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RETIREMENT

NUALA

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

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

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

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

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Weekly News Nov. 25th

Gallagher House Christmas Social Table Quiz 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 18/11/2019

2019 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

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

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

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

Phoenix Players

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

A Night at the Musicals

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

Launch of Returning Home Book

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

Christmas Gift ideas – 3 New Local Books

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

Millennium DVD 

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

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

Cloonacool players – Don’t Tell The Wife

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

Active retirement

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

Old Cemetery Rhue – Talk by Mary Coleman

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

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

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

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

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

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

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

Tubbercurry IFA

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

Cloonacool Heritage 2020 Calendar

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

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

Dance Classes

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

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

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 28/10/2019

N17 Consultation

Once again consultations are re-opening on the long awaited proposed new road, running from Knock to Collooney.  We were here before, 20 years ago, when extensive consultations and public meetings were held to discuss various options and various proposals for a new N17 roadway.  The new route was chosen in or about the year 2000, and development of houses and infrastructure of all types were frozen on or near the chosen route since then.

The chosen route running from Charlestown towards Sligo ran more or less parallel to the existing N17, and by-passed Tubbercurry just along the edge of the western side of the town.  From Tubbercurry it moved towards Collooney crossing the existing road around the Tubbertelly/Muckelty area and travelled towards Collooney on the east side of the existing road.

Now the whole route needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes to see what new constraints may affect the chosen route.  A wide corridor will again be looked at between Knock and Collooney.  The previously chosen route may be chosen again, or a new route might be preferred.   One thing is for certain – a new road is needed very soon as the existing N17 between Curry and Collooney is not fit for purpose.  Hundreds of people travel from Tubbercurry and South Sligo every morning and evening to and from work in Sligo, and it is without doubt one of the most frustrating part of anybodies day.  Get stuck behind a slow driver, or a trailer or truck and you are in a queue of traffic for 10 miles and can be 10-20 minutes late for your appointment or work.

Minor repairs and upgrades continue to be done every year on this road, but it is only scratching around the edges.

A consultation process is now beginning and it is up to all road users and property owners who may be affected to air their opinions and have your voice heard.

Information is available at The National Roads Project Office, Sligo Co. Council Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, from October 29th – December 12th, 2019.

Cock Pheasant Competition

The Annual South Sligo Cock Pheasant of the Day Competition takes place this coming Saturday November 2nd starting @ 9pm in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry.   Each year thousands of euro is raised at various Cock Pheasant of the Day events throughout Co. Sligo and given to Charities.  On this Saturday Night November 2nd the South Sligo Event takes place in the Yeats County Hotel in Curry starting 9pm.

The Pheasant Shooting season commences November 1st and Birds shot on the opening days are auctioned for charity while the various birds are judged to assess the best in terms of weight, length and plumage. 

The public are invited to come along to this years event in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry to raise money for the Beaumont Hospital, as local parents Michael & Mary Collins are doing a thank you fundraiser for Beaumont Hospital.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.

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

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 1st November. Junior session starts at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm.  All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas sessions and bring along your friends.

Margaret Mulkeen

The recent death occurred of Margaret Mulkeen (nee Egan), late of Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry.  Aged 77, Margaret was a native of Culmore, Castlerea, and was a proud Roscommon woman all her life.  Margaret moved to Tubbercurry in the mid 1960’s as a young married woman with her husband Johnny, who came working as a mechanic and car sales man at the Tubbercurry Motors Garage at the top of Teeling Street.  Tubbercurry was a very busy town at that time with hundreds of workers in the fledgling Basta and Tool & Gauge.

Johnny and Margaret saw a business opportunity and opened the first chip shop in Tubbercurry on Humbert Street, where the Raffaele Takeaway is now located.  Margaret worked hard developing and growing this business as they also lived on the premises, and they ran this very successfully from the mid ‘60’s until the late ‘70’s until they sold to the present owner Raffaele.

The various children were born in those years and while Margaret worked the Takeaway, and reared the children, Johnny was developing his own garage, firstly on Ballymote road behind their new home, and later on the Sligo road where they are still based.

Margaret was always involved in the business decisions along with Johnny and became part and parcel of commercial life in Tubbercurry in those decades.

Over the last 20 years, Margaret had various health challenges which she took in her stride and without complaint.  Her mobility failed a lot in the last few years, but her wit and sense of humour never deserted her.

In the last few years she often sat out on the footpath with her mobile chair to chat to neighbours as they passed and to keep up with the news.  While all her neighbours on the Ballymote road were good to her, as were her home help people, there is no doubt that her good neighbour Marrietta Gallagher was one of the main reasons that Margaret was able to live in her own house until her death.

Margaret’s remains reposed at her house on the Ballymote road, and funeral Mass took place just down the street from her home in St. John Evangelist Church.  Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.

Margaret is survived by her husband John, daughters, Caroline, Nuala and Patricia, son Shane, in-laws, grandchildren, sisters, nephew, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May her gentle Soul rest in peace.

Sligo Players Honoured

The Sligo players of the victorious Connacht Team of 1969 were honoured recently in Markievicz Park at the Senior County Final.  That was a Connacht Team that won the Railway Cup which was a highly prestigious event in that era.

Six Sligo players – Liam Caffrey, Cathal Canley (RIP), Mickey Kerins, Jim Collery, Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley were all honoured.

Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley are now resident in Tubbercurry and thinking of coming out of football retirement to revive the fortunes of some local teams.  Jim Collery is a native of Curry and now resident in London and made the trip home especially for the occasion.  He conveyed messages to locals that he still reads these notes and follows the fortunes of locals from afar.  Jim was a popular teacher in Banada Abbey Secondary School before he emigrated. 

Well done to all involved who were an inspiration to following generations of players.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

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

Fr. Dan O’Mahoney

Best wishes are extended to Fr. Dan O’Mahoney who has retired recently from his work as Curate in the Cloonacool Church and area.

Fr. Dan has been based in Cloonacool over the last 10 years or so and threw himself totally into the local happenings around Cloonacool, as well as helping out in Tubbercurry which is all part of the one Parish.

In his younger days after being ordained, Fr. Dan was based in Tourlestrane and played football with Tourlestrane GAA club and indeed won a Senior County Championship medal with them in 1978 starring at full back.

His work over the years took him to various parishes throughout the Diocese of Achonry until he landed back in Cloonacool for the last decade or so.  Fr. Dan also said mass each weekend in Bailey’s Nursing Home, and this gave great comfort to the residents and staff there. 

New and young priests are few and far between, and changes in the Church will have to take place over the coming years. Our Parish of Cloonacool/Tubbercurry is no different than any other in Ireland, and lay officiation will become more and more the norm until major changes are made by the Church Hierarchy.

In the meantime, Fr. Martin Jennings is Parish Priest and doing marvellous work as a one man band, covering the entire Parish for Christenings, Deaths, Marriages, sick calls etc.

Best wishes to Fr. Dan and continued support will hopefully be given to Fr. Martin from all in the Parish.

Set Dancing Classes

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

Book Launch

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

Free 4 Week Parenting Programme- Shaping Ourselves & Our Children starting November 8th in the FRC. This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children. We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills – what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities. This programme will run from 9.30am-1.30pm. Free lunch provided.  Generous child care allowance for participants.
To register for either course please contact Kate on 086 8276055 or email lifestart.kate@gmail.com or pm us.

Dance Classes

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

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 21/10/2019

Social Dancing

Social Dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on October 26th.  Music by the excellent Colm Bourke.  Dancing from 9-30pm to 11-30pm.  Great nights dancing assured. Admission €10.  This is an event that continues to grow from strength to strength, and all social dancer’s young and old, experienced and beginners are welcome.

Coffee Morning

Mary & Michael Collins are hosting a Coffee Morning/Day at their home in Banada on Friday 25th October from 9am until late into the evening. All funds raised will go directly to The Beaumount Hospital Foundation specifically to The Neurosurgery and Oncology Departments in appreciation of the care their daughter Joanne is receiving. This coffee day is being run in conjunction with other fundraising challenges in Dublin, Sydney, Dubai and Los Angeles. For more information, log on to  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4ccc19 

We look forward to welcoming you in Banada for a cuppa on Friday 25th Oct.

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are an outdoor lover the following may be of interest! 

A full Certified Awareness course for 16-25 years old takes place on Saturday, 26th October in Corsallagh, Cloonacool.  

All programmes will be held in the outdoors so appropriate clothing is essential.

For more information and to secure a place please contact eithne@leavenotraceireland.org or contact mobile 086-1549038.

For anyone with an Awareness Certificate already, there will be a Certified Trainers course scheduled in November.  Places are limited.

Martina Killian of “Nature Inspires” 087-2403005 – “The great outdoors is yours.  Leave No Trace to protect it”.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night starting in November and continuing every Wednesday night at 8pm.  This is a great way to exercise in a jovial atmosphere.  Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Traditional Music Classes

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

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

Free 4 Week Parenting Programme- Shaping Ourselves & Our Children starting November 8th in the FRC. This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children. We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills – what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities. This programme will run from 9.30am-1.30pm. Free lunch provided.  Generous child care allowance for participants.
To register for either course please contact Kate on 086 8276055 or email lifestart.kate@gmail.com or pm us.

Dance Classes

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

Active Retirement :

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association meet in the local Health Centre weekly on every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm and cover a variety of talks and activities such as card games, quizzes, crafts etc.  Short Mat Bowling will be played on the Mondays of October and December from 3 pm to 5 pm, with Curling on the Mondays November.  Our Keep Fit classes are arranged for 3 pm on all Thursdays, and our Book Club meets on the final Wednesday of each month at 3.30. All these activities take place in Teach Laighne and new members are very welcome to join in. Our read for October is ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris – this book is now available in the local Library

Highlight of our Programme will be the celebration in November of our 25th anniversary and the launch of our 4th book in ‘The Way That It Was’ series that will deal with life in Tubbercurry and in South Sligo in our grand and great grandparent’s times.    

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

Brexit video advice for GB visitors

Brexit is coming and this may mean some changes for British visitors to the island of Ireland. Here’s a video we’ve produced for GB visitors, covering some of the most frequently asked questions and possible changes to transport,travel insurance and roaming charges – but reassuring them that our welcome remains as warm as ever. 
Other versions of this video – for Mainland Europe and other markets will be distributed later this week. We’ll be sharing the videos on Ireland.com and via our social channels. Our message is that it’s business as usual here on the island of Ireland and that the welcome for our overseas visitors is as warm as ever!

Click here to view.

Click on Industry Opportunities to find out how you can get involved in our activities overseas.

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 14/10/2019

One Act plays set for St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry

Two one act plays will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on Friday 18th October at 8pm. Admission €10. The Phoenix Players present Trappatoni  written by Padraic Neary, directed by Mark Dunne and with  Sharon Hannon, Shane Keyes and Pat Feely in the cast.

Beezneez Theatre Company present Twilight written and directed by John Mc Dwyer with Tom Walsh and John Mc Dwyer in the cast 

TABLE QUIZA table quiz will be held in Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool on Friday 18th October at 8.30pm. Proceeds in aid of St. George’s Church Funds. €10 per person / €40 for a table of 4. Please support.

Coffee Morning
Mary & Michael Collins are hosting a Coffee Morning/Day at their home in Banada on Friday 25th October from 9am until late into the evening. All funds raised will go directly to The Beaumount Hospital Foundation specifically to The Neurosurgery and Oncology Departments in appreciation of the care their daughter Joanne is receiving. This coffee day is being run in conjunction with other fundraising challenges in Dublin, Sydney, Dubai and Los Angeles. For more information, log on to  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4ccc19  We look forward to welcoming you in Banada for a cuppa on Friday 25th Oct.

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts
If your are an outdoor lover the following may be of interest! A full Certified Awareness course for everybody – any age group over 16 years of age takes place on Saturday 19th October in Tubbercurry Public Forest Trail area. AND
A full Certified Awareness course for 16-25 years old takes place on Saturday, 26th October in Corsallagh, Cloonacool. All programmes will be held in the outdoors so appropriate clothing is essential. For more information and to secure a place please contact eithne@leavenotraceireland.org or contact mobile 086-1549038. For anyone with an Awareness Certificate already, there will be a Certified Trainers course scheduled in November. Places are limited. Martina Killian of “Nature Inspires” 087-2403005 – “The great outdoors is yours. Leave No Trace to protect it”.

Holy Family National School, Tubbercurry
Holy Family NS are once again taking part in an Erasmus+ partnership with schools from around Europe.  The new project is called Full STEAM Ahead and it concentrates on promoting the use of digital literacy in early years education. The school is working with kindergartens in Kristiansand in Norway, Riga in Latvia, Tallinn in Estonia, Kursenai in Lithuania.  They are also working with a school in Malaga in Spain which is both a kindergarten and a primary school.  Training courses for teachers will be held in each of the six schools between now and June 2021.  The first school to host teachers and provide a training course is Holy Family NS. Seventeen teachers from the five partner schools are coming to the school in two weeks time. A course will be provided to the teachers on the use of Beebots and Bluebots. The teachers will also visit Lollipop Lane Montessori and the FRC pre-school. Teachers from Holy Family NS will travel to the partner schools in the months to come and undertake training there.  In this school year, teachers will go to Norway in January and Latvia in March. Ten lucky pupils will go an a pupil exchange for a week to the partner school in Malaga next May and they will also welcome pupils from the Spanish school to Tubbercurry for a week.  The second year of the project will see teachers attend training courses at our partner schools in Spain in September, Lithuania in March and Estonia in May. There will also be a pupil trip for ten to Spain. 

Holy Family NS has taken part in Comenius (previous name) and Erasmus+ projects since 2009. It is a wonderful opportunity for both teachers and pupils to share teaching methods and to open their minds to another culture.

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.

Local Yoga Classes
Hatha Yoga classes starting on the 10th of October in Drummartin Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dans Pub) on Thursday evenings from 7:45pm – 9:00pm. Classes are suitable for beginners. €10 drop in, or 6 classes for €50.  Contact Katie on 0871851167″

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

Active Retirement :
Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association meet in the local Health Centre weekly on every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm and cover a variety of talks and activities such as card games, quizzes, crafts etc. Short Mat Bowling will be played on the Mondays of October and December from 3 pm to 5 pm, with Curling on the Mondays of September and November. Our Keep Fit classes are arranged for 3 pm on all Thursdays, and our Book Club meets on the final Wednesday of each month at 3.30. All these activities take place in Teach Laighne and new members are very welcome to join in. Our read for October is ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – this book is now available in the local Library. Highlight of our Programme will be the celebration in November of our 25th anniversary and the launch of our 4th book in ‘The Way That It Was’ series that will deal with life in Tubbercurry and in South Sligo in our grand and great grandparent’s times.

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 McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 07/10/2019

One Act plays set for St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry

Two one act plays will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on Friday 18th October at 8pm. Admission €10. The Phoenix Players present Trappatoni  written by Padraic Neary, directed by Mark Dunne and with  Sharon Hannon, Shane Keyes and Pat Feely in the cast.

Beezneez Theatre Company present Twilight written and directed by John Mc Dwyer with Tom Walsh and John Mc Dwyer in the cast 

Holy Family National School, Tubbercurry

Holy Family NS are once again taking part in an Erasmus+ partnership with schools from around Europe.  The new project is called Full STEAM Ahead and it concentrates on promoting the use of digital literacy in early years education. 

The school is working with kindergartens in Kristiansand in Norway, Riga in Latvia, Tallinn in Estonia, Kursenai in Lithuania.  They are also working with a school in Malaga in Spain which is both a kindergarten and a primary school.  Training courses for teachers will be held in each of the six schools between now and June 2021.  The first school to host teachers and provide a training course is Holy Family NS. Seventeen teachers from the five partner schools are coming to the school in two weeks time. A course will be provided to the teachers on the use of Beebots and Bluebots. The teachers will also visit Lollipop Lane Montessori and the FRC pre-school. Teachers from Holy Family NS will travel to the partner schools in the months to come and undertake training there. 

In this school year, teachers will go to Norway in January and Latvia in March. Ten lucky pupils will go an a pupil exchange for a week to the partner school in Malaga next May and they will also welcome pupils from the Spanish school to Tubbercurry for a week.  The second year of the project will see teachers attend training courses at our partner schools in Spain in September, Lithuania in March and Estonia in May. There will also be a pupil trip for ten to Spain. 

Holy Family NS has taken part in Comenius (previous name) and Erasmus+ projects since 2009. It is a wonderful opportunity for both teachers and pupils to share teaching methods and to open their minds to another culture.

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.

Local Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga classes starting on the 10th of October in Drummartin Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dans Pub) on Thursday evenings from 7:45pm – 9:00pm. Classes are suitable for beginners. €10 drop in, or 6 classes for €50.  Contact Katie on 0871851167″

Celebrating 50 Years

Cloonacool Choir celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Sunday 13th October with mass at 10am in St. Michael’s Church, Cloonacool. Mass will be celebrated by Father Dan O’Mahony, whose support and encouragement has been invaluable these past ten years. After the mass, you are invited to the Community Centre to join in the celebrations, including all those who have been part of the Choir whether voice, playing or giving advice over the years. Pass the word, and come along on the 13th.

DANCE CLASSES

Dance Classes every Wednesday night in Tubbercurry starting at 8pm. All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson, no partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise  and meet new friends. For more information call 0876674561

Active Retirement :

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association meet in the local Health Centre weekly on every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm and cover a variety of talks and activities such as card games, quizzes, crafts etc. Short Mat Bowling will be played on the Mondays of October and December from 3 pm to 5 pm, with Curling on the Mondays of September and November. Our Keep Fit classes are arranged for 3 pm on all Thursdays, starting on October 10th, and our Book Club meets on the final Wednesday of each month at 3.30. All these activities take place in Teach Laighne and new members are very welcome to join in. Our read for October is ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – this book is now available in the local Library

Highlight of our Programme will be the celebration in November of our 25th anniversary and the launch of our 4th book in ‘The Way That It Was’ series that will deal with life in Tubbercurry and in South Sligo in our grand and great grandparent’s times.

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 McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net