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
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’.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
starting on 24th September at 7pm in An Chroí Ballina Road
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
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,
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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:-
Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can
contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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