30 August 2016

The Gallery at the Workhouse
Mountain Skills Training
Shannon Flood Risk Management Study
The Chip Van Plays Dixie
Banagher Horse Fair
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Portumna GAA
Portumna Golf Club
Killimor GAA

The Gallery at the Workhouse
The committee of the Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna, has the great pleasure of inviting you to the opening of our Art Exhibition. Along with work by local artists, we are proud to be showing work by invited artists Ken Browne, Eamonn Byrne, Hugh Frazer, Joyce Little, Patrick Reel and Eithne Roberts.
The exhibition will be opened by Donnacha Cahill, whose Megaloceros will greet you as you arrive! Sunday 4th September 5-7pm. RSVP: Margaret 086 3195603 and Jackie 087 6319890.


Mountain Skills Training
Objectives of the course: This scheme aims to help hill walkers look after themselves in Irelands Mountains. The Mountain Skills training covers all the basic skills necessary to walk safely and enjoyably in the hills. It does not qualify people to lead groups in the mountains but is the prerequisite for people who are interested in entering the Mountain Leader Award scheme.
The Programme: The course is run by approved adventure centres and individual Mountain Skills trainers to the guidelines set down by BOS Bord Oiliunt Sleibhe (Irish Mountaineering Training Board). The course is open to anybody over the age of 16 and is ideal for people who have some hill walking experience and would like to learn how to navigate and look after themselves in the Irish Mountains. Normally the course is run over two weekends or one four/five-day week and includes one night navigation exercise. There is some classroom based parts but most of the course is based outdoors on the mountains.
Syllabus: Navigation: Map scales, symbols, grid references, relief depiction, Ordnance survey maps: scales, suitability and reliability, Distance measurement, Calculating distance travelled and height climbed, Feature recognition, map setting and self-location, Use of compass for following and taking bearings & simple resections, Navigation using map alone and with map and compass, Simple navigation techniques & Night navigation, Route planning: escape routes, choice, bad weather alternatives etc.. Personal safety on steep ground: Safe movement in ascent and descent of broken ground, Route finding difficulties in ascent and decent, Hazard avoidance, Discussions: Personal equipment, Mountain hazards: climatic and topographical, Emergency procedures: preventing, diagnosing and treating mountain Hypothermia. Procedure in the event of an accident. Mountain Rescue: Teams and call-out procedures.
Course Director: Ronan Mullen is an International Mountain Leader and Mountain Skills Trainer. Ronan has been working professionally in the outdoors since 1997. He has extensive climbing, trekking and expedition experience that includes the Arctic Circle, Alps, Australia, Wales, Scotland and all over Ireland. He has served as the Team Leader and Training Officer of Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team Wicklow- one of Irelands busiest Mountain Rescue Team. www.adventure.ie
Course price is normally €150 for Mountain Skills / weekend. We can provide a discounted rate at €125.


Shannon Flood Risk Management Study
Public Consultation for the Shannon Flood Risk Management Study in conjunction with the Office of Public Works.
Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Sean Canney visited Portumna recently following a request from Councillor Jimmy Mc Clearn to view the area proposed for a floodgate on Connacht Harbour. Councillor Mc Clearn said that he was anxious that the Minister see for himself the benefit this flood gate would be for Portumna as it would ensure that there be no more flooding on Bridge Road and would remove the threat of flooding to the town.
Jacobs Engineering Group is currently conducting a public consultation in conjunction with the Office of Public Works on the Shannon Flood Risk Management Study. The consultation seeks public and stakeholder comment and observation on the measures now being proposed as the preferred and feasible measures, to address known significant flood risks for the River Shannon.
Members of the public are invited to attend a public consultation event to be held at the Social Centre at Portumna Retirement Village on 15th September from 12 noon to 7.30pm where they can ask questions in relation to the draft Flood Risk Management Plan.
Further details on this consultation, including the date by which observations or comments are required, are available on the Office of Public Works website: www.opw.ie/FloodPlans.


The Chip Van Plays Dixie
Along life’s strange journey we encounter family, friends, relations and random strangers some of whom leave their mark upon us. Others we cross the street to avoid as if they will contaminate the very air we breathe. Our friends can have the greatest impact on us after all we choose them whereas our families are foisted upon us.
Robert Iles play ”The Chip Van Plays Dixie” is about the meeting of two random strangers, Babs and Gary at a cemetery bench. Venue, Town Hall Portumna, Friday 16 September at 7pm.


Banagher Horse Fair
The Annual Street Horse Fair will be held on Sunday 18 September 2016. Keeping tradition alive. Granted by Royal Charter since the 1600s and in existence way before this time. An ancient gathering /meeting place for people. This is a national event attracting people from the 32 counties each year. A town proud of its heritage and culture. Horse dealers of every description attend. Photographers have a field day meeting the characters. All welcome.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Autumn meetings will resume at 8 o'clock in Portumna Retirement Village social hall Thursday 15 September. Final arrangements for “ARA Go On” festival will be made.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend lotto jackpot worth €12600. The numbers drawn were 3, 11, 22, 26. Two people matched three numbers Sjcordandngtn & Martin Dolphin.
The club would like to thank sincerely all the people who sold tickets and who bought tickets for our recent fundraiser and to people who took to the roads selling to make our draw very successful. Winners were: 1st €10,000 Boula Development Committee Seller Celia Keane, 2nd Prize €5,000 Marian Murphy Kiltormer Seller Celia Keane, 3rd prize 2 All Ireland tickets overnight stay in Hotel & €500 cash Adrian Hoare Boula Seller Fiona O Meara, 4th Prize 2 All Ireland tickets overnight stay in Hotel & €500 Patrick Tully Gort Seller Cormac Tully, 5th Prize €500 Ger Keane Seller Joe Keane, 6th Prize €500 Donal Burke Gurtha Seller Phil Coleman, 7th prize €500 Nancy Dolan Clara Seller Margueriette Dolphin, 8th Prize €500 Eithne Madden Coolpora Seller Joe Madden, 9th Prize €500 Liam Walsh Galway Seller Ollie Canning, 10th Prize Michael Larkin Craughwell Seller Fiona O Meara. A big congratulations to all the winners.
Our u21 team play Moycullen away on Fri eve in their next group game. Best of luck to all involved.
Eugene Mc Entee is president of Baireoire na Gaillimhe golf society and on Fri @2pm he is holding a club day at Portumna Golf Club where Frankie Canning senior is been honoured with Baireoire Hall of Fame. Well done to Frankie and an invitation is extended to club members who would like to be a part of this great occasion.


Portumna Golf Club
Portumna golf club presents an unmissable cookery demonstration by renowned celebrity chef Neven Macguire, on Wednesday 7th September at the Shearwater hotel; Ballinasloe. There will also be an artisan food fair on the night. This is an unmissable event for all cooking enthusiasts. Tickets are just €20 and are available at Portumna golf club house, at the Shearwater hotel or contact Ger Lynch 087 260 4496.
From a very young age, one of Neven's favourite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook; his pastime soon became his passion, as he began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10, a passion that only intensified as Neven went through his teenage years.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 12, 15, 16 and 21. The five lucky dips (£20) were Adam Mcgann, Mary Gaynor, Joe Heagney, Joseph & Teresa Fahy and Gerard Kelly. Next weeks jackpot is £1,600 and the draw will be held in Treacys.


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