19 January 2016

Closure of Portumna Bridge
Bridge Results
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
East Galway Family History Society
Colette Cowan, Women In Leadership
Portumna GAA Club
Community Games
Portumna Branch of Red Cross
Fundraiser for Mark Pollock Trust
Acorn Theatre Company Present 'The Real Inspector Hound'

Closure of Portumna Bridge
A public meeting was organised for Tuesday 19 January in Portumna Town Hall to discuss the proposed closure of Portumna Bridge commencing on the 25th January. This meeting was called to address the serious concerns raised by the closure; 1) the lack of notice given regarding the closure 2) The proposed times of the closure; closing at 7pm will have serious repercussions for people who use the bridge when commuting for work. 3) The fact that people using this stretch of road have already been forced to use detours the last number of weeks due to road closures on the N65 caused by flooding. 4) The closure will force people onto smaller roads that will not be salted or gritted when temperatures drop- these smaller roads are also already in poor condition due to weeks of heavy traffic again caused by detours due to floods. The meeting has not been called with a view to calling a halt to the works- no one is arguing that the works are not necessary, simply that the needs of the people in both communities, East Galway and North Tipperary, have not been fully taken into account. This is a joint meeting between Councilor’s in East Galway and North Tipperary to hear from the people who will be affected, business people, commuters, emergency services such as access to hospitals, doctor’s services. The purpose of the meeting was to call for a delay in works until the Council can provide a more suitable schedule and a time frame for completion before works begin.


Bridge Results
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results Wednesday 13 January 2016 - 1st Cepta Ryan & Marry Nevin, 2nd Des Lynch & Lorna Staddart, Gross Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 3rd Fr Michael Finneran & Charlie Mullen, 4th Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly.
Winners of the Contract Bridge Club 11 January - 1st: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 2nd: Michael Kelly & Tommy Goonan, Gross: Florence Mc Namara & Kathleen King, 3rd: John & Judy Craig, 4th: Noreen Cavanagh & Pat Cox.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The society’s AGM will take place on Thursday week, January 28th @ 8:30pm in O’Meara’s, Portumna. New members are warmly welcomed and all committee positions will come before the floor.
The opening lecture of the season will take place on Thursday, February 18th, in the Workhouse Centre @ 8:30pm. The lecture will be by local historian Gerry Daly and will focus on the School’s Collection in the Folklore Commission.


East Galway Family History Society
The East Galway Family History Society at the Woodford Heritage Centre urgently need to fill vacancies on their FETAC Level 4 Information and Communications Technology Skills course in order to continue to offer training to the unemployed in the east Galway area in 2016 and beyond. Please email galwayroots@eircom.net or telephone 0909749309 for further course information.


Colette Cowan, Women In Leadership
UCD Women In Leadership, O'Reilly Hall, UCD, Thursday 11 February 2016.
Colette Cowan from Portumna is on the panel of speakers at a day-long event that will feature talks from inspirational women who are blazing trails in their chosen fields, as well as opportunities for you to network and to reconnect with UCD. Colette Cowan is Group Chief Executive, University of Limerick Hospitals.
The speakers are influencers and innovators, from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. The impressive list includes: Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan - Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact, Professor Orla Feely - CEO of Keeling's Fruit, Caroline Keeling - Meteorologist for Met Éireann, Evelyn Cusack - Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics, Mary Aiken - Founders of Improper Butter, Elaine Lavery and Hannah O’Reilly - Circuit Court Specialist Judge, Verona Lambe - Managing Director of The Butler's Pantry, Jacquie Marsh - CEO of Limerick University Hospitals Group, Colette Cowan - RCSI Institute of Leadership, Mary Collins - Director National Doctors Training and Planning, Eilis McGovern - IBM Executive, Bairbre Stewart - CAO and Citi Service Head Citi Bank, Cecilia Ronan.
All speakers will be on hand to talk with and advise attendees during the networking sessions. The ticket price includes access to all talks, breakfast on arrival, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. We do hope that you will be able to attend. For all queries about this event please email Eimear O'Flynn.
Colette is interested in supporting and mentoring young women in developing their careers to take top positions and lead in this country, which will improve their voice at top tables for the betterment of society. Colette hopes to set up a voluntary Network to provide support and advise to women about to embark on their education, develop in their careers at any age without hindrance and give them the confidence to take opportunities! To give an example, she has met with PhD nurses in NUIG outlining how their approach in their careers in nursing will improve patient outcomes.
This UCD day is open to women across all sectors.


Portumna GAA Club
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €9300 euros. The numbers drawn were 1, 21, 27, 28. No one matched three numbers. Donation to St Dympnas & Social services.
The club have signed up to an app called clubify (free). This app is very useful as majority of people have smart phones (Apple / Android). All you have to do is download the app sign up to Portumna G.A.A. and join us. When activated you will receive updates on club fixtures, results, events, fundraisers, lotto results etc. We hope to get as many subscribers to our club app as possible so sign up. This is a great way of promoting and developing our club.


Community Games
A meeting will take place on Thursday 21 January at 7.30 pm in the Hub Portumna to facilitate the setting up of community games in the town. People are asked to attend if they wish to become involved in the initiative. Contact 087 6828303 for further information. A representative from the community games movement will attend to outline the process involved in the setting up of community games. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated.


Portumna Branch of Red Cross
Portumna Branch of Red Cross is holding their AGM on Monday 25 January at 8pm in the Day Care Centre.
We have just completed a very busy year with many certificates issued to our members. The community school Transition year students joined us for 13 weeks to complete their Practical First Aid. They numbered 62 persons. We also had a number of our members who are with us for a number of years complete a Radio Programmers course. There is on going training and up-skilling for our members. At our busiest in 2015 we had 87 members. We are very lucky with the commitment of our senior students, our young adults and indeed our Committee. Many Thanks.


Fundraiser for Mark Pollock Trust
On Sunday 10 January over 180 cyclists took part in a 12 Hour Indoor Cycle at the Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, Portumna organized by Sarah and Steve Killeen. €3000 was raised to support our efforts to find and connect people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis. A special thank you must go to the leaders Pearse O Donoghue, Leo Smith, Joe Fallon, Sylvia O'Rourke, Mary Burke, Colm Fahy, Philippa Coleman, Emer Power, Maeve Moran and Cllr Anne Rabbitte who encouraged & guided their buddies to keep moving during each hour.


Acorn Theatre Company Present 'The Real Inspector Hound'
Acorn Theatre Company, Ballinasloe, are currently in rehearsal for their next production, 'The Real Inspector Hound'. The play written by one of Britain’s best dramatists, Tom Stoppard, not surprisingly contains a great deal of witty and amusing dialogue in addition to an array of odd and confusing characters.
The author throws together two theatre critics, one who regularly falls for pretty young actresses and the other who is decidedly second rate. He then adds in the stock characters of Who Done It” inevitably much fun and confusion follows until all is revealed in the end.
The cast is drawn mainly from the areas of Ballinasloe and Portumna. Director, Eamon O’Donoghue is confident that audiences will find the production to be entertaining and likely to raise more than a laugh or two.
The play runs for three nights at the Town Hall, Ballinasloe, January 28, 29 & 30 at 8.30pm booking 090 9643338.


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