Weekly News - 25th June

South Sligo Summer School The 32nd Year

Final plans are being put in place for the 32nd year of the South Sligo Summer School of traditional music, song and dance in Tubbercurry which runs from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July 2018. This year Raidio na Gaeltachta’s Head of Music, Neansai Ni Choisdealbha, will officially open the Summer School. Following the official opening in St. Brigid’s Hall at 7pm on Sunday 15th to which everyone is invited, the ever popular local Swallows Tail Ceilí Band will play for the opening céilí from 8.30pm to 11.30 pm.

This year’s stellar line up of céilí bands in St. Brigid’s Hall also includes Sligo’s own Dartry Céilí Band, playing on Wednesday, 18th and the Swallows Tail Céilí Band play again on Thursday, 19th. Registered students have free entry into the céilí on Thursday night. Other bands playing during the week include Matt Cunningham and the Glenside Céilí Bands, both regular visitors to the summer school over the years.

Daily workshops in a wide variety of traditional instruments will take place in St. Attracta’s Community School and in a number of other venues around town. All ages and levels of experience welcome. We will help you find the workshop best suited to your needs. Registration is from 8.30 am on Monday morning 16th July in St. Brigid’s Hall, with pre-registration also available online on our website www.sssschool.org The hugely popular Mixed Instruments Workshop for adults will be available again this year, facilitated by Fiona Doherty and Michael Hurley. Our classes are recognised for EPV/CPD for primary teachers by the Department of Education & Skills. Having introduced the Harmonica for a trial workshop last year, Rick Epping this year for the full week. Rick will cater for players of varying levels of experience. Participants need to bring a harmonica in the key of G.

Masterclasses are open to experienced players in fiddle and flute this year, facilitated by John Carty and Colm O’Donnell. These take place on Tuesday, 17th July from 4 to 6 pm in the National School.

Nightly concerts and recitals featuring tutors, local and visiting musicians are always a highlight of the summer school and open to everyone to come along and listen to the very best in traditional music and song. This year’s Monday night concert in St. Attracta’s Community School is in honour of the Kearins Family. Fionnuala and her son and daughter Cian and Caoimhe have been teaching at the South Sligo Summer School for many years. They will be joined by family and friends for a Celebration of Music & Song and it promises to be a very special night. Tickets will be available at the door. Mark your diary: Mon 16th July at 8 pm! Come early!

For a full list of tutors, instruments taught and other details of this year’s programme please check out our website www.sssschool.org where you will also find links to our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter or for further information ring 071-9120912. The summer school programme is also widely available the local tourist office, in local shops and businesses around Tubbercurry and the surrounding area or from any member of the organising committee.

Tubber Master’s Society – Annual Golf Outing To Enniscrone Golf Club

One of the oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its annual golf outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday 13th August 2018. The Tubbercurry Golf outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and is always played in August in Enniscrone. For the last 35 years, the Society’s outing was sponsored by the Gillespie Family to whom the Society owe a great debt of gratitude. However the Gillespie Cup was retired last year in its 35th year and the old Society outing is now resuming under the new brand name of The “Tubber Master’s Society”.

The Society outing to Enniscrone existed long before the current Tubbercurry Golf Club existed and it is fair to say that it was out of the Annual Society that the idea for the formation of the current course in Tubbercurry was formulated. There are huge links going back for years between Tubbercurry and Enniscrone Golf Clubs.

While the day is based around a golf competition, the main purpose of the event is an opportunity for people with connections with Tubbercurry, South Sligo and surrounding areas to meet and renew old acquaintances. Indeed there are a number of people who have not missed the outing since its inception and have played in every single outing, quite often in the same four-ball.

The format will be the exact same as in previous years which is a Singles Stableford and all members of Tubbercurry Golf Club are automatically members of the Society and anybody with an association with Tubbercurry, South Sligo and surrounding areas, whether they are regular golfers or not, are welcome to join us for a day’s fun in the glorious surroundings of Enniscrone Golf Club.

While the Gillespie Cup has been retired, John Gillespie continues to be involved in the promotion of the Society and John, as in recent years, is taking entries for this year’s competition. John can be contacted on mobile number 087 288 5980 or by e-mail at shopgillespie@eircom.net. If you are interested in playing, contact John on mobile or by e-mail and he will ensure that you are on the timesheet. As in former years, the day’s golf outing will be followed by a meal and a presentation which is always a fun occasion.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Enniscrone on Monday the 13th August for the “Tubber Masters”.

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp Summer Camps

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running their fun summer camps again this year from 17th- 20th July and 24th – 27th July at 10am – 2pm each day. Cost of €60 per child. Aged 8yrs approx. and over. We also cater for children’s birthday parties. For more information email :oxmountaincamp@gmail.com,or phone 071 9181920 or 087 1362703.

Card Game Tubbercurry

25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm. The card games will go right through the summer. All are welcome.

Irish Summer School

Irish summer courses will take place in Banada during the summer. Junior cert course will take place 23rd-27th July and leaving cert course will take place 30th July-3rd August. Call or text Siobhán for further details on 0874510572

 Yogalates Class

Yogalates Class Every Thursday Evening at 7pm in St Mary’s Community Centre, Curry. Calming & Stretching your mind promotes healing and addresses chronic conditions. For all levels of fitness and age. Pay as you go. Please bring a mat, blanket and cushion for relaxation. Enquiries to Ros 087-2617309

Kathleen Kilgannon Carrentubber – The recent death occurred in Baileys Nursing Home of Kathleen Kilgannon (nee Gethins) late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry. In her early 90’S Kathleen was a native of Quarryfield, Bunninadden and walked 3 miles to and from primary school at Doocastle like many of her age group of the time.

Kathleen married her husband Henry when young and set about her young adult life working and rearing her family. Once they purchased their farm at Carrentubber her vegetable and flower garden became admirable for passers by, and her vegetables, baking and home products won many prizes at the Western Agricultural Show held in Tubbercurry from the early 1950’s onwards. Kathleen also liked to play cards and was a drama enthusiast and in her retirement years was an active member of the Active Retirement Group and regular reader at Mass.

Of course in the meantime she and her husband had to rear, feed and educate their family of 6 children when they came along. Kathleen was always cheerful and always had a smile on her face and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her sons Billy (Tubbercurry) Seamus (Sligo), Patsy (Donegal) and Brendan (UK) daughters Mary Healy (Sligo), Doris McKim (Cloonacool), sister Nancy (USA) daughters & son in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, & many friends. Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery. May she rest in Peace.

Louis Leonard, Doocastle– The unexpected death occurred in March last of Louis Leonard, late of Doocastle. In his mid 70’s, Louis was a well known and highly respected figure in the farming community through his lifetime of work as an Agricultural Advisor with Teagasc.

Louis went a long way beyond a call of duty to help his farmer clients to develop and improve the productive capacity of their farms, and many quality farm buildings were erected over the last 40 years through the advice and help of Louis. Outside his line of work, he was also a kind and generous person with his time to help others and anytime he was asked for help he was not found wanting. He cared lovingly for his late wife Rita in her years of illness prior to her passing. His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral home and burial took place in Doocastle Cemetery. The numbers attending his funeral on both days were testimony to the esteem in which he was held. He is survived by his daughters Eilis McGuire, and Pauline, son in law James, grandchildren, extended family and many friends all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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