25 July 2015

An evening of Music and Drama
Portumna Cycling Club - Thank You
Redwood National School
Opera with a Twist
Heritage Week at the Workhouse
Portumna GAA
RTE Radio 1 Visits Portumna
Drama at Shorelines 2015
Free Events at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Iyengar Yoga
Lorrha & Rathcabbin Heritage Festival

An evening of Music and Drama
Half Day Thursday Drama Group presents An evening of Music and Drama in the Mountshannon Hotel on Saturday 5 September.
The Music: Music provided by: “Fratelli Cantare” with Padraig Connaughton and Madeline Fleming; {Formerly of the West Coast Big Band. Padraig has also sung with the RTE Symphony Orchestra}. Accompanied by: Padhraig Madden on Keyboard.
The Play: The Seduction of Chaos by Kent R Brown is a very erotic and cathartic play. It is set in an art gallery, A one act play concerning the changes wrought in the lives of three characters by lifeand the influence of a dramatic painting. The cast includes, Irene Hegarty, Diane Dagg and Greg O Connor. The play is directed by Jim Hynes.
Admission €5.


Portumna Cycling Club - Thank You
The Olive Aughty Cycling event to raise badly needed funds for Olive Shaughnessy and her family came off recently with over 300 cyclists participating. Well done to all. It was a tremendous success, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of such a large number of volunteers.
Portumna Cycling Club wish to express its sincere thanks the all marshals, lead car drivers, first aid and ambulance crews, the Gardaí, the mechanics and Lions Club personnel who ensured that all three cycles ran smoothly and with the greatest possible degree of safety.
Thanks to all who provided food and other refreshments, to Teresa Walker who stored and managed it and to all the willing volunteers who operated the various food stops. A special word of thanks is due to McDonagh’s, Kilcorban; The Hill Bar, Kylebrack and to the community of Ballyturin who contributed so much to the success of the day.
The facilities of the Engine Room were put at the disposal of our club by Steve and Sarah Killeen as was the physiotherapist, David Broderick and MC, Dick Ridge. Anne Rabbitte co-ordinated the actives in the town square, introduced Olive and the other celebrities and ensured that all three cycles began in a timely fashion. Thanks to Aidan Reed for providing the high-quality amplification system and to the para-Olympian, Mark Rohan for honouring the event with his presence and participation. A multitude of lovely photographs are available thanks to the endeavor’s of many of our local photographers.
Portumna Cycling Club wish to acknowledge the generous contributions of so many businesses and individuals, those who sold lines or collected funds in a variety of other ways. The combined voluntary efforts and generosity of so many people have contributed to make this an event to remember and hopefully one that will provide some small measure of comfort to Olive and her family at this difficult time.
Finally, to tie up the remaining loose ends, the committee request that any outstanding cards or other contributions be forwarded to the treasurer, Eimear McKeon, or any committee member, as soon as possible.


Redwood National School
Reminder: Redwood NS re-opens on Monday 31st August. Please note change of opening times- School will open at 8.30am for pupils to arrive with classes starting at 8.50. School will finish at 1.30 pm for infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes. There will be an afterschool homework/activity club available for all pupils immediately after school up to 5pm daily. New infants can be collected at the earlier time of 12 noon for the first week of school.


Opera with a Twist
Portumna Players present “Il Fornicazione” a short Italian opera with a twist. The play will be staged in Portumna castle at 7pm on Friday 28th of August as part of Heritage week, preceded by music from Laura Byrne. Book your tickets now for an experience that includes love laughter mishaps and a mushroom pie. Admission is free but seating is limited, call 0909741658 or email portumnacastle@opw.ie for tickets.


Heritage Week at the Workhouse
To celebrate National Heritage Week at the Irish Workhouse Centre, there will be a talk and walk on restoring stone buildings at 12 p.m. on Sunday 30 August. The work carried out on the Portumna workhouse buildings provides the basis for this practical talk on conservation, restoration and energy efficiency in stone buildings. Admission for this talk is free.
Admission is also free all day for 18 to 28 year olds. Half price for everybody else. The Workhouse is open 7 days a week until 31st October. www.irishworkhousecentre.ie 090-9759200.
There were 163 workhouses in Ireland. These operated for a period of some 80 years, from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. The workhouse was the last resort for the destitute poor and has been described as “the most hated institution ever established in Ireland.”


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 15, 25. One person matched three numbers; Pauline Mc Keon.
In conjunction with the All Ireland Hurling Final the club are selling €2 scratch tickets. The person who has the correct time the first goal is scored is deemed the winner and wins €500. Your support would be appreciated.
Best of luck to Denis Mc Laughlin, Oisin O Sullivan and Jack Canning on Saturday who are taking part in Tipperary Supporters U16 tournament.


RTE Radio 1 Visits Portumna
For over forty years, Sunday morning on RTÉ Radio 1 has meant Sunday Miscellany. Each week, the programme presents a selection of new writing from both established writers and new voices, woven together with complementary music.
Shorelines is delighted to host a live recording of Sunday Miscellany which will feature a mix of new voices and well-known writers as well as live music on Sunday Sept 20th at 11.45 am in Portumna’s Christ Church. Recording starts at 12 noon for an hour (approx) and will be presented by the programme producer Aoife Nic Cormaic. Audience tickets are imited and on sale now for €10 at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Beehive Restaurant and online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.


Drama at Shorelines 2015
The varied programme for Shorelines Arts Festival 2015 (Sept 17th -20th) will include a variety of live drama events. The renowned theatre company Fishamble: The New Theatre Company will stage Pat Kinevane’s highly acclaimed Underneath in Portumna Town Hall at 8.30pm on Sunday Sept 20th. Pat Kinevane’s stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath, engages the audience directly in a riveting 90 minutes of pure, live magic. Tickets are €12 and on sale at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Beehive Restaurant and online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com as well as at the door on the night. This is an event that cannot be missed!
Yeats is celebrated this year at Shorelines with a combined Yeats event. One of the events sees the return of Curlew Theatre Company to present The Muse and Mr Yeats in The Irish Workhouse Centrre on Sunday September 20th at 5pm. Admission is €8 at the door. Devised and directed by Eamonn Grennan, Tegolin Knowland and Séan Coyne introduce us to the various women with whom W.B. Yeats was romantically involved, each one, for a time, the muse who inspired some of his best-known lyric poems. Through their eyes, we see Yeats in love.
Local theatre group, The Half-Day Thursday Drama Group under the direction of Jim Hynes provide drama for Culture Night 2015. On Friday, Sept 18th, in Portumna Town Hall at 7pm, join in this free event The Seduction of Chaos, a one- act play by Kent R. Brown starring Irene Hegarty, Diane Dagg and Greg O’Connor with make-up by Astrid Tomrop. The plot sees Arthur Franklin as he wanders into an art gallery only to be overwhelmed by The Seduction of Chaos, a gigantic modern artwork of hypnotic intensity. Join us to find out what happens next!


Free Events at Portumna Castle & Gardens
Heritage Week events continue in Portumna Castle on Friday evening, 28th August, with a short play “Il Fornicazione” - An Italian Opera with a twist. This is a short humorous skit on Opera, produced by our local drama group, Portumna Players. The play is preceded by a selection of music and song with Laura Byrne. Free admission, limited seating.
On Sunday the 30th there is free admission all day to the castle & grounds. At 2.30pm Dr Allan Mee, Irish White-tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction expert, will give a presentation on the White Tailed Eagle followed by a visit to its nearby nesting grounds. Bring binoculars, there may be a good chance of seeing the birds, the breeding season is over but they may still be in the area.
Children can continue to enjoy and take part in our 'Fairy Door Trail'. Search out the fairy doors in the gardens to find your clues. These carved wooden fairy doors were made by a participant on the Traditional Skills CE Scheme in Waterford City.
For further details contact 090 9741658 or email portumnacastle@opw.ie


Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga at The Engine Room, Portumna Thursday 17:00-17:50 children's, 18:00-19:00 mixed, 19:15-20:15 mens, Friday 19:30-20:30 mixed class. Week commencing 7th September to week ending 23rd October. 7 week term €63 for 1 hour classes. Drop in rate €10 per class. Payment requested at the start of each block of lessons (or in instalments). Please contact Ellen 086 177 4826 to book a space. Please note spaces limited, so let me know ASAP to avoid disappointment. Friday 18:15-19:15 Beginners (if I can get enough numbers).


Lorrha & Rathcabbin Heritage Festival
As part of National Heritage Week, SCÉAL have organized a range of events for the parish. All events are free. To kick off the weekend this Friday 28th at 9pm, Kelly’s in Rathcabbin are hosting a historic fancy dress with prizes, bar-b-q and music with DJ Ray. On Saturday night (29th) Mass is being held in Redwood Castle at 8pm, Tea and refreshments afterwards, this is a ‘bring and share’ food event, all are welcome to attend.
On Sunday 30th in Lorrha, the day’s events start at 11am. The Local Market (taking place at Maher’s) with up to 30 stands will have something in store for everyone. Local producers have everything to satisfy the taste buds in array of artisan foods including homemade desserts, cakes, buns, pastries, honey and chutneys. Buy your own organic vegetables straight from the earth. Come have your Sunday Lunch at Maher’s and try Denis’ famous Monk’s Pie. Tea and Coffee served all day.


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