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
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?
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.
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