06 September 2016

Have Fun with Pottery at the Irish Workhouse Centre
2016 Shorelines Arts Festival
Irish Workhouse Centre - Travel Box Presentation
Whitegate Harvest Walk - St Dympna’s Portumna Fundraiser
Banagher Horse Fair
Davitt’s Camogie Club
Southeast Galway Comhaltas
Omna Singers
Traditional Wooden Flute Classes
Sarah Killeen School of Dance
Portumna Red Cross
Yoga Classes
Hospice Coffee Morning & Evening
Killimor GAA
Lorrha & Rathcabbin Angling Club
Portumna Co-op Mart
Portumna RFC
Shorelines Arts Festival

Have Fun with Pottery at the Irish Workhouse Centre
Have Fun with Pottery! Friday, 16th September, 4-6 pm, at the Irish Workhouse Centre.
To celebrate National Culture Night, Finn Pottery will give a Pottery Throwing Demonstration on the potter’s wheel, followed by Workshops for both adults & children. Fund for all the family. Light refreshments & Free Entry. All Welcome! Free tours of the Workhouse at 6pm and 7pm.
Change to Programme: Unfortunately, Friday evening's Half Day Thursday Drama Group performance of 'The Chip Van Played Dixie' has had to be cancelled but in its place, we have managed to engage the wonderful Seamus O'Rourke (alias Mossie from Longford Tourism) who will perform his one man show 'Indigestion' at the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna, 7pm. Admission: €5 online www.shorelinesartsfestival.com/indigestion.html or at the door.


2016 Shorelines Arts Festival
2016 Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna -- 15th-18th September.
The 9th Shorelines Arts Festival officially opens at 7pm next Thursday, 15th September at the Irish Workhouse Portumna, and continues until Sunday, 18th. We welcome old friends and new followers to our niche arts festival in the midlands and on the Shannon. The Arts Exhibition continues until 24th September. www.shorelinesartsfestival.com


Irish Workhouse Centre - Travel Box Presentation
Last Friday afternoon Mark O'Brien, Assistant Chief Officer, of the Irish Prison Service and Michael Blanche, from the committee for Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims, came to Portumna Workhouse to present two Travel Boxes made by the prisoners in Arbour Hill Prison.
Handcrafted by prisoners in the Irish Prison Service, the travel box is an exact replica of an old travel box used by those who boarded emigrant ships in the 1800s. Imprinted on the box are snippets of historic importance such as photographs of the emigrant ships and papers owned by some of the many passengers. The JFK Trust and other bodies lent these documents to the prison service so that they could copy them and make the piece as authentic as possible.
It's a historical piece, especially with all of the pieces of information printed onto it. Visitors to the Workhouse be able to see these boxes in reality. The extraordinary journeys made by so many Irish emigrants during the wider famine period was recalled this week when two replicas of nineteenth century travel boxes were presented to the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.
Handcrafted by prisoners within the Irish Prison Service, the boxes are replicas of those carried by young women who boarded emigrant ships in the 1800s. They were presented to manager of the Irish Workhouse Centre Steve Dolan by chairman of the Committee for the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims Michael Blanch, along with assistant chief officer of the Irish Prison Service Mark O'Brien.
Imprinted on each box are snippets of historic information such as sketches of the emigrant ships, pictures of specific emigrants who were sent to Australia under the 'Earl Grey Orphan Scheme', and travel documents relating to these passengers from South-East Galway. The two travel boxes are now on display at the Irish Workhouse Centre.


Whitegate Harvest Walk - St Dympna’s Portumna Fundraiser
The Great Whitegate Harvest Walk will take place on Saturday 10 September at 11am. It is in aid of “Friends of St. Dympna’s Cora Garvey Memorial Walk”. All the proceeds go directly to St Dympna’s Portumna Bus Fund. Register in Clubhouse from 10am. Sponsor cards available, entry fee €10 you may do the 5k or 10k walk.


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.


Davitt’s Camogie Club
Davitts will hold a clothes collection on Saturday, Sept 24th in Abbey & Ballinakill between 10.00am & 12.00pm. All old clothes,footwear, bed linen, curtains, old mobile phones and laptops are accepted. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Southeast Galway Comhaltas
Southeast Galway Comhaltas will be holding a “trad” session in Curley’s Portumna on Friday 16 September commencing at 8pm the early start is to facilitate our young musicians. All musicians welcome.


Omna Singers
Omna Singers resume weekly rehearsals each Monday night 8-10pm at An Gairdin from Monday 12 September. New singers welcome, or come along to the Workhouse Saturday 17 at 12 midday for our Shoreline Singout.


Traditional Wooden Flute Classes
Tin whistle players, if you would like to progress to learning the traditional wooden flute classes commencing Autumn 2016 please contact Teresa 087 916 4577.


Sarah Killeen School of Dance
New term starts this September in The Engine Room. If you are interested in starting ballet classes please contact Sarah on 087 2117262. Places available in Pre-School class which is suitable for 3/4yrs.
The Engine Room Fitness & Wellbeing Centre Portumna new September timetable on www.engineroomportumna.ie


Portumna Red Cross
Will reopen on Monday 12 September in the Day Care Centre at 8pm. We are changing our time schedule this year.
We will start at 8pm and finish at 9.15pm. Due to increasing numbers of novices and cadets these times will mean we can manage the training easier. As there will be no break during the evening.
We also want to say a big thank you to each and every Parishioner of the Diocese who contributed to Our Church Gate Collection last weekend. Of course a huge thank you to all who spent the week organizing buckets, permits, and rotas and our many collectors who we rely on year after year.
If any member of the public would like to Volunteer and join us we would be delighted.


Yoga Classes
Yoga classes with Ruth are beginning on Tuesday 13th September at An Gáirdín, Portumna. There will be 12 classes this term. Gentle Beginners Class takes place from 6.15-7.15pm and costs 90euro. Gentle continuation class is from 7.30-9pm and costs 120euro. Satyananda yoga is suitable for women and men. It is a holistic system that brings balance between mind and body. Contact Ruth at 0872434759 or 065 6835548 or rutheganley@gmail.com


Hospice Coffee Morning & Evening
Irelands Biggest Coffee Morning is the main annual fundraising event to raise much-needed funds for local hospice services-all money raised local, stays locally. The Country Market, which is located in Portumna Town Hall, will hold a coffee morning on Friday 16 Sept from 9am to 12 noon. Also Elizabeth and Gibson Stoddart are hosting a coffee evening at the at “The Bungalow” Ballycrissane, on Thursday 15 September from 2.30pm till late.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s Killimor GAA lotto numbers were 1, 19, 21 and 30. The five lucky dips (€20) were Mai Quinn, Tommy Glynn, Niall McLearn, Teresa O Meara and the Whelan Family c/o Iomar. Next week’s jackpot is €1,700 and the draw will be held in Nevin’s.


Lorrha & Rathcabbin Angling Club
Pike Competition this Sunday 11th from Portumna 10am to 2pm, weather permitting. Contact James Heenan 0872031798 for further details

Portumna Co-op Mart
Weanling sales commence Monday 12th September at 6.30pm.


Portumna RFC
Portumna RFC are having their annual Season Launch Party on Saturday 10 September in the Boathouse Bar Portumna. It kicks off at 20.30 and promises to be a great night. All players, supporters and friends are invited to join us for a BBQ and a lot of craic on the night.
Portumna Minis will be starting their new Season on Sunday 18th September @ 10.30am down at the Portumna Rugby Pitch. Registrations for boys and girls from U8 to U12s will be taken on the day. No experience necessary. Please contact Garrett @087 2469775.
Portumna Youths U13s are training each Wednesday  @ 19.30 down at the Rugby Pitch. No experience is necessary. Please contact Bobby on 087 6995698.
Portumna Youths U15s are training each Wednesday @ 18.30 at the Rugby Pitch. No experience is necessary. Please contact Mark on 087 6434230.
Ladies only Tag Rugby will commence each Monday from 20-00 – 21.00 at the soccer pitch in Portumna. For €5 ladies get the chance to play Rugby in a non-contact environment. Improve your fitness and make new friends.


Shorelines Arts Festival
Art Exhibition Open: The annual Shorelines Art exhibition was officially opened in the Gallery at the Workhouse. The 2016 artist in residence, Donnacha Cahill paid tribute to the Shorelines committee for supporting artists and providing a platform for exhibition. The varied media on display from encaustic to ceramics, felt to pastels and the expansion of the exhibition into the adjoining room at the workhouse puts the gallery on the map. Shorelines curator and committee member, Margaret Hickey thanked Steve Dolan and the Irish Workhouse Centre for allowing Shorelines in to exhibit. Guest artists include Ken Browne, Eithne Roberts, Patrick Reel, Hugh Frazer and Eamonn Byrne. In addition, there are over 70 exhibits from local and neighbouring art groups making this the largest exhibition to date. The exhibition runs from Sept 4th – 24th and open daily from 9.30am -5pm with free admission. Teachers and school children are especially encouraged to take the time to attend.
Workshop Bookings: Bookings are now accepted for the Writing workshop with Alan McMonagle and the Art Workshop with Isabelle Gaborit. Both take place on Saturday, Sept 17th as part of Shorelines 2016 and more details are available from www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or from the programme. As spaces are limited, you are encouraged to book in advance. There is a ukulele workshop on Sunday Sept 18th at 3pm and if you have an instrument, let us know when you book; if not, there will be a number of ukuleles available. This is a fun, family event and you will be able to play a tune before you leave!
Recitation Registration: As past winners of Lines Learned by Heart get ready for head to head rhyming and reciting, you can join in the competition by registering your entry on 087 2931055. Two copies of your recitation needed and €5 entry fee and all starts at noon in Horan’s Bar on Sunday Sept 18th as part of Shorelines Arts Festival. See the programme or website for full guidelines on this popular event.
Classical Shorelines: Shorelines Arts Festival is delighted to host the caliber of musicians like Katherine Hunka, leader and violinist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Dermot Dunne, known worldwide and in particular for playing the tango music of Piazzolla. Together with the subtle tones of the double bass from Malcahy Robinson, these musicians play Shorelines as the Far Flung Trio on Sunday Sept 18th at 7pm in Christ Church. Tickets (€15) are available online, at the door or in local outlets. Local emerging pianist, Eric Flaherty will be showcased in a free recital on Sat Sept 17th in the Gallery at the Workhouse. He will be joined by Emer Donnellan, local violinist. One of Ireland’s talented classical pianists, David McEntee will entertain at the Literary Brunch on Saturday Sept 17th in Modena Restaurant and also provide church music at Shorelines Mass on Sunday morning in St. Brigid’s Church. See the programme or website for more details.



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