Weekly News - 29th January

Comhaltas News

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

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are proud to announce they will be performing their latest 3 act play ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard in St Brigid’s Hall on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of February. The group will soon be embarking on the 3 act festival circuit, presenting this prize winning play to audiences nationally. The stellar cast includes Pat Feeley, Mary Walsh, Francis Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Eamonn Gallagher, Shane Loftus and Claire McLoughlin, with the capable Peter Davey directing. Tickets cost €12 (€10 concession) and will be available on the door. Curtain up at 8pm sharp, nightly. A show not to be missed!!

St. Attracta’s CS Tubbercurry

Classes for spring 2018 at St Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry.(Booking essential 071 9120814, email mroddy@stattractas.ie) . (1) CAD (Computer Aided Design) – 7 week course (€80) Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm – starting January 30th next. (for beginners/improvers). (2) Basic Computer classes – 6.30pm to 8.30pm starting Tuesday, Jan 30th for 5 weeks (free but you must attend each week. (3) Woodwork -(basic) 7 weeks 6.45pm to 8.45pm starting Tuesday Jan 30th (€80). No classes during midterm Feb 12th to 16th

2018 Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival

The Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival are this year celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and the committee are busy preparing for the 2018 Three Act Drama Festival event which runs from March 2nd – 10th in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre, Tubbercurry at 8 pm nightly. The official launch will take place on Sunday night the 18th Feb following the performance of the ‘Drawer Boy, presented by the Beeznes Theatre Company. To complement the occasion the Western Drama Festival committee will host a wine reception, and patrons will be introduced to the 2018 Programme of plays and events to celebrate the 75 year anniversary. It promises to be a lovely evening, and everyone is welcome. Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season. The festival is a huge hit every year and receives fantastic support from the people and businesses in South Sligo and environs.

Tickets for the Festival can be purchased through the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo, 071-9161518 from Mon.- Fri. 10am to 5.30pm or Sat. 2pm to 5pm. Payment by credit/debit card – Admission €12, Concession €10. Season Ticket €60 (which includes a complimentary programme). For more information see http://www.westerndramafestival.com.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association has now resumed activities and meetings for the coming weeks which will be held each afternoon at 3pm sharp in the Health Centre. It is hoped that each meeting will contain a 20 minute exercise programme.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday afternoon, January 30th. Membership fee of €12 for 2018 is now due. The programme for the following meetings will include talks/demos on Eye Care, CPR, Fire Risks and a craft evening, together with card games, table quiz and music/social hour.

Bowling and Curling continue weekly in Teach Laighne and a new idea for this year is a weekly Irish Hour at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoons in Teach Laighne to which all those interested in reviving their “Cúpla Focail” in an easy, entertaining way will be very welcome. New members are always welcome.

Our Holiday to Wales: Following many requests, our committee are now organising our annual June holiday, which this year will be a trip to North Wales for 5 nights/6 days, starting on Sunday, June 3rd. Our hotel will be the Royal Hotel, Llangollen, which is situated on the banks of the River Dee in a town set in a very scenic area on the border of the Snowdonia National Park. Rate is €650 per person sharing and includes transfers by luxury coach, daily tours, ferry crossing, B&B, plus Evening meals. Entrance fees to historical sites etc. also included. If interested, and, as a number of bedrooms is limited, bookings are needed as soon as possible and a deposit of €100 required by February 14th. For further details phone 087-7720950 or 087-9042319.

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’

Tubbercurry Library – Events

Story time for children under the age of 6 takes place at Tubbercurry library every Friday afternoon at 2pm. No booking required. So come along and join in.

Computer Classes available at Tubbercurry Library. Please call 071 9111705 for more information or ask at the desk. We can help with online banking, social media, Skype, CVs.

Remembrance Mass

Mass will be celebrated for the late Sr. Brigid Mary McGuinness in St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 11am at the request of her former teaching colleagues and past pupils from both the Marist Convent Secondary School and St. Attracta s Community School. All are welcome to attend

Achonry Pioneer Association

The Achonry Regional Pioneer Association Annual Dinner Dance takes place in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on Friday 9th February. Commencing with Dinner at 8pm sharp, followed by music with The Duets. Tickets on sale €25 from Mick Burke at 087-2761711.

The Enniscrone Road

Many residents from Tubbercurry and the general South Sligo area are complaining for years about the state of parts of the road to Enniscrone. The first bad stretch with high trees and hedges is at Drumartin. The next section is leading into Bonniconlon from the Windy Gap, and it is understandable to an extent about this as you are descending down a mountain. The worst and most dangerous section runs from Bonniconlon to Corballa which is narrow and unimproved for the last 50 years. While part of this road is in Co. Mayo, it should be too difficult for the Councils from both Counties to liaise for the sake of safety. This section is narrow, twisty and always slippy, and no maintenance or improvements have ever been done worth noting. This leads to the seaside village of Enniscrone, and the more publicised Wild Atlantic Way. How are tourists to be encouraged off the WWW when roads for so called “loops” are death traps. Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce will be writing shortly to Sligo and Mayo Councils about these stretches, and in the meantime, Councillors could be investigating the situation vis a vis money.

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

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.

Paddy Carr, Cloonacool

The recent unexpected death occurred in Sligo University Hospital of Paddy Carr, late of Newtown, Cloonacool. Aged 68, Paddy was out and about doing his chores until a week before his passing. One of ten children and son of the late James and Ellen Carr of Castlerock, Paddy was an easy going individual who enjoyed a wide variety of animals. He was a regular attendee at shows and fairs, and often came home with donkeys, ponies, dogs, goats, pigs and all sorts of hens and ducks. In his early working life he worked in Dublin before getting a job on the road staff of Sligo Co. Council. This work brought him all over South Sligo, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

He is survived by son, David, daughter, Eileen, twin sister Evelyn Canavan who lived next door to him, sisters Jane (New York), Mary (Tubbercurry), Bridie and Noreen (Enfield, Middlesex), brothers, Jimmy, Johnny, Michael (Warrington), Henry (Castleoye, Tubbercurry), many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Louie O’Hara, Gortermone

The recent peaceful death occurred of John Hubert (Louie) O’Hara, late of Gortermone, Tourlestrane. In his mid ‘80’s, Louie as he was affectionately known was a character of note who was well known by all generations in the Tourlestrane and Tubercurry areas. As well as farming his land at Gortermone, near Banada Abbey, he also worked for many years through the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and into the ‘80’s on the farm attached to Banada Convent, along with men like John James Cosgrove, Michael Kirrane and Tom Meehan. A good man for a one liner, witty comments on the topic of the day, he was a regular in the pub in Tourlestrane where he would digest the news of the day in the company of friends. His old tractor will now be missed on the road between Tourlestrane and Gortermone.

Louie is survived by sisters, Mary and Teresa (New York), Kathleen Walsh (Rhue), nephews, nieces and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Peggy Gallagher, Ougham Bawn, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Peggy Gallagher, late of Ougham Bawn, Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry. In her late ‘70’s, Peggy was a native of Moynalty, Co. Meath, and met her husband Michael when working in England. They lived and worked in the Leicester area for many years prior to returning to Tubbercurry in the early 1990’s. Michael established his Garden Centre at that time, and Peggy was always on hand to help out as required. Peggy had some health challenges in recent years, but always kept the best side out. Funeral Mass took place in St. John the Evanglist Church, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery.

Peggy is survived by husband, Michael, daughters Helen an Kathleen, son, Michael, grandchildren and many close relatives and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Mary Gallagher (nee Bradley), Aclare

The recent death occurred of Mary Gallagher (nee Bradley), late of Aclare Village. In her mid ‘80’s, Mary was a well known personality around Aclare, as she and her late husband Paraic ran the pub in the village known as Gallagher’s for many years. After her husband Pauric passed away about 25 years ago, Mary continued in business in her own pleasant way. She also provided Bed & Breakfast accommodation seasonally to visitors to the area. If customers were inclined to want to stay on too late after closing time, she was always able to remind them that they did indeed have a home to go to. While her sons and daughters gradually took over the operation, Mary always liked to say hello to the customers, as she lived on the premises.

Mary is survived by her daughters Miriam and Paula, sons John and Michael, sister, in-laws, grandchildren and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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