05 July 2016

Speech and Drama
Table Quiz
Tiernascragh National School
Portumna GAA Cúl Camp
Archaeology at the Workhouse
Portumna Kettlebells
Woodford News
Portumna GAA
Puppet Show in Portumna library
Killimor GAA
Invasive Alien Species in East Galway - Identification and Control
News From Lorrha School
Open Day on Matt Fogarty’s Tree Farm

Speech and Drama
Patrice Murray will be teaching Speech and Drama in the Sign Out Cafe in Portumna on Saturdays starting in September. This course involves: performing in a play, mime, improvisation, clear speech, oral presentation, circle time etc. Patrice is a primary school teacher. She has completed a Masters in Education and an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama. Class times: Junior Infants - Second Class 10:10:45 Third Class - Sixth Class 10:45 - 11:30. Please ring 0877564712 or email patriceolivia86@gmail.com to enrol your child.


Table Quiz
A table quiz in Memory of Bridie Clarke will take place in Portumna Golf Club on Friday 22 July at 9pm. Bridie was a very active member of our Community and involved in a number of worthy causes. We hope this event will be a fitting tribute to her goodness.


Tiernascragh National School
The students of Tiernascragh National School recently held a cake sale at their school to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. The sale was an incredible success and raised an astounding €1270. Their achievement was described as extraordinary by the Irish Cancer Society given that the amount raised equated to just over €40 per student at the school. School Principal Melanie McNamara said that she was very proud of the tremendous efforts of every one of the students who were determined to raise as much as possible for their chosen charity.
Tiernascragh NS is now closed for the summer break but will re-open in the autumn with revised school hours. As of September, the school will start classes at 9.00am and finish at 2.40pm.


Portumna GAA Cúl Camp
The GAA Cul camp will take place in the field on Monday 18th July to Friday 22nd July. Registration will take place on Monday evening 27th June in the GAA clubhouse from 6pm-7pm. Contact coaching officer Ivan Canning for further details 087 1376666.


Archaeology at the Workhouse
For the first time the exhibitions from the archaeological projects of the N6 Galway to Ballinasloe motorway and the N18 Oranmore to Gort motorway have been brought together at the Irish Workhouse Centre. The mini-exhibition is the first of three being launched at the Workhouse this summer. There is no admission charge.


Portumna Kettlebells
Our most recent outing was to the Delta Dome, where the Limerick Grand Prix 5 minute competition was held on June 18th. This was another successful day for the club with personal bests and medals in all grades accomplished. The results were as follows; Maggie Duff, Long Cycle 16kg, Bronze; Damien Burke, Long Cycle 16kg, Silver, Snatch 16kg, Silver, Jerk 16kg, Silver; Robert Moeran Long Cycle 20kg Gold, Snatch 20kg Bronze, Brian Kenny, Snatch 16kg Silver. The day ended with our relay team of Maggie Duff, Olivia Cahalan, Sylvia O'Rourke, Damien Burke, Morgan Claffey and Josh Hayes (Marble City Club) victorious in Gold position.
Club training continues on Friday evening at 8pm in the Engine Room Portumna.


Woodford News
Sprocket Rocket In Woodford: Woodford Parish Development hope to launch a Safe Cycling Programme for children called Sprocket Rocket. Children aged between 7 and 11 years are taught fundamental cycling skills by qualified Sprocket Rocket Instructors. The programme focuses on 4 main skills; Cornering, Pedalling, Braking and Balance. We are looking for volunteers to participate in the Sprocket Rocket Instructors one day training programme which will take place in Woodford. The cost of the course is €30. If you are interested in becoming a tutor please contact Josephine at 086 2600215.
Cemetery Mass Woodford: Woodford Parish Development will host some light refreshments after the Cemetery Mass in Woodford on Fri. next 8th July. The Mass will be preceded at 7.45 p.m. with Rosary and Blessing of Graves with Mass at 8 p.m. An invitation is extended to all those attending the Mass to come to the Community Hall afterwards to meet and chat over a cuppa. This is a great opportunity to meet with old friends from the Parish and renew acquaintances. We look forward to seeing you there - please tell your family members and friends.
Reading The Landscape: Galway Community Heritage are holding a Training Programme in the Heritage Centre Woodford entitled Reading the Landscape. A general overview of the heritage of the Lough Derg region will be provided through class based lectures while the landscape around Woodford  will be used as a ‘microcosm’ case study for practical application of field work techniques. The Course which will run over 6 days between July and September is free of Charge and is limited to 15 participants. If you are interested please contact Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway Co Co at 091 509198 or email woodfordparishdevelopment@gmail.com. Further information on: woodfordgalway.com.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €11800. The numbers drawn were 8 15 16 19. Two people matched three numbers. Ann Callnan & Martin Farrell. They each receive €50.
The senior hurling championship resumes at the weekend with Portumna Playing Ardrahan in the final group game in Gort on Sat eve @6-30pm.
The Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will take place on Mon 18 July in G.A.A. grounds. For those of you who have not already registered you can do so be contacting Celia 087 1342148.
Tickets for our upcoming development draw are still available to purchase @ €50 Great prizes to be won to the value of €20,000. A big thank you to all the people who have already supported the draw. Your support would be very much appreciated to help us complete the final phase of pur development.


Puppet Show in Portumna library
Pignut Productions presents, ‘The Trouble with Fairies’. A Puppet Show, in Portumna library, Wednesday 20 July at 2.30pm.Ages 3-5 year olds and families. This event is free.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks Lotto numbers were 4, 9, 10 and 24. The five lucky dips winners were John & Marie Larkin, Sean & Rose Gibbons, Brendan Treacy, Martin Mooney and the Brehony Clan. Next weeks jackpot is €7600 in Treacys.


Invasive Alien Species in East Galway - Identification and Control
Invasive plant species introduced from other countries can cause serious environmental and economic problems. Japanese knotweed is one of the most commonly encountered invasive species in East Galway but other species include Giant Hogweed, Himalayan balsam and Rhododendron. They spread rapidly, colonising roadsides, riverbanks, woodland and farmland. They push out native plants and the wildlife that live on them and block access to rivers and lead to erosion of banks. They can be very difficult to remove and it may take several years to get a large infestation under control. Many individual landowners and community groups are working on invasive species control projects and Elaine O’Riordan, Manager of the Galway County Biodiversity Project provides advice and support with this.
Elaine will give a talk on the identification and control of invasive alien weeds in East Galway in the Heritage Centre, Woodford on Wednesday 13 July at 8pm. All are welcome.


News From Lorrha School
Congratulations is extended to Conor Kennedy a member of the Portumna Soccer Team who won player of the year in the U10 soccer group and he also received a medal in the Midland League U10 runners up. Conor who is a 3rd class pupil in Lorrha N.S. was presented with his awards at a recent Portumna Town Awards evening. Well-done Conor. We also congratulate our 6th class pupil Patrick Young who won a medal with Portumna Town Football club when the lads won the U13 Midlands League Shield Final recently. Well-done Patrick.
TG4 televised a documentary about rural Ireland recently in which Lorrha featured along with our pupils. They all looked wonderful welcoming the cameras with a Cead Mile Fáilte.
Army Band. Our thanks to the members of the Army band who entertained us with a lovely musical selection on Friday 17th. Due to the inclement weather we had to adjourn to the Church and we thank Fr. Pat for his welcome. Many thanks also to all who turned out for the occasion and for the raising of the 4th green flag afterwards. We also welcomed our new first years to the school and they had a great time mixing and playing with their new friends.
Water Safety: Garda David Lee visited the school recently and advised the pupils of playing safely when near water and how to be extra careful on the beach this summer.
Maths Trail: The pupils went on a math’s trail around Lorrha village before the summer break. Their teachers had set questions on various topics of interest, which also served to bring awareness of the history, which is all around the village, and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.
The staff at Scoil Lua Naofa wishes all pupils and their families a happy and safe summer.


Open Day on Matt Fogarty’s Tree Farm
Matt Fogarty, the national and internationally known tree master from Ballinderry, County Tipperary will lead a walking tour of his award winning tree farm, located just outside Terryglass Village. The walk will take place this Saturday 9 July at 1pm. This event is free and Matt would love to see young and old attend this educational walk. Mary McEvoy, actress, who was known up and down the country in the 1980s as Biddy married to Miley, in the RTE rural soap ‘Glenroe’. The walk, which last 2hrs approx. will be of particular interest to wildlife and nature enthusiasts.


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