News

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

Weekly News - 27th February

Evening Classes at St. Attracta’s CS

CAD (Computer Aided Design) classes and Woodwork classes will commence on Tuesday Feb 28th and runs for 7 Tuesdays in total, from 7 to 9pm at St Attractas CS Tubbercurry.  Cost €80 – beginners/improvers welcome.  Contact mroddy@stattractas.ie or ring 071 91 20814 to book a place.  Booking essential.

North West Simon Community Tea/Coffee Cake Day, AIB Tubbercurry

Make a difference and come and join us in the AIB Tubbercurry Branch on Friday 3rd March 2017 to support this very worthy cause. It will run during opening hours, 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm. Your support will be much appreciated.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association’s annual holiday trip is now being organised in conjunction with JMG Coach Travel. This year we are visiting Ireland North East. We will be based in the Armagh City 4-Star Hotel, with tours arranged to the highlights of the surrounding counties of Down, Antrim, Louth etc. The duration is for 6 nights/7 days – from Monday, 29th May to Sunday, June 4th. Cost, including travel, daily tours, and Bed/Breakfast accommodation plus Evening Meal is €450 per person sharing, with a limited number of single rooms at a cost of €15 extra per night.

For further information or for booking, please contact us at 087 7720950 or 087 9042319. All interested are very welcome to join us.

Bannerlord Drama Workshops in Tubbercurry

Drama workshop designed to motivate will commence on Saturdays mornings from 11am to 12.30pm. These fun workshops will be facilitated by “Game of Thrones” actor, Peter John Sinclair and will run for ten weeks. The Workshops will take place at An Chroi South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. Cost is €85 per student for 10 week course. For more information contact Peter on 086-1689327. Email: bannerlord6@gmail.com

Pioneer Dinner Dance

The Annual Achonry Regional Pioneer Dinner Dance takes place in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford on Friday 3rd March at 8pm. Music by “The Duets”. Tickets at €25 each. Available from Mick Burke and John White. An enjoyable night is assured.

Speeding Traffic

Concern has been expressed in recent times by many locals about speeding traffic on the Circular road at the back of Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. This stretch of road from St. George’s Church to the new traffic lights on the Ballina road junction has become busier over the last 6 months, as the flow of through traffic has increased due to works at junctions. This knock on effect is more traffic. Combine this with car parks and business customers along this stretch of road, and it is a recipe for disaster, and an accident waiting to happen. In addition there is a pedestrian crossing at the rear of SuperValu and many pedestrians report “near misses” with speeding cars. Correspondence will be going to the National Roads Authority and Sligo Co. Council to take necessary actions to slow this traffic down. A menu of actions including Speed Cameras, Continual White Lines and Signage need to be considered!

Stonewall Building

Are you interested in learning a New Trade? In conjunction with the Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education Training Board (ETB), a Traditional Stonewall Construction Course will be starting this spring. This is a professional course that will cover topics such as Tutelage, Workplace Safety, Safety and Manual Handling and Safe-Pass. Interested? Then contact Olive Henry at olivehenry@msletb.ir or phone 071 915900 for more information.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Social Dancing

Social Dance classes every Wednesday night in the studio of “Dancing West”, Tubbercurry. Classes from 8pm-11.30pm. A great way to socialise and exercise at the same time. We cover dances like Quick Step, Foxtrot Slow Waltz. So if you want to learn some new steps or just practice, come along for a night of fun. For more information contact 0876674561

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players will stage Jimmy Keary”s hilarious comedy, Mother Knows Best, on Friday 3rd March in St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry.   Casting includes Margaret McIntyre, Peadar Conway, Martin McIntyre, John Mc Intyre, Mary Kathleen Johnson, Mary Kane, Geraldine Lundy, Bríd Calvey and welcoming our new members Mr Liam Kavanagh and Ms Lisa Maloney.  It is an evening not to be missed. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool Card Game continues at 8.30pm each Monday evening in Cloonacool Community Centre. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.

Attracta Mannion

The recent death occurred after a brief illness of Attracta Mannion, late of Teeling Grove and originally of Connolly Park, Tubbercurry.

In her mid-60’s, Attracta was daughter of the late Jimmy and Maggie Mannion and was part of a large well known and respected Tubbercurry family. Attracta was reared and educated in Tubbercurry and spent part of her early adult life in England before returning to Tubbercurry to complete the rearing of her family. A quiet, hardworking, community minded lady, Attracta could be seen every day out for her walks in her later years with friends and family.

Her remains were removed to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Attracta is survived by her daughters, Valerie, Susan, Samantha, Teana, Freda and Maggie, brothers, Frank, James (Laddie) and Joe, sisters, Audrey, Tina, Jean, Olive, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many close friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Sean Leonard, Gortermone

The recent death occurred of Sean Leonard, Gortermone, Tourlestrane. In his 80th year, Sean had retired some 15 years ago from his work with the Department of Agriculture with whom he had worked for 40 years. Covering all South Sligo through his work as an Inspector and Advisor, Sean was well regarded and respected by all his farming clients and colleagues.

Sean was also an ardent supporter of GAA, both his club and County, and he was very involved with Tourlestrane GAA club in the 1960’s and 70’s where he served in various positions, including Manager of under 21 and senior teams. He was a club patron until his death. He was also a farmer of note himself and was a pedigree cattle breeder of Angus and Hereford cattle. A great conversationalist with a wide knowledge of many local and global topics, it was always a pleasure to chat to him.

Sean’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home and removal was to Tourlestrane Church. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery and a Guard of Honour from Tourlestrane GAA club was a fitting tribute to a great club man. He is survived by his wife Nuala, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 20th February

Bannerlord Drama Workshops in Tubbercurry

Drama workshop designed to motivate will commence on Saturdays mornings from 11am to 12.30pm. These fun workshops will be facilitated by “Game of Thrones” actor, Peter John Sinclair and will run for ten weeks. The Workshops will take place at An Chroi South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. Registration will take place at the centre on Saturday 25th February from 10am to 1pm. Cost is €85 per student for 10 week course. For more information contact Peter on 086-1689327. Email: bannerlord6@gmail.com

Evening Classes at St. Attracta’s CS

CAD (Computer Aided Design) classes and Woodwork classes will commence on Tuesday Feb 28th and runs for 7 Tuesdays in total, from 7 to 9pm at St Attractas CS Tubbercurry.  Cost €80 – beginners/improvers welcome.  Contact mroddy@stattractas.ie or ring 071 91 20814 to book a place.  Booking essential.

Pioneer Dinner Dance

The Annual Achonry Regional Pioneer Dinner Dance takes place in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford on Friday 3rd March at 8pm. Music by “The Duets”. Tickets at €25 each. Available from Mick Burke and John White. An enjoyable night is assured.

Tubbercurry Social Inclusion Community Organisation

All residents in Tubbercurry and surrounding area are invited to a Social evening organised by the Tubbercurry Social Inclusion Community Organisation. The event takes place on Friday 10th March at 5pm at “An Chroí’ Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry. Guest speaker from Sligo Leader Partnership. Light refreshments will be served. For more details contact Samuel Wallace on 089-9677464.

Speeding Traffic

Concern has been expressed in recent times by many locals about speeding traffic on the Circular road at the back of Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. This stretch of road from St. George’s Church to the new traffic lights on the Ballina road junction has become busier over the last 6 months, as the flow of through traffic has increased due to works at junctions. This knock on effect is more traffic. Combine this with car parks and business customers along this stretch of road, and it is a recipe for disaster, and an accident waiting to happen. In addition there is a pedestrian crossing at the rear of SuperValu and many pedestrians report “near misses” with speeding cars. Correspondence will be going to the National Roads Authority and Sligo Co. Council to take necessary actions to slow this traffic down. A menu of actions including Speed Cameras, Continual White Lines and Signage need to be considered!

Stonewall Building

Are you interested in learning a New Trade? In conjunction with the Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education Training Board (ETB), a Traditional Stonewall Construction Course will be starting this spring. This is a professional course that will cover topics such as Tutelage, Workplace Safety, Safety and Manual Handling and Safe-Pass. Interested? Then contact Olive Henry at olivehenry@msletb.ir or phone 071 915900 for more information.

Tea Day for North West Simon Community

If you, your friends, work colleagues, club, school or group wish to host a Tea Day on Friday 3rd March in aid of your local homeless charity- North West Simon Community, please register your interest by e mail to mary@northwestsimon.ie or ring 087 7708865. If Fri 3rd March doesn’t suit any day around this is fine.  You can make a difference in your local community. www.northwestsimon.ie

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Social Dancing

Social Dance classes every Wednesday night in the studio of “Dancing West”, Tubbercurry. Classes from 8pm-11.30pm. A great way to socialise and exercise at the same time. We cover dances like Quick Step, Foxtrot, Slow Waltz. So if you want to learn some new steps or just practice, come along for a night of fun. For more information contact 0876674561

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best” by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24th February, Saturday 25th February, and Sunday night 26th February at 8pm nightly. This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool Card Game continues at 8.30pm each Monday evening in Cloonacool Community Centre. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.

Michael McGowan, Sligo & Leitrim South

The untimely death occurred of Michael McGowan, late of Cairn’s road, Sligo town, and originally from Leitrim South, Chaffpool. Aged 58, Michael was son of the late Michael and Bridgie McGowan, a well-known family throughout South Sligo. Michael was a past pupil of Banada Abbey Secondary school (1971-1976), and then went on to study Agriculture in University College Galway, from where he graduated with a degree in Agriculture. He subsequently took up employment with North Connacht Farmers Co-Op in the Feed Advisory Section, and continued over the last 35 years working with that Company as they transformed through Connacht Gold and laterally Aurivo. Through his work, Michael was very popular with the farming community and well respected by his peers. Michael was a very bubbly character who always loved to meet with old friends, and his love of Golf and Gaelic football kept him in contact with his friends. While resident in Sligo town, Michael’s heart was always in Chaffpool and South Sligo.

Michael’s remains reposed at the Foley & McGowan funeral home in Sligo where many hundreds called to pay their respects. Burial took place in Sligo Cemetery. Michael is survived by his loving wife Ann, son Brian, daughters, Laura and Chloe, sisters, Caroline and Mary, brothers, Patrick, John and Brendan, in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins, all to whom sympathy is extended. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 13th February

Phoenix Players Present “The Third Policeman”

If you live in Tubbercury or in the South Sligo area you will have heard the great news that the Phoenix Players Drama Group are back in full swing in preparation for the Drama Circuit.

On February 16th and 17th the group will be presenting the hilarious comedy, “The Third Policeman” in St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry. These will be the only home shows, as this year the Western Drama Festival are hosting the All Ireland Finals, and will not be hosting their own festival in March. Although the Phoenix Players are extremely hopeful of qualifying for the All Ireland’s in Tubbercurry in April, they would urge locals wishing to see this year’s show to come along on the 16th and 17th of February to avoid disappointment. The Group are also presenting ‘The Third Policeman’ in Kiltimagh on Wednesday 22nd Feb, and in the Factory, Sligo on March 1st and 2nd. This play has huge appeal and it is definitely suitable for all.

The Phoenix Players will compete at eight festivals, their director Peter Davey can be proud of the cast. The play cast includes: Shane Keyes, Padraic Neary, Shona O’Dowd, Claire McLoughlin, Francis Brennan, Mary T Mannion, Gerry Maye, Eamonn Gallagher, Grainne Brennan, Caroline McGowan, Alan Seery, Mark Dunne,

Peter said he is thrilled with the dedication of his hard working cast and crew. They are a talented team drawn from Tubbercurry and its rural environs. The play, setting, design and logistics are admirably supported by Caoimhe Gallagher, Derek Foy, Peter Molloy, Caitriona Coleman, Kieran Brennan and Martin Lynch.

Marie Keating information unit at St. Attracta’s CS

The Marie Keating mobile information unit will visit St Attracta’s CS on Feb 15th 2017, from 12 to 3pm. Nurse Marie Dempsey will be available to meet with parents and members of the community to give free healthy lifestyle advice and help on cancer prevention as part of their ‘Your Health Your Choice’ nationwide campaign.

Evening Classes at St. Attracta’s CS

CAD (Computer Aided Design) classes and Woodwork classes will commence on Tuesday Feb 28th and runs for 7 Tuesdays in total, from 7 to 9pm at St Attractas CS Tubbercurry. Cost €80 – beginners/improvers welcome.  Contact mroddy@stattractas.ie or ring 071 91 20814 to book a place.  Booking essential.

Calling all Farm Families – Free Farm Accounts Training

Sligo Leader Partnership Company in conjunction with IFAC accountants the leading specialists in farm accounts in the country are pleased to announced a four week training course for farm families in South Sligo. The objective of the course is to present an overview of preparing annual farm accounts and how families can cut this cost by putting in place simple accounting and filing techniques.

This is an exciting new venture for both companies and farm families are encouraged to support the course and empower themselves in controlling and managing their finances. The course is starting on Thursday 16th of February at 8.00pm in OX Mountain Heritage Centre beside Joe Dan’s pub. To book a place or receive further information call Sligo Leader on 071 9141138 the course is being delivered under the national SICAP Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

Road Upgrade

Work has been on-going over the last 2 weeks on improving the link road between Upper Teeling Street and the Circular Road near Coen’s Service Station. This has always been a well-used but narrow street, but will look a lot better when works are completed. A footpath is being laid and proper fencing erected. Safety will also be significantly improved. Well done to local Engineer David Goulden and his team on securing funding for this long overdue project.

Valentine’s night with a difference!

Come join our Wine Tasting group in Murphy’s Hotel, Tubbercurry on Tuesday the 14th of February at 8.30pm.  Enjoy a Valentine night with a difference, a goods night crack is promised with some lovely wines to taste.  New and old members always welcome.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best” by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24th February, Saturday 25th February, and Sunday 26th February at 8pm nightly. This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

Three Thursday’s: Book & Wine Series

Stephen Doyle, Cloonacool is to speak at the Hawk’s Well Theatre.  He is February’s special guest at the popular Three Thursdays Book & Wine series.

Hosted by ardent book reader Vanessa Job in a friendly, informal and open atmosphere, the invited guests share their passion for a favourite book.  The guest on Thursday 16th February is Stephen Doyle, who will share the comic classic ‘Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)’ by Jerome K Jerome.

Bernard Daly wine expert will present a wine that compliments the writing.  The events are designed to whet the appetite and deepen your enjoyment of reading.  For further information please visit www.hawkswell.com or call 071 9161518.

Weekly News - 6th February

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are delighted to announce upcoming dates for their 3 Act Play ‘The Third Policeman’, which they will be bringing to theatre audiences on this year’s Festival Circuit in various locations nationally throughout March.  The Third Policeman is based on the book of the same name by legendary writer Flan O’Brien:- it tells the story of one man’s seemingly endless search for the black box, and the strange and wonderful places and characters he encounters on his journey. This play includes moments of hilarious comedy, but equally touches on darker moments with a sense of hopelessness present. The cast includes Alan Seery in his debut for the Phoenix Players as well as seasoned actors Padraic Neary, Eamonn Gallagher, Gerry Maye, Mary T Mannion and Gráinne Brennan. Also taking to the stage are Shona O’Dowd, Shane Keyes, Francis Brennan, Mark Dunne and Claire McLoughlin. Director is the ever competent Peter Davey and he has recruited an all-star backstage crew in the form of Caoimhe Gallagher, Derek Foye, John James Maye, Peter Molloy, Caitriona Coleman, Caroline Mc Gowan and Martin Lynch.

On February 16th and 17th the group will be presenting the show in St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry and these will be the only home shows, as this year the Western Drama Festival are hosting the All Ireland Finals, and will not be hosting their own festival in March. Although the Phoenix Players are extremely hopeful of qualifying for the All Ireland’s in Tubbercurry in April, they would urge locals wishing to see this year’s show to come along on the 16th and 17th of February to avoid disappointment. The Group are also presenting ‘The Third Policeman’ in Kiltimagh on Wednesday 22nd Feb, and in the Factory, Sligo on March 1st and 2nd.

Holy Family N.S. Open Day

Holy Family NS are having an Open Day on Friday February 10th from 1.20 to 2.45. On the day the school will be open to local parents to come and see some of the things that are going on in our school. You will get a chance to hear some music, watch children learn in the infant classes, observe IPads in action and have a tour of our school.

Enrolment forms for the school year 2016-2017 will be available on the day. They are also available through the school office. Please contact Fiona at 0719186291 for an application form.

North Connaught College

North Connaught College in Tubbercurry is hosting an ‘Into Employment Week’ from the 6th to the 10th February.  Guest speakers, from industry, Universities, Institutes of Technologies and employers will give presentations throughout the week in careers such as administration, beauty therapy, child care, community development, healthcare, hospitality, nursing, and security.

Members of the public who are interested in learning more about how to apply for jobs, access courses to higher education or who want to brush up on their interview skills, are welcome to attend the sessions.  Please contact the college for times of sessions 071-9185035

Road Upgrade

Work has been on-going over the last 2 weeks on improving the link road between Upper Teeling Street and the Circular Road near Coen’s Service Station. This has always been a well-used but narrow street, but will look a lot better when works are completed. A footpath is being laid and proper fencing erected. Safety will also be significantly improved. Well done to local Engineer David Goulden and his team on securing funding for this long overdue project.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best” by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24th February, Saturday 25th February, and Sunday night 26th February at 8pm nightly. This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

Lisa Niland, Drimbane

The South Sligo Community was shaken recently with the news of the sudden death on January 20th of 19 years old Lisa Niland from Drimbane, Curry. Her sudden death at such a young age is a reminder to all age groups of the fragility of life.

Lisa was a past pupil of St. Attracta’s Community School in Tubbercurry and had a wide circle of close friends from all over South Sligo. She was attending College in Limerick. Her remains reposed at St. Threase’s Funeral Home, Curry, where large crowds of friends and neighbours of Lisa and her parents called to pay their respects.

Lisa is survived by her parents Angela and Gerry, sister Amy, grandparents, granduncles, grandaunts, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbours and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest gently in Peace.

Patricia Geraghty, Mountain View

The sudden death occurred at her residence of Patricia (Trisha) Geraghty, late of Mountain View, Tubbercurry. Aged 35, Patricia was a well-known and friendly girl who had many good friends locally.

Her remains reposed at Coen’s Funeral Home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Patricia is survived by her son Daniel, father Kevin, sisters Mary-Jo, Claire and Tracey, brothers Kevin, Jason, Paul and Tommy, nephew and nieces, cousins, neighbours and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

Nora Teresa Brennan

The recent death occurred of Nora Teresa Brennan, late of Pearse Road, Sligo, but originally from Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry. Aged 84, Nora Teresa stayed very much in contact with her family and relations around Tubbercurry, and was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry at weekends while working in Sligo. She worked for many years in the Finance and Planning Sections of Sligo Co. Council up until her retirement. Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Rhue Cementery.

Nora is survived by her sister Nellie McIntyre, Drimina, brother Tommy, nephews, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 30th January

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are delighted to announce upcoming dates for their 3 Act Play ‘The Third Policeman’, which they will be brining to theatre audiences on this year’s Festival Circuit in various locations nationally throughout March.  The Third Policeman is based on the book of the same name by legendary writer Flan O’Brien:- it tells the story of one man’s seemingly endless search for the black box, and the strange and wonderful places and characters he encounters on his journey. This play includes moments of hilarious comedy, but equally touches on darker moments with a sense of hopelessness present. The cast includes Alan Seery in his debut for the Phoenix Players as well as seasoned actors Padraic Neary, Eamonn Gallagher, Gerry Maye, Mary T Mannion and Gráinne Brennan. Also taking to the stage are Shona O’Dowd, Shane Keyes, Francis Brennan, Mark Dunne and Claire McLoughlin. Director is the ever competent Peter Davey and he has recruited an all-star backstage crew in the form of Caoimhe Gallagher, Derek Foye, John James Maye, Peter Molloy, Caitriona Coleman, Caroline Mc Gowan and Martin Lynch.

On February 16th and 17th the group will be presenting the show in St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry and these will be the only home shows, as this year the Western Drama Festival are hosting the All Ireland Finals, and will not be hosting their own festival in March. Although the Phoenix Players are extremely hopeful of qualifying for the All Ireland’s in Tubbercurry in April, they would urge locals wishing to see this year’s show to come along on the 16th and 17th of February to avoid disappointment. The Group are also presenting ‘The Third Policeman’ in Kiltimagh on Wednesday 22nd Feb, and in the Factory, Sligo on March 1st and 2nd.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

Meetings will continue to be held at the Health Centre at 3 pm.    A programme is being prepared which will include informative talks, craft workshops, cookery, flower arranging, card games, listening to music and more.  Bowling, curling, and exercises in Teach Laighne will resume on February 6th. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on January 31st.   We are always happy to welcome new members so do come along and join in the fun!

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best” by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24th February, Saturday 25th February, and Sunday night 26th February at 8pm nightly. This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

With an excellent crew keeping stage and background dramatic works operating smoothly including Sean Calvey, Maurice Conboy, Benny Henry, Sean Johnston, Eoghan Ross, Fergal Conway, Adrian McIntyre, Agnes Durkin, Karen McKim, Eileen Kirrane, Sinead Davitt, Anne Marie Hegarty, Evelyn Towey, and Philomena Marren with others coming on board as we near our performance dates.

Mark the dates in your Diary. One not to be missed!

Congratulations

Congratulations are extended to Catherine and Tómas Toolan, Lisalough, Coolaney on the birth of their Baby Boy, a brother for Sarah and Amy. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Marian and Tom Toolan and Martin and Mary Brennan Carrane, Tubbercurry. Baby and grandparents are doing well. Catherine works as an optician locally in Tubbercurry.

Teresa McCarrick, Carnaleck, Cloonacool

The recent death occurred of Teresa McCarrick, late of Carnaleck, Cloonacool. Aged 84, Teresa was a native of Cloonfad, Co. Roscommon and met her husband Pat when working in England in the early 1950’s. After their 3 children were born in England, they moved back to Pat’s home place at Carnaleck in 1963 where Pat took up employment with the budding North Connacht Farmers Co-Op as a driver, and Teresa concentrated on rearing their young family, Martin, Christina and Tony. Education and sport was fostered by Teresa in the children and in due course they all excelled in these aspects, a thing Teresa was very proud of throughout her life. Teresa’s husband Pat died about 20 years ago, but Teresa continued working at various jobs and took a great interest in her grandchildren as they came along. She loved entertaining them at her home at the foot of the Ox Mountains, a memory they will all hold dearly throughout their lives.

Teresa’s remains reposed at her home in Carnaleck prior to removal to St. Michael’s Church Cloonacool, and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter Christina, sons Martin and Tony, son and daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, in-laws nephews, nieces and many friends.

May she rest gently in Peace.

Mick Maher, Lavagh

The recent death occurred of Mick Maher formerly of Cloondrihara, Lavagh. Aged 95, Michael or Mick as he was affectionately known was a character of note. Born at Cashel South, Tubbercurry, he moved as a boy to live with an Uncle living in Cloondrihara following the death of his father, and he lived at Cloondrihara, Lavagh for the next 75 years. He took over the Uncles farm in due course and continued farming in the same style as the previous generations. As a youth he became involved with Mullinabreena GAA Club and proudly represented that club for many years in the 1940’s and 50’s. Not a man of big physical stature, his lack of physique fooled many of his opponents, and he was in time considered a “hard man”, and one of the toughest on the team. Mick also enjoyed a social life and in the decades of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, the Fair Day in Tubbercurry rarely took place without Mick being in attendance, either selling or buying. That part of Co. Sligo, lying between Knocknashee Hill and the Ox Mountains had more than its share of characters like Mick Maher, and many a story of those characters still circulate in the community. On retiring from his farming activities at the age of 80, Mick moved from the isolation of his home at Cloondrihara and took up residence at Charlestown from where he could commute and keep in touch with family and friends. He remained in good health until shortly before his death.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Mick is survived by his sister Mary Tuffy, Enniscrone, sister in law, Mary Maher, Cashel, and many nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

May he rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News - 23rd January

Irish Music Night

A traditional Irish music night has been organised for Sunday 29th January at 8pm in Moylough Heritage Centre featuring local musicians, Fr. James McDonagh and Harry McGowan, Colm O’Donnell and Kieran Lundy. Tickets priced at €10. All proceeds go directly to UCDVO Uganda Kisiizi Project. This event is being organised by Aine Durkin of Cashel who in 2015 spent 4 weeks living and working as a student nurse in Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda. Aine is returning to Uganda as a qualified paediatric and general nurse to continue to help and develop the work already started back in 2015.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

For the next two months or so meetings will be held in the Health Centre at 3 pm.    A programme is being prepared which will include informative talks, craft workshops, cookery, flower arranging, card games, listening to music and more.  Bowling, curling, and exercises in Teach Laighne will resume on February 6th.   The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Wednesday 18th at 3.30 pm. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on January 31st.   We are always happy to welcome new members so do come along and join in the fun!

Comedy on Stage in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry

Tommy Marrens Play, ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’ a rip roaring comedy will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday January 26th at 8pm. Tickets are available from the following outlets: Killorans, Tubbercurry 071 9185679, Gillespies Menswear and Sport, Tubbercurry, Margaret Kennedy’s Shop, Tubbercurry and The Bargain Box Charlestown.

Tommy has kindly donated the proceeds of this production to assist in the cost of running the Confined All Ireland Drama Festival Finals which takes place in Tubbercurry between 21st – 29th April 2017.

Congratulations

Congratulations are extended to Catherine and Tómós Toolan, Lisalourt, Coolaney on the birth of their Baby Boy, a brother for Sarah and Amy. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Marian and Tom Toolan and Martin and Mary Brennan (Carrane).

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best” by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24th February, Saturday 25th February, and Sunday night 26th February at 8pm nightly. This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh and assistant director Maria Casey, this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

With an excellent crew keeping stage and background dramatic works operating smoothly including Sean Calvey, Maurice Conboy, Benny Henry, Sean Johnston, Eoghan Ross, Fergal Conway, Adrian McIntyre, Agnes Durkin, Karen McKim, Eileen Kirrane, Sinead Davitt, Anne Marie Hegarty, Evelyn Towey, and Philomena Marren with others coming on board as we near out performance dates.

Mark the dates in your Diary. One not to be missed!

Tubbercurry 1996 DVD

The TUBBERCURRY 1996 DVD is now available in Surlis’s Supervalu, John Gillespie’s and Killorans Traditional Restaurant. Priced at €15. All proceeds are in aid of Gallagher House.

Matt Kennedy, Curry

The recent unexpected death occurred of Matt Kennedy Snr, late of Curry South, Curry. In his 95th year, Matt was a well-known and popular man in the Curry and South Sligo area where he farmed on his lands at Curry and Tourlestrane over many decades. He still had an interest in the farm stock up to his death. Matt was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry to do his domestic and farm shopping, and always had time to stand and chat to friends and acquaintances. Indeed, he had attended Church over the Christmas period and enjoyed his chats with neighbours and friends.

His remains reposed at his home in Curry South prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Curry. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Matt is survived by his wife Annie, sons Christy and Matthew, daughters Carmel and Annmarie, brother Liam, sons and daughters in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he Rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry & South Sligo hosted Enterprise Town in 2016

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Bank of Ireland hosted #Tubbercurry #SouthSligo Enterprise Town was held in November last.
Enterprise Town was a community event which gave businesses, clubs and societies in Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas an opportunity to showcase (for free) all they have to offer and what makes this area such a great location to do business, socialise and live in.

This free event was open to the entire community.

Weekly News - 16th January

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

Meetings and activities will resume on Tuesday 17th January.   For the next two months or so meetings will be held in the Health Centre at 3 pm.    A programme is being prepared which will include informative talks, craft workshops, cookery, flower arranging, card games, listening to music and more.  Bowling, curling, and exercises in Teach Laighne will resume on February 6th.   The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Wednesday 18th at 3.30 pm. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on January 31st.   We are always happy to welcome new members so do come along and join in the fun!

Comedy on Stage in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry

Tommy Marrens Play, ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’ a rip roaring comedy will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday January 26th at 8pm. Tickets are available from the following outlets: Killorans, Tubbercurry 071 9185679, Gillespies Menswear and Sport, Tubbercurry, Margaret Kennedy’s Shop, Tubbercurry and The Bargain Box Charlestown.

Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Community Games

Due to changes in the national event schedule in 2017, community games forms will be given to pupils in local schools next week. Forms and fee to be returned to the school by Friday 20th January. €5 per individual/€10 family. Thank you

Cloonacool Players update 2017

Cloonacool Players are staging the hilarious comedy ‘Mother Knows Best’ by playwright Jimmy Keary over three nights in Cloonacool Community Centre, Cloonacool, Co Sligo on Friday 24 February, Saturday 25 February, and Sunday night 26 February at 8pm nightly.

This comedy sees the return to stage, in various side splitting roles, well-known actors as Peadar Conway, John McIntyre, Geraldine Lundy, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre, Brid Calvey, Mary Keane, and Mary Kathleen Johnston. We welcome new members Lisa Maloney and Liam Kavanagh who add their acting skills and fun to the show. Under the direction of Sean Walsh this is a show that will brighten your day and send you home laughing.

With an excellent crew keeping stage and background dramatic works operating smoothly including Sean Calvey, Maurice Conboy, Benny Henry, Sean Johnston, Eoghan Ross, Fergal Conway, Adrian McIntyre, Agnes Durkin, Karen McKim, Eileen Kirrane, Sinead Davitt, Anne Marie Hegarty, Evelyn Towey, and Philomena Marren with others coming on board as we near our performance dates.

Mark the dates in your Diary. One not to be missed!

Tubbercurry 1996 DVD

The TUBBERCURRY 1996 DVD is now available in Surlis’s Supervalu, John Gillespie’s and Killorans Traditional Restaurant. Priced at €15. All proceeds are in aid of Gallagher House.

Mick Duffy – Chaffpool

The peaceful death occurred in mid-December of Michael (Mick) Duffy, late of Chaffpool, Tubbercurry. In his 99th year, Mick was active until a few short months before his death. An avid 25 card player, Mick played in all the local card games held around South Sligo, and only last year won a major tournament held in Killorans, Tubbercurry. Indeed, Mick was even enquiring about and thinking of cutting a bank of turf for his own use in future years, such was his intention of living for many more years to come. During his working life, Mick farmed at Achonry along with his late wife Winnie and also worked for many years in Achonry Creamery. He had a great interest in all local happenings throughout his life until the end.

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, and removal took place to the Church of St. Nathy and Brigid, Achonry. Burial took place in Achonry Cemetery. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends who will miss him at the card games. May he Rest in Peace

Jackie Gallagher – Carrowreagh Cooper

The peaceful death occurred at the end of December of Jackie Gallagher, late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry. In his mid-70’s, Jackie had been ill for a number of years prior to his death, but bore his illness with great dignity. A native of Cleen, Dromahair, Jackie moved to the Tubbercurry area in the early 1970’s when, working from the A.I. station at Rathscanlon, and as his work developed, he got to know all the farmers and wider community throughout South Sligo. He was a keen pitch and putt player in the years prior to Tubbercurry Golf Club opening, and was then a very good golfer in the early years at Tubbercurry Golf Club. After retiring from the A.I. work, Jackie spent about 10 years in the security department of Grady Joinery in Charlestown prior to him getting ill and fully retiring.

His remains reposed at his home prior to removal to St. Patricks Church, Moylough, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Pre-deceased by his son Aidan, Jackie is survived by his wife Maureen, sons Declan and Shane, daughters Helen, Mary, Joan and Ciara, Brother Michael, Sister Eileen, grandchildren, in-laws and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he Rest in Peace.

Nora Corr (nee Gormanley) deceased

The sudden death took place on Wednesday 21st of December of Mrs Nora Corr (nee Gormanley,) aged 82 in Stirling Scotland.  Nora was a native of the Dohern area of Chaffpool and had left the area more than 40 years ago.  Predeceased by her husband Charles and two daughters Margaret and Rosaleen, Sisters and half-brothers. She is survived by her Children Carmel, Bridget, Eileen and John Francis. Brothers, Nieces and nephew, Grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. May she Rest in perfect Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

South Sligo Summer School 2017

South Sligo Summer School will be held 9th – 15th July 2017 already preparations are beginning to make this years Summer School bigger & better.

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Established in 1987, the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is held annually in Tubbercurry during the second week in July. The official opening takes place on the evening of the second Sunday in July and there follows a packed programme of formal & informal events for the week, including masterclasses, a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.

A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid’s Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors.

Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.

The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay.

Irish Music Classes – Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tinwhistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhran. Workshops in sean nos singing, lilting and traditional singing are extremely popular.

Irish Dance Classes and Ceilis – Set and sean nos dancing workshops are held each morning and afternoon respectively.  Nightly ceilis with different bands every night and Irish Music Recitals.

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Weekly News - 9th January

Annual St. Stephens Day charity run

The Annual St. Stephens Day 5k Charity run in aid of SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust) was once again a huge success with the people of South Sligo coming out in their droves to support the event. Over 300 people took to the road, walkers, runners, buggy’s, all very much in the festive spirit with Santa suits, elves outfits very much on display. Top prizes were given to the best Christmas jumper or fancy dress. The Treacey family took the prizes for Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and little Elf.

Winners of the 5k run were: 1st Male: Tristan McCarrick Druet, 1st Female: Mari Carty, 1st Male Junior: Aidan Durcan and 1st Female Junior Maeve Gallagher. South Sligo A.C wishes to thank everybody who supported and helped out on the day. Everybody is looking forward to next year already!!…………

South Sligo AC

South Sligo AC are delighted to announce the launch of our Couch to 5K beginners running programme. Registration will take place in St. Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on Thursday 12th of January from 7-8 pm and will commence on Sunday 15th January. Registration fee of €50 which includes membership to South Sligo Athletics Club, registration with Athletics Ireland, two training sessions per week and also free entry to our St. Patrick’s Day 5K race. The programme will last 8 weeks and will take place every Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm, meeting in the library carpark.

Tubbercurry 1996 DVD

The TUBBERCURRY 1996 DVD is now available in Surlis’s Supervalu, John Gillespie’s and Killorans Traditional Restaurant. Priced at €15. All proceeds are in aid of Gallagher House.

Cloonacool Players

The Cloonacool Players will be taking to the boards in the New Year with Jimmy Keary’s hilarious comedy “Mother Knows Best”. Watch this space for more details.

Nora Corr (nee Gormanley) deceased

The sudden death took place on Wednesday 21st of December of Mrs Nora Corr (nee Gormanley,) aged 82 in Stirling Scotland.  Nora was a native of the Dohern area of Chaffpool and had left the area more than 40 years ago.  Predeceased by her husband Charles and two daughters Margaret and Rosaleen, Sisters and half-brothers. She is survived by her Children Carmel, Bridget, Eileen and John Francis. Brothers, Nieces and nephew, Grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. May she rest in perfect peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net