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Portumna De Burgo's in Fresh Controversy, not long after the Cromwell one in the 1600's!!

Visit Portumna based in Portumna, Co. Galway has today called for the retracting of the ‘Magically Becoming a City Lad’ De Burgo when it suits them, the poor man only went in to #Galway City to do a bit of shopping.

A spokesman for #Portumna accused the City reps of ‘playing the system’ in Ireland, stating it was “illegal” and “wrong” of them to avail of the opportunities given to them for the bad traffic in the city!!

Marketing manager of Portumna Ulick O'Burke, third cousin of the man in question is quoted as saying "Never let a good controversy go to waste!! Take the time out to Visit Portumna this year."

Portumna CEO stated that, De Burgo was painted as someone who magically became a City lad when it suited them: “Isn’t this the same guy who jumped at the chance to build his big house in Portumna?

Inconvenient Truth: How convenient it is now for the city boys to say he built his house in Quay street and had pints with his mates there now, do you think the poor olde De Burgo's could afford to build a house on Quay Street? Only the likes of the Comers could do that!! No wonder he had to build in Portumna and had the hardship of the commute in and out of Galway when needed, like the rest of us"

"We are delighted with the publicity that #Portumna has got through the controversy between Ciaran Cannon & Mark Lohan and the coverage by Galway Bay FM and, etc. Hard to buy the coverage. They are very welcome to battle it out here in the Castle grounds, like they did a while back"

DNA tests have now been asked to be carried out and it is said that "“no son of Portumna would turn his back on his Town like that’. Mr. De Burgo is in a long line of great Portumna people to that the city before have tried to claim."

Town councilor Richard Burke told local satellite TV station "Portumna Castle TV" that the Councillor may be no longer welcome “after that craic, '#WhoDoYouThinkYouAre and probably could not find his way past Renmore anyway"

Remember that Portumna Castle and it's Coachouse being renovated to accommodate, Tea Rooms, Toilet facilities and Exhibition Areas for the new season is the perfect way to spend the day along with a visit to the World renowned Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna.

Portumna is also a great shopping town that will not have you stuck in traffic all day with the added bonus of #FreeParking!!

All the names have been changed to protect the #innocents!

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Shorelines Arts Festival - Portumna

Thursday – 14th September

Dragons, Elves & More National School Creative Writing Workshop with Marguerite Tonery – 10.00am

Film Programme Launch & Documentary: His and Hers – 1.30pm

Barbara Kennedy Annual Writing Awards '17 – 3.30pm

Shorelines Film Shorts: Love, Loss & Leaving – 5.00pm

Official Opening of Shorelines 2017 – 7.00pm

Percy French Singing Competition 2017 – 9.00pm

Friday – 15th September

Drama: Turf presented by Rowan Tolley Company – 12noon

Stories, Songs & Sambos: Martin Malone, Helena Mulkerrins & Simon O’Faoláin – 1.30pm

Shorelines Film Shorts: Love, Loss & Leaving – 2.30pm

Guided Tour of The Gallery with Aideen Monaghan – 3.30pm

Essentially French: Celebrating the life, words and music of Percy French – 4.30pm

Film Documentary: His & Hers – 5.00pm

Two Plays presented by Half Day Thursday Theatre – 6.30pm

Jack O’Rourke in Concert – 8.30pm

Saturday – 16th September

Willow Dome - All Day

Workshop: Enjoy Calligraphy with Eithna Joyce – 10.00am

Heritage Walk – 11.00am

Film Documentary: His & Hers – 11.30am

Literary Lunch with Mike McCormack, Fergus Finlay & Eithne Hand – 1.00pm

Workshop: Make a Ring (SOLD OUT) – 2.00pm

Poetry Reading with Leanne O’Sullivan & Katie Donovan – 4.00pm

Shorelines Film Shorts: Love, Loss & Leaving – 5.00pm

The Man In The Woman’s Shoes by Mikel Murfi – 6.30pm

Julie Feeney in Concert (SOLD OUT) – 8.30pm

Notions: My Fellow Sponges + New Pope + Jackie Blake – 10.00pm

Family and Childrens Events - Saturday – 16th September

Workshops with The Brickx Club - 10.00am and 12noon

Professor Plunger – 2.00pm

Face-Painting with Giselle – 2.00pm

Mojo Creations Origami Demonstration and Workshop – 2.00pm

Loughrea Craft Club – 2.00pm

Circus Fergus – 4.00pm

Sunday – 17th September

Shorelines Sunday Mass with The Park Singers - 11.00am

Lines Learned by Heart – 12.00noon

Shorelines Film Shorts: Love, Loss & Leaving – 2.00pm

Guided Tour of The Gallery with Aideen Monaghan – 2.30pm

Workshop: Singing Adults with Órla Gillen – 3.00pm

Workshop: Community Spirit Drumming Workshop – 3.00pm

Shorelines Special Screening of 2 Film Documentaries by Wilma Rekkers – 4.30pm

Shorelines Island Discs – 5.30pm

Cherish The Ladies in Concert – 8.00pm

Free events over the Arts Festival

​Art Exhibition (from 4th to 24th September)

Portumna Community School Art Exhibition

Shorelines Megaloceros by Donnacha Cahill

​10 Words with Portumna Pen Pushers

Shorelines Pop-Up Museum

Book Birds at Shorelines

Shorelines Number 10s

Art Exhibition: St. Dympna’s Adult Day Service

Contact Shorelines Arts Festival

Various locations around Portumna - Check out Shorelines Arts Festival website for more information

Shoreslines Arts Festival

Ticket Outlets

​Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy

Palmerston Stores (Kenny's)

The Beehive Restaurant

The Cottage Store Antiques

Buy tickets online

​Booking online is the fastest and most convenient way to secure your tickets. Payments are accepted via PayPal or via debit/credit card.

Buy Shoreslines Arts Festival Tickets Online

We would advise advance booking to avoid disappointment as venues have a strict capacity limit.

Online tickets can be purchased until 7.00pm on Thursday, September 14th.

Any remaining tickets will be sold via the ticket outlets or at the door on the night.

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19th August to 27th August 2017 - "Heritage Week - Portumna"

At the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna

Sat 19th (12-4pm): Folklore, Fossils, and the Forge

Sun 20th (10:30am-2:30pm): Reaching Out: Autism Day

Mon 21st (10am to 4pm): Lá Gaeilge

Tue 22nd (11:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-2:30pm): Artefacts Day

Wed 23rd (12:30pm to 3:30pm): Sounds of the Workhouse

Thu 24th (1-6pm): Who do you think you are?

Fri 25th (12-5pm): Cures in Nature

Sat 26th (9:30am-5pm): Workhouse Heritage Day

Sun 27th (12-1pm and 2-3pm): Chase a fairy, find a bee…

The Irish Workhouse Centre Publications for Heritage Week

Sat 19th: Portumna Priory Inscriptions. Launch at Portumna Library at 12pm

Sat 19th: Clonburmen in the British Army. Launch at the Clonbur lecture

Sat 19th: Congmen in Crown Forces in C19. Launched at Cong at 3pm

Sat 19th: The Inn of Glentane. To be launched at Ruanes Bar at 8pm

Thu 24th: Workhouses of the Region. Launch at Loughrea & Scariff Libraries

Thu 24th: The most harmless.... Launch by Eoin O'Neill at the Workhouse at 8:30pm

Sat 26th: Folklore Booklet (gathered from National Schools), launch at noon

Sun 27th: Meelick Medieval Church by Christy Cunniffe at 12pm at Meelick

Sun 27th: The Lawrences of Lawrencetown. Launched at Pardy’s at 7:30pm

The Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna on Tour

Sat 19th (All Saints Heritage Centre, 12pm): Clonburmen in the British Army

Sat 19th (Crossroads Community Centre, 2pm): Congmen in Crown Forces

Sat 19th (Ruanes of Glentane, 7:30pm): The Inn of Glentane

Tues 22nd (Athenry Heritage Centre, 4:30pm): Athenry 200

Wed 23rd (Ballinasloe Library, 2:30pm): Cricket in Co Galway

Thu 24th (Birr Library, 11:30am): The Head Family and their Legacy

Thu 24th (Scariff Library, 12pm): The Workhouses of the Region

Thu 24th (Loughrea Library, 2:30 - 6pm): Exhibition on Loughrea Workhouse

Fri 25th (Kilbarron Hall, 8pm): Kilbarron Terryglass Soldiers in HM Forces

To book or for more information on events contact the Irish Workhouse Centre on (090) 97 59200 or via email at

Heritage Week at Portumna Castle

19th to 27th August - Exhibition celebrating 185 years of the OPW

Sun 20th - 2pm to 5pm - "Hands of History" Medieval afternoon with costume and weaponry. Vintage car display.

21st and 22nd August - Guided tour of the 17th century Walled Kitchen Garden with Lynn O'Ķeeffe

Sun 27th August - 3pm - An illustrated talk on the work of the OPW by Angela Rolfe

Free Admissions Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August.

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21st July to 23rd July 2017 - "Portumna Dancing Festival"

A brand new Dancing festival announced for Ireland with some very exciting headline guests

Multi-award-winning country superstar Mike Denver, country music singing sensation Jimmy Buckley and local legends Tradstone.

The festival will be over three days with live entertainment taking place in O'Meara's Marquee on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017, Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland.

A brand new DaIt will feature not only the 3 major acts at the festival but also another music stage with the likes of Sabrina Fallon, dedicated dancing sessions, food stalls, large BBQ and much much more.ncing festival announced for Ireland with some very exciting headline guests

Tickets are on sale from O Mearas Bar Portumna and SuperValu Portumna, or contact the ticket office on 090 9741076 to purchase by credit card and have them posted out to you.

Friday Night - Jimmy Buckley - Marquee

Saturday Afternoon - Sabrina Fallon - Bar Stage

Saturday Night - Mike Denver - Marquee

Saturday Afternoon - Sabrina Fallon - Bar Stage

Sunday Afternoon - Tradstone - Marquee

Please ensure to order tickets early to avoid dissappointment!! Different ticket types available from indivuidual events from weekend pass to Dine and Dance. Contact us for more details at O'Meara's Bar and Restaurant, Supervalu Portumna or or Ticket line on 090 9741076.

Portumna Dancing Festival 2017 is part funded by Galway County Council.

9th June to 11th June 2017 - "Fit for Fun Festival"

To book or for more information on events contact the Irish Workhouse Centre on (090) 97 59200 or via email at

Schedule of Events for 2017

Friday 9th June

The Irish Workhouse Centre will be offering free late tours of the Workhouse from 6pm to 8pm. For those working all week, the centre will be giving free tours from 6pm-8pm on the opening Friday evening... discussing the ‘Workhouse at Night’. Find out what life was like in the evenings and at night-time for inmates and staff, and comparing life ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ in the nineteenth century.

Saturday 10th June

Half & Full Marathon, – Forest Park Marathon

“One of the best events and flattest route in Ireland”. From 7am on Saturday, Portumna Forest Park will be host to both half and full marathon runners. For more information, email,

For more information - Enter Portumna Forest Marathon Online

Exploration Dome

Exploration Dome at The Irish Workhouse Centre – a state of the art ‘Full dome’ (360 degree, 3-D digital projection). There will be ‘astronomy shows’ and films suitable for all ages at a subsidised rate of €2. A must for those with children interested in astronomy, the environment, and our planet. There will also be fun (and free) outdoor activities for children from 11am-1pm.

For more information -

History on the Run...

Kid’s Exercise Course (and History Quiz) in the Workhouse Fun (and free) outdoor activities will be will be held in the Workhouse complex on Saturday from 11am-1pm. PodUmna’s Dick Ridge, and SCEAL’s David Broderick will take groups of children through their paces with a mini obstacle course presenting a wide variety of challenges.

Please book via email at

Conference, in partnership with Waterways Ireland

Portumna and its Waterways

The River Shannon is closely bound up with Ireland's social, cultural, military, economic and political his-tory. This free conference showcases the role the wa-terways has played in the history of Portumna.

Time Speaker Topic

10:00 Donal Boland The past and the future of our Waterways

10:30 Declan Kelly Discriminatory Waters of Baptism: burial grounds for the unbaptised

11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:30 Dolores O’Shea Overview of Portumna’s relationship to the Water

12:00 Christy Cunniffe Evidence for early settlement on the mid-Shannon

12:30 Aron Donnolly The Vikings are coming...Viking presence on rivers

The IWC warmly welcomes the University College Dublin Women’s Graduate Association (Cumann Banchéimithe Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath) as our guests.

On Sunday, June 11th

Portumna ‘Active’ Heritage Morning

Get active and get to know your heritage, with our special guests for the morning, the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. All free, all welcome!

11am Workhouse Tour with Steve Dolan

12pm Tour of Portumna Bridge with Paul Duffy

1pm Tour of the Priory with Christy Cunniffe.

Lions Club Charity Cycle

Fun Cycle for local charities (11am-1pm).

Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun

Cycle at 12pm — The Square, Portumna.

All proceeds go to local charities – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised. Donations accepted. No entry fee. Ph: 087-7427950.

Port Omna Beo - "Guide to Wildlife"

Booklet Launch - Portumna Forest Park - 3.00pm

Port Omna Beo is delighted to invite everyone to attend the launch of their first publication on local woodland flora.

Please come along Sunday 11th June at 3pm in Portumnna Forest Park carpark, Portumna, Co. Galway.

A fantastic new publication that enhance your experience when navigating the trails in Portumna Forest Park.

Meeting in Portumna Forest Park for 3.00pm

Lego Afternoon

In the Irish Workhouse Centre, sessions commencing from 3.00pm

Lego Sessions at the Irish Workhouse Centre hourly from 3pm with Brickmaster Ben Cunningham. The charge is €10/child and booking and payment in advance is necessary.

For more, phone (090) 97 59200.

Boys’ sessions at 3pm and 5pm, girls’ session at 4pm.

If families want to mix, no problem, but the particular session may be primarily geared to boys or girls depending on numbers.

The hour will be broken down as follows:

The first 15 minutes will be a mini-tour of the Workhouse so kids can get their bearings,

They will then be brought into the schoolroom where they will each make their own version of the Workhouse for a half-hour.

Finally, they will be brought into the kitchen for a little party for 15 mins before they go.

On leaving, each child is given a pack with Lego poster and various stuff (colouring pages, poster, jellies, etc) and a Lego gift to the value of €5-€6 min.

Events are free, except where stated.

The conference is free to attend

Donations to the Irish Workhouse Centre welcomed.

17 March 2017 - Visit Portumna Website Launches!

The website for Visit Portumna is now online, and will aim to provide all the information that could be needed for visitors and locals alike. Portumna and the surrounding area has a wealth of activities, natural beauty spots, historical attractions, fine restaurants, welcoming bars and a huge range of local services and businesses.