29 March 2016

News from Redwood National School
Abu Dhabi Harlequins U14s Rugby Team
Portumna College of Further Education
Portumna Rugby Club
Children's Art Exhibition
Contract Bridge Club
Portumna GAA
Historic Occasion for Portumna Town FC
Killimor GAA
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Orienteering in Portumna Forest Park

News from Redwood National School
Thank you!: We would like to thank everyone that took part in our Easter Camp. A great time was had by all!!
Dates for your diary - Redwood NS: 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, 10th 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. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.
Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser: We are holding our annual buffet dance in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, 9th April at 9.30pm. Music by Pat & Richie. Raffle for hamper and spot prizes. Tickets are now being sold by the parents and will also be available on the night. All support much appreciated.


Abu Dhabi Harlequins U14s Rugby Team
Abu Dhabi, March 23 – The Abu Dhabi Harlequins Under 14s rugby team are begin a tour of the Republic of Ireland on March 25 to take on top-level opposition in the provinces of Leinster and Connaught.
Sponsored by Etihad Cargo and power engineering firm ABB Group, the team will be playing five matches over a seven days. The touring party contains the core of a team who are the reigning UAERA League Champions, and under 14 age group winners of this season’s Etihad Abu Dhabi Junior Rugby Tournament.
“The players are very excited about representing Abu Dhabi rugby community while we’re in Ireland, especially in provinces where there are very strong rugby heritage,” said team coach John Walsh, who has organised the tour to his home country. “Our main objective is to play attractive, attacking rugby, and to really enjoy ourselves, on and off the pitch. They have worked very hard as a group to prepare for this tour and we are looking forward to putting our plans into action.”
The tour includes matches against Connaught league leaders Monivea and Suttonians, a Dublin club that was founded in 1899.
“Our aim is to do the Abu Dhabi Harlequins club proud during this tour,” said team captain Milo Bly. “We want to show that youth rugby in the UAE is just as good, and hopefully even better, than it is in traditional rugby playing countries, such as Ireland. We’ll have to adapt our game to the different weather conditions – I think the opposing teams will do a lot of kicking, while here we really focus on our handling game.”
This group of players has a long history of touring at this time of year, which traditionally marks the end of the rugby season in the UAE. Previous tours have included Sri Lanka in 2014 and England in 2015, where the team won four of their five games.


Portumna College of Further Education
Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid's Rd, Portumna are offering a QQI level 4 accredited short courses on Tourism Visitor Care starting April. Spanish and Introduction to computers and work with spreadsheet and database applications are also available for more details contact: michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie or call 087 6258696 or daniel.cronin@gretb.ie or call 0852810895.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna are at home against Westport this Sunday April 3rd @14.30. Its a massive game as its Connacht League Semi Final. The squad and management have put in a Trojan amount of work this year which is paying dividends. Tony, Michael and the squad would really appreciate as much support as possible so please, if you are free, come down and cheer on Portumna RFC this Sunday @ 14.30.
Congrats to our U13s girls’ team who became Connacht Champions after winning their tournament in Westport recently. The girls have brought home the first ever piece of silverware to the club, which is very proud of them indeed. So everyone in Portumna RFC would like to congratulate the squad of players and their excellent team of coaches in Emer Power, Brendan Murray, Vincent Treacy, Mella Briscoe and Philip Haverty.


Children's Art Exhibition
Portumna library is hosting a children's art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan "Bramble Art" from April 2nd - 16th, opening on Saturday 2nd @ 3pm. All welcome.


Contract Bridge Club
The Easter Competition was held in the Contract Bridge Club on 21st March. The Winners were 1st: Johnnie Cowan & Pauline Mc Keon, 2nd: Elizabeth Ryan & Teresa Dillon, Gross: Geraldine Canning & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, 4th: Brid Mc Namara & Patricia Claffey, 5th: Charlie Mullen & Paddy Kelly, 6th: Frances Mc Crory & Susan Royston, 7th: John & Judy Craig, 8th: Chris Leahy & Claire Broderick, 9th: Cecilia Cox & Bernie Larkin, 10th Michael Kelly & Tommy Goonan.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €10500. The numbers drawn were 12, 13, 17, 27. No match three numbers.Donation to St Dympnas & Social Services.
A big thank you to all the boys and girls who attended our Easter hurling camp. Over a hundred children attended the three days. Thanks to all the coaches who gave of their time voluntary. Each child who participated in the camp received a Portumna crested half zip top and a beanie cap. This was the club's first year to hold an Easter camp and it was such a success that we hope to continue with it annually.
Our minor team commenced their championship campaign at weekend but unfortunately went down to a strong cappattaggle team on a scoreline of 3-15 to 2-12.  They play Pearses away on sat eve @ 6pm in the second round. Our u16 are at home to Ballinderren on Thursday eve @ 6-45pm in the third round of the championship. Our u 14 are at home to Annaghdown on Mon eve in the second round of their championship @6-45pm. Best of luck to all teams.


Historic Occasion for Portumna Town FC
It was a wet and windy Sunday morning on the 27th of March 2016 in Drombane, Co. Tipperary, that was the setting for an historic day for Portumna Town FC senior football team. Clodiagh Rangers were the first opposition Portumna senior team played against 2 years earlier at the same venue in their first competitive match in Division 2 of the North Tipp District League and last Sunday Clodiagh were on the receiving end of a 6 – 1 scoreline that saw the Portumna outfit gain promotion to Division 1.
Apart from the 6 goals, scored by Sean O’Meara (4), Ryan Hanrahan (1) and Dave Fogarty (1), the style of football played by the team was at times mesmerising to watch as Portumna outclassed the opposition all over the park. The defensive unit of Niall Royston, Kieran Hough and Simon Curran were outstanding in front of Goalkeeper John O’Meara in terms of defensive duties and also in providing support to the midfield players. Clodiagh took advantage of one lapse in concentration at the back to score their only goal.
The midfield trio of Ronan O’Meara, Patrick O’Sullivan and Ryan Hanrahan combined very effectively with Keith Neville and Sean Molloy on the wings to create numerous scoring opportunities for strikers Sean O’Meara and Dave Fogarty. Clodiagh at times look bewildered as they were forced to sit back and defend “en masse”, such was the quality of the Portumna passing and control on the ball. With such an amount of possession and plenty of quality crosses also during the game the fact that more goal scoring opportunities were not converted highlights one area where this team’s performance could improve.
Oisin Royston, a stalwart for this team all season, came on for Niall Royston during the second half. Gary Hogan, an inspirational driving force for this team over the last couple of years, was also introduced in the second half but due to an injury, he was already carrying, had to come off again and he was ably replaced by the legendary Mike Starr.
Given that other key players from the squad were missing, due to injury and other commitments, the chance of winning silverware again this season is well within the grasp of this squad with a Cup semi-final coming up very shortly.
Portumna Town FC deserve to be proud of how this team has improved over the course of the season. The fact that 5 of Sunday’s players were playing U12 or younger 10 years ago, when the club first started, demonstrates that the future is bright for football in Portumna as there are a lot of very talented youngsters currently playing schoolboy football with the club and one would hope that in a few years they too will be pushing for places on the senior team.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 3, 29 and 30. The 5 lucky dips were Tom Callinan, Shiela Noone, Fiona Whelan, Sean Whelan, Eoin Sarah and Ronan Larkin. Next weeks draw is €6200 in Kirwans.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
The next meeting will be Thursday 7 April. John Joe Conwell will speak on resulting post 1916 historical events in North Tipperary, South East Galway, and East Clare. This is an open meeting and visitors are welcome. The meeting will start at 8 o’clock in the social hall of Portumna Retirement Village.


Orienteering in Portumna Forest Park
Come and try Orienteering on Sunday 10th April in Portumna Forest Park, with start time 12.30-13.30pm, 2 courses short 2.4km and long 4.2km. Event fee €5 per individual, €10 per family and groups or more €3 per person. Contact Frank Ryan on 087 6745595 or Henry Mullen 087 3165991. Enjoy the forest a different way.


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