Newsletters

The Tubber Times is a monthly newsletter published by the Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce. It promotes local businesses in our members corner, collates news and events from the chamber in addition to bringing us the latest information from local business in Tubbercurry and South Sligo. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please get in touch.

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 15/06/2019

33rd South Sligo Summer School

The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

DRIMINA N.S.

Drimina N.S. will be having a 5 KM Run/Walk on Sunday 23rd June. Registration 10am – 11.30 race at 12 sharp.  Entrance fee €20 for a family, €10 for adults and €5 for under 18s. Refreshments served in the school hall afterwards. 

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.

Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.

Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.  

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12th August 2019.

The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

Community Mill Café, Cloonacool

All profits from the Mill Cafe, Cloonacool, taken on Saturday June 22nd will be donated to Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.  Another good reason to come and enjoy the new community Cafe. Please support. 

Kempton Male Voice Choir

The Kempton male voice choir from the Diocese of Augsburg Germany will perform in St Patricks Church Moylough on Friday 28th June starting at 7pm. It is hoped that a large congregation will turn up to greet the visiting singers as this is a major honour for the community. Tickets cost €10 and will go on sale and can be booked by contacting 0868806482.  Light refreshments will be served in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre afterwards. This event will be part funded by the community and voluntary grant scheme funded by Sligo Co. Co and proceeds will be donated to nominated charities.

NORTH WEST SIMON – Dip at Dawn

Dip at Dawn in aid of NW Simon Community on Fri 21st June at 5.00am at Rosses Point beside Sligo Yacht Club.  Registration €20 online at Eventbrite/ Dip at Dawn or contact 087 7708865. There will be a short Yoga session to start, then the Dip led by Sligo Rose of Tralee Julie Patterson followed by tea/coffee at Yacht club –  this is a Dip Not a swim – Sign up today. 

Labhair Gaeilge Linn

A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits. 

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

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.

North West Hospice

North West Hospice would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and energy throughout Sligo, Leitrim and Bundoran for our annual Sunflower Days.  A massive thank you also to everybody who donated so generously to our collections on our Sunflower Days, which took place from 6th-8th June. All funds raised during Sunflower Days are used to run the much needed service. North West Hospice appreciates your continued 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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 10/06/2019

Sligo Greenway Co-Op AGM

The AGM of Sligo Greenway Co-op takes place in the Yeats County Inn,  Curry on Wednesday 12th June at 9.30pm. All shareholders and interested parties are invited to attend

 Parish Lunch

On Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) in The Coach House, Rathbarron.  Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds.  The lunch will have 4 sittings: 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Adults €15, Under 12’s €10.  To book contact Deb on 071 9189680 between 6pm – 10pm.

 Launch of ‘Moylough 1997’ in Moylough Heritage Centre

On Friday night 14th June a DVD titled “Moylough 1997” will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre at 8.30pm. The DVD will feature various activities recorded during the year 1997.  Proceeds will go towards Áine Durkin’s Hospital in Uganda Fund.  In July, Áine, who hails from Cashel will be travelling to Uganda as part of the UCD overseas volunteer group who will provide much needed training support, education and treatment to the patients of Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  It will be a 4 week programme focusing on student engagement in development raising awareness of disabilities and education of nursing staff around malnutrition guidelines.  The group will consist of Physiotherapy Nursing and Dietetic Students and professionals to build on previous years projects.  Áine will be present on the night to talk about her project in Uganda and the evening will also include a slideshow of recent photographs taken by Brian Cahill.  Please support and all are welcome.

 Holy Family NS have been awarded their 6th Discover Primary Science and Maths award for activities ongoing in the school. The project showed work that the children and teachers have undertaken in Science and Maths during the school year. The project also shows our  special activities – Farmyard in the Classroom, Erasmus Cool Science Project with our European Partner schools, our Junior Entrepreneur Project called Wholly Soap, our planting pilot project call Grow in School. The project also showed some of the cookery classes our senior pupils have undertaken with Ms Regan and also the ICT work that is undertaken using our  IPads, our BeeBots and Izak9.   We are delighted to have achieved this award and are working towards our 10th Plaque.

 Liam takes Gold.
Liam Gardiner-Forkan took gold at the U-8 Boys Art Competition in the ALDI National Community Games Finals in UL on 25th May.  His picture focussed on a choir scene, which is one of the categories of competition at the Community Games.  Liam had three hours to draw the piece from scratch at the finals.  He proudly represented both Tubbercurry and County Sligo, where he lives with his parents Deirdre Gardiner (Ballina) and Cormac Forkan (Tooreen).  Congratulations and well done Liam.

REAL TUBBER AGM

Real Tubber AGM takes place on 17th June, 2019 at 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry.

All welcome to attend.

 

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12th August 2019.

The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

NORTH WEST SIMON – Dip at Dawn

Dip at Dawn in aid of NW Simon Community on Fri 21st June at 5.00am at Rosses Point beside Sligo Yacht Club.  Registration €20 online at Eventbrite/ Dip at Dawn or contact 087 7708865. There will be a short Yoga session to start, then the Dip led by Sligo Rose of Tralee Julie Patterson followed by tea/coffee at Yacht club –  this is a Dip Not a swim – Sign up today.

 Blood Donation Clinic

Next blood donation clinic takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 18th June, 2019 from 5pm – 8.30pm  – giveblood.ie – you get more than you give Locall 1850 731 137

33rd South Sligo Summer School

It’s that time of year again and Music week is just under eight weeks away.  The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Labhair Gaeilge Linn

A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

The local Active Retirement members have now organised their May/June programme, the highlights of which will be our participation in the annual Bealtaine celebrations organised each May by ARA groups countrywide and our Annual Week’s Holiday in June which is this year being arranged for a tour of the Northern Ireland coasts.

 

The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for May and June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

 Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Pre-Summer Pick Me Up for Parents

While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level  it’s difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-Summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise. Facilitated by a seasoned and ‘surviving’ Mum to 4 children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday 4th June @ 10.00am. To book a place contact the FRC on 0719186926.

 Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

 Prioritising Parents Self-Care

Being a parent can bring with it a lot of joy but also means life becomes very busy and at times over whelming. The FRC will be hosting a free 1.5 hour workshop on looking after ourselves as parents in terms of our mental wellbeing and ability to cope with life’s challenges. The workshop will be open to all parents, guardians, carers and foster parents. Keep an eye on our facebook page @tubberfrc for updates on this event.

Achonry / Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group – Lupins for Sale €2 per pot.

Ring 087 6235468 or contact Facebook page.

 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

 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.

 Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th June, beside Joe Dan’s Pub, Music by Medicine Bow, Dancing from 10-12, Admission €10.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Weekly News June 1st

The Annual General Meeting Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association took place last week with a good attendance. Outgoing President Geraldine Brennan commented on a successful year in terms of slowly progressing & improving the local community amenities such as the Forest Walk, Playground and the Community Park on the Mountain Road. She also referred to the Smart Town Status of Tubbercurry and the Conference that was recently hosted in relation to the growing trend of Remote working. A special tribute was paid to the late Councillor Margaret Gormley from Bunninadden who passed away recently. Margaret was a great friend and supporter of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association and she worked tirelessly to promote the town and wider community.

In coming President Roger McCarrick praised Geraldine Brennan for her work and dedication over the last few years, all of which is done on a voluntary basis. Mr. McCarrick stated his aims for the next few years included getting a number of Community Projects ‘Shovel Ready’ which are ready to start when Government funding is available, and to get the younger adult generation of the community more involved in the activities of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association. As the name implies, the Chamber promotes business and general community activities and needs a wide base of members and helpers. Treasurer for this year is again Shane Mulkeen. Membership for business’s and community groups is due now and full info can be got from Shane Mulkeen, Geraldine Brennan or Roger McCarrick.

Kevin Donoghue, Doocastle Congratulations are extended to Doocastle native Kevin Donoghue, who was elected to Dublin City Council in the East Inner City area of Ringsend/ Irishtown. Aged just 27, Kevin is son of Tom & Noreen Donoghue and is a past pupil of St. George’s Primary School Tubbercurry and Sligo Grammer School. After graduating from College in Galway, Kevin was President of the students Union of Ireland and in this election he took the 3rd of 5 seats, representing the Labour Party. There could be a bright future ahead for Kevin and he is wished well and congratulated.

Recent Deaths Peggy Davey, Powellsboro. The recent unexpected death occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Davey (nee Bennett). A native of Co. Carlow, Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband Jim just a few years ago. Peggy & Jim were a lovely couple who came to Tubbercurry a few days a week, often on the tractor to do their shopping and general business. They always kept their house and gardens in beautiful condition and it was uplifting to see the flower array in the garden during certain times of year. Peggys remains reposed at her home prior to funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary. She is survived by her sons Jonathan, Sean & Keith, sisters Nan & Ita, in laws, grandchildren, extended family & friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Canon Christy McLoughlin The recent death occurred of Canon Christy McLoughlin late of Tourlestrane. In his mid 80’s, Canon Christy was Parish Priest of Tourlestrane for a long number of years up until his retirement. He was a general spirits enthusiast but his main love in sport was horse racing. He was a regular race goer and owner when time allowed, and occasionally his masses and sermons off the alter would be brief if there happened to be races later in the afternoon within a couple of hours drive.

REAL TUBBER AGM takes place on 17th June, 2019 at 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

Blood Donation Clinic Next blood donation clinic takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Tuesday 18th June, 2019 from 5pm – 8.30pm –giveblood.ie– you get more than you give Locall 1850 731 137

Tubbercurry Comhaltas News The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 7th June. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome

33rd South Sligo Summer School

It’s that time of year again and Music week is just under eight weeks away.  The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Local Elections The recently held local elections threw up some surprises in the South-West Sligo electoral area.  This is a very large electoral area which includes Enniscrone, Tubbercurry, Ballymote and Coolaney, and all rural areas in between and beyond.  This area takes in what was three electoral areas up until 5 years ago.  In addition, the number of Councillors has decreased which automatically increases the workload on each Councillor, and results in under-representation.  The recent death of Councillor Margaret Gormley has left a great void in representation, and it will be challenging for the new representatives to fill her shoes.  May she rest in peace. The first Councillor elected was Paul Taylor who was retaining his seat.  Others elected included, Daragh Mulvey, Joe Queenan, Michael Clarke, Martin Baker, Gerry Mullaney, and new man on the Council,  Marin Connolly from Powellsboro. Martin Connolly lives just a few miles outside town and has been Postman in South Sligo all his working life. He is wished well in his new role as it will be a steep learning curve for him to come up to speed with what is happening in the various communities he represents in the Electoral area. The specific Tubbercurry and South Sligo area is now missing a Councillor due to the death of Margaret Gormley and the retirement of Gerry Lundy. The election itself was very tight with only small margins between being successful or not. A feature of this election was the large number of new and young candidates. This is great for democracy and as well as extending congratulations to the successful candidates, we also extend congratulations and commiserations to the unsuccessful candidates. Young candidates are encouraged to keep working in their communities in various volunteering roles, and never be afraid to put your name forward again the next elections.


Phoenix Players A.G.M.
was held in St. Brigid’s Hall on 29thMay last. The following officers were elected on the first count:- Chairman: Eamon Gallagher, Vice Chairman: Frank Brennan, Secretary: Mary T Mannion, Treasurer: Mark Dunne, P.R.O.Tom Walsh. Committee members Eileen Murtagh, Joe Corscadden, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran, Terri Brennan, Karen McKim, Laoise McDaid, Mary Barry, Shay Monaghan, Mary Kelly, Seana Haughey. Plans for the forthcoming season were discussed at length. However as next year will be the 75th anniversary of the group a further meeting will need to be held to plan a precise Programme of Events.

Labhair Gaeilge Linn A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry. No great proficiency in Irish required. Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Spanish Summer School in Tubbercurry 2019 Host Families are needed to keep Spanish students during the month of July. Contact Julio Juanes Rubert – 0034609145715 or email info@clannclourses.com or Bernie Reilly on 071 91 85256 / 087 6551347 if you are interested. Host families are paid over €200 per week per student.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group The local Active Retirement members have now organised their May/June programme, the highlights of which will be our participation in the annual Bealtaine celebrations organised each May by ARA groups countrywide and our Annual Week’s Holiday in June which is this year being arranged for a tour of the Northern Ireland coasts. The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for May and June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Pre-Summer Pick Me Up for Parents – While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level it’s difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-Summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise. Facilitated by a seasoned and ‘surviving’ Mum to 4 children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday 4th June @ 10.00am. To book a place contact the FRC on 0719186926.

Mother Baby Group – The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Prioritising Parents Self-Care – Being a parent can bring with it a lot of joy but also means life becomes very busy and at times over whelming. The FRC will be hosting a free 1.5 hour workshop on looking after ourselves as parents in terms of our mental wellbeing and ability to cope with life’s challenges. The workshop will be open to all parents, guardians, carers and foster parents. Keep an eye on our facebook page @tubberfrc for updates on this event.

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

Parish Lunch On Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) in The Coach House, Rathbarron. Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds. The lunch will have 4 sittings: 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Adults €15, Under 12’s €10. To book contact Deb on 071 9189680 between 6pm – 10pm.

Achonry / Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group– Lupins for Sale €2 per pot.  Ring 087 6235468 or contact Facebook page.

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

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.

MOYLOUGH 1997 DVD featuring events and activities in the Moylough area during the year 1997 will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday 14th June at 8:30pm. Proceeds will go to Aine Durkin’s Uganda Hospital Fund. Aine, from Cashel is going to Uganda in July as part of a UCD Student Volunteer Group which will provide assistance and training to a hospital in Uganda.

Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th June, beside Joe Dan’s Pub, Music by Medicine Bow, Dancing from 10-12, Admission €10.

Charity Concert Legendary Country Singer/songwriter Max T Barnes and his Nashville Country Band will play in a Charity Concert for Western Care Association in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, June 9th as part of his 2019 Irish Tour. Tickets are available online a www.townhall.ie, from local outlets and on the door on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

 

Maureen Broderick , EXAMS

 

Hello Everybody!

 

Yet again, it’s time to marvel at how quickly time is flying by! The whole country eagerly awaits the start of the Leaving Cert next week, as we all know that the fine weather usually arrives when the exams start! and we’re nearly half way through the year already.This month’s newsletter is attached, and as usual, feel free to get in touch with any comments or thoughts etc.

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I will leave you with the delightful poem ‘June’ by David Wood

June burst forth with sunshine blest, Buds awakening on the stem of trees

Life awakens like a treasure chest, And butterflies flutter in the breeze. 

Cygnets follow in line astern their mother, And other ducks swim along with pride

Ducklings bobbing in the water, one behind the other, In shimmering lakes and rivers country-wide. 

Weeping willows gracefully kiss the water’s edge, Their leaves blowing gently in the wind

Gaggling geese chatting as they sit on the ledge, And the old man sitting on a bench just grinned. 

Dog walkers with their pets strolling on the grass, Mum’s with babe’s in pushchairs following on behind,

Joggers running round and round trying hard to pass. All enjoying the June sunshine away from the daily grind.

Best wishes,

Maureen

Smart Community/Grow remote conference

SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered.  It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness.  The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Burgenlandkreis (Germany), Western Macedonia (Greece), Aragon (Spain), South Karelia (Finland), South Warmia (Poland) and  Soderhamn (Sweden). The project is funded by the European Development Fund has a total of value of €1.38M and will run from June of this year until November of 2022.  Sligo County Council has been approved for funding of €169,112 under the programme.  The ‘SARURE – Saving Rural Retail’ project is based around producing policy interventions aimed at supporting rural retailers, thereby reducing the level of commercial vacancy in our rural towns.  The project is focused on Tubbercurry and South Sligo, and programme includes a schedule of meetings with key stakeholders, including Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce, South & West Sligo Tourism, Aclare Development Council and Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Committee. In light of this remit, SARURE was delighted to partner with Smart Community South Sligo one of the organisers of the Grow Remote Conference in Tubbercurry on Tuesday 16th April 2019. The conference highlights the opportunities for job creation, energising Tubbercurry and South Sligo and attracting more people to work and live in the region.

Some of the participants at the Grow remote conference

 

Smart Community by Padraic Neary

It is entirely appropriate that the “Smart Community Initiative” was launched in Tubbercurry on Friday, 18th January, 2019 as it was in this small town that “Smart Economics” were made manifest in this country with the formation of The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland Limited, in 1956. “Smart Economics” are underpinned by “Smart Technology”  and nowhere in Industry is technology smarter than in “Precision Toolmaking” where the equipment and machinery to produce everything in quantity is designed and manufactured. A century ago, Henry Ford described “toolmakers” as the “Aristocrats” of Engineering while Steve Jobs, when asked how he would like to be remembered, expressed the hope that he would be regarded as a good “Toolmaker” to the world.

Since the first tools of wood and stone were made, human progress has been defined by the quality, durability and “smartness” of the tools available at the time. The Industrial Revolution massively improved tooling and output which facilitated an eightfold increase of human population coupled with enormous enhancement of living conditions.  Over the last three decades, Computerization has lifted Technology and Precision Toolmaking” to unprecedented levels of excellence and performance, which are proudly embraced and perfected by native and international industry all over the country.

Increases in excellence and output have been enormous; so enormous that many conditions and balances which propelled growth economics through two centuries of Industrial revolution have been made redundant and reversed. These achievements have brought about the greatest and best time ever experienced by the human race. It is becoming apparent however, that failure to fully embrace and adapt to an entirely unprecedented era of “sufficiency” and reduced workload, is causing widespread uncertainty and insecurity for many who fear abandonment by the technological age. Such fear is at the heart of Brexit and increasing movement towards extreme politics all over the world.

Fifty-three years ago, Tubbercurry enthusiastically embraced “Smart Economics” of that time. It would be appropriate and very worthwhile if the newly instituted “Smart Community Initiative” could provide a similar reception for “Smart Economics” of the present. Sadly, such has not been the Global experience to date. It is no longer smart for Economists, politicians, media and communities to think that old remedies will cure newly arrived problems. Initiatives to improve education, entice investment, create new jobs and regular Government windfalls to sustain local enterprise, while very welcome in the immediate term, are in no way adequate to counter the enormous changes generated by modern technology.

Embracing new technologies successfully will require complete rethinking of economic ideology. The old rules no longer apply. How can growth economics serve a technological world that increasingly produces too much; thereby creating enormous difficulties for commerce and trade? How can employment, with all its benefits, entitlements and security, be sustained despite technology continually reducing reliance on human labour? How can confidence of prolonged income, through secure commercial activity and employment, be restored in a world that no longer guarantees either? How can masses be reassured that modern technology is not going to abandon them; and consign their futures to dependency, deprivation and despair? These are extraordinarily difficult questions that very few in positions of authority want to acknowledge. But they are questions that must be asked; they must be investigated, debated and answered adequately and quickly. Otherwise the horrific vista of the most successful smartest technology ever devised, destroying innumerable communities could become a reality.

The greatest service Tubbercurry, with its new status and “Smart Economy”  experience, could perform for the local community, for the national community and indeed for the global community, is to initiate a debate which starts the process of formulating an economic ideology which will get the very best out of the most successful technology ever devised.  Since the dawn of history, economic ideology, from its simplest to its most complex, had had to cope with and manage technologies which were never capable of producing enough. The world now need an ideology capable of coping with and managing technology that generates more than can be consumed. Where better could serious and sustained quest for satisfactory answers to the problems of success begin; other than in the birthplace of smart economies in Ireland. A community capable of doing such a service, could truly be called “really smart”.

 

The Sound of music by Padraic Neary ( an open letter)

Dear Sir;

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.

Padraic Neary.

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 08/04/2019

Road Works

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.

Local Elections

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 oxmountaincamp@gmail.com 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.

Return Visit

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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Wild Atlantic Way

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.

While 300 international buyers take their seats this morning at Fáilte Irelands largest annual tourism industry event, Meitheal 2019, our hundreds of participating industry partners are very well placed today to grow their share of business from our key overseas markets. Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland’s latest domestic marketing campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way, launched last week, has the home market covered, as it will target Dublin commuters and tourists from Northern Ireland to the Republic using outdoor, radio and TV ads.

As over half of all journeys into Dublin are made on public transport, Fáilte Ireland is using high impact imagery from along the Wild Atlantic Way on digital screens at key commuter points in the city including Heuston and Connolly Stations, at Busáras and on Luas trams.

Slogans such as Skip the school run for endless fun; Swap work chores for sandy shores; Swap rush hour for ‘What’s the rush?’ hour; Replace the day to day with days to remember; Lose yourself, not the weekend are already grabbing the imagination of many weary and stressed commuters!

Radio adverts scheduled for morning and evening rush hour and a TV advert (LINK) specifically targeting the Northern Irish market will make up a key element of the campaign. This forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s wider programme to help tourism businesses prepare for Brexit and retain visitors from Northern Ireland, especially for border counties, which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling. .