26 May 2015

Caitlin Qualifies for a World Title Shot
Portumna Forest Park Trail Run
Retirement Celebrations and Tribute to Ruth Carty
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna GAA
Portumna Vintage Club
Killimor GAA
Redwood National School

Caitlin Qualifies for a World Title Shot
Congratulations to Caitlin Page of Rossmore Woodford, who qualified to dance at World Level in An Coimisiun Irish dancing. Caitlin competed at the Irish Nationals competition in Killarney County Kerry last week and successfully placed comfortably to qualify to compete next year at world level. The world's are being hosted in Glasgow next spring time 2016. Caitlin has been dancing with Stephanie Power school of dance for 5 years now, Stephanie herself being a 3 times world Irish dance champion. Hoping that young Caitlin will follow in her teachers footsteps. We wish Caitlin the best of luck in Glasgow next year at the world's and a big congratulations to Caitlin and Stephanie.


Portumna Forest Park Trail Run
Thank you to everyone who very generously took part in the annual Portumna Forest Park Trail Run 2015 in aid of Olive Dermody Shaughnessy & Galway Hospice Foundation. We are delighted to be now in a position to present Olive and Galway Hospice Foundation with bank drafts on behalf of everyone who took part and donated money on the day. Thank you all for your generous support and good wishes for Olive who is very grateful to you all and sends her thanks and love to you all. Well Done Folks. The amounts raised were €1000 for Galway Hospice and €4085-00 for the Olive Dermody Shaughnessy fund.


Retirement Celebrations and Tribute to Ruth Carty
Ruth was the instigator, researcher and horticultural advisor for the restoration of Portumna Castle's 17th Century Walled Kitchen garden. A native of Templeogue, Dublin, Ruth qualified as a horticulturist and came to work in Portumna in the Farmers Co-Operative in Portumna Workhouse. After the closure of the Co-op she was appointed teacher and trainer in Gurteen Agricultural College. While in Portumna, she lived over Corley’s Bar where she met and married her constant supporter, Frank Carty. Soon after, they moved back to Ruth's home city of Dublin, where Ruth was employed by the Department of Agriculture for a number of years. Meanwhile, Ruth and Frank became the proud parents of Karen and Lorraine. The family decided to leave Dublin and return to Portumna where Ruth, never the idle person, became employed by FAS as an Instructor and ran a course on horticulture in St Mary's, Portumna. Her students quickly learned to appreciate her knowledge, enthusiasm, skills and love of gardening. Towards the end of this course Ruth formulated the idea of creating a working garden for her students to put into practice the skills they had learned and for this garden to become the hub of learning for beginners and gardening enthusiasts. From many suggested sites Portumna Castle Kitchen Garden was the chosen area for the project.
  The groups first visit to the site showed over 1.5 acres of wilderness. Our imaginations would not stretch to envision how or why we could possibly turn this area into a fully functional garden. Ruth however, had a clear vision of what needed to be done and what it could look like. Ruth negotiated with the OPW and it was agreed to form a partnership to restore the garden, keeping it within the standards of its 17th century ethos. Portumna Castle Crafts and Garden Limited was created and along with Fas, set about establishing an educational programme to develop and maintain the site.
The OPW repaired the walls, reinstated and resurfaced the original pathways and provided the garden with raised beds. FAS provided the trainees and the voluntary group, Portumna Castle Crafts and Garden Limited, became the sub-sponsors of the project. Together a unique partnership was formed.
Over the next couple of years Ruth’s vision, organizational skills and hard work carried this project through to develop into an award winning working organic kitchen garden. Various awards were achieved by the garden between 1997 and 2006 while becoming sponsors of student summer Jobs schemes and accommodating educational tours for primary and secondary schools.
When FAS disbanded, Sliabh Aughty Community Development Association Limited then sponsored the project until their agreement ran its course up to the end of March this year. We are very grateful to both Fas and Sliabh Aughty Association for their involvement and support throughout the years.
At the end of March 2015, the voluntary committee of Portumna Castle Crafts Garden Limited retired and without sponsorship, Sliabh Aughty Association could no longer provide a continued workforce. Today, Portumna TUS under the GRD Partnership have stepped in to provide a workforce and the OPW intend to employ a part time gardener to provide the expertise. This way, the wonderful project that Ruth began in 1997 will continue.
Although Ruth was the catalyst for the project for over 18 years, it goes without saying that we also need to thank the many volunteers who gave of their own time and experience to keep the project running smoothly. A big thank you to all the committee members past and present who are too numerous to mention here and to dedicated people like Mary Rose Cormican who was the administrator for the project from day one. Thanks must also go to the many dedicated workers who worked along side Ruth, through various schemes over the years. A particular thanks to Mary Lowry who began working in the garden on day one with Ruth. Mary not only worked throughout the years on a various schemes but also in a voluntary capacity when there was no scheme available. By doing this she managed to keep the gates of the garden from closing. Her dedication and hard work is much appreciated.
The 17th Century walled kitchen garden project was designed to benefit all concerned. The participants on the course were educated in new skills while the garden itself became a pivotal attraction within the site that is Portumna Castle & Gardens. This in turn, is of great benefit to the local community as a whole. Visitors to the castle come from all over and many return annually to see the progress and to gain new ideas for their own gardens.
The project is a great credit to the enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of Ruth Carty and to the team of workers she guided and directed over the last 18 years. It is now a fine example of our local heritage, there to show future generations the uses and importance of a kitchen garden in keeping the Big House self-sufficient.
Presentations were made on Saturday 23 May to Ruth from individuals who worked with her over the years and in gratitude the OPW planted a Japanese Maple, in her honour. Also, David Little, Master Stonecutter, National Monuments OPW, presented Ruth with an original stone sculpture designed and made by him on site.
Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us last Saturday, most of all, thank you Ruth and may you have a restful and stress free retirement, you deserve it.


Davitts Camogie Club
Well done to the U10 and 12 teams who had great victories over Sarsfields and cappatagle respectively.
We host the u8 blitz on next Saturday 30 May in Duniry at 11.30am.
The club will hold a cake sale in Abbey Community Centre and Tynagh on Sunday 7 June after morning mass.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth 6200 euros. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 13, 22. Four people matched three numbers.
The junior A team were well beaten by Ardrahan in the second round of the championship.
The Kellogg G.A A. Cul camp will take place in G.A A Grounds on Mon 13 July. Registration forms will be distributed to the schools over the next couple of weeks. Parents can also register on line at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps. Cost: child 1. €55, child 2. €45, child 3/4/5 €40 each.
The u12 team commenced their championship with a loss to Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry in their first game and a win over Mullagh in the second round.
The u14 team finished their season when Padraig Pearses beat them in the shield semi final of their competition.
The club has extended the Annual Lotto for one more week at the reduced rate of 80 euros. If interested contact either Damien, Celia or Fiona.


Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club would like to thank all those who supported their recent charity run in aid of Croi, the Heart and Stroke charity. Almost 60 vintage cars participated raising in excess of €1200, special thanks to Donie O Meara for sponsoring refreshments for all those who took part, Portumna Fire Brigade who escorted the cars out of town, the local Gardai who managed the traffic and to SuperValu Portumna for the use of their facilities. Well done to all involved.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 4, 9, 13 and 23. The jackpot was €1,700. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Brian Duggan, Kate Moran, Andy Larkin, Vincent Brien and Paddy Reilly. Next week's jackpot is €1,800 which will be held in Kirwan’s.


Redwood National School
The children from Redwood NS enjoyed a lovely day out in Portumna last week on a busy tour of the beautiful town.
Portumna Castle: The children were given a very interesting tour of Portumna Castle by Heilha, who gave an excellent insight into life in a big house and the luxury and wealth enjoyed by Clan Ricard.
Irish Workhouse: The children from 3rd to 6th class went on a guided tour of the workhouse. The children had studied the famine in history and read the trilogy of novels ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ ‘Wildflower Girl’ and ‘Fields of Home’ but the tour really brought home the suffering the people of the famine endured.
Portumna Forest Park: After a relaxing break in the playground, the children and teachers carried on to the Forest Park for a nature walk. We are currently working towards our fifth Green flag on ‘biodiversity’ and we had plenty to see and study and even managed to record a sighting of some deer on the school i-pads.
Portumna Tennis Club: A huge thank you to Portumna Tennis Club for allowing us to use their facilities, where Miss. Darcy capped off a great day with a tennis lesson for the children and the lovely courts in Portumna.


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