Weekly News July 15th

South Sligo Summer School – The 33rd South Sligo Summer School is now in full swing with Classes running daily and nightly music sessions in town in the pubs.. A good week of lively entertainment guaranteed so if you have friends at home bring them in for an evening of entertainments.  Full details on the website www.sssschool.org

Sensory Biodiversity Walk A very interesting Sensory,Biodiversity walk for visitors and locals alike, takes place this week under the leadership of local nature expert Martina Killian.  Enjoy the views of the Ox Mountains and Clooneen and Tullycusheen Bogs, listen to the sounds of nature, smell the flowers, taste the herbs and feel the moss under your feet.  Discover the diverse vegetation of marshy land 3 miles outside Tubbercurrry.  Takes place this Thursday 18th July at 5pm, meet at the Tubbercurry town square under the clock.  Herbal tea and homemade cake after the walk.  Admission free.

New Shop  A new shop premises has opened on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry called Digi-Telly.  This is a supplier of services to the Television and associated equipment, including satellite dishes, cables etc.  Owned and run by Max Jaago, Max has been providing this service for the last 10 years since he moved to Ireland.  Due to providing and excellent service, business has expanded, thus the need for a dedicated shop premises which is located beside the Computer Shop.  Max can be contacted at the shop if you are seeking TV upgrades or improvements.   

Social Dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday July 27th at 10 O’Clock. Music by Medicine Bow, back by popular demand. Admission is €10, great nights dancing is assured,  

Oliver Brennan, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Oliver Brennan, late of Chimney Park, Moylough, Tubbercurrry.  Aged just 80, Oliver was a young at heart 80 year old who was always active and had an interest in his farm until his death. Just days before his death he spoke of getting his hay cut at the beginning of July.  Oliver was a native of Moylough who farmed the family holding since the death of his parents.  He was a dairy farmer most of his life but changed his system to suckling & dry stock in recent years.  He always had an interest in local happenings and events and had a genuine interest in the progress of neighbours and their children through their school and work activities.  He could discuss and debate politics, sport and farming affairs with anybody and liked to come to Tubbercurry a few evenings a week for a social drink and to meet the many people who knew him.  In recent years he had health challenges which he just considered a nuisance, interrupting his work schedule.  He never complained or felt sorry for himself.   His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s Funeral Home, Curry, where many hundreds called to pay their respects.  Funeral mass was held in St. Patrick’s church Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  Oliver was pre-deceased by his brother Sean and sisters Anne, Millie & Patricia and is survived by his sister Carmel Groarke (Bellaghy, Charlestown), sister in law Maura, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & nephews, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest gently in Peace.

Sam Bainbridge, Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  The recent death occurred of Sam (Steven) Bainbridge late of Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  In his mid 70’s, Sam was a native of Cumbria in England but moved to Tubbercurry about 20 years ago.  A stone mason by trade, Sam worked throughout the West of Ireland since moving here and created many beautiful stone features in and around houses through his expert trade.  As well as working, Sam liked to play golf, and his social life resolved around the Golf Club and Society outings.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home Tubbercurry where a large number of friends and acquaintances called to pay their respects to a man who became a friend to many.  Sam is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Claire & 2 grandchildren, as well as sister, brothers, in laws & extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Brendan Walsh, Curry.  The recent unexpected death occurred after a brief illness of Brendan Walsh of Curry Village.  In his mid 70’s Brendan was a well known and multi talented musician who played the length & breath of Ireland with various Ceili and Social dancing bands over the last 50 years.  Bands he played with included The Malachy Doyle Ceili Band, The Fab Five Showband, The Fiesta Showband, Western Dixie Flyers Showband, Tenessee Sound, Rodeo, San Bernadino, Alberta Bound as well as his first love the St. Marys Ceili Band from Curry.  Brendan had an array of instruments to play including the button accordion, keyboards, tin whistle, concert flute, mouth organ, guitar, fiddle and drums.  As well as playing music, he was also a building contractor and a farmer and loved all his occupations equally.    A soft spoken and gentle human being, Brendan couldn’t offend anybody even if he tried, and anybody that knew him were touched by his gentleness.  His remains reposed at his home in Curry where many thousand called to pay their last respects to a true gentleman.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry and burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery.  Brendan is survived by his wife Margaret, children Brendan, Eithne, Phillip, Enda and Declan, brother Padraic (London) sister Theresa in Sligo, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces & relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle soul rest in musical Peace.

Bridie Kirrance, Carrentubber.   The recent peaceful death occurred of Bridie Kirrance ( nee Scanlon) late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry – Aged 83, Bridie was a native of Carrentubber and was one of 5 Scanlon sisters in the family.  In her young working life she worked in Basta and actually started working there on the day it opened in 1955 as a young 20 year old.   She met her husband Michael James through work in Basta where he also worked and they married in 1964.  Bridie had a great love of farming and after she and Michael James took over the family farm in Carrentubber she always took an interest in its workings.  Michael James passed away 18 months before Bridie.  Bridie’s remains reposed at her home in Carrentubber and funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry prior to burial in Rhue Cemetery.   She is survived by her son David (Carrentubber) daughters Mary Henry (Oughambaun), Nora (Dublin), Michaela (Dublin) & Assumpta (Kinnegad), Sons & Daughter in laws, grand-children, sisters Mary, Winnie, Ann, Kathleen, inlaws, nephews, nieces, cousins & friends all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Moy River House Concert  A house concert featuring three singer song writers will take place at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Saturday 20th July next. Gary Ferguson, Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, visit the south Sligo venue as part of their current Irish tour. Booking on 087 2512030.

Tubbercurry Bridge Club  Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper.  The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed.  The club would like to extend thanks to The Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council & Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG – in particular Shona Heffernan.  Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible. The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at The May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.  Contact Colm on 087-2313631 or Mike on 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners classes.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group   Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our Book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 pm in the Library.  The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty’s ‘Midwinter Break’.  The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week’s holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous Dinner and Cabaret Nights.  Celebrations will continue in the Autumn when we will be launching our Book 4 of The Way That It Was’ series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent’s time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century – a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.  [A One-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th]

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

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.

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.

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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