Tubbercurry News

TUBBERCURRY NOTES WEEK COMMENCING 29/4/2019

The Big Hello National Community Weekend May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019 –

Achonry/mullinabrenna community are hosting The Big Hello,no excuses, in South Sligo ,loads to do and see. The Big Hello.   In celebration of The National Community Weekend, the community is invited to participate in a Community Folklore Collection Event in Carrowmore School, Lavagh on 4th of May, between 12 – 5.  The event is hosted by the Achonry Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group and is kindly sponsored by Sligo LCDC.  The purpose behind this event is the recording of local customs, traditions, folklore and experiences of the older generations within the community as they were growing up, by way of conversations with the younger generations.

Refreshments will be served.  The event will also be an opportunity to view an audio visual of approximately  4,000 photographs of people and events within the community in times past, gathered during the course of a  photography exhibition in October 2018.  This is a recreation of sorts of the Schools Folklore Collection gathered between 1937 and 1939, the children will be encouraged to interview an older relative or neighbour on life and their experiences and traditions growing up. We would like this to be a friendly chat between the generations, as much as an interview to gain a particular content of information.

Also taking place in the Heritage centre the Big Hello free event ‘Rambling Gathering Ox Mountain Lodge on Monday 6th May  from 11 – 5 pm  – all welcome …. for more information Contact Donna on 086 2204130

 

Monthly Comhaltas session:            

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 3rd May, Junior session stars at 9.00pm and senior session begins at 10.00pm.  Please note the change of time. All musicians are very welcome.

The Achonry Branch of the Mothers Union are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 1st May, at 8pm, in the Coachouse, Rathbarron, Coolaney.  Come along and meet Gerry Farrell, actor, physiotherapist, lecturer and expert on Alzheimer’s.  Donation in lieu of Literacy and Development programme.   All are welcome.

 

 

Community Games Achievement

Congratulations to Liam Forkan who recently won the Community Games U-8 Art Competition for the Tubbercurry Area.  Liam then progressed to win the Sligo County Final held in Ballymote.  He will represent Tubbercurry and Sligo at the Community Games All-Ireland Finals, to be held in the University of Limerick in late May.  Liam is a son of Deirdre Gardiner (Ballina) and Cormac Forkan (Tooreen).

 

 

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.

 

Leitrim Warmer Homes

Leitrim Warmer Homes is now inviting homeowners from county Sligo to apply for attic, cavity, internal and external wall insulation plus energy advices and Building Energy Rating. You may be eligible for these works free of charge or with a grant. Please see our ad in the paper this week and then give us a call.  Phone number: 071-9640771

 

 

 

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

 

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  each Monday evening.

 

Clothes Bag Collection

A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Mens Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe.  More details later.

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.

industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century.  Padraic Neary

Industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century.  Padraic Neary 26/10/2017.

In the late 1930’s the first of 6 Gallagher brothers from Cashel, a village just south of Tubbercurry, departed for England seeking work and within a short time, as other brothers joined them, set up their own construction company in the city of London. They became involved in clearing bomb sites during the blitz and in rebuilding that great city after the war. By the late 1940’s they has expanded their building activities to Dublin and decided to source some essential building requirements from their home place where jobs were badly needed. Their first venture in the early 1950’s was a joint arrangement with Gowna Wood Industries to produce doors and windows for the building industry.

Very shortly afterwards they made an arrangement with a Danish Company, Basta, to commence manufacture of locks together with door and window fittings in their home town of Tubbercurry and complemented the project by including foundry facilities for production of cast iron, brass and zinc. This was one of the very first modern type industries to be established in Ireland. It soon became apparent that for Basta to operate successfully there was requirement for an engineering facility to service, repair and manufacture new tooling for production of the various parts involved. As no such expertise was available in the country at the time it was decided to set up their own facility and so The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland came into existence. The formation of Toolmaking or, to use its more posh title, Precision engineering, was the introduction of the Smart Economy to Ireland.

Most people have little knowledge of Precision Engineering or even know of its existence. Known to some as Tool-making, it is not production of implements to facilitate tradesmen or gardeners or DIY enthusiasts but rather the core essential around which all mass production is based. Precision Engineering involves the design and manufacture of specialize equipment which is essential in the manufacture of everything which is required in quantity. Everything mass produced for the human race is possible only because of the knowledge, skill and advancement of this key section of industry. Henry Ford attributed his enormous success at mass production to “tool-making excellence” classifying toolmakers as the aristocrats of industry. Almost a century later Steve Jobs who hailed himself as a toolmaker, acknowledged that his ideas for a smart-phone would have remained ideas without the expertise of master toolmakers.

Precision Engineering is essential to and often the source from which product development springs as well as the impetus behind automation and robotics which when allied with the genius of computerization and digital control achieves extraordinary results. 

Tubbercurry, as well as retaining the successor of the original Tool and Gauge Company and Basta has given rise to a proliferation of similar operations; some retained locally, such as Avenue Precision and Laurence Engineering with many others spread throughout the whole country. It can truly be claimed that Tubbercurry as the birthplace of new Industrialization and of Precision Engineering in Ireland, has proved itself the cradle of highly Technical Industry and the original midwife of Smart Economics in this country.

When founded in Tubbercurry just over 60 years ago the “thou” was the universal unit of precision; A “thou” in Imperial measurement was one thousandth’s part of an inch; the unit of precision sought after and expected. One thousandth’s part of a millimetre is the present unit of perfection. A 25 times reduction of precision to about one fiftieth the diameter of the finest human hair is what the three industries located locally deliver, enabling them keep pace with and achieve skill and accuracy to match that of any place in the world. Each is master of modern precision and carves a niche for themselves in a multi-demanding industry which is what the smart economy is all about. It is because of such precision that many top technology companies locate in Ireland and although having just about half a centuries industrial tradition Irish Precision Engineers can match and even surpass many who have been involved in industry for three or four times as long. The Irish have an aptitude for precise technology as evidenced by the success of Precision engineering in this country. We are proud that for this country, it all started with the formation of The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland Limited in Tubbercurry just about 60 years ago.  

Industry proved phenomenally successful in Tubbercurry and at its peak employed in excess of 600 people in this small town. Many people have trained in manufacturing over the years having very successful careers and indeed founding many industries at home and abroad. In fact two most recent Precision Toolmaking Apprentices trained in Tool and Gauge represented Ireland with distinction in International Competition. Donald Logan in 2015 competed in Brazil while Michael Flynn just returned from Abu Dhabi. The two mainstays of employment still trade successfully but at a reduced level of employment as technological advance and globalization of trade reduced and relocated many of the great manufacturing powerhouses of the world. The basic industries of Basta and Tool and Gauge coupled with several smaller highly technical and very skilled establishments bear witness to the successful industrialization of Tubbercurry in the mid 20th century and still play a significant role in the commercial fabric of the town and surrounding area. It is hoped in the near future to raise a monument in Wolf Tone Square to the beginning of Smart Irish Economics so that all may realize and remember the importance to the whole country the Industrialization of this small town in the mid 20th century.

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

TABLE TENNIS COURSE

From: Denise Mc Dermott <denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie>

Subject: Table Tennis Coaching Course

 

Message Body:

Hi,

 

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 denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie or on 071 91 61511.

 

Kind regards,

 

Denise

 

Denise Mc Dermott

Sports Development Officer

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB

Quay Street

Sligo

 

Tele: 071 91 61511

Email: denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie

Web: http://www.sligosportandrecreation.ie