12 May 2015

Youth & Community Leadership Course
Information Hub and Constituency Office
New Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures Of Lough Derg
Holy Communion
Active Retirement Association
Children's Art Exhibition
Afternoon Tea Dance
Vintage Car Run - Croi Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Portumna Bridge Club
Silver Circle Draw

Youth & Community Leadership Course
Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid's Rd are offering a free 4 week course on Youth & Community Leadership. This is a unique opportunity to improve your planning, group, funding, PR skills etc. - Starts This Tuesday May 19th 9.30am -12.30pm. For all enquiries contact: michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie or call 087 6258696 / 086 3954259 / 090-9741946.


Information Hub and Constituency Office
Twelve months on from Election Day Cllr. Anne Rabbitte is supporting Portumna Town and surrounding areas by opening an information hub and constituency office on main street Portumna. Taking from the town development plan where she interviewed 45 local people in June 2014. Cllr Rabbitte saw that there was a huge gap and an urgent need for an information point/ tourism hub in Portumna Town. She has now engaged the expertise and professional support of Orla Kennedy of ‘OK Media Marketing’ to promote the wealth of heritage and cultural sites, B&B's, eateries and hostelries in Portumna and surrounding areas.
She proposes to provide the personnel to run the office from volunteers and people seeking work experience as she is running it on a shoestring budget. In order to make it successful and of added value to the town, Cllr. Rabbitte is asking all local businesses to present their business literature, ie. brochures, flyers abd cards to her so they can be displayed in the office. This is a huge opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services.
Gort town opened similar premises in 2014 from the months June to September where they received over 2000 visitors. This shows there is an important need for one in our town. It is envisaged to have these premises up and running by June Bank Holiday weekend. Thanks to Noelle Hayes for supporting this initiative by renting the premises at a very reduced rate. Please contact Orla on 0851903246 or anne 0872424704 for businesses literature collection or drop off. Any support welcome on this community initiative.


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 Galway, Clare 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 are the ancient woodlands of Portumna Forest Park, Derrycrag Wood, Raheen Wood and Cominchas Forest Abbeyville Golden Mile in Abbey Village, the sheltered bays and harbours at Rosmore, Mountshannon and Garrykennedy, the monastic site at Inis Cealtra - known as the “Jewel of the Lough' and the twin heritage towns of Killaloe-Ballina.
The new trail has been welcomed by Councillor 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." 

"I am sure 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 and south east Galway" 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 Ms. Marie Mannion: "Galway County Council is delighted to have worked in partnership with Clare and Tipperary County Councils and the Heritage Council on developing a trail around what is a mostly an undiscovered natural amenity. This new trail provides visitors and locals alike with a wonderful guided tour around Lough Derg that showcases some of the best landscape and scenery 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 makes 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.


Holy Communion
Congratulations is extended to Kate Houlihan & Niamh Patterson who celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday last.


Active Retirement Association
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association would like to express their sympathy to the Menheneott family on the death of their mother Ann. Ann was a very active member of the organization, she was a member of the choir and writers groups. Ann along with Father Lawless would lead the yearly Christmas Ecumenical services. Her gifts of participation, organisation, diplomacy, and deep Christen beliefs dominated by a bubbly sense of humour made her beloved by all who were blessed to meet her. Our deepest sympathy goes to all her family.


Children's Art Exhibition
A note of thanks from Ute Duggan to all her art students for their participation in this year's children's art exhibition in Portumna library, to their parents for all their support and to Theresa Tierney and Mary Hourigan for their generous help at all times. It was a wonderful success!


Afternoon Tea Dance
To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival, an Afternoon Tea Dance will be held in Shragh Community Centre, Shragh, Woodford on Sunday 24 May from 3pm – 6pm. Dancing to ‘Larry McEvoy’. So put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a great afternoon of music, song and dance. Admission only €6 includes Tea, Coffee and delicious Home Baking. There will also be a Raffle and lots of spot prizes on the day All are welcome.


Vintage Car Run - Croi Fundraiser
Portumna Vintage Club launched their vintage car run in aid of Croi, the heart and stroke charity which takes place on Sunday 17 May. The cars will assemble at O Mearas SuperValu car park at 11.30am and will be on view until 12.30 at that stage the will parade up the main street before departing town. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Croi that morning.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €6000. The numbers drawn were 16, 18, 19, 25. One person matched three numbers Lisa Lynch.
The senior team has four points in the championship after last weekend's win against Killimordaly. Their next game is against Mullagh in June.
Well done to our u16 hurlers who had five points to spare over Athenry recently. Their next group game is at home to Loughrea on Friday evening at 6-30pm, a win will certainly guarantee them a semi final place.
The U12 team commence their championship campaign on Sat when they play Tynagh /Abbey /Duniry in Duniry at 1pm.
The Junior A team commence their championship when they play Carnmore.


Portumna Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results:
Wednesday 29 April 2015: 1st Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 2nd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, Gross Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly, 3rd Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran, 4th Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon.
Wednesday 6 May 2015: 1st Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 2nd Geraldine Canning & Elizabeth Ryan, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 3rd Frances Mc Crory & Joan Ryan, 4th Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly.
Contract Bridge Club Results:
Monday 4 May 2015: 1st Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, 2nd Susan Royston & Frances Mc Crory, Gross Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd John & Judy Craig, 4th Betty Eager & Florence Mc Namara.


Silver Circle Draw
Portumna Social Services Committee will be running their annual Silver Circle Draw in aid of the Day Care Centre Portumna, for our senior citizens over the next couple of weeks. Please support. If anyone would like to help by taking a card and selling lines the committee would be very grateful. If no one calls to you, perhaps you could call in to the centre and give a donation there. You will get a great reception and see for yourself what an amazing place the centre is.


Return to Top of Page

Picture This Photography, Portumna
Homepage   -   About   -   Contact   -   Links   -   Site Map   -   Privacy Statement