The Shorelines Stories consist of short radio plays exploring the lives, loves, wants and regrets of people who’ve made their home here in Portumna. From a man remembering his wife who he would dance with to Lyric FM every Sunday on the Marina or a ghost from the Poorhouse trapped here until today, the short plays come together to form an audio impression of Portumna from the eyes and mouths of some fictional residents.
Join us for the launch of the Shorelines Arts Festival & the Shorelines Art Exhibition in the Irish Workhouse Centre (@IrishWorkhouseC), on this coming Sunday, 4th September from 5-7pm, featuring work by many talented artists, including Conor Walton & Joan Finnegan. All are welcome to attend!
Lines Learned By Heart at Shorelines Arts Festival on 18th September
Are you fond of rhyme? Do you recall a verse or two of a poem long learned and lovingly remembered? If so, consider coming along to “Lines Learned By Heart” at Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna. This ever-popular event sees the overall winner awarded the Nicholas Treacy Memorial Prize. The recitation chosen by each participant must be written by a poet prior to 1935 and is to be recited “off by heart” with a time limit of 5 minutes per entrant. A prompter will be on hand to assist if there is any stage fright!
The event is held in memory of Nicholas Treacy - a Portumna man who loved words and, in particular, poetry and reciting same. Nicholas, born in 1935, passed away in 2010 but his passion lives on in the lines that will flow on Sunday, 18th Sept from 11.30 am in The Boathouse Bar, Portumna . So get learning those lines!
For more information and registration details, see www.shorelinesartsfestival.com (when the programme is available) or call Noelle on 0872931055.
Adult Singing Workshop on 7th September
Unmask your voice and gather together to sing with Shorelines Singing Tutor, Rebecca Gilbert. At this group event, vocal chords will be reawakened through a series of warm ups, tunes and above all, the fun of just singing together. After the first Shorelines Arts Festival, many moons ago, the group Omna emerged. This workshop for adult male and female voices opens the door to these early voices and welcomes new people to join in the fun. No previous experience in choirs required, just a need to sing!
Wednesday, 7th September @ 8.00 pm | An Gáirdín, Portumna | €8
Shorelines Arts Festival will take place in Portumna from September 15th-18th with events in drama, music, literature, workshops and visual arts to suit all age groups.
Our 2022 school programme is rich in choice for the younger community. We have gospel, traditional, folk and classical music as well as poets, authors, historians and a wide variety of art work, projects and photography in our Gallery at the Workhouse.
We are currently requesting our ever generous supporters and sponsors to donate online via the website and no amount is too small. Please go to the 'Donate' section of the website for more information.
Thanks in advance.
Shorelines 2022 team
We have a feast of words, from live readings and conversations to commissioned pieces and projects, at Shorelines 2021.
Book online here at shorelinesartsfestival.com.
Manchán Magan’s recent best-selling book Thirty-Two Words For Field explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, psyche and heritage of Ireland. He is so looking forward to returning to Portumna.
Sunday, 19th Sept. at 2.30pm (60mins), Christ Church.
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, author and teacher moderates a literary hour that includes author, Nuala O’Connor whose recent novel Nora, is described as a “lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle” by Edna O’Brien. Joining them will be the short story writer Louise Kennedy, with her dazzling, heartbreaking debut short story collection, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac. Not to be missed!
Saturday , 18th Sept. at 4.30pm (60mins), Christ Church.
Doire Press are hosting a reading from their many published writers. David Butler is the author of four novels including the award winning City of Dis, short story collections and poetry collections including All the Barbaric Glass. Madeleine D’arcy, a former Hennessy award winning writer, has a new short story collection Liberty Terrace due out shortly. Her writing is described as ‘funny and wry and pulsate with all the mad rude energies of life itself” (Kevin Barry) .Music too from Larks on the Lake who have penned a few new songs recently.
Saturday, 18th Sept. at 12 noon (60mins), Christ Church.
Poetry Appreciation Workshop
Facilitator: David Butler
Saturday, 18th Sept. at 2pm (90mins), An Gáirdín (Limited Numbers).
Readings from poets Eleanor Hooker and Bernie Crawford with music from local group Larks on the Lake will be a joyful midday treat on Sunday. Eleanor’s poetry collections and chapbooks are infused with images, themes and tones that draw us into the water and wind of the world and mind. Bernie’s debut collection, Living Water, carries us along with a blend of humour, humanity and femininity.
Sunday, 19th Sept. at 12 noon (60mins), Christ Church.
For lovers of history, Dr Tomás Mac Conmara, who has carried out a phenomenal amount of research that resulted in his publication of The Scariff Martyrs: War, Murder and Memory in East Clare, will talk about his work on the deaths, a century ago, of the four men in Scariff and the subsequent trauma.
Friday, 17th Sept. at 4.30pm (60mins), The Irish Workhouse Centre.
Join local Portumna man, James Coughlan, author of a recent book on the only man to win All-Ireland Winners Medals for Galway in Hurling and Football. In Leonard McGrath: A Forgotten Gael, James takes a fascinating look at a man who excelled in many facets of life not only in sport but also in music and theatre.
Friday , 17th Sept. at 6pm (60mins), The Irish Workhouse Centre.
Visit the grounds of Portumna Castle and Portumna Forest Park to see the Exhibition of Photographs and Writings in the Shorelines Only for This project featuring commissioned poetry and prose from local writers and guest authors: Donal Ryan, Geraldine Mills, Stephen James Smith, Pat Boran, Geraldine Mitchell and James Harpur. A stunning portrait of responses in words and images to lockdown survival in the last year.
In Portumna Castle’s Café Gallery, treat yourself to an exploration into the world of lace as interpreted by Portumna Pen Pushers in collaboration with the Headford Lace Project in their Bobbins and Pens Exhibition.
Check out our full programme here at shorelinesartsfestival.com
Book for readings online as access to events is limited due to restrictions.
Welcome to Shorelines Arts Festival 2021, a different festival, but promising a live weekend of art, music, literature and drama to nurture us after a long hibernation. In continuing with a Festival for 2021, Shorelines is keeping the lights on the festival stage for our artists, performers, audience, community and volunteers, to bring joy and rekindle our community spirit.
With over 30 events in four days, many of which are free of charge, and a variety of visual art exhibitions, we present the fruits of projects we developed during the year and are delighted to also provide our schools with a limited programme of events.
Please note that tickets for all events, free or ticketed, must be booked online at shorelinesartsfestival.com. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, audience capacity at venues will be severely reduced. It is regrettable that many who wish to be present at our events will not be able to attend this year due to the reduced number of tickets available.
Seating capacity is limited and no patrons will be admitted without a valid ticket. All patrons for any indoor event must be fully vaccinated and are requested to present their Covid Certificate at the entrance to the event. We ask all patrons to wear a facemask when attending each event. Venues and times are subject to change due to COVID-19 Restrictions.
We hope you will walk the art trail, join in the sensory experience, manage to get a ticket for many of the free events as well as the concerts, readings and workshops we have planned for you.
Noelle, Dolores, Aoife, Breeda, Jackie, Margaret, Lisa, Anna & Kerry
The programme for this year’s festival will be online at the end of this week with live events that reflect the current COVID restrictions and guidelines. The aim is to bring live music, words and art to our community and schools. This year, all tickets will have to be booked online for all events and there will be limited capacity at these concerts as per the current restrictions.
Performers this year include singers, traditional music, classical music, folk and contemporary performers. We hope to give our local musicians like Knoeline Keane, Tríona Eames, Dave Gradwell and Laura Browne opportunities for live performances at pop up outdoor venues. We are also collaborating with Ceol an tSamhraidh to bring larger capacity events and free music to our loyal audiences.
Literary guests include Nuala O’Connor, Louise Kennedy, Berni Crawford, David Butler and Madeline Darcy as well as local readers at the Only for This Exhibition with commissioned original work from writers Donal Ryan, James Harpur, Geraldine Mills, Stephen James Smith and Geraldine Mitchell.
The Visual Arts programme at Shorelines 2021 includes our first Shorelines Windows Exhibition where a stroll through the streets becomes a stroll through an outdoor art gallery. Our Windows Arts Trail will include works from Josephine Geaney, Emma Barone, Abby Dillon, Caroline Evans, Mary Finn, Julie Potter, Claire Finlay, Michelle Ryan and Jenny Wood-Sullivan who is also curator of this visual treat. More details on other exhibitions and events next week!
Keep a keen eye here on www.shorelinesartsfestival.com
Those on our mailing list will get a message too when tickets are on sale.
Portumna Arts Group & Shorelines Arts Festival present the first in a new series of podcasts produced by Kate Gibbs. The first in the series celebrates St. Patrick's Days of the past. Listen in as locals share their memories of parades of the past.
As you are all aware, the usual Shorelines programme of packed events, art exhibitions, workshops and general fun cannot happen this year. However, to mark the festival weekend planned back in December, Portumna Arts Group host a Culture Night Event on Friday, 18th September.
Notes from Silence & Words from Stone, will take place at 9pm in Portumna Town Hall (note the venue and time change from the Culture Night Galway Events page).
To book tickets for this free event, reserve them online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com where they will be available from Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm (note the limit of 2 tickets per booking max). Tickets for this event are strictly limited as the overall venue capacity (including performers and organizers) is 50 people, to comply with Covid-19 guidelines.
The event includes music and readings with guest musicians, Ger Fahy, David McEntee, Manus McGuire & Darren de Burca who will be joined by members of Portumna Pen Pushers in a celebration of spoken word and live music.
Shorelines acknowledges the support of Culture Night and Galway County Council Arts Office.
Doors open at 9pm sharp and the event finishes at 10.30pm. All required safety precautions will be taken and attendees are requested to wear face coverings.
We regret to say that it is with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the planned 2020 Shorelines Arts Festival in September. Consideration was given to alternative dates and venues, deliberation was undertaken on the logistics and protocols to ensure public safety and eventually the decision to cancel the festival was unanimously taken. We still hope to mark the weekend in a visual way in the community so keep an eye out for additions to the art trail we work on each year.
The committee thanks the hard work and dedication of Joan Gordon and Shane Duffy who stepped aside on committee this year. And a big welcome on board is extended to Anna Geelan and Lisa Keane.
So to all our friends, sponsors, audiences and followers as well as our performers and venue providers, stay safe and well and let’s all mind each other so we can celebrate together in September 2021.