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

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