10 February 2015

Healthcare Support Course at Portumna College of Further Education
Jobs at O'Meara's Bar & Restaurant
Tom Felle Publication - 'Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism'
Redwood National School
Credit Union Schools Quiz
Portumna Bridge Club
Davitts Camogie Club
'Fit Towns' Portumna
Killimor GAA
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna GAA

Healthcare Support Course at Portumna College of Further Education
Portumna College of Further Education will host an Induction day on Fri 20th of Feb at 2pm for all interested in pursuing the recently publicised Level 5 Healthcare Support course incorporating Care Skills, Care of the Older Person etc. For all enquiries or to add your name to the list call 090-9741946.


Jobs at O'Meara's Bar & Restaurant
O'Meara's Bar & Restaurant are accepting applications for a Restaurant Manager and a Part-time Chef. Send C.V. to yvonne.omeara0@gmail.com or call Yvonne (087) 2798582.


Tom Felle Publication - 'Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism'
A new book on freedom of information written by a former journalist and academic from Tynagh, Tom Felle, concludes that the legislation is under threat in many western democracies because governments are 'gaming' FOI. The book is entitled 'Freedom fighting or lazy journalism' and is published by Abramis UK. It was published in London on 4 February. Tom is a former Irish Independent correspondent, and has worked in Australia and in Beirut as a foreign correspondent. He now works as a lecturer in journalism at City University London.
"gaming" refers to governments intentionally ignoring or delaying or denying FOI requests, so as to frustrate the requesters and the system then gets clogged up with appeals, so the information commissioner gets overwhelmed and has no time to police the people who are doing the gaming in the first place. It's widespread in Ireland, the UK, and the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand particular when it comes to requests by journalists.
The book, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, is co-edited by Tom Felle, Acting Director of Interactive and Newspaper Journalism at City, and former BBC producer John Mair. Freedom of Information laws - introduced in the UK on 1st January 2005 - are crucial in any democracy as they guarantee the 'right to know'. FOI laws can expose corruption and maladministration, and assure transparency in public decision-making.


Redwood National School
Redwood N.S. are now accepting enrolments for September 2015. Enrolment forms can be downloaded on our website, www.redwoodns.ie or by contacting the school on 090 9747186. The school is available for viewing by appointment and also to meet and talk with the teachers. Alternatively, we will be holding an open evening in March where the school will be available for general viewing.
Opening Times Change: Please note opening times for Redwood N.S. will change from September 2015. The school will open at 8.30am each morning for pupils to arrive with classes starting at 8.50 am. School will therefore close at the earlier time of 1.30 pm for Junior & Senior Infants and 2.30 pm for all other classes.


Credit Union Schools Quiz
Portumna & District Credit Union hosted the table quiz for local National Schools on Sunday 1st February in Portumna Community School hall. Thirty eight teams entered: 16 teams for the Junior Quiz and 22 teams for the Senior section. The schools represented were Portumna, Killimor, Tynagh, Gortanumera, Abbey, Tieraneascragh. The results were as follows:
Senior Quiz: Winner - St Brendans, Portumna. Runners up - St Brendans , Portumna. Third - Killimor NS.
Junior Quiz: Winner - Killimor NS. Runners up - Abbey NS. Third - St Brendans NS, Portumna.
The winners in each section will go forward to the Chapter final which will be held in the Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone on Friday 27th February 2015 at 8.00 pm. We wish both teams the very best in Athlone.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club, 4th February 2015: 1st Patrick Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 2nd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, Gross Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smith, 3rd Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 4th Brid Mc Namara & Bernie Larkin.
Portumna Contract Bridge Club, 2nd February 2015: 1st Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, 2nd Joan Ryan & Charlie Mullen, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Michael Kelly & Tommy Goonan, 4th Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury.


Davitts Camogie Club
The presentation of medals to the u10, u11 and u13 teams of 2014 will take place in Abbey Community hall on Friday 20th February at 8pm. Galway camogie star Sarah Dervan will present the medals and this will be followed by a disco and refreshments.
Club registration and membership for all ages is now due so if you wish to register your child with the club please contact any member of the committee.


'Fit Towns' Portumna
It is all about getting more active in Portumna this spring. The new initiative called Fit Towns in Galway has really encouraged loads of people to do just that and if you need to get just a little more exercise into your routine there is a great variety of activities currently available in Portumna.
Walking group meet every Tuesday at 8pm and Thursday at 7.30pm from The Square, Portumna.
RunPortumna meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm at the library, Portumna.
Family Walks each Sunday at 12pm from the Forest Car Park.
Zumba Senior each Tuesday at 11.10am at The Engine Room.
These are just a few of the many options. If you need more information email: fittownsportumna@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook for updates on Fit Towns Portumna.
Men on the Move: A Galway Sports Partnership initiative aimed at men over 30 who wish to become more active. Information night Weds 18th Feb 8pm @ Engine room. All welcome.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 15, 17 and 28. The jackpot was €9,700. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were: Terence Fahy, Cyril Boland, Nessa & Emma Callinan, John Brien, Mike & Paraic Gohery. Next week's jackpot is €9,800 and will be held in Duffy’s.
Club social night/Presentation of Minor medals on in Treacy’s Saturday 21 February. Tickets available from club officers.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The AGM of South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society was recently held at the Irish Workhouse centre, Portumna. The outgoing chairman, Christy Cunniffe, reported on a very successful year with excellent and well attended lectures. Among the highlights of the year was the society’s hosting of the Aughty Gathering in June as well as an outstanding Famine conference in May. The treasurer, Michael Ward, gave an accurate and thorough account of the society’s finances and PRO, Stephen Dolan, stated that the society now had a strong facebook presence with over 1,500 followers. (See facebook.com/SEGAHS).
The following officers were elected; chairperson, Ann O’Riordan; vice chairperson, John Joe Conwell; secretary, Pat Madden; assistant secretary, Una Gallagher; treasurer, Michael Ward; assistant treasurer, John Houlihan and PRO, Stephen Dolan.
An interesting schedule of lectures is planned for 2015 including one by Ciarán Reilly on Tuesday 24 February next. All details for this and future lectures will be publicized shortly.


Portumna Camogie Club
Training for the Intermediate Team will commence this coming Saturday morning at 8:30am in the Engine Room, all players young and old are very welcome.
U12's and U14's are training on Wednesday evenings from 7pm on the All Weather Pitch at Portumna FC grounds.
Fundraising committee are running a Texas Holdem Poker night being held in O'Mearas, Portumna at 9pm on Friday 20 February with a guaranteed prize fund of €1,000-00. Tickets are €25-00 available from Committe members or call (087) 8328123.


Portumna GAA
We are on count down now to our major fundraiser which will take place in shearwater on Saturday 7 March. All the contestants are doing their part now we are asking that you will do your part and come and support the dancers and Portumna G.A.A. Club in what promises to be a very entertaining night. Tickets are priced at € 20 and people will be around to the different areas in the next week. We appreciate your support.
Membership of club is now due; player €50, non player €30, student €30, juvenile €20, family €90 (2 adults and as many children u16), married couple €50.
There was no winner of last weekend’s lotto jackpot worth €4800. The numbers drawn were 3 8 9 24. Six people matched three numbers. This week's lotto is worth €4900.
Our U 21 team had a good work out against Coolderry of Offaly last Sunday morning and had three points to spare on a score line of 2-18 to 3-12 in preparation for their forth coming championship which is due to take place on 21st February with Ballinderren & Michael Cusacks in their group. Joe Keane, Paddy & Martin Dolphin is doing tremendous work with this group over the past few weeks.
Our senior team play Ardrahan on Saturday at home at 3pm in the first round of the league and best of luck to them and new senior management of Vincent Treacy, Johnny Keane, Tom Quinn, Jimmy Heverin and Mike Mc Namera (Clare) our new trainer/ coach.


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