Portumna prepares to enjoy packed Shorelines


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Portumna prepares to enjoy packed Shorelines Portumna prepares to enjoy packed Shorelines

Shorelines Arts Festival will run from September 14-17 in Portumna, with a packed programme that includes theatre, music, visual arts, film and spoken word.

Irish group Ye Vagabonds who won the Best Folk Album at last year’s RTÉ Folk Awards will take to the stage on Saturday, September 16, while the rock-infused tones of Cathy Davey and her band can be heard on Friday night, September 15.

Audiences will be treated to a gramophone concert by musician and broadcaster Peter Browne in the company of fellow piper and composer, Gerard Fahy on Thursday evening, while they can enjoy Songs and Stories of Percy French on Friday, September 15, at 6pm, with the Percy French Troubadours and band. And, on Sunday afternoon, people can tune into an afternoon of popular musical classics with What a Wonderful World.

Popular Leitrim writer, actor and director Seamus O’Rourke will stage his latest show, The Ballad of Mossy Flood, on Sunday, at 8pm, while newcomer Dee Keogh will present Why I haven’t met Oprah, Yet on Saturday afternoon.

Fans of literature can enjoy Western Words with poets Amy Barry, Noelle Lynskey and Luke Morgan, while other literary events will include  A Century of Brendan, celebrating Brendan Behan’s 100th birthday on Saturday, and Invisible Threads with travel writer, Marguerite McCurtin on Sunday.

Galway’s Doire Press make a welcome return with Sunday Stories & Tunes and there will be a feast of visual arts in the galleries at the Workhouse and Portumna Castle. A highlight will be Otherworldly Wonders of our Bogs and Wetlands, by Offaly photographer Tina Claffey, who has previously published her work in book form as Tapestry of Light. In addition to showing her work, she will give a guided walk on Saturday, September 16.

The Shorelines programme include a wide range of workshops, street entertainment, family entertainment, talks, a terrific schools strand and the welcome return of Shorelines short films and documentaries.

The full programme is available online at, where booking can be made for all events.

Pictured: Dee Keogh will perform her show ‘Why I haven’t Met Oprah, Yet’ at Shorelines on Saturday, September 16.

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