07 April 2015

8 Marathon Challenge - Irish Motor Neurone Association Fundraising
Krown Films Present 'The Cormack Brothers'
Sing for Aware Concert
Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna GAA - Gotta Dance DVD Launch
Daffodil Day
Killimor GAA
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Forest Park Trail Run
Facilities at Portumna Marina

8 Marathon Challenge - Irish Motor Neurone Association Fundraising
Mark Ryan is running in the Paris marathon on Sunday 12 April for the Irish Motor Neurone Association. Below is the link to his fundraising page for Motor Neurone. http://www.mycharity.ie/event/mark_ryans_event_paris_marathon_2015/?fb_ref=Default
Having spent the last 2 years running marathons to fundraise for the Irish Motor Neurone Association I am almost at the end of my challenge (my target was 8 marathons). I will be running in the Paris marathon on the 12th April which will be followed 7 weeks later by the Cork city marathon on the 1st June (my 3rd marathon in Cork). These will be the 7th & 8th (and final) marathons in my 8 marathon challenge to fundraise for the Irish Motor Neurone Association. It has taken me a little bit longer than I had hoped but being this close to the finish line has given me the necessary motivation to finish the challenge as best and as fast as I can. Thanks to everyone who has supported and sponsored this great charity to date. Please support if you can.


Krown Films Present 'The Cormack Brothers'
Krown Films Present 'The Cormack Brothers' in Portumna Town Hall on Friday 10th April at 8pm. Admission €8 (children €4). Directed by Alan Brown.
Ireland, 1858. 2 brothers were wrongfully hanged for the murder of a local land agent, setting in motion events 50 years on as Ireland fought for independence. This is an emotional telling of the true story of the Cormack brothers, from Loughmore in Ireland, who were hanged in Nenagh jail in 1858. 50 years on their bodies were exhumed and reburied in their home parish of Loughmore where they remain today.


Sing for Aware Concert
Sing for Aware is taking place on Friday the 17th of April in the Church of Ireland, Portumna. A magical night with local singer/songwriters and musicians to raise funds for Aware. Performers include Knoeline Keane, Darran Bourke, Mike D'Alton, Noreen Ryan and friends, Ciara Barker, Laura Byrne, Ellie-May Bopp, Maria Kelly, Mark Finnerty and more Doors open at 8:00pm and Admission is €10 (€5 Student/Child). There will also be a C.D on sale featuring local singer/songwriters and if you buy one on the night you get enter into a free raffle.
All proceeds from the gig and C.D will go to Aware which is such an amazing charity that provides support and information for people who experience depression, anxiety or mood disorder and their concerned loved ones. Your support will be deeply appreciated.


Portumna Bridge Club
Contract Bridge Club, Easter Competition - 1st Mary Jo Kelly & John Craig, 2nd Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, Gross Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Johnnie Cowan & Brid Mc Namara, 4th Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston, 5th Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 6th Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, 7th Sheila Dillon & Kim Sundgren, 8th Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin, 9th Claire Brudar & Chris Leahy.
79 Bridge Club, Easter Competition, Wednesday 1st April 2015 - 1st Mary Connolly & Frances Mc Crory, 2nd Pat Flanagan & Noreen Murphy, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Brid Mc Namara & Bernie Larkin, 4th Claire Broderick & Teresa Dillon, 5th Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 6th Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 7th Marie O Meara & Eileen Tuohy, 8th Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 9th Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch.


Portumna GAA - Gotta Dance DVD Launch
Portumna G.A.A. Club are launching the DVD Of Gotta Dance on Friday 10 April time 9-30pm in O Mearas Bar & Restaurant. Your support would be appreciated. There will be finger food on the night.


Daffodil Day
A big thank you to all who supported Daffodil Day this year in Portumna and Killimor. The collection amounted to €2,670-00. A special word of thanks to all the volunteers who gave of their time very generously once again, this year.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto was €1,000. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 7 and 26. The 5 lucky dips (€20) were Mary Darcy, Aoife O Hara, Shiel Gang, Ciara Mooney and Jenny Brien. Next weeks jackppot is €1,100 and the draw will be held in Kirwan's.


Davitts Camogie Club
The u8, u10 and u12 teams are back in training every Saturday morning. The attendances so far have been inspirational.
The club will host a fundraising table quiz this coming Friday 10 April at 9pm on Holohan's Abbey. Please support if you can.
The club would sincerely like to thank all who contributed to our recent clothes collection. We are grateful for your continued support of your local camogie club.


Portumna Forest Park Trail Run
A huge crowd gathered for the Portumna Forest Park Trail Run on Easter Monday. The run was dedicated to Portumna native Olive Dermody Shaughnessy. Many of you will know that Olive, her husband and four young children are undergoing a tough challenge at the moment. Well done to the organizers and all the volunteers who helped to make the day so special.


Facilities at Portumna Marina
I am just in from a community meeting where I have spent the last 60 minutes defending the County Council, O.P.W. and Waterways Ireland. Maps or no maps the locals do not care who fills the pot holes fixes the car park, opens the toilets or gets the tarring done at the entrance at the castle gates as long as the jobs get done.
The people of Portumna are very very frustrated on a number of issues as follows:
A. The Toilets are closed in both the Marina and down at the swimming baths: Currently up and down the lake where all other boats berth the toilets are open since Saint Patricks Weekend along with the shower facilites so why is Portumna any differnt to Balllinasloe / Terry glass or Garrykennedy. The goverment body responsible for this needs to take ownership and support the tourist trade in Portumna with immedate effects. The buisness in Portumna pay rates no differnt to the various other villages and towns up and down the shannon and tourism is our bread and butter so this needs to be addressed before the weekend.
B. The potholes in the marina car park are huge and very un inviting, parents with buggies are unable to get around the car park due the large number of pot holes. Then there are visitors who are old or in wheelchairs they can not park and either visit  the castle or the forest park which has a disabled walk from the marina trough the forest park from the car park due the very unacceptable and unsafe state of it.
C. The entrance at the main gates which requires taring and has done for a long number of years now.
I don`t know if any one of you who I have addressed this e mail ever visits Portumna but statics have proven that 70% of all tourist that visit Lough Derg come to see our National Monuements. I agree we have one of the finest buildings on the Shannon in Portumna Castle.
Portumna Town needs visitors coming to see its castle but when their greeted by a delapadated entrance, (urgently needs taring at the main gates and gates needing painting). The car park that you can not park in due to pot holes and their is no alternative parking for cars in this area. The toilets that are closed. No bins to put rubbish in.
All of the above identifed areas are tied up with agencies ie some have control for toilets, some control for car park, some have control for boating area, and then you have access to the coilte forest parks.
Its no good coming along saying we have announced 400k in funding via waterways ireland and failte ireland if all off the aboe is what is their to greet the visitors for 2015 because guess what. They will not come back in 2016 and they will not tell a friend.
So as a public rep and a very vocal one, its long over due that the dots started being joined. Its long over due that Waterways Ireland, Failte Ireland, OPW, County Council started working together.
Next weekend I have over 1000 runners coming to Portumna, Its my oppertunity to show case my town, for my community, a time to sell us as tourist attraction an oppertunity we have a 5k walk and a 10k run. People assemble in the Playground/yew walk, they park down in the marina car park, some will have travelled and will need to access toilets. The run starts from the Casltle gates. I was there last year no toilets opened and I wish to have that complaint avoided this year. There is a large committee working very hard to ensure that this day goes off with out a hitch. This year the run/walk is a fund raiser for a local lady diagnoised with Cancer who has a young faimly so the crowd will be large.

I am urgently asking for the following. A. Toilets be opened, B. Pot Holes to be filled, D. Taring at entrance to be completed. Thanking you in anticipation for your co-operation on this matter.


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