25 March 2014

Gortanumera National School
St.Patrick’s Day Parade
Portumna Cycling Club
Lorrha National School
Portumna '79 Bridge Club
Portumna & District Angling Association
Mother's Day Cupcake Decorating Class
Killimor GAA
Children's Art Exhibition
Portumna GAA
Church gate Collection for Killimor Community Games
Una Ms Cake Shop
Western Alzheimer’s Tea Day
Active Retirement Association

Gortanumera National School
Enrolments are now being taken for Gortanumera NS for September 2014. Please contact the school on 090 9741624 or call to the school for details.


St.Patrick’s Day Parade
Though a week later than St. Patrick’s Day, Portumna’s parade celebrated the day in style. The highlight for the community was the lineup of the Portumna Hurling All Ireland Club winners and the return of Tommy Moore to the reviewing stand. Together with their silverware, the team, trainer and management proudly held the Tommy Moore Cup as Vice-Captain of the team, Eoin Lynch addressed the huge crowd of fans on behalf of the team. The local team sponsors Al & Noreen Hayes were thanked as well as the management and trainers, families and friends. Three cheers and a call for one more Tommy Moore left smiles on the large crowd of spectators at a colourful, lively parade.

The Vintage section saw an array of vehicles including the Borrisokane Vintage Club, a stunning 1989 BMW and an immaculate Beaufort Tourer outshone others for the prizes. All vintage entrants obtained a certificate from the Parade Committee.

Visitors taking part in the parade included the Army Veteran group IUNVA who served for the UN over a great number of years. It was a special occasion for the parade to host this group. There were a number of whistleblowers as well as the presence of criminal gangs with Lorrha’s float. A High Nelly bike from the 50’s got lots of attention too. The Nenagh Ormond Brass Band brought colour and music to the day and Eamon Hayes was the Grand Marshal and enjoyed his trip in a vintage car.

Sign Out Youth Café Smurfs took the Youth category with their song and sign language making a huge impression on judges. Portumna Pumas and junior Garth Brooks were awarded prizes in this category also. Portumna Post Office On a Mission were tops in the Commercial category while Portumna Agri-Business and Flavon Ireland were the runners up. The Garth Brooks comeback took first prize for Oak Lodge B&B in the humorous section where Dolly Parton also made a surprise appearance. The Depressed Old Man, aka Ambrose Kelly displayed his assets to all and a visiting Watering Hole from Loughrea’s Michael Fergus took the other prizes.

Portumna’s Caman Abú won the Voluntary Section with Chase the Champs with Steve Killeen on their heels and Portumna’s Biodiversity group a very graceful 3rd place. Tuamgreaney’s Restaurant Teach Uí Bhrian took the parade’s Overall Prize for their Vikings Back in Town complete with their Viking ship. Once again, Kitty’s won the Best Shop Window followed by Cúl Sports and Picture This. A special St. Patrick’s Day award was given to the Stephanie Power School of Dancing sponsored by Hayes and Hayes Pharmacy.

The committee would like to thank Dick Ridge for his MC duties, all entrants, sponsors and volunteers, in particular to Supermacs who donated a large sum for new steps for the reviewing stand. Those steps were well used by the dignitaries who attended including Minister Ciaran Cannon, Micheal Kitt TD, Paul Connaughton TD, Senator Lorraine Higgins, Cllr Jimmy McClearn as well as representatives from the local churches, sporting clubs and selected voluntary groups as well as Portumna’s Bachelor of the Year, Paddy Dolphin. A special thank you to Portumna Red Cross, Portumna Fire Services and Joe Duggan for their attention to safety at the Parade. A great day all round with community spirit and pride the winner of the day.


Portumna Cycling Club
The newly formed Portumna Cycling Club had a spin with a difference on Sunday last as two of its members set out on the cycle to Dublin supported by the rest of the club. The group cycled to Shinrone and Roscrea from where John Joe Conwell and Michael Molamphy continued to Dublin ahead of the All Ireland Club Final the following day. The cyclists about to set out on the trip with support from Club officials Celia Keane and Fiona O' Meara as well as team goalkeeper Joe Keane. The team sponsor Al Hayes also accompanied the cyclists to Roscrea.


Lorrha National School
We continue our work towards the schools third green flag which is for water conservation. Our green school committee visited the Portumna Water Treatment Works recently and were delighted to see how the system works and how the water is tested for various bacteria. Very interesting indeed! Our thanks to Willie and Gerry of Galway Co. Co. for their help and information on the day and also to the parents who attended. They also found the information interesting. On Monday March 10th we had a visit from An Taisce inspector who tested the knowledge of our green school committee on the work carried out to date. All went well and we continue to work on water conservation.

Many thanks to the two Borrisokane Fire Officers who visited the school and explained about different aspects of fire safety recently. The experience was enjoyed by all.

Our pupils participated in an indoor hurling blitz recently and we wish to thank David Needham for organising this successful couple of hours which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

St. Patricks Day: Congratulations and well done to our dancing pupils Avie D’Arcy, Hannah O’Meara, Michaela Young, Caoimhe O’Meara, Julia Boons, Keeva Duffy and Adam Walsh who danced their way to success and won the children’s section in the Lorrha Parade. Well done and keep up the dancing. Many thanks to all the students who participated in the parade on the day.

Knitting Project: Well done to our pupils who participated in the knitting project ‘Teddies for Tragedy’ organised in partnership with members of the Active Retirement, Apostolic Work Society, Parents and Grandparents. The Teddies are now on their way to a Childrens Hospital. Our pupils also knitted Egg Cups to hold their Easter Chocolate Egg. Well done all. A selection of photographs can be viewed on the school web site www.lorrhans.ie

Spelling Bee: We extend the best of luck to Michaela Young who will represent our school in the Tipperary Eason Spelling Bee in St. John The Baptist B.N.S. Cashel on Wednesday April 2nd. Good luck Michaela.


Portumna '79 Bridge Club
The Results of the Portumna '79 Bridge Club (19th March) 1st: Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly, 2nd: Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, Gross: Tony Ryan & Sean Cahalan, 3rd: Sheila Dillon & Patricia Blehein, 2nd Gross: Patsy Hanbury & Patricia Eames, 4th: Frances Mc Croary & Mary Connolly.


Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna & District Angling Association got the new season underway on Sunday March 16th with a trout competition in which 16 anglers competed. Fishing was good and some fine trout landed. In poll position for the "Des Murphy Trophy" which will be decided by the best trout overall at the seasons end were: David Harris, Killian Hough and Mark Harding. "Tight lines and fair sailing."


Mother's Day Cupcake Decorating Class
Saturday 29th March, 11am-1pm. Come along and have some fun while learning how to design and decorate 6 cupcakes; vintage style! Followed by Tea and Cake. A perfect present for any mother, grandmother or just a girlie afternoon. Contact 087-6407966 to book a place, numbers are limited. €30 per person. Cakes and Cupcakes HQ, Killeen, Ballyshrule, Portumna.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 2, 6, 10 and 11. The jackpot was €5,100. Last week's 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Sean Treacy, Mike Winters Ramore, Gerry Donnellan, Kay Whelan and Declan Black Power. Next week's jackpot is €5,200 which will be held in Nevin’s.


Children's Art Exhibition
Portumna library is hosting a children's art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan, "Bramble Art" from 5th - 23rd April; opening on Saturday 5th April at 3.30pm. All welcome.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. 18400 euros.The numbers drawn were 3 5 6 17. Two people matched three numbers Patrick Fitzgerald and Sean & Eoghan Lynch.

The GAA dinner dance along with camogie will take place in a Marquee in O Mearas on Friday 4th April. There are a limited number of tickets for sale so anyone wishing to avail of a good night out with lots of ceol craic agus caint contact Celia Keane. Price of ticket 35 euros. The Tommy Moore Cup Tom Calllanan Cup and Andy Cahalan cup will be three of our distinguished guests. Lots of medals to be displayed on the night.

Anyone who purchases our annual lotto in full before the 31st March can get it for year for €80, After that date it will be €100.


Church gate Collection for Killimor Community Games
Killimor Community Games will be holding their annual church gate collections this weekend 29th & 30th in Killimor, Tiernascragh, Fahy & Quansboro.


Una Ms Cake Shop
We wish Una and her husband Michael all the best with their new venture-a cake shop on Clonfert Avenue. There is a wonderful selection of bread and cakes on display.


Western Alzheimer's Tea Day
Western Alzheimers Tea Day will be held in Portumna Social Services Day Care Centre, Castle Avenue on Friday April 4th from 10am to 3pm. Please call in to support this worthy cause by having a cup of tea or coffee and a bit piece of cake. All proceeds go directly to Western Alzheimer’s and filters back in to our community helping people with Alzheimers and their families.


Active Retirement Association
Active Retirement Association will hold a Table Quiz, Thursday 27th March, 8pm. Retirement Village Portumna.


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