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Weekly News - 11th December

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a yearlong celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Ray McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.

As part of the celebrations, local camera men, Sean Johnston and Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.  The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make ideal Christmas stocking filler.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: in Tubbercurry Golf Club, on Tuesday, 12th December at 8pm. There will be a Mulled Wine Reception with lots of spot prizes/raffle. A great night guaranteed. Everyone welcome. Admin €10. All arrangements made will be included in the raffle.

Santa Claus is coming to Town

Santa will be paying a visit to Tubbercurry over the coming Saturdays from 11am. He’ll be visiting shops and businesses and will be talking to parents and children. So children, have your list ready for Santa because he’ll be checking out from the Mums and Dads how good or bad you’ve been this year…….

Real Tubber U13

There will be a 25 card drive being held in Yeats County Inn, Curry on Thursday 14th December at 8.30pm in aid of The Real Tubber U13 girls who are heading to Holland in March to take part in the Holland Cup which is a European competition.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Cash prizes on the night with a raffle for a turkey and ham and other great prizes.  Entry €10.

An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre

Competitions Time at An Chroi…..…. Would your business like to win a free boardroom for a day with lunch provided to plan your strategy for 2018? An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre are offering businesses in the region, and beyond, the chance to win one day’s use of their Board Room with complimentary lunch platters provided by Cawleys, free parking and use of the canteen for those inspiring tea and coffee breaks. The room is a fully equipped boardroom suitable for 14 people with AV facilities. To enter visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/tubbercurryenterprisecentre/

Established in 2016, An Chroí, South Sligo Enterprise Centre provides office and enterprise space in flexible units. The bright and spacious Training Room is ideal for business meetings, staff training days or mentoring sessions. The centre is equipped with conference facilities, a training Room (inclusive of AV facilities) and a board room. There are various office options depending on your company’s needs which include hot desks, virtual offices and private offices. This modern centre is fully equipped with kitchen/canteen facilities and has ample free parking on the grounds. The centre is situated in Tubbercurry just off the N17 Sligo – Galway road, located 15 minutes from Ireland West Airport, 25 minutes from Sligo Town and just 15 minutes from the N4 main Sligo to Dublin road. Its location means it is easily accessible and the ideal base for businesses and startups to travel to and work from. The up to date facilities include a projector and screen, broadband, heat/ air conditioning and ample free parking just outside.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Group

The last meeting for 2017 of the Cancer Support Group was on Wed last 6th Dec 2017. The next Support Group Meeting at The Cancer Support Centre, 53 Ard Aisling, Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry will be on the first Wed in Feb 2018 at 8pm. For further information please phone 0894480527

Mary Veronica Cullen, Doocastle

The recent death occurred after a long illness of Mary Veronica Cullen (nee Waters), late of Floughena, Doocastle. In her late ‘60’s, Mary Veronica was a native of Montiagh, Curry, and moved to Floughana after her marriage to her husband Michael. A hairdresser by profession, Mary was in business on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry for a number of years in the 1970’s prior to her family rearing duties taking over. In later years she worked from home and did the hairdressing duties for many years for the residents at Bailey’s Nursing Home. Always a cheerful bubbly and chatty character, Mary battled illness for many years but never complained.

Her remains reposed at her residence in Floughana prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. Burial took place in Kilturra cementery, not far from her Floughana home.  She is survived by her husband Michael, sons David and Tony, daughters Michelle and Alma, brother Pat Waters, in-laws, grandchildren, nephews, cousins and a wide circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Mary Carty, Clooncagh

The recent death occurred of Mary Carty (nee Durkin), late of Clooncagh, Tourlestrane. Age 95, Mary was a native of Gortersluin, just a short distance over the road from Clooncagh and after marrying her husband, Anthony, she spent the next 70 years in Clooncagh.

As a mother of 10 children, Mary was always busy, and went about her work with a smile on her face at all times. Her husband Anthony was a member of Sligo Co. Council for many years in the 1950-‘70’s which demanded time spent away from home and farm, and chores often fell to Mary to ensure they were done. When doing her regular shopping in Tubbercurry, she enjoyed meeting friends and parents of children similar in age to her children, and she always took a genuine interest in the progress of children of neighbours and friends. Up until her death she had a keen intellect, and her power of memory and recall was amazing throughout her latter life.

Anthony died in 1990 and Mary continued on in Clooncagh always taking an interest in the progress of the farm and in her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her remains reposed at the Brennan Funeral home, Kilmactigue with Funeral Mass at St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane, and burial afterwards in Kilmactigue Cemetery. Mary is survived by sons Michael, Bernard, Tony, Jimmy and Tommy, daughters Eileen, Patricia, Maura, Ann and Angela, brother Paddy, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Angela O’Neill, Rocklands

The recent peaceful death occurred of Angela O’Neill (nee Keane), late of Rocklands, Tubbercurry. Aged 88, Angela was a native of Tubbertelly, just a couple of miles outside town. As a young adult, Angela, like many of her generation left home and hit for New York in the late 1940’s, seeking work, adventure and life challenges. When in New York she met the love of her life, Frank, a West Cork native, and after getting married in 1951 they worked the ‘50’s decade in New York before moving back to Dublin in 1959. Juggling rearing a family with various office/administration jobs, Angela and Frank spent the next 40 years in Dublin before eventually getting back to Tubbercurry where she had left 50 years earlier. Happily retired in Rocklands since 1999, Frank passed away in 2010 after 49 happy years of marriage. Angela enjoyed catching up with old friends and relations since retiring in Tubbercurry.

Her remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home, and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery after funeral mass at the Church of John the Evangelist. Angela is survived by sons Frank and Kevin, daughter Dawn, brother Pat, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Tom Niland, Drimbane, Curry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Tom Niland, late of Drimbane, Curry. Aged 91, Tom worked for many years on the road staff of Sligo Co. Council throughout South Sligo as well as farming at home in Drimbane.

His remains reposed at St. Therese’s Funeral Home, Curry, and burial took place in Bunnacrannagh Cemetery after funeral Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry. Tom is survived by his wife Mary, daughters, Margaret and Teresa, sons, John and Jerry, brothers Jack and Joe, grandchildren, in-laws, relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Jack Cooke, Drumartin

The recent death occurred of Jack Cooke, late of Drumartin, Tubbercurry. Aged 72, Jack worked in England as a young adult through the 1960’s and ‘70’s, prior to moving back home to help in the care of his parents and siblings. He took up employment in Basta in the mid 70’s, and worked there for nearly 20 years before retiring. Jack also farmed and had a strong interest in sport of all types. He was always considered a good neighbour, ready to help out at any occasion necessary.

His remains reposed at the Brennan Funeral Home, Kilmactigue, and burial took place in Kilmactigue Cemetery after Mass at St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Jack is survived by sisters, Mary, Bridie, Annie and Una, brothers, Tommy and Mickey, in-laws, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Passing of two Cloonacool Sisters

Anne Murphy, Booterstown, Dublin

Kathleen O’Flaherty, Sandymount, Dublin

The recent deaths occurred of two Cloonacool sisters in Dublin, Kathleen O’Flaherty (nee Brennan) and Anne Murphy (need Brennan). Natives of Cloonacool village, and daughters of the late Jack and Kitty Brennan, both ladies were institutions in their own right, and great friends of all Cloonacool, Tubbercurry and Co. Sligo people who lived in Dublin. Both Anne and Kathleen were like 2 peas in a pod, and it was ironic that both passed to their eternal reward within months of each other, Kathleen dying in May, and Anne in November. Their parents, Jack and Kitty ran the pub and grocery business in Cloonacool village since the early years of the foundation of the State, and were highly respected and much loved by the local community. Their father Jack was involved actively in the War of Independence and later became involved in Co. Sligo GAA, being Chairman of the Sligo Co. Board from 1934-48.

Both girls were well educated and were reared with a good work ethos and instilled with a great love of their native country. On finishing their secondary school education, both girls moved to Dublin for work opportunities.

Kathleen trained as a Nurse and took up permanent employment in the Mater Hospital. It was while tending a young Kerry man in the Mater Hospital that she met Hugh O’Flaherty and they obviously fell in love and married.

Anne was a few years younger than Kathleen, and she in due course also went to Dublin working as a Bank Official. She in due course met and married Addy, the love of her life. As she matured she became known as Aunty Anne, even to those who were not related.

For the next 60 years both girls spent in Dublin, they got to know people from all walks of life and became known as loving and caring ladies, who would never refuse help, and often helped even if not asked. If they met any new arrivals into Dublin from Co. Sligo they went out of their way to help them settle. They became involved and fully immersed in the activities of the Sligo Men’s Association in Dublin and any time Sligo GAA teams played in Croke Park, they were there. No Sligo associated event in Dublin happened without at least one of the sisters in attendance. Nobody will ever know the full extent of their generosity and humanity.

Of course they always loved their trips home to Cloonacool, Tubbercurry and Co. Sligo and Anne’s daughter, Kitty got married in Cloonacool Church just a few weeks before Anne’s death. That was Anne’s last trip home.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Hugh, sons Hugh and Rory and daughters Catherine and Brid. Anne is survived by her husband Addy, sons Denis and John and daughter Kitty.

Both are survived by their sister Christina Murphy, Tubbercurry and a wide circle of nephews, nieces, In-laws, grandchildren, all to whom sympathy is extended. Not alone will they be missed by their immediate family, but also by the huge circles of friends they had developed over 60 years all over Ireland. May they both rest gently in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 4th December

Tubbercurry Christmas Lights

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association invites everyone to attend the switching on Ceremony of the Town Christmas Lights on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm in the Square, Tubbercurry.  They will be launched by Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Community Games U13 Girls who are All Ireland Football, Soccer, Indoor Soccer, 7 A Side Soccer Champions 2016/2017.  Local Man Kieran Lundy will lead out Music & Carols.  There will be Hot Chocolate and Treats on offer.

Also there will be a Special Lighting Ceremony this Christmas, lunched by Grainne McSteen in Swift Lane, to remember those who are no longer with us.

Gallagher House Christmas Party

Gallagher House will hold their Christmas party in Killorans Restaurant on Wednesday, 6th December at 7pm.

Sincere thanks are extended to everyone who helped organise the 25 card drive which was held in recent weeks in aid of Gallagher House. The event was a great success with thanks as always to the generous sponsors and to those who helped to make the night such a success.

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a year long celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Rary McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.

As part of the celebrations, local camera man Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.  A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.

The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make ideal Christmas stocking filler.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 10th December, from 12 – 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available. Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts. Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served”.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: in Tubbercurry Golf Club, on Tuesday, 12th December at 8pm. There will be a Mulled Wine Reception with lots of spot prizes/raffle. A great night guaranteed. Everyone welcome. Admin €10. All arrangements made will be included in the raffle.

Real Tubber U13

There will be a 25 card drive being held in Yeats County Inn, Curry on Thursday 14th December at 8.30pm in aid of The Real Tubber U13 girls who are heading to Holland in March to take part in the Holland Cup which is a European competition.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Cash prizes on the night with a raffle for a turkey and ham and other great prizes.  Entry €10.

Volunteer English Tutor’s Required: Tubbercurry Family Resource centre is recruiting volunteers for its Failte Isteach Conversational English Programme. Volunteers will be required to teach conversational English during a 2 hour class, once a week to a small group of Migrant adult students. No prior teaching experience is required. If you speak English fluently, have some time to spare and like getting out and meeting new people – you are fully qualified! If you would be interested in finding out more about the role please contact Mary in Tubbercurry FRC on 0719186926.

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry Creative Writers group meet every Friday in Tubbercurry Library from 11am – 1pm. Everyone welcome.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre, 53 Ard Aisling,Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre is a place of Peace and Hope for people who have or had cancer and their immediate families, providing Holistic Therapies. Counselling, One-one Support, Workshops. The Cancer Support Group meet on the First Wednesday of the Month at 8pm. Drop in Monday-Thursday from 10am – 4pm. Phone 089 4480527

Women’s Group

Looking for some crafty time? Why not come and join the Tubbercurry Women’s Group. We meet every Wednesday from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at the community room at the Tubbercurry library. We’ll be delighted to see you.

Cloonacool Christmas Party

The Cloonacool Annual Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 10th December.  To book your place, please contact Attracta on 0863058844.

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool Card Game takes place at 8.30 pm in Cloonacool Community Centre each Monday evening.

Michael James Kirrane, Carrentubber

The recent death occurred in his 80th year of Michael James Kirrane, late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry. A native of Knockahoney, Tourlestrane, Michael James started his working life in Stensons shop/pub in Tourlestrane before moving to Tubbercurry to take up employment in Mastersons Shop on Wolfe Tone Square. He then moved to Basta in the mid/late ‘50’s when Basta was still a young and fledgling enterprise. He continued to work there for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1998, and saw many highs and lows in the factory as employment numbers soared in the ‘60’s and 70’s before dropping again in the ‘80’s. It was in Basta he met his future wife, Bridie Scanlon, and after marrying in the early ‘60’s they settled in Carrentubber to rear their family.

Michael was an excellent farmer and took pride in producing and presenting his farm and stock in an excellent way. He was also a keen supporter of many sports – Manchester Utd. Sligo GAA, and Tourlestrane being amongst his favourites, and he was a good judge of both players and teams abilities. He was also a keen 25 card player and played at all the local game venues.

His remains reposed at his home in Carrentubber prior to removal to St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Michael James is survived by his wife Bridie, daughters Mary, Nora, Michaela and Assumpta, son David, brothers John, Tom and Brendan, sister Josie, in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net