13 July 2011

Irish Workhouse Centre Opens
Portumna Thinking Caps - Round 3
Portumna Bingo
Conor Barry
5-a-side Soccer Tournamnent for Local National Schools
Shorelines Arts Festival
Loughrea Youth Theatre Present 'Hot Mikado'
Portumna GAA
Summer Art Camp in Shragh Hall
Portumna Town FC
Portumna on Facebook

Irish Workhouse Centre Opens
The Irish Workhouse Centre will open in Portumna on Friday, 15th July at 10 a.m. There will be a blessing, followed by a tour and refreshments. All welcome. There will be no admission charge on the 15th, 16th, 17th July. The Centre will be open seven days a week, from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of August. Come 2012, the Centre will be open from April to October.

163 workhouse were built in Ireland from 1840 to 1853. If your family was starving to death, your last resort was the workhouse. At this centre in Portumna, the Irish Workhouse story is told. This is the only centre in Ireland, comprehensively telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. The Centre is located in a real workhouse. While other workhouses survive, few are as intact as Portumna. All main seven buildings survive on an 8.2 acre site.

Portumna Castle at one end of the town was the seat of the powerful de Burgo family, landlords of the area. It stands in stark contrast to the Workhouse at the other end of town, the last resort of the destitute poor. Now that both buildings are open, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience how both the destitute poor and the landlord lived during this difficult period of Irish History. The Irish Workhouse Centre is also an exciting conservation and redevelopment work in progress.

This project is headed up by SE Galway IRD, a non-for-profit local development company that was set up by members of the community in 1997. The Workhouse Project Group consists of many individuals, volunteers and representatives of various organisations. The Project is also supported by the Rural Social Scheme, which is administered by Galway Rural Development Ltd. Work carried out to date has been assisted by Galway County Council, the Heritage Council, Galway Rural Development, the Department of the Environment, the Community Services Programme and the local community.

Portumna Workhouse itself opened in 1852. Prior to this, the workhouse in Loughrea would have served the Portumna area. The Portumna Poor Law Union was one of thirty three new unions formed after the Famine. It comprised the following electoral divisions: Abbeyville, Ballyglass, Coos, Derrew, Drummin, Eyrecourt, Killimor, Kilmalinoge, Kilquain, Meelick, Moat, Pallas, Portumna, Tiernascragh and Tynagh.

Portumna Workhouse was built for 600 inmates for a total cost of £7,875. It operated as a workhouse until 1921, when the system was abolished. To date, the whereabouts of the records of the Board of Guardians of Portumna Workhouse is unknown. As was the case with many other workhouses, towards the end of 1884, the Mercy Sisters began to visit Portumna workhouse on a daily basis to perform hospital duties. In 1886, they set up and moved into St. Vincent's Hospital in the workhouse.

Over the years, the Workhouse complex has had a number of uses. It has been used as depot space by a number of public bodies. Portumna had an agricultural show, which was held at the complex from the 1930s to the early 1950s. Sixpenny hops, the catholic tennis courts and a table tennis club were also held there. People remember the fun fair, the Galway County Football team training camp and music feís. A number of businesses also had accommodation there. There was a company producing blankets. A vegetable co-operative was also set up during the 1970s. Many people remember the last caretaker. She dressed all in black, had a long key hanging by her side. Children were afraid of her, though by all accounts, those that knew her found her to be a very nice person.

For further information, visit the Irish Workhouse Centre - see www.irishworkhousecentre.ie or tel: 090-9759200.


Portumna Thinking Caps - Round 3
Portumna Thinking Caps will hold its third "think-in" in Shannon Oaks Hotel Portumna on Wednesday 20th July at 8:00pm. Stemming from the previous think-ins, the focus of this meeting will be access to and use of (or lack thereof) public amenities, such as the Abbey in Portumna. The meeting will flesh out an approach to encouraging and creating more opportunities for the public to utilize what we own, i.e. public buildings that are maintained through public funds, especially those funded by the OPW. The meeting is free and open to all, and new participants are especially welcome as individuals and also representatives of their respective groups/clubs/businesses.

Time permitting, and also stemming from the last meeting, we will discuss the potential for community gardening in Portumna.

For more details, contact Mark Conroy on 087 3689507 or info@adesignforlife.net.


Portumna Bingo
€2,950.00 Jackpot!!! Could it be you??? Come and join the bingo gang every Saturday at 8.30pm. Town Hall, Portumna.


Conor Barry
Local lad Conor Barry is traveling with his team, Salthill Devon to one of the World's largest Soccer tournaments - the Gothia Cup which is held in Sweden every year. This is the 37th year of the tournament, which starts on July 18th to 24th, and caters for 1570 participating teams from 73 different nations around the world. It is now the official world youth championship for clubs. We wish Conor and his team every success in the tournament and we are sure that they will enjoy this fantastic experience.


5-a-side Soccer Tournamnent for Local National Schools
Portumna Town FC hosted a five a side tournament for local National schools on Wednesday 22nd of June at their Astro pitch in Portumna. The tournament was free to enter and was split into two categories. Category A containing 12 teams from fifth and sixth class and category B containing 12 teams from third and fourth class. A total of seven schools took part in the tournament, which ran from 9:30 am to 3:30pm.

Lorrha beat Portumna in their final to win category A. Category B was won by Gortanumera who beat Killimor in the final. The club would like to thank all the schools who took part, the tournament committee and the tournament sponsors Pat Claffey, Kieran Curran and Derek Finnerty for the prizes and nourishments. All had a great day and the club wants to make this an annual event.


Shorelines Arts Festival
As Portumna closes the door on the Outdoors Festival, Portumna's Arts Group is busy planning the 4th Shorelines Arts Festival for September 22nd-25th.

This year's Festival will see a showcase of Portumna talent in all areas of the Arts. Local voluntary groups are busy putting the finishing touches to canvases that will be exhibited during the Art Exhibition. This year Co Galway VEC have offered Shorelines the use of the newly refurbished Vocational School to house the exhibition. Local professional and amateur artists, photographers, sculpors etc are invited to register their interest in participating in the exhibition by contacting the committee's Art Curator, Tommy on 086 157 7038.

Other events include "Lines Learned By Heart" a recitation competition sponsored by the Maple Poetry Group for the Nicholas Treacy Memorial Prize- a unique prize created by local artist, Brian Murray. Details of this unique event can be obtained by calling 0872931055. Also, watch put for the Limerick Envelopes in your local pub- €2 per Limerick to enter- with each pub having its own individual first line.

So join in the fun and look forward to concerts over the Festival weekend with Cois Cladaigh on Sunday Sept 25th and the main line act for 2011 is singer/songwriter Declan O'Rourke who will perform in the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Saturday, Sept 24th. Best known to date for writing the wonderful song "Galileo", recorded by artists from Josh Groban to Mary Byrne, Declan's voice and words see him quoted as The Songwriter in Ireland at the moment. Declan O'Rourke used to be one of Ireland's best kept secrets, but rave reviews for his debut album 'Since Kyabram', a growing international fan base and an enviable collection of eminent devotees, including Paul Weller, Snow Patrol and Kate Rusby, are rapidly changing that.

Tickets will be available in the near future. See www.shorelinesartsfestival for all Festival news and updates.


Loughrea Youth Theatre Present 'Hot Mikado'
It may not have been our best summer so far, but things are hotting up in Loughrea as the town prepares for this year's scorching summer show Hot Mikado. You've either seen them or you haven't - and if you haven't then make sure you do this summer. This is something very different. This is LYT - a tremendously focussed and talented group of young people who prove year after year that musical theatre is very much alive and kicking.

Last summer was the Disney sell-out Beauty and the Beast. Last winter was DisneyMix with over 200 singers belting out the Disney songbook. But now it's Hot Mikado, a fresh jazz-infused Gilbert and Sullivan adaptation which needs to be seen to be believed. Think of the 1940s swing-dancing America shaken up with kimonos, chopsticks and samurai swords...

Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 hit continues to prove its longevity and versatility, delighting aficionados and new fans alike in every guise. This exuberantly sassy jazz, gospel and Motown makeover is sophisticated and smart musical comedy at its best. It was first produced in Washington in the centenary year 1985, and has since gone on to international acclaim.

So welcome to the swinging streets of the town of Titipu – where the designer accessory of choice is a musical instrument and no multi-talented citizen walks when they could tap dance or lindy hop instead.

Nanki-Poo has ran away from his older bride-to-be Katisha, and disguised as a second trumpet player he searches for his one true love, Yum-Yum. The problem lies that Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner is set to marry Yum-Yum himself, and will let nothing get in the way of his marital bliss. With the ever-impending threat of execution on all in the village by the laws imposed by the ruler The Mikado, a clever plot is hatched where in true musical theatre form they can all live happily ever after.

With stunning sets and costumes, breathtaking swing dancing and aerials, and 8-part vocal gymnastics, be prepared to be overwhelmed by the energy, enthusiasm, joy, appreciation and pure talent of these young people.

LYT performs Hot Mikado nightly at 7.30 p.m. in The Temperance Hall, Loughrea on 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 July and 1 August. Tickets available at the door.


Portumna GAA
GAA Lotto: There was no winner of last Sat nights lotto jackpot worth 4300 euros. The numbers drawn were 7 9 10 27. Two people matched three numbers Mossie Dillane, Gerard Hyland. This sat nights lottto is worth 4400 euros.

Cul Camps: The V.H.I. Hurling Cul camp will take place in the G.A.A. grounds on Monday 18th July commencing at 10am. The camp caters for children between the ages of 6-13 years. If you have not already registered you can do so by contacting Yvonne Muldoon the clubs juvenile secretary. Price of camp 1st child 60 euros 2nd child 50 euros 3/4/5/ child 40 euros. Registration will also be taken on the day.

Junior A: Our junior A team drew with Tommie Larkins on Sunday evening. Alan Gorman was the first Portumna player to get on the score board with a well taken point with Owen Treacy and Tomas Quinn Portumnas other scorers with three pointed frees and a point from play by Treacy. Tommies went in at the interval two points ahead on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-5 and indeed could have been farther ahead only for some great saves which were brought off by Ivan Canning. With all to play for in the second half Portumna went on the attack from the throw in. When Shane O Rourke was fouled after a great run Owen Treacy stood over the 21 yard free but his shot sailed over the bar to leave just one point between the teams. Further points from Eamon Lynch, Alan Gorman, Paddy Dolphin and Treacy set up for a great finish with Portumna taking the lead before it was cut back with two goals from larkins to put them ahead again. Alan Gorman scored a great goal and indeed was proving quite a handfull for the full back giving him a personal tally of 1-2. With only seconds remaining and down a point Owen Treacy won the puck out and stuck it over the bar to give a final scoreline 1-13 to 3-7. A draw was probably the fairest result as both teams give it their all. Their next game is aginst Skehana which is scheduled to be played at the week-end.

Well Done: Well done to Andy Damien and Joe on three great performances last Saturday and the club would like to wish them the best in the quarter final against Waterford.


Summer Art Camp in Shragh Hall
There will be a Summer Art Camp in Shragh Community Hall each Saturday through August 2011 10am - 2.pm. There will a variety of Art activities, ranging from painting, pottery and papier mache for 4 - 12 year olds. For more information and to book contact 086 8071422 or email enicdiarmada@yahoo.com


Portumna Town FC
Portumna Town FC are holding their AGM in Portumna Retirement Village, Social Centre on Monday 8th August at 9.15pm. All parents of players are asked to attend or anyone wishing to get involved with the club, please come along.


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