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Portumna Parish Notes


17th November 2017

Portumna wins at Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town Awards

Following a Portumna Chamber of Commerce initiative, Portumna was announced as Galway’s most Enterprising Town and was a second runner up in the Connacht/Ulster Regional Category at the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town Awards, at the Tullamore Court Hotel. The Enterprising Town program promotes partnership between business groups, chambers of commerce, local government and community groups to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business.

The judges apprised the attractiveness of Portumna’s public realm areas, business premises, signage, parking and accessibility. It is a credit to Portumna and the great work that is done in conjunction with Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development and many more agencies that so well with Portumna year in and year out.

Portumna Chamber of Commerce secretary, Paul Dillon, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for the town and area and illustrates what can be achieved when business and community collaborate.”

Portumna is hosting the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event in Portumna Community school on Saturday 2 December, where businesses from Portumna and the area will display what the area has to offer.

It is a fantastic event for the community to recognise what is in the area and the event this year will have a grande finale with the annual switching on of the Christmas lights by Santa. Many special guests will also be at the event, which is expected to be bigger than ever and showcase Portumna and all it has to offer.

Sinead Keon. IWAS World Games

Sinead Keon is travelling to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal along with 14 athletes as part of Team Ireland to compete in the IWAS World Games 2017. This is a multi-disability event running from the 30th November-6th December. Sinead will compete in Shot Putt and Javelin where she is hoping to secure a new season best. It is unusual to have a competition at this time of the year as most athletes would have been on a break. Sinead has been training hard since returning from the World Dwarf Games in Canada in August where she won Gold in Table Tennis and Bronze in Javelin.

The Games cater for athletes in Under 23, Open and Master (40+) classes and encapsulate the IWAS motto of Unity, Friendship and Sportsmanship. They provide competitive opportunities to sportsmen and sportswomen with a physical disability to follow a transparent pathway towards a successful future in their chosen sport in the Paralympic movement.

You can follow the games on Facebook: IWAS World Games and on Sinead's page: Galway's Pocket Rocket - Sinead Keon.

Portumna Kettlebells Club Representing Ireland

Five people from Portumna Kettlebell Club represented Ireland at the IUKL World Championships in Seoul South Korea last weekend bringing home 2 Gold and 5 Silver medals. Pat Kelly, Mary Burke, Olivia Cahalan, Morgan Claffey and Damien Burke. They qualified having placed in the top 3 in their weight division at the Irish nationals in Dublin last August. This is the culmination of a year’s hard training in which 4 of them already competed in the European champs in Latvia last May.

Portumna Kettlebell Club train out of their base in The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre on Clonfert Avenue, Portumna. Congratulations to the Irish Team overall.

There will be a reception to honour them on Friday 24 November at 8pm. All welcome.

Portumna and District A.R.A

On Thursday 23 November we are hosting our annual Christmas Flower arrangement night( tickets €5) with the ladies from Floribunda flower shop in Loughrea, arrangements to be raffled afterwards. Do join us for an entertaining night, open to visitors and friends, starting at 8 pm in the social hall Portumna Retirement Village.

Any member attending the Christmas dinner please pay Carol for your place before the flower show or on Thursday 30 November between 7 am and 8 am in the social hall.

Kavanagh Poetry Event

Join the Maple Poetry Group at 9pm on Thursday, November 30th in Horan’s Bar for a celebration of poetry to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the poet, Patrick Kavanagh. Bring along your favourite Kavanagh poems and share them in this informal exchange of rhyme and poetry.

From Raglan Road to A Christmas Childhood, Kavanagh is one of Ireland’s beloved poets. Touching on the local, rural as well as the political themes in life, many of his poems have featured on Ireland’s Top 50 poems. Readers, listeners and fans of poetry are all welcome. For further information call 087 2931055.

Shoebox Appeal

Portumna Community School Transition Year class organised the annual Shoebox Appeal collecting a total of 57 units for the National Appeal organised by Team Hope.

The aim of the project is to make sure that Christmas gifts are presented to some of the world’s most vulnerable children – many of whom will receive no other gift this Christmas. For some it’s the first gift they will ever receive.

Portumna GAA

There was no winner of last weekend lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4 17 24 27.Two people matched three numbers Kathleen Concannon & Lil Cramp. They each receive €50. Current jackpot €8100.

The Clubs A.G.M.will take placd in the Clubhouse on Sunday 10th December @2-30pm.

Again thanks to all the people who have supported our fundraising initiative at the minute There are still some tickets available.Anyone who would like to purchase one to support the club can do so by contacting any committee member.

Davitts Camogie Club.

Congrats to Katie Hodgins, Tynagh, winner of €300 in this week's 50/50 draw .The AGM of the club will take place on Thursday 30th Nov at 9pm in Duniry clubhouse. All parents and adult players are urged to attend & put forward their ideas for the successful running of the club in the year ahead.

Killimor GAA.

Last week's Killimor GAA lotto numbers were 7, 9, 16 and 25. The five lucky dips were Mike & Tina Gibbons, Brian Guinan, Grace Duffy, Tony Fahy and Mikey Murray. Next week’s jackpot is £2,000 and the draw will be held in Duffy’s.

Bridge Results.

Contract Bridge Club Results: 1st: Eileen Tuohy & Marie O'Meara. 2nd: Mary Jo Kelly & Kathleen Campbell. Gross: Kaye Duddy & Patsy Hanbury. 3rd: Geraldine Canning & Conor Finch. 4th: Noreen Cavanagh & Bernie Larkin.

79 Bridge Club Results: 1st: Brid Mc Namara & Bernie Larkin. 2nd: Patricia Blehein & Sheila Dillon. Gross: Charlie Mullen & Bridget Ryan. 3rd: Sean & Pauric Murray. 4th: Eileen Smith & Mary Jo Kelly