01 September 2010

Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival, 16th – 19th September
Part in Disney Film Plays Prominent Role in Irish Jockey's Memoir
Davitts Camogie Club
Presentation of Water Safety Certificates
Portumna GAA
Portumna Red Cross
St. Brendan's National School, Derryoober
Aladdin in Shragh Hall, Woodford
Slow Food Galway

Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival, 16th – 19th September
With just over three weeks to go, don't miss the 3rd annual Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival from 16th – 19th September. Highlights include a great line up of nightly entertainment attractions and a bumper programme of events to keep all the family entertained. As a multi disciplinary arts festival the programme includes the annual arts exhibition, dance, theatre, music, poetry, film, storytelling and performance.

  • For followers of traditional music, song and dance, a mega concert in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Thursday, 16th Sept., featuring guest artist Matt Keane, dancers Mystic Force and a multitude of local musicians, singers and dancers. An event for all the family, €10/€8.
  • Singer Mick Hanly, who wrote "Past the Point of Rescue" with support from local singer-songwriter Joe Casey at the Shannon Oaks Hotel, Saturday, 18th Sept. at 8pm. Tickets €10 at the door.
  • Shorelines Showcase, an entertaining evening of miscellany, with writers Noel Monahan and Mai Leonard, in the Church of Ireland, Friday, 17th September at 8pm. Tickets €10.
  • An outdoor drama, The Weaver's Grave, adapted by local writer Mark Conroy, will be staged at Portumna Abbey on Sunday afternoon, 19th September.
  • Con Tempo String Quartet, the wonderful Galway Ensemble-in-Residence from Rumania, closing the festival on Sunday, 19th Sept. at 7.30pm. Tickets €10.
  • The Shorelines Arts Exhibition returns featuring art, photography, furniture and sculptures from local and visiting artists.
  • Children will be entertained with balloon sculpture making, a story telling caravan, felt making, clown dance and drama workshops, the young children of the area will be very busy.
  • Literary and Film evenings, Book Launches and a Shoreline Showcase of works from local songwriters and writers assisted by Noel Monahan and Mai Leonard as readers and workshop facilitators, catering for all levels and age groups.
  • With Hip-Hop, Movement and Dance workshops from Cherrie Worthington Eyre, Drama with Paula & Philip Short, a Band Workshop with Tony Hogan and Youth Theatre for teenagers, this week-end will be vibrant, creative, inclusive and above all fun.
For information on participating or helping, contact Noelle Lynskey: 087 2931055 or Mark Conroy: 087 3689507. For up-to-date information about Shorelines Arts Festival, visit www.ShorelinesArtsFestival.com

Part in Disney Film Plays Prominent Role in Irish Jockey's Memoir
Thomas Foley followed his dream - he was born in Portland Lorrha, to Danny Foley and his wife Breda Moore, he went to School in Portumna, first the National School and then the Community College, and until junior cert then it was horses. Tommy left for America in 97 and has been there since. He was the leading apprentice jockey in America in 2001 and also champion jockey in money won in 2003, Tommy has won races in the States, Japan and New Zealand, this is his first book.

Irish jump and flat jockey Thomas Foley is enjoying one of the best years of his career and he's not even riding on the back of a Thoroughbred to do it. Starting on October 8 of this year, Thomas will appear in Walt Disney Studios' feature film Secretariat and on the same day, award-winning American publisher Caballo Press of Ann Arbor will release the story of his life titled The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey's Memoir.

Thomas auditioned for the part in Secretariat in Lexington, Kentucky, and learned soon thereafter that he was selected to portray Jimmy Gaffney, Secretariat's real life exercise rider. Of the experience Foley stated, "I read for Randall Wallace, the writer of Braveheart and the director of Secretariat. We reminisced about Ireland and his time at home shooting Braveheart. After my audition he said that I'd done a good job, but I never imagined that it was good enough to land a role and that the experience would end up figuring prominently in my life story."

Shortly after being cast in the movie, Foley learned that Caballo Press would publish his memoir. In announcing the decision the publisher's CEO Rudolph Alvarado stated, "We were drawn to Tom's voice as a writer first and foremost. I can tell you that it is something special. We were also drawn to the fact that Tom's life story offers a personal and compelling glimpse into the world of a self-proclaimed working-man's jockey and the price he was willing to pay to play the game."

Thomas Foley was born in Portumna, County Galway, and after completing his training as a jockey at the Racing Academy Centre of Education in Kildare, he immigrated to America. At seventeen years old, he arrived in the States full of the romanticized notions expected in one so young. He soon realized, however, that the horse racing game was a business, and if he was going to survive, he would have to change everything about himself, beginning with his unrequited love for the sport.

Change he did, and in his first full year as a professional jockey in 2001, Foley was the leading money-winning apprentice in steeplechase racing and went on to become the leading money winner over jumps in 2003. The price paid to reach the top of his profession included the loss of his family, his self-respect and his love of the game and the horses that made it all possible.

In an attempt to escape the life he had created for himself, Foley switched to riding on the flat where he went from being at the top of the game to riding thirty-to-one long shots. In due time, he developed an eating disorder, an addiction to sleeping pills and because of his emaciated appearance, he alienated himself from his three boys; a decision that ultimately left him a stranger in their eyes.

It was not until Foley was filming a scene with Wallace that he realized that he had to rediscover his passion for the sport that he cherished as a boy and had come to despise as a man. "In one scene," Foley shared, "I was suppose to ride 'Secretariat' as close as I could to a camera on the track. Mr. Wallace told me if they didn't get the shot that it was okay; that we'd get it the next day because he didn't want to tire out the horse I was riding. I was surprised by what he said. Here was a man with a million and one things on his mind and yet he was worried about one horse.

"It wasn't until later that night that I realized that it wasn't him that was different. It was me. I was the one that thought of horses as nothing more than the tools I used to make my living. I knew right then and there that the time had come to rediscover my passion for the game. It was either that, get out, or die. I chose life and my love of my boys, the sport and the horses."

The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey's Memoir features a foreword by Otto Thorwarth, a retired professional jockey turned actor and writer. Thorwarth co-stars in Secretariat with Diane Lane and John Malkovich. He plays the role of Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's first-call jockey.

Foley's memoir can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com or at a savings of over twenty percent at the publisher's website, www.caballopress.com.distributor or directly from Caballo Press by sending inquiries to bookorders@caballopress.com. The promotional tour in support of Foley's memoir is in the process of being organized. Foley will be available to conduct book signings and personal appearances in Ireland and also the United Kingdom at the end of December through January 2011. Parties interested in having Foley as a guest should contact Yvette Robertson, at yvette@caballopress.com.

Davitts Camogie Club
All Ireland U18 Final: Davitts would like to congratulate Johnny Keane and his management team on their recent victory in the All Ireland U18 final. A special word of congrats to the two Davitts girls who were instrumental in this great victory. Lorraine Farrell had a a great game at wing back whilst Maria Brehony finished the game with a personal tally of 1-1. The club would also like to send their best wishes to Noel Finn and the Galway senior panel in the forthcoming all Ireland Senior Camogie final.

U13s Through to County Final: Davitts u13 team qualified for the county final after a comprehensive victory over Ardrahan in Kilrickle last Saturday. There were excellent performances all over the field especially from full forward Tara Murphy. They now face close neighbours Killimor in the final this weekend. We would like to wish best of luck to Nollaig Devery and all her management team.

Congratulations: The club would also like to extend their congratulations to former senior player Anne Broderick and her husband Ollie on the birth of their daughter Kate.

Presentation of Water Safety Certificates
Water safety certificates will be presented on Saturday Sept 4th at 3pm at the Portumna Swimming area.

Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Week-ends lotto jackpot worth 7300 euros. The numbers drawn were 2 13 17 25. Five people matched three numbers Joe Heagney, Austin Gohery, Damien Quigley, Peter Foley, I.Muldoon. They each receive 20 euros. Thanks to all the people who support our lotto every week-end and who have subscribed to the Annual Lotto.

Junior A: Well done to the junior A team who have reached the semi final stages of the competition. After producing some very impressive displays in the group games Portumna needed to submit a similar gritty display if they were to account for last week-ends opponents and that they did. Boosted by the return of John O Flaherty and Joe Keane who recently returned from the states they produced a fantastic first half display to give them a seven point lead at the interval. Pearses had no answer to Dave Canning who was on top form accounting for 1-4 of Portumna's first half scores with the other scores coming from Ciaran Ryan 1-1 and Steve Killeen 0-1 to Pearses 0-5.

Playing against a stiff breeze Portumna needed to get a good start and when Paddy Dolphin was brought to ground after a high tackle Dave Canning duly delivered when he buried the ball to the net. Ronan Hayes who replaced Paddy after this incident scored two points while Dave added another 0-4 to his tally. Conor Muldoon had a quiet evening in goals and he was ably assisted by a stong full backline of Reamann McEntee, John O Flaherty and Johnny Keane. Tomas Quinn was rock solid at centre back and got good cover from his two half backs Conor Broderick and Ian Flaherty. Ivan Muldoon and Shane O Rourke won the battle in the middle of the park while the half forward line of Eamonn Lynch, Joe Keane battled well with Ciaran Ryan putting in a fine performance. Dave Canning was easily the best forward on view on the evening with Paddy Dolphin and Steve Killeen making up the full forward line. Pearses added three points in the second half to their first half tally. Final score Portumna 3-12 Pearses 1-8.

Owen Treacy: Well done to Owen Treacy who was on the Galway under 16 team who participated in the Arrabawn Tournament last week-end. Owen lined out in goals for the team who beat Waterford Cork and Kilkenny. Unfortunately they suffered defeat at the hands of a very strong Tipperary team in the final on Sunday. Well done to all involved.

U-16: Portumna under 16 team play Ardrahan in the quarter final of the championship on Friday evening date and venue to be confirmed.

21st Birthday Celebration: Congratulations to Joe Keane who celebrated his 21st Birthday with family and friends in O Mearas on Saturday night.

Portumna Red Cross
The Annual Church gate collection for the Portumna Red Cross will be held on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September at Churches in the area. All monies collected is spent in the area as far as possible. The local ESSO filling station on the Bridge Rd. is contributing €1 per car wash over the next 2 months to the Portumna Unit, if your car needs a wash why not go there. The Committee and its 140 members wish to thank you the public for your continued support in these difficult times, and the local branch of the Red Cross look forward to serving the Community well into the future.

The latest addition to the Community in Portumna is a Defibrillator at O Meara's Supervalu, it is hoped to purchase a box so the device can be stored outside. It is hoped to have more of these life saving devices located in other areas of the Town over the coming years. Well done to Sean Murphy Chairperson of the local branch and also to his Committee.

St. Brendan's National School, Derryoober
Open on Tuesday August 31st from 6pm to 8pm for any member of the public who would like to view our new school. Everyone invited to come along.

School re-opens for students on Wednesday September 1st at 9.20am.

Public Meeting to organise School Sports Day on Friday September 3rd at 9pm in Derryoober School. All are invited!.

Pauric Lohan is the Principal at the School and he has put in a tremendous effort into the building of the new school, he and the local community are hands on people the new School is a credit to them.

Aladdin in Shragh Hall, Woodford
A meeting will be held for anyone interested taking part in a performance of the Pantomine 'Aladdin' on Friday Sept. 10th at 8pm. 'Aladdin' will be staged shortly after Christmas. Actors/singers, adults and children required and enthusiastic and talented backstage help needed. All are welcome. For further information contact Louise on 087-995 4872.

Slow Food Galway
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