14 June 2016

Portumna Marina
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Portumna GAA
5k Fun Run/Walk - Gortanumera National School
Biodiversity Training
Summer Tennis Camp
Portumna Country Market
Art Exhibition
Davitts Camogie Club
Archaeology at the Workhouse
News from Redwood National School
Killimor GAA
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Lorrha National School
Portumna Native is new Galway City Lord Mayor

Portumna Marina
Deputy Anne Rabbitte was delighted to receive confirmation from Waterways Ireland that the Marina was once again open for mooring. While the toilet blocks and camper van area is still under construction, it will be finished to the highest standard and will be a huge enhancement to the area. Deputy Rabbitte also stated that Galway County Council has confirmed the walkway will be done and LED lighting will be installed to improve visibility and safety. Deputy Rabbitte has welcomed the news saying ‘these are all positive steps toward securing better facilities for visitors and locals alike; and are sure to bring a boost to Portumna and its surrounding areas.’


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Members please be aware there will be a “Do it yourself flower arranging evening“ on Thursday 16 June. Make sure you bring the following items, a container, Oasis, Flowers and any foliage from your own garden.
Summer Social is taking place in O’Meara’s restaurant on Thursday 23 June starting at 7 o’clock with a sit down meal and don't forget your dancing shoes.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €11500. The numbers drawn were 3 14 15 26. There was no match 3 numbers. Development Fund: The club is organising a development draw to raise necessary finance to complete the final phase of our development, which is scheduled, for completion this summer. This phase consists of an all weather 4G playing surface which will also encompass a wall ball which will be floodlit which will be enclosed with fencing for safety purposes. Also fencing of our main field. We ask you to look favorably on this and assist us with your generosity. Tickets are €50 with €20,000 in cash prizes. Details of draw can be seen on our club app Clubify Facebook or from any of the organising committee Celia 087 1342148 Fiona 086 4478116 or Martin 087 2855737. We thank you for your continued support & generosity.


5k Fun Run/Walk - Gortanumera National School
5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 19th at 12pm starting at Gortanumera National School. Registration on the day at the school from 11:00am-11:45am. Adults €10, Child €5 and Family €20. Refreshments in the school afterwards. All support greatly appreciated. 5k Fun Run/Walk - Gortanumera National School.


Biodiversity Training
Biodiversity Training 21st June 10am – 4pm. Port Omna Beo, Nature and Wildlife Group received funding from Waterways Ireland to promote awareness and appreciation of local natural heritage – flowers, trees, birds, bees, butterflies etc. Ecologist, Caroline Lalor will lead the first of two training days on June 21st. It will take place along the banks of the canal in Portumna, but the learning of identification and recording skills can be applied to any natural area. The training will equip participants with the skills to identify the natural features of one’s own area. It will also be helpful to Tidy Towns members at a time when much emphasis is placed on highlighting and enhancing the biodiversity of towns. Most of the day will be spent outdoors, so suitable clothing required. Numbers are limited. Booking required by Friday June 17th. Contact 086 3847613 or 0872845443.


Summer Tennis Camp
Lorrha N.S. are running a summer tennis camp from Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st. with Kieran Galvin. All equipment is supplied.


Portumna Country Market
Portumna Country Market is hosting a tea/coffee morning in aid of Motor Neurone Research on Friday 24 June 2016, 9am to 12 noon. Please support this worthy cause.


Art Exhibition
Angela Cormican & Wolf would like to thank all those who supported their recent art exhibition in Portumna Library. The exhibition continues in the library until May 30th. They would like to thank Teresa & Mary from Portumna library who were very helpful as always, in organising a great event, and all who attended and helped out on the night.


Davitts Camogie Club
The u12 team has qualified for the county final after a 2-10 to 1-1 victory over Carnmore. They now face in Abbeyknockmoy in the final.
The u10s had their fourth victory of the league with a win over Portumna.


Archaeology at the Workhouse
As part of the Portumna Fit for Fun Festival, on Sunday last the Irish Workhouse Centre hosted an ‘Archaeological Detective Challenge’ for children. Dr Christy Cunniffe, County Galway Field Monument Advisor, took the kids through a host of activities designed for young historians. The Workhouse also hosted a free family tree and genealogy drop-in clinic in a full day of activities.


News from Redwood National School
Summer Camps: Wk 1: Jul 4th- 8th, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child, reductions for siblings. 9.30-2.00 Activities: Cooking, Science, Sport, Art, Computing, Construction and much more! Wk 2: Jul 11th to 15th, Tennis Camp with Helena and Anne Marie Darcy both qualified Tennis Ireland coaches, €40 per child, reduction for siblings, 10.00-12.00. Wk 3: Jul 18th -22nd, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child. To book any of the camps call 090 9747186  or 087 4478115.
Birr Outdoor Education Centre: All classes in Redwood went on our school tour to Birr OEC, we had a great day taking part in team bonding games, caving, rock climbing, orienteering, canoeing and pier jumping. We had fabulous weather and enjoyed the day thoroughly.
Farming and Country Life 1916: All classes went to Athenry to attend 1916 commemorative celebrations hosted by Teagasc. It was a hugely interesting day with a re-enactment of a 1916 National.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 1, 9, 12 and 22. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were Margaret Callinan, John Reilly, James McEvoy, Paul Reilly and Gerry Dolan. Next weeks jackpot is £7,300 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Well done to all the Portumna Lawn Tennis Club members that took part in the recent Nenagh Tennis Club Inter Firms Competition. Fifteen members in total competed in Nenagh. Congratulations to Aoife Conneely and Sinead Bruce who were winners in Section 4 and well done to Emma Pearce who was runner up along with her Nenagh partner Patricia Gibson. Well done to Keith Mulhall, Naomi Cormacan, Richard Brandt and Gillian Dunne who were runners up in Section 3 Mixed doubles.
The Connacht Open 2016 was held in Galway Lawn Tennis Club during the June bank holiday weekend and Portumna Tennis club was very well represented with three wins in Section 3. Congratulations to Conor Hyland and Keith Mulhall in the Men’s Doubles, Orla Connelly and Conor Hyland in the Mixed Doubles and Adrian Reilly in the Men’s Singles.
Congratulations to all members who took part in both competitions.
Kids Tennis Summer Camp takes place from August 1st to 5th and will be coached by Kieran Galvin. This camp is for children aged 5+. For further details and to book a place contact 087 3906067.


Lorrha National School
Everyone is invited to Lorrha N.S. for a very unique occasion on Friday June 17th when the Army band from the 2nd Brigade with Conductor Captain John Carpenter will visit the school at 12 noon. Afterwards we will raise our 4th Green Flag at 1.00pm approx. and refreshments will follow this. We look forward to meeting you all on the day.
We also wish to announce that we are running a summer tennis camp from Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st. with Kieran Galvin. All equipment is supplied. There will be daily fun, games and competitions. For details and to book call (090) 9747295.
Enrolment forms for September are available from the school by contacting (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@eircom.net. Log on to our web site www.lorrhans.ie or follow us on Facebook where you can view tips for parents and much more. Bus service available for school transport.
TG4 are televising a documentary about rural Ireland in which Lorrha is a feature. The pupils of Scoil Lua Naofa were asked this morning to welcome them with a Céad Míle Fáilte in front of the cameras. This programme will be shown on TG4 this Sunday 12th June at 7p.m.
Well Done: Congratulations are extended to Lisa Duggan Lorrha who won the recent colouring competition organized by Specsavers in Nenagh. A fifth class pupil in Lorrha N.S. Lisa beat off a “extremely high standard of entries” according to the organizers and was presented with her winning prize, a goodies hamper recently for her artistic efforts. Well done Lisa and keep up the good work.


Portumna Native is new Galway City Lord Mayor
Independent Councillor Noel Larkin, elected to Galway City Council on his first attempt, is the City Lord Mayor for 2016. He comes from a farming background and originally hails from Boula, just outside Portumna.
In his maiden speech, Noel, stated that Enterprise is among his top priorities and that he wants the local authority to work with start-ups across the city to make sure they can stay in business, the first year, which is crucial.
Noel went to Portumna Community College and moved to Galway city in June 1975, where he completed an apprenticeship with ANCO, in Astro Berning, a German company in the Mervue Industrial Estate in 1980. After qualifying he moved to Dublin for one year and worked in Spark Erosion Services Ltd to gain experience. Noel moved back to Galway and started working with Temple Manufacturing in Ballybane from 1981 to 1985 as a production manager.
Noel also acquired certificates in Business Skills and Management Studies from FAS and Galway / Mayo Institute of Technology respectively. He established his own engineering enterprise in 1985, and has orchestrated its development since then. He has extensive experience in the field of engineering, specialising in the areas of product design, tool making, turning, and welding and production management. Larkin Engineering, based in Tuam, which now employs 25 staff, specializes in the design and manufacturing of street furniture, supplying to local authorities and construction companies throughout Ireland and the UK. Has won numerous awards including the IBEC Environment Award.
Noel has resided in Wellpark for the past 30 years, is married to Rita and they have three children, Stephen, Tracy and Peter. Stephen is the general manager of Larkin Engineering Enterprises Ltd., his daughter Tracy is working in Australia and his youngest son Peter has just completed his Leaving Certificate in Galway Community College where Noel is a member on the Board of Management.
Noel is a devoted family man and has a keen interest in sports, remaining a loyal Portumna hurling supporter. He has a keen interest in Mervue United football club, as he is a former treasurer and his eldest son Stephen is a player with the club. He likes to play golf and is on the Huntsman Golf Society Committee, which he captained in 2012. Noel is also a vintage car enthusiast.
Noel is one of the founder members of Corrib Lions Club in the east side of the city, Oranmore, Athenry, Clarinbridge and Claregalway. He was honored to be president twice since 2000. To this day he is still a serving member, endeavoring to assist those less well off members throughout our community. Noel is a member of the Mervue parish finance council, assists with church collections and is a Eucharistic minister on Sunday at Mervue church.
The main theme of Noel’s Election Campaign was based on his frustration of wasteful practices by Galway City Council and the need for better financial management and governance. Another priority was to create an environment where entrepreneurs with start-up ideas would be assisted and developed to a successful stage. Also, the need for adequate protection for the vulnerable and senior citizens in the community is a priority.
Another issue which Noel is questioning, at present, is the conflict of staff shortages, unit closures and financial spend within the HSE. Noel’s business acumen and strength of character will definitely see him making positive and successful changes in Galway over the next five years!
Noel’s year as mayor in 2016. To bring to fruition one of Noel’s main priorities whilst canvassing pre-election. The setting up of an Enterprise and Development Centre for Sandy Road in Galway, Utilizing the existing vacant units on Sandy Road, the Centre would: Facilitate and inform Start-up Businesses. Provide quality information apprenticeships and internships. Guarantee training to have our youth job-ready. Low-cost rates for new tenants / entrepreneurs. Ensure existing tenants remain in business. Dedicated office space and meeting rooms that are centrally located and Easily accessible. Preventing forced emigration and youth unemployment. Every wage earned in Galway will be spent in Galway. This in turn will support other local businesses.


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