Weekly News - 16th May

Sligo County Fleadh, June Bank Holiday in Tubbercurry

  • Launch Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8 p.m.
  • Sligo County Fleadh 3rd, 4th and 5th June 2016

The launch of the County Sligo Fleadh will take place in Cawley’s lounge on Wednesday 18th May commencing at 8.00pm. Paul Taylor Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council will attend to do the necessary. Martin Enright will give a very interesting presentation on music and social events at the beginning of the twentieth century which we look forward to with great interest. The South Sligo Comhaltas Branch are presenting a beautiful cup in memory of the late James Leonard to Sligo Fleadh Committee, this will be the trophy for the under 18 flute competition at the county fleadh. A lively music session will follow, provided by local musicians so an enjoyable night is in store for all. Plans are at an advanced stage for the hosting of the county Fleadh in Tubbercurry on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The emphasis this year will be on having sessions through the town during the weekend and creating a festival atmosphere so ar aghaidh leis an ceol is an craic.

Vivion Brett Deceased
The recent death occurred of Vivion Brett, late of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry and originally Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. In his mid-50’s, Vivion was a resident of The Learning Disability Centre, Cloonamahon, Collooney for the last decade since his parents Mickey and Francis passed away, as Vivion’s health deteriorated. Vivion had health challenges since childhood, but he never let those challenges get him down and he lived a normal life as best he could. He attended primary school in Tubbercurry and as his reading skills progressed, Vivion became an enthusiastic speed reader of all types of Novels. He would then give his opinion on the book to friends and spared no criticism if not up to scratch. On the other hand, if he liked the story he would enthusiastically look forward to the day it would be made into a film. Movie watching was also a great passion of his and as video’s and DVD’s became available for hire and sale from the 1980’s onwards, Vivion became the “go to” man for a comment and critique on new releases. Careers are made today by book and film critics, but Vivion Brett did this out of a passion and interest. At his funeral, his family said there was nearly 5000 items in the house between books, old video cassettes and DVD’s. Vivion was well known in all the book shops in Ballina and Sligo and he was an institution for many years in Igoe’s Newsagents, Tubbercurry, where he gave his comments outside the counter to enquiring customers about films for hire.  After Vivion took up residency in Cloonamahon, he was still an occasional visitor to Tubbercurry and his great Carer’s made it possible for him to see his old haunts and friends on Teeling Street and Mountain Road. Vivion was a gentle soul who enjoyed his walks, readings and films and never offended anybody.  His remains were brought to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Mickey and Francis, Brothers Marcus and Martin and Sister Mary. He is survived by his brothers, Michael, Jarlath, Arthur, Cathal, Sister Ramona, Uncle Sean and Aunt-in-Law Joan, in-laws, cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and Carer’s in Cloonamahon, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Christopher Wren Deceased  The recent death occurred of Christopher Wren, late of Carraun, Tourlestrane. In his mid-70’s, Chris lived in Tourlestrane over the last 25 years having moved West from Dublin along with his wife Bridget and family for a quiet life. Up until that time, Chris had led a very active life and as a member of the Irish Defence Forces, and had seen many frightful situations around the World.  As a young Soldier, Chris was part of the Irish Army Platoon that served as a Peace Keeping Force in the Congo in Africa in 1960 as a Civil War broke out between various warring tribes. November 8th, 1960, will live long in the history and folklore of Irish Army and United National Peace Keeping History, when 9 Irish Soldiers were killed at Niemba in the Congo when attacked by Baluba Tribesmen. Chris Wren was supposed to be part of the group that went out that fateful day, but he got last minute orders to join a different group and so avoided the massacre that occurred.  This was a torrid event in the history of a fledgling Irish Army and Nation, and it took time for the Irish Nation to recover from those events.  Since retiring from the Defence Forces, Chris pursued his various past times, and concentrated on rearing his family along with his beloved wife Bridget, and became involved in local community activities around Tourlestrane.  His remains reposed at the house of his Son, Malcolm, and removal took place to St. Georges Church, Tubbercurry. A lone piper accompanied the cortege on its way to the Church, an Army symbol that Chris would have appreciated. Burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery, Curry. Sympathy is extended to his sons, daughters, grandchildren, in-laws and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

Mass for deceased staff members and pupils of Banada Abbey Secondary school 1958 2002.  On Sunday 29th of May the 10.30am mass will be celebrated for the repose of the souls of deceased members of staff and pupils of Banada Abbey Secondary school. We are making every effort to have a complete list of our beloved friends who are no longer with us, but if you wish to forward us a name which we may not have please text 0863366306, 0861904883 or 0861049369.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood donation Clinic is on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, from 4.30pm-8pm. If you are a candidate who can give blood, then please come along on the evening. Statistics show that 1 in 4 need blood, BUT only 1 in 33 give blood. Visit giveblood.ie to see your donor eligibility or contact LoCall 1850 731 137 for more information.

Social Dancing

Social dancing in the May Queen Tubbercurry, Friday May 20th. Music by Lawrence Campion a great favourite in Lisdoonvarna. Doors open at 10pm.  All are welcome

South Sligo Summer School

The programme for this year’s Summer School is now published and an extended range of classes are available. Accommodation for Students is always required, and anybody with apartments and houses that might be available in July for Students to Rent are asked to contact the offices of Roger McCarrick in Tubbercurry to discuss availability.

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

Text Alert

The Text Alert system to prevent Criminal Activities is up and running in Tubbercurry and is gradually being used as people become more familiar with its operation. The phone number dedicated to this is 071-89500 and run under the supervision of the Gardaí. They advise on various issues – beware of bogus traders and rogue callers. Gardening equipment and machinery is also a target for thieves – report any suspicious activity to An Garda Síochana immediately on 071 9189500. Save this number into your mobile phone entitled Text Alert!

Adult Drama Workshop

A one day workshop for actors and directors by the acclaimed teacher/director Max Halfer is on Sunday June 5th in the Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh. 10.30 – 5 pm.  This multidisciplinary day of drama practise will focus on voice work, acting exercises, and explore short scenes which will provide an insight and tackle the question of ‘being real’ on stage.  Please wear comfortable clothing. The day will be varied and active!

About the tutor: Max Hafler has worked extensively with professional actors. He trained with the Michael Chekhov Association in the U.S., and has been teaching Chekhov Technique for many years. He teaches the technique at NUI Galway and has taught it in many other colleges, including the Lir. He has directed several productions with the technique as the bedrock of the process. Early booking is advisable. The fee is €45. Call Mary Ellen 087 7929138.

Cloonacool GAA
Cloonacool GAA celebrates 100 years in the community.  A weekend of celebrations will take place on the 27th and 28th of May.  Tickets are now on sale for Saturday evening which will include a buffet and an evening of entertainment in Cloonacool Community Centre.  Tickets are €25.00 per person.  To book please contact Bríd Calvey on 087 7912725 or Geraldine Conboy on 087 6744395 or Fergus Leonard on 087 7926950.

Cloonacool Card Game
The Cloonacool Card Game will take place at 9pm each Monday in Cloonacool Community Centre.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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