11 August 2015

Cancer Advice From Marie Keating Mobile Unit
Shorelines Arts Exhibition
The Mannion Clan Association
Charity Shop - Portumna Conference of St Vincent De Paul
Heritage Week
Portumna GAA
Mass at Loughatorick Mass Rock
Killimor GAA
Rose of Tralee 2015
Support For Business Start-up Projects
Visual Art at Shorelines 2015

Cancer Advice From Marie Keating Mobile Unit
You are invited by Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy to get free advice on how to prevent cancer, information on spotting the early signs and any other queries you may have on Wednesday August 19th when the Marie Keating Mobile Unit visits the pharmacy with their nurse Phil. All welcome between 10.30am – 3.30pm.


Shorelines Arts Exhibition
Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Exhibition 2015 will run this year from 4th-26th September at The Gallery at The Workhouse. Local artists wishing to submit a piece are asked to bring it to the Workhouse on Monday 24th August from 6-7.30 pm. Further details from 086-3195603.


The Mannion Clan Association
Following a very well-attended lecture by Dr Joe Mannion entitled ‘The Mannion Clan of County Galway: Warriors, Chieftains, Kings’, hosted by Skehana and District Heritage Group in Menlough Community Centre on Friday 29 August 2014, the Mannion Clan Association is pleased to announce that two Clan related events have been scheduled to take place in conjunction with National Heritage Week 2015.
On Friday 21 August, an exciting project fittingly named The Mannion Clan Historical Trail will be launched in the Abbey Inn, Abbeyknockmoy at 9.00 pm. This free event will provide an ideal setting for members and friends of the Mannion Clan to renew old acquaintances and make new ones, and to hear and discuss the unique history and heritage of one of Ireland’s oldest families in the company of fellow enthusiasts gathered there. A comprehensive ‘must have’ interpretive Guide to the Trail, featuring a Clan chronology spanning 2,600 years, a summary history of Clann Uí Mhainnín, together with location maps, photographs and documentary evidence relating to the principal medieval and early modern Mannion Clan places will also be launched on the night. The speakers on this special occasion will include Clan historian Dr Joe Mannion, who will give a brief overview of the history of the Mannion Clan; Marie Mannion, Galway County Council Heritage Officer, who will highlight the importance of preserving and promoting our rich cultural and archaeological heritage in the context of this very worthwhile project; and the very popular Teresa Mannion of RTÉ, who will officially launch The Mannion Clan Historical Trail and Guide.
On the following day, Saturday 22 August, Joe Mannion will lead a guided tour of the chief residential, ceremonial and burial sites constituting The Mannion Clan Historical Trail. Once again, this is a free event which is open to everybody to attend. All those interested are asked to assemble in the car park of Mannion’s Bar in Abbeyknockmoy before 2.00 pm for an introductory talk. Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castle sites will then be visited in turn, as will Ráth Mór inauguration and judicial assembly site in nearby Mullaghmore West. Here, a Brehon law deed was drafted and signed in May 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan, and in commemoration of this historic event, a translation of the original Irish-language agreement will be symbolically read to the Mannions and their friends gathered once again on the ancient ceremonial hilltop after an interval of four hundred and thirty-one years. The day’s activities will end at approximately 5.00 pm in the impressive ruins of Kilconnell Abbey, where the last known Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648. Two of his kinsmen from Menlough, the principal stronghold of the Mannion Clan in later times, originally called Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, ‘the small lough of the Mannions’, are also named on a badly-weathered graveslab which is symmetrically placed before a Gothic canopied tomb niche on the north wall of the chancel.
The Mannion Clan Association extends a warm welcome to all to attend these entertaining and enlightening Heritage Week events, and we look forward to meeting and greeting a great many Mannions, along with descendants and friends of the Clan from near and far on both occasions. And so, let your preparations to attend the next gathering of the ancient and illustrious Mannion Clan begin!


Charity Shop - Portumna Conference of St Vincent De Paul
A new charity shop on Abbey St Portumna is to be opened on Friday August 28th. Donations of quality clothes and other saleable items will be taken on Friday 21st from 5pm to 8pm and from on Saturday 22nd 2pm to 5pm. The shop will be operated on a voluntary basis, and the Conference is still recruiting interested workers. It is expected that the shop will be open two or three days a week in the initial stage until a full rota can be established. The shop will provide quality used goods to match every budget and the funds raised will be used locally to help people who are in need. It can also be used as a drop in centre for people who might need a listening ear, or who might need practical help. It is hoped that the shop will compliment the existing thrift shop run by Social Services.


Heritage Week
As part of our heritage week, we are putting on a visual display and we are looking for old photos (20years plus) or videos. All materials will be copied with permission and originals returned safely. If you have anything that would suit please contact us. Also for heritage week, we will be having a street market and hope to have an historic re-enactment. More details to follow next week. For more information contact 0863308172 or 0872031798.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €7300. The numbers drawn were 13, 15, 17, 28. One person matched three numbers; Aoife Conneely. Next weekend's lotto is worth 7400 euros.
Congratulations to Joe Keane & Ronan O Meara who added an All Ireland Intermediate medal to the Leinister medal they won a couple of weeks ago. Also well done to Johnny Kelly who was part of the management team.
Best of luck to Joe Canning Andy Smith & Joe Keane on Sun when Galway take on Tipperary in the All Ireland hurling senior semi final.
The club in conjunction with the All Ireland hurling final are holding a fundraiser where scratch cards can be purchased at two euros and the person who has the card with the correct time the first goal is scored will receive €500. Your support would be appreciated.


Mass at Loughatorick Mass Rock
Mass will be celebrated at Loughatorick Mass Rock on Saturday 15th August at 3pm (weather permitting). This Mass takes place on the site of an old penal church the outline of which can still be seen. The original Mass Rock that served as an altar in this church was brought to Woodford in Marian year 1954 and is part of the Marian shrine at Woodford Bay. Mass has been celebrated at the Loughatorick site annually on August 15th for over 30 years.


Killimor GAA
Last weeks numbers were 9, 14, 26 and 30. The five lucky dips of €20 were Annette and Thomas Porter, Joe Kemple, Brehony clan, Eric Trappe and Mary Darcy. Next weeks draw is €2900 which will be held in Nevins.


Rose of Tralee 2015
Muirne Hurley Goode will form part of the judging panel for the 2015 International Rose of Tralee pageant this weekend. A Limerick city native, she lives in Portumna, Co Galway with her husband Michael and their three children Aoibhinn (14), Conor (13) and Meadhbh (7)Muirne represented Limerick when she was crowned the 1994 Rose of Tralee.
She enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing before embarking on her own retail fashion business ‘Ladies Day Boutique’ in 2003. She now owns and operates two busy retail fashion stores and an online business. As a harpist and singer, Muirne continues to perform in concerts at home and abroad. She also has an active involvement with many clubs and societies in her community.
Muirne celebrates her 21st year as a Rose of Tralee and has been involved in adjudicating for a number of those years at County and at Regional level. We wish her all the best and hope she enjoys her week.


Support For Business Start-up Projects
This is a unique opportunity for any person in Portumna or surrounding area who wishes to attend a free 5 week course hosted by Evert Bopp and spaces are limited.
"Evert Bopp is a Dutch born entrepreneur who has been living and working in Ireland since 1995. He has been involved in a string of start-up companies in Ireland and abroad. In 2009 he set up one of the first private sector start-up incubators in Ireland. Since then he has also worked as a start-up mentor for the Dublin City Enterprise Board, Innovation Commercialization Manger for the NDRC and as a mentor in a private capacity. Evert is also the CEO of an international NGO and a partner in a telecoms company.
He lives with his family just outside Portumna and feels passionate that people in rural Ireland need the opportunity to flourish and he is prepared to give people that helping hand. Many persons have great ideas but with work commitments or family commitments find it difficult to make their dream a reality.
So for five Thursday nights starting Thursday the 30th of August for 2 hours each night you will get first hand guidance on assisting you in starting up your business. Each night Evert will discuss the business plan along with inviting guest speakers i.e. Accountant, Solicitor, Banker, Social Media & Intuition Co-coordinator and LEOS.
The ethos is work local, shop local and stays local. Anybody wishing to get on this course can complete an expression of interest form in “The Hub” or contact Evert Bopp directly on 086 8645099.


Visual Art at Shorelines 2015
Once again, the Gallery at The Workhouse will be home to the Shorelines Art Exhibition for the month of September including the festival weekend September 17th-20th. Included in the exhibition will be the artwork from the local artists and members of Wolf Lorien’s weekly art classes in Portumna as well as guest professional artists.
If you are interested in exhibiting one of your works, please bring it to the Workhouse on Monday 24th August from 6-7.30 pm. Work submitted after this date may not be exhibited as space is limited. The cost is €5 to help towards the cost of displaying materials and insurance. Please, please make sure your work is ready for hanging – pictures should be framed and have a cord or wire at the back! If you wish to offer your piece for sale, please also decide on the price you want to ask in advance.
We greatly look forward to seeing your work and to a very successful exhibition that will show the wealth of talent there is within the area!


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