24 March 2015

Redwood National School
Good Friday Bingo - Killimor Camogie Fundraiser
Training in the Application of Professional Pesticides
Fears Over Child Safety Due to Traffic Congestion at Busy School
Waterways Ireland Employment Advertisement Policy
Looking for Families to host Italian Students in July 2015
Music Night to Mark the Occasion of Lena Hogan’s Poetry Award
Davitts Camogie Club
Killimor GAA
Portumna Bridge Club
An Evening of Beauty Matters & Wellbeing
Zoom Boom Kids Club
Portumna Christmas Concert - Ticket Refund
Daffodil Day Friday 27 March
Table Quiz - Portumna Tidy Towns Fundraiser
Portumna Tidy Towns - Clean Up Day
Portumna Rugby - U15 Girls
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Redwood National School
Music Lessons: Music lessons with Pio Ryan and Ms Helena Darcy are now available on Thursday evenings after school. Pio is offering lessons on the Banjo and Mandolin. Helena is offering lessons on the Button Accordion. The lessons are open to everybody, please contact the school if you would like to take part on 090 9747186.
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 4-12 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.


Bingo on Good Friday - Killimor Camogie Fundraiser
Killimor Camogie are holding a fundraising Bingo on Good Friday 3rd April in Killimor Community Centre at 7pm. Total prize money €1200. Guaranteed Jackpot of €500 to be won on the night. Side prizes and raffle and Easter hamper. A great night guaranteed. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Training in the Application of Professional Pesticides
The new Sustainable Use Directive requires farmers and others who apply professional pesticides to undertake training and register with the department by 26th November 2015.
The new rules mean that any person who applies a professional pesticide for business purposes (for example a farm, stud yard, riding school, landscape architect) must undertake training and register as a professional user of pesticides by the deadline. Training is provided as two separate courses, one for Boom Sprayer operators, and one for Knapsack Sprayer operators.
The requirement to undertake training and to register as a professional user of pesticides does not apply to those who use Knapsack Sprayers for personal use using non-professional pesticides. The training and registration system has been brought about the European Sustainable Use Directive, in the interests of good environmental practice and the health and safety of farmers and consumers.
Gurteen College’s next course starts on 9th April and runs for 3 days (9th, 10th, and 13th) plus 2 hours for a 1-on-1 practical assessment. The training provided by Gurteen College is strictly in accordance with the FETAC Award Specification for a FETAC Level 5 Course worth 5 Credits, which equates to 50 hours “Learner Effort”. The Course costs €380 and includes a Teagasc Pesticides Workbook, the Certificate, lunch at the College for 3 days, and mid-morning teas/coffees. Applications forms can be obtained from the Gurteen College website or by email to ajackson@gurteencollege.ie or by telephone to 067 21282.


Fears Over Child Safety Due to Traffic Congestion at Busy School
Cllr Rabbitte has stated that ‘The issue of traffic management at St. Brendan’s NS is one that stretches as far back as 2005 and as such, it is high time that it be resolved. Over the past ten years, the school has seen an increase in enrolments, and while the school itself has expanded to accommodate this, there have been no measures taken to address the increase traffic this expansion has caused.’ ‘There is an immediate danger facing children being dropped off or picked up in this highly congested area. It is simply unacceptable that children being forced to cross the road with little visibility due to the volume of cars both parking and reversing. Immediate action needs to be taken to rectify this oversight, we do not want a tragedy to be the catalyst that forces action.’


Waterways Ireland Employment Advertisement Policy
Cllr Rabbitte questions Waterways Ireland advertising policy regarding job opportunities. The Regional Managers position of Waterways Ireland, based in Scariff, was only advertised in the Belfast telegraph (N. Ireland) and on publicjobs.ie. When Cllr Rabbitte queried the decision not to advertise in one of the Southern national papers to ensure equality for all potential applicants, the answer she received was that ‘they couldn’t afford it’. Cllr. Rabbitte feels that because the headquarters for Waterways Ireland is located in the North, that employs in the South are being disenfranchised. On investigation, Cllr Rabbitte found that the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht have abdicated all responsibility regarding policy of recruitment to Waterways Ireland.


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.


Music Night to Mark the Occasion of Lena Hogan’s Poetry Award
Lena Hogan is having a night of Music, Song and Dance in Curley’s Bar on Friday 27 March. Admission is free on the night. Donations if desired can be made on the night and all monies collected will go to Special Needs St.Dynpna’s. Music by Matt Keane and his band. Please support.


Davitts Camogie ClubDavitts Camogie Club
The U14 girls continued their winning ways with a 7-9 to 0-1 victory over St Coleman's last friday.
The club will hold its bi-annual clothes collection on Saturday 4 April between 10am-12pm in Abbey and Tynagh. We will also be holding a table quiz on Friday 10 April at 9pm on Holohan's Abbey. All support is greatly appreciated.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 1, 16, 24 and 27. The jackpot was €10,300. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Carmel Whelan, Michael Larkin, Timmy Forde, Mike Gohery and Seamus/Paschal/Benny/Ollie. Next week's jackpot is €10,400 which will be held in Nevin’s.
Watch out for GAA newsletter which is available in the shops (free of charge) from this weekend.


Portumna Bridge Club
The Results of the Contract Bridge Club 16th March 2015 - 1st: Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston, 2nd: Sheila Dillon & Kim Sundgren, Gross: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 3rd: Sr Patrice Coen & Patricia Eames, 4th: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury.


An Evening of Beauty Matters & Wellbeing
An Evening of Beauty Matters & Wellbeing with Lorraine at Podumna Village, Portumna on Thursday March 26 at 8pm. Invest a little time in yourself and Learn how to put your best face forward at any age! Tea & Sweet Treats, Raffle. Tickets available @ Portumna Post Office and Lorraine 087 2848478.


Zoom Boom Kids Club
Join our 2-day Easter Camp: Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 March from 10am-1pm at The Engine Room, Portumna. This camp is suitable for children from 4-10years old and will incorporate fun games and activities to build your children's physical skills such as: strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and cardio-vascular fitness. Cost: 50euro per child and reduced rate for other siblings. For more information or to book your place contact Sarah on 087-2117262.


Portumna Christmas Concert - Ticket Refund
Refunds for tickets purchased for the Portumna Christmas Concert will be made at O’Meara’s Supervalu Portumna on Saturday next, 28th March between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Unfortunately it was not possible to arrange a suitable date to stage a replacement concert due to artists’ other commitments. Please bring your tickets along on the day for a refund.


Daffodil Day Friday 27 March
Daffodil Day takes place this Friday 27 March all over the country. Once again, there will be collection points in Portumna and Killimor. Supervalu has kindly allowed our volunteers to place the merchandise in the foyers of the two entrances. We will also have collectors outside Aldi Supermarket on St. Joseph's Road. Collection boxes will be placed at the local Post Office. Please support.


Table Quiz - Portumna Tidy Towns Fundraiser
We are gearing up for entrance to the National Tidy Towns 2015 Competition. We have received a very positive response to our fundraising from the local businesses, for which we are very grateful. Funding for small projects has to be generated by the committee so we are hosting a Table Quiz this Friday night, 27th. March at O'Meara's Pub Portumna, at 8.00 pm. Tables of 4 adults €40 and students €20. This is an opportunity for the locals to support the good work being done by the volunteers and enjoy a night of brain teasing! No wifi! Come along and bring a friend or three!


Portumna Tidy Towns - Clean Up Day
Portumna Tidy Towns are calling all volunteers to join us this Saturday 28th. March to give an hour or so of your time to help us with a litter pick around town. We will be gathering the troops at the Town Square at 9.30 am. Litter pickers, bags and gloves will be provided. Come along and give us a hand! Your contribution will make a difference! Further enquiries from Marie Gunning 087-2358585 and Anne Rabbitte 087-2424704. Check out our Facebook page for updates!


Portumna Rugby - U15 Girls
Portumna RFC U15 Girls made the long journey to Ballina last Saturday to play in the Cup Semi Final against Ballina RFC. The girls started strongly and despite an earlier try from Molly Carroll being dissallowed they battle bravely all through however it was Ballina who lead at half time 10 points to no score. The second half saw Portumna girls score two tries thanks to great teamwork to see Teghan Canning and Jodi Tierney cross the end line. The second half was played in the Ballina half of the field but unfortunately 2 break away tries and staunch defending by Ballina girls meant the final score ended in their favour 22 to 10.
This has been a fantastic journey for this group of U15 girls for some it is their first time ever playing the game creating history for Portumna RFC and causing quite a stir throughout Connacht en route. Well done to all involved and to all who have supported this team throughout the season.


Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2015
Sunshine and smiles were the order of the day for Portumna’s St Patrick’s Day Parade where almost 50 entries from Vintage vehicles to the parading Mayor of Portumna were out in style. The appreciative audience enjoyed the antics of many of the floats where ”Leo Varadkar” and the “Brennan Brothers” visited town and met a shower of “Nuns on the Pull”! There were no waiting trolleys as a result of Curley’s new “health centre” and the latest Shamrock “DisLodge” B&B was open for business too. The Shannon Water made its maiden voyage to supply the big smoke and the Portumna ReVived Active Group put smiles on all the retired in the town.
The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade was one of the communities finest ladies and well known to all age groups as she is still so young at heart. Dressed in style as always, Peg Kennedy graced the parade with great panache and grace. Local sports clubs and schools togged out in their colourful communal shades and exhibited team spirit and club commitment. Rugby, camogie and soccer as well as neighbouring schools in Moyglass and Redwood brought cheerful marching children onto the streets. A vintage motorbike, old Raleigh pushbike, Frank Abberton’s Red Tractor and an array of vintage cars from the Portumna Vintage Club was another added attraction to the day’s events.
Sponsors for the event are appreciated and in particular Supervalu Portumna who are the main sponsors of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. MC Dick Ridge thanked Yvonne O’Meara for the support and Yvonne was one of the guests on the reviewing stand where she saw Councillor Anne Rabbitte present the Overall Prize to: Donie O'Meara Super Valu with Recycling Portumna! Other sponsors include Curleys’ Bar who also provided refreshments to the guests on the reviewing stand. Horans’ Bar, Roma, The Beehve, The Boathouse Bar, An Caisléan. The committee also thanks all the volunteers who helped out with the parade. The business support for the shop window competitions led to a high standard in window display this year.
All category prize winners are listed below: 
Humorous - 1st: Curley's Care Centre from Curley's Bar, 
2nd: The Brennan Brothers at Shamrock Dodge B&B from Mary Lynch's Oak Lodge
, 3rd: Leo Varadkar Comes to Town with Ambrose Kelly.

Business - 1st: Fundamental Rainbow from Fundamental Montessori & Playschool
, 2nd: Nuns on the Pull from the Boathouse Bar, 
3rd: Portumna Agri with Leslie Shaw.
Voluntary - 1st: Revived Active with Portumna Active Retirement Association
, 2nd: Reboot Portumna with Portumna Tidy Towns
, 3rd: Portumna Camogie Club.
Vintage - 1st: John Malone in a 1944 Rolls Royce, 
2nd: Larry Monaghan in a 1947 Austin 10
, 3rd: Mike Lyons in a 1955 Rolls Royce.
Youth - 1st: Portumna Rugby Club
, 2nd: Redwood National School, 
3rd: Moyglass National School.

 Best Window - 1st: Cottage Store Antiques
, 2nd: Arch Bistro
, 3rd: Youthreach.


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