portumna Retirement Village
Tynagh National School Awarded Active School Flag
Exhibition at Portumna Library
Daffodil Day 2011
Gortanumera Development Association
Portumna Town FC Success
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna GAA Club
Fashion Show in Memory of the late Michael O'Shea (R.I.P)
Portumna & Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Country Market
Portumna Bingo
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Volunteer Eco Students Abroad
Amelia C Ladies Boutique

Health Information and Quality Authority Applaud Standards of Care at Portumna Retirement Village
The Health Information and Quality Authority has published its report following the recent inspection visit to Portumna Retirement Village. Commenting on the very positive report Mary Herron, Care Manager said she was delighted that so many positive aspects of resident care at the centre were highlighted and that the efforts and commitment of all staff were recognized. Although, just open for three years, Portumna Retirement Village has now been recognised as the leading nursing care home in the west of Ireland. The report can be viewed on the HIQA website on www.hiqa.ie.


Tynagh National School Awarded Active School Flag
Tynagh National School is the first primary school in Galway to be awarded the Active School Flag. To celebrate this occasion, there will be a flag raising ceremony at the school on Friday 25th March at 1p.m. All parents, past pupils and people of the parish are invited to join in the celebration.


Exhibition at Portumna Library
Portumna Library will host an exhibition by Fiona Flaherty and Johnny Hession on Wednesday 23rd March. Fiona works in the medium of paint and her interest lies in exploring female identity through objects, the body and the imagination. Johnny Hession works in the area of sculpture, and uses video, photography and performance as a way to express his work. The exhibition will be launched on Wednesday 23rd March @ 7.30 pm. All welcome.


Daffodil Day 2011
Daffodil Day 2011 will take place this Friday 25th March. Please support the volunteers who will be out there around Portumna selling various merchandise like tea towels, notelets, biros and the familiar pins so the organizing committee asks that we make this year the best yet. More information can be got from Margie Mullen, Marie Gunning and Ann Tuohy.


Gortanumera Development Association
The G.D.A. held a very successful Table Quiz recently in order to fund local projects. We thank our "Quiz Maestros", Mike Brady and Derek Frawley. O'Meara's Restaurant provided the venue and the great food. Our generous sponsors were Beehive Restaurant, Liam Broder, Clossick's, Duddy's, & Hayes' Pharmacy, D. Lynch & Sons, Mary Mitchell, O'Meara's SuperValu, Pierce's Barbers, Portumna Farm & Dairy Services, Frank Quinn & Treacy Tyres.

Our Committee is grateful to our local newspaper and to the Parish Office for publicizing the event so well. The result was so close that some teams are already training for the next G.D.A.Table Quiz! We thank all those who entered and made our Table Quiz so entertaining and so successful.


Portumna Town FC Success
Portumna Town's Victorious U10 team will be presented with the league trophy on Saturday 26th March by a representative of the Midland Soccer league. All are welcome to cheer the boys on in their last home game which kicks off at 10am and share in the celebrations afterwards at Portumna Town's pitch at Shannon road.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge Club Results for the Sean Cahalan's Presidents Prize were: 1st; Joan Ryan, Michael Torpey; 2nd Kathleen King, Tommy Goonan; Gross: Margie & Charlie Mullen; 3rd Eileen Tuohy, Angela Canning; 4th Sheila Dillon, Mary Burbidge; 5th Judy & John Craig; 6th Celia Cox, Johnny Cowan; 7th Teresa Dillon, Elizabeth Ryan.


Portumna GAA Club
There was no winner of last Saturday nights lotto jackpot worth 2700 euros. The numbers drawn were 4 16 21 24. Two people matched three numbers Seamus Hooban and Sandra Fogarty.They each receive 50 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 2800 euros.Lotto can also be purchased on line at www.locallotto.ie.

Portumna Rose: The club are holding a Portumna Rose competition in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Fri night at 8pm. This is held in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee competition. The lucky winner will go on to participate in the Galway heats on 2nd April. This promises to be a very glamorous and fun event for all the family. Tickets can be purchased from Ladies Day Cul Sports or off any committee member. Price 10 euros. So come along and support the lovely ladies who are taking part.


Fashion Show in Memory of the late Michael O'Shea (R.I.P)
The Gort No Name Club, together with his family is staging a Fashion Show on Fri 25th March at the Centre Gort at 7.30pm to raise much needed funds for Croi the charity that aims to reduce the impact of heart and disease in the West of Ireland. Tickets cost €10 Adult & €5 for children under 12 yrs on the door.


Portumna & Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The 2011 Portumna and Friends Group Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be on the 16th June for 5 nights. Further enquires to Dr. Kay Duddy 090-9742444.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts C.C. would like to say a big thank you to our local schools that participated in our recent non-uniform day. Davitts Camogie Club hopes to host a 1-day tournament for Senior Teams on Saturday 14th May. The teams will be 15-a-side and the matches will be 20 minutes per half. We would like to have names of interested teams by Friday 25th March 2011. Any interested teams should contact 086 0506185. Please remember Davitts will hold a clothes collection on Saturday 16th April at the club house In Duniry.


Portumna Country Market
Tea/Coffee corner at the Market on Friday 1st April. Proceeds to Alzheimers Association.


Portumna Bingo
Portumna Bingo in Town Hall Saturday nights @ 8pm €2,050.00 jackpot. Now after 10 weeks the numbers are increasing and we intend to start putting in a raffle over the next few weeks on a monthly basis.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society hosts a lecture by Ann O'Riordan (O'Toole) entitled; Hearnsbrook House and Estate; A Story of Continuity and Change. in Donie O'Meara's Restaurant, Portumna Tuesday March 29th at 8.30pm.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Noelle Lynskey and her team delivered a very informative talk on "Medicine Management". Also on an entirely different note well done to or team competing under the heading "The Rare Olde Times" in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It was great to see a Butter Churn, turf Barrow and Slane, Shoe Lathe and many more items from a bygone day, thank you all for the memories.


Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Bill Clinton said last week at the New York Yacht Club "Irish resilience will overcome its greatest problems. Ireland will be great and prosperous and wonderful again, simply by recovering what it is at the core".

If you were lucky enough to be in Portumna last Thursday March 17th you could not help but observe everyone was in fantastic humour, they had a smile on their face, they were enjoying themselves, there was hope on the horizon, the future looks bright. The Portumna St. Patrick's Day Parade over the years was always a joy to watch and indeed something to look forward to as well. It is after all the official start of the tourist season all over the country and Portumna pulled out all the stops this year.

The St.Patrick's Day parade is one of the major events on the Portumna calendar, a must for people of all ages to watch or participate in. The parades started in the early 1980s with a major input from the late Sean Ryan, since then it has gone from strength to strength. Due to the local hurling team reaching the All-Ireland Senior finals in Croke Park for the past number of years the last parade was in 2008, this year there was an appetite for it's return.

The crowds that attended the show were not disappointed; with 42 floats taking part it promised to be the best parade ever! It took 2 hours for the floats to pass by the review stand. The standard was, as always very high, the themes ranged from The Irish Cricket Team; to Jedward from Col. Ghadaffi to the Chilean Miners they even had a St Bernard Dog to help sniff out the miners trapped underground for 69 days.

The Overall winners were from Lorrha Co. Tipperary sponsored by The Friars Tavern with a very topical theme The Royal Wedding.

This was by far one of the best parades ever seen in Portumna. To all who helped in any way with the running and organizing of the parade take a bow, well done. A special thanks is due to Liam O Neill of Quitmanns Transport who have provided the articulated trailers for the parade for many a year, on this occasion Liam provided two, so well done Liam.


Volunteer Eco Students Abroad
Volunteer Eco Students Abroad is an organization working hand in hand with indigenous village communities to create real and lasting change. Three first year University students Lisa Lynch, Niamh Hoary, and James Killeen have been accepted onto this programme. They will travel to the Fiji Islands this summer to Volunteer in areas of education. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students to make a difference by donating their time and energy. These students are our future they through their Volunteering efforts portray Ireland as a caring nation which it is. Well done and have a safe trip.


Amelia C Ladies Boutique
Amelia C Ladies Boutique opened in Kinvara last weekend. The proprietor is Catherine Quinn Hayes originally from Gortanumera and of course with a name like Hayes has to have hurling connections. We wish her all the best in her new enterprise.


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