11 August 2010

Mayor of County Galway to Attend Milwaukee Irish Festival
Portumna Tidy Towns
12th Terryglass Arts Festival
New Portumna to Loughrea Bus Service
Owen Treacy - All Ireland Puc Fada Winner
Woodford-Looscaun Vintage Rally In Aid Of Little People Ireland
Traditional Music Lessons
Portumna Castle & Gardens Celebrate Heritage Week 2010
National Campaign Day for the Arts
Portumna GAA Lotto
Annual Mass at Loughatorick Mass Rock
Refresher Course for Water Safety Instructors and Trainee Instructors
Unislim Classes

Mayor of County Galway to Attend Milwaukee Irish Festival
The biggest Irish festival in the United States takes place every year in Milwaukee in Wisconsin. This years festival is being held from the 19th to 22nd August. Mayor of County Galway Jimmy Mc Clearn will attend this years festival to promote business and tourism in the County. Mayor Mc Clearn said that this is an occasion where everything Irish will be on display from food to music and all aspects of Irish Culture. It attracts over 125,000 each year and provides a great opportunity to promote Ireland and all things Irish.

"I was surprised to learn on becoming Mayor that there were no plans for Galway to be represented at this years festival. I felt that this was too good an opportunity to miss in terms of what County Galway has to offer to anyone thinking of visiting Ireland. As Mayor it is my responsibility to promote the entire County from Portumna to Clifden and from Gort to Glenamaddy. But I feel that many would be tourists have never been made aware of what East Galway and the Lough Derg region has to offer, with many visitor attractions and excellent value in local hotels, restaurants and guest houses, our proximity to Shannon Airport.

125,000 people in the one place over a four day period and they all having an interest in or links with Ireland will present a great opportunity. Other parts of Ireland will be represented and I feel that it important Galway not lose out. I want to bring a message that despite the recession County Galway is open for business, we have what the visitor wants in both things to do and see and we have quality food and accommodation at a price that is affordable.

I will also be using the trip to make contact with Irish/American business people and explore any opportunities that may exist in this area" concluded Mayor Mc Clearn.


Portumna Tidy Towns
On Sunday 25th July a very successful car boot sale was held in Portumna Co-operative Mart. A huge number of cars turned out and a great day of buying and selling was had by all. The local Lions Club and their younger members in the "Leo" group held a very successful stall selling tea, coffee and snacks. A very big thanks is extended to Portumna and surrounding communities for their support and turn out on the day. All proceeds were in aid of Portumna Tidy Towns. The Committee propose to hold another sale in the near future. All had a great day.


12th Terryglass Arts Festival
With less than one week to go to the 12th Annual Terryglass Arts Festival, final preparations are being made for five days jam packed with music, comedy, film and the very best in family entertainment.

Kicking off the festival on Wednesday 18th August is a series of short films including Bye Bye Now by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O' Sullivan, The Herd and scenes feature documentary His & Hers by Ken Wardrop. This will be followed on Thursday 19th by Life Shop Till You Drop, a one woman farce with fast paced comedy and a wonderful feel good script. Keeping the comedy theme, Friday night sees the best talent on the Irish youth comedy scene perform in Terryglass Hall for Young Gifted and Green.

Also on Friday night is the headline act of the festival, when Ireland's first lady of musical theatre Rebecca Storm, takes to the stage in Terryglass Church for her 'Greatest Hits in Concert Show'. Ms. Storm will perform some of her most memorable songs from her career such as Tell Me it's Not True and Marilyn Munro from Blood Brothers, Don't Cry for Me Argentina from Evita, Woman in Love and You Don't Bring Me Flowers from The Streisand Songbook. Festival Chairperson Valerie Cotter is looking forward to welcoming Rebecca Storm and all the visiting artistes to Terryglass. "We are really pleased to have such a diverse programme of entertainment on offer at this year's Arts Festival. We are especially delighted to have secured an artist of Rebecca Storm's calibre and reputation as the headline act of the Festival," she said.

Terryglass Arts Festival also has a very active programme of events during the days of the festival especially for younger audiences. Workshops in drumming, backing, and circus performing are some of the highlights from a programme of over 60 workshops for all age groups. "Families play an important part in Terryglass Arts Festival. At this time of the year, many people are on holidays and visiting the area. We have a very diverse programme of workshops on offer this year and there is something to suit all ages," she concluded.

Tickets for all Festival events including Rebecca Storm, Life Shop Till You Drop and Young Gifted and Green and all workshops can be now be purchased online at www.terryglassartsfestival.ie. For those who prefer to book by telephone, the Festival committee is offering a pre-booking telephone service which is available from Monday 9th August 2010 by calling (087) 2181663. Tickets will then be held to be collected in the village hall from the festival box office from Monday 9th – Tuesday 17th August. Tickets must be paid for in full and collected within 48 hours of booking, otherwise tickets will be resold.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone booking until Tuesday 17th August at 5.00p.m. Remainder of tickets not sold by Tuesday 17th August will go on sale on from Thursday 19th August at 10am at the festival box office.


New Portumna to Loughrea Bus Service
A new service from Portumna to Loughrea will start on Monday, 23rd of August. This is a direct service to Loughrea via Killimor, with request stops en route. The bus will leave Portumna at 8.00 a.m. with the return trip departing Loughrea at 8.30 a.m. to arrive back in Portumna for 9.00 a.m. The evening service will depart Portumna at 4.00 p.m. and depart Loughrea at 5.00 p.m. Adult fare €5 return; under 18s €3; weekly ticket €15; under 5s free. The free travel pass is accepted.

The "Local Bus" is managed by South East Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company, set up by members of the community in 1997. The IRD centre is based in Abbey St, Portumna. The Local Bus now operates 19 services in South and East Galway, with approximately 1,300 passenger trips per month. The operation of the services is contracted out to local transport providers.

The Local Bus is part funded by the Department of Transport under the national Rural Transport Programme. It is co-ordinated by Bernie Coughlan, SE Galway IRD 090-9741867.


Owen Treacy - All Ireland Puc Fada Winner
Owen Treacy won the All Ireland Puc Fada last week in Cooley Mountains. To qualify he had to first win Galway and then Connacht. It took Owen 26 pucks to complete the course. Basically you follow a course of marked yellow rocks up the mountain - trying to avoid water, bog, rocks, heathers and a ravine in order to get the best footing (sometimes not possible) for stricking the next ball. The least amount of pucks the better. 2nd place was Sean Barry from Lismore, Waterford who took 28 pucks. James Skehill of Cappatagle came 3rd in the seniors.


Woodford-Looscaun Vintage Rally In Aid Of Little People Ireland
Sunday 1st August saw 63 vintage tractors along with cars; mopeds, bikes and even a camper van descend on Woodford for a charity tractor run. A large crowd turned out to see them off on a run across the Sliabh Aughty Mountains through Derrygoolin and returning to Woodford. Refreshments and food were provided in Elsies Bar. Many of the drivers returned for the evening entertainment and raffle. James Lyons and Oliver Flanagan won the 2 top prizes of Premium stand tickets for the All Ireland hurling semi finals. A magnum of champagne auctioned on the night went to Pat Fahy. Sponsor cards and monies should be returned to the organizers as soon as possible.


Traditional Music Lessons
Traditional Music Lessons now at The Portumna Social Services Day Care Centre, starting Saturday the 4th of September at 11am. All inquiries to Maureen at: 086 199 9828.


Portumna Castle & Gardens Celebrate Heritage Week 2010
This year Heritage Week runs from Saturday 21st August to Sunday 29th August inclusive. Once again Portumna Castle & Gardens are hosting free family events at the Castle to invite visitors to build awareness of their own local Heritage.

Saturday 21st – 'European Wild Child Day' activities for children to encourage their interest in nature and the outdoors.
Sunday the 23rd -FREE admission throughout the day with guided tours on the hour, subject to guide availability.
Sunday the 29th - 'A Vintage Garden Party'. Fun and games for all the family. Wear your most imaginative 'HAT'! Free Admission all day.

For further information on any of the above contact 090 9741658 or email portumnacastle@opw.ie, also be sure to look in the next two weeks Portumna Notes for details of events.


National Campaign Day for the Arts
As part of the Shorelines Arts Festival and to coincide with NCFA (National Campaign for the Arts) Friday 17th September is assigned as a National Day to highlight the importance and necessity of the Arts in all communities, Arts workers in constituencies around the country will be meeting with their local TDs. Amidst a nationwide media campaign, arts workers will be discussing with their local representatives the fundamental importance of the arts to Ireland's economic recovery. Portumna will be host town for this event in the East Galway, North Tipperary, Offaly and East Clare regions so all involved in the Arts will be invited as well as politicians. Further information will be available in the coming week in the newspapers and on www.portumnaartsgroup.com


Portumna GAA Lotto
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot worth 7000 euros. The numbers drawn were 1 4 20 24. Three people matched three numbers Joe Madden, Tommy Goonan and Eoin Fahy. They each receive 35 euros. Next Saturday night's jackpot is worth 7100 euros.


Annual Mass at Loughatorick Mass Rock
Mass will celebrated at Loughatorick Mass Rock on Sunday 15th August at 3pm. This Mass takes place on the site of an old penal church the outline of which can still be seen. The original Mass Rock that served as an altar in this church was brought to Woodford in Marian year 1954 and is part of the Marian shrine at the end of the town. Mass has been celebrated at the Loughatorick site annually on August 15th for over 30 years.


Refresher Course for Water Safety Instructors and Trainee Instructors
A refresher course for Water Safety Instructors and Trainee Instructors will be held at Boula Event Centre on Saturday 21st August from 10am-3pm, admission free. The course is designed to update past Water Safety Instructors and Trainee Instructors with current practices and will include land drill for approaches and Carries Breaks for drowning grips, B.L.S and Teaching Swimming. There will also be an introduction to A.E.D. (automated external defibrillator) for details contact 09097 41562.


Unislim Classes
Want to lose weight, and then try the Unislim classes at Portumna Retirement Village every Friday night from 7pm to 8pm. These classes are held in the social area.


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