Daily Archives: November 11, 2019

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 11/11/2019

2019 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

The Western Drama Festival committee are busy preparing for the 2019 One Act Drama Festival which runs from  November 21st – 23rd  in  St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly.  Matinee on Sat 23rd at 2.00pm.  See website www.westerndramafestival.com for details.

The committee are delighted that the drama season is commencing with an excellent programme of plays packed with fantastic comedy and interesting drama on offer for patrons to enjoy. This year Tubbercurry WDF welcomes top groups from the four corners of Ireland to perform in the festival. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season, the festival is a huge hit and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs for Drama events. This Festival is sponsored by Tubbercurry and District Credit Union. We look forward to meeting you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and enjoy our hospitality while chatting about the plays in our now world famous supper room. Admission €10 nightly; Season Ticket €30 to see 11, One act plays. Tickets can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office or at our box office on the night of the festival.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are currently on the One Act Festival Circuit, in Kiltimagh on Sunday 17th November and in Tubbercurry on Thursday 21st November,performing Trapa Tony by Padraic Neary ,directed by Mark Dunne and featuring Sharon Hannon,Shane Keyes and Pat Feely.

Meanwhile rehearsals are underway for The Communication Cord by Brian Friel directed by Peter Davey. and it is planned to have a local performance of this enjoyable play in the New Year prior to going on the Three Act Festival circuit.  As the Phoenix Players are celebrating their  75th anniversary next year it is hoped to present A Night at the Musicals next spring. 

With a view to getting this production underway an Information Evening will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Monday 18th November at 8pm.  This is open to anyone over 16 interested in singing or dancing or who wishes to be involved in any way.  Anyone not able to attend on the night can contact Nanette Mc Donagh 0872349344 or Tom Walsh 0872276628

On behalf of the SARURE South Sligo Committee, we would like to invite to their first event:

The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line willow.ie business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered. It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness. The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Old Cemetery Rhue – Talk by Mary Coleman

Curry Parish History and Heritage Group will host an illustrated lecture by Mary Coleman (Mary Carroll-Browne) at Moylough Heritage Centre on Tuesday 19th Nov. 2019 at 8pm.

For a number of years past, Mary has researched family burials at Rhue Old-Cemetery.

The cemetery was opened by Tubbercurry District Council in 1905.  In her talk Mary will outline results of her research studies to date. The  presentation will include discussion and a question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  All are Welcome

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association members are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Mulled Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner in Cawley’s Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 12th, at 7.30 pm sharp. This will be followed by the Launch of our latest book, “The Way That It Was IV”, and Musical Entertainment.  We hope that many of our past members and our friends will join us for this special occasion.  Cost of the evening is €25.  To book, please ring 087 1416991 before Monday, 4th November.  We will be looking forward to a great community get-together.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 14th November at 9pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre. All welcome to attend. Thank you for your support.

Tubbercurry IFA

Tubbercurry IFA Branch are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th November, in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry, Co.  Sligo.   Preceding the meeting at 9 o’clock, a talk on Mental Health and Well Being,  will be given by Mr Tomas Murphy (MHC), and everyone is welcome to attend this.  Tubbercurry IFA branch AGM will follow.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night 6th November starting at 8pm. This is a great way to exercise in a friendly and relaxing environment and a great night’s fun for all.  Everyone welcome.  Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will take place in Brennan’s Cloonacool on Fri 15th Nov next. The quiz is being organised by Rita Normanly in aid of Safe LInk, a frontline service, based in Boyle, supporting victims of domestic abuse. This will be a fun quiz so all are encouraged to attend. 

Traditional Music Classes

Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

REMINDER – Cloonacool Community Centre Clothes Appeal

Reminder about the Cloonacool Community Centre Clothes Appeal!!  Clothes can be left into the Centre from 9 to 5pm in the days running up to Mon 18th November…the collection van will remove the bags early on morning of the 18th.   Grab this opportunity to clear out space in your cupboards and support a good cause.

Dance Classes

Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

South Sligo in Other Times

This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry.  Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library.

Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.  They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home.  Buy early and often!  Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

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

Thomas Kilcoyne, Tubbercurry

The recent unexpected death occurred of Thomas Kilcoyne (MRCVS), late of Charlestown Rd., Tubbercurry. Aged just 78, Tommy as a quiet and un-assuming gentleman who served the farming community of South Sligo as a Vetinary Surgeon for 50 years.

Born in 1941, in the middle of a family of 8 children to parents Michael & Mary Kate Kilcoyne of Ougham, Tubbercurry, Tommy attended Primary School locally in Tubbercurry, before going to St. Nathys College, Ballaghadreen for his Post Primary Education.

It was while in St. Nathy’s College that he proved himself exceptional in many sporting and academic fields. In sport, he followed his father’s footsteps as an exceptional athlete and Gaelic footballer.

In athletics his specialist events were the 100 yard sprint 110 yard hurdles and Long jump, winning Connacht & All Ireland Medals in a variety of events in the Secondary School Competitions.

In Gaelic Football Tommy starred as marksmen on the St. Nathys College team which won the Hogan Cup in 1957 for Senior College football.

On graduating from St. Nathy’s College in 1957 he went on to study Veterinary Science in University College Dublin, again following his father’s footsteps in choice of careers. While in UCD he continued to distinguish himself both in sport and academically.

In athletics Tommy won various Irish University competitions and competed in the Catholic Student European Championships over those years in both France & Belgium where he also won various medals in his chosen events.

He proved top of his class academically also in UCD and graduated with honours in 1963. Indeed it was known that his tutors wanted him to come back to UCD as a lecturer, but circumstances intervened to prevent that happening.

Just after finished college in mid 1963, his father Mick Kilcoyne died suddenly while still a practicing vet, and Tommy made the decision as a young 22 year old graduate to take over his fathers practice which extended all over South Sligo and into parts of East Mayo. No mean task for a young man. This meant giving up his sporting career of athletics and football, a big sacrifice indeed, but the demands of work can sometimes be cruel. Tommy took to his work like a duck to water, and worked long days and nights to help farmers and their animals in need. He soon proved himself to be an exceptionally good veterinary surgeon who could diagnose and treat animals quickly and efficiently. Over his lifetime he came to know at least 3 generations of farmers on many farms. When the job at hand was finished he chatted the farmer while washing down, and getting ready for his next call. He never seemed in a hurry even though he knew other urgent calls awaited him. Those were the days when many farms had no phone in house, and no vet had a mobile phone !!!

The job of a vet was difficult in those years, as they felt they were on call all day, every day. Sick animals did not recognise week-ends, bank holidays, or even Christmas Day.

The call came in and Tommy went out, any day, anytime, decade after decade.

The business practice expanded over the years and Tommys brother Joe in due course joined the practice to help with the expanding workload. On the domestic front Tommy married Roisin, and in due course their own family brought great joy to them as they grew and developed. Eventually a third generation of vets qualified in the Kilcoyne household when Conor and Isabella graduated with Conor joining Tommy and Joe in the family practice & Isabella going to the top of her profession in the equestrian field in the U.S.A.

Tommy’s hobbies as a mature man included a bit of shooting and fishing and he owned a few very useful greyhounds & horses over the years. In co with his father in law Paddy O Connor he owned horses ‘Extra LA’ and ‘Moy Rapsody’ which brought joy and frustration in equal measures but introduced some of this children to the horse racing world.

He also enjoyed golf and was an exceptionally good Bridge player, a game he took up in later life. In the latter part of his work life he preferred to just work in the busy Spring season when calves and lambs were arriving in big numbers on the farms and he was delighted at the end of the 2013 breeding season to call it a day to his work having completed a full half century serving the farmers and animal owners of South Sligo.

Every so often a person of true talent comes into a community to serve the people, and when Tommy Kilcoyne came along in Tubbercurry, we were lucky to have him working with us and for us for a half century.

He passed away quietly and without fuss, much as he lived his life. May he rest in Peace.

The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line willow.ie business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered. It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness. The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

Kind Regards,
Marie Brouder

On Behalf of the SARURE Project