26 August 2014

Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Irish Workhouse Centre - Pratai na Éireann, the Potato and the Famine
Woodford Parish Development
Alannah Kelly - The Noisy Graveyard
Cottage Store - Annie Sloan Chalk Paints
50 Years of Marriage
Shorelines Arts Festival
Annual Concelebrated Mass of St. Feichin
Portumna Rugby Club
A Taste of Lough Derg
Portumna GAA
Killimor GAA

Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group
Portumna Parent, Toddler & Baby Group is a Voluntary Group for Parents/Carers of babies & children from 0 to School Going Age. The group meets every Wednesday during each school term from 10.30AM to Noon in An Gairdin behind the old convent. We would love to welcome new members, this term starts on 3rd of September, come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. For further information please contact Caroline 0868871228 or Marie 0860810681.


Irish Workhouse Centre - Pratai na Éireann, the Potato and the Famine
To celebrate National Heritage Week, the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna will host a talk by Margaret Hickey on “Pratai na Éireann, the Potato and the Famine” on Sunday, 31st August at 3.30 p.m. This talk was previously given by Margaret at the National Famine Commeration at Strokestown this year. There will also be some music with Ruth Morrissey on flute and Brian Horrigan on guitar.

Margaret was brought up near Manchester by an English mother and an Irish father. She has had a lifelong love affair with Ireland. Margaret spent her student years at Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied English language and literature under the poets Brendan Kennelly and Eilean ni Chuileanain, as well as reading Joyce with David Norris. Thereafter, she lived and worked in Edinburgh and Toronto, before moving to Paris, where she taught at the University, before settling in London for 15 years. After a period as editor of Departures, a literary travel magazine, she moved to Country Living magazine, and managed to find the time to write as a freelance on food, drink and travel for most of the major national newspapers in the UK.

Margaret moved to Ireland in time to be here for the new millennium and in 2001 published a book of oral history – Irish Days – in which she interviewed some dozen people over the age of 80. She is currently hoping to publish a new work – a social history of Ireland as seen through the prism of food and drink. When not writing prose and poetry, she is learning to paint, and is Vice Chair of Portumna Arts Group.

To further celebrate heritage week, there will be guided tours all day. The Irish Workhouse Centre is open from February to November each year. Visitors learn about life in the workhouse or poorhouse, as it was often referred to. 163 were built in Ireland and they operated from the early 1840s to the early 1920s, when the system was abolished. See www.irishworkhousecentre.ie 090-9759200.

Admission is free all day on Sunday, 31st August and there is no need to book. All welcome.


Woodford Parish Development
Following our recent AGM a fundraising night is planned in Walsh’s Woodford Sat 27th Sept. Tickets will be on sale in the coming week and funds raised will go towards Insurance costs for “The Big Clean Up” scheduled to take place mid September. A public meeting will take place on 2nd September in Community Hall to update on progress and to organise teams/work plans etc.


Alannah Kelly - The Noisy Graveyard
Alannah Kelly age 11. 5th class at St.Brendans N.S Portumna was invited to Radisson Hotel Galway to a presentation ceremony for young Galway writers. Alannah's story was selected by the Galway Eduaction Centre to represent her school. "The Noisy Graveyard" wrote by Alannah featured in 'The Future Tense One, An Anthology of Young Galway Writers'. Published by the Galway Eduaction Centre. Alannah who shows a huge interest in reading and writing also won a write-a-book competition when she attended 2nd class.


Cottage Store - Annie Sloan Chalk Paints
Cottage Store, run by husband and wife team Celine and Gerry Murphy are now stockists of the famous Annie Sloan chalk paints. The beauty of these paints is that there is no need for an undercoat or to strip any previous finishes. Open the tin and start painting. There are 32 colours in the range. The uses for this paint are limitless, it will adhere to wood, glass, ceramic, stone and metal.

I will be giving workshops on how to use the paints to achieve different aged effects and the use of more than one colour for a shabby chic look or a distressed effect. Anyone can call into the shop where we have a full range of Annie Sloan products and advice. People can sign up for the workshops. Workshop is three hours duration and all paints and materials are supplied. First workshop is Saturday 13th September 10am in Portumna. Places are limited to six and are already filling up fast. web: thecottagestoreantiques.com


50 Years of Marriage
Margaret and John Cowan were married in Lorrha Church on the 12 th august 1964 by Father Cleary. They recently celebrated their 50th golden wedding anniversary with their family and friends with mass celebrated by Father Lawless PP and Father Neylon. It was a joyous occasion with the local community of Portumna, family and friends reminiscing on 2 young local people who raised their family in the beautiful town of Portumna through great times and hard times. The Cowan family would like to thank everyone for their kindness, fun and sense of celebration from all across the country, UK and America.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines Arts Festival Annual Fundraiser Table Quiz on Friday, August 29th at 9pm in The Boathouse Bar. A vast range of prizes kindly donated by Friends and Sponsors. Student tables are €20 and adult tables €40 for a table of 4. A fun night for all age groups.

Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Exhibition 2014 will run this year from 7th-28th September at The Gallery at The Workhouse Portumna. Local artists wishing to submit a piece are asked to bring it to the Workhouse on 1st Sept from 6.30-8pm. Further details from 086-3195603.


Annual Concelebrated Mass of St. Feichin
Well over three hundred people attended the Annual Concelebrated Mass of St. Feichin in St. Feichin’s Cemetery, Lackan to honour the 1434th anniversary of the birth of St. Feichin the patron saint of Abbey parish. Set in the tranquil and beautifully peaceful foothills of the Lackan Mountain, this cemetery dates back to early Christian times. The nearby St. Feichin ‘s Holy Well was founded by the Saint when, as a young man he visited Wellpark in the early seventh century. The Holy Well is known for its cure of sight problems. Over the centuries countless pilgrims from near and far have come to the Holy Well to prey and to ask St. Feichin to intercede for them. It was fitting, then, that not alone were the neighbouring parishes well represented at the Concelebrated mass but people travelled from Offaly, Clare and Tipperary to attend. The beautiful summer sunshine added to the magnificent setting for this outdoor mass.

Saint Feichn was a west of Ireland man who was born in 1434 years ago in Ballysodare in Co. Sligo. He had associations with many parts of Co. Galway including High Island and Omey Island in Connemara, Kilbacnety near Gort and Well park in Abbey parish. He was friendly with King Guaire who later gave his name to Gort, in Irish Gort Inse Guaire. His biggest monastery was at Fore in Co. Westmeath where he had 300 monks. The Chief Celebrant was Fr. John Hickey, C.C. Abbey who also preached the homily. His concelebrants were: Fr. Abe Kennedy, P.P. Dunity, Fr. Sean Lyns, former P.P. Duniry, Fr. Kieran O’Rourke. P.P. Woodford/Looscaun, Fr. Sean Neylon, P.P. Taughmaconnell, Fr. Brendan Duggan P.P. Scarriff and Fr. Peter Hassan who travelled from Rome to concelebrate.

The beautiful singing at the mass was provided by the St. Feichin’s Choir with Florence Lyons and Carmel O’Halloran and Musical Director Mary Lyons Cunningham. The choir were joined by Liam Hynes and Clare Geraghty who played the Offertory and Communion pieces. Young people were to the fore during the mass. The Prayers of the Faithful were both prepared and said by the young people who received their First Holy Communion this year. The readers and mass servers led the concelebrants in procession to and from the altar.

After mass, the congregation were given a cup of tea which was prepared by the lasies committee.People chatted to friends while they listened to the local musicians whowere on hand to play “ The Boys of Ballysadare” to honour the Saint who was birn in that part of Sligo 1434 years ago. This year after mass a great number of people took the opportunity to visit the nearby Holy Well and to pray in private there.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Rugby Club are eagerly awaiting the new season, with a number of new teams fielding this year it promises to be a very exciting and possibly even a landmark season for the club. The adult team are already back training and always looking for new blood, metaphorically speaking, with new head coach Tony Flynn and Michael Brady the team manager (087 2936054).

Michael Goode is (086 2715501) is taking charge of the club’s first ever “Youth Team” with the boys U13 side, who start training @ 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd September. On Saturday 13th September they are holding an Open Day for new Girls U15 team @ 11am. And then on Sunday 14th September @ 10.30am the Mini section for boys and Girls under 12 are having an Open Day and this includes the all new Girls Only Under 12’s Team. For information on the Girls team contact Emer Power on 087 9515023 and the Mini teams contact Garrett Needham on 087 2469775. Portumna Rugby Club are always looking for new players and remember, you don’t have to be from Portumna, you have to want to play rugby.


A Taste of Lough Derg
A Celebration of Tipperary Beef & Lamb at The Derg Inn, Terryglass for A Taste of Lough Derg. A Master butcher talk and demo on Irish beef and lamb will take place next Saturday at 2p.m in The Derg Inn in Terryglass. This will be followed by a festive lunch of Tipperary pastures Irish Hereford Prime Beef and Brookfield Farm Lamb from the chargrill served up by Joyce Soden, owner of the Derg Inn. All of usual the trimmings and much will be local produce and there’ll be some craft beer for tasting also. This is A Taste of Lough Derg Event. Find us on Facebook at atasteofloughderg. Phone to book your place 067-22037.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last week-ends lotto jackpot worth 20,000 euros. The numbers drawn were 1 2 19 24. Five people matched three numbers.

The club is running a fundraiser in conjunction with the All Ireland senior hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny. Scratch cards are available to buy at 2 euros each. The person who has the correct time the first goal is scored will receive 500 euros. Tickets can be purchased of any of our hurlers or off our committee. Your support would be appreciated as all proceeds will go towards further enhancing our pitch and facilities.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 24, 25, 29 and 30 The jackpot was €7,300. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Bernadette O Toole, Ann Nevin, Tommy Callinan, Joseph Keane and Aoife Fenton. Next week's jackpot is €7,400 which will be held in Duffy's.


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