RETIREMENT

NUALA

Believe it or not Nuala has been in the Tourist Office for 10 long years.

Have a great retirement from all your friends in the Chamber and your workmate Pete.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Weekly News Dec 1st

The Christmas Lights in Tubbercurry have got a brilliant new facelift this year and the official turn on took place a few days ago.  A very large investment was made by the local Chamber of Commerce  & Community Association in conjunction with funding from Sligo Leader Development Company, and it is certainly a sight worth seeing if you are not a regular visitor to Tubbercurry.  Anybody that wants to donate financially can do so by subscribing to a Go Fund Me page on Facebook or donations can be given to John Gillespie or Geraldine Brennan. 

N17 Study   Sligo and Mayo County Councils along with the National Roads Authority have commissioned a new study on the proposed new road from Knock Airport/Charlestown area to Collooney, by-passing Tubbercurry.  This is a project that was studied and decided upon 20 years ago, but never acted upon for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was not deemed urgent or a priority.  The study has the effect of putting on hold many planning and development projects in the South Sligo area over the next 12 months until such time as preferred routes are decided upon again.  This is a project that is urgently required, as those travelling to and from Sligo town from the South Sligo area for work will testify. A journey that should take 20/25 minutes often takes 40/45 minutes.  Comments and recommendations from individuals and community groups are sought by December 12th and further details can be got on line at www.sligococo/N17KCAEL.  Take time to study proposals and make your thoughts heard by the decision makers.

Late Peadar Gorman, Lavagh  The recent death occurred of Peadar Gorman, late of Carrowmore, Lavagh.  Aged 80 years of age, and son of the late Mike and Kathleen, Peadar was a well known and popular figure throughout Co. Sligo. He worked as an A.I. technician for 48 years, and those years probably brought him into every farmyard in Co. Sligo, and especially throughout South and East Sligo.  When his work on the farmyard was done he invariably discussed topics of the day with the farmer, especially if they related to GAA football or politics.  GAA and politics were his passions, and he was an avid supporter of Mullinabreena GAA club and the Sligo County teams, and often served as a club delegate on the Sligo County Board.  In politics, he was an avid Fianna Fail supporter.  Peadar also farmed at home on his farm at the foot of Knocknashee Hill, another hobby he enjoyed.  Over the years, and especially after their family were reared, his beloved wife Cathleen often travelled with him on his calls, and they were a lovely couple together, always able to enjoy each others company.  In his later years, poor health limited his mobility, but he always enjoyed life to the full as long as he could.  Peadars remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery.  Peadar is survived by his beloved wife Cathleen, daughter Noeleen, sons Seamus, Emmet and Cian, son and daughters in law, grand children, sisters Maeve and Maura, his twin brother Padraig,  in laws, nephews, nieces and many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Charles Gildea, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Charlie Gildea, late of Moylough, Tubbercurry.  In his 86th year, Charlie was born and reared in Moylough and like many of his generation he hit for England in about 1956 when aged 23.  However, even before he fully emigrated, and as a teenager, he had worked on various farms in Lincolnshire doing general farm labour, but mainly potato picking when seasonal.  When he went to Manchester on a permanent basis he got involved in the painting and decorating business and quickly moved up the ranks to position of foreman in a large firm that operated all over Manchester and further afield.  On the social scene in England, Charlie enjoyed cinema and Ballroom dancing and eventually became a very accomplished Ballroom dancer after receiving training.  He was also an excellent singer and could sing many of the songs made famous by Bing Crosby and others of the era.  After he married Una, a native of Westport, the children gradually came along, and after spending 15 years in Manchester, they decided to move back to Moylough in 1971 to rear their children in the Irish Countryside. Charlie quickly settled back to a farming life in Moylough and a full life was lived between work, rearing children, and all the other distractions of day to day living.  As his children grew up and were educated, he was very proud of their achievements in the various careers they followed.  They like their dad, were not afraid to accept challenges out of the ordinary and he admired that quality in them.  Charlie continued his farming activities until recent times but health challenges took their toll on him in recent years and he died peacefully in Baileys Nursing Home.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. Patricks Church Moylough, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.   Charlie is survived by his wife Una, children Kevin, Anne & Una, grandchildren, brother Martin, in-laws, nephews, nieces & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace. 

Vincent Brett, Tullycusheen  The recent death occurred of Vincent Brett, late of Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry.  Affectionately known as Vinnie, he was in his early ‘80’s, but his good humour and fun loving behaviour was that of a person much younger in years.  Vinnie worked as a young man for many years with the Kilcoyne Vetinary practice in a time when cattle pens and crushes were few and far between.  Vinnie was a very strong and athletic man in his young and middle years, and it was his job to catch and hold cattle for the Vet while the necessary procedures were carried out on the cattle – be they cows or bullocks.  Very few farmers would be able to do today what Vinnie did for many years.  He also enjoyed farming his own farm at home. When not working, Vinnie enjoyed a drink and to socialise, and he was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry when work was done.  He was a very sociable man, and when in later years he gave up drinking alcohol, he still came to town to eat and have a soft drink for a sociable outing. Always one to ignite debate, no matter what opinion you expressed on a matter of great importance or a topic of the day, he would invariable interject with the words ”You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong”.  He would then take the opposite view just to generate debate.  In his later years as he slowed up, he still came to town daily for his dinner, and could be seen any day of the week in Murphy’s Hotel dining.  When he took ill and was hospitalised over the last few months, he was missed by all who enjoyed his company over lunch.  Vinnie’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in the family plot in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Beatrice Stenson, Curry and by various nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace. 

Phil McDonnell, Tubbercurry  –
The recent death occurred of Phil McDonnell, late of Church Street, Tubbercurry.  In her mid ‘80’s, Phil was born and reared in Tubbercurry and spent her working life there also.  She worked for many years in Basta when that great factory was going strong.  Always out and about town while she was able, her later years were confined to her house as she had various health challenges.  However, with the help of wonderful care workers who called to her regularly, she was able to continue living in her own home until her death.  Phil’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist Church, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Sympathy is extended to her nearest relatives of the Gibbons and Wimsey families, and to all who mourn her passing.  May she rest in peace. 

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.  In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I .  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outlets:
Murphy’s Spar Supermarket,  John Gillespie,  K & B Hardware,  McCarrick’s Auctioneers,  Margaret Kennedy,  Daybreak, Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool.
Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

AIB Tubbercurry are hosting a Customer Day on Monday 9th December to thank our customers for their business throughout the year.  Please drop in and join us for some Festive Treats and Christmas Carols

Moylough Heritage Centre Fundraising Dance are holding a Fundraising Dance in the The May Queen, Tubbercurry on Friday Night 13th December.  Music is by “The Curly Bobs”.  Admission €10.  Support will be appreciated.  An enjoyable night is guaranteed.  Come along and join in the Christmas Party atmosphere.

Book Launches:  A fantastic array of 5 local books were launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include: 
Kilmactigue Parish – a history
South Sligo (James McGuinn)
The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement)
Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)
All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s   A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch.

Table Quiz :will be held in Killorans Traditional Pub & Restaurant in aid of Gallagher House Christmas Social on this Wednesday 4th December, 2019 starting at 9pm sharp – table of 4 @€40 – All welcome please come along and support a worthy cause, proceeds are for Gallagher House Christmas Party.  Refreshments served on the night.

Tubbercurry Comhaltas.  The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on this Friday 6th December. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas session and bring along your friends.

Christmas Choral Night is taking place on Wednesday December 11th in St John the Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry starting at 7pm sharp. Organised by Holy Family Parents Association with all proceeds in aid of School Development.  Some of the fantastic acts taking part include,  Cathal Gavin, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Oisin McCann, Holy Family NS and St Attractas Secondary School.  MC for the night is Tommy Marren.   It was a sell out success last year so it is advisable to get tickets early. There will also be a mega raffle on the night and tickets can be bought separately.   Tickets are available from Holy Family NS, Gillespies, Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, The Laundry Basket and committee members.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome. 

Millennium DVD The Final DVD (Part 18) of the Kilmactigue Parish Millenium DVD Series was launched in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre last Friday night and is now available in Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare or from Tom Walsh 0872276628, Padraic Maye 0872284575 or Pat O Connor 0872245089

Traditional Music Classes  Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

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

Social Dancing 
continues in the Ox Mountain Centre on December 7th.  Dancing to the Fabulous Sean Brennan.  Great nights dancing assured from 9-30 to 11-30. Admission €10.

National Learning Network Sligo 
The National Learning Network Sligo are currently enrolling for their FREE  courses; helping you learn the skills you need to get and keep a job, help build your confidence, improve your skills with hands on experience. Each one is designed to help you develop those skills and build your confidence to gain employment or to go onto further education/training.  Eligibility criteria applies; contact us today on 086 0438055 / 071 9145391 or email Sligo@nln.ie

Dance Classes  held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561  

St. Josephs Special School, Sligo   The students of St Joseph’s Special School, Ballytivnan, Sligo are busy getting ready to welcome everyone to their Annual Christmas Bric a Brac, Craft and Cake Sale on Friday Dec 6th in the school hall from 2pm to 5pm.  St Joseph’s Special School provides education to students aged 5-18 years of age from all over County Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal who have Mild General Learning Disabilities and associated special needs.  All support greatly appreciated.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News Nov. 25th

Gallagher House Christmas Social Table Quiz 

Table Quiz will he held in Killorans Traditional Pub & Restaurant in aid of Gallagher House Christmas Social on 4th December, 2019 – table of4 €40 – All welcome please come along and support a worthy cause. Refreshments served on the night.

Tubbercurry Christmas Lighting Ceremony. Tubbercurry will be lit up with Christmas Lights this Christmas as never before with a fantastic range of new lights and features throughout the town.  This will certainly add to the Festive atmosphere around town for people who are shopping and socialising over the next month.  Christmas lighting turn on ceremony takes place on this Friday November 29th at 5pm when hot chocolate and treats will be served. Music and song also part of the event. We might even get a visit from Santa.  Gallagher House family and friends will be our special guest to switch on the lights for 2019. Everybody is invited to come along to get into the Festive atmosphere.

Christmas Gift ideas If choosing a Christmas gift this season, consider buying local. In recent weeks three new local books have been published – The Way That It Was IV by Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association, Returning Home by Padraic O’Dwyer and The Windings of the Moy Revisited by Pat McCarrick.  In addition, local businesses are asked weekly to support very worthy events, clubs and societies, and this should be returned when choosing where to do your shopping.

Christmas Choral Night is taking place on December 11th in St John the Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry starting at 7pm sharp. Organised by Holy Family Parents Association with all proceeds in aid of School Development. Some of the fantastic acts taking part include,  Cathal Gavin, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Oisin Mc Cann, Holy Family NS and St Attractas Secondary School.  MC for the night is Tommy Marren.   It was a sell out success last year so it is advisable to get tickets early. There will also be a mega raffle on the night and tickets can be bought separately.   Tickets are available from Holy Family NS, Gillespies, Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, The Laundry Basket and committee members. 

Cloonacool Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 8th December. Bookings can be made with Attracta on 086 3058844. Mass will start at 3pm followed by a delicious festive dinner and music in the hall. Don’t miss this wonderful annual celebration, book your place now! 

Recent Deaths :  The South Sligo area was hit with a lot of deaths over the last few weeks of people that had contributed greatly to Community life during their lifetime.

Mary Perry, Bunninadden The recent death occurred of Mrs Mary Perry ( Nee Reynolds) late of Cloonmeehan, Bunninadden.  In her early 80’s Mary was always a bubbly character who always saw the good side of life and her enthusiasm was infectious.  Mary worked for many years on the Nursing Staff of Sligo General Hospital where her caring disposition put many an ill patient firmly on the road to recovery.  As well as nursing, Mary was a mother of 6 children and wife to Josie, a busy farmer.  Mary managed to juggle her many roles in life and career to great effect and her excellent work ethic was passed on to her children & grand-children.  Her remains reposed at the home of her son Gerry and daughter in law Olivia in Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacret Heart, Bunninadden and Burial took place in Cloonameehan Cemetary, next door to her home of over 50 years.  Pre-deceased by her husband Josie, Mary is survived by her daughters Kathleen, Rosarie & Sadie, sons, Michael John, Josie & Gerry, inlaws, grand & great grand children, brothers James & Michael and many friends & cousins, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May her caring and gentle soul rest in peace.

Paddy Joe Doohan, Doocastle The recent peaceful death occurred of Paddy Joe Doohan, late of Doocastle.  Aged 77, Paddy Joe was a very active man in his young and middle years.  However, failing health in later years curtailed his movement greatly, an illness he bore with great dignity and patience. Born and reared in Doocastle, he attended Moylough Primary School and Tubbercurry Vocational School, prior to entering the work force in the early 1960’s.  His places of employment included Basta in Tubbercurry, GWI in Collooney and in later years in Grady’s Joinery, Charlestown.  As well as that, Paddy Joe was a progressive farmer and ran a small dairy herd in Doocastle for many years in the 1970’s – 90’s. On the sporting front, Paddy Joe was a fine footballer with his club Curry, and won County Senior Championships in both 1964 and 1972, starring at full back on both occasions.  He also played with the Co. Sligo senior team for a number of years during the mid-1960’s when Sligo had fine teams and players. In later life Paddy Joe took great pride in seeing his son Padraig and daughters star on Co. Sligo teams of their era.

Paddy Joe’s remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home where many hundred called to pay their respect to a fine man.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden, and burial took place in Doocastle Cemetery.  He is survived by his beloved wife Geraldine, son Padraig, daughters Myra, Martina, Claire and Angela, brother John, sisters Kathleen, Mary and Bridie, in-laws, grandchildren, and many relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

J P Duffy, Curry All of Counties Sligo & Mayo and indeed further afield were shocked at the sudden death of J.P. Duffy of Curry.  In his early 50’s and widely and affectionately known only as J.P,  he was a much loved husband, father, brother, friend and employer.  His death occurred during what should have been a fun event, the sea to summit run, cycle event in Westport.  A native of Tavneena, Charlestown, he crossed the county Boundry for love when he met and married Yvonne and they have lived in Curry over the last 20 years or so. 

J.P. got totally involved in Community Life in Curry, especially in the GAA Club and was very generous with his time and money to all who sought his help.  His Western Utilities company is a major employer of many people in the Curry & Charlestown areas. His passing will leave a huge void not only in his immediate family but in the entire community of Curry & Charlestown. He is survived by his wife Yvonne, doting children Aoife, Patrick, Eanna,siblings Christy, Caroline, Eddie, Pearl, many in laws, friends & employers. His funeral in Curry was huge and representative of the esteem in which he was held.  May he rest in Peace.

John Brennan, St. Anthony’s Cresent. The recent death occurred of John Brennan, late of St. Anthony’s Cresent, Tubbercurry and originally from Drimina, Tourlestrane. Aged just 63, John had been in poor health in recent years. As a youngster he attended Drimina Primary School and later Tubbercurry Vocational School before taking up employment. John worked for many years in Abbott in Sligo and also worked as a Porter for many years in Sligo General Hospital where he was always a caring employee.  He was forced to take early retirement due to failing health about 7 years ago.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. Attractas Church Tourlestrane.  Burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  John is survived by his brothers Michael & Thomas and various inlaws & cousins, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in Peace.

Pat Spellman, Bunninadden The recent tragic death occurred of Pat Spellman, late of Bunninadden Village and originally from Doocastle. In his early 60’s Pat was loved by all who knew him and whose life he touched. Pat went to Primary School in Doocastle and attended Banada Abbey Convent for his Secondary School education 1970 – 1975.  After finishing his secondary school education he followed his fathers footsteps into the insurance business and worked for many years in that profession where he helped and advised all who sought his help.  Pat had an easy way of speaking and his clients always had total trust in his advice.  Born and reared just a mile inside the Mayo County Boundary but working most of his life in Co. Sligo, Pat became an ardent Mayo GAA Supporter all his life even though he was a member of Bunninadden GAA Club and served on the Sligo County Board as a club delegate.  It is a pity he never say Mayo win a senior All Ireland, as that was his one wish.  In recent years Pat suffered ill health and often sought help for his condition, and often spoke of his problems.  He had many good friends and family who helped as best they could.  His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral home where many hundreds called to pay their respects to a very gentle human being. Removal took place to the Church of the Sacred Heart Bunninadden, via Doocastle, and burial took place in Kilturra Cemetary.  Pat is survived by his brothers John & Declan, sisters Mary, nephews Kieran & Tristan, cousins, inlaws, many good friends, neighbours & class mates, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle soul rest in peace. 

John Heneghan, Banada The recent peaceful death occurred at his home of John Heneghan, Banada, Tourlestrane.  Aged 96, John was a fun loving jovial character who enjoyed life up to the end despite various tragedies that life threw at him over the years.  John loved life and loved meeting the people of South Sligo, and he could be met in any parish or town or village in South Sligo for social activities along with his beloved wife Christina. He farmed around Banada and Tourlestrane all his life and he enjoyed passing on his knowledge and experience to younger generations. Predeceased by his son Padraig and grandson Barry, John is survived by his wife Christina, daughters Angela, Rita and Imelda, son Sean, grand-children, great grandchildren, in-laws and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended. His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s Funeral Home, Curry, and funeral Mass was in St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane, with burial in Banada Cemetery.  May he rest in peace.

Alfie Gilmartin, Achonry The recent peaceful death occurred of Alfie Gilmartin, late of Achonry.  In his early 60’s, Alfie was a quiet and unassuming man who went about his work and business quietly and without fuss.  As well as farming the family holding at Achonry, Alfie worked on various Local Employment Schemes, work he did with great care, dedication and purpose.  He enjoyed coming to Tubbercurry at weekends on the Local Link Bus for social activity in The May Queen Lounge, as he enjoyed the traditional and country music and dance fare provided, as did his friends on the same bus.  The same group of friends and music enthusiasts met every weekend for years, and Alfie will be greatly missed by all of that group as well as his immediate family. 

Alfie’s remains reposed at the Coen’s Funeral Home prior to removal to Achonry Church and burial took place in Achonry, Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Pauline Mullarkey and brother in law William, nephews, relations and many close friends and neighbours, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

25 Card Game A single hand 25 card game takes place in the Day Care Centre, Tubbercurry on Tuesday night 26th November at 8.30pm.  Over a €100 in prizes. 

Phoenix Players Congratulations to Shane Keyes who won Best Actor in the Confined Section at Kiltimagh One Act Drama Festival and to Padraic Neary who won an Adjudicator’s Award as author of Trapa Tony ,performed by the Phoenix Players

Millennium DVD The Final DVD (Part 18) of the Kilmactigue Parish Millenium DVD Series was launched in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre last Friday night and is now available in Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare or from Tom Walsh 0872276628, Padraic Maye 0872284575 or Pat O Connor 0872245089

Senior Citizens Christmas Party Senior citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome.

Tubbercurry IFA Tubbercurry IFA Branch are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th November, in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry, Co.  Sligo.   Preceding the meeting at 9 o’clock, a talk on Mental Health and Well Being,  will be given by Mr Tomas Murphy (MHC), and everyone is welcome to attend this.  Tubbercurry IFA branch AGM will follow.

Ox Mountain Heritage Centre The Ox Mountain Heritage Centre are hosting there annual Christmas 25 card drive on Saturday 30th of November at 9 o clock sharp, €500 in prize money, Raffle, Hampers & spot prizes on the night. Admission €10.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1 A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Gallagher House Christmas Social Table Quiz will he held in Killorans Traditional Pub & Restaurant in aid of Gallagher House Christmas Social on 4th December, 2019 – table of 4 €40 – All welcome please come along and support a worthy cause. Refreshments served on the night.

Heritage 2020 Calendar The newly formed heritage group in Cloonacool parish have published a 2020 calendar. The calendar features many images of rural life in the parish going back as far as the 1930s. The calendar is on sale locally in the Mill Community Café and in Brennan’s Bar – both in Cloonacool. It is also available by post; cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com. The calendar is priced at €10 (plus €2 P&P). If you have family and friends away from Cloonacool, they would love a calendar from home; making the ideal Christmas gift.

Traditional Music Classes Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

Dance Classes Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

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

National Learning Network Sligo are currently enrolling for their FREE  courses; helping you learn the skills you need to get and keep a job, help build your confidence, improve your skills with hands on experience. Each one is designed to help you develop those skills and build your confidence to gain employment or to go onto further education/training.  Eligibility criteria applies; contact us today on 086 0438055 / 071 9145391 or email Sligo@nln.ie 

Cloonacool players – Don’t Tell The Wife Rehearsal’s are in full swing at present for the Clonacool Players production of ”Don’t Tell The Wife” which will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on St. Valentine’s weekend 14th 15th 16th February 2020. This is an hilarious 3 act comedy written by that great Northern playwright the late Sam Cree. Further away venues will stage this wonderful comedy in the following weeks.

Christmas Market in CBD Sports Complex, Charlestown on Sunday December 1st from 12-4. Lots of stalls, tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. All proceeds from the day go towards upkeep of Complex.

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 18/11/2019

2019 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

1 Act Festival Runs November 21 – 23 November – St Brigid’s Hall Theater at 8 pm nightly- Matinee Sat 23rd at 2.00pm

The Western Drama Festival committee is busy preparing for the 2019 1 Act Drama Festival. Runs November 21 – 23 November – St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly- Matinee Sat 23rd at 2.00pm see website www.westerndramafestival.com for details.

The committee are delighted that the drama season is commencing with an excellent programme of plays packed with fantastic comedy and interesting drama on offer for patrons to enjoy. This year Tubbercurry WDF welcomes top groups from the four corners of Ireland to perform in the festival. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season, the festival is a huge hit and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs for Drama events. This Festival is sponsored by Tubbercurry and District Credit Union. We look forward to meeting you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and enjoy our hospitality while chatting about the plays in our now world famous supper room. Admission €10 nightly; Season Ticket €30 to see 11, One act plays. Tickets can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office or at our box office on the night of the festival.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are currently on the One Act Festival Circuit, Tubbercurry on Thursday 21st November, performing Trapa Tony by Padraic Neary, directed by Mark Dunne and featuring Sharon Hannon, Shane Keyes and Pat Feely.  Meanwhile rehearsals are underway for The Communication Cord by Brian Friel directed by Peter Davey, and it is planned to have a local performance of this enjoyable play in the New Year prior to going on the Three Act Festival circuit.  As the Phoenix Players are celebrating their 75th anniversary next year it is hoped to present A Night at the Musicals next spring.  With a view to getting this production underway an Information Evening will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Monday 18th November at 8pm.  This is open to anyone over 16 interested in singing or dancing or who wishes to be involved in any way.  Anyone not able to attend on the night can contact Nanette Mc Donagh 0872349344 or Tom Walsh 0872276628.  On behalf of the SARURE South Sligo Committee, we would like to invite to their first event:

A Night at the Musicals

The Phoenix Players are looking for singers and dancers over 16 to take part in A Night at the Musicals , a show to be staged next spring.  Anyone interested please come to St Brigid’s Hall on Monday next, 18th November at 8pm

Launch of Returning Home Book

Killoran’s in Tubbercurry with host a launch of Returning Home by Padraic O’Dwyer on Friday 22nd Nov at 8.30pm. This is another chance to pick up a copy of Padraic’s new book which covers the details of his travels through 52 countries around the world over the past 50 years. The book contains some outstanding stories and some great photographs from his adventures abroad. Some of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to Sligo Cancer Support Group. 

Christmas Gift ideas – 3 New Local Books

If choosing a Christmas gift this season, consider buying local. In recent weeks three new local books have been published – The Way That It Was IV by Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association, Returning Home by Padraic O’Dwyer and The Windings of the Moy Revisited by Pat McCarrick. Couple with this the 2020 calendar produced by Cloonacool Heritage Group and you have lots of choice.

Millennium DVD 

The final DVD  (Part 18) in the Kilmactigue Parish Millennium DVD Series will be launched on Friday 22nd November at 8 pm in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (at Joe Dan’s).  The DVD will be launched by Padraic Neary, formerly of Banada who has published two books of poetry as well a number of One Act plays,one of which is currently being performed on the One Act Festival circuit.

All are welcome to view clips from this DVD which focuses on Community,Social and Sporting activities.  The DVD will be on sale on the night  for €15 and orders will be taken,from anyone interested, in  a ‘Box Set’ of all 18 DVDs  at €200

Cloonacool players – Don’t Tell The Wife

Rehearsal’s are in full swing at present for the Clonacool Players production of ”Don’t Tell The Wife” which will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on St. Valentine’s weekend 14th 15th 16th February 2020. This is an hilarious 3 act comedy written by that great Northern playwright the late Sam Cree. Further away venues will stage this wonderfull comedy in the following weeks.

Active retirement

Active Retirement,Tubbercurry.  On Tuesday evening, November 12th, TARA celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a celebratory Dinner and Social in Cawley’s Hotel.  We were delighted to welcome so many members and friends and specially thank the Cawley’s for providing such a wonderful meal, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.   The AR movement was brought to Tubbercurry By a Marist Sister, Sr Catherine, who, when teacher in Dun Laoire had seen its great benefits to the retired of that area.  On returning to Tubbercurry, she brought the idea to the then local Community Care committee.  It was acted upon and, after a number of preliminary meetings, final registration with Active Retirement Ireland was completed in July, 1944 – the first ARA in Co Sligo.  The motto of the Association is ‘Be active, Be alive’ and members find that, with the full programme of meetings, activities, exercises, outings, holidays etc their days of retirement are fully occupied – new friends are made and new interests pursued.  Many tributes were paid to the local group for the great role they play in community life.  Launch of new Book.  On the same evening our new book, The Way That It Was 1V, was launched – dealing with life in Tubbercurry and surroundings in our grand and great grandfather’s time, from 1860 to the early 20th century.  “A page turner, and a great historical record” was the comment made by Roger McCarrick, President of the local Chamber of Commerce, when launching the book.  Its an entertaining read, with many stories and good photographs of the period, and should be of great interest locally and to our friends abroad.  The book is now available in newsagents and other local outlets.  It retails at  €15 and would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Old Cemetery Rhue – Talk by Mary Coleman

Curry Parish History and Heritage Group will host an illustrated lecture by Mary Coleman (Mary Carroll-Browne) at Moylough Heritage Centre on Tuesday 19th Nov. 2019 at 8pm.

For a number of years past, Mary has researched family burials at Rhue Old-Cemetery.

The cemetery was opened by Tubbercurry District Council in 1905.  In her talk Mary will outline results of her research studies to date. The  presentation will include discussion and a question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  All are Welcome

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Senior citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome.

Tubbercurry IFA

Tubbercurry IFA Branch are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th November, in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry, Co.  Sligo.   Preceding the meeting at 9 o’clock, a talk on Mental Health and Well Being,  will be given by Mr Tomas Murphy (MHC), and everyone is welcome to attend this.  Tubbercurry IFA branch AGM will follow.

Cloonacool Heritage 2020 Calendar

The newly formed heritage group in Cloonacool parish have published a 2020 calendar. The calendar features many images of rural life in the parish going back as far as the 1930s. The calendar is on sale locally in the Mill Community Café and in Brennan’s Bar – both in Cloonacool. It is also available by post; cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com. The calendar is priced at €10 (plus €2 P&P). If you have family and friends away from Cloonacool, they would love a calendar from home; making the ideal Christmas gift.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Traditional Music Classes

Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

Dance Classes

Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 11/11/2019

2019 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

The Western Drama Festival committee are busy preparing for the 2019 One Act Drama Festival which runs from  November 21st – 23rd  in  St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly.  Matinee on Sat 23rd at 2.00pm.  See website www.westerndramafestival.com for details.

The committee are delighted that the drama season is commencing with an excellent programme of plays packed with fantastic comedy and interesting drama on offer for patrons to enjoy. This year Tubbercurry WDF welcomes top groups from the four corners of Ireland to perform in the festival. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season, the festival is a huge hit and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs for Drama events. This Festival is sponsored by Tubbercurry and District Credit Union. We look forward to meeting you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and enjoy our hospitality while chatting about the plays in our now world famous supper room. Admission €10 nightly; Season Ticket €30 to see 11, One act plays. Tickets can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office or at our box office on the night of the festival.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are currently on the One Act Festival Circuit, in Kiltimagh on Sunday 17th November and in Tubbercurry on Thursday 21st November,performing Trapa Tony by Padraic Neary ,directed by Mark Dunne and featuring Sharon Hannon,Shane Keyes and Pat Feely.

Meanwhile rehearsals are underway for The Communication Cord by Brian Friel directed by Peter Davey. and it is planned to have a local performance of this enjoyable play in the New Year prior to going on the Three Act Festival circuit.  As the Phoenix Players are celebrating their  75th anniversary next year it is hoped to present A Night at the Musicals next spring. 

With a view to getting this production underway an Information Evening will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Monday 18th November at 8pm.  This is open to anyone over 16 interested in singing or dancing or who wishes to be involved in any way.  Anyone not able to attend on the night can contact Nanette Mc Donagh 0872349344 or Tom Walsh 0872276628

On behalf of the SARURE South Sligo Committee, we would like to invite to their first event:

The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line willow.ie business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered. It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness. The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Old Cemetery Rhue – Talk by Mary Coleman

Curry Parish History and Heritage Group will host an illustrated lecture by Mary Coleman (Mary Carroll-Browne) at Moylough Heritage Centre on Tuesday 19th Nov. 2019 at 8pm.

For a number of years past, Mary has researched family burials at Rhue Old-Cemetery.

The cemetery was opened by Tubbercurry District Council in 1905.  In her talk Mary will outline results of her research studies to date. The  presentation will include discussion and a question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  All are Welcome

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association members are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Mulled Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner in Cawley’s Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 12th, at 7.30 pm sharp. This will be followed by the Launch of our latest book, “The Way That It Was IV”, and Musical Entertainment.  We hope that many of our past members and our friends will join us for this special occasion.  Cost of the evening is €25.  To book, please ring 087 1416991 before Monday, 4th November.  We will be looking forward to a great community get-together.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 14th November at 9pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre. All welcome to attend. Thank you for your support.

Tubbercurry IFA

Tubbercurry IFA Branch are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th November, in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry, Co.  Sligo.   Preceding the meeting at 9 o’clock, a talk on Mental Health and Well Being,  will be given by Mr Tomas Murphy (MHC), and everyone is welcome to attend this.  Tubbercurry IFA branch AGM will follow.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night 6th November starting at 8pm. This is a great way to exercise in a friendly and relaxing environment and a great night’s fun for all.  Everyone welcome.  Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will take place in Brennan’s Cloonacool on Fri 15th Nov next. The quiz is being organised by Rita Normanly in aid of Safe LInk, a frontline service, based in Boyle, supporting victims of domestic abuse. This will be a fun quiz so all are encouraged to attend. 

Traditional Music Classes

Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

REMINDER – Cloonacool Community Centre Clothes Appeal

Reminder about the Cloonacool Community Centre Clothes Appeal!!  Clothes can be left into the Centre from 9 to 5pm in the days running up to Mon 18th November…the collection van will remove the bags early on morning of the 18th.   Grab this opportunity to clear out space in your cupboards and support a good cause.

Dance Classes

Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

South Sligo in Other Times

This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry.  Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library.

Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.  They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home.  Buy early and often!  Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Thomas Kilcoyne, Tubbercurry

The recent unexpected death occurred of Thomas Kilcoyne (MRCVS), late of Charlestown Rd., Tubbercurry. Aged just 78, Tommy as a quiet and un-assuming gentleman who served the farming community of South Sligo as a Vetinary Surgeon for 50 years.

Born in 1941, in the middle of a family of 8 children to parents Michael & Mary Kate Kilcoyne of Ougham, Tubbercurry, Tommy attended Primary School locally in Tubbercurry, before going to St. Nathys College, Ballaghadreen for his Post Primary Education.

It was while in St. Nathy’s College that he proved himself exceptional in many sporting and academic fields. In sport, he followed his father’s footsteps as an exceptional athlete and Gaelic footballer.

In athletics his specialist events were the 100 yard sprint 110 yard hurdles and Long jump, winning Connacht & All Ireland Medals in a variety of events in the Secondary School Competitions.

In Gaelic Football Tommy starred as marksmen on the St. Nathys College team which won the Hogan Cup in 1957 for Senior College football.

On graduating from St. Nathy’s College in 1957 he went on to study Veterinary Science in University College Dublin, again following his father’s footsteps in choice of careers. While in UCD he continued to distinguish himself both in sport and academically.

In athletics Tommy won various Irish University competitions and competed in the Catholic Student European Championships over those years in both France & Belgium where he also won various medals in his chosen events.

He proved top of his class academically also in UCD and graduated with honours in 1963. Indeed it was known that his tutors wanted him to come back to UCD as a lecturer, but circumstances intervened to prevent that happening.

Just after finished college in mid 1963, his father Mick Kilcoyne died suddenly while still a practicing vet, and Tommy made the decision as a young 22 year old graduate to take over his fathers practice which extended all over South Sligo and into parts of East Mayo. No mean task for a young man. This meant giving up his sporting career of athletics and football, a big sacrifice indeed, but the demands of work can sometimes be cruel. Tommy took to his work like a duck to water, and worked long days and nights to help farmers and their animals in need. He soon proved himself to be an exceptionally good veterinary surgeon who could diagnose and treat animals quickly and efficiently. Over his lifetime he came to know at least 3 generations of farmers on many farms. When the job at hand was finished he chatted the farmer while washing down, and getting ready for his next call. He never seemed in a hurry even though he knew other urgent calls awaited him. Those were the days when many farms had no phone in house, and no vet had a mobile phone !!!

The job of a vet was difficult in those years, as they felt they were on call all day, every day. Sick animals did not recognise week-ends, bank holidays, or even Christmas Day.

The call came in and Tommy went out, any day, anytime, decade after decade.

The business practice expanded over the years and Tommys brother Joe in due course joined the practice to help with the expanding workload. On the domestic front Tommy married Roisin, and in due course their own family brought great joy to them as they grew and developed. Eventually a third generation of vets qualified in the Kilcoyne household when Conor and Isabella graduated with Conor joining Tommy and Joe in the family practice & Isabella going to the top of her profession in the equestrian field in the U.S.A.

Tommy’s hobbies as a mature man included a bit of shooting and fishing and he owned a few very useful greyhounds & horses over the years. In co with his father in law Paddy O Connor he owned horses ‘Extra LA’ and ‘Moy Rapsody’ which brought joy and frustration in equal measures but introduced some of this children to the horse racing world.

He also enjoyed golf and was an exceptionally good Bridge player, a game he took up in later life. In the latter part of his work life he preferred to just work in the busy Spring season when calves and lambs were arriving in big numbers on the farms and he was delighted at the end of the 2013 breeding season to call it a day to his work having completed a full half century serving the farmers and animal owners of South Sligo.

Every so often a person of true talent comes into a community to serve the people, and when Tommy Kilcoyne came along in Tubbercurry, we were lucky to have him working with us and for us for a half century.

He passed away quietly and without fuss, much as he lived his life. May he rest in Peace.

The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line willow.ie business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered. It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness. The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

Kind Regards,
Marie Brouder

On Behalf of the SARURE Project

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Weekly News Nov. 2nd

Connaught Rangers Memorial Group

Commemorating the Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 28th June 1920. Memorial dedicated to the memory of three Sligo men involved in the mutiny. This memorial project is part of Sligo Co. Council’s Decade of Centenaries, the state Commemoration of Significant historical events that took place between 1918 – 1923. The commemoration project is designed to tell the story and honour the memory of courageous men who while far from home stood in solidarity with their native country men fighting for our Independence. The project involves the erection of an inscribed monument in Wolfe Tone Square Tubbercurry dedicated to the memory of the three Sligo men that took part in the mutiny; James Gorman Tubbercurry, Martin Boy Conlon Sligo town and Jack Scanlon Sligo. The official launch of the project will take place at a public function in The Library, Teach Laighne, Humbert Street, Tubbercurry at 1.00pm on the 9th November to raise public awareness and generate public understanding of the historical significance of the Connaught Rangers action in India in 1920. The key aspect of the launch will be series of short talks by three historians on the history of the mutiny. The historians for the launch are: Dr. Eunan O Halpin Pro. Of Contemporary Irish History Trinity College (Grandnephew of Kevin Barry), Dr. Mario Draper Pro. OF Modern History Kent University. Danny Tiernan Connaught Rangers Historian Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 1920 The Connaught Rangers were a regiment in the British army and were based in Wellington barracks Jalandhar in the Punjab India. When the news of martial law in Ireland and the reprisals by the Black and Tans reached them they protested by refusing to obey orders. The protest spread to Solan, a military outpost near the Tibetan Border, and the Rangers there led by Private James Daly, protested by grounding arms and refusing to obey orders. In August 88 mutineers were court –martialled at army headquarters at Simla seventy seven were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 10 were acquitted, 14 were sentenced to death, 13 had had their life sentences commuted to life in prison and some were given up to 20 years penal servitude. Private James Daly, spokesperson for the Rangers in Salon, was executed by firing squad on November 2nd. 1920 and was the last member of the British forces to be executed for mutiny. The Rangers were returned to England to serve the remainder of their sentences. After a number of weeks they were removed to prisons around England. The Connaught Rangers mutineers were released on January 2nd . 1923 following an amnesty as part of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty. They returned to Ireland and became Ireland’s forgotten hero’s with families and communities seldom knowing all of the hardship they endured. Tubbercurry man James Gorman returned to Tubbercurry where he took up life where he left off and developed a fresh, fruit & vegetable selling business in Tubbercurry. He lived a long life and died in the late 1970’s The public are invited to come along on next Saturday November 9th @ 1pm at Teach Laighne.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival AGM will take place on Thursday 14th November at 9pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre. All welcome to attend. Thank you for your support.


Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.
Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association members are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Mulled Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner in Cawley’s Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 12th, at 7.30 pm sharp. This will be followed by the Launch of our latest book, “The Way That It Was IV”, and Musical Entertainment. We hope that many of our past members and our friends will join us for this special occasion. Cost of the evening is €25. To book, please ring 087 1416991 before Monday, 4th November. We will be looking forward to a great community get-together.

Coffee Day for Beaumont Hospital Foundation: Michael and Mary Collins would like to thank all those who supported their Coffee Day which was held in their home in Banada last Friday 25th. A total of €15,460 was donated. So whether you called to our home on the day or sent a donation, a huge thank you from all our family, especially from our daughter Joanne. All monies donated will go directly to The Neurosurgery and Oncology Departments in Beaumont Hospital. A special word of thanks to all those who baked beautiful treats and who helped at our house in so many ways on the day. It truly was great day where so many people met and had the chat over a cuppa. Our Community Spirit is alive and well and long may it continue….our sincere thanks to all

N17 Consultation Once again consultations are re-opening on the long awaited proposed new road, running from Knock to Collooney. We were here before, 20 years ago, when extensive consultations and public meetings were held to discuss various options and various proposals for a new N17 roadway. The new route was chosen in or about the year 2000, and development of houses and infrastructure of all types were frozen on or near the chosen route since then. The chosen route running from Charlestown towards Sligo ran more or less parallel to the existing N17, and by-passed Tubbercurry just along the edge of the western side of the town. From Tubbercurry it moved towards Collooney crossing the existing road around the Tubbertelly/Muckelty area and travelled towards Collooney on the east side of the existing road. Now the whole route needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes to see what new constraints may affect the chosen route. A wide corridor will again be looked at between Knock and Collooney. The previously chosen route may be chosen again, or a new route might be preferred. One thing is for certain – a new road is needed very soon as the existing N17 between Curry and Collooney is not fit for purpose. Hundreds of people travel from Tubbercurry and South Sligo every morning and evening to and from work in Sligo, and it is without doubt one of the most frustrating part of anybodies day. Get stuck behind a slow driver, or a trailer or truck and you are in a queue of traffic for 10 miles and can be 10-20 minutes late for your appointment or work. Minor repairs and upgrades continue to be done every year on this road, but it is only scratching around the edges.
A consultation process is now beginning and it is up to all road users and property owners who may be affected to air their opinions and have your voice heard. Information is available at The National Roads Project Office, Sligo Co. Council Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, from October 29th – December 12th, 2019.

Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1 A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Book Launch Padraic O’Dwyer from Carnaleck is about to launch a new book. Padraic’s book tells the story of his travels in 52 countries around the world over the past 50 years. Some of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Returning Home, by Padraic O’Dwyer will have its official launch in Brennan’s of Cloonacool on Friday 8th of November at 8.30pm. Padraic is issuing a special invitation to his many neighbours and friends to attend. Light refreshments served.

Set Dancing Classes
Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night 6th November starting at 8pm. This is a great way to exercise in a friendly and relaxing environment and a great night’s fun for all. Everyone welcome. Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Table Quiz
A Table Quiz will take place in Brennan’s Cloonacool on Fri 15th Nov next. The quiz is being organised by Rita Normanly in aid of Safe LInk, a frontline service, based in Boyle, supporting victims of domestic abuse. This will be a fun quiz so all are encouraged to attend.

Traditional Music Classes.
Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners. Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm. All budding musicians very welcome.

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme
Free 4 Week Parenting Programme- Shaping Ourselves & Our Children starting November 8th in the FRC. This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children. We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills – what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities. This programme will run from 9.30am-1.30pm. Free lunch provided. Generous child care allowance for participants.

To register for either course please contact Kate on 086 8276055 or email lifestart.kate@gmail.com or pm us.

Dance Classes
Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm. All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson? No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends. For more information call 0876674561

South Sligo in Other Times
This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry. Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library. Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre. They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home. Buy early and often! Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net