08 June 2011

Portumna Town FC
5-a-side Soccer Tournament
Entertainment at The Ferry Inn
10th Galway Portumna Scout Group
Portumna Tidy Towns
Tourist Information Centre
Lunchtime Concert in Portumna Library
Davitts Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club
Bachelor of Portumna
Cemetery Masses
50 Years In Business
Castle Harbour Toilets
Portumna Forest park 100km and U-marathon (Ultra Marathon 50km) & Marathon
Killimor Golf Outing
Pauric O Rourke PGA
Gortanumera National School
Junior Golf Lessons at Portumna Golf Club
Portumna on Facebook

Portumna Town FC
Portumna Town F.C will be holding their end of season awards night in the Shannon Oak on Friday 10th of June at 6:30. The club provide soccer for all kids from 6yrs to 16yrs, from Portumna and the surrounding parishes. All new and existing members are invited to attend. Anybody interested in getting involved in the club, please come along.


5-a-side Soccer Tournament
Portumna Town FC Five A Side Tournament is back this year. It will take place on Friday the 1st of July and Sat 2nd of july as part of the town festival. First prize €200 and a trophy. There is also a trophy for the runners up. Fee for the Comp is €100. Eight players in each squad. teams must enter before 25th of June 2011. For more info and to enter phone Seamus on 087 6954487.


Entertainment at The Ferry Inn
Saturday 11th June: music by Darren Burke.
Saturday 18th June: music by Pat Moroney.
Saturday 25th June: music by Golden Wings, Patsy Fallon & Co.


10th Galway Portumna Scout Group
10th Galway Portumna Scout Group held its very well attended AGM on Sunday 29th May. The Group had a huge range of activities to review from last year across all four Scouting Sections. Youth members from each section delivered their own reports to this year's meeting. Isabelle Canning, Ruari Connelly, John Claffey and Ruth Murray delivered the Beaver Scouts report while Deirdre Eames & Saoirse Mullen delivered the Cub Scouts report. Helena Horrigan, Brian O'Sullivan, Eoin Robinson & Ciara Walsh updated the meeting on Scouts activities while Caitriona Eames provided details of Venture Scouts' activities for the year. Group Leader Ultan Hynes thanked Scouters for their ongoing dedication and commitment to providing programme for youth members as well as thanking the officers and parents & friends for their ongoing support. Bridie Clarke was elected as Chairperson of the new Parents & Friends committee and is already planning fund raising activities with her committee.

The meeting was also updated on the ongoing benefits of the new Scouting Ireland One Programme, including the introduction this year of the Chief Scout Awards for all Sections and combined Gaisce Awards for Scouts & Ventures. Eight Scouts have just commenced their combined Chief Scout Award/Gaisce Bronze Award. Liz Ridge & Henry Mullen were also awarded their Wood Badge Beads by County Commissioner Noel Leahy. This internationally recognized Scouting award is granted in recognition of Scouters having completed all Wood Badge training. The Group is busy organizing summer camps and other challenging activities for all Sections and look forward to remainder of the scouting year.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Adjudication time for Tidy Towns is looming. A very big "Thank You" to the huge numbers that turned out to give Portumna a great tidy up. The adjudicators can visit Portumna anytime from the beginning of June right through the summer so it would be great if residents and businesses could do like they do every year and pull out all the stops to keep Portumna clean and tidy. We meet every Friday evening at the square at 7.30pm and anyone who would like to get involved to clean up, weed or indeed water the plants, please come along. Your support is really appreciated.


Tourist Information Centre
The South East Galway Tourist Centre is open from Tues. 7th June to Sept. Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (lunch 1-2) at Abbey St, Portumna, beside the IRD centre, tel: 090-9741867. People in tourism related businesses are invited to leave in information. SE Galway IRD manages the Centre with support from the Community Services Programme.


Lunchtime Concert in Portumna Library
On Monday, June 13th, a lunchtime concert will take place in Portumna Library at 1pm. This concert, free to the public, will feature Galway's Ensemble in Residence as part of their 2011 Outreach Programme. The ConTempo String Quartet will play Mozart's String Quartet and Haydn's Emperor. You are all welcome to a feast of classical music. Supported and promoted locally by Portumna's Arts Group.


Davitts Camogie Club
Final preparations are taking place as the Davitts U14 team gets ready for this years feile final this weekend against local rivals Killimor. The match will take place in Loughrea this sunday at 1pm. Davitts have had mixed performances in the run up to this final but hope that they will produce a good performance on Sunday and capture the feile trophy. We urge as many people as possible to get out and support the girls on Sunday. Best of luck to Nollaig Devery and all her managment team .


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club had a launch night in Duffy's to present a new set of jerseys to the Senior panel. DVD's of All Ireland Club semi final and final as well as CD of locally penned Killimor song and hurley with players photo laminated on it are available from Club Officers.
Killimor take on Davitts in the County U14A Camogie Final next Sunday 12th June at 1pm in Loughrea.


Bachelor of Portumna
The Bachelor of Portumna 2011 will be crowned on Saturday 25th June in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Portumna's most eligible men will be on show vying for the prestigious title. Luckily for some there is no swimwear section this year, but nevertheless it promises to be an excellent nights entertainment with fun and craic guaranteed. The night is presented by Portumna Rugby Club, kick off is at 8.30 and admission is €10 at the door.


Cemetery Masses
Churchill: Tuesday 14th June at 8pm.
Kilaminogue: Thursday 16th June at 8pm.
St. Michael's: Monday 20th June at 8pm.
Calvery: Tuesday 21st June at 8pm.
Please Note: The cemetery maintenance collection will be taken up at the cemetery mass.


50 Years In Business
Gary Kenny and his wife Maureen have just celebrated 50 years in business. Gary has a filling station and fishing tackle store on the Bridge Road. Along with selling everything for the DIY Gardener, Lumberjack, Fishing enthusiast, Gary has everything that you will need. It's a landmark in anyone's life to last so long in business and still enjoy it, well done.


Castle Harbour Toilets
A special card now operates Castle Harbour Toilets, these cards are available in Shops around the Town.


Portumna Forest park 100km and U-marathon (Ultra Marathon 50km) & Marathon
AAI permit for the Marathon, Ultra Marathon and 100km. Supported by the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Coilte Ireland. The course has been officially measured and certified 100km, 50km and Marathon. For more information visit www.sebfitness.com


Killimor Golf Outing
The Killimor golf outing will take place at Portumna Golf Club this coming Saturday June 11th tee reserved from 12.30 to 14.30. Contact Matt Donoghue on 087 9551298 or Ger Brehony 086 8053988, Ger is the 2011 Captain of the Society.


Pauric O Rourke PGA
It is not always possible to get a job you love doing, especially something you had pursued as a hobby when you were younger. Pauric O Rourke from Portumna has done just that. He has landed a job at the World famous Pine Valley Golf Club in America. The club was founded in 1913 by a group of amateur golfers from Philadelphia, and ironically Portumna Golf Club was also founded in 1913. Pauric loved playing golf from an early age and was one of the talented junior golfers at Portumna Golf Club in the mid to late 90s. He practiced hard at his craft, you could hear him pulling his trolley from his parents house to the club every morning and evening.

Padraic was golfer of the year at Portumna Golf Club in 1998, 1999 & 2000 along with holding the course record 65 (-7). He turned Professional at +3 Handicap. Since then Padraic has gone on to have a successful playing career, playing in golf tournaments in America, Europe & Asia along with competing on the Irish Circuit. In an interview with Pauric last week he says, "As I am now at one of the best clubs in the world the goal from here will be to "Achieve Head Professional" at a top resort. Pine Valley will open a lot of doors for me as many of its members own golf clubs around the world, the members are made up of some of the most successful business men. Each day brings a new face, Tim Henman and Lee Dixon arrived from England, they are here with an over seas member. They will stay on site for the next few days. We have no junior members but members can bring their Children along for one on one coaching with one of the professionals."

"The fact I am Irish and have played and worked in Ballybunnion Golf Course and on courses that the Americans play when they come to Ireland helps me to interact with the members. The Americans can relate very easily to the Irish now that President Obama has visited last month. Nightlife is quiet as we work about 60 hours a week and try to play some golf out side of that. I have been very lucky to see and play some of the best courses in the world and I must say when I knew I was going to Pine Valley to work and with the chance to play the course as much I wanted I felt it would take an amazing course to impress me and impressed I am."

"I have been here almost 3 months and have played the course up to 20 times. It is without doubt the best course I have ever played. The course itself has been viewed as an unbeatable monster, the world's hardest inland layout. Pine Valley is set on 600 acres of pine forest and is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the country. A round of golf here must come by way of an invitation from a member. On a given night Pine Valley can accommodate up to 76 people, between Lodges, Cottages, Clubhouse and Cabins. There are 21 houses on the estate, which are owned by members who live on the property for the summer. The clubhouse is very nice and very old style, but has an amazing atmosphere inside. The golf shop is small but has some of the best golf equipment available. There is a member's shop upstairs, again quite small but top class; members only can shop there. The practice range is widely regarded as the best in the world and I can say it is the best I have ever seen".


Gortanumera National School
Gortanumera like many other National Schools in the area had a visit from GAA officials a few weeks back, The visit was part of this years Feile na nGael 2011 to be held in Co. Galway in June. Among the celebrities that attended were John Fahey GAA County Board, Joe Canning Galway Hurler and past pupil of the School, Sylvie Donoghue Portumna GAA Club Steve Grogan of Bus Eireann presented a kit bag containing sliothars, cones, water bottles and bibs to the Principal and a handball and Camogie player were also part of the entourage. The visitors were made feel very welcome, and there was lots of questions from the students to Joe Canning to John Fahey and to all the panel. Gortanumera School has a long and wonderful history built in 1860 at a cost of £180 long may it last.


Junior Golf Lessons at Portumna Golf Club
The dates are set for the Junior Golf Lessons at Portumna Golf Club, they will commence on Monday 4th July Wed. 6th Fri. 8Th Mon. 11th and Thursday 14th. The good news is we have a reduced and revised fee schedule. This is because we are receiving help from some committee members. The cost is as follows: one child €35, 2 Children €60 & 3 Children €90. The closing date for securing place and paying the fee is Friday 24th June. The money may be paid at the Clubhouse.


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