12 July 2016

Host Families Needed
Shorelines Arts Festival
Graduations and Commemorations for Ballinakill National School
Conference at The Irish Workhouse Centre
Banagher Horse Fair
Portumna GAA
Annual Concelebrated Mass
'Hand in Hand' - Fundraising Cycle
Portumna Vintage Club
Killimor GAA

Host Families Needed
We are an agency in Madrid and Dublin that are sending spanish students to study in Ireland from 1st September to 14th December. They will be studying in Transition Year. And we need a host families in Galway, Shannon and Woodford. Could you help us? or Do you know someone that could be interested?
Contact: 0838304059 or info@alwayslanguages.ie


Shorelines Arts Festival
Shorelines 2016 will be our 9th festival and Sponsors are an integral part of it. Without the support of the area's businesses and friends, the festival simply wouldn't happen. Thank you to all those who have sent in sponsorship for this year's festival. There is still time to contribute, and we would ask you to do this before July 10th to ensure your name is on our printed programme.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please review the options below. You will be acknowledged in our festival programme, online and at the events. Sun sponsors have a dedicated event in the programme.
Sponsorship Options: Be a Sun Sponsor (donation of €100 and over), Be a Moon Sponsor (donation of €50-€99), Be a Star Sponsor (donation of €5-€49).
Payment Options:
Cheque: Please send your contribution with your name (as you want printed on our sponsor list) and contact details to a member of the committee or drop to Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy as soon as possible to ensure your name is on our printed programme (Payee is “Portumna Arts Group”).
Online: Portumna Arts Group, Bank of Ireland, Portumna IBAN : IE66 BOFI 9039 4724 1990 77 BIC: BOFIIE2D.
A receipt will be sent to you.


Graduations and Commemorations for Ballinakill National School
The children of Ballinakill National School enjoyed a double celebration recently, when the nine students from sixth class were presented with their Graduation Certificates.
The unveiling of a Memorial plaque dedicated to the late Niamh Monahan followed this. Niamh was a past pupil of Ballinakill National School. Sadly at the age of thirty, her life was cut short when she lost her battle to cancer in 2010.
As a Tribute to Niamh, "Currafest" was born. With the help of family and friends a committee was formed entitled the "Niamh Monahan Trust". They organised and staged the Curra Music Festival each year from 2011 to 2013. It provided entertainment for young and old alike and with its success’ they were able to donate 45,420 euro to Galway Hospice, 5,000 to Cancer Care West and 5,000 euro to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The Committee and the Monahan family are eternally grateful to all who helped make the Festival one to remember. They appreciate greatly the Musicians and Bands for their voluntary contributions during the festival periods. Also they extend their sincere thanks to the people of Ballinakill and its hinterland who eagerly volunteered their time and help.
Portion of the receipts from the festival —-namely 6,000euro were donated to the Ballinakill National School Board of Management for the development of the school Pitch and playground equipment. The playground is now entitled “Niamh’s Playground”


Conference at The Irish Workhouse Centre
Last Saturday saw a major conference on ‘the Big House, the Demesne Landscape and the Landlord's Village’ held at the Irish Workhouse Centre. The free event was a huge success with visitors coming from home and abroad to attend. The Speakers included John Joe Conwell on ‘Overview of the big houses in East Galway and some of their Occupiers’, Terence-Reeves Smyth on ‘The development of landscape parks (1750-1840), Paul Gosling on ‘Demesnes and Ancient Routeways’, Christy Cunniffe on ‘The lost Duck Decoys in South East Galway’, Bryn Coldrick on ‘Eyrecourt: An East Galway Landlord Village’, Marie Boran on ‘The Irish Landed Estates Database’, and finally Anne O'Toole giving ‘An introduction to an estate’ followed by a visit to Hearnesbrook House.


Banagher Horse Fair
The Annual Street Horse Fair will be held on Sunday 18 September 2016. Keeping tradition alive. Granted by Royal Charter since the 1600s and in existence way before this time. An ancient gathering /meeting place for people. This is a national event attracting people from the 32 counties each year. A town proud of its heritage and culture. Horse dealers of every description attend. Photographers have a field day meeting the characters. All welcome.


Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €11800. The numbers drawn were 6 22 25 28. One person matched three numbers. Paddy & Kitty O Grady Kinvara.
Well done to our Senior and U16 hurlers who had a fine win over the weekend. The seniors have qualified for the quarterfinal while our u16hurlers have qualified for the final, which is down for decision in the next couple of weeks.
Our u8/10 played Cappattaggle in the go games last Fri eve. They have just one game left to play.
The club is looking for your support for our Development draw, which will take place on Friday 19 August. Tickets are €50 Great cash prizes to be won to the value of €20,000. Thanks to everyone who has supported the draw so far.


Annual Concelebrated Mass
Mass will be concelebrated in St. Feichin’s Cemetery, Lackan in Abbey parish on Sunday next 17 July at 7pm to honour the 1436th anniversary of the birth of St. Feichin, the Patron Saint of Abbey parish. Covered seating is provided and irrespective of the weather conditions the mass will be concelebrated in comfortable conditions. There is a large car park. A cup of tea for all after mass. Everybody is welcome to attend this special concelebrated mass.
Those attending should go to the village of Abbey and follow the direction signs for the mass. After mass people can visit the nearby St. Feichin’s Holy Well and pray privately there.


'Hand in Hand' - Fundraising Cycle
Hand in Hand is based in Oranmore and provide practical support for families in Ireland whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer.
Portumna Cycling Club are running a cycle on Sunday 7 August in Portumna and the money raised will be used by Hand in Hand to support these families.


Portumna Vintage Club
Portumna Vintage Club are having a Vintage/Classic car run across the Slieve Bloom mountains on Sunday 17th July. The cars will be on display in O Mearas SuperValu car park from 12 0 clock till One. Further details from Tony Power, Eoghan O Connor or Walter Burke.


Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 10, 19, 20 and 23. The 5 lucky dips (£20) were Margaret Donoghue, Paul Reilly, Eoin Shiel, Ruby/Jake/Lucid/Granny c/o Kathleen Campbell and Mary Mullin. Next week’s jackpot is £7,700 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.


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