Weekly News August 24th

Stand-By, Rolling, Camera, Action” These were the instructions heard on the streets of Tubbercurry 2 months ago, and will be heard again in the second week of September as filming takes place again fro the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney’s award winning novel “Normal People”. The film crew will be in town from September 9th – 15th again shooting in Nathy Brennan and Killorans pubs, as well as in Surlis Supervalu and on Emmet Street. Some of the Emmet Street set is a Christmas Scene, and Tubbercurry will have to have a Christmas Tree and Lights for the occasion. We will certainly be the first town in Ireland this year with Christmas Lights erected! More details to follow.

South Sligo in Older Times This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry. Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library. Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre. They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home. Buy early and often! Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

Rev. Patrick J. Murtagh, Tullinaglug, deceased The recent peaceful death occurred of Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Murtagh, late of the Diocese of Southwark in London, and originally from Tullinaglug Tourlestrane, just a couple of miles outside Tubbercurry.

Fr. Paddy had just passed his 86th birthday, having first seen the light of day in Tullinaglug in July, 1933, in an Ireland that was living through the economic recession and economic war of the 1930’s. After attending Castlerock Primary School in the late 1930’s and early 40’s, he went on to Boarding School in St. Nathy’s, Ballaghdereen where he got a fine secondary school education. He entered All Hallows College, Dublin in 1952 to train as a priest and was Ordained in 1958, after which he was asked to serve in the Diocese of Southwark, South London. Here, he made his home for the next 55 years or more, serving in various Parishes of the Diocese including, Annerly, Greenwich, Lee & Whitstible, Strood, Tooting and Selsdon. He often joked of his early years in these parishes where life was not easy. Life was dominated by the all-powerful Parish Priest, followed by his second in command – the housekeeper. The house dog and cat came next in the pecking order before the poor curate. The John B Keane classic play “Moll” comes to mind!! Paddy’s working life was dominated by him caring for others, and he enriched the lives of thousands or parishioners by his sympathetic and thoughtful Ministry. The large Irish population of his parishes had their lives enriched by Fr. Paddy Murtagh’s sympathy and listening ability. In his young days before his Ordination, Paddy was a good Gaelic footballer and he was delighted to be able to help his local club Tourlestrane, as wing back, to win their first County Championship in 1956 which was played in Ballymote. The victory was all the sweeter by the fact they beat neighbouring rivals Tubbercurry in the final whom had beaten them in the 1955 final. He kept a lifelong interest in the clubs great progress since then.

By 2016, after a life time of work in London, failing health caught up with him and he returned to the family home in Tullinaglug. Daily walks along the Stang Road replaced his home visits of South London parishes. Fr. Paddy had a great interest in local history, and often regretted the fact that the Old Work House in Tubbercurry was forgotten about after its demolition in the 1920’s to make way for Connolly Park housing project. He often said that many local families had ancestors who benefited from the services provided by the Workhouse and this should not be written out of recorded history. A project for somebody perhaps! Fr. Paddy reposed at his home in Tullinaglug prior to removal to St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in the adjoining Church grounds after Mass of the Resurrection. He is survived by his brothers, Francis, (Carrentubber), Charles, (Ballivor), Fr. John Joe, (Yakima), Denis,(Brighton), and Brendan (Tullinaglug), sisters, Catherine Brennan (Tullinaglug), Angela Hannafin (London), in-laws, nieces, nephews, and large circle of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions – novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme. Best overall sheep and… open to all… Pimp My Sheep! A dance (10pm Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September in Cloonacool Village . Everyone welcome.  Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at cloonacoolsheepfestival@gmail.com

Nurture Africa Uganda The organising committee and Jean Gallagher wish to thank all who attended a fundraising function on behalf of the charity in the May Queen lounge. We especially want to thank all who donated money, spot prizes and food for the event. Also thanks to John and Loretto Burke of the May Queen, and Carmel McLoughlin for providing the music. A total of €1,517.60 was raised for the charity.

Social Dancing in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre Social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre (beside Joe Dan’s Pub) on Saturday September 7th, music by the fabulous Michael Walsh, dancing from 10pm to 12pm, great nights dancing assured, admission €10

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Due to great demand for a short Autumn Break, the local Active Retirement Association is now organising a 3-day trip to Kilkenny city from Monday, 7th to Wednesday 9th October. Venue will be the Spring Court Hotel,cost (inclusive of half board, all coach travel and entry fees to historical sites) is 220 euro. Single rooms are limited and the supplement is 20 per night. Book asap to 087 7720950 or 087 9042319 – Payment in full before September 7th.

Cloonacool Heritage Calendar 2020 Cloonacool Heritage are creating a 2020 calendar with a view to collecting and presenting historical images of the parish. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have such old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren on 087 9329873 or email cloonacoolheritage@gmail.com

North Connaught College – NEW DEVELOPMENTS Diploma in Laser and IPL Treatments commencing in September 2019. Become a qualified laser technician and bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week. A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in September. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education. For information on all of our courses including part-time and evening courses why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd September from 3pm – 6pm. All Welcome.

LOUGH DERG A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Tubbercurry is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th. Cost is 60 euro which includes Coach and boat travel, Coffee and Light Lunch, plus Retreat Programme on the Island. Please ring 087 7436962 0r 087 7720950 for booking.

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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarricktubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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