Weekly News - 15th January

Evening Classes at St Attractas CS, Tubbercurry

Computer classes for complete beginners will commence on Tuesday Jan 23rd for 5 Tuesdays from 4.15pm to 6.15pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry. Classes are free but attendance at classes is vital.  Booking essential at 071 9120814 or contact mroddy@stattractas.ie.

Octogenarians

Local men who recently celebrated their 80th birthday recently include, Charlie Faul, Paraic Kennedy and Luke Kilcoyne. All were school classmates in the old primary school in Tubbercurry in the mid 1940’s before making names and careers for themselves. Charlie is a singer of note and still trains greyhounds. Luke also made a name for himself in the greyhound and GAA world, while Paraic has been a golfer and golf administrator for over 50 years in Tubbercurry and Enniscrone Golf Clubs. All three are still fully active and looking only half their age, so consultations with them on their secrets of life is advisable!!

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen: Would you like to strengthen your relationship with your teen? Would you like to learn skills around promoting self-esteem in your young person? Then this is the course for you! Parenting Northern Ireland has developed a breakthrough programme for parents of teenagers which has been proven to be one of the most effective in the UK. This programme is now being offered in Sligo. It is ideal for parents of young people aged 12-18 years old and sessions cover issues such as parenting styles, teen development, self-esteem, rules and consequences, conflict and problem solving.  Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre will be rolling out the Odyssey programme in late January 2018. If you feel you could use help and support with your teenager come along to this 8 week programme for practical tips and advice. For further information and to register your interest contact Mary on 0719186926. The programme will run subject to numbers.

Cloonacool Players

Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year’s production of ”Cupid Wore Skirts” by the Cloonacool Players. This is an hilarious three act comedy written by that great northern playwright Sam Cree. It will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on the 9th 10th and 11th of February 2018, followed by dates in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, Ballina Arts Centre, St. Brigids Hall Tubbercurry and Ballintogher Community Centre. The cast contains the usual mix of local actors which include John McIntyre, Denis Ross, Geraldine Lundy, Laura Mullarkey, Breege Calvey, Martin McIntyre, Margaret McIntyre and newcomers Regina Henry and Dara McGarry. The play is produced by Sean Walsh and directed by Tom Towey. Stage manager is Peadar Conway, Set Construction is looked after by Sean Calvey and Alan McKim, stage assistants Sinead Davitt and Agnes Durkin, Sound by Morris Conboy, Lighting is organised by Sean Johnston, Benny Henry and Owen Ross. Props are looked after by Eileen Kirrane, Costumes by Mary Keane and Make-up is by Ann-Marie Conway. Transport is organised by Peadar Conway, John McIntyre and Adrian McIntyre. Anyone wishing to join the group and help out in any way can contact any group member in the coming weeks.

Billy Johnson, Ballyglass and Peterborough

The death occurred shortly before Christmas in Peterborough, England of Billy Johnson, late of Ballyglass, Curry. In his early 80’s, Billy was born and reared in Ballyglass but moved to England as a young man in search of employment. Throughout his life, he always kept in touch with family and was a regular visitor to Ballyglass while his parents were still alive. His father Seamus was a well renowned greyhound trainer and owned many great Coursing dogs along with Paddy McCarrick of Tubbercurry, including Ballyglass Lundy, Ballyglass Rusty and Ballyglass Wit, to name just a few. Indeed, Billy also kept a life long interest in greyhounds and trained many winners around the dog racing tracks of Peterborough and London.

Billy was predeceased by his brother Brendan who was also a great greyhound man and by his daughters Angela and Mary. In recent years, Billy suffered from ill health but bore it without complaint. Burial took place in Peterborough. He is survived by his wife Pauline, son Robert, daughter Claire, in-laws, grandchildren, sister, Sr. Mary, Marist Sisters, Betty Hill, London, brother Gabriel, Ballyglass, nephews, nieces and many relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Paddy Hunt, Chaffpool

The death occurred on Christmas Day of Patrick (Paddy Joe) Hunt, late of Chaffpool, Tubbercurry. In his late 80’s, Paddy Joe was well known, not alone locally, but throughout Ireland. A native of Chaffpool, Paddy farmed throughout his life both at Chaffpool and near Lough Talt. He also worked for many years as a sales man for Pearson milking machines since the 1950’s, when simple bucket plant machines gradually replaced the old style hand milking. Pearson’s equipment was well respected, and Paddy had the gift of talk to close deals with farmers throughout Ireland. As milking equipment improved, Paddy was able to update and replace for his loyal customers. He was also an able horseman and had a talent for spotting quality horses when doing his rounds on dairy farms. Pearson’s were based in Co. Kildare, the home of horses, so he was ideally located to hear of good hunting horses which he bought, sold and bred. Paddy was active until shortly before his death.

His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery. Paddy is survived by his wife Mary, sons, Paraic, Eugene and Kieran, in-laws, and relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he reset in peace.

John O’Connor, Masshill

The recent death occurred of John O’Connor, late of Masshill, Cloonacool. Age 92, John was an easy going, yet hardworking man who knew how to balance the joy of life with working. It is said he was never brought to hospital as a patient until a few days before his death. Living in a neat cottage along the side of the road deep in the Ox Mountains near Lough Easkey, John farmed the hills of Masshill all his life. He was a keen sheep farmer and cut turf with the slane until he was nearly 90 years old. The fresh air, mountain walks and a basic water supply from nature could have been his recipe for a long and healthy life. When he turned 90, his friends and relatives threw a birthday party for him in Cloonacool, an event he enjoyed thoroughly. He was also driving his car until his late 80’s, and after he stopped driving his good neighbours in Masshill ensured he still got out and about.

John’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home where his many friends and acquaintances called to pay their last respects to a quiet, humble and unique man. He is survived by many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. Burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Sean Breet, Rooskey and Carnagopple

The death occurred on January 1st last of Sean Brett, late of Gowlaun, Rooskey at St. Attracta’s Nursing Home, Charlestown. Sean was a native of Carnagopple, Tubbercurry, but emigrated like a lot of his generation to England in the early 1950’s in search of work. After spending his working life in England, Sean returned to Ireland and purchased a retirement home in Gowlaun, a place he came to love. His family loved to visit as did his grandchildren, and Sean always enjoyed their visits. In recent times, he was cared for in St. Attracta’s Nursing Home.

His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s funeral home, Curry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, not far from his native home. Sean is survived by sons, Paul, Sean and Michael, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and relatives, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Evelyn Hunt, Lavagh/Achonry

The recent death occurred of Evelyn Hunt (nee Gilmartin), late of Ballinvalley, Achonry, Lavagh. In her late 80’s, Evelyn was a native of Gleann, Riverstown, but moved to Achonry over 50 years ago when she married her late husband, Frank. Evelyn became part of the wider Achonry community and was always on hand to lend help when needed. She was a keen card player, and always enjoyed her game of 25.

Evelyn’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena. Burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Barrett (Lavagh), Margaret (Trim), and Ann (San Francisco), in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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