28 October 2014

An Evening of Song and Words
Portumna Contract Bridge Club
GSPCA Fundraising
Portumna Red Cross - First Aid Course
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Tidy Towns Group
Killimor GAA
Fair Deal Program - Home Help/Care
Woodford Water
Cllr Rabbitte Welcomes Water Tendering

An Evening of Song and Words
There will be an evening of song and words at Christ Church, Portumna on Thursday Nov 13th at 8.00pm with Portumna's Omna Singers and Pen Pushers plus guests. Come along and enjoy a flavour of autumn in music and writing supported by Portumna Arts Group. All welcome. Admission:€8 at the door.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
The Results of the Portumna Contract Bridge Club, 13th October 2014. 1st: Paddy Kelly & Sean Cahalan. 2nd: John & Judy Craig. Gross Tommy Goonan & Susan Royston. 3rd: Geraldine Canning & Denis Kelly. 4th: Johnnie Cowan & Brid Mc Namara.


GSPCA Fundraising
Pop-up shop on Thursday 30th Oct-Sat 1st Nov in Duffy’s old shoe shop. Amazing bargains. All money goes to the GSPCA animal fund.


Portumna Red Cross - First Aid Course
Portumna Red Cross are holding a General Practical Certified First Aid Course starting on Fri the 7th Nov for 5 weeks. Enrolment will be on Monday 3rd Nov at Portumna Day Care Centre from 7pm-9pm. Course costs €50, deposit of €20 on enrolment night.


Davitts Camogie Club
Hard luck to our u11 girls who lost to Carnmore in the county final on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-1. The club A.G.M will take place on Friday 7th November at 8 pm in the clubhouse in Duniry. All are welcome!! The club will also be holding their annual clothes collection on Saturday 22nd November. All donations are greatly appreciated.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club's Progressive 25 card game has recommenced and will continue each Thursday from 8.30 p.m. Entry €5 pp. Everybody welcome.

The Gents Club AGM takes place on Tuesday, 4th November at 8.00 p.m. and the Ladies Club AGM will take place on Sunday 9th November at 4.00 p.m.

The clubs annual 3-ball challenge continues each month. Check out website for details.


Portumna Tidy Towns Group
At a recent meeting of the Tidy Towns Group it was decided that we would go ahead and produce a Calendar for 2015. We welcome feedback on this on our Facebook page or on any other ideas people may have. At present, we are continuing doing a litter pick on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The flower tubs will be getting a facelift in the next few weeks and we are delighted to welcome the Mens' Shed who are going to work with us on some of the projects. The Mens' Shed also have a Facebook Page which details projects they are working on at present.

Tidy Towns will hold their AGM in the next three weeks. Volunteers are always welcome.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 10, 12, 18 and 26. The jackpot was €8,200. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were  Joanne Lyons, Michael Gorman, Ally/Ava/Freya/Marian/Nigel, Lisa/Jamie/Lorna/Joe Callanan and Declan Madden. Next week's jackpot is €8,300 which will be held in Treacy's.


Fair Deal Program - Home Help/Care
The Waiting Lists for Fair Deal program, Home Help/Care have never been longer. Councillor Anne Rabbitte has called for a parliamentary question to be but forward in relation to the worsening situation with home help, home care packages and the Fair Deal program.

Cllr. Rabbitte has said ‘this has become a huge issue over the last number of months and has increased exponentially in the last 24hrs, when I have been inundated with phone calls relating to the waiting lists. It bothers me on a human level that people feel that the only way they can increase home care hours for their loved ones is by watching and waiting for other people to die- then contacting me directly to query how they can avail of the deceased’s hours. Is this really what we have been reduced to? This situation not these people’s fault- they are desperate, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I am not aware if this is the situation elsewhere in the country, but it is certainly the situation here- and it is simply unacceptable. The Fair Deal program is absolutely horrific at the moment. I have nursing homes on my case saying they have beds to be filled if the system could be freed up; funding seems to be a major point of contention in sorting this issue. People are telling me that they feel there is no point in filling up the forms, as they won’t get a place, they have lost faith and this is not right. Most worryingly, I have been informed in the last 24hrs that the black market has crept in on Fair Deal, home help and home care situation. People have begun paying out for a retired nurse or retired home care assistant to come in and get them ready for mass or get the house ready for the family visit on a Sunday. This should not be happening. It was my understanding that after last year’s budget, money was to be redirected into home care and the home help plan. I am not seeing this happening in Galway. We are juggling with people’s lives- this is a serious matter that needs resolving. I feel passionate about this matter; it sickens me that once again, some of the most vulnerable members of our society; our elderly and our sick are being neglected. That is why I have pleaded that this matter be addressed in the Dail as a parliamentary question.’


Woodford Water
I think its unacceptable in this day and age and with all the discussions about water and charges yet the People of Woodford village are left with no alternative only to use water from lead pipes with asbestos connections. Now if this is not bad enough when breakages occur within the system on occasions the asbestos is left exposed to the water. Having raised the question with relevant authorities as to when this system is to be upgraded I am directed to the needs analysis list and Woodford Village is no 33 which is totally unacceptable. I am strongly urging Irish Water along with the Support of Galway County Council and our local Dáil Representatives to highlight this as a matter of urgency. The people of Woodford need their voice to be heard as to when they can be assured of a resolution.


Cllr Rabbitte Welcomes Water Tendering
The announcement last week by Ciaran Cannon regarding the tendering for Portumna has been greatly welcomed by Cllr Rabbitte. Having played a huge part in highlighting this outstanding issue which many residents were unaware for years she is relieved at last that locals have a commitment from Central Government and Irish Water to start tendering for this project before Christmas. My aspirational hopes would be that this project be completed within the next 12 months for the people of Portumna to have good quality drinking water.


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