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Weekly News - 13th August

Connacht Fleadh

The Connacht Fleadh which was held in Ballinamore was a hugely successful event for our South Sligo musicians. A record number achieved success and will represent not only their Comhaltas branch and county but their province at the ALL Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Drogheda on 17th, 18th and 19th of August. In the 12-15 Fiddle competition Ciara Lee came second and also second in the Fiddle Slow Airs. Aoife Johnston came first in the Concertina competition and also first in the under 12 duet with Conor McDonagh. Lauren Hunt came first in the Piano Accordion competition and is a member of the Ceili band that came second. Lorraine Dunleavy came third in Flute slow airs under 12. Sinead Johnston came first on the Banjo 12-15, first on Mandolin 12-15 ,third in Miscelleaneous competition, first in duet with Ryan Sheridan and is a member of the 12-15 Ceili band who came second.

Cliodhna Henry came first senior Sean Nos singing and second in senior Traditional Singing. Mark Dunleavy came first in Uilleann Pipes 12-15 and second in slow airs. Ryan Sheridan came second in Accordion 12-15 and first in Bodhran . Conor McDonagh came first in Flute under 12 and second in Ceili drums. Conor Hunt came third on Piano accordion 12-15. South Sligo members of the under 12 Ceili band are Hannah Lee, Lisa Walsh, Aoife Roache, Aoife Johnston, Lauren Hunt, they came second and will represent Connacht in Drogheda .

The 12-15 Ceili Band also qualified and local members are Conor Johnston ,Sinead Johnston, Ciara Lee and Micheal Gorman. Michael Hurley has done trojan work with these young people and especially the bands and deserves great credit for their success. Best wishes to The Knocknashee Ceili band especially to Declan and Teresa Payne who also hail from South Sligo. We wish all our competitors continued success and congratulate them on their wonderful achievments so far. Go neiri libh go leir.

Annual Famine Mass

The annual Famine Mass takes place in the Famine Graveyard at the back of North Connaught College on Thursday evening 16th August 2018 at 7 O’clock. Some Irish music and the Choir would be most welcome.

St George’s Church annual BBQ will be held in the church grounds on Sunday 19th August at 1pm. All welcome.

National Learning Network

Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

Smart Community

Discussions have been ongoing over the last month with various stakeholders about the possibility of having Tubbercurry developed as a designated Computer Smart Community.  Stakeholders are from both Private and Public Sector including the HSE, Dept. Social Protection, and other various Government agencies while An Post and Bank of Ireland are also on board as is Tubbercurry, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association.

People that might be interested in this concept to develop Tubbercurry as a Computer Smart Community could express their interest to Chamber of Commerce members including President Geraldine Brennan or PRO Roger McCarrick.

North West Hospice calling out for Volunteers to help with their new charity shop in Sligo.

North West Hospice is appealing for Volunteers to help support their new charity shop in Sligo Town centre. Volunteers are required for a variety of roles including; front-of-house, customer service, sorting of clothes and goods and labelling of items. Full training will be provided for all volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then please call us on (071) 9170523, email volunteer@northwesthospice.ie or drop into their Wine Street offices between 9am and 5pm.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p., and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

An Chroi

An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.

The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs. The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 6th August

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which opens on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August. A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.

Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards. Our festival opens on Saturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO.

Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th, sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.

Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.

Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall.

As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9am with the Niall Delaney show. A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our websiteoldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

Cloonacool church renovation fund

The Cloonacool church renovation fund committee are holding a fundraiser at the Tubbercurry ‘Old Fair Day’ on Wednesday next August 8th. Guess the combined weight of the animal’s at €2 a line or €5 for three lines for a prize of €100 will be available to punters all day long. The animals Maizy and Rico a cow and a calf will be on view to the public with entry available on the square from early morning until 6pm approx. The winner will then be announced by the committee chairperson Fr. Dan O’ Mahony. All support for this fundraising venture will be greatly appreciated.

Annual Famine Mass

The annual Famine Mass takes place in the Famine Graveyard at the back of North Connaught College on Thursday evening, 16th August, 2018 at 7 O’clock. Some Irish music and the Choir would be most welcome.

Banada Abbey Reunion

The Banada Abbey Leaving Cert Clan of 1976 are having a class re-union on Saturday 11th August at 5pm in Cawleys Hotel, Tubbercurry. All members of 1976 Leaving Cert Class are invited.Contact details for more info Geraldine Kennedy Ph. 087 6284474 email tom4gerry@gmail.com

South Sligo One Day Walking Festival

The South Sligo One Day Walking Festival takes place Saturday 11th August , Registration at the Ox Mountain Heritage and Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Drummartin, Aclare 9am-10am on the day. There are 3 walks – Short Walk of 3.5 miles, Medium walk of 6-7 miles approximately and a Long walk 10 miles approximately. Short walk €5, Medium walk €10, Long walk €15. Refreshments along the way plus a large bowl of home made soup on returning to the centre. Further information phone Maureen on 0872771778. Seewww.oxmountain.com

Smart Community

Discussions have been ongoing over the last month with various stakeholders about the possibility of having Tubbercurry developed as a designated Computer Smart Community.  Stakeholders are from both Private and Public Sector including the HSE, Dept. Social Protection, and other various Government agencies while An Post and Bank of Ireland are also on board as is Tubbercurry, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association.

People that might be interested in this concept to develop Tubbercurry as a Computer Smart Community could express their interest to Chamber of Commerce members including President Geraldine Brennan or PRO Roger McCarrick.

North West Hospice calling out for Volunteers to help with their new charity shop in Sligo

North West Hospice is appealing for Volunteers to help support their new charity shop in Sligo Town centre. Volunteers are required for a variety of roles including; front-of-house, customer service, sorting of clothes and goods and labelling of items. Full training will be provided for all volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then please call us on (071) 9170523, email volunteer@northwesthospice.ie or drop into their Wine Street offices between9am and 5pm.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p. and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

An Chroi

An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.

The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs. The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Golf Outing

The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13thAugust. Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ . John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast. Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980. Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend. A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

Annual Memorial Mass

The annual Memorial Mass takes place in Rhue Cemetery on Sunday 12th August, at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Forest Walk

The Forest Walk at Rathscanlon, behind the Old Creamery continues to be an excellent and well used local amenity and further good news was announced just recently . Funding was recently approved for an excellent extension to the walk and work will be commencing shortly. A local contribution is required to pay some of the cost of the works and the Chamber of Commerce committee involved with the development will be organising a fund raiser in the near future. They ask that individuals and households be as generous as possible to develop this excellent amenity. Further details will follow shortly.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Clothes Bag Collection

Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Thanks From Spanish Summer School To Tubbercurry

Fifteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from town who thought that having a Spanish summer school in the town would have a positive experience for both students and locals alike. Well, now this is a fact and Tubbercurry welcomes every summer a group of Spanish students who come here to learn English. Now we have got to the end of the fifteenth summer and everything has been much better than it had ever been expected. A lot of work has been done to get to this point by the leaders in charge of the students and the teachers, but nothing would have been possible without the help of the people from the town.

Host families have become a second family to the students, that’s why we would like to thank them for their help and support.We’d also like to thank the Irish coordinators who believed in this project from the very beginning, the South Sligo Summer School in which the students learnt Irish music and they really enjoyed it, and of course the whole town for the hospitality that has been given to all of us which made us feel like at home. We will never forget it! This year, like the previous one, we made a barbeque in which host families, teachers, coordinators and everyone who wanted to attend had a great time. A fundraising took place and all the money was donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre based in Tubbercurry.

This year our students have left a piece of art in Tubbercurry with the help of local artist Damien Moran. It has been a wonderful experience. You can see that piece of art in the passage from the main street to Supervalue car park. It is beautiful! Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - July 27th

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018 

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which will open on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August.  A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.

Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards. Our festival opens onSaturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO.

Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th, sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.

Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.

Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall.

As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music  proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9 a.m. with the Niall Delaney show. A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website oldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

 Patsy Foley, Tubbercurry  The recent death occurred of Patsy (Patricia) Foley (nee McManus) late of Rocklands and formerly Wolf Tone Square, Tubbercurry.  Aged 75, Patsy had suffered ill health in recent years, but carried it with dignity and was never one to question why it effected her. Patsy married her husband Paddy in 1961 at the young age of 18 and set up home initially in Ballygawley, Co. Sligo where they ran a small family business. In 1968 the opportunity came up to purchase a fine business premises in Tubbercurry known as Fergusons, and the young couple  Patsy and Paddy took the step to  move forward and purchase.  That was 50 years ago, and it was a decision they never regretted.  Along with their young and expanding family, Patsy and Paddy worked hard in the licensed premises they purchased and developed it into one of the busiest pubs in Co. Sligo.  They changed it as necessary to meet changing trends as Tubbercurry from the 1970’s onwards was a thriving and expanding town.  Patsy was fully involved in the day to day running of the pub, as well as caring for and rearing the children as they came along.  Foley’s corner became a meeting point for young and old. Patsy was fully involved in the Tubbercurry Business Community and always supported local events as necessary.  Her son Michael now runs the business they built up.  However, she was also a mother of 8 daughters and one son and rearing her family was her priority. The death of one daughter, Siobhan, in infancy was a blow to the entire family but Siobhan was always remembered by Patsy and family.  Patsy was a kind and generous mother who always could be depended upon.  Despite bouts of ill health over her life, she never complained and carried on to help her family.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy within the last 10 years but in the latter years always could rely on the love of her children, grand-children and extended family.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home and funeral mass took place in St. John the Evangalist Church, Tubbercurry prior to burial with her late husband at Corrig Cemetery.  Patsy is survived by her son Michael, daughters Teresa, Patricia, Margot, Sheila, Nicola, Claire, & Lisa, 15 grandchildren, sons & daughter in laws and extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest gently in Peace.  

Sligo Greenway – Update
Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website, www.sligogreenway.com.

 South Sligo Summer School
The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  This year we had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee.  All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry.  The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sundayevening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.  This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.  It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee.  Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Comhaltas News
The monthly Comhaltas session will take place in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday night 3rd August.  Junior session starts at 9.00pm and senior session at 10.00pm.  All musicians welcome.  The Connacht Fleadh which was held in Ballinamore was a hugely successful event for our South Sligo musicians.     A record number achieved success and will represent not only their Comhaltas branch and County but their province at the ALL Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Drogheda on 17th 18th and 19th of August. We wish them all continued success and congratulate them on their wonderful achievments. A word of thanks to the teachers who do trojan work  tutoring these young people.  Go neiri libh go leir.

 An Chroi
An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.  The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs.  The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com  and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.  Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Golf Outing
The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13TH August.  Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ .  John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast.  Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980.  Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend.  A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

 Annual Memorial Mass
The annual Memorial Mass takes place in Rhue Cemetery on Sunday 12th August, at 8pm.  Everyone welcome.

Forest Walk
The Forest Walk at Rathscanlon, behind the Old Creamery continues to be an excellent and well used local amenity and further good news was announced just recently .  Funding was recently approved for an excellent extension to the walk and work will be commencing shortly.  A local contribution is required to pay some of the cost of the works and the Chamber of Commerce committee involved with the development will be organising a fund raiser in the near future.  They ask that individuals and households be as generous as possible to develop this excellent amenity.  Further details will follow shortly.

 Volunteers Wanted
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Card Game Tubbercurry

25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  The card games will go right through the summer.  All are welcome.

Yogalates is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Clothes Bag Collection
Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News July 23rd

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which will open on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August.A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.   Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards.  Our festival opens on Saturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO. Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.  Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall. As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9am with the Niall Delaney show.  A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website oldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

Golf Outing
The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13th August. Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ . John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast. Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980. Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend. A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

Tidy Towns
Great work has gone on over the last few months by the Tidy Town committee and workers. While every part of town is close to litter free, it is a pity that fast food outlets do not do more to ensure wrappings from their premises are not left discarded outside their premises at closing time. The result is that early morning visitors and workers to town are faced with this litter. Landscaping and flower beds are especially attractive at the traffic lights on the Circular Rd. /Ballina Rd. junction and on the Circular Road. Keep up the good work. All property owners can help present the town better by painting the occasional wall, door or gate.

New Wall Murals
The gateway leading from the old Market Yard, now the Supervalu car park to Teeling Street, got a facelift recently, thanks to the Spanish Language School which attends in Tubbercurry each year. Local artist Damian Moran oversaw the mural project and he was ably assisted by the 20 Spanish Students who spent the month of July with host families in and around Tubbercurry. This is a welcome addition to the street art that has decorated various large blank walls in recent years. Well done to all concerned.

Summer School
The South Sligo Summer School has just finished last week-end and it was another outstanding success with student numbers on a par with previous years. Top quality music sessions were held at concert venues and in pubs each evening and into the dark night. On a number of occasions street sessions were also held, and these added to the festival atmosphere. Well done a

gain to the hard working committee and their team of volunteers for another successful event.

The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  This year we had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee. All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry. The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.
Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sunday evening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.

This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.

It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Volunteers Wanted
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp Summer Camps
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running their fun summer camps again this year from 24th – 27th July at 10am – 2pm each day. Cost of €60 per child. Aged 8yrs approx. and over. We also cater for children’s birthday parties. For more information email: oxmountaincamp@gmail.com,or phone 071 9181920 or 087 1362703.

Card Game Tubbercurry
25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm. The card games will go right through the summer. All are welcome.

Irish Summer School
Irish summer courses will take place in Banada during the summer. Junior cert course will take place 23rd-27th July and leaving cert course will take place 30th July-3rd August. Call or text Siobhán for further details on 0874510572

Yogalates is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Clothes Bag Collection
Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

South Sligo One Day Walking Festival

Registration at the Ox Mountain Heritage & Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Drummartin, Aclare between 9am – 10am

Three Walks:

Short Walk €5

Medium Walk €10

Long Walk €15

Price includes: Refreshments along the way of tea, coffee and buttered “brack” & a large bowl of home-made soup on returning to the centre

Further info please contact Maureen on: 087 2771778