18 January 2012

Anti-household Charge - Public Meeting
Back to the Future part 2 or Where do we go from here!!!!
'79 Bridge Club Results
Ireland Reaching Out
Computer Classes in Killimor
Rainbows - Peer Support Group in Na Calai
Yoga Classes
Rathcabbin Players Present "Tom, Dick and Harry"
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
St Patrick's Day Parade
Weight Watchers
Portumna Players staging Steel Magnolias
Special Olympics

Anti-household Charge - Public Meeting
A public meeting has been called by residents and community activists who are unhappy about the household charge that was introduced this year as part of the government's austerity measures. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th January at 8pm in Kinsella's Bar, Main Street, Loughrea. All are welcome and the meeting is aimed specifically at residents of Loughrea, Gort, Ardrahan, Athenry, Monivea, Ballinasloe, Portumna and surrounding districts.

The meeting is one of hundreds of similar gatherings that are taking place throughout the country, and the seventh such meeting to be held in Galway City and County. A national campaign of resistance to the household charge is being unrolled around the country with hundreds of thousands of households already committed to opposing this unjust and unworkable tax.

The meeting is open to all. Similar meetings are planned for other areas in Galway. For more information on the proposed household charge and the campaign to oppose it please visit www.nohouseholdtax.org or call the special low-call national hotline on 1890 98 98 00. For information on the Loughrea meeting, or to get involved in the campaign locally, contact Seán Byrne on 087 9499817 or Conor McGuinness on 087 9345603.


Back to the Future part 2 or Where do we go from here!!!!
As you drive into Portumna from either the Galway Rd. or the Ennis Rd. you will not help but notice that the heart has been pulled out of the Town, pulled out by a fire in September of last year which destroyed the Shannon Oaks Hotel and since then the shutters have been pulled down with no immediate sign of them being pulled up! The question on everyones lips is what next? As a community, where do we go from here?

Since the fire nothing has happened that would seem to indicate that the Hotel will open in the immediate future. Portumna has had a tradition of Hotel and B&B facilities for over 40 years what with its tourist attractions like Lough Derg, Portumna Forest and Castle and all the associated amenities. We need a plan to get this hotel up and running again.

Portumna is a good community town with many community groups and many have expressed an interest in calling a public meeting inviting all the relevant agencies together in order to come up with ideas:, we did it before when there was a threat of the Local Garda Station closing down. We did it in the mid 90s when the IRD was set up. So whats stopping us now? We need to double our efforts in these, what can be termed as "liquid" times. We have nothing to lose by trying because if we do not, the whole business structure of Portumna will fall around us like a House of Cards. Your Town, your Call.


'79 Bridge Club Results
1st Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd Patricia Claffey & Charlie Mullen, Gross Fr Finneran & Kaye Duddy, 3rd Sile Dillon & Patricia Bleihein, 4th Michael Torpey & Brigid Brereton.


Ireland Reaching Out
Ireland Reaching Out reaches Finals of LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) Awards 2012: Ireland XO has reached the finals of the national LAMA Awards 2012! Shortlisted in the category "Best Community Based Initiative", the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 11th February in Dublin. Returning as our MC again for 2012 is Miriam O'Callaghan and guest of honour is Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Phil Hogan. The Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) represents elected councillors nationwide and plays a pivotal role in local government, being charged with representing constituents in local issues, providing leadership within the community and being responsible for overall provision of local services.

Ireland Reaching Out Project - looking for information on the Jordan/Kennedy Family: Dusty Kennedy from the US writes: I am researching Thomas Kennedy born 1847 (died 1912) and his wife Mary Jordan born 1846 (died 1906) who married in Portumna in 1868. They arrived in USA in 1869/1870. They had two sons before they left, John F. and Michael Joseph, and a further four children in the US (Joseph P Kennedy (1873 - 1943), Anna Mae Kennedy Stewart (1876 - 1945), Daniel James Kennedy (1883 - 1956) and Margaret Catherine Kennedy Warner (1883 - 1960). They relocated to Garland, Pennsylvania. Does anyone have any information they could share? Please contact (091) 842013 or go on to the website: http://www.irelandxo.com/group/portumna/messages/jordankennedy-family-portumna.


Computer Classes in Killimor
Na Calai and County Galway Adult Literacy Service are planning to organise a 12 week beginner computer course in Killimor Heritage Centre. If you are interested in putting your name forward for this course, please contact Catriona Burke, Community Development Worker on 087 2859863.


Rainbows - Peer Support Group in Na Calai
Rainbows is a confidential and safe setting where children and young people can share feelings associated with loss with each other and trained facilitators. A Rainbows peer support group will commence Wednesday, 25th January 6 - 7 p.m. in Na Calai for children aged 7 -9. The group will meet for 12 consecutive weeks. A limited number of places are left. More support groups for other age groups may follow. Further information is available from Catriona Burke, Community Development Worker on 087 2859863.


Yoga Classes
Yoga with Ruth is beginning again on Tuesday 17th January at An Gairdin Portumna. The following are the times: 6.15pm-7.45pm gentle/beginners, 8.00pm-9.30pm gentle continuation. It will run for 11 weeks. Phone: Ruth 087 2434759.


Rathcabbin Players Present "Tom, Dick and Harry"
Rathcabbin Players will stage the popular and well known Ray Cooney's comedy "Tom, Dick and Harry" in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night January 26th to Sunday night 29th and from Friday February 3rd to Sunday 5th. A play not to be missed so you are advised to book early on (087) 2360096 between 5.30 and 8.30 p.m. A variety of photos from recent rehearsals can be viewed on the parish web site at www.lorrhadorrha.ie under the 2011 and 2012 photo gallery.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Sat nights lotto jackpot worth €7100. The numbers drawn were 2 12 21 24. Two people matched three numbers: Liam Gordon & Oisin Larkin. They each receive €50. This Saturday nights lotto is worth €7200. Lotto can also be purchased on line.

A.G.M.: The Clubs A.G.M. will take place in the Town Hall on Sunday 22nd @2:30pm. Everyone welcome.


Killimor GAA
Killlimor GAA lotto has been won on 4 occasions over the past 2 years with a total prize money of up to €30,000 being won.

Last weeks numbers were 7, 13, 19, 27. The jackpot was €3,600. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners ( €20) were Anna Porter, Dara Horan/Niall O Meara, Ann Donnellan Loughrea, Kity Guinan and Michael Quinn.

Next week's jackot €3,700 which will be held in Duffy's. Yearly subscription is €100.


St Patrick's Day Parade
It's that time of year again and we will not feel March 17th creeping up on us. If you have any interest in getting involved in this years parade contact Jim on 087 6411711 or Kathleen 087 2850165.


Weight Watchers
Weight watchers works, find out for yourself. Join this week for an easy start on your weight loss journey. Every Monday eve at 7pm in the Social Centre Portumna Retirement Village. Contact Monica at 087-2910944.


Portumna Players staging Steel Magnolias
Portumna Players hope to stage Robert Harling's hit play and film Steel Magnolias. The play is about the bond among a group of women from a parish, which in turn dealt with the playwright's experience with the death of his sister. The title suggests the main female characters can be as delicate as magnolias, but are as tough as steel.

The story is based on the death of Robert Harling's younger sister, Susan Harling Robinson, a diabetic. As her best friend and closest sibling, Harling found it difficult to cope with her death. His friends advised him to write about his feelings as a coping method. It began as a short story and evolved into a full-length play. In the play which has a cast of 6 females they share each others strength and loyalty, these 6 remarkable women survive the cycles of life, birth and death to emerge stronger, closer and still laughing.


Special Olympics
If anyone is interested in setting up a Special Olympics club in Portumna contact Collette Flaherty on 087 1373433. "Special Olympics" is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries. Lets give it a go.


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