12 April 2016

Dr John Duddy, Irish Medical Organisation President
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Conor O' Meara, Trinity Business Student of the Year
Maureen Dillon R.I.P.
Portumna GAA
Portumna Players Present 'A Family Rising'
Portumna Town FC
Portumna Vintage Club
Davitts Camogie Club
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Contract Bridge Results
Poetry Day Ireland
Portumna/Boula & Gortanumera Fianna Fáil
Community Games
Killimor GAA

Dr John Duddy, Irish Medical Organisation President
Dr John Duddy, a Portumna native, was elected President of the Irish Medical Organisation at the recent AGM in Sligo. Son of John and Dr Kaye Duddy, he studied Computational Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin before then going on to study Medicine at UCC. He completed internship and basic surgical training in Cork and then specialized in Neurosurgery, where he continues his training at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. He was heavily involved with the IMO's 24NoMore campaign to reform doctors' working hours in Ireland. He was elected Chair of the NCHD committee and then Vice-President of the Organization, before becoming President in recent weeks. He plans to address the problem of retaining Irish-trained doctors in the Irish health service, as well as issues facing women in medicine during his term of office.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The next SEGAHS lecture takes place on Thursday, April 21st at the earlier time of 7:30pm at the Irish Workhouse Centre – Portumna. Focusing on big house destruction, the lecture will be given by Professor Terry Dooley, director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Next Thursday 14 April will be preparation night for the Bealtaine events so please come and share your ideas.
The following Thursday 21 April we shall be meeting at the earlier time of 7 o’clock as we are hosting a cluster meeting for all our local A.R.A’s. Please all members do attend as this will be a very interesting night.


Conor O' Meara, Trinity Business Student of the Year
Congratulations to Conor O' Meara, who has been awarded Trinity Business Student of the Year 2016. The ceremony was held in the House of Lords in Bank of Ireland, College Green and is organized by the Trinity Business Alumni Association. Conor has been awarded due to his outstanding contribution to college life, community engagement and entrepreneurial activities. Conor previously worked with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, and has recently co-founded a technology social enterprise to help refugees in Europe gain access to urgently needed humanitarian aid. He has also been accepted on to the Washington Ireland Program, and will be working in Capitol Hill for the summer, before graduating in November with a B.A. (Hons) Business & Economics.


Maureen Dillon R.I.P.
Maureen passed away on Friday 4 March peacefully in the care of Portiuncula Hospital. Her beloved husband Pat Joe and her brother Charlie predecease her. Her son Maurice, daughters Marcella and Christina, daughter-in-law Mary, son in law Marty and grandchildren Padraic, Aisling and Ciara, survive her. Pat Joe and Maureen met in England, married and reared their children in Portumna. Maureen was reserved woman a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker. She was born in Grey County Wexford. Married Pat Joe in May 1959, Maureen was laid to rest beside her husband in St. Michael's Cemetery, Portumna.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €10700. The numbers drawn were 3 12 13 25. Two people matched three numbers Joe Tierney & Eithne Madden. They receive €50 each.
The club have extended the deadline for the Annual lotto. Cost €80 which gives you entry into 52 draws and also gives you the chance to win the lotto which now stands @ €10800.


Portumna Players Present 'A Family Rising'
2016 is the centenary of the 1916 Rising – a rebellion mounted to achieve personal and political freedoms from contested ruling authorities on the island of Ireland. 2016 is also the 20-year anniversary of the closure of the last Magdalene laundry in Ireland located on Seán McDermott Street Lwr in Dublin’s north city centre. While many fought for an idea of home in 1916, others were confined and silenced in homes such as the Laundries, Mother and Baby homes, industrial and reformatory schools, orphanages and related institutions.
To mark both events Portumna Players will stage A Family Rising by Greg O Connor (Portumna) on Friday 22 and Sunday 24 April. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see a live show that may have the potential to challenge your perceptions on the Easter Rising and the Magdalen Laundries.


Portumna Town FC
There are only a few weeks left in what has been a very busy season for all teams. The U10s went very close to winning the League where a win in their final game would have clinched the Midlands U10 title. Unfortunately they were edged out 1-0 in a tight game v. Clara Town. The U11s look as if they will finish third in the League and have the Shield semi final coming up soon v. Mountmellick. The U12s are mid table in the League and have a Cup semi final to look forward to v. Tullamore. The U13s are third in the League and are up against Mucklagh in the quarter final of the Shield. The U14s are in mid table in the League and were beaten in the Shield quarterfinal. Finally, our seniors have finished second in the North Tipp League and are promoted while they also have the Cup semi final v Nenagh coming up.


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of Portumna Vintage Club will be held in O Meara’s Portumna on Thursday 21 April at 9pm.
The Club is organizing a fund raiser for the Galway Hospice to be held on Sunday 15th May, anyone wishing to help out please contact Tony Power, Eoghan O Connor or Walter Burke.


Davitts Camogie Club
The senior team secured victory over Pearse’s in the first round of the league on a score line of 3-6 to 2-7. Scorers on the day were Maria Brehony (2-2), Niamh Briscoe (1-0), Lorraine Farrell (0-3), Aine Dervan (0-1). They play Castlegar in round 2 on the weekend 24/25th April.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club was well represented at the recent 32nd South of Ireland Veterans Tournament held at Limerick Lawn Tennis Club. Naomi Cormacan and Richard Brandt triumphed in the Mixed Doubles Grade 5/6 category. Naomi followed that win with victory alongside Gillian Dunne in the Ladies Doubles Grade 5/6 categories. Well done to our winners and the other members who also took part.
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club are hosting an open night for adults on Monday April 18th at 7pm. Come along for an evening of fun, with Coach Kieran Galvin on hand to introduce the fundamentals of the game and provide tips. Rackets and balls provided, runners are essential and, best of all, there's NO FEE. New members always welcome. More info: 087 3906067.
Coach Kieran will provide a four-week Adult Coaching programme and a six-week Kids Coaching programme commencing April 24th. All levels welcome. For more info: 087 3906067.


Contract Bridge Results
The Results of the Contract Bridge Club for the 4th April 1st: Noreen Cavanagh & Pat Cox, 2nd: Brid Mc Namara & Peggy Whyte, Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd: Fr PJ Bracken & Mary Jo Kelly, 4th: Fr Michael Finneran & Eileen Smith.


Poetry Day Ireland
Poetry Ireland is presenting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 28 April 2016. With this year's theme of Revolution, we're inviting everyone to rebel, revolutionise and organise to make poetry inescapable and irrepressible for a day.
Join the local poets and bards in Horan’s Bar at 9pm on April 28th. Admission Free and all welcome to read or sing a piece on the Revolution theme. So get out the poetry books or the pen and join us for a night with a difference.


Portumna/Boula & Gortanumera Fianna Fáil
Portumna/Boula & Gortanumera Fianna Fáil AGM will take place on Friday 15 at 8.30pm in O'Mearas meeting room Portumna. New members welcome.


Community Games
Portumna CG sports day will take place on Sunday 1 May in Portumna GAA grounds from 12.30pm. Registration of children prior to events is vital due to age categories. Parents may return forms to Portumna NS, drop off in The Hub, or give to a committee member (Jarlath Keady, Caroline Canning, Fiona Duggan, Brian Murray). Volunteers required to assist on the day. Contact 0876828303.
Congratulations and best wishes to the winners of the Community Games art competition who qualify for the county art final in late April. Good Luck Tara Madden, Abbie Cox, Meadhbh Goode, Kate Geraghty, Mark Cox, Adam Burke, Katelyn McDonnell, Olya Erokhina, Leanne Hickey, Clodagh Hickey, David Greenwood and Nathan Canning.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 7, 8, 12 and 15. The 5 lucky dips were Conor/Kevin/Eoin Callagy, Sean Callinan, Coleen Lynch, Mike Gibbons and Brian Gohery. Next week’s draw is £6400 in Treacy’s.


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