Weekly News July 23rd

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 9am 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.

Golf Outing
The South Sligo Golf outing to Enniscrone takes place Monday 13th August. Formerly known as the Gillespie Cup, it now has a new format but the old people are still involved as it is now called ‘The Masters’ . John Gillespie is taking names & times for the time sheet and it is filling up fast. Call in to him at Teeling Street or ring him 087 2885980. Old and New or young golfers from all over South Sligo or with a connection to South Sligo are invited to attend. A wonderful occasion is always guaranteed where many friends are re-acquainted.

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.

New Wall Murals
The gateway leading from the old Market Yard, now the Supervalu car park to Teeling Street, got a facelift recently, thanks to the Spanish Language School which attends in Tubbercurry each year. Local artist Damian Moran oversaw the mural project and he was ably assisted by the 20 Spanish Students who spent the month of July with host families in and around Tubbercurry. This is a welcome addition to the street art that has decorated various large blank walls in recent years. Well done to all concerned.

Summer School
The South Sligo Summer School has just finished last week-end and it was another outstanding success with student numbers on a par with previous years. Top quality music sessions were held at concert venues and in pubs each evening and into the dark night. On a number of occasions street sessions were also held, and these added to the festival atmosphere. Well done a

gain to the hard working committee and their team of volunteers for another successful event.

The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  This year we had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee. All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry. The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.
Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sunday evening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.

This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.

It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

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 at 10am – 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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