Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 16/09/2019

Ballyara Lecture

An illustrated Lecture takes place on this Friday evening 20th September, at 7.30pm on the history of Ballyara, beside Tubbercurry.  The talk is being given by well known Sligo Archeologist Martin A. Timoney.  A new information panel for Ballyara Graveyard has been designed and this will be its first viewing at the presentation.

New information has come to light in the research involved in this board and the sharing of this information will be of great interest to locals interested in the history of their area.  It should also be of particular interest to residents of Ballyara & surrounding areas of Tourlestrane & Tubbercurry and all the O’Hara Clan of South Sligo.  Ballyara is the Anglicised version of Baile Ui Eara, (The town of O’Hara) and was the seat for centuries of the local O’Hara Chieftain.  There are literally hundreds of O’Hara people living in South Sligo who have direct connections to Ballyara.

Come along for a very worthwhile presentation of this wonderful subject.  The night is a Tubbercurry Tidy Town event.     

Michael & Nancy Coen

Best Wishes are extended to Michael & Nancy Coen, who are retiring from the petrol Forecourt Business on Teeling Street in Tubbercurry.  Michael & Nancy purchased their garage & forecourt from Gerry & Angela Burke about 20 years ago, and continued the great service that had been there already.  Customers were always greeted with a smile and were quickly helped if in difficulty.  However Michael will continue in the Undertaking business from Doocastle and their funeral home on Wolfe Tone Square, and they hope to serve the public in that capacity for many more years. 

Happy Christmas

Locals in Tubbercurry were wishing each other happy Christmas last week as the town was lit up with Christmas lights and Christmas trees as well as window dressing of a Christmas variety.  The purpose of this early festive cheer was as part of the Film set for the shooting of a new series being made entitled ‘Normal People’.  The town was full for 5 days of actors and extras as well as set design, location managers, camera operators and helpers of all sorts, scenes were shot on Wolf Tone Square, Supervalu, Nathy Brennans pub, Killorans Pub, Coens Undertakers and a variety of rural and street locations.  Director of the entire series is Oscar nominated Lenny Abrahamson and the story is set in a fictional Co. Sligo town called Carricklea (alias Tubbercurry).  This will be a 12 part series which should be available in 2020 and it will hopefully show off Tubbercurry and South Sligo in a very favourable light.  Many local people were involved as extras and this could be the chance many of them were waiting for to be ‘discovered’.

Margaret Gormley  

A lovely memorial occasion took place recently at North Connacht College in honour of the late County Councillor Margaret Gormley.  Amongst many of the jobs undertaken by Margaret in her capacity as County Councillor was sitting on the Board of Management of North Connacht College over the last 17 years since it opened, and the staff and students thought it appropriate to mark her service.  This took the form of the planting of an Oak Tree in the front garden of the College and the unveiling of a stone plague in honour of Margaret.  The service was attended by family of Margaret, and representatives of the College and local Community.  May she rest in Peace. 

Property Marking

The Telesis Property Marking Unit will be attending the Teach Laighne Car Park, Tubbercurry on Saturday 28th September 11am – 3pm for the purpose of having property being marked to prevent theft.  This can be done on all types of property – trailers, garden equipment, tools etc. The system works by engraving the Eircode of the property owner on to an item.  This provides traceability in the event of the item being stolen and recovered.  Bring your Eircode number as well as your property.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day AGM

The AGM of the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day festival will take place on Thursday 26th September at 8.30pm in An Chroi – South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Ballina Road, Tubbercurry. All welcome to attend.

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.

Eamon Burke, Cloonacool

The recent death occurred in his 98th year of Eamon Burke, late of Mullaun, Cloonacool. Eamon was a well known and highly respected man in his locality and his passing at a ripe old age has left a void in and about Cloonacool.

Born in 1916, the year of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Eamon took an interest in national politics from a young age, as the War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War took place in his formative young years.  His father died a young man when Eamon was just a  teenager and Eamon therefore, as the oldest child in the household, had to become the man of the house.  Reared on a small farm at the foot of the Ox Mountains, life was tough for all farmers, but Eamon helped his mother get his siblings through school and into careers of their own.  Eamon stayed on in Cloonacool.

From a young age he had a great interest in national politics and Eamon De Valera and the Fianna Fáil Party caught his imagination.  He became a life long member and supporter at various elections over a period of more than 60 years.

Eamon’s sporting interests covered athletics, GAA and greyhound racing, and in his prime years in the 1940’s – ‘70’s he owned and trained numerous good greyhounds.   His greatest achievement in the greyhound world was the winning of the National Open Cup in Coursing in 1952 with a renowned greyhound called Mr. Pip. Run  in Co. Kildare, Mr. Pip beat the best greyhounds of his generation, and partners and friends of Eamon in that era included, Alfie Lang, John Burke and Chrissie Coyne, all from the Grange area of North Sligo. 

On the farming front Eamon was always known to have good cattle, something he was proud of throughout his lifetime.

His remains reposed at his home in Cloonacool where friends and associates called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in St. Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, and burial was in Cloonacool cemetery, close to where he lived his full life.  Eamon is survived by his sister Pat O’Rourke (Sligo), brothers Michael (Chaffpool), Martin (Cork), sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace,

Tommy Morahan, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Thomas (Tommy) Morahan, formerly of Church St., Tubbercurry and recently of Baileys Nursing Home.

In his early 80’s, Tommy was born and reared on Church St. and worked all his working life in the family business where he was always a well known and respected part of the community.  The Shop, petrol  station, undertakers and taxi service of Bernie Morahans was known throughout South Sligo since the 1930’s and it was into this family and business that Tommy was born.

 After finishing school, Tommy progressed into the family run business along with his brother Joe and Joe’s wife Joan, and they continued to serve the public from taking over the business in the 1960’s until their retirement in 2003.  Tommy was a quiet and inoffensive man who’s needs and requirements were few.  He enjoyed Drama and Concerts in St. Brigid’s Hall and was a regular Church goer and regularly visited the Knock Shrine when visiting his sister Maria close –by.  He took an interest in all things local and knew all his customers by first names.  After retiring from work in 2003 he enjoyed a few good years of retirement before ill health took its toll and he was a resident of Baileys Nursing Home since 2006 where he got wonderful care.  He always enjoyed visits from old friends and customers of the business.

 Tommy’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home which was part of his family business and there all his old friends and neighbours called to pay their respects.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of St. John Evangalist , Tubbercurry where Tommy was baptised and received the Sacrements & Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Maria Larkin (Knock) and brother Seamus(Naas), in laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Kathleen Haran, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Kathleen Haran (nee McVann) late of Carrowreagh Cooper, Tubbercurry.  Aged 86, Kathleen, was a native of Carnaleck, Cloonacool and always considered herself a Cloonacool woman, even though she lived on Lovers Lane, Carrowreagh Cooper, for 56 years.  Kathleen was always a very outgoing lady who knew young and old by their first names.

 As a young woman she went working to England like a lot of her generation in the mid 50’s.  When at home from England for Christmas she attended a dance in Tubbercurry where she met Sean Haran, and the rest as we say is history.  She subsequently married Sean and they were happily married for over 50 years until Sean died in 2015.  Over the years Kathleen was an active ICA member and worked the farm when Sean was working as Postman.  She enjoyed Drama and music and had a loyal circle of friends.  In recent years she had failing health but was cared for magnificently by her own family.  Her remains reposed at the house of her son Francis and Funeral Mass was in the Church of St. John Evangalist with burial taking place in Rhue Cementry.  She is survived by her sons Francis, John & Micheal, daughter Claire, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace. 

Margaret (Nan) Hunt

The recent tragic death occurred at her home at St. Anthony’s Cresent, Tubbercurry of Margaret Ann (Nan) Hunt.  Originally, from Ougham, Bunninadden, Nan moved into her house in St. Anthony’s Cresent a number of years ago and lived there quietly since.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, Tubbercurry and removal took place to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden.  Burial was in Kilturra Cemetery, close to her home place in Ougham.  Sympathy is extended to her brothers Patrick, Joseph and Henry (Ougham), sister Kathleen Taafe (Coolaney) Nephews, nieces & friends.  May she rest in Peace.

Sympathy is extended to Jimmy Coleman, Gallagher Road, Tubbercurry and his brother Michael and sister Rose on the recent death of their father Jim Coleman of Calva, Carracastle who died recently.  May he rest in peace. 

Sympathy is extended to Ann McIntyre, Ballyara, Tubbercurry & to her extended family on the recent death of their mother Delia Brennan, Castlerock, Aclare.  May she rest in Peace.

Clothes Collection

Drimina National School Parents Association are having a clothes collection on Monday September 23rd. Clothes, footwear and bedding, no quilts.  Donations can be left in the school car park before 10am.

Yoga classes

Yoga Classes starting on 24th September at 7pm in An Chroí  Ballina Road Tubbercurry

North Connaught College – New course in the Beauty Department

North Connaught College Beauty Department are still accepting applicants for their CIDESCO 2-year Beauty Therapy Course. It includes skincare, waxing, nail treatments, makeup, body treatments, massage, microdermabrasion business etc…

Want to add to your existing qualification?

We are also delighted to introduce the new ITEC Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments. This part -time course is open to Qualified Therapists and will help you to expand your business or help you upskill. (Sept-May, Mondays, 10-4pm)

Call now to secure a place 071-9185035   nccollege@msletb.ie   Follow us in Facebook

North Connaught College

North Connaught College, Tubbercurry are still accepting applicants onto our courses. We provide courses in Beauty Therapy, Childcare, eBusiness and Advanced Administration, Health Service Skills, Health Services Supervisory Management Skills, Nursing, Security, Leadership and Community Development. We have a new course:-

  • Equine Studies

Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email nccollege@msletb.ie.

Stage Lighting and Sound Course

Anyone interested in attending a Stage Lighting and Sound Course should contact Sean Johnston at 087 6741466 or any members of the Phoenix or Cloonacool Players.  This course will take place over the coming weeks if there are sufficient numbers to participate.

Sligo Leader Partnership CLG. is currently delivering a programme for people who would like to learn how to use the internet but have no previous skills or experience with computers. The course is being delivered in community centres in Gurteen, Geevagh, Tubbercurry, Collooney, Enniscrone, Easkey, Dromore west, Grange, and Sligo town. The course comprises of five two hour classes. The course is FREE. The aim of the programme is to increase people’s confidence in using the internet for a variety of everyday tasks.  Please ring David/Paula at 071 91 41138 for further details

Cloonacool Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions –   novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.  Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep!  A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.   Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

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

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