Weekly News Aug. 5th

Old Fair Day Festival The 34th Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival is fast approaching and the hard working Festival Committee are working diligently to put everything in place for the various events.  At present collecting financial sponsorship and contributions is a priority and that is ongoing.  The opening day is holding a Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday 10th August 1.30pm – 3pm at the Tubbercurry Forest Walk behind Old Rathscanlan Creamery.  There will be games, pets and loads of activities for children.  Put that date in your diary.  On Sunday 11th August from 1pm are various activities including the Mattie Griffin Stunt Bike, all happening on The Square, Tubbercurry.  This is a family Fun Day with face painting, skills competitors, pottery workshop, Bouncy castles, Fancy Dress, Colouring & Art Competitions, etc. Monday & Tuesday have other activities leading up to the Big Old Fair Day on Wednesday 14th August.  This Old Fair Day brings livestock & craft as never seen before – ……. Glass Blowing, Pottery, Ironmongery, Thatching, Bread making, Woodturning, Hundreds of exhibitors & vendors, roadshows, antiques.  Ocean FM are broadcasting live from Tubbercurry and the afternoon has live music on stage from 12 noon with Robert Mizzell & Band.

Road Closures  To facilitate the Old Fair Day Festival in Tubbercurry the roads through the town are closed as follows :

Closure between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, 11th August 2019: The R294 from the AIB/Credit Union side of the Town Square and the R294 from its junction with Murphy’s Lane L8705-29 to its junction with Mountain Road L4502-0

Closure between 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 14th August, 2019: Humbert Street from its junction with the N17 to its junction with Wolfe Tone Square,  The Lane (L8705-29) from its junction with the N17 to Wolfe Tone Square, Wolfe Tone Square (North and West sides) and Mountain Road (L4502-0) from junction with the R294 to a point 200 metres southeast of said junction.

Launch of a new book  A book entitled “South Sligo in Other Times” will be launched in Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday 9th August 2019 at 8pm.  Compiled and edited by James McGuinn, the book contains material of considerable interest relating mainly to the parishes of Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, Mullinabreena and Curry.  Many personalities from the past come to life in articles, interviews and indeed some vintage photographs.  It promises to be a wonderful read from cover to cover and something that every South Sligo person should have on their bookshelves.  The author, James McGuinn, previously had two successful publications, “Curry” in 1984 and “Sligomen in the Great War 1914 – `18 in 1994.  The book will be launched by former Curry and Sligo footballer, Rev. Fr. Seán Durcan.  All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards Tubbercurry Cancer Support Centre.



Sixteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from the 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 16th 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.

This year our students have left a piece of art in Tubbercurry with the help of local artist Damien Moran. It has been a wonderful experience. You can see that piece of art in the passage from the main street to SuperValu car park. It is beautiful!

Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

Tubbercurry Masters

The 41st year of the Tubbercurry Golf Society will be marked on Monday August 12th with the Tubbercurry Masters Golf Outing at Enniscrone Golf Course.

For many years this was known as the Gillespie Cup but is now named the Tubbercurry Masters, and is open to all golfers with a connection to South Sligo.

Shane Lowry, winner of the British Open last week may even possibly feature in the event as he always enjoys Links Golf Courses, and Enniscrone is one of the best Links Courses in Ireland.

The Ryder Cup will be coming to Ireland in 2026 and future players for the Adare Manor event could possibly come out of the group of players now competing for the Tubbercurry Masters.  Golf is at an all time high in popularity in Ireland at present following the Lowry success and the announcement of the Ryder Cup for Ireland and this popularity has not passed Tubbercurry.  Time sheets are available at Tubbercurry Golf Course and with John Gillespie Ph. 087 2885980.  Book as soon as possible.




Rhue Graveyard

The annual Mass in Rhue Graveyard takes place on Monday 12th August, 2019 at 8pm.


Kilmactigue DVD

Part 17 of the Kilmactigue Parish Millennium DVD focusing on Banada Abbey Secondary School is now completed.  Copies are available from Tom Walsh 0872276628; Padraic Maye 0872284575; Michael Collins 0872458612; Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare and from Drumartin Country Market.  The DVD features various aspects of school life recorded over the years 1999/2000 and may be of particular interest to the Leaving Cert and First Year Students who attended the school during those years


Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.


Tubbercurry Card Game

Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

Social Dance in Ballintogher Community Centre (Co.Sligo) Friday 9th August ’19, 9.30pm

Music by Michael Walsh & Friends (Eir F91 XW 71)    Fáilte roimh gach einne.


Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot, €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20, and €260 pay out on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.


Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact 087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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