Daily Archives: August 13, 2019

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 12/08/2019

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 12/08/2019

Old Fair Day Festival

The 34th Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival is now almost upon us, and the hard working Festival Committee are working diligently to put everything in place for the various events.  Monday & Tuesday have other activities leading up to the Big Old Fair Day on Wednesday 14th August.  This Old Fair Day brings livestock & craft as never seen before – ……. Glass Blowing, Pottery, Ironmongery, Thatching, Bread making, Woodturning, Hundreds of exhibitors & vendors, roadshows, antiques.  Ocean FM are broadcasting live from Tubbercurry and the afternoon has live music on stage from 12 noon with Robert Mizzell & Band.  Come into Tubbercurry for the day and bring your visitors for a fun filled day out.

Fair day fundraising for church renovation fund

St. Michael’s Church Cloonacool Renovation Fund will have a stall at the old fair day in Tubbercurry on Wednesday 14th August next. A lot of work has been carried out in recent times inside and outside the church grounds but still more needs to be done. So once more there will be a ”Guess the weight of the animal competition” in the ‘square’ area on the day. There will be a prize of €100 for the winning entry. Once again the finance committee would be grateful for your support on the day. Thanks again to the Brennan family for their wonderful continued support for this fundraiser and also to ”Daisy” for her patience and understanding in recent years. 

The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass

The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass takes place on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm in Graveyard up at back of Connolly Park .  All welcome

Annual BBQ

St George’s Church annual BBQ will be held in the church grounds Sligo Rd, Tubbercurry, on Sunday 18th August at 1pm. Adults: €12, Children €6 (BBQ, Dessert  & Glass of Wine).

All welcome.

Maureen Kerins, Bunninadden

The recent death occurred of Maureen Kerins, (nee Durcan) late of Ballinaraw, Bunninadden.  In her late 70’s Maureen was a native of Floughena, Doocastle and was daughter of the late Jim & Kate Durcan.  Maureen moved to Bunninadden after her marriage to Chris and there she reared a wonderful family while holding down a teaching job at Benada Abbey Secondary School from the late 60’s to early 90’s, a job she took great pride in and carried out with great dedication & distinction.  Many of her past pupils attended her funeral to pay their respects to a much loved & respected teacher.  They all smiled and joked about her famous saying  ‘Sauce for a goose, and sauce for a gander”.  This was her logic for distribution of discipline  if students mis-behaved, meaning that she treated all misdemeanours equally.

  Maureen did not have an easy life, but never complained about the challenges life threw in her way.  She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Chris, their cherished son Oliver and her brother Michael.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral home with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden and burial took place after funeral Mass in Cloonmeehan Cemetary, Bunninadden.  Large numbers of friends, colleagues & past pupils paid their respects to a fine lady. Maureen is survived by her children David, Mary, Cora & Paula, brother Seamus, sisters Una, Kathleen & Sheila, in-laws, grand-children, nieces, nephews, relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Joanie McCormack Brennan, Tubbercurry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Joanie McCormack Brennan, late of Mountain View, Tubbercurry and originally of Teeling Street.  Joanie was in her mid 60’s and was second daughter of the late Maisie & Martin McCormack.  Joanie has suffered poor health over the last number of years but was a strong character who always kept an interest in all happenings in the Community.  Growing up on Teeling Street with her much loved parents and her grandfather, the legendary Tom ‘Click Brennan’ Senior, the family home was always a rambling house where the door was always open and visitors always popped in and out to discuss the happenings of the week in the locality.  This was in the days before Facebook, but just as much information was exchanged.

  Growing up in a household like this, Joanie became an outgoing youth and teenager who everybody knew, and she developed an interest in all local happenings.  As a teenager of the Swinging 60’s, she developed a great love of dancing and the pop scene of the day, and loved going off to the dances in Tubbercurry, Charlestown, Pontoon, Tooreen and Strandhill.  This was the era of the Showband scene and one of her favourite showbands of that time were ‘The Swanbriggs’.  Life moved on and the young Joanie worked and reared her family with great accomplishment.

  Joanie was a traditionalist at heart, and after her mother Maisie died, Joanie took over a job that was appreciated by many.  That was the picking & distributing of the May Flower on May 1st each year.  This involved collecting the wild May Flower or Buttercup and dropping a sprig of flowers at the door of each house in the locality.  This was done quietly and without fuss.  No matter how early you got to your door on May 1st, the flowers were there.  Nobody asked her to do it but it was done by her, and was appreciated by all.  Thank you again Joanie and thank you to your helpers of recent years as your health deteriorated.

 Joanie’s remains reposed at the Coen funeral home and her funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry.  The large numbers who attended her funeral was testimony to the esteem in which she was held.  Joanie is survived by husband Pat, children Dtharria, Kim & Andrew, sister Margaret Burke, Brother Eunan, grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousins and a very close extended family at home & abroad, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in Peace.

New Book

A new local history book ‘Kilmactigue Parish History & Memories ‘ was recently released and is a must read for all local historians and household of the South Sligo Region.  Compiled by locals Padraig Maye, Daniel Jones & Marie Fleming, it is an excellent production of stories, photos and write ups on many places and characters.  It concentrates mainly on areas around Aclare, Kilmactigue, Tourlestrane, Benada and Lough Talt and is available for sale at €20 in local shops.  This is Volume 1, of what could and hopefully will be a series for years into the future.

Mid West Radio 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Mid West Radio recently celebrated 30th years in business and Tubbercurry man Jackie Coogan stole the show amongst big singing stars Mike Denver, Nathan Carter etc. He sang Hucklebuck (Brendan Boyers), Proud Mary, Rock & Roll. He received a standing ovation from guests, patrons and fellow artists.  Jackie has always been a proud Tubbercurry man and has contributed enormously over the last 50 years to community life in Tubbercurry and South Sligo. Well done Jackie.

North Connaught College  – NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week.   A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education.  For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

Social Night in Aid of  Jean Gallagher’s VolunterNurture Africa in Uganda

A Social dance in aid of Uganda will take place in The May Queen Lounge Tubbercurry on Friday 16th August at 10pm.  Music by Carmel McLoughlin.  Cover Charge optional.

All proceeds from this event in aid of Jean Gallagher’s Volunteer work with Nurture Africa in Uganda. 

Banada Abbey Bingo

NEWSFLASH:   €2100 guaranteed payout THIS Tuesday night 13th August at Banada Abbey Bingo starting 8.30pm sharp. Jackpot  €1,750 this Tuesday now on 46 calls or less. Flier Game Special with lines €50 and €400  payout on Flier sheet full house. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.  

Active Retirement

Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October.  Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro.  Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night.  Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.


A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th.  Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island.  Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net