16 August 2016

Calling All Artists!
Heritage Week (20th-28th August) at the Irish Workhouse Centre
Portumna Castle & Gardens - Upcoming Heritage Week Events
Mannion Clan Gathering 2016
Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival, 15th-18th September
Annual Aughty Charity Cycle
12 Portumna Camogie Team
Volunteer Work in Africa
South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Portumna Kettlebell Club
Portumna Vintage Club
Davitts Camogie Club
Woodland Walk
Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
Killimor Lotto

Calling All Artists!
Once again, The Gallery at the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna will be host to a selling exhibition of art, photography and sculpture. If you are interested in contributing one piece of work - ready to hang - please bring it to the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna on either August 28th & 29th (Sunday/Monday) between 6-7.30 pm. There is a nominal charge €5 to cover the cost of displaying materials and insurance. Please make sure your work is ready for hanging. And please also decide in advance if your piece is for sale and the price. Where a work of art is sold, we take a modest 15% commission. Further details from the Art Curators: Margaret on 086-3195603 / Jackie on 087-6319890.


Heritage Week (20th-28th August) at the Irish Workhouse Centre
This year’s Heritage Week programme at the Irish Workhouse Centre in the last week of August is the strongest and most varied programme to date. We will be running events for children, lectures, tours and exhibitions every day between 20th-28th August. All events are on line on www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on and on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WorkhousePortumna/events. ALL events are FREE except ***.
Here’s a list of all the events happening at The Irish Workhouse during Heritage Week 2016!
Saturday, 20th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Family Day at The Irish Workhouse - Free Activities & Tours (Family) *** €10
Saturday, 20th August, 11.30 am – 4.30 pm, Minecraft: Let's Build a Workhouse with SnakeDoctor! (Family)
Sunday, 21st August, 12 – 1 pm, Archaeologist's Answers (Talk)
Sunday, 21st August, 1.30 – 2.30 pm, Prátaí na hÉireann, the Potato and the Famine (Talk)
Monday, 22nd August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Workhouse Objects & Artefacts (Talk)
Tuesday, 23rd August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, The French Connection -  the War before the Great War (Talk)
Wednesday, 24th-28th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Co. Galway Club Hurling - the Early Years (Talk & Exhibition)
Thursday, 25th August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Researching Catholic Parish Registers for Genealogy (Talk)
Thursday, 25th August, 7.30 – 8.30 pm, Portumna Soldiers (Talk)
Friday, 26th-28th August, 9.30 am – 5 pm, Portumna of Old (Exhibition)
Saturday, 27th August, 12.30 – 2.30 pm, The Dirt Diggers for Kids (Family) *** €2
Sunday, 28th August, 10 am – 4 pm, Workhouse Heritage Day (Family)


Portumna Castle & Gardens - Upcoming Heritage Week Events
Sunday 21st – Period Costume Workshops, running at 2.30 and 4pm. Laura Thorpe will be in the castle for the afternoon, running workshops and open discussions on the progression of fashion in the 18th and early 19th centuries. She will discuss clothing for men, women and children of both upper and poorer class and how it correlates with events and society at the time. Laura will exhibit examples of reproduction costumes, fashion plates and portraits. Audience participation will be encouraged with opportunities to take photos while dressed in period costume. Feel free to take part and come dressed in costume!
Games – running throughout the afternoon, Maura Williams will organise games and activities for all ages some of which will be remembered from years-gone-by!
Family Quiz- take part in the our Family Quiz and be in with a chance to win a Family Heritage Card valued at €60. This card will give you and your family unlimited admission to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW for one year from the date of first use. The draw will take place on Sunday 28th at 5.50pm and the winner will be notified immediately.
Take a selfie in the Castle Stocks!
Friday 26th – The Portumna Players will perform a short play called “Ruby of Elsinore”. Proceeded by, popular songs with Nicola and Eimear Walsh. Limited seating.
Free admission for all 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:
https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/mannion-surname/about
http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event-details?EventID=903
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themannionclan
Website: www.mannionclan.org


Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival, 15th-18th September
Tickets now on sale!: Tickets for Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill (Sept 17th), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Sept 16th) and The Far Flung Trio (Sept 18th) can now be purchased online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or in the following outlets in Portumna: Hayes & Hayes totalhealth Pharmacy, Palmerston Stores, Garry Kenny, Ladies Day Boutique, The Beehive Pizzeria, The Cottage Store Antiques. We would advise advance booking to avoid disappointment as venues have a strict capacity limit. Tickets for other events will become available for purchase once the full 2016 programme is announced.
Painting Workshop: Join artist Isabelle Gaborit in An Gairdín, Portumna on Saturday Sept 17th from 10am -12.30pm for a painting workshop as part of Shorelines 2016 programme. In this workshop, Isabelle will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax where she will share its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colours and its versatility with building up layers. The workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced artists. You will have at least two pieces to take home with you. See festival website for more details www.shorelinesartsfestival.com. Booking with fee of €20 (non- refundable) necessary as numbers are strictly limited to 8 people. Contact 087 6319890 or book online. Isabelle has gained a foundation in sculpture, drawing and painting at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts and graduated in 2006 with a degree in fine art in Ireland. She is a former member of Artspace in Galway and G126.
Lines Learned by Heart: Once again, the annual Shorelines recitation competition will take place on Sunday Sept 18th at 12 noon in Horan’s Bar. Rhymes and ballads are learned in the hope of the chosen participant having their winning name engraved on the beautifully crafted prize, carved by Brian Murray. Lines Learned by Heart is held in memory of a dear friend of Portumna and the arts group, Nicholas Treacy, a man who loved words and reciting. Guidelines for the competition are on the festival website www.shorelinesartsfestival.com and entrance fee for competitors is €5. Register now on 087 293 1055.
Writing Workshop: From 9.30 am - 12 noon on Saturday Sept 17th as part of Shorelines Arts Festival, join award winning writer Alan McMonagle and explore the Beginner’s Guide to the Short Story in a workshop at Portumna’s Credit Union. Suitable for all levels of writing, Alan will steer participants through the elements of an effective short story. Paying particular attention to openings; and also voice, tone, point-of-view, characterisation, dialogue, language, setting and endings, Alan will examine what a short story attempts to achieve, reference proven masters and apply topics covered to a prompt-based exercise. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Call Mary on 086 366 3439 and fee is €10 (non refundable). See festival website for more details www.shorelinesartsfestival.com. Alan is an award winning short story writer based in Galway and Picador will publish his first novel, Ithaca, in 2017.


Annual Aughty Charity Cycle
This event took place recently with large numbers of cyclists from near and far participating in either one of the three designated routes. The day was fine which contributed to a most enjoyable occasion. The cycles were once again superbly organised and much credit must go to the Portumna Cycling Club committee and the cancer charity, Hand ‘n’ Hand, for the long hours of preparation to make it such a success. A large number of volunteers helped out in a variety of ways such as foot marshalling, motorbike marshalling, providing food, manning foot stops, putting up signs and collecting money. The much-needed funds collected will shortly be handed over to this very worthy charity whose members do so much valuable, unseen work in supporting families of children suffering from cancer.


12 Portumna Camogie Team
The under 12 Portumna Camogie team travelled to Croke Park on Monday 8 August to play in a national blitz known as Caman to Croker. We were lucky enough to be drawn from a Connaught blitz that we played in Pearse stadium on the June bank holiday weekend. The girls played three matches 12 minutes each. They played with a tremendous amount of skill, speed and heart. They met Armagh and won with the one score a goal they then met Charleville in their second match with a score line of 4-3 to 1 goal to Portumna and finally James Stephens were the stronger team and beat us 3-3 to 1-1. The girls were outstanding and dignified both on and off the pitch in both defeat and victory. Caman to Croker is all about taking part and enjoying the mighty game that is Camogie. Thanks to Steve Killeen and Lisa Fahy - management team and to Sinead Lohan - maor uisce and to the parents that travelled to support the girls. It was a wonderful experience and one the girls will never forget.
After the tournament our own personal tour guide deputy Anne Rabbitte TD brought us on a fantastic and informative tour of Dáil Éireann. Anne brought the girls around the house and explained each aspect of it from the photograph room to the Seanad with great clarity and pride. The girls met minister Sean Canney while we were relaxing in the Dail restaurant having our snacks and drinks compliments of Anne. We finished off the tour with a group photo with deputy Rabbitte and went back on the road west and homeward bound. The girls had a marvelous day and certainly one for the memory bank. Thank you to all concerned.


Volunteer Work in Africa
The country of Ghana is an intensely colourful land on the west coast of Africa but it also one of the most under developed countries in Africa. This November, Christina Hoary and Liz Lowson, work colleagues at Portumna Retirement Village head to Ghana to work as volunteers with some of the poorest and under privileged people on the planet. Over a period of two weeks they will work in harsh conditions, extreme heat, with poor water supply, unpredictable electricity and poor communications systems. Chris and Liz plan to work in very rural areas sharing their skills with local people and other volunteer and community workers while assisting with projects to improve the lives of the people there. Both are currently fund raising for the project and their aim is to raise sufficient funds in the coming months to enable them to make a real difference to people in real need.


South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
The first lecture of the autumn season will be by Steve Dolan on ‘Portumna Soldiers in the Nineteenth Century' and will focus primarily on the men from the Portumna region who served in British forces. The lecture takes place on Thursday 25 August at 7:30pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Portumna Kettlebell Club
Wexford Kettlebell Club and AIKLF hosted this years Cup of Ireland competition on August 30th and 31st. The club had many successes over the weekend with Gold and Silver medals and personal bests achieved across the board at the Rosslare venue. Achievements included; Maggie Duff 16kg, Silver Snatch, Gold Long Cycle; Olivia Cahalan 16kg, Gold Snatch, Silver Long Cycle; Mary Burke 16kg, Gold Long Cycle; Rob Moeran 20kg, Gold Biathlon; Damien Burke 16kg, Gold Biathlon, Gold Long Cycle; Pat Kelly 24kg, Gold Long Cycle; Steve Killeen 24kg Gold Biathlon, 28kg Silver Long Cycle. This was a great result for a club and showed all the hard graft is paying off. Well done to all participants.


Portumna Vintage Club
A meeting of Portumna Vintage Club will be held Thursday night 18 Aug.(tonight) at 9.30pm in O Meara’s Bar.
The Club will be taking part in the Threshing in Shragh on Sunday 21 Aug.
The Clubs annual Vintage show as part of the Shorelines Arts Festival will take place at the Irish Workhouse Center on Sunday 18 September from 12 to 4.
Further information from Walter Burke, Tony Power, Eoghan O Connor.


Davitts Camogie Club
Well done to the Galway u16 camogie team who captured the all Ireland title against Kilkenny last Sunday. Well done to Ciara Gardiner who was part of the panel and Eamon Kelly who was a selector with the side.
The club will be holding a clothes collection on Saturday 24th September All contributions will be welcome.


Woodland Walk
There will be a woodland walk in Derrycrag Nature Reserve for all the family led by ecologist Janice Fuller on Wednesday August 24th. Meet in the Derrycrag car park at 7pm. Come along and learn more about the wonderful wildlife and nature heritage of these ancient woods. This event is part of National Heritage Week, a celebration of Ireland’s rich heritage.


Portumna Lawn Tennis Club
The Hayes and Hayes 2016 Summer Cup took place recently at Portumna Lawn Tennis Club. Hayes and Hayes TotalHealth Pharmacy Portumna kindly sponsor this event, which is in its second year. A record number of members took part over the two-week period. The tennis on display was superb across all levels, which is a great tribute to such a young club. Congratulations to all who took part and a special mention to the Winners Orla Cunningham, Roy Stoddart, Caitriona Callanan and Emma Pearce.


Killimor Lotto
Last week's lotto numbers were 10, 22, 25 and 28. The five lucky dips (£20) were Damian Monaghan, Shane Burn’s, Noel O Toole, Ann OToole and Brendan Daly. Next week’s jackpot is £1,400 and the draw will be held in Kirwan’s.


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