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Phoenix Players – Rehearsals are now in full swing for the Phoenix Players’ forthcoming production of ‘The Sound of Music’ to be staged on 29th,30th and 31st March and 3rd,4th,5th, and 6th April. Production Director Tom Walsh has assembled a cast of eighty ranging in ages from eight to eighty from all over South Sligo! Tickets will go on sale at the end of the month so watch this space. This will be a light hearted family show that will bring huge enjoyment to cast and audience.
Cake Sale – The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival annual fundraising Cake Sale will take place on Thursday 14th February at 9.30 a.m. on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, beside Supervalu. All support greatly appreciated.
Table Quiz – A table quiz in aid of Special Olympics takes place in Killorans, Tubbercurry on Friday, 15th February at 9pm. There will be a raffle on the night with great prizes. Refreshments will be served. Your support will be much appreciated.
Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Community Games
Tubbercurry/ Cloonacool Community Games Art, Craft, Model Making Competition will take place in St. Brigid’s Hall on Sunday, 17th February. Times are as follows: 5.30-6:30pm Craft/Model Making and 6.30-7.30pm for Art. For the Art competition, all children aged U-6 to U16 are welcome to attend. Paper is supplied; Please bring your own colours. Art must be based on a community games activity. Model Making: All children aged U-10 to U16 are welcome to attend. Please bring your own supplies. U6 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration forms are available on the night.
Western Drama Festival 2019 will run from 1st – 9th March in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. There is a great mix of plays included in this year’s line up, including lots of drama and comedy over the week. A full list of the plays can be found by logging on to http://www.westerndramafestival.com/line-up-full-length-march-2019. The Adjudicator for this years Festival is the inspirational Anna Walker, who comes with a great wealth of experience, enthusiasm and expertise. Tickets for the 2019 Western Drama Festival can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office on Humbert Street, or phone 087-0936616 (Opening hours: Mon – Thur 10am – 5pm and Fri 10am – 4.30pm. Tickets can also be purchased at St. Brigid’s Hall Theatre Box Office during the festival. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call 087-7078210.
Viarmes Town Twinning – Anniversary Celebrations
This year we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Viarmes and Tubbercurry. A group from South Sligo will be travelling to Viarmes on May 9th to May 13th. There will be various activities including a day trip to Paris organised by our French hosts. The cost of flights is reasonable at the moment with Ryanair. If you are interested in travelling please contact Nuala at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael at email@example.com or Derek at 087 6393137, or alternatively call in to Nuala in the Tourist office. Flight details for the trip: Ryanair flight departs Dublin for Beauvais on Thursday 9th May at 6.30am, returning Monday 13th May, departing Beauvais for Dublin at 9.25am.
James (Jimmy) Frain, Doocastle -The recent sudden death occurred in his 98th year of Jimmy Frain, late of Doocastle. To report the death of a person in their 98th year as sudden is unusual to say the least, but it says a lot of the man that was Jimmy Frain. In many respects he was a larger than life character who certainly did not expect to depart this life for many more years. He was driving his own car up until his mid 90’s, and had purchased land at auction just 3 years ago to expand his land holding. He was still farming and had reportedly purchased a couple of ponies just a few weeks before his death. Jimmy came to Tubbercurry 3 or 4 days a week to attend the Health Centre and to dine in the company of other active retired pensioners. There he would play cards and often entertain them with either music from his fiddle or with stories that were sometimes hard to believe!!!! He lived life to the full, worked hard all his life and stood over 6 feet tall until the day he died. Jimmy was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Christina, and is survived by his 3 sons, James, Patrick and Francis, grand-children, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, prior to being received at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. His funeral mass & burial was a celebration of his life where traditional music abounded and included his favourite piece ‘The Sally Gardens’.Burial took place in his family plot in Carracastle Cemetary. May he rest in Peace.
Padraig McGowan, The recent peaceful death occurred in North West Hospice, Sligo of Padraig McGowan, late of Rathscanlon, Tubbercurry. In his late 70’s, Padraig was a native of the Riverstown area, and he and his wife Nora returned from London about 20 years ago to purchase their house on Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry. They were a quiet and friendly couple and very pleasant to all who knew them. Padraig was a quiet spoken gentleman who took great care of his beloved wife Nora. His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home Tubbercurry and Funeral Mass was at St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in St. Nathy’s Cemetary, Collooney. He is survived by his wife Nora, sons John, Patrick and Mark, brothers Jimmy and Tommy, sister Bridie, inlaws, grandchildren & cousins, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.
Josephine Cawley, The recent death occurred of Josephine Cawley (nee Barry) late of Edmondstown, Doocastle. Josie was a native of the Clifden area, Co. Galway, and was pre-deceased by her husband John Richard Cawley. Due to ill health she had been resident in Nazarath House, Sligo over the last few years. Her remains reposed at the Nazarath House Chapel and at Coens Funeral Home prior to removal via Doocastle to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. Burial took place in Doocastle Cemetary. Josie is survived by her 3 daughters Rachel (Kilmactigue), Mary Jo (Tubbercurry) and Loretta Hever (Ballymote) as well as grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in Peace.
North West Simon Community – Can you make a Difference to North West Simon Community: Calling all groups, offices, clubs or individual – would you like to host a Tea Day in aid of North West Simon Community on Thurs 21st Feb or anytime that suits?
The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is on Sun 2nd June in Dublin, would you like to walk/run and raise money for NW Simon Community – If interested in either of the above please contact Mary on 087 7708865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish Revision Courses – Leaving Cert Irish Oral Revision Course Saturday 23rd March 10am-1.30pm in Banada, with Junior and Leaving cert Irish courses 22nd-26th July and 29th July-2nd August in Banada.. Contact Siobhán on 0874510572 for more information.
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.
National Learning Network (NLN) -National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153, 071 9145391 email@example.com
Cloonacool Players – Rehearsals are in full swing at present for the Cloonacool Players up-coming production of ‘I do not like thee Dr. Fell’ a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February next at 8pm each night. It will then travel to St. Nathys Hall Mullinabreena on Friday night 22nd February and then on to the Arts Centre in Ballina on Thursday night 28th February for a special needs charity event. It will also play in St. Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on Monday 4th March at the Western Drama Festival. The play which has a story line based on group therapy support and is built around the complex characters who attend the session, is guaranteed to keep audiences fully engaged throughout the evening. It will also play on the drama festival circuit of Ireland, during the month of March. So put these dates in your diary.
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.
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Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a year long celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Rary McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.
As part of the celebrations, local camera man Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.
A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. Proceeds of the sales will go to help replace the Christmas lights which were stolen last week.
The DVD will be available for sale in various outlets over the next few weeks, and would make an ideal Christmas stocking filler.
It is with great Pride that I write to you all, On Saturday night a small delegation from Tubbercurry and Sligo County Council traveled to Belfast to the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on Saturday (26 November), Tubbercurry, Co Sligo was presented with one of the top awards in the Competition.
It took runner up place in category three, which is for areas with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000.
The winners of the Pride of Place awards, known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’, were announced at the special gala event in Belfast Waterfront Hall in front of an audience of approximately 1000 guests and VIPs with many more people tuning in on-line to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.
Now in its 14th year, the all-island Pride of Place Awards promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. This year, a broad spectrum of groups were nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.
The Pride of Place Awards are divided into three awards sections – the main, the cities and the special awards and during the evening a total of 53 awards were announced by TV personality Claire McCollum. The awards ceremony was hosted by Belfast City Council, with the Belfast School of Music, Streetwise Community Circus, Belfast Community Gospel Choir and The James Peak Experience providing the entertainment.
The winners were presented with their awards by Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston, Councillor Matt Garrett, Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and George Jones, Chairman of IPB, the event sponsors.