14 September 2011

Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Open Day at Portumna Golf Club
Tennis Club Update
Portumna Country Markets Shorelines Morning
Old Time Threshing
Portumna Players AGM
An Gairdin Classes
Weight Watchers
Introductory Talk - Eden Energy Medicine
Portumna GAA
Poker Classic
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Western Archaeological and Historical Society Visit the Irish Workhouse Centre

Shorelines Arts Festival
Artist In Residence: Shorelines 2011 has the luck to have access to a Local Artist In Residence, Ruth Smith. Known as former Galway Rose and the O2 Hot Air Balloon Girl, Ruth is making her dramatic, musical and artistic skills available to this year's Festival. With her recent Masters in Traditional Music Performance from Limerick coupled with her Drama & Music degree from Trinity, Ruth is well placed for the Shoreline's events she is undertaking. Her fame as actress with the Dublin Fringe Festival, the Abbey Stage and in recent Woodies DIY videos precedes her.

Ruth hosts & produces The Shoreline Set in Portumna's Church of Ireland on Friday Sept 23rd at 9.30pm. Joined by musical friends Alma Kelliher and Ruth McGill, both accomplished singers, musicians and artists, the girls, with a host of local and guest singers and musicians perform an eclectic celebration of folk, jazz, contemporary and classical melodies, arranged exclusively for this event.

Ruth will also present "Stages" an evocative Drama Piece reflecting the faces we present & the masks we wear as part of an event at Portumna's Workhouse Centre on Sunday, Sept 25th at 3. 00pm.

The Show Goes On: As the people of Portumna were coming to terms with the devastation of the fire in the Shannon Oaks Hotel, the committee of the Shorelines Arts Festival had fast decisions to make in relation to venues for the forthcoming events. As the programme was already with printers, notice of the changes are now filtering through to the dedicated fans of Declan O'Rourke. The show will go on and Declan will now perform at St Brigid's Church on Saturday, Sept 24th at 8.30pm. Accompanied by cello and violin, the acoustics and setting will provide a concert with a difference. Audience is advised to take a cushion.

The venue for the Delia Murphy Story: "I'll Live Til I Die" will be the Portumna Retirement Village's Social Centre. This will take place at 8pm on Friday, Sept 23rd and all Delia Murphy fans will be brought nostalgically through word, song and music through the life and voice of one of Ireland's singing icons.

Opening this year's Shorelines will be Michael D Higgins. Due to time constraints, the time of the opening is also changed to 4pm on Thursday, Sept 22nd. He will officially open Shorelines 2011 at the refurbished VEC on St Brigid's Rd. All welcome to attend for music, refreshments and guest vocalist, The Key Notes as well as the opening of the Festival Art Exhibition and Canvas Exhibition "Anything Under The Sun". See www.shorelinesartsfestival for more details on all events. And come out to celebrate the Arts in Portumna.

The committee would like to extend a thank you to Fr B Lawless PP and Tony Williams for offering the venues with such ease. The committee also extend their best wishes to the staff & management of The Shannon Oaks Hotel, an arts venue, meeting place and chief sponsor.


Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Thursday 15th September will be an activity night, and an introduction to the Shoreline festival 2011.

Thursday 22nd September our speaker will be Geraldine Mills who will speak on creative writing, with a view that we might start a writing group, (even if it is only a simple letter to our grand children).

We are in the process of organising a trip for September to Moneygall, the Ecco village in Cloughjordan and a visit to a local garden plus dinner out.


Open Day at Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club is putting its facilities on view with an open day for new and prospective members on Saturday October 1st from 2--6 pm. Golf is now a most popular sport and an excellent leisure pursuit for all age groups. Portumna Golf Club offers one of the best facilities in Connacht and was recently listed amongst Irelands best. The club is thriving at the moment and has achieved outstanding success in recent years in Connacht and All Ireland competitions for both men and women. The Open Day will include information on the club and membership, introduction to golf and refreshments. Special offers for 2012 membership will be available on the day and all are welcome.


Tennis Club Update
A Tennis Club meeting took place in the Town Hall on September 6th to consolidate plans for raising funds to have the facility at St. Joseph's road upgraded. The committee decided to run a five week Silver Circle which would cost 2 euro per week. The Silver Circle will take place in October/November. Each week there will be a prize of 100 euros for first 50 for second and 25 for third and fourth. A church gate collection will take place on the 29th of October to help raise funds for the club. It is expected that the existing facility will be sprayed in the coming weeks.

If any prospective future club member is interested in becoming an associate member of the club at a cost of 10 euros, in the interim period before the facility is revamped, please contact Eileen Smith. When the club is up and running; the associate member can then pay the balance to become a full member. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th at 8.30pm in the Town Hall. Given the enthusiasm and energy of the committee other novel ways of fund raising could come to fruition.


Portumna Country Markets Shorelines Morning
If you knit, stitch, sculpt, carve or weave, why not come along and join the Portumna Country Markets Shorelines Morning on Friday Sept 23rd from 8.30am -12 noon. As well as the weekly delights of home baked cakes, breads and preserves, there will be a selection of fresh flowers, vegetables and eggs available also. For Shorelines Arts Festival, free demonstrations on The Art of Icing Cakes will take place at 9.30am and at 11 am by Brenda Ryan. See some Basketwork with Barry Noyce, Knitting with Phil Lennon and The Art of the Blacksmith with Mark Wilson. coffee/tea and goodies will be available in aid of Galway Hospice. If you have a craft to share, call Josephine on 087 631 2011 or contact a member of the Festival committee.


Old Time Threshing
Old Time Threshing in Shragh Woodford Sunday 18th Sept from 1.30pm. activities for all the family inc. Sheaf Throwing, Guess the weight of the horse, Hurley Target Practice, face painting, BBQ, Pony Cart Rides, Butter Making, Traditional Music and more. Charitable event with proceeds going to Diabetes Clinic ( Pediatrics Section ) Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.


Portumna Players AGM
The AGM of Portumna Players will take place at The Loft on Wednesday 14th. September at the Loft at 9.00pm Discussions will take place for an Autumn/Spring production. New members always welcome.


An Gairdin Classes
In these recessionary times An Gairdin are running Monday morning classes, beginning Monday 26th September. The classes included making your own bread and scones, your own soups, preserving your own fruit and vegetables. Making your own compost bins, your own wooden raised beds,your own birds table/boxes/feeder. Classes run from 10.00am - 12.00pm and cost only 10euros. Morning lunch with home made Organic scones and jam!


Weight Watchers
14 weeks to Christmas! Would you like to lose weight. Weight Watchers meet every Monday at 7pm in the Social Centre at Portumna Retirement Village. New members are always welcome. Meetings suitable for Men and Women. If you have any questions phone Monica on 087 2910944.


Introductory Talk - Eden Energy Medicine
"Energy Medicine is the future of all Medicine" – Dr Norm Shealy MD.

On Thursday evening, 22nd September, Josie Scholman, Registered Holistic Practitioner, will present a Talk on Eden Energy Medicine in An Gairdin, St Brigid's Road, Portumna at 8pm, finishing at 9.30pm. Suggested donation €5 which will go to An Gairdin.

For more information call Josie Scholman ITEC / CIBTEC / MCThA, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Eden Energy Medicine, Touch for Health, Maynooth Certified Trainer, Cappaduff, Mountshannon (Co Clare), Tel. 061 927238 / 086 1684515 Email: lovinghands@eircom.net

Donna Eden, author of 'Energy Medicine', is a pioneer in the field of Energy Medicine. She has been able to see energies from birth. Over 40 years she has treated and taught tens of thousands of lay people and professionals tools and techniques that they can use for improving their health and well-being. See her website www.innersource.net

Energy is the living, vibrating ground of your being, and it is your body's natural self-healing elixer, its natural medicine. During this evening you will be introduced to the basic principles of Eden Energy Medicine. You will learn some simple techniques to boost your Health, Well-being and Immune System and a most simple (and ancient!), yet very powerful technique of how to deal with stress, techniques which you can share with your children and others.

The proceeds of this evening will go towards An Gairdin.


Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of G.A.A Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3 10 20 28. Three people matched three numbers Brendan Scott, Linda Carty and John Scott. They receive 35 euros each.

Under 21s: Congratulations to the Galway u21 team on winning the All Ireland last Saturday and in particular to our own club man Martin Dolphin who was part of the panel.

Under 16s: Best of luck to the u16 panel and management on Saturday when they play the winners of Kilconieron / Kinvara in the county semi final in Ballinasloe. Time to be confirmed.

Under 13s: Our u13 hurlers continued on their winning ways when they beat Carnmore on a scoreline 4-7 to 1-4. They have maximum points from their three games with their final group game at home this Friday evening.

Scrap Metal: The club are going to continue on with the scrap metal fundraiser as there as been a great response from the public to date. Thanks to everone who has donated metal so far and we are asking people who may have items no matter how small the item it will be greatly appreciated. For any queries contact Steve on 086 6039235.


Poker Classic
Damien Ryan memorial poker classic in The Yanks Bar in Borrisokane next Friday night the 16th its in aid of Console (helping families bereaved by suicide). Registration is at 9 starting at 9.30. €1000 extra chips if registered before 9. Prizes are €2000 pro rata!


Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt holds their second Agricultural Show on Saturday 17th September. There is a large entry of exhibitors and there is over €10,000 prize fund on offer for the different classes. The highlight of the day being the all Ireland weanling heifer and bull classes with a prize fund of €1500. A qualifier for the Gain Colt Foal Championship in Ballinasloe being one of 30 classes in the horse section, plus there are classes for sheep, poultry, baking, vegetables, special inventions, pets corner and woodwork projects and a very special class being the scarecrow competition which could be a handy €50 for an enterprising young designer.

Ladies Day Boutique of Portumna are running a fashion show in conjunction with the Country Queen competition which has three pretty and elegant finalists. Additionally the chef from the Shearwater in Ballinasloe is doing a cookery demonstration in the main tents.

We have sideshows for the kids, novelty shows for the adults, a dog show with 22 classes and an advanced obedience demo given by Gerry Fleming an Advanced Police Dog Trainer.

For the older folk we can turn back the clock with threshing, butter making and basket weaving activities, plus local historian Christy Kearns has an exhibit. During the evening we have a tug-of-war competition on the street with 8 teams entered and a pig on the spit to finish the evening in style.

Contact details are: Peter Gohery 087 4183620 www.eyrecourtagrishow.ie


Western Archaeological and Historical Society Visit the Irish Workhouse Centre
Over thirty members and friends of the Western Archaeological and Historical Society (WAHSoc) visited the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna for National Famine Day on Saturday, September 10. Pierce Joyce volunteer guide and researcher with at the Irish Workhouse Centre welcomed and introduced the group to the background of the workhouse system and gave a very impressive tour and explanation of the workhouse complex itself.

Society members were very impressed with the sheer amount and the high standard of the conservation work undertaken to revive this important historical complex and wish to compliment the vision and foresightedness of those involved in what they aim to achieve. Additional to the regular members of the society were a number of archaeology students from the Department of Archaeology at NUI Galway with their lecturer Dr Maggie Roynane. Dr Roynane along with other members of staff encourages the study of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century period, referred to as historical archaeology at NUI Galway. Therefore their visit to Portumna Workhouse was most welcome. In keeping with the Ministers wishes to mark National Famine Day a minutes silence was observed for all famine victims. WAHSoc wish to compliment South East Galway IRD the promoters of the workhouse conservation and development initiative on their vision and professionalism in tackling such a mammoth project. The sense of pride and professionalism that the project is founded on was well expressed on the day by our guide Pierce Joyce, Míle Buichos.


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