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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


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 02/03/2020

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.   

Western Drama Festival

The 3 Act Western Drama Festival commences on Friday next 6 March and runs nightly at 8pm from in our beautiful St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo 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 festival opens on Friday 6 March with the very popular comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh with St. Dympna’s Dramatic Society, Co. Tyrone performing. This will be an excellent night for drama lovers to relish one of McDonagh’s best plays!

Another highlight of the festival will be the performance of the Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. 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.

WDF welcome Kiltimagh, ‘Clann Machua’, who perform the popular play ‘Sive’ with the much admired play of John B Keane on Monday 9th March. Take a look at the WDF facebook to see the beautiful  pictures the of the groups in their prep for the festivals.  

“The Cavan Curse” runs on Friday 13 March. This ironic comedy adopts the famous Mayo football curse for its plot. This is a brilliant play and has had great reaction from audiences . It should not be missed by GAA followers who will be very familiar with the theme over the last number of years as fans have discussed the now very famous curse blighting the prospects of the Mayo Team winning the All Ireland Football final in Croke Park.

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 Sunday14 March for another performance in support of the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

Josie Mullen, Lavagh

The unexpected death occurred recently of Josephine (Josie) Mullen (Nee Gallagher ) of Lavagh Village. 

In her mid 80’s Josie was a well known and much loved character around Lavagh Village since she came to the parish of Mullinabreena about 60 years ago.  A native of the Midfield area in Swinford, Co. Mayo, she moved to Lavagh with her young husband Johnny in the early 60’s.  There they both developed the pub trade in the village and the Knock na Shee Inn became known far and wide since the 1960’s as a great meeting place, social & cultural centre and singing Lounge.  Music, cards, singing, drinking and even auctions were all part of the likely entertainment, along with storytelling from many of the other great local characters of the area.  While her husband Johnny was out farming, Josie ran the pub, was Post Mistress in a busy rural Post Office and grocery shop, and she still made time to rear her family of 5 children. 

Rural Ireland was a different place then than it is now, and great people like Josie Mullen were the cornerstone of rural communities in those decades. 

After she retired from business in her 70’s she still stayed active and loved to help out with here beloved grand-children. 

Her remains reposed at the family home in Lavagh and at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery


Josie is survived by her sons Gerry, John & Damian, daughters Emmanuel & Linda, brother Mike, sons & daughter in laws, grandchildren, in laws, nephews, nieces & many close friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in Peace.

 Tubbercurry Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 6th March. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome at our comhaltas session and bring along your friends.

North Connaught College Open Evening

North Connaught College are holding an Open Evening on Thursday 5th March from 3-6pm. All are welcome.  We are offering a range of QQI courses Beauty, Business, Childcare, Healthcare, Leadership and Community Development, Montessori, Pre-Nursing, Security and Warehousing & Distribution.  We are also offering new courses. Equine Studies and Horsemanship, and Ecotourism with Environmental Studies. ITEC in Microdermabrasion and Laser & IPL Treatments.   Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email nccollege@msletb.ie.

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.

Prior to the 15th it will be at The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo Sunday 8th March at 8pm. A great venue for a sparkling performance from a mighty cast- Peadar Conway, Geraldine Lundy, Brid Calvey  Dennis Ross  MaryKathleen Johnston  Darragh McGarry, Regina Henry and of course John McIntyre.   See you on Sunday 15 March at 8pm in Cloonacool Community Centre.

Irish Oral Revision Course

There will be a Leaving Cert Irish Oral Revision Course 7th March from 10am-2pm in Banada Abbey, Co. Sligo and a Junior Cert Irish Course 27th July – 31st July 2020. To register or for further information please call or text Siobhán on 0874510572

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

Card Game

The Cloonacool card game takes place each Monday evening at 8.30 pm in Cloonacool Community Centre.   

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 –

Rathbarron Parish Church

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2020 Service takes place in Rathbarron Parish Church on Friday 6th March at 8pm.

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.

Over 1,200 expected for ‘Quest Sligo’

South and West Sligo will be the place to be on Saturday 22nd August next when adventure racers from all over the country descend on the northwest.

They will be here for Sligo’s newest adventure race, Quest Sligo, which involves trail running, cycling and kayaking.

Registration opens next Friday, February 7th, for this event which will give participants the opportunity to experience the beauty of areas of South and West Sligo, such as Temple House Lake, Ladies Brae, the Ox Mountains and Coolaney.

Available to people of all fitness levels and abilities, participants have the option of three scenic routes: a 35km Challenge, 54km Sport or 73km Expert.

Organisers says that as a general rule, if a person can run a 10km race, they can sign up for a Quest Adventure Race.

Director of Quest Events, Oliver Kirwan, says their route design team has been working hard in the area over the past couple of months to map out the course.

Quest Adventure Series are also working with support from South and West Sligo Tourism Network to bring this high-profile event to the area.

Tourism Network Chairman Councillor Paul Taylor says that with an estimated 1,200 adventure racers expected to attend, this event will bring a significant boost to the Sligo economy.

racers expected to attend, this event will bring a significant boost to the Sligo economy.

Tubbercurry Notes Week Commencing 03/02/2020

Phoenix Players

The actors are ready to tread the boards in The Communication Cord, a farce by Brian Friel, directed by Pete Davey, which will be staged in St Brigid’s Hall on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February at 8pm.  The cast includes Frank Brennan, Shane Loftus, Mary Barry-Leonard, Terri Brennan, Eamonn Gallagher, Claire Mc Loughlin, Shane Keyes and Catriona Coleman.  Stage management is in the capable hands of Peter Molloy assisted by Jimmy Coleman, Mark Dunne and Mickey Curran.  Padraic Gillespie makes a welcome return to the group as sound man – in more ways than one.    Lighting is by Sean Johnston and Benny Henry and costumes by Ursula Brennan.  Lorraine Fitzgerald is also welcomed to the backstage crew.  Special guests for Sunday night’s performance will be the cast, director and crew  of the 1985 production of this play.

Meanwhile rehearsals have commenced for a special musical show to mark the 75th Anniversary which will be staged for four nights: March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th.  More details to follow.

North Connaught Evening classes

Places are still available on the following modules in North Connaught College Tubbercurry. Work Experience Tuesday evening from 5.15pm – 7.15pm and Care Support Tuesday evening from 7pm -9pm.  Child Psychology will be on a Tuesday 5-7pm and will be starting on Tuesday 11th February depending on numbers. Please contact us for more information by phone on 0719185035 or by email nccollege@msletb.ie 

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 7th February. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas session and bring along your friends

Road Works

Road works are due to commence on Mountain Road, Tubbercurry on Monday 10th February and will continue for approx 5 weeks.  The necessary works to upgrade water mains along Mountain Road will necessitate the closure of lower Mountain Road fully for 2 weeks between Mickey Macs Pub and the Family Resource Centre.  This is the area where work will commence and will mean a complete closure of this section of Mountain Road for the first 2 weeks due to the narrow nature of this road section.  Pedestrian access will be available at all times.

For the last 2/3 weeks, works will take place between the Family Resource Centre and up to Bailey’s Nursing Home.  Traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the works and it will certainly be inconvenient for residents and businesses of Mountain Road, but it is a necessary inconvenience.

People coming to town from Moylough/Doocastle area are advised to come to town via the Ballymote road and car users on Mountain Road will have to think about their journeys and parking locations.  Full details available in Council office at Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry.  

Drama Festival Launch

The Western Drama Three Act Drama Festival Launch takes place in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 7:30pm on 15 Feb 2020. This year Daniel Davey will launch the 2020 Three Act Drama Festival . Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the coming drama season. An interesting programme is planned for the event which kicks off at 7:30 on 15 Feb (Valentines Weekend) in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre. Daniel loves the theatre, having been raised the midst of drama in his formative years, being a son of renounced actor and Director Peter and multiple award winning actress Eileen. He is delighted to launch the festival and introduce the excellent programme of plays on offer in our 2020 WDF which will run 6 to 14 March – St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly- see website www.westerndramafestival.com for details.

This will be a fun night where a special ambiance and Valentines magic will be created by WDF. Why not do something a little different this year for Valentines.  We look forward to meeting you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and enjoy our wine and refreshments while chatting about the plays. Daniel is author of the book, Eat Up Raise Your Game, and will no doubt take the opportunity to offer advice on the optimum manner to celebrate the Valentines or any occasion while keeping an eye on a balanced approach to indulgence!  This promises to be an interesting evening as the WDF hosts this novel event; no doubt there will be plenty of drama about!

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 –  Workshop on short story

On Friday 14th the group have organised a workshop on the short story. The facilitator will be Gerry Boland who has published a number of books on poetry and literature.

The workshop is funded by Sligo county library and it is open to the public.   Time of workshop is 11am-  1om  so come along and enjoy some writing

Sligo Cancer Support

Debs Dress Sale in The Coach House Hotel Ballymote on Sunday 8th March from 12-4pm. €10 to register your dress with every €10 going towards Sligo Cancer Support Centre. A re you interested in selling a debs dress or buying a debs dress on the day? All monies from dress sale goes directly to seller.  Changing rooms available on the day.  Or, do you have a debs dress hanging in your wardrobe that you no longer want? Contact Geraldine 086 1214822 or Bernie 087 9759762

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association

The local Active Retirement Association have resumed activities with Curling in Teach Laighne on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm, and group meetings in the local Health Centre on Tuesday afternoons at 3pm.  Bowling, Yoga and Book Club continue as usual, with various outings to be arranged.  New members are very welcome to join us and enjoy the many social, mental and physical benefits that the ARA offers.

Of particular interest will be the Well-Being Programme, given by the HSE, dealing with the Five ways of Well-Being, Mental Health and Stress Management.  This course will be covered over 2 afternoons in the Health Centre and commences on Tuesday, February 4th at 3 pm.  All interested are welcome.

The popular annual holiday, starting on May 31st and for 6 days/5 nights, is this year based on West Clare staying in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, and with our usual JMG Luxury Coach available for all travel and tours.  Deposits of €100 per person are required by March 1st with full payment by May 1st – total cost is €485.  For further details please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.  

Cloonacool  Players

Don’t miss Cloonacool Players in the hilarious 3-act comedy “Don’t Tell the Wife” by Sam Cree – St Valentine’s weekend Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February at 8pm- in Cloonacool Community Centre. Great entertainment. 

Card Game

The Cloonacool card game takes place each Monday evening at 8.30 pm in Cloonacool Community Centre.   

Please note new email address 

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@gmail.com    


The Western Drama Three Act Drama Festival Launch is in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre @ 7:30 on 15 Feb 2020. This year Daniel Davey will launch the 2020 Three Act Drama Festival . An interesting programme is planned for the event which kicks off at 7:30 on 15 Feb (Valentines Weekend) in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre.

This will be a fun night for everyone where a special ambiance and Valentines magic 💫 will be created by WDF.
We look forward to meeting you there, treat yourself and come and enjoy our wine 🍷and refreshments while chatting about the plays.
Daniel author of the book, Eat Up Raise Your Game will no doubt take the opportunity to offer advice on the optimum manner to celebrate the Valentines or any occasion while keeping an eye on a balanced approach to indulgence! This promises to be an interesting evening as the WDF hosts this novel event, no doubt there will be plenty of drama in the air.