08 September 2010

Exciting new Irish Dance Academy coming to Portumna
National Campaign for the Arts
Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna Players AGM
Volunteers Needed at Na Calaí CDP
Portumna Rugby
Shorelines Screen Scene - "Wallets Full of Blood" Film Screening
Portumna Forest Picnic
Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice
Portumna GAA
Kenpo Karate Classes
South East Galway IRD AGM
10th Galway Portumna Scout Group

Exciting new Irish Dance Academy coming to Portumna
The Flynn O'Kane Academy of Dance will be instructed by 'Lord of the Dance' stars Bernadette Flynn and Damien O'Kane. Both Bernadette and Damien have multiple World Championship titles and are the original lead performers from Michael Flatley's hit show Lord of the Dance. Traditional Irish Dance will form the core of the Academy's programme and both competitive and non-competitive students will be catered for. They also hope to bring a new dimension to Irish dance and give it more of a fun and contemporary feel by involving modern music and movements. Classes are available for kids from 4 years.

Venue: Shannon Oaks Hotel, Portumna.
Registration: Tues 7th Sept 2010 at 6pm.
Classes will be held every Tuesday at 3.30pm.

For more info or to register your child call: 087 2400861.


National Campaign for the Arts
On Friday 17 September 2010, arts workers in constituencies around the country will be meeting with their local TDs. Amidst a nationwide media campaign, arts workers will be discussing the fundamental importance of the arts to Ireland's economic recovery. Portumna Arts Group, in the Galway-East Constituency, in conjunction with Shorelines Arts Festival, will be holding an open discussion with invited elected representatives, artists, performers and members of the public who are interested in the Arts, in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 11:00am. Michael McCaughan, an independent researcher and former Latin America correspondent for The Irish Times and The Guardian newspapers, will chair the discussion. Further information is available from Mark Conroy of Portumna Arts Group (087 3689507), or the websites of the National Campaign for the Arts (www.ncfa.ie) and Shorelines Arts Festival (www.ShorelinesArtsFestival.com).


Shorelines Arts Festival
Workshops: Bookings are now underway for the forthcoming workshops at Shorelines Arts Festival. Please fill out the forms available on the Festival brochures distributed to schools or in local businesses or on www.ShorelinesArtsFestival.com. Places are limited so if you are inclined to writing, have an ache to paint or long to sing, then workshops with writers Mae Leonard & Noel Monahan, musicians Philip Short & Marie Power; painting with Lidia De Lange are all available to you as well as a Drumming Workshop with all the family. Children are catered for with dancing with Cherrie Worthington Eyre, balloon sculpture and writing, and drama with Paula Short of Loughrea Youth Theatre. This festival is aimed at all age groups and includes events for residents of Portumna Retirement Village.

Art Exhibition: Artists, painters, sculptors and photographers will line up their work for a daily exhibition at Shorelines Art Gallery in Abbey St., Portumna from Sept 16-19th. The standard of the exhibition has been very high each year and despite the location change, the committee is determined to once again showcase the talents and creativity that Portumna and its surrounding area produces. The public are invited to support the exhibition by taking time to drop in and view the display or by exhibiting your work or by supervising at the exhibition. Further queries can be answered by calling Tommie Madden 086 157 7038.

Concerts: Mick Hanly, musician and songwriter, winner of many awards will perform at the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Sat., Sept 18th at 9.30pm. Joe Casey, local singer/songwriter as support, will join him. Admission is €10.

For classical music lovers, ConTempo String Quartet will perform in the Church of Ireland at 7.30pm on Sunday Sept 19th with music from Haydn, Schumann and Debussy.

Traditional music lovers, watch out for Matt Keane and a host of local dancers and musicians at Shorelines Seisiun on Thursday, Sept 16th at 8pm in the Shannon Oaks Hotel.

All part of Portumna's Arts Festival-Support the artists of YOUR area.


Portumna Players AGM
The AGM of the Portumna Players will take place on Tuesday 14th September in the "Loft" at 8pm. Membership fee of €10 is due at the meeting. Your attendance would be appreciated. New members are always welcome - just come along on the night.


Volunteers Needed at Na Calaí CDP
Na Calaí CDP in Portumna are looking for volunteers in the following programmes: Study Buddies After Schools Programme & Age Action "Getting Started" Computer Classes.

Induction training is available for both programmes. Morning, afternoon and evening slots are available. If you are interested please contact Frances or Mary on 090 9741887 or 090 9759946 or call in to us at the office at Abbey Street, Portumna, Co. Galway.


Portumna Rugby
The 16th Man Club: Portumna Rugby recently had a hugely successful launch night for their new supporters club "The 16th Man Club" in the Boathouse Bar. Special guests included Irish internationals Sean Cronin, Noel Mannion and of course John Muldoon who was also presented with an award for his brilliant efforts on the pitch with Connacht and Ireland. John is a wonderful role model for the youngsters in Portumna and Connacht and a great friend to the club and he always makes time to support them in anyway that he can. There was also another presentation on the night when a stunned Michael Goode received the Clubman of the Year Award. No one else present was in the least bit shocked because of the immense amount of work that Michael has done for Portumna Rugby Club over the years. His shock was probably based on the fact that this award was the first thing in over 10 years that Portumna Rugby Club have organised without his direct involvement. Michael is club secretary, some time grounds man, first team coach and manager and not a day goes by when he is not doing something somewhere for the betterment of rugby in Portumna. A most deserving and popular winner.

Registration Evening: Portumna Mini Rugby registration evening is on in the Leisure Centre of the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Thursday 16th from 7pm to 9pm. This year there will be Under 8's (born in 2003 or 2004), Under 10's (born in 2002 or 2001) and Under 11's (born in 2000). New players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate. The registration fee is €30 or free if you join the "16th Man" Supporters Club.


Shorelines Screen Scene - "Wallets Full of Blood" Film Screening
Shorelines Screen Scene is delighted to offer to audiences the cinematic-triptych film Wallets Full of Blood, by Dr Eamonn Crudden. The film comprises three short-films, "Houses on the Moon", "Zombie Banker Blues", and "Roscommon Death Trip" and deals with the recession in Ireland - its architects and causes - in a way never done before, and probably never again.

Inspired by the "ghost estates of the midlands", Dr Crudden began documenting their decay through lack of maintenance, culminating eventually - after much recording, photographing, and audio-sampling - in the first installment, 'Houses on the Moon'. A second inspiration, this time for the title and theme, was George A. Romero's trilogy Land of the Dead, the first of which has the title 'Fiddler's Green', which as Dr Crudden says, "resonated with my perception of what the housing market had been like in Ireland from the mid-nineties onward where working people were priced out of the housing market and simultaneously rack-rented by a network of 'insiders'".

Most Sincerely Folks says 'Houses on the Moon' is "'The most mordantly evocative document of post-'Celtic Tiger' Ireland there is." Dublin Opinion says 'Zombie Banker Blues' is "A nice little going away present for 'Fingers' Fingleton when he finally steps down". Of 'Roscommon Death Trip', Culch.ie says "The directing, the filming, the cut, the audio is simply genius".

Unrelenting in it's style, uncharacteristic in it's delivery, Wallets Full of Blood is an experience not to be missed.

Eamonn Crudden is a filmmaker and a lecturer in film and video production. He has previously made a number of feature length documentary films including 'Route Irish' (2007) and 'Berlusconi's Mousetrap' (2002). More recently he has focused on more experimental modes of filmmaking. A full interview with Dr Crudden and preview of the film can be seen on Shorelines Arts Festival's website - www.ShrorelinesArtsFestival.com.

Wallets Full of Blood will be shown as the main feature of Shorelines Screen Scene on Friday 17th September at 19:30 in Portumna Community School, preceded by an short animation by Martin McDonnell. After the showing Dr Crudden will be available for questions about the film and film making.


Portumna Forest Picnic
The ICSA, IOFGA and Slowfood are inviting everyone along to the Portumna Forest Picnic on Sunday 12th of September. The picnic takes place from 12 noon to 4pm and admission is free. The event is organised to celebrate the beginning of National Organic Week and will showcase lots of great organic food and producers from the wider Galway region.

It will be a great day out for families with lots of things on offer from nature walks, face painting, mobile animal farm for the kids and a host of talks on fish smoking, bee keeping, farm diversity, cheese making to name but a few. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about organic food and farming. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Portumna forest that sweeps down to Lough Derg, the overall theme is good for nature, good for you and the focus of the day will be on sustainable food production.

Event coordinator and executive researcher at the ICSA Gillian Westbrook said "We have received very positive feedback and great support from groups and business in Portumna and the surrounding areas. We would love to see this developing into an annual event as there are a host of quality organic producers in the Lough Derg region. To be able to host this event in the Portumna Forest Park is fantastic and will ensure that a special treat is in store for all those who attend on the day".

Dr. Sinead Neiland Chairperson of IOFGA stated "IOFGA are delighted to be involved in this event for National Organic week, as there is much to celebrate in the organic food industry in Ireland."

The event has been funded by the Department of Agriculture (Organic Unit) as well as sponsorship from IOFGA, local businesses and those involved in organic production in Ireland.

For further information on the event please contact: Gillian Westbrook Event coordinator - 087 7819967 or Grace Maher Development Officer IOFGA - 087 6125989.


Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice
Portumna Country Market are hosting a Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice on Friday 17th September from 8.30 a.m to 12 noon in the Town Hall. Please support this very worthy cause.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5 16 17 18. Two people matched three numbers Triona Byrne and Eva Duane.

Hurling 7s: A wonderful achivement by the ten Portumna players who won the 38th Meteor All Ireland Hurling Sevens which took place in Kilmacud Crokes last Saturday. Pooled in group 4 with Upperchurch Drombane (Tipperary), Eire Og Annacarty/Donhill (Tipperary) and Croom (Limerick) Portumna cruised through the group games.

Portroe were their opponents in the quarter final but Portumna continued on their goal scoring spree and won on a scoreline 5-12 to 3-2. After a short break Portumna met Ballinhassig of Cork in the semi final and showed no signs of fatique when they scored 8-11 to Ballyhassigs 1-6. The final was an all Galway affair with Mullagh our opponents after they beat Bishoptown of Cork in the other semi final. Portumna scored 11-9 to Mullaghs 4-7.

Joe Canning accepted the Meteor cup on behalf of the players. Congrats to Joe on being named player of the tournament but in fact all the ten players who lined out on the day were players of the of the tournament for their sheer hard work, determination and pride they showed in their jersey. Well done to Ivan Canning, Garret Heagney, Ollie Canning, Kevin Hayes, Damien Hayes, Andrew Smith, Niall Hayes, Eoin Lynch, Leo Smith and Joe Canning.

Junior A: Portumna Junior A team play Gort in the quarter final of the league in Portumna on Sunday at 11 o clock.

Under 16s: Well done to the under 16 team who have advanced to the semi finals of the Championship. After producing some impressive displays in the group games they needed to produce the same gritty display if they were to account for Ardrahan.

Portumna got off to the better start Points from Ronan O Meara 0-4, Owen Treacy and Padraig Coughlan meant Portumna went in at the interval on level terms with Portumna goal coming from Jamie Flanagan on on a scoreline 1-6 to 0-9.

Portumna went ahead in the second half but it was not long before Ardrahan had the game back on level terms. Portumna's second goal came from Ronan O Meara who then added a point to his tally with the other points coming from Niall Concannon, Owen Treacy and Jamie Flanagan. Entering the closing stages of the game Ardrahan went two points ahead but When Padraig Corcoran goaled things began to look up and Portumna held on till the final whistle to win by the narrowest of margins. Final score Portumna 3-10 Ardrahan 2-12.

Ronan O Meara: Congratulations to Ronan O Meara who won the All Ireland under 16 Balla Ball Competition which took place in conjunction with the Meteor All Ireland hurling sevens. Christy Cooney President of the G.A.A presented Ronan with his award. He also received €150 voucher.

Team of the Year: Congrats and well done to Damien Hayes on being selected on the team of the year by the Sunday Game panelists. Damien has had an outstanding year for Galway and well deserved his selection.


Kenpo Karate Classes
Kenpo Karate classes for begineers will commence at 6.30pm 7.30pm for children in the Town Hall Portumna on Tues 14th Sept. Adult class are held from 8.30pm to 9.45pm all are welcome. Inquiries to 0876436615.


South East Galway IRD AGM
South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Ltd. (IRD) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 15th September in Portumna Day Care Centre at 8.30 p.m. All Welcome.

Nomination forms for new directorships can be obtained at the IRD centre on Abbey St. on or before Tuesday, 14h September.

People in the locality set up the IRD COMPANY in 1997. It is a non-for-profit company. The company has a voluntary board and a staff of eight people. The IRD's aim is to "promote, support and engage in local development initiatives that benefit the area."

The work carried out by the IRD includes; the Portumna Workhouse Project, the Local Bus Rural Transport Programme for South and East Galway; the Local Training Initiative, a full-time programme for people wanting to return to the workforce; tourism development including the operation of a tourist office during the Summer months; support to people starting in business; support to East Galway Mental Health Services; part-time computer courses and office services.

For further information: tel: 090-9741867 or irdsegalway@eircom.net.


10th Galway Portumna Scout Group
All four sections within Portumna Scout Group will be back in action during September and our youth members are looking forward to loads of fun and exciting activities for the year ahead. The Group is undertaking training for Scouting Ireland's new One Programme next weekend. This will involve both Scouters and Youth Members working on planning their activities for the year using the new national One Programme methodology. All are looking forward to a very interesting and worthwhile day, which will reinforce the very strong level of youth participation in planning already in place within the group.


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