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Weekly News - 14th January

South Sligo AC -St. Stephen`s Day run

The community of South Sligo and surrounding areas were out in force to support the 5k charity run in aid of a very worthy cause, SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). This great event has being going from strength to strength since its first race seven years ago. This year was bigger and better with just over 400 people, young and old, taking to the streets of Tubbercurry. There was a very noticeable increase in families who took part this year adding greatly to this special event. The event was made more festive with the introduction of the best dressed family, with the prize going to the Tracey (Santa) Family.

Paul Walsh, chairman, welcomed everybody at the start of the race, in a packed St.Brigid`s Hall and acknowledged the great support received by both walkers and runners. This year was the second year of the Tom Normanly Shield with Barry Clavin claiming the prize for a second year in a row. Marie and Family presented the shield to Barry in St. Bridget’s Hall afterwards, and we are sure Tom was cheering everyone on as they crossed the line. Afterwards refreshments were provided and everybody mingled and chatted to discuss the Christmas festivities. Squeals of delight could be heard from the children as they discussed the previous day’s excitement. Like-wise there was great excitement as friends and family met up with each other as, many had travelled home for the Christmas Season.

Prizes were presented to first male Michael Carty, 1st female Edel Reilly, 1st Junior female Maeve Gallagher. First Junior male home and winner of the Tom Normanly memorial shield was Barry Clavin. All prize winners very generously donated their prize winnings to SHOUT.

Paul was delighted to announce at the time that €3,750 was raised and they were still counting monies that were coming in. South Sligo AC wish to thank all those who sponsored and volunteered to organise this great event but in particular all those who supported and donated very generously.

North Connaught College – Open Evening

There is an Open Evening for all evening courses in North Connaught College, Tubbercurry on 14th January from 5-7pm. All classes will be starting on 21st and 22nd January. The courses are Safety & Health, Photography, Intellectual Disability, Care Support, Work Experience, Beauty Therapy, Computers, Child Development and Special Needs. Please contact the College on 0719185035 for more information.

BTEI Level 4 course

There will be a BTEI Level 4 Word Processing course starting in North Connaught College on Monday mornings starting on 14th January from 10-1pm. Please contact the college on 0719185035 for more information. There will also be a BTEI Level 4 course in Retail Sales Techniques, Customer Service and Communications starting on 15th January from 6-9pm in North Connaught College. Please contact the college on 0719185035 for more information.

Shine a Light Ecumenical Service

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Let Love Shine a Light Ecumenical Service will take place at St Johns Rest and Care Centre, Knock on Sunday 20th January at 3.45 pm. All those for whom lights were sponsored on the Tree of Light will be remembered at the Service. All welcome.

National Learning Network (NLN)

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

Save Your Sole……

If you want to save your soul, you could attend a Church or practice a religion of your choice!, if you want to save your sole, that is the sole of your shoe, you should call to Eunan McCormack who has recently opened a shoe repair shop at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, next door to Murphy’s Hotel. Eunan could be considered a ‘Shoe Doctor’, and he will give a new lease of life to an old pair of shoes. He attends at weekends – on Friday Evening, all day Saturdays and Sunday Morning.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for the Cloonacool Players up-coming production of ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February next at 8pm each night. It will then travel to St. Nathys Hall Mullinabreena on Friday night 22nd February and then on to the Arts Centre in Ballina on Thursday night 28th February for a special needs charity event. It will also play in St. Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on Monday 4th March at the Western Drama Festival. The play which has a story line based on group therapy support and is built around the complex characters who attend the session, is guaranteed to keep audiences fully engaged throughout the evening. It will also play on the drama festival circuit of Ireland, during the month of March. So put these dates in your diary.

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.

Maura Dibley, Tubbertelly– The death occurred on December 14th last of Maura Dibley (nee McIntyre), late of Tubbertelly, Tubbercurry. Aged 69, Maura was daughter of the late Paddy & Nancy McIntyre and sister of the late Martin McIntyre. A past pupil of the Marist Convent in Tubbercurry, after she had finished school she went to England where she attended college, training as a Primary School teacher. On graduating from college she gained employment and in due course became a Primary School Principal in Reading. She married an English man Chris Dibley and both would return to Ireland as often as possible with their children to visit family, and Chris loved to fish the rivers and lakes of Co. Sligo and the West of Ireland.

On retiring from work about 10 years ago they returned fully to Ireland. Chris died about 4 years ago. Maura loved her garden and was a drama enthusiast, attending the Drama Festivals and plays when hosted in St. Brigid’s Hall. Maura was ill over the last 12 months but never complained and bore her illness with great dignity. Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart Mullinabreena and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Maura is survived by her 2 sons Paul and Martin, daughter in law Alex, grandson Matthias, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and good neighbours & friends. May she rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Sligo Walking Festival

Welcome to the third annual Sligo Walking Festival 2019. We have a wide variety of exciting new routes and walks for you this year and look forward to meeting walkers old and new. With walks for every level of fitness taking place across the county there is sure to be a walk to suit. On Friday we kick off with a night hike and Saturday and Sunday have options for A,B and C walks. For a full list of Hikes and details of Sligo Walking Festival Weekend see:

http://northwestadventuretours.ie/sligowalkingfestival/

Weekly News - 24th December

Forest Walk Draw

The draw took place last week for the Forest Walk Fundraiser, and the results are as follows: 1st Prize, Rory Doyle, Cloonacool, 2nd Prize, Anna Tracy, Banada, 3rd Prize, Teresa and Declan Kerns, Rathscanlon, 4th Prize, Maria Morahan, Tubbercurry, 5th Prize, Peggy Devaney, Achonry.

The Forest Walk is located at the back of the Rathscanlon old Creamery and goes through 80 acres of woodlands including, Oak, Ash, Spruce and Pine trees before it reaches the bog at the back of the wood which straddles parts of Rathscanlon and Rhue Bogs. Developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association over the last number of years, the first phase was done about 4 years ago, and the second phase was completed over the last few months. Funding was secured for it through the Town & Village Renewal Scheme Fund, and a local contribution had to be raised by the local community.

The local contribution has now been done, and the development committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wider community of South Sligo for their generous assistance. This is a community facility for the enjoyment of everybody, and we hope to see many walkers and families out walking on it over the Christmas holiday period. New Year Resolutions will also kick in, and this facility is ideal for those wanting to shed a few pounds right after the Christmas period.

The Forestry is owned by the Semi-State Company, Coillte, and they gave great assistance in helping to plan the route. The access laneway at the Creamery is owned by local Co-Op Aurivo, and they also were very generous with facilitating the project. Bog owners in Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs were also very supportive and facilitating. A big thank you is extended to Coillte, Aurivo and Bog owners, and this is an example of how groups helping each other can be for the betterment of everybody.

Continued works and improvements on the walk routes will be done in the future as time and money allows, and if anybody missed contributing to the draw, and wish to do so, money will always be accepted by the Development Committee including, Geraldine Brennan at the Laundry Basket, and Roger McCarrick, Teeling Street. Best Wishes for 2019 are extended to all from the Forest Walk Committee.

Save Your Sole……

If you want to save your soul, you could attend a Church or practice a religion of your choice! However, if you want to save your sole, that is the sole of your shoe, you should call to Eunan McCormack who has recently opened a shoe repair shop at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, next door to Murphy’s Hotel. Eunan could be considered a ‘Shoe Doctor’, and he will give a new lease of life to an old pair of shoes. He attends at weekends – on Friday Evening, all day Saturdays and Sunday Morning.

Banada Monster Bingo

Monster New Years Day Bingo Tuesday 1st January at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Guaranteed payout of €2,500.  Jackpot now €2,100 on 48 calls or less……it could be you!! A great night guaranteed. Happy New Year to all our patrons.

Fields of Gold

A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.

This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote. The World Wars 1 and 2, Irelands War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.

At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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.

Kathleen Walsh, Rhue

The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (nee O’Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19 year old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.

Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.

Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Danny Meehan

The recent tragic accidental death occurred of Daniel (Danny) Meehan, late of Tubbercurry. Aged just 51, Danny was a native of Gortahork, Co. Donegal, and after finishing school moved to London as a young adult for work. He worked for Islington Council for about 25 years before he and his partner Mandy decided to move back to Ireland about 6 years ago for a better quality life. He worked in recent years with McGrath Waste Company. Since moving back they lived in Tubbercurry, firstly at Cnoc na Sí, and in recent years at Mountain View.

Danny loved gardening and could often be seen out voluntarily in public areas of the estates he lived in, either planting hedges and shrubs, or watering and weeding as needed. A quiet spoken man who was always pleasant, he also had a love of all types of music.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home where many friends and relatives of both Danny and Mandy called to pay their respects. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection took place in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Danny is survived by his partner Mandy, daughter Gemma, his mother Gemma, brothers, Tommy, John and Eddie, in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

Death at any time is sad but one through accident so close to Christmas is very hard, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved. May he rest in peace.

Christmas Greetings

As 2018 draws to a close, here at Tubbercurry notes we would like to extend Seasons Greetings, and every good wishes for the New Year ahead to all our readers, and to thank you for your support throughout this year. While Christmas is a Joyous time of year, it can also be a sad time for some, particularly those who are recently bereaved or living on their own, so it might be nice to take time over the festive season to call on neighbours and friends who may be struggling this time of year.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News 17/12/2018

Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights around the town and on a special Christmas Tree were turned on last week and the town in now looking very festive. Well done to the Chamber Of Commerce and Tidy Towns Committee for helping to add to the Christmas atmosphere. People are encouraged and asked to shop local this year. The motto should always be “Keep your business in town to keep your town in business”. Private houses around town are also looking well and some home owners have gone out of their way to add to the fun and joy that should revolve around Christmas. Thank you to those people.

Bingo at Banada Abbey Hall
Monster Christmas Bingo next Tuesday 18th December at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Over €3,000 guaranteed payout including numerous draws after each game. Jackpot now €2,050 on 48 calls or less……it could be you.  A great night guaranteed.  Happy Christmas to all our loyal patrons.

SKINTELLIGENCE – Beauty Student Salon Open Day
You are invited to The Beauty Student Salon Open Day which takes place on this Wednesday 19th December from 10.00am – 3.00pm at North Connaught College, Tubbercurry. Come along on the day, relax and enjoy one of our many popular treatments. A list of treatments available, and price list can be viewed on our Face book page. Many thanks to all our clients for their continued support and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. Hope to see you all on the 19th. Enquiry / Booking 089 – 4231187

Kathleen Walsh, Rhue
The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (nee O’Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19 year old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.  Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.  Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group
Tubbercurry Active Retirement members have finished off their year with a Christmas Lunch and Social on Sunday, December 16th, and a Bowling Session in Teach Laighne on Monday, December 17th, which was followed by Afternoon Refreshments in Cawley’s Hotel. The last two months have been busy and enjoyable as usual with our various bowling, curling and exercise activities, two group theatre visits, Whist drive, discussions, demonstrations, Irish Hours etc. The Active Retired movement does so much for its members, socially, mentally and physically, the camaraderie and support are so great that we would really recommended all retired people to consider joining. Why not become part of this community organisation in 2019? Our programmes start again on January 19th and there is an exciting year ahead.

Fields of Gold
A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.  This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote.  The World Wars 1 and 2, Ireland’s War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.  At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Cloonacool Players
Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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 McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 10th December

Forest Walk Fundraiser

Locals continue to enjoy the Forest Walk and its extension which runs through the forestry behind Rathscanlon Creamery.

Stretching from Rathscanlon Creamery, it runs through the forestry of Oak, Ash and Sitka Spruce and continues through Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs at the rear of the woodlands. It has optional loops which bring you back to Rathscanlon Creamery or it also extends through the bogs at Rathscanlon and Rhue to bring you out onto the Rhue road near Rhue graveyard. Therefore residents on the Rhue side can enter from that side. The original section of the walk was developed about 5 years ago and the only complaint from users was that it was too short. Now the extension adds many options and choice of distance with more features to see. Development by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, a local contribution needs to be raised and for this purpose a raffle is being held and tickets are for sale at present. Priced at €20 OR book of 3 for €50, the walk development committee ask people from throughout South Sligo to be as generous as possible to help pay for and maintain this very worthwhile local amenity that can be enjoyed free of charge by everybody.

Tickets are available from Geraldine Brennan, Dermot Gannon, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie, Roger McCarrick, Reggie McNulty, Paul Richardson & Mattie Brennan (Rhue). Draw takes place December 14th.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players present Moll, the classic comedy by John B Keane in St Brigid’s Hall on 13th and 14th of December. Directed by Eamonn Gallagher, the cast includes Pat Feely, Gerry Maye, Kieran Brennan, Pat Gilmartin and Mary T Mannion in the title role as Moll. The cameo roles of Bridgie and Ulick are played by Ursula and Mattie Brennan respectively. If you want a laugh, don’t miss this production. It already went on stage last week to huge acclaim and loud laughter.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House, Garden Centre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 16th 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.

Fields of Gold

A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.

This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote. The World Wars 1 and 2, Irelands War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.

At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Thank you from Gallagher House

The students and staff from Gallagher House would like to thank most sincerely everyone who helped with the 25 Card Drive which was held recently in Killorans, Tubbercurry. Special thanks to the organisers, those who provided sponsorship for the raffle, patrons who bought tickets, and to all who attended on the night. The Card Drive was a great success and all proceeds went in support of the Gallagher House Students Christmas Party.

Gallagher House Student Christmas Party

The annual Gallagher House Student Christmas Party was held last week in Killorans, Tubbercurry. The party was well attended, and party goers danced the night away to the music of Christy O’Grady. Students are talking about next year’s Party already, so roll on 2019! A special word of thanks is extended to Tommy and Mary Marren who came along on the night and made presentations to the staff and students on behalf of Mrs. Anne Killoran.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Commences at 7.30pm this Wednesday 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S. – Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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.

25 Card Games– 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend.

Cloonacool Community Open Discussion

Following a very well attended and positive first meeting, everyone in the entire Cloonacool area is now invited to a second open evening to discuss planning for Cloonacool in 10 years’ time and the practical things that need doing to get there. It will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 8pm in the Community Centre. Young and older are all welcome and more than one from each household is welcome also.

Seamus Cahill, The Rock, Tubbercurry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Seamus Cahill at his home at The Rock, Tubbercurry. Aged 96, Seamus worked for most of his working life with Sligo Co. Council as a Social Welfare Officer, a job he did with great compassion and sensitivity. His working life began in the early 1940’s, a time of great struggle in Ireland and abroad, as the World War 2 raged. Money was scarce and many families struggled to make ends meet, but Seamus dealt with their plight quietly and effectively with very limited resources at his disposal. When the part time Fire service was set up in Tubbercurry in the late 1940’s /early 50’s Seamus was one of the first to be recruited on it along with other locals including Batty & Mick O’Hara, Dominic Egan, James Gallagher, Paddy McCarrick amongst others. This was a part time operation they all enjoyed.

Seamus was a native of Tubbercurry and he farmed the land around their house. The cattle on his land were always top class and he got great enjoyment in seeing their progress in weight and size and selling them on when ready. Over his lifetime, Seamus was a great community person and was always willing to lend a hand where needed. His soft spoken manner in dealing with situations was appreciated by many. Seamus and his beloved wife May were a great team and great company, with an in depth knowledge of places and people throughout South Sligo. His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home where many called to pay their respects to this gentle human being, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery after funeral mass in St. John Evangelist Church.

Seamus will be sadly missed by his wife May and is also mourned by sisters & brother in law, nieces, nephews and their children, cousins, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest gently in peace.

Tom Waters, Cloonbarry,

The recent sudden death occurred of Tom Waters late of Cloonbarry, Aclare. Aged 64, Tom had done his days work and attended a funeral just before his sudden passing. Affectionately known to many as Big Tom, he worked most of his life in the building trade both in England and large sites in Ireland before moving back home to work closer to base. He was never afraid of hard work and builders and foremen who got Tom on site were delighted at how fast and well the work got done. He also enjoyed his farming and always strove to have his land and stock at Cloonbarry and Rhue in top condition.

Tom was also a great family man and a supporter of all activities in the Aclare & Tourlestrane Community. His remains reposed at his home in Cloonbarry and funeral mass took place in St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane, followed by burial in Kilmactigue Cemetery.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, daughters Anna, Bernadette, Siobhan & Michelle, son Thomas, and granddaughter Evie, sisters, in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Christmas Fayre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 16th 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.