The Comhaltas Christmas party for all music students was held in the Family Resource Centre on Monday 18th of December. It was a wonderful evening of music with all students partaking. Its wonderful to see the progress made by the beginners and then to listen to the masterful playing of the older students many of whom are All Ireland Champions. Great credit is due to their tutor Michael Hurley who does a wonderful job nurturing and encouraging these young musicians in a calm patient manner. John Joe Brennan organises and orchestrates the classes and Christmas party along with his good wife Monica. Mile buiochas as ucht do chuid oibre.
Classes will resume again on Monday January 15th at the usual times. New members are always welcome
South Sligo AC St. Stephen’s Day 5K
The people of South Sligo and surrounding areas were out in force to support the 5k charity run in aid of a very worthy cause, SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). This great event has being going from strength to strength since its first race six years ago. This year was bigger and better with just under 400 people, young and old, taking to the streets of Tubbercurry. There was a very noticeable increase in families who took part this year, adding greatly to this special event. God himself played a huge part with the rays of sunshine beating down on everybody.
Gerry Lee, chairman, welcomed everybody at the start of the race, in a packed St.Brigid`s Hall and acknowledged the great support received by both walkers and runners. You could hear a pin drop as Gerry acknowledged Tom Normanly who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Gerry welcomed Marie, family and friends and explained that in Tom’s memory a memorial shield would be presented to the first junior (u18yrs) to cross the line. Tom was an avid supporter of the run for the past few years. He completed it two years ago and was encouraging his own family and all who took part last year as they neared the finish line. Tom was too well aware of the support and facilities provided by SHOUT. God played his part but there is no doubt that Tom had a word and was with everybody in spirit. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.
Afterwards refreshments were provided and everybody mingled and chatted to discuss the Christmas festivities. Children huddled together showing each other and discussing what that great man Santa Claus brought. Prizes were presented to first male Dermot McDermott, 1st female Mari Johnston, 1st Junior female Maeve Gallagher. First junior male home and winner of the Tom Normanly memorial shield was Barry Clavin. The Thornton family (including Holly the dog) were winners of the fancy dress/ best Christmas jumper prize. A special presentation (South Sligo singlet) was made to Sharon Argenio, sister of Donal Kerins, club member. Sharon and family had travelled from Colorado arriving in Dublin Airport at 5am that morning and travelled down especially to take part in the run.
Gerry was delighted to announce at the time that €3,700 was raised and they were still counting monies that were coming in. South Sligo AC wishes to thank all those who sponsored and volunteered to organise this great event but in particular all those who supported and donated very generously. Please pencil this social event of the year into your diaries for next year.
New Year House Concert
Liam Stapleton and friends will perform a concert at Moy River Folk Club (Moy River B&B, Cloonacool) on Friday night 12th January at 8pm. This promises to be a great night of high quality folk and traditional music and will include a few special guest appearances. Booking is necessary, call Pat and Rita on 087 2512030.
Odyssey Parenting Your Teen: Would you like to strengthen your relationship with your teen? Would you like to learn skills around promoting self-esteem in your young person? Then this is the course for you! Parenting Northern Ireland has developed a breakthrough programme for parents of teenagers which has been proven to be one of the most effective in the UK. This programme is now being offered in Sligo. It is ideal for parents of young people aged 12-18 years old and sessions cover issues such as parenting styles, teen development, self-esteem, rules and consequences, conflict and problem solving. Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre will be rolling out the Odyssey programme in late January 2018. If you feel you could use help and support with your teenager come along to this 8 week programme for practical tips and advice. For further information and to register your interest contact Mary on 0719186926. The programme will run subject to numbers.
Tubbercurry Writers Group
The Tubbercurry writing group will resume on Friday 12th January, 2018 from 11am-1pm.
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.
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