Weekly News Feb. 25th

Western Drama Festival – The Western Drama Festival 2019 runs from 1st – 9th March in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry.  There is a great mix of plays included in this year’s line up, including lots of drama and comedy over the week.  A full list of the plays can be found by logging on to http://www.westerndramafestival.com/line-up-full-length-march-2019  The Adjudicator for this years Festival is the inspirational Anna Walker, who comes with a great wealth of experience, enthusiasm and expertise.   Tickets for the 2019 Western Drama Festival can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office on Humbert Street, or phone 087-0936616 , Opening hours: Mon – Thur 10am – 5pm and Fri 10am – 4.30pm.  Tickets can also be purchased at St. Brigid’s Hall Theatre Box Office during the festival.  For out-of-hours enquiries, please call 087-7078210.

Tubbercurry Walkers – Spring into Action and join in the Tubbercurry Walks starting Monday February 25th.  On Mondays at 8pm from The Clock, Tubbercurry Square, and Thursdays at 9.45am from the Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. Everyone welcome.  For more information contact Aideen on 087-6689078.

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 1st March, junior session stars at 8.00pm and senior session begins at 9.00pm.  All musicians are very welcome.

Teresa McCarrick, Tubbercurry -50 years involvement in business  The death occurred on 23rd January last of Teresa McCarrick  (nee Doohan), Teeling St., Tubbercurry.  She marked her 93rd birthday the week before her death and had lived in Tubbercurry for over 70 years in Tubbercurry since she married her husband Paddy in 1948.  A native of Quarryfield, Bunninadden, Teresa spent a few years working with the Department of Post & Telegraphs (now An Post) in Dublin & Mayo prior to taking up a position in the Post Office in Tubbercurry.  It was when here that she met her future husband Paddy McCarrick who has recently established a butcher shop in Tubbercurry.  After their marriage in 1948 the couple developed their business and expanded it as opportunities and finances allowed into a large butcher and grocery shop which serviced the needs of hundreds of families throughout the South Sligo area.  This development of business took place in the years following World War 2, a time when Ireland was suffering from mass emigration and every week thousands of young adults of their own age were leaving Ireland to seek work and new lives in England, America, Canada and Australia.  In many ways Teresa and Paddy were swimming against that tide of emigration, but they were young and hard working, with a vision of succeeding in running a business and rearing a family here in Ireland.  Business in Tubbercurry expanded significantly when the factories of Basta and Tool & Gauge opened in the 1950’s and as their work forces expanded into the 1960’s and 1970’s business also expanded for shops and their owners if they were prepared to work hard.

A move to a new larger premises in 1959 by the hard working Teresa & Paddy & their expanding family gave more liberty for further development of the business and Paddy got involved in the Auctioneering business, a business which 60 years later is still going strong through their son Roger.  Teresa McCarrick gave birth to and reared 9 children between 1949 – 1965 and continued her day to day involvement in the administration of the business.  The education of the children continued until the late 1980’s.  Life was not all sunshine for Teresa, but she carried the crosses given to her in life with dignity and compassion, and in silence.  Her life changed utterly in 1985 with the sudden death at a relatively young age of her husband Paddy, but Teresa had no option but to continue working until the education of the youngest children was complete.  Having grown up in South Sligo and having worked in Tubbercurry all her adult life, she was a huge source of information on local families and connections.  This mine of information was often tapped by her own business colleagues as well as local historians.  Her involvement in the business variously called P.J McCarrick or McCarrick and Sons started in 1948 and continued un-interrupted for 50 years until 1998.  In her early years in business in Tubbercurry she saw electricity being hooked up into many of the business premises from the mid 40’s onwards, and by the time she was retiring 50 years later she saw businesses being computerised and hooked up to the Internet.  Some change in one working life.  However even after that time when still in her late 70’s and as an octogenarian her knowledge and wisdom was often called upon by her business successors and various scribes.   Teresa retired from the town centre Teeling Street premises to a new residence on Mountain Road in the mid 1990’s where she learned to take life easier, working her garden and enjoying her 26 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with which she was blessed. Her quiet charity to families during hard times, and her ability to give good counsel when required were only some of the gifts she had as a good human being.  Her many other Christian & humanist characteristics were remembered by all who knew her.  Teresa is survived by her 9 children, Elizabeth, Grainne, Josephine, Justine, Philomena, Roger, Paraic, Terese, Chanel, 26 grandchildren, 7 great grand-children, nephews & nieces, in-laws and many old friends.  Many hundreds of people of various generations called to say goodbye to a dear friend during the days of her funeral.  Mass of the Resurrection took place at the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetary alongside her husband Paddy.  May they both rest gently in Peace.

Eamon Igoe, Teeling Street, Tubbercurry & Kilkenny   – The recent sudden death occurred of Eamon Igoe, late of ‘The Cresent’ Newsagency, Teeling St., Tubbercurry and more recently of Kilkenny.  Son of the late Michael & Nora Igoe, Eamon had actually just marked his 61st birthday the day before his death.   Born in 1958, Eamon grew up on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry in the 1960’s and early 1970’s attending the boys Primary School and Benada Abbey Secondary School.  Like many youngsters reared in a family business, Eamon worked in the shop, first doing a newspaper delivery round in Tubbercurry and then helping his mother behind the counter selling the papers and other items sold in the shop.  Eamon’s father, Michael, died a young man in 1968 and all the siblings learned to help their mother from and early age.  On finishing Secondary School Eamon moved on to train in a number of trades, including the hospitality sector but it was welding and fabrication that he liked best and he gradually developed this craft as his profession. Like many of his generation he worked in England for a number of years in the 1980’s before eventually moving back to Ireland to finally settle in Paulstown, near Kilkenny City, where he lived for the last 25 years or so.  As a teenager, Eamon learned to play the guitar, and his favourite artists of the 1970’s & 1980’S included Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel and Kris Kristofferson amongst others.   His renditions of Leonard Cohens songs such as ‘Sisters of Mercy’ and ‘Suzanne’ were regular party pieces, and they were universally liked and accepted no matter what city town or country he played them in.   For a change of scene at one stage he did music busking across Europe, and he particularly liked Spain.  When he decided to move back to Ireland in the late 90’s he settled in Kilkenny and turned his craft of welding into and art form.   He specialised in doing decorative gates and staircases and he was often commissioned by clients to do decorative spiral staircases to an art level.  Never a person to engage in trivial talk, he like to philosophise about how the world could be a better place for all.  He probably considered himself a socialist at heart, and over the days of his funeral his Kilkenny friends spoke of his support for the Anti Water Charge Campaigns held during 2014- 2016.  His work van was used regularly to erect signs and attend protests in Dublin.  He believed water was a resource which should be free to all. His remains reposed in Kilkenny and his funeral service took place in the Garden Chapel, Mount Jerome Crematorium , Dublin.  Many friends from Kilkenny & Tubbercurry attended to say their goodbye.  Daffodils were Eamon’s favourite flowers and it was nice they had started appearing in gardens around the country over the last few weeks to decorate his remains. Eamon is survived by his wife Krissi, sister Annette, brothers Michael, Pat & Paul, in laws, nephews, nieces and many friends from Kilkenny and Tubbercurry, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Nicholas McDermott, London and Tullycusheen   The recent death occurred peacefully in London of Nicholas McDermott who originally hailed from Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry.  Aged 80, Nicholas was an active member of Tubbercurry GAA Club in the 1950’s and was a member of the Tubbercurry Senior team that won the Co. Sligo Senior Championship in 1957.  He emigrated to London in the mid 1960’s where he established his home  and family and over the years was a regular visitor back to Tubbercurry to visit his late brother Vincent in the home place at Tullycusheen, his sister Maureen Leonard in Tubbercurry, as well as his other siblings around Ireland.  His funeral took place in London.  Nicholas is survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Nicola, son Kieran, grand children & in laws, brother Frank, sisters Ann, Louise & Eleanor, nephews & nieces and many old friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

North Connaught College, Tubbercurry – OPEN EVENING are hosting its Open Evening on Thursday 7th March from 3-6pm for a range of PLC courses. We are delighted to offer from September a new course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship. Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor and current students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have. We also have links with GMIT and St Angela’s.  Further details on our websitewww.northconnaughtcollege.net or on facebook  www.facebook.com/northconnaughtcollege or ring us on 0719185035.

Phoenix Players  Rehearsals are now in full swing for the Phoenix Players’ forthcoming production of ‘The Sound of Music’ to be staged on 29th, 30th and 31st March and 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th April.  Production Director Tom Walsh has assembled a cast of eighty ranging in ages from eight to eighty from all over South Sligo!  Tickets will go on sale at the end of the month so watch this space.  This will be a light hearted family show that will bring huge enjoyment to cast and audience.

North Connaught College, Tubbercurry – Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board are holding a Monster 25 Card Drive (Singles) takes place on Tuesday 12thMarch, 2019 at 8.30pm sharp in the May Queen, Tubbercurry – Raffle on the night – 1st Prize €300, 2nd Prize €200, 3rd Prize €100 – Tickets are €10 each and are available from North Connaught College or The May Queen, Tubbercurry all welcome.

Chris Lynn – Nee (Feeley) R.I.P.  The recent death occurred in Woodside, New York of Chris Lynn (Nee Feeley), Late of Moylough, Tubbercurry.  Sympathy is extended to her husband, John, her sons Kieran and Raymond, U.S.A., her sisters, Maura (her twin) U.S.A., Sr. Frances U.S.A., Patricia, Mountain Road, Tubbercurry and her brother Pa, Manchester.  Chris was pre deceased by her brothers Sean, Seamus and Gerard.  Mass for the repose of her soul will be celebrated on Tuesday, 5th March at 7.00pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough, Tubbercurry.  May she rest in peace.

Women’s World Day of Prayer takes place in St. George’s Church, Tubbercurry on Friday, 1st March at 8pm.  All welcome.

North West Hospice fundraiser Table Quiz. On Friday March 1st 2019 at 830pm in Yeats Hotel, Curry there will be a table quiz with all proceeds going to the North West Hospice. The night is in memory of Kieran Phillips, who passed away in the care of the Hospice last July.  Kieran’s birthday is on 26th February, and the night is to celebrate not only his birthday, but his life and his knowledge of trivia and to raise some funds for the hospice, who cared for him during his final days. Great prizes, first prize includes four premium level tickets for a match of their choice in the Aviva Stadium.  Raffle on the night with many great prizes, including a night B/B with evening meal at Flannerys in Galway and a night B/B in The Ashling Hotel in Dublin.  Also, a signed Republic of Ireland jersey to be won on the night, and much much more.  €40 per team of four.  All welcome.

NORTH WEST SIMON COMMUNITY CHARITY COOKERY DEMO in aid of NW Simon Community on Thurs 7th March with Joe Shannon in the Radisson Hotel, Rosses Point, Tickets from 087 7708865, from the Charity Shop at JFK Parade, Sligo or online from Eventbrite – only €15 – please support.  Food Stalls and opportunity to buy “pre loved” clothes on the night.

Viarmes Town Twinning – Anniversary Celebrations – This year we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Viarmes and Tubbercurry. A group from South Sligo will be travelling to Viarmes on May 9th to May 13th. There will be various activities including a day trip to Paris organised by our French hosts. The cost of flights is reasonable at the moment with Ryanair.  If you are interested in travelling please contact Nuala at  info@tubbercurry.ie or Michael at mikecole@eircom.net or Derek at 087  6393137, or alternatively call in to Nuala in the Tourist office.  Flight details for the trip:  Ryanair flight departs Dublin for Beauvais on Thursday 9th May at 6.30am, returning Monday 13th May, departing Beauvais for Dublin at 9.25am.

Irish Revision Courses – Leaving Cert Irish Oral Revision Course Saturday 23rd March 10am-1.30pm in Banada, with Junior and Leaving cert Irish courses 22nd-26th July and 29th July-2nd August in Banada.. Contact Siobhán on 0874510572 for more information.

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 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

North West Simon Community The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is on Sun 2nd June in Dublin, would you like to walk/run and raise money for NW Simon Community – If interested please contact Mary on 087 7708865 or email mary@northwestsimon.ie

Living Well with Arthritis and related conditions course – Reduce your pain reclaim your life.  Starts in Co. Sligo on Tuesday 12th March for 6 weeks –  7.00pm to 9:30pm in CMD Training Institute, Collooney.  For more information and to book: online – www.arthritisireland.ie  email – training@arthritisireland.ie phone – 1890 252846 or 01 6470206 Cost: €32 (medical card holders €24) Early booking is advised as numbers are limited.

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.

Memorial tractor run  JJ McHugh Memorial tractor run in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place on Easter Monday 22nd April from Julian’s of Midfield, Swinford.  Registration at 1pm.  Run starting at 2pm sharp. All types of tractors, vintage vehicles & trucks welcome. Refreshments after the event with music by Eunice Moran. Entry fee €20.  Contact Mary on 0857477678 or Jarlath on 0864045133.  Your support would be appreciated.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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