Weekly News - 21 August


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.

Tubbercurry and district Active Retirement Group

The first meeting of the new term will be in the Health Centre on September 12, 2017.  All are welcome, new members included! You will hear of our plans for the coming months.

Foremost you will be happy to know that the annual   Hiistorical  Trip to Dublin  is arranged for the three days /two nights from Monday 18th to Wednesday  20th September .  Total cost is €220 and includes all travel, tours each day and B&B and Evening Meals in the Regency Hotel. Single rooms are 20 euro per night extra  All those interested are welcome to join us and, as places are limited, we would ask you to enrol for the trip as soon as possible by ringing 087 7780950 or 087 9042319.     A great start to the new term!

Sophia Housing Tubbercurry

A Bric A Brac Sale every Thursday from 2pm – 5pm and continues up to 26th October. “There’s something for everyone”, so why not come along and lend your support. A monster raffle will take place on the final day, 26th October.

DVD for Sale in Aid of Concern

A DVD of a walk from Ballina to Tubbercurry in May 1997 retracing the route taken by the famous racehorse BALLYARA LAD transporting grain from Ballina to Tubbercurry during the Great Famine is now available in the following outlets: Gillespies, Surlis’s Supervalu, Murphys’ Spar, K & B Hardware, Killorans ‘Restaurant, Daybreak and Barrys’  Pharmacy.

The DVD also includes a re-enactment of an eviction scene at Lough Talt by members of the Phoenix Players. All Proceeds are in aid of the Concern Famine in East Africa Relief Appeal

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.

Cloonacool Church Fundraisers

On Friday 25th August in Cloonacool Community Centre at 8pm, Swinford Drama Group will present their play ”The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley” a hilarious comedy by well known author Jimmy Keary. Proceeds will go towards the church renovation fund.

Lough Talk Clay Pigeon Shoot

 The Lough Talt Clay Pigeon Shoot is being held on Sunday, August 27th at Mount Taffe, near Lough Talt.  This is the oldest shoot West of the Shannon, and was first held in 1953 when Rev. Peter Harte PP from Tourlestrane organised it to raise funds for the Parish.  The Lough Talt Cup was presented by Michael J O’Hara, Solicitor, Foxford.

The Shoot was not held over the last 20 years due to various circumstances and challenges, but is being revived this year in memory of the late Michael Rochford of Lough Talt.  Michael died suddenly just 12 months ago and was an avid shooting and game conservation enthusiast.  His love of Lough Talt and the Ox Mountains was infectious, and he was one of the chief helpers over the years when the shoot was in full swing over the decades 50’s – 90’s.

There are various competitions for shooting men/women of various standards, so the call is going out to all the shooting fraternity to come to the Lough Talt Shoot. The event is being organised by the Tubbercurry & District Gun Club.  As well as the main competition for the Lough Talt Perpetual Challenge Cup, there is a new competition, The Rochford Memorial Cup in memory of Michael Rochford.

Various winners of the Lough Talt Cup include Paddy McCarrick, John Conlon, Ian Clarke and other great shooting men who have now passed to their eternal reward.

The Shoot starts at 12 noon and takes place at Mount Taffe, via turn  at Lough Talt Church.  Various competitions for different levels and styles, and further details from:

Robert Lundy Ph: 087-2646422, Michael Conway Ph: 087-2319325, Michael Egan, Bonniconlon or Derek Deehan, Lough Talt.

  The Gillespie Golf Cup

 The 35th Annual Gillespie Cup was played at Enniscrone Golf Club last week in fine weather. This is an annual outing for all South Sligo Golfers or those with South Sligo connections, and has been sponsored by the Gillespie family over the last 35 years.  Winner of this year’s competition from a field of 130 golfers was Eamon  Óg Gallagher with a fine score of 44 points.

The Gillespie family are ceasing their promotion of this competition after this year, and many tributes were made to the family and especially to John Gillespie for their help over the last 35 years.  The event will continue next year under a new format and promoted by Tubbercurry Golf Club, but the message going out is that the day out in Enniscrone will continue for all South Sligo golfers on the 2nd Monday of August 2018.  Mark the day in your diary!

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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