24 February 2015

Rose of Tralee to Visit Portumna
Redwood National School Open Evening
Active Retirement Association
Portumna Bridge Club
Davitts Camogie Club
Families to Host Italian Students
Shannon Bank Fishing Competitions
Cycling Club
‘Fit Towns’ Competition
Portumna Camogie Club
Fit Towns Portumna
Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA

Rose of Tralee to Visit Portumna
Its all coming up Roses in Portumna! On Tuesday 3 of March 2015, Maria Walsh, the 2014 International Rose of Tralee will visit Portumna, Co Galway. Recently returned from her visit to Belarus with the Chernobyl Children’s Project, she will be taking time out of her packed itinerary to enjoy a bit of retail therapy at Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna - a boutique owned and managed by former international Rose of Tralee Muirne Hurley-Goode.
Muirne, who understands only too well the wardrobe demands of a busy Rose’s schedule is sponsoring Maria’s outfits this season. With Muirne’s experience in retail, she is the perfect stylist and advisor on current trends in fashion. The pair first met last June when Muirne judged at the regional finals of the Rose of Tralee in Portlaoise. It was no surprise to Muirne when Maria went on to win the Rose of Tralee title in August in the Dome in Tralee. Since then they both are working hard to promote Ireland and the Rose of Tralee as they both recognise the amazing opportunities life has given them as a Rose.
To celebrate Maria’s visit to Ladies Day Boutique on Tuesday 3 March, a welcome reception will take place between 12.30 and 2 pm and there will be discounts and special offers all day in-store. You are all invited to drop by on the day and welcome our beautiful ambassador Maria to Portumna. For further information, please contact Muirne Hurley- Goode 086-3136550


Redwood National School Open Evening
We are holding our open evening on Thursday, 12th March from 6 pm – 8 pm. It is a great opportunity for families to view the school, speak with the teachers and view the wide range of resources available to students. All are welcome, do come along!
Our opening hours are changing from September 2015. The school will be open for pupils to arrive from 8.30 am in the morning with classes starting for all at 8.50 am. School will finish at 1.30pm for the infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes.
Please Note. There is an optional afterschool pick-up service available to the school by a registered childcare facility. For up to date news on all activities happening in the school, please log on to our website www.redwoodns.ie


Active Retirement Association
Portumna and District A.R.A. are having a social night out on the 5th March so please book your place with the social committee.


Portumna Bridge Club
The Results of the Club Pairs Gross Competition in the Contract Bridge Club: 1st: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 2nd: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 4th: Paddy Kelly & Sean Cahalan, 5th: Denis Kelly & Iris Dennison, 6th: Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, Nett: Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston, 1st Session: Joan Ryan & Michael Torpey, 2nd Session: Brid Mc Namara & Johnnie Cowan.
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Gross Competition held Wednesday 11 February & Wed 18 February 2015: 1st Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd Johnny Cowan & Charlie Mullen, 3rd Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 4th Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 5th Mary Nevin & Cepta Ryan, 6th Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 1st Net Frances Mc Crory & Mary Connolly, 1st Session Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 2nd Session Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon.


Davitts Camogie Club
The committee would like to thank everyone who made our medal presentation night such a success. A great night was had by all.
The club will hold their bi-annual clothes collection on Saturday 4 April at Abbey and Tynagh between 10am-12pm. All contributions are greatly welcome.


Families to Host Italian Students
Vivi L'Irlanda is currently looking for local families who wish to host Italian students, (12-14 years) from 6th-27th of July. Attractive remuneration for the homestay. Families with children is one of the main prerequisites. The English language camp will take place in Portumna. We also invite host children to participate in our fun activities and if they wish, they can also invite their friends. This can facilitate the relationship between our students and your children.
Vivi L'Irlanda – www.vivilirlanda.it - was set up to offer Italians, both adults and teenagers, the opportunity to improve their English language skills through living and learning in Ireland. The underlying philosophy is that students learn best in a natural setting. For further details, please contact Dolores O'Shea: 085- 1925466, dunkellin01@gmail.com.


Shannon Bank Fishing Competitions
A huge clean up is planned for the Shannon banks starting from Rodgers Island to the Bridge in Portumna. Cllr Rabbitte has confirmed that Inland Fisheries Ireland led by Mr Pat McDonnell and TUS leader John Paul Burke have plans to address the overgrowth of reeds, grass and access issues to the fishing pegs during the month of March.
Local business man P.J. Lynch has worked tirelessly over the last number of months trying to get the various agencies involved to support the plans to get fishing in Portumna back on the agenda. Cllr Anne Rabbitte said that the economic benefits to the area from the visiting fishermen were enormous in years past, but regrettably this had dwindled over the last number of years. Cllr Rabbitte said she was very encouraged that all agencies were working in cohesion in getting the banks of the River Shannon cleaned up in time for the first competition in April. Cllr Rabbitte said the vision would be to put in a number of new fishing stands at Rodgers Island and to hold approximately 3 – 4 competitions this season with the first in April. She confirmed that Inland Fisheries will assist in the weighing for the competitions and also they and Tus are going to support in the maintance of the area through the summer. This is a very positive and welcome piece of news to the local tourism trade in Portumna.


Cycling Club
To bring The Cycling Club's AGM in line with the calendar year it was held last Wednesday night in O’Mearas restaurant Portumna. The Following officers were elected to the committee: Chairman: Pearse O’Donoghue, Secretary: Adrian Flaherty, Tresurer: Eimear McKeon, PRO: James Duane, Child Protection Officer: Joe Fallon.
Since the beginning of this year the club has made a big effort to register participants for the Fit Towns. The club now has 33 members, including 8 lady members. Going forward the club would hope to increase both male and female membership. It also intends to work on the Sprocket Rocket for children, the youths for teenagers and make available the supports Cycling Ireland provides for both these codes. If you would like anymore information contact info@portumnacc.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portumna-Cycling-Club.


‘Fit Towns’ Competition
Over the last 6 weeks Portumna Town has been actively involved in the ‘Fit Towns’ Competition. The young, old, fit and the unfit, men women and children of all shapes have participated in Portumna Fit Towns activities. Every day there was something different going on with a choice of events to suit everyone’s needs. Never before has there been such an array of activities offered to the people of Portumna all at the one time.
Huge credit has to go to a very small committee led by Chairperson Sarah Killeen of the Engine Room Portumna who was the lynch pin in the delivery of the overall programme she was ably assisted by Orla Kennedy Sec who was also took complete control of all the social media information and the very successful walking club. Vincent O Hara the Treasurer and Cllr Anne Rabbitte PRO assisted in contacting the various clubs, schools and groups and negioating in getting venues. Special mention must go to the Sign out Youth Cafe, Portumna GAA, Portumna Soccer, Portumna Retirement Village, The Engine Room, and Coiltte for hosting many of the activities free of Charge.
Cllr Rabbitte commented that the good will from the various officers and managers ensured that a very wide programme could be delivered and that all participants got to get a taste of various sports. Cllr Rabbitte said there is now doubt there was an appetite for a new Gaelic Football Club, An Archery Club and a children’s/ teenager cycling club. Orla Kennedy would encourage the walking club to continue and welcomed the prospect of markings for of 2km, 5km, 10km routes to support the walking and running clubs in the town and in the forest (plans are afoot in designing various routes thanks to Shane O Rourke and Teresa Murray). Monday: Kids clubs fitness classes for boys and girls 8 – 12 years old, Tennis @ Portumna Tennis Club


Portumna Camogie Club
Congratulations to the overall winners of the Texas Holdem Poker night on Friday 20th February, Paul Mullins, John McEvoy, Adrian Forde and Paddy Dolphin. The organizing committee would like to thank all who supported this event.
Registration for 2015 will be take place in Portumna GAA Clubhouse on Thursday 26th Feb from 6pm to 8pm and again on Saturday morning at 11am until 2pm. Adult playing membership €45.00, Juvenile membership €25.00 and Non playing membership €10.00.


Fit Towns Portumna
This Sunday 1 March you are all invited to the closing event of the 'Fit Towns Portumna' active period. Meeting in Portumna Forest Car Park at 12pm you can walk, run or cycle a 5Km route. The committee & active groups would love to see as many families and individuals from Portumna and its surrounds to get moving.


Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Will be held in Arch Bar on Sunday 1. March 12 Noon to 5pm. Anyone interested in booking a table please contact Bridie on 0852318775, Your support would be much appreciated. Please support local people and your town.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 10, 13, 14, 16. Two people matched three numbers - Pauline O Donnell & Ann Nevin. This weeks lotto is worth €5100.
There are still tickets available for Gotta Dance which will take place in Shearwater on Saturday 7 March. Tickets can be purchased off Celia (087 1342148) Damien (087 2661695) or Fiona (086 3478116). They are also available from the dancers and Cul Sports. A big thank you to all the people who have already supported the night.
The u16 commence their championship campaign on this coming Saturday when they take on Loughrea at home throw in is at 3pm. They had a good work out during the week when they played Mullagh in preparation for the championship.
Our senior team is fixed to play Kilnademna/Leitrim in the second round of the league on Saturday at 4pm away.
The club would like to extend their congratulations to Aubrey Tully who will celebrate his 80th birthday during the week. Aubrey is the president and a valued member of our club and still gives a helping hand when called upon.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 7, 11, 13 and 30. The jackpot was €9,900. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Celia Treacy, Aidan Hardiman, Noel O Toole, Aoinhín/Roisín/Rachel Leonard and Olivia Mahon. Next week's jackpot is €10,000 which will be held in Nevin’s


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