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   

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