27 August 2008


Ouroboros Theatre Company & Portumna Castle
Owen Treacy - Shot Putt Winner
25.5 Series Triathlon
Portumna Camera Club
Fiddle Classes
The Nunnery
Shorelines Arts Festival
Soccer - Wanted! Manager for second U8 team
Gra Autism Awareness
Wedding Fair
Heritage week at the Castle
Woodford Parent & Toddler Group


Ouroboros Theatre Company & Portumna Castle
Those of you born and bred in Portumna will have known the “Old Castle” when it was a ruin (and those of us bold enough will have played inside this ruin), but alas no more. Thanks to the foresight of the OPW the castle and its grounds have been restored to a very high standard. Last Saturday and Sunday evening those of us lucky enough to be there were fortunate to be entertained to an evening of wonderful theatre, Brian Friels “Translations”, performed by Ouroborus. The play is about language, it is also about the creation of an Ordance Survey of Ireland; changing Irish place names from Gaelic into English, eg Bun ná Habhann – Burnfoot. The action takes place in a hedge school and here we meet our characters; the Master, his sons, the pupils, the English Captain,, his Lieutanant, and of course the infant prodigy who is fluent in Latin and Greek, most of the dialogue and action takes place in the hedge school except for one scene which takes places outside -literally- under the Ash/Rowan tree. A beautiful romantic scene indeed. I cannot compliment the company enough on their acting, costumes, lighting, but of course the setting inside the Old Castle was brilliant, more please. A special thank you to Marie Gibbs Guide Supervisor and her staff who were on hand to give assistance to the public at all time, and to the OPW for having the foresight to restore the castle to its original design. It would be a miss of me not to mention Liam Keane who is always on hand to give assistance in his capicity as the Caretaker for the OPW.

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Owen Treacy - Shot Putt Winner
It was Galway versus Mayo again last week in Mosney at The Community Games National finals and again Galway came out with a win as Owen Tracey triumphed over his Mayo rival in the Shot Putt Final to claim gold for Galway. This is an astonishing result for Owen, who has a great future in the sport, to win gold in such a competitive event is a remarkable achievment. Heartiest Congratulations to Owen and to his Parents Vincent and Bernie.

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25.5 Series Triathlon
The 25.5 series - swim, bike, run will be held in Portumna on Sunday 27th September. The programme is as follows - Sprint Triathlon 10.30am 500 metre swim, 20 kilometre cycle and a 5Km run. Mini Try-athlon at 9.30am, 150 metre swim, 3km cycle, and 1km run. 1km Children fun race at 9am. Enter online www.runireland.com.

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Portumna Camera Club
Yes we are back in action after the summer break, and what a fun packed year we have for you. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd September at 8pm in The Maple kitchen. New members are always very welcome to join at any time. It has been proposed that Portumna Camera Club and Portumna Pen Pushers will come together on a joint project, the proposed project is to take the form of a calendar. To choose the images that will be used, each member is been asked to submit a number of images on the theme “Portumna” (1, 2, 3) in a sealed envelope with no identifying marks on them to Sheila Hoary in Picture This before the 1st September, Sheila will take the images to the meeting on Tuesday 2nd September the group will pick 15 images that they think should go into the Calendar, so get snapping. We will keep you up to date on all events.

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Fiddle Classes
Those of you that may be interested in playing the fiddle, Maureen Browne will start giving lessons from September this year to find out more contact her on 086 1999828.

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The Nunnery
The Nunnery in the Convent of Mercy Portumna, which is a heritage building is open to the Public from now until Thursday 23rd October Monday-Saturday inclusive 12noon to 4pm daily for further information contact Bernard Kelly 086 8502655

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Shorelines Arts Festival
The Shorelines Arts Festival will take place in Portumna from September 11-14th. Watch out for the programmes now in circulation and book an event that suits you. This is a first venture by Portumna Arts Group and includes something for all age groups. Any local artists who may like to display their work in the Art/ Photographic Exhibition in the Convent Chapel are invited to call Eileen on 0873136940 to organise delivery etc. This exhibition and the festival will be launched by well known actor and TV personality, Pauraic Breathnach on Thursday Sept 11th. The exhibition will be open during the Festival from 12-4pm daily and admission is free. Members of the committee are visiting local businesses inviting the public to become a Friend of the Festival for a donation of €20-this can be sent to Eileen Smith, Treasurer Portumna Arts Group, Bridge Rd., Portumna. All contributions are welcomed.

 

Workshop in Drama/Dance On Saturday, Sept 13th, from 2-5pm., Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre will facilitate a Drama/Dance workshop for children from 6 years up in Portumna Town Hall. This costs €10 to take part and booking forms are on the Shorelines Festival Programme. The workshop will end with a performance for the parents at 5pm and places are limited to first come, first served! So get booking now. Paula, with her husband Philip are renowned for the quality of theatre they produce and Portumna is so lucky to attract her to Portumnaa for an afternoon.

 

Drumming Workshop: The facilitator of an African Drumming Workshop for all ages-children/adults in Portumna Retirement Village on Sunday Sept 14th at 2pm is Eddie O Neill, a well known drummer/percussionist/rhythm therapist who has been working in this field for some 30 years. Eddie has studied all over the world with many great drummers/percussionists from African drumming to Japanese Taiko drumming and general drum-kit styles. Eddie's school percussion workshops, adult rhythm retreats, corporate team-building sessions and work as a rhythm therapist with people with learning or personal difficulties has been highly acclaimed throughout the country for many years now. Eddie is a member of the international drum circle facilitators guild. This costs €10 to take part and booking forms are on the Shorelines Festival Programme.

 

Writing Workshops: Iggy McGovern will facilitate the writers group workshop in An Gairdin. Martin Dyar will facilitate the young people's workshop in Sign Out Youth Cafe; and Derek Coyle will work with members of the Active Retirement Groups in the Social Centre of Portumna Retirement Village. Pre-booking is necessary and forms are available on the Shorelines Festival programme which is widely available. For €10 per workshop, this is an ideal opportunity for aspiring and experienced writers to get their pens out. For more information, call Noelle @ 087 293 1055 or visit www.portumnaartsgroup.com

 

Youth Theatre: Fergal Darcy, the new voice of 102-104FM will facilitate the Youth Theatre Workshop for young people aged 12 upwards, on Sunday Sept 14th in Portumna Town Hall at 2.30pm. This costs €10 to take part and booking forms are on the Shorelines Festival Programme or visit www.portumnaartsgroup.com. Numbers are limited so booking in advance is essential. Fergal is delighted to join us here in Portumna as his Grandmother grew up in Portumna and he has strong links with relations in the area. He will provide a vibrant and fun afternoon-so get you name in!

 

A weekend of Arts activities in Portumna with help from Galway County Council Arts Office, Poetry Ireland, Portumna Credit Union, and lots of local sponsors Sept 11th-14th www.portumnaartsgroup.com or call 087 293 1055

 

Thursday Sept 11th- 7.30pm Opening by Paraic Breathnach in Convent Chapel and Launch of "THe Eye of the Beholder" a Photographic Exhibition by Joe Geoghegan and an Artists exhibition featuring local artists.

 

Friday Sept 12th 6pm Car Treasure Hunt from Portumna Town Square- €40 per car- Register at the Town Square 9pm Reading with Iggy Mc Govern & Derek Coyle in the Chapel, Portumna Retirement Village- in conjunction with Poetry Ireland-Admission Free

 

Saturday Sept 13th 11am- Remember in September- Portumna Retirement Village where residents and members of the Maple Poetry Group & Portumna Pen Pushers will share rhymes, poems and readings. 2pm - Writing Workshop forYoung People - in Sign Out Youth Cafe- Facilitator-Martin Dyar- Prebooking necessary- Cost-€10 2pm- Writing Workshop for Active Retirement Groups- in Social Centre, Portumna Retirement Village- Facilitator-Derek Coyle- Prebooking necessary- Cost-€10 2pm- Writing Workshop for Writing Groups- in An Gairdin- Facilitator- Iggy Mc Govern- Prebooking necessary- Cost-€10 2pm Drama / Dance Workshop for children from 6years old in Portumna Town Hall -Facilitator- Paula Short-Prebooking necessary- Cost-€10 8pm-The Shore a collaboration of piano and poetry with Martin Dyar and Conor Walsh in Portumna Castle -Admission Free

 

Sunday, Sept. 14th 12.00 Noon- Soup, Song And Sambo in Horan's Corner House- local singers, writers & reciters invite all to celebrate the gift of having a voice! 2.00pm-African Drumming Workshop in the Social Centre, Portumna Retirement Village with Eddie O'Niell -for all age groups-Prebooking necessary- Cost-€10 2.30pm Youth Theatre Workshop in Portumna Town Hall for young people from 12 years with Fergal Darcy -Prebooking neessary- Cost-€10 5pm for Barbara- A reflective hour with family, friends and those who shared Barbara's Sunshine- in An Gairdin- Admission-Free

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Soccer - Wanted! Manager for second U8 team
Due to the number of children interested in joining the club at the youngest level this season, the club is looking for a volunteer to come forward to fill the role of manager for a second under 8 team so that all children can be accomodated. Full training will be given to the person taking charge of the team. People interested please contact either Ger O Sulivan 0868167463 or David Flaherty 0879837366. The club is also considering entering a Girls U17 team into the girls league this year. To determine how many girls are interested the club is asking any girls who wish to play football on Saturdays to please contact Abe Kennedy on 086 1060811 or David Flaherty on 087 9837366 within the next few days.

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Gra Autism Awareness
Co. Galway and City Vintners fundraising walk to aid Gra Autism awareness. Please support your local Publican on the weekend of the 29th to 31st August. Walk will take place in Portumna Forest Park. We need as many walkers as possible to raise money for this charity which is situated in Loughrea, but provides support and information for parents of children with Autism throughout the County. For more details please contact Gra 091 870905.

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Wedding Fair
The Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club are hosting their Autumn Wedding Fair on Sunday 21st September. The event will provide inspiration for couples, with an unrivalled list of exhibitors and a bridal fashion show in the afternoon. Visitors can also avail of the opportunity to speak to the hotel's wedding coordinator on the day. Admission is free.

The hotel is also proud to announce 'Mike Denver's Dancing Weekend of Country Music' from 14-16th November 2008. The weekend is the first of its kind at the hotel and will also feature Roly Daniels, The Conquerors, Big Chief Noel Brady and Ray Lynam. Special two night accommodation packages - including breakfast and evening meals - are available. With an all-star lineup, the weekend is expected to be a sell-out. For further informationcontact the hotel on (090) 974 1777.

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Heritage week at the Castle
On Friday 29th at 7.30 Sharp, The Frevo Quartet, Aisling Agnew-Flute, Matthew McAllister-Guitar, Feargus Heatherington-Violin and Douglas Whates-Bass, will be performing music from Argentina, Brazil, France and the Celtic nations, including new arrangements from their recent release. The unusual combination of instruments evokes a distinctive sound,one that is more synonymous with traditional Latin American music than Western art music. Whether its a simple Cuban habanera or a fiery Argentinian tango, the quartet relish this rich tradition, delivering fascinating arrangements and interesting twists on repertoire both old and new. Admission Free

 

Sunday 31st from 2pm-5.30. Family Day – Free Admission All Day. 17th Century Boule on the Lawn. - A competition for all ages. Get your team together and come and join in the fun while learning new skills. Sign up at Reception. David Mooney & Beth Storey will display medieval arms and armour which will include interactive Dress-up for children. Local Fas instructor Brian Simpson will demonstrate the intricate skills involved in Thatching. Facepainting -Roisin and Maedhbh will turn you into a Princess,Prince or Pirate! At 3pm (sharp) for one performance only the Spring Onion Puppet Theatre will perform 'Moving House' A rainy afternoon stops Jack from going outside to play, but his imagination cannot be confined inside the walls of his house. Will the audience help him with his homework? Will he learn how to be a Doctor in time to help the Queen? Why isn't he allowed to play in his father's cupboard? Will the helicopter run out of petrol? All these questions will be answered on the day!

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Woodford Parent & Toddler Group
The group reconvenes on Sept. 4th after the summer break. The group meets from 10 a.m. till 12 midday in Youth Club Hall every Thurs. morning. New toddlers/parents/childminders are very welcome to call in for playtime/chat/tea.!!

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