Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

Weekly News June 1st

The Annual General Meeting Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association took place last week with a good attendance. Outgoing President Geraldine Brennan commented on a successful year in terms of slowly progressing & improving the local community amenities such as the Forest Walk, Playground and the Community Park on the Mountain Road. She also referred to the Smart Town Status of Tubbercurry and the Conference that was recently hosted in relation to the growing trend of Remote working. A special tribute was paid to the late Councillor Margaret Gormley from Bunninadden who passed away recently. Margaret was a great friend and supporter of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association and she worked tirelessly to promote the town and wider community.

In coming President Roger McCarrick praised Geraldine Brennan for her work and dedication over the last few years, all of which is done on a voluntary basis. Mr. McCarrick stated his aims for the next few years included getting a number of Community Projects ‘Shovel Ready’ which are ready to start when Government funding is available, and to get the younger adult generation of the community more involved in the activities of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association. As the name implies, the Chamber promotes business and general community activities and needs a wide base of members and helpers. Treasurer for this year is again Shane Mulkeen. Membership for business’s and community groups is due now and full info can be got from Shane Mulkeen, Geraldine Brennan or Roger McCarrick.

Kevin Donoghue, Doocastle Congratulations are extended to Doocastle native Kevin Donoghue, who was elected to Dublin City Council in the East Inner City area of Ringsend/ Irishtown. Aged just 27, Kevin is son of Tom & Noreen Donoghue and is a past pupil of St. George’s Primary School Tubbercurry and Sligo Grammer School. After graduating from College in Galway, Kevin was President of the students Union of Ireland and in this election he took the 3rd of 5 seats, representing the Labour Party. There could be a bright future ahead for Kevin and he is wished well and congratulated.

Recent Deaths Peggy Davey, Powellsboro. The recent unexpected death occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Davey (nee Bennett). A native of Co. Carlow, Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband Jim just a few years ago. Peggy & Jim were a lovely couple who came to Tubbercurry a few days a week, often on the tractor to do their shopping and general business. They always kept their house and gardens in beautiful condition and it was uplifting to see the flower array in the garden during certain times of year. Peggys remains reposed at her home prior to funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary. She is survived by her sons Jonathan, Sean & Keith, sisters Nan & Ita, in laws, grandchildren, extended family & friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Canon Christy McLoughlin The recent death occurred of Canon Christy McLoughlin late of Tourlestrane. In his mid 80’s, Canon Christy was Parish Priest of Tourlestrane for a long number of years up until his retirement. He was a general spirits enthusiast but his main love in sport was horse racing. He was a regular race goer and owner when time allowed, and occasionally his masses and sermons off the alter would be brief if there happened to be races later in the afternoon within a couple of hours drive.

REAL TUBBER AGM takes place on 17th June, 2019 at 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

Blood Donation Clinic Next blood donation clinic takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 18th June, 2019 from 5pm – 8.30pm –giveblood.ie– you get more than you give Locall 1850 731 137

Tubbercurry Comhaltas News The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 7th June. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome

33rd South Sligo Summer School

It’s that time of year again and Music week is just under eight weeks away.  The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Local Elections The recently held local elections threw up some surprises in the South-West Sligo electoral area.  This is a very large electoral area which includes Enniscrone, Tubbercurry, Ballymote and Coolaney, and all rural areas in between and beyond.  This area takes in what was three electoral areas up until 5 years ago.  In addition, the number of Councillors has decreased which automatically increases the workload on each Councillor, and results in under-representation.  The recent death of Councillor Margaret Gormley has left a great void in representation, and it will be challenging for the new representatives to fill her shoes.  May she rest in peace. The first Councillor elected was Paul Taylor who was retaining his seat.  Others elected included, Daragh Mulvey, Joe Queenan, Michael Clarke, Martin Baker, Gerry Mullaney, and new man on the Council,  Marin Connolly from Powellsboro. Martin Connolly lives just a few miles outside town and has been Postman in South Sligo all his working life. He is wished well in his new role as it will be a steep learning curve for him to come up to speed with what is happening in the various communities he represents in the Electoral area. The specific Tubbercurry and South Sligo area is now missing a Councillor due to the death of Margaret Gormley and the retirement of Gerry Lundy. The election itself was very tight with only small margins between being successful or not. A feature of this election was the large number of new and young candidates. This is great for democracy and as well as extending congratulations to the successful candidates, we also extend congratulations and commiserations to the unsuccessful candidates. Young candidates are encouraged to keep working in their communities in various volunteering roles, and never be afraid to put your name forward again the next elections.


Phoenix Players A.G.M.
was held in St. Brigid’s Hall on 29thMay last. The following officers were elected on the first count:- Chairman: Eamon Gallagher, Vice Chairman: Frank Brennan, Secretary: Mary T Mannion, Treasurer: Mark Dunne, P.R.O.Tom Walsh. Committee members Eileen Murtagh, Joe Corscadden, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran, Terri Brennan, Karen McKim, Laoise McDaid, Mary Barry, Shay Monaghan, Mary Kelly, Seana Haughey. Plans for the forthcoming season were discussed at length. However as next year will be the 75th anniversary of the group a further meeting will need to be held to plan a precise Programme of Events.

Labhair Gaeilge Linn A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry. No great proficiency in Irish required. Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Spanish Summer School in Tubbercurry 2019 Host Families 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.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group The local Active Retirement members have now organised their May/June programme, the highlights of which will be our participation in the annual Bealtaine celebrations organised each May by ARA groups countrywide and our Annual Week’s Holiday in June which is this year being arranged for a tour of the Northern Ireland coasts. The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for May and June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Pre-Summer Pick Me Up for Parents – While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level it’s difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-Summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise. Facilitated by a seasoned and ‘surviving’ Mum to 4 children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday 4th June @ 10.00am. To book a place contact the FRC on 0719186926.

Mother Baby Group – The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Prioritising Parents Self-Care – Being a parent can bring with it a lot of joy but also means life becomes very busy and at times over whelming. The FRC will be hosting a free 1.5 hour workshop on looking after ourselves as parents in terms of our mental wellbeing and ability to cope with life’s challenges. The workshop will be open to all parents, guardians, carers and foster parents. Keep an eye on our facebook page @tubberfrc for updates on this event.

Tubbercurry Card Game – Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Parish Lunch On Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) in The Coach House, Rathbarron. Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds. The lunch will have 4 sittings: 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Adults €15, Under 12’s €10. To book contact Deb on 071 9189680 between 6pm – 10pm.

Achonry / Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group– Lupins for Sale €2 per pot.  Ring 087 6235468 or contact Facebook page.

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

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.

MOYLOUGH 1997 DVD featuring events and activities in the Moylough area during the year 1997 will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday 14th June at 8:30pm. Proceeds will go to Aine Durkin’s Uganda Hospital Fund. Aine, from Cashel is going to Uganda in July as part of a UCD Student Volunteer Group which will provide assistance and training to a hospital in Uganda.

Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th June, beside Joe Dan’s Pub, Music by Medicine Bow, Dancing from 10-12, Admission €10.

Charity Concert Legendary Country Singer/songwriter Max T Barnes and his Nashville Country Band will play in a Charity Concert for Western Care Association in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, June 9th as part of his 2019 Irish Tour. Tickets are available online a www.townhall.ie, from local outlets and on the door on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net