28 July 2016

Portumna Water Safety Week
Marie Walsh
Conference on the ‘Big House’
Tourism Initiative
Portumna GROW Group
Woodford News
Portumna Branch Library
Busy Bodies Playschool
Redwood National School Summer Camps
Killimor GAA
Portumna GAA
Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Castle and Gardens Upcoming Musical Event

Portumna Water Safety Week
Starts on Monday 4 July to Friday the 8 July inclusive. Classes suitable for all ages, classes are  Seals 1, 2 & 5, Marlins 6, 8, 9 & 10, Safety 1 to 4 and Rescue 1 to 4. Costs are €20 / week / swimmer from Classes Seal 1 to Safety 3 and €25/ week/ Swimmer from Classes Safety 4 to Rescue 4.
Contact Emer on email emerdurkan@gmail.com or 087 3165991 6.30 to 9.30pm for further information or to register.


Marie Walsh
An International First: Brothers of Charity Services Psychologists Develop Manual and Training Resource to support Adults with Intellectual Disability and High Support Needs.
Pavilion Books Group, London, has published a training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs. Marie Walsh and Geraldine Cregg coauthor it. Marie, daughter of Michael & Agnes Walsh, Oldthort, Portumna, is a registered Senior Psychologist working in the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. She graduated from Regents College London and Middlesex University before completing her postgraduate training in Trinity College Dublin. Marie has been a committed advocate for the safeguarding of vulnerable adults for a number of years.
Psychologists, Marie Walsh and Geraldine Cregg at Brothers of Charity Services Galway have developed a manual and staff training resource that is the first of its kind available internationally. It is titled, Personal Development, Relationships, and Staying Safe Training Pack for Staff supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, High Support, and Complex Needs. Pavilion Publishers recently launched the manual at the Olympia Conference Centre in London at a major conference. The programme is delivered via the support of frontline staff members, adopts a train the trainer approach, and uses a preventive and empowerment focused approach to this complex area. Given its recent publication and the gap that existed in this area, it is hoped that the use of the manual in services in Ireland and abroad will significantly enhance the safety and quality of life of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
In light of The Ryan Report (2009) this comprehensive training pack will provide staff with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure the safety and personal development of individuals with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs.
Personal Development, Relationships and Staying Safe: A training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs will provide frontline caregivers the skills and knowledge to teach and inform their service users about a variety of complex and sensitive issues around developing their own identity, forming relationships and staying safe in the context of physical and sexual abuse.
The aims of this training course are to increase staff awareness, understanding and knowledge of the topic of staying safe, the promotion of personal development and relationships specifically for persons with high support and complex needs i.e. people with a severe to profound level of intellectual disability. As well as this, the course can be used to provide staff with practical skills to help individuals who use intellectual disability services to learn about safety, personal development and relationships.
This resource (manual) offers a variety of benefits to frontline learning disability workers including, but not limited to: Accessible to a non-academic audience, written in an informative and easy style whilst remaining evidence based, Duo-author training pack, bringing together a wealth of experience and knowledge, The only contemporary training pack that looks at several key issues including Self-presentation, Social Skills, Friends/Peers/Family, Intimate Care and Sexual Expression, Encompasses up-to-date legal framework’s – this course is based on the Ryan Report of 2009.
About the authors:
Marie Walsh is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in the area of intellectual disability. Marie currently works with both children and adults with intellectual disability who present with co-morbid conditions and behaviour that challenges.
A long-time advocate for safeguarding vulnerable individuals with intellectual disability and the prevention of risks to vulnerable adults in various service settings, Marie strives to raise awareness of these issues with colleagues and organisations. It is the well-being of vulnerable adults that has motivated Marie to develop this training programme.
Geraldine Cregg is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of Intellectual Disability since 1995.
She has worked extensively with adult survivors of sexual abuse both with and without an Intellectual Disability and has worked primarily with service users who present with multiple and complex needs.
Her heightened awareness of the vulnerability of those with the greatest levels of disability and high dependency needs led to her collaboration in the development of this training programme.


Conference on the ‘Big House’
On Saturday 9 July a conference, ‘Archaeology of the Big House, Demesne Landscape and Landlord's Village’, will take place at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna. Among the Speakers will be Terence-Reeves Smyth, Paul Gosling and Dr Christy Cunniffe. The free event is provided as part of the Galway Community Archaeology Advisory Project in partnership with the South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Booking is essential - via e-mail to segahs1@gmail.com, or by calling 086 4070851.


Tourism Initiative
There is so much to see and do in the wider Portumna area and the Irish Workhouse Centre is sharing information on it through special tourist packs now being distributed. Businesses in the region requesting to be included in the packs can phone the Workhouse manager at 086 4070851 or email info@irishworkhousecentre.ie.


Portumna GROW Group
A new GROW Community Group will commence next week in Portumna, Co. Galway. The group will be launched at 11.30a.m. on Tuesday next, June 28th and will meet each week at 11.30a.m. in Portumna Town Hall, Clonfert Avenue, Portumna. All are welcome to attend.
GROW is a recovery oriented community mental health movement based on peer support groups. Over 120 GROW groups meet in locations across Ireland each week. For further information on the Portumna group meeting, contact GROW Area Coordinator Paul on 087-4187714.


Woodford News
Late in 2014 two groups were formed in the Woodford area – Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group and Woodford Parish Development. These two groups were set up with the objective of enhancing and developing the natural beauty of the surrounding areas, with a view to maximising its tourism potential.
The first project undertaken by the groups in March 2015 was to commence a clean-up and removal of illegal dumping that was prevalent in the area at that time. This work was carried out over a six month period on all roads, bog roads, bye roads, rivers and streams as well as in all the approach roads to this area. In total 93 tons of illegally dumped rubbish was removed from the environs of the Woodford catchment area. This work was carried out by over 40 local volunteers assisted by Tús and RSS participants from Galway Rural Development under the supervision of Mr Sean Larkin (RSS) and Mr. John Ashton (Tús). Financial assistance of over €3,000 was provided by Department of the Gaeltacht to cover the hire of a digger, tractors, trailers and a number of skips.
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group and Woodford Parish Development are particularly grateful to Galway County Council for the guidance and help provided by Mr Tony McInerney, Senior Executive Engineer (Environment Section). The removal of this waste cost Galway County Council in the region of €15,000. This support from Galway County Council was absolutely essential to bring this project to fruition.
In 2016 it was decided to commence another clean up and it is estimated that 1.5 tons of illegally dumped waste was collected. While this is a huge reduction on the 2015 figure of 93 tons we believe that there could be a huge improvement considering the legal waste and recycling options readily available in the area. We would also urge people not to discard any rubbish illegally; even a sweet wrapper or disposable cup thrown out of a car window contributes to the scarring of the beautiful rural countryside. This waste can easily be taken home and disposed of properly.
Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group are in discussion with Galway County Council regarding the placement and monitoring of a number of CCTV cameras in badly affected and remote areas in an effort to combat this despicable practice. Looscaun/Shannonside Rural Development Group and Woodford Parish Development would like to thank everybody that helped make this project such a success and we look forward to your continued support into the future.


Portumna Branch Library
Portumna Branch Library will be closed to the Public from close of business on Thursday 6 July and re-opening Wednesday 13 July to facilitate update of new computer system for Galway County Library Services.


Busy Bodies Playschool
Children from Busy Bodies Playschool, St. Joseph’s Road, Portumna enjoyed a great morning out on Friday 17 June at Portumna Forest Park as they took part in the Big Toddle for Barnardos, a fun sponsored walk and teddy bears picnic. This is the ninth year that children attending Busy Bodies Playschool have organised a Big Toddle showing their commitment to supporting Barnardos and helping vulnerable children their own age get a better start in life, Friends family and neighbours sponsored the children and they raised €260 which will go directly to help the children and families that Barnardos work with. A big thank you to all the parents who took part and helped on the day of big Toddle.
Busy Bodies Playschool is now enrolling for September places available for free ECCE scheme for 3 and 4 year old children.


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! Age 3 upwards.
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, Age 3 upwards To book any of the camps call 090 9747186  or 087 4478115.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks Lotto results were 1 5 9 21. The five lucky dips were Cyril Boland, Joe & Barbara Tierney, John Reilly, Shane Duane, Marin Haverty. Next weeks draw is €7500 will be held in Duffy’s.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €11700. Numbers drawn were 2 3 22 27. One match 3 numbers Pauline O Donnell.
Our u6/8/10 had a good run out in their go games blitzes against TAD, Tynagh Abbey Duniry. They have two teams left to play Cappattagle & Ballinasloe having already played teams from Killimor Kiltormer Tommie Larkins & Meelick Eyrecourt.
Tickets for our Development draw are now in circulation at €50.Cash prices up to the value of €20,000 to be won. Your support would be appreciated.
The u14 hurlers travelled to Beaken last weekend where they participated in the Connacht Feile competition, well done to them.
The u16 hurlers play Cappattagle in the quarter final of their competition on July 7 with venue yet to be decided.


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of Portumna Vintage Club will be held in O Mearas Bar on Thursday 30th June (Tonight) at 9pm. The Clubs next event will be a Vintage/Classic car run on Sunday 17th July. Further details from Walter Burke.


Portumna Castle and Gardens Upcoming Musical Event
The Galway Music Residency, Galway Music Centre, will present as part of their summer evening programme the ‘Con Tempo String Quartet’ in concerts in three Galway castles over the weekend of the 8-10 July, 2016.
The first concert will take place in Portumna Castle and Gardens. On Friday 8 July starting at 7pm and will last approximately 90 minutes. Seating for 70 people. Warm clothing advised.
The RTE Contempo Quartet is currently Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence and is also the resident quartet on the West Coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency.


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