Tourism News

CSO figures confirm weaker picture

CSO figures confirm weaker picture Today’s figures from the CSO confirm that we welcomed almost 8.4 million overseas tourists to Ireland during January-September 2019 – up +1% on the same period in 2018. Revenue from overseas tourists in the same period was almost €4.1 billion – this was flat on 2018. The figures confirm that 2019 has been a very mixed experience for Irish tourism.

You can read our full statement here.

Last week, we launched our new three year-strategy for 2020-2022 and our marketing plans to promote the island of Ireland overseas next year. The aim, given a fair wind, is to grow overseas tourism revenue to €6.54 billion (+13%) and visitor numbers to 12 million (+7%), by 2022.

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Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 09/12/2019

Christmas Choral Night

A Christmas Choral Night is taking place on this Wednesday December 11th in St John the Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry starting at 7pm sharp. Organised by Holy Family Parents Association with all proceeds in aid of School Development.  Some of the fantastic acts taking part include,  Cathal Gavin, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Oisin McCann, Holy Family NS and St Attractas Secondary School.  MC for the night is Tommy Marren.   It was a sell out success last year so it is advisable to get tickets early. There will also be a mega raffle on the night and tickets can be bought separately.   Tickets are available from Holy Family NS, Gillespies, Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, The Laundry Basket and committee members. 

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Senior citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on this Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome.

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.

In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I.  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outletsMurphy’s Spar Supermarket, John Gillespie Sportswear, K & B Hardware, Daybreak, Roger McCarrick, Auctioneers, Margaret Kennedy & Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool

Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Myra Regan, Tubbercurry

The recent death occurred of Myra Regan (nee Feighan), late of Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. A sprightly lady in her 96th year, Myra was a native of Tubbercurry and lived most of her life on Teeling Street where her parents established a small business back in the 1940’s.

Born in 1923, Myra married her husband Peter Regan in the late ‘40’s and their first three children were born in Tubbercurry during the ‘50’s.  Employment opportunities were not always easy in the Ireland of the 1950’s, and her husband Peter often had to work in England and America.  Myra and her 3 children left for New York in the late 1950’s to join Peter there as he had gone on ahead to take up work.  Years later she often joked that she went to America with 3 children and came back with 5, as the last 2 were born in New York.

Back they did come in the mid 1960’s and the family lived in Tubbercurry, with the children receiving an Irish education.  Myra ‘s husband Peter died a young man in 1983, but she continued with her life and remained living in her home on  Teeling Street for the rest of her life.

As the family were growing up in the 1960’s,’70’s and ‘80’s, Myra ran the general grocery store that had been established by her parents in the decades beforehand, and this stayed open until the late ‘80’s. 

Myra was a great neighbour, and as she entered her late decades she also enjoyed her role as a grandmother to her various adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, and burial took place at Rhue Cemetery.

Myra is survived by her daughters, Collette, Imelda and Margo, sons Michael and Peter, in laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Imelda, nieces, nephews and many friends all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Paud O Donnell, Cloonacool.

The recent peaceful death occurred at his home of Paud O’Donnell, late of Ragoora, Cloonacool.  In his late 80’s, Paud was a well known and much respected & loved character by much of the South Sligo population.  Born and reared in Ragoora, just outside Cloonacool village, Paud had a lifetime interest in farming, especially in sheep, horses & donkeys.  He always enjoyed selling and buying and loved showing rare breeds and quality stock. 

As a young man he was an able athlete and Gaelic footballer, and his athletic stature enabled him do all the farming chores while well into his 80’s.

As well as farming he worked for many years with that well known Cloonacool company Mullarkey & Rowley in the 60’s and 70’s in various building & engineering projects.

Always clean shaven in his early years, he took to growing a famous long beard in his later years, one he took great pride in, and which was always a conversation piece.

When greeting people he always had a smile and laugh, and that is how we will remember him.  Paud’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to St. Michaels Church, Cloonacool and burial took place in Cloonacool Cemetery, not far from where he lived all his life.  Paud is survived by his wife Sheila, daughters Edwina & Deborah, son in law Niall, grand-children, sister Maureen, various brothers & sisters in law, nieces, nephews, & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.    

Mary Hunt, Chaffpool

The recent peaceful death occurred of Mary Hunt (nee Mullarkey) late of Chaffpool, Tubbercurry.  In her early 80’s Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy Joe who died just 2 years ago.  A native of the Lough Talt area, Mary and Paddy Joe lived in Chaffpool since their marriage over 60 years ago.  While Paddy Joe worked on the road a lot in sales of various types, Mary kept the home fires burning and was an active farmer while rearing their family.  She always enjoyed her trips to Lough Talt to round up the sheep there.  She was a hard working lady all her life until her health deteriorated over the last few years and she was resident in Baileys Nursing home in recent times.

Her remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of John Evangelist, Tubbercurry and burial took place in Achonry Cemetary.  Mary is survived by her daughter Loretta, sons Pauric, Eugene & Kieran, brothers Steven & James, in laws, grandchildren & great grandchildren & other relatives, all to whom sympathy s extended.  May she rest in peace. 

Gallagher House, Christmas Fayre

The Annual Christmas Fayre at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place on Sunday 15th December, from 12 – 4 p.m.  There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements and crafts available.  Come along and buy all your Christmas gifts.

Raffle will take place on the day and refreshments will be served”.


Congratulations are extended to Majella Armstrong (nee McGinley) who was recently promoted to Garda Superintendent , and is  based in the Phoenix Park Dublin.  Majella is daughter of Eamon and Kathleen McGinley of Oughambaun Tubbercurry. Her dad Eamon was Garda Sergeant in Tubbercurry during the 1980s and 90s and Majella obviously developed her interest from his encouragement.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association is coming to the end of a very busy and enjoyable 25th anniversary year.  This Autumn /Winter session will finish with a ChristmasDecoration workshop on Tuesday, December 10th, a Bowling Tournament on Monday, December 16th followed by a festive Afternoon Tea in Cawleys Hotel.  There will be our usual Yoga sessions on the 12th and 19th and our Book Club are choosing to read Walter Macken’s nostalgic book ‘Rain on the Wind’.

Our latest book in The Way That It Was series, ie No IV, is selling well and we are very pleased to hear that so many people are enjoying its historic stories and varied articles. The book, retailing at €15, will be widely available at various local outlets for the Christmas market.

We wish all our members, friends and our local community every blessing for Christmas. Nollaig Shona daoibh go leir.

Moylough Heritage Centre Fundraising Dance

Moylough Heritage Centre are holding a Fundraising Dance in the The May Queen, Tubbercurry on Friday Night 13th December.  Music is by “The Curly Bobs”.  Admission €10.  Support will be appreciated.  An enjoyable night is guaranteed.  Come along and join in the Christmas Party atmosphere.

N17 Study

Sligo and Mayo County Councils along with the National Roads Authority have commissioned a new study on the proposed new road from Knock Airport/Charlestown area to Collooney, by-passing Tubbercurry.

This is a project that was studied and decided upon 20 years ago, but never acted upon for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was not deemed urgent or a priority.  The study has the effect of putting on hold many planning and development projects in the South Sligo area over the next 12 months until such time as preferred routes are decided upon again.

This is a project that is urgently required, as those travelling to and from Sligo town from the South Sligo area for work will testify. A journey that should take 20/25 minutes often takes 40/45 minutes.  Comments and recommendations from individuals and community groups are sought by December 12th and further details can be got on line at www.sligococo/N17KCAEL.  Take time to study proposals and make your thoughts heard by the decision makers.

Book Launches:

A fantastic array of 5 local books was launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include:

  • Kilmactigue Parish – a history
  • South Sligo (James McGuinn)
  • The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement )
  • Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
  • The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)

All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s

A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch .

Millennium DVD 

The Final DVD (Part 18) of the Kilmactigue Parish Millenium DVD Series was launched in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre last Friday night and is now available in Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare or from Tom Walsh 0872276628, Padraic Maye 0872284575 or Pat O Connor 0872245089

Traditional Music Classes

Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

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.

Dance Classes

Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –

Roger McCarrick B.A. F.S.C.S.I.  F.R.I.C.S.

RICS Registered Valuer

REA McCarrick & Sons

Sligo and Tubbercurry

PSRA Licence No.  001927

Mobile: 087-6810848

Tel: 071-9185050



The Future of Retail in Rural Sligo

The guest speaker on the night is Jean McCabe from Willow Boutique, who will be joined by panellist’s Richard McCarthy from Richard McCarthy Photography and Marie O’Hara, Manager, Tubbercurry & District Credit Union. They will be discussing the retail industry in rural Ireland and Sligo and how they see the future of retail developing.

  • The guest speaker Jean McCabe has a spirit of adventure, which has underpinned her life and career story. Inspired by a world of possibility and unfazed by obstacles, she came an unconventional route to retail. Jean holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and at the age of 21 created the Willow brand and her first fashion retail store in Ennis. A second store in Galway and a successful on-line business later, she still maintains an infectious enthusiasm for the customer experience. Jean is former President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, winner of Retail Excellence Store of the Year 2019 and Deputy-chair of Retail Excellence Ireland.

SARURE (Save Rural Retail) South Sligo announces the first in a series of events for 2019 and 2020. SARURE is an Interreg Europe project to which Sligo County Council is partnered. It is an inter-regional cooperation project which is tasked with improving policies aimed at SME competitiveness. The project is led by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Teruel (Spain) and we are joined by partners from Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Sweden.

Kind Regards,
Marie Brouder

On Behalf of the SARURE Project

The Windings of the Moy Revisited

The Windings of the Moy Revisited is a new book just out and has been created by Cloonacool man, Pat McCarrick. The original 1923 book, The Windings of the Moyby Rev. James Greer, inspired this latest work. This new Windings is a book about a book – a modern photographic commemoration of the original classic. The new book features many images of the river Moy as it flows through South Sligo, including places such as Knocknashee, Cloonacool, Banada and Aclare. The book has two local launch dates in the coming weeks – at An Chroí Enterprise Centre (former NCF HQ) on Wed 20th Nov at 8pm and as part of a Swinford 250 Literary Weekend on Sat 23rd Nov also at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. 

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 21/10/2019

Social Dancing

Social Dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on October 26th.  Music by the excellent Colm Bourke.  Dancing from 9-30pm to 11-30pm.  Great nights dancing assured. Admission €10.  This is an event that continues to grow from strength to strength, and all social dancer’s young and old, experienced and beginners are welcome.

Coffee Morning

Mary & Michael Collins are hosting a Coffee Morning/Day at their home in Banada on Friday 25th October from 9am until late into the evening. All funds raised will go directly to The Beaumount Hospital Foundation specifically to The Neurosurgery and Oncology Departments in appreciation of the care their daughter Joanne is receiving. This coffee day is being run in conjunction with other fundraising challenges in Dublin, Sydney, Dubai and Los Angeles. For more information, log on to 

We look forward to welcoming you in Banada for a cuppa on Friday 25th Oct.

Opportunity for Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are an outdoor lover the following may be of interest! 

A full Certified Awareness course for 16-25 years old takes place on Saturday, 26th October in Corsallagh, Cloonacool.  

All programmes will be held in the outdoors so appropriate clothing is essential.

For more information and to secure a place please contact or contact mobile 086-1549038.

For anyone with an Awareness Certificate already, there will be a Certified Trainers course scheduled in November.  Places are limited.

Martina Killian of “Nature Inspires” 087-2403005 – “The great outdoors is yours.  Leave No Trace to protect it”.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes will begin in Banada Community Centre on Wednesday night starting in November and continuing every Wednesday night at 8pm.  This is a great way to exercise in a jovial atmosphere.  Contact Liam Flynn for further information.

Traditional Music Classes

Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

FRC – 4 Week Parenting Programme

Free 4 Week Parenting Programme- Shaping Ourselves & Our Children starting November 8th in the FRC. This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children. We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills – what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities. This programme will run from 9.30am-1.30pm. Free lunch provided.  Generous child care allowance for participants.
To register for either course please contact Kate on 086 8276055 or email or pm us.

Dance Classes

Classes held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561

Active Retirement :

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association meet in the local Health Centre weekly on every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm and cover a variety of talks and activities such as card games, quizzes, crafts etc.  Short Mat Bowling will be played on the Mondays of October and December from 3 pm to 5 pm, with Curling on the Mondays November.  Our Keep Fit classes are arranged for 3 pm on all Thursdays, and our Book Club meets on the final Wednesday of each month at 3.30. All these activities take place in Teach Laighne and new members are very welcome to join in. Our read for October is ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris – this book is now available in the local Library

Highlight of our Programme will be the celebration in November of our 25th anniversary and the launch of our 4th book in ‘The Way That It Was’ series that will deal with life in Tubbercurry and in South Sligo in our grand and great grandparent’s times.    

South Sligo in Other Times

This is the name of a new book on little stories, events, people and places of South Sligo, covering Tubbercurry, Tourlestrane, Mullinabreena and Achonry.  Written by renowned author, James McGuinn from Cashel, just outside Tubbercurry, it is full of interesting stories, photos and memoirs, and is a must for any family library.

Selling at just €10, all the proceeds are going to the Tubbercurry branch of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.  They will also make ideal Christmas presents for South Sligo natives living away from home.  Buy early and often!  Available in various outlets in Tubbercurry or from the Cancer Support centre in Ard Aisling.

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.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –

Lonely Planet declares Galway the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020

Galway has been named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. The travel media company has unveiled the accolade in the prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 – its collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.

Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this accolade for Galway over the coming weeks and months. Our promotional campaign will roll out in Britain, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. A new video, celebrating the news and highlighting Galway, will be shared with our fans and followers around the world.

Brexit video advice for GB visitors

Brexit is coming and this may mean some changes for British visitors to the island of Ireland. Here’s a video we’ve produced for GB visitors, covering some of the most frequently asked questions and possible changes to transport,travel insurance and roaming charges – but reassuring them that our welcome remains as warm as ever. 
Other versions of this video – for Mainland Europe and other markets will be distributed later this week. We’ll be sharing the videos on and via our social channels. Our message is that it’s business as usual here on the island of Ireland and that the welcome for our overseas visitors is as warm as ever!

Click here to view.

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