18 May 2011

An Ras
Woodford Spring Fair
Portumna Chamber of Commerce
Portumna & District Lions Club
Padre Pio National Pilgrimage
Thinking Caps
Sign Out Youth Project AGM
Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Portumna Community School
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Crawl, toddle, walk or buggy for Crumlin & CRY!
My People, My Place, My Heritage - Field Trip
Woodford Student – A Rising Cycling Star
Portumna Town F.C.
Portumna GAA
Irish Workhouse Centre - Volunteers Needed
North Tippeary Hospice Fundraiser
Portumna on Facebook

An Ras
After all the waiting and organizing the Ras will eventually arrive in Portumna this coming Sunday 22nd May at about 3.20pm. approx. The Stage Finish Organisers are Dan Lynch & Lily Forbes Foulger. The welcome speech will be given by Tony Williams Chairman of Chamber. Flowers presented to race winner by Miss Portumna Rose. Martha Gorman. The race will start from Dunboyne village at 8am, GAA President Christy Cooney will officially start the Ras.

A major new cycling challenge, Race The Ras, involving some of the best known GAA inter-county stars in the country was launched in Croke Park. A core group of 50 footballers and hurlers will ride the entire eight days of the An Post Ras and will be joined by additional GAA legends for stages into their home county. Ollie Canning Portumna and Galway hurler will cycle 91km on the first day.

The event is the brainchild of Eamonn O Muircheartaigh who has already attracted such well-known recently retired footballers, Ciaran Whelan, Anthony Rainbow, Paul Early and Graham Geraghty, and Hurlers Tony Griffin, Paul Flynn, Dan Shanahan, Joe Dean and Sean Og O HAilpin.

The idea behind the Race the RAS is to raise funds for number charities Irish Cancer Society, Goal. The GAA riders will arrive into Portumna about 2.45pm but the main riders will arrive into Portumna at 3.20pm.

Prior to the arrival on the platform across from square, "The Bogus Pogus" will be playing, face painting in the square ,scout/cubs/beavers will attend in uniform, Youth Cafe will be playing at O'Mearas and the pubs will have live music.

There will be 2 yellow jersey's presented on the day, one to the National School and the other to the Secondary School, the schools will run a competition for this and these will be presented on the platform by the Ras chief.

On Monday morning the riders will assemble at the car park (Shannon Oaks) 10.40am where they go down the back street up Patrick and back past the hotel the race begins at the gates of the hotel 11.00am and off they go the next stage ending in Killrush.


Woodford Spring Fair
A spring fair will take place in Woodford Youth Hall on Sunday 29th May from 12pm - 4pm. Lots of local Arts, Crafts, local produce and other attractions like model railway, Vintage Ferrari, how to make Corn Dollies and much much more. Admission is free and lots of parking nearby.


Portumna Chamber of Commerce
Portumna Chamber of Commerce is currently organising the line up for the Great Outdoors Festival that will take place again this year from Thursday 30th of June to 3rd of July 2011. The festival promises to be a source of great enjoyment for all ages and will feature a packed calendar of events for young and old to enjoy. The festival will be expanded this year to include a busking competition, an outdoor concert, street theatre and entertainment, along with lots of sporting activities and outdoor pursuit events. If clubs or societies wish to host an event over the course of that weekend, they should contact 086-3136550 to be included in the publicity that will surround the festival.


Portumna & District Lions Club
A successful evening was held last Thursday in the Shannon Oaks Hotel for the Portumna & District Lions Club Information Evening. In attendance was Ciaran Mullooly, Vice District Governor & Michael McDonnell, Zone Chairman. Should anyone still be interested in joining the club, please contact one of the exsisting members.


Padre Pio National Pilgrimage
To Holycross Abbey, Thurles on Sunday 29th May from 1.30pm-4pm. Bus leaving Portumna square at 10.30am. Contact Gay Royston 0909741322, Kathleen Kidney 090-9676458 or Ann Callanan 090-9741424.


Thinking Caps
Thinking Caps held their 2nd meeting last week, this is a very enthusiastic group who collectively are trying to promote Portumna to the outside and cut through the Red tape that has stymied progress in East Galway and indeed the whole of Ireland.

Mark Conroy gave a presentation on how to add your businesses and groups to Google Maps amd how to set up and administer Facebook pages.

During the course of the evening many points were raised and discussed by the attendees, these included such things as "heritage tourism" this would be of interest to people who visit old graveyards, old ruins, castles, abbeys, graveyards, genealogy, history etc. The fencing around the Cistercian Abbey, which is there, for nearly 12 months now came up for discussion, why is it was there in the first place and who is responsible for its removal.

Following from this, the group decided to focus the next meeting on coming up with a list of issues to present in writing to Brian Hayes TD with a view later to having a face-to-face meeting with Brian Hayes to see about getting greater access to public building and sites, especially those whose restoration was fully funded by public taxes. Camper Van site came under scrutiny and Jimmy McClearn County Councillor said that the county manager is taking a very active role in providing Portumna with a dedicated, structured camping site for Camper vans and Caravans. A location has not been identified just yet. There is also talk within the council of creating a public slipway, like the one in Terryglass, at the marina – and there is funding available.

One of the ideas that came out of the meeting was expressed by Jimmy McClearn, he noted that there is a lot of groups in Portumna and perhaps it would be a good idea for the formation of an "umbrella" group, so that all groups could work together and know what each other are doing. There were a number of other suggestions by individuals living in the area, it is hoped to have a representative from every organization and club in the area at the next meeting, which will probably be held in June.


Sign Out Youth Project AGM
Sign Out Youth Co will hold their AGM on Wednesday June 8th in Sigh Out Youth Cafe at 8pm. All welcome to attend.


Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Results Wed 11th May 2011: 1st Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd Sile Dillon & Patricia Blehein, Gross Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 3rd Marie O Meara & Joan Ryan.


Portumna Community School
Camogie Champions: Congratulations to the First Year Camogie Panel who worked so hard all year and played with determination and great skill during all their matches. No doubt being crowned Connacht Colleges First Year Camogie Champions will inspire them to strive for victory in all their matches when wearing a school jersey.

Trocaire 24 Hour Fast: Rachel Scully a 1st year student at Portumna Community College raised €148-00 on her own Trocaire 24 hour fast card. A cheque for €4,100 was sent to Trócaire for the people of Honduras. Well done to everyone who participated in the fast it was a huge amount of money to raise.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Reminder to all members ARA of upcoming dates, May the 19th Mr John Joe Conwell will give an illustrated talk on the famine and its effects on people living in southeast Galway open to everyone. Our Bealtaine celebrations commence with an invitation for a planting ceremony and afternoon tea in Portumna Castle on Friday 20th May from 2 to 4 o'clock, then on May Tuesday 24th we have our variety show, don't forget your fashionable hat. Sunday 29th May is our choir celebration down at the swim area beside the River Shannon.


Crawl, toddle, walk or buggy for Crumlin & CRY!
Can you spare a few hours on Sunday 22 May to join in the fun in Portumna Forest Park and help raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young?

A sponsored walk will take place in Portumna Forest Park on Sunday 22 May commencing at 2pm with a 10km walk, this walk will take approx 2 hours and strong footwear is advised. At 3pm a family friendly walk will begin. This walk is suitable for buggies, wheelchairs, tricycles and bicycles, etc and will take approx. 20 min. there is also a 30 min walk, again suitable for buggies and bicycles etc. All participants are invited to bring a picnic and there will be a raffle at the end of the day.

Most of us are familiar with the facilities and treatment offered in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, it is always difficult to see one's child sick, but the expertise, combined with compassion and excellent care offered in Crumlin, all work to ease the burden on families when they are at their most vulnerable.

In recent years the sudden deaths of some sporting individuals, particularly GAA player Cormac McAnallen and rugby player John McCall, has brought media attention to sudden cardiac death in the young. The realisation that some of the fittest, apparently healthiest people could die of cardiac problems that they were unaware of, led to a high level of concern among young people, their parents, coaches and teachers. In 2002 a group of people came together in response to the tragic and untimely deaths of family members and the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) was established with a view to offering support to families affected by sudden young adult death. In 2007 a dedicated unit, based in The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght opened its doors. This new centre for Cardiac Risk in the Younger Person) provides rapid access to expert evaluation to families who have experienced the loss of a young person to sudden cardiac death. This facility receives no direct Government funding and relies on funding from CRY and some support from Tallaght Hospital, to continue family screening and counselling.

If you would like to be involved in any way with this upcoming fundraiser, or if you would like more information on any of the issues in this article please contact Geraldine Duggan 087 2878230 or Denis 086 1681848.

Please come and join us on the 22nd, sponsorship cards available and donations greatly appreciated.


My People, My Place, My Heritage - Field Trip
As part of the current My People, My Place, My Heritage training series, a field trip has been organised for Sunday, May 22nd from 10 am to 2.30 pm approximately. The trip will leave from and return to the Loughrea Spa Hotel. Transport will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Led by Christy Cunniffe, John Joe Conwell, Paul Duffy and Janice Fuller, the trip will visit the area East of Loughrea to look at the natural and built heritage Meelick and Eyrecourt, in particular, will be toured to demonstrate how a planned landlord's town functioned. Please register immediately by phoning (091) 842013.


Woodford Student – A Rising Cycling Star
Sixteen-year-old Thomas Fallon, a student of Mercy College Woodford and a member of the Wolftrap Cycling Club, is now regarded as one of the best U-16 cyclists in all of Ireland. He continues to impress at national level and is particularly noted for his pace and strength in hill climbing as well as possessing an astute cycle racing brain. His comprehensive win of Ras Mayo on a hilly circuit around Westport Co Mayo on St Patrick's Day 2011 by a margin of 8 minutes gave a clear indication of his cycling strength and ability. In this event young Fallon and Covey Whellers (Westport) rider, Con Doherty, broke away from the 30-strong pelathon on the first of five laps and established the big winning margin. Fallon, who is the present U-16 Leinster Road Race Champion and holder of two U- 15 All-Ireland silver medals, was first to the top of every hill and drove the pace to the finish line.

Following on his overall 4th place finish in the extremely tough Corkman 3-day event held over the May Bank Holiday weekend at Kanturk Co. Cork and 2nd place finish in Fermoy Co. Cork the preceding week, Fallon travelled to Roundwood, Co Wicklow on May 9th where the rising star took 1st place in the Stephen Arrigan Memorial Cycle. This event, which commemorates a young man who died tragically of natural causes while cycling, was a competitive U-16 race with a field of over fifty riders from all over Ireland. The course was a testing hilly one around the highest village in Ireland. Once again the young Woodford student took control of the pelathon on the 4 km 22% climb and established a winning break, followed by another young emerging star, Danny Bruton from Co. Meath.

Thomas was unfortunate to have missed by less than 20 seconds and one point out on selection for a cycling team to represent Ireland at the European Youth Olympics to be held in Turkey in August 2011. When asked to comment on his near miss the modest, unassuming, young student simply retorted "that's cycling for you".

At present Thomas is joint leader of the Midlands Cycling League, following the third stage. This highly competitive league, held each Thursday between all the Midland Cycling Clubs, provides an opportunity for young Fallon to pit himself against some of the most professional talents in Irish cycling and to learn from such experiences.

The success of this young man to date in such a gruelling sport has brought great honour to his family, school and parish. Armed with the combination of his natural cycling ability, proper mental attitude and the positive influences with which Thomas has surrounded himself it is almost a certainty that this young man will grace the winning podium on many occasions in the coming years.


Portumna Town F.C.
Congratulations to Portumna's U15 team who won the Midlands School Boy League Shield Final on Saturday, 14th May against Mullingar Athletic. Portumna played very well and came from a goal down to run out 4-1 winners in a game held at Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore. Scorers on the day were Ronan O'Meara (2), Colin Burke and Niall Concannon. Well done lads and a thank you goes to Dave Madden, Kieran Curran and Mike O'Sullivan who looked after the team all year.

Also, congratulations goes to Portumna's Conor Barry who has made it through to the U15 Irish Cup Final with his team Salthill Devon. This final takes place next Sunday at the grounds of Wayside Celtic in Dublin against Crumlin. Portumna Soccer Club wish Conor the best of luck for the final


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Week-ends lotto jackpot worth 3500 euros. Seven people matched three numbers Frank Ford, Andy Smit,h Craig and Ronan O Meara, Derek Wilkson, Willie Walsh, Teresa Myers and Ann Carty. The numbers drew were 4 8 9 13. This Sat nights lotto is worth 3600 euros.

Thank You: A big thank you to the people who played in our Texas Hold'em and to all the people who sold tickets. Thanks to Donie O Meara for the use of his premises and for the finger food he provided on the night. The three people left in the game agreed to match the prize money Mike Cowan, Ger Ford and Mark Bradley. Fourth place went to Tommy Glynn.

Fundraising activity: Portumna GAA club has decided to engage in the collection of scrap metal household and other waste as a fundraising activity. Anyone who is interested in helping the club through this venture can contact Celia Keane 087 1342148, Damien Coleman 087 2661695 or Steve Killeen 086 6039235.

The local GAA club has come together with Vodafone to raise much needed funds for the club. We would appreciate that people on this network either bill pay or ready to go forward their numbers to the club treasurer. It costs you nothing just that the club receives 10% of your bill. Your support is very much appreciated.


North Tippeary Hospice Fundraiser
Matt Fogarty lives in Ballinderry, Tipperary, he has a tree farm and is known all over the Country. Matt is holding his annual Dance in Terryglass Hall on Saturday 28th May in aid of North Tipperary Hospice Movement. The time is 9.30pm to 12.30 pm music by Midnight Melodies as always all monies raised will go to the Hospice in Tipperary.


Irish Workhouse Centre - Volunteers Needed
Clean up at the Workhouse on Monday, 23rd May from 11.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It would be appreciated if people want to take part could contact the IRD by Friday, 20th May. 090-9741867.

Also volunteer guides are needed for July and August. While IRD personnel will staff the Irish Workhouse Centre, two people will be needed at any given time. Anybody wishing to volunteer as a guide can contact the IRD centre. A training course for guides will take place during June on Tuesday evenings from 8 – 10 pm. If you have good communication skills and are available to volunteer for four days during July and August tel. IRD on 090-9741867.


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