22 September 2015

St. Gabriel's G.A.A. - Bingo
Portumna Community School - Past Pupils Survey
Calling All Local Artists
Banagher Horse Fair
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Portumna and District Angling Association
Art & German Classes
Portumna GAA
Coderdojo
Half Day Thursday Drama Group
Room in Your Home for One More
Naughton Scholarship Winner - Rachel Keane
Killimor GAA
Successful Double Launch of Book on the Burning of Ballydugan House

St. Gabriel's G.A.A. - Bingo
Bingo starting on 7th of October and every Wednesday night after that in St Catherines hall, Aughrim. Please support.


Portumna Community School - Past Pupils Survey
Portumna Community School is this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation. With this in mind a survey of past pupils is currently being undertaken on its website - www.portumnacs.ie. If you attended the school between 1990 and 2015 we would love if you could spare a minute to let us know where you are now and what you are doing. The information could be very valuable to existing and future students. We would also appreciate if you could pass on this information to whom it may concern.


Calling All Local Artists
All work, sold and unsold, should be collected from the Irish Workhouse Centre this coming Sunday, 27th September, between 3 and 5pm. Anyone unable to do so should contact Margaret on 086 3195603, but please do make an effort to be there this Sunday. Thank you in advance.


Banagher Horse Fair
The Annual Banagher Street Horse Fair took place on the 13th September 2015 in Banagher on the Shannon. The event passed off very well. It is a traditional and cultural event, which dates back to the 1600s.
Nationally it has a huge significance for people. It is the equivalent to others county final or All Ireland. The event is unorganized and always just happens as fairs always did. This year drew a big crowd with people travelling from as far away as Belfast to Dunloe in Kerry. The event has a very bright future.
Supporters are already looking forward to next years fair on the 18th September 2016 when it traditionally falls on the Sunday closest to the 15th September. Deputy Luke Ming Flanagan MEP for this area has publically given his wholehearted support for the event. The regions of South Offaly, North Tipperary and East Galway particularly are steeped in breeding quality horses for a wide range of uses. Old newspapers from the last few centuries are full of references to The Great Banagher Fair. Thanks to all who came. Keep the date in your diaries. Follow Annual Banagher Horse Fair page on Facebook for updates and advice on equine matters.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Wednesday 16 September 2015: 1st Elizabeth Ryan & Geraldine Canning, 2nd Patricia Blehein & Sheila Dillon, Joint Gross Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, & Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 3rd Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan.


Indoor Market and Craft Fair
Indoor market and Craft fair will be held in the Boathouse on Sunday October 4th from 12 to 5pm. Stalls include Knitting, crochet, Art, Handmade Jewellery, Handmade cards, Woodwork, Home baking, Aloe Vera products etc. It’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping. Your support would be very much appreciated. Please ring 0852318775  to book a table or more details.


Portumna and District Angling Association
Portumna and District Angling Association have scheduled the Boat House Cup pike competition and junior competition up to 16 yrs (any species) to take place on Sunday September 27th from 2 - 6pm followed by BBQ and presentation of prizes for all competitions held throughout the season. 'Tight lines.'


Art & German Classes
Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on October 3rd for 8 weeks. Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays at 7pm, started on 16th September in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127. Early booking advisable.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €7700. The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 20, 22. Two people matched three numbers; Tom O Donnell & Mary Darcy.
The senior championship is resuming this weekend for Portumna when they take on St Thomas in last group game. Both teams have already qualified to quarter-final stages.
  The minors are due to play Killimordaly this weekend also in the quarterfinal stages of the competition.


Coderdojo
Coderdojo starts on Saturday 26 September 11-1pm in Portumna Community School. From age 7-17 years. Bring a laptop and extension lead if you have one. Register on the day. For more details contact Colette on 0871373433.


Half Day Thursday Drama Group
The play Seduction of Chaos written by Kent R Brown was staged in Portumna last Friday 18 September as part of the very successful Shorelines Festival. Friday night was also Culture Night, which comprises of hundreds of events taking place all over Ireland.
Half Day Thursday Drama was delighted and proud to be associated with both Shorelines and Culture Night. For this play to work so much is determined by the performance space (creating the illusion of an art gallery) but it is not about the picture, it is all about the needs/chaos within each of each characters and how they go about satisfying those needs/quelling the chaos. The painting, Chaos is the fourth character in the play and while the painting does not speak it has a pivotal role to play.
We hope to satge at the Galway Fringe next year, fingers crossed.


Room in Your Home for One More
Host families required to host children/adults with intellectual disability and provide various types of short breaks from a few hours to weekday overnights, weekends & full-time shared living. All types of families considered and allowances paid. Home Sharing Training course will run over two weekends: Friday 16th Oct 7pm-9pm & Saturday 17th Oct 9.15am-3pm & Weekend 2: Friday 30th Oct 7pm-9pm and Saturday 31st Oct 9.15am-3pm. Contact Kieran Keon or Audrey Reilly on 091-540900 at Ability West.


Naughton Scholarship Winner - Rachel Keane
The Naughton Scholarship programme was established in 2008 to promote and reward the study of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths at third level in Ireland. This year the Naughton Foundation is awarding 29 annual scholarships to exceptional students from 24 different counties.
Congratulations to our past student, Rachel Keane, from Pallas, Tynagh, who completed her Leaving Cert in June (2015). She has been awarded a Scholarship of €5000 per annum for the duration of her four year Undergraduate Degree programme. The annual Awards reception will take place on Saturday, 26th September, at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin, where Rachel and the other winning students will be presented with their medals and cheques. Well done Rachel. The Naughton Foundation plan on extending the scholarship scheme further in 2016.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 7, 9, 24 and 30. The jackpot was €3,400. Last week’s 5 lucky dip winners (€20) were Anne/Michael Nevin, Seanie Briscoe, Killimor Camogie, Josie Morrisey and Mike Starr. Next week's jackpot is €3,500 which will be held in Duffy’s.


Successful Double Launch of Book on the Burning of Ballydugan House
Four Courts Press, in conjunction with NUI Maynooth have published the work of Killimor native, Ann O’Riordan entitled East Galway agrarian agitation and the burning of Ballydugan house, 1922’. The book was officially launched this past week in both Portumna and Loughrea with enthusiastic crowds in attendance. The Portumna event marked the first in South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society’s autumn series of talks and Ann gave an informative lecture on the story behind the burning of the East Galway house in 1922.
Ballydugan house was a medium-sized country house on a 1500 acre estate near Loughrea and Ann’s book is based on its burning during that turbulent period. Her study offers, in a microcosm, a representation of agrarian agitation in rural Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. The background to the burning of Michael Henry Burke’s house is charted alongside the rise of land agitation and unrest in east Galway. Burke was one of the few Irish landlords determined to remain and rebuild his house. He was not prepared ‘to be smoked out’ of his home, which was on lands that were associated with his ancestors for over 400 years. At Ballydugan, the collective expression and systematic protest for the transfer of land ownership from landlord to tenant included boycotting, landlord intimidation, cattle drives and damage to property.
Ann’s book also offers a unique insight into the often unpublicised landlord experience and perspective on agitation offered by Burke’s granddaughter, Mrs Claire Besnyoe. An accessible and interesting book with many photographs, this publication will appeal to many locals and those concerned with local history.
This successful evening was followed two days later by a second event in Loughrea library where Prof Terence Dooley, lecturer and director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at NUI Maynooth, formally launched the book. Mr Michael Fahy, chairman of the Loughrea History Society, presided and Ms Anne Callanan (Librarian) made the facilities of Loughrea Library available for the launch. Ann wishes to sincerely thank them and the many others who helped and contributed to the success of both these events. ‘East Galway agrarian agitation and the burning of Ballydugan house, 1922’ is now for sale in local shops.


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