25 July 2012

Shorelines Arts Festival
Concert In Portumna's Church of Ireland
Cheque for Galway Hospice
Jim Madden's Book on Fr John Fahy
Upcoming Events at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Scouts "Vive Le France" Tour
Barn Dance - Boula Development Group Fundraiser
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines Arts Festival committee are busy putting together a varied and interesting programme for the upcoming Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 20th-23rd. Our committee is dedicated to bringing a varied programme in 2012's Festival including well loved Galway poet, Rita Ann Higgins; musicians Máirtín O'Connor, Liz Carroll and Dave Flynn celebrating East Galway music; writer and poet, Pat Boran; a Sliabh Aughty film project; Children's Street Events and Writing Project, Book Brunch, Recitation & Limerick Competition and our Art Exhibition in Portumna's VEC. Concerts will be held in the Church of Ireland and Recitals in Portumna's VEC. Drama will feature with visiting actors including Tom Hickey, of The Riordan's fame celebrating the productive creativity of local based writers Declan & Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy; a Brian Friel Play " London Vertigo" in Portumna Castle directed by Marian Frawley and "Making a Scene in Three Attempts", directed by Jim Hynes. There will be an event to suit all age groups. Our theme for our Community Art Project this year is "Ripples" and groups are busy preparing their piece for exhibition. Christ Church Portumna will host a Flower Festival this year and we are also delighted to celebrate Culture Night in Portumna this year with a series of free events for all from morning to night on Friday Sept 21st - the art of food at Portumna's Country Markets morning to a night time Concert in Portumna's Christ Church.

Shorelines Solos: Following on the success of the performance recitals for local music students, Shorelines Arts Festival invites all teachers of music and singing in the area to encourage their students to perform at one of the many Shorelines Solo Recitals scheduled for Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 20-23rd. This is an ideal platform for allowing your student to perform in public, encouraged by an audience of family and friends. If you know of anyone interested in being involved, please email info@shorelinesartsfestival.com with the name of the student, teacher and instrument to be played. Alternatively call 087 2931055 for more information. Students interested are asked to contact their music teacher as a member of Shorelines Committee will co-ordinate the events through the music teacher.

Be A Friend!: Last year, Shorelines Arts Festival successfully raised much needed funds wiyj your support via FundIt. This year, we have set up a Friend of the Festival scheme to once again ensure that our 5th Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 20th-23rd will be as enjoyable for participants and audiences alike. As you have supported us in the past, we once again are asking for your support. By donating to Shorelines Arts Festival, you are nurturing the young creative writers, artists and musicians in Portumna, you are encouraging the local singer/songwriters on their path to success and you are supporting a well established Arts Festival that Portumna is proud to host. There are 3 payment options:
a) Pay directly on line by by clicking on the "donate" button that is on the right hand sidebar of our website.
b) Drop your donation ( cash/cheque ..payable to Portumna Arts Group) to Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy- please put your donation in an envelope with your Name, Address, Phone No and e-mail address and write "Friends of Shorelines Arts Festival" on the envelope.
c) Hand your envelope (with your Name, Address, Phone No and e-mail address and write "Friends of Shorelines Arts Festival" on the envelope) to any of our committee members.

You will be acknowledged on our Friends List on the Festival Website and a list will be displayed at venues during Shorelines. You will also be invited to Shorelines Official Opening on Thursday, Sept 20th.

Concert In Portumna's Church of Ireland
Portumna Arts Group are delighted to host an Acoustic Singing Gig with two London based rising stars and Singer/Songwriters, Jake Morley & Liz Lawrence. As part of their current tour of UK and Ireland, Portumna's Church of Ireland will provide an intimate backdrop for an acoustic and cosy gig on Saturday Aug 4th at 8.30pm. Doors will open at 8pm and admission at the door is €10. Seating is limited and with local support act, Knoeline Keane, Portumna's own Singer/Songwriter, this will appeal to all music and singing fans.

Cheque for Galway Hospice
Joan, Marie and Sarah Burke of Killeen, Ballyshrule presented a cheque for €2,110 to the Galway Hospice recently, the money was raised after participating in the Flora Womens Mini Marathon in June. The Burkes have participated in the marathon for the past six years and to date have raised €11,042 for the Galway Hospice.

Jim Madden's Book on Fr John Fahy
Fr John Fahy was ordained a priest of the diocese of Clonfert in St Brendan's, Loughrea, in 1919. He very quickly earned himself the reputation of being a 'rebel priest'. His close affiliation with Sinn Fein throughout the war of independence stayed with him all his life and led to many a confrontation with the authorities of both church and state. He also took a vigourous and uncompromising interest in the various agrarian disputes of his time.

He was a man of very strong opinions, opinions which he was not at all slow to voice, as forcefully and publicly as occasion permitted. The string of letters between himself and state authorities, and also with his bishop, add a depth of colour and credibility to this lively and convincing review of his life, his mission and his times.

Fr Fahy was included in Denis Carroll's famous book, Unusual Suspects, which gave accounts of many of the most radical priests in the history of the Irish church. This volume is the first full length biography of Fahy and is a labour of love for its author, Jim Madden, who knew and still knows and associates with many of the men and women who are named in the work, both as friends and critics of this fascinating character.

Fr Fahy a native of Kilnadeema Loughrea is a grand uncle of the famous Cooney and Fahy Galway hurling families.

Jim Madden is a native of Banagher, county Offaly. He graduated with a BA and Higher Diploma in Education from University College Dublin where he also completed a Diploma in Career Guidance. He was awarded an M. Litt. by Trinity College Dublin. Jim has worked as a teacher, guidance counsellor and school principal. He has published widely on aspects of education and local history and has had a lifelong involvement in community affairs.

It is available nationwide in Easons & Veritas. In South East Galway locally it is available in Salmons Ballinasloe, Salmons Portumna, News and Choose Loughrea, Hoolahans Abbey, Aughrim Interpretative Centre and Woodford Heritage Centre. It is retailing €19.99. It also may be bought online from www.columba.ie & www.bookdepository.com

Upcoming Events at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Heritage Week 2012, Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August.

Sunday 19th, 3pm in the Castle, a presentation on the Clanricarde estate evictions with a unique presentation by a direct descendant of the Saunders Fort evictions. Followed by a visit to the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna where the story continues.

Sunday 26th, 2pm – 5.30pm, 'A Heritage Gathering'. Exhibitions, fun educational activities and stalls to interest all members of the family.

Free admission to both events. Further details will be advertised closer to the date of each event.

Free Wednesdays, - 1st Wednesday of every month during the season.

Portumna Castle & Gardens, including the 17th Century walled Kitchen Garden, is open to the public 9.30-6pm daily to the end of September and weekends only in October. Contact No: 090 9741658

Scouts "Vive Le France" Tour
I am happy to report all twenty nine scouts and scouters returned safely back to Portumna from their summer camp in France. The Troop would once again like to thank everyone who supported them in their preparations throughout the year, especially those who gave so generously towards the trip.

The Scouts all had an excellent time, which went bye all to quickly. They enjoyed swimming in the Cruise river, Hiking around Fontgombault, witnessed magnificent views from the top of a viaduct, attended Bastille day celebrations in Le Blanc where they saw the most spectacular Fireworks display, slept in a hermit monks cave, completed a 35km hike, put on a live show of singing, dancing and much more for the lord Mayor and the local residents of Fontgombault, paddled down the cruise river in Canadian Canoes and visited the Normandy beaches and American Military Garden of remembrance, this are just some of the high lights but not them all.

Congratulations to all the Scouts who completed their Bronze Gaisce Award during the camp by completing a 35km Hike and Cultural exchange, the last two tasks required of them. This was their last camp with the Scout Troop, they will be joining the Venture section in September, we wish them all the very best "Keep Scouting".

On behalf of the parents and guardians of the scouts and 10 Galway Scout group, Well done to the Scouters Ultan Hynes, Iain Foulger, Orla Walsh, Dick and Liz Ridge for taking on such a responsibility, ensuring that the scouts were well looked after, and that they had so much fun and came home with so many fond memories.

Finally a special thank you to Liam Walsh who was invaluable on this trip and contributed in so many different ways, and was always prepared to do whatever was needed to ensure the smooth running of the camp.

Barn Dance - Boula Development Group Fundraiser
Boula Development Group are holding a Barn Dance in Boula Hall on Saturday 4th August with music by top band Tradstone, followed by DJ Gavo. Full Bar and BBQ will be available on the night, tickets are €10, a great night promised.

Portumna GAA
Lotto: There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot worth €9700. The numbers drawn were 3 8 15 27. Five people matched three numbers Eoin Moore, Meadbh Ryan, Eanna Keady, Carmel Kelly, & C. Cooney.

Cúl Camp: The club held a very successful cul camp last week with over eighty children participating in the camp. A big thank you to all the children who took part and to the coaches who helped out. A very enjoyable week was had by all.

Junior A: Our junior A team got off to a good start in their first championship game last week-end when they had one points to spare over Craughwell. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half they got off to a dream start with a well taken goal from Paddy Dolphin. Points from Johnny Keane (2) Paddy Dolphin (2) Ronan Hayes (2) Ivan Muldoon (1) and five from Ivan Canning (four from frees) gave them a ten point advantage at the interval on a scoreline 1-12 to Craughwells 0-5.

The breeze played a major factor in the game and it turned out to be a game of two halves with Portumna only managing to score two points in the second half while Craughwell put 2-6 on the board. Craughwell piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes and if they had been a bit more accurate in their free taking the game was theirs for the taking. Luckily for Portumna time was up and they held out to win by a point on a scoreline 1-14 to Craughwells 2-10. Portumna play Menlo Emmets in their next group game.

Minor Team: Best of luck to the Galway minor team on sat when they play Wexford in Tullamore and in particular to our own two club lads Owen Treacy & Ronan O Meara.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 2, 11, 13 and 30. The jackpot was €6,300. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners(€20) were Aoife O Rourke, Maura Hanney, Noel Reilly, Mai Quinn, and Conor Callagy. Next week's jackpot is €6,400 which will be held in Nevin's.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 27th to Thurs 2nd August

The Dark Knight Rises
The Legend Ends. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman.
Daily 1:30 4:45 8:15 (12a)

Dr. Seuss: The Lorax
The Movie That Captivated America – From the creators Of Despicable Me! Voices Of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift.
Daily 2:00 4:15 6:30 (G)

Magic Mike
Funny, Sexy, Cool – Terrific Entertainment! Channing Tatum, Mathew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

The Amazing Spider-Man
The UnTold Story Begins! Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott.
Daily To Tues 2:00 5:00 8:40 From Weds 2:00 8:40 (12a)

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Filmdoms Most Beloved Trio – Manny, Diego, Sid In Their Greatest Adventure!
Daily 2:00 4:15 (G)

The Five Year Engagement
The Journey Between Popping The Question and Tying The Knot - From Producer Of Bridesmainds! Jason Segel, Emily Blunt.
Nightly To Tues 8:50 (15a)

Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane.
Opening Weds 1st August 6:30 8:50 (16)


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