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Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 16/09/2019

Ballyara Lecture

An illustrated Lecture takes place on this Friday evening 20th September, at 7.30pm on the history of Ballyara, beside Tubbercurry.  The talk is being given by well known Sligo Archeologist Martin A. Timoney.  A new information panel for Ballyara Graveyard has been designed and this will be its first viewing at the presentation.

New information has come to light in the research involved in this board and the sharing of this information will be of great interest to locals interested in the history of their area.  It should also be of particular interest to residents of Ballyara & surrounding areas of Tourlestrane & Tubbercurry and all the O’Hara Clan of South Sligo.  Ballyara is the Anglicised version of Baile Ui Eara, (The town of O’Hara) and was the seat for centuries of the local O’Hara Chieftain.  There are literally hundreds of O’Hara people living in South Sligo who have direct connections to Ballyara.

Come along for a very worthwhile presentation of this wonderful subject.  The night is a Tubbercurry Tidy Town event.     

Michael & Nancy Coen

Best Wishes are extended to Michael & Nancy Coen, who are retiring from the petrol Forecourt Business on Teeling Street in Tubbercurry.  Michael & Nancy purchased their garage & forecourt from Gerry & Angela Burke about 20 years ago, and continued the great service that had been there already.  Customers were always greeted with a smile and were quickly helped if in difficulty.  However Michael will continue in the Undertaking business from Doocastle and their funeral home on Wolfe Tone Square, and they hope to serve the public in that capacity for many more years. 

Happy Christmas

Locals in Tubbercurry were wishing each other happy Christmas last week as the town was lit up with Christmas lights and Christmas trees as well as window dressing of a Christmas variety.  The purpose of this early festive cheer was as part of the Film set for the shooting of a new series being made entitled ‘Normal People’.  The town was full for 5 days of actors and extras as well as set design, location managers, camera operators and helpers of all sorts, scenes were shot on Wolf Tone Square, Supervalu, Nathy Brennans pub, Killorans Pub, Coens Undertakers and a variety of rural and street locations.  Director of the entire series is Oscar nominated Lenny Abrahamson and the story is set in a fictional Co. Sligo town called Carricklea (alias Tubbercurry).  This will be a 12 part series which should be available in 2020 and it will hopefully show off Tubbercurry and South Sligo in a very favourable light.  Many local people were involved as extras and this could be the chance many of them were waiting for to be ‘discovered’.

Margaret Gormley  

A lovely memorial occasion took place recently at North Connacht College in honour of the late County Councillor Margaret Gormley.  Amongst many of the jobs undertaken by Margaret in her capacity as County Councillor was sitting on the Board of Management of North Connacht College over the last 17 years since it opened, and the staff and students thought it appropriate to mark her service.  This took the form of the planting of an Oak Tree in the front garden of the College and the unveiling of a stone plague in honour of Margaret.  The service was attended by family of Margaret, and representatives of the College and local Community.  May she rest in Peace. 

Property Marking

The Telesis Property Marking Unit will be attending the Teach Laighne Car Park, Tubbercurry on Saturday 28th September 11am – 3pm for the purpose of having property being marked to prevent theft.  This can be done on all types of property – trailers, garden equipment, tools etc. The system works by engraving the Eircode of the property owner on to an item.  This provides traceability in the event of the item being stolen and recovered.  Bring your Eircode number as well as your property.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 26th September at 8.30pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry. All welcome 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.

Eamon Burke, Cloonacool

The recent death occurred in his 98th year of Eamon Burke, late of Mullaun, Cloonacool. Eamon was a well known and highly respected man in his locality and his passing at a ripe old age has left a void in and about Cloonacool.

Born in 1916, the year of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Eamon took an interest in national politics from a young age, as the War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War took place in his formative young years.  His father died a young man when Eamon was just a  teenager and Eamon therefore, as the oldest child in the household, had to become the man of the house.  Reared on a small farm at the foot of the Ox Mountains, life was tough for all farmers, but Eamon helped his mother get his siblings through school and into careers of their own.  Eamon stayed on in Cloonacool.

From a young age he had a great interest in national politics and Eamon De Valera and the Fianna Fáil Party caught his imagination.  He became a life long member and supporter at various elections over a period of more than 60 years.

Eamon’s sporting interests covered athletics, GAA and greyhound racing, and in his prime years in the 1940’s – ‘70’s he owned and trained numerous good greyhounds.   His greatest achievement in the greyhound world was the winning of the National Open Cup in Coursing in 1952 with a renowned greyhound called Mr. Pip. Run  in Co. Kildare, Mr. Pip beat the best greyhounds of his generation, and partners and friends of Eamon in that era included, Alfie Lang, John Burke and Chrissie Coyne, all from the Grange area of North Sligo. 

On the farming front Eamon was always known to have good cattle, something he was proud of throughout his lifetime.

His remains reposed at his home in Cloonacool where friends and associates called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in St. Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, and burial was in Cloonacool cemetery, close to where he lived his full life.  Eamon is survived by his sister Pat O’Rourke (Sligo), brothers Michael (Chaffpool), Martin (Cork), sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace,

Tommy Morahan, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Thomas (Tommy) Morahan, formerly of Church St., Tubbercurry and recently of Baileys Nursing Home.

In his early 80’s, Tommy was born and reared on Church St. and worked all his working life in the family business where he was always a well known and respected part of the community.  The Shop, petrol  station, undertakers and taxi service of Bernie Morahans was known throughout South Sligo since the 1930’s and it was into this family and business that Tommy was born.

 After finishing school, Tommy progressed into the family run business along with his brother Joe and Joe’s wife Joan, and they continued to serve the public from taking over the business in the 1960’s until their retirement in 2003.  Tommy was a quiet and inoffensive man who’s needs and requirements were few.  He enjoyed Drama and Concerts in St. Brigid’s Hall and was a regular Church goer and regularly visited the Knock Shrine when visiting his sister Maria close –by.  He took an interest in all things local and knew all his customers by first names.  After retiring from work in 2003 he enjoyed a few good years of retirement before ill health took its toll and he was a resident of Baileys Nursing Home since 2006 where he got wonderful care.  He always enjoyed visits from old friends and customers of the business.

 Tommy’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home which was part of his family business and there all his old friends and neighbours called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangalist , Tubbercurry where Tommy was baptised and received the Sacrements & Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Maria Larkin (Knock) and brother Seamus(Naas), in laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Kathleen Haran, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Kathleen Haran (nee McVann) late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry.  Aged 86, Kathleen, was a native of Carnaleck, Cloonacool and always considered herself a Cloonacool woman, even though she lived on Lovers Lane, Carrowreagh Cooper, for 56 years.  Kathleen was always a very outgoing lady who knew young and old by their first names.

 As a young woman she went working to England like a lot of her generation in the mid 50’s.  When at home from England for Christmas she attended a dance in Tubbercurry where she met Sean Haran, and the rest as we say is history.  She subsequently married Sean and they were happily married for over 50 years until Sean died in 2015.  Over the years Kathleen was an active ICA member and worked the farm when Sean was working as Postman.  She enjoyed Drama and music and had a loyal circle of friends.  In recent years she had failing health but was cared for magnificently by her own family.  Her remains reposed at the house of her son Francis and Funeral Mass was in the Church of St. John Evangalist with burial taking place in Rhue Cementry.  She is survived by her sons Francis, John & Micheal, daughter Claire, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace. 

Margaret (Nan) Hunt

The recent tragic death occurred at her home at St. Anthony’s Cresent, Tubbercurry of Margaret Ann (Nan) Hunt.  Originally, from Ougham, Bunninadden, Nan moved into her house in St. Anthony’s Cresent a number of years ago and lived there quietly since.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, Tubbercurry and removal took place to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden.  Burial was in Kilturra Cemetery, close to her home place in Ougham.  Sympathy is extended to her brothers Patrick, Joseph and Henry (Ougham), sister Kathleen Taafe (Coolaney) Nephews, nieces & friends.  May she rest in Peace.

Sympathy is extended to Jimmy Coleman, Gallagher Road, Tubbercurry and his brother Michael and sister Rose on the recent death of their father Jim Coleman of Calva, Carracastle who died recently.  May he rest in peace. 

Sympathy is extended to Ann McIntyre, Ballyara, Tubbercurry & to her extended family on the recent death of their mother Delia Brennan, Castlerock, Aclare.  May she rest in Peace.

Clothes Collection

Drimina National School Parents Association are having a clothes collection on Monday September 23rd. Clothes, footwear and bedding, no quilts.  Donations can be left in the school car park before 10am.

Yoga classes

Yoga Classes starting on 24th September at 7pm in An Chroí  Ballina Road Tubbercurry

North Connaught College – New course in the Beauty Department

North Connaught College Beauty Department are still accepting applicants for their CIDESCO 2-year Beauty Therapy Course. It includes skincare, waxing, nail treatments, makeup, body treatments, massage, microdermabrasion business etc…

Want to add to your existing qualification?

We are also delighted to introduce the new ITEC Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments. This part -time course is open to Qualified Therapists and will help you to expand your business or help you upskill. (Sept-May, Mondays, 10-4pm)

Call now to secure a place 071-9185035   nccollege@msletb.ie   Follow us in Facebook

North Connaught College

North Connaught College, Tubbercurry are still accepting applicants onto our courses. We provide courses in Beauty Therapy, Childcare, eBusiness and Advanced Administration, Health Service Skills, Health Services Supervisory Management Skills, Nursing, Security, Leadership and Community Development. We have a new course:-

  • Equine Studies

Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email nccollege@msletb.ie.

Stage Lighting and Sound Course

Anyone interested in attending a Stage Lighting and Sound Course should contact Sean Johnston at 087 6741466 or any members of the Phoenix or Cloonacool Players.  This course will take place over the coming weeks if there are sufficient numbers to participate.

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG. is currently delivering a programme for people who would like to learn how to use the internet but have no previous skills or experience with computers. The course is being delivered in community centres in Gurteen, Geevagh, Tubbercurry, Collooney, Enniscrone, Easkey, Dromore west, Grange, and Sligo town. The course comprises of five two hour classes. The course is FREE. The aim of the programme is to increase people’s confidence in using the internet for a variety of everyday tasks.  Please ring David/Paula at 071 91 41138 for further details

Cloonacool Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

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

TUBBERCURRY NOTES COMMENCING 09/09/2019

Normal People

Filming is taking place this week September 9th to 13th of a BBC Series set to hit the screens next year entitled ‘Normal People’.  Based on an award winning novel by Sally Rooney a young Co. Mayo writer, the book is set largely in a West of Ireland fictional town called ‘Carricklea’.   Tubbercurry town is this fictional location in the film and various scenes are shot on Teeling Street, Wolfe Tone Square and Emmett Street as well as in premises including Super Valu, Killorans, Nathy Brennans and Burkes Garage.  The entire local community of residents and business people are extremely helpful to the film crew who already worked here for a week in June.  Visitiors to the town might be wondering why Christmas lights and Christmas Tree have been erected so early in the year but this is part of the local co-operation with the film crew as one of the scenes to be shot is a Christmas scene.  Because of the requirement for some evening scenes filming will continue until approximately 11pm most evenings and the film crew really appreciate the co-operation of local residents. 

Next week the call will be ‘ Lights, Camera, Action’……

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 26th September at 8.30pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

Phoenix Players

A meeting of the Phoenix Players will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall on Thursday night 12th September at 8.30pm in order to plan a programme of events for the coming season.  Next year will be the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Phoenix Players and it is hoped to have an active season of events and to involve as many people as possible to celebrate the occasion.  All are welcome especially new members.

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG. is currently delivering a programme for people who would like to learn how to use the internet but have no previous skills or experience with computers. The course is being delivered in community centres in Gurteen, Geevagh, Tubbercurry, Collooney, Enniscrone, Easkey, Dromore west, Grange, and Sligo town. The course comprises of five two hour classes. The course is FREE. The aim of the programme is to increase people’s confidence in using the internet for a variety of everyday tasks.  Please ring David/Paula at 071 91 41138 for further details

Stage Lighting and Sound Course

Anyone interested in attending a Stage Lighting and Sound Course should contact Sean Johnston at 087 6741466 or any members of the Phoenix or Cloonacool Players.  This course will take place over the coming weeks if there are sufficient numbers to participate.

Telesis Marking Machine (property marking machine ) 

The Telesis Marketing Machine will be visiting Tubbbercurry on September 28th more details to follow next week.  Anybody that has valuation equipment should ensure it has their own contact and ownership details marked thereon.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020

Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

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.

East Mayo A.C and CBD Sports Complex Charlestown are holding a 10k & 5k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday September 21st at 10.30 am. Register now on popupraces.ie or follow the link on the Facebook page.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News Sept. 1st

Comhaltas News Traditional music classes commencing in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on Monday 9th September.  Flute and Whistle for beginners starts at 6.15pm,  advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm. Congratulations to all our members who took part the All Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda and did us proud.  Comhghairdeas to Sinead Johnston on the fantastic achievment of winning gold on the banjo.

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennans on Friday 6th September, Junior session at 8.30m and Senior session starting at 9.30pm.  All musicians are very welcome

South Sligo in Older 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.

LOUGH DERG The one day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry on Tuesday, September 10th next will be leaving Teach Laighne Car Park at 7.30am.   There will also be pick-up stops at Achonry Creamery and Collooney.  The cost of €60 for the day will be collected on the coach.  There are a few seats still available.  Please ring 087-7720950or 087-7436962 for booking.

Famine Graveyard mass There was a great turn out at the Famine graveyard Mass which was celebrated in memory of those who died in Tubbercurry as a result of the famine in the 1840’s.   A word of thanks to everyone who attended the mass and a special word of thanks to the committee who keep the graveyard and its environs in top condition.

Cloonacool Players Drama Group lighting courses The Cloonacool Players Drama Group are offering lighting and sound courses to all those interested in getting involved in the technical workings of drama backstage. These courses will be conducted in the coming weeks if sufficient numbers show interest. All those interested should contact chairperson Brid Calvey or instructor Sean Johnston in the coming days.

Nurture Africa Uganda The organising committee and Jean Gallagher wish to thank all who attended a fundraising function on behalf of the charity in the May Queen lounge.  We especially want to thank all who donated money, spot prizes and food for the event.  Also thanks to John and Loretto Burke of the May Queen, and Carmel McLoughlin for providing the music.  A total of €1,517.60 was raised for the charity.

Social Dancing in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) on Saturday September 7th, music by the fabulous Michael Walsh, dancing from 10pm to 12pm, great nights dancing assured, admission €10

Cloonacool Sheep Festival The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

National Learning Network, Sligo The National Learning Network Sligo are holding an Open Day in the centre on Bridge Street, Sligo, F9IEY26,  Friday 6th September from 10am to 1pm. Come along for a tour of the centre, meet the instructors, support staff and current students to hear more about the FREE courses on offer. Have you had an accident, illness or injury or do you have a disability and need extra support? NLN has FREE Training Courses that can help you.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October.  Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel, cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is €220.  Single rooms are limited and the supplement is  €20 per night.  Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020 Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

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

Weekly News August 24th

Stand-By, Rolling, Camera, Action” These were the instructions heard on the streets of Tubbercurry 2 months ago, and will be heard again in the second week of September as filming takes place again fro the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney’s award winning novel “Normal People”. The film crew will be in town from September 9th – 15th again shooting in Nathy Brennan and Killorans pubs, as well as in Surlis Supervalu and on Emmet Street. Some of the Emmet Street set is a Christmas Scene, and Tubbercurry will have to have a Christmas Tree and Lights for the occasion. We will certainly be the first town in Ireland this year with Christmas Lights erected! More details to follow.

South Sligo in Older 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.

Rev. Patrick J. Murtagh, Tullinaglug, deceased The recent peaceful death occurred of Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Murtagh, late of the Diocese of Southwark in London, and originally from Tullinaglug Tourlestrane, just a couple of miles outside Tubbercurry.

Fr. Paddy had just passed his 86th birthday, having first seen the light of day in Tullinaglug in July, 1933, in an Ireland that was living through the economic recession and economic war of the 1930’s. After attending Castlerock Primary School in the late 1930’s and early 40’s, he went on to Boarding School in St. Nathy’s, Ballaghdereen where he got a fine secondary school education. He entered All Hallows College, Dublin in 1952 to train as a priest and was Ordained in 1958, after which he was asked to serve in the Diocese of Southwark, South London. Here, he made his home for the next 55 years or more, serving in various Parishes of the Diocese including, Annerly, Greenwich, Lee & Whitstible, Strood, Tooting and Selsdon. He often joked of his early years in these parishes where life was not easy. Life was dominated by the all-powerful Parish Priest, followed by his second in command – the housekeeper. The house dog and cat came next in the pecking order before the poor curate. The John B Keane classic play “Moll” comes to mind!! Paddy’s working life was dominated by him caring for others, and he enriched the lives of thousands or parishioners by his sympathetic and thoughtful Ministry. The large Irish population of his parishes had their lives enriched by Fr. Paddy Murtagh’s sympathy and listening ability. In his young days before his Ordination, Paddy was a good Gaelic footballer and he was delighted to be able to help his local club Tourlestrane, as wing back, to win their first County Championship in 1956 which was played in Ballymote. The victory was all the sweeter by the fact they beat neighbouring rivals Tubbercurry in the final whom had beaten them in the 1955 final. He kept a lifelong interest in the clubs great progress since then.

By 2016, after a life time of work in London, failing health caught up with him and he returned to the family home in Tullinaglug. Daily walks along the Stang Road replaced his home visits of South London parishes. Fr. Paddy had a great interest in local history, and often regretted the fact that the Old Work House in Tubbercurry was forgotten about after its demolition in the 1920’s to make way for Connolly Park housing project. He often said that many local families had ancestors who benefited from the services provided by the Workhouse and this should not be written out of recorded history. A project for somebody perhaps! Fr. Paddy reposed at his home in Tullinaglug prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in the adjoining Church grounds after Mass of the Resurrection. He is survived by his brothers, Francis, (Carrentubber), Charles, (Ballivor), Fr. John Joe, (Yakima), Denis,(Brighton), and Brendan (Tullinaglug), sisters, Catherine Brennan (Tullinaglug), Angela Hannafin (London), in-laws, nieces, nephews, and large circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions – novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme. Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep! A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.  Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

Nurture Africa Uganda The organising committee and Jean Gallagher wish to thank all who attended a fundraising function on behalf of the charity in the May Queen lounge. We especially want to thank all who donated money, spot prizes and food for the event. Also thanks to John and Loretto Burke of the May Queen, and Carmel McLoughlin for providing the music. A total of €1,517.60 was raised for the charity.

Social Dancing in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) on Saturday September 7th, music by the fabulous Michael Walsh, dancing from 10pm to 12pm, great nights dancing assured, admission €10

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October. Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro. Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night. Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020 Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

North Connaught College – NEW DEVELOPMENTS Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week. A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education. For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

LOUGH DERG A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th. Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island. Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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 McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News Aug. 5th

Old Fair Day Festival The 34th Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival is fast approaching and the hard working Festival Committee are working diligently to put everything in place for the various events.  At present collecting financial sponsorship and contributions is a priority and that is ongoing.  The opening day is holding a Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday 10th August 1.30pm – 3pm at the Tubbercurry Forest Walk behind Old Rathscanlan Creamery.  There will be games, pets and loads of activities for children.  Put that date in your diary.  On Sunday 11th August from 1pm are various activities including the Mattie Griffin Stunt Bike, all happening on The Square, Tubbercurry.  This is a family Fun Day with face painting, skills competitors, pottery workshop, Bouncy castles, Fancy Dress, Colouring & Art Competitions, etc. Monday & Tuesday have other activities leading up to the Big Old Fair Day on Wednesday 14th August.  This Old Fair Day brings livestock & craft as never seen before – ……. Glass Blowing, Pottery, Ironmongery, Thatching, Bread making, Woodturning, Hundreds of exhibitors & vendors, roadshows, antiques.  Ocean FM are broadcasting live from Tubbercurry and the afternoon has live music on stage from 12 noon with Robert Mizzell & Band.

Road Closures  To facilitate the Old Fair Day Festival in Tubbercurry the roads through the town are closed as follows :

Closure between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, 11th August 2019: The R294 from the AIB/Credit Union side of the Town Square and the R294 from its junction with Murphy’s Lane L8705-29 to its junction with Mountain Road L4502-0

Closure between 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 14th August, 2019: Humbert Street from its junction with the N17 to its junction with Wolfe Tone Square,  The Lane (L8705-29) from its junction with the N17 to Wolfe Tone Square, Wolfe Tone Square (North and West sides) and Mountain Road (L4502-0) from junction with the R294 to a point 200 metres southeast of said junction.

Launch of a new book  A book entitled “South Sligo in Other Times” will be launched in Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday 9th August 2019 at 8pm.  Compiled and edited by James McGuinn, the book contains material of considerable interest relating mainly to the parishes of Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, Mullinabreena and Curry.  Many personalities from the past come to life in articles, interviews and indeed some vintage photographs.  It promises to be a wonderful read from cover to cover and something that every South Sligo person should have on their bookshelves.  The author, James McGuinn, previously had two successful publications, “Curry” in 1984 and “Sligomen in the Great War 1914 – `18 in 1994.  The book will be launched by former Curry and Sligo footballer, Rev. Fr. Seán Durcan.  All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre.

 

THANKS FROM SPANISH SUMMER SCHOOL TO TUBBERCURRY

Sixteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from the town who thought that having a Spanish summer school in the town would have a positive experience for both students and locals alike. Well, now this is a fact and Tubbercurry welcomes every summer a group of Spanish students who come here to learn English.

Now we have got to the end of the 16th summer and everything has been much better than it had ever been expected. A lot of work has been done to get to this point by the leaders in charge of the students and the teachers, but nothing would have been possible without the help of the people from the town. Host families have become a second family to the students, that’s why we would like to thank them for their help and support.

We’d also like to thank the Irish coordinators who believed in this project from the very beginning, the South Sligo Summer School in which the students learnt Irish music and they really enjoyed it, and of course the whole town for the hospitality that has been given to all of us which made us feel like at home. We will never forget it!

This year, like the previous one, we made a barbeque in which host families, teachers, coordinators and everyone who wanted to attend had a great time. A fundraising took place and all the money was donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre based in Tubbercurry.

This year our students have left a piece of art in Tubbercurry with the help of local artist Damien Moran. It has been a wonderful experience. You can see that piece of art in the passage from the main street to SuperValu car park. It is beautiful!

Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

Tubbercurry Masters

The 41st year of the Tubbercurry Golf Society will be marked on Monday August 12th with the Tubbercurry Masters Golf Outing at Enniscrone Golf Course.

For many years this was known as the Gillespie Cup but is now named the Tubbercurry Masters, and is open to all golfers with a connection to South Sligo.

Shane Lowry, winner of the British Open last week may even possibly feature in the event as he always enjoys Links Golf Courses, and Enniscrone is one of the best Links Courses in Ireland.

The Ryder Cup will be coming to Ireland in 2026 and future players for the Adare Manor event could possibly come out of the group of players now competing for the Tubbercurry Masters.  Golf is at an all time high in popularity in Ireland at present following the Lowry success and the announcement of the Ryder Cup for Ireland and this popularity has not passed Tubbercurry.  Time sheets are available at Tubbercurry Golf Course and with John Gillespie Ph. 087 2885980.  Book as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Rhue Graveyard

The annual Mass in Rhue Graveyard takes place on Monday 12th August, 2019 at 8pm.

 

Kilmactigue DVD

Part 17 of the Kilmactigue Parish Millennium DVD focusing on Banada Abbey Secondary School is now completed.  Copies are available from Tom Walsh 0872276628; Padraic Maye 0872284575; Michael Collins 0872458612; Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare and from Drumartin Country Market.  The DVD features various aspects of school life recorded over the years 1999/2000 and may be of particular interest to the Leaving Cert and First Year Students who attended the school during those years

 

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

 

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 Dance in Ballintogher Community Centre (Co.Sligo) Friday 9th August ’19, 9.30pm

Music by Michael Walsh & Friends (Eir F91 XW 71)    Fáilte roimh gach einne.

 

Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot, €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20, and €260 pay out on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

 

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact 087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News July 15th

South Sligo Summer School – The 33rd South Sligo Summer School is now in full swing with Classes running daily and nightly music sessions in town in the pubs.. A good week of lively entertainment guaranteed so if you have friends at home bring them in for an evening of entertainments.  Full details on the website www.sssschool.org

Sensory Biodiversity Walk A very interesting Sensory,Biodiversity walk for visitors and locals alike, takes place this week under the leadership of local nature expert Martina Killian.  Enjoy the views of the Ox Mountains and Clooneen and Tullycusheen Bogs, listen to the sounds of nature, smell the flowers, taste the herbs and feel the moss under your feet.  Discover the diverse vegetation of marshy land 3 miles outside Tubbercurrry.  Takes place this Thursday 18th July at 5pm, meet at the Tubbercurry town square under the clock.  Herbal tea and homemade cake after the walk.  Admission free.

New Shop  A new shop premises has opened on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry called Digi-Telly.  This is a supplier of services to the Television and associated equipment, including satellite dishes, cables etc.  Owned and run by Max Jaago, Max has been providing this service for the last 10 years since he moved to Ireland.  Due to providing and excellent service, business has expanded, thus the need for a dedicated shop premises which is located beside the Computer Shop.  Max can be contacted at the shop if you are seeking TV upgrades or improvements.   

Social Dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday July 27th at 10 O’Clock. Music by Medicine Bow, back by popular demand. Admission is €10, great nights dancing is assured,  

Oliver Brennan, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Oliver Brennan, late of Chimney Park, Moylough, Tubbercurrry.  Aged just 80, Oliver was a young at heart 80 year old who was always active and had an interest in his farm until his death. Just days before his death he spoke of getting his hay cut at the beginning of July.  Oliver was a native of Moylough who farmed the family holding since the death of his parents.  He was a dairy farmer most of his life but changed his system to suckling & dry stock in recent years.  He always had an interest in local happenings and events and had a genuine interest in the progress of neighbours and their children through their school and work activities.  He could discuss and debate politics, sport and farming affairs with anybody and liked to come to Tubbercurry a few evenings a week for a social drink and to meet the many people who knew him.  In recent years he had health challenges which he just considered a nuisance, interrupting his work schedule.  He never complained or felt sorry for himself.   His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s Funeral Home, Curry, where many hundreds called to pay their respects.  Funeral mass was held in St. Patrick’s church Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  Oliver was pre-deceased by his brother Sean and sisters Anne, Millie & Patricia and is survived by his sister Carmel Groarke (Bellaghy, Charlestown), sister in law Maura, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & nephews, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest gently in Peace.

Sam Bainbridge, Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  The recent death occurred of Sam (Steven) Bainbridge late of Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  In his mid 70’s, Sam was a native of Cumbria in England but moved to Tubbercurry about 20 years ago.  A stone mason by trade, Sam worked throughout the West of Ireland since moving here and created many beautiful stone features in and around houses through his expert trade.  As well as working, Sam liked to play golf, and his social life resolved around the Golf Club and Society outings.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home Tubbercurry where a large number of friends and acquaintances called to pay their respects to a man who became a friend to many.  Sam is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Claire & 2 grandchildren, as well as sister, brothers, in laws & extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Brendan Walsh, Curry.  The recent unexpected death occurred after a brief illness of Brendan Walsh of Curry Village.  In his mid 70’s Brendan was a well known and multi talented musician who played the length & breath of Ireland with various Ceili and Social dancing bands over the last 50 years.  Bands he played with included The Malachy Doyle Ceili Band, The Fab Five Showband, The Fiesta Showband, Western Dixie Flyers Showband, Tenessee Sound, Rodeo, San Bernadino, Alberta Bound as well as his first love the St. Marys Ceili Band from Curry.  Brendan had an array of instruments to play including the button accordion, keyboards, tin whistle, concert flute, mouth organ, guitar, fiddle and drums.  As well as playing music, he was also a building contractor and a farmer and loved all his occupations equally.    A soft spoken and gentle human being, Brendan couldn’t offend anybody even if he tried, and anybody that knew him were touched by his gentleness.  His remains reposed at his home in Curry where many thousand called to pay their last respects to a true gentleman.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry and burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery.  Brendan is survived by his wife Margaret, children Brendan, Eithne, Phillip, Enda and Declan, brother Padraic (London) sister Theresa in Sligo, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces & relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle soul rest in musical Peace.

Bridie Kirrance, Carrentubber.   The recent peaceful death occurred of Bridie Kirrance ( nee Scanlon) late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry – Aged 83, Bridie was a native of Carrentubber and was one of 5 Scanlon sisters in the family.  In her young working life she worked in Basta and actually started working there on the day it opened in 1955 as a young 20 year old.   She met her husband Michael James through work in Basta where he also worked and they married in 1964.  Bridie had a great love of farming and after she and Michael James took over the family farm in Carrentubber she always took an interest in its workings.  Michael James passed away 18 months before Bridie.  Bridie’s remains reposed at her home in Carrentubber and funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry prior to burial in Rhue Cemetery.   She is survived by her son David (Carrentubber) daughters Mary Henry (Oughambaun), Nora (Dublin), Michaela (Dublin) & Assumpta (Kinnegad), Sons & Daughter in laws, grand-children, sisters Mary, Winnie, Ann, Kathleen, inlaws, nephews, nieces, cousins & friends all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Moy River House Concert  A house concert featuring three singer song writers will take place at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Saturday 20th July next. Gary Ferguson, Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, visit the south Sligo venue as part of their current Irish tour. Booking on 087 2512030.

Tubbercurry Bridge Club  Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper.  The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed.  The club would like to extend thanks to The Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council & Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG – in particular Shona Heffernan.  Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible. The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at The May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.  Contact Colm on 087-2313631 or Mike on 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners classes.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group   Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our Book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 pm in the Library.  The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty’s ‘Midwinter Break’.  The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week’s holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous Dinner and Cabaret Nights.  Celebrations will continue in the Autumn when we will be launching our Book 4 of The Way That It Was’ series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent’s time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century – a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.  [A One-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th]

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

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.

Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot,  €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact  087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net