26 July 2016

Improvement Works to Portumna Water Treatment Plant
Killimor GAA
Biodiversity Training
New Exhibition at the Workhouse
Dominican 800 Jubilee Year (1216 to 2016) Celebratory Pilgrimage
Ella’s Wish to Walk Fundraising
Portumna Tennis Club
Portumna GAA

Improvement Works to Portumna Water Treatment Plant
Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn has welcomed the decision by Irish Water to allocate €450,000.00 for improvement works to Portumna Water Treatment Plant. This plant which now not only serves Portumna but also Gurtanumera and Killimor will be upgraded with new filtration and ultra violet systems. The contract has been awarded to Electrical Pump Services. Work will commence in the immediate future and continue until mid December. Councillor Mc Clearn said that this improvement work was very important, as it would ensure that the most up to date equipment is installed in the Portumna plant.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 2, 7, 18 and 19. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were Martin Kelly, Kevin O Hara, Donal/Patsy/Paige & Conor Forde, JJ Briscoe and Pat Brien. Next week’s jackpot is £1,100 and the draw will be held in Duffy’s.


Biodiversity Training
Biodiversity Training Wednesday 3rd August 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 next training day on June 3rd. 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 Town's 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. The group will assemble at An Gáirdín. Numbers are limited.  Booking required by Monday 1st August. Contact 086 3847613 or 0872845443.


New Exhibition at the Workhouse
In partnership with the National Museum, the Irish Workhouse Centre is hosting  'Samhain' - an exhibition of photographs, soundscape, and writing created by groups of older people from around the island of Ireland. The Workhouse also continues to host exhibitions on archaeology, as well as the hugely popular ‘Houses of the Landed Society in Co Galway’. There is no charge for admittance to these exhibitions.


Dominican 800 Jubilee Year (1216 to 2016) Celebratory Pilgrimage
As part of the Dominican 800 Jubilee Year, on Saturday 6th August a Jubilee Pilgrimage to Historic Dominican Foundations, Portumna Abbey (12 noon), Lorrha Friary (3.30pm) and St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Boula, (6pm Mass) has been arranged.
Portumna Abbey was handed over to the Dominicans sometime in the fifteenth century; they remained until around 1710 from where they moved to Boula. The original Dominican site at Boula was hidden away out of view until work commenced on the new Dominican Church ‘St Peter & Paul’s’ in 1843. The friars lived in the Georgian house, Boula House, alongside the Church until 1899, when the Royston family then bought it. The last Friar to reside in Boula was Fr Kenny and when the Dominicans left he moved to Scotland. Great numbers of people gathered every year at Boula on St Dominic’s Day for a special Mass. Fr Kenny returned to Boula for St Dominic’s Day until he died.
As part of the Dominican 800 celebrations the Dominicans in St Peter and Paul’s Church will once again celebrate St Dominic’s Day Mass on Saturday 6 August at 6pm followed by refreshments in Boula Hall. Dominican Friars, Sisters and Laity welcome people to join with them in prayer, in one or all of the site visits and be part of this unique celebratory day.


Ella’s Wish to Walk Fundraising
5 Km fun run/walk in Killimor Co. Galway in aid of Ella’s Wish to Walk. Run commences at Killimor Leisure and fitness facilities (old national school), entry fee €20, €5 for U16s. All welcome including families and buggies.Fun run to be followed by a fun filled evening of entertainment and food; fundraising BBQ, sponsored leg wax and music in Treacys’s bar from 5pm.
We have been granted a permit to do a bucket collection on Friday 29 July at the Galway Races, so please back us on the day. Also we will be collecting Shop St, Quay St, Debenhams, Headford Retail Park, Eyre Square as well as the racecourse.


Portumna Tennis Club
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.
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club has been extremely well represented in the North Tipp Open Tennis Championships at Nenagh LTC, Puckane Open and Senior Open Week in Birr in the past few weeks and have been victorious or finalists across all grades in the three Open Competitions.
There was a record entry at the AIB North Tipp Open Tennis Championships at Nenagh, which also saw a huge entry from the Portumna contingent. Portumna had its highest ever number of victories across three different grades. Congratulations to Sean Kennedy and Helen Lawless (Galway) Division 3 Mixed Doubles, Sean Kennedy and Martin Ryan (Nenagh) Division 3 Men’s Doubles, Conor Hyland and Richard Brandt Division 5 Men’s Doubles, and Naomi Cormacan and Gillian Dunne on both Division 5 & 6 Ladies Doubles. Congratulations and hard luck to runners up Orla Connelly and Conor Hyland Division 5 Mixed Doubles and Gillian Dunne and Keith Mulhall in the Division 6 Mixed Doubles. Congratulations and well done to Naomi Cormacan and Richard Brandt on their win in the mixed doubles Section C in the Puckane Open. This final was an all Portumna which saw Orla Connelly and Keith Mulhall putting up a great battle resulting in a very close 3 set final. Well done and hard luck to runners up Eimear Mulhall and Ciara Molloy in the Ladies Doubles C at Birr.
Congratulations and well done to all members who took part in the three Competitions and thanks to the committees of the three clubs for their hospitality and for putting on great tennis for all, both on and off the court.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €12,100. The number's drawn were 1, 8, 25, 27. One person matched three numbers Joseph Madden.
The club held a very successful Cul Camp again this year with over a hundred and twenty children participating. A big thank you to all the boys and girls who took part and also to the Coaches for a very enjoyable week.
The Michael Blake Memorial took place in the field last Sat where teams from Killimor, Meelick, Eyrecourt, Borrisokane, Padraig Pearses (Roscommon), Tuam, and St Thomas took part. The final turned out to be a very close encounter where Portumna narrowly beat St Thomas. A big thank you to all the team's who took part. Special thanks to Victor Blake who sponsored the tournament in honour of his late father Michael.


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