30 September 2014

Digital Marketing: What is it? How do I use it?
Portumna Town FC - Open Day
The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ Service is coming to Portumna
Concerns Regarding the N65
Art & German Classes
Monster Fundraising Auction in Boula Hall
GSPCA Fundraiser
Contempo Quartet
Portumna ’79 Bridge Club
Active Retirement Association
Killimor GAA
Portumna Cycling Club - One Year Old
Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna Players AGM

Digital Marketing: What is it? How do I use it?
The Local Enterprise Office Galway is marking SME Week 13th – 15th October with a Roadshow around Galway County and a series of events which will provide information and inspiration to individuals with business ideas and existing business owners.

The Road show features Maricka Burke Keogh Founder of Online Marketing in Galway and Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise of the Local Enterprise Office. Ms Burke Keogh will demystify the world of digital marketing and explain what it is and how you can use it as an entrepreneur; business owner or as an employee. Ms Fox will provide information on the new Online Trading Voucher scheme; discuss who is eligible and how to apply. She will give a briefing on the microfinance scheme which is now available for micro and small and medium businesses.

Both speakers will be there to share their experiences and offeradvice, support and encouragement. Breda Fox said: “We are looking forward to meeting people who either have an idea to start a business or who may be at the early stage start up or existing businesses thinking of new products or markets”.

The Road show arrives in Portumna on October Wednesday 15th from 7 – 8pm in the Social Centre, Retirement Village, Brendans Road, Portumna. For more information or to book for the event please call 091 565 269 or email: LEOtraining@leo.galwaycoco.ie


Portumna Town FC - Open Day
Portumna Town Football Club are inviting boys and girls aged 5 and 6 years to come along to an open day at Portumna Soccer Club on Saturday 4th October at 10:15am. All are welcome. (We are located on Shannon Road, 1st on the right after Marian Park beside St Dympnas.)


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.


Concerns Regarding the N65
A meeting took place last Thursday (18/9) in Loughrea municipal buildings where a delegation of residents living along the N65 presented their concerns regarding various issues along this stretch of road. A number of residents of Portumna, whose lives are being negatively impacted by the appalling condition of the N65, availed the opportunity to have their concerns highlighted. Both Maureen Kenny Curran and Sam O’Rourke spoke with passion and conviction and raisded issues from Woodpark to Bridge Road on behalf of all impacted residents along this stretch. Also present from the N65 were Dolores O’Shea, P.J Lynch, Fe Warner, Pauline O’Brien and Charlie Mullin. Sam O Rourke highlighted how difficult it is to cross the N65 on St. Brendan's road particulary at the brow of the hill from the Retirement village to Finn's service station. Maureen Kenny Spoke about the speed at which cars exit Portumna and camber on the road, the two man holes and 330 degree angle from Joyce’s to Kenny's. Maureen had footage on her phone of an accident that happened in the last six weeks where the driver was lucky to escape alive.

Cllr. Rabbitte summarises: To say the following highlighting the concerns raised at the meeting; ‘the stretch of road from Woodpark, to the bridge (N65) in Portumna is littered with accident black spots and has a long history of traffic incidents, ranging from minor to fatal. Residents and business owners on this stretch of road have repeatedly raised their concerns about the dangers caused by a number of safety issues only to be stonewalled at every turn. These issues include the following; poor road surfaces, speed, lack of speed signage and the lack of consistency in the speed limitations, a lack of traffic calming measures, unmarked concealed exits and entrances, numerous flooding issues along with lack of footpaths and lighting (dating back to 1994).

The time has long since passed to wonder if it will take a fatal accident for these standard road safety precautions to be put in place - lives have already been claimed as a direct result of the neglect of this road. Swooping in, in the aftermath of an accident to perform, what can only be described as surface patch up jobs is simply unacceptable. Since the implementation of traffic calming speed ramps on St. Bridget’s road, the daily flow of traffic using St. Brendan’s road has increased exponentially, with the added pressure of all HGV (heavy goods vehicles) using this road to access the town. Yet there have been no improvements to said road or any traffic calming measures taken in this highly built up, residential area - again, this is completely unacceptable!

Cllr Rabbite said that Portumna and the surrounding areas seems to be the last post when it comes to road maintenance with many of the roads in deplorable condition, it is clear that Portumna is constantly being overlooked. The people of Portumna feel they are being neglected. They feel abandoned and let down by the NRA and the County Council, and believe it is glaringly obvious that their safety and the safety of their children is simply not on their list of priorities. These are people who work hard not only to pay their road tax but also to pay their household tax; do they not have the same right or opportunity as other citizens living on other N.P.R. to walk or drive, to enter or exit their homes in safety and to safe roads in and around their homes and business’?

Enough is enough, it is time for somebody to take responsibility for the continually declining condition of this road and the below par safety precautions in place. Residents are sick and tired of the constant destruction of their private property and having to take their lives in their hands to navigate the unsafe roads of their hometown. This situation is completely intolerable and simply cannot be allowed to continue.’


Art & 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 0909747127. Early booking advisable.


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.


GSPCA Fundraiser
Table quiz and massive music session in The Arch Hotel at 8pm on Friday 3rd October. Great night, Spot prizes, Raffle, finger food, Craic and Loads of great music. Support your local animal shelter and enjoy a great night at the same time.


Contempo Quartet
The Galway Ensemble in Residence Contempo Quartet are performing in Portumna library on Monday 6 October @ 1pm. All welcome, admission free.


Portumna ’79 Bridge Club
The A.G.M. of the Portumna 79 Bridge Club was held on Wed 17 September 2014 and the following officers were appointed. President: Paddy Kelly, Vice President: Patricia Claffey, Secretary: Frances Mc Crory, Treasurer: Marian Molloy, Tournament Director: Joan Ryan, Ass Tournament Director: Fr Michael Finneran, Ex Officio: Patricia Eames, Committee: Sheila Dillon, Charlie Mullen.

The results on the night were: 1st Pauric Murray & Lorna Stoddart, 2nd Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, Gross Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 3rd Pat Flanagan & Charlie Murray, 4th Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Active Retirement Association
Portumna and District ARA meeting on Thursday 2nd Oct in the Retirement Village Social Centre, speaker this month is Michael Cunniff, his talk is entitled 'Life in an Indigenous Community' opening the channels of communication. Followed by tea and biscuits. We welcome new members and guests.

A Harvest Thanks Giving Service will be held in Christ Church Portumna, on Sunday 5th Oct at 3pm, followed by afternoon tea. Everyone welcome.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 12, 13, 18, and 28. The jackpot was €7,800. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Sorcha Nevin, John Joe Fahy, Mike Kelly, Chris/Brian/Mark/Tracy Gohery and Seamus Hogan. Next week's jackpot is €7,900 which will be held in Treacy’s.


Portumna Cycling Club - One Year Old
Portumna cycling club held their first AGM in O’Meara’s last Wednesday night. Reflecting on a very productive year the club has built up a membership of 35 people and received their first delivery of club jerseys and shorts that were designed by students at Portumna Community School. The following club officers were nominated - Chairman: John Joe Conwell, Secretary: Adrian Flaherty, Asst Secretary: Dermot Daly, Treasurer: Simon Dagg, Asst Treasurer Ultan Hynes, Child Protection Officer: Joe Fallon, Safety Officer: Martin Gavin, PRO: James Duane.

Portumna Cycling club is registered as a leisure club with Cycling Ireland. Leisure membership is a great introduction to the sport of cycling and participating in leisure events is a fun and social way of keeping fit and seeing some beautiful parts of the country. Like all Cycling Ireland memberships, leisure membership includes insurance for the member. This insurance covers personal accident and 3rd party liability insurance while the member trains or takes part in Cycling Ireland approved leisure events.

The club spins (cycles) take place on Sunday mornings and during the summer on Wednesday evenings. All spins are in a group structure, they are regulated, safe and fun, “Safety in Numbers”! During the winter the club plan to take group spinning classes provided by the Engine Room Portumna. If you are interested in joining Portumna Cycling club you can contact any of the above officers or email: info@portumnacc.com. Website:http://www.portumnacc.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Portumna-Cycling-Club


Portumna & District Angling Association
Congrats to the young winners of the 'O Meara Cup' (U 16's) last sunday. Alanna Larkin and Peter Burke tied in first place for the cup, Ross Callanan in second and Ashton Brandt third place. The association looks forward to its last major competition of the year, the 'Boat House Cup' next Sunday Oct 5th 12-6pm.


Portumna Players AGM
Portumna Players AGM takes place in the Loft on Thursday 9 October 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.


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