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 16/09/2019

Ballyara Lecture

An illustrated Lecture takes place on this Friday evening 20th September, at 7.30pm on the history of Ballyara, beside Tubbercurry.  The talk is being given by well known Sligo Archeologist Martin A. Timoney.  A new information panel for Ballyara Graveyard has been designed and this will be its first viewing at the presentation.

New information has come to light in the research involved in this board and the sharing of this information will be of great interest to locals interested in the history of their area.  It should also be of particular interest to residents of Ballyara & surrounding areas of Tourlestrane & Tubbercurry and all the O’Hara Clan of South Sligo.  Ballyara is the Anglicised version of Baile Ui Eara, (The town of O’Hara) and was the seat for centuries of the local O’Hara Chieftain.  There are literally hundreds of O’Hara people living in South Sligo who have direct connections to Ballyara.

Come along for a very worthwhile presentation of this wonderful subject.  The night is a Tubbercurry Tidy Town event.     

Michael & Nancy Coen

Best Wishes are extended to Michael & Nancy Coen, who are retiring from the petrol Forecourt Business on Teeling Street in Tubbercurry.  Michael & Nancy purchased their garage & forecourt from Gerry & Angela Burke about 20 years ago, and continued the great service that had been there already.  Customers were always greeted with a smile and were quickly helped if in difficulty.  However Michael will continue in the Undertaking business from Doocastle and their funeral home on Wolfe Tone Square, and they hope to serve the public in that capacity for many more years. 

Happy Christmas

Locals in Tubbercurry were wishing each other happy Christmas last week as the town was lit up with Christmas lights and Christmas trees as well as window dressing of a Christmas variety.  The purpose of this early festive cheer was as part of the Film set for the shooting of a new series being made entitled ‘Normal People’.  The town was full for 5 days of actors and extras as well as set design, location managers, camera operators and helpers of all sorts, scenes were shot on Wolf Tone Square, Supervalu, Nathy Brennans pub, Killorans Pub, Coens Undertakers and a variety of rural and street locations.  Director of the entire series is Oscar nominated Lenny Abrahamson and the story is set in a fictional Co. Sligo town called Carricklea (alias Tubbercurry).  This will be a 12 part series which should be available in 2020 and it will hopefully show off Tubbercurry and South Sligo in a very favourable light.  Many local people were involved as extras and this could be the chance many of them were waiting for to be ‘discovered’.

Margaret Gormley  

A lovely memorial occasion took place recently at North Connacht College in honour of the late County Councillor Margaret Gormley.  Amongst many of the jobs undertaken by Margaret in her capacity as County Councillor was sitting on the Board of Management of North Connacht College over the last 17 years since it opened, and the staff and students thought it appropriate to mark her service.  This took the form of the planting of an Oak Tree in the front garden of the College and the unveiling of a stone plague in honour of Margaret.  The service was attended by family of Margaret, and representatives of the College and local Community.  May she rest in Peace. 

Property Marking

The Telesis Property Marking Unit will be attending the Teach Laighne Car Park, Tubbercurry on Saturday 28th September 11am – 3pm for the purpose of having property being marked to prevent theft.  This can be done on all types of property – trailers, garden equipment, tools etc. The system works by engraving the Eircode of the property owner on to an item.  This provides traceability in the event of the item being stolen and recovered.  Bring your Eircode number as well as your property.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 26th September at 8.30pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

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.

Eamon Burke, Cloonacool

The recent death occurred in his 98th year of Eamon Burke, late of Mullaun, Cloonacool. Eamon was a well known and highly respected man in his locality and his passing at a ripe old age has left a void in and about Cloonacool.

Born in 1916, the year of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Eamon took an interest in national politics from a young age, as the War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War took place in his formative young years.  His father died a young man when Eamon was just a  teenager and Eamon therefore, as the oldest child in the household, had to become the man of the house.  Reared on a small farm at the foot of the Ox Mountains, life was tough for all farmers, but Eamon helped his mother get his siblings through school and into careers of their own.  Eamon stayed on in Cloonacool.

From a young age he had a great interest in national politics and Eamon De Valera and the Fianna Fáil Party caught his imagination.  He became a life long member and supporter at various elections over a period of more than 60 years.

Eamon’s sporting interests covered athletics, GAA and greyhound racing, and in his prime years in the 1940’s – ‘70’s he owned and trained numerous good greyhounds.   His greatest achievement in the greyhound world was the winning of the National Open Cup in Coursing in 1952 with a renowned greyhound called Mr. Pip. Run  in Co. Kildare, Mr. Pip beat the best greyhounds of his generation, and partners and friends of Eamon in that era included, Alfie Lang, John Burke and Chrissie Coyne, all from the Grange area of North Sligo. 

On the farming front Eamon was always known to have good cattle, something he was proud of throughout his lifetime.

His remains reposed at his home in Cloonacool where friends and associates called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in St. Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, and burial was in Cloonacool cemetery, close to where he lived his full life.  Eamon is survived by his sister Pat O’Rourke (Sligo), brothers Michael (Chaffpool), Martin (Cork), sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace,

Tommy Morahan, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Thomas (Tommy) Morahan, formerly of Church St., Tubbercurry and recently of Baileys Nursing Home.

In his early 80’s, Tommy was born and reared on Church St. and worked all his working life in the family business where he was always a well known and respected part of the community.  The Shop, petrol  station, undertakers and taxi service of Bernie Morahans was known throughout South Sligo since the 1930’s and it was into this family and business that Tommy was born.

 After finishing school, Tommy progressed into the family run business along with his brother Joe and Joe’s wife Joan, and they continued to serve the public from taking over the business in the 1960’s until their retirement in 2003.  Tommy was a quiet and inoffensive man who’s needs and requirements were few.  He enjoyed Drama and Concerts in St. Brigid’s Hall and was a regular Church goer and regularly visited the Knock Shrine when visiting his sister Maria close –by.  He took an interest in all things local and knew all his customers by first names.  After retiring from work in 2003 he enjoyed a few good years of retirement before ill health took its toll and he was a resident of Baileys Nursing Home since 2006 where he got wonderful care.  He always enjoyed visits from old friends and customers of the business.

 Tommy’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home which was part of his family business and there all his old friends and neighbours called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangalist , Tubbercurry where Tommy was baptised and received the Sacrements & Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Maria Larkin (Knock) and brother Seamus(Naas), in laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Kathleen Haran, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Kathleen Haran (nee McVann) late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry.  Aged 86, Kathleen, was a native of Carnaleck, Cloonacool and always considered herself a Cloonacool woman, even though she lived on Lovers Lane, Carrowreagh Cooper, for 56 years.  Kathleen was always a very outgoing lady who knew young and old by their first names.

 As a young woman she went working to England like a lot of her generation in the mid 50’s.  When at home from England for Christmas she attended a dance in Tubbercurry where she met Sean Haran, and the rest as we say is history.  She subsequently married Sean and they were happily married for over 50 years until Sean died in 2015.  Over the years Kathleen was an active ICA member and worked the farm when Sean was working as Postman.  She enjoyed Drama and music and had a loyal circle of friends.  In recent years she had failing health but was cared for magnificently by her own family.  Her remains reposed at the house of her son Francis and Funeral Mass was in the Church of St. John Evangalist with burial taking place in Rhue Cementry.  She is survived by her sons Francis, John & Micheal, daughter Claire, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace. 

Margaret (Nan) Hunt

The recent tragic death occurred at her home at St. Anthony’s Cresent, Tubbercurry of Margaret Ann (Nan) Hunt.  Originally, from Ougham, Bunninadden, Nan moved into her house in St. Anthony’s Cresent a number of years ago and lived there quietly since.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, Tubbercurry and removal took place to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden.  Burial was in Kilturra Cemetery, close to her home place in Ougham.  Sympathy is extended to her brothers Patrick, Joseph and Henry (Ougham), sister Kathleen Taafe (Coolaney) Nephews, nieces & friends.  May she rest in Peace.

Sympathy is extended to Jimmy Coleman, Gallagher Road, Tubbercurry and his brother Michael and sister Rose on the recent death of their father Jim Coleman of Calva, Carracastle who died recently.  May he rest in peace. 

Sympathy is extended to Ann McIntyre, Ballyara, Tubbercurry & to her extended family on the recent death of their mother Delia Brennan, Castlerock, Aclare.  May she rest in Peace.

Clothes Collection

Drimina National School Parents Association are having a clothes collection on Monday September 23rd. Clothes, footwear and bedding, no quilts.  Donations can be left in the school car park before 10am.

Yoga classes

Yoga Classes starting on 24th September at 7pm in An Chroí  Ballina Road Tubbercurry

North Connaught College – New course in the Beauty Department

North Connaught College Beauty Department are still accepting applicants for their CIDESCO 2-year Beauty Therapy Course. It includes skincare, waxing, nail treatments, makeup, body treatments, massage, microdermabrasion business etc…

Want to add to your existing qualification?

We are also delighted to introduce the new ITEC Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments. This part -time course is open to Qualified Therapists and will help you to expand your business or help you upskill. (Sept-May, Mondays, 10-4pm)

Call now to secure a place 071-9185035   nccollege@msletb.ie   Follow us in Facebook

North Connaught College

North Connaught College, Tubbercurry are still accepting applicants onto our courses. We provide courses in Beauty Therapy, Childcare, eBusiness and Advanced Administration, Health Service Skills, Health Services Supervisory Management Skills, Nursing, Security, Leadership and Community Development. We have a new course:-

  • Equine Studies

Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email nccollege@msletb.ie.

Stage Lighting and Sound Course

Anyone interested in attending a Stage Lighting and Sound Course should contact Sean Johnston at 087 6741466 or any members of the Phoenix or Cloonacool Players.  This course will take place over the coming weeks if there are sufficient numbers to participate.

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG. is currently delivering a programme for people who would like to learn how to use the internet but have no previous skills or experience with computers. The course is being delivered in community centres in Gurteen, Geevagh, Tubbercurry, Collooney, Enniscrone, Easkey, Dromore west, Grange, and Sligo town. The course comprises of five two hour classes. The course is FREE. The aim of the programme is to increase people’s confidence in using the internet for a variety of everyday tasks.  Please ring David/Paula at 071 91 41138 for further details

Cloonacool Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

TUBBERCURRY NOTES COMMENCING 09/09/2019

Normal People

Filming is taking place this week September 9th to 13th of a BBC Series set to hit the screens next year entitled ‘Normal People’.  Based on an award winning novel by Sally Rooney a young Co. Mayo writer, the book is set largely in a West of Ireland fictional town called ‘Carricklea’.   Tubbercurry town is this fictional location in the film and various scenes are shot on Teeling Street, Wolfe Tone Square and Emmett Street as well as in premises including Super Valu, Killorans, Nathy Brennans and Burkes Garage.  The entire local community of residents and business people are extremely helpful to the film crew who already worked here for a week in June.  Visitiors to the town might be wondering why Christmas lights and Christmas Tree have been erected so early in the year but this is part of the local co-operation with the film crew as one of the scenes to be shot is a Christmas scene.  Because of the requirement for some evening scenes filming will continue until approximately 11pm most evenings and the film crew really appreciate the co-operation of local residents. 

Next week the call will be ‘ Lights, Camera, Action’……

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 26th September at 8.30pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

Phoenix Players

A meeting of the Phoenix Players will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall on Thursday night 12th September at 8.30pm in order to plan a programme of events for the coming season.  Next year will be the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Phoenix Players and it is hoped to have an active season of events and to involve as many people as possible to celebrate the occasion.  All are welcome especially new members.

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG. is currently delivering a programme for people who would like to learn how to use the internet but have no previous skills or experience with computers. The course is being delivered in community centres in Gurteen, Geevagh, Tubbercurry, Collooney, Enniscrone, Easkey, Dromore west, Grange, and Sligo town. The course comprises of five two hour classes. The course is FREE. The aim of the programme is to increase people’s confidence in using the internet for a variety of everyday tasks.  Please ring David/Paula at 071 91 41138 for further details

Stage Lighting and Sound Course

Anyone interested in attending a Stage Lighting and Sound Course should contact Sean Johnston at 087 6741466 or any members of the Phoenix or Cloonacool Players.  This course will take place over the coming weeks if there are sufficient numbers to participate.

Telesis Marking Machine (property marking machine ) 

The Telesis Marketing Machine will be visiting Tubbbercurry on September 28th more details to follow next week.  Anybody that has valuation equipment should ensure it has their own contact and ownership details marked thereon.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020

Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

East Mayo A.C and CBD Sports Complex Charlestown are holding a 10k & 5k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday September 21st at 10.30 am. Register now on popupraces.ie or follow the link on the Facebook page.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News Sept. 1st

Comhaltas News Traditional music classes commencing in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on Monday 9th September.  Flute and Whistle for beginners starts at 6.15pm,  advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm. Congratulations to all our members who took part the All Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda and did us proud.  Comhghairdeas to Sinead Johnston on the fantastic achievment of winning gold on the banjo.

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennans on Friday 6th September, Junior session at 8.30m and Senior session starting at 9.30pm.  All musicians are very welcome

South Sligo in Older Times This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry. Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library. Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.  They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home.  Buy early and often!  Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

LOUGH DERG The one day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry on Tuesday, September 10th next will be leaving Teach Laighne Car Park at 7.30am.   There will also be pick-up stops at Achonry Creamery and Collooney.  The cost of €60 for the day will be collected on the coach.  There are a few seats still available.  Please ring 087-7720950or 087-7436962 for booking.

Famine Graveyard mass There was a great turn out at the Famine graveyard Mass which was celebrated in memory of those who died in Tubbercurry as a result of the famine in the 1840’s.   A word of thanks to everyone who attended the mass and a special word of thanks to the committee who keep the graveyard and its environs in top condition.

Cloonacool Players Drama Group lighting courses The Cloonacool Players Drama Group are offering lighting and sound courses to all those interested in getting involved in the technical workings of drama backstage. These courses will be conducted in the coming weeks if sufficient numbers show interest. All those interested should contact chairperson Brid Calvey or instructor Sean Johnston in the coming days.

Nurture Africa Uganda The organising committee and Jean Gallagher wish to thank all who attended a fundraising function on behalf of the charity in the May Queen lounge.  We especially want to thank all who donated money, spot prizes and food for the event.  Also thanks to John and Loretto Burke of the May Queen, and Carmel McLoughlin for providing the music.  A total of €1,517.60 was raised for the charity.

Social Dancing in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) on Saturday September 7th, music by the fabulous Michael Walsh, dancing from 10pm to 12pm, great nights dancing assured, admission €10

Cloonacool Sheep Festival The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

National Learning Network, Sligo The National Learning Network Sligo are holding an Open Day in the centre on Bridge Street, Sligo, F9IEY26,  Friday 6th September from 10am to 1pm. Come along for a tour of the centre, meet the instructors, support staff and current students to hear more about the FREE courses on offer. Have you had an accident, illness or injury or do you have a disability and need extra support? NLN has FREE Training Courses that can help you.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October.  Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel, cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is €220.  Single rooms are limited and the supplement is  €20 per night.  Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020 Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News August 24th

Stand-By, Rolling, Camera, Action” These were the instructions heard on the streets of Tubbercurry 2 months ago, and will be heard again in the second week of September as filming takes place again fro the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney’s award winning novel “Normal People”. The film crew will be in town from September 9th – 15th again shooting in Nathy Brennan and Killorans pubs, as well as in Surlis Supervalu and on Emmet Street. Some of the Emmet Street set is a Christmas Scene, and Tubbercurry will have to have a Christmas Tree and Lights for the occasion. We will certainly be the first town in Ireland this year with Christmas Lights erected! More details to follow.

South Sligo in Older Times This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry. Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library. Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre. They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home. Buy early and often! Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

Rev. Patrick J. Murtagh, Tullinaglug, deceased The recent peaceful death occurred of Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Murtagh, late of the Diocese of Southwark in London, and originally from Tullinaglug Tourlestrane, just a couple of miles outside Tubbercurry.

Fr. Paddy had just passed his 86th birthday, having first seen the light of day in Tullinaglug in July, 1933, in an Ireland that was living through the economic recession and economic war of the 1930’s. After attending Castlerock Primary School in the late 1930’s and early 40’s, he went on to Boarding School in St. Nathy’s, Ballaghdereen where he got a fine secondary school education. He entered All Hallows College, Dublin in 1952 to train as a priest and was Ordained in 1958, after which he was asked to serve in the Diocese of Southwark, South London. Here, he made his home for the next 55 years or more, serving in various Parishes of the Diocese including, Annerly, Greenwich, Lee & Whitstible, Strood, Tooting and Selsdon. He often joked of his early years in these parishes where life was not easy. Life was dominated by the all-powerful Parish Priest, followed by his second in command – the housekeeper. The house dog and cat came next in the pecking order before the poor curate. The John B Keane classic play “Moll” comes to mind!! Paddy’s working life was dominated by him caring for others, and he enriched the lives of thousands or parishioners by his sympathetic and thoughtful Ministry. The large Irish population of his parishes had their lives enriched by Fr. Paddy Murtagh’s sympathy and listening ability. In his young days before his Ordination, Paddy was a good Gaelic footballer and he was delighted to be able to help his local club Tourlestrane, as wing back, to win their first County Championship in 1956 which was played in Ballymote. The victory was all the sweeter by the fact they beat neighbouring rivals Tubbercurry in the final whom had beaten them in the 1955 final. He kept a lifelong interest in the clubs great progress since then.

By 2016, after a life time of work in London, failing health caught up with him and he returned to the family home in Tullinaglug. Daily walks along the Stang Road replaced his home visits of South London parishes. Fr. Paddy had a great interest in local history, and often regretted the fact that the Old Work House in Tubbercurry was forgotten about after its demolition in the 1920’s to make way for Connolly Park housing project. He often said that many local families had ancestors who benefited from the services provided by the Workhouse and this should not be written out of recorded history. A project for somebody perhaps! Fr. Paddy reposed at his home in Tullinaglug prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in the adjoining Church grounds after Mass of the Resurrection. He is survived by his brothers, Francis, (Carrentubber), Charles, (Ballivor), Fr. John Joe, (Yakima), Denis,(Brighton), and Brendan (Tullinaglug), sisters, Catherine Brennan (Tullinaglug), Angela Hannafin (London), in-laws, nieces, nephews, and large circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions – novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme. Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep! A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.  Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

Nurture Africa Uganda The organising committee and Jean Gallagher wish to thank all who attended a fundraising function on behalf of the charity in the May Queen lounge. We especially want to thank all who donated money, spot prizes and food for the event. Also thanks to John and Loretto Burke of the May Queen, and Carmel McLoughlin for providing the music. A total of €1,517.60 was raised for the charity.

Social Dancing in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) on Saturday September 7th, music by the fabulous Michael Walsh, dancing from 10pm to 12pm, great nights dancing assured, admission €10

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October. Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro. Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night. Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020 Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

North Connaught College – NEW DEVELOPMENTS Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week. A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education. For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

LOUGH DERG A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th. Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island. Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 19/08/2019

Old Fair Day 2019 – The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival was another resounding success last week and great credit is due to Dave Brennan, Chairman, and his wonderful committee of volunteers who were planning the event since the days after the end of the 2018 Festival. Already the same committee are examining this year’s event to see how they can improve on it for next year. The Festival ran over 5 days, starting Saturday with the Teddy’s Bears Picnic, at the Forest Walk in Rathscanlon. This is a wonderful event for children, and has continued to expand each year over the last 4 years since its inception. Activities included the duck race on the Maiden River and the storey-telling event in the Oak Corridor, part of the Forest.
On Sunday, the Family Fun Day at Wolf Tone Square attracted hundreds of other people with various fun events to capture the imagination of young and old. Other events on Monday and Tuesday got all generations out enjoying themselves.
The big event on Wednesday was the Old Fair Day itself, where up to 10,000 people came to Tubbercurry to enjoy the fun and displays that were on offer. There was a good display of animals, including various breeds of sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and even a Lama. There was also good sale for hens, ducks, geese and Francis Kilcoyne from Curry had various miniature ponies for sale. Francis has been at every Fair Day in Tubbercurry for nearly 60 years and always liked to stand at the bottom of Mountain Road. Pat Ward from Keash was selling hens, rabbits and unusual varieties of Pigeons.
Fr. Dan O’Mahony and his Cloonacool helpers raised money for Cloonacool Church repairs by selling lines to guess the weight of “Daisy” the cow. Traditional crafts were much in evidence. John White made hay ropes, and other unusual crafts and craftsmen working, included glass blowers, pottery, ironmongery, thatching, rush work, bread making, weaving, wood turning, farrier work etc.

Ocean FM broadcasted their early morning shows from Tubbercurry and various locals interviewed over the morning included, Jackie Coogan, Old Fair Day Founder, Roger McCarrick, President, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, Tom Towey, Cloonacool and Martin Connolly, (MCC).

The Gardaí are to be thanked for their presence to ensure no anti-social behaviour took place, and this made patrons very comfortable.

Traders and Stall vendors as well as crafts people took up their pitches around Teeling Street, Wolf Tone Square, Mountain Road, and Humbert Street from 6am, and the town gradually took shape.

Visitors and Patrons started to trickle into town by 9am and by 11am large crowds had assembled and were sampling the magic atmosphere of sounds, colours, smells and people. Old friends met and new acquaintances made, school friends of 10 or maybe 70 years ago renewed family catch-up. Children and grand-children were introduced, and laughter filled the air.

Live music from the stage on The Square was one focal point, but the truth is there were so many focal points on little streets and corners, that it was hard to pick a favourite.

For many, the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day is the centre of holidays in South Sligo for so many of our diaspora spread around the world, and it is so important that this great tradition is kept alive. Volunteers are always needed and again we all say well done to the dozens of helpers, stewards, people who helped with the tidy up, etc. who make the whole event such a wonderful family occasion. We look forward already to the Old Fair Day, 2020.

Budgies Coffee Shop – A new coffee shop opened last week at the bottom of Humbert Street under the ownership and management of Vincent Leonard. Vincent is affectionately known as “The Budgie” since his youth and is a great host for those seeking a casual coffee and scone with friends.

The Budgie previously owned a pub on Wolf Tone Square, also known as “Budgies”, but retired from that some years ago. However, he missed the buzz of being self-employed, and the joy he got from the hospitality sector, so he decided to get back up on the wagon when the opportunity arose, and he purchased the derelict shop unit next door to where he lives. Best wishes are extended to Budgie on his great move, and it will be a welcome addition to the services of the town centre. A coffee with him will certainly be entertaining and he will welcome ideas on how and what his clientele requires.

Tubbercurry Masters
The Tubbercurry Masters Golf Competition was played on Monday of last week in pleasant weather where about 100 of South Sligo’s finest golfers competed. The course was in excellent condition, and the winner was Michael Kelly, Former Manager of Bank of Ireland, Tubbercurry. Michael has a busy schedule between coaching under age football teams in Tubbercurry GAA club and working on his golf handicap. Watch out for him on the Professional Circuit in the years ahead!

The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass takes place on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm in Graveyard up at back of Connolly Park. All welcome

Maureen Kerins, Bunninadden The recent death occurred of Maureen Kerins, (nee Durcan) late of Ballinaraw, Bunninadden. In her late 70’s Maureen was a native of Floughena, Doocastle and was daughter of the late Jim & Kate Durcan. Maureen moved to Bunninadden after her marriage to Chris and there she reared a wonderful family while holding down a teaching job at Benada Abbey Secondary School from the late 60’s to early 90’s, a job she took great pride in and carried out with great dedication & distinction. Many of her past pupils attended her funeral to pay their respects to a much loved & respected teacher. They all smiled and joked about her famous saying ‘Sauce for a goose, and sauce for a gander”. This was her logic for distribution of discipline if students mis-behaved, meaning that she treated all misdemeanours equally.

Maureen did not have an easy life, but never complained about the challenges life threw in her way. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Chris, their cherished son Oliver and her brother Michael. Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral home with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden and burial took place after funeral Mass in Cloonmeehan Cemetary, Bunninadden. Large numbers of friends, colleagues & past pupils paid their respects to a fine lady. Maureen is survived by her children David, Mary, Cora & Paula, brother Seamus, sisters Una, Kathleen & Sheila, in-laws, grand-children, nieces, nephews, relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Joanie McCormack Brennan, Tubbercurry – The recent peaceful death occurred of Joanie McCormack Brennan, late of Mountain View, Tubbercurry and originally of Teeling Street. Joanie was in her mid 60’s and was second daughter of the late Maisie & Martin McCormack. Joanie has suffered poor health over the last number of years but was a strong character who always kept an interest in all happenings in the Community. Growing up on Teeling Street with her much loved parents and her grandfather, the legendary Tom ‘Click Brennan’ Senior, the family home was always a rambling house where the door was always open and visitors always popped in and out to discuss the happenings of the week in the locality. This was in the days before Facebook, but just as much information was exchanged.

Growing up in a household like this, Joanie became an outgoing youth and teenager who everybody knew, and she developed an interest in all local happenings. As a teenager of the Swinging 60’s, she developed a great love of dancing and the pop scene of the day, and loved going off to the dances in Tubbercurry, Charlestown, Pontoon, Tooreen and Strandhill. This was the era of the Showband scene and one of her favourite showbands of that time were ‘The Swanbriggs’. Life moved on and the young Joanie worked and reared her family with great accomplishment. Joanie was a traditionalist at heart, and after her mother Maisie died, Joanie took over a job that was appreciated by many. That was the picking & distributing of the May Flower on May 1st each year. This involved collecting the wild May Flower or Buttercup and dropping a sprig of flowers at the door of each house in the locality. This was done quietly and without fuss. No matter how early you got to your door on May 1st, the flowers were there. Nobody asked her to do it but it was done by her, and was appreciated by all. Thank you again Joanie and thank you to your helpers of recent years as your health deteriorated.

Joanie’s remains reposed at the Coen funeral home and her funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. The large numbers who attended her funeral was testimony to the esteem in which she was held. Joanie is survived by husband Pat, children Dtharria, Kim & Andrew, sister Margaret Burke, Brother Eunan, grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousins and a very close extended family at home & abroad, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in Peace.

New Book – A new local history book ‘Kilmactigue Parish History & Memories ‘ was recently released and is a must read for all local historians and household of the South Sligo Region. Compiled by locals Padraig Maye, Daniel Jones & Marie Fleming, it is an excellent production of stories, photos and write ups on many places and characters. It concentrates mainly on areas around Aclare, Kilmactigue, Tourlestrane, Benada and Lough Talt and is available for sale at €20 in local shops. This is Volume 1, of what could and hopefully will be a series for years into the future.

Mid West Radio 30th Anniversary Celebrations Mid West Radio recently celebrated 30th years in business and Tubbercurry man Jackie Coogan stole the show amongst big singing stars Mike Denver, Nathan Carter etc. He sang Hucklebuck (Brendan Boyers), Proud Mary, Rock & Roll. He received a standing ovation from guests, patrons and fellow artists. Jackie has always been a proud Tubbercurry man and has contributed enormously over the last 50 years to community life in Tubbercurry and South Sligo. Well done Jackie.

North Connaught College – NEW DEVELOPMENTS Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week. A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education. For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October. Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro. Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night. Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

LOUGH DERG A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th. Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island. Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net