Weekly News - 26th February

Community Recognition Award

Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association is hosting a Community Recognition Award Ceremony on St. Patrick’s night, March 17th in Cawley’s Hotel, Tubbercurry.

The recipients of this year’s award are the Western Drama Festival Committee, who this year are celebrating the 75th year of the founding of the Festival. First held in 1943, the Western Drama Festival has gone from strength to strength and is a firm fixture on the annual calendar of events both in Tubbercurry and in Drama circles throughout Ireland. Indeed, the Western Drama Festival was the first Drama Festival of its kind ever held in Ireland and is a model copied by drama enthusiasts throughout Ireland. The founding fathers of Matt Devine, Alfie Rochford, John A Flannery and Sean O’Dowd, all now deceased, would be very proud if they returned today to see how more recent committees have developed what they established. Over the last 75 years, the Festival has been an integral part of the community and social life in South Sligo and has been highly educational for all attendees over the years. Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce & Community Association is a vocal outlet and advocate for the entire community and this is an opportunity to say thank you to the many volunteers in this their Diamond Jubilee year.

The evening takes the form of a buffet supper in Cawley’s Hotel on St. Patricks Night at 8pm. There will be a number of speakers, a presentation to the Festival Committee, and a dance/social afterwards to top band, BackWater Jack. This is an ideal way to socialise and say thank you to the many volunteers that make up the Western Drama Festival Committee. The general public are invited to attend and tickets are now available for the event at €35 each from a variety of Chamber members, including, Geraldine Brennan, Gearoid Surlis, John Gillespie and Roger McCarrick.

Coffee/Tea Day for the Simon Community – AIB, Tubbercurry

Make a difference and come and join us in the Branch on Wednesday 28th February 2018 to support this very worthy cause. It will run during opening hours, 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm.

Tubbercurry/ Cloonacool Community Games Notes

Tubbercurry/ Cloonacool Community Games Art/ Craft/ Model Making Competition will take place in St.Brigid’s Hall on Friday 2nd March. Times as follows: 5pm. Craft/Model Making, and 5.30-6.30pm Art. Registration forms are available on the night. The Tubbercurry/Cloonacool area swimming will take place on Saturday 3rd March at 5pm with Skreen/Dromard. All participants to be in the Sligo Sports Complex at 4.40pm. If your child is registered and unable to take part please get in touch with Enda O’Brien on 087-6824388. Thank you.


The monthly Comhaltas session will take place in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday night 2nd March.  Junior session starts at 9.00pm and senior session at 10.00pm.  All musicians welcome.

North Connaught College

North Connaught College Tubbercurry is hosting its Open Evening on Thursday 1st March from 3-6pm for PLC courses. Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor and current students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have.

Further details on our website www.northconnaughtcollege.net or on facebook www.facebook.com/northconnaughtcollege or ring us on 0719185035.

Special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’

Complementing the Western Drama Festival celebration of 75 years in existence, a special exhibition ‘Celebrating Creativity in our Community’ will be held-in partnership with Tubbercurry Community Library- Sligo Library Service from 6 – 10 March 2018.

We invite all artists to submit pieces reflecting life in the community today & into the future. If interested please contact Anne Marie Hegarty- 086 8066662 or Eileen Davey- 087 9791942.

All art forms are acceptable i.e. Painting, sketching, sculpture, photography etc. The working title for this exhibition is ‘Next Chapter’

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 13th – 20th September, 2018, led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Tim Flynn. Flights from Knock with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price.

For more information please contact, Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or mobile 087-1873703

Tubbercurry Twinning

Tubbercurry Twinning Group is planning a trip to Cutigliano in the Tuscany region of Italy from May 8th – 13th. A Group from Tubbercurry’s Twinning town Viarmes in France will be joining with the Tubbercurry group. The local Group will be travelling from Dublin to Pisa & onward then to Cutigliano, and will be staying in a local hotel. Some suggestions for activities while there, are, Forest walks, an urban hike in the city of Lucca, trip to Chianti & visit a winery, trip to cheese making dairy or visit olive oil company.

If you are interested in joining us contact info@tubbercurry.ie or call to South Sligo Tourism & Community office, Humbert Street, Tubbecurry. Ph. 087 0936616

Evening classes at St Attracta’s CS

Classes for spring 2018 at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry include

CAD (Computer Aided Design) – 7 week course (€80) Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm starting February 27th next. (for beginners/improvers)

Basic Computer classes –  6.30 to 8.30pm starting Tuesday, Feb 27th (only a few spaces remaining)

Woodwork – (basic) 7 weeks 6.30 to 8.30pm starting Tuesday Feb 27th. (€80)

Booking is essential. Contact 071 9120814, email mroddy@stattractas.ie

Tubbercurry Community Library

Some of the things happening in our local library include:

Meal Planning Masters Talk by Mary McGovern on Thursday March 1st at 1pm- No booking required and all are welcome: Board Games for over 8’s every Tuesday from 5pm: Story Time for under 6’s every Friday at 2pm: Creative writing group every Friday at 11am.

For all enquiries please call 071 9111705

The North West Simon Community Mini Marathon Team

The North West Simon Community is looking for people join their mini marathon team.

The 2018 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon will be on Sunday June 3rd. Will you join the North West Simon Community Team in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. If you are interested in fundraising for the local homeless charity please contact Mary on 087 7708865 or email mary@northwestsimon.ie

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

Finding Peace Within” a one-day workshop on Saturday March 3rd from 10am to 4pm at Solas Healing Sanctuary, Curry. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Peace is the first step on a journey to healing and wholeness. A nurturing and life transforming day. Tea breaks and lunch provided. Spaces limited so booking is essential. For further details phone Maureen at 086 8511372

Yogalates Classes

Yogalates Class Every Thursday evening at 7pm in St Mary’s Community Centre, Curry. Calming & Stretching Your mind promotes healing and addresses chronic conditions. Suitable for all levels of fitness and age. Please bring a mat, blanket and cushion. Enquiries to Ros on 0872617309

Leader RSS Scheme

The Sligo Leader Partnership is currently advertising a vacancy for the Rural Social Scheme at Nace O’Dowd Park, Achonry. Please contact Declan Foley on 071-9141138 or email dfoley@sligoleader.com for more details.

Margaret Gormally, Achonry

The recent peaceful death occurred at North West Hospice of Margaret Gormally (nee Coleman) late of Castlecawley, Achonry. Pre-deceased by her husband Kevin and in her late 70’s, Margaret was a very pleasant and active lady who worked most of her adult life while still rearing a large family. She was Post Mistress at Achonry Post Office for many years until its closure within the last 20 years. This was one of the last rural post offices based in a family home, and it was always a great place for locals to meet up for a chat. After retiring from a working life, she was a very busy Grandmother to 14 grandchildren, and became very involved in the activities of Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association. She held various officerships in this great Organisation and was very involved in their 3 publications of history books where her organisational skills and efficiency shined. Stylish and young at heart, Margaret was a role model for others of her generation.

Her remains reposed at Coen’s Funeral Home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Lavagh. Burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery. Margaret is survived by daughters Christine and Annette, sons Frank, Stephen, David and Denis, brothers William and Joseph, sister Agnes, Joan and Eileen, in-laws, grandchildren and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Sr. Terence Lawrence

The recent peaceful death occurred of St. Terence Lawrence of Marist Convent, Carrick-on-Shannon. Age 88, St. Terence was a native of Loughill, Cloonacool and had always a special place in her heart for Loughill. She joined the Marist Sisters on leaving school nearly 70 years ago and worked in the Marist Convents in Tubbercurry and Cornwall, England before returning to Carrick-on-Shannon. Sr. Terence was the last of her siblings to survive, and loved to return to Cloonacool and Tubbercurry for family occasions, celebrations or funerals. She retained a great capacity for remembering names of old family friends and for members of younger generations.

Her remains reposed at the Marist Convent Chapel in Carrick-on-Shannon and burial took place in the Convent Cemetery in Carrick-on-Shannon. Sr. Terence is survived by nieces Celia Faul, Mary Lawrence and Julia Hession, nephew Michael Lawrence, grand nephews and nieces, and her Marist Community, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Bridie Walsh, Coolrecuil, Tourlestrane

Sympathy is extended to Jamsie Walsh, Ballymote Road and his wife Mary on the recent death of Jamsie’s mother Bridie Walsh. In her early 90’s, Bridie was reasonably active until recently and had moved from her home in Coolrecuil in recent years to Corpus Christi in Tourlestrane Village. Bridie was always a keen Tourlestrane GAA supporter when her sons played with Tourlestrane, but was known to support Tubbercurry on occasions when grandchildren played with Tubbercurry. Pre-deceased by her husband James (Siki) when young, Bridie worked hard all her life to rear their young family.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Bridie is survived by her daughter Anita, sons Patsy, Jamsie, Larry and John, in-laws, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Thomas Connor, Rooskey, Doocastle

The recent peaceful death occurred at his residence of Thomas Connor, late of Rooskey, Doocastle. Thomas had just turned 80 years old, but was always young at heart. Thomas enjoyed the simple things of life, and was at home with nature, and cutting the turf. As a young man he emigrated briefly to England in the mid 50’s but he found England was not for him, so he returned home. There he farmed and cut and saved turf on the many bogs at Rooskey and Derrikinlough. He was the caretaker of the grounds around Rooskey Church, a job he took very seriously and was very proud of his work. A photograph of him cutting a bank of turf with the slain appeared many years ago in a book. His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to Rooskey Church. Burial took place in Carracastle Cemetery. Thomas is survived by his sisters Beatrice who lived at home with him, Mary (Long Island, New York) and Peggy (North Carolina) as well as cousins and good neighbours, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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