South & West Sligo Tourism launch ‘Sligo's Hidden Gems' brochure

“Sligo’s Hidden Gems to Treasured Destinations”

The launch of the South & West Sligo’s Hidden Gems’ Tourism brochure took place in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone recently. This is a genuine community initiative, planned and produced by a dedicated committee of volunteers and local tourism businesses. The aim is to showcase and unveil the hidden gems and treasures of south and west Sligo.

“South Sligo Tourism was established to boost visitor numbers and tourism revenue in the region”, said Cllr. Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism, “This brochure is a tangible step towards achieving our aim. Now we have a publication which specifically highlights all that we have to offer in this area.  The tourism spotlight will illuminate the treasures of south and west Sligo which have for so long remained undiscovered”.

The brochure is both practical and eye-catching. In addition to detailing the many tourist attractions, it also contains a comprehensive map and full calendar of events for 2018, including a weekly Irish music session guide. Right across the south and west Sligo region there are activities and festivals in from music, heritage, crafts, dancing and drama. The brochure will be an invaluable aid to planning a holiday and are likely to prove very popular with locals as well as visitors.

The launch itself was a microcosm of all that’s good in the region. It’s impossible to imagine a more suitable backdrop than Temple House and while the soaring birds of prey from Eagles Flying might have been at home in the surroundings, the lawn was an unusual home for the kayaks of Wild Wet Adventures, who usually reside in the lake nearby. Inside, other local attractions showcased their wares including Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Tubbercurry Golf Club and Beltra Country Market. Even the vast interior of Temple House is not big enough to house all the attractions that South & West Sligo has to offer, but the tasters served to whet the appetites of all present. Visitors can look forward to walking in the rolling low lands of the Ox Mountains, learning Irish music at the Coleman Music Centre, taking in a Ceili during the South Sligo Summer School or just relaxing and enjoying the pace of life in this delightful area.

The REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) project 2016, led by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Sligo County Council, facilitated the setting up of the South Sligo Tourism Group. This group is a shining example of how real partnership can and does work within communities. Through them South & West Sligo is emphatically claiming its place on the Irish tourism map.

For more information check them out on Facebook: or Twitter #SouthSligo

More Information:

Contact: Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism

E: M: 087-6794509

South Sligo Summer School 2017

South Sligo Summer School was held from 9th – 15th July 2017.

Christmas Swing

Established in 1987, the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is held annually in Tubbercurry during the second week in July. The official opening takes place on the evening of the second Sunday in July and there follows a packed programme of formal & informal events for the week, including masterclasses, a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.

A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid’s Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors.

Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.

The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay.

Irish Music Classes – Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tinwhistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhran. Workshops in sean nos singing, lilting and traditional singing are extremely popular.

Irish Dance Classes and Ceilis – Set and sean nos dancing workshops are held each morning and afternoon respectively.  Nightly ceilis with different bands every night and Irish Music Recitals.     Facebook


Pride of Place Awards Winners

It is with great Pride that I write to you all, On Saturday night a small delegation from Tubbercurry and Sligo County Council traveled to Belfast to the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on Saturday (26 November), Tubbercurry, Co Sligo was presented with one of the top awards in the Competition.


It took runner up place in category three, which is for areas with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000.

The winners of the Pride of Place awards, known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’, were announced at the special gala event in Belfast Waterfront Hall in front of an audience of approximately 1000 guests and VIPs with many more people tuning in on-line to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.

Now in its 14th year, the all-island Pride of Place Awards promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. This year, a broad spectrum of groups were nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.

The Pride of Place Awards are divided into three awards sections – the main, the cities and the special awards and during the evening a total of 53 awards were announced by TV personality Claire McCollum. The awards ceremony was hosted by Belfast City Council, with the Belfast School of Music, Streetwise Community Circus, Belfast Community Gospel Choir and The James Peak Experience providing the entertainment.

The winners were presented with their awards by Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston, Councillor Matt Garrett, Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and George Jones, Chairman of IPB, the event sponsors.

Tubbercurry & Sligo Tourist Map Launched

Tubbercurry Tourism Committee have got a Tubbercurry & Sligo tourism map for people visiting the area.  Maps are available in the Tourist Office, Humbert Street and in business premises.

Many thanks to all our sponsors Cawley’s Hotel Tubbercurry,Coill Dara House,Edenvilla B & B, Murphy’s Hotel, Gillespies Menswear & Sport, The Laundry Basket, Haggart Lodge B & B, Eagles Flying, Gillighan’s World, SuperValu, Raffaeles Takeaway & Wild Wet Adventures.

Pictured L-R Patricia McCarrick (Coill Dara House), Peter Brennan(Edenvilla B&B), Helena Brennan (Tourist Office Admin), Lothar (Eagles Flying) Nuala Mullaney (Tourist Office Admin) John Barrett (Wild Wet Adventures) & Teresa Cawley Krebs (Cawleys)

Tubbercurry Tourism Map

Bank of Ireland Tubbercurry & South Sligo Enterprise Town 2016


Bank of Ireland hosted #Tubbercurry #SouthSligo Enterprise Town on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th November.
Enterprise Town was a community event which gave businesses, clubs and societies in Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas an opportunity to showcase (for free) all they have to offer and what makes this area such a great location to do business, socialise and live in. This was a free event and was open to the entire community.


Weekly News Sept. 5th

Tubbercurry Enterprise Town
Sheila Lenehan, Manager Bank of Ireland is delighted to announce that Bank of Ireland will be hosting Tubbercurry Enterprise Town on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th November.  Enterprise Town is a community event which will give businesses, clubs and societies in Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas an opportunity to showcase all they have to offer and what makes this area such a great location to do business, socialise and live in.  This will be a free event and is open to the entire community.
To launch this Business, Community and Sports expose an information meeting is being held on Wednesday 14th September at 8.00 p.m. in An Chroi, Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry.
We encourage everyone to come along to hear more details and find out how you can register to take part in this event.

OX Mountain Adventure Camp
The Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are happy to bring you our new Bush craft Workshops for children aged 8+  Running over 4 Saturday’s starting September 3rd these workshops teach the basics of bush craft using the natural woodland resources at our disposal giving the participant a learning experience relative to the natural materials that can be found in Ireland.  When: Saturday September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.  Time: 10am to 1pm.  Cost: €15.00 per day/per person. Bush craft Workshop duration 3 hours.
Optional extra: Archery Session €10.00 when taken with bush craft. Duration 45 minutes.
Phone – 071 9181920 or email us at

North Connaught College
North Connaught College are currently enrolling for all courses.  Our full time level 6 course in Early Childhood Education will now include 4 Montessori modules so that students will be able to access jobs in Montessori pre-schools. Some availability in Beauty Therapy and Ebusiness. For more information please phone North Connaught College on 071 9185035

Faith and Light
The Charity “Faith and Light” wishes to express sincere thanks to all who contributed to its recent Church Gate Collection.  The total contribution received amounted to €366.24.

South Sligo Wine Tasting
South Sligo Wine Tasting Evenings commence on Tuesday the 13th of September 2016 in Murphy’s hotel at 8.30 pm. A lovely evening promised to explore and learn the fine art of wine tasting.  Everybody welcome.

Roald Dahl Day.
As part of the worldwide events marking the centenary of the birth of the worlds most loved children’s author, Roald Dahl, St Brigid’s Hall are holding events on 10 & 11 Sept to mark the occasion. On Saturday 10 Sept, at 2.30pm Wayne o Connor will hold his story telling session “Revolting Rhymes” which brings alive the anarchic work of everyone’s favourite author. This event combines high energy storytelling, live drawing and audience participation. Watch as famous fairy tales are re imagined as Wayne whizzes through the audience. After that there will be a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. On Sunday 11 Sept there will be a screening of The BFG the 1989 animation film at 3pm.

Active Retirement Pilgrimage
In order to celebrate this special Jubilee Year of Mercy, Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association is sponsoring a Coach to Lough Derg for a one-day Pilgrimage on Tuesday, 13th September next.  Cost on island is 40 euro and all those interested are welcome to join us.  Names by September 1st to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.

Traditional Music Classes
Traditional music classes commencing in Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre on Monday 19th September.  Beginner’s classes on whistle and flute at 6.15 pm. Advanced classes on whistle and flute at 7.00pm.  Fiddle classes at 7.45pm.   Registration on the night.

FREE Computer Courses Starting September 2016 in Tubbercurry
These courses are due to start in mid-September (date to be confirmed) and are available to anyone who is working full or part time.  The course will cover the Internet, Email and Microsoft Office. Computers for Farmers will also be available and will include Basic Computers, Internet and Email, Dept. of Agriculture Online Services and Basic Farm Records.  Both courses will run 3 hours one evening a week 7.30pm – 10pm (day to be confirmed), for a period of 12 weeks.  A minimum of 6 is needed to commence the course with a max of 8/9 in any group.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Niamh on 086 0779362.

Morrison Teach Cheoil
If you want to learn Sean Nós Dancing, Social dancing or have a child interested in Speech & Drama or are looking for classes in Guitar, Keyboard, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Banjo, Bodhrán or Concertina, check out the programme of classes in the Morrison Teach Cheoil Riverstown starting this September. You’ll find all the details on the Riverstown CCÉ Facebook or contact Padraig at 0876707329

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 14th – 21st September, 2016 led by Spiritual Director, Fr. James McDonagh.  Flights from Knock which include full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje.  Half board accommodation included in a private house.  For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-916123 or mobile 087-1873703

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day
The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee would like to thank all the individuals, volunteers, businesses and groups especially our sponsors and partners for their support. Without your help the fair would not be possible. Our AGM will take place on Thursday 22nd Sept at 8pm in Mickey Macs Bar, all welcome to attend.

Niland Family Reunion
The Niland Family from Doocastle are having a reunion in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo from 17th – 24th September, 2016. Booking has been made at The Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone for dinner on Sunday 18th September at 5pm.  (Prices start at €16.00 for 2 courses).  It will be an opportunity to meet cousins who are coming from the USA, UK and Ireland, so we hope as many of the family can come along to share some memories and have a good time.  We also plan to spend a night in Kennedy’s Bar in Doocastle.
Please get in touch with Margaret Donegan on 087-6218728 of 096-37701 if you would like more information or email me at

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association
Historical Tour to Dublin.  Due to popular demand following our last Historical Tour to Dublin, the local Active Retirement Association is organising another 3 days / 2 night’s trip by luxury coach from Monday, September 26th to Wednesday, September 28th, visiting Kilmainham Jail, Collins Barracks Museum, GPO, Glasnevin Cemetery and other sights. Cost is €200 per person sharing, which includes Bed and Breakfast, Evening meal and all coach journeys.  Due to the huge demands on hotel beds in Dublin this year, we must have the names of those interested in joining us by September 1st. To book please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 before that date.  Payment in full is due by September 18th’.

Deaf Education Conference
There will be Deaf Education Conference in Portlaoise Heritage Centre on 1st October 2016 – 9.30am to 5.30pm.  The aim of the conference is:
To improve the standard of Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children both in access to language and literary in mainstream and Deaf schools in Ireland and how to get the best support and services children need in schools
The conference is for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, Education Professionals, policy advisors, Irish Sign Language Teachers, Special Needs Assistance and anyone with an interest in education of Deaf children
The Conference will include a panel of both Irish and international experts on Deaf educational who will talk about: Best practice in the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and what is available in education to help children and parents in mainstream schools at the present time.
For more information about the Deaf education conference contact- Andrew Geary –  Registration and to book your ticket through Eventbrite goes to facebook link – @deafeducaionconference . €15.00 per person.

Parking at Pedestrian Crossing
Parking at the Pedestrian Crossing continues to be a problem for pedestrians at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry.  Double yellow lines extend in both directions for 15 metres from the crossing to allow clear visibility of the crossing.  However, inconsiderate drivers continue to park close to, and even in some cases, on the crossing as they abandon cars and hop into shops.  This has resulted in many near misses as drivers coming down the street cannot see pedestrians beginning to start crossing.  One lady was injured recently by a speeding motorist.
Gardaí regularly issue summons without tickets and people that parked illegally weeks previously suddenly receive fines in the post for parking offences committed weeks previously.
The Active Retirement group and other locals encourage the Gardaí to issue these summonses for safety sake.  Please note this the next time you are parking on Teeling Street.

The Class of 1976 Reunion
There will be a 40th reunion of the class of 1976 Marist Convent, Tubbercurry on 1st October, 2016. A meal and entertainment is planned for Cawley’s Hotel.  Full details and booking for the event can be had by contacting Ann on 086-6012893.

New Banada Bingo
Banada Bingo: €2,200 guaranteed pay-out at the New Banada Bingo next Tuesday night and every Tuesday night. All full houses €100, filer game and last game full house, €200…new 50:50 draw each night.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick

Weekly News - 16th May

Sligo County Fleadh, June Bank Holiday in Tubbercurry

  • Launch Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8 p.m.
  • Sligo County Fleadh 3rd, 4th and 5th June 2016

The launch of the County Sligo Fleadh will take place in Cawley’s lounge on Wednesday 18th May commencing at 8.00pm. Paul Taylor Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council will attend to do the necessary. Martin Enright will give a very interesting presentation on music and social events at the beginning of the twentieth century which we look forward to with great interest. The South Sligo Comhaltas Branch are presenting a beautiful cup in memory of the late James Leonard to Sligo Fleadh Committee, this will be the trophy for the under 18 flute competition at the county fleadh. A lively music session will follow, provided by local musicians so an enjoyable night is in store for all. Plans are at an advanced stage for the hosting of the county Fleadh in Tubbercurry on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The emphasis this year will be on having sessions through the town during the weekend and creating a festival atmosphere so ar aghaidh leis an ceol is an craic.

Vivion Brett Deceased
The recent death occurred of Vivion Brett, late of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry and originally Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. In his mid-50’s, Vivion was a resident of The Learning Disability Centre, Cloonamahon, Collooney for the last decade since his parents Mickey and Francis passed away, as Vivion’s health deteriorated. Vivion had health challenges since childhood, but he never let those challenges get him down and he lived a normal life as best he could. He attended primary school in Tubbercurry and as his reading skills progressed, Vivion became an enthusiastic speed reader of all types of Novels. He would then give his opinion on the book to friends and spared no criticism if not up to scratch. On the other hand, if he liked the story he would enthusiastically look forward to the day it would be made into a film. Movie watching was also a great passion of his and as video’s and DVD’s became available for hire and sale from the 1980’s onwards, Vivion became the “go to” man for a comment and critique on new releases. Careers are made today by book and film critics, but Vivion Brett did this out of a passion and interest. At his funeral, his family said there was nearly 5000 items in the house between books, old video cassettes and DVD’s. Vivion was well known in all the book shops in Ballina and Sligo and he was an institution for many years in Igoe’s Newsagents, Tubbercurry, where he gave his comments outside the counter to enquiring customers about films for hire.  After Vivion took up residency in Cloonamahon, he was still an occasional visitor to Tubbercurry and his great Carer’s made it possible for him to see his old haunts and friends on Teeling Street and Mountain Road. Vivion was a gentle soul who enjoyed his walks, readings and films and never offended anybody.  His remains were brought to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Mickey and Francis, Brothers Marcus and Martin and Sister Mary. He is survived by his brothers, Michael, Jarlath, Arthur, Cathal, Sister Ramona, Uncle Sean and Aunt-in-Law Joan, in-laws, cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and Carer’s in Cloonamahon, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Christopher Wren Deceased  The recent death occurred of Christopher Wren, late of Carraun, Tourlestrane. In his mid-70’s, Chris lived in Tourlestrane over the last 25 years having moved West from Dublin along with his wife Bridget and family for a quiet life. Up until that time, Chris had led a very active life and as a member of the Irish Defence Forces, and had seen many frightful situations around the World.  As a young Soldier, Chris was part of the Irish Army Platoon that served as a Peace Keeping Force in the Congo in Africa in 1960 as a Civil War broke out between various warring tribes. November 8th, 1960, will live long in the history and folklore of Irish Army and United National Peace Keeping History, when 9 Irish Soldiers were killed at Niemba in the Congo when attacked by Baluba Tribesmen. Chris Wren was supposed to be part of the group that went out that fateful day, but he got last minute orders to join a different group and so avoided the massacre that occurred.  This was a torrid event in the history of a fledgling Irish Army and Nation, and it took time for the Irish Nation to recover from those events.  Since retiring from the Defence Forces, Chris pursued his various past times, and concentrated on rearing his family along with his beloved wife Bridget, and became involved in local community activities around Tourlestrane.  His remains reposed at the house of his Son, Malcolm, and removal took place to St. Georges Church, Tubbercurry. A lone piper accompanied the cortege on its way to the Church, an Army symbol that Chris would have appreciated. Burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery, Curry. Sympathy is extended to his sons, daughters, grandchildren, in-laws and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

Mass for deceased staff members and pupils of Banada Abbey Secondary school 1958 2002.  On Sunday 29th of May the 10.30am mass will be celebrated for the repose of the souls of deceased members of staff and pupils of Banada Abbey Secondary school. We are making every effort to have a complete list of our beloved friends who are no longer with us, but if you wish to forward us a name which we may not have please text 0863366306, 0861904883 or 0861049369.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood donation Clinic is on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, from 4.30pm-8pm. If you are a candidate who can give blood, then please come along on the evening. Statistics show that 1 in 4 need blood, BUT only 1 in 33 give blood. Visit to see your donor eligibility or contact LoCall 1850 731 137 for more information.

Social Dancing

Social dancing in the May Queen Tubbercurry, Friday May 20th. Music by Lawrence Campion a great favourite in Lisdoonvarna. Doors open at 10pm.  All are welcome

South Sligo Summer School

The programme for this year’s Summer School is now published and an extended range of classes are available. Accommodation for Students is always required, and anybody with apartments and houses that might be available in July for Students to Rent are asked to contact the offices of Roger McCarrick in Tubbercurry to discuss availability.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 14th – 21st September, 2016 led by Spiritual Director, Fr. James McDonagh. Flights from Knock which include full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation included in a private house. For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-916123 or mobile 087-1873703

Text Alert

The Text Alert system to prevent Criminal Activities is up and running in Tubbercurry and is gradually being used as people become more familiar with its operation. The phone number dedicated to this is 071-89500 and run under the supervision of the Gardaí. They advise on various issues – beware of bogus traders and rogue callers. Gardening equipment and machinery is also a target for thieves – report any suspicious activity to An Garda Síochana immediately on 071 9189500. Save this number into your mobile phone entitled Text Alert!

Adult Drama Workshop

A one day workshop for actors and directors by the acclaimed teacher/director Max Halfer is on Sunday June 5th in the Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh. 10.30 – 5 pm.  This multidisciplinary day of drama practise will focus on voice work, acting exercises, and explore short scenes which will provide an insight and tackle the question of ‘being real’ on stage.  Please wear comfortable clothing. The day will be varied and active!

About the tutor: Max Hafler has worked extensively with professional actors. He trained with the Michael Chekhov Association in the U.S., and has been teaching Chekhov Technique for many years. He teaches the technique at NUI Galway and has taught it in many other colleges, including the Lir. He has directed several productions with the technique as the bedrock of the process. Early booking is advisable. The fee is €45. Call Mary Ellen 087 7929138.

Cloonacool GAA
Cloonacool GAA celebrates 100 years in the community.  A weekend of celebrations will take place on the 27th and 28th of May.  Tickets are now on sale for Saturday evening which will include a buffet and an evening of entertainment in Cloonacool Community Centre.  Tickets are €25.00 per person.  To book please contact Bríd Calvey on 087 7912725 or Geraldine Conboy on 087 6744395 or Fergus Leonard on 087 7926950.

Cloonacool Card Game
The Cloonacool Card Game will take place at 9pm each Monday in Cloonacool Community Centre.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –