02 September 2014

Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Paul Mullins - Niall Mellon Volunteer
A Taste of Lough Derg
Willie O' Toole - Craniosacral Therapy
Portumna Active Retirement Association
Sign Out Youth Café
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna GAA
Wedding Day
Hayes’s Pub - Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Training Scheme for the Restoration of Old Stone Buildings
Killimor GAA

Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group is a Voluntary Group for Parents/Carers of babies & children from 0 to School Going Age. The group meets every Wednesday during each school term from 10.30AM to Noon in An Gairdin behind the old convent. We would love to welcome new members, this term starts on 3rd of September, come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. For further information please contact Caroline 0868871228 or Marie 0860810681.


Paul Mullins - Niall Mellon Volunteer
Niall Mellon volunteer Paul Mullins is getting ready for his trip to South Africa to help build schools for the poor and orphaned children in the poorest areas of Africa. This charity has built over 22,500 houses over the past 11 years since it was set up. This means over 100,000 people can live and sleep in a secure and safe environment instead of trying to survive in a shack made from waste timber and galvanise. Education can play a big part in breaking this cycle of poverty so Niall Mellon and his team are now concentrating on building schools and this November will build in the Eastern cape of South Africa where Nelson Mandela was born and raised. These schools are funded by the volunteers who have to raise at least €4000 before they can participate in the trip.

Paul is having a Coffee Morning in Tiernascragh Hall on Sunday 7th September from 10.30am to 2pm so be sure to call in and support.


A Taste of Lough Derg
A Taste of Lough Derg wraps up in September but not before The Derg Inn, Terryglass, Co. Tipperary, The Wooden Spoon, Killaloe, Co. Clare and Irish Seed Savers in Scarriff, Co. Clare host their events. The Derg Inn is having a celebration of Tipperary beef and lamb with a butcher master talk and demonstration on Saturday the 6th of September at 2p.m. The demonstration will be followed by a festive lunch with the opportunity to taste Brookfield Farm’s lamb and Tipperary rib eye beef from the chargrill accompanied by local produce and craft beer. Local suppliers will also be in attendance on the day. This event is great value at just €15 per person, phone The Derg Inn to book your place on 067 22037.

Finally, Thursday the 11th of September kicks off Apple Week at Irish Seed Savers in Scarriff, Co. Clare who’ll be having juicing demonstrations at 12p.m each day until Sunday the 14th. The Wooden Spoon in Killaloe is encouraging you to have a Sunday picnic by the lake on the 14th of September. Laura Kilkenny and her team will supply you with a gourmet picnic of delicious lunches and tempting treats made with local produce so bring a blanket, collect your picnic and head to shores of Lough Derg to savour it all. Phone 087-1324742 to book.

Visit www.facebook.com/atasteofloughderg for more details.


Willie O' Toole - Craniosacral Therapy
Willie O' Toole recently received a certificate in Craniosacral Therapy. Willie, a native of Killimor, East Galway qualified in Reflexology in Australia in 1989 before returning to Ireland in 1996. Since his return he has continued his studies in Alternative therapies and is also Qualified in Acupuncture, Massage, Nutritional Advice, and most recently in Craniosacral Therapy. He is currently studying Equine Craniosacral Therpay.


Portumna Active Retirement Association
The Portumna A.R.A. will resume meetings on Thursday the 4th September 8pm in the Retirement Village recreation hall. All welcome.


Sign Out Youth Café
After another hugely successful year, Sign Out Youth Café is ready to kick off our new season, beginning with registration for Youth Club (First Years to Third Years) on Thursday 4th September, and Youth Café (T.Y. to Leaving Certificate) on Friday 5th September. Registration will take place at 7pm on both nights. Sign Out Sessions will also be starting back in the next few weeks. Get there early as places are limited.

What a busy year we’ve had, numbers were well up on recent years. Along with all our local youth, we had the pleasure of hosting Spanish and Italian students, birthday parties, soccer tournaments, film and pizza nights, beauty nights, culminating with our Family Sports and Entertainment Day, which was held on the August Bank Holiday weekend. This years Family Day ran a very successful Camán Abú tournament, which was hotly contested by seven local teams, and attended by Aideen Howling, G.A.A. representative for Recreational Sports. We would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support throughout the year, the Youth Committee for their fundraising, Lizzy Fogarty, their mentor and all the volunteers that are too numerous to mention, you know who you are, and we thank you once again for your loyalty. For Pitch or Café bookings please contact 087 6779267 or check us out on Facebook.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts senior team secured their second win of the championship with a 1-11 to 1-10 win over Castlegar. They now face Mullagh in the final group game this Saturday the u16 team have qualified for the county semi final but still await their opposition. The u10 team continued their winning ways by winning the Bernie Tierney Tournament organized by Sarsfields camogie club last Saturday. They defeated St Thomas's in the final. Well done to all involved on a great year.


Portumna GAA
Lotto Won: Congrats to P.J. Hogan on winning our club Lotto worth €20,000. There was also four-match 3 winners John Smith Jnr, Kiltomer G.A.A. Club, Liam Walsh, Stephen Madden. A big thank you to all the people who have supported the lotto up to this but please continue to support as lotto now starts at €2700.

Next Sunday is All Ireland final time again and in conjunction with the hurling final we have €2 scratch cards to purchase. The person with correct time first goal is scored will receive 500 euros. Please support as all proceeds are going towards further enhancing our pitch and facilities.

Best of luck to our junior team next week-end when they participate in the All Ireland junior 7s hosted by the St Judes hurling club next Saturday.

Our senior team had a good work out against Cula of Dublin last Sunday in prepararation for their next group game scheduled for Saturday 13th September in Duggan Park @ 6pm against Athenry. Portumna 2-21 Cula 0-21.


Wedding Day
Congratulations to Natasha Clasby and Glenn Tubbert who were recently married. The reception was held in the Castle Oaks Hotel Castleconnell, Limerick.


Hayes’s Pub - Silver Jubilee Celebrations
As part of his Silver Jubilee celebrations Seamus in Hayes’s Pub Portumna always wanted Mary Smith and Ann McGhee for a trad session. What a delightful musical experience it turned out to be. Ably assisted by guitarist and percussionist Geert Janseen of Holland and Loughatorrick, Woodford, Mary and Ann enchanted the crowd with reels and jigs a plenty; Ann even included some songs accompanying herself on guitar. Carrigahorig bodhrán player Larry Lowry showed he too “had not lost it” joining in several tunes. This marvelous musical mix was preceded by ballads and popular songs from Rory Mulligan a Drogheda born man living in Britain with many local links in Portumna. All in all it was a wonderful night thanks to everyone concerned.


Training Scheme for the Restoration of Old Stone Buildings
The Traditional Building Skills Training Scheme (TBSTS) is a pilot programme being run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in conjunction with four local authorities. Galway County Council has been selected as one of the four local authorities. The Council has facilitated the setting up of the Workhouse TBSTS at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna. A project manager has been appointed who together with a conservation/restoration specialist will be responsible for the delivery of the training scheme. The broad aim of the scheme is “to enhance skillsets in built heritage conservation within and around the pilot local authority area by making trainees or qualified construction workers more capable of carrying out conservation and restoration projects and therefore improve their prospects of employment.”

The scheme in Portumna will be hands-on, practical, work based training. Up to ten trainees will take part. The course will take place on Fridays and Saturdays in October and November, excluding the October bank holiday weekend. Trainees will get a practical overview of the conservation, restoration and re-development of old stone buildings. Whether one is working on a cottage, a farmhouse, a castle or a church, the principles of restoration are the same. One of the biggest mistakes made when working on stone buildings today, is the use of cement based renders, which cause dampness. Lime renders must be used so as to allow stone buildings to breath. Consequently, the use of lime in restoration will form the basis of the training programme in Portumna. Trainees will learn how to repair old lime render, how to do new lime render and how to work with stone and lime.

Certification will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the course. The closing date for receipt of applications for the scheme is Monday 22 September. For further information contact the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. 090-9759200 e-mail: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 4, 10 and 27. The jackpot was €7,400. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Maeve Ryan, Michael & Mary Lawless, Darragh Lynch, Joseph Keane and Maurice Headd. Next week's jackpot is €7,500 which will be held in Treacy’s.


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