Weekly News 15th August

Active Retirement Pilgrimage

In order to celebrate this special Jubilee Year of Mercy, Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association is sponsoring a Coach to Lough Derg for a one-day Pilgrimage on Tuesday, 13th September next.  Cost on island is 40 euro and all those interested are welcome to join us.  Names by September 1st to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 14th – 21st September, 2016 led by Spiritual Director, Fr. James McDonagh.  Flights from Knock which include full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje.  Half board accommodation included in a private house.  For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-916123 or mobile 087-1873703

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

Historical Tour to Dublin.  Due to popular demand following our last Historical Tour to Dublin, the local Active Retirement Association is organising another 3 days / 2 night’s trip by luxury coach from Monday, September 26th to Wednesday, September 28th, visiting Kilmainham Jail, Collins Barracks Museum, GPO, Glasnevin Cemetery and other sights. Cost is €200 per person sharing, which includes Bed and Breakfast, Evening meal and all coach journeys.  Due to the huge demands on hotel beds in Dublin this year, we must have the names of those interested in joining us by September 1st. To book please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 before that date.  Payment in full is due by September 18th’.

Parking at Pedestrian Crossing

Parking at the Pedestrian Crossing continues to be a problem for pedestrians at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry.  Double yellow lines extend in both directions for 15 metres from the crossing to allow clear visibility of the crossing.  However, inconsiderate drivers continue to park close to, and even in some cases, on the crossing as they abandon cars and hop into shops.  This has resulted in many near misses as drivers coming down the street cannot see pedestrians beginning to start crossing.  One lady was injured recently by a speeding motorist. Gardaí regularly issue summons without tickets and people that parked illegally weeks previously suddenly receive fines in the post for parking offences committed weeks previously. The Active Retirement group and other locals encourage the Gardaí to issue these summonses for safety sake.  Please note this the next time you are parking on Teeling Street.

The Class of 1976 Reunion

There will be a 40th reunion of the class of 1976 Marist Convent, Tubbercurry on 1st October, 2016. A meal and entertainment is planned for Cawley’s Hotel.  Full details and booking for the event can be had by contacting Ann on 086-6012893.


Congrats yet again to Sharon Walsh of Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry who’s pony Stallion – Barrera Duke of Windsor sired the Shamrock Champion Best – Bred Irish Welsh pony and also Tattersalls Supreme Champion of Champions Sash at Kedrah Castle in Co. Tipperary.  Judged by International acclaimed Mr. Steve Everitt.  Very well done from your loyal supporters and friends.

Anne Kelly deceased.

The recent death occurred of Anne Kelly, late of Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry. In her min 60’s, Anne was a native Currane, Achill and as such was a proud Mayo woman, who regularly flew the Mayo flag in her garden when they were involved in Croke Park matches. A fluent Irish speaker, she always had the ‘cupla focail’ for those of us that liked to think we could converse in our native tongue and she always kept us encouraged. When describing people, situations or events, she could also describe it with old Irish sayings that had few words, but great meaning. Her smile while uttering there words of wisdom masked a woman of great intellect. Anne lived in Tubbercurry for nearly 40 years since marrying her husband Tommy and was involved in and supported many aspects of local social life. As well as being a Drama enthusiast and supporter, Anne’s great social passion was playing Bridge, an activity in which she excelled. She was known throughout Connacht as an excellent player and she won many major competitions with her playing partners including Colm Gallagher, Anne Leonard and Anne Gavaghan. She also acted in an administration capacity at various levels. Anne Worked for many years as a Home Help to the elderly and infirm under the auspices of the Health Board and became invaluable to those in her care and to their families. Even in recent years when allocated home help hours were cut by the Health Board due to economic constraints, Anne worked always above and beyond the call of duty to ensure those in her care received due attention; she often called early in the mornings and late at night as well as during the day to her clients, often at great inconvenience to herself or her family. The number of families of deceased clients of Anne’s who called to Anne’s funeral to pay their respect, often travelling long distances, showed the respect and thanks that they had for Anne. Anne had a great interest in people, and if she met you once, she could quickly piece together your extended family. This came from a genuine interest that she had for people. It was possibly this trait and ability of retaining information that made her both a great card player and a highly interesting person. She always had some bit of news for her clients and friends – a sort of Google- and this is something we will miss. Anne was also a bit of a farmerette, and loved to share her trials and tribulations about her sheep and lambing. She was proud of them around her home. Anne’s death came after a battle with a sudden illness, but she fought her illness to the end. Her remains reposed at her home in Rathscanlon, and she had many callers from all over Mayo and beyond, and through her various associations who wished to pay their respects. Her remains were brought to the Church of St John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. She is survived by her loving husband Tommy, daughter Sinead, son in law Sean, brothers, sisters, brothers and sisters in law, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. Anne brought a spark of light and life to us all. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

Mai Clarke deceased.

The recent death occurred of Mary (Mai) Clarke (Nee Mullarkey) late of Leitrim North, Cloonacool. Aged 82, Mai was a Primary School teacher all her working life, having started in Co. Mayo and moving to Carnaleck school and then on to Cloonacool school on the closure of Carnaleck. Mai was an excellent teacher, very popular with her many students over the years. A nature of Drumartin, near Aclare, she moved to Leitrim North on her marriage to Tom and lived there until her passing. Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home prior to removal to St Michaels Church Cloonacool, and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery. She is survived and sadly missed by her husband Tom, daughters Christine, Sheila, Marie and Deirdre, Sons James, Michal and Tony, Sisters Anne and Margaret, Grandchildren, in-laws, nephews, nieces and huge circle of friends. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

Niland Family Reunion

The Niland Family from Doocastle are having a reunion in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo from 17th – 24th September, 2016.  I have booked the Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone for dinner on Sunday 18th September at 5pm.  (Prices start at €16.00 for 2 courses).  It will be an opportunity to meet our cousins who are coming from the USA, UK and Ireland, so I hope as many of the family can come along to share some memories and have a good time.  We also plan to spenda a night in Kennedy’s Bar in Doocastle. Please get in touch with Margaret Donegan on 087-6218728 of 096-37701 if you would like more information or email me at Margaret.donegan@yahoo.com

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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