14 July 2015

Eircode
Build an Online Business Course - Information Evening
Fit Towns Initiative
Art Exhibition at the Red Horse Gallery
Killimor 10k - Galway Hopice Fundraiser
Annual Concelebrated Mass of St. Feichin
Portumna Youth Concert - Judo Assist Fundraiser
Portumna Castle & Gardens - Roses in Bloom
Davitts Camogie Club
Shorelines Arts Festival
Killimor GAA
Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Cycling club Bring Home the Turf
Pod Umna Village Success
Portumna GAA

Eircode
You’ll probably hear or read reports that this week that Eircode is being launched. People all over East Galway will be receiving letters next week to notify them of the Eircode for their address and advice on how they can use it. The introduction of Eircode will bring numerous benefits. Not only will it make the delivery of services and goods to households easier, but in the case of a medical emergency, being able to accurately and quickly identify an address can save valuable minutes. Remember, addresses will not be changing - an Eircode will simply be added to current addresses.
AOIFE (Association of Irish Festivals and Events) are delighted that hundreds of people from organisations throughout East Galway have got on board and are helping to reach thousands of people who might otherwise get left behind. We’ve all been busy, meeting the target group on a one-to-one or one-to-few basis to tell them about Eircode, to answer their questions and to reassure them. It’s been a tremendous community effort.
We’ve only three weeks left in the programme. This is the peak period and we’re anxious to ensure that nobody gets left behind. We particularly want to encourage people to reach out to people they know in their own community: friends, family and neighbours, who are older, isolated or vulnerable and may not understand or may be confused by what this change means.
I’d really appreciate if you could get in touch with me if: There is a group or an individual who you think could do with some assistance or You or your organisation would like further information or materials (e.g. leaflets) or would like to assist in any way.
Feel free to pass on this email to others within your network. You can contact me at: 0909643779, colm@aoifeonline.com, AOIFE, Town Hall Theatre Society St. Ballinasloe , Co. Galway.
Here are some useful links:
* For lots of information on Eircode, and to view a very handy new online tool called ‘Eircode Finder’ to look up the Eircode for any address, see www.eircode.ie
* There is a helpline for people who are unable to access the website, or having other difficulties, at 0818 300 005.
* For further information on the Eircode Community Outreach Programme, see www.wheel.ie/eircode orwww.irishrurallink.ie/eircode.
* You can also watch a short video explaining the notification letter: In English at: http://www.eircode.ie/getting-an-eircode , As Gaeilge ag: http://www.eircode.ie/gaeilge/conas-eircode-a-fháil , Using Irish Sign Language at: https://vimeo.com/132412840.


Build an Online Business Course - Information Evening
Practical Training Programme. Build an Online Business Course - Information Evening. Venue: Pillo Hotel, Galway. Date: 11th August @ 6.30pm. Host: In-Tuition. Learn how to Build an Online Business and website. FETAC accredited level 6. 4-6 day work placement. Free places available for people not in full time employment. 10 – 12 days over 10 - 12 weeks. Location Galway city. Computers provided for the training.
Courses start August/September 2015. This 10 – 12 day Build an Online Business course is fully funded by Skillnet for those on the live register (including the BTWEA), and is designed for those interested in: starting a new business online, bringing an existing business online, wishing to learn more about online marketing.
The information evening will give a brief introduction to marketing a business online, as well as providing an outline of the course content and requirements. For more information register your interest at Web: http://www.in-tuition.ie/online-business-classes , Email: info@in-tuition.ie , Phone: 091 770873.


Fit Towns Initiative
On Monday the 6th of July the power house team behind Portumna's Fit Towns Initiative gathered in the Harbour Hotel, Galway to reap the rewards for all their hard work and dedication. The committee was represented at the awards by Sarah Killeen (The Engine Room), Cllr Anne Rabbitte, Orla Kennedy (Ok Media Marketing) and special mention to Vincent O’Hara (Adult Education officer) whom unfortunately couldn’t attend the event.
Over the six weeks that the Fit Towns initiative took place in Portumna, from January-mid March, it saw the community out in force, with age or ability no barrier to getting the town moving. All the hard work and commitment from these four people, not to mention all the clubs and organizations, resulted in numerous positives for the town; new clubs were set up and have been successfully maintained, existing clubs grew their membership and the whole town got a lot fitter and healthier!!
And on Monday the committee received a plaque and a cheque for €5,000 in recognition of all their hard work. The committee will hold a public meeting in the coming weeks to decide how the cash reward will be spent, but its main objective will be to give something back to the community. They will also be discussing plans for next year’s Fit Towns, how to grow the initiative and get even more of the community involved.


Art Exhibition at the Red Horse Gallery
The artists Ruth Eva Morrissey, Diana Marshall, Jason Madden and Ute Duggan would like to thank everyone who came to visit their art exhibition, which was a great success. The exhibition is still open, just phone 085-1841243. The Gallery can be visited any time, just to make a phone call to Ruth Eva Morrissey, the owner of the Gallery, (myself) 0851841243. There will always be some Art to enjoy!
On Wednesdays at 8pm I give Art Classes in the same location: working with clay (from cup to sculpture).


Killimor 10k - Galway Hopice Fundraiser
Charity walk, jog, run in aid of Galway Hopice is taking place on Sunday 19 July 2015 Leaving Portumna at 3pm . Registration on day of walk 1pm to 3pm in Portumna, Refreshments, Music by Paul Hardiman afterwards in Heritage Court yard, Killimor. A great day guaranteed, your support will be greatly appreciated.


Annual Concelebrated Mass of St. Feichin
Mass will be concelebrated in St. Feichin’s Cemetery, Lackan in Abbey parish on Sunday 19 July at 7pm to honour the 1435th anniversary of the birth of St. Feichin, the Patron Saint of Abbey parish. Covered seating is provided and irrespective of the weather conditions the mass will be concelebrated in comfortable conditions. There is a large car park. Everybody is welcome to attend this special concelebrated mass and there will be a cup of tea afterwards. Those attending should go to the village of Abbey and follow the direction signs for the mass. After mass people can visit the nearby St. Feichin’s Holy Well and pray privately there.


Portumna Youth Concert - Judo Assist Fundraiser
Portumna Youth Concert in aid of the Judo Assist Special Needs/Autism Judo Programme. A group of talented musicians from Portumna have come together to perform a live concert to raise funds for the Judo Assist Programme. The concert will take pace on Friday 7 August in the Church of Ireland Portumna. The tickets are €10, the doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8pm start. Tickets may be purchased at Ladies Day Boutique, The Boathouse, Pearse’s Barber Shop, Hayes Chemists or ring Colette on 087 1373433.


Portumna Castle & Gardens - Roses in Bloom
Portumna Castle & Gardens, first formal garden, is now filled with colour and perfume. These 17th Century variety of roses bloom only once a year between mid June and the end of July so now is the time to enjoy the full experience. While in the gardens be sure to visit the lovely walled kitchen garden. August will bring Heritage Week celebrations to the castle and gardens. The Portumna Players have already begun rehearsal for their annual 'Drama' at the Castle on the evening of Friday 28 August. 'Family Vintage Day' on Sunday 23 Aug. and free admission all day Sunday 30 Aug. Look for details on www.heritageweek.ie or on local papers, posters, newsletters and Portumna Castle Facebook page, closer to the date.
Open daily throughout the season, 9.30-6pm (last admission 5.15pm), free guided tours with admission tickets, subject to guide availability. Free admission on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Fun observational quiz for children of all ages, enter and win a Family Heritage Card. This will give the winner free access to all OPW sites throughout Ireland for one year.


Davitts Camogie Club
Congratulations to Aisling Donnellan and Chloe Farragher, both from Tynagh, who lined out for the Galway u13 team and were victorious in the Connacht division 1 final. Well done to Davitts members Orla Watson and Liam Hodgins who are part of the Galway senior camogie management who had their third championship victory over Wexford last weekend. They now face limerick this weekend.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines Arts Festival committee are busy preparing a programme for all the family for Sept 17th-20th. Plans are in place for creative workshops in Portumna Primary School in story making with writer Betsy Cornwell and the annual award for the Barbara Kennedy writing project on the theme “Messing About on The Water” is kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland this year. Puppet making, street theatre with Sorcaluba, flea circus and fun street acts with “Just a Guy” – Cormac, as well as story telling will be among the events on Saturday 19 September.
A series of Minecraft workshops for all the fans of MineVention are planned for Saturday. On Sunday 20 September Shorelines will host a music workshop where parents and children make music together with Dabbledoo! Recitals for local musicians and budding performers will also take place. So there will be lots for everyone in the family to enjoy. Booking is advisable for workshops. Look out for the programme on our new website www.shorelinesartsfestival.com and remember you can support us by donating to our Friend scheme. A little goes a long way. Watch this space for the exciting literary listing for Shorelines next week.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 14, 20, 21 and 25. The jackpot was €2,400. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Ita Cormican, Kay Whelan, Sarah/Eoin Larkin, Peter Sheehan and Willie Gordon. Next week's jackpot is €2,500 which will be held in Nevin’s.


Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club is holding a vintage car and tractor run on Sunday 19 July. The cars and tractors will be on display at O Mearas SuperValue car park from 11.30 am to 12.30. The vehicles will return that afternoon where a BBQ will take place at O Mearas Bar. Further details from Walter Burke 087 8267054.


Portumna Cycling club Bring Home the Turf
As part of the Olive Aughty fundraiser Portumna Cycling Club completed saving of four hoppers of turf that was donated by contractors Mike Darcy and Dermot Brehony. It was delivered home to the Shaughnessy Family last week. This coincides with the fundraising cycle that is taking place on Sunday 9 August for local woman Olive Shaughnessy nee Dermody and her family. She was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer before Christmas last year; as a result her husband has given up work to care for their four young kids. Club members visited the bog on a few occasions while saving the turf and really enjoyed the whole experience. Check out the Olive Aughty Cycle Facebook page for more information or call to Pearse the Barber Shop or McKeons opticians for sponsorship cards.


Pod Umna Village Success
Pod Umna Village have been assessed and passed the new Failte Ireland Quality Assured Standard. This new departure for Failte Ireland widens the tourist accommodation sector to include quirky and innovate places to stay, including Glamping sites like Pod Umna. We are delighted to have been awarded a certificate of approval and being involved from a very early stage in the process of this pilot scheme. It is privilege that Failte Ireland selected Pod Umna as one of four locations to be included in their new Failte Ireland Quality Assured Video. The video explains how important the new standard is and what it stands for and explains how the new approach deals with the clients journey, their experience and code of ethics and standards put in place to ensure that the visitor's journey is a memorable and enjoyable one.
The launch was at Failte Ireland HQ on Tuesday 30 June along with other accommodation providers from Clover Cabin Gorwan Co Kilkenny, Caravantasia Killenaule Co Tipperary, Rock farm Slane Co Meath who also featured in the promotional video along with representatives from Pod Umna; Dick and Liz Ridge.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €6900. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 10, 26. Two people matched three numbers; Conor Devane & Francis Larkin.
Well done to our senior team on another fine performance with seven points to spare over Mullagh last Friday night. This win gives them maximum points from three games.
Our junior A team and u16 teams were unfortunately beaten in their games by Michael Breathnachs and Liam Mellows.


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