Weekly News - 13th August

Connacht Fleadh

The Connacht Fleadh which was held in Ballinamore was a hugely successful event for our South Sligo musicians. A record number achieved success and will represent not only their Comhaltas branch and county but their province at the ALL Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Drogheda on 17th, 18th and 19th of August. In the 12-15 Fiddle competition Ciara Lee came second and also second in the Fiddle Slow Airs. Aoife Johnston came first in the Concertina competition and also first in the under 12 duet with Conor McDonagh. Lauren Hunt came first in the Piano Accordion competition and is a member of the Ceili band that came second. Lorraine Dunleavy came third in Flute slow airs under 12. Sinead Johnston came first on the Banjo 12-15, first on Mandolin 12-15 ,third in Miscelleaneous competition, first in duet with Ryan Sheridan and is a member of the 12-15 Ceili band who came second.

Cliodhna Henry came first senior Sean Nos singing and second in senior Traditional Singing. Mark Dunleavy came first in Uilleann Pipes 12-15 and second in slow airs. Ryan Sheridan came second in Accordion 12-15 and first in Bodhran . Conor McDonagh came first in Flute under 12 and second in Ceili drums. Conor Hunt came third on Piano accordion 12-15. South Sligo members of the under 12 Ceili band are Hannah Lee, Lisa Walsh, Aoife Roache, Aoife Johnston, Lauren Hunt, they came second and will represent Connacht in Drogheda .

The 12-15 Ceili Band also qualified and local members are Conor Johnston ,Sinead Johnston, Ciara Lee and Micheal Gorman. Michael Hurley has done trojan work with these young people and especially the bands and deserves great credit for their success. Best wishes to The Knocknashee Ceili band especially to Declan and Teresa Payne who also hail from South Sligo. We wish all our competitors continued success and congratulate them on their wonderful achievments so far. Go neiri libh go leir.

Annual Famine Mass

The annual Famine Mass takes place in the Famine Graveyard at the back of North Connaught College on Thursday evening 16th August 2018 at 7 O’clock. Some Irish music and the Choir would be most welcome.

St George’s Church annual BBQ will be held in the church grounds on Sunday 19th August at 1pm. All welcome.

National Learning Network

Do you want: More confidence, reduced stress & anxiety, Support in reaching your goals, Greater independence, social activities. National Learning Network in Sligo are currently recruiting for their free training courses. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training. If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply. Contact us today: 086 6073153 071 9145391 sligo@nln.ie

Smart Community

Discussions have been ongoing over the last month with various stakeholders about the possibility of having Tubbercurry developed as a designated Computer Smart Community.  Stakeholders are from both Private and Public Sector including the HSE, Dept. Social Protection, and other various Government agencies while An Post and Bank of Ireland are also on board as is Tubbercurry, Chamber of Commerce & Community Association.

People that might be interested in this concept to develop Tubbercurry as a Computer Smart Community could express their interest to Chamber of Commerce members including President Geraldine Brennan or PRO Roger McCarrick.

North West Hospice calling out for Volunteers to help with their new charity shop in Sligo.

North West Hospice is appealing for Volunteers to help support their new charity shop in Sligo Town centre. Volunteers are required for a variety of roles including; front-of-house, customer service, sorting of clothes and goods and labelling of items. Full training will be provided for all volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then please call us on (071) 9170523, email volunteer@northwesthospice.ie or drop into their Wine Street offices between 9am and 5pm.

Viarmes Town Twinning May 9th – 13th 2019 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are inviting a group of people including students to travel to Viarmes for this celebration. If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email info@tubbercurry.ie to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Sligo Greenway – Update

Following the recent publication by Government of a new Greenway Strategy, it seems more likely than ever that Sligo will have a greenway in the future. Greenways provide safe, off-road cycle and walking routes, providing a much-needed local amenity and a great tourist attraction. Sligo Greenway Co-op are the local community working with Sligo Co Co to help create the greenway on the disused line; Sligo To Bellaghy. You can help by signing up for Co-op membership at these local outlets: Collooney (Centra), Coolaney (O’Grady’s and Mountain Inn), Tubbercurry (Computerbits, Laundy Basket and Coffee Dock), Curry (Yeats County Inn) and Charlestown (Market Café). Membership is also available on the Co-op website,www.sligogreenway.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group

A Coach from Tubbercurry for a One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday September 4th next. It will leave Teach Laighne Car Park at 7am, with a pick-up at Achonry Creamery. The cost will be €60 p.p., and covers the cost of coach and boat travel and the Island fee of €45, which includes tea/coffee and scones plus light Lunch. Please book your seat before August 25th by ringing 071 9184053 or 087 7720950. The One Day Retreats are very popular and follow a set programme of prayer and reflection ending with the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Basilica. [Fasting or walking barefooted is not required].

An Chroi

An Chroi is a new Enterprise Centre developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce over the last few years in the old office building of Aurivo (Connacht Gold) on Ballina Rd.

The Enterprise Centre is fully equipped for office accommodation and budding business or entrepreneurs can operate out of the offices at very reasonable costs. The centre has recently launched a new website https://southsligoenterprisecentre.com and bookings for all facilities including office space, training rooms & boardrooms can be done.Short or long term rentals facilitated as are one off bookings for special events.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick- tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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