08 September 2015

2015 Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna
Irish Classes and Chat Group
Redwood NS Defibrillator Training
Computer/Employment Skills Course
Portumna Vintage Club
Poldys/Green Isle Reunion
Hospice Coffee Morning
Davitts Camogie Club
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Rugby Club
Sign Out Youth Cafe
Successful Week of Events at Portumna Castle and Gardens
Shorelines Arts Festival

2015 Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna
Join us for the official opening of the 2015 Shorelines Arts Festival by Aoife Spillane-Hinks on Thursday evening, 17th September from 6-7.30 pm at the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna. All welcome! Light refreshments with special guest Declan O'Brien and music from 4 Men & a Bass.


Irish Classes and Chat Group
Ranganna Gaeilge: comhrá nó gramadach nó craic. Gach leibheál. Ag tosú Déardaoin, 10ú Meán Fómhair 8-9:30 i.n. Irish Classes: conversations or grammar or craic. All levels. Beginning Thur. 10 Sept. 8-9:30 p.m.
Ciorcal Cómhra: ag tosú Dé hAoine, 11 Meán Fómhair 8-9 i.n. Char group: beginning Fri. 11 Sept. 8-9 p.m.
Ionad: Cúl a' Tí, Gaeilge Lochra Riach. Venue: Irish Office, Loughrea. Eolas / Info: 091-870718 / oifig@lochariach.com


Redwood NS Defibrillator Training
Redwood National School were recently given a defibrillator by the Mark Heffernan Trust and would like to sincerely thank them for their very kind donation. We wish to organise CPR and defibrillator training some evening in the school from 7 - 10pm. The defibrillator will be based in the school and available for use in the local community. Training will cost €10 per person with Birr First Responders. We would like to thank Darina kelly for passing on the contact. Anyone interested in taking part in training please contact the school at 090 9747186 or by email at redwoodns@live.ie. It is a wonderful life saving skill to have.


Computer/Employment Skills Course
Do you want to learn computer skills/improve your employment prospects? Training is suitable for beginners and advanced users and is open to everybody – QQI (FETAC) – certified (Levels 3 and 5). Eligible participants may be entitled to receive a training allowance from GRETB, childcare & travel allowance is also available. Contact: Patricia/Lynne at South East Galway IRD Ltd., College of Further Education & Training, Portumna, Co. Galway on 090-9759092.


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of Portumna Vintage Club will take place in O Meara’s Bar, Portumna on Thursday 10th September at 9.30pm. All welcome.
The clubs annual vintage show takes place at the Irish Workhouse center on Sunday 20 September at 12 o clock this is a free event and is part of the Shorelines festival. Further information from Walter Burke.


Poldys/Green Isle Reunion
Poldys Green Isle Portumna are hosting a reunion night on Saturday 17 October for all its past and present employees. So, if you are interested in coming along to a night of catching up with old friends, buffet food and dancing till late. Please contact Nollaig at 086 3374798 or Helen at 087 2967150. Tickets are €20 per person, partners are very welcome too. Closing date for tickets is Wednesday 30 September. Check out our Green Isle Reunion Facebook page and see if you recognize anyone in the photos.


Hospice Coffee Morning
Friday 11 September Church of Ireland, Portumna from 10am to 1p.m. To be held in memory of Ann Menheneott.


Davitts Camogie Club
Our u13 team have had mixed fortune in their championship campaign. They suffered defeat to Athenry but followed this up with victory over at Colman’s.
Best of luck to Orla Watson and Liam Hodgkin’s who are part of the Galway camogie management in their all Ireland final against cork this weekend.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Our Autumn lecture series begins with a lecture by Ann O’Riordan entitled 'I will not be smoked out; the burning of Ballydugan House, 1922'. The lecture takes place on Tuesday Sept. 15th at 8pm in O’Mearas in Portumna and will be followed by a book launch of ‘East Galway agrarian agitation and the Burning of Ballydugan House, 1922.


Portumna Rugby Club
Portumna RFC will shortly be starting their new season of Minis, Girls and Youths rugby. It’s an exciting time to take up rugby with Ireland playing in the World Cup. So are you the future Brian O’Driscoll or Sean O’Brien? Why not come down to our open day and see if you are!
At all ages up to and including under 12, rugby is played in a non-competitive environment, which means that every child that turns up to rugby training is played in every game. There is no pressure on coaches or players to win matches, the emphasis is on having fun while learning new skills along the way. Rugby is a fantastic game for boys and girls of all shapes sizes and abilities, who want to have fun, play and learn a great sport.
So if you’re interested why not come down to our Open Day and give rugby a try?  Our open day on the 13th of September is for boys and girls with our age groups catering from U7s up to and including U12s with our Minis Teams. Contact Garrett (087 2469775) or Noeleen (087 6982348) for more details about these groups.
We also have girl’s teams for U13s, U15s & U18s whilst our youth boys’ team currently caters for U14s. You can contact Mark 087 6434230 (boys) or Emer 087 9515023 (girls) for more details on these groups.
It’s always a great day and everyone has great fun. And if your child likes it, and you want to register, we will have Registration Night for all Teams on Tuesday 15th September from 6.30pm to 8pm at Portumna Town Hall. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth cert if you intend to register on the night.


Sign Out Youth Cafe
SignOut Youth Café is happy to announce that Portumna Youth Club will commence the 2015/16 season next Friday evening 11 September. Times are as follows, Sixth Class 6.30pm – 8pm. 1st Year 8.15pm – 9.45pm. All young people must be dropped off and collected by a parent or guardian. See you there.


Successful Week of Events at Portumna Castle and Gardens
Heritage Week events began on Sunday 23 September, from approximately 12.30pm when stall holders and craft demonstrators started filling the halls of the Castle with their stock and educational equipment. Throughout the afternoon visitors- families, individuals and groups strolled through the gardens and house admiring and purchasing from various stalls while enjoying the cultural ambiance. Over 500 visitors enjoyed this free afternoon event.
The highlight of the week was the Play on Friday 28 “Il Fornicazione” an Italian Opera with a twist. This was produced and directed by Marian Frawley, Portumna Castle Guide and member of The Portumna Players. Other members of the Portumna Players, Dolores O Shea, Derrick Frawley, Marie O Donnell, Greg O Connor, Johanna Burke, Frances Robinson, Tom Flynn and Andrew Dagg joined with her in the cast, and together produced a half hour of fun, frolics and a sense of the ridiculous. The play was preceded by a selection of easy listening songs from Laura Byrne some of which were of her own composition. We wish to thank Gerry and Celine Byrne from The Cottage Store, Portumna, who provided the furniture and settings for the event.


Shorelines Arts Festival
RTE at Shorelines 2015: On Sunday September 20th at 12 noon, a live recording of the popular RTE Radio 1’s weekly show, Sunday Miscelleny, will take place at the Church of Ireland. Tickets for the event are €10 and available online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.ie or at The Beehive Restaurant and Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy. With a lineup of music from Galway’s own ConTempo String Quartet, writers, Bernard O’Donoghue, Louis de Paor, Grace Wells, as well as Loughrea’s Anne Marie Kennedy fresh from Electric Picnic and local writer, Noelle Lynskey plus music from Breda Keville and her sister, Clare, the regular Clare FM broadcaster, this is an event not to be missed so get your ticket now.
Drama at Shorelines: Fishamble, The New Play Company, under the direction of Jim Culleton present a riveting 90 minutes of pure theatre on Sunday night Sept 20th as Pat Kinevane perform this stunning play “Underneath.” Delving into the tale of a life lived in secret and exploring the surface, and what lies underneath, this drama is both tragic and comic and so well worth seeing. Tickets for the event are €12 and available online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.ie or at The Beehive Restaurant and Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy and at the door.
Yeats at Shorelines: Celebrating Yeats 150 is a large feature of the Shorelines Programme, with a talk on Yeats The Love Poet from Bernard O’Donoghue, writer, poet and Oxford academic. This will be followed by ‘The Muse and Mister Yeats” a play for voices with Curlew Theatre Company. Both events take place from 4pm on Sunday, Sept 20th in the Irish Workhouse Centre and tickets are €8 per event (€15- combined) and available at the door of the venue. Also, log onto Shorelines website and nominate your favourite Yeats poem or drop in to The Hub and fill out a nomination form. A selection of nominated poems will be read at events throughout the weekend.


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