22 April 2014

Good Friday Concert - Something to Sing About
Jimmy Mc Clearn Elected Chairperson of LCDC
McCarthy Cup at Portumna Retirement Village
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
National Conference on the Workhouse in Ireland
Portumna GAA
Connemarathon - Mark Ryan
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
Portumna Golf Club
Ladies Claim Your Voice
Killimor GAA
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Lorrha National School

Good Friday Concert - Something to Sing About
It was a Good Friday Night to remember. St Brigids Church Portumna played host to a feast of wonderful singing from Funiculi Funiculi to How Long Will I Love You to Songbird to Sweet Caroline. There were outstanding performances from Conor O Meara, Pascal Kennedy, Mike Denver, Triona Eames, Marion Lynch, Emily Lohan and the Omna Singers.

Donnie O Meara opened the night and welcomed all on behalf of the O Meara and Eames family and thanked all for showing their support and turning out in such large numbers. Anne Rabbitte who was M.C. for the night at one stage during the event said "if you were to close your eyes here tonight you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the National Concert Hall" for the standard of entertainment was so high, The musical director for the night was Kevin Carroll and Barry and Jackie Conboy were in charge of lighting and sound.

Both Conor O Meara and Daniel Eames put a huge effort in to organising the night and Daniel Eames acknowledged that the proceeds from the night were going towards Cancer Care West and Suas Educational Development and towards the end of the night he spoke briefly of both charities. Anne Rabbitte thanked Fr Brendan Lawless for facilitating the event and also acknowledge without his co-operation such an event could not happen in Portumna and he facilitated in show casing yet again the rich talent in Portumna and promoting a real sense community night.


Jimmy Mc Clearn Elected Chairperson of LCDC
At the inaugural meeting of County Galway Local Community Development Committee, Local Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn was elected Chairperson. This is a new committee with fifteen members having representatives from various groups and bodies including Galway County Council, the Health Service Executive, Department of Social Protection, Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Forum Connemara, Galway Rural Development Company, Employer/Business, Irish Farmers Association, Community and Voluntary Sector and Trade Unions. The function of this committee is to prepare and adapt a six year Local Economic and Community Plan for County Galway, to monitor and review the implementation of this plan.

Councillor Mc Clearn said that he was looking forward to the challenge that this new committee was undertaking and was honoured that the committee had chosen him to be chairperson. Many communities throughout the County are under pressure through lack of employment, loss of services and emigration. We must ensure that the considerable funding that will be available over the next six years is targeted at these areas and at disadvantaged groups. We must ensure that at the end of this round of funding we have made a real impact with worth while projects in place concluded Councillor Mc Clearn.


McCarthy Cup at Portumna Retirement Village
There was much excitement at Portumna Retirement Village this week when the All Ireland champions Clare hurlers arrived with the Liam McCarthy Cup. Many of the residents of Portumna Retirement Village are from the Whitegate and Mountshannon area of Co Clare and they were delighted to see the trophy.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Easter Competition Results: 1st Tommy Cunningham & John Conroy, 2nd Paddy Kelly & Patricia Claffey, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smith, 2nd Gross Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 4th Sr Patrice Coen & Peg Burke, 5th Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, 6th Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 7th Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 8th Frances Mc Crory & Mary Connolly, 9th John Craig & Anne Neviles, 10th Bertie Hanlon & Sheila Dillon.


National Conference on the Workhouse in Ireland
The first national conference on the Irish Workhouse will take place on Saturday, 17th and Sunday, 18th May in Portumna, Co. Galway. The aim of the conference is to give a comprehensive overview of the workhouse system and to consider the future of workhouse buildings that remain today.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot . The numbers drawn wer 8 14 19 25. Two people matched three numbers. This weekends lotto is worth €18800.

Our senior hurlers begin their championship campaign when they take on Castlegar in Athenry on Sunday at 7pm.

Well done to our u16 hurlers who have secured maximum points out of their four outings. They play Skehana during the week in the next round of the championship.


Connemarathon - Mark Ryan
Mark Ryan ran the Connemarathon last week, below is a report on his day.

Anyone I spoke to in the lead up to the Connemarathon said it was tough and after spending almost 4 hours running in a gale I have to agree. This was definitely the toughest course I have ran and in the worst conditions. One of the high points of the trip up West was getting to meet Gerry Duffy one of my running heroes at the pre race Connemarathon event at Elverys. I have been a fan of Gerry’s since reading his book ‘32 marathons in 32 days’. I got to chat to him for a few minutes and I got the chance to tell him about a plan I had come up with early last year of running 8 marathons in 8 months to fundraise for the Irish Motor Neurone Association. Unfortunately that plan went pear shaped over christmas when I got injured a few weeks into my 16 week training plan. Having struggled to recover from this injury I decided to park this plan and focus on getting to the start line in Connemara. I don’t think it was a coincidence to meet Gerry the day before the race and having had a chat to him and listen to his talk I haven’t given up hope of running more marathons this year but I am a bit more realistic with my goals.

The significance of the 8’s is all to do with my dad Sean who passed away 8 years ago in May 2006 having battled Motor Neurone for 8 years. Although dad is no longer with us running marathons in his memory and fundraising for motor neurone is a big connection I have to him. I can’t speak about my dads illness without including my mum Elizabeth whose 24/7 care of dad was one of the main reasons he was able to battle motor neurone for so long. Dad was tough but mum in her own way is just as tough and cared for him like you wouldn’t believe. We miss him greatly and I think about him everyday.

To anyone who has gone through what dad did or is going through it now our only hope is that through fundraising and research, someday in the future hopefully they will come up with a cure for Motor Neurone. Dad is the person I call on in the last 4/5 miles of a marathon when I am really struggling to stay going. As when I was a kid he gives me the kick up the behind that I need and I drive on from there. As tough as the last few miles are I always enjoy them as I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do what I am doing.
I think one of the major attractions of running a marathon in Connemara is the beautiful scenery and the peace and tranquility. As tough as it was this was my favourite marathon so far and I really hope I will be back. Maybe I will join Gerry in the ultra (39 miles instead of just 26.2) next time. For now I have 2 weeks off from training and relaxing before getting back on the road again to hopefully run in the Cork city marathon on the 2nd June. 1 down 7 to go.


South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society are hosting a lecture by Dr John J. Cronin entitled Pyrrhic victory - O'Sullivan Beare, the Nine Years War and the battle at "Aughrim Hy-Many" in 1603' in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna on Tuesday night 29th April at 8.30pm. All are welcome.


Portumna Golf Club
Ladies Australian Spoons Qualifying competition (re-entry) competition is taking place this week, Monday 21st to Sunday 27th April inclusive.

Gents entry sheet for the club fourball matchplay is posted in the clubhouse. The draw will take place on Sunday 4th May so get your name in on time.

The Club host their annual Golf Classic on Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May. Book your team in at www.portumnagolfclub.ie or call 090 97 41059.

Thanks to Mike and Anne Carty of Carty Bookmakers who sponsored our successful Father & Son competition and congratulations to all the prizewinners.


Ladies Claim Your Voice
This is an unique opportunity for females of all ages to come together to assit in getting their voice represented on Galway County Council. This event is happening on for Friday the 25th of April in O Mearas Function room at @ 8.30 pm. All ladies in the following areas Portumna, Woodford, Killimor, Coose, Raheen, Tynagh, Abbey, Ballinakill, Mullagh the list is endless are cordially invited to attend an evening of Empowerment and Networking. Anne Rabbitte Local Election Candidate along with special guests speakers will address the ladies on the night. Light refreshments will be provided. This is an opportunity to get your Voice Heard.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 3, 10, 11 and 28. The jackpot was €5,500 Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Rachel & Shane Scully, Sinead Sammon & Rose Dervan, Mairead Larkin, Shane Kelly and Liam Brien. Next week's jackpot is €5,600 which will be held in Nevin's.


Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show are holding an emergency general meeting to try and xecure the future of the show. Anybody interested in attending would be most welcome in Eyrecourt Social center at 9pm on Friday 25th April.


Lorrha National School
Children from 2nd to 6th class took part in the annual Spring Clean recently in co-operation with Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee. Many thanks to the parents who came out to help on the day. The pupils worked in groups in and around the village picking litter. This is our third year working alongside the local Tidy Towns group. Well done to all.

Football Trials: We congratulate Jack Moran who was successful in the North Tipperary football trials which took place recently. Well done Jack and every good wish.

Easter Party: Many thanks to the Parents Association for organising the Easter Party recently and the Easter Bunny who turned up with Easter eggs was a big hit and enjoyed by all. Well done.


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