A wonderful thing happened in my little town last week. The Phoenix Players drama group in Tubbercurry, undertook presentation of probably the greatest musical ever written; “the Sound of Music”. This was a totally home grown product; the cast, all 90 of them, from stars to cameo, are local; relatives, friends, neighbours ranging in age from 6 to 86; people known, loved and cherished within the community which is immensely proud of the achievement. There were at least 50 other individuals involved; backstage, front of house and undertaking the innumerable tasks needed to present such an enormous show. And the wonderful thing, the incredible thing, the thing that will not be forgotten as long as the youngest participants survive, is that the show presented for 7 nights to absolutely packed houses, was an enormous success. The sets, although miniscule in comparison, the costumes, the lighting, the effects and especially the singing and acting were not what the cynical might expected from a small rural town. They were akin to and in many instances surpassed what might be seen on professional stages in Dublin, London or even Broadway itself. This may appear preposterous exaggeration, but for the people of Tubbercurry, it is one of the great and most uplifting truths of 2019.
Tubbercurry, once a hive of Industry where seeds of technology and smart economics first sprouted in Ireland, has suffered substantially in recent years with loss of almost 200 jobs. The apparently forgotten town is located on a section of the N17 roadway, which, apart from surface renewal, signage and some realignment, has not been upgraded in living memory. Yet this glorified “cart-track”, for that is what it was constructed as, is regarded as a national highway with a 100 kilometres speed limit although its width in many places is criminally inadequate for vehicular traffic never mind ability to accommodate cycling or walking. It was reported some time ago that EU funds to upgrade this section of substandard road were allow be diverted to other projects by the present leadership of our country. To add to feeling of abandonment, the people of Tubbercurry and district can no longer drink water from their taps and must look to an indefinite future of purchasing bottled water, on which incidentally, they pay 23% Value Added Tax. And nobody in governance and officialdom appears to give a damn.
This forsaken town however, has the ability, the talent, the community spirit to produce one of the finest amateur shows ever seen on an Irish Stage. It indicates what small towns faced with grave insecurity and creeping decay can do when a sense of community, cooperation and preparedness to use their finest talents in the interests of the common good, comes to the fore. In this age of rampant individualism, which appears in danger of corroding the very core of community, it is gratifying to find an event which bucks the trend and solidifies cohesion and self-belief in the knowledge that given viable scripts, they can provide leadership, activists and the will to achieve anything. Such spirit in this age of phenomenal change, is what will save rural Ireland and vulnerable communities all over the world. As yet however, nobody appears to have written a viable script, which is where government should urgently concentrate its energies.
In the meantime to all who participated and attended, I say well done; you have excelled in your efforts and left a joyous sound of music ringing through the hearts of Tubbercurry. You will long be remembered with great affection and pride. You provide a resounding encouragement to many small communities unsure of themselves, that the apparently unachievable can be achieved and that dreams of security, prosperity and a better life can be realized by those who work together and selflessly express their substantial talents in the common good.
I am immensely proud of my place and the people in it. Congratulations to all concerned.
The new Sewage Treatment Plant at Rathscanlon on the Ballina Road has been under construction over the last 12 months, and its completion is now near at hand. The last phase of the project is the laying of a new pipeline along the Ballina road out to the River Moy at Annagh to carry the treated water to discharge into the Moy at Annagh. These works are just commencing and will take several months to complete. This will cause considerable delay to traffic using the road and it will be inconvenient to residents of the road. However, it is to facilitate a badly needed new facility for the town, so patience and understanding is required. Hopefully, a traffic management plan will be put in place to facilitate minimum disruption.
Meanwhile, the N17 road works continue on the Tubbertelly – Achonry stretch and the frustration of regular road users at this location is audible regularly around the town due to long traffic delays.
The local elections posters are beginning to appear around South Sligo, and it is great to see a good selection of new candidates putting their names forward for election. New names around so far include, Romauld Mullarkey, Barry Gallagher and Martin Connolly. Other new names are likely to appear in the coming weeks as well as many of the sitting Councillors, most of whom do a great job representing their constituents.
Sitting Councillor, Gerry Lundy will not be going forward this time, and he is wished well in his retirement.
It will be interesting to challenge the candidates on their canvas. Many of them are involved in community activities already, and they are all wished well in their campaigns.
The Sound of Music
The town of Tubbercurry, and the entire South Sligo area was alive to the sound of music over the last 2 weeks as the Phoenix Players presented the musical extravaganza “The Sound of Music”. Producer, Tom Walsh recruited a cast of approx 100 people ranging in age from 6 – 85 years old, and they all played their part to full houses in St. Brigid’s Hall on 7 different nights. The show was truly wonderful and generated standing ovations at the end of each show. The costume array and colour was like something from London’s West End, while the live band that played just in front of the stage generated an electric atmosphere. Everybody involved should be very proud of their achievements as should the parents of the many wonderful children involved.
For a small South Sligo community to produce such an event is truly a testimony to the wonderful talent of acting and singing that is all around.
Rumour has it that after the cast take a well deserved rest, they may tour Ireland with the show!! Further details later!
Pat Brennan, Tubbercurry
The recent death occurred of Pat Brennan at Bailey’s Nursing Home. Pat was a resident at Bailey’s Nursing Home over the past 16 years as he was struck as a young man with Multiple Sclerosis. He was formerly resident in Mountain View, Tubbercurry.
Aged 70, Pat worked all his working life in the Basta Factory until illness shortened his working life. In his youth, Pat was a fine soccer player and was a regular with Real Tubber during his playing career.
Pat always had a smile on his face and even in later years when MS limited his activities, he still managed to smile and never complained.
His remains reposed at the house of his daughter Caroline, where old friends called to pay their last respects. He was removed to the Church of St. John Evangelist for funeral mass, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.
Pat is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Caroline, sons Martin and Gerard, sisters, in-laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.
North Connaught College
Thank you to everybody who showed their support on Wednesday evening last at the Employer Acknowledgement event hosted by North Connaught Student Council. The event was a wonderful opportunity to thank Employers/ and the Tubbercurry Community who take our students on Work Experience and prepare them for Work.
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a 2 day Easter Fun Camp on 23rd and 24th April, from 10am till 2pm each day. Cost €30 per child. Limited places. All enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 0719181920
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 26th September – 3rd October, 2019, led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Tim Flynn. Flights from Dublin with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price.
For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or mobile 087-1873703
Memorial Tractor Run
JJ McHugh Memorial tractor run in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place on Easter Monday 22nd April from Julians of Midfield, Swinford. Registration at 1pm. Run starting at 2pm sharp. All types of tractors, vintage vehicles & trucks welcome. Refreshments after event with music by Eunice Moran. Entry fee €20. Contact Mary on 0857477678 or Jarlath on 0864045133. Your support would be appreciated.
Following his debut to Tubbercurry which was a huge success, Killorans Bar and Restaurant, are delighted to announce the return visit of Matthew O’Donnell and his band to Tubbercurry on Friday night 3rd May for what promises to be a great night of music and dancing. If you’re looking for a good “knees up” and love to dance the night away, put the date in your diary. A great night once again is guaranteed.
Banada Abbey Bingo
Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp. Jackpot, €1,100 + on 45 calls or less. All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.
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.
Cloonacool Card Game
The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 pm starting from last week
Clothes Bag Collection
A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Mens Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe. More details later.
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Wild Atlantic Way Spring campaign kicks-off for a 4 week intense media burst (Radio/TV) with Digital/PR extension into May
The campaign works to counter seasonality and regionality by inspiring growth of the domestic market along the route with an emphasis north of Galway. All activity is delivered through motivating and impactful content anchored in the creative platform ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’ and working to build and strengthen existing audience awareness.
From: Denise Mc Dermott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Table Tennis Coaching Course
I am contacting you regarding an upcoming Introductory Table Tennis Coaching Course. Two if these courses will be delivered by Jing Yi from Table Tennis Ireland in 2 locations in Sligo. The first course will be held in Sligo Grammar School from 6-9pm on Friday the 12th of April and the second course will be held in Bunninadden Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday the 13th of April from 10-1pm. The course is just 3 hours in total and will involve the basics of Table Tennis such as the rules, how to hold the bat properly, the scoring system and overall how to coach Table Tennis at a basic level. You do not need to be an excellent Table Tennis player yourself to complete the course.
This course is targeted at teachers, community people, parents, Table Tennis players etc. with the aim of increasing participation levels in Table Tennis and maybe starting up some Table Tennis clubs/social groups etc. in Sligo. The course is available to anyone 16 years and over.
The course is subsidised to €20 and there are limited places available.
To book your place please complete the Table Tennis Coaching Course Application Form which is available on the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership website and return with the fee to the specified address.
For more information please contact Denise at email@example.com or on 071 91 61511.
Denise Mc Dermott
Sports Development Officer
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership
Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB
Tele: 071 91 61511
The nuns of Nonnberg Abbey at prayer yesterday evening in St Brigids.