17 March 2015

Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna Community School Equestrian Team
Galway County Council to Require Volunteer Training for Tidy Towns Activities
Portumna Town Football Club
Yvonne Fahy - Timeless
Killimor GAA
Lorrha National School
Waterways Ireland Staff Pensions
Killeen N.S. 125th Anniversary
Portumna Tennis Club
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Redwood National School - Easter Tennis Camp
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Players present 'The Maiden Aunt'
Gortanumera National School
Looking for Families to host Italian Students in July 2015

Portumna Castle & Gardens
The opening arrangements for the 2015 season are as follows: 2nd April to October 15th daily 9.30am to 6.00pm. October 16th to 26th weekends only 9.30am to 5pm.
Free Wednesdays: 1st Wednesday of each month. Free guided tour with admission ticket. Free entry for primary and secondary schools.
Architecture, Archaeology, Nature, Stories, Quizes and Interesting Facts.
Telephone: 090 9741658 Email: portumnacastle@opq.ie Web: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/West/PortumnaCastleandGardens/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/portumnacastle

Portumna Community School Equestrian Team
Congratulations to the Portumna Community School Equestrian team who won the Interschools showjumping competition which was held at Galway Equestrian Centre on St Patrick's Day. Clodagh McDonagh, Jason Doerflinger, Tomas Fahy & Alan McDonagh represented Portumna Community School. Tomas Fahy was presented with his prize by Tomas O'Brien of Galway equestrian Centre. Tomas came 2nd in the individual category of the Interschools Showjumping Competition.


Galway County Council to Require Volunteer Training for Tidy Towns Activities
Fianna Fáil Councillor Anne Rabbitte has warned that a document released on 25/03/’15, and that was discussed in the municipal meeting on 12/03/’15, by Galway County Council will damage the effectiveness of the Tidy Towns Initiative not just in Galway but also around the country.
Cllr Rabbitte made the comments after the council signaled that it will require volunteers to undertake training courses and to implement complicated traffic management plans when tidying their local areas. Members of committees also need to have a safe pass, manual handling courses completed and a PPE course to undertake the smallest projects such as the collection of litter.


Cllr Rabbitte commented, “At a recent meeting of Loughrea Municipal District it was announced that Galway County Council intends to rigidly enforce its governance of voluntary and community activities ie. the Tidy Towns Initiative. These regulations will require certain volunteers to undertake training courses before they can participate in clean-up activities. The council is also demanding that volunteer teams implement traffic management plans before they can begin cleaning along roadways and footpaths. 

“The Tidy Towns Initiative was put in place to give people ownership over their own communities. It relies on volunteers working together to keep their towns and villages clean. However these regulations have the potential to undermine the spirit of the entire initiative. People want to be able to get involved in the Tidy Towns Initiative without having to undertake training courses or take responsibility for matters that the council itself should be looking after. This move will see essentially see volunteers become unpaid workers for the Council, negating the spirit of volunteer work entirely. 

“Volunteers partaking in the Tidy Towns Initiative are already assisting the council in carrying out its work. It is unrealistic for the council to expect volunteers to give up even more of their time before they can even be in a position to partake in the initiative. The role of the council is to support and encourage community groups. However in this instance the council is clearly undermining the work of the Tidy Towns Initiative. “We cannot allow a situation to arise where volunteers become the unpaid workforce of the council. It is unfair to ask volunteers to devise complicated traffic management plans just to pick litter. The council needs to urgently review its decision and take a more common sense approach to ensure the Tidy Towns Initiative remains a continued success” said Cllr Rabbitte.


Portumna Town Football Club
Portumna Town Football Club will be holding an EGM on Friday 20 March 2015 at 8:30pm in the Portumna Retirement Village. The meeting is called to elect members to the committee, and any nominations should be forwarded to the Club secretary. See our website, www.portumnatownfc.com for details. Any parent, representing a child, registered with the club and any fully paid up members over the age of 18 are requested to attend.


Yvonne Fahy - Timeless
The album "Timeless" comprises of haunting, Celtic compositions by Yvonne Fahy. Yvonne is an multi-instrumentalist with Trad on the Prom. The album features Yvonne soloing the Scottish small pipes and low whistle. Yvonne's tracks have taken the top slots in the iTunes World Charts. It was released on iTunes coinciding with St. Patricks Day.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 13, 17, 24 and 30.  The jackpot was €10,200. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were David Shaughnessy, Ollie Reilly/John Joe Kirwan, Brian Lawless, Joe Fahy and Coilin Lynch. Next week's jackpot is €10,300 which will be held in Treacy's.


Lorrha National School
Scoil Lua Naofa annual open day will take place on Saturday March 21st. from 2.00pm to 4.00p.m. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to meet and talk to the teachers and view the school. All are welcome. The school is accepting enrolments for September and Enrolment forms are available from the school, by phone on (090) 9747295 or can be downloaded from our web site www.lorrhans.ie


Waterways Ireland Staff Pensions
I am writing to you today on behalf of the staffs of Waterways Ireland, Portumna- who have expressed to me serious concern and confusion over the current handling of their pension scheme. I find it frustrating that this matter is yet to be resolved and that these hard working people have been left with no insight into what is happening. Eleven Counties touch the river Shannon, which means this is not an issue localised to Portumna alone.
They have already paid a pension levy of 7.5% in 2009, coupled with the USC levees and now they are expected to pay another 5.45% in addition to this- this is completely ludicrous and blatantly unjust. They want, and quite frankly deserve answers; What is the cause of this most recent increase? Where is the pension scheme being paid into- Irish managed or UK managed?? The options being purposed are not fair and equal to all members ie. It is ageist and all members, North and South are not being treated equally- the fact that the southern members must pay a pension levy twice! Do these no seem like reasonable questions? Do they not have the right to have them answered?
The implications of this exceed Waterways Ireland to also affect Tourism Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, InterTradeIreland and Safefood. I am asking for your support to get answers from the Department of Finance and The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, as Minister Howlin has it on his desk since the 5th Feb. Any support would be greatly appreciated.


Killeen N.S. 125th Anniversary
Calling all past pupils of Killeen N.S, Ballyshrule, Portumna! To mark the school's 125th anniversary, Killeen N.S. will be erecting a Celebratory Wall to commemorate all the pupils who have enrolled in the school from 1890 to 2015. Stone name plates cost €20 for one or €50 for three. Further information and order forms are available at the back of Killeen and Tynagh churches or contact Killeen N.S.  on 090 9741884 or www.killeen125.weebly.com


Portumna Tennis Club
Portumna Tennis Club AGM. Friday 27 March, 2015 at 8.00 pm in the Clubhouse, St. Joseph's Road.  Everybody Welcome.
Easter tennis camp coming up from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April. Contact 087 3906067.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results, 11 March 2015: 1st Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 2nd Michael Torpey & Theresa Cunningham,Gross Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, 3rd Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 4th Mary Connolly & Frances Mc Crory.
Contract Bridge Club Invitational Pairs Results, 9th March 2015: 1st Pauric Murray & Tony Ryan, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Elizabeth Ryan, Gross Patsy Hanbury & Michael Torpey, 3rd Kaye Duddy & Patricia Eames, 4th Eileen Tuohy & Tommy Goonan.


Portumna Camogie Club
Portumna U14 girls have got their season under way with a win against Kilconeiron on a score line of 2:01 to 0:00. A First half free from Sinead Lohan was followed up by two early goals in the second half from Alannah Kelly and Orla Molloy to put the game beyond Kilconeiron. Good start to the season with a great overall team performance.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Flower arranging night this Thursday 19 March at 8pm with Marie Mullins in Portumna Retirement Village social hall. Non-members are very welcome to attend, admission will be five euro, and tickets are available from members and at the door.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Lecture by Damien Quinn entitled ‘Rebranding Empire: Memory and the Ownership of History’. The lecture takes place on Tuesday 31st March at 8.30 pm, in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. The lecture will examine how and why Ireland remembers World War I in the context of British Imperial remembrance.


Redwood National School - Easter Tennis Camp
Easter Tennis Camp: Teacher Helena Darcy and her sister Anne Marie are both qualified tennis coaches with Tennis Ireland. They are running an Easter tennis camp for all children (ages 5-12 yrs) from Mon, 30th March to Fri, 03rd April on the school tennis court. The camp will run daily from 10am-12pm. The camp will cost €35 per child with a reduction for families. Please contact Helena on 087 1021326 to book a place for your child.


Davitts Camogie Club
The U14 girls made it two wins from two in their Feile campaign with a 5-1 to 0-2 victory over Oranmore Maree last Saturday.
The club will hold another registration morning for all new and existing members this Saturday 21 March in Duniry community centre between 10.30am-11.30am, All are welcome to sign up with the club on that day.
The club will holds its bi-annual clothes collection on Saturday 4th April between 10am-12pm in Abbey and Tynagh. We will also be holding a table quiz on Friday 10th April at 9pm on Holohan's Abbey. All support is greatly appreciated.


Portumna Players present 'The Maiden Aunt'
Reminder that Portumna Players is staging ‘The Maiden Aunt’, a three-act comedy written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Johanna Burke, in the Town Hall, Portumna. It will run for three nights, with the first performance taking place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 and Sunday 22 March 2015. "old faces and new faces" on Stage.


Gortanumera National School
Enrolments for Gortanumera National School for September 2015 are now being taken. Please ring the school on 090 9741624.


Looking for Families to host Italian Students in July 2015
Vivi l'Irlanda is currently looking for local families to host Italian students, (12-14 years) from 6th-27th of July in the Portumna area. Attractive remuneration. Families with children is one of the main prerequisites. We also encourage host children (& their friends) to participate in our fun activities as part of the cultural exchange.
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.


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