15 September 2015

Six Nations Trophy
Irish Water Safety
Yoga Classes
Beaver Scout Registration Night
Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project - Astro Pitch
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Hooley At The Hall
Portumna GAA
Coffee Morning
Coffee Evening
2015 Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna
Workhouse Project Encourages New Uses for Historic Stone Buildings

Six Nations Trophy
The Women’s 6 Nations trophy is come is coming to Portumna on Monday 21 September! Emer Power from Portumna RFC along with Wendy Hicks from Connacht Rugby and members of the victorious Irish Team will be in attendance with the trophy to show to the students and staff of schools in the locality.
Portumna RFC is delighted to welcome the Six Nations Trophy and Irish team members to Portumna. Women’s/Girls Rugby is thriving in Portumna and we are delighted that the staff and students around Portumna will have the opportunity to see the trophy and meet some of the squad members.
The trophy will first be presented in Portumna Community School at 09.30 sharp. From there it will travel to Portumna National School at 10.30 and follow on to Killimor National School.
Portumna RFC would like to thank Emer, Wendy and the Irish Squad members for giving all the students the opportunity to see the Six Nations Trophy. We would also like to thank the staff of Portumna CS, Portumna National School and Killimor National School for kindly giving us the opportunity to present the trophy in their schools.


Irish Water Safety
Irish Water Safety will commence classes in Ballinasloe swimming pool for Safety 2, 3, and 4 and Rescues 1, 2, 3 & 4 classes, and Pool Lifeguard on Saturday the 19th September at 4pm. Registration will be on Saturday between 3.30 to 3.50pm. Please contact Emer Durkan for further information on 087 3165991.


Yoga Classes
Yoga with Ruth will start on Tuesday 22nd September in An Gairdin, Portumna. Beginners Class from 6 - 7.15pm costing €85 for 10 weeks. Continuation Class from 7.30 - 9pm costing €100 euro for 10 weeks. Contact Ruth at 0872434759 or rutheganley@gmail.com


Beaver Scout Registration Night
Beavers will be starting back on Wednesday 23 September between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and will be meeting in the Scout Den, this will be a registration night so parents/guardians are asked to come on the night and fill in registration forms for the New Year 2015/2016. Parents looking to have their son/daughter enrolled into Beavers should come along on the night also, places are subject to availability. All Beavers should bring their registration fee of €45 with them on the night to cover membership and insurance.


Killimor Recreation & Fitness Project - Astro Pitch
Minister Ring shall officially open the Astro Turf on Thursday 15 October at 4pm. The pitch will be available for bookings from that date by contacting 086 826 1559 and special introductory prices shall be available. All are welcome to our opening.
Also to aid completion of Phase 1 of our project Killimor Recreation & Fitness have launched a fundraising draw for cash prizes. Tickets are available from all committee members at a cost of €10 or 6 tickets for €50. Your support would be appreciated.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Opening Night Results Wed 9 Sept 2015: 1st Bernie Larkin, Brid Mc Namara, 2nd Frances Mc Crory & Mary Connelly, Joint Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury & Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Hooley At The Hall
Celebrate Culture Night 2015. Join well known musicians Mark Donnellan, Charlie Harris and Brian Donnellan (The Sliabh Aughty Trio) from the famous Tulla Ceili Band at Shragh Community Centre, Shragh, Woodford on Friday 18th September. A get-together of live Traditional Music, Song & Ceili Dancing. So come along to listen to the trad music, singing or rise the dust and dance a set or two. Starts at 9pm. Admission Free. All are welcome. Refreshments served.Phone 087 6152668 for more details.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €7700. The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 13, 15. Three people matched three  numbers.
Congrats to Valerie Dermody who purchased the scratch card with the official score the first goal was scored by T.J. Reid in the All Ireland Hurling final. The goal was scored in 12 minutes 26 seconds and Valerie is the lucky winner of €500. A big thank you to all the people who sold the scratch cards and to all who supported our recent fundraiser.
Best of luck to our minor team who play Killimordaly in the quarterfinal at the weekend.
The senior championship is up and running again with our seniors taking on St Thomas in their final group game which is due to be played weekend 26/27 Sept.


Coffee Morning
A coffee morning will be held in aid of Galway Hospice in Duddy’s Pharmacy on Thursday 17th Sept. All are welcome. All support is greatly appreciated.


Coffee Evening
Coffee Evening in aid of Galway Hospice, will be held in the home of Gibson & Elizabeth Stoddard on Thursday 17th Sept from 2pm. All welcome.


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.
Film Shorts at Shorelines: A series of film shorts are planned for Shorelines Arts Festival this coming weekend as the rear room at Hayes Pub is converted into an intimate miniplex. A series of 6 short films have been carefully chosen for audience delight and are best suited to an adult audience. Three documentaries that look at Ireland’s changing landscapes from the recent award winning Queen of the Plough to Home Turf, the changes to our landscape and our lives within it are stunningly portrayed. Three drama shorts reflect on School Days and open the door to three humorous, witty and thrilling films that capture so much emotion and memories in less than 15 minutes. The films are on show over the weekend and times are on the Shorelines programme with the official launch at 1.30pm on Friday 18th at Hayes Pub.
Yeats at Shorelines: Nominate your favourite Yeats poem online or in The Hub, Portumna and hear the top poems read at events at Shorelines. Also, on Sunday, September 20th there are two events commemorating Yeats 150 with a lecture from Bernard O’Donoghue, poet, writer and academic from Oxford on Yeats the Love Poet followed by a drama from Curlew Theatre Company on The Muse & Mr. Yeats. These events take place from 4pm at the Irish Workhouse Centre and are a must for any followers of Yeats’ poetry.
Ecology and more at Shorelines: Paul Kingsnorth, writer of the longlisted Booker nominated novel, The Wake will talk with fellow writer, Grace Wells about a global network of writers, artists and thinkers dedicated to creating new stories for an age of environmental crisis. This takes place in An Gaírdín on Sunday evening, Sept 20th at 6.30pm and will be a stimulating event for all interested in the changing world we live in. Admission is €8 at the door.
Culture Night in Portumna: Join the writers, John MacKenna, Mary Melvin- Geogheghan , Pat O’Connor and Aoibheann McCann for a series of tea time readings at Portumna Library. This free event is one of Portumna’s Culture Night events and takes place at 6pm. Following this Jim Hynes directs The Half-Day Thursday Drama Group in The Seduction of Chaos, 45 minutes of hypnotic intensity in Portumna Town Hall at 7pm. Round off the night with “Silver Apples of the Moon” at The Beehive with local singers/songwriters and musicians performing from 10pm.
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.
Fishamble at Shorelines: Fishamble, The New Play Company, under the direction of Jim Culleton present a riveting 90 minutes of pure theatre on Sunday night 20 Sept as Pat Kinevane performs 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.


Workhouse Project Encourages New Uses for Historic Stone Buildings
The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna opened its doors to the public in 2011. The centre is located in the former workhouse complex. With all seven original workhouse buildings intact, it is one of the best preserved workhouses in the country. The primary aim of the centre is to tell the story of the workhouse, an institution that operated in Ireland for a period of 80 years.
The project is headed up by South East Galway IRD, a community based local development company. Work on the derelict complex began in 2004. It opened to the public in 2011, as a work in progress and won the overall County Heritage Award that year. The project seeks to demistify conservation and restoration and thus promote the appropriate reuse of old stone buildings. Project manager, Ursula Marmion points out that the principles of conservation and restoration are the same, whether one is working on a castle, a workhouse, an old cottage or a farmhouse. Much of the basic conservation work on site is being carried out by participants on the Rural Social Scheme and TÚS programme. Grant aid received under the National Rural Development Plan in 2013 permitted the comprehensive re-development of one of the buildings. This work demonstrated that high standards of conservation could be applied, whilst achieving better energy efficiency and universal accessibility.
In 2014, the workhouse took part in a pilot programme, the Traditional Building Skills Training Scheme (TBSTS), which was run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in conjunction with Galway County Council. This was one of four pilots held nationally, the broad aim of the scheme being to enhance skillsets in built heritage conservation within and around the pilot local authority area by making trainees or qualified construction workers more capable of carrying out conservation and restoration projects and therefore improve their prospects of employment. Under this part-time scheme, ten tradespeople took part in hands-on, work based training, whilst also learning in a practical way about the theory of conservation. The use of lime based renders in restoration formed the basis of the training programme in Portumna, Trainees learnt how to repair old lime render, how to do new lime render and how to work with stone and lime. The emphasis on the need for lime sought to highlight one of the biggest mistakes made when working on stone buildings today namely the use of cement based renders, which cause dampness.
Following on from this scheme, the steering group made two key recommendations in its report to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Firstly, "the absence of in depth training in the use of lime in conservation and possible in new build is an issue needing attention. This could perhaps be easily solved if the existing plastering apprenticeship was adapted to include such training. This apprenticeship comes with the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system organised by SOLAS." Secondly, "capital grants are usually allocated annually to various conservation projects throughout the country. If for instance one project per county had a training element, this could result in significant numbers of people receiving short-term training in conservation and repair, probably at no additional cost to doing the capital conservation works without a training element. The issue of accreditation for such short term training needs to be addressed."
The steering group for the training scheme in Portumna was made up of representatives from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Conservation Office, Galway County Council, the Galway & Roscommon Educational Training Board and the Office of Public Works. As a result of this collaboration, a further training scheme is now taking place at the Irish Workhouse Centre. This training programme in Traditional Stonewalling is a 25 week, full-time course certified to FETAC Level 4. It is funded by the Galway and Roscommon Educational Training Board and delivered by Muintearas, an education and community development company.
The former Portumna Workhouse, once an overgrown, derelict site is now an asset to the community. The centre is open to the public, 7 days a week until 31st October this year. Guided tours give visitors an insight into the sad part of our heritage that was workhouse life. Visitors interested in finding out about the restoration work are also welcome.
The centre is also currently hosting three exhibitions. The Shorelines Arts Festival Art Exhibition runs until the 26th September. This free exhibition showcases the work of local artists, as well as exhibits from invited professionals. A new exhibition will open on Friday, 18th September. "Losing the Head" by Christy Cunniffe is based on the medieval carved heads found throughout County Galway and photographed by John Walsh. This exhibition will run until 31st October, along with the permanent exhibition of Birr Workhouse and the Female Orphan Emigration Scheme.
www.irishworkhousecentre.ie tel: 090-9759200


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