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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

Weekly News - 14th January

South Sligo AC -St. Stephen`s Day run

The community of South Sligo and surrounding areas were out in force to support the 5k charity run in aid of a very worthy cause, SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). This great event has being going from strength to strength since its first race seven years ago. This year was bigger and better with just over 400 people, young and old, taking to the streets of Tubbercurry. There was a very noticeable increase in families who took part this year adding greatly to this special event. The event was made more festive with the introduction of the best dressed family, with the prize going to the Tracey (Santa) Family.

Paul Walsh, chairman, welcomed everybody at the start of the race, in a packed St.Brigid`s Hall and acknowledged the great support received by both walkers and runners. This year was the second year of the Tom Normanly Shield with Barry Clavin claiming the prize for a second year in a row. Marie and Family presented the shield to Barry in St. Bridget’s Hall afterwards, and we are sure Tom was cheering everyone on as they crossed the line. Afterwards refreshments were provided and everybody mingled and chatted to discuss the Christmas festivities. Squeals of delight could be heard from the children as they discussed the previous day’s excitement. Like-wise there was great excitement as friends and family met up with each other as, many had travelled home for the Christmas Season.

Prizes were presented to first male Michael Carty, 1st female Edel Reilly, 1st Junior female Maeve Gallagher. First Junior male home and winner of the Tom Normanly memorial shield was Barry Clavin. All prize winners very generously donated their prize winnings to SHOUT.

Paul was delighted to announce at the time that €3,750 was raised and they were still counting monies that were coming in. South Sligo AC wish to thank all those who sponsored and volunteered to organise this great event but in particular all those who supported and donated very generously.

North Connaught College – Open Evening

There is an Open Evening for all evening courses in North Connaught College, Tubbercurry on 14th January from 5-7pm. All classes will be starting on 21st and 22nd January. The courses are Safety & Health, Photography, Intellectual Disability, Care Support, Work Experience, Beauty Therapy, Computers, Child Development and Special Needs. Please contact the College on 0719185035 for more information.

BTEI Level 4 course

There will be a BTEI Level 4 Word Processing course starting in North Connaught College on Monday mornings starting on 14th January from 10-1pm. Please contact the college on 0719185035 for more information. There will also be a BTEI Level 4 course in Retail Sales Techniques, Customer Service and Communications starting on 15th January from 6-9pm in North Connaught College. Please contact the college on 0719185035 for more information.

Shine a Light Ecumenical Service

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Let Love Shine a Light Ecumenical Service will take place at St Johns Rest and Care Centre, Knock on Sunday 20th January at 3.45 pm. All those for whom lights were sponsored on the Tree of Light will be remembered at the Service. All welcome.

National Learning Network (NLN)

National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training.

If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

Save Your Sole……

If you want to save your soul, you could attend a Church or practice a religion of your choice!, if you want to save your sole, that is the sole of your shoe, you should call to Eunan McCormack who has recently opened a shoe repair shop at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, next door to Murphy’s Hotel. Eunan could be considered a ‘Shoe Doctor’, and he will give a new lease of life to an old pair of shoes. He attends at weekends – on Friday Evening, all day Saturdays and Sunday Morning.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for the Cloonacool Players up-coming production of ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February next at 8pm each night. It will then travel to St. Nathys Hall Mullinabreena on Friday night 22nd February and then on to the Arts Centre in Ballina on Thursday night 28th February for a special needs charity event. It will also play in St. Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on Monday 4th March at the Western Drama Festival. The play which has a story line based on group therapy support and is built around the complex characters who attend the session, is guaranteed to keep audiences fully engaged throughout the evening. It will also play on the drama festival circuit of Ireland, during the month of March. So put these dates in your diary.

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

Maura Dibley, Tubbertelly– The death occurred on December 14th last of Maura Dibley (nee McIntyre), late of Tubbertelly, Tubbercurry. Aged 69, Maura was daughter of the late Paddy & Nancy McIntyre and sister of the late Martin McIntyre. A past pupil of the Marist Convent in Tubbercurry, after she had finished school she went to England where she attended college, training as a Primary School teacher. On graduating from college she gained employment and in due course became a Primary School Principal in Reading. She married an English man Chris Dibley and both would return to Ireland as often as possible with their children to visit family, and Chris loved to fish the rivers and lakes of Co. Sligo and the West of Ireland.

On retiring from work about 10 years ago they returned fully to Ireland. Chris died about 4 years ago. Maura loved her garden and was a drama enthusiast, attending the Drama Festivals and plays when hosted in St. Brigid’s Hall. Maura was ill over the last 12 months but never complained and bore her illness with great dignity. Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart Mullinabreena and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Maura is survived by her 2 sons Paul and Martin, daughter in law Alex, grandson Matthias, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and good neighbours & friends. May she rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 24th December

Forest Walk Draw

The draw took place last week for the Forest Walk Fundraiser, and the results are as follows: 1st Prize, Rory Doyle, Cloonacool, 2nd Prize, Anna Tracy, Banada, 3rd Prize, Teresa and Declan Kerns, Rathscanlon, 4th Prize, Maria Morahan, Tubbercurry, 5th Prize, Peggy Devaney, Achonry.

The Forest Walk is located at the back of the Rathscanlon old Creamery and goes through 80 acres of woodlands including, Oak, Ash, Spruce and Pine trees before it reaches the bog at the back of the wood which straddles parts of Rathscanlon and Rhue Bogs. Developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association over the last number of years, the first phase was done about 4 years ago, and the second phase was completed over the last few months. Funding was secured for it through the Town & Village Renewal Scheme Fund, and a local contribution had to be raised by the local community.

The local contribution has now been done, and the development committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wider community of South Sligo for their generous assistance. This is a community facility for the enjoyment of everybody, and we hope to see many walkers and families out walking on it over the Christmas holiday period. New Year Resolutions will also kick in, and this facility is ideal for those wanting to shed a few pounds right after the Christmas period.

The Forestry is owned by the Semi-State Company, Coillte, and they gave great assistance in helping to plan the route. The access laneway at the Creamery is owned by local Co-Op Aurivo, and they also were very generous with facilitating the project. Bog owners in Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs were also very supportive and facilitating. A big thank you is extended to Coillte, Aurivo and Bog owners, and this is an example of how groups helping each other can be for the betterment of everybody.

Continued works and improvements on the walk routes will be done in the future as time and money allows, and if anybody missed contributing to the draw, and wish to do so, money will always be accepted by the Development Committee including, Geraldine Brennan at the Laundry Basket, and Roger McCarrick, Teeling Street. Best Wishes for 2019 are extended to all from the Forest Walk Committee.

Save Your Sole……

If you want to save your soul, you could attend a Church or practice a religion of your choice! However, if you want to save your sole, that is the sole of your shoe, you should call to Eunan McCormack who has recently opened a shoe repair shop at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, next door to Murphy’s Hotel. Eunan could be considered a ‘Shoe Doctor’, and he will give a new lease of life to an old pair of shoes. He attends at weekends – on Friday Evening, all day Saturdays and Sunday Morning.

Banada Monster Bingo

Monster New Years Day Bingo Tuesday 1st January at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Guaranteed payout of €2,500.  Jackpot now €2,100 on 48 calls or less……it could be you!! A great night guaranteed. Happy New Year to all our patrons.

Fields of Gold

A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.

This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote. The World Wars 1 and 2, Irelands War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.

At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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

Kathleen Walsh, Rhue

The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (nee O’Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19 year old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.

Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.

Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Danny Meehan

The recent tragic accidental death occurred of Daniel (Danny) Meehan, late of Tubbercurry. Aged just 51, Danny was a native of Gortahork, Co. Donegal, and after finishing school moved to London as a young adult for work. He worked for Islington Council for about 25 years before he and his partner Mandy decided to move back to Ireland about 6 years ago for a better quality life. He worked in recent years with McGrath Waste Company. Since moving back they lived in Tubbercurry, firstly at Cnoc na Sí, and in recent years at Mountain View.

Danny loved gardening and could often be seen out voluntarily in public areas of the estates he lived in, either planting hedges and shrubs, or watering and weeding as needed. A quiet spoken man who was always pleasant, he also had a love of all types of music.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home where many friends and relatives of both Danny and Mandy called to pay their respects. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection took place in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Danny is survived by his partner Mandy, daughter Gemma, his mother Gemma, brothers, Tommy, John and Eddie, in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

Death at any time is sad but one through accident so close to Christmas is very hard, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved. May he rest in peace.

Christmas Greetings

As 2018 draws to a close, here at Tubbercurry notes we would like to extend Seasons Greetings, and every good wishes for the New Year ahead to all our readers, and to thank you for your support throughout this year. While Christmas is a Joyous time of year, it can also be a sad time for some, particularly those who are recently bereaved or living on their own, so it might be nice to take time over the festive season to call on neighbours and friends who may be struggling this time of year.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News 17/12/2018

Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights around the town and on a special Christmas Tree were turned on last week and the town in now looking very festive. Well done to the Chamber Of Commerce and Tidy Towns Committee for helping to add to the Christmas atmosphere. People are encouraged and asked to shop local this year. The motto should always be “Keep your business in town to keep your town in business”. Private houses around town are also looking well and some home owners have gone out of their way to add to the fun and joy that should revolve around Christmas. Thank you to those people.

Bingo at Banada Abbey Hall
Monster Christmas Bingo next Tuesday 18th December at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Over €3,000 guaranteed payout including numerous draws after each game. Jackpot now €2,050 on 48 calls or less……it could be you.  A great night guaranteed.  Happy Christmas to all our loyal patrons.

SKINTELLIGENCE – Beauty Student Salon Open Day
You are invited to The Beauty Student Salon Open Day which takes place on this Wednesday 19th December from 10.00am – 3.00pm at North Connaught College, Tubbercurry. Come along on the day, relax and enjoy one of our many popular treatments. A list of treatments available, and price list can be viewed on our Face book page. Many thanks to all our clients for their continued support and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. Hope to see you all on the 19th. Enquiry / Booking 089 – 4231187

Kathleen Walsh, Rhue
The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (nee O’Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19 year old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.  Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.  Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group
Tubbercurry Active Retirement members have finished off their year with a Christmas Lunch and Social on Sunday, December 16th, and a Bowling Session in Teach Laighne on Monday, December 17th, which was followed by Afternoon Refreshments in Cawley’s Hotel. The last two months have been busy and enjoyable as usual with our various bowling, curling and exercise activities, two group theatre visits, Whist drive, discussions, demonstrations, Irish Hours etc. The Active Retired movement does so much for its members, socially, mentally and physically, the camaraderie and support are so great that we would really recommended all retired people to consider joining. Why not become part of this community organisation in 2019? Our programmes start again on January 19th and there is an exciting year ahead.

Fields of Gold
A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.  This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote.  The World Wars 1 and 2, Ireland’s War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.  At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Cloonacool Players
Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 10th December

Forest Walk Fundraiser

Locals continue to enjoy the Forest Walk and its extension which runs through the forestry behind Rathscanlon Creamery.

Stretching from Rathscanlon Creamery, it runs through the forestry of Oak, Ash and Sitka Spruce and continues through Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs at the rear of the woodlands. It has optional loops which bring you back to Rathscanlon Creamery or it also extends through the bogs at Rathscanlon and Rhue to bring you out onto the Rhue road near Rhue graveyard. Therefore residents on the Rhue side can enter from that side. The original section of the walk was developed about 5 years ago and the only complaint from users was that it was too short. Now the extension adds many options and choice of distance with more features to see. Development by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, a local contribution needs to be raised and for this purpose a raffle is being held and tickets are for sale at present. Priced at €20 OR book of 3 for €50, the walk development committee ask people from throughout South Sligo to be as generous as possible to help pay for and maintain this very worthwhile local amenity that can be enjoyed free of charge by everybody.

Tickets are available from Geraldine Brennan, Dermot Gannon, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie, Roger McCarrick, Reggie McNulty, Paul Richardson & Mattie Brennan (Rhue). Draw takes place December 14th.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players present Moll, the classic comedy by John B Keane in St Brigid’s Hall on 13th and 14th of December. Directed by Eamonn Gallagher, the cast includes Pat Feely, Gerry Maye, Kieran Brennan, Pat Gilmartin and Mary T Mannion in the title role as Moll. The cameo roles of Bridgie and Ulick are played by Ursula and Mattie Brennan respectively. If you want a laugh, don’t miss this production. It already went on stage last week to huge acclaim and loud laughter.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House, Garden Centre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 16th December, from 12 – 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available. Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts. Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served.

Fields of Gold

A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.

This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote. The World Wars 1 and 2, Irelands War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.

At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Thank you from Gallagher House

The students and staff from Gallagher House would like to thank most sincerely everyone who helped with the 25 Card Drive which was held recently in Killorans, Tubbercurry. Special thanks to the organisers, those who provided sponsorship for the raffle, patrons who bought tickets, and to all who attended on the night. The Card Drive was a great success and all proceeds went in support of the Gallagher House Students Christmas Party.

Gallagher House Student Christmas Party

The annual Gallagher House Student Christmas Party was held last week in Killorans, Tubbercurry. The party was well attended, and party goers danced the night away to the music of Christy O’Grady. Students are talking about next year’s Party already, so roll on 2019! A special word of thanks is extended to Tommy and Mary Marren who came along on the night and made presentations to the staff and students on behalf of Mrs. Anne Killoran.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Commences at 7.30pm this Wednesday 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S. – Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

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

25 Card Games– 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend.

Cloonacool Community Open Discussion

Following a very well attended and positive first meeting, everyone in the entire Cloonacool area is now invited to a second open evening to discuss planning for Cloonacool in 10 years’ time and the practical things that need doing to get there. It will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 8pm in the Community Centre. Young and older are all welcome and more than one from each household is welcome also.

Seamus Cahill, The Rock, Tubbercurry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Seamus Cahill at his home at The Rock, Tubbercurry. Aged 96, Seamus worked for most of his working life with Sligo Co. Council as a Social Welfare Officer, a job he did with great compassion and sensitivity. His working life began in the early 1940’s, a time of great struggle in Ireland and abroad, as the World War 2 raged. Money was scarce and many families struggled to make ends meet, but Seamus dealt with their plight quietly and effectively with very limited resources at his disposal. When the part time Fire service was set up in Tubbercurry in the late 1940’s /early 50’s Seamus was one of the first to be recruited on it along with other locals including Batty & Mick O’Hara, Dominic Egan, James Gallagher, Paddy McCarrick amongst others. This was a part time operation they all enjoyed.

Seamus was a native of Tubbercurry and he farmed the land around their house. The cattle on his land were always top class and he got great enjoyment in seeing their progress in weight and size and selling them on when ready. Over his lifetime, Seamus was a great community person and was always willing to lend a hand where needed. His soft spoken manner in dealing with situations was appreciated by many. Seamus and his beloved wife May were a great team and great company, with an in depth knowledge of places and people throughout South Sligo. His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home where many called to pay their respects to this gentle human being, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery after funeral mass in St. John Evangelist Church.

Seamus will be sadly missed by his wife May and is also mourned by sisters & brother in law, nieces, nephews and their children, cousins, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest gently in peace.

Tom Waters, Cloonbarry,

The recent sudden death occurred of Tom Waters late of Cloonbarry, Aclare. Aged 64, Tom had done his days work and attended a funeral just before his sudden passing. Affectionately known to many as Big Tom, he worked most of his life in the building trade both in England and large sites in Ireland before moving back home to work closer to base. He was never afraid of hard work and builders and foremen who got Tom on site were delighted at how fast and well the work got done. He also enjoyed his farming and always strove to have his land and stock at Cloonbarry and Rhue in top condition.

Tom was also a great family man and a supporter of all activities in the Aclare & Tourlestrane Community. His remains reposed at his home in Cloonbarry and funeral mass took place in St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane, followed by burial in Kilmactigue Cemetery.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, daughters Anna, Bernadette, Siobhan & Michelle, son Thomas, and granddaughter Evie, sisters, in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 3rd December

Forest Walk Fundraiser

Locals continue to enjoy the Forest Walk and its extension which runs through the forestry behind Rathscanlon Creamery.

Stretching from Rathscanlon Creamery, it runs through the forestry of Oak, Ash and Sitka Spruce and continues through Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs at the rear of the woodlands. It has optional loops which bring you back to Rathscanlon Creamery or it also extends through the bogs at Rathscanlon and Rhue to bring you out onto the Rhue road near Rhue graveyard. Therefore residents on the Rhue side can enter from that side. The original section of the walk was developed about 5 years ago and the only complaint from users was that it was too short. Now the extension adds many options and choice of distance with more features to see.

Development by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, a local contribution needs to be raised and for this purpose a raffle is being held and tickets are for sale at present. Priced at €20 OR book of 3 for €50, the walk development committee ask people from throughout South Sligo to be as generous as possible to help pay for and maintain this very worthwhile local amenity that can be enjoyed free of charge by everybody.  Tickets are available from Geraldine Brennan, Dermot Gannon, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie, Roger McCarrick, Reggie McNulty, Paul Richardson & Mattie Brennan (Rhue). Draw takes place early December.

Tourlestrane Ladies

Best wishes are extended to the Tourlestrane Ladies GAA Football team who are playing in the All Ireland Final of the Junior Club Championship. The match is fixed for next Sunday December 9th at 1.30pm in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. The opposition is the Glanmire Club from Co. Cork. Tourlestrane have progressed from winning the County final through to winning the Connacht Championship and the All Ireland semi-final and are now just 1 step away from glory. A victory will be a great boost to the entire ladies football scene in Co. Sligo Lets go Tourlestrane.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players will present Moll, the classic comedy by John B Keane in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 6th December at 8pm with repeat performances on the 9th,13th and 14th of December.  Directed by Eamonn Gallagher, the cast includes Pat Feely, Gerry Maye, Kieran Brennan, Pat Gilmartin and Mary T Mannion in the title role as Moll. The cameo roles of Bridgie and Ulick are played by Ursula and Mattie Brennan respectively. If you want a laugh, don’t miss this production.

25 Card Drive in aid of Gallagher House

A 25 card game takes place in Killorans, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 4th December at 8.30pm sharp. All proceeds in aid of Gallagher House Students Christmas Party. Spot prizes and refreshments served on the night. Tickets €10 each on sale now. Your support will be much appreciated.

Moy River Folk Club -Dónal Clancy (son of Liam Clancy) will play a House Concert at Moy River Folk Club (Moy River B&B) in Cloonacool this coming Sat, Dec 8th at 8pm. Booking on 087 2512030.

Tubbercurry Senior Citizens Party

The Annual Tubbercurry Senior Citizens Party takes place in Killorans Restaurant on Sunday December 9th starting with Mass at 2pm. For more information, contact Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre, Tubbercurry.

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 7th December, Junior session starts at 8.00pm and senior session begins at 9.00pm. Please note the change of time, the starting times have been brought forward an hour. All musicians are very welcome.

The Annual General Meeting of Tubbercurry Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 7th December at 8.30. All members are asked to attend.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House, Garden Centre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 16th December, from 12 – 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available. Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts. Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Commences at 7.30pm Wednesday 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S.– Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

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

25 Card Games–25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

Santatown 2018 at Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown, Co. Sligo

Santatown will run over one weekend, 15th December and 16th December at 3pm and 5pm, €15 per child and just €5 per adult and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, phone 087 2575581, 071 9167013, or email folkparksligo@gmail.com to book your place.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick-tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 26th November

Forest Walk Fundraiser

Locals continue to enjoy the Forest Walk and its extension which runs through the forestry behind Rathscanlon Creamery.  Stretching from Rathscanlon Creamery, it runs through the forestry of Oak, Ash and Sitka Spruce and continues through Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs at the rear of the woodlands. It has optional loops which bring you back to Rathscanlon Creamery or it also extends through the bogs at Rathscanlon and Rhue to bring you out onto the Rhue road near Rhue graveyard. Therefore residents on the Rhue side can enter from that side.

The original section of the walk was developed about 5 years ago and the only complaint from users was that it was too short. Now the extension adds many options and choice of distance with more features to see. Development by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, a local contribution needs to be raised and for this purpose a raffle is being held and tickets are for sale at present. Priced at €20 or book of 3 for €50, the walk development committee ask people from throughout South Sligo to be as generous as possible to help pay for and maintain this very worthwhile local amenity that can be enjoyed free of charge by everybody.

Tickets are available from Geraldine Brennan, Dermot Gannon, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie, Roger McCarrick, Reggie McNulty, Paul Richardson & Mattie Brennan (Rhue). Draw takes place early December.

Heritage Meeting

The November Meeting of South Sligo Heritage Group takes place in The Community Hall, Moylough Heritage Centre on Tuesday 27th of November 2018 at 8pm. All are Welcome.

At present we have members actively researching families in the townlands of Moylough 64 households, Sargara 23 households, Curry 65 households and Cloonaughill 57 households. If you are willing to help out with this ongoing work, stage 1 of which we are hoping to present to members over the coming months we would very much appreciate your help and be pleased to hear from you. Ní neart go cur le chéile. Looking forward to meeting you in Moylough on November 27th. A guest speaker on the night is Simone Hickey, Historian Specialist on all things World War 1 with specific insight into Co. Sligo Soldiers.

Tubbercurry Senior Citizens Party

The Annual Tubbercurry Senior Citizens Party takes place in Killorans Restaurant on Sunday, December 9th starting with Mass at 2pm. For more information, contact Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre, Tubbercurry.

Greenway Meeting

A very well attended meeting took place recently at An Chroi, Tubbercurry in relation to the proposal for the development of a Greenway on the footprint of the old Sligo-Limerick Rail line, specifically between Charlestown to Collooney. A presentation was made by consultants RPS on their findings, and it looks as if a proposal for a Greenway will be submitted by Sligo Co. Council to Government for funding in the near future. A healthy debate took place about the re-opening of the line for trains, and as it is not in Government Draft Strategies up to 2040 and possibly beyond, the consensus was that the Greenway proposal would be pursued. If it was ever deemed practical in the future by Government to re-open the line, it is within the terms of the proposal that a new Greenway Route would be developed running parallel to a new train track. This is an exciting time for infra structural and recreational development in South Sligo, an area that needs development so badly. Watch for updates on the Greenway from the Greenway Co-op Committee.

25 Card Drive in aid of Gallagher House

A 25 card game takes place in Killorans, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 4th December at 8.30pm sharp. All proceeds in aid of Gallagher House Students Christmas Party. Spot prizes and refreshments served on the night. Tickets €10 each on sale now. Your support will be much appreciated.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry Commences at 7.30pm Wednesday, 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S. – Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10.Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

The Annual General Meeting of Tubbercurry Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 7th December at 8.30. All members are asked to attend.

The Phoenix Players are issuing a Red Weather Alert!

Hurricane ‘Moll’ is gathering strength and is expected to make landfall in Tubbercurry on Thursday 6th, Sunday 9th, Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th December. The safest place to be on those dates is St Brigid’s Hall where one can watch Moll’s progress while hearing gales of laughter and later thunderous applause.

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

NCBI Tubbercurry –Donations of good quality womens, mens, childrens clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric a brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life. Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duvets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop opens Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games– 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 19th November

Western Drama Festival One Act Comedy and Drama Festival

Yes folks it’s drama time in Tubbercurry again. Drama lovers will be delighted to know we have an excellent programme of plays in store, including brilliant comedy and terrific dramas. The One Act Festival runs the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th November @ 8pm in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre, Tubbercurry.  We are delighted to announce that the Tubbercurry and District Credit Union is our sponsor for the entire festival.

Our WDF Drama Festival has attracted once again the top groups in the country and this year we are really looking forward to seeing them perform comedy. Opening our festival is Mullet Drama Group with a hilarious show, it will get our festival off to a lively start. We have three plays each night plus two plays on Saturday afternoon with a great mix of comedy and drama for your enjoyment.

Admission nightly is €10. You can buy the Season Ticket for €30 available only at the ticket office on opening night and this is brilliant value to see 11 plays being performed. Geoffrey O Keefe is our adjudicator for the festival. As an adjudicator he is extremely popular and highly acclaimed. We look forward to hearing his keen observations during the competition and also looking forward to meeting and hearing our drama enthusiasts and patrons views on the plays. Come along and join us at our 75th Festival it will be a time to remember.  You will find details of the 11 first-rate plays on our WDF web site at the following link:

http://www.westerndramafestival.com/line-up-one-act-nov-18

Greenway Meeting

A very well attended meeting took place last week at An Chroi, Tubbercurry in relation to the proposal for the development of a Greenway on the footprint of the old Sligo-Limerick Rail line, specifically between Charlestown to Collooney. A presentation was made by consultants RPS on their findings, and it looks as if a proposal for a Greenway will be submitted by Sligo Co. Council to Government for funding in the near future. A healthy debate took place about the re-opening of the line for trains, and as it is not in Government Draft Strategies up to 2040 and possibly beyond, the consensus was that the Greenway proposal would be pursued. If it was ever deemed practical in the future by Government to re-open the line, it is within the terms of the proposal that a new Greenway Route would be developed running parallel to a new train track. This is an exciting time for infra structural and recreational development in South Sligo, an area that needs development so badly. Watch for updates on the Greenway from the Greenway Co-op Committee.

25 Card Drive in aid of Gallagher House

A 25 card game takes place in Killorans, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 4thDecember at 8.30pm sharp. All proceeds in aid of Gallagher House Students Christmas Party. Spot prizes and refreshments served on the night. Tickets €10 each on sale now. Your support will be much appreciated.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry Commences at 7.30pm Wednesday, 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S. – Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

The Annual General Meeting of Tubbercurry Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 7th December at 8.30. All members are asked to attend.

The Cloonacool Players are busy at present rehearsing this year’s play entitled -”I Do Not like Thee Dr. Fell”- a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play which will compete on the festival circuit next season will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre in mid-February 2019. New data protection laws prevent the names of the cast and production crew being published at this time.

Forest Walk Extension – The recently developed extension to the Forest Walk behind Rathscanlon Creamery has been welcomed by all who have had the pleasure so far of walking around it. There are different options of loops available with nearly 5km in total of pathways. It is ideal for young and old and family groups as much of it is wheelchair and buggy friendly. The project was developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association with the co-operation of land owners including Aurivo, Coillte and various bog users and owners on Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs. A local contribution needs to be raised by the Community and Raffle tickets are presently on sale locally, €20 each or a book of 3 tickets for €50. We ask families and households do their best to contribute to this wonderful facility which will be there for visitors and locals. Many people are now doing a few miles daily on it – wonderful to see.

The Phoenix Players are issuing a Red Weather Alert!

Hurricane ‘Moll’ is gathering strength and is expected to make landfall in Tubbercurry on Thursday 6th, Sunday 9th, Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th December. The safest place to be on those dates is St Brigid’s Hall where one can watch Moll’s progress while hearing gales of laughter and later thunderous applause.

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

NCBI Tubbercurry –Donations of good quality womens, mens, childrens clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric a brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life. Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duvets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop open Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games–25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

Christmas Market

Christmas Market in the CBD Sports Complex Charlestown, on Sunday November 25th from 12-4. Christmas hamper will be raffled on the day, tea coffee and light refreshments will be served also. Admission free.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 12th November

Western Drama Festival One Act Comedy and Drama Festival

Yes folks it’s drama time in Tubbercurry again. Drama lovers will be delighted to know we have an excellent programme of plays including brilliant comedy and terrific dramas in store for our One Act Festival on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th November @ 8pm in St Brigids Hall Theatre.  We are delighted to announce that the Tubbercurry and District Credit Union is our sponsor for the entire festival.

Our WDF Drama Festival has attracted once again the top groups in the country and this year we are really looking forward to seeing them perform comedy. Opening our festival is Mullet Drama Group with a hilarious show, it will get our festival off to a lively start. We have three plays each night plus two plays on Saturday afternoon with a great mix of comedy and drama for your enjoyment.

Admission nightly is €10. You can buy the Season Ticket for €30 available only at the ticket office on opening night and this is brilliant value to see 11 plays being performed. Geoffrey O Keefe is our adjudicator for the festival. As an adjudicator he is extremely popular and highly acclaimed. We look forward to hearing his keen observations during the competition and also looking forward to meeting and hearing our drama enthusiasts and patrons views on the plays. Come along and join us at our 75th Festival it will be a time to remember.  You will find details of the 11 first-rate plays on our WDF web site at the following link: http://www.westerndramafestival.com/line-up-one-act-nov-18

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association has had a busy start to our Autumn/Winter programme – highlights being our very enjoyable visit to ‘historic Dublin’, our outing to Castlebar Bowling Centre and our six-week course of weekly VitalDanza classes involving inspirational music and movement. Our Hallowe’en Party raised funds for a local charity and thoughts are already turning towards the celebration of our Silver Jubilee in 2019, which will hopefully include the production of another book in our ‘The Way That It Was’ series.

Our Tuesday meetings will, for the winter months, be held at 3pm instead of 8pm in the local Health Centre. Exercise classes will take place in teach Laighne on Thursday afternoons at 2pm and, for all who would enjoy brushing up their Irish, a Social Hour, tre Gaeilge, will be held on Thursdays at 3.30pm from November 8th. All interested are welcome to any of these events.

The Annual General Meeting of Tubbercurry Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 7th December at 8.30. All members are asked to attend.

The Cloonacool Players are busy at present rehearsing this years play entitled -”I Do Not like Thee Dr. Fell”- a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play which will compete on the festival circuit next season, will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre in mid February 2019. New data protection laws prevent the names of the cast and production crew being published at this time.

Greenway Public Meeting – Sligo Co. Council is holding a series of two public consultation meetings in relation to the development of a Greenway in South County Sligo. The proposed route of the Greenway is on the Old Sligo – Limerick Railway Line and the section for present proposal runs from Collooney to Bellaghy/Charlestown. This route runs through the most beautiful part of South Sligo with views of Knocknashee and the Ox Mountains from most of the route. The second meeting takes place this Wednesday 14th November, at An Chroi 7.30-9.30pm.

It is absolutely essential a good attendance make the effort to attend and show support for the project. These projects will not be funded unless it is seen they have universal support.  The time is fast approaching for a decision to be made on whether or not the project gets the green light. Please attend on Wednesday night at An Chroi.

Forest Walk Extension– The recently developed extension to the Forest Walk behind Rathscanlon Creamery has been welcomed by all who have had the pleasure so far of walking around it. There are different options of loops available with nearly 5km in total of pathways. It is ideal for young and old and family groups as much of it is wheelchair and buggy friendly. The project was developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association with the co-operation of land owners including Aurivo, Coillte and various bog users and owners on Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs. A local contribution needs to be raised by the Community and Raffle tickets are presently on sale locally, €20 each or a book of 3 tickets for €50. We ask families and households do their best to contribute to this wonderful facility which will be there for visitors and locals. Many people are now doing a few miles daily on it – wonderful to see.

The Phoenix Players are issuing a Red Weather Alert!

Hurricane ‘Moll’ is gathering strength and is expected to make landfall in Tubbercurry on Thursday 6th, Sunday 9th, Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th December. The safest place to be on those dates is St Brigid’s Hall where one can watch Moll’s progress while hearing gales of laughter and later thunderous applause.

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

NCBI Tubbercurry –Donations of good quality womens, mens, childrens clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric a brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life.  Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duvets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop open Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games – 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

TUBBERCURRY FRC

Parent & Toddler Group

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

FRC Counselling Service

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


Correspondent: Roger McCarrick
tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 5th November

Basta Closure

The end of an era has hit Tubbercurry as it was announced on Thursday last that a Liquidator was appointed to wind up Basta.  Basta has been part of the Tubbercurry economy since 1955 when Jim Gallagher and his family opened it to manufacture locks for doors and windows as well as various components for the door and window business. Following the opening of Basta, a fledgling industry Tool & Gauge opened in 1956 to compliment the works of Basta. At its height, Basta employed over 200 staff, and Basta locks for doors and windows were going into every door and window manufactured in Ireland. Basta also exported to England and Europe, and the name Basta was an international brand.

Tubbercurry was a booming town in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s as the wages earned by Basta employees was in local circulation on a daily and weekly basis. The recessions of the early 1980’s hit Basta badly and every recession that followed in the following decades caused further damage to the profitability of Basta. Competition from China and other cheaper manufacturing economies were the biggest competitors of Basta over the last 20 years.

Basta was bought over by new owners a few years ago, and this brought fresh hope of turning the fortunes of the factory around, but unfortunately this turn around failed to materialise. Over the last few years there were approx 40 employees still on the books, some on part-time, as they tried to work through financial difficulties, but all efforts failed to reverse the slide in profitability. An examiner was appointed a few months ago to examine the viability of the business, and the bad news everybody dreaded was announced in the last few days. Some of the employees losing their jobs over the last few weeks have been there over 40 years, while in some cases there have been 2 or even 3 generations of families employed there.

This closure of Basta is seen as the latest nail in the coffin of manufacturing in Tubbercurry. It is ironic that Tool & Gauge which opened shortly after Basta is going from strength to strength as are other Tool making factories in the locality owned by former workers of Tool & Gauge.  The loss of 40 jobs in Basta on top of 70 jobs relocating from the Aurivo head offices, and 110 Civil Service jobs in Government offices, adds to a total of 220 jobs lost out of Tubbercurry over the last 5 years. Sad times for Tubbercurry.

Phoenix Players

A Get -Together meeting for everyone involved in The Sound of Music – cast, chorus, backstage crew – will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Wednesday 7th November at 8pm in order to distribute scripts, rehearsal schedules, performance dates and membership registration forms. As this meeting will provide an opportunity for all involved to ‘meet and greet’ one another it is important that everybody attends.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association has had a busy start to our Autumn/Winter programme – highlights being our very enjoyable visit to ‘historic Dublin’, our outing to Castlebar Bowling Centre and our six-week course of weekly VitalDanza classes involving inspirational music and movement. Our Hallowe’en Party raised funds for a local charity and thoughts are already turning towards the celebration of our Silver Jubilee in 2019, which will hopefully include the production of another book in our ‘The Way That It Was’ series.

Our Tuesday meetings will, for the winter months, be held at 3pm instead of 8pm in the local Health Centre. Exercise classes will take place in teach Laighne on Thursday afternoons at 2pm and, for all who would enjoy brushing up their their Irish, a Social Hour, tre Gaeilge, will be held on Thursdays at 3.30pm from November 8th. All interested are welcome to any of these events.

Greenway Public Meeting – Sligo Co. Council is holding a series of two public consultation meetings in relation to the development of a Greenway in South County Sligo. The proposed route of the Greenway is on the Old Sligo – Limerick Railway Line and the section for present proposal runs from Collooney to Bellaghy/Charlestown. This route runs through the most beautiful part of South Sligo with views of Knocknashee and the Ox Mountains from most of the route. The first meeting took place on Wednesday 31st October. The second meeting takes place on Wednesday 14th November at An Chroi 7.30-9.30pm.

It is absolutely essential a good attendance, make the effort to attend and show support for the project. These projects will not be funded unless it is seen they have universal support. The time is fast approaching for a decision to be made on whether or not the project gets the green light.

Forest Walk Extension – The recently developed extension to the Forest Walk behind Rathscanlon Creamery has been welcomed by all who have had the pleasure so far of walking around it. There are different options of loops available with nearly 5km in total of pathways. It is ideal for young and old and family groups as much of it is wheelchair and buggy friendly. The project was developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association with the co-operation of land owners including Aurivo, Coillte and various bog users and owners on Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs. A local contribution needs to be raised by the Community and Raffle tickets are presently on sale locally, €20 each or a book of 3 tickets for €50. We ask families and households do their best to contribute to this wonderful facility which will be there for visitors and locals. Many people are now doing a few miles daily on it – wonderful to see.

Table Quiz

A fundraising table quiz will be held in Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool on Saturday, 10th November at 8.30pm. Proceeds in aid of St. George’s Church Funds.

Phoenix Players – Rehearsals are now well underway for “Moll”, a comedy by John B Keane which will be presented in St. Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 6th December, Sunday 9th December with two repeat performances on Thursday 13th December and Sunday 16th December. The production is directed by Eamon Gallagher with an all-star cast whose identities have to remain anonymous due to Phoenix Players Data Protection Policy. After long and protracted negotiations between The Phoenix Players and Tubbercurry GAA Club an Exit deal has been hammered out allowing GAA Great Pat Gilmartin to make a dramatic entrance as the Bishop in the forthcoming production of MOLL .

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

NCBI Tubbercurry – Donations of good quality womens, mens, childrens clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric a brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life.

Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duvets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop open Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games – 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

TUBBERCURRY FRC

Parent & Toddler Group

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

FRC Counselling Service

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

Christmas Market

CBD Complex Charlestown are now taking bookings for their Christmas market on November 25th.

Bridget Johnston, Muckelty, deceased

The recent peaceful death occurred of Bridget Johnston (nee Stenson), late of Muckelty, Achonry. In her 91st year, Bridget was pre-deceased by her late husband Michael and her son Mick. Bridget was always bright and cheerful, always had a smile on her face, and was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry over the years until her health presented challenges.

A lover of Irish music, she enjoyed traditional sessions with her sister Marian and late brother Paddy, and as her grandchildren came along showing great promise, she was extremely proud of them and loved to listen to their playing. She was always very supportive of local activities in the Achonry/Mullinabreena area, and was active member of the local ICA group for many years.  Her remains reposed at her house where many family friends called to say goodbye. Funeral Mass was held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena, and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery. Bridget is survived by her daughter, Ann Marie, sons, Seamus, Kevin, Tom and Noel, sister Marian, brother Matt, in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a large circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Seamus Durkin, Carrentubber

The recent peaceful death occurred at his home of Seamus Durkin, Carrentubber. In his late 60’s, Seamus was a well known and respected man in the community, both through his work and social activities. He worked for many years in Basta, and also had a side business servicing Oil Boilers for many houses throughout South Sligo. He was also a very talented welder and regularly made gates and railings for clients from his workshop at home. It was often said of Seamus that “if he could not get it, he would make it”. Socially, he enjoyed shooting, and was a regular with his shooting colleagues on fox shoots during the winter months. He was also an excellent darts player as was his wife Stella, and many a turkey or hamper was won over the years against equally talented opponents. Prior to his wife Stella becoming ill, she was an excellent gardener, and Seamus was always on hand to help with the heavy work. They worked well as a team.

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home where many friends and old work colleagues called to pay their respects. Seamus is survived by his loving wife Stella, daughter Christina, son in law Paul, grandchildren, brother Patsy, sisters and brothers in law, nephews, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 29th October

Greenway Public Meeting – Sligo Co. Council is holding a series of two public consultation meetings in relation to the development of a Greenway in South County Sligo. The proposed route of the Greenway is on the Old Sligo – Limerick Railway Line and the section for present proposal runs from Collooney to Bellaghy/Charlestown.This route runs through the most beautiful part of South Sligo with views of Knocknashee and the Ox Mountains from most of the route. The first meeting takes place 7.30 – 9.30pm Wednesday 31sth October in An Chroi Enterprise Centre, Ballina Rd., Tubbercurry. The second meeting takes place Wednesday 14th November, also at An Chroi 7.30-9.30pm.

It is absolutely essential a good attendance make the effort to attend and show support for the project. These projects will not be funded unless it is seen they have universal support.  The time is fast approaching for a decision to be made on whether or not the project gets the green light. Please attend the first meeting on this coming Wednesday night at An Chroi.

Boil Water Notice lifted.-Users of Lough Talt water will be delighted to hear the boil water notice on water has been lifted by Irish Water. This has been in place over the last 6 months and has been a huge inconvenience to domestic users as well as pubs, hotels and restaurants. It added significant extra cost to families and businesses and we all hope this will be the end of the problem. An upgrade of Lough Talt treatment plant still has to take place, and hopefully this will occur in the near future.

Tubbercurry Sewage Treatment Plant– Work has been ongoing over the last few months on the replacement & upgrade of the town sewage treatment plant. This project is being done in conjunction with other upgrades at Grange, Strandhill and Ballinafad. It is expected work will continue for another few months before the project is complete, but it should help significantly issues that arise.

Forest Walk Extension – The recently developed extension to the Forest Walk behind Rathscanlon Creamery has been welcomed by all who have had the pleasure so far of walking around it. There are different options of loops available with nearly 5km in total of pathways. It is ideal for young and old and family groups as much of it is wheelchair and buggy friendly. The project was developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association with the co-operation of land owners including Aurivo, Coillte and various bog users and owners on Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs. A local contribution needs to be raised by the Community and Raffle tickets are presently on sale locally, €20 each or a book of 3 tickets for €50. We ask families and households do their best to contribute to this wonderful facility which will be there for visitors and locals. Many people are now doing a few miles daily on it – wonderful to see.

Foleys Golden Jubilee – Best wishes are extended to Michael Foley and his siblings & extended family on their celebrating 50 years in business in Tubbercurry.

Foleys pub is an institution over the years, known for good drink, good hospitality and great fun. It was bought by the late Paddy and Patsy Foley in the summer of 1968 from the Ferguson family who owned if for at least 50 years before that. They opened in October 1968. Paddy and Patsy worked hard in their pub, building up the trade and customer loyalty while rearing a large family of eight girls and one son. Blessed was Michael amongst women. The business has continued to thrive, being managed by Michael & Sheila while others sometimes help out when called upon. They celebrated their 50 years in style, with drinks at 1968 prices over the weekend. They look forward to the next 50 years.

Retirement Best wishes are extended to Henry Carr and James Coffey who retired last week from work with the Rural and Social Employment Scheme. Both men were excellent workers and did a lot of work quietly and behind the scenes for the betterment of the general South Sligo community. This work ranged from garden and public space maintenance, hedge maintenance and a lot of Tidy Town works. They worked closely with Tidy Towns Chairperson Geraldine Brennan, and the increasing marks gained in recent years in the Tidy Towns competition was due to Henry and James as well as the rest of the team. They will be difficult to replace and best wishes are extended to both from the Community.

Comhaltas Session -The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 2nd November, Junior session stars at 8.00pm and senior session begins at 9.00pm. Please note the change of time, the starting times have been brought forward an hour. All musicians are very welcome.

PHOENIX PLAYERS – Rehearsals are now well underway for “Moll”, a comedy by John B Keane which will be presented in St. Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 6th December, Sunday 9th December with two repeat performances on Thursday 13th December and Sunday 16th December. The production is directed by Eamon Gallagher with an all-star cast whose identities have to remain anonymous due to Phoenix Players Data Protection Policy. After long and protracted negotiations between The Phoenix Players and Tubbercurry GAA Club an Exit deal has been hammered out allowing GAA Great Pat Gilmartin to make a dramatic entrance as the Bishop in the forthcoming production of MOLL .

NCBI Tubbercurry – Donations of good quality womens, mens, childrens clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric a brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life.

Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duvets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop open Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games–25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend .

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday night from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new step or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot Quickstep and more. For more information0876674561

Course place available at North Connaught College

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

Free Training Courses Available

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

TUBBERCURRY FRC

Parent & Toddler Group

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

FRC Counselling Service

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

Christmas Market

CBD Complex Charlestown are now taking bookings for their Christmas market on November 25th. For bookings contact 086 1757719.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net