Weekly News - 10th December

Forest Walk Fundraiser

Locals continue to enjoy the Forest Walk and its extension which runs through the forestry behind Rathscanlon Creamery.

Stretching from Rathscanlon Creamery, it runs through the forestry of Oak, Ash and Sitka Spruce and continues through Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs at the rear of the woodlands. It has optional loops which bring you back to Rathscanlon Creamery or it also extends through the bogs at Rathscanlon and Rhue to bring you out onto the Rhue road near Rhue graveyard. Therefore residents on the Rhue side can enter from that side. The original section of the walk was developed about 5 years ago and the only complaint from users was that it was too short. Now the extension adds many options and choice of distance with more features to see. Development by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association, a local contribution needs to be raised and for this purpose a raffle is being held and tickets are for sale at present. Priced at €20 OR book of 3 for €50, the walk development committee ask people from throughout South Sligo to be as generous as possible to help pay for and maintain this very worthwhile local amenity that can be enjoyed free of charge by everybody.

Tickets are available from Geraldine Brennan, Dermot Gannon, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie, Roger McCarrick, Reggie McNulty, Paul Richardson & Mattie Brennan (Rhue). Draw takes place December 14th.

Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players present Moll, the classic comedy by John B Keane in St Brigid’s Hall on 13th and 14th of December. Directed by Eamonn Gallagher, the cast includes Pat Feely, Gerry Maye, Kieran Brennan, Pat Gilmartin and Mary T Mannion in the title role as Moll. The cameo roles of Bridgie and Ulick are played by Ursula and Mattie Brennan respectively. If you want a laugh, don’t miss this production. It already went on stage last week to huge acclaim and loud laughter.

Christmas Fayre at Gallagher House, Garden Centre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 16th December, from 12 – 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available. Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts. Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served.

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, Irelands 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”.

Thank you from Gallagher House

The students and staff from Gallagher House would like to thank most sincerely everyone who helped with the 25 Card Drive which was held recently in Killorans, Tubbercurry. Special thanks to the organisers, those who provided sponsorship for the raffle, patrons who bought tickets, and to all who attended on the night. The Card Drive was a great success and all proceeds went in support of the Gallagher House Students Christmas Party.

Gallagher House Student Christmas Party

The annual Gallagher House Student Christmas Party was held last week in Killorans, Tubbercurry. The party was well attended, and party goers danced the night away to the music of Christy O’Grady. Students are talking about next year’s Party already, so roll on 2019! A special word of thanks is extended to Tommy and Mary Marren who came along on the night and made presentations to the staff and students on behalf of Mrs. Anne Killoran.

Festive Choral Evening, takes place in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Commences at 7.30pm this Wednesday 12th December – Raffle & Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family N.S. – Performances by: Holy Family N.S. Choir, St. Attracta’s Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St. John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan & Friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S. Parents Association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the Parents Association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear & Sport and Margaret Kennedy’s. Please support.

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.

25 Card Games– 25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St. Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm every Sunday night. All welcome to attend.

Cloonacool Community Open Discussion

Following a very well attended and positive first meeting, everyone in the entire Cloonacool area is now invited to a second open evening to discuss planning for Cloonacool in 10 years’ time and the practical things that need doing to get there. It will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 8pm in the Community Centre. Young and older are all welcome and more than one from each household is welcome also.

Seamus Cahill, The Rock, Tubbercurry

The recent peaceful death occurred of Seamus Cahill at his home at The Rock, Tubbercurry. Aged 96, Seamus worked for most of his working life with Sligo Co. Council as a Social Welfare Officer, a job he did with great compassion and sensitivity. His working life began in the early 1940’s, a time of great struggle in Ireland and abroad, as the World War 2 raged. Money was scarce and many families struggled to make ends meet, but Seamus dealt with their plight quietly and effectively with very limited resources at his disposal. When the part time Fire service was set up in Tubbercurry in the late 1940’s /early 50’s Seamus was one of the first to be recruited on it along with other locals including Batty & Mick O’Hara, Dominic Egan, James Gallagher, Paddy McCarrick amongst others. This was a part time operation they all enjoyed.

Seamus was a native of Tubbercurry and he farmed the land around their house. The cattle on his land were always top class and he got great enjoyment in seeing their progress in weight and size and selling them on when ready. Over his lifetime, Seamus was a great community person and was always willing to lend a hand where needed. His soft spoken manner in dealing with situations was appreciated by many. Seamus and his beloved wife May were a great team and great company, with an in depth knowledge of places and people throughout South Sligo. His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home where many called to pay their respects to this gentle human being, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery after funeral mass in St. John Evangelist Church.

Seamus will be sadly missed by his wife May and is also mourned by sisters & brother in law, nieces, nephews and their children, cousins, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest gently in peace.

Tom Waters, Cloonbarry,

The recent sudden death occurred of Tom Waters late of Cloonbarry, Aclare. Aged 64, Tom had done his days work and attended a funeral just before his sudden passing. Affectionately known to many as Big Tom, he worked most of his life in the building trade both in England and large sites in Ireland before moving back home to work closer to base. He was never afraid of hard work and builders and foremen who got Tom on site were delighted at how fast and well the work got done. He also enjoyed his farming and always strove to have his land and stock at Cloonbarry and Rhue in top condition.

Tom was also a great family man and a supporter of all activities in the Aclare & Tourlestrane Community. His remains reposed at his home in Cloonbarry and funeral mass took place in St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane, followed by burial in Kilmactigue Cemetery.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, daughters Anna, Bernadette, Siobhan & Michelle, son Thomas, and granddaughter Evie, sisters, in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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