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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

Thomas Kilcoyne, Tubbercurry

The recent unexpected death occurred of Thomas Kilcoyne (MRCVS), late of Charlestown Rd., Tubbercurry. Aged just 78, Tommy as a quiet and un-assuming gentleman who served the farming community of South Sligo as a Vetinary Surgeon for 50 years.

Born in 1941, in the middle of a family of 8 children to parents Michael & Mary Kate Kilcoyne of Ougham, Tubbercurry, Tommy attended Primary School locally in Tubbercurry, before going to St. Nathys College, Ballaghadreen for his Post Primary Education.

It was while in St. Nathy’s College that he proved himself exceptional in many sporting and academic fields. In sport, he followed his father’s footsteps as an exceptional athlete and Gaelic footballer.

In athletics his specialist events were the 100 yard sprint 110 yard hurdles and Long jump, winning Connacht & All Ireland Medals in a variety of events in the Secondary School Competitions.

In Gaelic Football Tommy starred as marksmen on the St. Nathys College team which won the Hogan Cup in 1957 for Senior College football.

On graduating from St. Nathy’s College in 1957 he went on to study Veterinary Science in University College Dublin, again following his father’s footsteps in choice of careers. While in UCD he continued to distinguish himself both in sport and academically.

In athletics Tommy won various Irish University competitions and competed in the Catholic Student European Championships over those years in both France & Belgium where he also won various medals in his chosen events.

He proved top of his class academically also in UCD and graduated with honours in 1963. Indeed it was known that his tutors wanted him to come back to UCD as a lecturer, but circumstances intervened to prevent that happening.

Just after finished college in mid 1963, his father Mick Kilcoyne died suddenly while still a practicing vet, and Tommy made the decision as a young 22 year old graduate to take over his fathers practice which extended all over South Sligo and into parts of East Mayo. No mean task for a young man. This meant giving up his sporting career of athletics and football, a big sacrifice indeed, but the demands of work can sometimes be cruel. Tommy took to his work like a duck to water, and worked long days and nights to help farmers and their animals in need. He soon proved himself to be an exceptionally good veterinary surgeon who could diagnose and treat animals quickly and efficiently. Over his lifetime he came to know at least 3 generations of farmers on many farms. When the job at hand was finished he chatted the farmer while washing down, and getting ready for his next call. He never seemed in a hurry even though he knew other urgent calls awaited him. Those were the days when many farms had no phone in house, and no vet had a mobile phone !!!

The job of a vet was difficult in those years, as they felt they were on call all day, every day. Sick animals did not recognise week-ends, bank holidays, or even Christmas Day.

The call came in and Tommy went out, any day, anytime, decade after decade.

The business practice expanded over the years and Tommys brother Joe in due course joined the practice to help with the expanding workload. On the domestic front Tommy married Roisin, and in due course their own family brought great joy to them as they grew and developed. Eventually a third generation of vets qualified in the Kilcoyne household when Conor and Isabella graduated with Conor joining Tommy and Joe in the family practice & Isabella going to the top of her profession in the equestrian field in the U.S.A.

Tommy’s hobbies as a mature man included a bit of shooting and fishing and he owned a few very useful greyhounds & horses over the years. In co with his father in law Paddy O Connor he owned horses ‘Extra LA’ and ‘Moy Rapsody’ which brought joy and frustration in equal measures but introduced some of this children to the horse racing world.

He also enjoyed golf and was an exceptionally good Bridge player, a game he took up in later life. In the latter part of his work life he preferred to just work in the busy Spring season when calves and lambs were arriving in big numbers on the farms and he was delighted at the end of the 2013 breeding season to call it a day to his work having completed a full half century serving the farmers and animal owners of South Sligo.

Every so often a person of true talent comes into a community to serve the people, and when Tommy Kilcoyne came along in Tubbercurry, we were lucky to have him working with us and for us for a half century.

He passed away quietly and without fuss, much as he lived his life. May he rest in Peace.

Weekly News Nov. 2nd

Connaught Rangers Memorial Group

Commemorating the Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 28th June 1920. Memorial dedicated to the memory of three Sligo men involved in the mutiny. This memorial project is part of Sligo Co. Council’s Decade of Centenaries, the state Commemoration of Significant historical events that took place between 1918 – 1923. The commemoration project is designed to tell the story and honour the memory of courageous men who while far from home stood in solidarity with their native country men fighting for our Independence. The project involves the erection of an inscribed monument in Wolfe Tone Square Tubbercurry dedicated to the memory of the three Sligo men that took part in the mutiny; James Gorman Tubbercurry, Martin Boy Conlon Sligo town and Jack Scanlon Sligo. The official launch of the project will take place at a public function in The Library, Teach Laighne, Humbert Street, Tubbercurry at 1.00pm on the 9th November to raise public awareness and generate public understanding of the historical significance of the Connaught Rangers action in India in 1920. The key aspect of the launch will be series of short talks by three historians on the history of the mutiny. The historians for the launch are: Dr. Eunan O Halpin Pro. Of Contemporary Irish History Trinity College (Grandnephew of Kevin Barry), Dr. Mario Draper Pro. OF Modern History Kent University. Danny Tiernan Connaught Rangers Historian Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 1920 The Connaught Rangers were a regiment in the British army and were based in Wellington barracks Jalandhar in the Punjab India. When the news of martial law in Ireland and the reprisals by the Black and Tans reached them they protested by refusing to obey orders. The protest spread to Solan, a military outpost near the Tibetan Border, and the Rangers there led by Private James Daly, protested by grounding arms and refusing to obey orders. In August 88 mutineers were court –martialled at army headquarters at Simla seventy seven were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 10 were acquitted, 14 were sentenced to death, 13 had had their life sentences commuted to life in prison and some were given up to 20 years penal servitude. Private James Daly, spokesperson for the Rangers in Salon, was executed by firing squad on November 2nd. 1920 and was the last member of the British forces to be executed for mutiny. The Rangers were returned to England to serve the remainder of their sentences. After a number of weeks they were removed to prisons around England. The Connaught Rangers mutineers were released on January 2nd . 1923 following an amnesty as part of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty. They returned to Ireland and became Ireland’s forgotten hero’s with families and communities seldom knowing all of the hardship they endured. Tubbercurry man James Gorman returned to Tubbercurry where he took up life where he left off and developed a fresh, fruit & vegetable selling business in Tubbercurry. He lived a long life and died in the late 1970’s The public are invited to come along on next Saturday November 9th @ 1pm at Teach Laighne.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival AGM will take place on Thursday 14th November at 9pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre. All welcome to attend. Thank you for your support.


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

Coffee Day for Beaumont Hospital Foundation: Michael and Mary Collins would like to thank all those who supported their Coffee Day which was held in their home in Banada last Friday 25th. A total of €15,460 was donated. So whether you called to our home on the day or sent a donation, a huge thank you from all our family, especially from our daughter Joanne. All monies donated will go directly to The Neurosurgery and Oncology Departments in Beaumont Hospital. A special word of thanks to all those who baked beautiful treats and who helped at our house in so many ways on the day. It truly was great day where so many people met and had the chat over a cuppa. Our Community Spirit is alive and well and long may it continue….our sincere thanks to all

N17 Consultation Once again consultations are re-opening on the long awaited proposed new road, running from Knock to Collooney. We were here before, 20 years ago, when extensive consultations and public meetings were held to discuss various options and various proposals for a new N17 roadway. The new route was chosen in or about the year 2000, and development of houses and infrastructure of all types were frozen on or near the chosen route since then. The chosen route running from Charlestown towards Sligo ran more or less parallel to the existing N17, and by-passed Tubbercurry just along the edge of the western side of the town. From Tubbercurry it moved towards Collooney crossing the existing road around the Tubbertelly/Muckelty area and travelled towards Collooney on the east side of the existing road. Now the whole route needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes to see what new constraints may affect the chosen route. A wide corridor will again be looked at between Knock and Collooney. The previously chosen route may be chosen again, or a new route might be preferred. One thing is for certain – a new road is needed very soon as the existing N17 between Curry and Collooney is not fit for purpose. Hundreds of people travel from Tubbercurry and South Sligo every morning and evening to and from work in Sligo, and it is without doubt one of the most frustrating part of anybodies day. Get stuck behind a slow driver, or a trailer or truck and you are in a queue of traffic for 10 miles and can be 10-20 minutes late for your appointment or work. Minor repairs and upgrades continue to be done every year on this road, but it is only scratching around the edges.
A consultation process is now beginning and it is up to all road users and property owners who may be affected to air their opinions and have your voice heard. Information is available at The National Roads Project Office, Sligo Co. Council Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, from October 29th – December 12th, 2019.

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

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

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

Table Quiz
A Table Quiz will take place in Brennan’s Cloonacool on Fri 15th Nov next. The quiz is being organised by Rita Normanly in aid of Safe LInk, a frontline service, based in Boyle, supporting victims of domestic abuse. This will be a fun quiz so all are encouraged 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.

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

To register for either course please contact Kate on 086 8276055 or email lifestart.kate@gmail.com or pm us.

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

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

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 28/10/2019

N17 Consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cock Pheasant Competition

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

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

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

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.

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

Comhaltas News

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

Margaret Mulkeen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sligo Players Honoured

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

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

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

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

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

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

Fr. Dan O’Mahoney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set Dancing Classes

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

Book Launch

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

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

Dance Classes

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

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 21/10/2019

Social Dancing

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

Coffee Morning

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

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

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set Dancing Classes

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

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

Dance Classes

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

Active Retirement :

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

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

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Lonely Planet declares Galway the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020

Galway has been named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. The travel media company has unveiled the accolade in the prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 – its collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.

Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this accolade for Galway over the coming weeks and months. Our promotional campaign will roll out in Britain, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. A new video, celebrating the news and highlighting Galway, will be shared with our fans and followers around the world.

Brexit video advice for GB visitors

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

Click here to view.

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

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 14/10/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Two 1 Act Plays Tubbercurry

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

October 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

€10

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

National Hospitality Awards 2019 - Winners Revealed

At the National Hospitality Awards 2019, the industry awards for the Irish hospitality sector, held on Monday October 7, some of the finest hospitality businesses in the country were represented at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

At the awards ceremony, the businesses gathered together to witness the winners being announced, with The Devlin picking up the overall “Best New Establishment” accolade, seeing off competition from Le Perroquet, Waterfront House and The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.

Searsons was named overall “Best Bar”, coming in ahead of The Front Door, Hargadon Bros and The Goat Bar & Grill.

The overall “Best Restaurant” award went to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, with Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Aimsir Cliff at Lyons and Bastible also in the winners’ stable.

Overall “Best Business Hotel” went to InterContinental Dublin, while overall “Best Hotel” was awarded to The Shelbourne, and O’Callaghan Collection was named overall “Best Hotel Group”.

Elsewhere, The Bridge 1859 was named overall “Best Sporting Bar”, Pichet was crowned overall “Best Casual Dining” venue and The House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel took the title of overall “Best Hotel Restaurant”.

The full list of businesses honoured at the National Hospitality Awards 2019 (with overall winners noted in bold) is:

Best Boutique Hotel

Dylan
The Morrison
Ballyvolane House
Butler House

Best Business Hotel

InterContinental Dublin
Conrad Dublin
The Westin
The Davenport

Best Casual Dining

Pichet
The Winding Stair
Hooked
Coppinger Row

Best City Hotel

The Merrion
Hayfield Manor
The Montenotte Hotel
The Mont

Best Cocktail Experience

Vintage Cocktail Club
Cask
The Liquor Rooms
The Liquor Lounge

Best New Establishment

The Devlin
Le Perroquet
Waterfront House
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

Best Conference Venue

The Conference and Events Venue at The Mansion House
The Shelbourne
Limerick Strand Hotel
Citywest Hotel

Best Dinning Experience

The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
Marlfield House
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Ballynahinch Castle

Best Destination Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle
Harvey’s Point
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Sheen Falls Lodge

Best Gastropub

Matt the Thresher
The Legal Eagle
The Tavern Bar & Restaurant
Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

Best Hotel Restaurant

House Restaurant, Cliff House Hotel
West, The Twelve
The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
The Restaurant, Harvey’s Point

Best Hotspot

The Ivy
House Dublin
Café en Seine
The Devlin

Best Nightclub

NoLIta
Everleigh
Opium
The Foundry

Best Hotel Bar

The River Club, The River Lee
Lemuel’s, Conrad Dublin
10 Fleet Street Bar, The Morgan Hotel
Dylan Bar, Dylan

Best Hotel

The Shelbourne
Ashford Castle
Cliff House Hotel
The Merrion

Best Restaurant

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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
Aimsir, Cliff at Lyons
Bastible

Best Bar

Searsons
The Front Door
Hargadon Bros
The Goat Bar & Grill

Best Resort Hotel

Ashford Castle
The Europe Hotel & Resort
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
Mount Juliet Estate

Best Seafood Restaurant

SOLE Seafood & Grill
Linnane’s Lobster Bar
O’Grady’s on the Pier
Wild & Native

Best Sporting Bar

The Bridge 1859
Slattery’s Bar
The 51 Bar
Jerry Flannery’s Bar

Best Traditional Pub

The Stag’s Head
Lowry’s Bar
Hargadon Bros
P. Egan

Best World Cuisine

Rasam
Koh
Doolally
China Sichuan

Best Customer Service

The Europe Hotel & Resort
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Greenes Restaurant
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
The Auld Stand

Best Wine List

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Brasserie on the Corner
The Twelve
No. 1 Pery Square

Best Wedding Venue

Luttrellstown Castle Resort
Rathsallagh House
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

Best Value Hotel

Glashaus Hotel
The Maol Redieh Hotel
Waterfront House
Absolute Hotel Limerick

Best Local Restaurant

Eala Bhán
The Cottage Restaurant
Airfield Estate
Wild & Native

Best Wine Bar

Whelehan’s Wines
64 Wine
Brasserie on the Corner
Le Perroquet

Best Catering Job

Aramark @ Oracle
Seasons @ The Guinness Storehouse
Masterchef @ Thomund Park

Best Catering Supplier – Specialist

Keelings Select
Italicatessen
Bretzel Bakery

Best Catering Supplier

Pallas Foods
Musgrave MarketPlace
BWG Food Service

Best Drinks Supplier

Classic Drinks
Heineken Ireland
C&C Gleeson

Best Hotel Group

O’Callaghan Collection

Best Bar Group

The Fitzgerald Pub and Hotel Group

© 2019 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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

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

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

Holy Family National School, Tubbercurry

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

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

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

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

Local Yoga Classes

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

Celebrating 50 Years

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

DANCE CLASSES

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

Active Retirement :

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

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

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net