24 May 2016

Redwood National Schoool Summer Camps
Lorrha National School
NCBI Retail Portumna
Rabbitte Appointed FF Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs
Portumna Athletes Compete at European Kettlebell Championships
Rugby
Killimor Family Fun Day
Wedding Bells
Bridge Clubs Results
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna GAA
Woodford Tidy Towns
Acorn Theatre, Ballinasloe Presents 'Gale Day'

Redwood National Schoool Summer Camps
Redwood NS are delighted to offer 3 weeks of summer camp this year. Week 1: Multi activity camp 4th - 8th July. Week 2: Tennis Camp 11th - 15th July with Tennis Ireland coaches Helena & Anne Marie Darcy. Week 3: Multi activity camp 18th - 22nd July. More details to follow! Contact the school on 090 9747186 for more information.


Lorrha National School
Confirmation: Well done to Caoimhe, Scott and Patrick who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday May 15th in St. Ruadhan’s Church. We wish them well in the future and we also congratulate their parents.
Medal Winner: Congratulations to second class pupil Emma Kennedy, a member of the Borrisokane Athletic club, who won gold in the under 9’s 60 metres event at the County Tipperary juvenile event on Sunday May 1st. which took place in Templemore. Emma also won a bronze medal in the under 9’s turbo javelin on the same day. Well done Emma.
Art Competition: Congratulations to sixth class pupil Caoimhe O’Meara who won first prize in the Portumna Enterprise town art competition for schools which was held recently. Caoimhe was promoting the village of Lorrha in her art work which was titled ‘my place’. Well done Caoimhe.
Benemerenti Awards: The pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa wish to extend congratulations to Eileen Mannion, a former teacher of our school, who was presented with the Benemerenti Medal recently by Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. Eileen received the award in recognition of her outstanding service in the role of music and choir. When Eileen took up her teaching career in the school in 1968, part of the responsibility was to organise a choir which she has continued to do through the years. We also extend our congratulations to Richie Bourke and to Mary O’Meara who also received Benemerenti Medals. We thank them for their work in the Church and wish them many more years in their respective roles.
Enrolment: Enrolment forms for September 2016 are available from the school or contact (090) 9747295. They can also be downloaded from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie.


NCBI Retail Portumna
Portumna’s new NCBI (National Council for the Blind) Retail Shop are currently seeking donations of previously loved clothing and bric a brac. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the day to day running of the shop. The shop is located at 1 Clonfert, Portumna. For more information please contact Grainne Whiteside on 0871394371.
NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.


Rabbitte Appointed FF Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has appointed Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte as the party’s Front Bench Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs. The Portumna Deputy says she’s looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Deputy Rabbitte explained, “It is a huge honour to be appointed to the Fianna Fáil Front Bench. I am extremely grateful for the faith which has been afforded to me and I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which this role will bring.
“The Children & Youth Affairs portfolio is one that is close to my heart and I will work hard to ensure that children’s issues are prioritized under this Government. There are a range of issues which are impacting on children across this country; with child poverty one of the greatest areas of concern.  The cost and quality of childcare provision will also be a priority for my party and me.
“I will work constructively with my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, as well as with TDs on both sides of the House to put progressive and effective policies forward which will improve the lives of children, teenagers and their families”.


Portumna Athletes Compete at European Kettlebell Championships
Portumna was proudly represented at the European Championships of Kettlebell Girevoy Sport from 11th - 15th May. The event took place in Gdynia in Poland.  It was a very enjoyable and successful experience for the participating athletes with club members bringing home gold and bronze medals respectively.
Mary Burke competed in 16kg Snatch discipline, Open Category. This was Mary's third kettlebell competition since she took up the sport in November last year and it is phenomenal achievement to compete in a green jersey.
Olivia Cahalan competed in 16kg Snatch discipline, Veteran Category. This was also Olivia's third kettlebell competition and with strong grit and determination, she took home her gold medal with 75 repetitions. This was an amazing achievement.
Pat Kelly was busy at the championships. He participated in Biathlon 24kg and Long Cycle 24kg, Open Category. Pat hit his rank of 150 repetitions in the Biathlon discipline and won Bronze in Long Cycle. Pat has been lifting kettlebells since 2015 and has been consistently solid.
Steve Killeen, the club's coach, competed in Long Cycle 24kg, Veteran Category. After a solid performance at the World Championships last November in Dublin, Steve accomplished his rank in Poland with 70 repetitions, winning the Gold medal on the day. Steve has been competing since 2014 and his progress has been exponential.
Kettlebell Sport requires discipline, endurance and stamina, traits which all members displayed in their preparation and throughout their respective competitions. The year old, Portumna Kettlebell club, are very proud to have members competing on the European stage. We extend congratulations to all involved.
The Irish team took home 30 medals in total, including members from Galway Kettlebell Club and is now ranked third in the world. Club training continues on Friday's at 8pm at the Engine Room Fitness and Wellbeing Centre. New members always welcome.


Rugby
Wortley RUFC, a team from South Yorkshire in England, are going on tour to Galway City on the last weekend of May, where they will play the newly crowned J2 Connacht Champions Portumna RFC. Wortley Rugby boasts a strong Irish background where two of the founding club members have family history in Connacht.  Wortley RUFC player Patrick Fitzpatrick (originally from Portumna) states; "as a club we aim to build a strong rugby bond with Portumna RFC and Connacht Rugby. Like Portumna, we are passionate about our rugby, and look forward to a challenging and entertaining game. On a personal note, it is a exciting to be playing against my home town, and what ever the score, it is wonderful to be part of the bond created between the two clubs I have a great love for".
The game will be play on Saturday 28 May 2016, at Castle Park, Ballybane, Galway, Kick off 3:00pm.


Killimor Family Fun Day
On Sunday 5 June at the Heritage Centre Killimor from 1-5pm. If you would like to book a table to sell crafts, baked goods, Jewellery, farm products etc on the day please contact Sally at 086 8538737. If you would like to exhibit your work at the art show. Call Marie at 087 4115750.


Wedding Bells
Congratulations to Anne Slevin, Lorrha and Michael Harte, Kinnity. Who were married in Rome recently. They were accompanied by their families and Fr Michael O Meara parish priest of Kinnity officiated at the wedding mass. On their return from their honeymoon, Anne and Michael continued the celebrations in the Thatched Cottage, Ballycommom, Nenagh. They wish to thank their many friends for making the celebrations so enjoyable and we wish them health and happiness in their future together.


Bridge Clubs Results
Contract Bridge Club 16th May 2016 - 1st Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury, 2nd Patricia Eames & Sr Patrice Coen, Gross Paddy Kelly & Frances Mc Crory, 3rd John & Judy Craig, 4th Sheila Dillon & Kim Sundgren.
'79 Bridge Club 18th May 2016 - 1st Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, 2nd Charlie Mullen & Eileen Tuohy, Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 3rd Sister Patrice Coen & Noreen Cavanagh, 4th Pauric Murray & Marian Molloy.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society held their annual field trip last Saturday, and this year the excursion took them to Lorrha. Dr Christy Cunniffe, led the group in partnership with the Lorrha Dorrha Historical Society, and mercifully the day remained dry before the group retired to the Friars Tavern. The engagements across the Shannon between the two historical societies forms part of wider initiatives to develop common heritage and tourism programmes.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6 12 15 24. Three people matched three numbers; Mary Moran, Joe Madden & Billy Martin. They each receive €35. Next weekend's lotto is worth €11300.
Well done to our senior hurlers who had three points to spare over Pearse’s. The senior team, unbeaten in all their games now face Ardrahan in their final group game.


Woodford Tidy Towns
After an absence of a few years Woodford Parish Development has reactivated the Tidy Town’s initiative for Woodford and submitted an application for the 2016 competition. We are asking for your continued support in keeping the village and approach roads tidy, clean and litter free and footpaths free of dog litter.
A significant amount of work is undertaken annually by householders to have the town looking its best for our Corpus Christi procession. This year we are appealing to owners of Derelict Sites and Unoccupied Buildings to make a special effort to revamp their properties, get them painted and support this community effort.
A Fundraising event is being organised and further details will be available shortly. In the meantime, if any business or individual would like to sponsor one of a number of flower boxes in the village this support would be very much appreciated and acknowledged.
The spirit of Tidy Towns is volunteering, involvement and participation in the community to improve our local environment. We are inviting all the residents of Woodford to join us on the journey. Next Clean-Up Saturday 29th May at 9.30am meeting at the Clubhouse. Further information from Ger. at 087 6829139, Angela 086 8513031 or Olivia 087 6567377.


Acorn Theatre, Ballinasloe Presents 'Gale Day'
Acorn Theatre, Ballinasloe, presents Gale Day a play by Eugene McCabe, in the Town Hall Theatre Ballinasloe. The making of Patriot Patrick Pearse. A unique insight into his Revolutionary outlook. Declen Kelly will give a talk on "A Historical Archaeology of Colonialism in Ballinasloe: with deference to 1916" on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May in the Town Hall theatre, Ballinasloe just prior to the performance of Acorn Theatre`s "Gale Day"


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