History and Genealogy at Portumna Workhouse
To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, history and heritage experts from Eneclann and Findmypast are visiting the Irish Workhouse Centre on September 29th (12-5pm) to help people trace their ancestors. On the day you can expect a talk on the 1916 rising (1:30), free access to billions of family history records on Findmypast.ie, and one-to-one genealogy sessions (booking is strongly advised).
Other lectures to look out for, over the next two months start with Ms Frances Holohan on Monday 3 October. While Pat Larkin will be returning to speak again in November.
Other upcoming events include the visit of the Irish clans to Athenry on October 1st. Entitled ‘Gathering of the Clans, Athenry 2016’, the day has been arranged to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the 1316 battle of Athenry. The event will take place in the Athenry Community Centre in Clarke Street. One of the highlights of the day will be a talk by Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle titled ‘The Gaelic nobility in the battle of Athenry, 1316 – those who fought, and those who fell’. The free lecture will be at 2.30 pm.
A final date for your diary is the official opening of the Éamonn Ceannt Commemorative Garden in Ballymoe which takes place this coming Wednesday (21st Sept) from 11am, with an excellent programme of Speakers.
Progressive 25 card game resuming on Monday 3rd October at 8.30pm in Tynagh Old School House.
Dying to Live. Two Thousand Stitches.
As part of the Shorelines Festival, local artist Sabrina Fallon put on display her work in Portumna Community College. The exhibition is a project that challenges alcoholism in Ireland today using cloth to evoke awareness and empathy.
Sabrina’s work interrogates alcoholism in Ireland today using cloth to evoke awareness and empathy. The research process included conducting interviews with staff and clients in treatment centers and halfway houses, with Addiction counsellors and undertaking surveys to gain insights into public opinion on this stigmatic topic. While documenting the emotional, mental and vulnerable journey of sufferers caught up in the web of addiction, Fallon decided to use fabric from hospital sheets in her work to give material expression to some shocking statistics.
Two Thousand Stitches was created using crutches and strips of these sheets to represent the 2000 Accident and Emergency hospital beds that are used each night in Ireland to treat patients with alcohol related issues.
Lost was created to highlights the vulnerability of the alcoholic that goes amiss due to general lack of awareness of this complex disease. The foetal form represents this vulnerability and pain; the written testimonies on hospital sheets are words from the heart of the alcoholic. Patsy’s Dress gives material expression to the problem of maternal alcoholism and the tragedy of potential foetal alcohol syndrome. In the accompanying audio work, Patsy speaks candidly about her experience of this disease and the first hand effects it has had on her family. 11, comprises of eleven small dresses constructed from hospital sheets, gowns and, text, these dresses represent the one in eleven children who are effected by the disease of alcoholism in Ireland today.
Sabrina, will travel to schools around Ireland starting with Galway, to share the shocking statistics in relation to alcohol abuse in particular with the young in our country today.
Davitts Camogie Club
Davitt’s will hold a clothes collection this 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.
Line Dancing Classes
Line Dancing Classes starting on Thursday 29th September in Shragh Community Centre, Shragh, Woodford (8.30pm – 10.00pm). Come and join the High Energy, Heart Pumping and Calorie Burnin’ Fun. Pay as you Go.
Last week’s Killimor GAA lotto numbers were 5, 14, 29, and 30. The five lucky dips (€20) were Niall Quinn, Joe Heagney, Regina Dervan, H & D Starr and Mary Gaynor. Next week’s jackpot is €1,900 and the draw will be held in Duffy’s.
Banagher Horse Fair
The Annual Banagher Horse fair was held on Sunday 18 September last. It drew a massive crowd with people travelling from every corner of Ireland. There were also buyers form the UK, Holland, Germany and Belgium. The weather did not play a major part in pytting crowds off from visiting Banagher as droves of people descended upon the town all day long. Local guesthouses, shops and plenty of businesses benefitted on the day. The Great Banagher Fair is certain of a very bright future thanks to the great crowd it attracts. It is estimated that there may have been up to 200 horses on the streets. Banagher is just one of many old style street fairs that continue throughout Ireland including Buttevant, Ennistymon, Kenmare and countless more. Horsey enthusiasts are already looking forward to next years fair, which will be held on the Sunday 17 September 2017.
On Sunday 25th from 10am to 2pm in our SCEAL shop is coffee morning in aid of North Tipp Hospice. Please support this worthwhile event, Bring along friends and family.
On Sunday 16 October from 3pm-5pm, will be 'The Wonder Around Us' taken place in Lorrha Village. Basically its a celebration and reflection of creation. There will be an interactive history of the Big Bang when the universe began, The theme for this event is water so there will be a tour of our village taken in the history of water through historical, natural and spiritual aspects. This is hoped will become an annual event and Lorrha was picked for its ancient historical past. More details to follow.
Presentation of Summer Star’s reading certificates will take place in Portumna Library on Wednesday 28 September at 6.30.
Shorelines at the Courtyard
The Shorelines Festival always throws up some hidden gems of talent and this year was no exception. One such event was Music in the Courtyard. The Courtyard is a beautiful intimate spot behind Cottage Antiques on Brendan Street, which is owned and run, by husband and wife Gerry and Celine Byrne. The line was fantastic; Singer songwriter Laura Byrne on piano she was joined by Eric Flaherty. Irish Airs, Eric on piano and Martha Touhy on Fiddle. ‘Dance it Out’ featuring with Molly Fitzgerald & Roisin Kelly. A new group on the scene called Key Flow Featuring Eric Flaherty on Piano, Emer Donnellan on Violin, Shauna McEvoy & Eimear Walsh vocals. Finally Laura Byrne and Aoibhinn Goode. The group Tradstone rounded the evening off with some tap your feet and sing along music.