Weekly News - 9th July

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 7 pm on Sunday15th, 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.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement

The local Active Retirement Association is suspending meetings for the months of July and August and wish to thank all members and friends for their support during the past year. June has been a very busy month for the group socially. As well as their usual programme of activities, members have enjoyed a very pleasant week in North Wales, have attended the annual Sportsfest in Sligo where they were represented by their Curling team, took part in the Young at Heart Evening at Sligo Races and have been well entertained by a session at Eagles Flying, Ballymote, followed by an excellent Lunch in the Coach House Hotel. Some bowling practice will take during the rest of the summer in preparation for the AR All Ireland Competitions in September.

LOUGH DERG: We would like to give advance notice of a One-Day pilgrimage to Lough Derg being organised for Tuesday 4th September next. Cost, this year, will be 60 euro, consisting of Lough Derg charge of 45 euro, incl. boat and refreshments, plus 15 euro charge for coach.  This is open to all interested, and please ring 07184053 to book seats. As the number of visitors to Lough Derg is declining annually and funds are badly needed there we would encourage support of this one of our most famous Shrines.  Come and enjoy a peaceful day on this holy island.

Fr. Tomas Surlis– Congratulations are extended to Fr. Tomas Surlis who has been appointed Pro-Rector of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Fr. Tomas is son of Nancy and the late Tommy Joe and brother of Gearoid and Phyllis.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

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 is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Peter McCarrick – The recent death occurred peacefully of Peter McCarrick, late of Carrowreagh Knox, Tubbercurry. In his early 80’s Peter was a quiet hard working farmer who ran a progressive farm around his home at Carrowreagh Knox. He enjoyed the company of neighbours and friends and was never in too much of a hurry not to be able to stand and chat on the topics of the day. He had a great love of Irish Music and the Irish language and he enjoyed a discussion on politics of all types. Peters remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to St. John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Cloonacool cemetery. He is survived by his loving wife Frances, daughters Frances, Patricia & Noreen, sons Seamus & Peter, sisters Kathleen, Nora & Agnes, brother Jack, various inlaws, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in Peace.

Lynne Craven, Corsallagh– The sudden and unexpected death occurred recently at her home of Lynne Craven (nee Blinkey), late of Corsallagh, Tubbercurry. Lynne was a quiet spoken and gentle lady who was always willing to lend a helping hand when required. Her remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to St. Michaels Church, Cloonacool and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Amanda, son Stephen, brothers Stephen, Andy & Paul, inlaws, nephews, nieces and all who mourn her passing. May she rest in Peace.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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