09 February 2016

News from Redwood National School
The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley
Portumna Community School
Portumna GAA
Galway Hospice Tea Dance
Adult Education
Iron Bar Project at Woodford Heritage Centre
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society 
Bridge Results
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Team Rabbitte
Killimor GAA
Play On
Marian Whyte RIP
Portumna Vintage Club
St. Patricks Day Parade

News from Redwood National School
Open Evening: Our Open evening will take place on Wednesday, 02nd March from 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year. Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.
Bag 2 School: This year we are donating the proceeds of this collection to the Mark Heffernan Trust in Tullamore who kindly donated a defibrillator to the school earlier in the year. The Bag2School clothes collection will take place on Friday, 12th February. We would be grateful for any donations of the following items - paired shoes, clothes, handbags, hats, scarves and soft toys are all accepted.


The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley
The Acorn Players Leitrim, are staging their highly acclaimed 3 Act Comedy "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" by Jimmy Keary on Saturday 20th February at 8pm in The Town Hall Theatre Ballinasloe. This play has been staged in many venues all over Ireland to packed Theatre's and we always get a standing ovation. We have been compared to "Mrs Browne Boys" and people have said we are much better! Come along and enjoy the craic! Phone: 090 9643779 for bookings.


Portumna Community School
On Wednesday, Joe Canning visited his alma mater, Portumna Community School in his roles to speak to second year students in his role as an ambassador for UNICEF.
UNICEF is a charity working worldwide to help improve the lives of children in poorer areas. Joe has worked with them for 7 years and has recently been added to the board of directors of UNICEF Ireland. In 2010 he travelled to Swaziland and visited schools and hospitals. Joe described the experience as being "grim". However, he went on to say that the children he met were always happy and they always had a smile. Before Christmas Joe travelled to Eastern Cape in South Africa with the Cathal RyanTrust and UNICEF. He told us about the "Safe Park's Project" which is a safe environment for children that provides education, healthcare and proper nourishment.
Overall it was a very beneficial and insightful talk presentation with the students really impressed with the presentation and afterwards presented a cheque to Joe for UNICEF of €1,100 money which was raised by the second year students through a sponsored walk.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 11, 14, 18, 21. Two people matched three numbers; Brendan Donoghue & Lynn Scott. They each receive €50. Next weekend's lotto is worth €9,800-00.
Renewal of Annual lotto is coming up. The Club last year introduced an initative that if Annual lotto was paid on or before March 31st you could purchase for €80. This turned out to be very successful and we have decided to run with this again this year. This is a great way of supporting the Club so if interested contact Celia 087 1342148, Fiona 086 3478116. If purchased after this date it will cost €100 so avail off this great offer now.


Galway Hospice Tea Dance
The Galway Hospice Tea dance which is held in Treacy’s in Killimor on the last Thursday of every month has raised a staggering € 94,708 since it started in 2002. Galway Hospice uses all funds raised to the patients and their families throughout Galway city and county. These services include Home Care, Inpatient Care, Day Care and Bereavement Support.
Moira Concannon who organises this dance on behalf of the people of Killimor and surrounding area would like to thank everyone for supporting her for the last 14 years. It would be her wish to reach €100,000 by the end of this year. Your support would be much appreciated. A lovely night is promised even for non dancers, good music followed by tea and the knowledge that you are supporting such a worthwhile cause.


Adult Education
Portumna College of Adult Further Education (Old VEC) St.Brigid's Road on Friday 12 February 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm will be registering for QQI courses in Tourism Visitor Care leading onto Marine & Countryside Guiding, Healthcare Support, Horticulture, Food Safety/HACCP, Computers, Spanish, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Adult Literacy. All courses free for the unemployed, job seekers, fees for the employed. Contact: 0876258696, 09097 41946 and e-mail: michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie.


Iron Bar Project at Woodford Heritage Centre
The Iron Bar project at the Woodford Heritage Centre was successfully launched by Cllr. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council on Saturday 30th January 2016. Brian Keary welcomed everyone and stressed the importance of community involvement and support for this project whilst Dr. Paul Rondelez and Dr. Christy Cunniffe spoke about the uniqueness of the project both locally and nationally and that is was an important part of Woodford’s heritage, which was now on public display for the local community and visitors to the area to enjoy.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
The AGM of Portumna Lawn Tennis Club takes place on Fri. March 4th at 8pm in the clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Also, just to remind you that the Club are hosting a kids fun day on this coming Saturday 13 February from 2pm to 4pm. Tennis coach Kieran Galvin will be present on the day to run activities. This is a free event and open to everybody to came along. Rackets and balls provided.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
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 on the School’s Collection in the Folklore Commission.


Bridge Results
The Annual Bridge Game was held in Woodford on Thursday night, 4th February. 1st: Theresa Cunningham & Cepta Ryan. 2nd: Patsy Hanbury & Michael Torpey. 3rd: Johnnie Cowan & Paddy Kelly. 4th: Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning. 5th: Michael Kelly & Tommy Goonan. 6th: Peggy Whyte & Brid Mc Namara. 7th: Charlie Mullen & Eileen Smith. 8th: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly. 9th: Mary Connolly & Frances Mc Crory. 10th: Kaye Duddy & Fr Michael Finneran.
The Results of the Portumna Contract Bridge Club Monday, 1st February. 1st: Joan Ryan & Tommy Cunningham. 2nd: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith. Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury. 3rd: Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin. 4th: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly.
Portumna 79 Bridge Club Results Wed 3 February 2016, 1st Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch, 2nd Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, Gross Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 3rd Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 4th Patricia Blehein & Sheila Dillon.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The Annual General Meeting of Portumna Active Retirement Association was held last week and we wish to thank those members retiring from the committee and those who have taken office for the coming year. Portumna Retirement Village management was thanked for providing an excellent meeting room and for their support through out the year. Frank Downey and Shane Dolphin provided the entertainment by way of accordion music and some very funny stories.
Our next meeting will be planning activities and events for the coming year. New members are very welcome.


Team Rabbitte
Anne Rabbitte was out and about on her canvass ahead of the general election. Michael Kitt joined Anne on first day of his retirement from the Dail and he delightfully came back out on the campaign trail to support Anne Rabbitte in her quest to win a seat for Fianna Fáil in the upcoming general election. Joe Callanan former TD for East Galway also joined Anne.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 5, 11, 14 and 19. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were David Keane, John Reilly, Tony & Irene Larkin, Levinus Cormican and Donie Forde. Next week’s jackpot is £5,500 and the draw will be held in Duffy’s.


Play On
If you haven’t been to see Rathcabbin Players 3 act farcical comedy ‘Play On’ then you have four nights to choose from this weekend. From Thursday night 11th to Sunday night 14th. at 8.30pm. Sharp in Rathcabbin Hall. Written by playwright Rick Abbott and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan it’s essential to book a seat as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096.


Marian Whyte RIP
Marian Whyte lived in Kylebrack Ballinakill and she was born in Kilrickle she is survived by her husband Jimmy and had four sons and four daughters.
Portumna Castle crafts and Kitchen Gardens staff and students wish to acknowledge the passing of a most wonderful “Irish Country Women” accredited rural craft teacher from Ballinakill. We first came across Marian when she came to teach us how to make St. Bridget’s crosses during a” back to work scheme” held in an Gairdin many years ago. When the Portumna Castle Kitchen Garden started we became interested to learn and maintain some of our rural crafts, Marian came to our rescue .She introduced us to harvesting and drying of rushes and all the basics of rush work. As time progressed under her expert, gentle and patient guidance we advanced to very creative work with even one of her students entering in the R.D.S. Craft Fair. Marian served on our Craft committee and helped us to set up the Christmas Craft Fair in the Shannon Oaks Hotel. Her own stall was always amazing as she was so skilled and productive in so many crafts, both needlework and quilting. She also taught in An Grianan, Club Rea, in Loughrea and many of the local schools where children would make St. Bridget’s Crosses. Indeed it is very poignant that she passed away on St Bridget’ day and amongst the gifts brought up at her funeral was a rush teapot that she had skillfully crafted. Indeed she was one of the finest craft women of our time and we were blessed and honored to meet her. We wish to extend our sympathies to he family and many friends.


Portumna Vintage Club
The AGM of Portumna Vintage Club will be held in O Mearas Bar Portumna on Thursday 18th February at 8.30pm. All welcome.


St. Patricks Day Parade
The Portumna St. Patricks Day parade will take place on Thursday 17th March at 12.15. Assembly will be in the Mart grounds on Domnick Street. The categories for this year’s parade are, Vintage, Commercial/Business, Humorous and Voluntary. The committee would like to see as many individuals and businesses getting involved this year to help make our parade a huge success. Further details from Walter Burke 087 8267054. Check out our Facebook.


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