28 April 2015

Portumna Arts Group to Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland
Shop Opening in Portumna
New Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures Of Lough Derg
Minister Alan Kelly Commits to Rectifying Issues at Portumna Marina
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Duniry 6/10K Fun Run/Walk
Understanding Yeats
Enrolements for Gortanumera National School
Portumna Vintage Club
Girls Rugby in Portumna
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Bridge Club Results
Dusk Bird Chorus Walk
Killimor GAA
Redwood National School
Davitts Camogie Club

Portumna Arts Group to Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland
Plans are taking shape for Portumna Arts Group's celebration of Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 7th May at 8.30pm in Christ Church. Come along and join Portumna Pen Pushers and Omna singers for a celebration of Ireland’s best poetry in Woven Words. Admission €8.
Our mission is to celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture by making poetry both inescapable and irresistible for a day. Watch out for poems popping up in windows about town and other areas where a gift of a poem will be placed. Pick up a booklet of poems in coffee shops about town and perhaps read a poem you like after reading this.


Shop Opening in Portumna
A new Furniture & Discount Store will open on Saturday 2nd May from 9.30am - 6pm. It is located next to J & M Auto and Treacy Tyres at Unit 3 St Brendan's Road, Portumna.


New Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures Of Lough Derg
A new trail showcasing the rich natural heritage of Lough Derg has been developed in time for the 2015 summer season.
Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail is produced by the County Councils in Clare, Galway and Tipperary, and co-funded by The Heritage Council and Lakelands & Inland Waterways.
The 130-kilometre trail takes visitors from Portumna in Galway down the western shore of the lake, to Killaloe in Clare, and back up on the eastern side to Terryglass in Tipperary. The stops along the route, which can be travelled in any direction, include walking routes, lakeshore access, great bird watching locations, woodland parks for adventuring, and quiet spots to enjoy the beautiful vistas of Ireland's third largest lake and the largest lake in the River Shannon system.
Among the 24 discovery points featured is the monastic site at Inis Cealtra - known as the “Jewel of the Lough' - as well as the ancient woodlands of Portumna Forest Park, Derrycrag Wood, Raheen Wood and Cominchas Forest, the sheltered bays and harbours at Rosmore, Mountshannon and Garrykennedy, and the twin heritage towns of Killaloe-Ballina.
Speaking ahead of the trail launch in Portumna this Thursday, Cllr. Mary Hoade, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, who said "the outstanding natural heritage of Lough Derg enhances the visitor experience by providing a range of vistas, sights, sounds and places to explore and opportunities to experience, many of which are featured in this wonderful new trail."
"The high level of involvement from communities around Lough Derg in the design and content of this trail has been instrumental in its development, and is reflective of the community-centred approach to protecting the environment and promoting tourism around the Lough Derg region. I am confident this new trail will deliver additional visitors to Lough Derg, as well as economic benefits for the wider local community and tourism sector here in the Lough Derg Region," added the Cathaoirleach.
Each of the discovery sites selected for inclusion in the Lough Derg Nature Trail featured in the Natural Heritage Audit of Lough Derg (on the Shannon) produced by Dr Allan Mee and Shane O’Neill and written by Dr. Janice Fuller. The trail project meanwhile, was directed by the three County Council Heritage Officers in the region, Marie Mannion (Galway), Congella McGuire (Clare) and Roisín O’Grady (Tipperary), and Nuala O’Connell (Senior Executive Planner, Tipperary County Council).
According to Marie Mannion: "Galway County Council, along with the Councils in Clare and Tipperary, are delighted to have played a central role in developing a trail around what is a largely undiscovered natural amenity in the heart of Ireland. This trail provides visitors and locals alike with a continuous guided tour around Lough Derg in the Lough Derg Region taking in some of the best scenery and natural sites that Ireland has to offer."
"Lough Derg is Ireland's premier inland navigation and water sports destination, and is also a paradise for anglers along with being a popular region for bird watching. The lake is fully navigable and has many beautiful harbours and piers for mooring. The diversity of landscapes in the Lough Derg lakelands, coupled with the many hundreds of heritage sites dotted in and around its shoreline make it a wonderfully diverse and enjoyable visitor destination. This trail, which complements the existing Lough Derg Heritage Trail, aims to inform and guide visitors to the region about the many places to experience and enjoy here," added Ms. Mannion.
The new trail will be officially launched at a seminar being held at The Workhouse Centre in Portumna, County Galway, next Thursday, 30th April.
The event will feature presentations by Dr. Alan Mee on the White Tailed Sea Eagles on Lough Derg, consultant ecologist and writer Dr. Janice Fuller on ‘Going Wild on the Lough Derg Nature Trail’, and Lorcán O’Toole of the Golden Eagle Trust on the effectiveness of existing tourism policies for rural communities.
A detailed guide to accompany the Nature Trail will also be launched on the day.
Sites featured in the Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail include Portumna Water Recreation Park, Portumna Forest Park, Abbeyville Golden Mile, Derrycrag Wood, Rosmore Pier (Galway), Coos-East Clare Way, Clare/Galway), Dromaan Harbour at Williamstown, Church Bay, Mountshannon, Inis Cealtra, Woodpark, Raheen Wood, Aughinish Wood, Ballycuggaran Forest & Rinnaman Point (Clare) Killaloe-Ballina (Clare/Tipperary) Castletown (The Lookout), Castlelough Woods, Garrykennedy, Youghal Bay, Ryan’s Point, Dromineer Bay, Luska Bay at Coolbaun, Cominchas Forest, and Terryglass (Tipperary).
Copies of the Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail and accompany guide will be distributed to tourist offices and visitor attractions around Lough Derg. For more visit www. galwaycoco.ie.


Minister Alan Kelly Commits to Rectifying Issues at Portumna Marina
Senator Lorraine Higgins last Friday hosted Minister Alan Kelly (Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government) in Portumna to discuss dealing with issues affecting the area including the lack of open public toilet facilities at the marina and the need for the road leading to the waterfront to be properly surfaced for the use and benefit of the people of Portumna and visitors to the area.
Senator Higgins said "I am well aware of all the issues affecting this very important amenity and have been contacted by numerous people to request that I get the assistance of my Government colleague Minister Alan Kelly to remedy the situation which is having a detrimental impact on local and tourist enjoyment of the amenity.
Minister Kelly arranged for the CEO of Galway County Council, Kevin Kelly and Director of Services for Roads and Transportation Liam Gavin to meet us at the harbour to discuss how best to assist. I am delighted that on foot of these discussions that we have received a commitment that works on the road will begin in the near future and that there will be a fully functioning toilet facility there shortly. She has continued to stress the need to assist Portumna which she feels has suffered disproportionately as a result of the recession. She will continue to work to ensure that any benefits that can be brought to the town by her government colleagues will happen.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
A reminder that our next lecture will take place on Thursday next, April 30th, and will be given by John Joe Conwell on 'the Bridges of Portumna' (usual time and place i.e. 8:30pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre).


Duniry 6/10K Fun Run/Walk
On Sunday 10 May. Starting at 12.30am at the community centre. Registration from 11am. €10 Adult, €5 child & family €20. Free refreshments followed by cake sale.


Understanding Yeats
Congratulations is extended to Lorrha School pupil Kayla Boons who was awarded a prize in a recent competition organised by Laois Education Centre. The purpose of the competition was to raise awareness and encourage school children to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to and understanding of the poetry of WB Yeats. Kayla will be presented with her prize on Thursday 7 May at an awards ceremony in Laois Education Centre. Well done Kayla.


Enrolements for Gortanumera National School
Enrolments are now being taken for Gortanumera NS for September 2015. Please contact the school on 090 9741624 or call to the school for details.


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of Portumna Vintage Club will be held in O Mearas Bar Portumna on Thursday 7th May at 9pm. The Club are holding a Vintage car run on Sunday 17th May in aid of Croi, the Heart and Stroke charity. The cars will be on display at O Mearas SuperValu car park from 11.30 to 12.30, there will be a parade up the main street before the start of the car run, please come along and support this worthy cause. Further details from Walter Burke 087 8267054.


Girls Rugby in Portumna
The first ever season for Girls Rugby in Portumna came to a close last Wednesday evening with a Presentation night held in Podumna Village. Both U12's and U15 girls were honoured on the night receiving medals and team photo to mark their achievement for the 2014 / 2015 season.
Guest speakers on the night included Charlie Couper, Development Officer Connacht Rugby, Wendy Hickey, Development Officer Connacht Rugby, Mark Scannell, Club President and special guest Ruth O'Reilly, Connacht Ladies Team Captain and Irish Ladies International 2015. Dick Ridge of Podumna Village presented a new set of Jerseys to the U15 Team and announced their commitment as main sponsor to Girls Rugby in Portumna for the 2015 / 2016 season.
The players recognised the hard work and efforts of their management team consisting of Emer Power, Noeleen Fogarty and Brendan Murray and a presentation was made to all three. Emer Power received special recognition for her outstanding work in deliverying the opportunity for Girls to experience a new sporting challenge.
The AGM for Portumna RFC will take place on May 8th in O'Meara's at 8:30pm, new members welcome.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
The club along with tennis coach Kieran Galvin will host a junior competition on Friday 8 May at 7pm for 7-9yrs and at 8pm for 10-12yrs old. Entry fee €5. To book a place or for further information contact Carmel 087 3906067.
At the recent AGM the following people were elected to the committee. Paul Royston (Chairperson), Carmel Porter (Secretary), Eileen Smith (Treasurer), Keith Mulhall (CPO), Johanna Burke, Annemarie McNulty, Richard Brandt, Aoife Conneely, Gillian Dunne.


Bridge Club Results
'79 Bridge Club Results - 1st Bernie Larkin & Brid Mc Namara, 2nd Teresa Dillon & Anna Moore, Gross: Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 3rd Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin, 4th Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning.


Dusk Bird Chorus Walk
Monday 4 May at 7:30pm - Hosted by Port Omna Beo and led by Edmund Burke. Meeting at the Dowager House Portumna Castle Marina (Across from the Abbey). Suitable for everyone, donations welcome. If you are free, we'd be delighted if you could join us. Please spread the word.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 7, 15, 22, and 25. The jackpot was €1,300. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were DPPC Forde, Mairead Rafferty, Áine Lyons, Daniel Kirwan and Mike Gohery. Next week's jackpot is €1,400 which will be held in Kirwan’s.


Redwood National School
After School Homework Club: We will be providing an after-school homework / activity club for pupils attending Redwood NS commencing this September. The club will run in the afternoons directly after school up to 5pm. For queries regarding the after-school club, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or redwoodns@live.ie
Redwood NS Annual Buffet Dance: The annual buffet dance fundraiser will take place in the GAA clubhouse, Moatfield on Saturday 2 May at 9.30 pm. Music by Pat & Richie, raffle, spot prizes, hot buffet and a great night guaranteed! Your support is much appreciated.


Davitts Camogie Club
The u12's continued their winning streak with a 6-3 to no score victory over Craughwell last week. Commiserations to our brave u14 girls who were defeated by Athenry by the narrowest of margins, 1 point in the Feile B final. We are grateful to the management and all the girls for the huge effort they put in all year.


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