05 August 2014

Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Unit
Portumna Castle and Gardens - Schools Card Design Competition
Portumna & District Angling Association - Open Day
Killimor GAA
Portumna FC
Portumna Town FC

Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Unit
Colette Cowan from Portumna is Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery for the West/North West Hospitals Group. Colette was appointed in October 2012 and was the first appointee in the country. Colette was at the opening of the Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Unit which was opened at UCHG recently.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD officially opened the new Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Unit at University Hospital Galway today, Monday 28 July. The new unit is a dedicated specialist facility for day care and outpatient services for children with cystic fibrosis where they can be treated in an optimal physical environment to reduce the risk of infection, which can have a serious impact for patients with CF. The unit is located adjacent to the existing Paediatric Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Galway. The new unit stands alone and is accessed by a walkway from the Paediatric Unit. The new unit cost approximately €590k to construct with €250k funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Association and the balance funded by the hospital group and the HSE.

Bill Maher, CEO of the West / North West Hospitals Group commented, “This is a significant day for the hospital and an important development for the 38 paediatric patients with CF under the care of the hospital at the moment. “The new unit includes four examination rooms, a treatment room for procedures and a gym for assessment and physiotherapy along with support services. The unit has been equipped with all the necessary hygiene facilities to reduce the risk of infection, which is critically important for this group of patients. “Cystic Fibrosis Galway made a presentation to the Board of the West/ North West Hospitals Group in May 2013 at which the Board agreed to access matching funds from the HSE capital programme. “Enabling works for the project started last December and construction commenced in January. The contractors have handed the unit over to the hospital and it is currently being equipped. It is anticipated that the first patients will be seen in the unit in September.”

Mary Lane Heneghan of CF Galway stated, “This is a welcome development for children with CF who now will have a dedicated facility designed specifically to meet their needs for day care and outpatient activity. It is also a very good example of what can be achieved by all parties- CF Galway together with CF Ireland and the West/North West Hospitals group and HSE-working together.


Portumna Castle and Gardens - Schools Card Design Competition
There was a very positive response to to a request made to five local schools to participate in a card design competiton based around the celebrations of the 21 Anniversary of the opening of Portumna Castle and Gardens to the public. Judging by the quantity and quality of the entries to this competition it is obvious that portumna and its surrounding areas has a wealth of talent and ability in its children and particulalry a dedicated group of both parents and teachers who are willing to take the time and effort to develop and encourage the children to express themselves through art and other madia.

The competition was divided into three categories: aged 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 years old. In each category it is plain to see the quality and attention to detail given to producing a wonderful display of artwork which was on show in the castle last week. The winners were: in the 4 to 6 year old category Ciara Gallagher was the winner with Tara Madden runner-up and both are students in Gortanumera National School. The judge noted that their artwork was very colourful and interesting and showed that they took the time to create some lovely pictures for this special event. The winner in the 7 to 9 year old category was Martha Jane Fahy of Portumna National School. The judge’s comment was that Martha’s card was very imagineative, covered all pages, using mixed media and produced a very colourful collage. The runner-up was Calum Bertwhistle of Gortanumera National School. Noting from the judge's summery Calum’s drawing of the castle was very good and the chimney was particuluarly loved by the judge. Again in the 10 to 13 year old group, the winner was Ava Downey O'Mahony of Gortanumera National School who according to the judge put a lot of work into her card and covered all sides. The lettering was very colourful and she shows a flair for ‘graphic design’ going into the future. Coleen Heagney the runner-up in this category caught the judge’s eye by producing a lovely drawing, showing concentration and the judge liked the fireworks.

Councillor Anne Rabbitte made the presentation to the winners and thanked on behalf of Marie Gibbs and the staff of Portumna Castle all the students who participated in the competiton and also to all the teachers and parents who, no doubt, contributed to allowing the students to enter the competition and in helping them in a myriad of ways to produce their wonderful work which everyone can see and anjoy in the castle.


Portumna & District Angling Association - Open Day
The Portumna & District Angling Association introduced over 30 children and parents, at their Annual Family Open Day on Sunday last. Boat-owners took families for short spins out on the lake where some children were delighted to catch their first fish. Thanks to the Gordon family for cooking the tasty BBQ food, organizing committee, the Boatmen, Kenny's Palmerston Stores (prize sponsors) Emerald Star (supported event) and all whom helped make an enjoyable day.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 15, 18, 22 and 26. The jackpot was €7,000. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were AECN Forde, Shane McLearn, Paul Gohery, Liam Egan and Maeve Kelly. Next week's jackpot is €7,100 which will be held in Treacy's.


Portumna FC
Portumna Town FC have won the North Tipperary division 2 Shield in dramatic fashion in Roscrea on Sunday. The Galway team had battled through the rounds over the last few weeks to find themselves at the end of the road in Roscrea to face Roscrea United B’s in Kennedy Park.

Portumna FC opened the scoring through number nine Garry Curran who volleyed home from a long throw that found its way into the box after 15 minutes. Portumna then made it two in quick succession after a cross field run from Gary Hogan opened the Roscrea defence before Simon Curran received the pass and slotted his shot past the goal-keeper. Thanks to a great performance from the Portumna midfield spearheaded by number 10 Oisin Royston chances were plentiful in the first half. A moment of brilliance from captain Terry McDonnell made Portumna FC’s lead look a lot healthier after his 25-yard free kick found the top corner. Roscrea then pulled one back with a free kick of their own five minutes before half time. But Portumna would have the last laugh of the half as a 35 yard Volley from Garry Curran to get his second of the game made it 4-1 at half time to Portumna FC. But, it was truly a game of two halves as Roscrea came out in the second half looking for revenge. It was a quick goal at the start of the second half that made it 4-2 and left Portumna FC with a fight on their hands. It was then made worse when Roscrea added another, 4-3 and the game seemed to be taking a turn for the worst for the Portumna Town lads. But thanks to Goalkeeper John O Meara along with Keith Neville, Craig O Meara, Aaron Hogan, Eoin Foley and Cormac Houlihan at the back Portumna FC saw out the 4-3 score line and became Shield Champions. Man Of The Match: Eoin Foley.

The team which was founded last year, who found it hard to field a team last season have come a long way and after winning their first bit of silverware and will now take the positive result into the league which starts this Sunday. Congratulations Portumna FC and good luck.


Portumna Town FC
Former Portumna Town player Conor Barry has signed for Airtricity League side Galway FC. Conor played last season with Salthill Devon U19s and impressed Galway boss Tommy Dunne recently while training with them and scoring in a friendly v. Mervue United. Conor played for Portumna Town up to U15 before joining Salthill and also represented Ireland in Schoolboy Internationals. Visit our new club website for more news at www.portumnatownfc.com


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