23 September 2014

The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ Service is coming to Portumna
Portumna College of Further Education - Handling Food Hygienically
Shorelines a Success
Portumna Players AGM
Galway Hospice Fundraising
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Davitt’s Camogie Club
Portumna GAA
Art & Craft Classes and German Classes
Half Day Thursday Drama Group
Portumna Vintage Club - Vintage Show
Signage for Lough Derg Area
Killimor GAA
Portumna Tidy Towns
Annual Threshing in Shragh

The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ Service is coming to Portumna
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has introduced a new, free service in response to a frightening statistic that shows that as many as 3 out of 4 child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can result in serious injury or worse, a fatality in the event of a collision.

Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 4,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Of these, 83% required some adjustment. Worryingly, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.

The ‘Check it Fits’ Service is a full-time, nationwide, free expert service which aims to put parent’s, grandparent’s and guardian’s minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car. The service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free and it has arrived Galway where our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have.

Is your child’s car seat fitted correctly? Get it checked by an expert at SuperValu, Clonfert Road, Portumna, Co. Galway on Friday 17th October 2014 from 10.00am – 5.30pm. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free.


Portumna College of Further Education - Handling Food Hygienically
Portumna College of Further Education, St. Brigid's Rd, Portumna will be running a FETAC Level 4 course in Handling Food Hygienically. This course will incorporate HACCP. It will take place on 8 consecutive Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm. It will begin on Friday 3rd October. For further information and to register call 090-41946 or 087-6258696/086-3954259


Shorelines a Success
The Shorelines Arts Festival committee extends their appreciation to all the artists and audience who participated at this year’s Festival. From the opening with the Print Museum Workshop and the decorative books created there to the uplifting perfection of the closing act, Finghin Colins, the shorelines of Lough Derg were resonating with cultural excellence. The committee are thankful for the providers of all the venues over the Festival, in particular to the ever generous Christ Church-a venue that is endowed with the ambience and setting for the talented Eleanor Mc Evoy and We Banjo 3 and their delighted audiences. The Irish Workhouse Centre where many events took place including the Vintage Exhibition and Emigration Road opened their door to the Arts Festival and the Art Gallery where the current Shorelines exhibition concludes on Sept 28th. Portumna Credit Union, St Brendan’s NS, Emerald Star, Le Bouchon, The Beehive, Town Hall, Portumna Library, Fr.Lawless & St. Brigid’s Church, Cottage Antiques, Horan’s Bar and An Gairdin are also thanked for the use of their venues for the 36 events throughout the weekend. The festival enticed many new visitors to the town with record audiences attending. All the sponsors and festival friends including the Arts Council and Galway Co. Council Arts Office are sincerely thanked for their support. Finally, the many volunteers who assisted all weekend are applauded for their enthusiasm and reliability.


Portumna Players AGM
Portumna Players AGM takes place in the Loft on Thursday 25 September at 8.30 pm. New members especially welcome. We would also like to see former members who haven't been active for a while or those who have taken a break, return and get involved again. As well as looking for new talent we also need people who can offer services such as backstage, stage construction etc.


Galway Hospice Fundraising
Two Presentations for recent fund raising events held in Portumna were made to Collette Dodd, Galway Hospice Home Care Team. Christmas Day Swim 2013 presented a cheque for €2010 and a cheque for €820 was presented from a recent Table Quiz.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge Club held its AGM in the town hall on Monday the 15th September 2014. Officers elected were President: Fr Michael Finneran. Vice-President: Cecilia Cox. Secretary: Joan Ryan. Treasurer: Marie O'Meara. Tournament Director: Patricia Eames. Assistant Tournament Director: Charlie Mullen. Ex-Officio Brid Mac Namara. Committee: Bernie Larkin & Eileen Smith.
Winners on the night were 1st: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen. 2nd: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon. Gross: Iris Dennison & Dennis Kelly. 3rd: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury. 4th: Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch.


Davitt’s Camogie Club
Davitts C.C would like to thank all who supported the recent Co Board Church Gate Collections and the Lotto. Thanks especially to all who sold Lotto envelopes and did the collections at the various Masses. Best of Luck to our U11 and U13 teams who have qualified for the County Semifinals in their respective grades. Hard luck to our senior team who were defeated by Mullagh in their final group game.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend lotto jackpot worth 2900 euros. The numbers drawn were 12 18 22 28. One person matched three numbers Emma Featherstone.
Best of luck to our senior and junior A teams who are both out in quarter finals this weekend


Art & Craft Classes and German Classes
Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on October 4th. Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 9th October in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127. Early booking advisable.


Half Day Thursday Drama Group
The Half Day Thursday Drama Group staged JM Synges-In The Shadow Of The Glen last Friday night in Portumna Castle as part of the Shorelines Arts Festival. The play Like Riders to the Sea deals with people isolated from the “big world” imprisoned in ‘our Irish institution, the loveless marriage.’ And by the solitude of her life in the Wicklow glens, Nora Burke played by Diane Dagg has long been rebelling secretly against her lot. When her old husband dies, the tramp (Declen Kelly) who finds her alone with the corpse, is amazed at her comparative calmness. When she leaves him to go out and give the news to the neighbours, however, the dead man sits up and explains that he has only pretended to be dead in order to catch his wife with her lover. When Nora returns with Michael Dara (Ultan Hynes), the old man (John Harte) has his wish. Nora is turned out of the house to travel the roads. When this played was originally staged in 1903 it became a source of controversy, for it strick many Irish Nationalists –including, notably, Arthur Griffith- as a libel upon the irish character in general and Irish womanhood in particular.


Portumna Vintage Club - Vintage Show
Portumna Vintage Club held their second annual vintage show in the Irish Workhouse Center last Sunday. The show was extremely well supported with in excess of sixty vehicles in attendance. Some of the rarer vehicles included a Graham-Paige car in excellent condition dating from 1927 also on show was a Track Marshal 55 Bulldozer that was bought new at the Spring Show in Dublin in 1967 by a local contractor. Mark Wilson a Blacksmith/Coppersmith put on a very interesting display of his skills and showed how the Forge operated in days gone by. There was also a display of model farms complete with model tractors and machinery. The Club would like to thank all those who attended the show and those who helped out on the day. The Club would also like to thank the staff of the Irish Workhouse Center in Portumna, the committee members of the Shorelines Arts Festival also Mike Goode and Mike Madden for their generous support.


Signage for Lough Derg Area
Cllr, Anne Rabbitte received a letter from the NRA confirming they will be erecting signage promoting Portumna. This is fantastic news as Cllr Rabbitte has championed this campaigning since she got elected to ensure a commitment from NRA to put signage-promoting Portumna. She goes on to say ‘I believe that this will be in place before our next tourist season.  Some business takings are down 20% on the previous years and I believe lack of signage on the major link roads ie at the Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Nenagh Juntions has a big part to play on encouraging and promoting extra visitors to Portumna. In a extract from the letter received from Cllr. Rabbitte it states the following-‘The Authority has recently participated in a signing strategy for the Lough Derg Area with the Lough Derg Marketing Group ) which includes participation by Galway County Council). I understand that the initiative will be commencing shortly and includes signage around the Portumna area’. Erica O Driscoll Programme and Regulatoey Unit of the NRA signed it.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 7, 11, 21 and 30. The jackpot was €7,700. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Sean Clasby, Celia Treacy, Mary O Boyle/Adrian Forde, Sadie Flynn, David Treacy. Next week's jackpot is €7,800 which will be held in Duffy’s.


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.


Annual Threshing in Shragh
The Annual Threshing in Shragh takes place this Sunday 28th Sept at 1pm in Shragh Hall and adjoining lands. There will be a wide variety of activities and entertainment right throughout the day for young and old. This years proceeds go to the ‘Strangeboat Donor Foundation Charity’ recently setup to manage the new "National Commemorative Garden to Organ Donors" in Salthill Galway. Further Information on the threshing from Gerard Lyons Garage  Shragh. 086 1736254.


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