Weekly News 17/12/2018

Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights around the town and on a special Christmas Tree were turned on last week and the town in now looking very festive. Well done to the Chamber Of Commerce and Tidy Towns Committee for helping to add to the Christmas atmosphere. People are encouraged and asked to shop local this year. The motto should always be “Keep your business in town to keep your town in business”. Private houses around town are also looking well and some home owners have gone out of their way to add to the fun and joy that should revolve around Christmas. Thank you to those people.

Bingo at Banada Abbey Hall
Monster Christmas Bingo next Tuesday 18th December at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30pm sharp.  Over €3,000 guaranteed payout including numerous draws after each game. Jackpot now €2,050 on 48 calls or less……it could be you.  A great night guaranteed.  Happy Christmas to all our loyal patrons.

SKINTELLIGENCE – Beauty Student Salon Open Day
You are invited to The Beauty Student Salon Open Day which takes place on this Wednesday 19th December from 10.00am – 3.00pm at North Connaught College, Tubbercurry. Come along on the day, relax and enjoy one of our many popular treatments. A list of treatments available, and price list can be viewed on our Face book page. Many thanks to all our clients for their continued support and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. Hope to see you all on the 19th. Enquiry / Booking 089 – 4231187

Kathleen Walsh, Rhue
The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (nee O’Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19 year old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.  Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.  Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.  Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group
Tubbercurry Active Retirement members have finished off their year with a Christmas Lunch and Social on Sunday, December 16th, and a Bowling Session in Teach Laighne on Monday, December 17th, which was followed by Afternoon Refreshments in Cawley’s Hotel. The last two months have been busy and enjoyable as usual with our various bowling, curling and exercise activities, two group theatre visits, Whist drive, discussions, demonstrations, Irish Hours etc. The Active Retired movement does so much for its members, socially, mentally and physically, the camaraderie and support are so great that we would really recommended all retired people to consider joining. Why not become part of this community organisation in 2019? Our programmes start again on January 19th and there is an exciting year ahead.

Fields of Gold
A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is ‘Fields of Gold’, a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.  This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time. The period from the 1890’s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote.  The World Wars 1 and 2, Ireland’s War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively. This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers.  At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember “May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well”.

Cloonacool Players
Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”I do not like thee Dr. Fell” a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 8pm each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday 28th February again at 8pm. Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night 2nd of March, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more. For more information contact 087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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