16 September 2014

Evening Classes at Portumna College of Further Education
Monster Fundraising Auction in Boula Hall
Shorelines Arts Festival
Camping and Boating Facilities in Portumna
Portumna Tidy Towns Group
Care for Local Graveyard - Community Training Day
Carers Support Group
Portumna Tidy Towns
Vintage Show at the Irish Workhouse Center
Killimor GAA
Portumna Water Supply
Portumna GAA News
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice

Evening Classes at Portumna College of Further Education
Portumna College of Further Education. St. Brigid's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway. Enrolment Evening on Monday 22nd September from 7pm-9pm. This enrolment evening will be for new day/evening courses commencing week beginning Monday 29th September 2014. Courses being offered include; Introduction to Tourism, Spanish, Irish, French, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Sheet Music, Introduction to Sign language, Introduction to Psychology/Philosophy, Dancing for fun and fitness, Flower Arranging, Crafts, Sewing, Computers for Beginners, Computer Applications, Digital Photography. We are also offering FETAC/QQI Accredited courses in Tourism, Horticulture, Business and Retail. Courses are learner-centred, respectful of all participants and mindful of learner needs. All enquiries to Michael or Justin at Portumna College of Further Education. Telephone 090-9741946 or 087-6258696/086-3954259.


Monster Fundraising Auction in Boula Hall
Boula Development Committee are holding a Monster Fundraising Auction in Boula Hall on Sunday October 12th. Funds raised are for the continued refurbishment & furnishing of the hall. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Items welcome would include fuel, timber, turf, agri, household/electrical, furniture, vouchers, bric-a-bac etc. To donate or arrange collection of items please contact any of the committee members below. Patrick 087-2310454, Adrian 087-9018588, Regina 087-2047004, Orla 087-7998175.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines Opening: It’s arrived – Shorelines 2014. After months of preparation, the official Opening of Portumna’s Shorelines Festival by Galway city’s Des Kenny takes place at 7.30pm - Thursday, 18th September at the Irish Workhouse Centre. This free event welcomes all the community, artists, sponsors and friends – we hope to see you there! Great entertainment by the Omna Singers and No More Mossies.

Millinery Workshop with Niav Riley: Need an original, unique headpiece for that special event? Places still available on the intensive one-day Millinery Workshop with Niav Riley Millinery on Saturday, 20th Sept. Full details from Niav on M:087-6274259.

Chopin at Portumna Castle with internation pianist, Finghin Collins: On Sunday, 21st September at 5 pm, Chopin at Portumna Castle (admission €15/€12) will be performed by Ireland’s international pianist, Finghin Collins, who will also facilitate Master Classes for piano students on Sunday morning. Details on 087-2977950.

Family Fun Day on Saturday: Fingers crossed our Indian summer will bless us for our annual Family Fun Day on Saturday afternoon - featuring street theatre and spectacle with Sorcaluba’s aerial performances, story-telling with Tegolin Knowland of the Curlew Theatre Company as well as a willow Dream Catcher Workshop, street games and face painting. Watch out for 'Funky Fidelma' and the 'Crazy Nurses' around town!


Camping and Boating Facilities in Portumna
Portumna is a town with a plethora of natural amenities and untold potential for growth and improvement. In saying that, these natural amenities are grossly neglected and underdeveloped. It is as a direct result of this that tourists who have visited Portumna regularly over the years, on boats and in their campers, have said they will have no choice but to visit somewhere else next summer.

Currently the only facilities available both campers and people on the boats alike, are the poorly maintained public toilets that are only open from 8am to 8pm, outside of these times there is no access to the facilities. This particular problem not only affects visitors, but walkers who access the forest park via the marina entrance. But this is not the only issue causing consternation with tourists.

Last week, Cllr. Rabbitte met with a group of irate and disgruntled campers who feel let down by the County Council, Waterways Ireland, Coillte and the OPW. Cllr. Rabbitte acknowledged that Portumna lags behind the likes of Terryglass, Mount Shannon and Loughrea when it comes to providing facilities for tourists who chose to visit the town by boat or camper.

The campers pointed out that not only do they have limited access to toilet facilities; they also have no access to power or bins (recycling or other). There is limited information about the town they have chosen to visit available to them (most concerning is a lack of signage stating how far they are from the town center) and with 50% of the public lighting to/from the marina not working walking up town after dark or indeed staying up to enjoy night time festivities is out of the question from a safety point of view. All these issues have contributed to the majority of campers stating they will not be visiting next season.

Cllr. Rabbitte said that due to the huge amount of work that needs to be done, she is calling on all government agencies to start working together with immediate effect if Portumna marina is to be ready for next summer’s tourist season. Anne confirmed that she will be contacting all concerned to highlight the many issues brought to her attention by visitors and locals alike to help Portumna begin to reach its full potential.

Cllr. Rabbitte has stated that tourism is a key economic driver for Portumna and it is crucial that all agencies pull together to properly maintain and ensure the growth of the camping and boating trade for Portumna in 2015 and in the future.


Portumna Tidy Towns Group
The Tidy Towns Group has been reinvigorated in recent months and as we approach the Autumn/Winter, we have a few projects in the pipeline in conjunction with the 20 TUS workers which are coming on stream over the next few weeks. The voluntary work being done at present is very much appreciated. At present, a clean up takes place on Saturday and Sunday mornings and other volunteers do a litter pick during the week. However, we need more locals to come on board. We hope to have a Clean Up Saturday towards the end of this month similar to the one we had in June. This generated a lot of interest on the day but we would like to have continued interest in keeping our town clean and tidy. We have loads of ideas but we need the people to put them in place. Have you an hour or two to spare every week? Are you interested in living in one of the best towns on the Shannon? It's your town!

We get together every third Thursday in O'Mearas to discuss tactics. Supervalu have now come on board and thanks to Yvonne O'Meara we have come up with a few ideas to generate much needed funds which will help to replant the flower tubs and put more in place. If you can help in any way please contact any member of the group or text or ring Marie Gunning on 087-2358585.


Care for Local Graveyard - Community Training Day
Free 'Care for Local Graveyard' Community Training Day - Monday 22nd September 2014 10am-4pm in An Gairdin Portumna. Topics covered: Monuments, Heritage, Biodiversity & Gardening with practical demo in St. Brigid's Graveyard. Please call 090 9741689 to reserve a place. Hosted by Port Omna Beo, Galway Co. Co. & Galway County Biodiversity Project. All welcome.


Carers Support Group
Portumna and District Carers Support Group will resume their meetings in O Meara's Restaurant at 7.30. on Tuesday Sept. 23rd following the summer break. New members welcome. For further information please contact Eithne 0909741486 or Ann at 087 6890049.


Portumna Tidy Towns
The volunteers of Portumna Tidy Towns are having a "clean up our town" day on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 4.00pm. We are inviting the people of Portumna to come out and give a hand. An hour or two is all we need. Your support will be much appreciated. Bags, gloves and litter pickers will be provided. We will meet at the town square at 3.45 pm. Further information on Portumna Tidy Towns Facebook page or contact Marie Gunning on 087 2358585. 


Vintage Show at the Irish Workhouse Center
As part of the Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna Vintage Club are holding a Vintage show at the Irish Workhouse Center on Sunday 21st at 12 o clock. There will be a display of vintage tractor and cars, there will also be a Blacksmith/Coppersmith giving a live demonstration. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 12, 14, 20 and 21. The jackpot was €7,600. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Thomas Moran Tynagh, Caroline Hardiman, Kirwan Clan, Margaret Callinan Tynagh, Mr. Tom Syndicate. Next week's jackpot is €7,700 which will be held in Kirwan’s.


Portumna Water Supply
Cllr Anne Rabbite is calling for immediate action to fix the main source of water pipe to Portumna. She states that over the course of the last number of days she has been inundated regarding the quality of the water in Portumna.

In some parts of the town when you turn on the taps the smell that is emitted is over powering. Also, when you pour a glass of water you can see the grit float as it settles at the bottom it’s a real turn off and the water is cloudy. Other residents say the smell of chemicals is very strong. Many of the residents are afraid to drink the tapped water and have resorted to drinking bottled water and have been doing so for a long period.

Rabbitte can confirm that the main inlet pipe for Portuman Water Supply is broken and has been for quiet sometime. She can confirm that the water supply for Portumna is being serviced by the emgercy / back up pipe and this has been the case for a considererable time. The source of this inlet pipe is very close to the bank of the Shannon and while the pipe is very deep its source is from stagnant water where as the proper inlet is from further out in the Shannon where there would be a flow of water.  Cllr Rabbitte states that if the main pipe, which is fractured at the moment, was extended for a further 20 meters there are many natural spring that would feed into the pipe and thus provide Portumna with excellent water for drinking.It’s just a pity we cannot have our water from that source and not stagnate water.

Anne Rabbitte would like to point out that the water in Portumna is checked on avery regular basis by the EPA and the HSE and that all water going to the consumer is safe to drink after "it has been chemically treated". Cllr Rabbitte said questions now need to be asked as why has this issue has not been previously addressed seen as it has been broken for a considerable length of time. Questions now need to be asked who is responsible for fixing it Enda Mulryan Senior Exc Engineering with Galway County County based in the Area Office in Loughrea says it’s not a council problem and a spokesperson from Irish Water have told Anne Rabbitte they are not aware of a break to the Main Inlet pipe in Portumna.

There are many questions that need to be answered, such as: How much chemicals are used to make it safe for consumption. When were the people of Portumna going to be told that the main source of water to Portumna was not working? If the second pipe were to break and there is only a three hour backup supply of water for Portumna!

It can also be confirmed that when a pipe it breaks Portumna seemingly has to depend on a pump like they use in the local Fire-Brigade to pump the water until the short pipe gets fixed and seemingly that has happened on a number of occasions. Having walked this whole area in the last 48 hours there is also a stream blocked with debris and has a scum at the top of it that has not been cleaned in a very long time and this is flowing out beside the inlet pipe. Cllr Rabbitte says another question she would like to see answered are that while the consumer has a standard of water that meets the required regulations to drink, what is the quality of the water before it is dosed in chemicals?

This as a very serious issue and the County Council and Irish Water have questions to answer to the people of Portumna Why has the pipe not been fixed after it was damaged by a trawler and more importantly when will it be repaired or replaced? Cllr Rabbitte has been reliably informed that Keating’s the Civil Engineering Company were down surveying theeveryone pipes at the Water Treatment plant in the last number of days but neither Galway Co.Co. or Irish Water can answer questions on this. This revelation is very disconcerting for the people of Portumna and Rabbitte would like to assure everyone that this is only the start of a campaign to get the Main Pipe bringing water to the town fixed. She will keep people updated on its progress she will be raising this question at the next Municipal Meeting on Thursday18 September.


Portumna GAA News
There was no winner of last weekends lotto jackpot worth 2800 euros. The numbers drawn were 11 17 19 20. Three people matched three numbers Pat Madden, John & Mary Smith, Ian Barton & Marian Fogarty. Next week ends lotto is worth €2900.

A big thank you to all the people who sold and purchased our recent scratch cards fundraiser. The correct time the first goal was scored was 20 minutes and 19 seconds which was verified by Sky Sports.

Well done to our senior hurlers on reaching the quarter final of the competition with a 2-17 to 1-13 win over Athenry last Sat. The draw for the quarterfinals were made with Loughrea our opponents on week-end of 27/28 September.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results Wed 10 September 2014: 1st Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 2nd Sean Murray & Sean Murray, Gross Eileen Smyth & Mary Jo Kelly, 3rd Chris Leahy & Claire Broderick, 4th Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice
Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice will take place in Duddy's Pharmacy Portumna on Thursday 18 September from 10am.


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