Tourism News

The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. 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 Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

Kind Regards,
Marie Brouder

On Behalf of the SARURE Project

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 21/10/2019

Social Dancing

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

Coffee Morning

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

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

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set Dancing Classes

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

Traditional Music Classes

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

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

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

Dance Classes

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

Active Retirement :

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

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

South Sligo in Other Times

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

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

Tubbercurry Card Game

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

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –

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

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

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

Brexit video advice for GB visitors

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

Click here to view.

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

Two 1 Act Plays Tubbercurry

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

October 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


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