Weekly News - 5th February

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. Curtains up at 8pm sharp nightly. A show not to be missed!!

Launch of Western Drama Festival Launch 

The launch of the Western Drama Festival takes place on Sunday night 18th February in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry just after the performance of the wonderful ‘Drawer Boy, presented by the Beeznees Theatre Company. The play commences at 8pm sharp. Please come along to what promises to be a lovely evening in St Brigid’s Hall.

We are delighted to have Tommy Marren as our special guest for our 75th Anniversary celebratory launch. 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 75th Anniversary. Check out our website for details of the plays and fringe events www.westerndramafestival.com

Tickets: Season Ticket €60 and includes complementary programme. Secure your seats for the festival by contacting the Hawkswell Theatre, on 071 9161518 – Mon – Fri. 10 am to 5.30 pm or Sat. 2pm to 5pm and pay by credit/debit card –  Admission €12, Concession €10   Info re tickets at http://www.westerndramafestival.com/purchase-tickets

Evening classes at St Attracta’s CS

1. Computers for complete beginners will take place on Tuesday Feb 27th (a few spaces left) at 6.30 to 8.30 pm. (for 5 Tuesdays, free but you must attend each week)

2. CAD – Computer Aided Design – (beginners) starting Tuesday 27th Feb – 6.30 to 8.30 pm (€80 for 7 weeks)

3. Woodwork (beginners) also on Tuesday 27th Feb, 6.30 to 8.30pm €80 for 7 weeks.

Classes will go ahead if numbers are sufficient – contact 071 9120814 or email mroddy@stattractas.ie

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 at €25 from Mick Burke. Ph: 087-2761711.

Will you host a Tea/Coffee Day for your local homeless charity?

Thurs 22nd Feb is Tea Day in aid of North West Simon Community, the local homeless charity. If you are interested in hosting a Tea Day in or around this date please contact Mary on 087 7708865.

Anyone can host a Tea Day with family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours.  Your club, school, hospital or restaurant/café can get involved – the possibilities are endless!!

Register by e mailing mary@northwestsimon.ie to get your posters and branded balloons. You can make a difference locally.

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 programme of events 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.

New Simon Charity Shop open in Sligo

Donations of quality ladies clothes and accessories, and small bric a brac welcome for new charity shop on JFK Parade in Sligo. Drop in for a bargain; you are supporting the North West Simon Community housing support programme in Sligo. Volunteers welcome also – contact 071 9147522 or drop in.

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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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