03 September 2013

Table Quiz - Shorelines Arts Festival Fundraiser
Call for Artists for the Shorelines Art Exhibition
Mucky Runners Obstacle Course
Bright Sparks Montessori School
Chiropody Clinic
Heritage Week at the Castle
Portumna Rugby Club
Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Fraughen School of Irish Dancing
The Local Bus
Portumna Task Force
Biodiversity Plan
Portumna & District Angling Association
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA
Shorelines Arts Festival
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Table Quiz - Shorelines Arts Festival Fundraiser
Please support Shorelines & the Portumna Arts Group -- Table Quiz – Friday 6th Sept in the Boathouse. Mark the date! A fun night out with lots of prizes so gather a few friends and join in the fun! Friday, 6th September 9pm in The Boathouse in aid of the 6th Shorelines Arts Festival, 19th – 22nd September. Table of 4 adults €40, Students €20. All welcome.


Call for Artists for the Shorelines Art Exhibition
Call for Artists for the Shorelines Art Exhibition @ The Gallery at the Workhouse, Portumna. Deliver your piece to the Workhouse on Sat, 7th Sept. (10am-12.30pm & 2-4.30pm) or Wed, 11th Sept. (6-8pm). (Delivery after these dates not guaranteed exhibition space). Please include work not previously displayed at the exhibition. Work should be ready for hanging, i.e. with a wire/cord to hang. €5 to display. Further infos from 085-1925466.


Mucky Runners Obstacle Course
Mucky Runners is a new 'Fun Obstacle Course' that will be held in Portumna Forest Park on Sunday 27th October 2013. It will be a great day out for anyone who enjoys a fun challenge with lots of thrills and spills promised! The event is open to everyone and includes a junior course for little mucky ducks! There will be food stalls, face painting, bouncy castles and lots of fun on the day. So round up the troops, little and large, and mark your diary for a Fun Family October Bank Holiday Weekend. (Check out www.muckyrunners.ie/facebook for all details)


Bright Sparks Montessori School
Bright Sparks Montessori School Borrisokane, limited places still available for ECCE grant. Closing date for applications is the 11th of September. For enquiries please contact Lavinia on (087) 9032306.


Chiropody Clinic
Chiropody Clinic now open at Ballyduff Rathcabbin, located on the main Birr to Portumna Road, ten minutes from Portumna. Catering for all foot ailments, wheelchair accessible, evening appointments available. For appointment please contact Geraldine Heenan on 086-3532672.


Heritage Week at the Castle
At Portumna Castle and Gardens, Heritage Week 2013 was celebrated with two free events on both Sundays. The theme for the first Sunday, 18th August centered on Genealogy. Dolores O'Shea of Ireland Reaching Out opened up the world of tracing your ancestors on a personal level and provided the inspiration for all those who attended to go home and start piecing together their Family Tree.

The main event on Sunday 25th August was very well supported and a big crowd enjoyed an afternoon of outdoor activities. Most families participated in the Family Quest/Quiz and the Brennan Family from Limerick were the eventual winners of the prize of a €55 Family Heritage Card. A 'Bug Hunt' was led by the Education Officer from Connemara National Park. All sorts of insects and creatures were microscopically examined and identified; this was a fun and information activity, which was enjoyed by all. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a Boule Competition. The eventual winners were members of the Portumna Players who won after a very closely fought competition against Horans Public House. The winners were declared Portumna Castle Lawn Boule Champions 2013 and won a beautiful trophy. The members of the winning team were Johanna Burke, Frances Robinson, Alison O'Neill and Mairead Taylor. They received a beautiful trophy; a silver cup which was presented by Marie Gibbs. Because of its popularity it is intended to hold a similar event next year when it is hoped we will have lots more local group participation. A vote of thanks goes to Anne Tuohy and Brian Kelly for umpiring the event fairly and with their usual panache and good humour. The Country Markets and local producers provided a delightful range of refreshments for the afternoon.

Portumna Castle and Gardens remains open daily until Sunday 22nd September and for weekends only until Sunday 23rd October.

We look forward to Easter 2014 when we will be reopening to the public.


Portumna Rugby Club
Let your child try rugby for free with Portumna RFC. Any child born 2002 to 2007 inclusive is welcome to try rugby for free until the end of September. Boys and girls train and play together starting on Sunday 15th September at 10.30am at the rugby pitch beside the Library. They'll even get a free gum shield to get them started.

At all ages grade up to under 13, rugby is played in a non competitive environment, which means that every child that turns up to rugby training is played in every game. There is no pressure on coaches or players to win matches, the overriding emphasis is on having fun while learning new skills along the way.

So why not bring your child down, you never know they might just love it and you have nothing to lose except a Sunday morning or two. More information from Mark Scannell on 087 6434230.


Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group meet every Wednesday during the school term, beginning this week, 10.30-12pm in An Gairdin. (Behind the Old Convent) This is a voluntary group for Parents /Carers of babies and children from 0 to school going age. All Welcome. Further Info: 086 3471328.


Fraughen School of Irish Dancing
Fraughen school of Irish dancing has reopened this Tuesday for class, the times are 4pm for beginners and 4 30 advanced dancers, at The Portumna retirement village hall. contact Mary at 091 841438 087 9597560.


The Local Bus
"The Local Bus" daily service (Mon-Fri) Portumna to Loughrea has resumed from last Monday. The Local Bus morning service departs Portumna Square at 8.00a.m and return's to Portumna for 9.00a.m. The afternoon service departs Portumna Square at 4.00p.m and returns to Portumna for 5.30p.m.

For details of all "Local Bus" Services in South East Galway, contact IRD on 090-9741867. Services are open to everybody. Travel pass accepted.


Portumna Task Force
A number of people have come together, in a voluntary capacity, to form the Portumna Task Force. The purpose of this group is to facilitate local development initiatives that will benefit the Portumna area. The next meeting takes place in Portumna Town Hall on Wednesday, 4th September at 7.30 p.m. when Brian Barrett of the Community, Enterprise and Economic Development Unit. Galway County Council will facilitate. Everybody welcome.


Biodiversity Plan
Meeting on Thursday September 5th at 8pm in An Gairdin to discuss the Draft Biodiversity Plan for Portumna. Come along and have your say on the plan. Please let anyone you think would be interested know about the meeting. Everyone welcome. The main aim of the meeting is to finalise the project list for the plan and decide who or which group will lead each project.


Portumna & District Angling Association
The club hosted a family fun day last Sunday (25/8/13) to encourage local familys to take up fishing. A very successful day was enjoyed with pike, perch and trout caught by kids involved, followed by a BBQ and raffle. A catch and release policy was promoted. Inland Fisheries Ireland attended to showcase angling information and lake ecology. Special thanks to boat owners, Emerald Star, SuperMacs, Dermot Lally, Inland Fisheries Irl, Karl Spiess, Sean D and Joan Gordon to Edmond Burke and to club members for their participation.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5 12 15 16. Two people matched three numbers Margueriete Dolphin and Ronan O Meara.

Best of luck to Ronan O Meara and the Galway Minor team and Management in the All Ireland final on Sunday.

Our senior team had a good run out against Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin last week-end in preparation for their upcoming quarter final clas with Ardrahan. The final score Portumna 1-18 Kilmacud 1-13.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 5, 6, 9 and 17. The jackpot was €2,200. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were. Keith & Conor Hardiman, Audrey McLearn, Jack Brien, Agatha & Kevin Callinan, and Helen Whyte. Next week's jackpot is €2,300 which will be held in Treacy's.


Shorelines Arts Festival
As Portumna swells with pride to have been selected as County Galway's first ever Village of Culture, we embark on a series of cultural events to be held throughout 2013-2014, beginning with our spectacular arts festival, the Shorelines Arts Festival from Thursday, 19th to Sunday, 22nd September, www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.

Shorelines Arts Festival, now in its 6th year, launches the Yarn Bombing project, Shore to Shore, on Portumna Bridge on Sunday, September 15th at 3pm. Over 700 nets, from Peru to Loughrea, New Zealand to Kells, have been produced by friends, locals and groups of yarn enthusiasts under the artistic hands of Kathryn O'Brien, Textile Artist. These rainbow-coloured nets will be reflected in the waters of the Shannon as they are festooned from the bridge, while those crossing the bridge will see four of the Riverheads of Ireland, depicted in yarn, mounted on the piers. A small flotilla of boats will gather to see writer Nicki Griffin launch this event at 3pm, and we'll be celebrating with traditional music, followed by refreshments at the nearby Ferry Inn.

The Festival Opening: The official Opening of Shorelines will take place on Thursday, Sept 19th with the effervescent Ciana Campbell, broadcaster and Chairperson of the Ennis Book Club Festival, presiding. The opening of the festival will also mark the opening of the Gallery at the Workhouse, a brand new exhibition space for the mid-west of Ireland.

Festival Highlights Include:
* A reading by Paul Durcan on Friday 20th September, with Miriam Donoghue singing at the same event.
* Music is always a big feature of Shorelines and we are delighted to announce that Luka Bloom will perform with guests Ruth Smith and Joe Casey on Saturday, 21st September. (Tickets are available online or in local shops for both events, and people are encouraged to buy ahead as seating in the intimate Church of Ireland is limited.)
* Much-loved Galway-based street theatre company Macnas will perform 'Cockroach and The Inventor', bringing fun, intrigue, and surprise to the streets of Portumna with their family friendly outdoor show.

Literature: Literary guests this year include Dave Lordan who has been shaking up the Irish writing scene with his passionate, risk-taking writing for a decade. He recently ran the New Planet Cabaret series of creative writing workshops for RTÉ and New Island Press. Shorelines Arts Festival literary committee welcome Dave as facilitator for the Shorelines Writing Workshop on Sunday, Sept 22nd 3.30pm-5.30pm. Drawing on his innovative writing practice, and long teaching experience, Dave will set unusual writing prompts intended to generate creative responses from participants at all levels of experience. This workshop will be intense but very engaging, and Dave's feedback will be friendly but rigorous. Booking essential as numbers limited - call Mary 086 366 3439. Fee €10.

Reading alongside Dave on Sunday evening will be Galway's emerging short story writer, Alan McMonagle. For Saturday's annual Shorelines Literary Brunch, Galway-based writer Gerardine Burke, poet Patrick Deeley, and novelist Loretto Leary (US), a Portumna native, will read from their work.

Art: The local Pen Pushers creative writing group will read work inspired by paintings submitted by local artists to the first ever Shorelines Art Exhibition at The Gallery in the Workhouse. Professional artists Clive Bright, John McNulty, Eithne Joyce and Charlotte Kelly will exhibit their work alongside that of local amateur and professional artists. Talks, readings and events are planned for the Gallery, along with exhibitions from Bramble Art, Funerary Art and lots more.

In addition, a national travelling exhibition Traces of the Past will take up residence in The Gallery in the Workhouse from 1st-31st October. It showcases Ireland's archaeological heritage viewed through the lens of aerial photography and the latest in surveying technology, offering visitors a unique view of their cultural heritage.

Food & More: At the Friday morning Country Market, discussions and demonstrations will be presented by food enthusiasts Margaret Hickey, Peter Ward and Diana Murray, starting off a full Culture Day here in Portumna. An Gairdín will host a one-day textile art workshop with Ann Moore on Saturday and on Sunday morning meet up at the Shannon Swimming area where Dave Gradwell reveals fascinating secrets of the sun.

Drama: In the field of drama, we are proud to present the premiere of two locally written plays, as well as a staging of Riders to the Sea, a fitting event as the theme for Shorelines 2013 is Making Waves. Free passes for these two events, to be staged in Portumna Castle, are available at local shops. A Youth Theatre workshop for teens completes a varied and exciting programme of drama.

Children: Children (and adults too!) will be thrilled as Macnas's Giant Cockroach roams the streets! In addition, there will be a Circus Skills workshop, Peas in a Pod story-telling, face painting and balloon art, plus the awards for a children's writing competition. Most of these events take place on Saturday afternoon in the Square. On Sunday afternoon, a drama/ dance workshop with Brook Tate and The Exploration Dome will entertain all.

Film: Local talented film director, Aisling Ahmed's film The End of the Counter, winner of the best short at Galway Film Fleadh, will have several screenings. Other films include Bye Bye Now and the award-winning Irish Folk Furniture by Tony Donoghue.

And More...: Other attractions include exhibitions of art from Portumna Community School, an exhibition of funerary art by Rory O'Shaughnessy to accompany Grave Art, a tour of grave symbols and art in three local graveyards with Christy Cunniffe. Photographic images of Clonfert Diocese from 1864 will be presented by Declan Kelly.

Young singer/songwriter Knoeline Keane will be performing over the weekend, and students of music and singing will be showcased at Shorelines Recitals. Music Matters, the East Galway Suzuki School of Music, will play at the final recital of the weekend.

And watch out for the hotly contested annual Nicholas Treacy Recitation Competition, the High Stool singing session, our amusing Shorelines Limerick competition, a Shorelines Gospel Mass with Ennis Folk Choir. And if that isn't enough, Laura Browne, Dave Gradwell, Treenie Hogan, Omna Singers, plus a Sign Out Youth café session and more will bring arts to all members of the community.

Finally, a thank you to all our sponsors, both local and national, without whose support the festival would not be possible. Our main sponsors in 2013 are The Arts Council, Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Galway County Council, The Gathering 2013, Portumna Retirement Village & Dignity, Poetry Ireland and Waterways Ireland.

For more information see www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or call 0872931055.


The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 6th to Thurs 12th September

Pain & Gain
The American Dream Is In Great Shape! Mark Wahlberg, Dwyane Johnson.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (16)

About Time
A New Funny Film About Love! Introducing Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (12a)

You're Next
Fresh Unpredictable & Terrifying! Sharni Vinson, Rob Moran, Wendy Glenn.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

We're The Millers
America's Biggest Since Bridesmaids. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikes.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

Planes
Disney's.
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (Gen)

Monsters University
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (Gen)

The Smurfs 2
Fri 4:15 Sat Sun 2:00 5:15 (G)

Grown Ups 2
Fri Sat Sun 4:15 (12a)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Sat Sun 2:00 (Pg)



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