01 July 2014

Submissions for Pre-draft Plan
'Cards for Cancer' Fundraising
Active Retirement Association
Water Safety Week
Killimor GAA
Portumna GAA
Galway Researcher Wins Irish Research Council Funding for Pieta House Study
Portumna Golf Club
Cinemobile Visit to Portumna
Portumna Bingo

Submissions for Pre-draft Plan
Newly elected Cllr Anne Rabbitte supported the Summer Fair Weekend by taking submissions for the Pre Draft Plan for Portumna in the Town Square. The closing date for the pre draft submission is Friday the 4th of July. Cllr Rabbitte had with her the current Portumna Town Plan and draft plan for Galway County, she had the current roads programme, the list of heritage features and listed buildings.

Cllr Rabbitte was in the square from 11am to 4pm and met with a large number of people through out the day. She said it was a very worthwhile and fulfilling exercise and there was a number of repeated issues. For example: the speed of cars on St. Brendan’s Road, St. Josephs Road and Bridge Road calls for traffic calming. Numerous suggestions on a one-way traffic system on St. Brigid’s Road and Patrick Street. Expansion and modernization of playground, more swings for young children and a skate park for the older children. Extension of the Speed limit past the Forest Park. Lack of Parking on the main street? Poor standard of the footpaths and lack of lighting on various streets in Portumna. Further development of the Marina linking the forest park to the swimming area via walks and cycle routes. Upgrading of signage from Galway Co. Co. to help promote our town. A request for Portumna, to be made a heritage town. Suggestions to make Portumna a Fare Trade town. Suggestions were made in relation to the prevention of future flooding of the town and these were accompanied with drawings.

Anne said suggestions were made by people across a varied age group from as young as Natasha Hynes, 12 years of age who made a submission about the upgrade of the entire swimming and changing area, to Mrs Peg Kennedy who is in her 90th year discussing the state of the footpaths and visibility of the junction of Domnick Street, Abbey Street and Patrick Street. Anne said when she canvassed her only ask was to represent the people and she was delighted with the large number of people who turned out and gave such positive, constructive and enriching suggestions for Portumna.


'Cards for Cancer' Fundraising
Last week Aoife O'Brien from Killeen National School donated monies raised from the sale of her 'Cards for Cancer' fundraiser. Aoife designed and printed cards with the support of her school friends to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society and to purchase magazines for the Chemotherapy waiting room in The Galway University Hospital. With a success on her Facebook page 'Cards for Cancer' she gained support from many well known personalities who supported her on her journey, along with a letter of commendation from President Higgins!

Joanne Murphy, Community Fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society wrote; 'The Irish Cancer society, is the National Cancer Charity providing cancer support and services to people across Ireland so that no one should face a cancer journey alone. We are very grateful to Aoife for her support of our services through Cards for Cancer, she has inspired and motivated people to support the Irish Cancer Society and very much appreciate what she has done in her local community at home and at school to raise €600 for our services'.


Active Retirement Association
Members of Portumna ARA visited Dail Eireann recently. On their arrival they were given a guided tour and had lunch in the Dail Restaurant. They met Minister for State Ciaran Cannon, Deputy Paul Connaughton and Colm Keavney. They wish to thank them for their hospitality.


Water Safety Week
Water safety week starts Monday 7th -11th July 2014 at lake shore Portumna. Registration at 18hr00 on Sunday the 6th, at the Lake shore.  All levels from swim beginner to rescue level catered for. Contact Emer at 087 3165991. Also, anyone interested in a becoming a beach lifeguard course should also make contact.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 1, 2, 6 and 16. The jackpot was €6,500. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Helen Campbell, Declan Madden, Patsy Quigley, Helen Whyte and John Brien Coolagh. Next week's jackpot is €6,600 which will be held in Duffy’s.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2 5 7 25. Two people matched three numbers Fidelma O Grady and Philip Treacy. This week-ends lotto is worth €19900.

The club would like to thank Ron & Phyllis of Curleys bar who kindly sponsored our golf classic, which took place last week-end. Also thanks to Yvonne & Donie O Meara and to Micheal Ryan and John Harte for all their help over the two days. Thanks to the all the people who sponsored teams and tee boxes and to all the people who played over the two days. Mike Fallon, Willie Carty, Graham Carty and Shay O Callahan were the winners with a score of 106 with second place going to Gerry Madden, Mary Madden, Mattie Kenny and James Porter with a score of 105. In third place with a score of 104 were Vincent Treacy, Tom Moloney, Pauline Mc Evoy and Mary Conwell. Fourth place went to Peter Smith, Ronan O Meara, Joe Keane and Martin Dolphin with a score of 102. Amy Lynch was the lucky winner of the hamper.

The Cúl camp will take place on Monday 14 July in the G.A.A. grounds and anyone who has not registered yet and who would like to do so contact Celia or Fiona.


Galway Researcher Wins Irish Research Council Funding for Pieta House Study
Galway PhD student, Michelle Kearns, has been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council to conduct a study into how communities are impacted by the opening of a Pieta House centre in their area. The research project aims to provide evidence that open and visible access to services such as Pieta House can change perceptions around suicide and self-harm, leading to increased health and wellbeing within the entire community in which the service is based.

“The real costs of suicide go far beyond the person directly affected, extending into the family, social networks and community inhabited by that person,” said Dr Paul Surgenor, Director of Research at Pieta House. “This study will track suicide awareness, community social support and perceived availability of help for those who are suicidal or self-harming in at least two towns in which Pieta House is due to open over the coming years,” he said.

Michelle Kearns, from the Knocknacarra area of the city, is undertaking her doctoral studies at the University of Limerick. Michelle, who previously studied at NUI Galway and Utrecht University, was motivated by the prevalence of suicide amongst her generation and a desire to undertake research that has an applied social value. The Irish Research Council, under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme, and Pieta House will co-fund the research.

Dr Surgenor said: “Pieta House places great importance on academic, evidence-based research. We’re delighted that the Irish Research Council has recognised the social value of Pieta House and the high level of work being conducted by our research department. The results of this study will greatly assist our future development and will add to the research capital in the area of suicidology in Ireland.”

The Irish Research Council has recently increased its investment in projects which contribute to society, and Pieta House is one of the first non-profits to benefit from this. Michelle Kearns and her supervisor, Professor Orla Muldoon, met with Sean Sherlock, Minister for Research and Innovation, last week at the announcement of this year’s awardees.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club Open Week continues until Sunday 6th July and check website www.portumnagolfclub for timesheet. Ger Lynch's President Prize competition takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July.


Cinemobile Visit to Portumna
Cinemobile will be in Portumna for public screenings from Friday 4th-Sunday 6th July. We’ll be parked at the Town Square car park. Screenings will include writer and director John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd; Maleficent with Angelina Jolie; X-Men: Days of Future Past starring Patrick Stewart and Michael Fassbender; Muppets Most Wanted, with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy; and the comedy romance The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz.

For further details please contact us on (091) 751629 or e-mail me at education@cinemobile.ie. You can visit our website at www.cinemobile.ie.


Portumna Bingo
Bingo is on in the town hall every Saturday night @ 8.00pm and this weeks jackpot is €6200 in 45 numbers or less. We also hold a raffle every Saturday night with great prizes up for grabs.


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