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

Weekly News - Sept. 22nd

Rathscanlon Forest Walk
Work is progressing well on the extension to the Forest Walk at Rathscanlon and it is hoped to have the extension opened for use within a few weeks. This is a great Community Project that will enhance the lives of all who use it and is an invaluable addition to the Community facilities of the entire South Sligo population. A sincere thank you is extended to the many people involved in its conception and to the bog cutters of Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs for their co-operation. Funding was obtained for the works but there is a financial shortfall which will have to be raised locally and more details of this fundraiser will follow shortly. The organisers in Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association are confident the wider community will rise to the challenge and donate generously.

Sligo GAA– Excitement is mounting throughout South Sligo as the County Semi-finals of the Senior Mens Championship takes place next Sunday.  Three clubs from South Sligo are playing with reigning champions of the last 2 years Tourlestrane playing Coolera/Strandhill in one semi final.  In the other semi-final to be played in Curry, Tubbercurry take on Mullinabreena /Coolaney in what is an eagerly anticipated game.  Coolaney /Mullinabreena is a young up and coming team that have been threatening to make the big break through over the last few years.  Tubbercurry last won the Senior title in 2014 and lead the role of honour, having won more senior titles than any other club in the county.  However on next Sunday history counts for nothing and it will be down to the team who wants to win the most.  Most of the young men on both teams went to school together in St. Attractas over the last decade and know each other well, having won Connacht and even all Ireland titles together.  An intriguing battle is promised in what should be a very exciting game.  Supporters from both clubs are asked and encouraged to attend.

Western Drama Festival AGM –The 75th AGM of the Western Drama Festival will be held in An Chroi Enterprise Centre on this Wednesday 26th September at 8pm.  All members are requested to attend and new members are particularly welcome.

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

Cloonacool Church Renovation Fundraiser  – St. Michaels Church Cloonacool finance committee, are running a fundraiser to boost renovation funds in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday night 19th October next at 8pm. The Swinford Players drama group will present their play entitled ”For Better, For Worse” a three act comedy written by playwright Jimmy Keary. It is a follow on from last years production which had the audience in howls of laughter all night, and sent everyone home with a smile on their face. This production is guaranteed to be equally as entertaining.

House Concert:  On Tuesday 25th September at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool. Something a little bit different in the company of classical musician, Karin Leitner (flute) and Teresa O’Donnell (harp). 8pm start and booking is necessary. This promises to be a lovely experience.  For more details contact Pat on 087-2512030

Course place available at North Connaught College  Are you thinking of going back to College to develop a new skill or to up-skill? North Connaught College offers a variety of fulltime courses which run over one year.  Places are still available for 2018-2019 and specifically on the following courses Beauty Therapy, eBusiness, Security Studies, Advanced Administration, Community Development and Warehousing and Distribution. If you require any information please contact the College on 0719185035 or email nccollege@msletb.ie. Also check out our website www.northconnaughtcollege.net.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival AGM will take place on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 9 p.m. upstairs in Mickey Macs Bar. All welcome to attend.

Blood Donation Clinic
Blood Donation Clinic in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Thursday, 4th October from 4.30 pm to 8.00pm.  As always, the demand for blood continues and every possible donation is desperately needed. Injured and sick people live because other people give. Blood is life and giving some is one of the greatest gesture of love and care that most people will ever have chance to avail of

Drimina N.S. will be having a 5 KM Run/Walk on Sunday 30th September. 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.
Annual Sleep Out North West Simon Community Annual Sleep out on Fri 5th Oct in Sligo – Experience for 1 night what many people in Ireland face everyday while helping to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness – Register today, contact 087 7708865 or emailmary@northwestsimon.ie – working to prevent homelessness in Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal.

Volunteers Wanted – SVDP
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

TUBBERCURRY FRC
Parent & Toddler Group
This group meets every Monday from 10.30am. All parents/ guardians/ grandparent babies and toddlers are welcome. There are plenty of activities for the little one and the all-important cup of tea for the adults. Inquiries welcome to 0719186926.

FRC Counselling Service
Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre provides an adult bereavement and relationship Counselling service. This service is open to the public and you do not need a referral. We have a fully qualified and accredited therapist available for appointments. At times a waiting list applies but we try to keep this as short as possible. If you would like to find out more please contact the centre on 0719186926.

NCBI Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry are currently hiring Volunteers who can work 3 hours a week.  We would appreciate your help.  Develop new skills, and build on existing experience.  Meet new people.  Phone Grainne on 087-1394371

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - Sept.16th

Tom & Anne Killoran
Best Wishes for many more years of happiness are extended to Tommy and Anne Killoran who last week celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a party at their Pub/Restaurant for family, neighbours and friends.  The happy couple have given sterling service to the South Sligo Community since they opened for business in Tubbercurry 60 years ago and they are an inspiration to all other young couples.

The Underdogs
An interesting TV programme is running on TG4 at present entitled The Underdogs.  It’s a GAA programme featuring a squad of average GAA Club players who came together training in preparation of a big game in October against a big name County team.  The squad is based in Athlone I.T. as its members are drawn from all counties in Ireland.  A Sligo player Niall Canning from Drumcliffe / Rosses Point is respresenting Sligo and he is showing to be a real joker in the team.  He works as a PR man with Bank of Ireland and is regularly in the Tubbercurry Branch and locality.  Also featuring prominently last week was Tubbercurry & Sligo football star David Kelly who is a lecturer in Athlone I.T. specialising in Sports Performance.  David has to measure the fitness levels of the entire squad and speak to them in relation to their performance potentials.  Great to see one or our own locals achieving great heights in their chosen fields.  For those that missed the first 2 episodes, they are probably available on replay.

Rhue Cemetery
The Rhue Cemetery Committee would like to say a sincere Thank You to all the people who gave so generously at the recent gate collection.  The amount collected was €1,485.  This money goes towards the upkeep of the Cemetery.

Drimina N.S. will be having a 5 KM Run/Walk on Sunday 30th September. 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.

 Northwest Hospice Coffee Morning : Moy River B&B in Cloonacool will host a Coffee Morning for Northwest Hospice on Saturday 22nd September between 11am and 1pm. All welcome

 Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

The local Active Retirement Association is now resuming activities and have organised a programme to suit all tastes for the coming months.  First Meeting of this term will be held in the local Health Centre at 8 pm on Tuesday, September 18th but, in the previous week, our bowling team will be in action at the All Ireland AR Bowling Championships in Castlebar.

Our programme for this term includes Card Games, Health Talks, Quizzes, Crafts, Book Club, Irish Hour, Outings to Theatre/Cinema and our popular 3-day trip to Dublin and surroundings (now fully booked). Our Exercise sessions of Bowling, Curling, Vital Movement to Music (new this year) and Physical Exercises continue weekly in Teach Laighne. 

New members are very welcome. Make friends and be refreshed and inspired by the countrywide Active Retired Movement. 

 Annual Sleep Out
North West Simon Community Annual Sleep out on Fri 5th Oct in Sligo – Experience for 1 night what many people in Ireland face everyday while helping to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness – Register today, contact 087 7708865 or emailmary@northwestsimon.ie – working to prevent homelessness in Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal.

Volunteers Wanted – SVDP
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

TUBBERCURRY FRC
Taking Control Workshop If something unexpected has happened, you are finding it tough to know where to go next or you need new ways to face the challenges of life then this is the course for you. This one day interactive workshop is delivered by Shine and covers four modules; Self Esteem and Positivity, Coping Skills, Changing how we think and Being Resilient and Taking Control. This workshop is free but booking is essential. The workshop will take place Tuesday 25th September from 10.00am-1.00pm. All are welcome. For more information or to make a booking contact Mary in the FRC on 0719186926.

English Classes September 2018 Classes run every Friday morning from 10.00am- 12.00 starting Friday 21st September.  Enquiries to Colleen on 071 9186926.  The ETB will also be running English Classes (ESOL) twice a week. Contact Cathy Powell Sligo ETB on 0719138415 or reception on 0719194800.

Parent & Toddler Group This group meets every Monday from 10.30am. All parents/ guardians/ grandparent babies and toddlers are welcome. There are plenty of activities for the little one and the all-important cup of tea for the adults. Inquiries welcome to 0719186926.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre provides an adult bereavement and relationship Counselling service. This service is open to the public and you do not need a referral. We have a fully qualified and accredited therapist available for appointments. At times a waiting list applies but we try to keep this as short as possible. If you would like to find out more please contact the centre on 0719186926.

NCBI
NCBI, Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry are currently hiring Volunteers who can work 3 hours a week.  We would appreciate your help.  Develop new skills, and build on existing experience.  Meet new people.  Phone Grainne on 087-1394371

 

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - Sept. 7th

Phoenix Players –  Anyone interested in participating in the Phoenix Players‘ forthcoming production of The Sound of Music under the directorship of Tom Walsh is invited to come along to an open evening in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 13th September at 8:30pm.  Actors, singers, dancers and backstage crew are needed.  If you would like to be involved in any way, backstage, front stage or front of house come along to the open evening on the 13th September.     Auditions for children’s parts will be held at a later date

Drimina N.S. will be having a 5 KM Run/Walk on Sunday 30th September. 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.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group The local Active Retirement Association is now resuming activities and have organised a programme to suit all tastes for the coming months.  First Meeting of this term will be held in the local Health Centre at 8 pm on Tuesday, September 18th but, in the previous week, our bowling team will be in action at the All Ireland AR Bowling Championships in Castlebar.  Our programme for this term includes Card Games, Health Talks, Quizzes, Crafts, Book Club, Irish Hour, Outings to Theatre/Cinema and our popular 3-day trip to Dublin and surroundings (now fully booked). Our Exercise sessions of Bowling, Curling, Vital Movement to Music (new this year)and Physical Exercises continue weekly in Teach Laighne.  New members are very welcome. Make friends and be refreshed and inspired by the countrywide Active Retired Movement. 

Annual Sleep Out
North West Simon Community Annual Sleep out on Fri 5th Oct in Sligo – Experience for 1 night what many people in Ireland face everyday while helping to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness – Register today, contact 087 7708865 or emailmary@northwestsimon.ie – working to prevent homelessness in Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal.

Volunteers Wanted – SVDP – Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

COFFEE MORNING FOR HOSPICE – Mayo Roscommon Hospice is appealing for individuals, companies, groups, schools, coffee shops etc to host a coffee morning/evening on their behalf on ‘National Coffee morning for Hospice’ Thursday 20th September or any date that suits. Coffee and promotional provided free of charge.  The building of the 14 Bed Hospice in Castlebar is well underway and it is hoped it will be completed early next year followed by the construction of the 8 Bed Unit in Roscommon. The capital cost of both projects is approx. €15 million, which is entirely coming from fundraised income.  With your support and through events such as coffee morning, the Foundation will continue to ensure that patients with life limiting illnesses from Mayo and Roscommon have the best possible facilities available when they need it. All donations welcome or you can pledge your donation by calling 0949388666/online www.hospice.ie  or email info@hospice.ie.

Tubbercurry FRC
Taking Control Workshop –If something unexpected has happened, you are finding it tough to know where to go next or you need new ways to face the challenges of life then this is the course for you. This one day interactive workshop is delivered by Shine and covers four modules; Self Esteem and Positivity, Coping Skills, Changing how we think and Being Resilient and Taking Control. This workshop is free but booking is essential. The workshop will take place Tuesday 25th September from 10.00am-1.00pm. All are welcome. For more information or to make a booking contact Mary in the FRC on 0719186926.

English Classes September 2018 –A registration morning for our weekly conversational English classes will take place on Friday 14th September from 10.00-11.00am.  The classes run every Friday morning from 10.00am- 12.00 and will start Friday 21st September.  Inquiries to Colleen on 0719186926.  The ETB will also be running English Classes (ESOL) twice a week and an assessment day for these classes will take place in the FRC on Tuesday 11th September between 10.00am-1.00pm. Contact Cathy Powell Sligo ETB on 0719138415 or reception on 0719194800.

Parent & Toddler Group- This group meets every Monday from 10.30am. All parents/ guardians/ grandparent babies and toddlers are welcome. There are plenty of activities for the little one and the all-important cup of tea for the adults. Inquiries welcome to 0719186926.

FRC Counselling Service – Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre provides an adult bereavement and relationship Counselling service. This service is open to the public and you do not need a referral. We have a fully qualified and accredited therapist available for appointments. At times a waiting list applies but we try to keep this as short as possible. If you would like to find out more please contact the centre on 0719186926.

NCBI – NCBI, Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry are currently hiring Volunteers who can work 3 hours a week.  We would appreciate your help.  Develop new skills, and build on existing experience.  Meet new people.  Phone Grainne on 087-1394371

 Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

 

Weekly News - Sept. 3rd

Phoenix Players –
Anyone interested in participating in the 
Phoenix Players‘ forthcoming production of The Sound of Music is invited to come along to an open evening in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 13th September at 8:30pm  Actors,singers,dancers and backstage crew are needed.  Auditions for children’s parts will be held at a later date. 

Comhaltas News
The monthly Comhaltas session will take place in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday night 7th September. We extend congratulations to all our musicians who took part in  Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and especially to Sinead Johnston who took first place on the Mandolin and second on the Banjo under 15, to Conor McDonagh and Aoife Johnston who won the under 12 duet. Conor had a great fleadh he also won the flute and drums competition.  We are very proud of these young musicians and their wonderful achievements. All competitors cannot be winners and to those who didn’t win this year your day will come. Music classes in Whistle, Flute and Fiddle commence in the Family Resource Centre Tubbercurry on 10th September, registration at 6pm. So call in to Nathy Brennans  on Friday 7th and you will hear these young musicians at their best and from 10pm on in the senior session  you can hear  our finest local musicians.  Ar aghaidh leis an gceol.

Pride of Place Judging for South and West Sligo Tourism  –  South and West Sligo Tourism are delighted to be taking part in the Pride of Place Awards 2018 and have been entered into the Community Tourism Initiative with judging taking place on Monday September 10th 2018.  There will be a presentation to the judges outlining why South & West Sligo Tourism deserve the award at 10 a.m. at Castle Dargan

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group
Following popular demand, the local Active Retirement Association is organising another of its ‘historic’ trips to Dublin for 3 days from September 23rd to 25th next.  We will be staying at the Bonnington Hotel, which is very central. The cost is €250 p.p.s., which includes, Bed + Breakfast, Evening Meals, all Coach travel and all entry fees to the various attractions. Single rooms are €15 per night extra.  Please book by ringing 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 as soon as possible. Full payment is required by September 1st.

Tribe Fitness Gym, Tubbercurry
New Beginners Class starts Thursday 6th Sept at 7.30pm  At Tribe Fitness Gym Tubbercurry. A Class To Stretch Strengthen & Heal For All Levels of Fitness that Promotes Relaxation Well Being & Alleviates Chronic Conditions.  €8 Pay As You Go.  Please bring a Mat Blanket & Cushion For The Relaxation.  Further Enquiries Contact Pat/Ros 0872617309 

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019  will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update
Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website, www.sligogreenway.com

Volunteers Wanted – SVDP
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

National Learning Network
Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training.   If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply.  Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

NCBI
NCBI, Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry are currently hiring Volunteers who can work 3 hours a week.  We would appreciate your help.  Develop new skills, and build on existing experience.  Meet new people.  Phone Grainne on 087-1394371
Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 27th August

Galway Minor Hurlers – Congratulations to Paraic & Loretto Neary of Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry who’s grandson Sean Neary had the honour of being Captain of the Galway Minor Hurling team that won the All Ireland hurling Championship in Croke Park last week. Sean played a pivotal role at centre back and had the honour of accepting the Cup on behalf of his team and county. His dad Anthony was a vital cog in the Tubbercurry football teams of the 1980’s and 90’s as was his uncle Philip. The contribution of Tubbercurry natives to Galway GAA in recent years has been significant as sons of other Tubbercurry people including Ollie Wynne, Bridie Killoran and Ann Hannigan have all gone on to win at the Highest level in the jersey of Galway. Tubbercurry loss – Galway gain.

Tom & Ann Killoran – Diamond Jubilee As part of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary Tom and Ann Killoran will be heading to Croke Park this coming weekend to attend the All Ireland Football Final Dublin V Tyrone. Tom and Ann got married in September 1958, all of 60 years ago and have never missed an All Ireland since they first attended their first one in 1957 (Louth V Cork). One of their daughters Annie is living in Tyrone and she is sending secret messages to Tubbercurry to the effect that Tyrone have a plan to dethrone Dublin this year !!. Best Wishes are extended to Annie and Tommy for many more years of wedded bliss.

North Connaught College Tubbercurry is hosting it’s Open Evening on Monday 3rd September from 3pm-6pm for PLC and VTOS courses commencing in September 2018. School leavers and adults are all welcome.Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor and current students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have. There will be taster sessions in some of the various courses e.g Beauty Therapy, IT/Business, Childcare, Nursing and Healthcare. Further details on our website www.northconnaughtcollege.net or on Facebook www.facebook.com/northconnaughtcollegeor ring us on (071) 9185035.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

Following popular demand, the local Active Retirement Association is organising another of its ‘historic’ trips to Dublin for 3 days from September 23rd to 25th next. We will be staying at the Bonnington Hotel, which is very central.The cost is €250 p.p.s., which includes, Bed + Breakfast, Evening Meals, all Coach travel and all entry fees to the various attractions. Single rooms are €15 per night extra. Please book by ringing 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 as soon as possible. Full payment is required by September 1st.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May 10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Volunteers Wanted – SVDP

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

National Learning Network

Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

NCBI

NCBI, Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry are currently hiring Volunteers who can work 3 hours a week. We would appreciate your help. Develop new skills, and build on existing experience. Meet new people. Phone Grainne on 087-1394371

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 20th August

Lough Talt Shoot

The Lough Talt Clay Pigeon Shoot takes place next Sunday August 26 at the new shooting grounds at Mount Taffe. The Lough Talt Shoot was first run back in 1953 when the Parish Priest at the time Fr. Peter Harte along with local shooting enthusiasts from around South Sligo got together to run it as a fund raising event for repairs to the local Church. The Lough Talt Cup was presented by Mr. O’Hara, Solicitor from Foxford, and it attracted shooting enthusiasts from all over Connacht as well as further afield. From the 1950’s – 90’s it was a firm fixture on the shooting men and women calendar, but declined in popularity since then. The shoot was revived last year 2017 in memory of the late Michael Rochford, who was a Lough Talt native, and a strong shooting enthusiast. The event proved so popular last year that it is back again on the calendar of events, and monies raised will go to the Irish Heart Foundation.

Early founders of the event include, Paddy McCarrick, Eneas Lundy, Jim Lawrence, Matt Brett, Mick Lang, Paddy Mullarkey, Peadar McCann, Paraic Reid, Dr. Sean Flannery, Mick Barrett, Jim Goulden, Matt Mulholland, PJ Rochford, Jack Kilgannon and Johnny Durkin, and many more, most of whom are now gone to the happy shooting grounds above.

This year’s shoot caters for all age groups, and abilities, and facilitates men and women, and is being run under the auspices of the Tubbercurry & District Gun Club.It starts at 12 noon, and further details can be had from Robert Lundy. Phone: 087-2646422, Michael Conway, Phone: 087-2319325, Michael Egan, Bonniconlon, or Derek Deehan, Lough Talt.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

Following popular demand, the local Active Retirement Association is organising another of our ‘historic’ trips to Dublin for 3 days from September 23rd to 25th next. We will be staying at the Bonnington Hotel, which is very central. The cost is €250 p.p.s., which includes, Bed + Breakfast, Evening Meals, all Coach travel and all entry fees to the various attractions. Single rooms are €15 per night extra. Please book by ringing 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 as soon as possible. Full payment is required by September 1st.

Music for a Summer’s Evening

A Harp and Violin Duet Concert by Ramona Sakalawskaite and Natalia Kravchenko takes place in St. John’s Church, Tubbercurry on Wednesday August 22nd from 7.30pm – 9pm. Come along and enjoy what promises to be a lovely evening. All welcome. (Donations Optional).

Benefit Night

A benefit night for Sr Cait Wims (Peru), in the form of a House Concert, is talking place on Friday 24th of August at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool (Moy River B&B). The Demolition String Band from the US will provide the entertainment on the night (Bluegrass and country) with support by local singer Lana Moore. Spaces at the venue are limited. Those interested in donating to the fund can still do so even if they do not attend the concert. Booking is essential; 087 2512030.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to emailinfo@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

National Learning Network

Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p. and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Winnie Carey (nee Faul)

The recent death occurred in Enfield, England of Winnie Carey (nee Faul). Aged 92 Winnie was a native of Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, and was reared and educated in Tubbercurry. Renowned as a great Ballroom Dancer as a teenager/young adult, she worked in Leonards at Teeling Street in her early years. Her husband John came to Tubbercurry from Limerick in the mid ‘40’s on a works project, and after marrying they moved to England to further their career prospects. Her husband John died some years ago, but they were regular visitors to Tubbercurry while able to travel.

Winnies burial takes place in England. She is survived by her daughter Patsy who now lives in Tubbercurry, son Christopher, sister Bridie (Mountain Road), brother Charlie (Masshill Road), and many in laws, nephews, nieces and cousins, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 13th August

Connacht Fleadh

The Connacht Fleadh which was held in Ballinamore was a hugely successful event for our South Sligo musicians. A record number achieved success and will represent not only their Comhaltas branch and county but their province at the ALL Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Drogheda on 17th, 18th and 19th of August. In the 12-15 Fiddle competition Ciara Lee came second and also second in the Fiddle Slow Airs. Aoife Johnston came first in the Concertina competition and also first in the under 12 duet with Conor McDonagh. Lauren Hunt came first in the Piano Accordion competition and is a member of the Ceili band that came second. Lorraine Dunleavy came third in Flute slow airs under 12. Sinead Johnston came first on the Banjo 12-15, first on Mandolin 12-15 ,third in Miscelleaneous competition, first in duet with Ryan Sheridan and is a member of the 12-15 Ceili band who came second.

Cliodhna Henry came first senior Sean Nos singing and second in senior Traditional Singing. Mark Dunleavy came first in Uilleann Pipes 12-15 and second in slow airs. Ryan Sheridan came second in Accordion 12-15 and first in Bodhran . Conor McDonagh came first in Flute under 12 and second in Ceili drums. Conor Hunt came third on Piano accordion 12-15. South Sligo members of the under 12 Ceili band are Hannah Lee, Lisa Walsh, Aoife Roache, Aoife Johnston, Lauren Hunt, they came second and will represent Connacht in Drogheda .

The 12-15 Ceili Band also qualified and local members are Conor Johnston ,Sinead Johnston, Ciara Lee and Micheal Gorman. Michael Hurley has done trojan work with these young people and especially the bands and deserves great credit for their success. Best wishes to The Knocknashee Ceili band especially to Declan and Teresa Payne who also hail from South Sligo. We wish all our competitors continued success and congratulate them on their wonderful achievments so far. Go neiri libh go leir.

Annual Famine Mass

The annual Famine Mass takes place in the Famine Graveyard at the back of North Connaught College on Thursday evening 16th August 2018 at 7 O’clock. Some Irish music and the Choir would be most welcome.

St George’s Church annual BBQ will be held in the church grounds on Sunday 19th August at 1pm. All welcome.

National Learning Network

Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

Smart Community

Discussions have been ongoing over the last month with various stakeholders about the possibility of having Tubbercurry developed as a designated Computer Smart Community.  Stakeholders are from both Private and Public Sector including the HSE, Dept. Social Protection, and other various Government agencies while An Post and Bank of Ireland are also on board as is Tubbercurry, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association.

People that might be interested in this concept to develop Tubbercurry as a Computer Smart Community could express their interest to Chamber of Commerce members including President Geraldine Brennan or PRO Roger McCarrick.

North West Hospice calling out for Volunteers to help with their new charity shop in Sligo.

North West Hospice is appealing for Volunteers to help support their new charity shop in Sligo Town centre. Volunteers are required for a variety of roles including; front-of-house, customer service, sorting of clothes and goods and labelling of items. Full training will be provided for all volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then please call us on (071) 9170523, email volunteer@northwesthospice.ie or drop into their Wine Street offices between 9am and 5pm.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p., and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

An Chroi

An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.

The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs. The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 6th August

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which opens on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August. A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.

Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards. Our festival opens on Saturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO.

Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th, sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.

Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.

Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall.

As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9am with the Niall Delaney show. A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our websiteoldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

Cloonacool church renovation fund

The Cloonacool church renovation fund committee are holding a fundraiser at the Tubbercurry ‘Old Fair Day’ on Wednesday next August 8th. Guess the combined weight of the animal’s at €2 a line or €5 for three lines for a prize of €100 will be available to punters all day long. The animals Maizy and Rico a cow and a calf will be on view to the public with entry available on the square from early morning until 6pm approx. The winner will then be announced by the committee chairperson Fr. Dan O’ Mahony. All support for this fundraising venture will be greatly appreciated.

Annual Famine Mass

The annual Famine Mass takes place in the Famine Graveyard at the back of North Connaught College on Thursday evening, 16th August, 2018 at 7 O’clock. Some Irish music and the Choir would be most welcome.

Banada Abbey Reunion

The Banada Abbey Leaving Cert Clan of 1976 are having a class re-union on Saturday 11th August at 5pm in Cawleys Hotel, Tubbercurry. All members of 1976 Leaving Cert Class are invited.Contact details for more info Geraldine Kennedy Ph. 087 6284474 email tom4gerry@gmail.com

South Sligo One Day Walking Festival

The South Sligo One Day Walking Festival takes place Saturday 11th August , Registration at the Ox Mountain Heritage and Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Drummartin, Aclare 9am-10am on the day. There are 3 walks – Short Walk of 3.5 miles, Medium walk of 6-7 miles approximately and a Long walk 10 miles approximately. Short walk €5, Medium walk €10, Long walk €15. Refreshments along the way plus a large bowl of home made soup on returning to the centre. Further information phone Maureen on 0872771778. Seewww.oxmountain.com

Smart Community

Discussions have been ongoing over the last month with various stakeholders about the possibility of having Tubbercurry developed as a designated Computer Smart Community.  Stakeholders are from both Private and Public Sector including the HSE, Dept. Social Protection, and other various Government agencies while An Post and Bank of Ireland are also on board as is Tubbercurry, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association.

People that might be interested in this concept to develop Tubbercurry as a Computer Smart Community could express their interest to Chamber of Commerce members including President Geraldine Brennan or PRO Roger McCarrick.

North West Hospice calling out for Volunteers to help with their new charity shop in Sligo

North West Hospice is appealing for Volunteers to help support their new charity shop in Sligo Town centre. Volunteers are required for a variety of roles including; front-of-house, customer service, sorting of clothes and goods and labelling of items. Full training will be provided for all volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then please call us on (071) 9170523, email volunteer@northwesthospice.ie or drop into their Wine Street offices between9am and 5pm.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p. and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

An Chroi

An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.

The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs. The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Golf Outing

The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13thAugust. Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ . John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast. Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980. Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend. A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

Annual Memorial Mass

The annual Memorial Mass takes place in Rhue Cemetery on Sunday 12th August, at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Forest Walk

The Forest Walk at Rathscanlon, behind the Old Creamery continues to be an excellent and well used local amenity and further good news was announced just recently . Funding was recently approved for an excellent extension to the walk and work will be commencing shortly. A local contribution is required to pay some of the cost of the works and the Chamber of Commerce committee involved with the development will be organising a fund raiser in the near future. They ask that individuals and households be as generous as possible to develop this excellent amenity. Further details will follow shortly.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Clothes Bag Collection

Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Thanks From Spanish Summer School To Tubbercurry

Fifteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from town who thought that having a Spanish summer school in the town would have a positive experience for both students and locals alike. Well, now this is a fact and Tubbercurry welcomes every summer a group of Spanish students who come here to learn English. Now we have got to the end of the fifteenth summer and everything has been much better than it had ever been expected. A lot of work has been done to get to this point by the leaders in charge of the students and the teachers, but nothing would have been possible without the help of the people from the town.

Host families have become a second family to the students, that’s why we would like to thank them for their help and support.We’d also like to thank the Irish coordinators who believed in this project from the very beginning, the South Sligo Summer School in which the students learnt Irish music and they really enjoyed it, and of course the whole town for the hospitality that has been given to all of us which made us feel like at home. We will never forget it! This year, like the previous one, we made a barbeque in which host families, teachers, coordinators and everyone who wanted to attend had a great time. A fundraising took place and all the money was donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre based in Tubbercurry.

This year our students have left a piece of art in Tubbercurry with the help of local artist Damien Moran. It has been a wonderful experience. You can see that piece of art in the passage from the main street to Supervalue car park. It is beautiful! Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - July 27th

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018 

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which will open on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August.  A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.

Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards. Our festival opens onSaturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO.

Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th, sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.

Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.

Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall.

As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music  proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9 a.m. with the Niall Delaney show. A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website oldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

 Patsy Foley, Tubbercurry  The recent death occurred of Patsy (Patricia) Foley (nee McManus) late of Rocklands and formerly Wolf Tone Square, Tubbercurry.  Aged 75, Patsy had suffered ill health in recent years, but carried it with dignity and was never one to question why it effected her. Patsy married her husband Paddy in 1961 at the young age of 18 and set up home initially in Ballygawley, Co. Sligo where they ran a small family business. In 1968 the opportunity came up to purchase a fine business premises in Tubbercurry known as Fergusons, and the young couple  Patsy and Paddy took the step to  move forward and purchase.  That was 50 years ago, and it was a decision they never regretted.  Along with their young and expanding family, Patsy and Paddy worked hard in the licensed premises they purchased and developed it into one of the busiest pubs in Co. Sligo.  They changed it as necessary to meet changing trends as Tubbercurry from the 1970’s onwards was a thriving and expanding town.  Patsy was fully involved in the day to day running of the pub, as well as caring for and rearing the children as they came along.  Foley’s corner became a meeting point for young and old. Patsy was fully involved in the Tubbercurry Business Community and always supported local events as necessary.  Her son Michael now runs the business they built up.  However, she was also a mother of 8 daughters and one son and rearing her family was her priority. The death of one daughter, Siobhan, in infancy was a blow to the entire family but Siobhan was always remembered by Patsy and family.  Patsy was a kind and generous mother who always could be depended upon.  Despite bouts of ill health over her life, she never complained and carried on to help her family.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy within the last 10 years but in the latter years always could rely on the love of her children, grand-children and extended family.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home and funeral mass took place in St. John the Evangalist Church, Tubbercurry prior to burial with her late husband at Corrig Cemetery.  Patsy is survived by her son Michael, daughters Teresa, Patricia, Margot, Sheila, Nicola, Claire, & Lisa, 15 grandchildren, sons & daughter in laws and extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest gently in Peace.  

Sligo Greenway – Update
Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website, www.sligogreenway.com.

 South Sligo Summer School
The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  This year we had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee.  All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry.  The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sundayevening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.  This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.  It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee.  Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Comhaltas News
The monthly Comhaltas session will take place in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday night 3rd August.  Junior session starts at 9.00pm and senior session at 10.00pm.  All musicians welcome.  The Connacht Fleadh which was held in Ballinamore was a hugely successful event for our South Sligo musicians.     A record number achieved success and will represent not only their Comhaltas branch and County but their province at the ALL Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Drogheda on 17th 18th and 19th of August. We wish them all continued success and congratulate them on their wonderful achievments. A word of thanks to the teachers who do trojan work  tutoring these young people.  Go neiri libh go leir.

 An Chroi
An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.  The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs.  The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com  and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.  Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Golf Outing
The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13TH August.  Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ .  John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast.  Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980.  Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend.  A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

 Annual Memorial Mass
The annual Memorial Mass takes place in Rhue Cemetery on Sunday 12th August, at 8pm.  Everyone welcome.

Forest Walk
The Forest Walk at Rathscanlon, behind the Old Creamery continues to be an excellent and well used local amenity and further good news was announced just recently .  Funding was recently approved for an excellent extension to the walk and work will be commencing shortly.  A local contribution is required to pay some of the cost of the works and the Chamber of Commerce committee involved with the development will be organising a fund raiser in the near future.  They ask that individuals and households be as generous as possible to develop this excellent amenity.  Further details will follow shortly.

 Volunteers Wanted
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly.  If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Card Game Tubbercurry

25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  The card games will go right through the summer.  All are welcome.

Yogalates is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Clothes Bag Collection
Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News July 23rd

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which will open on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August.A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.   Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards.  Our festival opens on Saturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO. Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.

Monday 6th sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park.Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.  Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall. As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9am with the Niall Delaney show.  A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website oldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

Golf Outing
The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13th August. Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ . John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast. Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980. Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend. A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

Tidy Towns
Great work has gone on over the last few months by the Tidy Town committee and workers. While every part of town is close to litter free, it is a pity that fast food outlets do not do more to ensure wrappings from their premises are not left discarded outside their premises at closing time. The result is that early morning visitors and workers to town are faced with this litter. Landscaping and flower beds are especially attractive at the traffic lights on the Circular Rd. /Ballina Rd. junction and on the Circular Road. Keep up the good work. All property owners can help present the town better by painting the occasional wall, door or gate.

New Wall Murals
The gateway leading from the old Market Yard, now the Supervalu car park to Teeling Street, got a facelift recently, thanks to the Spanish Language School which attends in Tubbercurry each year. Local artist Damian Moran oversaw the mural project and he was ably assisted by the 20 Spanish Students who spent the month of July with host families in and around Tubbercurry. This is a welcome addition to the street art that has decorated various large blank walls in recent years. Well done to all concerned.

Summer School
The South Sligo Summer School has just finished last week-end and it was another outstanding success with student numbers on a par with previous years. Top quality music sessions were held at concert venues and in pubs each evening and into the dark night. On a number of occasions street sessions were also held, and these added to the festival atmosphere. Well done a

gain to the hard working committee and their team of volunteers for another successful event.

The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  This year we had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee. All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry. The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.
Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sunday evening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.

This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.

It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Volunteers Wanted
Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp Summer Camps
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running their fun summer camps again this year from 24th – 27th July at 10am – 2pm each day. Cost of €60 per child. Aged 8yrs approx. and over. We also cater for children’s birthday parties. For more information email: oxmountaincamp@gmail.com,or phone 071 9181920 or 087 1362703.

Card Game Tubbercurry
25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm. The card games will go right through the summer. All are welcome.

Irish Summer School
Irish summer courses will take place in Banada during the summer. Junior cert course will take place 23rd-27th July and leaving cert course will take place 30th July-3rd August. Call or text Siobhán for further details on 0874510572

Yogalates is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Clothes Bag Collection
Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net