23 February 2016

Fit Towns Portumna
Bridge Results
Galway SPCA Micro-chipping Night
Abbey 10KM Challenge
Portumna GAA
Redwood National School
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
The River Shannon Protection Alliance
News From Lorrha School
Killimor GAA
Nicholas McGuinness

Fit Towns Portumna
As we approach the half way mark of our Fit Towns Active Period we encourage members of our community that is not too late to get involved and get active. Lots to offer from walking soccer to sprocket rocket to hurling to rugby and much more for all fitness levels. Contact fittownsportumna@gmail.com for more information. Fit Towns Portumna would like to wish our committee member Anne Rabbitte success in the forthcoming general election.


Bridge Results
The Club Pairs Gross Competition was held in the Contract Bridge Club over the past 2 weeks. 1st: Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly, 2nd: Teresa Dillon & Elizabeth Ryan, 3rd: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 4th: Susan Royston & Frances Mc Crory, 5th: Johnnie Cowan & Marie O'Meara, Net: Joe Ryan & Declan Fahy, 1st Session: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, 2nd Session: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen.


Galway SPCA Micro-chipping Night
GalwaySPCA microchipping night will take place on Friday 26th in Portumna Town Hall. All dogs and cats will be chipped by one of our trained and registered chippers and the chip details registered for you. It becomes the law on March 31st that all dogs must be chipped by law. So please avail of the chance to get your pet with GalwaySPCA for £10.
Please bring valid i.d. with you, passort, driving licence etc. Proof of address, recent utility bill dated within the last 3mths. Driving licence will not suffice as proof of address. We will in the Main Hall from 6.30-9.00, door close at 8.30pm.


Abbey 10KM Challenge
Plans are now well advanced for the Annual Abbey 10KM race. The event takes place on Sunday 13th March at 1.00PM. Runners, joggers and walkers are most welcome. This year the event is electronically chipped with regtag.com so all participants will receive their recults electronically and by text. Entries can be made on www.runireland.com or on Saturday 12th March in Abbey Community Centre between 7.00 PM and 8.00PM or Sunday morning March 12th 11.30AM and 12.30PM.
A large crowd is again expected this year. All entrants will receive specially designed running singlet on registration. Galway Foot Golf sponsors the event this year: Galway Foot Golf is the name of an organization that arranges foot Golf. In effect what it means is that you kick a football around a pitch and putt course and like golf you try to get the football into the hole in as few kicks as possible. The holes are big enough to get the ball into them. Galway foot golf is set up in the old Pitch and Putt course in Bushfield, Loughrea.


Portumna GAA
Club Lotto: There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 23, 26. There was no match three. Next weekend's lotto is worth €10,000.
Registration: Registration nights on Thurs 25th Feb and Fri 26th February in the Clubhouse for boys and girls from 6 years to 16 years of age who wish to participate in our Easter Camp which will be taking place in March 21/22 /23. Cost per child €35. It is important to note that children have to be members of the G.A.A. Club or Camogie Club for insurance purposes.
Fundraiser: A big thank you to all the people who supported our recent fundraiser The National Club draw. Particular thanks must go to our senior panel and Management and Senior Committee as well as other individuals who were not on Committee who made a huge effort to ensure our quota of ticket were sold which we are delighted to say we succeeded in doing. Again the Club would like to acknowledge everyone's huge contribution.


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.
Timber for sale: We have a tractor trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.


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.


The River Shannon Protection Alliance
Plans to divert water from the River Shannon to Dublin City and Eastern Region: The River Shannon Protection Alliance (R.S.P.A.) Lough Derg Branch will address this issue at a meeting in O'Meara's Restaurant Portumna on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 8pm. Information will be given on the proposals for abstraction of water from the River Shannon. The R.S.P.A. will highlight their concerns on the impact on the Shannon Region – ecologically, economically, socially, on farming, tourism, water sports, fishing and business.
The R.S.P.A. was established in 2007. In April 2015 they made a formal submission to Irish Water expressing their objections. Port Omna Beo Nature & Wildlife Group are organising this meeting to inform people locally about these proposals. All are welcome to attend.


News From Lorrha School
Congratulations to the pupils from 3rd to 6th class who were presented with their CPR AED certificates recently. They undertook the course on Dec. 9th along with basic first aid for the juniors. Our thanks to David McEvoy from Birr First Responders who presented the certificates. Photographs from the course can be viewed on our school website www.lorrhans.ie
Sr. Essie attended the school recently to help us continue with preparations for First Holy Communion which takes place on May 29th in Rathcabbin and for Confirmation which will be held in Lorrha on Sunday 15 May. A special thanks to Sr. Brid who worked with the sacramental classes for the past ten years. She’s greatly missed.
Congratulations to the school Quiz Teams who represented us in Borrisokane on Monday 1 Feb. Under 11 Ceri Mc Grath, Liam Kennedy, Conor Kennedy. Under 13 Lochlainn Mc Grath, Lisa Duggan, Kyla Boons, Caoimhe O’ Meara.
Fundraising Poker Classic will take place in Maher’s Lorrha on Sunday 28 February at 6pm with the proceeds going to Lorrha National School.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 6, 15 and 18. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were Benny & Nuala Hoary, David Fahy, Shay Gohery, Pakie & Phyllis Moran and Bert Notley. Next week’s jackpot is £5,700 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.


Nicholas McGuinness
Nicholas McGuinness, musician and entertainer, passed away peacefully at home in Carrigahorig on Sunday 24 January, aged 74. He was born in Poland, son of a German father and a Polish mother. The family moved to Germany, where Nicholas, bearing the name of Klaus Mielke, studied music at the Conservatoire of Music in Dusseldorf, choosing the trombone as his instrument. Soon he was involved in jazz and played in all sorts of venues with different bands.
A musician friend, Lueder Ohlwein, a passionate angler, suggested that he accompany him to ireland for a fishing holiday. It was 1966. Nicholas fell in love with this country, its people, their kindness, their love of music, the crack in the pubs, so much that he decided to stay. He was 25 years old. His French wife Monique joined him the following year and soon after daughter Sonia was born in Dublin.
Lueder and Nicholas formed an unusual duo, banjo, trombone and voclas, which was quite popular. Lueder left and went to America, but Nicolas stayed playing with all jazz musicians of that time, Peter O Brien, Tony Drennan, Niel and Dick Buckley and many more to numerous to mention. He was living in Dublin, Howth, a quiet village in those days. His neighbour was Barney McKenna of the Dubliners. So a long friendship ensued with the members of the group. He played at John Sheahan’s wedding and John played at his funeral. Life was interesting and wild.
He applied for Irish citizenship as early as 1968. In those days you had to wait for 10 years, if you had no Irish ancestors. He changed his name to Nicholas McGuinness, as he was quite fond of the stuff and became a full Irish citizen in 1978 in the still existing courthouse in Portumna, where he had moved with his family, running a restaurant “The Tuning Fork” in Carrigahorig, a place which was known for its good food, music and madness too. He continued travelling, stayed in Berlin where he was known as ‘the Irish trombonist’. And then his musician friends passed away one after the other. He was ill for the last two years. Nicolas will be remembered by many, as having been a colourful character, bringing music, songs, joy and crazyness to many people.
He reposed in Carrigahorig before he was laid to rest in Terryglass cemetery after 12 o clock Mass on Tuesday 26 January. May he rest in peace.


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