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Weekly News 12th May

May Flowers
The Month of May was traditionally a holy month in the Church Calendar and many families made a special effort to have the family rosary said in the home each evening and an alter was erected in the house for the month.  Part of the process also was that the May Flower was dropped at peoples door step to remind them of its significance.  The dropping of May Flowers at doors is nearly a thing of the past in many areas except in Tubbercurry town centre.  One lady and her family continue with the tradition and when people in Tubbercurry town centre went to their front door on the morning of May 1st last there was a small beautiful bunch of flowers left on the ground.  This is a lovely tradition and thank you to those responsible.  We know it is not easy for you collecting wild flowers and delivering them.  Mile Buiochas.

Michael Brennan, Carrowreagh Cooper  The sudden death occurred recently of Michael Brennan, late of The Nest, Tubbercurry and originally from Carrowreagh Cooper. Aged 37, Michael was well known in the South Sligo and Tubbercurry areas as is his family.  Michael was a happy go lucky and easy going, who was always prepared to help and volunteer when needed.  He worked regularly with his father Johnny in the farm contracting work and on any given day he could be seen on the road with tractor either spreading slurry or wrapping and moving silage bales.  All the farmers of South Sligo knew Michael through this work.  Michael was closely associated with the Real Tubber soccer team and was their kit man over the last few years, looking after the jerseys and footballs.  He also loved to officiate as linesman when called upon.  All the young lads and men who played with Real knew and had great respect for Michael.  He teased and commented appropriately on performances of the players.   Michael was also to the fore during the Old Fair Day Festival in August each year, helping to do the multitude of tasks necessary – erecting stage, and stalls, placing barriers, stewarding and cleaning up afterwards.  He never complained and always enjoyed the camaraderie associated with the Old Fair Day.   He also liked to help out in a number of the local pubs when weekends were busy, doing work behind the scenes to enhance the enjoyment of the pub clientele.  He was a favourite of all the local bar men, and he will be missed.   Michael’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry.  Burial took place in Rhue Cemetary, and the numbers that attended his funeral were testimony to the esteem in which this young man was  held by the various generations around Tubbercurry.  He is survived by his heart broken parents Johnny and Christina, sisters Laura & Lyndsay, brothers Patrick & Richard, in-laws, nephew, niece, aunts, uncles, cousins and large circle of friends all to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Best Wishes  Good Luck to Breda McSteen Brennan of Barry’s Pharmacy as she is nominated for a  Pharmacy Technician of the year Award 2019 in Dublin on 18th of May next.

Aclare 8k  The annual 8km run, jog / walk in aid of Gallagher House Services, Tubbercurry, will take place from Kilmactigue Community Centre (beside playground) on Thursday May 9th at 7pm.  Registration will be from 6pm on the day or pre- registration can be made before 4.30pm on Wednesday May 8th at 071 91 20624 or by calling into Gallagher House Garden Centre.  Clock timing on the day. There will be prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd male and female. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Community Centre. Cost per adult is €10. Everyone is welcome and your support will, as always, be greatly appreciated.”

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.  Our Bealtaine celebration, to which all interested are invited, is being arranged for Tuesday evening, May 14th.  It will take place in the local Health Centre at 8 pm. Entry is free and it will feature some Bealtaine lore, traditional music and song by members of our local Comhaltas Group and light refreshments. All are welcome to join us for this community get-together.  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.

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

Leitrim Warmer Homes Leitrim Warmer Homes is now inviting homeowners from county Sligo to apply for attic, cavity, internal and external wall insulation plus energy advices and Building Energy Rating. You may be eligible for these works free of charge or with a grant. Please see our ad in the paper this week and then give us a call. Phone number: 071-9640771  

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.   

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.    

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net