15 August 2012

Heritage Week at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Swim Week Success
Heritage Week Events in South East Galway
Animal Sanctuary Volunteers Needed
Shorelines Update
Ballet Classes
The Joe O'Meara Memorial Cup
Killimor GAA
Caretaker/Cleaner Needed at Gortanumera National School
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Heritage Week at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Sunday 19th August: Heritage Week 2012 at Portumna Castle & Gardens begins at 3pm, Sunday 19th August, with 'A Personal Story', a presentation on the Clanricarde evictions. Liam Roche, OPW Tour Guide/Information officer will present historical facts on the lead up to the evictions on the Clanricarde estate and the conditions the tenants had to endure. He will also give a brief history of the Landlords, the Earls of Clanricarde, with particular attention to how and why the most notorious of the earls became known as the 'Marquis of Clanrackrent'. He will then explain how through the bravery of the tenants on this estate, landlordism was finally brought to an end. Mr T. J Page will fill in the details of how his ancestors went through this trauma and how they survived through the generations.

Wednesday 22nd August: Free admission all day on Wednesday 22nd August.

Sunday 26th August: Heritage Week will conclude in Portumna Castle & Gardens on Sunday 26th August, from 12 noon to 5pm, with 'A Heritage Gathering'. This promises to be an entertaining, educational and fun filled afternoon for all the family. Discover the lives of our ancestors, from the earliest hunter-gatherer to the modern society we have today. The Irish Archaeological Research group will introduce a unique Open Air Museum with activities such as kids archaeology and prehistoric pottery workshops along with archery and prehistoric hunting techniques. The Storyteller and entertainer Billy Tier will engage with children of all ages at 3 and 4pm. While the children are entertained, parents can enjoy a variety of stalls, join in a game of Croquet on the lawn, view the exhibition on 'Servants of the Big House' and listen or dance to music by The Hootch Hikers, in Celtic and medieval mode. Come along and experience our 'Heritage Gathering' where every member of the family will find an interest. Admission is free for the event.

Portumna Castle & Gardens is open from 9.30 to 6pm Daily until the end of Sept and weekends only for the month of October.

Swim Week Success
Congratulations to all who braved the elements and participated in a 'cold and wet' Irish Water Safety Week at the Portumna Swimming area last week. Great progress was made in all levels of swimming. Thanks to instructors Sighle burke, Linda Brown, Henry Mullens, Barney O Reilly, Fidelma Gordan and help from upcoming/learning instructors, David Burke, Naomi Burke and Edmund Burke and all who helped to make the week a success especially Emer Durcan with all the paperwork. Certs will be distributed later in the year.

Heritage Week Events in South East Galway
National Heritage Week 2012 takes place from 18th to the 26th of August. A number of heritage events are taking place in the South East Galway region during Heritage Week. All events listed below are being run in conjunction with the Heritage Office, Galway County Council under the title of "Spirit of Lough Derg". Similarly themed events are being promoted in County Clare and County Tipperary, the two other counties bordering Lough Derg. This is a wonderful chance to engage with the rich and diverse heritage of the Lough Derg region. All events listed here are free. Telephone details are given. If you have any queries please contact event organisers directly. For details on further events visit www.heritageweek.ie or pick up a copy of National Heritage Week event guide published by the Heritage Council.

Saturday 18 August: 3 – 5 pm
Organiser: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society and Galway County Council.
Event: The Cultural Legacy of Portumna Abbey.
Guide: Christy Cunniffe.
Venue: Gather at the Portumna Dominican Priory, car park for a 3.00pm start.
This tour will involve a thorough discussion of the architecture, history and archaeology of Portumna Priory. Some interesting features relevant to the working of the building will be discussed. The relevance and significance of the collection of seventeenth-century wall plaques and grave-stones will also be addressed and a hitherto unrecognised seventeenth-century graveyard cross will be pointed out. Good footwear and suitable clothing are recommended.
Telephone: 087 9697692

Sunday 19 August: 3 - 5.30 pm
Organiser: Portumna Castle and Irish Workhouse Centre.
Event: Clanrickarde Evictions: 'A personal Story' Irish Workhouse Tour.
Venue: Portumna Castle and Irish workhouse Centre, Portumna.
Clanrickarde Estate evictions with a personal story of the Saunders Fort evictions, followed by a visit to Portumna Workhouse where the story continues.
Telephone: 090 9741658

Tuesday 21 August: 7 - 10 pm
Organiser: Abbey Tidy Towns and Galway County Council.
Event: Guided Walk of Abbey Village & Abbey Golden Mile.
Guide: Francis Holohan.
Venue: Gather at Abbey Community Centre.
This event will involve an interesting heritage walk taking in the sites of Kilnalahan Abbey, Lady's Well and many other features of the village of Abbey, including its award winning Golden Mile. Meet at Abbey Community Centre at 7.00pm. Wear suitable footwear and clothing.
Telephone: 087 2899282

Wednesday 22 August: 3 – 4 pm
Organiser: East Galway Family History Society Co. Ltd and Galway County Council.
Event: Tracing Your East Galway Ancestors.
Speaker: Monica Hynes.
Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre.
Monica will provide information on the genealogical sources and research services available at the Woodford Heritage Centre. Event takes place in Woodford Heritage Centre.
Telephone: 090 9749309

Wednesday 22 August: 7.30 – 9 pm
Organiser: Irish Workhouse Centre and Galway County Council.
Event: Illustrated Talk and guided Tour of the Irish Workhouse Centre.
Guide: Ursula Marmion.
Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna.
This event consist of an illustrated talk and guided tour of the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. It will tell the story of the Irish Workhouse Centre and what life was like in the workhouse. It is also an opportunity to see at first hand the conservation work that has taken place.
Telephone: 090 9759200

Thursday 23 August: 7 – 10 pm
Organiser: Galway Field Monument Advisor (FMA) and Galway County Council.
Event: Engaging with the Archaeology of the Woodford Region.
Guide: Christy Cunniffe (FMA).
Venue: Meet in the car park at Woodford Heritage Centre for a 7.00pm start.
We will visit a rich mix of archaeological sites spanning nearly all of the major time periods of Irish History in the Woodford and Ballinakill region. The tour will involve some driving so car pooling is advised. Participants are advised to wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing (bring a stick if you wish) as some field and rough hill walking is involved. No dogs please as we will be entering on private farmland.
Telephone: 087 9697692

Saturday 25 August: 2 – 5 pm
Organiser: An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Centre.
Event: Biodiversity Talk and Walk and the Games we used to Play.
Guide: Noreen Lyons.
Venue: An Gairdin Organic and Ecology Centre, St Bridget's Road, Portumna.
There will be a talk on 'Biodiversity and Gardens' from 2pm to 4pm, followed by a walk of the garden and 'The Games we used to Play from 4pm to 5pm.
Telephone: 090 9741689

Animal Sanctuary Volunteers Needed
Heathlawn animal sanctuary is located just outside Portumna and is one of the main animal sanctuaries in Co. Galway. If you are a true animal lover and have a few hours to spare why not volunteer? If you are thinking of adopting a dog or cat please call out and talk to us. We have such lovely dogs, cats and kittens looking for a good home. Open 7 days a week. Please phone 0909676397.

Shorelines Update
Shorelines Arts Festival committee are currently gathering sponsorship from our local businesses. Contributions already received are much appreciated. Your continued support is necessary to maintain the standard of our local arts Festival.Last year, Shorelines Arts Festival successfully raised much needed funds with local 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. 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.

Portumna will be hosting Culture Night on Fri Sept 21st where a series of free events will be held to suit all age groups. Our annual Art Exhibition, Family Street Events, Book Brunch, Lines Learned by Heart, Schools' Writing awards as well as nightly concerts in Portumna's Christ Church where a Flower Festival featuring Richard Haslam will take place once again. New events include a mobile Planetarium, Sliabh Aughty Film; The Tune Makers in concert (Thursday, Sept 20th with Mairtin O'Connor, Liz Carroll & Dave Flynn), Readings with Rita Ann Higgins, Pat Boran and other local writings.

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.

Lines Learned By Heart: The second Recitation Competition sponsored by the Maple Poetry Group will take place on Sunday, Sept 23rd from 12 noon in Horan's Bar, Portumna as part of Shorelines Arts Festival. The competition is held in memory of Nicholas Treacy, a much-loved member of Portumna's Maple Poetry Group who passed away in November 2010. In his lifetime, Nicholas learned hundreds of poems and recited them frequently at many readings, occasions and visits. He loved words and in particular rhyme and stories recited in verse.

To revitalise this dying art of learning by heart and to honour his memory, the Maple Poetry Group will present the Nicholas Treacy Perpetual Memorial Prize to the winner of "Lines Learned By Heart at Shorelines". With a great entry in 2011, we expect a great variety of poetry this year. For rules, registration information and any queries, call Noelle on 087 2931055 or see www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.

Ballet Classes
Classical ballet training with the Cassandra Kenny School of Dance resumes in Portumna on Monday 3rd September, in Portumna Town Hall and in Birr on Tuesday 4th September, in The Marian Hall. The school was established ten years ago and following on from two sell out performances of our show, Arabesque, in Birr Theatre in March, we will be working towards our exams in 2013. Vocational Classes on Monday and Thursday evenings, in Portumna.

The Joe O'Meara Memorial Cup
It was great to see the revival of the Joe O Meara trophy at Portumna GAA Hurling Club grounds last weekend. A large contingent came down from Dublin for the match and the weather was perfect, the pitch was in excellent condition also.

Two late goals in the second half secured Portumna minor hurlers a deserved win. The final score being 3 goals and 10pts to 1goal and 9pts against a gallant St. Jude's GAA club. This event was revived to commemorate Portumna player Joe O'Meara who died tragically in 1991.

The Cup and medals were presented to Portumna Captain Padraigh Muldoon by Tommy McClernan the only survivor of the 1991 tragedy in which five Swiss Nationals and Joe lost their lives when a tree fell across the road on January 6th 1991.

Portumna Chairman Damian Coleman, St. Jude's Chairman Brian Woods and Joe's cousin Colum Grogan spoke to the players and the spectators. Later that evening both clubs players and officials enjoyed refreshments hosted by Portumna GAA in their lovely club house building.

Already preparations are in hand for next years return fixture.

Killimor GAA
There was no winner of the weekly Killimor GAA club lotto for a jackpot of €6,600. The numbers drawn were 1,3,9 and 16. The following won the lucky dip(€20) - Kevin Finnerty, Rita Curley, AECN Forde, Kirwan Clan and Fiona Larkin.

Next weeks jackpot is €6,700 and the draw will take place in Duffy's.

Caretaker/Cleaner Needed at Gortanumera National School
The school requires a part-time caretaker / cleaner from the 1st of September 2012. Apply in writing by 23rd August 2012 to The Chairperson C/O Scoil Mhuire N.S.Gortanumera, Ballyshrule, Ballinasloe Co.Galway

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 17th to Thurs 23rd August

The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
Daily 5:40 8:40 (12a)

The Wedding Video
This August You are Invited to An Event – Love Honour Disarray! Rufus Hound, Lucy Punch, Robert Webb.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (15a)

The Expendables 2
They're Back For War! Stallone, Willis, Li, Schwarzenegger, Hemsworth.
Opening This Thurs 16th Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

Record Breaking Comedy Hit! Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

From Disney/Pixar – Enchanting For All Ages Also Pixar Short Film La Luna. Voice Of Kelly McDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters.
Daily 2:00 4:15 (Pg)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Schools Out For Summer – The Holiday Begins! Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick.
Daily 2:00 4:15 (G)

The Dark Knight Rises
The Legend Ends. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman.
Daily 2:30 Retained 5th and Final Week! (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 (G)


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