20 January 2015

Food Waste Prevention Course
Fit Towns Initiative
Irish Blood Transfusion Service Award
Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna Contract Bridge
Lorrha National School
Rathcabbin Players Present 'Wild Goose Chase'
Mike Denver at the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe
Killimor GAA
Portumna Red Cross
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Street Lights in Housing Estates

Food Waste Prevention Course
Food Waste Prevention Course commences in Abbey Hall, Abbey, Loughrea on Monday 16th Feb, at 7.30 to run for four nights with a very interesting and delicious final night promised. Every Irish household throws out up to €1,000 worth of food annually. Join us to learn how to avoid this save money. To book a place contact Gerardine on 0876829139 anytime or 0909745671 10 - 1. Weekdays.


Fit Towns Initiative
The Fit Towns Initiative was launched Sunday last in Portumna Forest Park amid great excitement, and if the turnout is anything to go by, it looks like this endeavour will be a huge success. Sarah Killeen, Chairperson of the Fit Towns committee, kicked things off by introducing the initiative, what it entails and what we as a town should hope to achieve in the coming weeks. Shane O’Rourke, an accomplished long distance runner, had some words of encouragement and motivation for the crowd. O’Rourke highlighted the significance of having a program and plan in place when it comes to fitness; he also spoke about how a little healthy competition can go a long way when it comes to getting motivated.
An Evergreen tree, generously donated by Mr. Vincent O’Hara, was planted at the launch to commemorate the first year of Fit Towns in Portumna. There to plant the tree was local historian, John Joe Conwell and he spoke about the history of the car park and his own experience using the many trails in the Forest Park when training for a marathon.
Cllr. Anne Rabbitte, also in attendance and a member of the Fit Towns committee herself, said she hopes the project will be a roaring success, bringing the people of Portumna together to accomplish a shared goal and helping them rediscover the amazing natural amenities, like the Forest Park, that are right on their door step. Cllr. Rabbitte wanted to thank all the clubs and groups that have come together and pledged their support to the cause. She also remarked that we are lucky to come from a town that has produced multiple sporting stars, be it in rugby or the men and women representing us in the GAA- these people are our fitness role models. Cllr. Rabbitte also extended many thanks to Pat Lyons and Dave Harris of Coillte for their continued support and for making the Forest park a welcoming place for walkers, runners and cyclists alike.
Keep an eye out for posters around the town detailing upcoming events, also see Facebook and the Connacht Tribune for updates.


Irish Blood Transfusion Service Award
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar presented a gold drop pin from the Blood Transfusion of Ireland to Catherine Mulvey of Moorefield, Killimor at an award ceremony held in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin recently.


Portumna Tidy Towns
The AGM of Portumna Tidy Towns will take place on Thursday 5 February at 8.30pm in O’Meara’s Bar. Everyone is welcome to come along.
We are getting ready to enter the National Tidy Towns Competition for 2015 and we would welcome new members to come on board with fresh ideas. Please contact any of the following for more details: Ann Rabbitte 087 2424704, Marie Gunning 087 2358585, Kathleen O'Brien 087 2850165.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Results 14th January 2015 - 1st Johnny Cowan & Charlie Mullen, 2nd Anne Neville & John Craig, Gross Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 4th Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly.


Portumna Contract Bridge
Results 12th January 2015 - 1st Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin, 2nd Michael Torpey & Joan Ryan, Gross Denis Kelly & Iris Dennison, 3rd Tommy Goonan & Michael Kelly, 4th Joe Ryan & Declan Fahy.


Lorrha National School
Nativity Play: Congratulations is extended to all the pupils who participated in the Christmas Eve Nativity play and to all the parents who helped and supported in so many ways in St. Ruadhan’s Church.
Knitting: Students and adult volunteers from the community are knitting mittens and hats for the special Care Babies in Ballinasloe and Limerick hospitals. Some will also be sent to the Missions. If anyone would like to join us, please feel free to come to the school any Thursday between 2 and 3pm. You will be very welcome.
After School Activities: Pre-School Speech and Drama commenced in the school after the Christmas break and there has been a great response to this activity. Guitar, keyboard, and German classes have recommenced, see www.lorrhans.ie for dates and times.
Peace Proms: Rehearsals are in full swing in the school for the forthcoming Peace Proms concert which will be held in Limerick next month. A pre-concert rehearsal took place in Limerick last Friday, which was very enjoyable.


Rathcabbin Players Present 'Wild Goose Chase'
Rathcabbin Players have chosen a three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ written by Derek Benfield for their 30th Anniversary production which will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. This hilarious comedy has a large cast that will have you laughing all night and for days afterwards. Booking from Jan. 23rd on (087) 2360 096 so make it a date for Rathcabbin Hall.


Mike Denver at the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe
Local man Mike Denver comes near home with his concert tour. He will be appearing in the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe on Wednesday 28 January. In the line up is Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, Marc Roberts & John Hogan.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 9 ,11, and 19. The jackpot was €9,400. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Damian Treacy, JJ Ryan, Mary O Grady, Mai Quinn, John & Mary McEvoy. The yearly lotto tickets are available from the club officers. Next week's jackpot is €9,500 which will be held in Treacy’s.


Portumna Red Cross
Portumna Red Cross Branch will hold the AGM on Monday 26 January at the Day Care Centre on Castle Avenue at 8pm. All Welcome.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Notice to members, the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society AGM will take place in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna on Thursday 29th January at 8.00pm sharp.


Street Lights in Housing Estates
Cllr. Anne Rabbitte is keen to highlight the serious issue of county Galway housing estates being left in the dark. The street lights in these estates need to be turned on and kept well maintained at all times, it is a matter of health and safety. There is a bit of a stretch in the evenings the last week or so but it is still dark by 6 o’clock- because of the lack of lighting children are being kept indoors for their own safety. This simply isn’t good enough; children and adults should be free to enjoy the outdoors in comfort and without fear. It is time to take action before this situation causes an accident, adequate street lighting is the very least people can expect to be provided for them.


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