18 March 2014

Blue & Yellow Parade of Colour
Portumna Camera Club
Tiernascragh National School - Enrolement Day
Daffidol Day
GSPCA Charity Dog Walk
Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna GAA Club
Portumna Bridge Club
Killimor GAA
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
A Load of Horse Manure
Portumna Golf Club

Blue & Yellow Parade of Colour
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade deferred for one week will host the Portumna Hurling Team as special guests at the parade as the 2014 All Ireland Club Hurling Champions. For this special day, the committee asks YOU to welcome the team with a sea of yellow and blue caps/hats. Let’s make history with a world record of blue and yellow hats or caps, - home made, crocheted, knitted or woven- in Portumna Square on Sunday, March 23rd. And blue & yellow combined create green so St. Patrick is still acknowledged this way!

During the parade that will commence at 12.30pm from Portumna Mart, the town will be asked to attend and commend both the GAA Hurlers and the Camogie teams on the wonderful achievements that have brought such pride to Portumna.

Floats are invited to register for the parade in Portumna Post Office. At €5 per float per entry, the committee expects a big entry this year. Please register well in advance. The Irish Army will lead with a Colour Party as well as the Nenagh Ormond Brass Band. All entrants and participants are asked to be in Portumna Mart at 11.45am in order to organise the parade format and give the judges plenty of time to choose the winners in the following categories: Youth, Voluntary, Business/Commercial, Vintage and Humorous. So get imaginative, get into the spirit, get out on your street and celebrate!


Portumna Camera Club
The AGM was held on 25th Feb and the officers for 2014 are as follows. Chairperson-Mike Hourigan,Treasurer-Anne McEntee,Secretary-Anne Forde.

This season we are getting back to basics with a series of in house workshops on basic photography techniques, with Brendan Hoary. As always we welcome new members. We meet fortnightly in the social room of the  Retirement Village. Next meeting is Tuesday 11th March with a workshop of the best use of "Depth of Field".


Tiernascragh National School - Enrolement Day
Tiernascragh National School is holding an Enrolment Day on Thursday 20th March (2.00pm to 4.00pm). Parents of children considering enrolment this September are invited to visit the school, meet with teachers and view the facilities. Everyone welcome.


Daffodil Day
Daffodil Day is on Friday 28 March in Portumna and surrounding districts. Volunteer collectors can contact Marie Gunning on 0872358585 before that date. Businesses and shops who wish to collect and sell merchandise can do so by contacting the above by Wednesday 26th. March.


GSPCA Charity Dog Walk
Portumna Forest Park, Sunday 30th of March @ 12. Great day to planned for all the family. Dog-training demonstration will be followed with advice from dog trainer on all your doggie problems. Face Painting and Treasure Hunt for the kids and lots more. So come and enjoy our great day and help us raise much needed funds for a great local charity.€10 for your first dog and €5 a dog after that for multi dog households. Updates on Facebook


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of the Portumna Vintage Club will be held in O Mearas on Thursday 20th at 9 pm. The vintage club will once again be taking part in the Portumna Patricks parade which will take place on Sunday 23rd. Anyone with a vintage vehicle is welcome to join us, assembly for the parade will be at the Mart grounds on Domnick street at 11.30. Further details from Walter Burke 087 8267054.


Portumna GAA Club
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3 10 12 22. Three people matched three numbers.

The club would like to thank all the people who supported our recent table quiz. To all the people who gave spot prizes and a big thank you to the Arch Bar for the use of their premises. Thanks to Vincent and Laura for all their help on the night. Thanks to the prize winners who kindly donated the money back to the Club.

Dinner Dance: Our dinner dance in conjunction with the camogie club will take place on Friday April 4th in a marquee in O Mearas. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Tickets can be purchased from Celia Keane. Price €35.

The club would like to thank all the people who decorated the town and to all the people who put up signs and who decorated their premises. It was greatly appreciated.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge Club President (Brid Mc Namara) Prize - 1st Sr Patrice Coen & Patricia Eames, 2nd: Pauric Murray & Pauline Mc Keon, Gross Eileen Smith & Fr Michael Finneran, 3rd Paddy Kelly & Sean Cahalan, 4th: Joe Ryan & Declan Fahy, 5th: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly, 6th: Kaye Duddy & Pasy Hanbury, 1st Session: Bernie Larkin & Peggy Whyte, 2nd Session: Tommy Goonan & Susan Royston.

Portumna '79 Club for 12th March'14 - 1st: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd: Lorna Stoddart & Florence Mc Namara, Gross: Sean Cahalan & Paddy Kelly 3rd: Brid Mc Namara & Peg Burke, 4th Mary Nevin & Kim Sundgren.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 6, 9, 21 and 28. The jackpot was €5,000. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Donal Fahy, Jonnie Duane, Patrick Geoghegan, Alan McLearn, and Colm Fahy. Next week's jackpot is €5,100 which will be held in Treacy's.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society host a lecture by Declan Kelly MA, on the un-consecrated burials grounds in South East Galway, entitled; Out of Rite and Out of Sight, in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna on Tuesday 25 of March at 8.30pm.


A Load of Horse Manure
For three whole days a pile of horse manure lay on a narrow path on one of the busiest streets in Portumna, forcing offended pedestrians to step off the footpath just eight metres from a dangerous corner putting their lives at risk. When the County Council office was contacted they said that they had no one in the town to clear the dung. On Thursday afternoon last before the upcoming bank holiday weekend and the start of the tourist season two concerned senior citizens decided to rectify the situation by taking a shovel a brush and a steel bucket to clean up the mess. This is an indication of the attitude of powers that be to the fate of one of the most beautiful towns in County Galway. A quarter of the houses in Portumna are unoccupied many of these abandoned and derelict. Now there are rumours that the County Council office and the Post Office are to be closed in the near future. What a dismal outlook for the town.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club ladies club hosted a very successful fashion show on last week. A big thank you to our boutique proprietors who exhibited an excellent and beautiful array of fashion, shoes and accessories. The participating outlets included Sixty Three from Nenagh, Guna Deas and Monet from Loughrea with All Occasions and Ladies Day from Portumna. Golf Style in Galway also showed a selection of golf wear. Thanks also to our models from the ladies club and especially to the ladies from outside the club who all did a wonderful job. There were many other people who helped in setting up the 'catwalk', those who looked after flower arrangements and to those who organised the cheese and wine reception.We would also like to thank all those who attended and who supported the fashion show.

The gents club have commenced their annual Open Monday singles and these will continue each Monday until October. Remember you can still enter the Open 3 Ball competition and secure your place in the grand final next May.

Our Progressive 25 card game continues each Friday and is proving to be very successful. Come along and join in as everybody is welcome.


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