Weekly News - 1st September

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation Clinic will be in St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, on Thursday, 7th September from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.  As always your support is very much appreciated.

Blood is in short supply and everyone who can, should consider donating. It is a wonderful act of caring for others; a genuine gift of life to a person in desperate need. Someone will live because you give. Within three weeks of donation you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someone’s life. No greater gift is possible.


We will be starting the new term with our range of one year courses suitable for adults and school leavers on 4th September.  You are welcome to apply and come in for advice and information about options for qualifying for a career to suit you – no points requirement just interest and enthusiasm.  Our website gives details and an online application system but you can also call in any time during the day from the 21st August and receive a friendly welcome.

Pedestrian Crossing

The yellow lines beside the pedestrian crossing at Surlis Supervalu are still being parked on by cars and vans on a daily basis. Drivers must realise that this is a most dangerous practise as it impairs motorists’ views of pedestrians stepping out onto the crossing. The Gardai issue parking tickets on a daily basis to offenders parking on the yellow lines and this practice of parking near the crossing must stop!

Keeping in Touch

Many South Sligo and Tubbercurry natives living abroad were at home visiting relatives during the month of August. A number of them advised the writer that they always keep up with the local news through the Tubbercurry notes in the Sligo Champion. It is encouraging to hear that local correspondents play such a role.

One local family that had a reunion was the Scanlon family from Carrentubber. This comprises the sisters of Bridie Kirrane, Carrentubber who live in various parts of the USA and England. They include Kathleen Keady, Winnie Feeley, Ann Ferguson and Mary Scanlon who emigrated in the 1950’s , but always still call Tubbercurry home. They are already planning their next get together.

Tubbercurry and District Active Retirement Group

The first meeting of the Association for the Autumn/Winter session will be held in the Health Centre at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, September 12th. New members are very welcome.

You will hear of our plans for the coming months.

The Historical Dublin Tour, organised by the local Active Retirement Group, is now fully booked out, with a waiting list for cancellations. We would like to thank all who booked so promptly. The coach will leave Tubbercurry, Teach Laighne Car Park, at 8.30 am on Monday, September 18th and we are all looking forward to a few enjoyable days together.

Rhue Cemetery

The Rhue Cemetery Committee would like to express their sincere thanks for the generosity of the recent gate collection. The amount collected was €1,315. This money will go towards the upkeep of the cemetery.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703

Tubbercurry – Card Game

Single hand 25 card game every Sunday night in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. Starting at 8.30am.

Children Starting Primary School

Parents with young children due to start school – remember to take your child to your local GP for the Booster Vaccines before September, more information at www.immunisation.ie

Tubbercurry Women’s Group

Looking for some crafty time? Why not come and join the Tubbercurry Women’s Group. We meet every Wednesday from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at the community room at the Tubbercurry library. We’ll be delighted to see you.

All Ireland Fleadh Success

The 2017 All Ireland Fleadh  is over and the South Sligo musicians did themselves proud.   Sinead Johnston got first place on the mandolin and third on the banjo in 12 to 15, Conor McDonagh got second on the flute under 12, Conan Marren got  second on flute slow airs 15 to 18,

The under12 trio; Aoife Johnston, Conor Mc Donagh and Ciara Lee took gold and the under12 duet Aoife Johnston and Conor Mc Donagh took silver. This was a very impressive  performance by our members and we are very proud of them.  Great credit must go to our local  tutors  Michael Hurley and Teresa O Grady who do fantastic work teaching these young people and promoting traditional music in the area.

Congrats to all the other competitors who competed and did’nt feature in the prize winners  your day will come.  Classes commence on Monday 11th Sept. in Tubbercurry Resource Centre

Lough Talt Shoot

Tubbercurry Gun Club hosted the Lough Talt Clay Pigeon Shoot last week at the magnificent Mount Taffe valley near Lough Talt.

Held in glorious sunshine, this is an event started in the early 1950’s but had been dormant for the last 20 years. A new generation of shooting and wildlife preservation enthusiasts has rejuvenated the event in memory of the late Michael Rochford from Lough Talt. It is hoped to make this at least an annual event, such was the enjoyment had by all.


 Confined and Novice Event

For The Lundy Perpetual cup

1st – Brendan Brett

2nd – Thomas Lundy.

3rd – Shane Kennedy

Sporting Event

1st – Kim Parsons

2nd – Seamus Brett

3rd – Liam Cariss

15 bird D.T.L. for the Lough Talt perpetual challange cup and 250 trap cartridges sponsored by Damien Wimsey Electrical

1st – Martin Griffin

2nd – Seamus Brett

3rd – Seanie Wimsey.

10 bird D.T.L. for The Rochford Family perpetual cup

1st – Martin Griffin

2nd – Kim Parsons

3rd – Rian Walsh

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a 3 week Archery programme for adults and kids on 16th, 23rd and 30th September. Contact Sinead 0873560210 or check out our facebook page Ox Mountain Adventure Camp for further info.

Eddie Brennan, Emmett Street

The recent death occurred of Eddie Brennan, late of Emmet Street, Tubbercurry. Aged 85, Eddie was an easy going, soft spoken and jovial character who always saw the good in everybody and everything. Eddie was a painter by profession and over his life time he painted in most of the houses of South Sligo and Tubbercurry, along with his father Pakie in the early years, and also with his brother Bernie.

Living 2 doors from St. Brigid’s Hall all his life, he was a young teenager when St. Brigid’s Hall was developed and opened in the 1940’s as a dance hall and theatre, and it was natural that he partook in all the activities of that great facility.  The Showband scene and dancing to live music was big in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, and Eddie was drumming in the great local band The Cleffonaires. Many members of the Cleffonaires went on to play in other show and jazz bands, including the Jazz Lads – Paraic Potter, Carl Neilson and Mickey Brennan who all “cut their teeth” with Eddie Brennan and The Cleffonaires.

Due to early morning starts in his painting profession, Eddie had to retire from the band scene, but all through his life he enjoyed live music in St. Brigid’s Hall or in the singing/dancing lounges locally. He also loved the atmosphere generated by the South Sligo Summer School over the last 30 years.  While never having played much Gaelic football, he was an avid fan of Sligo & Tubbercurry teams, and was always aware of the local and national starts and teams.

Eddie’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. He is survived by his brothers Bernie and Sean, sisters, Sr. Mary (S M) and Agnes, brother in law, Martin, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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