Maureen Broderick , EXAMS


Hello Everybody!


Yet again, it’s time to marvel at how quickly time is flying by! The whole country eagerly awaits the start of the Leaving Cert next week, as we all know that the fine weather usually arrives when the exams start! and we’re nearly half way through the year already.This month’s newsletter is attached, and as usual, feel free to get in touch with any comments or thoughts etc.

I will leave you with the delightful poem ‘June’ by David Wood

June burst forth with sunshine blest, Buds awakening on the stem of trees

Life awakens like a treasure chest, And butterflies flutter in the breeze. 

Cygnets follow in line astern their mother, And other ducks swim along with pride

Ducklings bobbing in the water, one behind the other, In shimmering lakes and rivers country-wide. 

Weeping willows gracefully kiss the water’s edge, Their leaves blowing gently in the wind

Gaggling geese chatting as they sit on the ledge, And the old man sitting on a bench just grinned. 

Dog walkers with their pets strolling on the grass, Mum’s with babe’s in pushchairs following on behind,

Joggers running round and round trying hard to pass. All enjoying the June sunshine away from the daily grind.

Best wishes,


Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 27/05/2019

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association takes place this Wednesday evening 29th May at 8pm in An Chroi, Ballina Road.  As the name suggests, this organisation represents both business and general community interests, and it has been in operation for approximately 30 years.  Over the years of Chamber of Commerce & Community Association has been a great ambassador for all of South Sligo and not just the immediate environs of the town.  The organisation has built up excellent relationships with Sligo Co. Council and all the elected Councillors and the Council staff.  In addition it is the umbrella organisation for other activities in the town such as the Old Fair Day Festival, The Playgrounds, Tidy Towns, The Forest Walk, An Chroi Enterprise Centre, etc. and also is available to liaise with government finance  agencies to finance specific projects.  It is essential that new members of the Community of South Sligo get involved in the organisation as everything is done on a volunteer basis.  Representatives of clubs, societies etc. are especially welcome as well as people in small and big business and enterprise.  We look forward to seeing new members of the public attend.

33rd South Sligo Summer School  It’s that time of year again and Music week is just under eight weeks away.  The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Phoenix Players AGM
The Phoenix Players are holding their AGM on Wednesday 29th May at 9pm in St Brigid’s Hall.  It is important that as many members as possible attend in order to get a cross section of opinions to enable the group to plan a programme of productions for the next season and to build on the success of the last season.  New members are especially welcome and all suggestions and opinions will be considered.

Holy Family N.S  Congratulations to all the boys and girls in Holy Family Ns that made their First Communion on Saturday May 18th, Thanks to Ms Tuohy for all her work and to Ms Cooney, Ms McDonagh and Martina for their work with the school choir.   Well done to the Green School Committee who collected their 7th Green Flag on Thursday 16th MAy in Claremorris. Thanks to Ms Gordon and Mr Cawley for their work.   Allianz Cumann na mBunscol games started last week and the boys and girls team have played Collooney Ns and Ballymote NS and they will play Rockfield on Tuesday 28th May.  Congratulations to Arlin Barrett who represented the school in the Allianz Cumann na mbunscol Exhibition game before the Sligo v Galway Championship Game in Markievicz Park on Sunday. Well done also to Farrell Moran who refereed the boys mini game. A great experience for both of the children and the Holy Family N.S are all very proud of the children.

North Connaught College

Sligo Adult Guidance in Education is back in North Connaught College, Tubbercurry from the 29th May to 31st May 2019.  This is a free workshop for people living or working in County Sligo looking for information on further education courses, funding, flexible learning, studying, upskilling, training for employment and more.  This workshop is free but booking is essential. Call Saoirse on 071938410 or email to find out more. 

Curry Parish History Meeting
The Curry/Moylough History and Heritage Group are holding a meeting on Tuesday 28th May in The Yeats County Inn Curry at 8pm.  The guest speaker is  Archaeologist and Historian, Mary Timoney  speaking on:-  Our Heritage, The archaeology, folklore and history of Graveyards and other Burial Sites in South Sligo  Mary Timoney, MA, MIAI is a Research Archaeologist concentrating since 1984 on graveyards and grave memorials of Co. Sligo and  Co. Roscommon.  Mary has published a notable book on Graveyards and Grave Memorials of County Sligo from 1650 to the present.  Thanking you for your help and support with our work Bernard Brennan, Chairperson, Curry Parish History and Heritage Group

Labhair Gaeilge Linn
A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae”  in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Cake Sale
A Cake sale will take place in aid of Saint George’s Church, Tubbercurry,
on Friday 31st May.   It will be held in the former Quinn Electric Shop, Teeling Street, Tubbercurry from 10am.   A great chance to have home baking for the bank holiday weekend.  Please support.

 Charlie McGettigan
Charlie McGettigan visits South Sligo this coming weekend, Sat 1st June, when he appears at a House Concert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool (Moy River B&B). The performance starts at 8pm and will include a guest appearance by Galway singer songwriter, Ultan Conlon. Booking is essential on 087 2512030.

Coolaney / Mullinabreena GAA Scrap Metal Fundraiser
A Scrap Metal Fundraiser for Coolaney / Mullinabreena will take place on bank holiday Monday 3rd June at Nace O’Dowd Park from 9am – 4pm – A free disposal of all unwanted metal ,a variety of farmyard machinery, household items, garden & yard items, old cars and vehicles can be taken in or a collection can be arranged to your house or business to collect any item on or before the above date. Contacts for Mullinabreena area are John 0876777226, Pearse 087 1379850 or Ollie 087 7981827  or for Coolaney call Brendan 087 2845687, Anthony 087 1192322, Conor 087 7705495  Items not included are fridges, plastic, wood, mattresses, tyres (rims accected). Thank you for your support.  

Achonry / Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group – Lupins for Sale €2 per pot.  Ring 087 6235468 or contact Facebook page.

Prioritising Parents Self-Care
Being a parent can bring with it a lot of joy but also means life becomes very busy and at times over whelming. The FRC will be hosting a free 1.5 hour workshop on looking after ourselves as parents in terms of our mental wellbeing and ability to cope with life’s challenges. The workshop will be open to all parents, guardians, carers and foster parents. Keep an eye on our facebook page @tubberfrc for updates on this event. 

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group
The local Active Retirement members have now organised their May/June programme, the highlights of which will be our participation in the annual Bealtaine celebrations organised each May by ARA groups countrywide and our Annual Week’s Holiday in June which is this year being arranged for a tour of the Northern Ireland coasts.  The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for May and June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

Spanish Summer School in Tubbercurry 2019
Host Families are needed to keep Spanish students during the month of July.  Contact Julio Juanes Rubert – 0034609145715 or email  or Bernie Reilly on 071 91 85256 / 087 6551347 if you are interested.  Host families are paid over €200 per week per student.

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. 

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 26th September – 3rd October, 2019, led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Tim Flynn.  Flights from Dublin with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price.  For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or mobile 087-1873703.

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.

Smart Community by Padraic Neary

It is entirely appropriate that the “Smart Community Initiative” was launched in Tubbercurry on Friday, 18th January, 2019 as it was in this small town that “Smart Economics” were made manifest in this country with the formation of The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland Limited, in 1956. “Smart Economics” are underpinned by “Smart Technology”  and nowhere in Industry is technology smarter than in “Precision Toolmaking” where the equipment and machinery to produce everything in quantity is designed and manufactured. A century ago, Henry Ford described “toolmakers” as the “Aristocrats” of Engineering while Steve Jobs, when asked how he would like to be remembered, expressed the hope that he would be regarded as a good “Toolmaker” to the world.

Since the first tools of wood and stone were made, human progress has been defined by the quality, durability and “smartness” of the tools available at the time. The Industrial Revolution massively improved tooling and output which facilitated an eightfold increase of human population coupled with enormous enhancement of living conditions.  Over the last three decades, Computerization has lifted Technology and Precision Toolmaking” to unprecedented levels of excellence and performance, which are proudly embraced and perfected by native and international industry all over the country.

Increases in excellence and output have been enormous; so enormous that many conditions and balances which propelled growth economics through two centuries of Industrial revolution have been made redundant and reversed. These achievements have brought about the greatest and best time ever experienced by the human race. It is becoming apparent however, that failure to fully embrace and adapt to an entirely unprecedented era of “sufficiency” and reduced workload, is causing widespread uncertainty and insecurity for many who fear abandonment by the technological age. Such fear is at the heart of Brexit and increasing movement towards extreme politics all over the world.

Fifty-three years ago, Tubbercurry enthusiastically embraced “Smart Economics” of that time. It would be appropriate and very worthwhile if the newly instituted “Smart Community Initiative” could provide a similar reception for “Smart Economics” of the present. Sadly, such has not been the Global experience to date. It is no longer smart for Economists, politicians, media and communities to think that old remedies will cure newly arrived problems. Initiatives to improve education, entice investment, create new jobs and regular Government windfalls to sustain local enterprise, while very welcome in the immediate term, are in no way adequate to counter the enormous changes generated by modern technology.

Embracing new technologies successfully will require complete rethinking of economic ideology. The old rules no longer apply. How can growth economics serve a technological world that increasingly produces too much; thereby creating enormous difficulties for commerce and trade? How can employment, with all its benefits, entitlements and security, be sustained despite technology continually reducing reliance on human labour? How can confidence of prolonged income, through secure commercial activity and employment, be restored in a world that no longer guarantees either? How can masses be reassured that modern technology is not going to abandon them; and consign their futures to dependency, deprivation and despair? These are extraordinarily difficult questions that very few in positions of authority want to acknowledge. But they are questions that must be asked; they must be investigated, debated and answered adequately and quickly. Otherwise the horrific vista of the most successful smartest technology ever devised, destroying innumerable communities could become a reality.

The greatest service Tubbercurry, with its new status and “Smart Economy”  experience, could perform for the local community, for the national community and indeed for the global community, is to initiate a debate which starts the process of formulating an economic ideology which will get the very best out of the most successful technology ever devised.  Since the dawn of history, economic ideology, from its simplest to its most complex, had had to cope with and manage technologies which were never capable of producing enough. The world now need an ideology capable of coping with and managing technology that generates more than can be consumed. Where better could serious and sustained quest for satisfactory answers to the problems of success begin; other than in the birthplace of smart economies in Ireland. A community capable of doing such a service, could truly be called “really smart”.


The Sound of music by Padraic Neary ( an open letter)

Dear Sir;

A wonderful thing happened in my little town last week. The Phoenix Players drama group in Tubbercurry, undertook presentation of probably the greatest musical ever written; “the Sound of Music”. This was a totally home grown product; the cast, all 90 of them, from stars to cameo, are local; relatives, friends, neighbours ranging in age from 6 to 86; people known, loved and cherished within the community which is immensely proud of the achievement. There were at least 50 other individuals involved; backstage, front of house and undertaking the innumerable tasks needed to present such an enormous show. And the wonderful thing, the incredible thing, the thing that will not be forgotten as long as the youngest participants survive, is that the show presented for 7 nights to absolutely packed houses, was an enormous success. The sets, although miniscule in comparison, the costumes, the lighting, the effects and especially the singing and acting were not what the cynical might expected from a small rural town. They were akin to and in many instances surpassed what might be seen on professional stages in Dublin, London or even Broadway itself. This may appear preposterous exaggeration, but for the people of Tubbercurry, it is one of the great and most uplifting truths of 2019.

Tubbercurry, once a hive of Industry where seeds of technology and smart economics first sprouted in Ireland, has suffered substantially in recent years with loss of almost 200 jobs. The apparently forgotten town is located on a section of the N17 roadway, which, apart from surface renewal, signage and some realignment, has not been upgraded in living memory. Yet this glorified “cart-track”, for that is what it was constructed as, is regarded as a national highway with a 100 kilometres speed limit although its width in many places is criminally inadequate for vehicular traffic never mind ability to accommodate cycling or walking. It was reported some time ago that EU funds to upgrade this section of substandard road were allow be diverted to other projects by the present leadership of our country. To add to feeling of abandonment, the people of Tubbercurry and district can no longer drink water from their taps and must look to an indefinite future of purchasing bottled water, on which incidentally, they pay 23% Value Added Tax. And nobody in governance and officialdom appears to give a damn.

This forsaken town however, has the ability, the talent, the community spirit to produce one of the finest amateur shows ever seen on an Irish Stage. It indicates what small towns faced with grave insecurity and creeping decay can do when a sense of community, cooperation and preparedness to use their finest talents in the interests of the common good, comes to the fore. In this age of rampant individualism, which appears in danger of corroding the very core of community, it is gratifying to find an event which bucks the trend and solidifies cohesion and self-belief in the knowledge that given viable scripts, they can provide leadership, activists and the will to achieve anything. Such spirit in this age of phenomenal change, is what will save rural Ireland and vulnerable communities all over the world. As yet however, nobody appears to have written a viable script, which is where government should urgently concentrate its energies.

In the meantime to all who participated and attended, I say well done; you have excelled in your efforts and left a joyous sound of music ringing through the hearts of Tubbercurry. You will long be remembered with great affection and pride. You provide a resounding encouragement to many small communities unsure of themselves, that the apparently unachievable can be achieved and that dreams of security, prosperity and a better life can be realized by those who work together and selflessly express their substantial talents in the common good.

I am immensely proud of my place and the people in it. Congratulations to all concerned.

Padraic Neary.

industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century.  Padraic Neary

Industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century.  Padraic Neary 26/10/2017.

In the late 1930’s the first of 6 Gallagher brothers from Cashel, a village just south of Tubbercurry, departed for England seeking work and within a short time, as other brothers joined them, set up their own construction company in the city of London. They became involved in clearing bomb sites during the blitz and in rebuilding that great city after the war. By the late 1940’s they has expanded their building activities to Dublin and decided to source some essential building requirements from their home place where jobs were badly needed. Their first venture in the early 1950’s was a joint arrangement with Gowna Wood Industries to produce doors and windows for the building industry.

Very shortly afterwards they made an arrangement with a Danish Company, Basta, to commence manufacture of locks together with door and window fittings in their home town of Tubbercurry and complemented the project by including foundry facilities for production of cast iron, brass and zinc. This was one of the very first modern type industries to be established in Ireland. It soon became apparent that for Basta to operate successfully there was requirement for an engineering facility to service, repair and manufacture new tooling for production of the various parts involved. As no such expertise was available in the country at the time it was decided to set up their own facility and so The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland came into existence. The formation of Toolmaking or, to use its more posh title, Precision engineering, was the introduction of the Smart Economy to Ireland.

Most people have little knowledge of Precision Engineering or even know of its existence. Known to some as Tool-making, it is not production of implements to facilitate tradesmen or gardeners or DIY enthusiasts but rather the core essential around which all mass production is based. Precision Engineering involves the design and manufacture of specialize equipment which is essential in the manufacture of everything which is required in quantity. Everything mass produced for the human race is possible only because of the knowledge, skill and advancement of this key section of industry. Henry Ford attributed his enormous success at mass production to “tool-making excellence” classifying toolmakers as the aristocrats of industry. Almost a century later Steve Jobs who hailed himself as a toolmaker, acknowledged that his ideas for a smart-phone would have remained ideas without the expertise of master toolmakers.

Precision Engineering is essential to and often the source from which product development springs as well as the impetus behind automation and robotics which when allied with the genius of computerization and digital control achieves extraordinary results. 

Tubbercurry, as well as retaining the successor of the original Tool and Gauge Company and Basta has given rise to a proliferation of similar operations; some retained locally, such as Avenue Precision and Laurence Engineering with many others spread throughout the whole country. It can truly be claimed that Tubbercurry as the birthplace of new Industrialization and of Precision Engineering in Ireland, has proved itself the cradle of highly Technical Industry and the original midwife of Smart Economics in this country.

When founded in Tubbercurry just over 60 years ago the “thou” was the universal unit of precision; A “thou” in Imperial measurement was one thousandth’s part of an inch; the unit of precision sought after and expected. One thousandth’s part of a millimetre is the present unit of perfection. A 25 times reduction of precision to about one fiftieth the diameter of the finest human hair is what the three industries located locally deliver, enabling them keep pace with and achieve skill and accuracy to match that of any place in the world. Each is master of modern precision and carves a niche for themselves in a multi-demanding industry which is what the smart economy is all about. It is because of such precision that many top technology companies locate in Ireland and although having just about half a centuries industrial tradition Irish Precision Engineers can match and even surpass many who have been involved in industry for three or four times as long. The Irish have an aptitude for precise technology as evidenced by the success of Precision engineering in this country. We are proud that for this country, it all started with the formation of The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland Limited in Tubbercurry just about 60 years ago.  

Industry proved phenomenally successful in Tubbercurry and at its peak employed in excess of 600 people in this small town. Many people have trained in manufacturing over the years having very successful careers and indeed founding many industries at home and abroad. In fact two most recent Precision Toolmaking Apprentices trained in Tool and Gauge represented Ireland with distinction in International Competition. Donald Logan in 2015 competed in Brazil while Michael Flynn just returned from Abu Dhabi. The two mainstays of employment still trade successfully but at a reduced level of employment as technological advance and globalization of trade reduced and relocated many of the great manufacturing powerhouses of the world. The basic industries of Basta and Tool and Gauge coupled with several smaller highly technical and very skilled establishments bear witness to the successful industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century and still play a significant role in the commercial fabric of the town and surrounding area. It is hoped in the near future to raise a monument in Wolf Tone Square to the beginning of Smart Irish Economics so that all may realize and remember the importance to the whole country the Industrialization of this small town in the mid 20th century.


From: Denise Mc Dermott <>

Subject: Table Tennis Coaching Course


Message Body:



I am contacting you regarding an upcoming Introductory Table Tennis Coaching Course. Two if these courses will be delivered by Jing Yi from Table Tennis Ireland in 2 locations in Sligo. The first course will be held in Sligo Grammar School from 6-9pm on Friday the 12th of April and the second course will be held in Bunninadden Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday the 13th of April from 10-1pm. The course is just 3 hours in total and will involve the basics of Table Tennis such as the rules, how to hold the bat properly, the scoring system and overall how to coach Table Tennis at a basic level. You do not need to be an excellent Table Tennis player yourself to complete the course.


This course is targeted at teachers, community people, parents, Table Tennis players etc. with the aim of increasing participation levels in Table Tennis and maybe starting up some Table Tennis clubs/social groups etc. in Sligo. The course is available to anyone 16 years and over.


The course is subsidised to €20 and there are limited places available.


To book your place please complete the Table Tennis Coaching Course Application Form which is available on the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership  website and return with the fee to the specified address.


For more information please contact Denise at or on 071 91 61511.


Kind regards,




Denise Mc Dermott

Sports Development Officer

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB

Quay Street



Tele: 071 91 61511