22 August 2012

Art Classes
Leaving Cert Results
Hillwalking Quest
Bank Of Ireland, Portumna
Heritage Week Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Volunteers Required for Portumna's Walled Kitchen Garden
Street Portraits
Support the Shorelines Arts Festival
Grants for Voluntary Groups Withdrawn
Relaunch of An Caislean Bar
Coffee Morning - Niall Melon Trust Fundraiser
Killimor GAA
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Art Classes
Art classes with Wolf Lorien starting Monday 3rd. Sept. For full details contact Melanie at 061925261.


Leaving Cert Results
Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate students from Portumna Community School who achieved all of their personal goals after receiving their results. Many of the students achieved their personal best and their enterprising approach to work during the year paid off. The school had excellent results with over 20% of the class achieving over 500 points and some of the students gaining well in excess of 570 points. The students demonstrated a very diligent work-ethic which is an important component of school-life. Education determines the life opportunities of our students and all of the students were very satisfied with their results. The school wishes them well in their future and convey every good wish to them as they enter into the next stage of education and career.


Hillwalking Quest
Congratulations to Saoirse (13), Aonraoí (10), and Bláithín (8) Mullen whom have probably become the youngest to climb to the highest point in each county in Ireland. This has been completed over a 28 month period. Bláithín was 5 years old when started and completed on the day after her eighth birthday. The challenge came about when the parents wanted to get the family into hillwalking and Saoirse came up with the quest to get to the highest point of each of the 32 counties. This set the challenge which all agreed to accept. The quest has involved them taking camping holidays across the country, some in remote locations. Over 100 hours was spent out on the hills including 10.5 hours on Carrantuohill along Caher Ridge route taking in the third and fifth highest peak in the country. Although a keen eye was kept on the weather three mountains had taken more then one attempt to reach the top. Saoirse and Aonraoí have learned to produce a route cards and navigate on the hills.


Bank Of Ireland, Portumna
With the recent announcement by AIB to close its Portumna Branch in October of this year it is imperative that the businesses and local community support the local Bank Of Ireland, Portumna Branch. The bank manager Mr Redmond Walsh wishes to assure existing customers and people that may be confused as to where they should bank that Bank Of Ireland Portumna are here to stay. Below is a statement from Mr Walsh:

Message to our local communities – We are here to stay.

Dear Bank of Ireland Customer and Prospective Customer.

The staff and managemenrt wish to take this opportunity to reiterate Bank of Ireland's commitment to our local community at this time.

Banking in Ireland is changing rapidly and changes are accelerating at a huge pace. Each Bank has responded differently and implemented different strategies. Some banks are reducing the number of towns in which they will have a presence, others are exiting Ireland altogether.

I am very pleased to confirm to you that Bank of Ireland is staying in Portumna where we have had a Branch for a long number of years. Our qualified staff are available to offer financial advice and support to both business and personal customers. We are also investing in the Branch through the introduction of additional new technology which will help our customers conduct routine transactions e.g. cheque and cash lodgements and cash withdrawals.

Our key message to local Customers and Communities is that we are here to stay with your much needed local Community support. We welcome customers to our Branch and we want to recruit new customers, so please call into our Branch in Portumna where we can discuss all your financial and banking requirements.

Thank you sincerely for your good custom. Now we look forward to supporting Portumna and the surrounding communities in the immediate days and weeks ahead.


Heritage Week Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Heritage Week will conclude in Portumna Castle & Gardens on Sunday 26th August, from 12noon 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.


Volunteers Required for Portumna's Walled Kitchen Garden
On the shores of Lough Derg, Richard De Burgo the forth Earl of Clanricard built a magnificent semi fortified house circa 1618. Like all grand houses of the time it was necessary to provide fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables for the great house. Surrounded and protected by brick faced walls Portumna Castle & Gardens Kitchen garden lay neglected over the years, but is now a major visitor attraction for the town of Portumna and the surrounding South East Galway region. It is a must for those who are following the Lough Derg garden trail, and appreciate the natural environment.

This garden has grown up out of a derelict site overrun with briars and couch grass. The project started in 1996 with the formation of Portumna Castle Crafts and Kitchen Garden committee who negotiated with OPW, National Monuments and Fas to form a partnership to commence work on the site.

Plans were drawn up to build a garden in keeping with the Castle 17th centaury ethos after archaeological research was completed by OPW National Monuments. A fas organic horticultural training course supplied a very practical work force, and funding from Galway Rural Development enabled the start up needs of equipment and materials.

Over the years the garden was tamed with new developments in both soft and hard landscaping projects. Many of these features are designed and executed by our dedicated work teams with the assistance of OPW National Monument staff. The now established wildflower area is a site to behold in early Spring, the central path with its blossoming fruit trees and wisteria covered arches a glory of white and blue garlands in early Summer. The late Summer herbaceous beds flow with colour and the soft fruit beds are an abundance of black ,red and white currants, ripening raspberries and strawberries. Raised vegetable beds and polly tunnel are producing a variety of organically grown crops. The thatched summer house, the woodman's hut hidden in the woodland coppice and the willow maze are a delight to children of all ages.

Alongside the gardens development, country crafts were reinvented such as willow, greenwood furniture and rush work. Art classes under the direction of Wolf Lorrien have proved a great success. The annual Christmas craft fair in the Shannon Oaks Hotel was organised by Portumna Crafts and Kitchen Garden. A tremendous amount of hard work and dedication has over the past fourteen years created a garden to be proud of and hopefully will be cherished for the benefit of locals and visitors in the years ahead.

As our staff numbers are continually struggling to maintain a high standard, we would greatly appreciate any volunteers who have time on their hands, a genuine interest in gardening and love of nature, to call any morning to the garden. This has been a very successful project to date but now needs assistance from you to guarantee continued success. The Committee therefore are seeking experienced, energetic and knowledgeable people to help plan the future of this historic, 17th Century Walled Kitchen Garden.

Please contact Ruth Carty 090 9741625 or Marie Gibbs, Portumna Castle & Gardens Reception, portumnacastle@opw.ie.


Street Portraits
This coming week will see the arrival in Portumna of Mark Henderson who will conduct a project "Street Portraits" in Portumna. Mark, a Dublin based photographic artist will set up a temporary studio in an empty shop in St Brendan St. (formerly Cousers/Polska) from 22-25th August. And you, the local community are invited to call in and sit for a portrait.

The series of portraits that he will produce will include a diverse range of individuals who live or work within the locality and will feature artists, chefs, musicians, shop-keepers, barmen, undertakers, window cleaners, farmers, golfers, butchers, hurlers, hairdressers, housewives, shoppers, grandmothers, cyclists, camogie players, swimmers, gardai and local raconteurs, creating a unique series of images that collectively provide a snapshot of life in Portumna in August 2012.

Portumna House is sponsoring Mark's accommodation needs and Business Sponsorship will support the project also. The project is part of a large countrywide "Street Portrait" project planned by Mark. See: www.markhenderson.info. Some of the Portumna Street Portraits will be exhibited at the VEC Art Exhibition at Shorelines Arts Festival 2012 Sept 20th-23rd. So if you are in town, drop in and have a unique character portrait of yourself! Contact 087 2931055 for more details.


Support the Shorelines Arts Festival
Our Local Galway County Council are 'witholding' funding allocated and promised for the forthcoming Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna. The Festival committee are determined to go ahead with planned events for Sept 20-23rd despite this kick in the teeth for 2012. The Shannon Oaks fire in 2011 caused upheavel to the logistics of the Festival. Now, the powers that be are holding arts groups and other local groups to ransom because of the low income from Household Charges. So the Arts don't matter? Well, we in Portumna feel that providing a platform for talent, young and old, in music, art, writing and singing is vital to the development of the people in our area; it is a necessary social and interactive event for all our community.

This weekend, the Festival committee installed a window of art work (prizes for a fundraising raffle). During the period of set-up, the faces of passersby were lit up by the colour and beauty of the art work. Heads popped around the door with encouraging words. Portumna is looking forward to the vast programme of events. The Shorelines committee is indebted to the artists who donated their work so willingly. Tickets are on sale at €2 per line in businesses about town. Now, we must appeal again to all the local community to fund your Arts Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival. You can do so by donating any small amount you wish:

a) Pay directly on line by by clicking on the "donate" button that is on the right hand sidebar of our website www.shorelinesartsfestival.com
or
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.
or
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- Joan Gordon, Chris Finnerty, Noelle Lynskey, Margaret Hickey, Dolores O'Shea, Mark Conroy, Susan Royston, Eileen Smith.


Grants for Voluntary Groups Withdrawn
It is a real blow to Voluntary Groups, of which Sign Out Youth Project is just one of the many, that Galway County Council announced the withholding of Grants last week. These small grants are invaluable to the running and upkeep of voluntary organisations and boost the morale of the working groups spurring them on in their endeavours especially at a time when volunteers are so valuable to the economy and the mainstay of local organisations.

These grants are allocated for specific programmes with the money paid out retrospectively on the submission of paid receipts. In other words groups have spent the money, submitted final returns as per the terms of the grant and now find themselves without working capital for the coming year. This has left many voluntary organisations in a very precarious position. The monies for these grants was allocated from last year's budgets and the household charges should not hinder this year's payment but reflect on next year's allocations. This decision has to be revoked now.


Relaunch of An Caislean Bar
John and Niamh Madden are delighted to announce that the relaunch of An Caislean Bar will take place on Saturday the 25th August at 9pm. Orginally from Lorrha and Banagher, they have returned to Portumna having spent 20 years in the bar trade in New York. All are invited to this opening night where you will be guaranteed a night of great craic, food and drink. Dance to the music of Andreas Durkin and friends.


Coffee Morning - Niall Melon Trust Fundraiser
Coffee Morning on Friday 31st August at the Country Market Town Hall Portumna. 9 am – 12 pm. In aid of Niall Melon Trust. Roy Stoddart is travelling to Capetown for building project in November.


Killimor GAA
There was no winner of the weekly Killimor GAA club lotto for a jackpot of €6,700. The numbers drawn were 19,24,28 and 29. The following won the lucky dip(€20): Winnifred Kavanagh, Amanda Broderick, Ronan Duffy, Michael Hardiman and Liam Briscoe. Next weeks jackpot is €6,800 and the draw will take place in Treacy's.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 24th to Thurs 30th August

The Bourne Legacy
Top Bourne Action Hit! Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
Daily 6:00 8:45 Also Fri Sat Sun 2:30 (12a)

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

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

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

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

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

Total Recall
Is It Real – Is It Recall! Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel.
Opening Weds 29th Aug 6:30 8:50 (12a)

www.ormondcineplex.com


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