Daily Archives: April 23, 2019

Weekly News April 23rd

Grow Remote Conference.  A very well attended Conference entitled ‘Grow Remote’ took place last week in St. Brigids Hall, Tubbercurry.  Organised by a dedicated team within the Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, it attracted nearly 200 delegates from throughout Ireland and had speakers from various parts of Europe and America.  The Grow Remote.ie website can be accessed to give you information on the concept of Remote Working.  That in a nutshell involves people working from home or from a local hub or Enterprise Centre for larger companies such as Google, Apple, HP, Buffer, Asana, Bloomberg and Shopify to name just a few who are now actively encouraging Remote Working.  Already there are people living in the South Sligo area who work for international companies from their home in South Sligo.  They have the benefit of good salary and great rural lifestyle.  This is a great way of attracting our young people back to live in South Sligo and other rural areas of Ireland West.  This is a conversation we should all start.

Civilising Rural Ireland  A new book recently published in Manchester entitled ‘Civilising Rural Ireland’ has a very distinct South Sligo connection.. Written by a young academic Patrick Doyle, whos mother Mary Durkin hails from Dowros in Tourlestrane, Patrick credits his grandfather John (Pat Billy)Durkin with the inspiration to complete this book. It is a history of the CO-OP movement in Ireland and concentrates on areas of North Kerry (his dad home place) and Co. Sligo (mums home place).  John Durkin, Patrick’s grand father retired from farming at 90 in 1996 and moved to Manchester to be with his daughter & grandchildren.  There he told endless stories of farming in Ireland to his grand children and sowed the seeds for his book.  This book along with the Aurivo book, Fields of Gold will add greatly to our understanding of where and how the Co-op movement arrived at where it is today.

Spanish Summer School in Tubbercurry 2019  Host Familys are needed to keep Spanish students during the month of July.  Contact Julio Juanes Rubert – 0034609145715 or email info@clannclourses.com  or Bernie Reilly on 071 91 85256 / 087 6551347 if you are interested .  Host families are paid over €200 per week per student.

Christina Walsh, Tullinaglug.The recent peaceful death occurred of Christina Walsh (nee Walsh) late of Tullinaglug, Tourlestrane.  In her mid 70’s Christina was a live wire and colourful character all her life and as everybody who knew here would have known, she was a fantastic supporter of the Tourlestrane GAA Teams.  Christina was born and reared in Tullinaglug, and lived there also all through her adult life, rearing her family there also along with her husband Matt.  Christina did all here shopping in Tubbercurry over the last nearly 60 years and developed great friendships with the Tubbercurry business & GAA community over several generations. When Tourlestrane teams were going well she let everybody know about it, and on occasions when things were not going her way, here friends in Tubbercurry and elsewhere would politely ask what was wrong.  The answer was —interesting.  Her son Matthew was a great Tourlestrane footballer over 3 decades who won several Co. Sligo Championships, and she was extremely proud of that fact.  In recent years she experienced qualms of conscience as some of her grand-children starred on Tubbercurry underage teams.  While she was delighted to support them in most matches, she struggled with the idea of cheering them on when playing against Tourlestrane!!!!  To make up for lack of GAA drama in the winter months, Christina often took to the boards on stage with the Banada Dramatic Group, and rehearsals and performances were always fun when she was involved.  When her family were older she often worked part time in the catering department of Banada Abbey Secondary School and later in St. Attracta’s Community School.  She was always popular with staff and students and she made it her business to know as many students as possible by their names.   Her remains reposed at the home of her daughter Irene Fitzsimons in Tullycusheen and removal took place to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Burial was in Rhue Cemetary.  Christina was pre-deceased by her husband Matt and daughter Rita.  She is survived by her son Matt, daughters Sheila Duignan, Fiola Murphy, Irene Fitzsimmons, and Paulette Lynskey, sons in law, sister, brothers, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  Christina’s passing has left a void in the lives of those she knew.  May she rest in Peace.

Ox Mountain Heritage Centre  A SOCIAL DANCE will be held in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) at Drumartin, Aclare on Saturday 27th April 9-30 to 11-30 p.m., music by Glen Flynn, admission €10, a great nights dancing assured. This is a great opportunity to get out socialising in a fun atmosphere.

The Achonry Branch of the Mothers Union are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 1st May, at 8pm, in the Coachouse, Rathbarron, Coolaney.  Come along and meet Gerry Farrell, actor, physiotherapist, lecturer and expert on Alzheimer’s.  Donation in lieu of Literacy and Development programme.   All are welcome.

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp  Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a 2 day Easter Fun Camp on 23rd and 24th April, from 10am till 2pm each day.  Cost  €30 per child.   Limited places.  All enquiries email oxmountaincamp@gmail.com or Phone 0719181920

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 26th September – 3rd October, 2019, led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Tim Flynn.  Flights from Dublin with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price.  For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or mobile 087-1873703

Moy River  Folk Ballad – House Singer : Ballad singer and well-known song writer, Tommy Sands will play a house concert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Saturday 27th April at 8pm. Sands is best knows for his song, There Were Roses and remains a living treasure in Irish folk music circles. Booking on 087 2512030.

Banada Abbey Bingo  Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot, €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact.  087-6674561.

Cloonacool Card Game The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 pm starting from last week.

Clothes Bag Collection A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Mens Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe.  More details later.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net