News

Welcome to our Tubbercurry News and Events section, bringing you weekly updates on business, social and festivals taking place in Tubbercurry. You can submit information to the Tubbercurry weekly notes by contacting Roger McCarrick. Notes Correspondant: Roger McCarrick I Email Roger I Contact: 0719185050

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 20/01/2020

Road Works

Road works are due to commence on Mountain Road, Tubbercurry on Monday 10th February and will continue for approx 5 weeks.  The necessary works to upgrade water mains along Mountain Road will necessitate the closure of lower Mountain Road fully for 2 weeks between Mickey Macs Pub and the Family Resource Centre.  This is the area where work will commence and will mean a complete closure of this section of Mountain Road for the first 2 weeks due to the narrow nature of this road section.

For the last 2/3 weeks, works will take place between the Family Resource Centre and up to Bailey’s Nursing Home.  Traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the works and it will certainly be inconvenient for residents and businesses of Mountain Road, but it is a necessary inconvenience.

People coming to town from Moylough/Doocastle area are advised to come to town via the Ballymote road and car users on Mountain Road will have to think about their journeys and parking locations.  More details next week. 

Paddy McVeigh, Tourlestrane

The recent peaceful death occurred of Paddy McVeigh, late of Annagh, Tourlestrane at his home.  In his late ‘80’s, Paddy was an active man all his life and had battled illness bravely and with dignity in recent months.  A native of Annagh, living along the banks of the Moy River, Paddy was a good general tradesman who also worked in Gowna Wood Industries in Collooney in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s when that factory was a thriving enterprise.  Later in his life before retirement he worked for nearly two decades as a Porter in Allied Irish Bank in Tubbercurry, and was always popular with bank staff and clients.   He also farmed his holding in Annagh and the farm hedges, buildings and house were always kept immaculately. 

Paddy’s remains reposed at his home and at the Coen funeral home where many hundred of people called to pay their respect to a very popular gentleman.  He is survived by his devoted wife Ethel, sons David, Thomas, Raymond, Noel and Patsy, daughters Mary and Jacqueline, his sister Brigid, and wide selection of friends and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gently soul rest in peace.

Young Members Required

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association will have a busy line up of activities throughout this New Year of 2020 and are seeking young and enthusiastic adults to get involved in various community projects over the coming years.  It often happens that the same people are involved on committees for years without change, and this can be to the detriment of the committees.  Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association are involved in activities not only relating to business but also for the wider community and social benefit.  If any young adults and young parents living in and around the Tubbercurry area would like to get involved please contact Chamber President Roger McCarrick 087 6810848 or Geraldine Brennan Secretary 087 9637149 to arrange a meeting and general discussion.

Evening classes in North Connaught College Tubbercurry

Spaces available on the following Healthcare course modules Safety & Health and

Care Support QQI Level 5 and Child Psychology QQI Level 6.

Safety & Health will commence on Monday 20th January from 7-9pm and Care Support on Tuesday 21st January subject to numbers.

Child Psychology QQI Level 6 will commence on Tuesday 21st January from 6.30 – 9pm subject to numbers. Please contact on 071-9185035 for more information.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association is resuming activities on Monday, January 20th, with Curling in Teach Laighne from 2pm to 4pm, with the first group meeting in the local Health Centre on Tuesday, January 21st, at 3pm and on every following Tuesday afternoon.  Bowling, Yoga and Book Club continue as usual, with various outings to be arranged.  New members are very welcome to join us and enjoy the many social, mental and physical benefits that the ARA offers.

Of particular interest will be the Well-Being Programme, given by the HSE, dealing with the Five ways of Well-Being, Mental Health and Stress Management.  This course will be covered over 2 afternoons in the Health Centre and commences on Tuesday, February 4th at 3 pm.  All interested are welcome.

The popular annual holiday, starting on May 31st and for 6 days/5 nights, is this year based on West Clare staying in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, and with our usual JMG Luxury Coach available for all travel and tours.  Deposits of €100 per person are required by March 1st with full payment by May 1st – total cost is €485.  For further details please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.  

Phoenix Players

2020 will be a busy year for the Phoenix Players celebrating their 75th year.  The final stages of rehearsal are now underway for their festival play , The Communication Cord, by Brian Friel, directed by Peter Davey.  The cast includes Frank Brennan, Shane Loftus, Mary Barry-Leonard, Terri Brennan, Claire Mc Loughlin,  Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Keyes and Catriona Coleman.  The play will be performed for local audiences in St Brigid’s Hall on the 8th and 9th February at 8pm.  Meanwhile rehearsals have commenced for a special musical show to mark the 75th Anniversary which will be staged for four nights: March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje lead by Breda Durkin, and accompanied by Rev. Vickor Samugana MSP takes place on 2nd May, 2020 for 7 nights.  Cost per person €699 inclusive of Group Travel Insurance includes, 7 nights Half Board at Lubitza’s House, Day flights from Dublin Airport, return airport transfers to Medjugorje, services of Joe Walsh Tours Medjugorje representative, Philip Ryan.  For more information, contact Breda Durkin on 071 9186123 or Mobile 087-1873703.

Cloonacool Players

On stage for St Valentine’s weekend are Cloonacool Players in their hilarious production of Sam Cree’s “Don’t Tell the Wife”. You’ve waited a year and now the actors are back with this sparkling comedy.  Just mentioning the cast makes everyone smile: Peadar Conway, Geraldine Lundy, Denis Ross, MaryKathleen Johnston, Brid Calvey, Darragh McGary, Regina Henry and, of course, John McIntyre. Do tell everyone the place to be is Cloonacool Community Centre 14th-16th February.

Windmill Players

Windmill Playerspresents the hilarious murder mystery -WANTED – One Body in Ballintogher Hall on Fri 7th & Sun 9th Feb 2020 at 8pm.  Tickets now available 0879964143

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 13/01/2020

Memorial Mass

Join the first Annual Mass for deceased staff and pupils of Benada Abbey, St Attracta’s and the Marist Convent Schools on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 8.30pm in Tourlestrane Church. Afterwards all are invited to Benada Abbey Hall for Tea and Coffee which will allow you to intermingle with old classmates and former pupils. For further information contact Daniel Jones 087 6300271 or Patrick Normanly  087 2189121

Priest Shortages

Best wishes are extended to Fr. Martin Jennings who is absent on sick leave from his Parochial duties in Tubbercurry and Cloonacool.  Indeed, Fr. Martin was under extreme work pressure since the retirement 6 months ago of Fr. Dan O’Mahony and it is not surprising that he needed a complete break from work and worry.  At the moment Mass and Ceremonial duties are shared by a cluster of priests from the surrounding parishes and visiting priests.  The fact is that now, there is no resident priest in the Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Parish, and this is not the only Parish nationwide that is suffering from a similar problem.  The time has long passed when the issue of priest shortages is addressed at the highest levels.  Other Religions have welcomed female and married people into their Clergy, and one wonders is it about time the Catholic Church commenced this discussion?

Jackie Coogan

The “singing barber” Jackie Coogan celebrated a milestone 80th birthday at the beginning of January, and his friends helped him celebrate it in style.  Jackie has been a pillar of the Tubbercurry Community for many years in the various roles he played, ranging from local correspondent for the local newspapers to founder member of the Old Fair Day Revival.  As well as various community roles, Jackie also played on various bands over the years and is an excellent singer and piano accordion player.  Now retired from his work as a barber, he is considering re-developing his music and singing career and various offers have been made to him which he is considering at present.  Best wishes for many more decades of music and fun are extended from all his acquaintances.

Phoenix Players

2020 will be a busy year for the Phoenix Players celebrating their 75th year.  The final stages of rehearsal are now underway for their festival play , The Communication Cord, by Brian Friel,directed by Peter Davey.  The cast includes Frank Brennan, Shane Loftus, Mary Barry-Leonard, Terri Brennan, Claire Mc Loughlin,  Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Keyes and Catriona Coleman.  The play will be performed for local audiences in St Brigid’s Hall on the 8th and 9th February at 8pm.  Meanwhile rehearsals have commenced for a special musical show to mark the 75th Anniversary which will be staged for four nights: March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th

Young Members Required

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association will have a busy line up of activities throughout this New Year of 2020 and are seeking young and enthusiastic adults to get involved in various community projects over the coming years.  It often happens that the same people are involved on committees for years without change, and this can be to the detriment of the committees.  Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association are involved in activities not only relating to business but also for the wider community and social benefit.  If any young adults and young parents living in and around the Tubbercurry area would like to get involved please contact Chamber President Roger McCarrick 087 6810848 or Geraldine Brennan Secretary 087 9637149 to arrange a meeting and general discussion.

Evening classes in North Connaught College Tubbercurry

Spaces available on the following Healthcare course modules Safety & Health and

Care Support QQI Level 5 and Child Psychology QQI Level 6.

Safety & Health will commence on Monday 20th January from 7-9pm and Care Support on Tuesday 21st January subject to numbers.

Child Psychology QQI Level 6 will commence on Tuesday 21st January from 6.30 – 9pm subject to numbers. Please contact on 071-9185035 for more information.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje lead by Breda Durkin, and accompanied by Rev. Vickor Samugana MSP takes place on 2nd May, 2020 for 7 nights.  Cost per person €699 inclusive of Group Travel Insurance includes, 7 nights Half Board at Lubitza’s House, Day flights from Dublin Airport, return airport transfers to Medjugorje, services of Joe Walsh Tours Medjugorje representative, Philip Ryan.  For more information, contact Breda Durkin on 071 9186123 or Mobile 087-1873703.

Paddy McIntyre, Tubbercurry

The sudden and unexpected death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Paddy McIntyre, late of Ballyara, Tubbercurry.  In his early ‘70’s, Paddy was a well-known and highly respected member of the entire South Sligo Community, and was pre-deceased just a few years ago by his wife Agnes.   Paddy was a carpenter by trade, and also a very accomplished plasterer, and worked as a tradesman and supervisor on many of the large building developments in Sligo town and Tubbercurry over the last 30-40 years.  Large developers in Sligo town considered themselves lucky to have Paddy on their team.

 As a hobby, Paddy’s passion was shooting and hunting.  He was a very accomplished Clay Pidgeon Shooter, and won many cups and trophies throughout Connacht since the early 1970’s.  He also loved to take to the fields, bogs and mountains with friends and dogs to hunt fox, woodcock, duck, pheasant and grouse, and a day with Paddy was always an enjoyable and interesting one.  Paddy was always a great husband, father and friend, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  He was quiet and unassuming, and always saw the good in everybody.

His remains reposed at his house where many friends called to pay their respects to a true gentleman.  His funeral Mass was held in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Paddy is survived by sons Patrick and Martin, daughters, Breege and Marie, brother Peter, sister Eileen, in-laws, grandchildren, and many friends and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Joe Gordan, Tubbercurry

The sudden death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Joe Gordan, late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry.  In his 94th year, Joe was still very sprightly and was in Tubbercurry just the day before his death to help with the Christmas shopping.  A native of Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Joe moved to Tubbercurry in the 1960’s after marrying his beloved Evelyn, a marriage of 65 years.  He worked locally and was an avid Fianna Fail supporter throughout his lifetime, despite the fact that some of his best friends shared different political views.   Even after retiring from work he continued to maintain and help Evelyn keep their large garden beautifully presented. 

Joe’s remains reposed at their home and funeral mass was held in St. Patricks Church, Moylough, with burial taking place in Rhue Cemetery.   He is survived by his wife of 65 years Evelyn, sons Denis and Dermot, daughter Maria, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

John Brennan, Curry

The peaceful death occurred on December 28th last of John Brennan, late of Carrowilkeen, Curry.  In his late ‘60’s, John was a quiet and hardworking man who had exemplary dedication to his family and farm.  His parents, Tom ‘Sonny’ and Una both lived well into their ‘90’s and only died within the last 5 years, so John was charged with helping out with them as needed.   He also had a good farm to attend, work he did with pride and dedication.  John had health challenges at various times during his life, but never complained, even over the last few months as his health continued to deteriorate. 

His remains reposed at St. Therese’s Funeral Home, Curry prior to removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery after funeral Mass.  John  is survived by his beloved wife Marian, and devoted daughters Joanne and Lauren, sisters Mary-Jo, Sheila, Phyl and Anne as well as in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Kieran Leonard, Aclare

The sudden and unexpected death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Kieran Leonard, late of Claddagh, Aclare.  In his mid ‘50’s, Kieran was a young active man in the community who could always be relied on if called upon for help.  Kieran’s sudden death so close to Christmas is a wake up call to all of the fragile nature of life. 

His remains reposed in the Brennan Funeral Home, Kilmactigue on St. Stephen’s Day, where sympathisers called over many hours to extend their heartfelt grief to the heart broken family.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Kilmactigue and burial took place in Kilmactigue Cemetery.   Kieran is survived by his beloved wife Pauline, and heart broken children, Amie, Becky, Kevin, Adam, Danny, Shane, their partners, grandchildren, sisters, Mary and Annette, brothers, Michael, Gerard, Hugh, Frank and John, in-laws, aunts, nephews, nieces and many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Brendan Gallagher, Ballinagrath

The peaceful death occurred a few days before Christmas of Brendan Gallagher, late of Baileys Nursing Home and originally from Ballinagrath, Cloonacool.   Brendan had many challenges throughout his life but carried them with courage and dignity.  He lived for many years on his own in his house near Masshill, and always enjoyed the sounds of this beautiful countryside.   He eventually took up permanent residence in Baileys Nursing Home due to deteriorating health, but never complained, and always appreciated the help he received. 

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. John Evangelist Church, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery following funeral mass.  Brendan is survived by his sisters Brigie Durkin (Tourlestrane), Sr. Mary (Tubbercurry), brother Jimmy, in-laws, nephews, niece, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Christy O’Grady, Gurteen

The peaceful death occurred of Christy O’Grady, late of Gurteen Cross, Gurteen Village.  In his early 70’s, Christy was widely known throughout South Sligo and indeed further afield due to his various talents.  Christy was an accomplished singer and musician, and spent many years entertaining in pubs and clubs with his wide variety of dance and sing-along music.   He was also a very talented man with his video camera and since video cameras became popular in the 1970’s, Christy could be found at football matches and family occasions of all sorts, recording the events for posterity.  Christenings, Communions, Weddings, Anniversaries, and Jubilees of all sorts were caught on camera over the last 40 years by Christy.   He was also a kind and gentle person who was a friend to many.  His large stature and red hair was identifiable by all who ever only slightly knew him.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Patricks Church, Gurteen, and burial took place in Gurteen Cemetery.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen, sons Martin, Chris and Barry, daughters Katie, Tracy and Elaine, siblings Maureen, Fr. Frank and Padraic, in-laws, grandchildren and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Bridget Anne Smith, Tubbercurry

The peaceful death occurred recently of Bridge Anne Smith, late of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry.  Bridget (nee Conway), a native of Cloondrihara, Lavagh was in her 94th year, and emigrated like a lot of her generation as a young woman in 1940’s to England.  There she met and married her husband Philip and lived there for many years before returning to Ireland and eventually Tubbercurry.   Despite being in England for many years, she was a regular visitor home to visit family and friends in Lavagh, as she loved the views like everybody of Knocknashee and The Ox Mountains.  The life of Bridget and Philip was not without tragedy as they were pre-deceased by their daughter Dympna and son Eamon, and Philip died within the last few years.

Her remains reposed at her home on Mountain Road, prior to removal to the Church of John Evangelist, Tubbercurry for funeral Mass, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery.  Bridget Anne is survived by her brother Michael, sister Tessie, many nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace. Correspondent: Roger McCarrick

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 16/12/2019

New Christmas Lights Tubbercurry

Tubbercurry will have a bright Christmas for everybody with the new Lights in town.  To help pay for the New Lights donations can be made in various ways – Donate on our Go Fund Me Page at www.gofundme.com/illuminate-south-sligo or cheque or cash contributions can be made to any of the committee members, or to Tubbercurry Tourist Office.  For more details check out our Facebook page Illuminate South Sligo.

Memorial Mass

Join us for the first Annual Mass for deceased staff and pupils of Benada Abbey, St Attracta’s and the Marist Convent Schools on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 8.30pm in Tourlestrane Church. Afterwards all are invited to Benada Abbey Hall for Tea and Coffee which will allow you to intermingle with old classmates and former pupils. For further information contact Daniel Jones 087 6300271 or Patrick Normanly  087 2189121

Monster Bingo

Monster Christmas Bingo next Tuesday 17th December at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Over €3,000 guaranteed payout including numerous draws after each game. Jackpot now €2,225 on 48 calls or less……it could be you!! A great night guaranteed. Happy Christmas to all our loyal patrons.

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.

In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I.  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outlets: Murphy’s Spar Supermarket, John Gillespie Sportswear, K & B Hardware, Daybreak, Roger McCarrick, Auctioneers, Margaret Kennedy & Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool

Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players wish all their fans, families and friends a Happy Christmas

and look forward to entertaining everyone in the New Year – with the hilarious 3-act comedy Don’t Tell the Wife  in Cloonacool Community Centre, St Valentine’s weekend February 14th to 16th.   Watch this space for further details. Happy Christmas and a rib-tickling New Year.

Congratulations

Congratulations are extended to Majella Armstrong (nee McGinley) who was recently promoted to Garda Superintendent , and is  based in the Phoenix Park Dublin.  Majella is daughter of Eamon and Kathleen McGinley of Oughambaun Tubbercurry. Her dad Eamon was Garda Sergeant in Tubbercurry during the 1980s and 90s and Majella obviously developed her interest from his encouragement.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

Our latest book in The Way That It Was series, ie No IV, is selling well and we are very pleased to hear that so many people are enjoying its historic stories and varied articles. The book, retailing at €15, will be widely available at various local outlets for the Christmas market.

We wish all our members, friends and our local community every blessing for Christmas. Nollaig Shona daoibh go leir.

Book Launches:

A fantastic array of 5 local books was launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include:

  • Kilmactigue Parish – a history
  • South Sligo (James McGuinn)
  • The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement )
  • Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
  • The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)

All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s

A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch .

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Roger McCarrick B.A. F.S.C.S.I.  F.R.I.C.S.

RICS Registered Valuer

REA McCarrick & Sons

Sligo and Tubbercurry

PSRA Licence No.  001927

Mobile: 087-6810848

Tel: 071-9185050

Email:  info@reamccarrick.ie

CSO figures confirm weaker picture

CSO figures confirm weaker picture Today’s figures from the CSO confirm that we welcomed almost 8.4 million overseas tourists to Ireland during January-September 2019 – up +1% on the same period in 2018. Revenue from overseas tourists in the same period was almost €4.1 billion – this was flat on 2018. The figures confirm that 2019 has been a very mixed experience for Irish tourism.

You can read our full statement here.

Last week, we launched our new three year-strategy for 2020-2022 and our marketing plans to promote the island of Ireland overseas next year. The aim, given a fair wind, is to grow overseas tourism revenue to €6.54 billion (+13%) and visitor numbers to 12 million (+7%), by 2022.

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

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 09/12/2019

Christmas Choral Night

A Christmas Choral Night is taking place on this Wednesday 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 McCann, 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. 

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

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

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.

In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I.  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outletsMurphy’s Spar Supermarket, John Gillespie Sportswear, K & B Hardware, Daybreak, Roger McCarrick, Auctioneers, Margaret Kennedy & Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool

Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Myra Regan, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Myra Regan (nee Feighan), late of Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. A sprightly lady in her 96th year, Myra was a native of Tubbercurry and lived most of her life on Teeling Street where her parents established a small business back in the 1940’s.

Born in 1923, Myra married her husband Peter Regan in the late ‘40’s and their first three children were born in Tubbercurry during the ‘50’s.  Employment opportunities were not always easy in the Ireland of the 1950’s, and her husband Peter often had to work in England and America.  Myra and her 3 children left for New York in the late 1950’s to join Peter there as he had gone on ahead to take up work.  Years later she often joked that she went to America with 3 children and came back with 5, as the last 2 were born in New York.

Back they did come in the mid 1960’s and the family lived in Tubbercurry, with the children receiving an Irish education.  Myra ‘s husband Peter died a young man in 1983, but she continued with her life and remained living in her home on  Teeling Street for the rest of her life.

As the family were growing up in the 1960’s,’70’s and ‘80’s, Myra ran the general grocery store that had been established by her parents in the decades beforehand, and this stayed open until the late ‘80’s. 

Myra was a great neighbour, and as she entered her late decades she also enjoyed her role as a grandmother to her various adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, and burial took place at Rhue Cemetery.

Myra is survived by her daughters, Collette, Imelda and Margo, sons Michael and Peter, in laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Imelda, nieces, nephews and many friends all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Paud O Donnell, Cloonacool.

The recent peaceful death occurred at his home of Paud O’Donnell, late of Ragoora, Cloonacool.  In his late 80’s, Paud was a well known and much respected & loved character by much of the South Sligo population.  Born and reared in Ragoora, just outside Cloonacool village, Paud had a lifetime interest in farming, especially in sheep, horses & donkeys.  He always enjoyed selling and buying and loved showing rare breeds and quality stock. 

As a young man he was an able athlete and Gaelic footballer, and his athletic stature enabled him do all the farming chores while well into his 80’s.

As well as farming he worked for many years with that well known Cloonacool company Mullarkey & Rowley in the 60’s and 70’s in various building & engineering projects.

Always clean shaven in his early years, he took to growing a famous long beard in his later years, one he took great pride in, and which was always a conversation piece.

When greeting people he always had a smile and laugh, and that is how we will remember him.  Paud’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to St. Michaels Church, Cloonacool and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery, not far from where he lived all his life.  Paud is survived by his wife Sheila, daughters Edwina & Deborah, son in law Niall, grand-children, sister Maureen, various brothers & sisters in law, nieces, nephews, & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.    

Mary Hunt, Chaffpool

The recent peaceful death occurred of Mary Hunt (nee Mullarkey) late of Chaffpool, Tubbercurry.  In her early 80’s Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy Joe who died just 2 years ago.  A native of the Lough Talt area, Mary and Paddy Joe lived in Chaffpool since their marriage over 60 years ago.  While Paddy Joe worked on the road a lot in sales of various types, Mary kept the home fires burning and was an active farmer while rearing their family.  She always enjoyed her trips to Lough Talt to round up the sheep there.  She was a hard working lady all her life until her health deteriorated over the last few years and she was resident in Baileys Nursing home in recent times.

Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of John Evangelist, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Achonry Cemetary.  Mary is survived by her daughter Loretta, sons Pauric, Eugene & Kieran, brothers Steven & James, in laws, grandchildren & great grandchildren & other relatives, all to whom sympathy s extended.  May she rest in peace. 

Gallagher House, Christmas Fayre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 15th December, from 12 – 4 p.m.  There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available.  Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts.

Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served”.

Congratulations

Congratulations are extended to Majella Armstrong (nee McGinley) who was recently promoted to Garda Superintendent , and is  based in the Phoenix Park Dublin.  Majella is daughter of Eamon and Kathleen McGinley of Oughambaun Tubbercurry. Her dad Eamon was Garda Sergeant in Tubbercurry during the 1980s and 90s and Majella obviously developed her interest from his encouragement.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association is coming to the end of a very busy and enjoyable 25th anniversary year.  This Autumn /Winter session will finish with a ChristmasDecoration workshop on Tuesday, December 10th, a Bowling Tournament on Monday, December 16th followed by a festive Afternoon Tea in Cawleys Hotel.  There will be our usual Yoga sessions on the 12th and 19th and our Book Club are choosing to read Walter Macken’s nostalgic book ‘Rain on the Wind’.

Our latest book in The Way That It Was series, ie No IV, is selling well and we are very pleased to hear that so many people are enjoying its historic stories and varied articles. The book, retailing at €15, will be widely available at various local outlets for the Christmas market.

We wish all our members, friends and our local community every blessing for Christmas. Nollaig Shona daoibh go leir.

Moylough Heritage Centre Fundraising Dance

Moylough Heritage Centre are holding a Fundraising Dance in the The May Queen, Tubbercurry on Friday Night 13th December.  Music is by “The Curly Bobs”.  Admission €10.  Support will be appreciated.  An enjoyable night is guaranteed.  Come along and join in the Christmas Party atmosphere.

N17 Study

Sligo and Mayo County Councils along with the National Roads Authority have commissioned a new study on the proposed new road from Knock Airport/Charlestown area to Collooney, by-passing Tubbercurry.

This is a project that was studied and decided upon 20 years ago, but never acted upon for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was not deemed urgent or a priority.  The study has the effect of putting on hold many planning and development projects in the South Sligo area over the next 12 months until such time as preferred routes are decided upon again.

This is a project that is urgently required, as those travelling to and from Sligo town from the South Sligo area for work will testify. A journey that should take 20/25 minutes often takes 40/45 minutes.  Comments and recommendations from individuals and community groups are sought by December 12th and further details can be got on line at www.sligococo/N17KCAEL.  Take time to study proposals and make your thoughts heard by the decision makers.

Book Launches:

A fantastic array of 5 local books was launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include:

  • Kilmactigue Parish – a history
  • South Sligo (James McGuinn)
  • The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement )
  • Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
  • The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)

All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s

A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch .

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

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.

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.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Roger McCarrick B.A. F.S.C.S.I.  F.R.I.C.S.

RICS Registered Valuer

REA McCarrick & Sons

Sligo and Tubbercurry

PSRA Licence No.  001927

Mobile: 087-6810848

Tel: 071-9185050

Email:  info@reamccarrick.ie

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