09 August 2016

Mannion Clan Gathering 2016
Dominican 800 Jubilee Year
Heritage Week for Children
Half day Thursday Drama Group
Annual Threshing in Shragh
Heritage Week at the Castle
Portumna GAA
Social Services Day Care Centre
Killimor GAA
Lorrha Heritage Events

Mannion Clan Gathering 2016
Members and descendants of the Mannion Clan from at home and overseas will assemble in great numbers in the village of Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway on the weekend of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August for their third annual Clan Gathering. This year’s Rally will feature the official launch of the Mannion DNA Project, which was recently established to assist descendants of the Ó Mainnín Clan of Co. Galway to discover genetic connections with others who share the same ancestry. It will also help to link the Mannion Clan to their ancient history and the ancestral origins of their Sogain forebears in East Galway.
This highly significant family history project comprises two separate but complementary components – the ‘Mannion by DNA’ network on Facebook, initiated and administered by local genealogist Martin Curley of Mountbellew, and the ‘Mannion Surname Project’ at Family Tree DNA, established and administered by Jim Hollarn of San Diego, California.
The Mannion by DNA initiative aims to connect people worldwide who carry Mannion DNA, regardless of the surname they bear, and link the Mannion diaspora to their relatives in Ireland and the ancestral homelands of their forebears. On the other hand, the Mannion Surname Project will use the results of tests in Y-DNA, which is passed from father to son, to explore the deeper ancestry and ancient origins of the Ó Mainnín Clan.
The events of the forthcoming Gathering, which will coincide with National Heritage Week 2016, are free and open to all to attend. The activities of Day 1, Friday 19 August, will begin at 9.00 pm with registration, a meet and greet session and photo opportunities in The Abbey Inn, Abbeyknockmoy. The official opening of the 2016 Clan Gathering will follow. Attendees will then be treated to two short presentations on different aspects of the history of the Mannion Clan by Dr Joe Mannion and Chris Mannion from Merseyside, England. This will be followed by the official launch of the Mannion DNA Project by Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Seán Canney TD. The evening will conclude with a medley of Irish music, dancing and storytelling, while complimentary refreshments will be provided for attendees.
On Day 2, Saturday 20 August, Joe Mannion will lead a guided tour of the chief residential, ceremonial and burial sites that make up The Mannion Clan Historical Trail. All interested in partaking in this event are asked to assemble in the car park of Frank Mannion’s Lounge Bar in Abbeyknockmoy before 2.00 pm for an introductory talk.
Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castle sites will then be visited in turn. So too will Ramore inauguration and judicial assembly site in Mullaghmore West in the parish of Moylough, where a Brehon law deed was drafted and signed in May 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan. In commemoration of this historic event, a translation of the original Irish-language agreement will be symbolically read to Mannions and others gathered on the ancient ceremonial hilltop some four hundred and thirty-two years later.
During the course of the outing, Dr Mags Mannion of the Archaeology Department at NUI Galway will share her expertise on Gaelic dress and ornament. Their importance in asserting status, culture and gender and the different roles individuals held in the social group, family or clan will be explored and explained.
Also planned is a visit to a major photographic exhibition of estate houses of the landed society in Co. Galway, compiled and displayed by Skehana and District Heritage Group in the Skehana Community Grounds. The day’s activities will end at approximately 6.00 pm in the impressive ruins of Kilconnell Abbey. It was here that the last known Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648 with two of his kinsmen from the Clan stronghold at Menlough, originally known as Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, ‘the small lough of the Mannions’.
The Mannion Clan Association extends a warm welcome to all to attend these entertaining and educational National Heritage Week events. We look forward to meeting and greeting a great many Mannions and descendants and friends of the Clan from at home and abroad on both occasions. The support of the Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative (Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance, and Galway County Council) for the 2016 Mannion Clan Gathering is warmly acknowledged.
Further information is available via the following Mannion related links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themannionclan
Website: www.mannionclan.org

Dominican 800 Jubilee Year
The communities of Portumna, Lorrha and Boula were visited on Saturday 6 August by a large group of Dominican followers from the Claddagh in Galway on a special pilgrimage to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Dominican Order. For the first time in nearly three hundred years a Dominican friar, Fr Donal Sweeney prior of the Claddagh Community, stood in the ruins of Portumna priory, a site associated with the Dominican Order since 1414.
A large crowd from each community gathered at all of the three sites to greet the group of pilgrims from Galway and to take part in the historic celebrations. Sr Padraidin O.P. led the large gathering at Portumna Abbey in prayer and song and also spoke about the life of St Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, who was born in Spain in 1170 and was canonized in 1234.
The group then headed to Lorrha Friary, built in 1269, where they were joined by a large number of local people. The final stop of the day was in Boula where St Dominic’s Day Mass was celebrated in St Peter & Paul’s Church at 6pm by the Dominican Fathers for the first time in 117 years.
For this historic occasion, the large crowd gathered at Boula Hall from where they walked to the church symbolising the route used in bygone days. The church was full to capacity, people delighted to be part of this wonderful celebration. Fr Lawless welcomed everyone, including Galway city Mayor Noel Larkin who is from Boula and where he went to school. Mass was concelebrated by six priests led by Fr Donal Sweeney. The Choir, under the baton of Jarlath Keady added hugely to the occasion. Their solos and harmonies getting a huge round of applause from the congregation.
Following mass everyone gathered in Boula Hall where the committee, under the chairmanship of Patrick Donohue, and the community at large provided refreshments and food. It was a great social occasion and a testament to the strength of the local community.
The Dominican Fathers departed their priory in Portumna Abbey in the early 18th century to Boula, where they hoped to be free from observation. The place of retreat of the fugitive priests was soon discovered and a warrant issued for their arrest.
In 1830 the present Boula Church was built by Fr Taaffe, O.P. near the site of a small thatched Dominican Chapel which stood at the rear of the present National School.
In the spring of 1899 an order was made to the Provincial Dominican Council to close the smaller houses of the Order in Ireland, Boula was on the list. The sad news was received with consternation by the community. The third Sunday of April 1899, the Holy Sacrifice was offered in Boula for the last time by a Dominican. On the following morning amid scenes of profound sorrow the three Dominican Friars left Boula for St Xaviour’s Priory, Dublin.
Before their departure, the Dominicans presented to the Parish of Portumna their lovely Gothic church, free of all debt. And so ended the ministry of the Friars of Portumna, bringing to a close almost 500 years of religious ministry in Portumna. This exciting reunion 117 years later rekindled that link.

Heritage Week for Children
For Heritage Week 2016 the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna are holding two special children’s events. Firstly on Saturday August 20th the Workhouse are hosting a Minecraft event from 11:30am. And the following weekend, on Saturday August 27th, they are hosting a Children’s Archaeology Event from 12:30 – ‘The Dirt Diggers for Kids’. Booking absolutely essential for both events. Phone 0909 759200 or email info@irishworkhousecentre.ie.

Half day Thursday Drama Group
The group wishes to thank most sincerely everyone who turned out to the opening night and the second night also of A Painful Case by James Joyce and Lucy in the Sky by Tony Layton. The decision to stage the play in the round of Portumna Town Hall came fully at the urging of the cast. It proved very successful and hopefully we will continue to produce plays in a similar style in future. The next play to be staged by HDTDG is titled, The Chip Van Plays Dixie by Robert Iles and will be on Friday 16 September, that is the opening night of Shorelines Festival. “Dixie” is a one-act play and is a touching and thought provoking piece two strangers meet on a bench outside a cemetery, they find they share more than they would have expected-including a love of chips, real chips. But you know there is much more in between so don’t miss it.

Annual Threshing in Shragh
Hard to believe it's coming up to a year since the sad passing of Gerard Lyons. As you all know over the years Gerard and family have organised the annual Threshing held each year in the area.
This year the threshing is on Gerard's first anniversary. It is a fantastic event. It gives us a view of our recent heritage and the way things were in our forefather’s time. The other thing this event has always done is donating all funds raised on the day to a good worthy charitable cause. This year its Blood Bike West and Beaumont Transplant Co-ordinators. Would be great to see you some part of the day. Lots of fun for all ages.

Heritage Week at the Castle
Heritage Week is fast approaching and the annual Free Events will be held in Portumna Castle & Gardens on Sunday 21, Friday 26 and Sunday 28 August.
Rehearsals are now in full swing for the production by The Portumna Players, of “Ruby of Elsinore”. A short Shakespearean farce! To be staged in the Castle on Friday 26 August at 7pm. Watch this space for more updates.

Portumna GAA
There was no winner of last weekend's lotto jackpot worth €12400. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 21, 23. Three people matched three numbers; Sinead Kelly, Eva Webb & Seamus Meehan. Next weekend's lotto is worth €12500.
Best of luck to the Galway Senior & Minor team on Sunday v Tipperary.

Social Services Day Care Centre
The committee, management and staff of ”Portumna Social Services Day care Centre” wish to thank everybody who contributed and sold cards for the recent silver circle draw. This year again it proved very successful.
The Centre has recently received a facelift and we would like to especially thank Sean Larkin and his dedicated team who were so professional and courteous during every aspect of the undertaking.
Currently, there are 50 people in attendance at the centre and there are still places available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thgursdays. Meals on wheels are also available. To arrange same please contact 9741740.

Killimor GAA
Last week's lotto numbers were 2, 13,16 and 22. The five lucky dips (£20) were John Joe Fahy, Aisling Brehony, Alan Winters, Seamus & Pauline Mitchell and Emma Callinan. Next week’s jackpot is £1,300 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.

Lorrha Heritage Events
Timetable for Sat. 20th.
Wild Food & Heritage Walk: Join us for a ramble from the historic ruins of Lackeen castle, along the Stolen Railway Line and onto the monastic treasure that is Lorrha village. The walk will be led by experienced guides who will relate to you the heritage of the locality and its relationship with wild plants. So, come along and learn about our history and how, in the past, we used plants not only as a source of nutrition, but also as cures for both humans and animals, for colouring dyes and to ward off evil!
10:30am : Meet in Lorrha village. Car parking available and people will be transferred to Lackeen castle, where the guided walk starts.
  13:30 Arrive back in Lorrha village where people can sample some Wild Food tasters in Mannions pub, where further entertainment will be offered. Those wishing to have a full lunch can avail of the menu offered in the pub. Also anyone who wants a picnic, can buy tea/coffee and treats in the Heritage Shop.
We would appreciate that people would book this event by texting names to 087 6185461. It is FREE to participate in the guided walk, but any donations will be gratefully accepted towards future events.
Open Air Mass: Saturday night mass will be celebrated outside in the grounds of Redwood Castle. Starts at 7pm sharp.
Re-Enactment of the O'Sullivan Beara March Through Lorrha Parish: Immediately following Open Air Mass, there will be an outdoor dramatic presentation, based on history, of the events that occurred in 1603 when O'Sullivan led his followers in battle against the MacEgans of Redwood Castle, and the subsequent crossing of the Shannon at Whites Ford. Start at 8pm. Again, this event is FREE, but any donations will be gratefully accepted towards future events. As this is an outdoor event, it is essential that people book this event, to guarantee a seat! Please text name to 087 1601946. Check out SCEAL page on facebook for more details and see next week's notes. Thank You.
Chat at the Fireside: Wednesday 17th at The Ferry Inn, al locals are invited at 9pm to chat and talk about bygone era, music, songs and stories.
Medieval Day and Night: On Saturday 27th 2 to 5pm, family Day for kids in Lorrha Village with archaeology for kids, face-painting, fortune telling, displays and much more. More details in next week's paper.
At 9pm that night in Friar's Tavern, will be a Medieval Night. Wild food, entertainment and everyone urged to dress up in Medieval attire for the occassion. More details next week. Tickets for medieval night only 10euros and available at our SCEAL Shop.
All events can be checked out on our SCEAL page.

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