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Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 20/01/2020

Road Works

Road works are due to commence on Mountain Road, Tubbercurry on Monday 10th February and will continue for approx 5 weeks.  The necessary works to upgrade water mains along Mountain Road will necessitate the closure of lower Mountain Road fully for 2 weeks between Mickey Macs Pub and the Family Resource Centre.  This is the area where work will commence and will mean a complete closure of this section of Mountain Road for the first 2 weeks due to the narrow nature of this road section.

For the last 2/3 weeks, works will take place between the Family Resource Centre and up to Bailey’s Nursing Home.  Traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the works and it will certainly be inconvenient for residents and businesses of Mountain Road, but it is a necessary inconvenience.

People coming to town from Moylough/Doocastle area are advised to come to town via the Ballymote road and car users on Mountain Road will have to think about their journeys and parking locations.  More details next week. 

Paddy McVeigh, Tourlestrane

The recent peaceful death occurred of Paddy McVeigh, late of Annagh, Tourlestrane at his home.  In his late ‘80’s, Paddy was an active man all his life and had battled illness bravely and with dignity in recent months.  A native of Annagh, living along the banks of the Moy River, Paddy was a good general tradesman who also worked in Gowna Wood Industries in Collooney in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s when that factory was a thriving enterprise.  Later in his life before retirement he worked for nearly two decades as a Porter in Allied Irish Bank in Tubbercurry, and was always popular with bank staff and clients.   He also farmed his holding in Annagh and the farm hedges, buildings and house were always kept immaculately. 

Paddy’s remains reposed at his home and at the Coen funeral home where many hundred of people called to pay their respect to a very popular gentleman.  He is survived by his devoted wife Ethel, sons David, Thomas, Raymond, Noel and Patsy, daughters Mary and Jacqueline, his sister Brigid, and wide selection of friends and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gently soul rest in peace.

Young Members Required

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association will have a busy line up of activities throughout this New Year of 2020 and are seeking young and enthusiastic adults to get involved in various community projects over the coming years.  It often happens that the same people are involved on committees for years without change, and this can be to the detriment of the committees.  Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association are involved in activities not only relating to business but also for the wider community and social benefit.  If any young adults and young parents living in and around the Tubbercurry area would like to get involved please contact Chamber President Roger McCarrick 087 6810848 or Geraldine Brennan Secretary 087 9637149 to arrange a meeting and general discussion.

Evening classes in North Connaught College Tubbercurry

Spaces available on the following Healthcare course modules Safety & Health and

Care Support QQI Level 5 and Child Psychology QQI Level 6.

Safety & Health will commence on Monday 20th January from 7-9pm and Care Support on Tuesday 21st January subject to numbers.

Child Psychology QQI Level 6 will commence on Tuesday 21st January from 6.30 – 9pm subject to numbers. Please contact on 071-9185035 for more information.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association is resuming activities on Monday, January 20th, with Curling in Teach Laighne from 2pm to 4pm, with the first group meeting in the local Health Centre on Tuesday, January 21st, at 3pm and on every following Tuesday afternoon.  Bowling, Yoga and Book Club continue as usual, with various outings to be arranged.  New members are very welcome to join us and enjoy the many social, mental and physical benefits that the ARA offers.

Of particular interest will be the Well-Being Programme, given by the HSE, dealing with the Five ways of Well-Being, Mental Health and Stress Management.  This course will be covered over 2 afternoons in the Health Centre and commences on Tuesday, February 4th at 3 pm.  All interested are welcome.

The popular annual holiday, starting on May 31st and for 6 days/5 nights, is this year based on West Clare staying in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, and with our usual JMG Luxury Coach available for all travel and tours.  Deposits of €100 per person are required by March 1st with full payment by May 1st – total cost is €485.  For further details please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.  

Phoenix Players

2020 will be a busy year for the Phoenix Players celebrating their 75th year.  The final stages of rehearsal are now underway for their festival play , The Communication Cord, by Brian Friel, directed by Peter Davey.  The cast includes Frank Brennan, Shane Loftus, Mary Barry-Leonard, Terri Brennan, Claire Mc Loughlin,  Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Keyes and Catriona Coleman.  The play will be performed for local audiences in St Brigid’s Hall on the 8th and 9th February at 8pm.  Meanwhile rehearsals have commenced for a special musical show to mark the 75th Anniversary which will be staged for four nights: March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje lead by Breda Durkin, and accompanied by Rev. Vickor Samugana MSP takes place on 2nd May, 2020 for 7 nights.  Cost per person €699 inclusive of Group Travel Insurance includes, 7 nights Half Board at Lubitza’s House, Day flights from Dublin Airport, return airport transfers to Medjugorje, services of Joe Walsh Tours Medjugorje representative, Philip Ryan.  For more information, contact Breda Durkin on 071 9186123 or Mobile 087-1873703.

Cloonacool Players

On stage for St Valentine’s weekend are Cloonacool Players in their hilarious production of Sam Cree’s “Don’t Tell the Wife”. You’ve waited a year and now the actors are back with this sparkling comedy.  Just mentioning the cast makes everyone smile: Peadar Conway, Geraldine Lundy, Denis Ross, MaryKathleen Johnston, Brid Calvey, Darragh McGary, Regina Henry and, of course, John McIntyre. Do tell everyone the place to be is Cloonacool Community Centre 14th-16th February.

Windmill Players

Windmill Playerspresents the hilarious murder mystery -WANTED – One Body in Ballintogher Hall on Fri 7th & Sun 9th Feb 2020 at 8pm.  Tickets now available 0879964143

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 13/01/2020

Memorial Mass

Join the first Annual Mass for deceased staff and pupils of Benada Abbey, St Attracta’s and the Marist Convent Schools on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 8.30pm in Tourlestrane Church. Afterwards all are invited to Benada Abbey Hall for Tea and Coffee which will allow you to intermingle with old classmates and former pupils. For further information contact Daniel Jones 087 6300271 or Patrick Normanly  087 2189121

Priest Shortages

Best wishes are extended to Fr. Martin Jennings who is absent on sick leave from his Parochial duties in Tubbercurry and Cloonacool.  Indeed, Fr. Martin was under extreme work pressure since the retirement 6 months ago of Fr. Dan O’Mahony and it is not surprising that he needed a complete break from work and worry.  At the moment Mass and Ceremonial duties are shared by a cluster of priests from the surrounding parishes and visiting priests.  The fact is that now, there is no resident priest in the Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Parish, and this is not the only Parish nationwide that is suffering from a similar problem.  The time has long passed when the issue of priest shortages is addressed at the highest levels.  Other Religions have welcomed female and married people into their Clergy, and one wonders is it about time the Catholic Church commenced this discussion?

Jackie Coogan

The “singing barber” Jackie Coogan celebrated a milestone 80th birthday at the beginning of January, and his friends helped him celebrate it in style.  Jackie has been a pillar of the Tubbercurry Community for many years in the various roles he played, ranging from local correspondent for the local newspapers to founder member of the Old Fair Day Revival.  As well as various community roles, Jackie also played on various bands over the years and is an excellent singer and piano accordion player.  Now retired from his work as a barber, he is considering re-developing his music and singing career and various offers have been made to him which he is considering at present.  Best wishes for many more decades of music and fun are extended from all his acquaintances.

Phoenix Players

2020 will be a busy year for the Phoenix Players celebrating their 75th year.  The final stages of rehearsal are now underway for their festival play , The Communication Cord, by Brian Friel,directed by Peter Davey.  The cast includes Frank Brennan, Shane Loftus, Mary Barry-Leonard, Terri Brennan, Claire Mc Loughlin,  Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Keyes and Catriona Coleman.  The play will be performed for local audiences in St Brigid’s Hall on the 8th and 9th February at 8pm.  Meanwhile rehearsals have commenced for a special musical show to mark the 75th Anniversary which will be staged for four nights: March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th

Young Members Required

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association will have a busy line up of activities throughout this New Year of 2020 and are seeking young and enthusiastic adults to get involved in various community projects over the coming years.  It often happens that the same people are involved on committees for years without change, and this can be to the detriment of the committees.  Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association are involved in activities not only relating to business but also for the wider community and social benefit.  If any young adults and young parents living in and around the Tubbercurry area would like to get involved please contact Chamber President Roger McCarrick 087 6810848 or Geraldine Brennan Secretary 087 9637149 to arrange a meeting and general discussion.

Evening classes in North Connaught College Tubbercurry

Spaces available on the following Healthcare course modules Safety & Health and

Care Support QQI Level 5 and Child Psychology QQI Level 6.

Safety & Health will commence on Monday 20th January from 7-9pm and Care Support on Tuesday 21st January subject to numbers.

Child Psychology QQI Level 6 will commence on Tuesday 21st January from 6.30 – 9pm subject to numbers. Please contact on 071-9185035 for more information.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje lead by Breda Durkin, and accompanied by Rev. Vickor Samugana MSP takes place on 2nd May, 2020 for 7 nights.  Cost per person €699 inclusive of Group Travel Insurance includes, 7 nights Half Board at Lubitza’s House, Day flights from Dublin Airport, return airport transfers to Medjugorje, services of Joe Walsh Tours Medjugorje representative, Philip Ryan.  For more information, contact Breda Durkin on 071 9186123 or Mobile 087-1873703.

Paddy McIntyre, Tubbercurry

The sudden and unexpected death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Paddy McIntyre, late of Ballyara, Tubbercurry.  In his early ‘70’s, Paddy was a well-known and highly respected member of the entire South Sligo Community, and was pre-deceased just a few years ago by his wife Agnes.   Paddy was a carpenter by trade, and also a very accomplished plasterer, and worked as a tradesman and supervisor on many of the large building developments in Sligo town and Tubbercurry over the last 30-40 years.  Large developers in Sligo town considered themselves lucky to have Paddy on their team.

 As a hobby, Paddy’s passion was shooting and hunting.  He was a very accomplished Clay Pidgeon Shooter, and won many cups and trophies throughout Connacht since the early 1970’s.  He also loved to take to the fields, bogs and mountains with friends and dogs to hunt fox, woodcock, duck, pheasant and grouse, and a day with Paddy was always an enjoyable and interesting one.  Paddy was always a great husband, father and friend, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  He was quiet and unassuming, and always saw the good in everybody.

His remains reposed at his house where many friends called to pay their respects to a true gentleman.  His funeral Mass was held in the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Paddy is survived by sons Patrick and Martin, daughters, Breege and Marie, brother Peter, sister Eileen, in-laws, grandchildren, and many friends and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Joe Gordan, Tubbercurry

The sudden death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Joe Gordan, late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry.  In his 94th year, Joe was still very sprightly and was in Tubbercurry just the day before his death to help with the Christmas shopping.  A native of Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Joe moved to Tubbercurry in the 1960’s after marrying his beloved Evelyn, a marriage of 65 years.  He worked locally and was an avid Fianna Fail supporter throughout his lifetime, despite the fact that some of his best friends shared different political views.   Even after retiring from work he continued to maintain and help Evelyn keep their large garden beautifully presented. 

Joe’s remains reposed at their home and funeral mass was held in St. Patricks Church, Moylough, with burial taking place in Rhue Cemetery.   He is survived by his wife of 65 years Evelyn, sons Denis and Dermot, daughter Maria, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

John Brennan, Curry

The peaceful death occurred on December 28th last of John Brennan, late of Carrowilkeen, Curry.  In his late ‘60’s, John was a quiet and hardworking man who had exemplary dedication to his family and farm.  His parents, Tom ‘Sonny’ and Una both lived well into their ‘90’s and only died within the last 5 years, so John was charged with helping out with them as needed.   He also had a good farm to attend, work he did with pride and dedication.  John had health challenges at various times during his life, but never complained, even over the last few months as his health continued to deteriorate. 

His remains reposed at St. Therese’s Funeral Home, Curry prior to removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery after funeral Mass.  John  is survived by his beloved wife Marian, and devoted daughters Joanne and Lauren, sisters Mary-Jo, Sheila, Phyl and Anne as well as in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Kieran Leonard, Aclare

The sudden and unexpected death occurred just a few days before Christmas of Kieran Leonard, late of Claddagh, Aclare.  In his mid ‘50’s, Kieran was a young active man in the community who could always be relied on if called upon for help.  Kieran’s sudden death so close to Christmas is a wake up call to all of the fragile nature of life. 

His remains reposed in the Brennan Funeral Home, Kilmactigue on St. Stephen’s Day, where sympathisers called over many hours to extend their heartfelt grief to the heart broken family.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Kilmactigue and burial took place in Kilmactigue Cemetery.   Kieran is survived by his beloved wife Pauline, and heart broken children, Amie, Becky, Kevin, Adam, Danny, Shane, their partners, grandchildren, sisters, Mary and Annette, brothers, Michael, Gerard, Hugh, Frank and John, in-laws, aunts, nephews, nieces and many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Brendan Gallagher, Ballinagrath

The peaceful death occurred a few days before Christmas of Brendan Gallagher, late of Baileys Nursing Home and originally from Ballinagrath, Cloonacool.   Brendan had many challenges throughout his life but carried them with courage and dignity.  He lived for many years on his own in his house near Masshill, and always enjoyed the sounds of this beautiful countryside.   He eventually took up permanent residence in Baileys Nursing Home due to deteriorating health, but never complained, and always appreciated the help he received. 

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. John Evangelist Church, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery following funeral mass.  Brendan is survived by his sisters Brigie Durkin (Tourlestrane), Sr. Mary (Tubbercurry), brother Jimmy, in-laws, nephews, niece, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Christy O’Grady, Gurteen

The peaceful death occurred of Christy O’Grady, late of Gurteen Cross, Gurteen Village.  In his early 70’s, Christy was widely known throughout South Sligo and indeed further afield due to his various talents.  Christy was an accomplished singer and musician, and spent many years entertaining in pubs and clubs with his wide variety of dance and sing-along music.   He was also a very talented man with his video camera and since video cameras became popular in the 1970’s, Christy could be found at football matches and family occasions of all sorts, recording the events for posterity.  Christenings, Communions, Weddings, Anniversaries, and Jubilees of all sorts were caught on camera over the last 40 years by Christy.   He was also a kind and gentle person who was a friend to many.  His large stature and red hair was identifiable by all who ever only slightly knew him.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Patricks Church, Gurteen, and burial took place in Gurteen Cemetery.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen, sons Martin, Chris and Barry, daughters Katie, Tracy and Elaine, siblings Maureen, Fr. Frank and Padraic, in-laws, grandchildren and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Bridget Anne Smith, Tubbercurry

The peaceful death occurred recently of Bridge Anne Smith, late of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry.  Bridget (nee Conway), a native of Cloondrihara, Lavagh was in her 94th year, and emigrated like a lot of her generation as a young woman in 1940’s to England.  There she met and married her husband Philip and lived there for many years before returning to Ireland and eventually Tubbercurry.   Despite being in England for many years, she was a regular visitor home to visit family and friends in Lavagh, as she loved the views like everybody of Knocknashee and The Ox Mountains.  The life of Bridget and Philip was not without tragedy as they were pre-deceased by their daughter Dympna and son Eamon, and Philip died within the last few years.

Her remains reposed at her home on Mountain Road, prior to removal to the Church of John Evangelist, Tubbercurry for funeral Mass, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery.  Bridget Anne is survived by her brother Michael, sister Tessie, many nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace. Correspondent: Roger McCarrick

Weekly News Dec 1st

The Christmas Lights in Tubbercurry have got a brilliant new facelift this year and the official turn on took place a few days ago.  A very large investment was made by the local Chamber of Commerce  & Community Association in conjunction with funding from Sligo Leader Development Company, and it is certainly a sight worth seeing if you are not a regular visitor to Tubbercurry.  Anybody that wants to donate financially can do so by subscribing to a Go Fund Me page on Facebook or donations can be given to John Gillespie or Geraldine Brennan. 

N17 Study   Sligo and Mayo County Councils along with the National Roads Authority have commissioned a new study on the proposed new road from Knock Airport/Charlestown area to Collooney, by-passing Tubbercurry.  This is a project that was studied and decided upon 20 years ago, but never acted upon for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was not deemed urgent or a priority.  The study has the effect of putting on hold many planning and development projects in the South Sligo area over the next 12 months until such time as preferred routes are decided upon again.  This is a project that is urgently required, as those travelling to and from Sligo town from the South Sligo area for work will testify. A journey that should take 20/25 minutes often takes 40/45 minutes.  Comments and recommendations from individuals and community groups are sought by December 12th and further details can be got on line at www.sligococo/N17KCAEL.  Take time to study proposals and make your thoughts heard by the decision makers.

Late Peadar Gorman, Lavagh  The recent death occurred of Peadar Gorman, late of Carrowmore, Lavagh.  Aged 80 years of age, and son of the late Mike and Kathleen, Peadar was a well known and popular figure throughout Co. Sligo. He worked as an A.I. technician for 48 years, and those years probably brought him into every farmyard in Co. Sligo, and especially throughout South and East Sligo.  When his work on the farmyard was done he invariably discussed topics of the day with the farmer, especially if they related to GAA football or politics.  GAA and politics were his passions, and he was an avid supporter of Mullinabreena GAA club and the Sligo County teams, and often served as a club delegate on the Sligo County Board.  In politics, he was an avid Fianna Fail supporter.  Peadar also farmed at home on his farm at the foot of Knocknashee Hill, another hobby he enjoyed.  Over the years, and especially after their family were reared, his beloved wife Cathleen often travelled with him on his calls, and they were a lovely couple together, always able to enjoy each others company.  In his later years, poor health limited his mobility, but he always enjoyed life to the full as long as he could.  Peadars remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery.  Peadar is survived by his beloved wife Cathleen, daughter Noeleen, sons Seamus, Emmet and Cian, son and daughters in law, grand children, sisters Maeve and Maura, his twin brother Padraig,  in laws, nephews, nieces and many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Charles Gildea, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Charlie Gildea, late of Moylough, Tubbercurry.  In his 86th year, Charlie was born and reared in Moylough and like many of his generation he hit for England in about 1956 when aged 23.  However, even before he fully emigrated, and as a teenager, he had worked on various farms in Lincolnshire doing general farm labour, but mainly potato picking when seasonal.  When he went to Manchester on a permanent basis he got involved in the painting and decorating business and quickly moved up the ranks to position of foreman in a large firm that operated all over Manchester and further afield.  On the social scene in England, Charlie enjoyed cinema and Ballroom dancing and eventually became a very accomplished Ballroom dancer after receiving training.  He was also an excellent singer and could sing many of the songs made famous by Bing Crosby and others of the era.  After he married Una, a native of Westport, the children gradually came along, and after spending 15 years in Manchester, they decided to move back to Moylough in 1971 to rear their children in the Irish Countryside. Charlie quickly settled back to a farming life in Moylough and a full life was lived between work, rearing children, and all the other distractions of day to day living.  As his children grew up and were educated, he was very proud of their achievements in the various careers they followed.  They like their dad, were not afraid to accept challenges out of the ordinary and he admired that quality in them.  Charlie continued his farming activities until recent times but health challenges took their toll on him in recent years and he died peacefully in Baileys Nursing Home.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. Patricks Church Moylough, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.   Charlie is survived by his wife Una, children Kevin, Anne & Una, grandchildren, brother Martin, in-laws, nephews, nieces & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace. 

Vincent Brett, Tullycusheen  The recent death occurred of Vincent Brett, late of Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry.  Affectionately known as Vinnie, he was in his early ‘80’s, but his good humour and fun loving behaviour was that of a person much younger in years.  Vinnie worked as a young man for many years with the Kilcoyne Vetinary practice in a time when cattle pens and crushes were few and far between.  Vinnie was a very strong and athletic man in his young and middle years, and it was his job to catch and hold cattle for the Vet while the necessary procedures were carried out on the cattle – be they cows or bullocks.  Very few farmers would be able to do today what Vinnie did for many years.  He also enjoyed farming his own farm at home. When not working, Vinnie enjoyed a drink and to socialise, and he was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry when work was done.  He was a very sociable man, and when in later years he gave up drinking alcohol, he still came to town to eat and have a soft drink for a sociable outing. Always one to ignite debate, no matter what opinion you expressed on a matter of great importance or a topic of the day, he would invariable interject with the words ”You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong”.  He would then take the opposite view just to generate debate.  In his later years as he slowed up, he still came to town daily for his dinner, and could be seen any day of the week in Murphy’s Hotel dining.  When he took ill and was hospitalised over the last few months, he was missed by all who enjoyed his company over lunch.  Vinnie’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in the family plot in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Beatrice Stenson, Curry and by various nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace. 

Phil McDonnell, Tubbercurry  –
The recent death occurred of Phil McDonnell, late of Church Street, Tubbercurry.  In her mid ‘80’s, Phil was born and reared in Tubbercurry and spent her working life there also.  She worked for many years in Basta when that great factory was going strong.  Always out and about town while she was able, her later years were confined to her house as she had various health challenges.  However, with the help of wonderful care workers who called to her regularly, she was able to continue living in her own home until her death.  Phil’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist Church, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Sympathy is extended to her nearest relatives of the Gibbons and Wimsey families, and to all who mourn her passing.  May she rest in peace. 

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.  In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I .  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outlets:
Murphy’s Spar Supermarket,  John Gillespie,  K & B Hardware,  McCarrick’s Auctioneers,  Margaret Kennedy,  Daybreak, Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool.
Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

AIB Tubbercurry are hosting a Customer Day on Monday 9th December to thank our customers for their business throughout the year.  Please drop in and join us for some Festive Treats and Christmas Carols

Moylough Heritage Centre Fundraising Dance are holding a Fundraising Dance in the The May Queen, Tubbercurry on Friday Night 13th December.  Music is by “The Curly Bobs”.  Admission €10.  Support will be appreciated.  An enjoyable night is guaranteed.  Come along and join in the Christmas Party atmosphere.

Book Launches:  A fantastic array of 5 local books were launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include: 
Kilmactigue Parish – a history
South Sligo (James McGuinn)
The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement)
Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)
All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s   A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch.

Table Quiz :will be held in Killorans Traditional Pub & Restaurant in aid of Gallagher House Christmas Social on this Wednesday 4th December, 2019 starting at 9pm sharp – table of 4 @€40 – All welcome please come along and support a worthy cause, proceeds are for Gallagher House Christmas Party.  Refreshments served on the night.

Tubbercurry Comhaltas.  The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on this Friday 6th December. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas session and bring along your friends.

Christmas Choral Night is taking place on Wednesday December 11th in St John the Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry starting at 7pm sharp. Organised by Holy Family Parents Association with all proceeds in aid of School Development.  Some of the fantastic acts taking part include,  Cathal Gavin, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Oisin McCann, Holy Family NS and St Attractas Secondary School.  MC for the night is Tommy Marren.   It was a sell out success last year so it is advisable to get tickets early. There will also be a mega raffle on the night and tickets can be bought separately.   Tickets are available from Holy Family NS, Gillespies, Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, The Laundry Basket and committee members.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome. 

Millennium DVD The Final DVD (Part 18) of the Kilmactigue Parish Millenium DVD Series was launched in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre last Friday night and is now available in Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare or from Tom Walsh 0872276628, Padraic Maye 0872284575 or Pat O Connor 0872245089

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.

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.

Social Dancing 
continues in the Ox Mountain Centre on December 7th.  Dancing to the Fabulous Sean Brennan.  Great nights dancing assured from 9-30 to 11-30. Admission €10.

National Learning Network Sligo 
The National Learning Network Sligo are currently enrolling for their FREE  courses; helping you learn the skills you need to get and keep a job, help build your confidence, improve your skills with hands on experience. Each one is designed to help you develop those skills and build your confidence to gain employment or to go onto further education/training.  Eligibility criteria applies; contact us today on 086 0438055 / 071 9145391 or email Sligo@nln.ie

Dance 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  

St. Josephs Special School, Sligo   The students of St Joseph’s Special School, Ballytivnan, Sligo are busy getting ready to welcome everyone to their Annual Christmas Bric a Brac, Craft and Cake Sale on Friday Dec 6th in the school hall from 2pm to 5pm.  St Joseph’s Special School provides education to students aged 5-18 years of age from all over County Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal who have Mild General Learning Disabilities and associated special needs.  All support greatly appreciated.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 18/11/2019

2019 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

1 Act Festival Runs November 21 – 23 November – St Brigid’s Hall Theater at 8 pm nightly- Matinee Sat 23rd at 2.00pm

The Western Drama Festival committee is busy preparing for the 2019 1 Act Drama Festival. Runs November 21 – 23 November – St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly- Matinee Sat 23rd at 2.00pm see website www.westerndramafestival.com for details.

The committee are delighted that the drama season is commencing with an excellent programme of plays packed with fantastic comedy and interesting drama on offer for patrons to enjoy. This year Tubbercurry WDF welcomes top groups from the four corners of Ireland to perform in the festival. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season, the festival is a huge hit and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs for Drama events. This Festival is sponsored by Tubbercurry and District Credit Union. We look forward to meeting you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and enjoy our hospitality while chatting about the plays in our now world famous supper room. Admission €10 nightly; Season Ticket €30 to see 11, One act plays. Tickets can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office or at our box office on the night of the festival.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are currently on the One Act Festival Circuit, Tubbercurry on Thursday 21st November, performing Trapa Tony by Padraic Neary, directed by Mark Dunne and featuring Sharon Hannon, Shane Keyes and Pat Feely.  Meanwhile rehearsals are underway for The Communication Cord by Brian Friel directed by Peter Davey, and it is planned to have a local performance of this enjoyable play in the New Year prior to going on the Three Act Festival circuit.  As the Phoenix Players are celebrating their 75th anniversary next year it is hoped to present A Night at the Musicals next spring.  With a view to getting this production underway an Information Evening will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Monday 18th November at 8pm.  This is open to anyone over 16 interested in singing or dancing or who wishes to be involved in any way.  Anyone not able to attend on the night can contact Nanette Mc Donagh 0872349344 or Tom Walsh 0872276628.  On behalf of the SARURE South Sligo Committee, we would like to invite to their first event:

A Night at the Musicals

The Phoenix Players are looking for singers and dancers over 16 to take part in A Night at the Musicals , a show to be staged next spring.  Anyone interested please come to St Brigid’s Hall on Monday next, 18th November at 8pm

Launch of Returning Home Book

Killoran’s in Tubbercurry with host a launch of Returning Home by Padraic O’Dwyer on Friday 22nd Nov at 8.30pm. This is another chance to pick up a copy of Padraic’s new book which covers the details of his travels through 52 countries around the world over the past 50 years. The book contains some outstanding stories and some great photographs from his adventures abroad. Some of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to Sligo Cancer Support Group. 

Christmas Gift ideas – 3 New Local Books

If choosing a Christmas gift this season, consider buying local. In recent weeks three new local books have been published – The Way That It Was IV by Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association, Returning Home by Padraic O’Dwyer and The Windings of the Moy Revisited by Pat McCarrick. Couple with this the 2020 calendar produced by Cloonacool Heritage Group and you have lots of choice.

Millennium DVD 

The final DVD  (Part 18) in the Kilmactigue Parish Millennium DVD Series will be launched on Friday 22nd November at 8 pm in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (at Joe Dan’s).  The DVD will be launched by Padraic Neary, formerly of Banada who has published two books of poetry as well a number of One Act plays,one of which is currently being performed on the One Act Festival circuit.

All are welcome to view clips from this DVD which focuses on Community,Social and Sporting activities.  The DVD will be on sale on the night  for €15 and orders will be taken,from anyone interested, in  a ‘Box Set’ of all 18 DVDs  at €200

Cloonacool players – Don’t Tell The Wife

Rehearsal’s are in full swing at present for the Clonacool Players production of ”Don’t Tell The Wife” which will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on St. Valentine’s weekend 14th 15th 16th February 2020. This is an hilarious 3 act comedy written by that great Northern playwright the late Sam Cree. Further away venues will stage this wonderfull comedy in the following weeks.

Active retirement

Active Retirement,Tubbercurry.  On Tuesday evening, November 12th, TARA celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a celebratory Dinner and Social in Cawley’s Hotel.  We were delighted to welcome so many members and friends and specially thank the Cawley’s for providing such a wonderful meal, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.   The AR movement was brought to Tubbercurry By a Marist Sister, Sr Catherine, who, when teacher in Dun Laoire had seen its great benefits to the retired of that area.  On returning to Tubbercurry, she brought the idea to the then local Community Care committee.  It was acted upon and, after a number of preliminary meetings, final registration with Active Retirement Ireland was completed in July, 1944 – the first ARA in Co Sligo.  The motto of the Association is ‘Be active, Be alive’ and members find that, with the full programme of meetings, activities, exercises, outings, holidays etc their days of retirement are fully occupied – new friends are made and new interests pursued.  Many tributes were paid to the local group for the great role they play in community life.  Launch of new Book.  On the same evening our new book, The Way That It Was 1V, was launched – dealing with life in Tubbercurry and surroundings in our grand and great grandfather’s time, from 1860 to the early 20th century.  “A page turner, and a great historical record” was the comment made by Roger McCarrick, President of the local Chamber of Commerce, when launching the book.  Its an entertaining read, with many stories and good photographs of the period, and should be of great interest locally and to our friends abroad.  The book is now available in newsagents and other local outlets.  It retails at  €15 and would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Old Cemetery Rhue – Talk by Mary Coleman

Curry Parish History and Heritage Group will host an illustrated lecture by Mary Coleman (Mary Carroll-Browne) at Moylough Heritage Centre on Tuesday 19th Nov. 2019 at 8pm.

For a number of years past, Mary has researched family burials at Rhue Old-Cemetery.

The cemetery was opened by Tubbercurry District Council in 1905.  In her talk Mary will outline results of her research studies to date. The  presentation will include discussion and a question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  All are Welcome

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. 

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Senior citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome.

Tubbercurry IFA

Tubbercurry IFA Branch are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th November, in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry, Co.  Sligo.   Preceding the meeting at 9 o’clock, a talk on Mental Health and Well Being,  will be given by Mr Tomas Murphy (MHC), and everyone is welcome to attend this.  Tubbercurry IFA branch AGM will follow.

Cloonacool Heritage 2020 Calendar

The newly formed heritage group in Cloonacool parish have published a 2020 calendar. The calendar features many images of rural life in the parish going back as far as the 1930s. The calendar is on sale locally in the Mill Community Café and in Brennan’s Bar – both in Cloonacool. It is also available by post; cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com. The calendar is priced at €10 (plus €2 P&P). If you have family and friends away from Cloonacool, they would love a calendar from home; making the ideal Christmas gift.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

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.

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

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

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 willow.ie 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

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 28/10/2019

N17 Consultation

Once again consultations are re-opening on the long awaited proposed new road, running from Knock to Collooney.  We were here before, 20 years ago, when extensive consultations and public meetings were held to discuss various options and various proposals for a new N17 roadway.  The new route was chosen in or about the year 2000, and development of houses and infrastructure of all types were frozen on or near the chosen route since then.

The chosen route running from Charlestown towards Sligo ran more or less parallel to the existing N17, and by-passed Tubbercurry just along the edge of the western side of the town.  From Tubbercurry it moved towards Collooney crossing the existing road around the Tubbertelly/Muckelty area and travelled towards Collooney on the east side of the existing road.

Now the whole route needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes to see what new constraints may affect the chosen route.  A wide corridor will again be looked at between Knock and Collooney.  The previously chosen route may be chosen again, or a new route might be preferred.   One thing is for certain – a new road is needed very soon as the existing N17 between Curry and Collooney is not fit for purpose.  Hundreds of people travel from Tubbercurry and South Sligo every morning and evening to and from work in Sligo, and it is without doubt one of the most frustrating part of anybodies day.  Get stuck behind a slow driver, or a trailer or truck and you are in a queue of traffic for 10 miles and can be 10-20 minutes late for your appointment or work.

Minor repairs and upgrades continue to be done every year on this road, but it is only scratching around the edges.

A consultation process is now beginning and it is up to all road users and property owners who may be affected to air their opinions and have your voice heard.

Information is available at The National Roads Project Office, Sligo Co. Council Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, from October 29th – December 12th, 2019.

Cock Pheasant Competition

The Annual South Sligo Cock Pheasant of the Day Competition takes place this coming Saturday November 2nd starting @ 9pm in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry.   Each year thousands of euro is raised at various Cock Pheasant of the Day events throughout Co. Sligo and given to Charities.  On this Saturday Night November 2nd the South Sligo Event takes place in the Yeats County Hotel in Curry starting 9pm.

The Pheasant Shooting season commences November 1st and Birds shot on the opening days are auctioned for charity while the various birds are judged to assess the best in terms of weight, length and plumage. 

The public are invited to come along to this years event in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry to raise money for the Beaumont Hospital, as local parents Michael & Mary Collins are doing a thank you fundraiser for Beaumont Hospital.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association members are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Mulled Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner in Cawley’s Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 12th, at 7.30 pm sharp. This will be followed by the Launch of our latest book, “The Way That It Was IV”, and Musical Entertainment.  We hope that many of our past members and our friends will join us for this special occasion.  Cost of the evening is €25.  To book, please ring 087 1416991 before Monday, 4th November.  We will be looking forward to a great community get-together.

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 1st November. Junior session starts at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm.  All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas sessions and bring along your friends.

Margaret Mulkeen

The recent death occurred of Margaret Mulkeen (nee Egan), late of Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry.  Aged 77, Margaret was a native of Culmore, Castlerea, and was a proud Roscommon woman all her life.  Margaret moved to Tubbercurry in the mid 1960’s as a young married woman with her husband Johnny, who came working as a mechanic and car sales man at the Tubbercurry Motors Garage at the top of Teeling Street.  Tubbercurry was a very busy town at that time with hundreds of workers in the fledgling Basta and Tool & Gauge.

Johnny and Margaret saw a business opportunity and opened the first chip shop in Tubbercurry on Humbert Street, where the Raffaele Takeaway is now located.  Margaret worked hard developing and growing this business as they also lived on the premises, and they ran this very successfully from the mid ‘60’s until the late ‘70’s until they sold to the present owner Raffaele.

The various children were born in those years and while Margaret worked the Takeaway, and reared the children, Johnny was developing his own garage, firstly on Ballymote road behind their new home, and later on the Sligo road where they are still based.

Margaret was always involved in the business decisions along with Johnny and became part and parcel of commercial life in Tubbercurry in those decades.

Over the last 20 years, Margaret had various health challenges which she took in her stride and without complaint.  Her mobility failed a lot in the last few years, but her wit and sense of humour never deserted her.

In the last few years she often sat out on the footpath with her mobile chair to chat to neighbours as they passed and to keep up with the news.  While all her neighbours on the Ballymote road were good to her, as were her home help people, there is no doubt that her good neighbour Marrietta Gallagher was one of the main reasons that Margaret was able to live in her own house until her death.

Margaret’s remains reposed at her house on the Ballymote road, and funeral Mass took place just down the street from her home in St. John Evangelist Church.  Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.

Margaret is survived by her husband John, daughters, Caroline, Nuala and Patricia, son Shane, in-laws, grandchildren, sisters, nephew, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May her gentle Soul rest in peace.

Sligo Players Honoured

The Sligo players of the victorious Connacht Team of 1969 were honoured recently in Markievicz Park at the Senior County Final.  That was a Connacht Team that won the Railway Cup which was a highly prestigious event in that era.

Six Sligo players – Liam Caffrey, Cathal Canley (RIP), Mickey Kerins, Jim Collery, Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley were all honoured.

Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley are now resident in Tubbercurry and thinking of coming out of football retirement to revive the fortunes of some local teams.  Jim Collery is a native of Curry and now resident in London and made the trip home especially for the occasion.  He conveyed messages to locals that he still reads these notes and follows the fortunes of locals from afar.  Jim was a popular teacher in Banada Abbey Secondary School before he emigrated. 

Well done to all involved who were an inspiration to following generations of players.

“Tubbercurry 1997” Part 1

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Fr. Dan O’Mahoney

Best wishes are extended to Fr. Dan O’Mahoney who has retired recently from his work as Curate in the Cloonacool Church and area.

Fr. Dan has been based in Cloonacool over the last 10 years or so and threw himself totally into the local happenings around Cloonacool, as well as helping out in Tubbercurry which is all part of the one Parish.

In his younger days after being ordained, Fr. Dan was based in Tourlestrane and played football with Tourlestrane GAA club and indeed won a Senior County Championship medal with them in 1978 starring at full back.

His work over the years took him to various parishes throughout the Diocese of Achonry until he landed back in Cloonacool for the last decade or so.  Fr. Dan also said mass each weekend in Bailey’s Nursing Home, and this gave great comfort to the residents and staff there. 

New and young priests are few and far between, and changes in the Church will have to take place over the coming years. Our Parish of Cloonacool/Tubbercurry is no different than any other in Ireland, and lay officiation will become more and more the norm until major changes are made by the Church Hierarchy.

In the meantime, Fr. Martin Jennings is Parish Priest and doing marvellous work as a one man band, covering the entire Parish for Christenings, Deaths, Marriages, sick calls etc.

Best wishes to Fr. Dan and continued support will hopefully be given to Fr. Martin from all in the Parish.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night 6th November starting at 8pm. This is a great way to exercise in a friendly and relaxing environment and a great night’s fun for all.  Everyone welcome.  Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Book Launch

Padraic O’Dwyer of Carnaleck is about to launch a book; his life story.  Padraic’s book tells the story of his travels in 52 countries around the world over the past 50 years. Some of the intake from book sales will be donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Returning Home by Padraic will have its official launch in Brennan’s of Cloonacool on Friday 8th of November at 8.30pm. Padraic is issuing a special invitation to attend to his many neighbours and friends in the parish. Light refreshments served.

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 lifestart.kate@gmail.com 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

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 –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4ccc19 

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 eithne@leavenotraceireland.org 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 lifestart.kate@gmail.com 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 –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 14/10/2019

One Act plays set for St. Brigid’s Hall, 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.

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

TABLE QUIZA table quiz will be held in Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool on Friday 18th October at 8.30pm. Proceeds in aid of St. George’s Church Funds. €10 per person / €40 for a table of 4. Please support.

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  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4ccc19  We look forward to welcoming you in Banada for a cuppa on Friday 25th Oct.

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts
If your are an outdoor lover the following may be of interest! A full Certified Awareness course for everybody – any age group over 16 years of age takes place on Saturday 19th October in Tubbercurry Public Forest Trail area. AND
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 eithne@leavenotraceireland.org 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”.

Holy Family National School, Tubbercurry
Holy Family NS are once again taking part in an Erasmus+ partnership with schools from around Europe.  The new project is called Full STEAM Ahead and it concentrates on promoting the use of digital literacy in early years education. The school is working with kindergartens in Kristiansand in Norway, Riga in Latvia, Tallinn in Estonia, Kursenai in Lithuania.  They are also working with a school in Malaga in Spain which is both a kindergarten and a primary school.  Training courses for teachers will be held in each of the six schools between now and June 2021.  The first school to host teachers and provide a training course is Holy Family NS. Seventeen teachers from the five partner schools are coming to the school in two weeks time. A course will be provided to the teachers on the use of Beebots and Bluebots. The teachers will also visit Lollipop Lane Montessori and the FRC pre-school. Teachers from Holy Family NS will travel to the partner schools in the months to come and undertake training there.  In this school year, teachers will go to Norway in January and Latvia in March. Ten lucky pupils will go an a pupil exchange for a week to the partner school in Malaga next May and they will also welcome pupils from the Spanish school to Tubbercurry for a week.  The second year of the project will see teachers attend training courses at our partner schools in Spain in September, Lithuania in March and Estonia in May. There will also be a pupil trip for ten to Spain. 

Holy Family NS has taken part in Comenius (previous name) and Erasmus+ projects since 2009. It is a wonderful opportunity for both teachers and pupils to share teaching methods and to open their minds to another culture.

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.

Local Yoga Classes
Hatha Yoga classes starting on the 10th of October in Drummartin Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dans Pub) on Thursday evenings from 7:45pm – 9:00pm. Classes are suitable for beginners. €10 drop in, or 6 classes for €50.  Contact Katie on 0871851167″

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 of September and 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 McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

National Hospitality Awards 2019 - Winners Revealed

At the National Hospitality Awards 2019, the industry awards for the Irish hospitality sector, held on Monday October 7, some of the finest hospitality businesses in the country were represented at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

At the awards ceremony, the businesses gathered together to witness the winners being announced, with The Devlin picking up the overall “Best New Establishment” accolade, seeing off competition from Le Perroquet, Waterfront House and The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.

Searsons was named overall “Best Bar”, coming in ahead of The Front Door, Hargadon Bros and The Goat Bar & Grill.

The overall “Best Restaurant” award went to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, with Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Aimsir Cliff at Lyons and Bastible also in the winners’ stable.

Overall “Best Business Hotel” went to InterContinental Dublin, while overall “Best Hotel” was awarded to The Shelbourne, and O’Callaghan Collection was named overall “Best Hotel Group”.

Elsewhere, The Bridge 1859 was named overall “Best Sporting Bar”, Pichet was crowned overall “Best Casual Dining” venue and The House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel took the title of overall “Best Hotel Restaurant”.

The full list of businesses honoured at the National Hospitality Awards 2019 (with overall winners noted in bold) is:

Best Boutique Hotel

Dylan
The Morrison
Ballyvolane House
Butler House

Best Business Hotel

InterContinental Dublin
Conrad Dublin
The Westin
The Davenport

Best Casual Dining

Pichet
The Winding Stair
Hooked
Coppinger Row

Best City Hotel

The Merrion
Hayfield Manor
The Montenotte Hotel
The Mont

Best Cocktail Experience

Vintage Cocktail Club
Cask
The Liquor Rooms
The Liquor Lounge

Best New Establishment

The Devlin
Le Perroquet
Waterfront House
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

Best Conference Venue

The Conference and Events Venue at The Mansion House
The Shelbourne
Limerick Strand Hotel
Citywest Hotel

Best Dinning Experience

The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
Marlfield House
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Ballynahinch Castle

Best Destination Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle
Harvey’s Point
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Sheen Falls Lodge

Best Gastropub

Matt the Thresher
The Legal Eagle
The Tavern Bar & Restaurant
Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

Best Hotel Restaurant

House Restaurant, Cliff House Hotel
West, The Twelve
The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
The Restaurant, Harvey’s Point

Best Hotspot

The Ivy
House Dublin
Café en Seine
The Devlin

Best Nightclub

NoLIta
Everleigh
Opium
The Foundry

Best Hotel Bar

The River Club, The River Lee
Lemuel’s, Conrad Dublin
10 Fleet Street Bar, The Morgan Hotel
Dylan Bar, Dylan

Best Hotel

The Shelbourne
Ashford Castle
Cliff House Hotel
The Merrion

Best Restaurant

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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
Aimsir, Cliff at Lyons
Bastible

Best Bar

Searsons
The Front Door
Hargadon Bros
The Goat Bar & Grill

Best Resort Hotel

Ashford Castle
The Europe Hotel & Resort
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
Mount Juliet Estate

Best Seafood Restaurant

SOLE Seafood & Grill
Linnane’s Lobster Bar
O’Grady’s on the Pier
Wild & Native

Best Sporting Bar

The Bridge 1859
Slattery’s Bar
The 51 Bar
Jerry Flannery’s Bar

Best Traditional Pub

The Stag’s Head
Lowry’s Bar
Hargadon Bros
P. Egan

Best World Cuisine

Rasam
Koh
Doolally
China Sichuan

Best Customer Service

The Europe Hotel & Resort
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Greenes Restaurant
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
The Auld Stand

Best Wine List

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Brasserie on the Corner
The Twelve
No. 1 Pery Square

Best Wedding Venue

Luttrellstown Castle Resort
Rathsallagh House
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

Best Value Hotel

Glashaus Hotel
The Maol Redieh Hotel
Waterfront House
Absolute Hotel Limerick

Best Local Restaurant

Eala Bhán
The Cottage Restaurant
Airfield Estate
Wild & Native

Best Wine Bar

Whelehan’s Wines
64 Wine
Brasserie on the Corner
Le Perroquet

Best Catering Job

Aramark @ Oracle
Seasons @ The Guinness Storehouse
Masterchef @ Thomund Park

Best Catering Supplier – Specialist

Keelings Select
Italicatessen
Bretzel Bakery

Best Catering Supplier

Pallas Foods
Musgrave MarketPlace
BWG Food Service

Best Drinks Supplier

Classic Drinks
Heineken Ireland
C&C Gleeson

Best Hotel Group

O’Callaghan Collection

Best Bar Group

The Fitzgerald Pub and Hotel Group

© 2019 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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