20 August 2013

Portumna to be First Culture Village
Shorelines Arts Festival
Heritage Week Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna Tennis Club
Rock Night for Noel Heenan
Historical Observations on the Parishes of Woodford and Ballinakill
Queensland Rose
Scouts Visit Kerry
Cassandra Kenny School of Dance
Family Fun Day – Duniry
Irish Workhouse Centre

Portumna to be First Culture Village
Portumna Arts Group hosted Culture Night events in 2012 and this year as part of Shorelines Arts Festival, a series of free events will also take place on Culture Night on Sept 21st.

In addition, Portumna has been selected as the First Village of Culture in Co. Galway from Culture Night 2013 – Culture Night 2014. This will give Portumna an opportunity to get priority on any tours coming to the county, such as touring theatre or music, a mayoral event will take place in Portumna, press and media coverage of Portumna's culture will increase and a theatre performance from the winner of Galway Theatre Festival will be staged in Portumna. Portumna Arts Group are delighted and look forward to working with Galway County Arts office who will be co-ordinating the Village events. This also opens up opportunities to local culture providers in music, drama, art, dance and literature to make this a year to remember.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Circus Skills Workshop: Shorelines Arts Festival look forward to having Little Bigtop at our Arts Festival on Saturday, September 21st. They will host a workshop for 8-12 year old children on Circus Skills in Portumna Town Hall from 3pm-4.30pm. Book with Joan at 0876955166 as places are limited. Cost €8

Harvesting Nets: Shorelines Arts Festival "Bridge Bombing" Project is now hotting up- we hope to hit 500 nets by August 10th, so get busy while sitting in the sun and be part of this project. So far we have nets from the US, Germany, Peru, UK, USA and all over Ireland. The next stage is a day of harvesting at a gathering of net workers in Portumna Town Hall on Saturday, August 24thfrom 11-1pm and 2-4pm where the project artistic director, Kate O'Brien, will help to put the finishing touches in cross stitch, treble and double stitch. Her wonderful art pieces depicting four of the Riverheads of Ireland will be revealed too. Those of you who may not have registered your name with us, please do so now as we want to acknowledge your input. For the workshop, please contact Wiltrud on 0863151262. Bring any unused yarn in purple, orange or yellow; a darning needle (for wool) and a No 4 crochet hook. Refreshments provided and admission free.


Heritage Week Event at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Final Heritage Week event at Portumna Castle & Gardens, Sunday 25th August, 2-5pm. FREE admission.

The built and natural heritage is an intrinsic part of our everyday life, and what could be more part of our natural heritage, than bugs! Sunday's event at the castle allows children to explore the wonderful world of the garden and get close to nature. Carole Reynolds, Education Officer, Connemara National Park, Dept. of Environment will guide you through the gardens on a major bug hunt. Learn where and how to collect bugs and insects and to identify them under a microscope. Instead of bringing the real thing home Carole will help you make a bug creation of your very own. Adult supervision required.

3-4pm – Pub Rivalry Lawn Boule, representatives from local pubs will play against each other for the glory of being the 1st Portumna Castle Lawn Boule Champions. Team members will be recognised by the style of hat they choose to wear! Make sure to be there to support and encourage your own local pub team. Refreshments will be on hand for spectators and supporters with Portumna Country Markets.

Bug Balloons, Family Quiz/Quest and more! Come to Portumna Castle & Gardens and enjoy your heritage in a fun environment.


Portumna Tennis Club
Since opening in June last, the newly resurfaced Portumna Tennis Club has got off to a flying start with a busy summer of adult and teen coaching, children's tennis camps and competitions. The courts and ground works are now complete, while work continues on the club house, with the next phase of painting and kit out due to commence in the coming weeks.

Following a very successful and enjoyable 4 weeks of coaching, with Kieran Galvin, professional tennis coach based in Nenagh, the club held its first competition earlier in the month. Players were very eager to show off their newly acquired skills. There was a large entry with names drawn on the night, all pairs playing each other in a round robin competition, culminating in a playoff with Margaret Larkin and Adrian Reilly being victorious.

The increasingly popular adult only night, a very sociable, relaxing and fun evening, continues every Wed from 7pm to 9pm for August and September, no experience necessary, everyone welcome, rackets and coaching provided, open to members and non members. Teenagers' only sessions are reserved every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm.

Portumna Tennis Club are fortunate to have secured a further four weeks coaching with Kieran commencing Sunday 25th August to 15th September. Coaching is open to members and non members, places are limited to 8 per session at a cost of only €30. To reserve a place please contact 087 3906067. To book a court any time or to register for membership, check out booking sheets on the clubhouse notice board or contact 087 3906067.

The committee would sincerely like to thank all those who supported our fundraisers and registration night at the outset and hope young and not so young will continue to benefit from this wonderful facility for years to come.


Rock Night for Noel Heenan
The Independents are holding a rock night in memory of their club member Noel Heenan. It will take place in The Friars Tavern (Mahers Pub) Lorrha on 14th of September at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale from Noels Brothers, Sisters and fellow club members. Tickets cost €3, admission without ticket costs €5. All proceeds will go towards a memorial plaque for the roadside. Live Bands, BBQ and raffle on the night. Camping is availavble on the night. All welcome.


Historical Observations on the Parishes of Woodford and Ballinakill
To coincide with Heritage Week and to celebrate the year of the Gathering, East Galway Family History Society are hosting a conference in the Woodford Youth Hall and Heritage Centre, on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 25th August 2013, entitled Reflections on Sliabh Aughty: Historical observations on the parishes of Woodford and Ballinakill.


Queensland Rose
The Queensland Rose Sorcha Holmes, originally from Ballinasloe called into Café Rose Portumna last week on her way to Tralee.


Scouts Visit Kerry
The 10 Galway (Lough Derg) Portumna Scout troop chose Kerry as their destination for this years summer camp. The rerason were: Miles and Miles of golden beaches which we do not have in Portumna and secondly to find out more about Tom Crean who they are taking so much inspiration from during their personal journey through scouts and the one programme.

Through a network of contacts the site was selected it was only 100 m from the Beach in Ventry, this was a wonderful treat and an excellent location. The troop of 16 including scouters headed to the Gaeltacht area of Kerry and the Dingle peninsular.

Blessed with good weather they were able to see the most amazing sites as they traveled through the Conor Pass to Surf in Kilcummin beach and equally incredible views along the Slea way, capturing the Blasket Islands. A wonderful combination of spectacular sites and amazing history. Stopping off at the very impressive interpretive centre the scouts learnt more about the people and life on the Islands.

Dingle offered the scouts the opportunity to roam the busy streets and hunt for small reasonably priced gifts. Just outside of Dingle is a truly challenging climbing wall which is designed to offer the novice an opportunity to scale to great heights which gets increasingly more difficult for the accomplished wall/rock climber.

On their way home from Kerry, the troop took on the task of finding the home place of Tom Crean, this took them to Annascaul. The village has erected a fitting and well laid out tribute to Tom Green in a small park directly across the road from where Tom returned home and opened up a public house aptly named the South Pole Inn. They received a warm welcome in the village and once the scouts explained their connection to Tom Crean and their own personal scout journeys they were told numerous stories and given anecdotal pieces of information about the man himself and his family.

They made their way to Tom's final resting place. Each scout left a pebble on his tomb as a small token, this would appear to be the custom and a coin was also placed on the roof another custom, which they followed. The scouts own symbolic gesture was delivered by the troops two Pls Sabhbh Murray and Emer Walsh who tied a Portumna 10 Galway Neckerchief to the tomb as a further mark of respect and to acknowledge their scout pilgrimage to Annascual.

The scouts last stop before returning to Portumna, was a visit to the History Museum in Tralee, the Museum is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon and well worth a visit. This is one Summer camp the scouts will never forget and they now have a better understanding of their own personal journey through the incredible and all inspiring feats of Tom Crean Irish Man and South Pole explorer.


Cassandra Kenny School of Dance
The Cassandra Kenny School of Dance offers Classical Ballet Classes teaching the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. Classes are held in Portumna, Birr, Shinrone & Crinkle. Classes resumes Monday 2nd of Spetember in Portumna in The Engine Room, in a purpose built studio complete with barres and mirrors. There are still places available in some of the classes for more information contact Cassandra Kenny 086 8194655 or Email: info@cassandradarlington.ie


Family Fun Day – Duniry
30th Galway Abbey Duniry Scouts are holding a Family Fun Day in Duniry GAA pitch on Sunday, August 25th from 2p.m. – 6p.m. Admission free. Entertainment to suit all family members! Face painting, bouncy castle, novelty races, adult obstacle course, fortune telling, display of scouting skills, tattooing and much, much more!


Irish Workhouse Centre
To celebrate National Heritage Week, there will be a Free Day at the Irish Workhouse Centre on Sunday, 25th August. The Centre is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last tour at 5 p.m.



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