15 December 2015

New Years Eve in Killimor
2016 Bi-Lingual Calendar
Bridge Results
Portumna & District Lions Club Church Gate Collection – Christmas 2015
Portumna Kettlebell Club
Killimor GAA Lotto
Portumna Community School
6k Fun Walk for Galway Hospice

New Years Eve in Killimor
On New Years Eve 1975 two men began a tradition that will celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year. Little did they know that a spur of the moment idea would last so long. As the clock struck midnight the two men, inspired by a few pints, decided to mark the arrival of the New Year. As they had no bell to ring they “rang” in the New Year by clanging two bottles together. They walked up and down the quaint village streets of Killimor creating an unusual scene and stirring curiosity within anyone they encountered.
The following year saw a bit more planning. One of the founding men, A. O’Toole, managed to obtain a bell from his house in Hearnesbrook. The other founder was a local publican so people gathered there before they departed to the street to spread the New Year cheer. Musicians came to offer their talents and people emerged from their houses and the other pubs to join in the merriment. The main street has crossroads at both ends and here the party pauses for a few songs and some dancing.
As the years went on the tradition continued, the two men who began this unusual tradition have both passed on; hence, the meeting point has now changed to Treacy’s Bar. Unfortunately some people in the local vicinity are unaware of this tradition and as a result the numbers participating have dwindled in recent years. It is a unique tradition that unites people in the hope of a prosperous New Year. As it is the 40th anniversary this year we would like to invite everyone from Killimor and the surrounding areas to join us this New Years Eve for some music, dancing and good cheer!


2016 Bi-Lingual Calendar
The East Galway Family History Society's 2016 bi-lingual calendar themed on 'school days east Galway' is now available for sale. This publication includes photographs from various national schools including: Abbey, Aughrim, Cappataggle, Derryoober, Esker, Killimor, Loughrea, Shragh, Tynagh and Woodford. The calendars are for sale in shops in east Galway, the Gaeilge Locha Riach office in Loughrea and at the Woodford Heritage Centre. Please telephone 0909749309 or email galwayroots@eircom.net for more details.


Bridge Results
'79 Bridge Club had their Christmas Party on Wednesday 9 December 2015 - 1st: Sheila Dillon & Patricia Blehein, 2nd: Charlie & Margie Mullen, Gross: Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 3rd: Tony Ryan & John Conroy, 4th: Cecilia & Pat Cox, 5th: Carmel & Tom Mc Glacken, 6th: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara, 7th: Pauric & Sean Murray, 8th: Mary Connelly & Frances Mc Crory, 9th: Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning.
Contract Bridge Club: Monday 7 December 2015 - 1st: Conor Finch & Geraldine Canning, 2nd: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, Gross: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, 3rd: Joe Ryan & Declan Fahy, 4th: Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin.


Portumna & District Lions Club Church Gate Collection – Christmas 2015
Portumna & District Lions Club’s annual church gate collection will take place on both Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 December. It's busier than ever this year and if you are able to contribute in any way.


Portumna Kettlebell Club
The club has been very busy in recent weeks. Our coach and mentor, Steve Killeen, competed as part of Team Ireland at the IUKL World Kettlebell Championships on Saturday 28th November in Dublin. He lifted 24kg in the Veteran Male Long Cycle category and placed fourth on the day. This is quite an achievement for our newly formed club to have an international athlete representing Portumna and Ireland.
Club members travelled to Cork on Saturday 5 December for the AILKF Munster competition. The results were as follows; Mary Burke - 12kg Snatch Gold, TALC 8kg Bronze, 12kg LC Silver, Olivia Cahalan - 12 kg LC Gold, 8kg TALC Gold, Maggie Duff - 16kg LC Bronze, Robert Moeran - 20kg LC Gold, 20kg Snatch Silver, 20kg Jerk Bronze, Steve Killeen - 28 kg LC Silver, 24kg Snatch Gold, 24kg Jerk Silver. Well done to everybody, especially first time competitors and those lifting in heavier categories.
Our Wax Night Fundraiser was held on Saturday 5th December in the Boathouse. This event saw us raise €570 for Temple Street Children's Hospital. Special thanks to Dick Ridge for his colourful performance as MC, to Fergal and Gina for accommodating us, to the Burke sisters for providing the equipment, to everyone who came along to share the fun and most importantly to our willing and not so willing participants!


Killimor GAA Lotto
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 10, 25 and 26. The 5 lucky dips were Ann Slattery, Brian Guinan, John Brien, Declan/Pauline Lawless and Declan Costello. Next weeks jackpot is £4,700 and the draw will be held in Duffy’s.


Portumna Community School
Grease the Musical: Portumna Community School will stage their annual musical on Jan. 20th and 21st next. This year's offering is the highly popular Grease and should prove to be a teriffic night's entertainment. Tickets, priced at €12 for adults and €10 for students are currently available through the school by phoning (090) 9741053. They may also be reserved online through the school website www.portumnacs.ie.
Patricia Leyden Retires: The retirement took place recently from the staff of Portumna Community School of Patricia Leyden who taught in the school since 1990. Arriving at the establishment of the new Community School she was part of the staff who worked to put in place the initial educational structures and policies of the school. She taught Business, Accounting, Enterprise and Computers for many years and did so with success and distinction, the achievements of her students noted at Board of Management level. As part of her extra professional duties Ms Leyden helped to computerize the school administration system for roll call, exam result entry and recording of behaviour and was part of the IT group that analyzed the educational impact of tablet computing for the school. In all her work Ms Leyden was methodical, organised and structured; she believed in high standards and ensured that students strove for them too. A keen golfer she promoted the game among students and was instrumental in developing the school golf team, which allowed a wider range of students the chance to represent their school, which they did with success and pride. She was a valued colleague in the staff room and her friendship and humour will be missed there. She is wished a long and happy retirement by her former colleagues.


6k Fun Walk for Galway Hospice
A 6K Fun Walk will take place on St. Stephens Day, starting from Shragh Community Centre, Shragh, Woodford at 12.00 noon.  Registration from 11.30am onwards. All proceeds to Galway Hospice. Refreshments afterwards. All are welcome. For more info phone Mary @ 087 6152668.


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