23 December 2014

Portumna Arts Group
Sign Out Youth Café
Yvonne Fahy's Christmas Single
Shragh’s Got Talent
Flood Risk Assessment Programme
Just Forests Publishes Eco-adventure Stories for Children
Annual Abbey 10Km Road Race
Portumna Contract Bridge Club

Portumna Arts Group
Portumna Arts Group would like to wish all the friends, sponsors, performers and audiences a very Happy Christmas. And, on the 12th night as is customary, the annual Arts Dinner will take place in Le Bouchon on Jan 6th at 7.15pm Numbers are limited so book your place by dropping your deposit of €15 to Hayes and Hayes Pharmacy or Ladies Day. The full cost to you will be €25. There will be entertainment and fun on the night also so do come along.
And in your brand new diaries mark the dates Sept 17th-21st for the 2015 Shorelines Arts Festival- and if your group or yourself have any ideas for events, get an application to the arts group before Jan 31st.


Sign Out Youth Café
The committee, volunteers and staff at Portumna Sign Out Youth Café, would like to wish all our members and supporters a very happy and peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year. Check out our special offers on our All Weather Pitch for 2015. for more information, contact 087 6679267 or 087 2474063


Yvonne Fahy's Christmas Single
Yvonne Fahy's Christmas single "Home for Christmas" has successfully claimed the no.1. Spot in the country iTunes charts. Yvonne featuring John Lyons, Mairín Fahy and Ray Diamond composed “Home for Christmas”. Yvonne is a multi instrumentalist with the widely acclaimed show ‘Trad on the Prom’. She also enjoys recording for national and international artists.
"Home for Christmas" is available on iTunes. All proceeds are donated to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin. 


Shragh’s Got Talent
Do you have a special talent? Have you got what it takes to impress our unique panel of judges? Then maybe you have what it takes to enter and maybe win 'Shragh’s Got Talent'. Music, singing, dancing, comedy, magic etc etc. All acts, all ages welcome. Cash prizes.
Auditions to be held 27th Dec at 2pm and the finals on 3rd January at 7.30. For entry forms please phone or text 0879954872 or leave a message with your details on the Shragh Hall facebook page. No entry form, no entry.


Flood Risk Assessment Programme
Three locations in Co. Galway (Portumna, Ballinasloe and Ahascragh) have been identified as Areas for Further Assessment under the Office of Public Works' Shannon Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Study is assessing flood risk across the Shannon catchment area and will develop Flood Risk Management Plans for those areas most at risk of flooding.
Jacobs Engineering Ireland, who are conducting the Shannon CFRAM Study, on behalf of the OPW and with the support of Galway County Council, have produced Draft Flood Maps for Portumna. To provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on these maps, a Public Consultation Day will be held in Portumna Town and Community Hall from 1pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th December 2014. We wish to invite you to view and discuss with us the Draft Flood Maps for Portumna prior to the opening of the public consultation events to the public. This will be an opportunity to preview the maps and discuss them with members of the Shannon CFRAM Project Team. The time and location for this preview event for Elected Members is 12pm – 1pm on Tuesday 16th December 2014 in Portumna Town and Community Hall, Clonfert Avenue, Portumna, Co. Galway. The Draft Flood Maps for Portumna will be on display at the above venue on 16th December 2014 and will also be accessible on the Shannon CFRAM Study website www.shannoncframstudy.ie from that date.
Flood Maps for the other CFRAM Areas for Further Assessment in Co. Galway are currently being drafted and will be available for public consultation during the coming months. We will be in contact with you when details of further Public Consultation Days for the Shannon CFRAM Study in Co. Galway are finalised. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your views on the Draft Flood Maps. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Just Forests Publishes Eco-adventure Stories for Children
Just Forests, an Irish charity, is publishing a series of children's stories to educate younger audiences on the importance of environmental stewardship. The series, written exclusively for the charity by author Grace Jolliffe, is called Jack Kelly and the Just Forests Gang, the first book of which is titled ‘Jack Kelly Meets the Just Forests Gang’.
The story features a boy named Jack whose life is turned upside down when financial hardship forces him and his family to leave their beloved city of Dublin and move to the countryside of County Clare. When Jack goes walking in the forest surrounding his new home, he soon finds there’s more to the forest than just trees. The forest is a world brimming with beauty, magic and mystery, and news of a growing environmental catastrophe forces Jack to embrace challenges and adventures in order to save the forest he now calls home.
According to Tom Roche, founder of Just Forests, “This is a very practical way for us to mark our 25th Anniversary (1989-2014) and prepare the next generation for the challenges of natural resource security going forward.” "We are depending on people all over the country and further afield to support our work by purchasing a copy and passing it on to their children and grand-children, according to Roche."
All proceeds from the sale of this e-book goes to support Just Forests on-going development education (DE) work with primary and post-primary schools across Ireland.
Just Forests is an Irish-registered charity working solely on global poverty-related tropical forest and timber issues from a local perspective.
Irish Woodworkers for Africa (T/A Just Forests) was founded in 1989 in response to the trade in tropical timber and the resulting decline of global forests thus making us one of Ireland’s longest established non-governmental development education organisations working solely on global poverty-related tropical forestry/timber issues from a local development perspective.
Just Forests uses society’s dependence on wood and the on-going decline in global forests as a tool to establish links between green-house gases, the loss of terrestrial biodiversity, “development", conflict and poverty.
Since our inception, Just Forests, have always insisted that good forest stewardship is inseparable from sustainable development, and if we fail to take it into account we risk undoing all the positive work being carried out by national and international development agencies and governments to reduce poverty and combat climate change.ABBEY 10 KM 2015.


Annual Abbey 10Km Road Race
The 3rd annual Abbey 10 KM AAI approved road race takes place in Abbey at 1.00pm in Abbey village. As usual we are expecting a big entry. Walkers and joggers are most welcome. Walkers will take of at 12.30PM. This year we are introducing a race for under age athletes. Entries for this race can be done on line by registering on www.runireland.com. Further details will appear later.


Portumna Contract Bridge Club
Results, 8th December 2014 - 1st: Paddy Kelly & Sean Cahalan, 2nd: Sheila Dillon & Kim Sundgren, Gross: Denis Kelly & Iris Dennison, 3rd: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, 4th: Johnnie Cowan & Brid Mc Namara.
Results, Christmas Party - 1st: Brid Mc Namara & Judy Craig, 2nd: Johnnie Cowan & Peggy Whyte, Gross: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 3rd: Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin, 2nd Gross: Charlie Mullen & Tony Ryan, 4th: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly, 5th: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 6th: Joan Ryan & Michael Torpey, 7th: Sheila Dillon & Kim Sundgren, 8th Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, 9th: Sr Patrice Coen & Patricia Eames.



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