29 September 2015

Mucky Runners Obstacle Course 2015
Progressive 25 Card Game
Gaeilge Locha Riach
Handbag Sale - Galway Hospice Fundraiser
Take to the Hills With Boru3peaks
Portumna Tennis Club
Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Killimor GAA
Portumna Vintage Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Davitts Camogie Club
Bridge Clubs
Portumna Players
Children’s Writing
Portumna Rugby Club
Lorrha National School
Raheen National School

Mucky Runners Obstacle Course 2015
Bank Holiday Monday 26th of October. Portumna Forest Park. Fun Mucky Obstacle Course for everyone aged 6yrs to 600yrs! Mucky Ducks Race 6yrs to 11yrs race starts @ 12.30. Mucky Runners Race (Juniors/Adults/Teams) Race starts @ 1.30pm. Registration on the day from 10am to 12 sharp in Forest Car Park. Prizes for First place in all categories and Free post race refreshments for all participants. Check out: Mucky Runners Fun Obstacle Course on Facebook for all details.


Progressive 25 Card Game
Progressive 25 Card Game resumes in Tynagh Old School House on Friday Oct. 16th at 8.30. Tables of six. Refreshments served.


Gaeilge Locha Riach
Ar mhaith libh Gaeilge bhur bpáistí a fheabhsú?
Would you like to improve your child's Irish?
Tosaíonn Club Súgartha Ghráig na Muilte Iarainn arís ar an Satharn. Beidh sé ar siúl idir a 1 agus a 3 do pháistí idir rang a 2 agus rang a 6. Tá sé faoi stiúir Spleodar. Beidh idir chluichí, ealaíon agus spraoi i nGaeilge ann do pháistí bunscoile.
Woodford Irish language play group begins this Saturday from 1-3. This a great and fun way of improving your children's Irish. It is being overseen by Spleodar. It consists of different games, artwork and activities through the medium of Irish. It is for kids from 2nd class to 6th class.
Club Súgartha Gaeilge i nGráig na Muilte Iarainn. Cén uair: Sathairn scoile ón 3 DF. Cé dó: 1 - 2 i.n. páistí rang 1 - 3, 2 - 3 i.n. páistí rang 4 - 6. Cén áit: Ionad óige Ghráig na Muilte Iarainn. Ealaíon, cluichí & eile i gceist, an-spraoi ar fad. Costas: €16 an duine in iomlán (€2 sa tseachtain thar ocht seahtaine). Eolas: Ann O'Keefe 086 1542843, Maura Kelly Stewart 087 2187924, Gaeilge Locha Riach 091 870718.
Fun Irish Club for children in Woodford. When: 3 October, School Saturdays. For whom: 1 - 2 pm children in 1st - 3rd class, 2 - 3 pm children in 4th - 6th class. Where: Woodford Youth Hall, Woodford. Art, sport, games and more games. Cost: €16 per child in total (€2 pw over eight weeks). Info: Ann O'Keefe 086 1542843, Maura Kelly Stewart 087 2187924, Gaeilge Locha Riach 091 970718.


Handbag Sale - Galway Hospice Fundraiser
Preloved handbags needed in aid of Galway Hospice. Handbag sale on Friday 23rd October 8pm - 10pm in Tiernascragh Community Hall. All proceeds raised through sale of handbags will be donated to Galway Hospice. Your handbags can be dropped in advance to; The Cottage Store, Portumna, Palmerston Stores, Portumna. Contact Pauline; 087 9945463.


Take to the Hills With Boru3peaks
This is a shout-out to all our the clubs, social groups, organisations and businesses in Killaloe Ballina and around Lough Derg to come and join us for a great weekend on October 10th & 11th.
Over the two days, there will be three organised walks (or runs if you prefer) to the top of some of the most beautiful hills in Ireland. On Saturday at 10am we kick off with Moylussa (Clare’s highest peak at 532m); Saturday evening at 7pm features Tountinna (457m), a wonderful night hike! And on Sunday at 12noon, we finish off with Keeper Hill, highest point in North Tipperary at 694m. This is the fourth year of this unique event and it has proven hugely popular with hill runners and walkers alike over the years.
This year we have incorporated a fun Team Challenge. The idea is that groups of six, representing a club, group, business or organisation, can register to compete against each other on the Moylussa Peak (Saturday morning, the first of the 3 Peaks). Teams will be given the opportunity to raise their registration fee through sponsorship cards. Teams will be judged on the combined times of the first 5 members over the line, and the team with the quickest time overall will win a dinner, very kindly sponsored by Goosers Restaurant in Ballina. As this is a new addition to the event, registration for the Team Challenge will only be possible at the Killaloe Ballina Family Resource Centre on Main Street, Killaloe.
If you would like to participate in one or more of the peak events as an individual or with your family, please register online at www.boru3peaks.com, or drop in to the Family Resource Centre Reception office or contact them on 061-374741 and they’ll be pleased to register you personally. Registration Fee is €25 for one event, €40 for two, or €55 for all three (with concessions available for OAPs, Students and U-18’s, minimum registration age is 16years).
Funds raised this year will go to help the Killaloe Ballina Family Resource Centre in their continuing work in our communities, and their move to a new location at the Old Molua Centre on The Green in Killaloe.
So if you are looking to take part in the challenge or just a jaunt in the fresh air, we would love to see you there! Find us on Facebook at Boru3peaks, and please like and share our page. Thank you!


Portumna Tennis Club
The 2015 season has shown huge success for Portumna’s fledgling Tennis Club. One of the Portumna Ladies Division 6 teams won the final of the Midland League last week. Team members Aoife Conneely (Capt), Michelle Flanagan, Eimear Mulhall and Ciara Molloy were victorious over the Roscrea team in the final. The team achieved high scores throughout the tournament, and in this highly contested final, the Portumna ladies showed character and strength in a tie-break to win 3-1 over Roscrea. Supported by a large number of club members, Portumna Tennis Club is delighted to now hold a Midland League title. The team appreciates the support of the home club and extends a warm thanks to the Wilmer Club in Birr for hosting the final and a big thanks to Tim Conway and Pat O’Gorman who organise the Midland League.
The Club is currently running coaching sessions with Kieran Galvin and both children and adults are encouraged to get involved. Club Night on Wednesday nights is a great opportunity for interested non-members to visit and participate. Check out the club website and facebook or call 087 3906067 for more information.


Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Indoor market and Craft fair will be held in the Boathouse on Sunday October 4th from 12 to 5pm. Stalls include Knitting, crochet, Art, Handmade Jewellery, Handmade cards, Woodwork, Home baking, Aloe vera products etc. It's not too early to start your Christmas shopping. Your support would be very much appreciated. Please ring 0852318775 to book a table or for more details.


Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Harvest Thanksgiving Service, Church of Ireland. Portumna, Sunday 4 October, at 4pm. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome, look forward to seeing you.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 2, 14, 19 and 23. The jackpot was €3,500. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were David Dolan, Shane Lyons, Tom Cormican, Brian Lawless, Pakie & Phylis Moran. Next week's jackpot is €3,600 which will be held in Treacy’s.


Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club held their annual vintage show at the Irish Workhouse Center recently and despite the poor weather a large number of vintage vehicle owners turned up to display their pride and joy.
Among the more unusual vehicles on display was a Wakefield grader owned by local contractor Francis Hardiman, the machine built in the 60s was bought by the Hardimans in 1977 in Dublin having been imported from the Falkland islands, and was driven from Dublin to its first contract in Birr, Co. Offaly! Artisan Blacksmith Coppersmith Mark Wilson was a very popular attraction all day.
The club would like to thank all those who helped make the day such a success including the staff and management of the Irish Workhouse Center, our volunteer stewards and catering staff and our sponsors, Mike Madden (Brennans Bread) and Yvonne O Meara (SuperValu Portumna).


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The society’s next lecture, by Paul Duffy, will be 'Greetings from East Galway' reflecting the rich collection of photographic postcards from the region. The lecture takes place on Tuesday Oct. 13th at 8:30pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.


Davitts Camogie Club
Davitt’s u-11 team had a comprehensive victory over Pearses in their final group game. Our u18 team also continued their winning ways with an excellent victory over Ardrahan. They now qualify for the semi final.
The club will be holding a clothes collection at the end of October so get gathering.


Bridge Clubs
The Contract Bridge Club resumed on Monday 21 September 15 with the AGM. The following officers were elected for the coming year; President: Cecilia Cox, Vice-President: Pauline Mc Keon, Secretary: Joan Ryan, Treasurer: Marie O'Meara, Tournament Director: Patricia Eames, Assistant Tournament Director: Charlie Mullen, Ex Officio: Fr Michael Finneran, Committee Members: Bernie Larkin & Sr Patrice Coen. Winners on the night were 1st: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, 2nd: Noreen Cavanagh & Pat Cox, Gross: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd: Bernie Larkin & Cecilia Cox, 4th: Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston.
The Results of the 79 Bridge Club, 23rd September were; 1st: Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 2nd: Patsy Hanbury & Patricia Eames, Gross: Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd: Pauric & Sean Murray, 4th: Patricia Blehein & Brid Mc Namara.


Portumna Players
Portumna Players are holding a general meeting on Wednesday 7th of October at 8pm in The Loft (Portumna Town Hall). We would like to invite any interested individuals or groups to discuss writing or contributing to a dramatization of events of 1916. We are particularly interested in any local context and stories.


Children’s Writing
Congratulations to Emily Needham on winning 3rd place overall in the Prose section of the children's writing competition as part of the Shorelines festival, recently held in Portumna. Well done to all the children who took part and to the organizers of the festival.


Portumna Rugby Club
On Monday the 21st of September Portumna Rugby Club had the great privilege of welcoming Nora Stapleton Irish international Women's Rugby Player and the Women's 6 Nations Trophy along with Wendy Hickey, Women Rugby Development Connacht Rugby to Portumna. We started off the morning by visiting Portumna National School when we received a fantastic welcome from all the students and staff. We then visited Portumna Community School where we received a magnificent welcome. Nora give a speech on how she reached the level of the RBS 6 Nations which started with a simple game of tag rugby and eventually lead to her making the Irish Women's Rugby Team. Wendy spoke of the development of women's rugby Connacht and the drive to get more girls/women out playing rugby. Emer Power of Portumna RFC gave a talk on Portumna Women's/ Girls Rugby on how wonderful the last year has been to see so many girls take up rugby where they have made new friends, learnt a new sport and have been such a positive influence in both the wider community and the club. Finally, Mr James Coughlan finish off the visit with a lovely speech about rugby and how sport helps us through life.
Our next call was to Ability West, St Dympna's ADS which was a brilliant experience, one which all the visiting team really enjoyed. Service Users and staff met with Norah and took the opportunity to have photos taken with her and the trophy.
We crossed over to Redwood National School in Lorrha where we were greeted by a fantastic instrumental rendition of Irelands Call. Nora talked to the students and signed autographs for all the children and they all got their photos taken with RBS Women's Nation Trophy and Nora.
Killimor National School was next on our list and it was brilliant to see that the school has taken on rugby as one of their sports this year for all their students. We received a very warm welcome and Nora gave a talk on Women's rugby all the student and teachers, had photos taken with students and signed autographs.
Our final port of call was to Tynagh National School where were greeted with a guard of honour with Connacht and IRFU flags when we arrived at the school. We received an upstanding welcome where the student and teachers sang Irelands call and everyone got a chance to get their hands on the Women's RBS 6 Nations Trophy. Nora spoke to all the students on the benefits of rugby and how women's rugby has grown, especially in Portumna RFC. This is down to the great work that is being put in by all involved in Portumna Rugby Club.
A special word of thanks to everywhere we visited, to everyone we met for their warm welcome and for the great effort that the teachers and students had put into making the visit so successful. It was just a fantastic experience for everyone and was great to raise awareness of Women's / Girls Rugby. A massive thanks to Nora, Wendy and Portumna RFC for the continued support to grow Women's rugby in Portumna RFC.


Lorrha National School
A member of the 12BN, Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick will visit Lorrha School on Thursday 1st October at 9.30am to deliver the National Flag as tasked by the Government. The ceremony will include a brief introduction, questions on the proclamation and flag and also the reading of a pre-selected extract of the proclamation by a student. The ceremony will last for no longer than thirty minutes and everyone is invited to attend.
After School Activities: Guitar, keyboard, and French classes have commenced after school see www.lorrhans.ie for dates and times. Pre-School Speech and Drama lessons for children aged 3- 4 years will commence on Thursday 5th November from 3.10pm to 4pm. This course involves clear speech, oral presentation, mime, show and tell etc. By completing this course children will gain great self confidence and will have an opportunity to learn and enjoy poetry, rhymes and songs. For further information or to enrol your child please contact the school on (090) 9747295.
First Day at School: P 4751. All smiles for the camera on their first day in Lorrha N.S. Nathan Young, Oscar Morin Gradwell, Lee Mannion, Edel Kinsella, Saoirse O’Meara, Colin Coughlan, Cathal Lambe with their teacher Ms. Patrice Murray.


Raheen National School
Pupils of Raheen N.S. celebrate their success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with the "Discover Science and Maths Excellence" award from Science Foundation Ireland.


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