Weekly News - 25th December

Welcome to Visitors

A warm welcome is extended to the many visitors who are at home in Tubbercurry and South Sligo to stay with family and relations over the holiday season. News of South Sligo natives living abroad is always welcome, as those of us who keep the home fires burning love to hear of their progress. Interesting items of your work or social activities can be written in to Roger McCarrick or emailed to the address below. Best wishes to all.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation Clinic will be on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry from 4.30pm to 8pm.  As always and especially after Christmas, the call goes out; 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. Better than any other gift given at Christmas. Within three weeks of donating you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someone’s life. No greater gift is possible. Visit giveblood.ie or LoCall 1850 731 137 if you want to learn more about giving blood.

North West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Eileen Murtagh, on behalf of the North West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Sligo and the Thursday morning Ladies Group, wish to thank sincerely all those who supported their fundraising efforts this year. Over €3,000 has been donated to the Centre, from Eileen’s Tea Day, the Quilt Raffle and selling Christmas Cards in SuperValu, and we are especially grateful to Geroid Surlis for this facility. Wishing everyone a Peaceful Christmas and Happy 2018.

Tubbercurry, a Day in the Life – New DVD

Back in 1997, Tubbercurry celebrated their 600th Anniversary of the founding of Tubbercurry, and a yearlong celebration of Tubbercurry 600. This celebration included EU Commissioner, Ray McSharry officially opening the event and also included President Mary Robinson visiting Tubbercurry for the Old Fair Day in August 1997.As part of the celebrations, local camera men, Sean Johnston and Tom Walsh recorded “A Day in the Life of Tubbercurry”, starting at 6am until 12 midnight. It includes children coming and going to school, businesses and workers going about their days work and various interviews.

A new DVD – “Tubbercurry, A Day in the Life” is now available for sale at €15, and would be of great interest to anybody or any family from the town or area. The DVD is available for sale in various outlets, and would make an ideal present.

Birthday Wishes

Luke Kilcoyne, well known grey hound trainer, and Gaelic Football analysis, recently celebrated his 80th Birthday in the company of family and friends. Well known in many local and national circles, he is a true example of keeping fully active in retirement, and he is one of the youngest looking octogenarians ever……….

Tubbercurry Writers Group

The Tubbercurry writing group have now finished up for the Christmas break, but will resume again on Friday 12th January, 2018 from 11am-1pm.

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.

Louis McDonagh, Ballincurry

The unexpected death occurred earlier this year of Louis McDonagh, late of Ballincurry, Curry. In his late 60’s, Louis was a native of Tubbercurry, having spent his early life living at home opposite Rathscanlon Creamery. Son of the late Tanse and Mary Agnes, Louis hit for London as a teenager, like a lot of his generation in search of employment and finished up spending nearly 30 years there. He was involved in the construction business, and specifically steel fixing. The family returned to Ireland when they purchased their home and farm at Ballincurry. Since his retirement from full time employment, Louis was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry where most of the house shopping was done, and he thoroughly enjoyed keeping up to date with local happenings around town. An avid GAA fan, he shared his allegiances with both Curry and Tubbercurry, as relatives were involved at a high level with both clubs. He was always happy once the best team won! Louis is survived by his wife Carmel, daughter Siobhan, son James, grandson Daithí, brothers Henry and Frances, sisters Bridie, Mary, Margaret and Teresa, in-laws, nephews, nieces and many relations and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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