09 September 2014

Aughty Furnace Festival
Pilates Classes
Shorelines Arts Festival Launch Night
Workshops at Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna Rugby Club
Yoga at An Gáirdín
Water Safety Classes
Portumna Town FC
Threshing and Vintage Display
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Cancer Research Fundraiser
Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice

Aughty Furnace Festival
On Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of September, we are organising a weekend of fun and learning in Mountshannon, Co. Clare. On Saturday, you can play 17th century games, watch blacksmiths and charcoal makers, get lost in a maze or get your thrills at the sword fight. At the same time, academic and local researchers will be talking about various aspects of the project. On Sunday, you can join us on a guided tour of the furnaces themselves. The programme of events etc are on the website: www.furnaceproject.org


Pilates Classes
A 7-week Pilates class commences now in Youth Reach Portumna. The course costs €70 and you can attend on Tuesday at 7pm or Thursday at 10am. For more information and booking details call 0872185283. Pilates, the art of controlled movements, if practiced with consistency, improves flexibility, builds strength, develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing and improving coordination and balance.


Shorelines Arts Festival Launch Night
Portumna Arts Group hosted an evening of song, drama and literature as the Shorelines Arts Festival 2014 was launched. This also coincided with the opening of Shorelines Art Exhibition at The Gallery at The Workhouse. Colour and vibrancy, talent and imagination flows from canvas and paper, wood and ceramic as local artists and guests SallyAnn Beirne, Krystyna Pomeroy, Jane Hansell and Birr Photography Group exhibit their work in the upstairs dormitory of Portumna’s Workhouse. The exhibition is open daily until Sept 29th and admission is free.

Meanwhile sponsors and friends of Shorelines were entertained by The Sligo based barbershop quartet, The Quaver Shakers. With well known tunes from Georgia to Mary Lou, the feet of all the guests were tapping and faces smiling. Humour and storytelling were rich gifts from writer, Anne Marie Kennedy, winner of the 2014 Molly Keane Short Story Award. The clip from a Bertolt Brecht montage brought the story of The Jewish Wife into the workhouse school room. Directed by Jim Hynes of The Half- Day Thursday Group, this poignant drama, with roles convincingly played by Irene Hegarty and Peter Seyman, was an example of how a concentrated vignette can create a larger picture. This launch was a taster for the forthcoming arts festival. See www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.


Workshops at Shorelines Arts Festival
Book your place in time for the many workshops at Shorelines Arts Festival 2014. There are 3 literary workshops over the weekend. Pete Mullineaux hosts the afternoon workshop for the active imaginations of the actively retired in the area on Friday Sept 19th. Writer, Julian Gough hosts a workshop on Saturday Sept 20th and the theme for this is Telling Stories. On Sunday afternoon, Sept 22nd, poet James Harpur presents 10 poems that must be read by all with a discussion on each poem selected by James. Booking for each workshop is essential.

Childrens’ workshops take place in St. Brendan’s National School where The National Print Museum’s mobile unit visits Portumna for an afternoon of Bookmaking, Hatmaking ad Poster Printing. These take place on Thursday Sept 18th.

A millinery workshop with Niav Riley can be booked for Saturday Sept 20th and an entrelac knitting workshop in Rainbow Wools takes place at 2pm on Sunday Sept 21st. And for the children on Saturday, pop along for workshops where you can create your own dream catcher. See the programme available in local shops and businesses or online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com for booking details.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna Rugby Club Open Day for their new U15 Girls team (born between 1/07/1999 and 30/06/2002) is on Saturday 13th September at 11am and a second Open Day for all of their other underage teams from U12’s to Under 8’s (born 2003 to 2008) including another new Girls team at U12 level. Everyone is welcome and then if you want to join the club there is a registration night for all teams on Wednesday 17th in Portumna Town hall from 6.30 to 8.30pm.


Yoga at An Gáirdín
The Yoga classes are beginning on Tuesday 16 September. The Beginners class is from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. The Continuation class takes place from 7.45pm to 9.15pm. The course will run for 12 weeks. The cost is €100 for the Beginners class and €120 for the Continuation class.  Ruth teaches Satyananda Yoga, which is a holistic system that works with breath, movement, relaxation and meditation. It is suitable for men and women. Enquiries to Ruth at 0872434759 or rutheganley@gmail.com


Water Safety Classes
Irish Water Safety classes for Safety 1-4 and Rescue 1-4 will commence in Kingfisher Pool (Ballinasloe) at 4.15 on Saturday 13th September. Lifeguard course will be run subject to numbers. For further details contact John Jordon on 085 1741979 or Emer Durkan on 087 3165991.


Portumna Town FC
The 2014/15 season kicks off this Saturday 13 September when the U13s play away to Kilbeggan Kick-off time for that match is 12:45pm. Then on Saturday 20 the U10s and U11s will start their seasons which will continue until April 2015. Registration is nearly finished for these age groups and training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Registration is now starting for U8s and U9s. See club website for all details.


Threshing and Vintage Display
Borrisokane and District Vintage Club are holding their annual Threshing and Vintage display this Sunday 14th at 1pm in Lorrha village. There will be lots to see and do on the day including Family Fun day, Dog show, Kids sports day, home baking competition, numerous side shows and of course a large display of vintage Tractors, cars and even a couple of steam engines. Proceeds in aid of local charities and schools.


Eyrecourt Agricultural Show
Eyrecourt Agricultural Show is running its 5th annual show on Sunday 21 September. We are a young show that is growing every year. We provide a showcase for produce and talent and also encourage local start-up businesses. This year, for the first time, we are holding a talent show situated on the Gig on the Rig on the field, which is free, it is not a competition it is there for anybody, young or old to enjoy.

This year’s show will feature classes in livestock, horses, sheep, poultry and dogs while entrants with garden produce, home cookery, hand crafts, pets and photography will be catered for also numerous classes for children to enter, encouraging them to become involved in their local show. In addition we have two new competitions Art and Junior Essay writing which is promoted through the National Schools and FBD. The horse section has 5 qualifiers for the Championships in Ballinasloe and there will be a Champion Charolais and overall Cattle Championship, a Champion Dog of the Show and a Champion sheep class.

Our hardworking Show Committee is well aware that we, like every other rural village in the Midlands, is suffering from the lack of Government interest in rural affairs. It is our view that we will have to try and improve our lot by doing it ourselves and through showcasing all the best of local produce and any start up business or talent. Our village and surrounding communities have a better chance of surviving without the help of whichever Government decides to ignore us in the future. The show is an ideal opportunity for all the family to enjoy a great day and meet up with neighbours and friends whilst supporting your local community.

This year in conjunction with Eyrecourt Vintage Society we will be purchasing a Defibrillator Unit that will be available for use in cases of emergency by anyone in our Community.

Saturday evening, prior to the show, there will be a Tug of War competition on the Main Street in Eyrecourt with other street entertainment to cater for all-comers, even a Beat the Cube competition for the children. The Tug of War is an annual event sponsored by Michael and Essey Stapleton and is a great preparation for the Street Pulling All Ireland at Ballinasloe October Fair.

So come along and join us on Sunday September 21st – starts at 12noon – it might be something you have never done before, enter a cake, a lamb or a dog, and maybe even a duck. You might have a competitive streak that, who knows, might lead to a whole new interest.


Cancer Research Fundraiser
Plans are well advanced for the fundraising ‘Night at the Dogs’ at Galway Geyhound Stadium, organised by the family of Stephen Kelly, Killimor, in aid of cancer research at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The event has been changed to Saturday 20th September to accommodate Connacht’s rugby game with Leinster on the previous night.

All donations for this very worthy cause are gratefully accepted and tickets, which must be pre-purchased, are available at Supervalu Portumna, the Heritage centre, Killimor, P J Gaynor or by contacting any of the committee members. Buses if required are available by contacting PJ Gaynor at 087 127 1030. Finger food will be served and a music session will take place after the racing.


Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice
Coffee morning for Galway Hospice at the Country Market, Town Hall, Portumna on Friday 19 September. From 8.30a.m. – 12.30 p.m. as part of the Shorelines Festival. Please support and enjoy the various talks.


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