Published: Fri 27 Apr 2018

Portumna Parking, Laugh or You'll Cry

I'm always amazed at the wild abandon with which people park in Portumna, Co. Galway. Here's a little collection of some of my favourites.

Portumna Parking on Path Outside O'Mearas

I've categorised this best-of parking in Portumna into a few categories. Click to jump to a category:

  1. Parking in Disabled/Reserved Parking Spaces
  2. Parking on Corners
  3. Parking on Main Street
  4. Others

Parking in Disabled/Reserved Spaces

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Aldi

I guess I could park in a standard parking space, or I could needlessly take up a parent-and-toddler space. But why do that when I could needlessly take up two parent-and-toddler spaces.

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Aldi

If that last person is going to take up two spaces, then I'm going to take up four.

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Aldi

You know the way some people with disabilities need extra space getting in/out of their cars? Well, today I'm taking that extra space.

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Aldi

I have a mercedes; I'll park wherever I want to.

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Post Office

A favourite parking space for the fully-abled people of Portumna.

Portumna Parking | Disabled and Reserved Parking | Aldi

Busy? Not busy enough for me to not want to park in three parking spaces at the same time, two of which are for disabled people.

Parking on Corners

Parking on the corner of a street, while everyone is busy trying to pick up kids from school

This dreamboat thought the best place he/she could park, right at the time when that street is really busy with people collecting kids from school, was on the busiest corner of the town - just walking distance from the path.

Parking on Clossicks

I'll see your double yellow line, and raise you a car on top of it. Happy now?

Portumna Parking | Corners | Dr Fahy's

I don't particularly care if I am outside the doctor's surgery. If I want to park my car awkwardly, I damn well will.

Portumna Parking | Corners | Bank of Ireland

Know how I know this van is parked here (again, when this road is at it's busiest with people collecting kids from school) and not just waiting to pull out on to the road? Because there is no one in the van.

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Bank of Ireland

I'm not sure what I am trying to focus on here, the parking on the corner or the parking on the path. I think we have a problem with parking at school-collection times.

Parking on Main Street

(Yes, after 12 years living here, I still don't know the names of any of the roads!)

Portumna Parking | Main Street | O'Meara's

Sometimes there's just not enough room to park on the road!

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Cottage Store

Where the previous car ended, this one begins. It's just the circle of life.

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Cottage Store

Wide load? No just someone who can't/won't park properly.

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Blas

Oh, the irony of it all - my car!

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Pedestrian Crossing

Why would the children need to look up and down the road when at the pedestrian crossing? Can't they just cross and hope for the best?

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Bank of Ireland Car Park

Right, I've finished in the bank; now, how do I get out of the car park?

Portumna Parking | Main Street | O'Meara's

If a small car can do it, a large one can do it better.

Portumna Parking | Main Street | Blas

You can do up the road, but you'll never take our ability to park with wild abandon.

Other Parking

Portumna Parking | Others | Yellow Box

If you want to get into the yard that this yellow box services, you gotta wait until I let you.

Portumna Parking | Others | Yellow Box

Or, maybe you'll have to wait until I am willing to let you.

Portumna Parking | Others | Yellow Box

Or, maybe me. We all love this yellow box, y'know?

Portumna Parking | Others | Aldi

Yes, I do need to bring a trailer when I go shopping. And yes, I do need to take up 3 parking spaces with it.

Portumna Parking | Others | Aldi

At least this specimen didn't take up the disabled or parent-and-toddler spaces. Surprising really.

Portumna Parking | Others | Swimming Area

Obviously you want to get close to Lough Derg for a better view; and, anyway, surely no one is going to need to use the path?

And there you have it, the local's guide to parking in Portumna, Co. Galway. We hope you'll Visit Portumna soon.

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