Weekly News - 5th February

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are proud to announce they will be performing their latest 3 act play ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of February. The group will soon be embarking on the 3 act festival circuit, presenting this prize winning play to audiences nationally. The stellar cast includes Pat Feeley, Mary Walsh, Francis Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Loftus and Claire McLoughlin, with the capable Peter Davey directing. Tickets cost €12 (€10 concession) and will be available on the door. Curtains up at 8pm sharp nightly. A show not to be missed!!

Launch of Western Drama Festival Launch 

The launch of the Western Drama Festival takes place on Sunday night 18th February in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry just after the performance of the wonderful ‘Drawer Boy, presented by the Beeznees Theatre Company. The play commences at 8pm sharp. Please come along to what promises to be a lovely evening in St Brigid’s Hall.

We are delighted to have Tommy Marren as our special guest for our 75th Anniversary celebratory launch. To complement the occasion the Western Drama Festival committee will host a wine reception, and patrons will be introduced to the 2018 Programme of plays and events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary. Check out our website for details of the plays and fringe events www.westerndramafestival.com

Tickets: Season Ticket €60 and includes complementary programme. Secure your seats for the festival by contacting the Hawkswell Theatre, on 071 9161518 – Mon – Fri. 10 am to 5.30 pm or Sat. 2pm to 5pm and pay by credit/debit card –  Admission €12, Concession €10   Info re tickets at http://www.westerndramafestival.com/purchase-tickets

Evening classes at St Attracta’s CS

1. Computers for complete beginners will take place on Tuesday Feb 27th (a few spaces left) at 6.30 to 8.30 pm. (for 5 Tuesdays, free but you must attend each week)

2. CAD – Computer Aided Design – (beginners) starting Tuesday 27th Feb – 6.30 to 8.30 pm (€80 for 7 weeks)

3. Woodwork (beginners) also on Tuesday 27th Feb, 6.30 to 8.30pm €80 for 7 weeks.

Classes will go ahead if numbers are sufficient – contact 071 9120814 or email mroddy@stattractas.ie

Achonry Pioneer Association

The Achonry Regional Pioneer Association Annual Dinner Dance takes place in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on Friday 9th February. Commencing with Dinner at 8pm sharp, followed by music with The Duets. Tickets on sale at €25 from Mick Burke. Ph: 087-2761711.

Will you host a Tea/Coffee Day for your local homeless charity?

Thurs 22nd Feb is Tea Day in aid of North West Simon Community, the local homeless charity. If you are interested in hosting a Tea Day in or around this date please contact Mary on 087 7708865.

Anyone can host a Tea Day with family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours.  Your club, school, hospital or restaurant/café can get involved – the possibilities are endless!!

Register by e mailing mary@northwestsimon.ie to get your posters and branded balloons. You can make a difference locally.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association has now resumed activities and meetings for the coming weeks which will be held each afternoon at 3pm sharp in the Health Centre. It is hoped that each meeting will contain a 20 minute exercise programme.  The programme of events will include talks/demos on Eye Care, CPR, Fire Risks and a craft evening, together with card games, table quiz and music/social hour.

Bowling and Curling continue weekly in Teach Laighne and a new idea for this year is a weekly Irish Hour at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoons in Teach Laighne to which all those interested in reviving their “Cúpla Focail” in an easy, entertaining way will be very welcome. New members are always welcome.

Our Holiday to Wales: Following many requests, our committee are now organising our annual June holiday, which this year will be a trip to North Wales for 5 nights/6 days, starting on Sunday, June 3rd. Our hotel will be the Royal Hotel, Llangollen, which is situated on the banks of the River Dee in a town set in a very scenic area on the border of the Snowdonia National Park. Rate is €650 per person sharing and includes transfers by luxury coach, daily tours, ferry crossing, B&B, plus Evening meals. Entrance fees to historical sites etc. also included. If interested, and, as a number of bedrooms is limited, bookings are needed as soon as possible and a deposit of €100 required by February 14th. For further details phone 087-7720950 or 087-9042319.

Special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’

Complementing the Western Drama Festival celebration of 75 years in existence, a special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’ will be held-in partnership with Tubbercurry Community Library- Sligo Library Service from 6 – 10 March 2018.

We invite all artists to submit pieces reflecting life in the community today & into the future. If interested please contact Anne Marie Hegarty- 086 8066662 or Eileen Davey- 087 9791942.  All art forms are acceptable i.e. Painting, sketching, sculpture, photography etc. The working title for this exhibition is ‘Next Chapter’

Tubbercurry Library – Events

Story time for children under the age of 6 takes place at Tubbercurry library every Friday afternoon at 2pm. No booking required. So come along and join in.

Computer Classes available at Tubbercurry Library. Please call 071 9111705 for more information or ask at the desk. We can help with online banking, social media, Skype, CVs.

New Simon Charity Shop open in Sligo

Donations of quality ladies clothes and accessories, and small bric a brac welcome for new charity shop on JFK Parade in Sligo. Drop in for a bargain; you are supporting the North West Simon Community housing support programme in Sligo. Volunteers welcome also – contact 071 9147522 or drop in.

The Enniscrone Road

Many residents from Tubbercurry and the general South Sligo area are complaining for years about the state of parts of the road to Enniscrone. The first bad stretch with high trees and hedges is at Drumartin. The next section is leading into Bonniconlon from the Windy Gap, and it is understandable to an extent about this as you are descending down a mountain. The worst and most dangerous section runs from Bonniconlon to Corballa which is narrow and unimproved for the last 50 years. While part of this road is in Co. Mayo, it should be too difficult for the Councils from both Counties to liaise for the sake of safety. This section is narrow, twisty and always slippy, and no maintenance or improvements have ever been done worth noting. This leads to the seaside village of Enniscrone, and the more publicised Wild Atlantic Way. How are tourists to be encouraged off the WWW when roads for so called “loops” are death traps. Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce will be writing shortly to Sligo and Mayo Councils about these stretches, and in the meantime, Councillors could be investigating the situation vis a vis money.

Irish Summer School

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

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre. The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 29th January

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will take place in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday night 2nd February.  Junior session starts at 9.00pm and senior session at 10.00pm.  All musicians welcome.

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are proud to announce they will be performing their latest 3 act play ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of February. The group will soon be embarking on the 3 act festival circuit, presenting this prize winning play to audiences nationally. The stellar cast includes Pat Feeley, Mary Walsh, Francis Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Loftus and Claire McLoughlin, with the capable Peter Davey directing. Tickets cost €12 (€10 concession) and will be available on the door. Curtain up at 8pm sharp, nightly. A show not to be missed!!

St. Attracta’s CS Tubbercurry

Classes for spring 2018 at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry.(Booking essential 071 9120814, email mroddy@stattractas.ie) . (1) CAD (Computer Aided Design) – 7 week course (€80) Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm – starting January 30th next. (for beginners/improvers). (2) Basic Computer classes – 6.30pm to 8.30pm starting Tuesday, Jan 30th for 5 weeks (free but you must attend each week. (3) Woodwork -(basic) 7 weeks 6.45pm to 8.45pm starting Tuesday Jan 30th (€80). No classes during midterm Feb 12th to 16th

2018 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

The Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival are this year celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and the committee are busy preparing for the 2018 Three Act Drama Festival event which runs from March 2nd – 10th in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre, Tubbercurry at 8 pm nightly. The official launch will take place on Sunday night the 18th Feb following the performance of the ‘Drawer Boy, presented by the Beeznes Theatre Company. To complement the occasion the Western Drama Festival committee will host a wine reception, and patrons will be introduced to the 2018 Programme of plays and events to celebrate the 75 year anniversary. It promises to be a lovely evening, and everyone is welcome. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season. The festival is a huge hit every year and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs.

Tickets for the Festival can be purchased through the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo, 071-9161518 from Mon.- Fri. 10am to 5.30pm or Sat. 2pm to 5pm. Payment by credit/debit card – Admission €12, Concession €10. Season Ticket €60 (which includes a complimentary programme). For more information see http://www.westerndramafestival.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association has now resumed activities and meetings for the coming weeks which will be held each afternoon at 3pm sharp in the Health Centre. It is hoped that each meeting will contain a 20 minute exercise programme.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday afternoon, January 30th. Membership fee of €12 for 2018 is now due. The programme for the following meetings will include talks/demos on Eye Care, CPR, Fire Risks and a craft evening, together with card games, table quiz and music/social hour.

Bowling and Curling continue weekly in Teach Laighne and a new idea for this year is a weekly Irish Hour at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoons in Teach Laighne to which all those interested in reviving their “Cúpla Focail” in an easy, entertaining way will be very welcome. New members are always welcome.

Our Holiday to Wales: Following many requests, our committee are now organising our annual June holiday, which this year will be a trip to North Wales for 5 nights/6 days, starting on Sunday, June 3rd. Our hotel will be the Royal Hotel, Llangollen, which is situated on the banks of the River Dee in a town set in a very scenic area on the border of the Snowdonia National Park. Rate is €650 per person sharing and includes transfers by luxury coach, daily tours, ferry crossing, B&B, plus Evening meals. Entrance fees to historical sites etc. also included. If interested, and, as a number of bedrooms is limited, bookings are needed as soon as possible and a deposit of €100 required by February 14th. For further details phone 087-7720950 or 087-9042319.

Special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’

Complementing the Western Drama Festival celebration of 75 years in existence, a special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’ will be held-in partnership with Tubbercurry Community Library- Sligo Library Service from 6 – 10 March 2018.  We invite all artists to submit pieces reflecting life in the community today & into the future. If interested please contact Anne Marie Hegarty- 086 8066662 or Eileen Davey- 087 9791942.

All art forms are acceptable i.e. Painting, sketching, sculpture, photography etc. The working title for this exhibition is ‘Next Chapter’

Tubbercurry Library – Events

Story time for children under the age of 6 takes place at Tubbercurry library every Friday afternoon at 2pm. No booking required. So come along and join in.

Computer Classes available at Tubbercurry Library. Please call 071 9111705 for more information or ask at the desk. We can help with online banking, social media, Skype, CVs.

Remembrance Mass

Mass will be celebrated for the late Sr. Brigid Mary McGuinness in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 11am at the request of her former teaching colleagues and past pupils from both the Marist Convent Secondary School and St. Attracta s Community School. All are welcome to attend

Achonry Pioneer Association

The Achonry Regional Pioneer Association Annual Dinner Dance takes place in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on Friday 9th February. Commencing with Dinner at 8pm sharp, followed by music with The Duets. Tickets on sale €25 from Mick Burke at 087-2761711.

The Enniscrone Road

Many residents from Tubbercurry and the general South Sligo area are complaining for years about the state of parts of the road to Enniscrone. The first bad stretch with high trees and hedges is at Drumartin. The next section is leading into Bonniconlon from the Windy Gap, and it is understandable to an extent about this as you are descending down a mountain. The worst and most dangerous section runs from Bonniconlon to Corballa which is narrow and unimproved for the last 50 years. While part of this road is in Co. Mayo, it should be too difficult for the Councils from both Counties to liaise for the sake of safety. This section is narrow, twisty and always slippy, and no maintenance or improvements have ever been done worth noting. This leads to the seaside village of Enniscrone, and the more publicised Wild Atlantic Way. How are tourists to be encouraged off the WWW when roads for so called “loops” are death traps. Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce will be writing shortly to Sligo and Mayo Councils about these stretches, and in the meantime, Councillors could be investigating the situation vis a vis money.

Irish Summer School

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

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre. The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Paddy Carr, Cloonacool

The recent unexpected death occurred in Sligo University Hospital of Paddy Carr, late of Newtown, Cloonacool. Aged 68, Paddy was out and about doing his chores until a week before his passing. One of ten children and son of the late James and Ellen Carr of Castlerock, Paddy was an easy going individual who enjoyed a wide variety of animals. He was a regular attendee at shows and fairs, and often came home with donkeys, ponies, dogs, goats, pigs and all sorts of hens and ducks. In his early working life he worked in Dublin before getting a job on the road staff of Sligo Co. Council. This work brought him all over South Sligo, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

He is survived by son, David, daughter, Eileen, twin sister Evelyn Canavan who lived next door to him, sisters Jane (New York), Mary (Tubbercurry), Bridie and Noreen (Enfield, Middlesex), brothers, Jimmy, Johnny, Michael (Warrington), Henry (Castleoye, Tubbercurry), many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Louie O’Hara, Gortermone

The recent peaceful death occurred of John Hubert (Louie) O’Hara, late of Gortermone, Tourlestrane. In his mid ‘80’s, Louie as he was affectionately known was a character of note who was well known by all generations in the Tourlestrane and Tubercurry areas. As well as farming his land at Gortermone, near Banada Abbey, he also worked for many years through the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and into the ‘80’s on the farm attached to Banada Convent, along with men like John James Cosgrove, Michael Kirrane and Tom Meehan. A good man for a one liner, witty comments on the topic of the day, he was a regular in the pub in Tourlestrane where he would digest the news of the day in the company of friends. His old tractor will now be missed on the road between Tourlestrane and Gortermone.

Louie is survived by sisters, Mary and Teresa (New York), Kathleen Walsh (Rhue), nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Peggy Gallagher, Ougham Bawn, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Peggy Gallagher, late of Ougham Bawn, Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry. In her late ‘70’s, Peggy was a native of Moynalty, Co. Meath, and met her husband Michael when working in England. They lived and worked in the Leicester area for many years prior to returning to Tubbercurry in the early 1990’s. Michael established his Garden Centre at that time, and Peggy was always on hand to help out as required. Peggy had some health challenges in recent years, but always kept the best side out. Funeral Mass took place in St. John the Evanglist Church, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery.

Peggy is survived by husband, Michael, daughters Helen an Kathleen, son, Michael, grandchildren and many close relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Mary Gallagher (nee Bradley), Aclare

The recent death occurred of Mary Gallagher (nee Bradley), late of Aclare Village. In her mid ‘80’s, Mary was a well known personality around Aclare, as she and her late husband Paraic ran the pub in the village known as Gallagher’s for many years. After her husband Pauric passed away about 25 years ago, Mary continued in business in her own pleasant way. She also provided Bed & Breakfast accommodation seasonally to visitors to the area. If customers were inclined to want to stay on too late after closing time, she was always able to remind them that they did indeed have a home to go to. While her sons and daughters gradually took over the operation, Mary always liked to say hello to the customers, as she lived on the premises.

Mary is survived by her daughters Miriam and Paula, sons John and Michael, sister, in-laws, grandchildren and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 22nd January

Evening Classes at St Attractas CS, Tubbercurry,

Computer classes for complete beginners will commence on Tuesday Jan 23rd for 5 Tuesdays from 4.15pm to 6.15pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry. Classes are free but attendance at classes is vital.

Booking essential at 071 9120814 or contact mroddy@stattractas.ie.

Children’s Story Time

Story time for children under the age of 6 takes place at Tubbercurry library every Friday afternoon at 2pm. No booking required. So come along and join in….

Yoga with Siobhan – Join me for a beautiful heart-cantered class to nourish your body, mind & soul in An Chroi Centre, Tubbercurry, Wednesday’s from 7pm until 8pm. Suitable for ALL levels.  Booking required so please contact 086-3668228 to reserve your space on the mat.

North Connaught College News

There is a newly appointed Principal at ETB North Connaught College, Tubbercurry.His name is James Hardiman who replaces Margaret Scollan. Best wishes to both.

New Golf Club Captain

Michael Gorman has recently taken over from Gerard Hannigan as Men’s Captain of Tubbercurry Golf Club. As well as running his tools hire business, Michael is a former hurler of note, and a Champion whistler and lilter. Michael has now taken to playing golf and helping in various aspects of the golf club, and he is wished well in his new post.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre.

The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Madge Horkan Luton

The recent death occurred of Madge Horkan (nee Faul) in Luton, England. In her mid ‘80’s, Madge was twin sister of Bridie Synott who lives on Mountain Road, Tubbercurry and sister of Charlie Faul, Masshill Road, Tubbercurry. Madge was one of 10 children in the Faul family who were born and reared on Church Street, Tubbercurry. Like a lot of her siblings and indeed her generation, Madge hit for England as a teenager in search of work in the late 1940’s. There she married and reared her family and she always enjoyed regular trips home to Ireland when she was able to travel. She was pre-deceased by brothers, Johnny, Tom Eddie, Patsy and Jimmy and Sister Josie.

Her funeral takes place in England. Sympathy is extended to her immediate family, her twin sister Bridie, sisters Mary and Winnie, Brother Charlie in Tubbercurry, in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins. May she rest in peace.

John Molloy Carrownagopple

The recent death occurred of John Molloy, late of Carnagopple, Tubbercurry. Aged 77, John was a native of Lissananry, Ballymote, but moved to Carnagopple nearly 50 years ago on marrying his wife Nuala. John was an easy going man who had endured ill health over the last number of years.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

John is survived by his wife Nuala, sons Seamus and Frank, daughters, Una, Sinead and Aíne, sisters Mary and Martha (Cork), Sr. Sheila (Collooney), nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 15th January

Evening Classes at St Attractas CS, Tubbercurry

Computer classes for complete beginners will commence on Tuesday Jan 23rd for 5 Tuesdays from 4.15pm to 6.15pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry. Classes are free but attendance at classes is vital.  Booking essential at 071 9120814 or contact mroddy@stattractas.ie.

Octogenarians

Local men who recently celebrated their 80th birthday recently include, Charlie Faul, Paraic Kennedy and Luke Kilcoyne. All were school classmates in the old primary school in Tubbercurry in the mid 1940’s before making names and careers for themselves. Charlie is a singer of note and still trains greyhounds. Luke also made a name for himself in the greyhound and GAA world, while Paraic has been a golfer and golf administrator for over 50 years in Tubbercurry and Enniscrone Golf Clubs. All three are still fully active and looking only half their age, so consultations with them on their secrets of life is advisable!!

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen: Would you like to strengthen your relationship with your teen? Would you like to learn skills around promoting self-esteem in your young person? Then this is the course for you! Parenting Northern Ireland has developed a breakthrough programme for parents of teenagers which has been proven to be one of the most effective in the UK. This programme is now being offered in Sligo. It is ideal for parents of young people aged 12-18 years old and sessions cover issues such as parenting styles, teen development, self-esteem, rules and consequences, conflict and problem solving.  Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre will be rolling out the Odyssey programme in late January 2018. If you feel you could use help and support with your teenager come along to this 8 week programme for practical tips and advice. For further information and to register your interest contact Mary on 0719186926. The programme will run subject to numbers.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre. The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Billy Johnson, Ballyglass and Peterborough

The death occurred shortly before Christmas in Peterborough, England of Billy Johnson, late of Ballyglass, Curry. In his early 80’s, Billy was born and reared in Ballyglass but moved to England as a young man in search of employment. Throughout his life, he always kept in touch with family and was a regular visitor to Ballyglass while his parents were still alive. His father Seamus was a well renowned greyhound trainer and owned many great Coursing dogs along with Paddy McCarrick of Tubbercurry, including Ballyglass Lundy, Ballyglass Rusty and Ballyglass Wit, to name just a few. Indeed, Billy also kept a life long interest in greyhounds and trained many winners around the dog racing tracks of Peterborough and London.

Billy was predeceased by his brother Brendan who was also a great greyhound man and by his daughters Angela and Mary. In recent years, Billy suffered from ill health but bore it without complaint. Burial took place in Peterborough. He is survived by his wife Pauline, son Robert, daughter Claire, in-laws, grandchildren, sister, Sr. Mary, Marist Sisters, Betty Hill, London, brother Gabriel, Ballyglass, nephews, nieces and many relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Paddy Hunt, Chaffpool

The death occurred on Christmas Day of Patrick (Paddy Joe) Hunt, late of Chaffpool, Tubbercurry. In his late 80’s, Paddy Joe was well known, not alone locally, but throughout Ireland. A native of Chaffpool, Paddy farmed throughout his life both at Chaffpool and near Lough Talt. He also worked for many years as a sales man for Pearson milking machines since the 1950’s, when simple bucket plant machines gradually replaced the old style hand milking. Pearson’s equipment was well respected, and Paddy had the gift of talk to close deals with farmers throughout Ireland. As milking equipment improved, Paddy was able to update and replace for his loyal customers. He was also an able horseman and had a talent for spotting quality horses when doing his rounds on dairy farms. Pearson’s were based in Co. Kildare, the home of horses, so he was ideally located to hear of good hunting horses which he bought, sold and bred. Paddy was active until shortly before his death.

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery. Paddy is survived by his wife Mary, sons, Paraic, Eugene and Kieran, in-laws, and relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he reset in peace.

John O’Connor, Masshill

The recent death occurred of John O’Connor, late of Masshill, Cloonacool. Age 92, John was an easy going, yet hardworking man who knew how to balance the joy of life with working. It is said he was never brought to hospital as a patient until a few days before his death. Living in a neat cottage along the side of the road deep in the Ox Mountains near Lough Easkey, John farmed the hills of Masshill all his life. He was a keen sheep farmer and cut turf with the slane until he was nearly 90 years old. The fresh air, mountain walks and a basic water supply from nature could have been his recipe for a long and healthy life. When he turned 90, his friends and relatives threw a birthday party for him in Cloonacool, an event he enjoyed thoroughly. He was also driving his car until his late 80’s, and after he stopped driving his good neighbours in Masshill ensured he still got out and about.

John’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home where his many friends and acquaintances called to pay their last respects to a quiet, humble and unique man. He is survived by many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. Burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Sean Breet, Rooskey and Carnagopple

The death occurred on January 1st last of Sean Brett, late of Gowlaun, Rooskey at St. Attracta’s Nursing Home, Charlestown. Sean was a native of Carnagopple, Tubbercurry, but emigrated like a lot of his generation to England in the early 1950’s in search of work. After spending his working life in England, Sean returned to Ireland and purchased a retirement home in Gowlaun, a place he came to love. His family loved to visit as did his grandchildren, and Sean always enjoyed their visits. In recent times, he was cared for in St. Attracta’s Nursing Home.

His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s funeral home, Curry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, not far from his native home. Sean is survived by sons, Paul, Sean and Michael, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Evelyn Hunt, Lavagh/Achonry

The recent death occurred of Evelyn Hunt (nee Gilmartin), late of Ballinvalley, Achonry, Lavagh. In her late 80’s, Evelyn was a native of Gleann, Riverstown, but moved to Achonry over 50 years ago when she married her late husband, Frank. Evelyn became part of the wider Achonry community and was always on hand to lend help when needed. She was a keen card player, and always enjoyed her game of 25.

Evelyn’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena. Burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Barrett (Lavagh), Margaret (Trim), and Ann (San Francisco), in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 8th January

Comhaltas news

The Comhaltas Christmas party for all music students was held in the Family Resource Centre on Monday 18th of December. It was a wonderful evening of music with all students partaking. Its wonderful to see the progress made by the beginners and then to listen to the masterful playing of the older students many of whom are All Ireland Champions. Great credit is due to their tutor Michael Hurley who does a wonderful job nurturing and encouraging these young musicians in a calm patient manner. John Joe Brennan organises and orchestrates the classes and Christmas party along with his good wife Monica. Mile buiochas as ucht do chuid oibre.

Classes will resume again on Monday January 15th at the usual times. New members are always welcome

South Sligo AC St. Stephen’s Day 5K

The people of South Sligo and surrounding areas were out in force to support the 5k charity run in aid of a very worthy cause, SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). This great event has being going from strength to strength since its first race six years ago. This year was bigger and better with just under 400 people, young and old, taking to the streets of Tubbercurry. There was a very noticeable increase in families who took part this year, adding greatly to this special event. God himself played a huge part with the rays of sunshine beating down on everybody.

Gerry Lee, chairman, welcomed everybody at the start of the race, in a packed St.Brigid`s Hall and acknowledged the great support received by both walkers and runners. You could hear a pin drop as Gerry acknowledged Tom Normanly who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Gerry welcomed Marie, family and friends and explained that in Tom’s memory a memorial shield would be presented to the first junior (u18yrs) to cross the line. Tom was an avid supporter of the run for the past few years. He completed it two years ago and was encouraging his own family and all who took part last year as they neared the finish line. Tom was too well aware of the support and facilities provided by SHOUT. God played his part but there is no doubt that Tom had a word and was with everybody in spirit. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.

Afterwards refreshments were provided and everybody mingled and chatted to discuss the Christmas festivities. Children huddled together showing each other and discussing what that great man Santa Claus brought. Prizes were presented to first male Dermot McDermott, 1st female Mari Johnston, 1st Junior female Maeve Gallagher. First junior male home and winner of the Tom Normanly memorial shield was Barry Clavin. The Thornton family (including Holly the dog) were winners of the fancy dress/ best Christmas jumper prize. A special presentation (South Sligo singlet) was made to Sharon Argenio, sister of Donal Kerins, club member. Sharon and family had travelled from Colorado arriving in Dublin Airport at 5am that morning and travelled down especially to take part in the run.

Gerry was delighted to announce at the time that €3,700 was raised and they were still counting monies that were coming in.  South Sligo AC wishes to thank all those who sponsored and volunteered to organise this great event but in particular all those who supported and donated very generously. Please pencil this social event of the year into your diaries for next year.

New Year House Concert

Liam Stapleton and friends will perform a concert at Moy River Folk Club (Moy River B&B, Cloonacool) on Friday night 12th January at 8pm. This promises to be a great night of high quality folk and traditional music and will include a few special guest appearances. Booking is necessary, call Pat and Rita on 087 2512030.

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen: Would you like to strengthen your relationship with your teen? Would you like to learn skills around promoting self-esteem in your young person? Then this is the course for you! Parenting Northern Ireland has developed a breakthrough programme for parents of teenagers which has been proven to be one of the most effective in the UK. This programme is now being offered in Sligo. It is ideal for parents of young people aged 12-18 years old and sessions cover issues such as parenting styles, teen development, self-esteem, rules and consequences, conflict and problem solving.  Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre will be rolling out the Odyssey programme in late January 2018. If you feel you could use help and support with your teenager come along to this 8 week programme for practical tips and advice. For further information and to register your interest contact Mary on 0719186926. The programme will run subject to numbers.

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry writing group will resume on Friday 12th January, 2018 from 11am-1pm.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre.

The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 25th December

Welcome to Visitors

A warm welcome is extended to the many visitors who are at home in Tubbercurry and South Sligo to stay with family and relations over the holiday season. News of South Sligo natives living abroad is always welcome, as those of us who keep the home fires burning love to hear of their progress. Interesting items of your work or social activities can be written in to Roger McCarrick or emailed to the address below. Best wishes to all.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation Clinic will be on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry from 4.30pm to 8pm.  As always and especially after Christmas, the call goes out; Blood is in short supply and everyone who can should consider donating. It is a wonderful act of caring for others; a genuine gift of life to a person in desperate need. Someone will live because you give. Better than any other gift given at Christmas. Within three weeks of donating you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someone’s life. No greater gift is possible. Visit giveblood.ie or LoCall 1850 731 137 if you want to learn more about giving blood.

North West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Eileen Murtagh, on behalf of the North West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Sligo and the Thursday morning Ladies Group, wish to thank sincerely all those who supported their fundraising efforts this year. Over €3,000 has been donated to the Centre, from Eileen’s Tea Day, the Quilt Raffle and selling Christmas Cards in SuperValu, and we are especially grateful to Geroid Surlis for this facility. Wishing everyone a Peaceful Christmas and Happy 2018.

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a yearlong celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Ray McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.As part of the celebrations, local camera men, Sean Johnston and Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. The DVD is available for sale in various outlets, and would make an ideal present.

Birthday Wishes

Luke Kilcoyne, well known grey hound trainer, and Gaelic Football analysis, recently celebrated his 80th Birthday in the company of family and friends. Well known in many local and national circles, he is a true example of keeping fully active in retirement, and he is one of the youngest looking octogenarians ever……….

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry writing group have now finished up for the Christmas break, but will resume again on Friday 12th January, 2018 from 11am-1pm.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre.

The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Louis McDonagh, Ballincurry

The unexpected death occurred earlier this year of Louis McDonagh, late of Ballincurry, Curry. In his late 60’s, Louis was a native of Tubbercurry, having spent his early life living at home opposite Rathscanlon Creamery. Son of the late Tanse and Mary Agnes, Louis hit for London as a teenager, like a lot of his generation in search of employment and finished up spending nearly 30 years there. He was involved in the construction business, and specifically steel fixing. The family returned to Ireland when they purchased their home and farm at Ballincurry. Since his retirement from full time employment, Louis was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry where most of the house shopping was done, and he thoroughly enjoyed keeping up to date with local happenings around town. An avid GAA fan, he shared his allegiances with both Curry and Tubbercurry, as relatives were involved at a high level with both clubs. He was always happy once the best team won! Louis is survived by his wife Carmel, daughter Siobhan, son James, grandson Daithí, brothers Henry and Frances, sisters Bridie, Mary, Margaret and Teresa, in-laws, nephews, nieces and many relations and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 18th December

Holy Family N.S. – NEWS

Christmas preparations are in full flow in Holy Family NS. Parents and Grandparents are invited to the school to see the children’s Christmas Shows. Junior Infants to 3rd class will perform their shows on Monday 18th from 1.30pm.  Plays from 4th, 5th and 6th class will take place on Tuesday 19th from 1pm. Thanks to the teachers and the children for all their work and to the Parents Association for helping out.

The Green School Committee are collecting food for the St Vincent de Paul. Families are asked to send in non perishable goods to the Green School Committee. The children will put the food in hampers for the St Vincent de Paul

The Active School Committee launched their year’s work on Thursday 14th December. Demort Mc Dermot will help out with some activities. Children were invited to wear Christmas jumpers, Christmas hats or even a Christmas decoration.  Thanks to Ms Cooney and the Heath Promoting School Committee for organising Odd Socks Day.

New Pub Opening

Congratulations to the O’Connor family, Tubbercurry on the opening of their new high spec pub The O’C. It will be managed by Shane and Paul, sons of Anne and the late Pat. Located in the former pub known as “The Forge” and previous to that as “Neary’s”, this upgrade and opening is a great vote of confidence in the local hostelry/pub/food business in the town, and will give a new option for people when out socialising. Well done and best wishes.

Shoe Box, Tubbercurry

Best wishes is extended to Michelle Skeffington who recently took over the management of The Shoe Box on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. The Shoe Box was established and run for over 10 years by Marian Jones and Bernie Mulgrew, and it grew into a thriving business. Michelle recently returned from Canada, where she worked for a number of years, has now taken over its management. She will be delighted to meet all former customers and hopes for their continued support.

St. Stephens Day Run

South Sligo Athletic Club are holding a 5K Fun Run on St. Stephen’s Day in aid of SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). Registration takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall at 11.30am, and the Run commences at 12 noon. Walkers, Joggers and runners are welcome to this family friendly event. Christmas jumpers encouraged. Tea and refreshments afterwards in St. Brigid’s Hall.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation Clinic will be on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry from 4.30pm to 8pm. Visit giveblood.ie or LoCall 1850 731 137 if you want to learn more about giving blood. Thanking all patrons for their continued support during 2017, and we hope to see you at a blood donation clinic again soon.

Tubbercurry Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights in Tubbercurry look great after their re-modelling following the theft of the existing sets. Well done to all those involved in fundraising of the new lights and a big thank you to the individuals and businesses who dug deep into their pockets for this community effort.

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a yearlong celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Ray McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.As part of the celebrations, local camera men, Sean Johnston and Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. The DVD is available for sale in various outlets, and would make an ideal Christmas stocking filler.

Santa Claus is coming to Town

Santa will be paying a visit to Tubbercurry over the coming Saturdays from 11am. He’ll be visiting shops and businesses and will be talking to parents and children. So children, have your list ready for Santa because he’ll be checking out from the Mums and Dads who’s been naughty and who’s been nice throughout the year…….

An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre

Competitions Time at An Chroi…..…. Would your business like to win a free boardroom for a day with lunch provided to plan your strategy for 2018? An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre are offering businesses in the region, and beyond, the chance to win one day’s use of their Board Room with complimentary lunch platters provided by Cawleys, free parking and use of the canteen for those inspiring tea and coffee breaks. The room is a fully equipped boardroom suitable for 14 people with AV facilities. To enter visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/tubbercurryenterprisecentre/

Established in 2016, An Chroí, South Sligo Enterprise Centre provides office and enterprise space in flexible units. The bright and spacious Training Room is ideal for business meetings, staff training days or mentoring sessions. The centre is equipped with conference facilities, a training Room (inclusive of AV facilities) and a board room. There are various office options depending on your company’s needs which include hot desks, virtual offices and private offices. This modern centre is fully equipped with kitchen/canteen facilities and has ample free parking on the grounds. The centre is situated in Tubbercurry just off the N17 Sligo – Galway road, located 15 minutes from Ireland West Airport, 25 minutes from Sligo Town and just 15 minutes from the N4 main Sligo to Dublin road. Its location means it is easily accessible and the ideal base for businesses and startups to travel to and work from. The up to date facilities include a projector and screen, broadband, heat/ air conditioning and ample free parking just outside.

Cloonacool GAA Club

Cloonacool G.A.A. Club are holding a charity match in aid of ”Operation Walk Ireland” on St. Stephens’s day in Cloonacool Community Park at 2pm. In order to raise much needed funds to support a team of medical volunteers who will travel to Vietnam in March 2018. A team of doctors and nurses which will include local girl Mary Marren from Carrowreagh Knox, who is a nurse in the Galway Clinic, will travel to Asia to carry out much needed knee and hip replacements, and also to provide education to the local medical teams. We are asking as many people as possible to turn out and support this charity event for a very worthy cause.

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry writing group have now finished up for the Christmas break, but will resume again on Friday 12th January, 2018 from 11am-1pm.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre.

The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Mary Sweeney

The recent death occurred of Mary Sweeney, Long Island, New York and originally from Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry. In her late 80’s, Mary spent all her adult life in New York, having been there for nearly 60 years in total. She did manage to get home on a number of occasions, and always considered Tullycusheen as home. It was her wish that her remains would be brought home to Ireland to be buried here. Her remains reposed at the Morahans Funeral Home with removal to St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Mary is survived by her brothers Jimmy and Tommy, sister Ann, and various relations, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Mary Kate Walsh, Banada

The recent peaceful death occurred of Mary Kate Walshe, (nee Carr) late of Banada, at St. Attracta’s Nursing Home. In her 90th year, Mary Kate came from the Tourlestrane Parish and was a well known and popular figure in the local community for many decades. Her remains reposed at Coens Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Burial took place in Banada Abbey Cemetery, beside where she lived for nearly 60 years. She is survived by her sons Austin, (Banada) and Jimmy (Dowros), daughters Breege McDonnell (Killasser), Margaret Meers (Aclare) and Catherine Carroll (Drumcliff), brother Jim Carr, daughters and sons in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

James (Jimmy) Coleman, Bunninadden

The death occurred peacefully in September of James Snr (Jimmy) Coleman, late of Bunninadden. In his 91st year, Jimmy was a primary school teacher all his working life, working in a number of schools including, Principal of Bunninadden Primary school. Jimmy was an active man who enjoyed outdoor activities. He was pre-deceased some years ago by his wife Tessie. In recent years, he had failing health and was lovingly looked after by his daughter Ann. His remains reposed at the residence of his daughter Ann Gorman, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. Burial took place in St. Columba’s Cemetery, Ballymote. Jimmy is survived by daughters Helen Morris (Lucan), Ann Gorman (Tubbercurry), Jacinta Brennan (Bundoran), sons Bobby (Tallagh), James (Bunninadden) and David (Castlebar), in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and may friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Bridget Moffitt, Moylough

The recent death occurred of Bridget Moffitt (nee Maye), late of Moylough, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Bridget was a local Moylough girl who married locally and was a hard worker who helped her husband Michael with all farm chores. After her husband died, she continued to take a keen interest in all farming matters along with her son Tom.

Her remains reposed at the Coens Funeral home prior to removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Bridget is survived by sons Henry (London), Dan (Dublin), Tom (Moylough), and daughter Geraldine Hannon (Sligo), in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and good neighbours, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 11th December

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a yearlong celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Ray McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.

As part of the celebrations, local camera men, Sean Johnston and Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.  The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make ideal Christmas stocking filler.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: in Tubbercurry Golf Club, on Tuesday, 12th December at 8pm. There will be a Mulled Wine Reception with lots of spot prizes/raffle. A great night guaranteed. Everyone welcome. Admin €10. All arrangements made will be included in the raffle.

Santa Claus is coming to Town

Santa will be paying a visit to Tubbercurry over the coming Saturdays from 11am. He’ll be visiting shops and businesses and will be talking to parents and children. So children, have your list ready for Santa because he’ll be checking out from the Mums and Dads how good or bad you’ve been this year…….

Real Tubber U13

There will be a 25 card drive being held in Yeats County Inn, Curry on Thursday 14th December at 8.30pm in aid of The Real Tubber U13 girls who are heading to Holland in March to take part in the Holland Cup which is a European competition.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Cash prizes on the night with a raffle for a turkey and ham and other great prizes.  Entry €10.

An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre

Competitions Time at An Chroi…..…. Would your business like to win a free boardroom for a day with lunch provided to plan your strategy for 2018? An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre are offering businesses in the region, and beyond, the chance to win one day’s use of their Board Room with complimentary lunch platters provided by Cawleys, free parking and use of the canteen for those inspiring tea and coffee breaks. The room is a fully equipped boardroom suitable for 14 people with AV facilities. To enter visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/tubbercurryenterprisecentre/

Established in 2016, An Chroí, South Sligo Enterprise Centre provides office and enterprise space in flexible units. The bright and spacious Training Room is ideal for business meetings, staff training days or mentoring sessions. The centre is equipped with conference facilities, a training Room (inclusive of AV facilities) and a board room. There are various office options depending on your company’s needs which include hot desks, virtual offices and private offices. This modern centre is fully equipped with kitchen/canteen facilities and has ample free parking on the grounds. The centre is situated in Tubbercurry just off the N17 Sligo – Galway road, located 15 minutes from Ireland West Airport, 25 minutes from Sligo Town and just 15 minutes from the N4 main Sligo to Dublin road. Its location means it is easily accessible and the ideal base for businesses and startups to travel to and work from. The up to date facilities include a projector and screen, broadband, heat/ air conditioning and ample free parking just outside.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Group

The last meeting for 2017 of the Cancer Support Group was on Wed last 6th Dec 2017. The next Support Group Meeting at The Cancer Support Centre, 53 Ard Aisling, Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry will be on the first Wed in Feb 2018 at 8pm. For further information please phone 0894480527

Mary Veronica Cullen, Doocastle

The recent death occurred after a long illness of Mary Veronica Cullen (nee Waters), late of Floughena, Doocastle. In her late ‘60’s, Mary Veronica was a native of Montiagh, Curry, and moved to Floughana after her marriage to her husband Michael. A hairdresser by profession, Mary was in business on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry for a number of years in the 1970’s prior to her family rearing duties taking over. In later years she worked from home and did the hairdressing duties for many years for the residents at Bailey’s Nursing Home. Always a cheerful bubbly and chatty character, Mary battled illness for many years but never complained.

Her remains reposed at her residence in Floughana prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. Burial took place in Kilturra cementery, not far from her Floughana home.  She is survived by her husband Michael, sons David and Tony, daughters Michelle and Alma, brother Pat Waters, in-laws, grandchildren, nephews, cousins and a wide circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Mary Carty, Clooncagh

The recent death occurred of Mary Carty (nee Durkin), late of Clooncagh, Tourlestrane. Age 95, Mary was a native of Gortersluin, just a short distance over the road from Clooncagh and after marrying her husband, Anthony, she spent the next 70 years in Clooncagh.

As a mother of 10 children, Mary was always busy, and went about her work with a smile on her face at all times. Her husband Anthony was a member of Sligo Co. Council for many years in the 1950-‘70’s which demanded time spent away from home and farm, and chores often fell to Mary to ensure they were done. When doing her regular shopping in Tubbercurry, she enjoyed meeting friends and parents of children similar in age to her children, and she always took a genuine interest in the progress of children of neighbours and friends. Up until her death she had a keen intellect, and her power of memory and recall was amazing throughout her latter life.

Anthony died in 1990 and Mary continued on in Clooncagh always taking an interest in the progress of the farm and in her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her remains reposed at the Brennan Funeral home, Kilmactigue with Funeral Mass at St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane, and burial afterwards in Kilmactigue Cemetery. Mary is survived by sons Michael, Bernard, Tony, Jimmy and Tommy, daughters Eileen, Patricia, Maura, Ann and Angela, brother Paddy, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Angela O’Neill, Rocklands

The recent peaceful death occurred of Angela O’Neill (nee Keane), late of Rocklands, Tubbercurry. Aged 88, Angela was a native of Tubbertelly, just a couple of miles outside town. As a young adult, Angela, like many of her generation left home and hit for New York in the late 1940’s, seeking work, adventure and life challenges. When in New York she met the love of her life, Frank, a West Cork native, and after getting married in 1951 they worked the ‘50’s decade in New York before moving back to Dublin in 1959. Juggling rearing a family with various office/administration jobs, Angela and Frank spent the next 40 years in Dublin before eventually getting back to Tubbercurry where she had left 50 years earlier. Happily retired in Rocklands since 1999, Frank passed away in 2010 after 49 happy years of marriage. Angela enjoyed catching up with old friends and relations since retiring in Tubbercurry.

Her remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home, and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery after funeral mass at the Church of John the Evangelist. Angela is survived by sons Frank and Kevin, daughter Dawn, brother Pat, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Tom Niland, Drimbane, Curry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Tom Niland, late of Drimbane, Curry. Aged 91, Tom worked for many years on the road staff of Sligo Co. Council throughout South Sligo as well as farming at home in Drimbane.

His remains reposed at St. Therese’s Funeral Home, Curry, and burial took place in Bunnacrannagh Cemetery after funeral Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry. Tom is survived by his wife Mary, daughters, Margaret and Teresa, sons, John and Jerry, brothers Jack and Joe, grandchildren, in-laws, relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Jack Cooke, Drumartin

The recent death occurred of Jack Cooke, late of Drumartin, Tubbercurry. Aged 72, Jack worked in England as a young adult through the 1960’s and ‘70’s, prior to moving back home to help in the care of his parents and siblings. He took up employment in Basta in the mid 70’s, and worked there for nearly 20 years before retiring. Jack also farmed and had a strong interest in sport of all types. He was always considered a good neighbour, ready to help out at any occasion necessary.

His remains reposed at the Brennan Funeral Home, Kilmactigue, and burial took place in Kilmactigue Cemetery after Mass at St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Jack is survived by sisters, Mary, Bridie, Annie and Una, brothers, Tommy and Mickey, in-laws, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Passing of two Cloonacool Sisters

Anne Murphy, Booterstown, Dublin

Kathleen O’Flaherty, Sandymount, Dublin

The recent deaths occurred of two Cloonacool sisters in Dublin, Kathleen O’Flaherty (nee Brennan) and Anne Murphy (need Brennan). Natives of Cloonacool village, and daughters of the late Jack and Kitty Brennan, both ladies were institutions in their own right, and great friends of all Cloonacool, Tubbercurry and Co. Sligo people who lived in Dublin. Both Anne and Kathleen were like 2 peas in a pod, and it was ironic that both passed to their eternal reward within months of each other, Kathleen dying in May, and Anne in November. Their parents, Jack and Kitty ran the pub and grocery business in Cloonacool village since the early years of the foundation of the State, and were highly respected and much loved by the local community. Their father Jack was involved actively in the War of Independence and later became involved in Co. Sligo GAA, being Chairman of the Sligo Co. Board from 1934-48.

Both girls were well educated and were reared with a good work ethos and instilled with a great love of their native country. On finishing their secondary school education, both girls moved to Dublin for work opportunities.

Kathleen trained as a Nurse and took up permanent employment in the Mater Hospital. It was while tending a young Kerry man in the Mater Hospital that she met Hugh O’Flaherty and they obviously fell in love and married.

Anne was a few years younger than Kathleen, and she in due course also went to Dublin working as a Bank Official. She in due course met and married Addy, the love of her life. As she matured she became known as Aunty Anne, even to those who were not related.

For the next 60 years both girls spent in Dublin, they got to know people from all walks of life and became known as loving and caring ladies, who would never refuse help, and often helped even if not asked. If they met any new arrivals into Dublin from Co. Sligo they went out of their way to help them settle. They became involved and fully immersed in the activities of the Sligo Men’s Association in Dublin and any time Sligo GAA teams played in Croke Park, they were there. No Sligo associated event in Dublin happened without at least one of the sisters in attendance. Nobody will ever know the full extent of their generosity and humanity.

Of course they always loved their trips home to Cloonacool, Tubbercurry and Co. Sligo and Anne’s daughter, Kitty got married in Cloonacool Church just a few weeks before Anne’s death. That was Anne’s last trip home.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Hugh, sons Hugh and Rory and daughters Catherine and Brid. Anne is survived by her husband Addy, sons Denis and John and daughter Kitty.

Both are survived by their sister Christina Murphy, Tubbercurry and a wide circle of nephews, nieces, In-laws, grandchildren, all to whom sympathy is extended. Not alone will they be missed by their immediate family, but also by the huge circles of friends they had developed over 60 years all over Ireland. May they both rest gently in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 4th December

Tubbercurry Christmas Lights

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association invites everyone to attend the switching on Ceremony of the Town Christmas Lights on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm in the Square, Tubbercurry.  They will be launched by Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Community Games U13 Girls who are All Ireland Football, Soccer, Indoor Soccer, 7 A Side Soccer Champions 2016/2017.  Local Man Kieran Lundy will lead out Music & Carols.  There will be Hot Chocolate and Treats on offer.

Also there will be a Special Lighting Ceremony this Christmas, lunched by Grainne McSteen in Swift Lane, to remember those who are no longer with us.

Gallagher House Christmas Party

Gallagher House will hold their Christmas party in Killorans Restaurant on Wednesday, 6th December at 7pm.

Sincere thanks are extended to everyone who helped organise the 25 card drive which was held in recent weeks in aid of Gallagher House. The event was a great success with thanks as always to the generous sponsors and to those who helped to make the night such a success.

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a year long celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Rary McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.

As part of the celebrations, local camera man Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.  A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.

The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make ideal Christmas stocking filler.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 10th December, from 12 – 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available. Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts. Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served”.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: in Tubbercurry Golf Club, on Tuesday, 12th December at 8pm. There will be a Mulled Wine Reception with lots of spot prizes/raffle. A great night guaranteed. Everyone welcome. Admin €10. All arrangements made will be included in the raffle.

Real Tubber U13

There will be a 25 card drive being held in Yeats County Inn, Curry on Thursday 14th December at 8.30pm in aid of The Real Tubber U13 girls who are heading to Holland in March to take part in the Holland Cup which is a European competition.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Cash prizes on the night with a raffle for a turkey and ham and other great prizes.  Entry €10.

Volunteer English Tutor’s Required: Tubbercurry Family Resource centre is recruiting volunteers for its Failte Isteach Conversational English Programme. Volunteers will be required to teach conversational English during a 2 hour class, once a week to a small group of Migrant adult students. No prior teaching experience is required. If you speak English fluently, have some time to spare and like getting out and meeting new people – you are fully qualified! If you would be interested in finding out more about the role please contact Mary in Tubbercurry FRC on 0719186926.

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry Creative Writers group meet every Friday in Tubbercurry Library from 11am – 1pm. Everyone welcome.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre, 53 Ard Aisling,Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry.

Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre is a place of Peace and Hope for people who have or had cancer and their immediate families, providing Holistic Therapies. Counselling, One-one Support, Workshops. The Cancer Support Group meet on the First Wednesday of the Month at 8pm. Drop in Monday-Thursday from 10am – 4pm. Phone 089 4480527

Women’s Group

Looking for some crafty time? Why not come and join the Tubbercurry Women’s Group. We meet every Wednesday from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at the community room at the Tubbercurry library. We’ll be delighted to see you.

Cloonacool Christmas Party

The Cloonacool Annual Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 10th December.  To book your place, please contact Attracta on 0863058844.

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool Card Game takes place at 8.30 pm in Cloonacool Community Centre each Monday evening.

Michael James Kirrane, Carrentubber

The recent death occurred in his 80th year of Michael James Kirrane, late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry. A native of Knockahoney, Tourlestrane, Michael James started his working life in Stensons shop/pub in Tourlestrane before moving to Tubbercurry to take up employment in Mastersons Shop on Wolfe Tone Square. He then moved to Basta in the mid/late ‘50’s when Basta was still a young and fledgling enterprise. He continued to work there for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1998, and saw many highs and lows in the factory as employment numbers soared in the ‘60’s and 70’s before dropping again in the ‘80’s. It was in Basta he met his future wife, Bridie Scanlon, and after marrying in the early ‘60’s they settled in Carrentubber to rear their family.

Michael was an excellent farmer and took pride in producing and presenting his farm and stock in an excellent way. He was also a keen supporter of many sports – Manchester Utd. Sligo GAA, and Tourlestrane being amongst his favourites, and he was a good judge of both players and teams abilities. He was also a keen 25 card player and played at all the local game venues.

His remains reposed at his home in Carrentubber prior to removal to St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Michael James is survived by his wife Bridie, daughters Mary, Nora, Michaela and Assumpta, son David, brothers John, Tom and Brendan, sister Josie, in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life - New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a year long celebration of Tubbercurry 600.   This celebration included EU Commissioner, Rary McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.

As part of the celebrations, local camera man Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight.  It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area.  Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.

The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make an ideal Christmas stocking filler.