14 October 2014

McKeons Opticians Celebrates First Year in Business!
Portumna College of Further Education
Free Training and Information for Jobseekers
Boula Hall Fundraising Auction
Portumna Tourism
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Portumna Town FC
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna FC
Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle
Killimor GAA
Portumna Golf Club
Looscaun Woodford Tractor Run
Colette Cowan - Deputy Chief executive of Saolta
Portumna Players AGM
Portumna Tidy Towns

McKeons Opticians Celebrates First Year in Business!
To mark their first year in business, McKeons Opticians, located on Main Street Portumna will host a birthday celebration from 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday 18th October.

All the family are invited to attend with free colour vision testing for children, eye care advice, kiddies entertainment, along with giveaways and birthday treats. Guests are also encouraged to wear a touch of pink on the day and enter a draw in support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Owned and operated by sisters Lorna and Eimear McKeon, the practice offers a full range of services including; eye exams, contact lens fitting, assistance with frame and lens selection, spectacle dispensing, digital retinal photography and specialised visual assessments, catering for both adults and children. Designer frames and sunglasses are also stocked such as; Gucci, Orla Keily, Storm, Guess and Mexx.

Speaking of the first birthday event, Lorna McKeon commented “We hope everyone, both new and returning customers, family and friends can join us in celebrating the first birthday of McKeons Opticians. It’s been a fantastic year in business, Eimear and I would really like to thank the local community for all their support and we look forward to continued success.”

For further details on McKeons Opticians call: 090 9759111, visit: www.mckeonsopticians.ie or email: info@mckeonsopticians.ie. Like ‘McKeon Opticians’ on Facebook to keep up to date with news, giveaway and events.


Portumna College of Further Education
Portumna College of Further Education, St. Brigid's Rd, Portumna will be running two FETAC Level 5 courses beginning shortly. The courses offered are Tourism with Business 5M5011 and Retail Practice 5M2105. The courses will be offered on Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 7-9p.m. All enquiries to the college on 090-9741946 or 087-6258696/086-3954259.


Free Training and Information for Jobseekers
Will come to Portumna on Fri 24th Oct. It will deal with CV preparation interview skills, etc. See www.grd.ie for details.


Boula Hall Fundraising Auction
Boula Hall Fundraising Auction on October 19th @ 2pm (date changed from 12th). Items for sale include; Fuel - large amounts of timber, turf, briquettes. Agri - silage, straw, animal feed,fencing wire, feeding troughs. Vouchers, fuel vouchers, electrical items, furniture, mirrors, treadmill, concert tickets, signed connaught rugby jersey among other items. Also cake sale and bric-a-brac. Your support on the day would be greatly appreciated.


Portumna Tourism
We are having the Portumna Tourism Video's shot on Sunday 26th October and Monday 27th October. We need all types of ideas, volunteers etc to make these videos a success. So we will need people/groups/clubs for involvement. We want to have a fun element in the videos but also show off what Portumna has to offer. So we have split the videos into 3 ideas and also one all encompassing one. 1. Heritage, tell the world what we have in extraordinary well preserved heritage and culture. 2. Action, the amazing amount of activities that are possible to do in the area, to ensure fun for all ages. 3. Water based, ensure we tell people of the wonderful asset we have on our shore and all that can be done on it.So if you can help in anyway, before and during, we need you. We will need to story board our videos, co ordinate filming on the days. Any fresh ideas all welcome. Look forward to hearing from you.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
The Results of the Portumna Contract Bridge Club for the 29th September 2014 1st: Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly. 2nd: Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston. Gross: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon. 3rd: Bernie Larkin & Cecilia Cox. 4th: Mary Jo Kelly & Fr PJ Bracken.


Portumna Town FC
The recent good form of our underage teams continued last Saturday with two good wins. The Under 10s beat Clara Town 2-1 and the Under 11s beat Kinnegad 3-1. Thanks to all parents for supporting the Club Draw.


Davitts Camogie Club
Congratulations to our u13's who captured the county final by beating st Thomas's on a scoreline of 2-02 to no score. The scorers on the day were Fiona Daly with 1-1 and Rose McLoughlin 1-1. Our U18s had a seven-point victory over Turloughmore but must wait on the outcome of the Other group game to see if they qualify for the semi final.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results Wednesday 1 October 2014: 1st Tom & Carmel Mc Glackin. 2nd Pauric Murray & Sean Murray. Gross Michael Torpey & Theresa Cunningham. 3rd Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly. 4th Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon.


Portumna FC
Nenagh Celtic arrived in Portumna on Sunday morning with a full squad and faced a Portumna side that could only field 11 players! The match was poor by Portumna standards and was 2-0 down by half time. Portumna got a goal back shortly into the second half with a well taken long range free kick from Gary Lynch. Portumna battled on with a number of chances well saved by the Celtic keeper. With 3 more goals from Celtic one an OG it was a disappointing day for Portumna. Thanks to the home supporters who encouraged the home team. Another home match this Sunday v Clodiagh Rangers.


Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle
Thank you to all who participated and sponsored last Sunday's 4th Annual Fun Cycle. A beautiful sunny day brought out a large participation taking to the 10k route. This year's event was in support of the local charity, Portumna Men’s Shed.

Hearty congratulations to Ronan Porter of Killimor who was first home and was presented with the Michael O'Shea Memorial Trophy. The Best Fundraiser (Adult) was Liam Kennedy, Lorrha while Ailbhe Salmon, Killimor was the Best Under-18 Fundraiser. Ronan Porter also won a prize for the funniest bike while the Woodford Cyclists yet again won the Best Costumes - Adult. All had an enjoyable day and we look forward to the fun cycle continuing to be an important annual fundraiser for the Portumna & District Lions Club.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 9, 10, 18 and 26. The jackpot was €8,000. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Patsy Scully, Keith & Cormac Hardiman, PJ McGann, Michael Dervan and Lorraine Starr. Next week's jackpot is €8,100 which will be held in Kirwan's. The club extends congratulations to minor players and management on winning the county title.

The club is holding a fundraising walk for Cancer Care West on Saturday 18th at 11.00 from Portumna forest park to Supervalu. Details from club officers.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club once again are running the very successful Open 3 Ball Challenge competition which takes place annually from October to April inclusive. At least one visiting team will qualify each month for the grand final which takes place in early May. Log onto www.portumnagolfclub.ie or call (090) 9741059 for timesheet.


Looscaun Woodford Tractor Run
The Looscaun Woodford Tractor run was held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Some very rare vintage Tractors and cars from down through the years were presented at their best for this annual charitable run. Proceeds raised were for the benefit of the "Strangeboat Donor Foundation" which is a new organisation setup for the families of organ donors. The organising committee would again like to thank the participants for the great turnout and to those who made donations and those who in any way helped to make the day a great success.


Colette Cowan - Deputy Chief executive of Saolta
Saolta University Health Care Group (formerly West/North West Hospitals Group) is the first regional healthcare organisation to publish a Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan for its patients, staff and visitors. This was announced today (Oct 9th) at the Group’s second annual conference in Westport Co Mayo.

Commenting at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated, “We are ambitious for the groups to become ‘big learning organisations’. Flexible, adaptable and responsive where staff have the opportunity to learn and innovate in the treatment of their patients, so that they leave care with the best possible outcome. All of this is a key element of the health - reform programme ‘Healthy Ireland’ which takes a ‘whole of Government’ and ‘whole of society’ approach to improving health and well-being.”

A detailed three-year implementation plan covering such diverse areas as empowering people and communities, tobacco control, nutrition and obesity, physical activity, alcohol and drugs, breastfeeding, positive mental health and health screening has been drawn up by Saolta University Health Care Group and the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division.

Ms Colette Cowan, Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery and deputy chief group chief executive of Saolta stated, “The development of a three year Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan for the Saolta University Health Care Group provides an opportunity to increase the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the community, and also for the organisation to be a leader in creating a culture of health.”

Welcoming this joint initiative, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director, Health and Wellbeing Division, Health Service Executive, stated, “Today’s publication by Saolta is one of the important milestones in our Health Service-wide implementation of Healthy Ireland.  We wanted to create a model for how our emerging new health structures can take the Healthy Ireland Framework and translate it into real actions for improved health and wellbeing among all connected with the Hospital Group. By working with us to develop and publish this first Hospital Group Plan, the Saolta University Health Care Group is committing to playing their part in this movement and helping to lead the way.”

Initiatives that are set out in the plan include:
* self-care support programmes for patients identified with cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and diabetes;
* continuing to implement the National Tobacco Free Campus policy and supporting patients and staff to quit smoking
* routine recording of Body Mass Index (BMI) for all relevant inpatients and outpatients encounters;
* and a review of the nutritional adequacy and quality of hospital food for staff and patients.

Action is already being taken on some of the initiatives identified under the implementation plan such as the establishment of a Patient Council and Patient Advocate Liaison Service (PALS). County profiles will be constructed to summarise epidemiological and comparative information on demography, determinants of health and health conditions, inform health and wellbeing assessments, service reviews and health needs assessment.

“The development of the Healthy Ireland Framework was a major political initiative that was completed and launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, last year. This generational strategy, working across all sectors, has significant ambition to fundamentally change the health of the nation and is now being widely implemented across the health sector. I am delighted that the Saolta University Health Care Group, working in conjunction with Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director of the Health & Wellbeing Division, has been given an opportunity to lead this process, with the implementation of this Framework across our Hospital Group,” stated Bill Maher, Group CEO, Saolta University Health Care Group.

Saolta University Health Care Group (formerly West/North West Hospitals Group) is the first regional healthcare organisation to publish a Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan for its patients, staff and visitors. With the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD at the launch of the plan today (Oct 9th) at the Group’s second annual conference in Westport Co Mayo were: Ms Colette Cowan, Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery and deputy chief group chief executive of Saolta; Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director, Health and Wellbeing Division, Health Service Executive and Bill Maher, Group CEO, Saolta University Health Care Group.


Portumna Players AGM
The AGM of Portumna Players was held last Thursday 9th October. There was a good attendance and the group is always looking for new comers and are welcome at any time. This year, the Chairperson is Kathleen O'Brien, Secretary is Marie O'Donnell and Treasurer is Marie Gunning. There are some new faces as well on the Committee. The outgoing Chairperson Mairead Taylor and Secretary Frances Robinson were thanked for their work during the last two years. It is hoped to stage a Spring performance and a meeting to discuss this will be held this Thursday at 8.30pm evening at The Loft. Anyone interested in getting involved please contact any member of the Group or leave a message on our Facebook page.


Portumna Tidy Towns
Work is ongoing with the Tidy Towns group at present as we enter the Autumn/Winter season. TUS workers have started work on the Bridge Work and a schedule of tasks have been put in place in an effort to be ready for entry into the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2015. At present, Tidy Towners are clearing out the flower tubs around the town and getting them ready for winter plants. We are hoping to give these tubs a facelift by painting them. If you have any suggestions for colour, please leave your comments on the Portumna Tidy Towns Facebook page. In conjunction with Galway County Council, we are going to embark on an "Adopt a road/street" campaign. You can get involved on the street where you live! More on this in the next few weeks. We hope to have another Saturday clean up day in October. We need more volunteers! We will be holding an AGM in the next few weeks; confirmation of this date will be announced on our Facebook page and in the local papers.


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