18 November 2014

Fundraiser Event for St. Dympna's
Fun Fridays Return at Redwood NS!
Emerald Star Portumna - Best Customer Service in Europe
Lecture - The Secret Landscape of the Slieve Aughty’s
Table Quiz - Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Davitt’s Camogie Club
Cllr Rabbitte Attends Flood Alleviation Meeting
Portumna Community School - Sailing Course for TY Students
Out-of-Hours Emergency Council Cover
Lorrha Christmas Market & Auction
’79 Bridge Club
Portumna Christmas Concert
Christmas Craft Fair
Killimor GAA

Fundraiser Event for St. Dympna's
A Wild Food Night will take place on Friday 28th November 2014 @ 7.30pm in Paddy's Bar Terryglass. This annual fundraiser, run in conjunction with Terryglass Kilbarron Game and Conservation Club, will this year raise funds for St. Dympnas in Portumna. We invite you to come along and experience all that is good about Irish Food- Fresh, Local, Traditional & Wild. Admission is free with all donations towards St. Dympna's. An enjoyable evening guaranteed. Please Support.


Fun Fridays Return at Redwood NS!
Due to popular demand, Fun Fridays return at Redwood NS! Calling all babies, toddlers, Mums, Dads, Grannies etc for some extra special fun! Storyteller, games and much more fun and play every Friday from 11:00 to 12:00 commencing Friday, 21st November for 4 weeks. Everybody welcome! €3.00 per family. Phone Redwood NS on 090 9747186, Email: redwoodns@live.ie, Website: www.redwoodns.ie


Emerald Star Portumna - Best Customer Service in Europe
Emerald Star Portumna won the award for the best customer service in Europe, this was a joint award for the 2 Irish Bases which are Portumna and Carrick On Shannon as the two bases were the top two in Europe this year in customer service. This award was presented to both Timmy Walsh from Portumna and John Beirne from Carrick On Shannon who are the managers of both base’s. The awards ceremony took place at the International Conference for Le Boat (their parent company ) in Cannes in the South Of France last week. As there are over 40 base’s in 9 different countries all over Europe it is a very prestigious award to win because it its decided by the amount of excellent reviews you get from the clients for your customer service on the questionnaire’s which every client fills in at the end of their holiday and this is also done in every base throughout Europe. Emerald Star in both Portumna and Carrick are very proud of their staff for the hard work they all put in to achieve this award as it was a total team effort and is one of the most prestigious awards that can be won as part of the European Le Boat Specialist Holiday Group. Emerald Star are looking forward to the 2015 season and hopefully adding to this award at the end of next year.


Lecture - The Secret Landscape of the Slieve Aughty’s
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society will host a lecture by Christy Cunniffe, Field Monument Advisor with Galway County Council, entitled The Secret Landscape of the Slieve Aughty’s. Tuesday 25 November at 8.30 pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. The AGM planned to take place before hand is postponed until further notice.


Table Quiz - Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group Fundraiser
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group are holding a Table Quiz at Cannings Bar, Gurteeny on Saturday 22 November at 9pm.
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Devleopment Group have put an action plan in place supported by Galway Rural Development to organise a big clean up of all illegal dumping of waste in the Looscaun/Shannonside area starting with black spots at Clonmoylan, Shragh, Boula, Coose and many more, followed by a general clean up in the remaining areas.
A very successful and large scale removal of illegal dumping took place in Woodford a number of weeks ago which was co-ordinated by Galway Rural Development with the help of Galway County Council who provided skips, hi-viz jackets and gloves to carry out the process. This was organised by the Woodford Parish Development Group and was very enthusiastically supported by the people of Woodford who volunteered in large numbers to make it a huge success.
The Looscaun/Shannonside Group hopes to carry out similar work in the Shannonside area of Woodford and will be looking for your support. Details of clean-up dates etc will be advised separately. We look forward to working together to improve our community.
So please support the Table Quiz to cover insurance costs, which must be in place before the “Big Clean Up”, can begin. This promises to be a great night with loads of spot prizes and a raffle on the night. All are welcome.


Portumna GAA
Lotto results from last week: 1, 2, 5, 10. No winner. There were 2 match 3 they received €50 each. This week's lotto is €3800.
Congratulations and well done to the Senior Hurling Team on winning the Galway Bay Award for 2014. The awards night will take place on 29 November in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa. The team has been nominated for the overall team of the year award this will be decided by public vote. To vote for our hurlers text ‘team’ followed by number, which is team 1 to 53133, get voting as lines close Friday 28 November at 3pm.


Davitt’s Camogie Club
The AGM of Davitts Camogie Club took place in Duniry on Friday 7 November. In her opening address-outgoing chairperson Anne Robinson welcomed everyone and was delighted to see so many new faces in attendance. She thanked all who had helped out the club in any way during the year.
Outgoing treasurer Caitriona Slattery presented the accounts for the year and was glad to report the club was in a good position financially. Each team manager gave their team report with pride of place going to the u10's and u13's who both captured county titles this year.
The following officers were elected - Chairperson: Anne Robinson. Vice Chairperson: Ian Dervan. Treasurer: Claire Conway. Ass. Treasurers: Caitriona Slattery/Orla Watson. PRO: Mary Kelly. Child Protection Officer: Olivia Shiel. Development Officer: Anne Fahy.
The Club will hold its clothes collection on Saturday the 22nd Nov with collection points at Tynagh and Balliankill community centers between 10am-12pm. All donations are greatly appreciated.


Cllr Rabbitte Attends Flood Alleviation Meeting
At last Thursday meeting of the Loughrea Municipal District meeting Cllr Anne Rabbitte asked where was the other part of the Flood Alleviation Update as she felt 50% of the report was missing because there was no mention of East Galway (Portumna) or surrounding area which suffers annually with flooding. She was horrified to think with such an important issue and with repeated incidents of flooding there was no mention any place from Kilmeen Cross to the County Bounds in Coose to Woodford or to Derrybrien. Cllr Rabbitte went to pains to explain that the Shannon the Largest river in Ireland runs by Portumna and every year there is repeated incidents of flooding, ie the Tynagh Road which is a main school route to Gortanumera and Portumna Community Schools and crèches. The Bridge Road (which was closed in 2009 and went very close to closing again last year 2013).
Cllr Rabbitte complemented the CFRAMS report which was produced for South Galway but when questioned where was the Jacobs report, a report that the OPW commissioned for all areas that are affected by the river Shannon. I was very disappointed yet again there was no clear answer as to when this report would be produced. The people of Portumna are right to feel they are forgotten about because they are, there is no time line when this report will be published or when there will be a public consultation of all the projects down for inclusion for work. If the Bridge Road was to close the implications are that we are cutting off access across the Shannon, which has implications for business, schools and access to Portiuncula Hospital.
It was very evident at the meeting that the council did not have clear answers for Cllr Rabbitte regarding flooding and elevation measures for the people of East Galway. Cllr Rabbitte said that after the meeting she met with council officials and has requested maps that define what’s an OPW river and a map that defines what’s a council river, she has requested the Council to contact OPW regarding the status on the Jacobs report and when the people of East Galway could have their well over due public consultation. I was elected to represent the people and I am not shy in asking the questions.


Portumna Community School - Sailing Course for TY Students
On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 Nov. Transition Year students from Portumna Community College travelled to Dromineer for an introduction to a sailing course at Lough Derg Yacht Club. Most, if not all students had never experienced sailing before, so at first it came across as a daunting challenge. Even so, there was great optimism and ambition among students to get going and out onto the water.
During the morning period, all students partook in Team Building Games. After lunch came the main event, the Sailing! After a brief introduction to the sport, like using wind over the lake in an efficient and effective manner, controlling the sails, rudder and of course, protecting one’s head from the fast traveling boom during sudden route changes, students were ready to head out onto the water. It was a challenge for all to locate the sail at the right angle to gain maximum speed as well as keeping the boat balanced. Students had lots of tasks to learn and enjoy, from steering and sail control to avoiding collisions (which didn't always happen!).
After a few laps of the buoy located on the lake, everyone was en route to becoming accomplished sailors! After taking into account the cold, and some minor incidents such as the loss of a pair of shoes all had an extremely enjoyable day and hope to be back on the water sailing before long.


Out-of-Hours Emergency Council Cover
The public have a right to know how the call service is currently operating in the Loughrea Municipal district. Cllr Rabbitte said she is shocked to learn that there is only emergency council cover in the Portumna, Loughrea and Craughwell area every second week. So, last Thursday night in the height of the heavy rain there was no Council Emergency cover available in any of these areas.
Cllr Rabbitte said that this is not a new development, this is the normal practice over the past two and half years. With the winters getting more and more severe its shocking to think that if there was a crisis we could find ourselves in a situation where there would be no council support. To take a hypothetical situation, if a flash flood happened as it did last Thursday night on the New Line Ballycrissane Road there was no staff available to take a call until they showed up for work at 8am, if a tree fell down across a road it’s the Council who cuts it, puts up the signage, if there is a crash it’s the County Council who erect the signage, clean up the road and leave it in a state fit for purpose but that is only available every second week. Cllr Rabbitte has learned that in the past the local fire brigade may need supplies i.e. signage and there may be no Council call out staff available to help. Thankfully we do not have a crisis every other day hence the general public would not aware of the situation in East Galway.
When the council is on call there is one supervisor and 2 emergency cover in Loughrea and 2 emergency cover in Portumna and depending on where the incident is the supervisor dispatches staff to the relevant crisis. Regrettably the council is now proposing reducing an already depleted service even more to having a single supervisor and one person from the Loughrea office and two from the Portumna office to cover 800 square kilometers. Questions have to be asked why we only have a service every second week, why are they looking at further reducing the service as emergencies often happen outside office hours of 8am to 4.30pm.
The Council have a ‘duty of care’ to the public and have a role to play in keeping communities safe and we have a role to protect our council staff so by reducing numbers there are health and safety issues and also we are leaving other emergency services such as the Fire Brigade and Ambulance services under pressure.
Fortunately for the people of South Galway (the Gort area) they have a fully functioning call out service and while we are all in the same municipal area there seems to be double standards being applied. The people of Loughrea, Craughwell and Portumna require and deserve the same support as those living in Gort, Kinvara and Ardrahan.


Lorrha Christmas Market & Auction
Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns will be holding their Annual fundraising Christmas Market and Auction on Sunday December 7th in Lorrha Hall. Anyone wishing to book a table can contact Liz on (090) 9747893 or Mary on (090) 9747196. Anyone wishing to donate items of fuel, fodder, meal etc. simple anything that can be sold or auctioned, please contact Louis on (086) 8493595 or Rose on (086) 8647166. All donations gratefully received. Santa will be paying his usual visit. Tickets are on sale throughout the parish for a food hamper, biscuits and wine. Your support is much appreciated.


’79 Bridge Club
1st Theresa Cunningham & Michael Torpey, 2nd Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, Gross Kaye Duddy & Fr Finneran, 3rd Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, 4th Frances Mc Crory & Mary Connolly.


Portumna Christmas Concert
The Annual Portumna Christmas Concert will take place this year at St Brigid's Church Portumna on Sunday, 21 December at 7.00pm. The concert again promises to be night of amazing song and music, with the very best performers from the area sharing their musical talents with us. Come along to commence the Season of Christmas with your community.
Tickets will be on sale over the coming weeks at selected outlets in Portumna and are again priced at the very low cost of €5 per person.  Please ensure that you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment as there is limited seating available.


Christmas Craft Fair
Christmas Craft fair in Arch Bar on Sunday November 23rd from 12 to 6pm. Lots of local crafts on display. Shop local this Christmas and get your gifts early. Get in the christmas spirit with mulled cider and mince pies. Please support and keep your business in town this Christmas.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 2, 10, 22, and 30. The jackpot was €8,500. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Eugene Duffy, Bernadette O Toole, Dermot Kelly, Martin Concannon and Tom Callinan. Next week's jackpot is €8,600 which will be held in Duffy’s.
Please note the AGM will be held on Friday the 28th November in the clubhouse at 8.00pm.


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