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
New Event at Shorelines
There is a change in our programme for Friday evening’s drama event. Instead of the Half-Day Thursday Drama Group, who had to cancel The Chip Van Plays Dixie, Shorelines will present Indigestion a one-man show with writer and actor, Séamus O’Rourke.
This one hour performance will take place in the Irish Workhouse Centre at 7pm. Admission : €5. The story revolves around a man who is shipped off to London when he is 17... goes through bouts of depression, obesity and anger issues... finds and loses love, comes back to Ireland to more misfortune and mayhem and yet there is hope loads of fun in that story too, there has to be, it’s real and in reality laughter and tears are never far from each other and that’s even more true when you bring stories to the stage.
Seamus also performs The Sand Park at 12noon on Friday as part of Culture Night.
Have Fun with Pottery! -- Culture Night (Friday, 16th September) at the Irish Workhouse Centre
To celebrate Galway Culture Night, the Irish Workhouse Centre will host Finn O’Hara of Finn Pottery Tuition. Finn will give a Pottery Throwing Demonstration on the potter’s wheel, followed by Workshops for both adults & children. Great fun for all the family and Free Entry so come along from 4-6pm. This will be followed by free tours of the Workhouse at 6pm and 7pm.
Progressive 25 card game resuming on Monday 3rd October at 8.30pm in Tynagh Old School House.
Therese Murphy - Abbey Village Mural
Therese Murphy is a visual artist currently based in the Rural South East Galway village of Abbey having recently graduated with BA Fine Art in Painting and photography from GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media. Previous to her degree studies, Therese was awarded a painting scholarship in 2012 at Pekka Halosen Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki Finland. Therese has exhibited in a number of shows in both Ireland and more recently in France. Curatorial projects have included her involvement in 2015 formed Tri Collective responsible for Vice Versa at Norman Villa Gallery in Lower Salthill Galway. Therese’s work is featured in this year’s New Generation Artists by The Irish Arts Review Magazine and can be viewed further at Facebook.com/ThereseMurphyVisualArt.
With recent works exploring place and our connection to it, the mural at the centre of Abbey Village has been a very natural progression for her work. Her paintings have explored ideas of place as fundamental to identity and to our understanding of the present we find ourselves in. Her 2016 work Canada Road is a series exploring the emigration story so much infused in Irish consciousness both past and present and contemplates the wider concept of the journey that underlies the act of leaving home. The great physical journey undertaken by so many Irish diaspora befits and communicates with the more private inner journey of growth that each one of us imparts upon in becoming who we are in the present moment. That same inner journey is one very much at the heart of the contemplative life practiced at Kilnalahan throughout the ages.
Commissioned by the award winning Abbey Heritage Group, the work depicts the story of Kilnalahan Abbey at the centre of the village’s rich Heritage. Kilnalahan is the site of Ireland’s only Carthusian Monastery, which was founded in 1252 as a place of silent prayer, solitude and home to its enclosed order of contemplative monks whose origins lie in the Chartreuse Region of France. The mural hopes to illustrate its journey from the nothingness of heavily forested wilderness, its various transitions in history, through to the extraordinary ruin it stands in today, at the heart of the vibrant community of Abbey. It hopes to highlight the extraordinary foundation on which the village is built- one of prayer contemplation and perseverance, it also seeks to show those who visit the importance of Kilnalahan, not just in terms of local identity but also in terms of national heritage-The site of this Carthusian Monastery here at the heart of the village is the only monastic settlement of its kind in Ireland.
The work seeks to make visual the information necessary for people to fully appreciate the significance of the place as they walk around it or visit the ruins or take a walk around the picturesque village, to contemplate the lives of those who went before us and paved the way for the place we today inhabit.
Tea Dance - Fundraiser for Ghana Volunteer Work
Tea dance Sunday 18 September in Boula Hall. Music by Frank Downey and the “Break-A-Ways”. They play a selection of county and western and traditional Irish music. Admission €10 which includes tea/coffee and cakes.
The money raised will go towards helping 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.
Walking on Ripples with David Murphy
Time : 1030am Venue : Portumna Boat Club, Castle Avenue. Admission : €8.
David Murphy began writing Walking on Ripples by compiling an article on fish caught abroad. He enjoyed writing this so much that he decided to write about angling in his favourite location in Ireland: Donegal. Dancing on Ripples is described as a rare creature, a daring blend of fact and award winning invention. A highly unusual book popular with readers of fiction and fans of fishing - and what family does not know at least one angler. A morning treat for fishing fans and refreshments provided too. Born in Cork but has lived in north Dublin for many years. This is his first book featuring nonfiction. Sponsored by Garry Kenny.
Portumna Community School
First Year students at Portumna Community School enjoy the delights of Outdoor Education at Killaloe.
On Wednesday 7 September, the first years at Portumna Community School spent the day enjoying Outdoor Education activities at the University of Limerick in Killaloe. The day was an opportunity for the students to bond and get to know each other in an idyllic, relaxed and picturesque setting just outside Killaloe.
The experience was an opportunity for some students to learn a new sport and to broaden their horizons and develop a balance between fun and personal development. The day’s experience also helped students to ensure the development of an active lifestyle and develop the life-long habits of engaging in sport and enjoying the great outdoors. The students, despite initial nerves got an amazing sense of adventure and picked up core leadership and management skills.
By the end of the day students had a great sense of achievement where they forged new friendships. The staff at the Centre in U.L.A.C. was professional, inclusive, good humoured and enthusiastic. Thanks to Fr Abe, Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Geraghty and Mr Coughlan who accompanied the students.
The students engaged in sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, absailing and archery.
Congratulations to Faradah Featherstone who was the lucky winner of our lotto of €12800. The numbers drawn were 7, 12, 24, 28. There were also 4 match three winners. Mary Moran, Mark Conroy, John & Robyn Keane and Emma Thomas. They receive €25 each. Next weekends lotto starts at €2000.
Best of luck to our Senior Hurlers and Management when they play St Thomas in the quarter final on Saturday evening in Athenry at 6pm.
Portumna Cycle Club Charity Presentation
Portumna Cycle Club’s annual charity cycle was run this year in aid of the children’s charity, Hand in Hand. At a function held recently in O’Meara’s restaurant, Portumna, the proceeds of the event were presented to Aine Kilgallon, fundraiser with the charity. The committee wish to extend a sincere thank you to all the sponsors, cyclists and the numerous volunteers who helped in a variety of ways to make the event such a success.
Last week’s Killimor GAA lotto numbers were 8, 12, 26 and 30. The five lucky dips (€20) were Oisin Larkin, Michael Darcy, Kevin Muldoon/Terry Fee/Sean Whelan C/ Ollie Kirwans, Conor/Kevin/Eoin Callagy and Bernie Broderick. Next week’s jackpot is €1,800 and the draw will be held in Kirwan’s.
Stories so Far
Portumna Community School will host a photographic exhibition, Stories so Far as part of the Shorelines Arts Festival taking place this weekend. The above photo features Portumna opticians Lorna and Emer Mckeon who are just one of 30 large portraits of past pupils taken in their place of work and accompanied by a resume of the subject detailing their story from leaving the school to the present day. The exhibition which takes place in the Community School is open from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 18 September and is free of charge.
Portumna Vintage Club
The Portumna Vintage show, which is part of the Shorelines Arts Festival will take place on Sunday from 12 to 4pm in the grounds of the Irish Workhouse Center Portumna. There will be a display of vintage cars and tractors. Artisan Coppersmith Mark Wilson will host childrens workshops. This is a free event, everyone welcome. Further details from Walter Burke 0878267054.
Portumna Kettlebell Club
The club attended a competition at the South Dublin Kettlebell Club on Saturday September 10th. The results were as follows; Maggie Duff 16kg Long Cycle Bronze; Steve Killeen 24kg Long Cycle Bronze, 24kg Snatch Silver; Damien Burke 20kg Jerk Bronze; Mark Finn 16kg Jerk Silver, 16kg Snatch Bronze. Congratulations to Mark doing so well in his first competition. Club training continues at 8pm on Friday nights at the Engine Room. New members always welcome.
Davitts Camogie Club
Davitts will hold a clothes collection on Saturday 24 September 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.
Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration
Portumna Golf Club hosted a Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration and Artisan Food / Craft Fayre at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Wednesday 7 September. Neven gave the demonstration in a lighthearted way with lots of audience participation, hence making it a very enjoyable evening for all. The food / craft fair proved very popular and were a huge success. Thanks to all who donated wonderful raffle prizes and congratulations to all the winners. The organising committee wishes to thank everybody who supported this venture in any way and made it such a success.
1916 remembered at Shorelines
On Sunday evening at 5pm, September 18th, 1916 will be remembered by Everlasting Voices who present Blood on the Rose. Written and performed by Gabriel Rosenstock and Cathal Quinn, joined by fiddle player, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Tristan Rosenstock (music) and Sadhbh Ní Fhlíonn (song and piano). This will be an entertaining hour of music, words and song and suitable for all. Tickets €10 available online or at the door at the Irish Workhouse Centre.
In Conversation at Shorelines
The icing on the Shorelines literary programme is Paul Kingsnorth in conversation with Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Paul, whose writing is described as ‘both powerful and singular – Beckett doing Beowulf’ (London Review of Books) was long listed for the Booker Prize with The Wake. Paul will discuss the art of writing as well as the strong themes in his new novel Beast with Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Nuala, no stranger to Shorelines, is a poet and novelist as well as a short story writer. Her latest book Miss Emily was published in 2015. This event in Christ Church at 3.30p on Sunday Sept 18th. Admission at door: €8.
Shorelines Final Concert
The Far Flung Trio, with Katherine Hunka (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Malachy Robinson (double bass) round off Shorelines with a classical mix of vibrant music. From Baroque to popular classics, South American music to film classics, this event at 7pm in Christ Church will be an uplifting final act to Shorelines 2016. Tickets : €15 online, at local outlets and at the door. Do not miss!
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.