15 September 2010

Portumna Forest Picnic - A Real Treat in the Woods
Positive Ageing Week
Portumna Mini Rugby
Artistic Cycling in Portumna
"Sean Nós" Dancing Workshop a Success
Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
Poetry Collection Launch
Local Bus Services Meetings
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Heritage Week Events a Success at Portumna Castle
Wild West Barn Dance in Aid of Children's Hospital and Children's Research Foundation
Portumna GAA
Youth Club Registration Night
Nationwide Campaign for the Arts
Shorelines Arts Festival

Portumna Forest Picnic - A Real Treat in the Woods
The 2010 Portumna Forest Picnic took place on Sunday 12th September in Portumna. The event, which marked the start of National Organic Week, celebrated all that was good about Irish Organic Food production and was officially opened by Minister Ciaran Cuffe TD. The sun illuminated the spectacular setting which was the perfect location to host such a great day out. The large crowd was spellbound on the day with the range of activities and events from enchanting storytelling, informative nature walks, organic production talks and cycling trails for the more adventurous!

However as with every good picnic the main focus of the day was the food. Some tough choices had to be made when it came to choosing where to lunch, would it be a delicious organic burger from the award winning Organic Kitchen or a sumptuous organic food plate from the Slow Food tent? There was plenty of organic food to take home and savour if you simply could not eat any more in the form of delicious smoked salmon, award winning cheeses and tasty bread. A range of fresh vegetables in season were also on offer highlighting the diverse range of fresh produce available in Ireland at the moment.

Event organisers ICSA, IOFGA and Slow Food Galway were delighted with the turn out on the day. "It was a pleasure to be able to showcase so many high quality organic producers in one place emphasising the achievements of the organic sector and the range of organic goods that can be produced in Ireland" said event organiser and ICSA researcher, Gillian Westbrook.


Positive Ageing Week
In conjunction with 'Positive Ageing Week' in October, Portumna Retirement Village has invited local primary schools to participate in a competition for children that will promote an appreciation of the elderly in our society. Entrants from the participating schools will submit drawings, poems and essays that demonstrate the importance of an older person to them. There will be prizes for the best entries and also for the best overall school. Further details can be obtained from Portumna Retirement Village at 090 9759170


Portumna Mini Rugby
Portumna Mini Rugby is back again for another fun filled season after their hugely successful debut last year. Their 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 EUR30 or free if you join the "16th Man" supporters club. Training starts back on Sunday the 19th at 12.15pm. For further information contact Mark Scannell on 087 6434230.


Artistic Cycling in Portumna
The Town Hall, in Portumna, became the training venue for Alisa and Celina Fitzpatrick during their short summer break here this August. The daily two hours training was visited by both locals and visitors to the town where the girls were able to demonstrate the basic learning skills in artistic cycling leading up to their current competitive programmes.

Many thanks to the Town Hall committee and especially to Jim Hynes for making this happen. It is hoped that the same can be done again next August where a special session will be set aside for public viewing.

Upon their return to Germany the girls were off to a two day intensive training course in Munich which has been used to help in preparing them for the upcoming competitions which will take place in Germany and France over the next few months.


"Sean Nós" Dancing Workshop a Success
Emma O'Sullivan of Ireland's got talent fame recently led a most entertaining half day workshop at the Shragh Parish Hall. It involved an introduction to the many steps involved in "Sean Nós" dancing. The organising committee would like to thank all the participants for the full turnout and their fantastic support, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Thurles and some more from Mayo. Due to the level of interest. A series of further sessions are being arranged and further information can be got from Bridie on 087 242 7449.


Portumna & District Active Retirement Association
As there are five Thursday nights this month members are encouraged to attend the Shoreline Festival which starts with a musical night in the Shannon Oaks on Thursday the 16th at 8 pm.

Diary dates for members include the following: aqua aerobics recommences on 21 September in the Shannon Oaks Leisure centre from 3.30 to 4.30. On 23 September there will be a dance and music session while on the 30 September there will be an activities night with bingo and cards. Art clases are recommensing, please contact Wolf Lorrien as to availability.


Poetry Collection Launch
Helen Collins invites you to the launch of the first poetry collection entitled 'Light a Candle' in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Saturday September 18th at 1pm or in Mc Donaghs, Kilcorban on Saturday September 25th at 9pm. A contribution will be made to Galway Hospice for each book sold.


Local Bus Services Meetings
A series of public meetings will be held next week to see if there is a need for Local Bus services in a number of areas in County Galway. Meeting details as follows:
  • Oranmore, Monday, 20th September in the Old St. Mary's Church (The Library) at 8.30 p.m.
  • Maree, Tuesday, 21st September, Community Centre at 8.30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Clarinbridge in Suaimhneas at 8.30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 23rd in Bradley's, Labane, 8.30 p.m.
While a number of areas are without bus services, five years ago, many more people living in rural South & East Galway had no access to public transport. Some people had not even bothered to get their free travel pass as they had no opportunity to use it. Many people had to rely on neighbours, family or friends, or pay for a taxi ride if they needed to go into town. The Local Bus was started as part of a national Rural Transport Initiative.Its aim is that each area in South & East Galway has a transport service at least once a week, collecting people from even the remotest areas. Today, 19 services are operational. These are contracted out to local operators. On most of the services, people are collected from their doors, transported to the nearby town, and after three hours, the bus brings them home again. The services usually operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Recently, a new weekday service from Portumna to Loughrea return was launched. Some 1,200 passenger trips are made each month. The services are open to everybody, young and old alike. The free travel pass is accepted on all services, with fares for others being €5 return, €3 return for students and under 5s travelling free. With the exception of the new weekday service Portumna to Loughrea, all other services must be booked in advance.

The provision of this flexible transport service has meant greater independence for people living in rural areas. Many essential services are not available in the smaller towns and villages. A recent survey of passengers showed that people travel for a variety of reasons. These included getting their hair done, going to the butchers, attending the chiropodist, collecting the pension, going shopping, going to the bookies and attending the cinema. As well as allowing people access to services and commodities not available in their own areas, a by product of the Local Bus is that it provides people with a social outlet, a weekly opportunity to meet up with friends and acquaintances.

The Local Bus is funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Social & Family Affairs. It is managed by South East Galway Integrated Rural Development (IRD), a non-for-profit local development company, based in Portumna, Co. Galway. For further information, please telephone the Local Bus on 090-9741867.


Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show is taking place this Saturday the 18th of September starting at 11.00 a.m. in Lisduane, Eyrecourt.

The programme for the day includes Livestock, Sheep, Horses, Poultry, Garden Produce, Hand Crafted Items, Childrens Art Competition, Home Produce – jam, veg etc. and Baking Categories, Pets Corner, Dog Show, Best object made from recycled materials, Photography etc. Other attractions on the day include bouncy castle and fun rides for the children, handballing, and lots, lots more. Trade Exhibitors and Supermacs will be in attendance on the day. To conclude the days activities a Tug of War Competition will take place on the main street of Eyrecourt @ 8pm, weigh in by 7.20pm, if you would like to enter a team please contact Michael Mullery (087) 9918821.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the organization and sponsorship of this event, the proceeds of which will be used to replace the 300+ years old beech trees from the town that had to be felled for safety reasons. For a family fun day out please come and support. Entry forms and further information available on www.eyrecourtagrishow.webs.com. Any other enquires to Peter Gohery (087) 4183620.


Heritage Week Events a Success at Portumna Castle
Heritage Week Events hosted by the OPW in Portumna Castle & Gardens proved to be very popular and a great success this year. The visitor numbers for the week reflected the huge interest and support given to these events by both local community and visitors from abroad. Free admission has proved to encourage people to come and experience first hand our built, natural and cultural heritage and thereby inspiring the need for conservation and preservation.

The week began on Sat 21st Aug with 'Wild Child Day'. Wildlife ranger, Cathy Sheals, National Parks & Wildlife Service, helped provide a forum for children to learn more about our native flora and fauna. The local Crèches, Acorn to Oak and Fundamental Montessori, provided a delightful artwork display throughout the week. Also on display and creating much interest was the social and architectural story and the plan for redevelopment of Portumna Workhouse by South East Galway IRD.

The highlight of the week was the 'Vintage Garden Party' on Sunday 29th Aug. A large number of visitors arrived and participated in a Hat competition, which was the theme for the day. Prizes were awarded to winners, Mary Lowery for the most outstanding hat, Adult section and to Catherine Murphy, children's section. Both hats were their own hats embellished with their own creative handiwork. A Falconry Display awed and fascinated the crowd as at intervals throughout the afternoon the birds of prey took flight.

Thank you to all who helped and participated in the days activities and to the colourful local produce stalls, Portumna Lions Club for their fun games, the organisers of the enjoyable Croquet game, musicians & face painters and particularly to the three lady Judges who had the difficult job of selecting the winners of the Hat competition. Also, thank you GOD for the beautiful sunshine! All added colour and atmosphere to the event. A splendid afternoon of free family fun and entertainment was had by all.

Castle opening arrangements: September 9.30-6pm Daily. October 9.30-6pm weekends only, Fri/Sat/Sun. Contact 090 9741658, portumnacastle@opw.ie


Wild West Barn Dance in Aid of Children's Hospital and Children's Research Foundation
On Saturday 2nd October, 2010 there will be a Wild West Barn Dance in Aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and National Children's Research Foundation. Grab your cowboy hats and head on over to the Ferry Inn where Teresa and her posse will be laying on a rootin tootin shindig! On the night there will be a mighty fine 50 foot marquee fully decked out as a genuine barn, complete with saloon! Live music will be The JD's on the big stage who guarantee to have ya'll swinging from the rafters! Fill your boots with our free BBQ and round off the night with a hoe-down to the thigh slapping tunes of DJ Gavin! Tickets €15 which includes free entry into a draw for a Luxury weekend for two to the 5Star Muckross Park Hotel Killarney, valued at €700, yee-haw! Tickets on sale NOW locally, also available in Ladies Day Boutique and on the door on the night, so round 'em up and move 'em out cowboy!

Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital with 243 beds, employing 1200 staff. It is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital and is responsible for the provision of the majority of tertiary care services for children and medical research for childhood illnesses in Ireland The benefits of supporting are many—knowing your support could change a child's life and supporting life saving research. Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and National Children's Research Foundation are doing everything in their power to help sick children. They support the care for over 100,000 patients every year. They support the purchase of equipment for life saving surgeries on the smallest and most vulnerable of our citizens. They ensure that staff have the very best to treat massive injuries on little bodies. Their researchers invented treatments that 20 years ago people would have dismissed as science fiction.

Your support leads to discoveries that mean less pain for children, a higher survival rate and less time in hospital. Your support continues to help fund life-changing equipment and facilities and enables them to attract the best doctors, researchers and nurses in the world. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Sat 2nd October at the Wild West Barn Dance!


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last Saturday night's lotto jackpot worth 7500 euros. The numbers drawn were 2 5 11 20. Six people matched three numbers Ivan Canning, Pat O Connor, Christy Byrne, Oliver Loughrey, Paul Mullins, Josephine Hickey. They each receive 20 euros. Next week-ends lotto is worth 7600 euros.

Junior A: The junior A team bowed out of the league after a very disappointing display against Gort last Sunday. Injuries was a major factor as they had to field an under strength team. Gort got off to the better start and it took Portumna quite a while to settle before they registered their first score - a goal which came from a Dave Canning penalty after Steve Killeen was brought to ground. Two points from Ronan Hayes and Alan Gorman meant they went in at the interval six points down on a scoreline of 1-2 to Gort's 1-8. Portumna had a lot to do in the second half but unfortunately it was not their day as they only managed two scores in the thirty minutes through Ronan Hayes and Tomas Quinn. Gort added 1-4 to their first half tally. Final score Portumna 1-4 Gort 2-12.

Under 16s: The under 16's are in the semi final of the championship aginst Kilconieron at the week-end. Date, time and venue to be confirmed. Your support would be appreciated.


Youth Club Registration Night
Registration for youth club takes place Thursday 16th Sept, from 7pm to 7.30pm, in Sign Out Youth Cafe. A parent must accompany each member on registration night. Club will commence on Thursday 23rd at 7.30pm to 9pm. Youth Club members enjoy the facilities of Sigh Out and All weather pitch. Outdoor sports, trips and soccer tournaments are an integral part of the club. The Youth club is run by four volunteer leaders and a parent rota. Annual membership costs €5 with nightly sub of €3. Enquiries to Tony on 086 2051346.


Nationwide 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
Upcoming 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 ShannonOaks Hotel. All part of Portumna's Arts Festival - Support the artists of your area.

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. Please support the exhibition by taking time to drop in and view the display. Opening times: Thursday 10-8, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11.30-6.


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