28 July 2015

Draft Portumna Local Area Plan 2016-2022
Portumna Speak Out
Literary Feast for Shorelines 2015
Bark In The Park - Galway S.P.C.A. Fundraiser
Portumna Castle & Gardens - Free Wednesday
Crafty Women
Heritage Walk
Portumna GAA Lotto
Killimor GAA
Headd Brothers Exhibit Their Work
Portumna Youth Concert - Judo Assist Fundraiser
Jason Madden - Student Enterprise Awards

Draft Portumna Local Area Plan 2016-2022
Galway County Council invites you to attend a public consultation drop-in session on the Portumna Draft Local Area Plan 2016-2022 to take place on: Wednesday, 12th August 2015 - 2.30pm – 7.30 pm in the Portumna Library.
Please note that the closing date for Submissions on the Draft Portumna Local Area Plan is 11th September 2015 at 4pm.


Portumna Speak Out
What is your vision for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture? We are looking for people in South East Galway to share their vision for Galway 2020. The idea is simple. Speak Out for 3 minutes about ideas or projects that your think will be transformative for Galway in 2020. This is also an opportunity to come and hear what Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is all about.
This event takes place at Portumna Castle and Gardens on Wednesday 29th July at 7.30pm.


Literary Feast for Shorelines 2015
Starting with a reading from the renowned author and broadcaster, Joseph O’Connor on Thursday Sept 17th to the closing conversation on the dark Mountain Project with longlisted Booker Prize writer, Paul Kingsnorth (The Wake) on Sunday Sept 20th, Shorelines 2015 will be a literary feast for all.
Workshops for aspirant writers on the theme of Finding the Storyteller with writer, John MacKenna and poet, Grace Wells (The Real World: an ambulant poetry workshop) will tickle the inspiration in those who participate. Due to restricted numbers, early booking is advised and information will be available shortly on the website or call 086 366 3439 for more details.
Readings with John, Grace and writers, Louis de Paor, Anne Marie Kennedy, Nuala Ní Chonchuir, Declan O’Brien and Eamonn Grennan will be interspersed throughout the Festival at the annual Literary Brunch, Tea Time readings and more. Crannóg literary magazine on tour will feature three contributors, Pat O’Connor, Aoibheann Mc Cann & Mary Melvin Geoghegan.
A special feature of Shorelines 2015 will be a tribute to Yeats on his 150th anniversary. Writer and academic, Bernard O’Donoghue will talk on Yeats & Love followed by Curlew Theatre Company’s drama: The Muse & Mister Yeats. You are also invited nominate your favorite Yeats poem. From Aug 10th, The Hub in Portumna will have nomination box for you to drop in and tell us which Yeats poem you like best and why. Or do so on our website or Facebook. The most nominated poems will be read during Shorelines.
Annual events like the Barbara Kennedy awards sponsored by Waterways and the Limerick Competition will feature once again. Also, the competition for the prestigious recitation “Lines Learned By Heart” in memeory of Nicholas Treacy is already warming up with many former winners looking to regain the title.
Portumna Pen Pushers are currently working on a writing project in collaboration with guest photographer, Mark Granier and the work will be read at the festival also.
Full programme will soon be available on www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.


Bark In The Park - Galway S.P.C.A. Fundraiser
Bark In The Park is a fun day out for you and your dog and a great fundraiser for galwayspca. It takes place on Sunday August 2nd at Portumna Forest Park. There are two beautiful walks to choose from a 1k and a 5k. So something to suit everyone. Come along and enjoy the day with lots of other dog lovers. Lots to enjoy and see on the day.


Portumna Castle & Gardens - Free Wednesday
The OPW, Free Wednesday initiative, continues throughout the 2015 season. Visit Portumna Castle & Gardens for free on Wednesday 5th August. Guided tours are also free, on request, subject to guide availability. See the gardens, the wonderful ongoing restoration works and learn about the lives and influences of the de Burgh/Burke family who built the castle and lived here for generations.
Heritage Week begins on Saturday 22nd August and ends on Sunday 30th. Look for details of Portumna Castle events in local papers, parish newsletters, Portumna Castle Facebook page and on www.heritageweek website.


Crafty Women
‘Crafty Women’ recently held an exhibition of their work in Portumna. They Up-Style furniture, create stunning Vintage environments with lot’s and lot’s of vintage pieces to bring home and enjoy. Crafty Women can be found at “Mother Earth” William Street, Tullamore. They will also bring your worn and tired pieces back to life. If you wish to make contact ring 087 6858356.


Heritage Walk
Commumters visiting portumna last saturday morning were very confused to see on a beautiful sunny morning a large crowd attending the Heritage Walk of the Streetscape of Portumna Hosted by Local Historian John Joe Conwell. Poeple could have been for giving for thinking they were in Kilkenny or Killarney as The large crwod moved with ease, and attentivness where they visited in excess of 14 different sites while John Joe gave a very informative piece about each of the sites. They went from Castle Avenue to Abbey Street to Brendan Street to the Market Square to the old Catholic Church and finished at the Graveyard. The large crowd really enjoyed themselves and the feeling was that was a real appeitie for this in Portumna and afterwards both John Joe and Cllr Rabbitte said they could see this becoming a regular feature. The support of the community was very encouraging and showed that yet again the people of Portumna have more to offer to visitors who come to visit our beautiful town and walking tours of the town was one of them. The next planned event is Heritage Week where Cllr Rabbitte has invited John Joe to this time bring us on a walk of the Castle, Friary and Marina.


Portumna GAA Lotto
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €7100. The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 11, 13. Eight people matched three numbers.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 1, 10, 26 and 29. The jackpot was €2,600. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were James Coen, Michelle Dowd, Sean/Shauna/Aine Smyth, Mike & Ann Nevin and Paul Callinan. Next week's jackpot is €2,700 which will be held in Duffy’s.


Headd Brothers Exhibit Their Work
Brothers Gerard and Joseph Headd from Quansboro have both studied art and use various media. They will exhibit some of their work in the Gallery at the Workhouse from Monday, 3rd to Sunday 16th August. The exhibition is free of charge and will be open daily including weekends from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gerard is a model maker and has a BA Honours in model making, design and digital effects. Over the past number of years, he has worked on many theatre and film productions in Ireland and has recently opened his own workshop. Joseph began his art career by attending a portfolio course in Sallynoggin College of Further Education, where he went on to complete a degree in art and design. He is currently studying animation.


Portumna Youth Concert - Judo Assist Fundraiser
Portumna Youth Concert in aid of the Judo Assist Special Needs/Autism Judo Programme. A group of talented musicians from Portumna have come together to perform a live concert to raise funds for the Judo Assist Programme. The concert will take pace on Friday 7 August in the Church of Ireland Portumna. The tickets are €10, the doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8pm start. Tickets may be purchased at Ladies Day Boutique, The Boathouse, Pearse’s Barber Shop, Hayes Chemists or ring Colette on 087 1373433.


Jason Madden - Student Enterprise Awards
Sixteen-year-old Jason Madden from Portumna who engraves natural slate clocks came second in the student enterprise awards in Galway with his mini company “engraving slate”. Jason was a TY student in Portumna Community Colege.


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