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Welcome to our Tubbercurry News and Events section, bringing you weekly updates on business, social and festivals taking place in Tubbercurry. You can submit information to the Tubbercurry weekly notes by contacting Roger McCarrick. Notes Correspondant: Roger McCarrick I Email Roger I Contact: 0719185050

Tubbercurry Notes 25/05/2020

Margaret Niland, Doocastle

The recent peaceful death occurred of Margaret Niland, (nee Callaghan), late of Doocastle.  In her 97th year, Margaret was a native of Fanad, Co. Donegal and her home place of Fanad was always close to her heart throughout her life.    Born in 1923, the youngest of 8 children, Margaret finished school at 16 and initially went to Northern Ireland working before moving on to England in the early 1940’s, at a time when World War 2 was raging across Europe.  She settled around Leicester where some of her family had already gone to.  It was in Leicester she met the love of her life, Jimmy Niland, and in due course they married in the late ‘40’s in Leicester. Jimmy and Margaret took the brave step of moving back to Ireland in 1951 when many of the Irish population were emigrating to England and America.  Swimming against the tide in these times was never easy for a young couple, but they made this brave step to take over Jimmy’s family farm and to rear their family in a safer place.  Jimmy was the eldest boy of a big family and accepted the responsibility of helping out at home.

Over the following decades, Jimmy worked part time in England on road works while Margaret stayed in Doocastle rearing the expanding family and doing the farm work.  It was often said that Margaret was the real farmer in the house.  Back in Fanad her father had been the local amateur vet for the area, and this was a trait Margaret inherited, always able to deal effectively with sick animals.   As a proud Donegal woman she was naturally able to knit all sorts of Aran jumpers and baking was another speciality of hers.  For holidays she loved nothing better than to bring her husband and children back to Fanad in Donegal for family holidays, a time that was always enjoyed by all.

After Jimmy died in 1986, Margaret continued to run the farm until well in to her ‘80’s and gave advice thereafter…..

Funeral and burial took place in Doocastle.  Margaret is survived by sons Seamus and John (Australia), Dan (Leicester), Stephen (Doocastle), daughters Eileen (Sligo) and Marian Kielty (Culfadda), in –laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Magnificent weather

The glorious sunshine of the last 2 months has been a saviour for many people unable to travel because of the Covid travel restrictions. It has at least facilitated garden lovers and green thumbs to give their gardens a thorough fresh up and avid walkers have been able to get out daily for long walks.

In Tubbercurry the forest walk at Rathscanlon & Rhue is extremely well used and the weather has wildlife looking great. 

The gorse or whin bush is now in full yellow bloom, while beautiful bog cotton is in abundance on the bogs. Footed turf can be seen on many bogs already months ahead of other years. All these sights can be seen on the Rathscanlon/ Rhue bog at the back of forest walk.

Connacht Rangers

The Centenary Anniversary of the Connacht Rangers Mutiny in India was scheduled to take place in Tubbercurry on June 27th this year with President Michael D. Higgins in official attendance.  However, this has now been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been provisionally re-scheduled for November 2nd next. 

Local man in Tubbercurry, James Gorman was a participant of the mutiny as part of their objection to the Black and Tans activities in 1920 in Ireland during the War of Independence.  At that time the Connacht Rangers were a Regiment of the British Army who had served for over a hundred years up to that point with loyalty, including in the First World War.

However, the atrocities carried out by the Black and Tans in 1920 were getting worldwide criticism, and this was what sparked the mutiny.

The leader of the mutiny James Daly was shot on November 2nd 1920 for his part in igniting the rebellion, but James Gorman from Tubbercurry and his colleagues lived to tell the tale.

Hopefully, the country will have reverted to some form of normality by November to facilitate this ceremony proceeding.  More details later.

Correspondence Roger McCarrick   tubbercurrynotes@gmail.com

Tubbercurry Notes 18/05/2020

Anne Gorman, Lavagh

The recent peaceful death occurred of Anne Gorman (Nee Masterson) late of Carrowcurragh, Lavagh.

Anne had just turned 90 a couple of months ago, just before the Covid pandemic, and her extended family and friends had a great party opportunity to celebrate her life in a way that was befitting to a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, neighbour and friend to so many.

Born in 1930 to parents Edward and Joan Masterson, Anne grew up in Tubbercurry town centre where her father ran an extensive grocery & general supply store. In the 1930’s – 50’s the Masterson’s business was a major vendor of eggs purchased in Co. Sligo and surrounding counties. This was a major source of income for small farms and it brought all the Masterson family into close contact with many of the ordinary hard working people in rural areas.

Anne’s mother Joanie was a primary school teacher and great value was held on education in the Masterson household.

After finishing secondary school in the Marist Convent in the late 1940’s Anne went to college and trained as a teacher and in due course secured employment in Easkey Vocational School and later in Tubbercurry Vocational School

In due course Anne met the love of her life, Sean Gorman, who was a progressive farmer and cattle dealer. They had 40 very happy years together rearing their family before Sean died in1989.

Anne was a quiet and unassuming lady but with a mischievous sense of humour. She helped many families and individuals quietly and without fuss to get out of difficulties and the only conditioning to helping people was that nothing was said about it.

She was very close to her sisters Kaye, Mary Joe & Monica who successfully ploughed their own furrows, while her brothers Eddie and Joe were famous characters in their life courses and they always had the backing and support from Anne.

Anne and Sean lived in Lavagh/ Achonry area since they married and were fully involved in community activities in the parish. Sean worked away from home a good deal, buying and selling cattle while Anne was the reliable influence at home as their own children grew up.

Anne was a great lover of Drama and Theatre, an interest she developed along with her brother Joe. Their uncle Matt Devine was one of the founding members of the Western Drama Festival, and Anne attended every festival since the mid 1940’s until about two years ago when failing health limited her movement.

Tragedy struck the family in 2001 when Anne’s son Kieran died in the attacks on New Yorks Twin Towers where Kieran was working. This was a severe blow to Anne and her family but she accepted it as a cross to the borne. Anne was a great Christian and always accepted crosses given to her.

In due course she became an influencer of her grand children and neighbours children and these young people now have happy memories of a great lady.

Anne is survived by her daughter Anne Marie who lovingly cared for her mother over many years, and sons Eamon, Michael, and John as well as daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, in laws, and a wide circle of great friends in the surrounding parish.

Sympathy is extended to them all.

Due to the Covid Pandemic the funeral was private but the sense of loss of a great lady and great human being is felt throughout the community.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Martin Keaveney

The death has occurred of Martin Keaveney, late of Tonaphubble, Sligo.

Martin was the first ever apprentice taken on by the fledgling tool making company Tool & Gauge of Tubbercurry in the mid 1950’s as a young man.

Martin lived in Tubbercurry for a number of years while learning his trade and not alone did he get a fine education, but he also found  great wife, marrying Tubbercurry native Alice Gaffney.

 After honing his skill in the expanding factory that was Tool & Gauge, Martin moved back to his native Sligo town along with other colleagues and set up their own tool making companies. It was often said that Tubbercurry was the home or University of many of Irelands great tool making centres, and Martin Keaveney was a case in point.

As a prominent Sligo Business man, Martin entered politics and served as Lord Mayor of Sligo in the 80s..

Martins Business, Sligo Tool & Die, still continues under the stewardship of his sons Adrian, Fergal, and Garath.

May he rest in peace.

Margaret McIntyre

The recent peaceful death occurred of Margaret McIntyre ( Nee Johnston) late of Leitrim north. Cloonacool, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80’s Margaret was ill for some years but bore it with dignity.

During her work life Margaret was a primary school teacher in Cloonacool and Tubbercurry, a career she carried out ably and efficiently.

Sympathy is extended to their daughters Ann(White) Patricia (Kearns), sons-in-law, grand daughter, her sister Kathleen McCarrick, in laws, nephews, nieces, and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Magnificent weather

The glorious sunshine of the last 2 months has been a saviour for many people unable to travel because of the Covid travel restrictions. It has at least facilitated garden lovers and green thumbs to give their gardens a thorough fresh up and avid walkers have been able to get out daily for long walks.

In Tubbercurry the forest walk at Rathscanlon & Rhue is extremely well used and the weather has wildlife looking great.  

The gorse or whin bush is now in full yellow bloom, while beautiful bog cotton is in abundance on the bogs. Footed turf can be seen on many bogs already months ahead of other years. All these sights can be seen on the Rathscanlon/ Rhue  bog at the back of forest walk.

Tommy Gilligan

The recent death occurred in Astoria, New York of Tommy Gilligan, formally of Dohern, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry.

In his 70’s Tommy was son of the late Martin and Annie Kate Gilligan who were well known and respected as hard working people who reared a large family in tough times.

After emigrating from Ireland, Tommy spent most of his adult life in New York and enjoyed regular visits to Ireland and Tubbercurry.

Sympathy is extended to his wife Christina and children in New York and to his siblings Jimmy (U.K) Denis (Ballyara) Mike (Carlingford) Sylvester (Keash) Noel (Bunninadden) Jerry (New York) Kathleen (London) Attracta (Foxford) Veronica Corscadden (Carrentubber) Rosaleen (Bonniconlon) Martina (Roosky) and Oliver who still lives at home in Dohern.

May he rest in peace.

Connacht Rangers

The Centenary Anniversary of the Connacht Rangers Mutiny in India was scheduled to take place in Tubbercurry on June 27th this year with President Michael D. Higgins in official attendance.  However, this has now been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been provisionally re-scheduled for November 2nd next.  

Local man in Tubbercurry, James Gorman was a participant of the mutiny as part of their objection to the Black and Tans activities in 1920 in Ireland during the War of Independence.  At that time the Connacht Rangers were a Regiment of the British Army who had served for over a hundred years up to that point with loyalty, including in the First World War. 

However, the atrocities carried out by the Black and Tans in 1920 were getting worldwide criticism, and this was what sparked the mutiny.

The leader of the mutiny James Daly was shot on November 2nd 1920 for his part in igniting the rebellion, but James Gorman from Tubbercurry and his colleagues lived to tell the tale.

Hopefully, the country will have reverted to some form of normality by November to facilitate this ceremony proceeding.  More details later. 

Tidy Towns

At this time of the year there is usually great activity by the Tidy Town Committee on various projects around town, but this cannot be done in an organised fashion this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions.  However, residents should still be aware that they can do their own bit of Tidy Town work around their own property or on public spaces near their home.  With so many people off work at present it is an ideal activity to keep occupied and keep boredom at bay.  To be fair to some people, some individuals are doing great voluntary work of a Tidy Town nature using their own initiative but more could be done.

Many approach roads and streets have litter accumulating that is visible on walking.  If you live on a littered road, why not take an hour to go out with a bag and collect the litter?  It can be deposited at the Council Yard on Ballina road or collection of it can be arranged by Geraldine Brennan or Roger McCarrick.

Correspondence Roger McCarrick   tubbercurrynotes@gmail.com

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I have identified a number of Departmental websites which include information specific to areas in their remit; the following may help you find information you might be looking for quickly if  you have a specific query:  
  Health – Latest updates  
www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/

Pandemic Unemployment Payment www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/

Supports for business https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Supports-for-SMEs/COVID-19-supports/Government-supports-to-COVID-19-impacted-businesses.html

Agriculture and Farming  www.agriculture.gov.ie/customerservice/coronaviruscovid-19/

Childcare Services –  
www.gov.ie/en/publication/17507b-information-on-covid-19-measures-for-providers-and-staff-of-early-le/

Education – various announcements  
www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html

Revenue – information for tax payers 
www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/index.aspx

Revenue – info for Employers – Wage Subsidy Scheme www.revenue.ie/en/news/articles/guidance-on-the-temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx

Driving Licence, NCT etc  
https://ndls.ie/news/156-important-notice-for-customers-attending-an-ndls-centre.html

Sligo County Council Community Tel – 1800 292765

Putting it out there , don’t hesitate to contact , if there is anything we can help with ,a great core group, contact 0879637149.❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Community Outreach

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COUNTY SLIGO HERITAGE AND GENEALOGY CENTER

Hello, friends in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo! We will be in the Tourism Office on Thursday, 19th March 2020 from 1030am – 330pm to answer as many questions on family research and genealogy as possible! Come and have a check to see your ancestors on the 1901 or 1911 census too! This is a FREE event! #Tubbercurry #FamilyResearch #Geneaology

* TUBBERCURRY *Parents of Tubbercurry Tubbercurry Tidy Towns Roots Ireland Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce  Don’t worry we will have ample bottles of sanitiser, hand wipes and other disinfectants on hand!

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 09/03/2020

St. Patricks Day Road Race

All arrangements are in place at present for the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race in Tubbercurry where hundreds of athletes of all abilities take to the start line for both 5k and 10k runs.  Everybody is welcome to come along from 11.30am to cheer along all participants. 

Tubbercurry Connaught Rangers Memorial Group

President Michael D. Higgins to unveil Connaught Rangers Memorial in Tubbercurry on 27th June 2020.  Major Decade of Centenaries event announced.

The Tubbercurry Connaught Rangers Commemoration Committee in conjunction with Sligo County Council have announced a major commemoration event for Saturday 27th June in Tubbercurry.  The event will feature a commemoration ceremony and the unveiling of a memorial.  President Michael D. Higgins has confirmed his attendance as guest of honour and will perform the official dedication of the memorial. 

 The project is designed to tell the story and honour the memory of the courageous men who while far from home stood in solidarity with their native  country men fighting for our Independence.  For the last four years we have worked hard to bring this project to this point and we can all now look forward to a great day with a formal State Acknowledgment of the actions of these brave men.  Over the last four years the committee have made contact with relatives of the men that were involved in the mutiny of India.  While they now live in all parts of the world many are making plans to come to Tubbercurry for the commemoration.  This will be the first occasion where all the families and descendants will have an opportunity to come together and honour the memory of their ancestors and for the surviving sons and daughters of the Rangers who were involved in the mutiny, it will be a day of great personal significance as the state formally acknowledges the contribution the Rangers made on our journey to Independence”.

This memorial was officially launched in Tubbercurry Community Library on Saturday 9th November 2019 with a very successful informative seminar on the history of the men of the Connaught Rangers and their actions in India in 1920.  For further information you can contact Mary Henry email brenmarhenry@gmail.com  mobile no. 00353872222879

Road Closure:

The Mountain Road, Tubbercurry, stretching from Mickey Mac’s Corner to Bailey’s Nursing Home is undergoing pipe laying & replacing over the next few weeks.

The road will be closed to all vehicular traffic over the next few weeks in various sections at a time.  Residents of the Moylough & Powellsboro areas should come to town via R294 (Ballymote Road).  Vehicular access to the Family Resource Centre, Baileys Nursing Home Kilcoyne Vets, The Laundry Basket and other Mountain Road businesses is restricted at present and they may have to be accessed on foot.  However the road will be open at weekends.  The advice is to allow extra time for your journey over the next few weeks if you are going to destinations on Mountain Road.   

Tractor , Vintage Car & Motorbike Run

A Tractor, Vintage Car & Motorbike run takes place on Sunday 15th March @ 1.30pm from Moylough Heritage Centre.  Children’s Tractor, Bike and Go Kart Run takes place at 1pm  – Registration at 12.30pm – Proceeds to Moylough N.S.  & Curry / Moylough Playground.  Please Support. All welcome.

Western Drama Festival

The 3 Act Western Drama Festival commenced on Friday last and runs nightly at 8pm from the beautiful St Brigid’s Hall,  until 14 March.  The 9 nights of drama season ticket will be amazing value at just €60, and €12 nightly concession €10.   This promises to be a great festival the WDF 2020 programme is packed with Comedy; indeed 7 of the 9 plays on offer in the programme are comedy!

You can review the full synopsis of the plays on the website and will see there is an excellent mix of plays, great comedy line-up and interesting drama included in our programme’, see full details on our website. http://www.westerndramafestival.com/

The Phoenix Players, will perform on  Wed 11 March with “The Communication Cord” by Brien Friel (Comedy) this is a hilarious comedy with a fantastic cast, Directed by Peter Davey. The Phoenix Players will tour their play on the festival circuit, the audience were in roars of laughter at their first festival performance in Rush. Co. Dublin.

Again the festival is delighted to have the best drama groups performing in the Tubbercurry festival. Year on year the top groups return to St Brigid’s Hall to perform in the festival and go on to win or be in the top places in the finals  in Athlone and the confined competition!     

Tickets for the 2020 Western Drama Festival One Act can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office.   Call to the Tourist Office at Humbert Street or phone 071-0936616 (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.

A few nights of drama would be a great tonic, why not come out and have some fun and meet the people. I know people who recently attended the Cloonacool play “Don’t tell the Wife.” had a terrific time! Well done to that super group of actors who return to St Brigids Hall on Sunday15 March for another performance in support of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

Cloonacool Players

Be sure to put in your diary the change of date for Cloonacool Players reprise of “Don’t Tell the Wife” it will now be on Sunday 15 March. The hilarious comedy is proving a hit at every venue, so it is great to have it back in Cloonacool for those who missed it or want to see it again. This performance is in support of Tubbercurry’s Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

Phoenix Players: Musical Memories

Rehearsals are now in full swing for ‘Musical Memories through the Decades’, directed by Jane McGee and  Cara Burke ,which will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on 27th and 28th March and 3rd and 4th April.  Tickets,€15, will go on sale in local outlets: Gillespies’ Menswear, Doohans’ Daybreak and the Tourist Office from Friday 13th March

National Learning Network in Sligo is now recruiting for their FREE Training courses ranging in Retail, Tourism and IT. Each one is designed to help you see what you are good at, to develop those skills and build your confidence to help you get and keep a job or go on to further education or training.  If you need extra support, if you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability, then NLN can help. Eligibility criteria apply.  Contact us today: call/text: 086 043 8055 / 071 9145391 or email: sligo@nln.ie

Tubbercurry Wordsmiths

The Tubbercurry Wordsmith group meet every Friday from 11 to 1 in the library.  All are welcome to join them. No standard.  Just bring a jotter and biro –

Please note new email address 

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@gmail.com   

Holy Family National School Parents Association. Holy Family N.S will be holding an internet safety talk for senior pupils on Thursday 27th Feb during the day ,following on at 7pm for all parents. It is very important that all parents attend as this is very recommended that we all know internet safety if you have a child using mobile phones,tablets laptops

County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre

Great news , County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre are opening an office in the Tourist Office Humbert street Tubbercurry starting on Thursday the 19th of March bi Weekly from 10am to 3pm.

Want to try and sort out your family tree ? Come in and bring whatever information you have , Birth certs , marriage certs etc and we will see what we can do for you or if you just want to ask a question feel free to do so.