04 March 2014

The Slow Close of Portumna Council Office
Portumna Cycling Club
Casino Night - Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project Fundraiser
Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Lorrha National School Open Day
St. Patricks Day Parade
Abbey 10KM Road Race
Table Quiz - Gortanumera Development Association Fundraiser
Killimor GAA
Portumna Active Retirement Association
National Tree Week: 2nd to 9th March
6 Week Yoga Course
The Evertides in Concert
Croí Dietitian
Portumna GAA
Suas Volunteer Programme
Darkness into Light Walk 2014

The Slow Close of Portumna Council Office
Anne Rabbitte the Local Election Candidate for South East Galway has today been informed that the Council office in Portumna is under sever threat of closing. The Town Engineer has been relocated 3 days a week to Loughrea and it is wildly speculated that from June 2014 he will be based fulltime in the Loughrea Office and the Portumna office will close.

The loss of this office is yet another attack on the demise of rural Ireland. It hard to believe says Rabbbitte, that in 2008 we had 23 people working for the council in Portumna in a full time capacity and today there is only 6 . The loss of the local office will be a severe blow to Portumna and the surrounding areas. The Portumna Council Office covers Portumna Town and surrounding areas as far a field as Ballinakill, Kylebrack, Killimor, Tynagh and Abbey. With only two weeks to the start of the Tourist Season in Portumna this is a severe blow to the area. We are loosing a vital cog in the operational mechanism in both urban and rural life with the proposed closure of the council office. Cyril and Karl who have worked with a diminishing work force for the last number of years. Despite this they have always managed to assist the Local Tidy Towns, Town Development Company, Portumna Task Force and Chamber of Commerce to address many issues that would arise on a daily and weekly basis.

Anne Rabbitte has sought a meeting with Martina Maloney and Brian Barrett of Galway County Council to discuss the Plans for the Council services and Engineer in Portumna and for surrounding areas to have an understating of what is afoot for this area of South East Galway. Anne has committed to communicating this information as soon as it comes to hand via the medium of letter, facebook and texts.


Portumna Cycling Club
The first spin of the newly formed Portumna Cycling Club took place on Sunday morning last with a 40Km cycle through Tynagh, Duniry and Abbey. Despite the very wet conditions we had a good turnout with a mix of experienced and novice cyclists. The reaction afterwards was that the cyclists enjoyed the experience of a group spin, finding it much easier than a solo effort with the kilometres “just flying by”. A similar spin is planned for next Sunday, departing from outside Country Lane Cycles at 9 am. New members are very welcome and full details about the club, the spins and membership are available on www.portumnacc.com.

With the All Ireland Club Final taking part on St. Patrick’s Day a number of club members are considering cycling to Dublin on Sunday 16th in advance of the big game. This would re-enact a practice from many years ago when it was not unusual for supporters to travel to Croke Park on two wheels in advance of a big game. If anyone is interested in taking part in this spin please phone 087 2044324.


Casino Night - Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project Fundraiser
Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project are holding a Fundraising Casino Night on Sat 15th March in Treacy’s Bar, Killimor at 9.30pm sharp. An exciting fun filled evening for everyone is promised. Guests learn to play Black Jack, Roulette and Texas Holdem Poker on real tables with professional dealers. Buy-backs are available. No experience is necessary as Croupiers are on hand to show everyone how to play. Prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are limited. To purchase a ticket contact any committee member or Treacy’s Bar on 090-9676108.


Portumna '79 Bridge Club
The Results of the Gross pairs competition in the Portumna '79 Bridge Club were 1st Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, 2nd Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 3rd Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 4th Sheila Dillon & Pauline Mc Keon, 5th Patsy Hanbury & Patricia Eames, 6th Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, Net Charlie Mullen & Pat Flanagan, 1st session Sr Patrice Coen & Tommy Goonan, 2nd Session Bertie Hanlon & Michael Torpey.


Lorrha National School Open Day
Lorrha N.S. open day will be take place on Friday March 7th from 2pm to 3.30pm. If parents are unavailable on that day please contact the school and we can arrange a time that suits you. Enrolment forms for September are available from the school or call (090) 9747295, email luanaofa@eircom.net. Visit our web site www.lorrhans.ie. Come along and meet the staff, speak to the teachers and view our facilities. All are welcome.


St. Patricks Day Parade
A meeting of the St. Patricks parade committee will be held on Tuesday 11 March at 9pm in O Mearas. Anyone wishing to get involved and help out is very welcome. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday 23rd March; the parade will assemble at the Mart on Domnick Street and depart from there at 12.30. Further details from Kathleen O Brien, Noelle Lynskey or Walter Burke.


Abbey 10KM Road Race
Takes place on Sunday 16th March at 1pm. Entries will be taken in Abbey Community Centre on the 15th March from 7pm-8pm and Sunday 16th from 11am-12 noon or at www.runireland.com.


Table Quiz - Gortanumera Development Association Fundraiser
Gortanumera Development Association invites everyone to our Annual Table Quiz on Friday, 21 March, in O'Meara's, Portumna. Great Prizes (as always): First Prize: €100; Second Prize: €50; Students' Prize: €50. Tables of four. Loads of Raffle Prizes (as always)! Adult Entry: only €10 ea.; Student Entry: only €5 each.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 2, 20, 22 and 25. The jackpot was €4,800. Last week's 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Tommy Glynn, Mike Winters Ramore, Mike & Ann Reilly, Audrey McLearn and Brian Guinan.Next week's jackpot is €4,900 which will be held in Kirwan’s.


Portumna Active Retirement Association
Portumna Active Retirement Association will host on Thursday 6 March at 8pm on Adult Education.A presentation by Michael Cunniffe, on courses available to Adults of all ages, in Portumna.


National Tree Week: 2nd to 9th March
By doing something as simple as planting a tree, everyone can play his or her part in making a long term impact in times of climate uncertainty. Trees play a significant role in mitigating, climate change by soaking up carbon emissions. Trees also provide us with clean air to breathe and reduce the effects of flash flooding and soil erosion. So what can you do this week?


6 Week Yoga Course
Commencing Tuesday 4th March at 6pm in the Engine Room. Contact Liz on 087-6314581. If you are interested in Beginners Kettlebell, BoxFit or Begin to Spin contact Sarah at 087-2117262.


The Evertides in Concert
Portumna Arts Group are delighted to host "The Evertides" in concert in Portumna's intimate venue that is Christ Church on Saturday, March 8th at 8pm. The group includes Portumna's own Ruth Smith with the equally talented Ruth Mc Gill and Alma Kelliher. You can book on line at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com/tickets or buy from Ladies' Day, Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Palmerston Stores or by calling Ruth on 0863579002. Support your Village of Culture event.


Croí Dietitian
A healthy weight can be achieved by literally making small changes in your lifestyle. For expert guidance, our Croí Dietitian will facilitate a 6 week group session (1 hour per week) where you will discover the key to healthy weight management. For further information contact the Croí heart and stroke centre on 091-893500. Date and time Thursday 13 March 10.30am to 11.30am. Location Tynagh Old School, Tynagh cost €70.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6 12 17 22. One person matched three numbers Liz Joyce.

The Club are putting on buses for the All Ireland Club final. Anyone interested contact D.Lynch & sons for details.

Open evening to meet our senior team is on this coming Friday night at 9pm after training. All children of the parish and their parents are invited to attend and get photos and autographs with their heroes.


Suas Volunteer Programme
Two of Portumna's finest ambassadors: Daniel Eames and Conor O'Meara who are presently studying in Dublin and have been quite active members of Portumna community life over the past number of years, and even more recently they have become involved with the St. Vincent de Paul and Suas charities in Dublin.

They are currently in the process of fundraising a considerable amount of money as a donation to the registered Irish charity SUAS as part of their Volunteer Programme 2014. On completion of their fundraising they will hopefully be travelling to India to work in the marginalized urban slum communities, Eames in Delhi, and O’Meara in Kolkata (Team locations are chosen for them) they will be working with youth and women from disadvantaged communities, primarily in teaching positions.

They are required to contribute €2,995 each toward the total cost of the programme and 100% of any additional funds raised over and above the participation fee will also go directly to their Partner Schools India. Since 2002, Suas volunteers have raised over €550,000 to support education projects in some of the poorest communities in the world. If you would like, you can find more information about Suas, the Volunteer Programme, and the partner schools on www.suas.ie As you can imagine, this fundraising is an arduous task, especially since they are in many of the same social circles, at home and in Dublin. Nonetheless they have decided to fundraise together and are hoping that the people in the locality will rise to the occasion. Might be able to assist them in this worthy cause.

If any business has an empty shop window available on St. Brendan's Street in which they could post literature relating to their project. This would be immensely helpful in raising awareness, and it would allow them to have a permanent display during the coming months. The lads aim to reach much of the community during their efforts, in terms of fundraising and also in raising awareness of the valuable work this charity does.


Darkness into Light Walk 2014
This year Darkness into Light walk will take place nationwide on Saturday 10 May. This is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The early dawn represents hope and is symbolic of the work of Pieta House; bringing people from darkness back into the light. The most scenic place and the nearest to the people of Portumna and the surrounding areas is Salthill, Galway. The early morning breeze sweeping in from the Atlantic is magical the chats amongst fellow walkers is riveting the time passes very quickly. It gives you the urge to keep walking, there is no place on earth like it. So, mark it into your diary.


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