Weekly News Aug 14th

Old Fair Day Success
The 32nd Old Fair Day passed off on the streets of Tubbercurry on Wednesday August 9th with great success and all credit is due to the wonderful committee and team of helpers who put the whole event together. In the true spirit of community co-operation, the organising committee and Stewarts operated like a well-oiled machine and thousands of visitors who came to town had a truly wonderful and enjoyable day.  The weather throughout the day was perfect, with glorious sunshine in the afternoon after a cloudy morning. As well as plenty of Stewarts on hand to help when needed, there was a good Garda presence to ensure no difficulties arose and any potential trouble was nipped at the bud. Thank you to all for a memorable event.

Mayo connection-
One of the Gardaí on duty in Tubbercurry during the Old Fair Day was Garda David Clarke who is based at the Tubbercurry Garda Station. David is the goalkeeper on the Mayo team who had a big win at Croke Park a few days earlier over Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter final. When recognised in his garda uniform he was a big hit with children and GAA fans from various counties, and many people had their photos taken with him. This kind of interaction between the public, fans and sport stars could only happen in Ireland and is lovely to see. Best wishes are extended to the Mayo team as they take on the great Kerry team in the All Ireland semi-final next Sunday. Another Mayo team connection to Tubbercurry is  Conor Loftus who is a star forward on the team. Conor is a son of Margaret Kilcoyne, originally from The Rock, Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry and is grandson of Luke and Carmel Kilcoyne. Rumour has it that both David Clarke and Conor Loftus may line out with the Tubbercurry team next year!!

Revenue Inspectors- One of the talking points of the Old Fair Day was the presence of a team of inspectors from the Revenue Commissioners who were checking for trading licences from all the street traders and venders. While it is agreed that all traders should be licenced and should pay their taxes, it was felt Revenue went beyond the call of duty in many cases. Street artists of various sorts and voluntary organisations including fundraisers were also questioned as well as local artisan producers and craft people of various products. These types of craftsmen and women are carrying on a long tradition of craft and entertainment that is crucial to the education and entertainment value of the Old Fair Day. A bit of common sense by the inspectors would have been welcome.

Bank of Ireland
The cash desk in Bank of Ireland closed for the last time on August 8th last, the day before the Old Far Day. The Bank of Ireland building on Teeling Street has traded for nearly 100 years, under the Hibernian Bank name, prior to becoming Bank of Ireland in the 1970’s. Staff are still available on the floor to help customers do their business through the cash machines. They say lodgements and withdrawals will become easier, but that remains to be seen. Already shops, pubs and business are struggling to get to grips with this new regime, and the scarcity of change, especially €5 note and large coins is a real problem. Elderly people especially are frustrated and concerned about being able to do their banking business. The staff at a local level in Bank of Ireland are very pleasant and will help all customers as best they can. However,the public throughout Ireland are in shock at this national policy change for small branches. The situation will be monitored closely to see how the change effects people and businesses.

Famine Graveyard Mass
A Mass will be held in the old workhouse/famine graveyard at the back of Connolly Park on this Wednesday August 16th at 8pm in memory of those who died in Tubbercurry as a result of the famine in the 1840’s and also those who died in the Workhouse as a result of poverty and starvation in the decades after the famine. Tubbercurry workhouse was built in the 1850’s as part of a national workhouse building programme to help alleviate poverty, starvation and distress and it served all South Sligo until the early years of the 20th century when it closed. It was demolished in the 1930’s by Sligo County Council as it had fallen into disrepair and the Council built Connolly Park on the grounds of the old workhouse. After Mass on Wednesday Aug 16th, a cup of tea and refreshments will be served in Killorans Restaurant and a session of Irish music, songs and dance featuring local musicians and performers will take place. Young and old are invited to attend both Mass and Irish traditional session in Killorans

Seamus Golden, Drimina
The recent unexpected death occurred of Seamus Golden, late of Drimina, Tubbercurry. In his mid 70’s Seamus was a caring and easy going man who farmed at his own pace and own time. Like many of his generation, Seamus went to England as a teenager to seek work and opportunities and worked throughout England for 25 years, returning to Ireland in the early 1980’s.On his return he lived with and cared for his mother who lived into her 90’s and only died around 10 years ago. Seamus busied himself with farming and was a keen fisherman, as he lived along the banks of the river Moy. He was also a keen darts and draughts player. Saving Turf on the bog was also a job Seamus enjoyed, and he had actually brought home two loads of this year’s turf which he had saved just a few weeks prior to his death. His remains reposed at the Coen funeral home, removal took place at St Attractas Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in Rhue cemetery. Seamus is survived by his sisters Ethel Calvey (Drimina) Janie Heaphy (Kilkenny), Kathleen Barber (New Jersey), Maureen Ryder and Betty Feely(Kent), Brothers in law, nieces nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Michael Gallagher, Masshill
The recent peaceful death occurred, after a long illness, of Michael Gallagher, late of Masshill, Cloonacool. In his mid 50’s, Michael was a quiet spoken, gentle individual who enjoyed his farm work and living in the middle of the Ox Mountains. A most loving neighbour and friend to those that knew him, Michael was always on call to those that needed help. His days out at sheep sales, Fair Days or general agricultural gatherings were a pleasure for Michael and he was a most interesting conversationalist when relaxed in his surroundings. Michaels remains reposed at his home in Masshill, and funeral mass took place in St Michaels Church, Cloonacool with burial in Cloonacool cemetery. He is survived by his sisters Mary (USA) Catherine (Kilmactigue) brothers Tommy (USA) and Peter (Gurteen), in-laws, nieces, nephews and large circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Ladies Football
The Tubbercurry-Cloonacool U13 Girls are heading to Abbotstown on Saturday 19th August representing Sligo in the interests door soccer All Ireland Community games Finals.  They are Connaught champions and will play the Munster Champions in the semi final. These girls have already won the community games futsal all Ireland title this year and won the outdoor soccer national gold in 2016. The Tubbercurry-Cloonacool local community are very proud of these girls and want to wish them the best of luck on Saturday 19th.

All Ireland Fleadh
On Friday 4th August South SligoComhaltas Branch  held a fundraising session in Nathy Brennan’s it was a very entertaining night and very successful event. Many thanks to sponsors of prizes; Murphy’s Eurospar, Surlis’s Supervalu, Barry,s Pharmacy, Nathy and Nora Brennan and Tommy and Rosaleen Johnston and to Marie Gorman for organising the raffle..  Mile buiochas as always to Monica Brennan for her home baking and catering.We wish all our young competitors the very best of luck in their competitions in the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis. Go neiri libh go leir.

Active Retirement on the move again
The local Active Retirement Group, following much demand, is organizing another ‘Historical’ Trip to Dublin by luxury coach for 3 days/2 nights from Monday, September 18th to Wednesday, September 20th. Total cost is €220 and includes all travel, tours each day and B&B and Evening Meals in the Regency Hotel. Single rooms are 20 euro per night extra. Further details from Phil Flannery or committee members.

Sophia Housing Tubbercurry
A Bric A Brac Sale every Thursday from 2pm – 5pm, continues up to 26th October. “There’s something for everyone”, so why not come along and lend your support. A monster raffle will take place on the final day, 26th October.

THANKS FROM SPANISH SUMMER SCHOOL TO TUBBERCURRY
Fourteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from town who thought that having a Spanish summer school in the town would have a positive experience for both students and locals alike. Well, now this is a fact and Tubbercurry welcomes every summer a group of Spanish students who come here to learn English.   Now we have got to the end of the fourteenth summer and everything has been much better than it had ever been expected. A lot of work has been done to get to this point by the leaders in charge of the students and the teachers, but nothing would have been possible without the help of the people from the town. Host families have become a second family to the students, that’s why we would like to thank them for their help and support. We’d also like to thank the Irish coordinators who believed in this project from the very beginning, the South Sligo Summer School in which the students learnt Irish music and they really enjoyed it, and of course the whole town for the hospitality that has been given to all of us which made us feel like at home. We will never forget it!  This year, like the previous one, we made a barbeque in which host families, teachers, coordinators and everyone who wanted to attend had a great time. A fundraising took place and all the money was donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre based in Tubbercurry.  Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

NATURE INSPIRES for CHILDREN -summer workshops for ‘green kids’ Summer camp for Children (8 – 12 or below or above – interest is more important).  Places limited (6 – 10).  Monday 14th August – Thursday 17th August –  time 11.00 am – 2.00 pm…..  Friday 18th August –  time 8.00pm – 11.00pm.   Homemade/home-grown healthy lunch included each day.
Day 1: Get to know the farm and all the animals. Learn about animal husbandry and the needs of animals.  Day 2:  A day where plant biodiversity gets highlighted.  Learn how to enhance our environment by planting and sowing seeds. Day 3: Being creative with wild and domesticated stuff.  Each child can create their own little garden to take home with them. Day 4: Together with Sylvia, a local artist, children can let their imagination loose and do up their own piece of art.  Day 5: Friday 8.00pm – 11.00pm – A qualified ‘bat-woman’ will introduce us to the mysterious world of bats. CONTACT: Martina 087-2403005 for more information and availability

DVD for Sale in Aid of Concern
A DVD of a walk from Ballina to Tubbercurry in May 1997 retracing the route taken by the famous racehorse BALLYARA LAD transporting grain from Ballina to Tubbercurry during the Great Famine is now available in the following outlets: Gillespies, Surlis’s Supervalu, Murphys’ Spar, K & B Hardware, Killorans ‘Restaurant, Daybreak and Barrys’  Pharmacy.  The DVD also includes a re-enactment of an eviction scene at Lough Talt by members of the Phoenix Players.   All Proceeds are in aid of the Concern Famine in East Africa Relief Appeal

Photographic Exhibition
A Photographic Exhibition of old Photos will be held in Moylough Heritage and Arts Centre on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of August.  More details to follow.  Anyone with old photographs of the area please contact Michael Fleming or any member of the committee.

Sligo Cancer Support Centre
The Centre will be closed from Thursday August 3rd at 4pm and re-opening on Monday August 21st at 10am.  For any information or support, please contact the Cancer Support Centre at 44 Wine St, Sligo by dropping in or calling     071 9170399.  Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
Led by Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 27th Sept – 4th Oct 2017.  Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje.  Half board accommodation provided in a private house.  For more information contact Breda Durkin on 071-9186123 or 087-1873703

Tubbercurry – Card Game
Single hand 25 card game every Sundaynight in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry.  Starting at 8.30am.

Children Starting Primary School:Parents with young children due to start school – remember to take your child to your local GP for the Booster Vaccines before September, more information at www.immunisation.ie

Tubbercurry Women’s Group.
Looking for some crafty time? Why not come and join the Tubbercurry Women’s Group. We meet every Wednesday from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at the community room at the Tubbercurry library. We’ll be delighted to see you.

Cloonacool Church Fundraisers
On Friday 25th August in Cloonacool Community Centre at 8pm, Swinford Drama Group will present their play ”The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley” a hilarious comedy by well known author Jimmy Keary.. Proceeds will go towards the church renovation fund.

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