17 September 2013

Malin-Mizen 400-mile Cancer Charity Run
Portumna Bridge Yarn Bombing Project
Art & Craft Classes for Children
East Galway Youth Theatre
Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Killimor GAA
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Portumna, Village of Culture
The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times

Malin-Mizen 400-mile Cancer Charity Run
Pádraig (or Paddy) Belton is doing a small solo and unaccompanied charity jog down the length of Ireland, 400 miles from Malin to Mizen, from the 1st to 12th October to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He will be running 400 miles in total, at a clip of about 33 miles a day (slightly more than a marathon). His longest day is a slightly knackering 43 miles, from Portumna to the city of Limerick, and he'll be hosted in Portumna on the 7th October by the Portumna Lions Club.

He will be sent off at the top of Ireland by a group of locals from Movile, Derry, and Donegal, and met in Mizen Head on the 12th October by a collection of supporters from around West Cork and beyond. Along the way he is being hosted by kindly locals - Lions Club members in Portumna, Rotarians in Athlone, and a town councillor in Co. Leitrim - and a supporter from Coleraine will film video footage at his send-off and at the midpoint of his run.

This run follows up on his solo, unaccompanied 1,000-mile Land's End-John o' Groats cycle last October, which raised £3,500 for a new portable CT scanner in the Royal London Hospital's Trauma Unit. Both fundraising expeditions ended on the 12th October, in tribute to his mother's death that day.

So far as he has been able to discover, Pádraig may be the first person ever to run the length of Ireland solo and unaccompanied. He attributes this to not knowing anyone with a car.

More information about his route is online at www.justgiving.com/RunPaddy, and Pádraig is very grateful for all press coverage, support, donations - and any Portumna people who might wish to join him for bits of his run!

His stages, by the way, are these:
1st October: Malin Head – Derry/Londonderry: 32 miles
2nd October: Derry/Londonderry - Omagh: 33 miles (possible watering stop in Lifford/Strabane, with family....)
3rd October: Omagh – Enniskillen: 25 miles
4th October: Enniskillen – Ballinamore, Co Leitrim: 24.1 miles
5th October: Ballinamore – Longford: 25.7 miles
6th October: Longford to Athlone: 28 miles
7th October: Athlone to Portumna, Co. Galway: 35 miles
8th October: Portumna to Limerick: 43.3 miles
9th October: Limerick to Buttevant, Co. Cork: 32.9 miles
10th October: Buttevant to Macroom, Co. Cork: 33.3 miles
11th October: Macroom to Bantry: 30 miles
12th October: Bantry to Mizen Head, hurrah; 30 miles

Portumna Bridge Yarn Bombing Project
Flags were flapping and the bunting waving in a nice breeze on Sunday 15th September, as a crowd gathered by the Shannon for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of the Portumna Bridge Yarn Bombing project.

Anyone walking around the town will have seen lampposts and trees wrapped in brightly coloured woollen nets and these are forerunners of the giant nets hanging down on either side of the bridge, so that the oranges and yellows of sunrise greet sailors coming south down the river and the pinks and purples of sunset reflect in the waters approached by those sailing upstream. Any landlubber interested in seeing them can walk down beside either side of the bridge and get a good look.

Local musicians Mary Smith, Anne McGhee and Martin Donohue provided a lively set of reels and jigs before the speeches got under way and the sun came out. The main focus of the ceremony was a giant thank you to all the many, many women (plus 3 children and one magnificent adult male!) who all contributed over the months running up to this event by crocheting and knitting squares which resembled fishing nets. These were then joined together to make the huge nets which adorn the bridge.

Among those singled out for special attention was a senior networker Vera Burke, (you don't need to know her age!) who attended the ceremony and then went along with the crowd to the Ferry Inn, where lavish refreshments were on offer. Also mentioned were the O'Loughlins of Omagh and Magherafelt, whose signal contribution included the fact that young Aodhan asked his granny to teach him how to make a square for Portumna and Rory was the man who showed that real men can knit and crochet, too! By happy chance, a member of the O'Loughlin family was able to attend. And the nets were not just made all over Ireland, but, as the map in town shows, they came in from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, North America and all over Europe. The pin on the map that shows Peru is due to the marvellous efforts of Margarita Tupino Tiffert O'Conor, who also attended the ceremony and who was responsible for a huge number of nets. And Thea Bray, from the Licorice health food shop in town, is also in the gold medal class for producing many, many nets. Special thanks were given to Wiltrud Duell of Allendara, who threw herself and her crochet hook into the entire project in the run-up to this first event of the Shorelines Festival. She was said to have been the most active hooker in the West of Ireland over the last few months!

Kate O'Brien, the artist whose brainchild it was, gave a short talk, explaining how much she loves community art, where local people get involved to make something really worthwhile. Many readers will remember Kate from her appearances on RTE's Live at 3 programme, and during 2005, when Cork was European City of Culture, she made a vast Knitting Map of Cork. More recently, she has masterminded the Pilgrim's Coat art project in Tullamore and now the Portumna Yarn Bombing will be another community art installation to feather her cap.

Writer and boat lover Nicki Griffin sailed up to the bridge that afternoon and she launched the yarn bombing with great panache. Nicki, who writes for the Inland Waterways magazine, has just published her book The Skipper and Her Mate, an account of her travels along the Shannon with her husband Joe, the aforementioned Mate!

As the participants were sent on their way with a spirited rendering of When I Went Down to the River to Pray, led by Muirne Goode, Anna Browne and Joan Gordon, they got a chance to look at the four rivergod heads which Kate created specially for the project. These were selected from the heads on Dublin's Custom House and represent the Shannon, the Liffey, the Erne and the Atlantic.

Now that the first event of the festival has taken place, consult your programmes for all the other great happenings in Shorelines starting on Thursday 19th September and running through till Sunday night.

Art & Craft Classes for Children
Art & Craft for children on Saturdays at 3.30pm. Drawing Techniques for children over 10 at 11.00am in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Starting on 5th October, for 8 weeks. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

East Galway Youth Theatre
East Galway Youth Theatre in conjunction with Shorelines Arts Festival, is offering a free introductory drama workshop on Friday 20th September in the Town Hall, Portumna, from 4.30 to 6.30pm. The workshop is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 with an interest in theatre. EGYT is headed up by Fiona Keane BSc, LLSMD and Daniel Cronin MA, both of whom have extensive experience and qualifications in drama and theatre.

"This is an ideal opportunity for people to come in, experience a workshop, meet and chat with the facilitators and be able to find out any and all information that they may have regarding the group." states Daniel "Youth Theatre offers a huge variety of theatre-related activities including weekly workshops, trips to the theatre, and as we are under the auspices of NAYD, this vital link provides members with the opportunity of getting involved with national and international events."

NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) is the development organisation for youth theatre and youth drama in Ireland. NAYD supports youth drama in practice and policy, and with a membership of over 50 youth theatres all over the country, it supports the sustained development of youth theatres in Ireland.

For further information feel free to ring or text 087 606 32 53, email us at eastgalwayyouththeatre@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Portumna and District Active Retirement Association
Members please take note our Culture night is taking place on Friday the 20th of September in the Portumna Retirement Village social hall starting at 8 o'clock sharp. Our programme will include "The Gathering" a wonderful play produced and written by our members. Visiting musicians and dancers and member's talented grandchildren will also perform. One of our member recently returned from teaching in Swaziland will add a flavour of international culture. This is an open night for all the community to attend with social dancing and a sing a-long.

Killimor GAA
Last weeks lotto numbers were 10, 15, 16 and 20. The jackpot was €2,400. Last weeks 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Pat Brien, Nicole Whelan, Joseph Hanney, Thomas Moran and Cathal Larkin. Next week's jackpot is €2,500 which will be held in Kirwan's.

Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Portumna 79 Bridge Club results Wed. 11 September 2013. 1st Paddy Kelly & Geraldine Canning, 2nd Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, Gross Charlie Mullen & Tony Ryan, 3rd Pauric Murray & Sean Murray.

Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show will take place on next Sunday 22nd Sept. It is a day for all the family. Events include Queen of the Show, Fashion Show, Dog Houng Handler, Junior cookery, Photograhy, Arts & Craft, Best Scarecrow and Junior Stock Handler. Adult €10 and Children free.

Portumna, Village of Culture
On Culture Day, Friday Sept. 20th, the Mayor of Co Galway, Liam Carroll will attend Portumna Castle at 7pm, to officially launch Portumna as the very first Village of Culture from that day for the following 12 months. Portumna was selected on the basis of the varied, innovative and creative events in the town's application and its established history as a base for drama, music, art and literature. The Culture Night events on Friday include An Artist's Journey- a talk with Siobhán-Cox Carlos at the Gallery at the Workhouse (2.30pm); Café Conversations with Portumna Players at Portumna Castle (7pm) written by Greg O' Connor and produced by Marian Frawley; Shorelines Art Exhibition at the new gallery at the Workhouse and The Gathering (8pm) in Portumna Retirement Village with Portumna's Active Retirement Association.

These are just some of the events in a packed programme for Shorelines Arts Festival. Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices and local authorities throughout Ireland. Portumna Arts Group looks forward to working with Galway Arts Office over the next twelve months.

Children's Festivities: The Cockroach and the Inventor, a pop-up storytelling area, face painting, balloon art and street fun are all part of the programme for children and families on Saturday Sept 21st as Shorelines Street events get underway in Portumna Square. Two shows from Macnas at 2.30pm and 4.30pm will bring the giant Macnas character to life. A spectacle not to be missed.

For children 8-12, they can attend a Circus Skills Workshop that afternoon and on Sunday afternoon, join a Drama Workshop with Brook Tate in the Engine Room. Friday evening at 4.30pm, East Galway Youth Theatre hosts a free open workshop for 12-18 year olds in Portumna Town Hall. See www.shorelinesartsfestival.com for booking etc.

Historical Portumna: Heritage and art are woven together in Portumna. Christy Cunniffe, well known archaeologist, will present Grave Art, a tour and talk on the artwork in three of Portumna's graveyards on Sat Sept 21st meeting at the Dominican Friary at 3.30pm. On Sunday afternoon at 4pm in Portumna Retirement Village, hosted by Declan Kelly, a photographic tour of the dioceses of Clonfert over two centuries will certainly bring light into our heritage.

Drama: Shorelines Arts Festival is delighted to see three drama productions staged during the Festival. On Friday at 7pm, Greg O' Connor's newly written comedy- Café Conversations- takes place in Portumna Castle with Portumna Players and produced by Marian Frawley. Passes for this free event available at Café Rose. Portumna's Active Retirement Association host an evening of music, song and dance with Margaret Boland's sketch entitled 'The Gathering" certain to raise a laugh. On Saturday Jim Hynes and his Half- Day Thursday Drama Group will stage Riders to the Sea at Portumna Castle at 5pm. This JM Synge play is one of the greats of Irish theatre. Musician Ger Fahy will also play at the event. Passes for this event are available from Tim & Liam Walsh, Portumna Dairy Services.

Concert Events: Portumna will be honoured with the visit of writer, poet Paul Durcan on Friday Sept 20th. In the harmonious setting of Christ Church, Paul will read from three of his works, sharing his inimitable way with words. Miriam Donohue, local singer-songwriter and nominee for the 2013 Spirit of Folk award will join Paul . She is delighted to perform back home in Portumna. Saturday night's concert in Christ Church will feature Luka Bloom, one of Ireland's foremost contemporary folk artists whose performances are energetic, provocative and engaging. With support from Joe Casey and guest, Ruth Smith- both well known performers from Portumna, the aisles will be alive with the sound of music. Tickets for both events are selling fast and available online or at Hayes & Hayes, Ladies Day & Palmerston Stores. On Sunday night in a Festival last hurrah, singers Laura Browne, Treenie Hogan and Dave Gradwell will join writer, Alan Mc Monagle and poet, Dave Lordan in An Caislean where Omna Singers will also perform. If that's not enough feasting, try Curleys for the High Stool on Friday and the Boathouse for Galway City's My Fellow Sponges on Thursday. Drop by Hayes' Bar for Shorelines Short film or join Ruth Marshall for storytelling on Shannon Banks Sunday morning as well as a view through a very special telescope at the Sun, who will be a very welcome guest over the weekend's Festival.

The Ormond Cineplex Nenagh - Movie Times
Programme for Fri 20th to Thurs 26th September

This Years Biggest Action Epic! Matt Damon, Jodie Foster.
Daily 6:20 8:50 (15a)

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

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

We're The Millers
Now On 5th Week Here - America's Biggest Since Bridesmaids – Jennifer Anniston as you have never seen her Before! Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikes.
Daily 6:30 8:50 (16)

Sat Sun 2:00 (Gen)

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

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

Grown Ups 2
Sat Sun 2:00 4:15 (12a)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Sat Sun 4:15 (Pg)

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