11 February 2014

Social Dance Classes
The Cube Challenge - Portumna Camogie Club Fundraiser
Speed Limits
Portumna Cycling Club
Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna Bachelor of the Year
News from Lorrha School.
Portumna Active Retirement Association
Children's Baking / Cake Decorating Workshops
Woodford Annual Bridge Game
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
Portumna Golf Club

Social Dance Classes
Social Dance Classes will be held at The Town Hall, Portumna every Sunday. Absolute beginners in Jive, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Slosh dance with top social dance instructor Niall Doorhy. No partners required all ages welcome. Time 6:00pm – 8:00pm. €10 per night. Hope to see all there. Call Niall on 0873536502 for any required information.


The Cube Challenge - Portumna Camogie Club Fundraiser
The Cube Challenge Portumna Camogie Club Style will be held in the Town Hall at 12 noon next Sunday the 16 February.

The challenges that await you are "The Ball Bounce", The Block Move", The Ball Blow", "The Target", "The Cue Ball Roll", "The Rebound” and if you are fortunate enough to have made it through all six stations then the Final Cube Challenge is the "Electric Shock" which is timed. Anne Rabbitte, Treasurer of Portumna Camogie Club, said "we are very fortunate to have such an innovative committee in Vincent Treacy, Brendan Murray and Ultan Hynes who put a lot of work in bringing the Cube Challenge stations to fruition".

On the day each contestant will be given 1 trial run and participants will be able to avail of simplifier options in all stations except 1 and 7. It is widely expected class mates will be challenging each other, team mates will be challenging each other and children will be challenging their parents, You can pop in at any stage from 12 to 6 but if others would like to pre book the cube challenge please contact Anne on 087 2424704. The entry fee is €5 so young and old all are encouraged to come along where speed, skill and accuracy and see if you can make it to through to station 7 and claim a cash prize.


Speed Limits
Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority have agreed to the following changes to speed limits in Portumna. New 50 Kilometer signs on the R355 past the Junction with Saint Brigid's Road. Move existing 50 Kilometer sign from its present location on the N65 to a point past Al Hayes Garage. Reduce the speed limit between Woodpark and Al Hayes Garage from 100 to 80 Kilometer per hour.

Welcoming these changes Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn said that following representations from local residents these proposals were submitted to Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority. These are important changes especially reducing the speed from Woodpark to 80 Kilometers, people walking to Portumna have to use the hard shoulder and the reduced speed will improve safety for them. It is always very difficult to get the NRA to agree to speed limit changes, for that reason it was necessary to make an exceptionally strong case to them. I am in contact with the National Roads Authority regarding the provision of Traffic Calming Measurers on a number of approach roads to the town concluded Councillor Mc Clearn.


Portumna Cycling Club
Portumna has long been recognised as a town that is passionate about sport and now a cycling club is being added to the list of activities available in this corner of south east Galway. The unprecedented rise in the popularity of cycling as a means of recreation is quite obvious given the numbers on our roads particularly at weekends. From Feb 23rd next when the inaugural spin of the newly formed club takes place the option of regular group spins with like-minded individuals will be now be available locally. The club will be for Leisure, or non-competitive cyclists and aims to cater for all levels, whether you have been off the bike for years or are currently a regular on two wheels.

The new club will offer many benefits, according to Chairperson, John Joe Conwell: "membership affords opportunity to get valuable exercise, meet new people in a relaxed environment and to benefit from the wonderful feeling of wellbeing and fitness enjoyed by regular cyclists". The club will be affiliated to Cycling Ireland, the governing body for cycling in this country, and membership will give cyclists insurance while on their bikes as well as a cycling license offering reduced entry fee to many of the cycling sportives around the country (Ring of Kerry etc.).

Prospective members are invited to a registration evening in O’ Meara’s Bar and Restaurant, Portumna on Monday next Feb. 17th at 8.30. The first club spin will take place on Sunday Feb. 23rd at 9am from Country Lane Cycles (beside Super Valu) and will cover a distance of 35Km – to Tynagh, Duniry and Abbey before returning to Portumna through Ballyshrule. For total beginners there will be the option of a number of shortcuts on this route which will be outlined on the day.

For more information about the club visit the website www.portumnacc.com or follow on twitter @portumnacc. For specific queries please email info@portumnacc.com


Portumna Camogie Club
The Portumna Intermediate Camogie girls were in hard luck on Sunday defeated by Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland Intermediate Semi-Final on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-7. The girls are to be commended on their display and can hold their heads high. Well done to the management and team and best of luck playing at senior level in the coming year. Congrats to Maeve Moran who deservedly earned player of the match. Come and meet the girls at ‘The Cube’ – Portumna Camogie style in the Town Hall on Sunday 16th February for a fun filled day.


Portumna Bachelor of the Year
It seemed like a long time coming but the wait is nearly over for the Portumna Bachelor of the Year 2014. Looking at the line up, this has the potential to be a fantastic’s nights entertainment. There is a very diverse spread of entries from all around, but every one of them has a twinkle in his eye and that eye on the top prize. This is a night for everyone, the ladies can eye up the local talent, the lads can check out the competition and everyone can sit back, relax and enjoy the craic. It’s Valentines Weekend and love is in the air, the fun kicks off on Saturday 15th February at 8.30pm sharp in The Arch Bar, Portumna and you can pay €10 on the door. The audience on the night chooses the winner, so come along and support your favourite, more details on facebook.


News from Lorrha School
The principal and staff wish to express sympathy to the husband and family of Tina Ryan, Pairc Na Cille, our school cleaner, on her untimely death recently. The children participated in a special prayer service held in the school, in remembrances of Tina and then proceeded to form a guard of honour outside the school as her remains were removed from her home to St. Ruadhan’s Church for funeral Mass and burial. May she rest in peace.

Catholic Schools week, St. Brigid, the most celebrated Irish woman of all time and Candlemas day were all celebrated in the school last week with a prayer services and the stations of the cross. Pupils brought their St. Brigid’s crosses to the altar along with blessed candles. All the pupils participated in this service.


Portumna Active Retirement Association
Portumna and District A.R.A. are holding a social night in Donnie O'Meara's restaurant this Thursday night 13th February at 7o'clock. Please be on time for the meal.


Children's Baking / Cake Decorating Workshops
A 5-week workshop starting on Thursday 13th Feb from 5pm-6.30pm. €15 per workshop. All ingredients included. Age 6 and upward. Design and bring home something yummy every Thursday. Contact Lisa 087-6407966 to secure a place.


Woodford Annual Bridge Game
The Woodford Annual Bridge Game was held in the Woodview Bar on Thursday 6th Feb 2014. The Results were 1st: Johnnie Cowan & Peg Burke, 2nd: Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smith, 3rd: Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 4th: Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 5th: Joan Ryan & Marian Molloy, 6th: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 7th: Patricia Power & Brid Mc Namara, 8th: Joe Ryan & Declan Fahy, 9th: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 10th: Mary Connolly & Frances Mc Crory.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results Wed 5 February 2014: 1st Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 2nd Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 3rd Sr Patrice Coen & Tommy Goonan, 4th Sheila Dillon & Pauline Mc Keon.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5 9 21 27, One person matched three numbers Michael Power, Tynagh.

Well done to our senior hurlers who gave a magificent performance in testing conditions to beat Na Piarsaigh of Limerick by four points on Sat. We now look forward to a an All Ireland final date with Mount Leinster Rangers on St Patrricks day.

Portumna got off to a dream start with a Ronan O Meara point and it was again the same player who finished to the net after a sublime pass from Andy Smith. Despite playing into a strong wind Portumna were 1-1 ahead after five minutes with young corner forward O Meara causing all sorts of problems for the Na Piarsaigh back line. At half time the sides were level with Portumna scores coming from O Meara Ollie Canning and three pointed frees from Joe Canning. Damien Hayes put over a point only seconds after the start off the second half. With five minutes remaining Portumna looked comfortable with a six point margin ahead only to see Dowling convert a penalty for the Limerick men. But a point by Joe Canning gave Portumna the insurance point they needed and they were worthy winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-11.

Joe Keane was superb in goals and was well assisted by Conor O Hare, Eugene Mc Entee and Gareth Heagney. The half backline of Smith, Dolphin and Lynch defended well while the mid field pairing of Leo Smith and Joe Canning got the better of the exchanges with Joe Canning having an inspirational game in the middle of the field. The half forward line led by man of the match Ollie Canning, Kevin Hayes and Damien held the upper hand while the full forward line of O Meara Smith and Niall Hayes caused many problems for the Limerick men.

Scorers Portumna A. Smith 0-1 Kevin Hayes 0-1 Ollie Canning 0-1 Damien Hayes 0-1 Joe Canning 0-9 7f 1'65 RO Meara 1-2.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 5, 10, 15 and 16. The jackpot was €4,500. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Kirwan Clan, Noleen Reilly, Marie & Billy Treacy, Peggy Forde and Paddy Brien. Next week's jackpot is €4,600 which will be held in Duffy’s.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club will host the 2014 Captains' and President's Drive-In on Sunday next 16th February. Captains' Leslie O’Meara and Brid Kelly together with President Ger Lynch will officially launch their competitions year on that day. The format is a three ball scramble. Entries taken from 11.00 a.m. and Tee Off at 12 noon sharp. All members are encouraged to come out and support our 2014 officers. Presentation of Prizes will take place immediately after competition. Soup & Sandwiches will be provided to all competitors in the clubhouse.


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