02 June 2015

Course - Make Your Own Stained Glass
'A Taste of Lough Derg' is back for 2015
Portumna Rugby Club
Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Butterfly & Bumblebee Monitoring Workshop
Super Summer Fair
Fishing Competition
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle
Portumna Tidy Towns
Sign out Youth Cafe
Redwood National School
Killimor GAA
Churchill Cemetery
Thank you from Mark Ryan

Course - Make Your Own Stained Glass
Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) and Men's Shed Portumna St. Brigid's Rd are offering a free 4 week course with a qualified tutor on 'Make your own Stained Glass' starting on Thursday 11th June from 6pm to 8pm. For all enquiries contact: michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie or call 087 6258696 / 086 3954259 / 090-9741946.


'A Taste of Lough Derg' is back for 2015
Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces once again this summer in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination.
Following on from the successful pilot initiative held in 2014, A Taste of Lough Derg returns this June and features a number of food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary until late September.
The calendar of events has been coordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group in conjunction with the food businesses in the region. Speaking at the launch of the 2015 programme recently, Mr. Joe MacGrath, Chairperson of the Lough Derg Marketing Group commented that “The exciting programme is aimed at attracting new visitors to the region, and promoting Lough Derg as a destination for food. It’s an opportunity to showcase the food produce in the area, some of the quality artisan food producers and established restaurants.”
Examples of some of these established restaurants involved include The Derg Inn in Terryglass, Tuscany Bistro in Ballina, Wood Brothers in Killaloe and Le Bouchon in Portumna. Commencing on the 21st of June with a ‘Backyard BBQ’ in Paddy’s Bar in Terryglass, locals and tourists are encouraged to take part in the events which run right through the summer months until the 30th of September.
One of the highlights of this year’s programme is the Tipperary Food Producers Network annual ‘Long Table Dinner’ which will take place in the idyllic lakeside setting of Coolbawn Quay on the 19th of August.
From Portumna to Killaloe and Scarriff to Dromineer, the geographical spread of events allows visitors to discover Lough Derg while getting a taste of the lake at one the many events taking place.
The participating stakeholders from around Lough Derg include Brookfield Farm, Tuscany Bistro, The Derg Inn, Larkin’s Bar & Restaurant, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, Cais na Tire Cheese, Wilde Irish Chocolates, Paddy’s Bar, Wood Brothers, East Clare Community Coop, Le Bouchon, Coolbawn Quay, The Ring of Lough Derg which includes Flanagan’s Bar & Restaurant, Washer Woman Bar & Annacarriga Estate, The Spirit of Killaloe, & Dromineer Community.
There is a charge for most events while some are free and pre-booking is essential for all. Download the programme by visiting www.atasteofloughderg.ie and follow on facebook - ATasteofLoughDerg.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna RFC held their AGM recently in O’Meara’s Bar Portumna. It was a very well attended meeting; in fact probably the best attended AGM in Portumna RFC history. Mark Scannell and Mike Goode presided over the meeting that was good humored, informative and involved great discussion around current and future developments of all aspects of the club. The election officers saw a change with Iain Foulger and Michael Brady being replaced by Francis O’Halloran and Dermot Moore respectively as Treasurer and P.R.O.. Portumna RFC would like to thank Iain and Michael for all their hard work over the last number of years as Treasurer and P.R.O Mark Scannell, Mike Goode and Derek Frawley were returned for another year as President, Secretary and Fixtures Secretary.
Some well-deserved awards were given out on the night, with Player of the Year being awarded to Gavin O’Toole whom Coach Tony Flynn lauded for his dedication and commitment to the club. Brendan Doyle received the much deserved Most Improved Player of the Year award whilst Emer Power won the Club Person of the Year award for her outstanding work with the development of girl’s rugby in the club. A special mention on the night was made to Francis and Joshua O’Halloran who have come out of hospital recently.
Portumna RFC would sincerely like to thank all who attended, who contributed to the various discussions on the night and who have agreed to contribute to the future onward development of the club.


Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Indoor market and craft fair will be held in the Boathouse on Sunday June 7th. 12 to 5pm. Your support would be appreciated. Please ring 0852318775  to book a table or more details.


Butterfly & Bumblebee Monitoring Workshop
Butterfly & Bumblebee Monitoring Workshop hosted by Port Omna Beo & the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Sunday 7 June from 10am-4pm meeting in An Gairdin, St Brigid's Road Portumna. €10 per adult. Contact Chris Kelly 087 2056955 to book your ticket.


Super Summer Fair
The second Super Summer Fair will take place in Portumna June 19th- 21st where businesses in the Portumna area will offer promotions, events and special offers to all their customers. Businesses are requested to send details of their proposed promotion with business logo, contact details etc to portumnacc@gmail.com by May 10th.
Events will be promoted on the Super Summer Fair facebook. A flyer for the events planned by members of the Chamber of Commerce will be produced and distributed and support from traders and customers is requested to revitalise the lovely town of Portumna.


Fishing Competition
Congratulations to Dave Brooks Winner of the Portumna Classic Fishing Competition, which was held recently. Thank you to Waterways Ireland and Ronnie Curley for their generous sponsorship.


Davitts Camogie Club
Well done to our u10 and 12 teams who had great victories over mountbellew and Kiltormer respectively this week. In the second round of the u8 blitz the team did very well winning all their games.
The club will hold a cake sale after Sunday morning mass in Abbey community centre and Tynagh on Sunday 7th June. Please support if you can.


Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle
Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle, Sunday, 21st June at 1pm in Portumna Square. Get on yer bike on Sunday 21 June in support of this year’s selected local charity, St. Dympna’s Centre. We need cyclists – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised etc. You can get a sponsor card from 087-7427950 only €2 a line. Or donations accepted on the day. No entry fee. Come and join in the fun and do some good for your local community at the same time!


Portumna Tidy Towns
Just a reminder, that a clean up of the town takes place every Monday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All are welcome. Meeting point is the Town Square. Bags and gloves and litter pickers provided.
Portumna has entered the National Tidy Towns Competition for 2015 so we are hoping for a positive adjudication. We would like to encourage all businesses and residents to make good their premises and areas immediately outside their "front doors"; it all helps. Planting in flower tubs is now taking place and we would like to thank those who sponsored the purchase of the shrubs and flowers.


Sign out Youth Cafe
Sign out Youth Cafe AGM will take place on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 8pm. All welcome.


Redwood National School
The school is celebrating Active Week 2015 from 2nd -5th June where they will take part in a range of different activities including golf, badminton, zumba, athletics, yoga and tennis to name but a few. Redwood NS was delighted to be successful earlier this year on achieving the Active Flag.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were: 10, 19, 21 and 27. The jackpot was €1,800. Last week's 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Fergal McGann, Coleen Lynch, Oisin Larkin, David Fahy and Ita Cormican. Next week's jackpot is €1,900 which will be held in Duffy's.


Churchill Cemetery
Those holding grave plots in Churchill are invited to meet in O'Meara's on Monday night, 8 June at 9 p.m.. Annual Cemetery Mass is scheduled for Monday, 22 June.


Thank you from Mark Ryan
Just a quick note to say thanks you to everyone who came to the quiz in the Boathouse on Saturday night and to those who sponsored the prizes for the quiz and the raffle. We managed to raise €730 on the night which was a fantastic result. With less than a week to go now to the finish of my challenge in my adopted home Cork city I am just anxious to get to the start line. I have done a lot of things in my life but nothing compares to the buzz on the morning of a marathon. Waiting for the big day to arrive is always the hardest part.
I have included below some of the key stats that relate to the 8 marathon challenge that I started for Motor Neurone 2 ½ years ago:
I have run 3,000 miles (this is the equivalent to Forest Gump’s mileage from the East to West Coast of America)
- Cork will be my 8th marathon in 2 ½ years,
Cork is the final leg of my fundraising challenge for MND,
- Cork will be my 5th marathon in just over 12 months,
- 100% of the donations I have received have gone to IMNDA as I cover my own costs,
This is my 3rd Cork marathon (I started running with a leg of the Cork team relay in 2011 and I have worked on from there).
I thought at the time that I wouldn’t be able to run much farther than 5.5 miles, I was wrong.. I have raised approx € 7,000 and I am hoping to get this nearer to € 10,000 in the next few weeks (but I really need your help to reach this target).


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