Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 12/08/2019

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 12/08/2019

Old Fair Day Festival

The 34th Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival is now almost upon us, and the hard working Festival Committee are working diligently to put everything in place for the various events.  Monday & Tuesday have other activities leading up to the Big Old Fair Day on Wednesday 14th August.  This Old Fair Day brings livestock & craft as never seen before – ……. Glass Blowing, Pottery, Ironmongery, Thatching, Bread making, Woodturning, Hundreds of exhibitors & vendors, roadshows, antiques.  Ocean FM are broadcasting live from Tubbercurry and the afternoon has live music on stage from 12 noon with Robert Mizzell & Band.  Come into Tubbercurry for the day and bring your visitors for a fun filled day out.

Fair day fundraising for church renovation fund

St. Michael’s Church Cloonacool Renovation Fund will have a stall at the old fair day in Tubbercurry on Wednesday 14th August next. A lot of work has been carried out in recent times inside and outside the church grounds but still more needs to be done. So once more there will be a ”Guess the weight of the animal competition” in the ‘square’ area on the day. There will be a prize of €100 for the winning entry. Once again the finance committee would be grateful for your support on the day. Thanks again to the Brennan family for their wonderful continued support for this fundraiser and also to ”Daisy” for her patience and understanding in recent years. 

The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass

The Annual Famine Graveyard Mass takes place on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm in Graveyard up at back of Connolly Park .  All welcome

Annual BBQ

St George’s Church annual BBQ will be held in the church grounds Sligo Rd, Tubbercurry, on Sunday 18th August at 1pm. Adults: €12, Children €6 (BBQ, Dessert  & Glass of Wine).

All welcome.

Maureen Kerins, Bunninadden

The recent death occurred of Maureen Kerins, (nee Durcan) late of Ballinaraw, Bunninadden.  In her late 70’s Maureen was a native of Floughena, Doocastle and was daughter of the late Jim & Kate Durcan.  Maureen moved to Bunninadden after her marriage to Chris and there she reared a wonderful family while holding down a teaching job at Benada Abbey Secondary School from the late 60’s to early 90’s, a job she took great pride in and carried out with great dedication & distinction.  Many of her past pupils attended her funeral to pay their respects to a much loved & respected teacher.  They all smiled and joked about her famous saying  ‘Sauce for a goose, and sauce for a gander”.  This was her logic for distribution of discipline  if students mis-behaved, meaning that she treated all misdemeanours equally.

  Maureen did not have an easy life, but never complained about the challenges life threw in her way.  She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Chris, their cherished son Oliver and her brother Michael.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral home with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden and burial took place after funeral Mass in Cloonmeehan Cemetary, Bunninadden.  Large numbers of friends, colleagues & past pupils paid their respects to a fine lady. Maureen is survived by her children David, Mary, Cora & Paula, brother Seamus, sisters Una, Kathleen & Sheila, in-laws, grand-children, nieces, nephews, relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Joanie McCormack Brennan, Tubbercurry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Joanie McCormack Brennan, late of Mountain View, Tubbercurry and originally of Teeling Street.  Joanie was in her mid 60’s and was second daughter of the late Maisie & Martin McCormack.  Joanie has suffered poor health over the last number of years but was a strong character who always kept an interest in all happenings in the Community.  Growing up on Teeling Street with her much loved parents and her grandfather, the legendary Tom ‘Click Brennan’ Senior, the family home was always a rambling house where the door was always open and visitors always popped in and out to discuss the happenings of the week in the locality.  This was in the days before Facebook, but just as much information was exchanged.

  Growing up in a household like this, Joanie became an outgoing youth and teenager who everybody knew, and she developed an interest in all local happenings.  As a teenager of the Swinging 60’s, she developed a great love of dancing and the pop scene of the day, and loved going off to the dances in Tubbercurry, Charlestown, Pontoon, Tooreen and Strandhill.  This was the era of the Showband scene and one of her favourite showbands of that time were ‘The Swanbriggs’.  Life moved on and the young Joanie worked and reared her family with great accomplishment.

  Joanie was a traditionalist at heart, and after her mother Maisie died, Joanie took over a job that was appreciated by many.  That was the picking & distributing of the May Flower on May 1st each year.  This involved collecting the wild May Flower or Buttercup and dropping a sprig of flowers at the door of each house in the locality.  This was done quietly and without fuss.  No matter how early you got to your door on May 1st, the flowers were there.  Nobody asked her to do it but it was done by her, and was appreciated by all.  Thank you again Joanie and thank you to your helpers of recent years as your health deteriorated.

 Joanie’s remains reposed at the Coen funeral home and her funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry.  The large numbers who attended her funeral was testimony to the esteem in which she was held.  Joanie is survived by husband Pat, children Dtharria, Kim & Andrew, sister Margaret Burke, Brother Eunan, grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousins and a very close extended family at home & abroad, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in Peace.

New Book

A new local history book ‘Kilmactigue Parish History & Memories ‘ was recently released and is a must read for all local historians and household of the South Sligo Region.  Compiled by locals Padraig Maye, Daniel Jones & Marie Fleming, it is an excellent production of stories, photos and write ups on many places and characters.  It concentrates mainly on areas around Aclare, Kilmactigue, Tourlestrane, Benada and Lough Talt and is available for sale at €20 in local shops.  This is Volume 1, of what could and hopefully will be a series for years into the future.

Mid West Radio 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Mid West Radio recently celebrated 30th years in business and Tubbercurry man Jackie Coogan stole the show amongst big singing stars Mike Denver, Nathan Carter etc. He sang Hucklebuck (Brendan Boyers), Proud Mary, Rock & Roll. He received a standing ovation from guests, patrons and fellow artists.  Jackie has always been a proud Tubbercurry man and has contributed enormously over the last 50 years to community life in Tubbercurry and South Sligo. Well done Jackie.

North Connaught College  – NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week.   A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education.  For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

Social Night in Aid of  Jean Gallagher’s VolunterNurture Africa in Uganda

A Social dance in aid of Uganda will take place in The May Queen Lounge Tubbercurry on Friday 16th August at 10pm.  Music by Carmel McLoughlin.  Cover Charge optional.

All proceeds from this event in aid of Jean Gallagher’s Volunteer work with Nurture Africa in Uganda. 

Banada Abbey Bingo

NEWSFLASH:   €2100 guaranteed payout THIS Tuesday night 13th August at Banada Abbey Bingo starting 8.30pm sharp. Jackpot  €1,750 this Tuesday now on 46 calls or less. Flier Game Special with lines €50 and €400  payout on Flier sheet full house. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.  

Active Retirement

Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October.  Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro.  Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night.  Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.


A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th.  Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island.  Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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 –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net


As part of the Swift Survey, BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) field staff are keen to liaise with Tidy Towns groups in the towns and villages where swifts are located, as community engagement and awareness of swift colonies is key to their long term protection. The Swift Survey and any actions arising from it are very complimentary to meeting the biodiversity actions and targets in the National Tidy Towns competition and the survey data and information can be made available to Tidy Towns groups and included in next year’s Tidy Towns application.Come and join us on Wednesday 10 @ 6 pm on circular road ,where Annie Birtwistle will discuss the Tubbercurrry .Swift’s , look forward to seeing u there, by the way , bring a friend.

Weekly News July 8th


Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 08/07/2019  “Stand-By, Rolling,  Camera, Action” These were the instructions being heard on the streets of Tubbercurry last week as scenes from the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney’s award winning novel “Normal People” was being filmed in various locations around the town.  Nathy Brenna’s Bar on Teeling Street was used for pub scenes, and while the general area baked in glorious sunshine, there was a prolonged shower in front of Burkes Garage which fortunately could be switched on and off as required for another scene.  A nightclub set was constructed aside St. Brigid’s Hall and filming took place late into the night on Wednesday for this particular scene.  Members of the Phoenix Players back stage crew, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran and Joe Corscadden were on hand to help dismantle the set after filming was completed.  St. Brigid’s Hall provided catering and costume changes for the numerous extras being used.  Some of the local actors used as extras included, Peadar and Mairead Conway, Belinda Luma, Kelly Doyle and Tom Walsh.  Tubbercurry was selected as one of the prime locations for the 12 part TV Series as part of the story is based in a small West of Ireland rural town.  The Director is Lenny Abramson who also directed “Garage” and the Oscar winning “Room”.  Although cast and crew have now moved on to other locations, they will be returning to film more scenes in Tubbercurry in September, so hopefully we will se more “Camera, Lights and “Action”. 

Tubbercurry Active Retirement GroupTubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our Book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 pm in the Library.  The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty’s ‘Midwinter Break’.The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week’s holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous Dinner and Cabaret Nights.Celebrations will continue in the Autumn when we will be launching our Book 4 of The Way That It Was’ series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent’s time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century – a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.[A One-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th]

 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.

Tubbercurry Bridge ClubTubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper.  The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed.  The club would like to extend thanks to The Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council & Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG – in particular Shona Heffernan.  Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible.  The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at The May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.  Contact Colm on 087-2313631 or Mike on 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners classes.

 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.

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

Labhair Gaeilge LinnA 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 CentreMother Baby GroupThe 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 GameSingle Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

 Banada Abbey BingoMassive €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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net