Our sponsors

Lovely art works.

With kind assistance from the Mid & East Antrim Council, Belfast City Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Portadown2000, Town Heritage Initiative (Mid and East Antrim area), Mullavilly Parish Church.  Without whom this project would not be possible.

Harley Davidson, Antrim
Oxfam Bookshop, Botanic

Brownlow House, Lurgan
David Van Skoy Jewellers, Portadown. He is sponsoring the cup for the mystery tour.
Bentomiz wines, Sayalonga, Spain

Villa Andalucía, Competa, Spain


Portadown sings

After Liv’s beautiful singing in the Faith Mission cafe, the library, Hamptons, the market, Bob and Bert’s. Poor Niall Bennett got left out but we promised we will be back…and will still try the Spanish exchange groups at his great pub on Thursday nights at 20:00. Join our meet up group. We went for a very nice meal at the Flame Grill.

Then I went on to Brownlow House to the concert… fab music, pity it rained though … ah well, this is Ireland.

Spanish music and singing



John Flanigan, flamenco guitarist, will give lessons in Portadown library from 11-1pm.  £3 per session.  Or just come and watch.

 Liv Bartholomew, a lovely lady from Galicia in Northern Spain will sing at the following venues

  1. Hamptons Shoe shop opposite the Portadown library                          14:00
  2. Portadown market                                                                          14:30
  3. Portadown library                                                                            15:00
  4. The Mall Portadown                                                                       15:45
  5. Bennetts pub                                                                                    16:15

Donations welcome – to the Riding for the Disabled in Moy


Those clever girls at SRC Lurgan Campus

Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure of working with Shirley Smylie and her students on a “passport” for the North Highland Way. Shirley is rightly proud of her “girls”… they are an inspiration to us all, in particular Shirley herself.

Last evening I was at a function to display the artwork… it was truly amazing how creative people can be. I am thinking of doing a Foundation Art Course at the College myself… me, a tough economist and hard headed business woman. Who would have thought it.

Anyway, it was the girls’ night… and what a night.

Check back on Sunday and I will have footage from the Spanish singing, and the concert at Brownlow House.

Lurgan’s Olympics!

Putting Lurgan on the map!

The inaugural LASC Olympic Games will be held at Waves on Saturday 22 June from 4.30 onwards. Chairman of the club, Trudy Cochrane, is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm – Lurgan is lucky to have such a lady at the helm. I met her at the swimming pool in Lurgan, and was fascinated at what she was doing. Swimmers will compete for points and the winning team will be awarded the LASC Gala Shield! National anthems, refreshments, medals and prize giving… amazing organisational skills, and thanks to the Lurgan Credit Union for sponsoring. Watch out for their Facebook page live on Tuesday 11th June.

So… what has Lurgan to do with Spain? Local historian Jimmy Conway advises that four Lurgan men fought in the Spanish Civil War…. more on that soon – Jim Haughey was one!

Brownlow House has two Spanish trees, and links with Spain through the museum (open Saturday mornings 10.30 to 1pm – we would love to have it open longer!). Brownlow House is open during the hours on their web site.

A Spanish Journey by Livia Bartolomé

The Spanish nightgale sings on 8th June in Portadown market – 2-4 pm.

Spain is a country of contrasts, with a variety of cultures and languages. A Spanish Journey aims to be a celebration of this diversity though song. It is also a personal journey into the different songs that have accompanied me through the years and have shaped my identity. This session will be showcasing a selection of songs with texts from famous poets like Federico García Lorca and Rafael Alberti and songwriters like Joan Manuel Serrat and Manuel Oltra together with some information about the context where they were created as well as personal stories. 

Portadown events

10am – 13:00 Wednesday 5th June – trip to a secret location of a Spanish tree. With tea and scones. £5 per person

10am – Thursday 6th Treasure Hunt. Own car needed… a good sense of humour and win the David Van Skoy cup. Cost: £10.

Saturday 8th June

11-1 Portadown library. Learn to play the flamenco guitar. Lessons £5 per half hour session. 16+ only.

2-4 Portadown market – A Spanish nightingale sings. Donations.

Booking in advance please before 5th June.

Phone Tina on 077 8011 3739

Email@ tinadirving@gmail.com

David Van Skoy cup

Developing the trail of the Spanish Armada

Together with Belfast City Council we hope to develop the trail of the Spanish Armada through their cultural strategy “The City Imagining“. Of course, this includes a number of Councils within Ireland and Scotland.

Progress reports are listed here:

The castles in Spain on the tour (and a few others) are being promoted here: https://www.costawomen.com/

and here

Output from the meeting with Belfast City Council on 12th June 2019