01 March 2016

Redwood National School
Stay healthy using Natural Medicine
Shorelines Table Quiz
Spring Celebration Concert
Rabbitte Makes History In Galway East
Portumna GAA
Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Contract Bridge Club
Smithfield Horse Fair Dublin
National Tree Week 6th – 13th March 2016
A Day of Mindfulness
Killimor GAA
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club

Redwood National School
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.
Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp: Redwood NS will be holding an Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp from Monday 21st - Thursday 24th March in the school from 9.30am to 2.00 pm. Activities include hands on science experiments, design and make, photography, cookery, photostory, Kahoot, powerpoint, nature trails, aistear (learning through play) and lots and lots more!! The camp is €10 per child per day. The camp are open to children from 3 to 10 years old. Bookings are now being taken, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or 087 4478115 to reserve a place for your child.
Dates for your diary: A talk on 'Mental Health & Well being' will take place in Redwood NS on Wednesday, 6th April at 7.30p.m and on 'Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying' which will take place on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.30p.m. Both courses are free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend.


Stay healthy using Natural Medicine
'Stay healthy using Natural Medicine' - A one day workshop on Saturday 12th March from 10-4pm in An Gairdin for those interested in learning and using natural ways to support their health including homeopathic remedies and tissue salts. For information and booking contact Jackie Lally 086 1965415.


Shorelines Table Quiz
On Friday March 11th, come along to the annual Table Quiz in aid of Shorelines Arts Festival 2016 in the Boathouse Bar. Starting at 8.30 pm, there will be a great variety of questions and prizes to be won. Adults: €10 and Students: €5. Please support the local arts group who are planning another super arts festival September 15th-18th.


Spring Celebration Concert
Swing into Spring – a concert to celebrate music & words with Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and local guests including Miriam Donoghue, Anna Browne, Mary Smith, Anne McGhee, Muirne Goode & friends, Treeny Hogan-Canning, Eric Flaherty and Laura Byrne. This fundraising event for Portumna Arts Group will take place on Friday, March 18th in Portumna’s Christ Church 8pm-10pm. Tickets at €10 available from March 1st at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Cottage Store Antiques, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and The Beehive. Seating limited so get your ticket soon.


Rabbitte Makes History In Galway East
Anne Rabbitte would like to thank her Family, Friends, Galway East Constituents and all members of Team Rabbitte for ensuring that she was elected to be their voice in the 32nd Dail. You have all played your part in creating history by electing Anne as the first female Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €10,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 9, 10, 25. One person matched three numbers Joe Keane.
Annual lotto is now due for renewal. Due to last year's initiative been such a great success the Club has decided to go with it again this year. Cost €80 if paid by March 31st. This gives you entry into lotto draw for 52 weeks plus gives you the added bonus of winning the jackpot while supporting the club. Annual lotto after this date will cost €100.your support would be very much appreciated.


Portumna Vintage Club
A well-attended AGM of Portumna Vintage was club was held recently. The Club have a number of events organized for the coming season the first of which is the Portumna St. Patricks Day parade, the Vintage Club will once again organize a vintage parade that will precede the main parade.
On Sunday the 20th March the Club is taking part in a county wide fund raising event for the Irish Red Cross Flood Relief Fun, the cars will be on display in O Mearas SuperValu car park from 12 to 1, there will be a bucket collection taken up on the day, the cars will depart at 1 o clock sharp for Gort.
There will be a fund raising vintage car run on Sunday 15th of May in aid of the Galway Hospice. The following officers were elected for 2016. Tony Power (Chairman), Benny Shiel (Vice Chairman), Walter Burke (Secretary) Olivia Hooban Shiel (Asst. Secretary), Eoghan O Connor (Treasurer) and Mike Lyons (Asst. Treasurer).


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Gross Pairs Competition Wednesday 24 February - 1st Noreen Murphy & Pat Flanagan, 2nd Mary Jo Kelly & Eileen Smith, 3rd Mary Nevin & Cepta Ryan, 4th Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 5th Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, Net Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 1st Session Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 2nd Session Lorna Stoddart & Des Lynch.


Contract Bridge Club
Contract Bridge Club 22nd February - 1st: Lorna Stoddart & Bertie Hanlon, 2nd: Iris Dennison & Denis Kelly, Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: Paddy Kelly & Charlie Mullen, 2nd Gross: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith, 4th: Pauline Mc Keon & Johnnie Cowan, 5th: John & Judy Craig.


Smithfield Horse Fair Dublin
This traditional style fair continues to attract visitors from every corner of the country. It is one of the first horse fairs of the year. Sunday next, 6 March 2016, at 9am - 1pm All welcome.


National Tree Week 6th – 13th March 2016
Our native trees and Hedgerows are our rich natural heritage and Tree Week offers us the opportunity to take time to get to know and cherish the trees and hedgerows in our neighbourhood. Trees have always been our great companions and we have very intimate connections with them - we are dependent on them for the air we breathe. They are also the lifeline for so many other species, offering shelter and food. They play a large role in maintaining climate balance.
We have very rich folklore and traditions associated with our native trees. We find these narrated in Niall Mac Coitir’s interesting and beautiful book of ‘Irish Trees - Myths, Legends and Folklore.’
If you are planting this week we strongly advise planting only Native varieties. This is because every habitat over centuries has evolved its own delicately - balanced sequences to suit soil, climate and geography. In nature everything does not just evolve, it ‘coevolves’. A native tree/plant will form leaves or flowers when its main pollinators are abundant. Planting a non-native variety, even of the same species, upsets this sequence and disrupts the natural balance.
At An Gáirdín during this week we will be planting another native hedgerow. You will be welcome to join us.


A Day of Mindfulness
There will be a day of Mindfulness on Sunday 13 March 10am – 4pm at An Gáirdín, Portumna. Gerry Cunningham MIAHP of The Mindfulness Clinic, Dublin will facilitate the day. The cost is €30 and includes light lunch and tea breaks. Booking at angairdin1@gmail.com or 0909741689.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 10, 21 and 27. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were John Nolan, Mike Haverty, Noleen Reilly, Paul Reilly and Damian Treacy. Next week’s jackpot is £5,800 and the draw will be held in Kirwan’s. The club extends best wishes to the camogie club in their All Ireland Final on Sunday next.


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.


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