20 July 2011

Portumna's Caman Abu Squad Head to Croke Park
Portumna GAA
Summer Bridge Competitions
Killimor Camogie Club
Portumna Town FC
Locals Turn Out in Force to Remember
Portumna Scouts
Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna
Spraoi Summer Camps
Abbey to Honour Patron Saint
National Council for the Blind Fundraiser
United Left Alliance
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Portumna's Caman Abu Squad Head to Croke Park
Portumna's Caman Abu players are training hard under the direction of Damien Coleman for their first major outing on the national stage in Croke Park on the 7th August. They have been drawn to play against a team from Waterford. The Portumna team, Matthew Loughnane, Sean Donoghue, Vincent Treacy, Noel Gantley, Collette Fahy, Bernie Treacy, Susan Royston, Fergal Coughlan and Noeleen Fogarty, will travel to Dublin along with supporters where they will play during half-time at the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi Final. It is great for Portumna to be involved and playing on such a big stage as Croke Park, a first for all involved. Excitement is at fever pitch, with all players really looking forward to the challenge.

Caman Abu, piloted in Portumna, on Sign Out All Weather Pitch, has proven a huge success and great fun, was launched nationally at the last GAA Convention. Caman Abu is a new concept of social and recreational hurling for over 25s, catering for all abilities and fitness levels and consists of mixed teams of 7, using special hurls and sliothars. Training is every Tuesday at 8pm in Sign Out, new players always welcome. For further information contact 087 6779267.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Sat nights lotto jackpot worth 4400 euros. The numbers drawn wer 6 14 17 28. One person matched three numbers Eimear Mulhall. She receives 100 euros. This week-ends lotto is worth 4500 euros.

Junior A: Our junior A team secured two more points on the table when they overcame a gallant Skehana team by two points on Sunday evening. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half they went in at half time seven points ahead on a scoreline 1-8 to 0-4 and indeed should have been more ahead only for a lot of squandered chances. Skehena piled on the pressure in the second half and clawed back the lead bit by bit adding 1-6 to their first half performance while Portumna scored four points. Fortunately for Portumna time was up and they still remain unbeaten in the championship. Their final group game is against Barna Na Forbacha which is scheduled to be played in two weeks time.

Junior C: Our junior C team had a good win in the championship when they had two points to spare over Loughrea last Fri evening on a scoreline 2-9 to 0-13 with portumna's two goals coming from the stickwork of Tristan Hoary and Stephen Callanan with Portumna's other scores coming from Stephen Treacy, Conor Muldoon, Brian Dolphin, Tristan Hoary and Steve Killeen. Their final group game is against Meelick - Eyrecourt in two weeks time.

U12's: Well done to our u12 team and their management on winning their division of the eleven a side Go Games competition which took place in Duggan Park last Sat. Portumna had eight points to spare over their opponents Ballygar on a scoreline 1-6 to 0-1.


Summer Bridge Competitions
Results 4th July 2011: 1st Geraldine Canning & Pauric Murray, 2nd Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly

Results 11th July 2011: 1st Net Bernie Larkin & Patricia Eames, 2nd Mary Connolly & Charlie Mullen

Anyone interested in playing please contact 087 2427735.


Killimor Camogie Club
Killimor Camogie Club wishes to thank its sponsors who have generously supported the Club through 2010 and to date. A special thank you to the main sponsor Duffys Killimor. The list of sponsors is published on Killimor.org website - see sports and leisure. Due to the financial support and the individual help from parents members and local public the Club was successful as Co Club Senior Champions and All Ireland Senior Club Champions in 2010 and Killimor Camogie Feile Team also reached the Co Final 2011. Thanks to all from Officers and Players as we look forward to a good year in 2011. DVD's of these matches are available from 0852098781.


Portumna Town FC
Portumna Town FC is holding their AGM in Portumna Retirement Village, Social Centre on Monday 8th August at 9.15pm. All parents of players are asked to attend or anyone wishing to get involved with the club, please come along.


Locals Turn Out in Force to Remember
The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna opened on Friday, 15th July at 10 a.m. A large crowd of local people came to acknowledge the event. The aim of the project is to tell the story of the Irish Workhouse and to find new, sustainable uses for all the old buildings and the site. Mick Fogarty, Chairperson of SE Galway IRD welcomed the large attendance. SE Galway IRD was set up by members of the community in 1997. The purpose of the company is to promote, support and engage in local development initiatives that benefit the area. While SE Galway IRD is heading up this project, the chairperson stated that the Irish Workhouse Centre would not be open, without the help of a large number of dedicated local volunteers, the Rural Social Scheme and organisations such as Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development Ltd. and the Heritage Council, who provided funding.

Ursula Marmion, IRD manager and co-ordinator of the Irish Workhouse Centre acknowledged the work of all concerned. She gave an overview of work done to date. The buildings were in a very vulnerable condition when this project started. Work so far has concentrated on carrying out essential conservation works, in particular re-roofing the buildings. She stated that today was a significant milestone in the life of the project and added that a lot more work needs to be done, before the full potential of the complex is realised. She continued that there is still significant unused space. Two things will underpin any future works. New uses will need to be appropriate to the site and will need to be sustainable financially.

The Reverend Patrick Towers, Church of Ireland, Fr. Brendan Lawless, Parish Priest Portumna and Reggie Goodbody, Society of Friends (Quakers) blessed the complex, remembering in particular people who had gone before us. Little physical evidence remains of people ever having occupied the workhouse, with the exception of three leather boots, two belonging to women and one small child's boot, that were found during the clean up of the complex. However, as pointed out during the blessing, these people, who were in dire poverty from the 1840s onwards, live within us, in memory and genetically.

Volunteer Guide, Pat Madden, then gave a presentation on the Irish Workhouse. This was followed by a short film, which was made in Portumna Workhouse last year, with the help of the Galway Film Centre.

The Irish Workhouse Centre will be open 7 days a week, 9.30 to 6 p.m. until the end of August. No booking required. In 2012, the centre will be open from April to October. Visitors enter the centre via the waiting room, the actual room that people would have come in if they were seeking admission to the workhouse. The short film is then shown in what was the girls' classroom. After this visitors can go through the girls' yard, the women's dormitory block, including the matron's quarters, the nursery and the women's workroom. The tour then proceeds into the laundry building. Visitors can guide themselves by following the numbered story boards or can be accompanied by a local, volunteer guide. Admission fees are Adult €5, Seniors/Students €3 and Families €12. Group discounts are also available. All admission fees go towards the development of the complex. For further information or if you would like to become a "Friend of the Irish Workhouse Centre" tel: 090-9759200 www.irishworkhousecentre.ie


Portumna Scouts
As part of the Great Outdoors festival, Portumna Scouts set up an Ice Cream Parlour in the Playground Park and with kindly donated HB Ice Cream and the wafers and syrups from John Daly of Supervalu Portumna they sold Ice Cream wafers to the multitudes. The Wafers were on sale for a mere €2 each or 2 for €5 offering exceptional value on what was a scorching hot day. The Scouts managed to raise an impressive €485 which has been sent to Downe Syndrome Ireland. Well done to all the Scouts who did a first class job selling the Ice Cream and to all the children and parents who so kindly supported this worthy cause.

The Scouts are out again this Saturday at the Gala Filling Station, Antony Carroll has kindly agreed to let the Scouts use his premises and equipment to raise funds for their upcoming Summer Camp. The Car wash will be open for business on Saturday 23 July from 10am until 6pm the scouts will be on hand to put a sparkle back into your cars bodywork under the guidance and watchful eye of Antony Carroll.


Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna
The Shorelines Arts Festival 2011 has been accepted on the Fundit.ie programme. Fundit.ie is a new concept based on "crowd sourced" funding, meaning it is funding received from "crowds", i.e lots of people giving a small amount of money.

So, how does it work?: Basically, we need (really NEED) to raise €3,000 for this year's festival. Funding this year has been significantly cut and what we are asking is that you (as YOU!!!) make a donation to Shorelines Arts Festival using Fundit.ie - anything from €5 upwards. We have only five weeks left to do this, so please make your donation NOW. In return for your donation we are willing to give very generous rewards.

Is there a catch?: For you, no. For us, yes. If we reach our €3,000 target, we get the money. If we don't reach our €3,000 amount, we don't. The money is pledged through your credit card and will not leave your account unless we have reached our target.

For more information see www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or phone Mark Conroy on 087 3689507.


Spraoi Summer Camps
The aim of the Spraoi Summer camps is to offer children a week of activity and fun where they will acquire new skills in a safe and fully supervised environment. Every leader is full trained and has many years of experience of working in summer camps.

The Spraoi summer camps will take place in the Sporting Facilities and Grounds of Portumna Community School. The water based activities will take place on the River Shannon at the local swimming area. The camps will take place over two weeks. Week 1 Monday 25th to Friday 29th July, Week 2 Monday 1st to Friday 5th August. The day plan atarts at 9.30am and finish 3.30pm morning break and lunch, both fully supervised. The Camps are suitable for children between the ages 7 to 13 inclusive. To book call Mike Fallon on 087 3631479.


Abbey to Honour Patron Saint
Located in a tranquil and peaceful setting and nestling in the foothills of the Lackan Mountain are St. Feichin's Holy Well and St. Fechin's Cemetery. It is in this cemetery that the patron saint of Abbey parish will be honoured when Mass is concelebrated there next Sunday 24th evening at 7.00pm. The occasion is the 1431st Anniversary of the birth of St. Feichin in the year 580. AD. Mass goers attending this concelebrated Mass should go to the village of Abbey and follow the direction signs to the Cemetery. Covered seating will be provided and irrespective of the weather conditions the Mass will go ahead in comfortable conditions. There will also be adequate car parking spaces.


National Council for the Blind Fundraiser
In possibly the smallest venue he has ever played, singer-song-writer and comedian Paul Malone will entertain people in Séamus Hayes's Pub this coming Friday night. Proceeds of a weekend long raffle will entirely go to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.

Both Paul and Séamus have long connections with N.C.B.I. They have fundraised by walks and in Paul's case cycles with and for blind peole all over the world, providing valuable rehab for those blinded by accident or illness. The event is generously sponsored by M&J Gleeson, Seamus Burke, Wine & Spirit Wholesalers and also as a special treat Seamus will be launching Carlsberg draught in his hostelry. Visitors can expect the night to deliver laughs and songs to remember from one of Irelands best loved entertainers, Paul Malone.


United Left Alliance
The newly formed United Left Alliance will hold a public meeting in Ná Calai on Monday 25th July at 8pm if you wish to come along feel free. The speakers on the night are Michael O Brien Socialist Party and Kieran Allen People before Profit.


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