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Weekly News June 22nd

A word of thanks from the Blood Donation Clinic.   There was a record turnout at St. Brigid’s Hall on Tuesday, 18 June last and all who registered to donate blood must be congratulated. There is great appreciation also of the many who publicised the event, encouraged others to donate and helped in any way make this clinic a great success. When someone gives blood they give someone who desperately needs support, another birthday, another anniversary, another day at the beach, another night under the stars, another talk with a friend, another laugh, another hug, another chance. Giving blood is giving life. 

33rd South Sligo Summer School
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 websitewww.sssschool.org, 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.

Peggy Owens, Banada The recent death occurred of Peggy Owens (Nee McVann) late of Banada, Tourlestrane.  In her mid 70’s, Peggy was a lovely outgoing person who would always do her best to help those that required help.  Born and reared in the neighbouring townland of Gortermone, Peggy moved just a mile down the road on her marriage to her husband Sean in the mid 60’s.  Over the next 50 years while rearing her family, Peggy did a huge amount of work for the Banada and Tourlestrane Communities, especially through the work of the Banada Development Association.  She was also keenly interested in the farming activities of her husband Sean, and she made sure that the paperwork was always in order for their renowned Pedigree Herd of Charolais cattle.  The elderly of the Tourlestrane Parish were especially cared for by Peggy, as she cared for her own mother for many years at that time.  Family was always important to here and she was niece of the late Owen B Hunt, after whom the GAA Senior Championship Cup is named.  She always thought of others before she thought of herself.    Over the last few years Peggy had health challenges, but she never complained.  Her remains reposed at the Coen’s Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  Peggy is survived by her beloved husband Sean and children Mairead, Caitriona, Finnian and Seadna, daughters & son in law, grand-children, relatives, neighbours, & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest gently in Peace.

Brendan Connolly, Chaffpool   The recent peaceful death occurred of Brendan Connolly, late of Carrowkeel, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry, surrounded by his family.  Aged 92, Brendan was a very well known and respected man of the community having worked most of his working life on the staff of Sligo County Council.  He was a quiet spoken man who ensured jobs got done efficiently and without fuss.  After his retirement from the Council, he continued to run his farm at Chaffpool and kept an interest in the stock on the farm even through his last years.  He had a vast knowledge of the locality and its people which he willingly shared with others as required.  He also had a keen interest in the sporting and academic success of his grand-children as they came on the scene.  Brendan was pre-deceased by his wife Bridgie, their daughter Catherine and her husband Gary, as well as his daughter in law Bridget.  His remains reposed at his home in Chaffpool and at the Morahan Funeral Home, where many hundreds called to pay their respects and sympathy with the family.  Funeral Mass was in St. Nathy’s Church Achonry and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery.  Brendan is survived by his son Gerry, daughters Bernadette Cunningham (Ballymoe) Marie O’Hara (Tullinaglug)  Breege Walsh (Chaffpool) and Lennie McVeigh (Carrowmore, Sligo) sons in law, 24 grand-children, 10 great grand-children, sister Lennie (U.S.A.), nephews, nieces and friends, all of whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Bernie Kirrane, Tourlestrane  The recent death occurred of Bernie Kirrane, late of Gortermone, Tourlestrane.  In his early 80’s Bernie had some health challenges, but his death was unexpected.  Born and reared in Gortermone,  Bernie took over the home farm and worked for many years with Sligo Co. Council, being  involved in the water supply section of the Council.  Socially, Bernie was a keen player of 25 Card game.  He and his wife Mary Ellen has 6 daughters and he was very proud of each and every one of them.  His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane for funeral Mass, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Bernie is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ellen, daughters Caroline, Bernadette, Geraldine, Loretta, Martina and Joanne, sister Mary, sons in law, grand-children, nieces & nephews & extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12thAugust 2019.  The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group  The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for 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.

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

Kempton Male Voice Choir  The Kempton male voice choir from the Diocese of Augsburg Germany will perform in St Patricks Church Moylough on Friday 28thJune starting at 7pm. It is hoped that a large congregation will turn up to greet the visiting singers as this is a major honour for the community. Tickets cost €10 and will go on sale and can be booked by contacting 0868806482.  Light refreshments will be served in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre afterwards. This event will be part funded by the community and voluntary grant scheme funded by Sligo Co. Co and proceeds will be donated to nominated charities.

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.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

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

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

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

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly Notes 17th June

33rdSouth Sligo Summer School 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 websitewww.sssschool.org, 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.

DRIMINA N.S. will be having a 5 KM Run/Walk on Sunday 23rd June. Registration 10am – 11.30 race at 12 sharp.  Entrance fee €20 for a family, €10 for adults and €5 for under 18s. Refreshments served in the school hall afterwards.

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

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group  The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for 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.

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019. One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12th August 2019. The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trojon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

Community Mill Café, Cloonacool All profits from the Mill Cafe, Cloonacool, taken on Saturday June 22nd will be donated to Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.  Another good reason to come and enjoy the new community Cafe. Please support.

Kempton Male Voice Choir The Kempton male voice choir from the Diocese of Augsburg Germany will perform in St Patricks Church Moylough on Friday 28th June starting at 7pm. It is hoped that a large congregation will turn up to greet the visiting singers as this is a major honour for the community. Tickets cost €10 and will go on sale and can be booked by contacting 0868806482.  Light refreshments will be served in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre afterwards. This event will be part funded by the community and voluntary grant scheme funded by Sligo Co. Co and proceeds will be donated to nominated charities.

NORTH WEST SIMON – Dip at Dawn in aid of NW Simon Community on Fri 21st June at 5.00am at Rosses Point beside Sligo Yacht Club.  Registration €20 online at Eventbrite/ Dip at Dawn or contact 087 7708865. There will be a short Yoga session to start, then the Dip led by Sligo Rose of Tralee Julie Patterson followed by tea/coffee at Yacht club –  this is a Dip Not a swim – Sign up today.

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.

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

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

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

North West Hospice would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and energy throughout Sligo, Leitrim and Bundoran for our annual Sunflower Days.  A massive thank you also to everybody who donated so generously to our collections on our Sunflower Days, which took place from 6th-8th June. All funds raised during Sunflower Days are used to run the much needed service. North West Hospice appreciates your continued support.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 10/06/2019

Sligo Greenway Co-Op AGM

The AGM of Sligo Greenway Co-op takes place in the Yeats County Inn,  Curry on Wednesday 12th June at 9.30pm. All shareholders and interested parties are invited to attend

 Parish Lunch

On Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) in The Coach House, Rathbarron.  Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds.  The lunch will have 4 sittings: 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Adults €15, Under 12’s €10.  To book contact Deb on 071 9189680 between 6pm – 10pm.

 Launch of ‘Moylough 1997’ in Moylough Heritage Centre

On Friday night 14th June a DVD titled “Moylough 1997” will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre at 8.30pm. The DVD will feature various activities recorded during the year 1997.  Proceeds will go towards Áine Durkin’s Hospital in Uganda Fund.  In July, Áine, who hails from Cashel will be travelling to Uganda as part of the UCD overseas volunteer group who will provide much needed training support, education and treatment to the patients of Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  It will be a 4 week programme focusing on student engagement in development raising awareness of disabilities and education of nursing staff around malnutrition guidelines.  The group will consist of Physiotherapy Nursing and Dietetic Students and professionals to build on previous years projects.  Áine will be present on the night to talk about her project in Uganda and the evening will also include a slideshow of recent photographs taken by Brian Cahill.  Please support and all are welcome.

 Holy Family NS have been awarded their 6th Discover Primary Science and Maths award for activities ongoing in the school. The project showed work that the children and teachers have undertaken in Science and Maths during the school year. The project also shows our  special activities – Farmyard in the Classroom, Erasmus Cool Science Project with our European Partner schools, our Junior Entrepreneur Project called Wholly Soap, our planting pilot project call Grow in School. The project also showed some of the cookery classes our senior pupils have undertaken with Ms Regan and also the ICT work that is undertaken using our  IPads, our BeeBots and Izak9.   We are delighted to have achieved this award and are working towards our 10th Plaque.

 Liam takes Gold.
Liam Gardiner-Forkan took gold at the U-8 Boys Art Competition in the ALDI National Community Games Finals in UL on 25th May.  His picture focussed on a choir scene, which is one of the categories of competition at the Community Games.  Liam had three hours to draw the piece from scratch at the finals.  He proudly represented both Tubbercurry and County Sligo, where he lives with his parents Deirdre Gardiner (Ballina) and Cormac Forkan (Tooreen).  Congratulations and well done Liam.

REAL TUBBER AGM

Real Tubber AGM takes place on 17th June, 2019 at 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry.

All welcome to attend.

 

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12th August 2019.

The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

NORTH WEST SIMON – Dip at Dawn

Dip at Dawn in aid of NW Simon Community on Fri 21st June at 5.00am at Rosses Point beside Sligo Yacht Club.  Registration €20 online at Eventbrite/ Dip at Dawn or contact 087 7708865. There will be a short Yoga session to start, then the Dip led by Sligo Rose of Tralee Julie Patterson followed by tea/coffee at Yacht club –  this is a Dip Not a swim – Sign up today.

 Blood Donation Clinic

Next blood donation clinic takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 18th June, 2019 from 5pm – 8.30pm  – giveblood.ie – you get more than you give Locall 1850 731 137

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 www.sssschool.org, 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.

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.

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.

 Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Pre-Summer Pick Me Up for Parents

While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level  it’s difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-Summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise. Facilitated by a seasoned and ‘surviving’ Mum to 4 children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday 4th June @ 10.00am. To book a place contact the FRC on 0719186926.

 Mother Baby Group

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

 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.

Achonry / Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group – Lupins for Sale €2 per pot.

Ring 087 6235468 or contact Facebook page.

 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.

 Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th June, beside Joe Dan’s Pub, Music by Medicine Bow, Dancing from 10-12, Admission €10.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News June 1st

The Annual General Meeting Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association took place last week with a good attendance. Outgoing President Geraldine Brennan commented on a successful year in terms of slowly progressing & improving the local community amenities such as the Forest Walk, Playground and the Community Park on the Mountain Road. She also referred to the Smart Town Status of Tubbercurry and the Conference that was recently hosted in relation to the growing trend of Remote working. A special tribute was paid to the late Councillor Margaret Gormley from Bunninadden who passed away recently. Margaret was a great friend and supporter of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association and she worked tirelessly to promote the town and wider community.

In coming President Roger McCarrick praised Geraldine Brennan for her work and dedication over the last few years, all of which is done on a voluntary basis. Mr. McCarrick stated his aims for the next few years included getting a number of Community Projects ‘Shovel Ready’ which are ready to start when Government funding is available, and to get the younger adult generation of the community more involved in the activities of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association. As the name implies, the Chamber promotes business and general community activities and needs a wide base of members and helpers. Treasurer for this year is again Shane Mulkeen. Membership for business’s and community groups is due now and full info can be got from Shane Mulkeen, Geraldine Brennan or Roger McCarrick.

Kevin Donoghue, Doocastle Congratulations are extended to Doocastle native Kevin Donoghue, who was elected to Dublin City Council in the East Inner City area of Ringsend/ Irishtown. Aged just 27, Kevin is son of Tom & Noreen Donoghue and is a past pupil of St. George’s Primary School Tubbercurry and Sligo Grammer School. After graduating from College in Galway, Kevin was President of the students Union of Ireland and in this election he took the 3rd of 5 seats, representing the Labour Party. There could be a bright future ahead for Kevin and he is wished well and congratulated.

Recent Deaths Peggy Davey, Powellsboro. The recent unexpected death occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Davey (nee Bennett). A native of Co. Carlow, Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband Jim just a few years ago. Peggy & Jim were a lovely couple who came to Tubbercurry a few days a week, often on the tractor to do their shopping and general business. They always kept their house and gardens in beautiful condition and it was uplifting to see the flower array in the garden during certain times of year. Peggys remains reposed at her home prior to funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary. She is survived by her sons Jonathan, Sean & Keith, sisters Nan & Ita, in laws, grandchildren, extended family & friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Canon Christy McLoughlin The recent death occurred of Canon Christy McLoughlin late of Tourlestrane. In his mid 80’s, Canon Christy was Parish Priest of Tourlestrane for a long number of years up until his retirement. He was a general spirits enthusiast but his main love in sport was horse racing. He was a regular race goer and owner when time allowed, and occasionally his masses and sermons off the alter would be brief if there happened to be races later in the afternoon within a couple of hours drive.

REAL TUBBER AGM takes place on 17th June, 2019 at 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

Blood Donation Clinic Next blood donation clinic takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 18th June, 2019 from 5pm – 8.30pm –giveblood.ie– you get more than you give Locall 1850 731 137

Tubbercurry Comhaltas News The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 7th June. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome

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 www.sssschool.org, 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.

Local Elections The recently held local elections threw up some surprises in the South-West Sligo electoral area.  This is a very large electoral area which includes Enniscrone, Tubbercurry, Ballymote and Coolaney, and all rural areas in between and beyond.  This area takes in what was three electoral areas up until 5 years ago.  In addition, the number of Councillors has decreased which automatically increases the workload on each Councillor, and results in under-representation.  The recent death of Councillor Margaret Gormley has left a great void in representation, and it will be challenging for the new representatives to fill her shoes.  May she rest in peace. The first Councillor elected was Paul Taylor who was retaining his seat.  Others elected included, Daragh Mulvey, Joe Queenan, Michael Clarke, Martin Baker, Gerry Mullaney, and new man on the Council,  Marin Connolly from Powellsboro. Martin Connolly lives just a few miles outside town and has been Postman in South Sligo all his working life. He is wished well in his new role as it will be a steep learning curve for him to come up to speed with what is happening in the various communities he represents in the Electoral area. The specific Tubbercurry and South Sligo area is now missing a Councillor due to the death of Margaret Gormley and the retirement of Gerry Lundy. The election itself was very tight with only small margins between being successful or not. A feature of this election was the large number of new and young candidates. This is great for democracy and as well as extending congratulations to the successful candidates, we also extend congratulations and commiserations to the unsuccessful candidates. Young candidates are encouraged to keep working in their communities in various volunteering roles, and never be afraid to put your name forward again the next elections.


Phoenix Players A.G.M.
was held in St. Brigid’s Hall on 29thMay last. The following officers were elected on the first count:- Chairman: Eamon Gallagher, Vice Chairman: Frank Brennan, Secretary: Mary T Mannion, Treasurer: Mark Dunne, P.R.O.Tom Walsh. Committee members Eileen Murtagh, Joe Corscadden, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran, Terri Brennan, Karen McKim, Laoise McDaid, Mary Barry, Shay Monaghan, Mary Kelly, Seana Haughey. Plans for the forthcoming season were discussed at length. However as next year will be the 75th anniversary of the group a further meeting will need to be held to plan a precise Programme of Events.

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.

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 info@clannclourses.com or Bernie Reilly on 071 91 85256 / 087 6551347 if you are interested. Host families are paid over €200 per week per student.

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.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Pre-Summer Pick Me Up for Parents – While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level it’s difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-Summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise. Facilitated by a seasoned and ‘surviving’ Mum to 4 children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday 4th June @ 10.00am. To book a place contact the FRC on 0719186926.

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

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

Parish Lunch On Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) in The Coach House, Rathbarron. Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds. The lunch will have 4 sittings: 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Adults €15, Under 12’s €10. To book contact Deb on 071 9189680 between 6pm – 10pm.

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

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.

MOYLOUGH 1997 DVD featuring events and activities in the Moylough area during the year 1997 will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday 14th June at 8:30pm. Proceeds will go to Aine Durkin’s Uganda Hospital Fund. Aine, from Cashel is going to Uganda in July as part of a UCD Student Volunteer Group which will provide assistance and training to a hospital in Uganda.

Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th June, beside Joe Dan’s Pub, Music by Medicine Bow, Dancing from 10-12, Admission €10.

Charity Concert Legendary Country Singer/songwriter Max T Barnes and his Nashville Country Band will play in a Charity Concert for Western Care Association in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, June 9th as part of his 2019 Irish Tour. Tickets are available online a www.townhall.ie, from local outlets and on the door on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

 

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 www.sssschool.org, 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 saoirsekennedy@msletb.ie 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 info@clannclourses.com  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.

TUBBERCURRY NOTES WEEK COMMENCING 29/4/2019

The Big Hello National Community Weekend May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019 –

Achonry/mullinabrenna community are hosting The Big Hello,no excuses, in South Sligo ,loads to do and see. The Big Hello.   In celebration of The National Community Weekend, the community is invited to participate in a Community Folklore Collection Event in Carrowmore School, Lavagh on 4th of May, between 12 – 5.  The event is hosted by the Achonry Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group and is kindly sponsored by Sligo LCDC.  The purpose behind this event is the recording of local customs, traditions, folklore and experiences of the older generations within the community as they were growing up, by way of conversations with the younger generations.

Refreshments will be served.  The event will also be an opportunity to view an audio visual of approximately  4,000 photographs of people and events within the community in times past, gathered during the course of a  photography exhibition in October 2018.  This is a recreation of sorts of the Schools Folklore Collection gathered between 1937 and 1939, the children will be encouraged to interview an older relative or neighbour on life and their experiences and traditions growing up. We would like this to be a friendly chat between the generations, as much as an interview to gain a particular content of information.

Also taking place in the Heritage centre the Big Hello free event ‘Rambling Gathering Ox Mountain Lodge on Monday 6th May  from 11 – 5 pm  – all welcome …. for more information Contact Donna on 086 2204130

 

Monthly Comhaltas session:            

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 3rd May, Junior session stars at 9.00pm and senior session begins at 10.00pm.  Please note the change of time. All musicians are very welcome.

The Achonry Branch of the Mothers Union are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 1st May, at 8pm, in the Coachouse, Rathbarron, Coolaney.  Come along and meet Gerry Farrell, actor, physiotherapist, lecturer and expert on Alzheimer’s.  Donation in lieu of Literacy and Development programme.   All are welcome.

 

 

Community Games Achievement

Congratulations to Liam Forkan who recently won the Community Games U-8 Art Competition for the Tubbercurry Area.  Liam then progressed to win the Sligo County Final held in Ballymote.  He will represent Tubbercurry and Sligo at the Community Games All-Ireland Finals, to be held in the University of Limerick in late May.  Liam is a son of Deirdre Gardiner (Ballina) and Cormac Forkan (Tooreen).

 

 

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 info@clannclourses.com  or Bernie Reilly on 071 91 85256 / 087 6551347 if you are interested.  Host families are paid over €200 per week per student.

 

Leitrim Warmer Homes

Leitrim Warmer Homes is now inviting homeowners from county Sligo to apply for attic, cavity, internal and external wall insulation plus energy advices and Building Energy Rating. You may be eligible for these works free of charge or with a grant. Please see our ad in the paper this week and then give us a call.  Phone number: 071-9640771

 

 

 

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

 

Return Visit

Following his debut to Tubbercurry which was a huge success, Killorans Bar and Restaurant, are delighted to announce the return visit of Matthew O’Donnell and his band to Tubbercurry on Friday night 3rd May for what promises to be a great night of music and dancing.    If you’re looking for a good “knees up” and love to dance the night away, put the date in your diary.   A great night once again is guaranteed.

 

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.

 

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 pm  each Monday evening.

 

Clothes Bag Collection

A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Mens Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe.  More details later.

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.