03 November 2015

Charity Bridge Tournament
Become the Change you Want to See
Footpaths and Much More
Milchem Minerals LTD
Baffle Bard Poetry
Environmental Information Session at Portumna Library
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Scout Group
Health & Fitness Bootcamp
The N65
Portumna GAA
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
St. Vincent De Paul Portumna
Contract Bridge Club
Killimor GAA
Timber Sale - Be Winter Ready

Charity Bridge Tournament
Flannery's Bridge Club is hosting a Charity Bridge Tournament in aid of Cancer Care West on Sunday 15th Nov at 5pm in Flannery's Hotel, Galway. Enquiries/Entries to Enda Glynn @ 087-2674288 / endaglynn@eircom.net.


Become the Change you Want to See
Cllr. Anne Rabbitte has been invited to speak at an open meeting on issues relating to the local communities in Eyrecourt and surrounding areas. The meeting will take place on Monday 9 November in the Parish Hall Eyrecourt at 8.30 pm.
The problems facing small villages throughout the whole of rural Ireland are well known and many of these issues can be attributed to the global economic recession experienced in recent years. However, Cllr Rabbitte believes that every community has a unique character and that the individuals within the community should have their voices heard. She is interested in hearing not only from people who are already giving of their valuable time to their communities, but also from those who may somewhat feel excluded from the community. The latter might include young people, the New Irish and others who are living in the area, and who may have new ideas to share, but who are lacking the forum to do so.
Cllr Rabbitte believes strongly that, not withstanding the economic issues, one needs to `become the change` one wants to see. With this in mind, she is hoping for a good turn out on Monday 9 November @ 8.30pm.


Footpaths and Much More
Cllr Rabbitte has welcomed the long overdue footpath works to Portumna town. She is heartened and relieved to see that the contractor has finally arrived. There is a minimum of approximately 3 weeks works weather dependant. The works scheduled for upgrading the footpaths in front of the St Bridgets Church, Clonfert Avenue, Patrick Street and St Brendans Road along with doing remedial works Killimor Village.
After years of representations from various boards of managements and parents associations finally a designated crossing is to be put in place on St Bridgets Road to assist children crossing to the various schools. Cllr Rabbitte said she was disappointed that the works had not commenced over the Mid Term as promised but was assured by the contractor that the works will being shortly. This is good news for the community as it means a safer crossing for young people going to and from school.
Works have commenced at Castle Harbour and over the next number of months we will see the berthing area being upgraded along with the toilet block getting an overhaul and approximately 20 designated serviced camper van stations being marked out and when all these works have been completed the road and car park will then get a new tarmac overlay. Cllr Rabbitte acknowledged joint collaboration work of the local Chamber of Commerce, Failte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, OPW and Galway Co. Co. for their years of hard work in putting together a plan for an upgrade of this area. Cllr Rabbitte acknowledge would be a huge economic benefit to Portumna and surrounding area and sets a brighter tourist season for 2016.


Milchem Minerals LTD
A reunion of all ex-employees of Milchem Minerals Ltd, Tynagh, will be held on Friday 27 November next, commencing with a Mass for deceased former employees in Tynagh Church at 6.30pm followed by a get together in Harneys Bar after mass. All ex-employees and their partners are invited to attend. For more details contact 086-3494096.


Baffle Bard Poetry
Noelle Lynskey won the annual Baffle Bard Poetry award at the recent festival in Loughrea. Judged by Geraldine Mills, the poem on the theme of The Lady's Revenge, sees Noelle receiving the award for the second time. In the final, held in the Loughrea Hotel, sixteen poets read an original poem to the theme having succeeded in qualifying at the heats on Saturday night. Portumna Pen Pushers were well represented with Wiltrud Dull and Margaret Hickey also making the final. Margaret also conducted a poetry appreciation workshop at the Festival.


Environmental Information Session at Portumna Library
An environmental information session will be held in Portumna library on Thursday 12 November between 11.00am and 1.00pm. The information session is open to all members of the public and is free of charge. This is an opportunity for members of the public to come in and receive information and discuss environmental issues such as home composting, food waste management and prevention, the introduction of the brown bin, household hazardous waste prevention and energy and water conservation.


Davitts Camogie Club
Our u18 team bowed out of the championship with defeat to Craughwell in the semi final.
The club will hold its AGM tomorrow, Friday 6th November at 9pm in Abbey community centre. All parents and members are urged to attend.


Portumna Scout Group
Portumna Scout Group AGM was held in Pod Umna Village on Wednesday 28 October 2015.
Group reports from Beavers, Cubs, Scouts sections was followed by Treasurers report and Chair of Parents and friends committee group leader thanked everyone for attending and for all the work that had taken place during the year to ensure the youth members had a fun memorable year scouting.
Elected Officers: Group Leader Dick Ridge, Treasurer Brendan Murray, Secretary Muirne Goode.
A parents and guardians meeting will be held in Pod Umna Village on Thursday 5 November at 7.30pm to give them an insight into scouting matters and plans for the groups future. Each scouting household is asked to have at least one Parent/ Guardian in attendance. The meeting will be no more than one hour long and followed by light refreshments in the dining room. All parents are asked to make every effort to attend.


Health & Fitness Bootcamp
Bootcamp for 8 weeks in health & fitness in Killimor recreation centre on Monday and Wednesday nights 8-9pm. Starting Monday 2nd November. Contact Ger. 087 2138877.


The N65
Cllr Anne Rabbitte has highlighted that North Tipperary got 16 times more funding for their stretch of N65 than their colleagues in Galway. Cllr Rabbitte last week hit the national headlines in highlighting that NRA spent 800k on a 2.2.km stretch of road while at the same time NRA awarded Galway County Council 50k.
Cllr Rabbitte said since she was elected she has been at every council meeting highlighting the various poor stretches of road from the Bridge in Portumna to Killmeen Cross. The people of Portumna are long over due support from the NRA this road runs right through their town and the only support they give the people of Portumna is foot path repairs.
The issues along this stretch are no traffic calming on bridge road along with very poor road surface, St Brendans road the urgent need for traffic calming, no foot paths or lights in Woodpark, no foot paths at Porters in Killimor along with poor road surface on one end of the village from the Church side, a deadly crossing at Gurtymadden with in adequate signage, the lumps and bumps through Ballyduggan and to finish with no signage or lights at Kilmeen Cross.
Residents and business owners on this stretch of road have repeatedly raised their concerns about the dangers caused by a number of safety issues only to be stonewalled at every turn.
The time has long since passed to wonder if it will take a fatal accident for these standard road safety precautions to be put in place- lives have already been claimed as a direct result of the neglect of this road. Swooping in, in the aftermath of an accident to perform, what can only be described as surface patch up jobs is simply unacceptable.
Cllr Rabbite said that Portumna and the surrounding areas seems to be the last post when it comes to road maintenance with many of the roads in deplorable condition, it is clear that Portumna is constantly being overlooked. The people of Portumna feel they are being neglected. They feel abandoned and let down by the NRA and the County Council, and believe it is glaringly obvious that their safety and the safety of their children is simply not on their list of priorities. These are people who work hard not only to pay their road tax but also to pay their household tax; do they not have the same right or opportunity as other citizens living on other N.P.R. to walk or drive, to enter or exit their homes in safety and to safe roads in and around their homes and business’?
Enough is enough, it is time for somebody to take responsibility for the continually declining condition of this road and the below par safety precautions in place. Residents are sick and tired of the constant destruction of their private property and having to take their lives in their hands to navigate the unsafe roads of their home town. This situation is completely intolerable and simply cannot be allowed to continue.’


Portumna GAA
The lotto numbers were 2, 3, 5, & 25. Winners were Robyn Willliams, Martin Concannon, Mary Walsh Lorrha and Pierce Joyce. Many thanks to all who sold and bought tickets for this event and O Meara's for facilitating prime location for ticket selling and draw.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The final lecture of the season will take place at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna at 8:30 on Tuesday 17 November and will be given by Joe Coleman. The topic will be ‘The Stolen Railway’ referencing the railway, which ran between Parsonstown (Birr) and Portumna Bridge. Opened in 1868, but closed just a decade later, the story behind its closure and the subsequent ‘disappearance’ is one not to be missed.


St. Vincent De Paul Portumna
St. Vincent De Paul 'Vincent's' shop now opened in Abbey St Portumna. Opening hours Thursday and Friday 12.00-4 pm and Saturday 10.30-4pm. We are looking for any donations of winter clothes and bric-à-brac. Shop volunteers also needed. Call 0873650922 for information.


Contract Bridge Club
Winners in the Contract Bridge Club on 26th October were 1st: Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch, 2nd: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, Gross: Fr Michael Finneran & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly, 4th: Peggy Whyte & Brid Mc Namara.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were: 9, 10, 16 and 21. The 5 lucky dips were Brendan & Kitty Concannon, Anne O Toole (Ballycrissane), Helen Whyte, Paddy Donoghue and Tommy Glynn. Next week’s jackpot is €4,100 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.


Timber Sale - Be Winter Ready
Timber sale in aid of Kileen National School will take place on Sunday 15 November at Kileen Church carpark. Commencing at 12noon. Limited supply of turf and briquettes also available. For further information contact Gerry Gohery 086 6667522.


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