Weekly News - July 16th

South Sligo Summer School The 32nd Year
The 32nd year of the South Sligo Summer School is in full swing following the official opening on Sunday night by Raidio na Gaeltachta’s Head of Music, Neansai Ni Choisdealbha. A great crowd was in attendance, and patrons danced the night away to the sound of the very popular Swallow Tail Ceili Band. Another great line up of Masterclasses, Nightly concerts and sessions are available for the coming week. Full details can be found in the Summer School Programme which is available from local businesses or from any committee member.

Table Quiz in aid of Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival

Support the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival fundraising table quiz in the Mayqueen on Wed 18th July at 8pm. A fun night for all the family with great prizes. €40 per table of 4. Thank you to the Mayqueen for hosting. All proceeds are in aid of this year’s festival from 4-8th August.

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2018

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival Committee are delighted to launch the 33rd Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival, which will open on Saturday 4th August and run to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 8th August. A five‐day festival this August in Sligo for all the family to enjoy.

Chairman Sean Mc Donagh explains the highlights of this year’s festival “We are delighted to present our 33rd Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Our hard work was recognised, and we were delighted to win the Best Cultural Festival and overall Tourism award in 2017 at the Sligo Business Awards. Our festival opens on Saturday 4th August with the return of the successful Teddy Bear Picnic in the Forest Walk hosted by Lollipop Lane Creche & Montessori. This is followed by a free concert on the square with Declan Nerney & band, supported by UNOWHO.
Sunday 5th Surlis’s SuperValu kindly returns to sponsor our Family Fun Day with marquees full of free entertainment from face painting, crafts, competitions to pottery workshops. In addition to various games, bouncy castles, our annual tractor pull and fancy‐dress. We are delighted to welcome Realta circus performers who will run workshops throughout the day and the Thunder Crews. They will showcase a display of World class BMX freestyle action during the day. They will also run workshops where you can test your own skills on the Sports Mobile Half Pipe Ramp. Entry to both our Saturday night, Family Fun Day and Old Fair Day is free to the public, a tradition we are proud to uphold.
Monday 6th, sees the return of the Headers Cup and 5k Road Race organised by South Sligo Athletic Club in aid of the community park. Tuesday 7th, is our popular family treasure hunt.

Wednesday 8th is our showcase the Old Fair Day, where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our arts, crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from glass blowing, pottery, spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. We have over 50+ heritage and craft exhibitors and demonstrators. Our ever‐popular and expanding vintage collection of tractors, cars, and machinery will be a centrepiece. You can also visit Bank of Ireland tent who will present a CoderDojo workshop and fun activities. We are delighted to welcome Sligo Volunteer Centre who will host an exhibition, displays from community groups and talks entitled “volunteer voices” in the hall. As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize‐winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view.  There will be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Lisa McHugh and her band provide live music proceeded by Shane McGowan and friends. Ocean FM will broadcast live from 9 am with the Niall Delaney show. A fun filled festival awaits you in Tubbercurry during the day and nightly enjoy Murray’s funfair and live music in the local pubs”. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website oldfairday.ie #OldFairDay.

New Plaza

Work has finished on a new landscaping feature at the bottom of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry. The work took longer than expected but it was intricit work that needed skilled trade and craftsmen, so well done to all concerned. It is a multi level type plaza with flowers and shrub beds and it is quite appealing to the eye. There are low walls in sections which can be used as public seating, and it could turn out to be a venue for random musicians or performances.

Tidy Towns – Great work has gone on over the last few months by the Tidy Town committee and workers. While every part of town is close to litter free, it is a pity that fast food outlets do not do more to ensure wrappings from their premises are not left discarded outside their premises at closing time. The result is that early morning visitors and workers to town are faced with this litter. Landscaping and flower beds are especially attractive at the traffic lights on the Circular Rd. /Ballina Rd. junction and on the Circular Road. Keep up the good work. All property owners can help present the town better by painting the occasional wall, door or gate.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement LOUGH DERG:

We would like to give advance notice of a One-Day pilgrimage to Lough Derg being organised for Tuesday 4th September. Cost this year will be 60 euro, consisting of Lough Derg charge of 45 euro, incl. boat and refreshments, plus 15 euro charge for coach. This is open to all interested, and please rings 07184053 to book seats. As the number of visitors to Lough Derg is declining annually and funds are badly needed there, we would encourage support of this, one of our most famous Shrines. Come and enjoy a peaceful day on this holy island.

Volunteers Wanted

Would you have any spare time? Have you an interest in retailing? We are currently looking for volunteers to work in St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Tubbercurry for a few hours weekly. If interested or have any queries contact Enda at 087-2668605.

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp Summer Camps

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running their fun summer camps again this year from 24th – 27th July at10am – 2pm each day. Cost of €60 per child. Aged 8yrs approx. and over. We also cater for children’s birthday parties. For more information email :oxmountaincamp@gmail.com,or phone 071 9181920 or 087 1362703.

Card Game Tubbercurry

25 Card game single hand in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm. The card games will go right through the summer. All are welcome.

Irish Summer School

Irish summer courses will take place in Banada during the summer. Junior cert course will take place 23rd-27th July and leaving cert course will take place 30th July-3rd August. Call or text Siobhán for further details on 0874510572

Yogalates is running throughout the Summer in St Mary’s Community Centre opposite Yeats County Hotel. Anyone interested in a Class please contact Ros on 0872617309 or just come along.

Clothes Bag Collection

Cloonacool Community Centre will be holding a clothes bag collection in early August. Further details may be obtained from Attracta McIntyre on 0863058844.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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